Transformation of the Day: Nikki lost 80+ pounds by eating healthy food, exercising, and staying true to what works for her. She is determined to be as healthy as possible for herself and her family, physically and mentally. We’ve followed her transformation and maintenance journey since 2018. Check out her 5 year update!
@stillfit360 on all platforms
@mrsstillfit360 also on Instagram
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
My journey began in January 2018. It took me less than a year to lose the initial 80 lbs, but honestly, the change and work are ongoing. I’ve had some highs and lows, especially with the fallout from the pandemic, but I’m most proud that I’ve maintained despite it all.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
Initially (in 2018), it was 90% & 10% health – I wanted to fit in a dress and lose 70 lbs by my 40th birthday.
Nowadays, my motivation has flipped. I’m living with the next decade(s) in mind. I want to be as healthy as possible for myself and my family. I want to lead by example.
How did you change your eating habits?
I continue to practice intermittent fasting, which began in 2018 when I initially lost weight. Mainly, I eat a mostly clean, whole-food diet. I avoid processed foods and added sugar. I avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. I don’t do cheat days, but I have rare occasions where I’ll enjoy standard American diet foods as an exception, but my rule is to keep my diet clean.
What is your workout routine?
My workout consists mainly of outdoor walking. I will lift weights a few days a week, but my focus is fast-paced walking. Exercise is more for my mental and cardio health, to be honest, and to get stronger. The kitchen is where I focus on my weight.
How often did you work out?
I walk daily for at least 30 min. Two days a week, I do a long walk for 60-90 min, and two days a week, I lift.
What was your starting weight?
What is your current weight?
What is your height?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The journey to health and wellness is never-ending. Mental health plays a significant role. Don’t neglect it.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I have not had any surgery. Although I have some areas I don’t love, I don’t plan to have surgery either. (I fully support anyone who has made that tough decision. I know it’s not easy.)
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Don’t listen to everybody; listen to yourself and let logic lead you. There are so many “experts,” but we all learn as we go. I follow people who align with my beliefs and end goals, such as aging gracefully, homemade products and foods, nontoxic and organic enthusiasts, and women’s wellness. I implore you to do the same.
We know good from evil. Unfortunately, we’ve been taught wrong from the start. It’s hard to change bad habits, but it’s possible. Most importantly, don’t give up. Don’t let a bad day create a lousy life. Health is wealth.