In America by the year 2030, over 42% of adults could be obese. That adds up to a lot of overweight people and also means that healthcare costs for preventable obesity related diseases are estimated to increase from $18 billion a year to $66 billion per year by 2030. Instead of waiting until they were forced to exercise due to health problems, many people are using the internet to be proactive and connect with others to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. From workout routines to all natural recipes, these are the 2012 Golden Heart Award Winners for leaders online in weight loss education.
Andie Mitchell is a 27 year old who is passionate about cooking and baking and considers chocolate a close friend. In 2006 she lost over 100 pounds and started her blog to share her walk through life, loss, and her love of food. Andie wants people to be inspired by her story and learn healthy ways to maintain weight loss.
Gina Homolka started Skinny Taste in 2008 to combine her two passions of great food and beautiful photography. The site has turned into a rewarding labor of love that gets over 2.5 million views monthly of people coming for her healthy dishes that don’t skimp on the flavor. Gina’s food philosophy is eat seasonal, whole foods, and maintain good portion control.
Caitlin Boyle started Healthy Tipping Point as a way to balance her busy lifestyle with healthy eating and proper exercise. She felt that by documenting her recipes and workout routines, she would be able to inspire others to live their best as well.
Growing up in Austin, Texas, Lauren DeDecker had a passion for food more than health and fitness. As she got older, she became more interested in healthy eating and fitness which led her to get a degree in Nutrition Science Biochemistry from UC Davis. Lauren uses her blog to showcase the tasty recipes she makes, rewarding exercise routines she does for her workout clients, and general tips on how to live healthier.
Jolene uses her blog to chronicle her daily life and the things she is currently eating. You will find a wide variety of foods that range from healthy juice drinks, to holiday cookies, and even yummy fish plates but all of them delicious!
Chelsey Siegers started blogging in 2010 as a way to share her healthy living lifestyle with others and connect to people on the same path. She also became a vegetarian in 2010 and that led to her using a lot of gluten free and vegetarian recipes on her blog. Chelsey is a supporter of clean eating and always checks labels on boxed foods to make sure there are no artificial ingredients in her foods!
Angela Simpson was involved in lots of high activity sports like soccer, basketball, and golf when she was in school. Unfortunately all her physical activity was not enough to keep up with the way she was eating and she started gaining weight. Angela began to take control of her life in order to learn how to live a healthier life and lose weight, and in the process developed some skills in the kitchen.
Sarah Wilson uses her blog as a way to promote healthy eating because she was diagnosed with auto-immune disease in 2008. She dedicated herself to eating healthy and even wrote a book about quitting sugar when she realized it was making her sick. Sarah fills her blog with great tips, recipes, advice and inspiration for living a healthier lifestyle.
Jack started his blog after one day looking at his scale and thinking he had really let himself go. He made a vow to himself to increase his exercise and decrease the amount of food he was eating. Jack started working out and figured he should blog to keep track of all the changes he was making. Jack Sh!t blog was born!
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Liz Prell started blogging in September of 2011 after spending her entire life battling with her weight. Because she has been known to drop 3-4 pounds in a week, some have called her the weight loss queen. Liz decided that she didn’t want to see-saw with her weight anymore and losing it and keeping it off will set a great example for her kids.
Sarah picked the name for her blog because she got tired of people asking how her diet was going. Since she was trying to change her lifestyle and not just her eating habits, she always told them it was not an effing diet and a blog was born. Sarah started working our regularly and following a meal plan and has lost over 133 pounds and counting so far.
Tony weighed over 420 pounds in 2008 and decided it was time for a lifestyle change. After trying all the popular diets of the moment and instead of using surgery, he tried Weight Watchers. He had a goal to lose 200 pounds and the only person Tony knew of who lost 200 pounds was Jared the Subway guy. He didn’t want to eat subs to lose weight, so he started blogging as the Anti-Jared.
Joyce Cherrier has been in sports and fitness for over 25 years as a professional windsurfer and personal trainer in Maui, Hawaii. She also managed a gym and co-owned a health food store which helped her learn what works and what doesn’t nutrition and fitness wise. Joyce uses her blog to share information from the best sources and sound science to help you look and feel the best you can.
Suzanne Digre has a passion for weight lifting, healthy eating, and passing along the information to others to help them in their lives. After a car accident in 2002, Suzanne thought she wasn’t going to be able to lift heavy but by starting out with two pounds weight was able to build her strength up again. She started eliminating processed and sugary foods from her diet as a way to combat digestive problems she was having. Suzanne feels that people can gain inner strength and self confidence by weight training and encourages people to share their progress and success.
Cely doesn’t just blog about great workout tips and tricks. She also blogs about her love of brownies, her life living in Texas, and random pictures of men with great bodies. Yes you get a nice mixture of everything from Cely but always with a dash of running mixed in to keep it fresh and never stale on her blog.
Diana Swallow is a reformed scale junkie who used to put too much into what the scale said. She started taking a more holistic approach to weight loss to be sure to include the emotional and spiritual feelings as much as how the body is feeling. As a diabetic gluten intolerant individual, Diana regularly posts gluten free recipes and helpful ways to battle binge eating and addictions to food.
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The blog is run by someone who decided to change their life in December of 2010. After fluctuating with her weight for years and trying programs like SlimFast with no success, she decided that a gym membership and eating less junk food were the best chance of losing the weight and keeping it off. She regularly posts tasty recipes and updates on her weight loss path so keeping reading and stay tuned in.
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The author of this blog Tim is an Englishman who started blogging as a way to increase his confidence and self esteem, and lose the pounds (or stones as they say in England) in the process. He writes about highs he goes though while on a weight loss journey, the fun he has on trips to places like Mexico, and even what he keeps in his gym bag. Tim is always interviewing other bloggers who are also on weight loss adventures so you will always pick up some great tips!
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In 2010, after giving birth to a baby girl and being overweight all her life, Krystle Bailey decided to make a change. She started eating much better and eliminating all the processed foods from her diet. Krystle also started to incorporate exercise into her daily routines and was able to lose 105 pounds! She uses her blog as a way to help other people who are struggling with their weight to show them it is possible with dedication and hard work.
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Bobbi Sharp had her first child in December of 2008 and gained over 35 pounds as a result. A surprise pregnancy that occurred less than 13 months after the first also added additional pounds to the mix. Up The Creek was started because Bobbi had no idea on what was right when it came to weight loss and felt like she was up a creek without a paddle. After two years she has lost over 60 pounds and is always learning new things about healthy living.
Meredith did not start thinking about nutrition and exercise until she began putting on pounds while a freshman in college. She was inspired to start learning about what is healthy and what was not, and started to hit the campus gym. Today Meredith continues her healthy living quest to keep her body healthy and strong, all while on a grad student’s budget and time schedule.
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Christie Wethington wanted to hold herself accountable for working out and eating healthy as the mother of two little girls so she started a blog to do it. After having her first daughter she noticed the pounds gradually coming off slower but felt like she couldn’t do anything about it. Christie decided to make a change and instead of making excuses for not going to the gym, started just going to the gym. She is using her blog to document her accomplishments, failures, workouts, race results, and everything in between.
Jenn started blogging as a way to track her progress on the Medifast Diet. After she realized that she didn’t want to eat chemically created food forever, she quit and started simply clean eating and exercising. Jenn took her first CrossFit class in April 2012, got instantly addicted and added it to her workout regimen along with the Paleo diet. She is also currently training be able to run marathons in 2013.
Lap Band Gal is a Thirty-something living in California who underwent the lap band surgery procedure after trying other weigh loss options without any success. After getting the surgery she lost over 115 pounds and started to change the way she was living. No more binge eating, no more emotional eating, and no more sugary foods all the time. She started incorporating Zumba and Jazzercise into her weekly exercise routines and wants to inspire others to reach their goals with her story.
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Michelle Combs uses biting humor and her good nature to make her weight loss journey enjoyable for her readers. She used to live a very non active lifestyle and decided to make a change in her life by eating better and regularly weight training. Even though she hates lifting weights, Michelle loves feeling up her muscles so it is a fair trade off for her. Currently she can squeeze into a size 12 but isn’t going to stop until she can fit into a size 8 comfortably.
Lisa Eirene always looked at herself as chubby or overweight but didn’t really start gaining weight until her early 20’s. Like many people it was a combination of unhealthy food choices, medications, sugar addiction, and just plain laziness. In 2006 soon after going on a trip to Chicago with a friend, Lisa found out she was pre-diabetic and decided to make a drastic change. She started counting calories and keeping track of everything she ate and even added exercise to the weight loss equation by swimming 3 times a week. 110 pounds later and counting she is still helping others on their weight loss journey!
Colleen Murphy decided to make changes in her lifestyle after giving birth to her daughter in 2010. She walked into Weight Watchers at 272 pounds weighing a size 18/20 and on 7 medications. Colleen started slowly working out and strength training and after losing over 60 pounds she was able to stop taking all 7 medications! She got into the 220’s and began jogging and went from running her first 5K in September of 2010 to completing a 50 mile ultra marathon 2 years later! Now Colleen is focused on helping others reach their personal weight loss goals as she became a Certified Personal Trainer in late 2012.
Tamara Grand has been physically active all her life regularly participating in hiking, cycling, running, and even group exercises. In 2005, as the mother of three active children, Tamara was faced with the prospect of returning to the work force and wondered how she would be able to find time for exercise. So she decided to turn her passion into a career and became a Certified Personal Trainer always packing her blog full of healthy recipes and great workout routines to guide people to their weight loss goals.
Erika Nicole Kendall had fought problems with her weight all her life and never thought anything of it. Obesity is a common theme among many African Americans and it was not until her mother mentioned she should exercise more did Erika start to change her lifestyle. She started down the path of clean eating and began to exercise 3-4 times a week. After losing over 160 pounds, Erika decided that she wanted to chronicle her journey and inspire others so that they can lose the weight and keep it off.
Tina Reale fell in love with fitness as a junior in college after she signed up for an aerobics and weights class. After 3 months of taking the classes she fell in love with working out and it became a regular part of her schedule. After her son was born, Tina got herself back to pre-pregnancy shape and added running to her exercise mix. She uses her blog to motivate others by offering customized workout and eating plans that are designed to help people reach their fitness goals.
Jody Goldenfield has been actively practicing fitness in one form or the other for over 30 years. She started weight lifting in her 20’s but got very serious in her 30’s and even competed in amateur bodybuilding competitions in her late 30’s and won. After she stopped competing, Jody added a variety of cardio workouts from treadmill to outside running and even Elliptical to her workouts. She still finds time to weight train 4 times a week because that is her first love and her goal is to continue to exercise until her last breath and spread the word on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Kristin Perillois a sometimes vegetarian who started exercising regularly in 2009 to see what it felt like to be strong, fit, and capable of anything. Three years later she is still a dedicated weight trainer who is always amazed by how strong her body is and what it is capable of. Kristin uses her blog as a place to document her journey to living the healthiest that she can by posting healthy recipes she is eating and workout routines she has been successful with.
Rose Meiri started blogging in December of 2010 before she ran her 2nd marathon because she loved reading running blogs and her friends didn’t care about running as much as she thought them would. She uses her blog to write about her love of weight lifting and marathon running all while posting pictures of her pit stains and her butt. Come and be entertained!
Several years ago, Kristi Howard decided to became a healthy role model for others through her adventures in college. Even though she ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, she also was eating lots of other unhealthy items that began to take a toll on her body. After not feeling good mentally or physically, Kristi found a passion for running and began a more balanced approach to fitness that included strength training as well. She also started eating healthier, nutritious meals and uses her blog as a way to share these recipes and her workout routines with the world.
Tara always lived a very active life as a dancer growing up but never saw any significant changes to her body until she began weight lifting later in life. She was running daily and still didn’t feel her body looked the way she wanted it to. After meeting her husband in 2008, she finally got the weight lifting bug and started lifting regularly. Now Tara weight lifts at least 4 times a week and does cardio whenever she feels like it. Her blog is a place she posts workout routines that are guaranteed to make you sweat like a pig.
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Kari Keenan is a competitive figure pro in Maryland for the past 7 years. After starting to lift weights in college for cheerleading, she got hooked on weight training after noticing she had a bicep! Her blog is a place Kari can talk about her experiences as a figure pro and the sacrifices she makes in order to compete and win like she did my placing 1st in July of 2012 in the Maryland State and East Coast Classic.
Christine McCarthy is a working mom who still finds time to blog, vlog, and network on her blog to share her love of yoga, hiking, and eating healthy. She has written for over 15 publications foir various online resources that have been featured on places like HubSpot, Social Media Today, and Slide Share. In addition to sharing helpful recipes and workouts to help people reach their goals, Christine is also a FitFluential Ambassador to represent healthy people through social media.
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Lindsay Livingston is a 27 year old Dietetic Intern living in Columbus, Ohio studying to become a Registered Dietician. She loves to cook, bake, eat, and take pictures of food so those all come in handy together! Her blog is a great mix of wonderful recipes and fun workouts that you can implement into your routine.
Carrie Skoll spent a lifetime of being overweight and at the age of 37 decided it was time for a change. She started learning everything she could about living healthy and began to exercise, count calories, and lost 40 pounds in 9 months. Carrie then started blogging and realized her life now revolved around family, fitness, and yummy food so her blog followed suit. She always has a cool recipe, a new workout routine that is ready for you to try, or just an update on what is happening in her wonderful family life!
Annette Perkins is a certified fitness instructor, a certified wellness coach, and a personal trainer so when it comes to exercise and proper nutrition she knows her stuff! She is very passionate about spreading the word that weight training is the key to a healthy life and a fabulous fit body. Annette always blogs about what workout she is currently doing or has some nice fitness giveaway for her readers so check her out and enjoy your healthy living.
Mindy Artze started working out after a 6 year hiatus and weighing almost 214 pounds. She initially took a diet pill and lost the weight without a change in her lifestyle. As soon as she stopped taking the pill the weight came back and Mindy decided it was time for a change. She uses her blog as a way to track her progress and hold herself accountable, while at the same time learning from other fitness bloggers going through the same thing.
Kodjo Hounnake is a fitness enthusiast who has a mission to try to help combat obesity in America by promoting healthy eating and circuit training fitness routines on his blog. He didn’t get heavy into fitness until late in college and discovered circuit training created the best results. Circuit training is doing exercise routines back to back with minimal breaks and usually is done much quicker than a normal routine but keeps you burning fat 24 to 48 hours after you are done. If you want to get ripped and feel better Kodjo has the blog for you because he always blogs about clean eating recipes and home circuit training routines to get you there.