NANCYANNE55   91,647
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
05-24-14 All dolled up for my daughter's Band Banquet.

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

My Grandson, Gideon- Setting a good example for my Grandchildren is a motivator to be healthy!

I have 49 pics in my gallery


See All SparkPeople Motivators

I Re-Found My Focus!

My former page title was "Has Anyone Seen my Focus?". I am grateful and relieved to say that I am back on track again, with my focal point as the Spark Coaching program and this verse:

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)

Here's my story:

If you take a look in my photos, you will see that I accomplished a lot with weight loss and fitness. I felt like I had maintenance by the ...
My former page title was "Has Anyone Seen my Focus?". I am grateful and relieved to say that I am back on track again, with my focal point as the Spark Coaching program and this verse:

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)

Here's my story:

If you take a look in my photos, you will see that I accomplished a lot with weight loss and fitness. I felt like I had maintenance by the horns.

Then life sent me for a tumble and I did a positively crummy job of responding to and bouncing back from it.

In 2012 a lot of very difficult things happen within about a 6 month period. I mean, mind-numbingly bad stuff that left me reeling. I won't go into specifics, but trust me: The junk that happened was serious business.

But of all the crap that went on that year, there is one specific event that left my whole family wounded. I am not at liberty to talk about publicly (nothing illegal, no worries there!). Therein lies my issue: This very inability to "talk it out" is what, I believe, ultimately led me on my downhill slide.

See, I've always been an emotional eater. And one of my strategies in losing weight a few years ago was to communicate freely about what was eating me. No pretenses. Completely transparent. It seemed to not only help me, but help others in similar situations. Kinda a win-win.

To suddenly be required to be guarded about something that was eating me up inside was simply NOT good for my weight-maintenance mojo. Or my emotional state, for that matter. Being secretive has never been in my nature. I feel like a phoney when I can't be up-front about the big issues in my life.

Thank goodness the whole time I struggled with this I continued to work out. But although it was good for me, exercise wasn't filling in the hole in my soul the way that spilling my guts does.

I tried going to a counselor. Two, actually. One seemed to not know what to do with the fact that I couldn't stop crying when I talked about what had been going on, and the other kept telling me how great I looked in a creepy kind of way. Not cool.

So I walked away from the counseling strategy feeling even worse than before I started.

I also tried talking to friends, but after a while they stopped asking how I was and moved on with their lives. It's natural. I don't want to be Negative Nancy, crying all the time, so I stopped bringing it up.

So I sucked it up.

And chewed it up.

And swallowed it.

And in the process I managed to eat my way though the pain, gaining back about half of the weight I worked so hard to get off. It took two years to gain it back, but there is no denying that I'm fatter than I should be!

None of the stuff that motivated me to lose fat before seemed to motivate me again. My whole life perspective has changed based on what happened back in 2012. I was really struggling.

Because I gained this weight back I fetl like a hypocrite informing people that I am certified as both a Personal Trainer and Health Coach. I've even pulled back from training people because of it.

I was really stuck.

And still really sad.

So I started praying, being very honest with God, telling Him all of my concerns and worries. I confessed to Him that I was outside of His will for me in not taking care of this body that He entrusted me with. I asked His forgiveness for the state I had got myself in. I also asked Him to give me a way to get my focus back that would be inexpensive and keep me accountable on a daily basis.

Not long after that, I saw somewhere here on Spark People about the Spark Coaching program. I looked into it and thought it might be the answer to my prayers.

It has been exactly the little daily "push" I need. The challenges aren't hard, but sometimes bring me a tad outside of my comfort zone in a good way. The accountability is just what I needed. And, most importantly, it has helped me to turn my stinkin' thinkin' into positive self talk.

Additionally, several Spark Members wrote me encouraging private messages. Out of the puclic eye, I was able to tell them the detail of my story. Being able to share with unbiased 3rd parties helped me so much! The outreaching of these kind folks, who knew me not at all, went a great way towards helping me turn my head around and gaining enough strength to help myself.

If you take a look at my weight tracker below, you will see I am not at goal yet. But now I know I am going to make it to size 6 again. Most importantly, I feel a lot better about myself.

I have God, kind Sparkers, and the Spark Coaching program to thank for it.
Read More About NANCYANNE55 (Updated September 3)

Current Status:
NANCYANNE55 Off to see my daughter and Grandson. Praying for a safe trip, good visit, and NO weight gain!
set 3 days ago



My Ticker:

 current weight: 171.8 

Interact with NANCYANNE55

Send Member a Private Message

Recent Blogs:


Member Since: 6/1/2007

SparkPoints: 91,647

Fitness Minutes: 96,107

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 & 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 07/29/2014 I am doing the Weight Watchers program (again). And secretly, I'm wishing some very experienced Health Coach would come up beside me and volunteer to take me under their wing. But isn't that what we all want?

For workouts I have a coach here locally who makes my programs. We're not so focused on big muscle gains as we are safely progressing. I had several injuries earlier this year that I am just starting to move past. We don't want to aggravate them.

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

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 ;-)]

Profile Image


Thank You Card


Balance Board

Personal Trainer

Fresh Veggies

Bronze Medal

Member Comments:
8/4/2014 9:21:10 PM

No worries, Kettlebells are about as old school as you can get...look up some of the old-time strongmen....KBs have been around for over 100 years!

I wrote to Pavel Tsatsouline about my swings and TGUs. If you're doing doing a 16KG 2-handed swing that's real good. Pavel told me to work on technique and power first....if you have heavier bells, after a few weeks add one of those in for 1-2 sets of your 10 total sets, but don't shoot for reps at the sacrifice of form and's all about the explosive hip snap

He told me to stay lighter on the TGUs until I built up good strength and stability in my takes a few months to get your shoulder girdle used to staying tight and packed throughout the whole move. Focus on form and a packed shoulder (both shoulders, the one with the weight and the one on the ground)

Bottom line, progress to heavier weights with the swings before you progress up in weight for TGUs

Here's my favorite learning video for TGUs

Report Inappropriate Comment
8/4/2014 7:05:29 PM

Hey, that's a great kettlebell workout....I do that workout almost every day; 10x10 swings with a 24 Kg and 5 sets of TGUs on each side with the same 24 Kg KB

This is a routine called Simple and Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline.....mention that to your trainer and he may give you a buy on the sideways Spiderman Crawls!

Seriously though, the SImple & Sinister plan is awesome....I credit the heavy swings with increasing my deadlift from 355 to 395 (watch this: I HIGHLY recommend you get the book from Amazon

KB swings have totally changed how I move....from walking to twisting and turning getting out of the car. Meanwhile the TGUs have really helped with shoulder stability and strength as well as my core....I even brought my own 16 KB KB to work and shut the door to my office and do 10 one-handed swings once an hour or's a great way to work out the kinks from sitting around a lot

Report Inappropriate Comment
8/3/2014 5:24:24 PM

Thanks for the goodie and the photo comments! Spiderman crawls are done and the blog is up...I gave you a shout out in it!

Comment edited on: 8/3/2014 5:57:05 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
8/3/2014 1:39:41 PM

Hey, so after your comment on doing crawls with your trainer, I asked my guy about them today. He had me do "Spiderman Crawls".....kicked my a$$!!! I'm going to blog about it later

Report Inappropriate Comment
8/1/2014 8:57:13 PM

I read the stuff about you being a hypocrite please do not feel that way. We all fall down and I too am an emotional eater. It is not easy but we can go forward and work on us--Mind body and soul. I hope God strengths you on your journey emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
Member Comments Page (1826 total):  << First< Previous34567Next >Last >>

See My SparkFavorites
View My Food and Exercise Log
Report Inappropriate Page