Hey…I’m Nikki Hynes and this is my story…
I’m a mom of 2, fitness/lifestyle blogger, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition and Behavior Change Specialist. I’m also a Graphic Designer and suffer from serious wanderlust!
There are days I look at old photos and still can’t believe I lost over 100lbs and have kept it off this long.
I started gaining weight in elementary school and packed it on in middle school and high school…some of the toughest years when growing up.
As an only child in a single parent home, I didn’t have anyone to tell me what I should and shouldn’t eat.
Pizza rolls were an after school staple and ice-cream was a nightly treat. Our fridge and freezer was packed with microwaveable food (who remembers micro magic burgers & fries? …yeah I’m showing my age here) that I could easily make for myself and Mom could quickly heat up after working all day, on the nights we didn’t have dinner with my grandmother.
I never learned what balanced meals looked like or that food wasn’t a form of emotional support (my mom also struggled with her weight).
I’ve had that Gary Vee line stuck in my head for a long time and I’ve been applying it to the thoughts that go thru my head. (His advice does not only apply to growing your business on-line…FYI)
So many habits are learned when we are young and can be used as a crutch as to why we are fucked up and struggling as adults. But it’s never to late to break the cycle.
You have to own your shit, change the conversation in your mind and lose that crutch.
In this case, I was tired of being overweight, tired and miserable. I didn’t want my kids to grow up like that (and let me tell you, despite the role model I’m providing it’s STILL tough to get them to be active and healthy…our society feeds into our laziness) but I still try my best.
I worked my ass off, lost friends, cried a lot and wanted to give up many times but I pushed and I succeeded!
You gotta lose the excuses. You gotta own your shit and you gotta know that you ARE capable of anything you set your mind to…but it’s going to take work!
You are the best project you can ever focus on. The healthier & happier you are, the better you can be in other areas of your life. Happiness can only come from within…no one else can ever provide that for you.
Need help getting starting? I’d love to chat with you and help you in any way I can!