The inspiring story of Brian Smith, a former offensive lineman for the Ohio State University Buckeyes

I felt like I was in a black hole, unable to climb out. Weighing 410 pounds at my heaviest, I was morbidly obese. And I was broken.

I assumed both the physical and emotional discomfort would prove too powerful an adversary for her. I was wrong.

The old Huffy was heavy. The spokes were rusty, the chain clangy, and the rear wheel was somewhat elliptical shaped and canted slightly to the right. With each rotation, the tire would wobble, rubbing the frame and brakes.

Weight loss is not a final destination. It is simply a road on a journey leading to a place where you can come alive.

To me, fitness is not a destination, it is a journey. You don’t simply wake up one morning and find yourself fit. You put yourself on a road that is filled with potholes, bumps, roadblocks and traffic.

Nestled along the San Marcos River and home to the annual Watermelon Thump is the small town of Luling, Texas. Once known as the "Toughest Town in Texas," Luling is also known for its mouth-watering BBQ, Texas' first inland paddling trail, and the annual "Luling Dry Tri," a triathlon that includes running, cycling, and paddling stages.

The orange and yellow hues of daybreak were just giving way to a brilliant blue sky as 15,000 runners stood quietly in the starting corral of the 2010 GO! St. Louis marathon and half marathon.

For the people of China, fitness isn't about losing weight, avoiding carbs, or getting ripped. It is about feeling great, living with vitality, and maintaining harmony, both individually and in community.

The inspiring story of Boston Marathoner Erica Newman Nash, a 36-year-old working mother living with cerebral palsy.

Fitness over 40? You're just getting started!

A commitment to fitness - Cathy Thurwachter completes her 30th triathlon.

Read the inspiring story of Jennifer Chaillie - a quadriplegic who handcycles, kayaks, and waterskis.