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 Brooklynite duo, Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda), are well on the way to unleashing their inner Usain Bolt and owning the upcoming 10K in Prospect Park. Keep in mind, this park has quite a few hills and will be especially challenging for Adrienne, whose bad knee might slow her down.

Adrienne goes on to tell us that she’s pleasantly surprised by how much she’s loving yoga and swimming—two activities she hadn’t done until recently—but is quickly going through all her workout clothes. We’re lookin’ at you, Nike! (Seriously, give us free stuff.) Darby, on the other hand, is looking forward to joining a boxing class so she can stay quick on her feet.


  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is taste-testing a banana/chia seed pudding recipe and, by the looks of the grin on her face, seems to like it a whole lot. Here are a couple more chia seed pudding recipes for ya, Jasmine; it’s the best thing since Snack Packs.
  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is taking in some great scenery during his daily walks, though we were a little more enthralled with this sunset view than we were with the wall of Spam.
  • Holy crap! Regina (@greatistregina) let some doctor stick a bunch of electrified needles into her body, reminding us all that she is tougher than we’ll ever be. Hopefully the combination of acupuncture and turmeric juice will help her aching knee.
  • Our beloved mentor, Jessi Kneeland (@greatistmentor), encourages us all to find our “Why”: “Why is it important to you to work out? Why is important to you to eat clean? Why is it important to you to feel better?” Good question, so why do you guys do it?