About Me

Nikki HynesHi! 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!

Thanks for visiting,

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13 thoughts on “About Me

    • Hi Yara,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting. In the past, I only looked at the big picture and would get very frustrated when things didn’t happen as quickly as I wished them to. This time around, I set small goals and I wrote them all down. I didn’t set an overall goal weight or size. I set small 5lbs goals to reach and gave myself small rewards when I achieved them.

      In the beginning, they were food rewards, because I thought I needed them. As I progressed the rewards became things like a manicure, massage or a new clothing item.

      From my experience, the smaller goals are so much easier to achieve and the confidence boost you feel when you reach the goals is what keeps you moving forward.

      Take everything meal by meal, workout by workout and day by day. It’s a lifestyle change and it will take time. You will experience many leaps forwards and occasionally slip back, but the most important thing is that you find your footing and push on.

      Best of luck to you!

  1. Damn you look hot now! How great is it to finally be able to wear good looking clothing? Keep working out, don’t quit and just keep reminding yourself the feeling of being fat.

  2. I am on my second round of the X also- Tony makes me laugh and I too am addicted! I will conquer Insanity next and may try Zumba soon. I am also having a love affair with running. You’re an inspiration-

    • Hi, Thanks again for visiting my blog. To this day I will never forget how Tony Horton and P90X changed my life. I’m so happy that you have found a program that you love and have taken steps to become a healthier you. Insanity was also an amazing program! I failed miserably at it the first time, but went on to complete it two times once my body was ready. I still struggle with the running and tend to walk more than run but I’m hoping this spring/summer isn’t as rainy as last year so I can be more consistent (I’m not dedicated enough to it yet to run in the rain….lol).

      Keep up the great work and feel free to contact me with any questions once you are ready for Insanity :)

  3. Hello and Greetings from Austria (Europe). Doing Insanity now for three weeks and love it. At the moment i have 180 pounds, and thats the same weight like on the beginning. But my bodyfat is much reduced and i feel muscles (and on some parts also see them) where there havent been any before :)

    But there is one thing. I always feel like only my thigh is getting trained. Each day they burn like hell, while the rest of my body could do much more.

    Did you have the same Situation and how could i change that? (nearly every training until now has an estimated 60-70 % Training for them)

    Another Question is, how far did you get the first time you tried insanity?

    Best regards, Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting.

      The very first time I tried Insanity, I only made it week and I realized I wasn’t ready for it. I did another round of P90X and shed some more weight before attempting it again. My second try, I made it all the way through but I wanted to quit many times. I think Insanity pushed you to both your physical and mental limits. The mind always wants to quit before the body is ready to and realizing that is one of the greatest gifts the program has to offer.

      I initially had the same issue as you in feeling that my quads were only getting a workout. They would tired out quickly and I would feel a major burn in them. I realized that my form was off for most of the moves and once I corrected that, I felt more a core/glute & hamstring workout.

      If you listen to ShaunT, most of the jumping moves as well as mountain climbers should come from the core. You need to engage those muscles to pull up your lower body instead of pushing off using your quad muscles. Also, if you maintain a flat back and push your butt out more, you are forced to use your hamstrings and glutes instead of the quad muscles, resulting in a more rounded workout.

      The pace of Insanity makes it tricky to learn proper form so I would recommend doing a YouTube search for the different moves and watching the form broken down at a slower pace.

      Good luck with the rest of the program and please let me know how you do with the rest of it! Also, if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them.


  4. Awesome story! Two rounds of Insanity…you’re my new hero. I did month 1 a few years ago, then had unrelated surgery, so I need to try it again! :) An inspiration indeed!

    • Thank you, Patty! Those rounds of Insanity were so tough! I like to consider it more of a workout for my mind than my body, although both take a beating doing it.

  5. I loved reading this! I am always stunned when I see pics of the “old” you. You look absolutely incredible! When we first connected I thought you were like 26-ish and had been doing this for years. Way to stick with the healthy fit lifestyle! Xoxo

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