On June 24, 2013, I officially began the Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. I am blessed to be able to participate to not only get past “The Plateau” but also lower my blood pressure & cholesterol and reach my goal of losing 78 pounds. During this journey of good health and fitness, my weight fluctuations have been crazy. For instance, I would lose 4lbs one week. Gain 6lbs the next. My weight loss journey has been extremely unpredictable, even with me exercising on a regular basis. No bueno. I did not become discouraged. Yet, I was quite frustrated by the process. One day in early May, I saw this tweet from Woman’s Day and started typing my email as fast as my fingers would allow!
At the end of May, I learned that I made it to the next round and I scheduled a telephone interview with the magazine. On Monday, June 3rd, I learned that I had been selected, along with five other women, for this fantastic program! I was so excited about the possibilities! I was very excited about the Challenge. I gave periodic updates here on the My Faith and Fitness Blog to keep you in the loop. Here’s some information about the Challenge:
Woman’s Day has been sharing critical heart health information and raising awareness about heart disease in women for decades. Now, we’re taking our commitment to the next level and teaming up with Joy Bauer, Woman’s Day nutrition columnist and TODAY show contributor, to launch the Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. We selected six readers who will work with Joy for the next six months to lose weight, lower their risk of heart disease and change their unhealthy habits—for good.
The ladies of the Live Longer and Stronger Challenge and I were featured on the TODAY Show on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Watch the video of our segment. We were also featured in the February 2014 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine! Check out how much weight we lost and how we lowered our blood pressure and cholesterol levels.