BX woman documents journey to fitness, reverses diabetes

A Bronx woman says the borough's last-place ranking when it comes to health across the state inspired her to document her journey to fitness in a bid to encourage healthy eating and exercise among others.

Last August, Clarisa Alayeto learned that she had diabetes. Instead of taking medicine, her doctor provided her with the alternative of losing weight.

Though difficult at first, Alayeto says she realized she had to come up with a strict plan that would put her on the path to improved health. She says she slowly learned how to incorporate fish and vegetables into her diet, and now she loves them.

Alayeto says she started working out in her own living room. She documents her journey using the social media hashtag #Not62.

The #Not62 campaign was started by several agencies, including the borough president's office, to improve health in the Bronx, which is ranked 62 out of New York's 62 counties in terms of health.

Alayeto says she was recognized by the borough president, who also takes part in the campaign.

She says knowing the borough president is looking forward to seeing her new workouts often motivates her to continue exercising. "And sometimes, I look at his workouts too and think 'challenge accepted, I am going to try that one,'" she says.

Alayeto says that she has now lost about 57 pounds and has recently learned that she is no longer diabetic. She does not plan to stop exercising, however, since she is still considered pre-diabetic and enjoys inspiring others.

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