This week we will take time out from our team-member features (see foundationwellness_nashville on Instagram), and instead spotlight one of our star clients. Nancy Keen Butterworth Palmer is one of a kind. She is not a big fan of exercise. In fact, she has been known to literally howl, as a wolf howls at the moon, when lactic acid begins to build up. (And you haven't lived until you've heard someone utter the worst curse words imaginable in a soft, Southern drawl.) Let's just say that working out is not her thing. She is, however, very fond of her certified personal trainer from Foundation Wellness, who comes to put her through her paces at home three times a week.
She does this 1) because she likes him and 2) because she knows that it is good for her.
Nancy Keen, known as "Nanny" by her children and grandchildren, is an educated woman with degrees from Sweet Briar College and Emory University (a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Divinity respectively) and a voracious reader with a collection at home that rivals some of the smaller branches of the Nashville Public Library. In recent years, however, her obsession (and we do mean obsession) has been the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon.
Nancy Keen has travelled the world, and at 87 years of age, she isn't done. Just last fall, she and one of her granddaughters took a trip to Scotland together. Over the course of her life, she has visited all the major European capitals, Israel, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Subsaharan Africa, Antarctica, and Katmandu (to name a few). In her late 60s, after the death of her beloved husband, she picked up, and got quite passionate about, fly fishing, a sport that led her and her trusty rod to rivers in Wyoming, Argentina, and even New Zealand. (She honed her skills, however, right here on the good ole Caney Fork).
She was Chair of the Swan Ball in 1975. The theme was "An Evening in Brazil," and for their research, she and her co-chair used to travel to Brazil, in her words, "like it was Murfreesboro."
I'm telling you, she has been everywhere--many places more than once.
In addition to reading, travel, and her portly Beagle, Sally, Nancy Keen is also passionate about her flowers. Mrs. Palmer was a horticulture judge for many years and spent a term as President of the Garden Club of Nashville. Even if you didn't know this, one tour around her hillside property that her daughter and son in law now help her take care of and there'd be no doubt in your mind that someone who knows what she's doing lives there. (And, of course, there is a proper greenhouse only a short distance from the back door.)
Nancy Keen may not love exercise in and of itself, but sees the value in it, knows that it keeps her going, and thoroughly enjoys working with her Foundation Wellness personal trainer!