When Joanne Gimblett's Mother died suddenly of a weight-related illness, it shocked the mother-of-two to the core. It also led in a radical change in lifestyle. Aside from the loss of losing her Mother, Joanne had become increasingly concerned about the 106 kilos in weight she carried. Now, two years later Joanne is 36 kilos lighter and is starting to train for the Ironman. What went on in between? Two years ago Joanne resolved to lose weight, but when a friend suggested she enter a triathlon Joanne begged off claiming she was too overweight. Instead she started exercising on a bike and running and one year later Joanne had shed 38 kilos. Since then she has competed in three triathlons, biked the Round the Lake Cycle race and heard from many women who have told her they have been inspired by her weight loss and fitness gain. "You see if I can do it anyone can." But the biggest spin-off for Joanne has been seeing her two sons follow her lead. "We've done the Round the Bays" together the last two years and this year my oldest son has entered in the Weetbix Tri." With the Ironman on the horizon for next year one things for sure for Joanne "I don't ever want to go back to how I was before.