Here's Nicole's story as she started Wholesomeandfit.com in 2014.
My desire to start WHOLESOME & FIT came from my most recent weight loss journey, which began after having my second child in June of 2012. I began my journey with the desire to lose weight, to get my “pre-baby” body back, to drop 100 pounds. So far I have successfully lost 85 pounds! Somewhere along my journey I had an epiphany – a major change in my frame of mind. I am not sure exactly when this happened, but it sent me down a new path. Now I love myself, with all my imperfections (and my perfections, too :) ) and I want to live a healthy, active, and fit lifestyle for the rest of my days.
I am accomplishing my fit, healthy, awesome version of myself by eating as "clean" as possible and exercising a minimum of five days a week. My workouts range from 20 to 65 minutes long. They include running, walking, lifting, yoga, circuit training, Pilates, and monthly challenges. As you can see I am not specific to one exercise to lose the weight. As long as I am active on five of the seven days of the week, I am good. To be completely honest, I have plateaued, several times throughout the last two years. I have had huge weight loss weeks, no weight loss weeks, weight gain weeks. The truth is, however, I have had many “non-scale” victories. I’ve gone from a size 22 to a size 12, from wearing an XXL to wearing mediums and larges. In fact I am wearing the same size clothing I was wearing when I met my husband in April of 2004.
I eat gluten free due to having been diagnosed with celiac 9 years ago, and I have recently cut out a great deal of dairy and sugars. The healthier I eat, the better I feel and the more energy I have. I am currently figuring out that I am fueling my body with food, not eating just to eat.
I have not reached my goal weight, yet. I have another 15 pounds to go. After I reach my goal weight, however, starts the real work – maintaining my new weight. Through clean eating, regular exercise, and positive collaboration with like-minded individuals, I know I will reach my goal and maintain my new weight.
I look forward to working with you, learning from you, and hearing your story. I invite you to join me on this journey and I hope it will become our journey! -- Nicole