Inspirational Mom of 5, Nancy Reinhardt‏

 Nancy Reinhardt is a mother of 5! Look at the amazing transformation she has gone through. At 41, Nancy never set out to be a transformation story, she was after what she calls,

 ”a mental journey with physical benefits!”

Her enthusiasm for health, family, and helping other people truly shines through. Nancy lives the life, and even all of her family have adopted the same clean eating and healthy fitness lifestyle-not an easy task with 7 people in one household. Nancy is a remarkable woman with an empowering story. I know we can all identify with wanting to be the person we know we can be, so read on and join me in celebrating a woman who leads by example. Thank you Nancy, for taking the time to share your story and for showing us what hard work, dedication, and consistency can do!

Kim: Share a little about you.

Nancy: Born in Orlando FL living in Atlanta Ga. for the last 21yrs.
41 yr old wife of 17yrs, mom to 5 ages 16-3yrs. 4 boys and one girl. Jake, Zach, Gunnar, Lane and Boone

Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?

Nancy: As a senior in high school I was taught how to workout and from that I developed a passion for fitness. I went on to teach aerobics, train men and women, and manage health clubs. Many times though, this meant eating once a day, to maintain my “body!”
 Well by my early twenties I began to let life take over and all things fitness came to an end. Married by my mid twenties and having my first child meant that my life was now about everyone else and not me, or so I thought! This pattern continued for the next 17yrs., along with depression and anxiety. My husband is a deputy of 21yrs and worked countless hours to provide so I could stay home and raise the kids.
With my last three children I was gaining upwards of 70lbs and with my last and 5th child, at 38yrs old, I was topping 200lbs. My back began to give me trouble and had me in bed often, with what I learned to be degenerating discs. These limited my daily life and life with 5 children was becoming difficult to manage. I could not even bend down or walk on some days, due to the pain and inflammation. I began to eat better and by December of 2009 I as down almost 50lbs.
 “40” was approaching and I was ready to fight, to be the woman I knew and not the woman that I had allowed myself to become! We started to eat clean and I got back into the gym after an 18yr break.
Never giving up, as my back was not strong enough to stand or walk for long, I just kept going! I knew that this was my only hope to get my life back.
 Depression, anxiety and an overwhelming lack of energy are no longer a part of who I am and the inflammation in my back is now managed with a clean diet and not medications.
In my quest to gain mobility, get rid of back fat, a “muffin” and lose a pant size, I have lost 5! Never underestimate what your body is capable of. I am currently at an 80lb weight loss and weigh what I did 22yrs ago at the age of 41! This time it is the result of eating more and not eating once a day, something I now view as anorexic.
 I have never stopped and continue to workout and eat clean. I am a busy mom so reaching a “number” was never my goal. It was about being happy, healthy and fit both mentally and physically. I have accomplished all of them and nothing feels greater after this journey. One that I call, “A mental journey with physical benefits!” Keep eating clean and anything is possible! All seven of us now live a “clean” life and my children, ages 16-3yrs, have learned how to continue this lifestyle and for that I am proud!

Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?

Nancy: I never set out to be a story!
I was after my mobility and that was about it. My goals were small but have now accomplished some great things. Almost 2 yrs in at this point.
Eating clean and weights have changed my life. I lift 5 days a week and do cardio 2-3 days. I eat 5 clean meals a day.

Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?

Nancy: At this point it is about gaining more mobility. I still can’t run but can now do squats and any other exercises that might otherwise require bending over while lifting.
I took every challenge that could have been my excuses to continue to live unfit and miserable and used each of these as fuel to change my life.
I am ready to share in any way that I can.

Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?

Nancy: I take water, a banana and almonds everywhere I go. You never know what your day might bring when you have 5 kids with you.
My favorite meal is grilled chicken with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, brown rice, and broccoli. The kids will often make the chicken a sandwich with a whole wheat sandwich round.
My go to snack is an apple with almond butter.

Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?

Nancy: We are all active and all 7 of us eat clean. My two oldest take turns coming to the gym with me as our gym has no childcare. They have both started to workout. One stays home and one babysits, everyday after school.

Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?

Nancy: This takes balance for sure! We have raised all 5 of our kids on our own without the help of friends or family.
I have made taking care of me a priority and getting to the gym each day is no different than getting dressed. It takes planning but the results of me taking time for me have far out weighed the sacrifices that have been made. I call them choices!

Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?

Nancy:

  • Keep going!
  •  Never underestimate what you are capable of!
  • You must start somewhere! One day at a time, one bite at a time, one dumbbell at a time. Just get started and never stop. We all get there in our own time but you will never get there if you don’t start or give up.

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  • Carmie

    Thank you for sharing. I am 47 yrs old with the same degeneration and back issues. The pain has taken my fitness away. You have motivated me to get back into the game. It is so hard when you do not feel well and fel tired all of the time. congrats to you!

  • Anna

    Nancy is currently coaching me on eating clean and lifting weights. She practices what she preaches and is helping me learn how to do what she does. I have tried many times over the years but this is the first time that I’ve been able to stick to something. Simple, straighforward information that is changing my life like she says one bite and one dumbbell at a time!

  • Nancy

    Thank you Carmie! It was no easy task but I was determined to not have to have surgery. I now have most of my mobility back and can accomplish daily tasks that I had to give up. Once you get started it will all get much easier. It took many months but I made it and so can you. I understand where you are and will be thinking of you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1306097059 Kelly Heil

    Nancy is coaching me also, back issues and all and in four short weeks, I have never felt better!! I was so fortunate to find Nancy, she has helped me to get my life, body and food intake in order!

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  • Heather

    Nancy, what an awesome story, so inspirational. You should feel very proud of your accomplishments, If I may ask, what kind of cardio are you able to do, you mentioned not being able to run?
    ~Heather

  • Mslara1

    Your story is so I inspirational. I am 42 years old and have been involved in fitness for over 20 years. Everything from classes, to weight training, entering a fitness contest, to finally getting certified so that I can help others reach their goals. I admire your strength and will power! You are amazing and thank you!

  • Lenabenarn

    You absolutely rock…i can sppreciate the hard work…i am a mother of 2..need yo work on 3 more to carch up with you lol…j/k to my hubby….awesome xoxo

  • Gronzofam

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have been struggling with the same issues since last February. I haven’t worked out since October. I am set to work out again with my trainer on the 21st. I am kind of afraid I will push to hard again and end up back in bed. But I am putting back on the pounds and have no energy. So here goes, wish me luck!

  • Anonymous

    So Motivating!, great job Nancy.. here is my own journey http://pinoyfitness102.blogspot.com

  • Libby Urie

    She is truly an inspiration…especially after 5 kids, wow! I turn 41 this week, so this story is very motivating for me. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/msnovember.fowler Crystal Blissfully-Married Fow

    I love it girl you look awesome…look like Jennifer Gardner!

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  • someone

    Awesome!

  • Jenbutler777

    I too have 5 kids…. working on a goal that seems tedious and unreachable at times…I will succeed! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://twitter.com/JoyouSweetBliss EmbraceNatural

    This is so awesome! Congratulations! So inspired!

  • http://www.facebook.com/curabasigalup Sergio Cura Basigalup Basigalu

    te felicito y agradezco tu ejemplo de vida y de cambio ayudan a las demás personas que están en la transformación. seguí adelante

  • Sylvia

    Your are inspiration for all woman no matter the age. Keep going strong, Nancy!!!!

  • Nancy

    Thank you to all! Feel free to find me on FB at fb.com/nreinhardt
    I do bike and stairmaster for all of my cardio. The treadmill is out.
    For those who suffer, be sure you hire someone who has also suffered or you will end up back in bed. You MUST know how to train for this stuff and be taught correctly. It is not an overnight fix and I personally just took off my belt that I wore at each workout, late last fall. There are many exercises that you cannot and should not do when in recovery. I have been able to stop my degeneration by adding the muscle and eating clean. They still do get inflamed but I control this with diet.
    I once heard, over and over that age was just a number but as many know, when you feel 80 each day and you can’t even stand straight or get dressed you feel defeated and age becomes a number. Just never give up and keep going. What started as my fight to not have surgery has become my life and now my business. I hope to inspire all of those fighting an injury or illness and most importantly all of those mothers who feel like they have lost who they are. Without our health and well being we are nothing to our families. We must make ourselves a priority each day and with planning, this can be done. In Health, Nancy

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.vanvleet Dawn VanVleet

    I’m a single mom of 4 kids…oldest 18, youngest 2! I’m learning the same thing, you HAVE to eat, you HAVE to make the time. Is it easy? NO..but it will be worth it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1209632656 Elicia Turner-Macedon

    If more people would think this way. There would be no EXCUSES… except none, get up off yo butt an work out an make some smart choices and Live

  • Pking

    I love Nancy she is wonderful and very supportive way to go Nancy

  • RLP

    YAY NANCY!! You rock!!

  • Deelhughes

    Nancy rocks! Her advice is simple, straightforward, and from real life experience. So valuable to me that she has “been there” and understands the real challenges of transformation! Luv ya Nancy!

  • mayerling

    awesome!!!!!!

  • Brittani0531

    So happy for you! You def deserve it :) I have said this a million times already, and I will say it a million more thats for sure, but you are such an inspiration to me & thousands of others! Thank you for being you and for sharing your story. Thanks to you I have lost 65 lbs since I’ve started following you. I def need motivation daily and look forward to reading your status updates on FB everyday! You ROCK! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Georgina-Matta/1751779015 Georgina Matta

    Nancy you’re such an inspiration to so many. I’m so proud of you and I’m very happy to have found you on FB. Keep on doing what you’re doing.

  • Tex Jill

    I am 49 and used to be in great shape. Had a bad couple of years and have really been soul searching for motivation to take action again. I’ve been reading Kim’s blog, and I find her really inspiring and positive. But I have to admit this story of Nancy really connected with me. After friending Nancy on Facebook my admiration for her has only grown. Nancy’s enthusiasm over her own accomplishments is contagious. And her passion for helping others is icing on the cake. Kim and Nancy are great examples of hard working women, taking care of their own families, and still having time left over to help us too. I can’t thank them enough.

  • Bill

    Just simply-so proud of my pal. Nice journey, Nanc! Enjoy the ride.

  • Crystal Gorski

    Way to go Nancy!! As you know, I’m a Mom of a 7 month old and I completely respect how dedicated you are to your health and fitness, even with the challenges of being a Mom and a wife. By you showing such a lifestyle, your 5 kids are the ultimate benefactors, by your example you are teaching them to truly LIVE.
    I am a fb friend of yours and I am so proud to see you making the pages of one of my favorite health / fitness magazines. You are much deserving my friend! Keep working and know that you do inspire many.

  • EMagee

    What an inspiration! Thank you for continuing to take my excuses away and motivating me. So excited for you and all your accomplishments.

  • Pnutrn1442

    Nancy ROCKS! She’s such an inspiration! She absolutely practices what she preaches. She will give you a kick in the butt or a pat on the back..sometimes both in the same day! Way to go Nancy! You’ve earned it lady!

  • Lorishriver

    This is such an accomplishment! So proud of what you’ve done with yourself and what you continue to do for all of us who believe in you and have gotten results by living by your principles. KEEP GOING! <3

  • Jmsbowtie

    Nancy is an amazing inspiration. And a very wonderfully giving woman

  • Michelle

    Coach Nancy Reinhardt is amazing. Her body tells the story, of what lifting weights and clean eating can accomplish. I met Nancy on FaceBook, back in October. She wrote a wonderful program for me on weightlifting, and steered me in the correct direction of food intake. I have lost 12 pounds of FAT, and am finally wearing those dastardly jeans, that have been lonely in the back of my closet, for the past 8 years. I cannot say enough about Nancy’s uplifting coaching skills, and am so blessed I found her. ROCK ON NANCY!.

  • Noelle Elliott

    Nancy is the real deal. She doesn’t promise an easy or quick fix. She has worked hard to get where she is and it shows! She offered great real life advice to me when I thought I was on a eternal plateau. She gave me tips that got me through that wall and that I can use for the rest of my life.

  • Cheyennevanderhoff

    I have 5 children also, I am 38. I have been reading fitness mags for years and used to eat clean. after my 5th baby, I had post pardom so bad, and just cant seem to get back to a normal eating schedule. Was getting your stomach flat and sexy as hard as i see it being?? Did you get any surgeries to fix the muscles in your belly?? I am so inspired thanks, now its time to act on it~

  • http://www.paleofitnessmama.com/ paleofitnessmama

    Wow!!! She looks amazing!! Way to go mama :)