Issue 20 • January 2014Local Inspiration

Losing by Example

When treatment for cancer causes nausea, doctors encourage you to eat whatever you can keep down, even when it’s comforting carbs. Battling the disease is more important than battling your weight but eventually Stacy’s 75-pound weight gain became a potential health issue. When her oncologist said she had to lower her BMI to reduce her risk of breast cancer recurrence, Stacy knew she had to get serious about her weight loss.

Initially Stacy approached weight loss solely through exercise – running to be specific. Working one on one with Paul McRae (PRS Running Solutions), her weight loss journey started and she learned how to push herself. When the weight loss stalled, Stacy knew she needed to address her eating. She learned of Fitness By Patty (, a local certified Personal Trainer who focuses on strengthening the body through exercise and nutrition. Once she started addressing her nutritional challenges, Stacy’s weight loss increased and her running got faster.

Although knee injuries have sidelined her from running, Patty helped Stacy identify alternative activities including Pilates, yoga, boot camp and bridge-walking, bringing Stacy to within 5 pounds of her goal. Her advice is to be patient – weight loss won’t happen overnight.

Stacy’s Tips for Sticking to Your Goal

  1. Share your goal with family and friends and ask for their support and encouragement. Stacy’s husband has supported her by learning to cook what FBP taught Stacy was in her nutritional best interest.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for adaptations to workouts if you have limitations. A Certified Personal Trainer will have the knowledge to help adapt your workout.
  3. Consult with a Certified Trainer/Nutritionist to educate and motivate you through the difficult times and help you overcome plateaus to get to the next level.
  4. And there will be plateaus and set-backs. When those occur – see Tips #1-#3 above and find a way to keep working towards your goal.
Leigh Gardner

Leigh Gardner


  1. Joanne Wiggins
    February 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    Stacy has been a great inspiration to me. I first met her during a track workout and ran into her many times afterwards including the UNF pool. She really looks great and has a beautiful skin probably from Patty’s routine.

  2. February 15, 2014 at 8:37 am — Reply

    I’ve seen the attention that Stacy puts in every day – from head, to tummy, to toes. She’s dedicated to getting in shape and being healthy, not crazy.

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