Health Magazine to feature local woman in October issue |

Health Magazine to feature local woman in October issue

Melissa Leon at the Sept. 14 Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon and around 130 pounds.
Submitted photo |

At a certain point last year, Melissa Leon simply got fed up with the way she felt on a day-to-day basis.

She was overweight and unhappy, she said.

At 37 years old and tipping the scale at more than 185 pounds, she decided to make a change.

“I was more than 185 pounds and squishing around in a size 13,” Leon said.

First, she cut flour and sugar and started working out.

A year later Leon, Nevada County court clerk, has dropped 60 pounds, posted a strong time (1 hour, 43 minutes) in the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon, is training for the upcoming Tough Mudder competition in Tahoe and will be featured in Health Magazine’s October issue set to hit news stands today.

“I’m in the best shape of my life,” Leon said. “I never want to go back. I got rid of all my fat clothes.”

After Leon shed her weight, she submitted her story to the magazine, which features an “I did it” section, highlighting weight loss success stories. An employee of Health Magazine then contacted her for a phone interview and set up a photo shoot in Sacramento.

All of which she said was very cool.

Leon credits some of her success to her new-found addiction to obstacle course events.

Last October, Leon participated in the 5K Zombie Mud Run and was hooked from there, she said. Leon has since competed in the Rugged Manic 5K in July and is currently prepping for the Tough Mudder, a 10-mile obstacle course that traverses Northstar Resort.

Leon went on to say that she has applied her obstacle course tactics to her everyday life.

“Look at the challenge, quickly assess the method to conquer and go for it,” she wrote in a text. “Use your fear as fuel.”

Conquering fear is a major part of Leon’s approach to weight loss, she said.

“I also tell people to not be afraid to challenge themselves,” Leon said. “You never know what you are capable of until you try.”

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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