Nancy Dupar, a Shine Fitness member for 4 and 1/2 years, shares her journey with Shine and the amazing results that she has gained through years of motivation and her always positive attitude.
Why did you decide to start your fitness journey with Shine?
I was not going to buy my designer slacks in a size 16, and I was sick of being a 14. I had tried everything on my own but decided I needed accountability.
What has been your best result since you've been with Shine?
I feel better, I have more energy, and I am stronger, more confident, and I just bought my first size 8 skinny jeans and size 6 dress.
If you have participated in an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, what were your results and how was your experience?
I have participated in AdvoCare and I love it. It has really given me a system for my nutrition in order to help me stay focused. The products support healthy eating and help to curb my cravings.
What is your favorite thing about Shine Fitness?
The community and the individuals that work out at Shine. Everyone is positive and support one another. The trainers are uplifting and all know what they're talking about.
What is your next goal that you are excited about?
I am working towards a pull-up and I want to get strong for skiing.
What advice would you give to a person new to fitness?
Just keep coming. In the beginning, there are so many reasons not to come, but soon you will absolutely love it.
The Scale...the scary 5 letter word. You go to the Dr's office and the first thing they do is ask you to get on the scale and you immediately start taking off your shoes, emptying your pockets, and trying to eliminate as much extra weight as possible.
Why is this?
For some reason over the years the Scale has been given this power. The power to make or break our day biased on what it says. Most of us have a number in our head that we believe that we are supposed to weight because of what some article told us, or what we weighted in high school and we assume we are supposed to stay at that weight forever. For most of us we look at the scale and 9 times out of 10 the number staring back at us just tells us that we are "fat" or not at the place we are "supposed" to be. Then on that rare occasion that the number on the scale tell us that we are at the place were supposed to be we then go out and celebrate with ice cream.
Today I want us to take back the power from the scale. The truth is the number on the scale does not mean as much as we give it credit. Our bodies are made up of muscle and fat and as the ratio of muscle and fat changes the weight on the scale changes as well. Muscle is a much denser object so when compared to fat of the same weight it takes up much less room. Which is why when you start working out and building muscle you may not lose much weight on the scale but your jeans and clothes start fitting much better. Below is a picture of exactly 5lbs of muscle vs. 5lbs of fat. Can see that the muscle takes up less space?
Due to the difference in density of muscle and fat, two people can weigh the same and look totally different. In this image below all the women in these photos weigh 150lbs yet all of them wear different size clothes and look entirely different.
The woman on the far right is the shortest with the most muscle and wears the smallest size but still weights 150 pound just like the rest of the woman.
So let's take back the power from the scale and focus on building strong muscles in our body and watch our bodies shrink but not necessarily on the scale.
If you are interested in learning more about how to build muscle and burn fat, come to our Drop 2 Sizes Seminar on September 17th at 7:30pm. This is where we will be sharing our secrets to dropping 2 sizes in just 8 weeks.
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