Repossess Your Health: Why I’m a Gutsy Girl

All dress sizes are welcome here. It says so in my tagline. And I’m serious.

All dress sizes means all dress sizes.

It also means all dress colors, all dress shapes and all the struggles and successes the woman in that dress carries.

The truth is that there is nothing special about me being “gutsy.” You are all gutsy. You just have to dig deep to figure out why and how, and then how you can take that gutsy-ness and give back to the world. Remember from yesterday, “pay it forward.”

Today is day 5 of the 101 days of blogging.

Today I’m also launching my new Friday feature, which is the Why I’m a Gutsy Girl feature. Each Friday, I will feature your fabulous selves. I want the world to know that it’s filled with gutsy girls. I’m not just talking about gutsy as it relates to tummy troubles, infertility or laying the holistic concept vs medicated solution on the line. I’m talking about your own, unique sense of gutsy.

  • What’s your story?
  • Where did you come from?
  • How did you get from point a to point b?
  • Where are you going?
  • How are you bold and brave?
  • What are you doing to inspire new thinking?
And so on, and so on.


Before I dive into my gutsy girl to kick it off, please know that I would love to have you! Contact me if you want to be a guest, and I can give you more information. All the gutsy posts will most definitely be found via #Gutsy on twitter as well!

Why I’m a Gutsy Girl: Marci Nevin

(SKH note: Marci is simply amazing. She defines what repossess your health means, “Reclaim responsibility for your well-being; own your daily choices.” I have broken her story into 2 pieces: one today and the other tomorrow. Whether you are inspired by the “weight loss” story, motivation to take responsibility for your well-being or her autoimmune story – which is tomorrow – you won’t be able to not love Marci! Tell her so on Twitter!)

I am a self-proclaimed health and fitness junkie. I earn my living as a personal trainer, and if I’m not lifting weights in the gym or practicing yoga, you can often find me pouring over blogs and reading articles about exercise and nutrition. Training is my one true passion, as it makes me feel alive, strong and confident in a way that nothing else can. If you were to look at me right now, you’d think I have it pretty good. At just 5’2, I’m a petite little thing, and I maintain a comfortable level of leanness year round. Yet contrary to what most people assume, I have to work hard for my physique, and I surely can’t get away with eating whatever I want. Win the genetic lottery I most definitely did not, and it has taken years of sacrifice and dedication to get to where I am today- which ultimately isn’t even where I want to be.

Marci Nevin Chin ups

Marci Nevin Chin ups

Growing up I was a chunky kid, with a head full of unruly, frizzy hair. In middle school I was often teased by the boys, and in the beginning of high school was the sidekick to my prettier, skinner friends. As a result, I had a poor body image and lacked any sense of self confidence. Despite being active in various sports, my weight continued to rise, so I joined a gym in an attempt to exercise-off the unwanted pounds. At the time, I was unaware of the role that proper nutrition played in creating the change I desired, and no amount of activity could override the processed crap that was my diet.
The summer going in to my sophomore year my mom joined Weight Watchers in an effort to lose some weight herself, which ultimately served as the catalyst for my own transformation. Although I wasn’t a part of the program, she taught me how to use the points system to monitor my intake. Looking back, I know that my food choices were still poor, yet the concept of portion control helped to jumpstart my initial weight loss. Slowly my body began to transform, and by the time high school graduation arrived, I was literally a different person. I had lost twenty pounds, and I felt ready to take on the new challenges and experiences of college.
Despite what I had heard about gaining the dreaded Freshmen 15, I was determined not to become part of that statistic. While my friends were fueling their all-nighters with pizza and candy, I stuck to a diet of nothing but “clean” foods. And when everyone else was nursing their hangovers after a night of drinking, I was at the gym getting my workout it. The results of my hard work showed, as I was leaner than I had ever been in my life. Yet for some reason, I still was not satisfied. I became obsessed with learning as much as I could about nutrition and exercise, which inspired me to train harder and manipulate my diet even further. And because I was able to maintain such a regimented lifestyle despite the stress and social pressures I faced, I viewed myself as the epitome of health and fitness.

However, I would soon discover that just because I looked healthy didn’t mean that I necessarily was…

Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow, which is day 6. Topic:

Redefine Your Role.

Love your guts,


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  1. says

    What a great idea! There are so many strong women that need to be featured. I love that you expanded it beyond fitness to encompass life stories of “gutsy” … I look forward to reading more!

    • says

      Hi Laura! Thank you…there is so much more to people than just food and fitness….gutsy looks like so many things! Can’t wait to feature you:)