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Never Too Late to Start Again

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Rachael Durley, a former elementary school teacher, has run her family business in Southern California for the last 29 years. She travels with her church to Mexico to build houses for families in need and loves the LA Dodgers! 

Let me back up a few years to begin my story. In February 2002, when I was a few months away from turning 50, I hit my all time high weight of 200 pounds.…

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Small Steps, Big Impact

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John Daniels works in computer systems in Minneapolis. He is an avid gamer, photographer, and robot enthusiast. When he’s not doing that, he’s hanging out with his wife and his dog.

Three years ago, my health was at a dangerous place: I was 34 years old and weighed 300 pounds. I smoked cigarettes, junk food was a staple of my diet, and I felt miserable.…
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Life in the Big River

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Heather Herbeck is a professional kayaker and owner of Fitness and Sport Evolution in the Columbia River Gorge

I was definitely skeptical going into this “Whole Life Challenge” thing. I didn’t have any idea what it was really about and no one around me seemed to be able to explain. All I heard from people who had done it in the past was, “It’s different for everyone.” I also didn’t think I could get much “healthier” or “fit” than I already was at the time.…

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Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?

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Howard Copen is a 30 year old, single male living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He socializes often, both professionally and personally. Being from Vegas, it almost always involved drinking casually.

When I started the Whole Life Challenge in January 2015, I was 5’11,” 205 pounds, had a 36.5″ waist. My weight has always been stable, but was creeping (I was gaining two to three pounds a year and in a few years I could see myself being “obese”).…

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What a Blind Amputee Taught Me About the Whole Life Challenge

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This is the last week of the Whole Life Challenge, and I want to leave you with this story …

It’s kind of an embarrassing story, but I am sharing it nonetheless because at the end of the story, I’m going to leave you with an important takeaway about the Whole Life Challenge. If you learn nothing else from your experience in the Challenge, I want you to learn this.…

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What I Learned From Earning and Spending Points

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Here’s a great post by WLC ambassador Ayesha Kamal about the lessons she’s learned by participating in the Whole Life Challenge. It’s a great testimonial to why some people return to participate time and time again.

I’ve been doing the Whole Life Challenge for almost 5 weeks now. I’ve been very diligent with my nutrition and all the other parts of the challenge – even when I was down with the flu/bronchitis (which I’m still not over yet, but am slowly recovering).…

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Sunday Guest Blog: Food Matters

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by Lorena Colin

There are a lot of disagreements regarding food, but I think there is something on which we can all agree: food is important. It determines how we feel, how we look, our longevity, and our quality of life.

Over the past few years I have seen a lot of people with a burning desire to be healthier, in better shape, thinner, and stronger.…

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My Big Fat Take on the Whole Life Challenge

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Excerpt from Jessica’s Take

I didn’t write down the date I started my first Whole Life Challenge, but I’m pretty sure it was in mid-January of this year. I had lost some weight on Weight Watchers a few years earlier and had gained a lot of it back. This completely freaked me out, because largely, I was eating a Weight Watchers-condoned diet.…

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Kelly’s Comeback

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Kelly Dreyer was your average, multi-tasking 37-year-old mother, wife, coach, and occupational therapist from Cincinnati, Ohio. All of that changed on January 27, 2014, when she suffered a catastrophic stroke. The effects of the stroke rocked almost every corner of Kelly’s world. In addition to the loss of muscular control on her left side, she also endured constant pain from the slightest touch, even the rustle of clothing on her left side.…

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Jeff Germond Talks Partying, His Mom, and the Whole Life Challenge

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One of our favorite things about the Whole Life Challenge is that we get to hear stories from affiliates about the students who have participated in the Challenge. Here’s a story from Jeff Germond of CrossFit NOLA, who told us how the Challenge has impacted his community … and his mom.

WLC: You’ve participated in the Whole Life Challenge since we opened it up to affiliates in 2012.…

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