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

132 thoughts on “this is me

  1. Good for you. This is so inspiring to hear. And you’re right. It’s not about getting skinny–it’s about being fit and strong and healthy so that we can enjoy as many years as possible on this earth.

    Thanks for visiting my site. I appreciate it. I just followed you over on Twitter. 🙂

  2. Enjoy the journey Nancy, and I like that your goal is to get strong, not skinny. Crikey, being skinny is over-rated, besides there are plenty of fat skinny people out there.

    Stick to it, you’ll love yourself for it!! 😉

    • Ha! Love that! “Fat skinny people” I know exactly what you mean — the ones that look like they should be in shape, based on their size, but couldn’t climb 2 flights of stairs if their life depended on it! 🙂 The journey has been unbelievably rewarding. Discovering the things my body is capable of… amazing! Day 106 of 365 days of sweat, and never happier about the decision! Thanks for stopping by Baz!

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for commenting on my blog, Experiments in Health and Wellness. I appreciate you stopping by and visiting and inviting me to discover your blog. I have a lot of things on my plate at the moment, so, I may be an infrequent visitor for a while. However, rest assured I shall return.

    Your journey sounds amazing! I have heard of the Biggest Loser Resort. It is a place I would love to visit my for myself. Kudos to you for taking on such a huge commitment to change your life for the better, for yourself. I am quite sure that many people will find what you write here inspirational and motivational.


  4. I am so in awe of you! Your goal to be strong and healthy is so amazing, and it looks like you are there already. I’ll be checking back in regularly for inspiration 🙂

    • Thanks, D, for the kind words! I’m so happy to hear that my words come off light, because it feels like such a grind on a daily basis. 🙂 Definitely worth it, though. The alternative sucks.

    • At the end of the day it really does come down to priorities. Until I got to a place in my life where my health and quality of life became a top priority for me I wouldn’t have been able to make (or keep) this commitment.

      Thanks so very much for stopping by to visit, and especially for taking the time to comment.

  5. John here. I didn’t get to blogging last night, but I did get to the wine. At the moment it’s Starbucks coffee and a little reading. I love what you’re doing here and am along for the ride. Kick some butt. Peace and thanks, John

    • Hi WW, thanks for the kind words! Yes I will continue healthy living and blogging in 2014, but the 365 day challenge will end on the 31st. I’ve earned a day off! 🙂

      So glad we’ve connected!

  6. I have been remiss at not commenting here, before. I am so glad we have connected here. Go, Nancy! All my best to you on your last week of this personal mission (which is helping other people, too, obviously).

  7. You are an inspiration! I’m in my first week of T25 and eating more fruits and vegetables. I already feel 100% better and have more energy. You go with your inner warrior self!

    • T25 is the Beach Body guy, right? I’m sure it’s INSANE!
      I eased off a bit in the new year — a reward for the previous 365 days, but I’m feeling the need to ramp back up now. I just bought a 5 class groupon for Pure Barre. Actually I bought it 2.5 weeks ago and have been terrified to go. Must.Do.It.Soon. 🙂 Def next week.

    • Thanks Shelley! Not gonna lie, it was pretty tough at times, especially couple of occasions when I was sick. Had to dig deep to get the workouts in. So worth it though, proving to myself what I’m capable of. Thanks for stopping by — I’ll hop on over to your blog tomorrow to check it out!

    • Hey Beth – so happy to have met you as well! Looking forward to digging into more of your writing when I’m not knee deep in a 10,000 person convention down in Atlanta. Just read your Crap It post — too cute.

  8. Congratulations on being a huge inspiration to a massive amount of people–whether that happens to be a few thousand who are lucky enough to stumble upon your blog, or the millions out there who really need to hear your message and tap into your energy. I love what you’re doing and send you as many good wishes as the Ethernet will support. Keep on truckin!
    Cheers 😀

    • Went thank you so much, gorgeous! This comment just made my day!

      The energy is not always off the charts, but the acknowledgement that only I control my health and well being – not some magic pill – is ever present. And that knowledge keeps me on track, for the most part. 🙂

  9. Hi Nancy, I don’t know how I haven’t gotten here after several months of seeing you comment on a lot of the same blog sites! I love your story and have taken the same approach since September 2012. Funny thing is that a trip to Europe and eating all that wonderful FRESH food made me and my husband start eating better, followed by getting a lot more exercise, and we are now fitter and healthier than we have been in years! I look forward to getting to read more of your story. Sadly, I do have a blog as well, but have been totally derailed from writing, as well as, SO far behind on my reading and commenting lately. I am sure I will be back writing again soon!
    Cheers, Lynne

    • Hi Lynne! It’s so nice to meet you. I can’t wait to check out your blog later. (And selfishly I’m glad you’re not writing at the moment because it’ll give me time to catch up on your stories!) 😉

      • Whoooo…I just went through your cardio and strength workout pages…and I’m tired! lol and I only read them, didn’t DO them!

        I have gotten back to yoga in the last 4 months (my 14 NY resolution: keep a monthly unlimited membership) and I really love it. I just had a private session with my incredible teacher and my mission now is to do as much down dog and plank time as I can possibly bear, every day. So far, so sore, but feeling stronger every day. You are truly a motivation for me…

      • I used to post a weekly workout summary when I was doing the 365 day challenge in 2013. Those posts gave specific summaries of what I had done each day of the week prior for exercise. 🙂 Looking back, it was a lot if exercise. 🙂

        Yoga has been the toughest thing for me to get into. For April I’m challenging myself to do at least a short yoga sequence every day for 30 days. Wish me luck!

      • You are a total badass! I can’t do high impact stuff due to some knee damage, so I walk, do an elliptical, that kind of stuff. But the yoga, that has been life-changing this time around. I have done it on and off for probably 20 years, but I just clicked with this instructor and her style. Also, I think it was the right time in my life for this body/mind/heart type of approach.

        Let’s keep each other honest on the daily yoga. We can do 30 days, no problem!

      • That’s it – I need to find a class/instructor that I love. Haven’t yet, but I’m sure it’s out there. For the 30 days, I’m sure most will be at-home quick sequences in the morning combined with a 20 min “yoga for runners” practice I found on YouTube, seems to help the tightness in my legs because I always fail to stretch before my runs.

    • I needed at this comment at this very moment.

      I’m just putting final edits on a post I’ll be publishing tomorrow morning, one where I’m calling out my continued struggles to figure shit out. Less about physical failings and more about the psychological ones.

      Thank you for this.

  10. I just had to pop over here and check you out after I saw/heard that you won Andra’s ToLiveForever trip to Charleston. You lucky lucky woman! I bet you’re going to have the best time. Congratulations!!

  11. You’re so much fun you make getting fit sound like fun. I’m in – and I’ll definitely be back for some more inspiration and “snarkiness.”

  12. “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.” Words to live by, plus a photo of you, Thelma and Louise. 🙂

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