this is me

IMG-20121111-00547Hi! I’m Nancy, and this blog is basically a documented and time-stamped roadmap of my journey towards better health.

I’m exploring the possibility of eating well and still losing weight, by focusing on exercise versus diets, restrictions and deprivation. Which, hopefully, explains all the sweat around here.

For the back-story, read How a Groupon Changed My Life. My trip to BLR, Fitness Ridge in November 2012 was the catalyst for change in my life. That trip to “fat camp” kicked me in the teeth, shook me to my core and woke me up to just how unhappy I was in my life.

It also inspired me to set a BHAG: I set out to exercise all 365 days of 2013 as I wrote about in my 2013 New Year’s Resolution . And I did. I actually exercised every single day, for 365 days in a row. Here is what I learned along the way. And here is a summary of what I lost and gained in the process.

This journey has been all about pushing boundaries, overcoming self-induced obstacles and proving [to myself] just what I’m made of.

This blog is my commitment to making better life choices and embracing a new, healthier lifestyle.

No more temporary “fixes” (diets, gadgets, cleanses, pills, etc.). There is no magic pill, no silver bullet. It has taken me a long, long time to figure this out. Results come from hard work. Period.

I decided to embrace a lifestyle that would allow me to be my best me. I also made the decision to write about my journey; to expose myself and all my insecurities and fears to the world [well, at least that small percentage of the world who finds and reads this blog].

I know this won’t be easy. And I’m confident there will be many [horrifying to me; entertaining to you] bumps along the road. But I’m committed to see this journey through to the end.

I am embracing my inner warrior one bead of sweat at a time.

Keep moving!

xoxo nancy

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      • Ha, ha, ha….ok – – I thought since I was seeing “Tex” and then saw “y’all” that you might be a fellow Texan 🙂 Thanks for following my blog….and nice to meet you!

      • I’ve adopted y’all from y’all 🙂 and I’ve adopted “rubbish” from the Brits. I absolutely love it when they refer to something they’ve done as rubbish. “I had no energy yesterday, so my workout was rubbish!” <- LOVE that! 🙂

      • Ha, ha, ha….I LOVE rubbish too!!! Along the same note, isn’t it fun to read Linda’s posts??? Not only her word choice, but I like to imagine her words with an Irish accent..

  1. I can relate to your statement about “pushing boundaries”. To put this in perspective, from your picture i’m guessing that I have at least forty years on you and I’m a gym rat, I’ve worked out most of my life and especially in the past eight years. I also have pulmonary problems that are going to put me under the grass eventually but I swore to myself that it would not be without a scrap. So when I’m working out I push it and I can feel those breathing problems shrinking. Next few hours they come back of course but then “The Boundary ” and I go at it again.
    My best to you as you continue your fight.

    • If you have 40 years on me, friend, that would make you nearly 90. And if you’re nearly 90 and still a gym rat…STANDING OVATION for you! 🙂

      The photo on this page was taken the day my girlfriend and I left ‘fat camp’ – Nov 2012 – and I was 46 years old. My 365-days-of-sweat happened in 2013 (46 to 47 years old) and I’m still going strong – that is, trying to balance work, life and a healthier lifestyle into each day. It’s a process, and it’s hard work, but no one said it would be easy, right? The best part for me? The happiness I’ve found as a result of feeling healthier, more alive!

      Best wishes to you and your continuing journey to scrap it out and fight a home under that grass! Cheers to you!

      • Nope, not 90, only 75. Not 90 only 75? could that be an oxymoron? Anyway I agree that it is a “process” and whenever you get knocked off track (and the circumstances of life can do that) just be sure to get back on.
        Thanks for following my blog. I don’t post much but I might….

  2. Hi Nancy! You were highly recommended to me by two of our mutual friends – Mr. Trent Lewin and Mr. El Guapo…so here I am stopping by to introduce myself. I’ve been doing this blogging madness now for a couple of months and I think I’m in over my head. So any levity your blog can provide will sure help! Looking forward to your posts 🙂

    • If you want it to stick beyond “fitting into that dress for the upcoming wedding”, or “need to get fit fast; bikini season is here”, yep, it needs to be a day in, day out commitment.

  3. Hi Nancy, I love your blog already. 2016 is the year of better health for me. Which is funny, because (I’m Christy from Running on Sober) I stopped drinking nearly 5 years ago and started running and working on all that self-help mumbo jumbo…
    Yet, we forget it’s so easy to go overboard on getting healthy. Whereas I may be more physically fit that ever before, there’s still so many areas of my life I need to heal…to get healthy.
    Nice to connect…I’ll be reading 🙂

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