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My friend Nancy drops 100+ lbs.

By Robyn Openshaw | Jun 11, 2012

My longtime friend Nancy is a radio personality. I’ve done a couple of shows with her, most recently to talk about the release of The Adventures of Junk Food Dude. Nancy’s youngest child, Anna, refuses to drink soda and loves green smoothies, after they did an experiment and measured the amount of sugar that was in their daily diet, which shocked the kids. (Alex isn’t quite as eager, but Nancy’s working on it. He eats apples and fruit leather now instead of candy bars.)

Nancy emailed me last week asking about dehydrators. Like all of us, she keeps taking baby steps towards the healthiest lifestyle possible. She told me since I saw her last, she has lost ANOTHER 40 lbs., so I demanded photos. Holy cow, this hot mama looks better than she has in the 17 years I’ve known her, and as you can see in these before and after photos, she’s lost over 100 lbs. total.

I wanted to know HOW. She eats tons of veggies and fruits. She sticks to the outside of the store and stays away from processed foods in the middle. Occasionally she eats a little Chex cereal or a multi-grain cracker, but, she says, “for the most part, I am all about things looking like they came in nature when I eat them.”

[This reminds me of what my grandmother said to me once, when I was talking to her about how she cured herself of Stage III cancer with strict adherence to the Gerson diet, and then just ate a very healthy diet for the rest of her life. She said: “It’s not what you do once in a while that’s going to kill you. It’s what you do every day that’s going to save you.”]

Nancy paid attention to what foods bothered her, and she eliminated gluten and other sensitivities she identified, like dairy products.

She told me she eats corn products but worried about the fact that most of it is genetically modified. I told her I eat only ORGANIC corn products. Did you know that if it’s organic, it’s also NOT genetically modified? I just told Nancy that.

Nancy is one of the founders of www.themompodcast.com.  They are doing four shows this summer that you will find interesting:

  1. While losing 100 lbs., Nancy also lost her identity
  2. A mom’s body effects changes in her child’s body image
  3. Maintaining the changes to your body long term (guest: a woman four years past a 110 lb. weight loss)
  4. Re-establishing your identity after any major change (weight loss, divorce, job change, family loss, etc)

I hope you enjoy Nancy’s before-and-after photos. They show how external and powerful the difference is when we eat whole foods, and listen to our body’s needs and respond to them.

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection, Weight Loss, Weight Management

28 thoughts on “My friend Nancy drops 100+ lbs.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The photos say everything. Congratulations, Nancy. You look amazing. Thank you Robyn for posting them and for you continued work and dedication. You provide daily inspiration, education and motivation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a completely inspiring person you are, Nancy! Thanks for sharing with us Robyn!

  3. Yay, Nancy! Way to go! I am proud of you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Nancy! You look great!! I love all these posts with the amazing before and after’s. Thanks as always Robyn. 🙂

  5. Nancy your weight loss is amazing and I love how you did it…the easiest way by eating healthy!

    yeah for you and thanks for sharing.

    You look adorable and your son too!

    thanks for showing a before and after photo,

  6. Wow!!! Nancy, you look amazing!!! Great job! 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am Nancy’s neighbor and have been in awe as each week I have seen

    her changes. She is so dedicated and looks so happy and healthy. You are

    amazing! Good job, Nancy!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice job nancy! I’m not sure if you remember but I’ve met you (from kristi’s pump class) you look amazing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    HI ROBYN, I’M SO GLAD TO BE A PART OF YOUR MAILING LIST AND ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR NEWSLETTERS–I’VE SHARED THEM WITH MY 3 DAUGHTERS AND MY SON AS WELL. THANKS, TO NANCY, WHO, BY THE WAY LOOKS GREAT–AND IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT SHE DID IT THE NATURAL–UNPROCESSED, GOD’S WAY. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU BOTH–WARM REGARDS. MICHELLEALETA

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you did not tell me, I would not think this is the same person. You are very brave to embark on such a different lifestyle. We all know veggies & whole foods are best, but to make that change takes a strong mind and attitude too. Well done!!

  11. Wow Nancy! What a difference. Your pictures inspire me that I will be able to get rid of the extra 100 pounds I am lugging around with me. Thank You!

  12. Anonymous says:

    wow you look great Nancy!!! Good job!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    When are you going to be anywhere near NJ ??????

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Debbie, closest I come is the Carolinas and Atlanta, next month. Write amanda@greensmoothiegirl.com if you want to help find a location for an event in a major metro area in NJ, because if we choose a health coach in the NY area, we will plan a trip there in the next 6 months or so, and if we do, that’ll be a good chance to put NJ on the itinerary if someone volunteers to help! XO,
      Robyn

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow! What an insipiration! It’s amazing how eating clean makes you feel healthy, alive and clear headed and eating fast food and lots of proceesed food makes you feel sluggish.

  15. Doesn’t even look like the same lady. Amazing what the wrong foods all or lives can do to us. We all better make a change and start now. Day by day. Meal by Meal. Choice, by better choice.

  16. Anonymous says:

    CHEERS, NANCY!!!

    Similarly, I released 130lbs from a top weight of 354, one year after both my parents died in 2009. I pretty much slept the entirety of 2010 as I had been sole caregiver to them for the previous 16 years and felt quite spent. When I awoke in 2011 having to pin up all my pants, I realized I had released scads of leeching life thieves and naysayers from my life as well. 2012 finds me juicing and eating whole foods, 80 lbs. from my 154.6 lbs. (70kilos) goal weight, yet still seeing myself as a 354 lbs. broken person. Working to make a breakthrough by the time GREEN SMOOThiE GIRL comes back to Georgia’s Market in the Houston TX area in the fall. You are an inspiration, Nancy. YOU GO, GIRL!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    WAY TO GO GIRL… and thank you for taking your children on the same journey. Wish more parents would love their children enough to save their lives with proper nutrition. You are a great role model to anyone out there who thinks it can’t be done.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Nancy, You’re amazing!! I always admire the kind of will power it takes in someone’s life to make such great changes. Sticking to it a step at a time, you won!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Nancy you look marvelous and I am so proud of you, keep up the good work. Robyn thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I really enjoyed your class on Saturday, June 9th in Evanston. I encouraged my sister to attend and she enjoyed the class as well! Looking for the next class in Chicago. I purchased the Greesmoothie Diet book and use it almost every day. Thank you Robyn. Shalas

  20. Great testimony and proof of how able and willing our bodies are to change. Thank you to Nancy and Robyn both for sharing with us. I love your grandmother’s quote, Robyn. It is spot on! May I use it with attribution to her? Healthful blessings to you and your continued great work.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Heather, of course. 🙂 I hope my grandmother’s words have impact on many.

  21. Anonymous says:

    What an inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing you Nancy and all that you are doing to improve your health! Stories like this are so encouraging as a lot of us know it’s so darn hard to change what we have been used to doing for 20+, 30+ years.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Robyn,

    Your grandmother’s words just became my new mantra. Thanks!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Robin, some time ago I read in one of your books (I think) a comment form a gal who

    dehyddrated some greens to use in smoothies in hard time. Could you tell me which of your books that was in. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks Mary Moss

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      mary, I don’t remember—I think it was here on the blog? Just dehydrate any greens, you can do that easily. 🙂

  24. Linda says:

    I started a couple weeks ago on the green smoothies. I had one each day in place of a meal. I loved them right off the bat. I could tell almost right away that they gave me more energy. I was not tired and yawning all day. I had been on them for about a week and then went out of town for a few days and did not have them. I was feeling tired. I am back on them again. Next time I go out of town, I will make some ahead of time and put in the cooler. They give me so much energy, I don’t want to go without.

  25. Anonymous says:

    goodness, the change is awesome! i hope one day something similar can happen to me …. (i am on psych meds, and some old prescriptions made me gain over 100 lb… but i am finally at a steady weight and not gaining, so i am hoping i can start to lose). i bought a blender that makes one cup per use, it was $14.99, and i am going to start making smoothies. 🙂

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