When it comes to dieting, the hardest part isn’t always losing the weight; it’s keeping it off that can present the biggest challenge. There is certainly no shortage of quick weight loss programs that promise to melt away the pounds and achieve that beach body fast. But the results are often fleeting, and many gain the weight right back when life gets in the way.
On a recent episode of Influencers Radio with Jack Mize, Healthy Lifestyle Expert Nancy Leeds Gribble discussed why sustainable weight loss requires true transformation. Both mentally and physically.
During the interview, Nancy breaks down one of the most common misconceptions about weight loss and why women feel they have to deprive themselves of foods they love to get results, saying, “We want an abundant life, and we want to eat in abundance, but we have to eat the right foods. This is why I work specifically with women over 40. I know the mindset we grew up with, and it was to starve yourself and deprive yourself. You can’t eat this, and you can’t eat that …We can eat anything we want. But what you choose to eat. Well, that’s up to you…”
Nancy’s success in creating sustainable results is based on her commitment and ability to tailor her strategies to the individual woman. Explaining how she starts by adding healthy choices rather than trying to immediately eliminate the not-so-healthy habits developed over a lifetime, Nancy said, ”My coaching is not cookie-cutter. I start with where each woman is at, and then together, we figure out what changes they can make slowly, that are going to work for them to get long-term results…. Maybe you don’t want to cut out that piece of cake just yet. But can we add in an apple? If I have somebody that’s been eating at McDonald’s three meals a day, I’m not going to suddenly say, ‘ Okay, here’s your new meal plan.’ That’s not going to work. I have to start where they are and then we grow as I help them navigate and make the changes. I know that slow and sustainable may not sound sexy, but when you lose the weight, and keep it off, you really feel sexy, and you really feel good. Let’s chase that feeling. Let’s chase that goal.”
Nancy knows that living a healthy lifestyle is not just about how you look but also about how you feel. That wasn’t always the case. Like many girls of her generation, healthy nutrition wasn’t a concern to Nancy growing up. The only thing important to her was being skinny.
But by her mid-40s, even as a vegetarian, Nancy discovered that she had no problem losing weight, but she would gain it back from stress eating or just not knowing how to eat. She thought the answer was just to eat less and try to fit in a workout now and then.
When asked what led to her own transformation, Nancy fought back tears as she shared her journey, saying, “I got married in my late 30s, and in my early 40s, I had my son. In my mid-40s, my husband was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. My whole world flipped. I started doing all this research on how to save him. That was my goal. I did an in-depth study on food, nutrition, and health, and I never realized how important whole foods are and everything they do for us. Sadly, my husband passed away, and I went into a very kind of dark place. I had been in real estate for 25 years, and this happened during the market crash. I lost my husband, I lost my income, and I went bankrupt. I had a four-year-old son, and I didn’t know what to do. I stayed in a fog for a good three years. When I started to come out of my fog, I eventually met somebody, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, life is kicking off again.’ Within a year, we got engaged. And right after that, he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and passed away. I thought, ‘We only have this one life, and here are two people I love so much, and they’re gone so early and so fast. That’s when I really started diving deep into health and nutrition. I was panicked because I had a very young son, and I was an older mom, and I decided I had to get healthy for him. That was the shift. ‘Skinny? I don’t care about being skinny. I need to be healthy. I need to do everything I can to make sure I’m healthy so I can give my son the absolute best life he can have with one parent.’ He’d already been through way too much.”
This shift from wanting to be skinny to needing to be healthy for her son led Nancy to discover the healthy lifestyle changes that would give her the strength to overcome personal tragedies on top of a professional setback that many would consider insurmountable.
Every morning Nancy would back her car out of the garage to work out. Sometimes she would just sit on a mat and cry. But the more she started working out, the more her pain started turning into her power. She realized that she not only wanted to be healthy for her son, but she wanted to be healthy for herself. She wanted to live life again. That’s when the second shift happened, and she made a commitment to do everything she could to make her life the best it could be and live it fully.
Nancy’s transformation from living a healthy lifestyle fuels her passion to inspire and help other women transform their body, mind, and soul and rediscover their strong, confident selves so they can go from Stuck to Unstoppable and live life to the fullest.
Listening to this episode, it’s easy to understand why so many smart, ambitious women around the globe turn to Nancy to help them go from Stuck To Unstoppable and create a body and life they love living in.