We’re putting our May spotlight on Stacy Phelan – a client for over 5 years and an inspiration to those around her – we wanted to know what keeps her coming back to Fusion, and what’s up with this 2-for-Tuesdays trend she’s started to inspire us?
Stacy was raised on a farm in Nebraska, growing up in an active environment and always involved in gymnastics and dance. After attending college in Lincoln she made her way to Kansas City, settling down with her husband and three kids, Morgan, 13, Riley, 10, and Colin, 8. A common smiling face around our Overland Park studio, Stacy brightens the room with her kindness (unless you’re in her spot – ha!) and shines her positive vibes on all those around her.
How did you find Fusion?
A friend of mine invited me about 5 years ago – I was instantly hooked. I was completely motivated by seeing what Fusion did for others, and I just loved the workout. I tell everyone they should try it – it just makes you feel alive and powerful!
What did you do pre-Fusion?
Mainly walking, which I still enjoy, and then trying to find the right strength training class at other big gyms.
Why do you keep coming to Fusion?
I love it – it really works for my body and I love all of the great people I’ve met. It’s like my workout family. Everyone has the same mind set, we call it the “coffee shop.”
Definitely lean muscle mass, and my endurance has gotten so much stronger.
So obviously you tend to eat pretty healthy too – what’s a favorite go-to snack?
Almonds, carrots, hot salsa with chips, sliced apples. I keep these things around so I’m sure to grab them when I’m hungry, and not be tempted by junk.
So you’re not a big splurge gal?
Life is too short to completely ignore our cravings, right? With 3 kids, it’s hard to always eat healthy, but being 45 now I try my best to stay away from carbs and excess sugars. But I will eat my fave foods if I’m feeling the need – I’ll just be sure to eat a big salad for the next few meals.
Where do you like to grocery shop?
I actually hate to shop for food. But Trader Joe’s is where it’s at.
What’s usually on your breakfast table?
I’m not a big breakfast fan – so usually just coffee & spark before workout, or maybe a banana. If I eat it’s usually something small after Fusion!
How do you jazz yourself up when you need a boost to eat healthy or exercise when you’re not in the mood?
I ask myself, how bad do I really want it? If we want things bad enough it’s easier to choose the right things. I try to live each day with as much happiness and laughter as possible – try not to let the small things bring me down.
A few fun questions … What’s your fave KC restaurant?
The Tavern – I always get the Scallop Spinach Salad and of course the Jalapeño Marg!
Current fave book?
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
What’s your favorite beauty item?
I love my Nerrium every night for my face. It helps so much with dark spots and wrinkles!
Finish this sentence: I feel most confident when…
…I’ve had a great week of workouts. Fusion has changed many people’s lives, and I love how empowering it has been for me and everyone else!
Let’s talk about the 2-for-Tuesdays you started doing a while back – why?
I started because I was doing the #30in30 and thought it would be a good way to get my 7 workouts in each week – that way I’m not in every single day but still getting the job done. I usually do 2 on Fridays too.
Stacy has inspired friends to join in, as well as other clients who like the idea! One friend is Ashley Lafferty, a Fusion client since December. Ashley has an awesome story – check it out and some of her amazing before & afters!
I kept seeing Stacy do 2-a-days and one day I was like, “go girl!” I asked her how she does it and she said she just thinks, “How bad do I want it?” I really took that to heart and decided to adopt that mantra. So, I started doing 2-a-days at Fusion every Wednesday and Friday. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays I do a 5am workout with my boyfriend lifting a bit heavier, then I do a Fusion class at 8:30 or 9:40. I have never felt better! I have never in my adult life been below 150lbs, I am at 144!!!!! I am NOT an advocate in weighing myself – it’s just a number – however that number fell below 150 for the first time in so many years, and I’ve had to celebrate with a dance party around the house! I have been on this weight loss journey for a few years and have lost over 100 pounds. I was stuck at a plateau until I found Fusion!
I started in December, with the New Client Special, thinking this is it, I’m only trying this for a month. I for sure thought Fusion was more of a cult and that I would be super intimidated. Well, I was right about one thing, Fusion is somewhat of a cult: a sweaty sisterhood amazing cult where everyone is rooting for each other and the instructors are hands-down the most positive, supportive, kick-ass group of leaders! I was wrong about the other, I was not super intimidated AT ALL! I wish I would have joined Fusion 2 years ago when I first moved back here. I wake up every day and look forward to going, I feel even better when I leave…I just want to spend my days at Fusion, ha! I have never been happier in my life, and I know for sure that Fusion is a big part of that happiness.
Want to know more about Fusion? Check out our Weight Loss Boot Camp before and after stories, our blog on healthy living, and of course, our class schedule to come in and see what all the sweat is about!