Tammy Lorett admits that she had struggled with leading a healthy lifestyle for quite some time. On top of having to take daily medications, she had been unsuccessful in quitting her smoking habit.

In 2014, Lorett decided to participate in the CPN holiday weigh-in contest and finally found the motivation needed to initiate a lifestyle change and began exercising daily at the Tribe’s FireLake Wellness Center.

At weigh-out, Lorett had lost 15 pounds and decided to challenge herself even more by conquering her weakness of running. She sought the help of CPN Wellness Center Fitness Trainer Sarah Lawerance, who created a training plan.

Lorett ran her first half-marathon in April of 2015 in two hours and 30 minutes. What Lorett once considered a weakness is now not just a lifestyle for her, but a passion.

“It was the most amazing experience ever,” said Lorett. “I crossed the finish line with tears of joy streaming down my cheeks and had found my new passion.”

Lorett is now training to run a full marathon and hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2017. To date, Lorett has lost a total of 38 pounds, no longer smokes and has been able to discontinue daily medications.

She credits her success to her faith in God, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and FireLake Wellness Center’s Lawerance for creating a training plan.

“First and foremost I want to thank God for giving me the strength to make the necessary changes in my life. I also want to thank the wellness center staff for being a part of my life changing experience,” said Lorett. “They are absolutely amazing.”

If you would like to learn more about the healthy living and fitness options available at the CPN Wellness Center, please call 405-395-9304.To learn more about CPN Health Services, please visit https://www.potawatomi.org/services/health/clinics.