Nancy Hesse AOM

July AOM – Nancy Hesse

It’s that time again …

We give you the July Athlete of the Month … Nancy Hesse!

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

Raising a daughter who turned out to be a really great mom and all around good person — even when she makes me crazy! Plus, she gave me the greatest grandkid on earth!

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

I’d volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

If you were in a band, what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

Dead and Company. I could be a bit off key and no one would mind.

Favorite place to travel to?

Thailand. Complete sensory overload, from the temples, the street food, and kindness of the people to the beauty of the jungles. Simply amazing. And way outside my comfort zone!

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Be completely silly and embarrassing.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

My first marriage. It taught me that no one will stand in my way and good luck to the person who tells me no.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

Dominique, hands down, every time she shows up. If you aren’t laughing with Dom in the room, you might be dead.

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

My dad, Hunter (my son), and my grandfather (my mom’s dad); there is so much we don’t know about his side of the family.

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Cliff diving.

Funniest things you’ve seen your kid do?

Not so much what he did but what he said — Hunter was about 4 and we went to the zoo and when we came out of the bat exhibit, he looked at us with his hands on his hips and said, “Well, that was a bat idea.” We knew we were in trouble. The boy loves his puns.

Favorite movie?

The Snake Pit with Olivia de Havilland

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Just come to TrAk with me once …

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

Freshman year in college (a long, LONG time ago).

Goals … personal, professional, family?

Personal — Finish a mini-triathlon in September.
Professional — I love what I do and I want to keep doing it until I reach retirement or win the lottery.
Family — Keep everyone healthy, happy, and moderately sane.

Words to live by or favorite quote?

Life is all about choices. Choose to be happy or miserable, it’s your decision.

What adventure do you plan to have in the future?

Machu Picchu and hiking part of the Inca trail.

Favorite book and why?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — What’s not to love? I’ve got my towel and am ready to go.

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

I used to be a synchronized swimmer and I can still do a number of the movements.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

I have never met such a supportive, encouraging, fun group of people. From the moment I walked into the gym, fully intending to NOT join, I felt like I had found a home. Haven’t regretted a moment since.

How has TrAk changed your everyday life?

Where to begin? Pretty sure the hubby likes me better — I’m less tense and grumpy. Health wise, diabetes meds are gone.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

Showing up …. oh and losing 50-lb. and “running” a mile. But it all starts with showing up.