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
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!
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.
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?
- 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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