Instagram is the best place to meet inspiring people. Some are pushing through despite all the odds. And this beautiful soul is just pushing through and inspiring others while on her journey.
You can follow her journey along on Instagram @coachingwithnykki_
1. Tell me about yourself. Something unique and dynamic. Not the generic things that someone can find out on social media. But also add your name (first name) and age, please.
My name is Nykeva, I am 26 years old and I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts Born, but my family is from Jamaica. One thing unique about me is my charisma and ambition. I was born premature, exactly a month before my due date. My health problems started when I was just nine months old. Diagnosed with asthma, a heart murmur, an enlarged heart, and other underlying health issues developing later in life. I have been a severe asthmatic up until the age of 25, I am now considered a moderate asthmatic.
2. What gave you the motivation to start your journey?
What motivated me to start, was my past. My childhood was not all that great because I was sick and in and out of the hospital a lot. All those medications and steroids were causing me to gain weight rapidly by the age of 18. I hated middle school; I was the fat kid. The kid that got picked last, the kid that was bullied because I could not run the gym court. I know what it is like to feel left out. I remember some days saying I cannot wait to live and have a normal life, that is what keeps me going.
3. How did you start? (Did you start by exercising or did you clean up your diet first? And did you clean up your diet gradually or did you jump right into it?
I started by utilizing what I knew from previous trainers and nutritionists and got to work. I am a firm believer in nutrition comes first, so I worked on my nutrition and started with 3 days of exercise. I do not believe in going cold turkey. Gradually, I started to switch up my nutrition by finding Healthy alternatives to my favorites.
4. What’s the hardest thing about your lifestyle change?
The hardest thing about my lifestyle change, is staying true to myself and what I believe in. With so many different perspectives in the fitness and nutrition industry, we sometimes tend to switch our way of thinking and try to compare ourselves with what the next person is doing.
5. What has kept you going even when you didn’t feel like it or when you felt like it’s not working out how you planned?
What keeps me focus even when I want to throw the towel in, is my childhood and my family. Family means everything to me; my aunt is my biggest motivation. She is one of the strongest persons I know.
6. Do you have any regrets about where you had to get to change your lifestyle around? And did you have to evaluate yourself to find the source of your weight gain?
I don’t regret changing my lifestyle because I am happy. I mean I am truly happy. I have control over my food and what goes on my plate I did not have to do much identifying because I already knew where the weight gain was coming from.
7. Why is/was this time different from the other times you’ve tried to lose weight? What gave you the strength to not give up this round?
What was different this time? I wanted it. I was tired of feeling depressed and unhappy with myself. This journey was and is personal. This journey is about proving something to myself, that I’m not lazy. I’m not all those things people were saying about me. Words hurt and words stick forever so I used that fuel to keep going. This is for me first and foremost. Bringing my dreams to reality.
8. What has been your happiest or the most rewarding moments since you’ve started your journey?
My happiest moment was starting my coaching business npxfitness. I always knew I wanted to help others; I just didn’t know how to go about it until I found Instagram. I’ve always had this vision of working for myself and helping struggling women lose weight. I just had to figure it out on my own first.
9. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about or just started their lifestyle change?
My advice would be to just beat the odds and start. Yes, it is going to be hard but Allah doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. You are going to have people throw you off your game, and clown you for making better choices, but stay true to yourself and prove yourself, and everyone wrong. Make sure it’s for you first.
10. What is the ultimate goal? Do you have a specific weight goal? Is there something you want to achieve after getting to your ideal place?
My ultimate goal is enteral peace and abundant happiness. Everyone has this idea of wanting someone to make them happy, they have it all wrong. You see real happiness comes from within, and we must create that within ourselves first. As far as a goal weight, I don’t have one, but anywhere between 175-160 is good with me.
Remember the first step is trying and the next step is not giving up when things get hard!
Keep going! If no one else believes in you know that I do. You’ve got this!
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