Published: Sep 17, 2011 5:22 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This weekend the inaugural Galloway Captiva Triathlon will take place.  For a Fort Myers woman, it’s the beginning of a lifetime of feeling better.

Regina Redmond, 47, trained herself to be ready to complete this weekend in her first triathlon.  She said in January she was 60 pounds heavier and her blood pressure was through the roof.  She said she tried every weight loss program under the sun but said it was hard work and determination that made her lose the weight.

Redmond said it's not about crossing the finish line first, it's about staying healthy.

"I wanted to feel better, I wanted to look better, I wanted to be fit, I wanted to be healthy," said Redmond.

Barely a year ago, Redmond started to self-teach and self-train.  After some encourgement from her boss, she decided to take part in this weekend's Galloway Captival Triathlon.

"I would start running, then I added start biking, then I taught myself to swim and added the swimming.  I do it every morning," said Redmond.

She wouldn't call herself an inspiration, but she wants to help others.

"If I can touch just one person to know that its possible," said Redmond.

Her training regime begins at 3:30 a.m. everyday.  First she walks her dogs for a mile, bike rides for a mile, runs for three miles and then gets into the pool.

"It's a struggle.  Everyday is a struggle.  Yes you get tired but you have to keep in mind that is a mind thing.  You can get over that," said Redmond.

At 47 years young, Redmond said feeling better is what keeps her going.  She's not nervous going into this weekend because she knows she's done the training and preparation.

"I, who couldn't walk a half a mile less than a year ago, is now going to swim, bike and run all in the same day and all within two hours and I'm going to finish," said Redmond.

Redmond will be heading to Captiva on Saturday before reporting to the starting line at 5:30 .m. Sunday.  This triathlon is just the beginning, she is also training for the Disney Marathon in January.