Welcome to the second week of my “Body Positive Series.” Hopefully these stories are giving you inspiration to truly become the best version of yourself.
If you or anyone you know would like to be featured in one of these posts, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to learn about what more people have been through, as well as spread as much inspiration as I can
This week I would like to introduce to you a wonderful mother named Nikki. I’ve known Nikki personally for almost 4 years now. Originally from Dousman, WI, Nikki is currently 5’10 and 30 years old.
- Q: What do you do for a living?
- Nikki: I’m a Recruiter
- Q: How many children do you have? Ages?
- Nikki: 2 kids, 10 year old son and 18 month old daughter
- Q: If you couldn’t live without one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Nikki: Peanut Butter
- Q: What’s your favorite beverage?
- Nikki: Coffee
- Q: Do you cook/bake? If so, what’s your specialty?
- Nikki: I do all the baking/cooking in our house. I wouldn’t say I have a specialty. I really enjoy trying new recipes.
Now that we know a bit about your background, let’s go into how you got started.
- Q: When did you start to make lifestyle changes?
- Nikki: December 2015
- Q: Was there an exact “AHA” moment that made you want to improve?
- Nikki: Not really. I was about 6 months post-partum and my husband and I decided that we would not have any more children so that is when I decided to make some changes and try to get back to pre-baby body (or close to it, trust me, nothing is ever the same 🙂 )
- Q: How did you start? What did you change?
- Nikki: I always ate relatively well, but not the best. In December 2015, when I decided to join Kayla Itsines 12 week BBG, I knew my eating habits needed to be strict. I was always told diet is 80% of your results, and throughout this journey, I agree 100%. I started meal prepping and making sure to get my workout in right after the baby went to bed. If I sat down on the couch, game over. I would also change from my work clothes to my gym clothes immediately after work so I was already prepared.
- Q: What’s your biggest motivation?
- Nikki: My biggest motivation is my family. It’s important to me to show my kids healthy habits.
Now let’s move into the nitty-gritty; time to get personal.
- Q: What do you think the biggest struggle for you has been thus far?
- Nikki: My biggest struggle has been the “cheat meals”. Anyone on a lifestyle change needs those cheat meals to stay sane, but I really beat myself up afterwards. It is something I continue to work on.
- Q: Does your family ever fight you when you try to cook healthy? How do you deal with that?
- Nikki: In the beginning it was hard. I knew my family well enough to know they would not eat the way I was. I would always make 2 different meals. We have gotten to a point where I know what they will and will not eat so dinner time is easier on me. If there is something small I want to substitute, I still will. (i.e swapping pasta for zucchini noodles)
- Q: Are there things your kids/husband WILL NOT eat? How do you handle that?
- Nikki: My kids are usually pretty good. My little one is accustom to my eating so she won’t fight me (except salmon, she is not a fan). My husband hates most vegetables so instead of hiding veggies in food for my kids, I do that with my hubby.
- Q: What’s a favorite meal in your house?
- Nikki: Tacos or Spaghetti. It never disappoints 🙂
- Q: What has been your biggest “victory” – either scale or non-scale?
- Nikki: My body does not do pregnant well. I gained 100 lbs with my son and 65 lbs with my daughter. Most of it was out of my control and symptoms of a pregnancy condition. But, it still got to me. From check in at the hospital to deliver my daughter to now, I have lost 97 lbs.
Where do you plan to go from here?
- Q: In terms of goals over the next 6 months – 1 year, what are yours?
- Nikki: I don’t have any goals set for myself at this point. It has been almost a year on this journey and I want to continue to stay on it.
- Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is struggling right now, what would that be?
- Nikki: Keep going. It may be hard in the beginning, but, trust me, it gets easier. You will be so proud of yourself for sticking with it. Don’t beat yourself up for eating that cheeseburger or skipping that workout. Life is all about balance. Be someone’s inspiration!