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At her heaviest, Keshia Horn, weighed between 300 and 310 pounds.

“Walking up a set of stairs or walking for a mile was a challenge when all of my friends were able to do it with no problem,” she said.

Horn started her weight loss journey in 2008 with small steps -- walking and changing the way she ate such as eating more whole foods and fewer prepackaged items.

The weight started coming off and Horn would eventually go on to lose around 118 pounds.

“I didn’t want to be heavy. I wanted to be able to keep up,” she said.

Losing the weight is only part of Horn’s journey.

She wants to live a fitness lifestyle.

She has completed a Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon.

Horn also completed her first half-marathon in March.

“A 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run,” Horn explained.

Now she is training for a Half Ironman competition in Wilmington.

“Knowing that I’m training for this huge thing and I’m in the body that I’ve been given and I can still do it, and I’m strong enough to do it, makes me incredibly happy,” Horn said.

Horn will compete in a Half Ironman competition in Wilmington in October.

Horn’s advice to other people making a lifestyle change is to take it one step at a time.

She says eventually those small steps will make a big difference.