On March 12, 2013 Kira Martin went into labor with her fifth child; she had a boy, Lucas. After his birth, however, she experienced severe complications and almost died. In “Portrait of a Mother,” Kira recounts the terrifying 10 hours that followed and explains how fitness may have saved her life. This is her story. This is her second chance.
Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.
“I am doing more physical activities than I have in years… and I am doing them better,” Clay said.
Bill swims seven days a week at LA Fitness at the age of 93. He uses the exercise as an outlet and a way to stay active in spite of some physical limitations. His dedication is just one thing we can learn from a man who has lived such a full life. Watch his inspiring story today!
Just before her dirt-biking accident, which landed Chrissy in the hospital for major surgery on her knee, she was 12 pounds away from hitting her weight loss goal. Her determination was unwavering, and today Chrissy is back in the gym on a restricted exercise program. Oh yeah, and she has already surpassed her goal by three pounds.
“My goal was to weigh 130 pounds,” Chrissy said. “Last time I checked I was 127!”
So how did she do it?
Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry
Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Crystal can personally relate to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia; as a child she fought and eventually beat the disease. So, when a fellow cheerleader, Megan, said she was going to shave her head to show support for Coach Pagano and raise money to help find a cure for cancer, Crystal decided to join her.
It was a gesture that caught the hearts and attention of the entire nation. Video clips of Crystal and Megan donning their shaved heads while cheering-on the Indianapolis Colts has been highlighted numerous times on multiple news and sports shows.
“We were both surprised how big this got. We weren’t expecting so much media attention,” said Crystal. “Megan and I helped raise over $22,000 for cancer research in honor of Coach Pagano by shaving our heads. Her (Megan’s) support, my squad and the community has made the meaning of this experience so unforgettable.”
Crystal has also received an overwhelming response via Twitter, Facebook, email and in person.
“I’ve heard stories that have touched my heart and I appreciate knowing that this has meant so much to so many people,” said Crystal. “From my personal experience (with leukemia), this has all meant so much to me.”
You might think that to a cheerleader the idea of shaving their head would be terrifying, but Crystal’s life has given her a different outlook.
“I have been bald before so I wasn’t scared of not having hair,” said Crystal. “It’s actually faster for me to get ready now and my head (feels like it) has more senses. For example, I can feel the cold more, especially in this weather, and my head appreciates my pillow more (laughs)!”
In addition to being a Colt’s cheerleader, Crystal is a personal trainer at LA Fitness. When she went to work after shaving her head on national television the reaction from her clients moved her in a way that she never expected.
“The biggest impact on me was from a couple that I train at LA Fitness,” said Crystal. “They gave me a small jewelry box and inside of it was a breast cancer pin. The pin was from his mother who battled breast cancer for 25 years and passed away. He said that she would have appreciated what we’ve done and that she would have wanted to give it to me.”
Crystal and Megan both donated their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes natural hair wigs for those who are battling cancer and as a result have lost their hair.
For more information about Crystal’s efforts to help find a cure for cancer you can follow her via Twitter at @Crystal_Anne_B.
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Like many people, small business owner Roy Amor, 59, watched his blood pressure rise as his sales decreased during the recent recession. Though he could not control the state of the economy, Roy read an article that gave him confidence that he could control his blood pressure and his health. He decided he needed a more dedicated approach to his health and fitness to get his health back on track. So, Roy made 3 simple changes to his lifestyle; changes that he attributes to lowering his high blood pressure to a now healthy level. To find out the 3 healthy lifestyle changes that Roy made, simply click the play button on the player above.
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