Reporting Adrienne Bankert
GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) - Have you ever gotten sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? North Texas resident Crystal Pearson did, and she decided to do something about it. Pearson is young, but she had the symptoms of someone much older, due to weight gain. And it was frustrating.
“I had extreme heartburn. I couldn’t go up a flight of stairs without stopping every few steps,” Pearson recalled. “I couldn’t succeed. It was more that you didn’t have the stamina to continue, so it was just easier to stop.”
Working ‘nurse’s hours’ did not help, but Pearson became the poster child for possibility, losing 40 pounds over 10 months. She even inspired other nurses to start exercising, including Angela Trujillo. “Last month, we completed a 10K. That was something I never thought I’d do,” Trujillo said.
“Running was the last thing on my mind,” said Pearson. “As a kid in school, I so hated gym class.” But now, she is playing ‘catch me if you can.’ The Grapevine nurse has run a 5K every month since February, and has encouraged her fellow nurses to get active and eat healthier.
“I could probably run five without completely breaking down. You take it one mile at a time,” Pearson said. “It’s a slow process. It is. But if you stay consistent, it works out.”
“The biggest thing with Crystal is how much weight she has lost,” said trainer Vicky Sullivan. “From not being able to do a push-up to being able to do 10 and 15 — three times. She’s come a long way.”
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