With our help, three brave readers tackled some healthy goals they’d been putting off for a while. Are their stories your story, too?
Once obese, Paul Nowak had trouble keeping up with his favorite sports. Now, after losing 100 pounds, he’s an active role model for his kids – and a Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor.
When Jeni Bier’s workplace offered a weight-loss competition, she was reluctant to take on the challenge. Two years later, she’s a different person.
How Deanna Eberlin discovered her passion for a primal way of life — and connected with her own sense of healthy-living fun.
Brian Gray’s weight-loss efforts began as an attempt to save his niece’s life. He wound up saving his own.
How heart-rate training helped Kim Fambro reach a level of health and fitness she’d assumed was beyond her reach.
Xanthi Gerasimo talks about her transformative health and fitness journey.
This couple discovered a smart way to stick to a fitness routine: They got the whole family involved.
Looking for a lasting source of motivation and support, Andra Ruscoe found it in an unexpected place – her keyboard.
Bonnie Kos worried that aging would sap her energy and fitness. Instead, she discovered outrigger canoeing — and got stronger than ever.
After hitting a health-and-fitness low, Don Zeh started hitting the gym – and discovered a passion that surprised him.
Losing weight helped Deb Hagele rediscover her athletic body and reclaim her competitive spirit.
All the free food he got at work had Jason Buszta packing on the pounds – until the sudden death of a friend made him realize he was putting his own health at risk.
When Amy Fenn finally accepted that only she could make herself happy, she found a sustainable path toward health and fitness.
How Mary Maus Kosir jump-started her fitness routine – and got better with age.
Conscious eating and smart relaxation techniques tamed Maya Nelson’s out-of-control eating habits and empowered her to take a more holistic, sustainable approach to her health.
Determined not to let cancer get the best of him, Jeff Boonstra used exercise and positive thinking to help him conquer the disease—twice .
Years of inactivity sapped Jeremy Coward’s energy and added pounds to his frame. A new attitude and ambitious goals helped him get back on track.
With her sights set on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kris McKinney got back into shape, reclaimed her confidence and found a new zest for life.
When Morn Cremeens made the switch to raw foods, she discovered a powerful way to support her health—and to transform her perspectives on eating.
After diet pills, prepackaged meals and extreme fitness programs failed, Paul Denaro figured out a healthy weight-loss formula that worked — and kept on working.