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Life After GreatistYou: Catching Up With Our Contestants

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Can you believe it’s over? Watching our contestants get through six weeks of personal goal-crushing has been inspiring, fun, and informative. We’re proud of each and every one of them! Now it’s time for one final check-in to see how they’re doing.

  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are still feeling that sense of accomplishment that comes from running a six-plus-mile race like it’s nothin’ at all. They hope to keep up with their running routine, as well as all the other healthy habits they formed.
  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is trying to get back on track after a Panda Express run and a battle with his pants. Don’t let your pants tell you how to live, Brandon; show them who’s boss!
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is loving every minute of her post-Whole30 brunch. But she’s not straying too far from her new way of eating. Eggs and spinach over an English muffin is leaps and bounds better than, say, a big pile of syrup-soaked pancakes. Keep it up!
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is finally relaxing after beating people up last weekend. She’s long overdue for some rest, so we hope she spends the weekend chilling out with a Camelbak full of ice-cold white wine. Just kidding, you probably shouldn’t do that. Probably.

Finally…

  • Our beloved mentor, Jessi (@greatistmentor), came by Greatist HQ to chat with us about the first season. Check out the video to get her take on the competition.

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GreatistYou Days 33-35: How Our Contestants Get the Most Out of Their Weekends

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Our contestants proved that weekends are just a few extra days to pursue greatness. Let’s start with Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda), who used their time off to participate in a Komen Race for the Cure in Prospect Park on Saturday. As if that wasn’t enough, they went back to the park the next day to train for their upcoming 10K.

After giving it their all, the Brooklynites took a much-deserved break on the roof where they took this amazing panoramic pic of their view.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is super excited to do some shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market with the gift card we sent him. (Pro tip: You’ll get perks too if you participate in the next season of GreatistYou.) Judging by the caption on his scale pic, Brandon seems happy with his weight! What a great feeling!
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is aiming to stick as closely as she can to Whole30 during her cruise. This will be no easy feat, but she’s got this. You’re a pro, Jasmine—just say no to the dessert bar.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) posted some intense videos this weekend that prove how hard Muay Thai training can be. That’s painful just to look at.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) gave us the skinny on protein shakes and how to make them taste delicious. Watch her full video here.

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GreatistYou Day 11: Darby and Adrienne Sweat Their Collective Butts Off

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are back at it again! Though Darby was sore from SoulCycle last night, that didn’t stop her from going on a run around the neighborhood. She also has two classes planned this weekend: one at The Bar Method and another at Mile High Run Club.

Adrienne is still in D.C. for work, but she isn’t treating the trip like a vacation. She’s been spending a lot of time in the hotel’s fitness center and packed her foam roller and resistance band for some on-the-road physical therapy.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) was seriously tempted by McDonald’s while waiting at the airport but ultimately opted for cheddar cheese and egg whites on a whole-wheat bagel with a side of grapes. Also, quick question: What exactly happened with the sink here to make it your nemesis?
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) posed a question we all want an answer to: Why is there still no bacon emoji? But she shouldn’t let that stop her from incorporating bacon into every single meal.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is trying her d*mndest to avoid junk food and almost resisted the urge to steal a coworker’s french fry. But hey, french fries might be one of the most difficult foods to say no to.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) always knows what to say when things get tough. “Pro tip: Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with compassion. You don’t need to be mean to be motivated.”

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GreatistYou Day 8: Regina Closes In on Her Goal

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

This weekend our contestants proved to be GreatistYou warriors by keeping up their routines despite a blinding heat wave and the allure of the beach.

Regina (@greatistregina) is still keeping a close watch on her diet, but the appeal of a bagel and lox was too much to handle. Hey, a little smoked salmon never hurt anyone… aside from the salmon, of course.

Still, she ended up only 0.6 pounds away from her goal weight on Sunday. And in case you’re wondering, your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds per day, so we’re def calling this one a win.

If you couldn’t tell by the above Instagram post, this week has Regina pumped. We like to think it’s because Grokker offered her three months of free videos. But don’t be too jealous: The company is offering Greatist readers a hearty discount too. Work out at home and watch TV: win-win.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is feeling the pain of healthy eating and has made it clear he won’t be giving up his tortilla addiction anytime soon. Stay strong, Brandon. Tortillas are a nasty habit to kick.
  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) pose some powerful questions with their latest Instagram posts: Can one love and hate a foam roller at the same time? If you work out in an empty gym, does it still count? These ladies are flexing their brains as hard as their their muscles.
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) has discovered a major perk of the Whole30 Program: Bacon is allowed! Here are a few other insanely tasty, Whole30-compliant meals to keep the party going (the salmon and artichoke recipe is to die for).
  • Jessi Kneeland (@greatistmentor) continues to inspire our contestants and dispel health myths. Yesterday’s advice? “Due to natural human body fluctuations, weigh-ins can be useful to track TRENDS, but not exact progress. Try weighing yourself weekly instead of daily for weight loss goals, and remember that the number on the scale has nothing to do with your self-worth!” Amen.

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