ReinVENT Challenge: Lori Hughes

“I’m very excited about the Challenge and being selected. I was so happy that I had tears of joy, I’ve been looking for something like this for years.”

Meet Lori Hughes, the ReinVENT Community Challenge Member representing Clifton Park.

“I was a member of VENT back when it was a Gold’s Gym. I was in great shape then, that was before the changes in my life.”

Lori has a strong reputation in the Clifton Park community for helping others.

Her friends and family describe her as upbeat, happy and optimistic. As her daughter Kaylin noted in Lori’s nomination, “Whether it was volunteering time coordinating the amazing Clifton Commons wooden playground that I spent many years on enjoying as a child in the 90’s or organizing fundraisers for a child battling leukemia, I have watched my mother give so selflessly to the town of Clifton Park.”

Lori’s drive hit a bump when her doctor shared the devastating news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When I found out that I had cancer I was devastated. For years before I was involved in fighting cancer. I would walk for friends or for children’s cancer. It was heartbreaking when I lost friends to their battle. I fought for everyone else. Then, I got this crippling news. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. My whole dynamic shifted; my friends became my supporters, coming to treatments with me. My family would fill up the waiting room during my visits. I had an amazing amount of love and support from my friends and family.”

After beating breast cancer, Lori struggled for years with the side effects of cancer.

“I was tired. I developed neuropathy. I was eating poorly. I was depressed. I wasn’t active. I wasn’t myself. My weight gain started due to some of the medications I was on. The rest was my fault, I was wallowing in my self pity making eating poorly to make myself feel better.”

In 2016, Lori’s ReinVENTion started with a career change and news that she would become a grandmother for the second time.

“When I got my dream job at the Parks and Recreation Department in Clifton Park, I thought someone in this position should be more fit. My son and his wife had a child and I was getting ready to be a grandmother again. I needed to get healthy. This is the opportunity I was looking for.”

While watching the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lori saw something that led to a life-changing event.

“I was watching TV and saw the VENT Fitness commercial for the ReinVENT Challenge. I knew I wanted to do that! One of my daughters was in the room, I didn’t think she would nominate me. I didn’t think anyone would. Then I got the call that I was a selected and I started to cry!”

Lori will be joining #teamdarryl this Fall.

“My goal is to not be breathless when I do things. I want to be healthy. I can’t carry my two-year old granddaughter without having to stop and catch my breath. A flight of stairs makes me cringe. I want to be able to walk around the block without having to turn around and come home. I need to get stronger. I am both excited and nervous to ReinVENT myself!”

Written by: Michael Arce, VENT Fitness, Marketing Manager

The Fall ReinVENT Challenge begins Monday, August 29th. Click here to learn more