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Well & Good: Fit Journey

Fit Journey: A new resource for inspiring weight loss
Monday, March 18, 2013
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Makeup artist Julia Dalton-Brush was a college athlete and a fitness buff for most of her life, before gaining 80 pounds in the past 10 years.

“I thought it was a lost cause, but then I started going to Flywheel and Barry’s Bootcamp and found an incredible, supportive community there,” she says. “Everywhere else around the country, there aren’t places like this, and a lot of people can’t afford to go to these places.”

So, Dalton-Brush thought up Fit Journey, a new website that just launched and is meant to provide resources, inspiration, and community to overweight and obese people who are trying to lose weight and get back into fitness. And she tapped the community that’s supporting her to help—Barry’s trainer Noah Neiman and Flybarre’s Kara Liotta are contributing fitness routines.

Dalton-Brush, however, is the strongest presence on the site, where she chronicles her own weight-loss process alongside the people she hopes to inspire. “I’m going through it with them. My weight is on my blog right now; everything is out there,” she says. “All of these fitness videos and TV shows, they have these perfect people telling you ‘Yeah, you can do it!” and it’s like ‘How dare you tell me this is easy?’”

To access the website’s articles, videos, and community resources, users have to pay $6.99/month (although the first two weeks are free). Dalton-Brush hopes others will see the value and replicate the shift in mentality she advocates.

“I tell people ‘I used to be fat, but now I’m in training.” —Lisa Elaine Held

About Julia

Is a successful NYC based makeup artist - you can see her work all over TV, in top magazines all over the world and she has been featured in the New York Times, Prevention Magazine and numerous other publications, she is the former beauty editor for Bloginity and owns a small boutique beauty business called Brush Beauty. She has had a few careers ranging from construction management to radio and everything in between, however, the constant passion in her life was always fitness. Even when she lost her way from it, she was always constantly motivated by athletes and anything movement oriented around her. She is the type of person who only gets star struck by people like Gabby Douglas, Matt Long, Pat Riley or Kerri Walsh and the thought of meeting any of them puts her stomach in little girly teenage knots. Favorite workouts: Bootcamps, Spinning, swimming and lifting alone with my headphone on.
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