NANCYANNE55   84,135
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Ready to go to my daughters Band Banquet. 4-20-2013

44th BDay. My Size-6 goal look. 9 Nov 2010

Me on the left. I believe a rare photo of me at my heaviest-197lbs. (I used to run from the camera!)

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No kidding: You really CAN change your body into something you are proud of!

Trust me, if I could get in shape at the age of 43 after birthing four babies, so can you!

I firmly believe that reasons for not getting fit are merely excuses in disguise. The more "reasons" I hear, the more I believe this. I don't care WHAT your medical issue or current situation: You can not tell me there isn't something doctor-approved you can't do to make yourself healthier. I'm just not buying it.

I'm no one special: Never been an athlete (I'm horrible at ...
Trust me, if I could get in shape at the age of 43 after birthing four babies, so can you!

I firmly believe that reasons for not getting fit are merely excuses in disguise. The more "reasons" I hear, the more I believe this. I don't care WHAT your medical issue or current situation: You can not tell me there isn't something doctor-approved you can't do to make yourself healthier. I'm just not buying it.

I'm no one special: Never been an athlete (I'm horrible at sports!), very little family history of athleticism, a personal history of severe chronic depression, and a family history of not only obesity and depression, but also heart disease and diabetes..... Yep... If anyone was set up to stay fat, it was me.

But at the age of 42 I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and decided to see if I could turn my body into something that was defying the odds instead of becoming another statistic. It took me almost a year to lose 42 pounds. It was a lot of hard work. I back-slid countless times. There were tears and times of "What's the use?" But I did it. Me- the girl who usually gives up. I didn't give up. And if I could see it through, so can you!

My epiphany came when I let myself absorb the horrible reality of what obesity and diabetes combined with genetics had done to the senior members of my family. I didn't want my kids to watch me go through that. For their sakes, I needed to grab my own health by the horns.

The other thing I had to come to terms with was that I was not taking care of the body God had entrusted me with. Instead, I was abusing it. So the first thing I had to do was ask His forgiveness. Which, of course, came right away. Next, came self forgiveness. That was harder, but eventually I was able to forgive and love myself enough to start the process of reclaiming my health. (I actually blogged about this in my blog a while back titled "The Gift of Self Forgiveness". It's closely related to another blog I posted titled "Love Yourself In Your Current Condition" If you haven't had enough of my words by the end of this very long introduction, you are welcome to page back through my blogs to the right and read them.)

So I joined Weight Watchers and became more intentional about my workouts in the gym. I hired personal trainers and worked with a nutrition coach and learned what food is doing while it's in my body and how it's affecting me. I studied everything about exercise and nutrition I could get my hands on. I'd been a Certified Personal Trainer for several years myself (still am!), but I started using my training to help others achieve similar results. I wanted my journey to benefit more than just me.

In short, I immersed myself in whatever I could do change my ways and help others change theirs.

And eventually the changes came........ Not quickly, though....... Heaven knows I didn't do this overnight! But when you are making positive changes, your body can't help but respond positively.

And that's what I want you to understand: It's not a quick fix. It takes time and effort. It's often difficult. But is getting yourself into shape, both internally and externally, ever worth it!

I don't know when your epiphany will come. No one can make a lifestyle change until they are ready. But when you are ready, dig your heels in deep and tell yourself, over and over, that no matter what comes your way you will NOT give up on yourself, no matter who else disapproves or it inconveniences. Tell yourself you will NOT quit. Tell yourself you are worth it! Because if you don't believe it, no one else will, either.

If you want more inspirational words from me, check out my blogs! A lot of people write me looking for support (I love hearing from you and will do my best to get back to you), but most often I will send them to a blog because of the frequency of certain questions asked and issues being brought up. Be prepared, though: There is a LOT of information in my blogs, so page through them and pick the topics you find of the most interest. There's even a few video blog links!

You can do this. You owe it to yourself, you owe it to your Creator, and you owe it to your family. Now what are you waiting for?
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Member Since: 6/1/2007

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My Goals:
My overall goal is to take care of this body God has entrusted me with.

Most motivating goal: Keep my family history of diabetes and heart disease at bay. My best chance to be around for kids & eventually grand-kids is to be as lean as possible.

At 5'9", get consistently into a size 6 while putting on oodles of leg muscle!

Keep the reactive hypoglycemia I have when I am heavier at bay.

If God does decide to take me early, have my organs in excellent shape so they can save/extend the lives of others. What better way to leave than helping someone else stay?

My Program:
Current program:
As of 02/03/2014 I am following Brett Contreras' Strong Curves Training program, doing the 4-day split option.

I stretch thoroughly after every workout. It's an important part of fitness!

I am following the Strong Curves nutrient guidelines for my current eating plan. (I firmly believe in embracing an entire program.)

Personal Information:
I am certified as both a Personal Trainer and a Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

I live in Wichita Falls, Texas, but am originally from the SF Bay Area. In my adult life I have lived in Illinois, Southern California, Hampton Roads Virginia, Panama City Florida, Louisville Kentucky, Marion Ohio, and here in Texas.

We have a total of seven kids, four of which emerged from my body and three from the body of my ex-wife-in-law. :-) Only one lives at home full time still. We also have two beautiful grandchildren.

I enjoy all sorts of boring domestic stuff, but I also have a bit of a daredevil streak in me and like to try new things.

Other Information:
These have become my own original catch-phrases:
- "The shame is not in falling down. The shame is in not getting back up."
- "Any exercise is better than no exercise."
- "Do the Right thing, even when it's not easy."
- "Do what scares you! "
- "You can't know what you don't know"
- "If you do positive things to your body, your body can't help but respond positively."
- "An obstacle isn't a road block- it's simply something to either be climbed over or navigated around."

Favorite quote NOT by me:
- "You gotta put your behind in the past." (Pumba to Timon in The Lion King)

Favorite Bible Verse:
- "There is no temptation you are faced with that others haven't also faced. But God, who is faithful, will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can stand and will give you a way to escape the temptation so that you will be able to handle it." 1st Corinthians 10:13 NNAV [New Nancy Anne Version ;-)]

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Member Comments:
6/11/2014 2:59:59 PM

LOL you made me laugh with that. Didn't know that you are allergic to tree nuts! How long have you been allergic? Did I tell you I use to be allergic to eggs? Hadn't ate any since I was 8 got tested again last fall (doctor suggested it as they say we can grow out of some allergies) and I found out after over 20 years of not eating any that I am no longer allergic! Crazy right? Have been adding them into my diet ever since. Interesting tasting them again for the first time. So far my favorite way to eat them has been scrambled with lots of onions and brussels sprouts cracked pepper and a little bit of organic cheese melted on top. YUM! Had that for dinner on Monday actually. (instead of pulled pork sandwiches that my teenager had been asking me to make).
Enjoy the rest of your week! Hope you start to feel better soon!
A tip for the sore throat- take a tablespoon with a little dab of honey on it and squeeze some fresh lime juice on it and eat it little bits at a time to let it coat your throat. My grandmothers use to give me that when I was little : )

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6/11/2014 12:31:57 PM

Good Morning - glad I saw your blog post, and visited your page. Your pics gave me some great inspiration! emoticon

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6/9/2014 5:47:38 PM

Thanks for the blog comment.

Yeah, this is kind of uncharted territory for me. I've been doing a fairly detailed strength training program for the past 3 months and am competing on the 25th of this month. I'll be happy to add 20-30 lbs to my total.

I told trainer guy that I'm happy working whatever program he has to improve my mobility and range of motion, so he's developing me some pre & post workout functional moves in addition to the trigger point and foam rolling.

I'm not sure he knows a lot about intermediate level programming for Powerlifting, so I'm going to tap into his knowledge of stuff I need to get better at.

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