A Must-Read Tale of Beating the Odds--and Winning Big

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Wheelchair Racer Could Be First to Win 3 Major Marathons in a Season
What a feel-good story! Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden spent her early years in a Russian orphanage. With no wheelchair, she walked using her hands. Now she's a decorated long-distance wheelchair athlete who has taken up skiing! If you've ever had someone tell you "you can't do that," you'll love this story of perseverance and triumph! (Update: She won Chicago, too!)

Feeling the Burn: How I Dealt with Mean Girls in Spin Class Fitness magazine
This blog shares an interesting first-person tale of grown-ups bullying at the gym. Have you ever experienced "mean girls" (or boys) at the gym?

ELLE Magazine Under Fire for Melissa McCarthy Cover Yahoo! Shine
While ELLE has been praised for putting a plus-size actress on the cover, critics say the wardrobe choice (oversized trench coat) is an insult  and a missed opportunity? What do you think about the Bridesmaids star's magazine cover?

Do customers overshare on Instagram? Restaurant Hospitality
While this story is aimed at restaurant owners and operators, read it to find out interesting new info about the effect of food photos on your appetite. Contrary to what you might think, the longer you look at food (on Instagram or other social media platforms), the less desirable eating that food becomes. Is this a viable weight-loss tactic?

5 Things Nobody Wants to Hear Mind Body Green
Read this list before you update your Friend Feed, chat with your co-worker at the water cooler, or catch up with a friend over coffee. Does anyone really need to hear that?

The 'Corset Diet' Is Not A Diet At All. It's Just Scary. Huffington Post Healthy Living  
Um, yuck. This "diet" is just flat-out dangerous (not to mention weird). Have you heard of this fad weight-loss tactic?

In Struggle With Weight, Taft Used a Modern Diet NYT
William Howard Taft is known as the country's largest president, weighing in at 350 pounds at one point. What many don't know is that Taft did try to manage his weight, in a surprisingly modern way--even tracking his food as SparkPeople recommends!  
Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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Way to go Tatyana McFadden. That will want anyone to getout there and do their best. Report
Soooo, it seems from the article about spin class that today's new mind-body fusion take on the venerable old sport of SpinningⓇ has spawned its own snob-ridden "scene" - like the yoga studio and the Cross FitⓇ box that preceded it .. Report
Very inspired by how Tatyana McFadden has worked around her spina bifida issues. A definite example of what you can do instead of what you can't do. So inspired that I posted it to my Facebook. Report
Interesting reading about President Taft's weight struggles. And the corset thing....really? I am astounded that in this day and age we still resort to such medieval atrocities in the name of beauty. Also, I thought that the mean girls in the spinning class were interesting. People need to grow up. I am so glad that the fitness center at my office is not like that. Everyone there is so encouraging and non-judgmental. If I had gone to a spin class like that and it was my first experience, I might never go a gym again. Report
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