It’s Never Too Late to Compete

NPC Figure Competitor Spotlight: Nanci Teran

 

nanciteran2I am not a big fan of before and after pictures. The main challenge I have with them is that they sensationalize a person’s journey into this exciting before and after picture, which never tells the process the person went through, or tells the real story as to what they went through in order to achieve their goal. The exception I make to this rule, is when a client personally wants to share their story and they also want to share their before and after pictures.
This is a story of an amazing woman named Nanci, who came to me at 64 years young wanting to compete. We worked together for 6 months and she diligently followed the nutrition plan that I had prepared for her. In addition, she also had a personal trainer who was very helpful to her journey. I recall numerous occasions early on in our prep, she was asking me if I thought she was crazy and that she was too old to compete. I said, are you kidding? No way! Get out there on that stage and show everyone what an amazing body looks like at 64. I am pleased to say, Nanci did just that. She did it! Here is Nanci’s story. I am so proud of her hard work and dedication and for the time I got to share this amazing journey with such an amazing woman.
Nanci wanted me to post her pictures in hopes that she would inspire someone who is sitting on the sidelines wanting to compete but waiting for the right time, or wondering if they are too old. We had an amazing journey together, but more important, Nanci got to complete something that had been in her heart for a while. She got to say she did it, and not only did she do it, she looks incredible and is an amazing inspiration.

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My name is Nanci and I entered the 2016 IFBB/NPC Golden State Figure contest held in Sacramento, CA August 13th 2016. I placed second in the 45 years and older category. In preparing for this contest my Figure Trainer and mentor was Nancy Georges.
 

These are my before and after photographs taken during my weight training regimen. I would like to thank Nancy for giving me the motivation and determination to complete this task. It was a satisfying milestone in my life and I am proud to say that I am 64 years of age!

As a side note, I have osteoporosis. This was the main reason I started a weight-training program. Since I started my training, I am happy to say that I increased my bone density mass by 17%!

Thank you Nancy
I am so grateful to have had the amazing opportunity to support her in making her dream come true of competing. I am so proud of you Nanci! It was a pleasure walking your journey with you.
I have a few openings for contest prep coaching. If you are interested in competing next spring, March, April or May, the time to start is now. 6 months is a good amount of time to allow in order to have a successful prep and an enjoyable journey.
Message me for info and a consultation, if you feel you are ready to step on stage and create your own amazing story.
nancy@mentalgamefitness.com

Testimonials: Linda’s Story

lindatestI have trained with Nancy for the last 6 months and was extremely impressed with the time Nancy took with me to get me ready for my first Figure competition at the age of 53.She made sure I was feeling good emotionally and physically which is so very important.

 A lot of trainers feel you need to suffer in contest prep and I never felt like I had low energy or that I was starving even in the last days of prep!I came into my competition prepped and ready to step on stage!

Nancy’s Skype sessions improved my posing 500%! She taught me how to look elegant on stage and improved my self confidence not just for the stage but in everyday life. I had a incredible experience competing with Nancy! She was with me the whole time back stage with posing and gluing my suit. I didn’t see one other trainer backstage with their girls! Through this wonderful journey Nancy has not only been a trainer but a true friend!

 Linda Flynn

Testimonials: Natalie’s Story

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When I discovered Nancy Georges’ newsletters I was more than inspired to compete again. I knew she was the person to get me back on track mentally, emotionally, and physically. For the past two contest prep sessions, I’ve had the best experiences on stage! Nancy’s coaching and hypnosis programs not only helped me through my pre-contest days, but through daily life stresses during the off season and he big show day.

Thank You Nancy!

Contest Update: Dani Taylor

I am so proud of my client Dani Taylor for her recent accomplishments. She placed 4th in novice, 3rd in open and 2nd in debut. The most incredible thing about Dani is that she is a vegan. All of the nutrition we did for her contest prep was done with plant based nutrition. I am so proud of you Dani. You are one hard working athlete and deserve all of the success you have achieved. This picture just shows it all!

September 2012 Newsletter: Competitor Spotlight Debra Ricci

I normally save stories that relate to competition for my competitor’s newsletter on the first of the month. This month, I have chosen to share with you a special success story in that this journey started as a personal quest for excellence and continued on as a competition experience.

Many people who are far off the mark make it a goal to compete. Debra is an example of someone who made it a goal to get in shape first, then decided to get in amazing shape in order to step on stage for a show. Debra is an example of a client who followed all instructions to the letter, who never faltered in self discipline or self determination. She is self motivated and that is what makes her story so incredible.

As a coach, I can pave the way for anyone but I cannot inject the secret ingredient that no-one really speaks about and that is self motivation. Debra has that, and because of her self motivation the seemingly difficult journey of getting on stage to compete, was an easier journey than expected.

At the time I called it a diet… it’s now become my way of life.
By Debra Ricci

Back in 2002 right after graduating from high school the fun began, the partying, the drinking, the late night eating at the diner after the clubs would close. However, the fun didn’t last long after I started noticing the weight gain, I knew I needed to make a change or it would just get worse and harder as I got older. I made a change right then and there. My weight in 2002 was somewhat around 150lbs, I am 4’11. I was always tiny growing up because all I did was roller skate 4 times a week. I lived at the roller skating rink from age 3 up until age 16 when I thought I was too cool to go roller skating anymore.

January 2002 was when I changed my life. I started going to the gym consistently and I didn’t leave the gym until I burnt 600 calories on the elliptical machine. Living at home I had to buy my own food and not eat what my mother would cook for meals because I knew they weren’t healthy for me. My family was not supportive of my weight loss; I was often called hateful names by them. I did my best to shut out the hurtful names, and when they would say things to hurt my feelings, I would just leave and go to the gym. There were times where I would be in the gym twice a day because I knew I had to do this for me, and the hurtful names I was called just made me push harder, not turn to bad eating habits.

Six months went by and people started noticing that I was losing weight and the compliments started coming. It was a great feeling that people were actually noticing and that gave me more power to push even harder! I dropped 50lbs over the course of 2 years on my own without the help of a personal trainer or nutritionist and started becoming very addicted to the gym, working out and eating healthy, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I really took my fitness to the extreme! People always asked me how I did it, and if I ever thought of doing a competition, my response was “I did it by eating right, and working out, I did it the right way, and yes I have thought about doing a competition, it’s on my life list.” I sat back and said to myself, “what am I waiting for, why don’t I do a competition.” That’s when I made the decision and said “Debra you’re going make it happen this year.”

In April 2012 I had my first conversation with Nancy, I was weighting in at 105lbs, and we set a competition date for September 8, 2012. Nancy was extremely helpful, and I am the type of person who will fully execute any plan that I am given. I stuck to my diet and workouts and didn’t let temptation affect me. I would still go out to dinner with friends, but I most certainly packed my own food and brought it with me! Competition prep was all new to me, yes I was used to eating pretty healthy, and working out, but the structure and preparing all my food at home was all brand new to me, and it’s very time consuming. During competition prep I really didn’t have much of a life, and I am very thankful for the friends I have because they understood I had a goal I was working towards and they never had anything negative to say. I had a lot of loving and supportive people in my life this time around, versus back when I started to lose weight in 2002. However, I occasionally heard the comments like “you’re too skinny, why are you doing this to yourself, you’re going to end up in the hospital, and we like the thick Debra and now you’re the crazy fit Debra.” I had to explain myself when I really didn’t feel like it.

During competition prep I fully executed my diet and workout program to the best of my ability. I was nervous and excited for my 1st competition. Nancy was there every step of the way, from teaching me and educating me on why I was eating the foods I was eating, and what my body would go through, to the posing practice and building up my confidence to get on stage. Competition day came and I placed 3rd for my height class. I was beside myself, I didn’t think I would place in the Top 3, I was ecstatic!

I am now in my “off season” because I know that there are areas that I need to improve on before hitting the stage again in 2013. My 1st competition was just the beginning of many more for me. I will continue to compete and I am hoping to get to a National Show in July 2013. I remind myself and tell others all the time that “If you believe you can achieve.”

Testimonials: Mary’s Story

maryNancy was such a sound, calming force both during competition season as well as during my recurring and debilitating back injury which prevented me from reaching my fitness goals as a competitor. She is a woman of incredible depth and breadth of all aspects of the health and fitness industry. Her expertise in the world of the “psychology” of food, dieting, and keeping the “life/work/competing” balance is invaluable. Those of us “veterans” who have been doing this awhile know there are many “layers” in the fitness industry, especially when one chooses to take it to the “next level”.

I truly value her “life lessons” which she taught me and have a special “Nancy Journal” which I still refer to.

Mary

October 2011 Newsletter: Competitor’s Spotlight Loree’s Contest Journey

Competing, whether in fitness, figure or bikini is an individual endeavor. However, when we meet someone who is challenged in a similar way as we are, we become very inspired by their commitment and dedication to this endeavor of physique perfection. We also become inspired by their ability to get the job done when it seems like we are struggling to do so.

I have had the great privilege and opportunity to work with Loree during her contest preparation. She is an inspiration to all women working in very demanding careers that takes a significant amount of mental as well as physical energy. Loree was able to tend to her business while training and preparing for competition.

From the first session I met with Loree to the last, her physique transformed dramatically. And even from when I last saw her, very soon before her show to when she stepped on stage, she had made even more detailed improvements.

Loree went on to win the Master’s 35 and over 1st place in figure B as well as second in figure B in the open class. Loree is a testament to how hard work and dedication earns you the rewards you seek.

This month, I am dedicating my newsletter to Loree’s story. I hope you find inspiration and motivation that you too can continue on this path to success, as you define it.

Motivation- Loree’s Contest Journey

Stop talking about it and just be about it…my journey to fitness
by Loree Johnson

LoreeDays have passed since I stepped on stage for the very first time and I continue to struggle to capture what this experience has been like for me. I look at my competition photos and do a double take. I ask myself repeatedly “Is that really me?” It might seem like a silly (cliché-ish) question to ask oneself, but it’s true.

I have always prided myself on being an intellectual, and therefore I felt a little embarrassed to share my decision to compete. Would people think I’m too vain? But this competition was never about vanity for me.

My journey toward competition has been long and varied. My journey to fitness did not begin with a desire to compete. Over the years, I gained weight, lost weight, and gained weight again. I valued being physically fit, however I never fully understood the proper balance between nutrition and exercise to achieve my goal. Like most women, I have also had a long and complicated relationship with my body, which centered around that number on the scale.

For many years, I was on autopilot. My twenties and early thirties were devoted to completing my education and establishing my career. I completed a doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy. I became licensed in two states. I launched a private practice with two thriving office locations by the age of 36. I was driven (and still am).

My career as a professional who helps others has always been rewarding. I delight in my clients’ successes and in knowing I played some part in inspiring and supporting them in achieving their personal and/or professional goals. However, along the way of helping other, I lost sight of myself. I lost my focus on eating properly and I neglected exercising, especially as the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance became a daily reality. I sought more comfort in eating instead of physical activity. Even as I talked about the importance of balance with my clients, I struggled in my own right.

After watching a dear friend compete for the first time at the age of 40, I decided to stop talking about changing my body and my nutrition and decided to actually start doing something about it. Many competitors, who offered words of encouragement along the way, noted how I was about to embark on a journey in which I would learn a lot about myself. I kept asking myself, “What did they mean?” I had already gone through so many hurdles in life that had tested my strength and fortitude. Surely a little training would not be any more of a challenge than what I had already endured. I could not have been more wrong. I woke up at 5am for four straight months to hit the gym for at least two hours before heading into the office for a ten hour day (not including my commute). I was exhausted as I sat and listened to my clients as they recounted their personal struggles. At times I became frustrated because of my own fatigue. But through all of this, I remained determined.

Loree 2nd picDuring my training there were times I felt like crying and there were times when I actually wiped away a few tears, but I still pushed myself to finish my workout. I could be upset (or mad, sad, insert any feeling here), but I had to be upset while doing what I needed to nurture me. I was tired, cranky, and wanted to give up, but I refused, which is symbolic of how I live my life. I may get discouraged and a little derailed, but I always get back on track. There’s something invigorating about challenging your body, thinking that you can’t push any further yet harnessing a little more strength from deep within – taking yourself to the limit to find out what you’re really made of.

I also looked to other competitors in the field for support and inspiration, such as Earnestine Shepherd, a woman who discovered bodybuilding in her 50’s and Teresa Anthony, a professional figure competitor, who works as a contractor for NASA. These women personify strength and muscularity with style and grace. I was also fortunate to work with two individuals who guided me at different points along my competition journey: my nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, and my posing coach, Nancy Georges. Their experience, insight and encouragement were invaluable.

Most importantly, I looked to one person whose support was priceless – my partner, Michael. Through the early morning training sessions (yes, he trained right along with me), the adventures of changing meal plans from week to week, and the ups and downs of life, he offered words of encouragement and reminded me of the commitment I made to myself.

Through this process, I connected with the strength that I had lost sight of and I stayed connected to the commitment I made to myself, which I had often sabotaged in the past. Stepping on stage was the culmination of my following through on that commitment. It was rewarding to finally stop talking about it and just be about it.