It's Fit Chica Friday! I love Fridays for many reasons but personally because I get to introduce you all to some awesome women. This week's fit chica is another woman who reached out to me via my call-to-action. I googled her, found her youtube channel, and thought "oooh interesting!"
So let's welcome Nichole as Fridays Fit Chica. "W-E-L-C-O-M-E, N-I-C-H-O-L-E!"
Nichole is a freelance reporter and self-taught makeup artist. She created sugaRushtv for interviewing, makeup tutorials, product reviews and more. It's all on YOUTUBE for our viewing pleasure. I'll probably add a few of the videos on the Chic portion of the site once I get an opportunity to view them all.
On to the interview:
FFC: What gave you the motivation to take working out and fitness seriously? Was there a catalyst?
Nichole: I have always been a slender girl, at 5'7 108 pounds, I took after my parents mainly my slim father. However, I never wanted to take that for granted. After seeing what 40 and menopause can do to a woman (thanks to a few ladies in my family) I wondered if that would happen to me! So I decided to change my life. I began working out religiously 2 years ago during the spring. It paid off, from crunches to body sculpting to yoga and power walking, I had a routine that was golden. Last year I dropped the power walking and incorporated jogging. 3 miles is all I do, as I jog to maintain my body and stay fit. My body began to feel different, behave differently and my posture, though never a slouch, improved.
Have you changed your eating habits? If so, what's different?
Nichole: In high school we believe we're made of steel with an iron stomach. I know I did. I'd eat all this stuff for breakfast and lunch, ranging from a Burger King croissanwich to a toasted buttered bagel with basil and mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinegar, or a bacon egg and cheese with a can of coke. What a meal! Imagine this on a daily, with some variation, for 4 years? That's high school, that's not even college. College being plagued by the hustle and bustle of class, homework and a social life, your sort of robotically forced to eat on the go and we all know those choices aren't always the best. Greasy gooey cafeteria pizza and fries to well- you can imagine the rest. Add this diet on top of the high school diet and well, you pretty much get the picture. What havoc did that wreak on my system? I really wouldn't know until years later when I decided to become a vegetarian. Turning my back on meat, loads of starch/carbs was not a very difficult choice, living the life to support that decision can be, but it's oh so rewarding and your system will thank you for it. As I love to say, 'V your mind and your health will follow!'
FFC: How do you feel fitness has changed your life?
Nichole: When you're serious about fitness/getting in shape, you become a slave to obedience and discipline. This doesn't mean I became this work-out maniac with a vigorous routine. But it does mean I dedicated time in my schedule to get in touch with muscles I didn't know I had. I also listened to my body, paid more attention to it and learned it's likes and dislikes. Fitness has fine tuned my 'ear' if you will, to hear my body's voice. I obey it when it asks for water, nutrients, vitamins and more. I discipline it when it craves those unhealthy things, not by starvation but by munching on healthy snacks like roasted seaweed or raw cashews. Sometimes, my body wakes me up just to stretch or go jogging, maybe even a power walk. When I ignore it, I pay. I know it's sad and unhappy with my decision. When I obey... oh yes- the happy is on! I'm more focused and energetic when I stick to my routine and when I veer off, not so much.
FFC: Any tips for someone who may feel overwhelmed by the idea of changing one's lifestyle?
Nichole: When changing one's lifestyle I strongly recommend keeping this in mind: Change is not an event, it's a process. This is crucial and imperative for a healthy turnabout in life. Do not use this as an excuse to delay your change, as the process has to begin some time, if not, then you're stagnant and stagnation is the key to death while procrastination is the thief of blessings. Take it one day at a time and educate yourself along the way. Ask questions, even the dumb ones you're afraid to ask. Step out of your comfort zone and step out on faith knowing you're headed in the right direction. Another tip, accept the fact you will face lows during this change. We all slip or fall when changing. It's natural. But the difference between a loser and a conqueror, the conqueror got back up and continued the process.
FFC: Currently, what's your favorite workout? Why?
Nichole: My favorite kind of work out... right now it's jogging and body sculpting. That includes squats, crunches, push ups and sit ups... aerobic style work-out taken to the next level.
FFC: How do you incorporate fitness in your everyday life?
Nichole: I'm a very fast walker. I naturally speed down the block unless I've set in my mind I'm taking a leisurely stroll. This I consider part of every day life work outs! :) When I begin to feel tight or pent up, even emotionally, I stretch. Right where I am, I just stop, bend down to touch my toes or stand up tall and reach for the sky. Some times I do a squat or some leg stretches. Every day life may not always present an opening to work out though, so there will be times and there are times I have to make an opening.
FFC: Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Nichole: What else would I like for your readers to know about me? Let's see... I'm not as intimidating as I look! LOL! In all honesty, I'd love for your readers to know that I'm a girl who loves the Lord and loves all things girly. I know the two don't necessarily have an obvious common thread, but hey- there's another thing about me... my proverbial dots don't always connect! Let's see what else is there... hmmm. Oh! I'm the girl who loves life and loves to laugh loud every day of it. So if you hear a burst of loud laughter anywhere, just smile and know that's me!
I think my favorite part of this read was the description on how she feels when she doesn't work out. It's nice to hear someone else talk about it. We are creatures of habit, once you get into a routine, it becomes difficult to deviate.
Thanks Nichole for sharing!