Tracey is determined to cross finish line after losing 35kg
TRACEY Manaway is an inspiration to everyone wanting to make a change and lose weight to improve their health.
She's lost about 35kg in the past 12 months and has no plans to slow down.
She'll be participating in the BMA Mackay Marina Run on Sunday, but at her own pace.
"In 2010 I was diagnosed with diabetes," Ms Manaway said.
"I went for an assessment and then joined the gym at Health & Hearts Exercise Physiology Clinic.
"The first 12 months there probably wasn't a lot of success... I don't know whether I was mentally ready for change.
"But the moons aligned last year and everything became easy."
Ms Manaway, who weighed 190kg, has seen major improvements in herself, compared to two years ago.
"Getting around wasn't easy, mobilising wasn't easy," she said.
"Anyone that knows me would be able to tell you I've got more energy and confidence.
"I'm a happy person but I now feel it from the inside.
"But I know my journey isn't finished yet."
Her health has also improved dramatically.
"I was possibly looking at medication to control my diabetes," Ms Manaway said.
"But with the changes I've made I'm off any tablets now.
"I'm still at risk of diabetes but it's not as bad now."
Ms Manaway realised to make a change she had to put herself first.
"I gained weight through lifestyle," she said.
"By not putting me first.
"It's not selfish to put me first for a change."
She said she'd never participated in anything like the Marina Run.
"It's to challenge myself," Ms Manaway said.
"It says run but I'll be walking.
"Jog isn't in my vocabulary yet.
"I'll just take it steady. In the next one I may actually run.
"But I guess I've always been afraid to take chances, until now."
- The BMA Mackay Marina Run will be held on June 2
- Registrations close today at 4pm
- Road closures will also be in place for full details visit http://www.mackaymarinarun.com
WALKING THE TALK
WHILE she may not "run" in the BMA Mackay Marina Run, Tracey Manaway is still determined to cross the finish line.
She'll take part in the 5km run on Sunday, but walk at her own pace.
Ms Manaway said she was prepared for the walk but hadn't changed her exercise regime while attending Health & Hearts Exercise Physiology Clinic.
"I work out three times a week," she said.
"For me, going to a mainstream gym wasn't for me.
"Heather and Kieran (from Health & Hearts Exercise Physiology Clinic) have been very supportive of me and encouraging though the changes."
Ms Manaway said her weight loss was steady at the moment.
"There'll be little challenges like the Marina run along the way I'll participate in," she said.
"This is just one of many."