Rye Y Story Project: Nancy’s Story

I now live in Rye but grew up in White Plains and New Rochelle. My father was very fit and active. He spent 45 years in Parks, Recreation and Conservation. My 7 sisters and I were raised with a real appreciation of movement of the body and exercising your muscles. He had us running in the neighborhood before running was popular. Neighbors used to say, “What’s the matter with the Curtis girls, why are they always running?” We were encouraged to take part in sports and athletics, which I’m very grateful for at this point in my life.

And then life got busy, I graduated from college and stopped working out for a while. Got back to it in my 30s and 40s and took a little hiatus in my 50s. After the strict protocols from the pandemic were lifted, I decided, “I’m 60 years old now, I need to work at it. It’s either move or lose it!” I’d been sitting at home eating and enjoying my wine at night and was feeling that I really needed to do something. I live so close to the Rye Y, so I had no excuse!

I joined on May 1, 2021, and since then I’ve lost about 15 pounds and feel like I have gotten myself back into a healthy routine. I’m still working full-time. The beauty of the schedule here is that I can come in at 8 am, do a 45-minute workout and really feel my body working. I’m done and at my desk at 9 am.

It’s been a wonderful experience for me, and I plan on continuing for as long as I possibly can. I love the new Y Studios! It’s beautiful. I am very blessed to have a facility like this within walking distance of my front door. I encourage everybody to come in – don’t be intimidated! Sometimes when we’re out of the loop for a while we feel like, “Oh my gosh, I don’t even know if I have exercise clothes anymore.” Who cares! Come in – and as they say – exercise like no one’s watching! Here, it’s all about you.