West Mich. woman loses 110 lbs. to honor memory of brother

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek woman runs a triathlon in honor of her brother, who suddenly passed away from a stroke.

He served three tours of duty in Iraq, but died young from a stroke. His life inspired the 27-year-old to make some changes.

Lindsay Jones and her sister, Ashley, walked around their garden in Battle Creek, memories of their brother flooding back.

Lindsay was on a mission of her own, a mission to honor her 33-year-old brother, who died from a stroke two years ago this weekend.

She transformed her life since his death, losing 110 pounds, overcoming her battle with weight.

Lindsay says, "You just, kind of, think about life a lot at that point, your hopes and dreams and what you want your future to look like. Being at the weight I was and thinking about all the things I wanted to do in my future, it just wasn't really lining up.

Her brother was a role model, serving three tours in Iraq, from 2003 until 2009. They also worked out together. So she decided to run the 2014 Shermanator Triathlon on Saturday, dedicating her journey to him, the man who would have been so proud of her for taking control of her life.

Her sister made several posters for her, but also hid one until the finish line.

She says it was "the picture of our brother, in his military gear, with this big, cheesy smile and piercing blue eyes that said, 'I'm so proud of you, Sis. I knew you could do it.'"

More photos show Jones in action, losing the weight in just a year, doing it by exercising and eating right an inspiration for all.

Lindsay says, "A lot of the legacy that he instilled in us and the principles and morals were, to just push yourself as hard as you can. There's not anything you can't do for a certain amount of time. So I really wanted to do something that I know would honor his memory."

(Photos courtesy: Lindsay Jones, Rebekah Lehman and Lori Garrett)