My name is Nicole and I am the wife to a wonderful man in the Army, and we have 2 beautiful children. We have moved all over with the military, and are now back in the states after being in Germany for a few years. I absolutely LOVED Germany, but it is also nice to be back in the states near family again.
I have been overweight ever since I was 5 years old, and it went on through my teenage years and into my adult life. I always cared about it, but didn’t do much about it until High School came around.
When I was in High School I didn’t make the best choices in the world, and dated the wrong person, and got pregnant when I was 17. Luckily I was able to graduate high school early before my son was born. Even though my son is a great blessing, life was very hard at that time. I was in an abusive relationship I had a hard time getting out of, I had a newborn baby to take care of, a full time job to hold, and had to figure out the best way to raise my son. I was depressed and stressed out every day. Not only did I gain 50 lbs during my pregnancy, but all the stress and lack of care for myself contributed to a lot of weight gain.
Fast forward almost 2 years, single parent living on my own with a new job. Things got much better, and I wanted to do something about my self esteem. I remember sitting in my apartment watching late night infomercials, and saw the results that came from P90X. I figured, anything would work at that point. So I bought it and started my new journey. The first day I started I couldn’t even get through the first 15 minutes, but every day it got better, and 15 minutes turned into 20, then 30, until I could finish the videos! After 1 month I lost 20 lbs and was so happy I was making progress. I didn’t have a clue about good nutrition so I jumped around programs with no will power or lack of success, so I was kind of on and off with the whole thing.
Within the same year I was trying to get out of a bad situation and change our lives for the better, my little brother joined the Marines. My brother and I were 19 months apart, we were really close, so enlisting as infantry was a little scary. In 2006, my brother deployed to Iraq, I moved back home, and we had so many plans….to be roommates, to get brother sister tattoos lol. It’s awesome when your sibling is also your BFF. He was supposed to come home late December 2006, but they extended his deployment another 3 months. On January 26, 2007 we got the knock on the door from a few fellow Marines letting us know my brother had been shot and killed during a midnight fire fight. This changed my life more than I could even imagine. Forget what I have been through, the petty things that I thought mattered, the places I wanted to go in life. My little brother dying ruined me for a while. I drank, a lot, I had no desire to get out of my moms house. I left my job, I was depressed on anxiety and anti-depressant pills. Losing weight was the last thing on my mind. When this happened, I put on so much weight, and was heavier than I have ever been, at 270 lbs. It took a while for me to climb out of the hole I dug myself…I know my brother didn’t want that for me, and even though I put a smile on my face for my son, bad health and unhappiness wasn’t fair to him. So I did my best to change, but it was hard. I had good days and bad days, but I tried.
It wasn’t until 2009 that I actually got it under control. After visiting the doctor, I found out not only was I obese, but I also had High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, I was vitamin deficient and I was borderline type 2 diabetic. He told me if I change my diet and get some exercise in, I can reverse that, but if I don’t I would need to start insulin. This is something that several family members of mine deal with. When you have diabetes and get older, and don’t take care of yourself, its like one terrible health problem and hospital trip after another. My son deserved a better role model than that. This is when I met with a MD/PhD and committed to the low carb way of life.
I started P90X AGAIN, I started going to a boxing gym, I cut out all grain, wheat and sugar. It took me almost 6 months to lose 50 lbs, I was thrilled! I was getting stronger, leaner and finally on my way to better health. All the problems I had at my prior doctors appointment, disappeared. Not one problem lingered. I was much happier with where things were going.
Why is it that life challenges you when you are doing so well? After I lost the 50 lbs, I got in a car accident, and needed surgery on my lower spine. I couldn’t workout for almost a year, but thanks to the low carb way, I kept at least 50 lbs off.
After all of that, after my surgery and my recovery…after a 70 lb loss…I was in a different place. Life moves along, and when you have faith and work hard, you choose to be happier. It’s just easier, am I right?? I was living life without any problems, taking care of my son, and this is when I met my husband! We got married, moved to Texas, had our daughter, moved to Germany, then back to the states…traveled the world…life has been busy but it is GOOD!
I created this page to share my journey and recipes with others! I know people do better with weight loss and motivation when they have partners following their same passion or lifestyle. This helps keep me on track too because I need to set an example and practice what I preach. I love cooking for my family, keeping us healthy, and helping others lose weight and feel great! I have had some struggles in life, but I am blessed today, and that is all that matters!
Through it all, I have lost a total of 80 lbs. My last 30 lbs incorporated Shakeology, Insanity, 21 Day Fix, T25 and just better choices overall. I am still working hard and trying to set a good example. I am technically a Beachbody Coach, I am also a Fitness Nutritionist now, but it isn’t my “job” I just help people who want motivation in a free group, accountability definitely helps! If you want to join a group, just let me know!
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Thank you so much for reading my long story and following my recipes and my life journey! 🙂