Hi! My name is Nikki. I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Fitness Accountability Coach. I’ve been married for 15 years and have two wonderful kids, who drive me crazy on daily basis, so yeah, they’re doing their job. I also love to cook and eat, which is a major reason why I ended up overweight in the first place. Thankfully I’ve learned it’s possible to be healthy while still enjoying delicious foods.
Over the past 5 years, I’ve fallen in love with health and fitness. Which is something I NEVER thought I would say in life.
I have always struggled with my weight. For as long as I can remember I was always the “fat girl” in the group. My weight issues began around Junior High School when I started hanging out with my friends and finding a love of crappy fast food. I continued to pack on the pounds in High School and I was miserable. Being over weight at a time when you begin to like boys is not cool. I hated my body and felt bad for myself, so I’d eat more food because it made me feel better. Then I would looked in the mirror, hate myself and begin eating again. The cycle would just keep starting over and over and I didn’t know how to stop it. It was the definition of insanity.
I tried losing weight and dieting over the years, but I never stuck with anything. I would get frustrated, give up and end up gaining back whatever I managed to lose plus some. I would look for the magical answer and expect my body to just shed 20lbs overnight, which was just crazy of me. It was desperate of me, now that I look back. I tried everything from weekly weigh-in’s & point systems to green tea’s, pills and shakes that claimed you could lose pounds fast! None of them worked because I wasn’t learning how to eat properly and I wasn’t addressing my emotional dependency with food. I joined a gym and quickly felt out of place and discouraged when I heard other women talking about how heavy I was, so I never went back. As a matter of fact I stopped at the grocery store on my way home so I could buy some ice-cream…that cold creamy treat as always been a hug for my soul.
Thankfully in late May of 2009, after 10 years of marriage and two beautiful children, I made a change. At the time I weighed somewhere around 215 pounds (it was probably more, with my all time high being over 245 pounds, while 9 months pregnant with my first child – who I only gained 5lbs with) and something finally clicked. in my thick head. After years of being unhappy, I decided it was time to do something about it. I was going to take control of my life and not be a victim of my weight anymore. It was also the first time I ever heard of a program called P90X, which a friend of mine was just starting.
To be clear, I did not start with P90X. In the beginning, I started by tweaking my diet and adding some cardio, like walking or using my stationary bike. I then began to add some yoga workouts to my daily routine. By mid/late September 2009 I had lost 30 pounds and decided it was time to give P90X a shot. I was instantly addicted to it and developed a Love/Hate relationship with Tony Horton. Unfortunately in early November, I re-injured two herniated discs in my lower back while at work and I had to stop my workouts until January 2010, when I jumped back into P90X. I had to modify a few exercises in each DVD so I would not re-injure myself, but I didn’t allow my injury to be an excuse, which is something I would have milked for all it’s worth in the past.
The best part about all of this, to me, was that I didn’t have to step foot into a gym. I still haven’t really made peace with the gym atmosphere since my experience (which is really funny since I decided to become a personal trainer). I was able to do all of this in the privacy of my home, while my kids where in school, napping or tucked in bed for the night. I removed a ton of excuses like, I have no one to watch the kids, they don’t like the babysitting service at the gym, it’s cold, it’s raining, I don’t feel like getting dressed and my personal favorite…I have to do the laundry. You know all of these excuses, right? We all have them. Now my gym was my living room. If I sat on the couch to watch TV, I had weights staring at me from the corner of my eye. They mocked me until I got up, pressed play and dedicated the time I deserved, so I could feel better about myself and find happiness.
After my first round of P90X I was officially hooked on working out. My workouts began to replace the good feeling that food gave me and having energy was such a nice change of pace. It was such a new feeling to me and being able to keep up with my kids and run around at the park with them, without feeling winded was priceless. I went on to complete another round of P90X as well as many other programs from the Beachbody line-up.
To date, I have lost over 100 pounds since I started my journey in May 2009. I have gone from a tight size 16 to a size 4 and back up to a size 6, since I have been focusing on building lean muscle now. So far, I have maintained these results for 3 years and because of that, I opted to have a tummy tuck. I needed to remove some of the excess skin I had at the time and repair my abdominal muscles, which are side effects of being overweight for so long, being pregnant with two children and losing as much weight as I did.
This is a point in my life that I never imagined I would reach. If you asked me 10 years ago if I would be working in the Health & Fitness industry, I would have laughed and said “You’re crazy!”. I went from being a Graphic Designer, who also did cake decorating, to switching my career and starting over in the fitness industry so I could pay it forward and help other achieve their goals. At one point in time, I thought being laid off from my cake decorating position was the worst thing that could have eve happened to me. Now I realize it was just a sign…it was time for me to follow my heart and begin chasing my dream of helping other.
My goal in life now is to inspire and help others who are still on their journey, as well as those who haven’t even started yet. These are the people who inspire me the most and keep me going.
If you’ve ever sat up late at night, watching an infomercial for a Beachbody product and wondered if it would really work, the answer is yes! I am living proof that these products can change you life, but you have to be willing to work. There is no magical, miracle pill or potion to reach your goal of losing weight and being healthy. What there is, are people like myself who want to help you, keep you accountable and show you that making this lifestyle change isn’t about living on salads and being miserable. It’s about conquering your fears, creating new habits and finding a spark within yourself that says “I’m worth it!”
If you have any questions or if you are wondering where to start on your own journey, please feel free to contact me!
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