Goals: To run a full marathon
Achievements: Completed a half marathon and learned to drive at the age of 25.
Weakness: Definitely Pizza
Tracy is constantly conflicted. She's a hardcore foodie and can be frequently found in the kitchen but she's also a fitness fanatic, running seven miles a day before work or jamming to her Jillian Michael's DVDs. She is often torn between consuming calories and burning them --contemplating whether the miles she ran justifies the slice(s) of pizza she then devoured.
Tracy graduated from Parsons Design School in New York and has been working in the fashion and design industry for the past 4 years. Her passion for cooking and food is evident through her cooking blog, saturdaynights.squarespace.com. Check it!
Born with a natural Basso-Profundo voice and blessed with supernatural powers, Dr Robert Failla is the ultimately cool doctor for establishing an easy-to-live-with personal nutrition program to satisfy the most discerning individual. Whether it's getting back lost energy, restoring that youthful feeling, gaining back some athletic performance, healing that lagging thyroid, or making the stomach and intestines behave themselves, the Doctor has a program for you!
Goals: Kayaking, trekking in the Alaskan wilderness.
Achievements: Getting through a round of P90X. (In her mid-50s!)
Jayne's first stab at cleansing and nutrition was doing Dr. John Christopher's Bowel detoxification. At that point in time a person had to travel from health food store to health food store in NYC, gathering and mixing herbs and then stuffing them all into little gelatin capsules one by one. It was incredibly DIY. Jayne experienced the program at a cabin she was renting for the summer outside of Woodstock--outhouse and stream only (imagine that). It changed her life on many levels.
Health and wellness - how the mind, body, spirit work together and how you can change your own condition, dramatically - has been a life long passion of Jayne's. She recently left NYC for the wilds of Montana and still finds herself gathering herbs from her organic garden and working with others--cleansing, detoxing, and whatever else it takes--to become well for the long haul.
Jayne is a certified Health Coach (a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners), a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and currently studying with the Global College of Natural Medicine.
Goals: Having a baby (or two) then running a marathon!
Achievements: Shooting 30 yoga DVDs in 10 days!
Kristin McGee, aka Bendigirl, has been bending since the 90s when she discovered yoga at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She became a full time Bendigirl after graduating. Since then she has been sharing everything she can about yoga, pilates, fitness and health to anyone who claims to be "inflexible." Flexibility is a way of viewing life and, as Kristin says, "anyone can touch their toes, if they bend their knees." Kristin loves to help people feel comfortable and find a way to incorporate fitness into their lives so they can feel good and not get too bent out of shape over all of it!
Kristin is Health Magazine's contributing Fitness and Yoga editor, Fila's personal performance ambassador, HSN's Pilates Power Gym host and the star of over 50 fitness DVDs.
She plans to stay bendy for the rest of her life.
Goals: Leanne will run Boston 2012 in 3:20
Achievements: After being a serious basketball player throughout high school, Leanne was a NCAA Division I Cross Country and Track runner at the University of Pennsylvania. After college, she started running in races competitively. She qualified for the Boston marathon in 2011 and PRed there with a time of 3:30:51.
Leanne is the president of Rogue Female Fitness. While her title is certainly prestigious, she makes sure to let everyone know she follows the old adage: do as I say, not as I do. This becomes especially important when it comes to wine-drinking (she claims to have hollow leg syndrome) and working out (she does it hard). It's all about the balance, baby.
Goals: To complete a Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash
Achievements: Montauk Triathlon - 2 hrs 35 mins, 2011 NYC Marathon 4 hrs 4 mins
Willy, as his friends call him, is a native Brit who came to the USA to study International Relations at Boston University and never quite left. As our chief idea guy and test dummy, he loves trying new things like running a marathon with 37 days training, competing in a triathlon having not ridden a bike in 5 years, and finding the best gluten free cookies in town. Myntology is his second start up. His first, Lilybug Scooters, is a designated driving service in the Hamptons where drivers place a folded up scooter in the trunk of their clients' cars to be able to drop their customers right at home and then zip off to the next job.
Goals: To run a half marathon. Stop drunk tweeting.
Achievements: Two-time bungee jumper.
The notion of "stranded on a desert island" is a plus for Kate, as sunshine and ocean are among her prescriptions for the good life. As they say, life's a beach.
Kate is a recent graduate of Skidmore College where she concentrated in writing and was the captain of an intramural coed soccer team (albeit, continuously defeated). Off campus she worked as a bartender and waitress where she served up both french fries and advice for patrons who needed some grease and a good listening ear to settle their long work days.
Despite a taste for nutritious and unconventional foods, Kate's condiment of choice is ketchup. Her ultimate fashion fix is Tide to Go (re: ketchup) and she considers herself an experimental baker; the black bean brownies, needless to say, were not a hit. While a bit of a gym rat, Kate will not hesitate to undo a rigorous work-out with a fresh batch of anything sweet. Tomorrow's another day.
Goals: A perfect Scorpion Pose (that's Kristin McGee--one of our guest writers and yoga expert extraordinaire!).
Achievements: AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor.
Weakness: A slice of pizza and a fountain coke.
Lori spent most of her youth eating fast food. Thank god for a fast metabolism (she's hot). In her twenties, after years of eating those processed foods, she suffered from a series of allergies and illnesses that western medicine could do little for. This ultimately led her to discover integrative medicine and good nutrition. Integrative medicine (combining alternative and western medicine) cured her and she hasn't looked back since. The culmination of her experience led Lori back to school to study nutrition and wellness at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Lori thrives on teaching others about the importance of good nutrition, exercise, and wellness. She says, "It's about putting health and well-being back into your own hands so you can take back control of your life."
For Lori, personal balance beats being good all the time. Listen to Lori: "You can have that slice of pizza or that cookie, you just need to know what to do to balance it out. Life would be very sad without cookies and pizza...Strive to be good 70% of the time, naughty 30%. If you can accomplish that - you're way ahead of the curve."