Success Story: Emma Nordness

“Hello! My name is Emma Nordness. I am 27 years old and, like most in their late 20’s, have spent a lot of time adapting to the world as an adult. I have always been very active. I played hockey all the way through college and during that time never really thought about nutrition or weight loss because I was so highly active.

Then hockey ended. After hockey ended, I didn’t make any changes to my nutrition. I continued to eat the same things and the same amount as I always had. I went to the gym, but not nearly as intense as during training. That’s when the weight began to climb. At the start, I was in denial. I thought ‘I’m a collegiate athlete. There is no way I could be overweight and out of shape.’ But I was. I remember trying on swim suits and just deciding to avoid any situations where I had to wear one. That’s when I began to research. I consumed anything and everything about fitness and nutrition. Turns out, even with my background, I still had a lot to learn. I did this for a couple of years but the weight continued to climb and my unhappiness with myself continued. I was so frustrated. I felt like I had all the information I needed but zero results.

That’s when I decided to reach out for some help. I started with my workout because that’s where I was most comfortable. I began going to Orangetheory Fitness; their style of workouts were perfect because they’re a competitive group environment that reminded me of hockey training which kept me engaged. I was getting stronger, but the weight wasn’t coming off. I knew my nutrition was the next change I needed to make. That’s when I got on the BodyComp™ at Complete Nutrition in Minnetonka. I got to see my body fat percentage and learned how that’s a much better indicator of health than the number on the scale. I reevaluated my goals with this in mind. Since my initial BodyComp screening, my weight continued to fluctuate, but I have lost 5% body fat.

My weight loss journey is not one about huge numbers, but more about a mindset shift. When I began to think of becoming healthy as a journey not a destination, I began to see the numbers on the scale drop. That, however, is not the moral of my story. I lost weight, but I gained happiness and overall satisfaction with myself. I learned to forgive myself when I made mistakes and not let mistakes derail my entire program. My journey is not over. It continues to change and adapt as I do. But that’s the point. It’s not about the destination, it’s about enjoying the process.”

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