THIS time last year Aby Wright considered herself a professional couch potato.
The mother of four was morbidly obese, unhappy and unhealthy.
That all changed in January when Aby got up from the couch and decided to help not only herself, but the people who aided her through one of the hardest times of her life.
The Sippy Downs woman signed up to a Michelle Bridges challenge, ran her first big race and lost 30kg.
Months later, the 42-year-old has her sights on the 10km Bridge to Brisbane run next month.
She will use the run as another fitness hurdle and an opportunity to raise money for Heart Kids.
The organisation supported Aby when her youngest son, Joe, needed open-heart surgery when he was just six months old.
Joe, now 7, was born with Down syndrome. Since the surgery he has lived a happy and healthy life.
"I'm very glad I have the little monster in my life," Aby said.
"He's an absolute delight. He just makes people smile when he comes into contact with them."
Along with reaching new fitness goals, Aby is studying teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
She said through teaching she hoped to inspire her kids and others.
"It's nice to show not just my kids, but other kids, that this is what I do and if I can do it then anybody can do it," she said.
"Anybody can get out there and raise money and do things for other people.
"There are a lot of people going through hard things."
To help Aby with her Bridge to Brisbane fundraising, visit www.everydayhero.com.au, and search for Aby Wright.
All money will go to Heart Kids, an organisation dedicated to providing support to families of children with heart disease.
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