YOU GUYS. I DID A 5K. Even a few days afterward, it's still fun to say -- and it's so exciting to tell people. When I initially found out I'd be participating in the DuPage Human Race with the Fittest Loser contestants, I had only three goals in mind: 1) To finish; 2) To finish in less than an hour; and 3) Not fall. related advertisement Melynda Findlay, 49, Arlington Heights Starting weight: 226Current weight: 197Weight lost this week: 0 poundsTotal weight lost: 29 poundsTotal percentage lost: 12.8 percent Logically, I knew I'd finish. I regularly do three miles on the treadmill, and even more than that on walks in my neighborhood. The real issues were how long it would take and the not-falling thing (my clumsiness is legendary).Early on, those things worried me enough that I tried to think of excuses not to do the race. For example: The event was on a Saturday. On Friday, I had big plans that included an all-day conference for work in Chicago and a band I wanted to … [Read more...] about My first 5K, part 2: I did it!
I did it
Declutter Your Life is a month-long initiative to help you manage stress and boost your health by learning the principles of banishing clutter and restoring a sense of order to your world.Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve used a notebook to record thoughts, stories, and poems. Of course, back then, all entries began with “Dear Diary” and all of my poems rhymed. Until recently, I never imagined such a space could also be a tool for physical and mental transformation. (Transform your health with 365 days of slimming secrets, wellness tips, and motivation—get your 2018 Prevention calendar and health planner today!)Within the past year or so, I started using journals as a place to record the constant stream of creative ideas—from picture books to parenting essays—that zip through my mind. I’d read a lot about manifestation and the power of spelling things out on paper in order to make them reality, so I tried it. Gradually, I started to see … [Read more...] about Bullet Journaling Helped Me Lose Weight And Curb My Cravings—Here’s How I Did It
Name: Liz RockAge: 27Occupation: Applications AnalystHometown: Boston, MassachusettsStart Weight: 350 poundsEnd Weight: 200 poundsMy weight loss journey started at 350 pounds. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, but I never was physically capable of doing it. To top that off, I mentally wasn’t in a good space to start running.My grandmother passed away because of complications from a stroke. She had a bunch of health issues and when she passed, something just clicked for me. Her passing woke me up. That’s when I started taking my weight loss very seriously. (Let your workouts be a CELEBRATION you YOU, not a punishment for what you ate, with The Women's Health Fitness Fix)A lot of people think that running is only a physical sport, but it’s just as much mental, and I love how I’ve been able to push myself mentally as well. It’s a rewarding feeling when your body wants to stop but your mind keeps you going. Because I kept going, I’ve lost 150 … [Read more...] about ‘I Lost 150 Pounds And Completely Transformed My Life—Here’s How I Did It’
Marathon training is hard enough on its own. I’ve been through it twice now—I trained for the Boston Marathon during the winter of 2016, when temperatures dipped to 7°F, and then for the 2016 New York City marathon in the city’s miserable summer heat and humidity. Both times, I used training plans that called for 200-plus training miles pre-race, which is an insane number to think about even when you’re running on familiar ground. Throw in variables—unexpected weather, different course conditions, a schedule upheaval—and all of a sudden, getting through all those miles seems even harder.I signed up to run the New York City marathon again on November 5. Because I’m either a sadist when it comes to training or an idiot when it comes to planning, I scheduled a two-week vacation three weeks before the race. That meant I’d be logging some of my most crucial miles—my last long, long run, and the important recovery runs … [Read more...] about ‘I Traveled The World While Training For A Marathon—Here’s How I Did It’
Photo by Photo Courtesy of Pamela JacksonBefore: 249 poundsAfter: 147 poundsThe LifestyleThe ChangeMORE: Does Pooping Actually Affect Your Weight?"From that moment on, I told myself to just try living a healthier lifestyle—no crash dieting or anything super drastic. Simple, manageable, and doable tweaks. I researched blogs and websites for proper eating tips and set mini-goals for myself—like losing 10 pounds instead of 100 (which seemed impossible to me at the time). Once I reached that first goal, my friend convinced me to keep going, so I did. It was all thanks to my food. I ate real, whole food like nuts and berries—not that processed stuff. Sometimes I'll go for tasty (but still healthy) snacks like KIND bars. My family cooks a lot of Cajun cuisine, so I made sure to go over each recipe, swap certain ingredients for leaner options, and really measure what I put into every dish. I allow myself to eat everything, but a healthier version of each. It was like I … [Read more...] about “It Took Me 20 Years To Lose 100 Pounds—But I Did It!”