Terry Reuer, a 66-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, is a testament to the saying, “Age is nothing but a number.” At 65, she began a weight-loss journey that would result in 80 pounds shed and one Tough Mudder race conquered.
Reuer decided to make a change after her five siblings experienced health problems — she didn’t want that for herself. She devoted herself to cutting out processed carbs and sugar from her diet, sticking to lean proteins and vegetables instead.
Though difficult at first, Reuer managed to lose 50 pounds with healthy eating alone. She next focused on getting fit, hitting the gym, a place she was previously “too self-conscious” for. Thanks to the help of a personal trainer, she slowly she built up her stamina and strength, and a month later met her next match: a Tough Mudder race.
Although these 10-mile races aren’t timed, they’re meant to challenge you both mentally and physically with an array of over 20 obstacles through mud and pools of water.
An employee at Reuer’s company had asked her to join him in the race. Though Reuer “laughed” at the idea, the man was participating to raise money for Children’s Burn Foundation, a nonprofit supporting child burn survivors, and this sparked something in her.
For the next nine months Reuer trained for six days a week, twice a day.
Throughout Reuer’s weight-loss journey, she had a mantra. “I would look at myself in the mirror and tell myself, ‘You are strong, you are beautiful, you can do this for 24 hours.’ Then the next day I would expect it again.”
Now Reuer is 80 pounds slimmer and, perhaps, tougher than ever before.