Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Michele Geraldi, a personal trainer and health coach. “I was an obese child. I always loved sports, especially baseball, and played many throughout high school. I was good, but my weight always kept me from being great,” Geraldi tells us. “My highest weight was my senior year of high school, around 210lbs. I had been dieting (every diet known to man) since I was 10 years old, but nothing worked. Finally, after years of trying to create a healthy lifestyle, I finally lost a total of 80lbs and hit my goal weight at 23 years old old, 14 years ago. Since hitting my goal, I’ve dived into fitness and health full time. I am now a certified personal trainer and I am a full time health coach with Omada Health. With our Prevent program, we help people with prediabetes lose weight and reverse their diagnosis. It’s extremely rewarding.”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My first Olympic distance triathlon—The Marin County Triathlon in California.

How did you achieve it?

I taught myself how to swim, cycle and run. I never once took a lesson, joined a tri club, went to a trainer or worked out with another person. I did it all by myself. So proud 🙂

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

I have felt a lot of suffering, and i don’t want anyone else to have to feel it. I want to put my pain to good use and inspire people so that they too can achieve their dreams and love themselves for all their greatness.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I eat well and am active almost every day. Swimming, running, kickboxing, boot camp, cycling, hiking, tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball… you name it 🙂

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Strive not to be better than anyone else. Instead, be better than you used to be (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

It brings me great joy to know that my hard work can do something good for someone else. I don’t have a lot of money, so to be able to be charitable in another way is extremely satisfying.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

Well, for me, really. I’m confident but I also get scared. I share a lot of myself with the world, but I am also protective of myself and don’t want to allow anyone to hurt me. Exercising makes me feel strong, like I don’t need protecting. I feel like I can better face the world and be safe. I also love inspiring my niece and nephews. They love my medals and sometimes I see them practice kickboxing moves that I taught them. It warms my heart because it makes me hopeful that they will not experience the trials of growing up as an obese child.

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