At first she was hesitant to even sign up for the Challenge because she didn’t think she could do it. We’re so glad she did.
“I’ve been overweight my entire life,” she says. “I was a heavy toddler, always the chubby kid, and as I got older, the harder it became to lose weight and the less I tried.”
But when Nancy reached her forties, it started to take a toll on her health.
“I wasn’t ready to check out yet,” she tells us. Less than a year later, she has completed two rounds of the Challenge, lost 70 pounds, and fully reinvented her beliefs about food, exercise and what she is capable of.
I finally feel like I have life in me!”
“The Challenge definitely changed my direction and way of thinking,” Nancy says. “I used to think ‘runners run to lose weight,’ but realized you need to add weight in order to lose weight.”
Through the Challenge she started doing resistance training and realized she actually liked it. She and her husband built a home gym and she bought a bike to get warmed up for the workouts.
“I realized, it’s in my house, no one is watching me. The only person I’d be lying to if I didn’t do the workouts is myself,” she says.
But she didn’t lie to herself. She did all the workouts (modifying as needed) and within weeks could see results. “I was excited for the next day to come to do the next workout!” she says.
One year ago, Nancy could barely make it a quarter-mile down the street. Soon she could go a whole mile, and then further. Now she walks two miles on her lunch break and even though she isn’t officially part of the current Challenge, she still picks out her favorite workouts to do in the evenings.
What you put in your body makes a huge difference.”
Working long hours as a wedding makeup artist, Nancy says she used to be a “drive-thru person,” resorting to McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick meal. Switching to eating five meals a day helped her change that. “Eating something small, every two to three hours, helps so that I’m not ready to cave,” she says.
In addition to planning snacks, Nancy began focusing on getting a good balance of macronutrients, measuring amounts instead of “eyeballing,” and doing food prep on Sundays. She tracks everything in a Google doc spreadsheet she can access anywhere.
Nancy is half Italian and loves food — it’s a big part of her life and family gatherings. But getting more protein has lowered her sweets cravings, she says, and the panic she expected to feel over cutting out cookies and cake wasn’t there. She stopped being afraid to skip the food at parties that she didn’t want to eat. “If I need to supplement a meal with a shake, I can.”
Transforming your eating and exercise habits isn’t easy. But Nancy put in the hard work and commitment, starting with that first step to join the Shape Up Challenge, and the rewards were worth it!
“I’ve spent so many years being embarrassed because of my weight,” she tells us. “I didn’t want to be that anymore. I want to stand proud.”
Congrats Nancy!!! We’re proud of YOU! 😀