Fit Girl Nikki
IRMB 365 Coach
Hi I’m Nikki!
My fitness journey began in late 2010. Prior to then I knew little about proper nutrition or exercise; years of eating whatever I wanted coupled with a sedentary lifestyle which included regular drinking and smoking as well as grieving the loss someone very close to me had started to catch up with me. I was approximately 151 lbs and 34% body fat at my starting point. September 2010 is when I decided to make a change and I began the Couch to 5K (C25K) running program, joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. Running was hard!! My first time out on the pavement I remember didn’t last very long and was more walking than running.
Initially, although my running improved I didn’t see much difference with my body or on the scale. It wasn’t until March 2011, after doing some research and watching several documentaries focused on food and nutrition did things start to click. I began to understand the concept of clean eating more and more and I began applying what I had learned and began following the Paleo or Paleolithic (aka Caveman) diet. I finally started to see the scale moving in the right direction soon after.
I had managed to complete the C25K program within a few months while also lifting 2-3 times a week. I then decided I should probably sign up to run in an official 5K race. My first race was May 7th 2011. I was committed to completing the race without stopping to walk and wanted to finish under 30 min. I accomplished that and have been accomplishing much more since then!
To date, I have run many races from 5Ks, 10Ks, Duathlons and Mud/Fun Runs in 5 different states. I have placed in the top 10 for my age group for almost every race, I’ve also nabbed a few 1st and 2nd place trophies also!
Although I still enjoy racing, I began a new fitness journey in 2013. After attending a bodybuilding competition in May 2013 and meeting my coach the following month I knew I wanted to get involved. Since then I have been competing every year and currently am nationally qualified level athlete in both the women’s bikini and figure division; I have placed in the top 5 of most of my competitions. Additionally, I found time to obtain National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal training and fitness nutrition certifications because I am passionate about sharing what I have learned over the years with others to help improve their health. I encourage you to be a goal digger and continue to work towards becoming your best self. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start in order to be great!