EPIC NYC’s Mandee Barreto, has been a member since 2014. Over the last two years, she’s made strides in both her physical and nutritional well-being. Read about what Mandee has to say about her EPIC transformation.
In the grand scheme of things, I didn’t really know where I fit in. I was surrounded by the idea that skinny was the thing to be and I just wasn’t. I blamed genetics and, as ashamed as I am to say, I blamed my parents. I had the typical teenage mentality; everyone was out to get me, and because of my insecurities I felt like no one found me attractive, so I buried myself in my books.
At EPIC, everyone is friendly and supportive. I found myself celebrating their accomplishments and they celebrated mine. It felt good. This was the most consistent I had ever remained with working out, especially at one place. As my confidence grew so did my strength. I started getting daring and one day as I sat by my computer I signed myself up for a whole trifecta with the first race being a Beast! What a wakeup call! That race was probably physically and mentally the toughest thing I had ever done in my life. When I crossed that finish line, emotions washed over me and tears rolled down my cheeks. I was so happy and so proud. This had happened to me only once before, a month prior when I crossed the finish line of the NYC Half Marathon. Checking the Half off of my bucket list, I found myself hooked on Obstacle Course Racing. Before joining EPIC, I had maybe 2 5Ks under my belt. Since joining, I’ve run countless 5Ks, the NYC Half, The Viking Obstacle Race, and next month I will be running my 6th Spartan (and I’m sure that number will quickly climb).