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News Story On My 12-week Challenge

Monday, January 10, 2011

Today I did an interview with a local news station about the 12-week challenge I have entered. Here is the link, in case you'd like to see.

[Warning: I am NOT all dolled up! I'm ready to work out! (And yes, those are my hands. emoticon)]

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ALESHABEE 1/13/2011 7:41PM


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BELLA044 1/13/2011 5:45PM

  Good luck in the challenge Nancy Anne, you are a SUPERSTAR!!!

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TURBOTIF 1/13/2011 2:21PM

    awesome Nancy!!! :)

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HEALTHYME47 1/12/2011 3:24PM

    What a great story! And your arms look absolutely amazing in the video. Can't wait to see the follow up video!

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FELLE442 1/12/2011 2:46PM

    Wow...this is so awesome!!!! You are a winner already......can't wait to celebrate with you in 11 weeks!!!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 1/12/2011 12:25PM

    Just saw the clip. How exciting! And they're coming back in 11 weeks too so the pressure is on. Can't wait for the next clip!

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LOVE_2_RUN 1/11/2011 10:58PM

    Just watched the clip. You are such an inspiration to so many!!

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BECKY_ROWE1984 1/11/2011 6:10PM

    Awesome video and great advice! Hope you will post the coverage in 11 weeks.

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/11/2011 2:41PM

    How about this! I SAW IT - LIVE!!! Sort of... saw it when the news was playing. HA HA HA... I was like, is that, Nancy Anne from SP?, I think so, hmmmm... almost fell off the treadmill concentrating on the TV. Glad you posted the note on your feed because I wanted to ask you. Now I know. Cool.

Congrats Wonder Woman!

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ONEAGLESWINGS 1/11/2011 2:40PM

    Tremendous! Great example of going for it!

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TRAINER_T 1/11/2011 2:38PM

    Im totally bummed its blocked at my office!
Please send me the link in a Spark mail....would love to watch it.


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NEWNARAYAN 1/11/2011 1:10PM

    woohoo!!! awesome!!!

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ALYFITN 1/11/2011 12:52PM

    NancyAnne--This is awesome! You look great!! emoticon

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JOYINRUNNING08 1/11/2011 11:07AM

    Ohhhh, you're famous! XD

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    Boo I can't get it to play either.

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AMC120 1/11/2011 10:21AM

    Awwww... I couldn't get the link to play! emoticon

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PAULAMARIEF 1/11/2011 8:59AM

    How great is that! Looking awesome as always.

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ANGEISBACK 1/11/2011 7:42AM

    your such an inspiration! way to go ! you rock and im going to add you right now! keep it up

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WE_PA_FIT 1/11/2011 7:37AM

    you are a spark STAR!!! THey will be in for a surprise ocme March cause you are no JOKE!!! Congrats!! An dwhy haven't I added you before? Helloo????

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MISSYGEEN 1/11/2011 4:20AM

    Good Luck! It's funny that your background is Wonder Woman because your really are my Shero! Can't wait to see how you do.

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CCSDESTINY 1/10/2011 11:45PM

    Wow, they are going to check back up with you at the end - no pressure or anything! :D

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MCMOM11 1/10/2011 11:44PM

    emoticonThat is toooo cool!!! Can I get your autograph also emoticon What an inspiration!!!

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/10/2011 10:51PM

    Great new spot and they plan to do a follow-up in March! No pressure...right? And this is following your Blog about being a workout loner. Now see what you have done? You now have an audience. emoticon Keep up your hard work because I know you can do it.

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GODZDESIGN95 1/10/2011 10:32PM

    Could not get it! But I know you will show up and show out!!!

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THEHONESTME 1/10/2011 8:52PM

    COOL! Can I get your autograph? HAHA
Seriously, good luck with the 12-week transformation. I'm anxious to watch your progress!

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Are You a Lone Wolf, or a Pack Animal?

Sunday, January 09, 2011

What works best for you? Going it alone, or being part of a team? There is nothing wrong with either style, but for your best success you really need to figure out which you are and be true to yourself.

I've tried to lose weight as part of a partnership before. I failed miserably. Why? Probably for the same exact reason I am not fond of team sports: I'm afraid of screwing up the team. And, worse yet, when one of my partners falls down I feel like the team is down, so therefore I am down. I stop trying.

Also, when I am in a state of focus on self-improvement, I've found I'm kinda wobbly- I'm focused like a laser beam in an attempt to get solid footing on a new venture. Consequently, I'm easy to tip over! While a lot would look at a partner as a source of support, I look at another person as someone who threatens my balance.

On the other hand, I can be great in a workout partnership, but it takes a particular kind of person for this to work for me: He has to be male (women don't tend to push me hard enough), knowlegable about lifting so that I don't have to be a trainer while I'm trying to get a good workout, pretty danged muscular (if I'm going to be lifting heavy with you, I need to be able to relax enough to know you can keep the 150 pound weight from crushing me), very dependable, and ON TIME! I'm prompt- A lifting partner who is not also prompt tends to cause me a great amount of stress. It's very hard to find all of these things in one person, BTW.

On the pack animal side, there are three guys in my gym who work out together cross-fit style with amazing regularity. I think the camaraderie is what keeps them coming back and pushing themselves harder. They continue to do what works for them, day after day after day. Working out as a group works for them.

I also know ladies who would rather go to their weight loss meetings in packs. They cheer one aother, encouraging each other to make smart choices. In some ways I very much envy them and the compatibility. As a naturally social person I very want to be a part of the group!

I remember one particular instance about 6 months ago when I was sitting in a restaurant after my Weight Watchers meeting. At a table nearby there was a group of gals who not only went to the same meeting, but also had gone to my former church with me. One of them spoke kindly to me when she passed by to use the restroom, but I was not invited to join them. Did I feel a little self-conscience sitting there eating alone while they laughed and had a good time together nearby? Yes, I did. But eventually one of them stopped going to the meeting and then the rest quit in quick succession (this further proves to me that my "If one falls, the rest aren't far behind" theory). So maybe I dodged a bullet, because since then I have reached my goal weight and am STILL going- alone- to the meetings to help maintain my weight loss.

This isn't to say I don't believe in supporting others: I do! I sincerely desire to support and encourage others to lay claim to their own health and be the very best that they can be: I'm a big encourager at my Weight Watchers meetings, I'll spot anyone who asks me in the gym, and on-line I try to help as many people as possible. Sometimes I will also seek out support and encouragement for myself. These things energize me! But for the actual work of getting the job done, I'm best off thinking of myself as a one-woman team.

I know I'm not making a very good case here for the pack-animal mindset, but the point is that I thought it through, found my reasons for choosing to go about my weight loss the way I did, and then DID it. I'm hoping that by relaying my personal experiences you will start to think about what will work best for you.

You also need to be very honest with yourself about not only what style works best for you, but also your circumstances: You can be thoroughly convinced that you'd do better with buddies, but if you live on an isolated island and want to be healthy, you'd better accept the fact that if it's going to happen you're going to have to develop the determination to do it by yourself.

Lone Wolf or Pack Animal? Which are you?

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TANYAP71 8/9/2011 4:08PM

    I wanted to be a pack animal. I've tried 3 times. Failed 3x. When my partner(s) got/get too out of synch with me I got frustrated. I think the feeling is mutual as 2 friends are obviously avoiding the subject of my recent succcess and a 3rd friend is happily succeeding at her gym while I'm at mine. So I'm a lone wolf who LOVES to support my friends online or in person.... just not in the gym.

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FATHINSN 2/1/2011 12:02AM

    I much prefer to workout alone as with other people, I tend to talk more - the curse/gift of being a talkative. One time I was jogging with my friend and I think I got tired easily coz I kept chattering away with my friend. Less boredom, yes, but I want to feel tired because of the whole body, not because of my mouth, haha.

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MRSAWILEY 1/16/2011 2:43AM

    I work-out with my husband, but if I can't have him, I'll go it alone. I have a lot of women at work who notice how active I am and how healthy I eat and offer themselves as my gym partner, but I'm reluctant to accept. Women hold me back. Too many of them are afraid of the weights. My husband is the perfect work-out partner. He pushes me to do those last two reps when I don't have any faith in myself.

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FELLE442 1/14/2011 10:19AM

    Definitely a lone wolf....although in the past I've had great success with Weight Watchers...and found much support and encouragement in that group. I guess that's one of those things that make you go....hmmmmmmm :)


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VEGGIE-FITNESS 1/13/2011 7:51PM

    I love your blog! Definitely thought-provoking. I prefer to be a Lone Wolf, unless my husband is my partner (which is very rare). He is also a Lone Wolf and often comments that he could probably lift a lot heavier if he had a compatible lifting partner, but doesn't want one. (He already goes really heavy, so I can't imagine that its really a problem.) I've always been better at individual sports because I have it in my head that the only person I will fail is me. I guess thats part of the Lone Wolf mentality? Great blog and great responses!

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ALESHABEE 1/13/2011 7:38PM

    Lone Wolf in the gym, HATE when people try to talk to me...for sure!!

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ALYFITN 1/11/2011 1:00PM

    I'm a Lone Wolf. I get weight-lifting support from other Lone Wolves online. I frequently go to classes for cardio (like spinning), and enjoy one hour of time surrounded by the Pack. But I honestly enjoy my peaceful weight lifting time alone. I never have difficulties finding a momentary spotter among other lone wolves.

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MISSYGEEN 1/11/2011 4:27AM

    Sorry I had to write two responses and let you know that you are not as alone as you think. Sometimes I really have to push myself to go into the weight room and do strength, and on days when I just want to give up I think of you and it helps me to fight through it.

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MISSYGEEN 1/11/2011 4:13AM

    A lone wolf. I can do many things alone including going to the movies and dining out. Which is an odd dichotomy because I am a very social person. I know many of the people at the gym and many of the trainers know my name. I invite others to go to the gym with me not because I need a buddy but because I want to encourage others to workout. I am not a prompt person and don't want the pressure or the guilt of being on time. I don't want to interfere with someone else's progress. I guess that's why I like spark. I can go at it alone and have support at the same time.

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/10/2011 5:24PM

    Love team sports - participated all my life through college in basketball or volleyball. Individual part was with track or training for sports, i.e. weight lifting... so I tend to swing between the "Group" thing and lone wolf. I agree with Nancy, it is important to know what type of personality you are and what works best for you. Due to my goals this year, I need a lifting partner (mostly for spots on certain lifts) and it is usually my husband, if not - a few other guys help out. I am with Nancy on this one, just because none of the other women lift heavy plates, I need to be sure if I am weak that day, or something slips, my spotter has that heavy weight!

Love both aspects of teaming and loner - 100% prefer to cardio alone. It is my personal thought time...

Great blog miss Nancy, as usual!

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ARMSPORTS 1/10/2011 5:23PM

    Lone Wolf. No question about it.

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HEALTHYME47 1/10/2011 4:40PM

    Great blog, very informative. I love having the social support of SparkPeople. Even though I go to the gym alone and work out alone, it really does motivate me to have some virtual workout buddies. I do pay a personal trainer for a once a week session, which is a little bit like having a buddy to motivate and push me.

I've often felt jealous of those male workout partners at the gym who are spotting each other on bench press and whatnot. Actually I do see a few female body builders doing the same thing, and I think how great it is that they are consistent and push each other.

But like you, I have always found that when I buddy up, I'm the more motivated buddy.

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CCSDESTINY 1/10/2011 10:11AM

    I'm both. I find that I have a certain level that I will function at alone on a consistent basis. Sometimes I will find a partner that will really amp it up and I will give 110 because I am a natural pleaser and I would never be the one to hold THEM back. However, if I have a partner who is a slacker, I will also slack and fall off, but get back up by myself and do that mediocre alone thing that works for me on a regular basis.

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IRISHDAD68 1/10/2011 9:31AM

    I am a lone wolf but have never really thought about it until I read your blog.

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FITPRIS 1/10/2011 8:42AM

    I'm both!

I instruct group fitness and really love the energy I give and receive!

On the other hand, when I run or lift wts, I'm strictly by myself for training. I haven't found anyone with the same drive.

When I dance...I have to have a partner, but he has hard core work ethics, so it's a good match!

Great blog!! Have a great week!

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/10/2011 2:05AM

    I am a loner when I work out but enjoy being involved with a team striving for the same goals. I have tried working out with a partner but we could not seem to focus on the same goals. I workout at my own pace but do love the challenges here on Spark. It gives me something to shoot for. I like winning and competition sports. I have played sports in high school, handball in college, raced dirt bikes...etc.

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GODZDESIGN95 1/10/2011 1:27AM

    I love virtual team with challenges. But my personal life I'd rather go in alone. I've tried a workout partner and they quit. I got so used to workout with them when they stopped it almost made me stop too. Never again! I workout alone from now on.

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BEACHGIRL76 1/9/2011 11:31PM

    I love this blog! I have tried so many times to be in a "pack" per say but it never worked out. I always felt like the one doing all the motivating, getting excited, and planning. When I did find someone to work out with (we just ran), she wanted to run and talk but she was more in shape than I was so it was too hard for me to keep up with her. I could have went a little slower and ran the whole time but she would never pace herself, then run too fast, get winded and then stop. I also like to listen to my music and get in the zone. It's hard to do that when you have someone that isn't as focused as you are and all they want to do is just talk. I've tried to find work out buddies and accountability partners and they all fall through. It's good and bad to go it alone too because if you aren't the best with sticking to your goals, and no one checks on you, it's easy to get off track. I guess in the end you have to be dedicated your work out time to yourself and no one else. If they want to come along, great! If not, you know you have to do what it takes to get where you want to go. We can't let anything hold us back. We are the only ones that will make it one else.

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DREMARGRL 1/9/2011 8:36PM

    When I was a young woman 16 to about 30 (the age of the leotards, headbands and legwarmers), I loved going to advanced aerobic classes and felt very confident and, I admit, competitive. As I progressed with having a strong, fit body in my 30's and 40's I enjoyed owning and operating my own 2000 square foot fitness studio. In my 50's and 60's and after I retired thirteen years ago, I have loved working out in my own home and have become quite the lone wolf. My own competition is myself and I love it. I've done it all and I have loved it all......and am still looking forward to working out into my seventies and beyond....adapting and changing with my own body. Body awareness is so very important. It will tell you what makes you the most comfortable. Do what makes you happy and fit. Live Strong, my sparkies. Thanks NancyAnne for the blog. Good job, as usual. Happy New Year, sweetie. Oh.....and being prompt is a must in my book, too. XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BMRBUDDY 1/9/2011 8:18PM

    I am very much a lone wolf. My hubby (Ken) and I both go together but we both do our own thing. Also, through the many years of working out, I tried meeting different people at the gym to work out with and it never did happen. I'm also always on time and dependable. the others were not so much. It's much easier to depend on yourself, then there is no disappointment. Also, for me, I think it is a way of building more selfconfidence. I think what my problem is, is that I am so much of a lone wolf, I do the same routine all the time. I have just recently made a few changes but still it is basically the same as always. I guess I'm a lone wolf and always in my own comfort zone. I know from time to time, I need to shake things up but I always go back to the same old routine.

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THEHONESTME 1/9/2011 7:42PM

    I'm a lone wolf. While my husband enjoys working out, too, and we go to the fitness center together - he does his thing and I do mine. There are people there that like to talk and I find this rather annoying most of the time. Hey, I'm there to work out and to focus on my workout, I'm not there to "visit". How am I going to workout to my maximum potential if I'm distracted. But, that's just me!

Side note: I stopped by your page to let you know that my workout is going great. I love it! Today was upper body day and my arms were limp when I was done -- love it, love it, love it! Thanks again for your help!

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DTEEL2010 1/9/2011 7:30PM

    emoticon I agree totally with your concept!

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Abs Are NOT Made in the Kitchen!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Yes, this is my second blog today! What can I say? I'm getting the New Year off to a good start!

I've heard the phrase "Abs are made in the kitchen" quoted lately by a lot of people I greatly respect. I've given it a lot of thought and have finally decided that, while I think I understand the intention behind this statement, I don't agree with it. At least, not entirely.

You can eat right all you want to and reduce the fat on your body, but the muscle that makes abs is not made in the kitchen. Mine were made mostly flat on my back on the floor doing ab exercises. And since my kitchen has a hard tile floor, I can say with utmost certainty that my abs were NEVER made in the kitchen. Uncovered in the kitchen? Yes! Made there? NO!

I guess I don't like the phrase "Abs were made in the kitchen", because it gives the false impression that if folks just eat well enough, they'll have abs of steel. Tight, muscular abs come from the hard work of exercise. Getting them hard, however, requires dedication to reducing fat through diet. Becuase let's face it: Fat isn't hard, it's soft. So if you have hard ab muscles but they are covered up by soft fat, you're still gonna have soft abs.

I've said before and will say again that you can build all the lean, strong, beautiful muscle you want to, but if it's covered up by fat no one is gonna see it. It doesn't mean the muscle you are building isn't doing you any good, because it certainly is! It's benefiting your health in a myriad of ways I won't take the time to go into here. But the fact is that you won't be able to actually visibly SEE the muscular fruits of your labor if you are over-fat.

It's always a two-part equation to building ANY muscle, not just abs: Fat reduction and weight bearing exercises. You can't leave one out and expect to see big results.

Abs are built in the gym and unveiled in the kitchen.

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FORTYMILE 4/28/2011 5:38PM

    My abb workouts are my favourites.. Love working the abbs. emoticon

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SUNSHINE667 1/8/2011 1:47AM

    I so look forward to getting even better results now that I have joined a gym! I needed an outlet, but not only that the choices of the weights and equiptment that will help me add more to my look out, I am on way...your blog just motivated me to crank it up!


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GYMRAT_AT44 1/6/2011 10:30AM

    Nancy - I know I have posted it, and I think it comes from seeing and hearing people talk about the endless # of crunches and situps and planks they do. And then they say they do 100's daily, yaddy, yaddy, yaddy - but, they don't have a six pack... hmmm, wonder why! Yep, then you ask about there diet and BAM... there you have it. So, I would hope that people would understand that just like the rest of the body, the ab muscles have to be worked out to be developed and your diet helps refine the rest so you can see that hard work!

Great blog again!

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LOVE_2_RUN 1/5/2011 10:05PM

    I totally agree!! Another great, enlightening blog.

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SABANA5 1/4/2011 9:28PM

    i really like your take on this--and i totally agree!

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LUVYA04 1/3/2011 10:39PM

    Well said emoticon

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HEALTHDUDE 1/3/2011 6:40PM

    You said it Accurately...."Abs are built in the gym and unveiled in the kitchen".Unfortunately my problem isn't the gym. It's the kitchen.

Good blog.

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MUSCLES586 1/2/2011 8:41PM

    I love reading your blogs!

Happy New Year to you!

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BEACHGIRL76 1/2/2011 3:46PM

    I couldn't agree more. Said perfectly. I hope to see mine one day...probably next year. I have to lose this fat first! But I still weight train too :)

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CHARLIESANGEL10 1/2/2011 10:08AM

    You should know since you have steel abs! I hope sit ups on the bed work as well as on the floor b/c it's all I can do right now due to nerve damage...I'd better go for a walk to work on the fat layer now...

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GODZDESIGN95 1/2/2011 12:03AM

    I am wondering if you workout at home can you get just as much as good results as in the gym. The gym just is not for me. I got hit on too much by guys.

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CICI510 1/1/2011 7:43PM

    So true! Happy New Year sweetie!!!

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FITPRIS 1/1/2011 7:36PM

    You got that right! The only time my abs scream in the kitchen like they do in the gym is if I eat too much!

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    Another great blog! Sometimes people who just focus on the eating (and sometimes the eating and cardio) end up looking and feeling much different than they thought they would.

@THEHONESTME - I hope I'm not stepping on any toes, but I think others would agree that weight training is beneficial regardless of how much bodyfat you have to lose before you see results, as long as you are in good enough health to par take in weight training. You might not build up a lot of muscle, but it will help you preserve the muscle that you already have, because when we lose weight it isn't all fat. It's water, fat, and sometimes muscle that we lose.

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HEALTHYME47 1/1/2011 3:12PM

    I love it! As much as people like to argue about the question of which is more important, nutrition or exercise, there's no getting around it - we need to pay attention to BOTH to get the results we want!

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/1/2011 2:00PM

    Nancy I agree with your assessment in this Blog. The term "Abs were made in the kitchen" is only one part of the equation. Losing the fat that covers muscle will show definition but the Abs take hard work and be consistent.
Have a great year Nancy.

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THEHONESTME 1/1/2011 1:48PM

    Nancy Anne, my husband and I have had this conversation several times. We both have fat we want to lose and muscle we want to build. He thinks we should lose the fat first, then build muscle. I want to do both at the same time by using cardio to reduce fat and strength training to build muscle. I'm not asking you to take sides, but what do you think? I value your opinion. Thanks! Kathy

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Forget Making Fitness a New Years Resolution

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The term "New Years Resolution" sounds temporary- Like it is only supposed to last through the in new part of the year. Instead, make your fitness goals a "Life Time Resolution".

The problem with making weight loss and being more fit sound like temporary goals, even if you reach those goals, is that they aren't temporary at all! Who wants to lose the weight just to gain it back? Or get fit just to lose all of the progress they have made and go back to what they were before they set the goal? "Not I!", said the cat! These are goals that we want to be permanent, and to make them permanent you have to start patterns and habits that you will employ for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you are going to find yourself right back where you started.

So save your New Years Resolution for one-time good deals, like buying a new house or re-doing the spare room. Your health-related resolutions should have nothing to do with the New Year and have everything to do with being resolved to live a healthier life from this point on out.

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LUVYA04 1/3/2012 9:27AM

Thanks for Posting Nancy. You are right Your health shouldn't be a New years Resolution.!!!!!!

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TIAGAYEPFA 1/2/2012 4:55PM

    Totally agree!


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    Sounds good!

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KAMAPERRY 1/2/2012 3:01PM

    Yes maam! Still perfect!

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MZKAY25 12/26/2011 8:51AM

    Sounds like a much better plan u have here love it!

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SUNSHINE667 1/8/2011 1:49AM

    AMEN! I never make resolutions becasue I set goals year round!

Hope your New Year is off to a great start! emoticon

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TEJAS1291 1/5/2011 3:21PM

  Not me said the flea!!! LOL and Amen said the choir!!LOL I was visiting a friend and noticed your pic and comments on her page and came by to check out your page.
I am trying to get buff and then some with the muscle,but this body is NOT cooperating.How DO you look so good?? I mean, I'm 50 and have had this thing going on with this weight for 4 years,slowly adding up the Lbs,until I reached 50 Lbs over my norm of 104.I had always been lean and had good muscle tone.Now I'm going for a lean but not skinny look and I want to add more muscle...You are probably sick of giving free advice but I'd LOVE to know what your program consists of.I see you are a personal trainer too!! I try to surround myself with friends that have a positive attitude and you seem to fit that bill perfectly.I'm in Texas too!! I live on South Padre Island about 30 miles south of Corpus Christi!! Can I add you as a friend?? I'd love to pick your brain about fitness!!!LOL

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 1/3/2011 9:28PM

    Excellent point!

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CHARLIESANGEL10 1/2/2011 10:04AM

    Losing it & gaining it back--are the worst! My only New Years resolutions this year are gonna be 30 % more fruit eaten( in place of large bread portions) & I am gonna add organize closet b/c I haven't done it yet, I have procrastinated so long that I forgot where one of the organizers I bought to do it is, hahaha)

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THEHONESTME 1/1/2011 1:07PM

    Well said! Yesterday I thought about writing down my 2011 GOALS -- then I realized I normally write down my resolutions -- this year I had referred to them as GOALS without even thinking about the difference. I intend to reach my maintenance goal weight and stay there once and for all. Happy New Year, NancyAnne!

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A Little Holiday Tough Love

Friday, December 03, 2010

Remember: It's a Holiday Season, not an Eating Season.

If you don't want to derail your own weight loss efforts, you are going to have to take ownership of your eating for the next month. Scratch that..... You are going to have to take ownership of your eating for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Yeah.... I know this reality sucks, but it's where we are- We didn't get fat by being careful throughout the Holiday Seasons prior, so we sure as heck aren't going to get (or stay) skinny by eating whatever the devil we please until January 2nd. Plus, if you DO eat whatever you desire for the next month it's going to be even harder to lose the cravings for the simple carbs when the four-week binge is over.

I have so many tempting food thingys coming up I can't even tell you. But I don't need to, because you can identify- You have them, too! Look folks, we can't make the tempting foods or fancy schmancy occasions with butter and sugar dripping from them go away. We are going to have to deal. And most of the time we are going to have to say "It looks marvelous! So tempting, but NO, and thank you very much for your efforts"- sometimes over and over. We're going to be confronted with food pushers. But if we cave it isn't their fault, it's our own: WE are responsible for the bodies God has entrusted us with, not them.

The fact is that we are going to have to develop backbones if we aren't going to seriously derail our own efforts by January second, and potentially longer if we have a hard time getting back on track. It's tough to say "No" when faced with yummy food you only get once a year. But what do you want more? The yummy food, or the yummy body? It's your choice, but personally, I'll take the bod, thank you.

So I'm allowing myself a few MEALS this month where I am allowed to eat and not count macro nutrients. But the rest of the time I am going to practice complete avoidance, starting with tonight: I have a cookie open house that I will take my daughter to and I am drinking either unsweetened tea or water, and I am eating NO COOKIES or goodies whatsoever. Yes, you heard that right: I will be avoiding the yummy little things all together. Because tomorrow I have to weigh and report it to my FaceBook Holiday Weight Loss Challenge I started. (If you want to join, Click here:!/event.p
It's open to anyone.) And next week I have to take progress photos for the cursed thing that RachelMac started and I committed to! (What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment!)

I seriously doubt any of us will look back a few months from now and say "I so regret not eating more garbage this past Holiday season".

So if you've been binging, knock it off! Stop! Today! Right now! Go back to the basics! Claim whole, clean foods as your friend, and treat the next minute like a new chapter in life.

The year is too short to spend more than a full month of it destroying your health.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

APMAC_D 12/7/2010 10:19AM

    Great blog- you are 100% right. Thank you for being such a great sparker. I am going to stay dedicated over the holidays! No regrets

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PINKBEANBOO 12/6/2010 11:00AM

    I didn't say NO this weekend. My goal is to only have sweets on 12/18, 12/25, & 01/01. BUT I had 7 little butter cookies over the weekend. Dang. Ok, back to saying NO THANK YOU.
But thank you for the great blog.

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DEVORA4 12/6/2010 1:08AM

  GREAT blog and I hope the folks will pay attention to it!! I voted for it.

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    Great blog, so very true... I'll take the yummy body too:)

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HDHAWK 12/4/2010 11:43AM

    Excellent! I seem to do best if I tackle one event at a time. Make a game plan, get through it, then on to the next event. Seems to help instead of looking at weeks of events all at once!

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FLEXCHEF 12/4/2010 11:33AM

    Awesome blog as always girl. Love ya

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MCMOM11 12/4/2010 11:29AM

    emoticonThanks for the spark girl!!!!! Just what I needed;)

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CICI510 12/4/2010 10:13AM

    Your blog always inspires me!! Thank you so much for the reminder. :)

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MAJORMOM68 12/4/2010 10:04AM

    This was real good. We like to give ourselves excuses to eat crap we aren't suppose to. The holiday season is just another excuse.

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PRYCELESS1 12/4/2010 4:52AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm trying to keep my food and exercise on track for the rest of this month,then i will allow myself Christmas day (but i won't go overboard). I know you don't need it but good luck saying no to the cookies. emoticon

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NONNATAMMY 12/3/2010 11:57PM

    I hope you don't mind if I quote you on my spark page. Your first paragraph just slapped me in the face and I need that. The holidays just sneak in and seem to take over my eating without me even realizing it. But you are definately right it isn't the eating season. Thank you so much for the tough love. You deserve the popular blog award for this. Tammy

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MISSYGEEN 12/3/2010 7:36PM

    So far I have been tempted very little this holiday season and have kept my commitment to working out and pushing myself to work harder at the gym. For a long time I could not look at myself in the big mirrors at the gym to watch my form and now that I can look and smile at how far I've come there is no way I'm going backwards for a month of oil and sugar. Thanks for the reminder.

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    This is an excellent blog! Thank you for posting it. You are so right. I joined Rachel's challenge too. I know it will help keep me honest over the next month and beyond.

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