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Tara McMorris: Biggest Loser

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

Tara McMorris--a wife, mother of three and career woman has found her life again, playing a kids' game..."Roller Derby".

Tara said ,"It's a lifestyle. Roller Derby ate my life.. I love it."

5-6 hours a week McMorris straps on the skates and pads, bangs and glides as a Part of the Old Capital City Rollers. In Tara's case Roller Derby didn't eat her life--it probably saved it.

McMorris was a successful athlete in high school and college. And despite a having a solid marriage and healthy children, Tara faced some serious life issues following the birth of her third child.

Tara said, "There were only 14 months between child number two and three. I look back now and realize it was post postpartum depression, but it was just overwhelming I was crying all the time and I didn't want to talk to anyone about it. I felt like I wasn't doing enough for my family. The more I focused on that the more I lost focus of myself. It got out of control."

Tara says her weight also got out of control.

"Didn't feel good about myself--I see pictures from that time period and I still tear up when I see pictures from that time period because I know how unhappy I was then."

In January of 2010 Tara began to take action, joining Weight Watchers. And then longtime friend Kimberly Hendricks approached her about becoming a member of the Old Capital City Rollers.

"It came at the right time. I was just starting to get into the whole lifestyle change--and then this came along. That first practice--that night--I was so tired I hit the pillow and I was out."

Roller Derby provided Tara with that athletic outlet that she had been missing since her playing days. And it forced her to improve her conditioning. Since she started Roller Derby 14 months ago Tara has lost 65 pounds. And in her Roller Derby teammates, Tara has found a close group of women who support her through thick and thin.

"Everything from frustrations at work to frustrations with kids and family and everything else--if you've got a problem--they've been through it they help you"

Kimberly said, "It's kind of cheesy when you say it--but you talk to any girl who comes in and they tell you they find a piece of that self that was missing."

Tara said it taught her, "You may have to change the game but never stop playing. Life is too short."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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