HAPPY MONDAY!! I'm wayyy to excited to present to you this interview with one of my absolute favorite fitness role models on Instagram - Miche Nicholson (@Micheskiiii on Instagram)!!
This woman is INCREDIBLE. With 3 kids, work, school, and a spouse-- if she can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!! She's had twins and what's amazing is that after her pregnancies and many "stomachs" later, she has come out a winner and a completely HOT mama!! Check out this interview!
1. When did you get started on your fitness journey and what inspired / moved you to get fit?
I got started pretty much in Jan 2011. Thats when I found out I was expecting twins. I just knew I didn't want another pregnancy like my first one, which was just a singleton. With my first I gained almost 75lbs, I ate everything in sight, and didn't work out. I was so unhealthy and it took me 4yrs to lose all the weight I gained with him. And once I lost all of it, thats when I found out I was going to be having twins, so I knew I didnt want to be that unhealthy and unhappy again this pregnancy. So I pretty much hit the gym 2-3 days a week until I was 7 months pregnant with the twins, I watched what I ate and didn't give into every craving. In the end I only gained 50lbs! And then after I had them I just knew I wanted to keep going with my fitness journey, I didn't want to stop. So I started training for my first half marathon 4 months after having the twins. I trained for 3 months, and ran the toughest half marathon in the Northwest just 8 months after my twins were born! And from then on I just fell in love with running.
2. The picture of your "many stomachs" is absolutely incredible. Did you have any cosmetic help with surgery, or body wraps, etc? Or was it all from diet and exercise alone? (what would you tell other women who want help with their post-baby bellies?)
I get asked that a lot lol But no, no surgery whatsoever here. I transformed my stomach just by clean eating, lifting weights and running. If I could give other women advice on help with their post baby bellies, I would tell them its all about the way we eat. Its all about what we put into our bodies. You can workout all you want, but unless you are eating healthy you will not see the changes you want to see. Yes, at first its hard to change your eating habits, but once you start seeing the changes in your body and the way you feel it gets so much easier and its so worth it! Also, not to give up. A lot of people are so quick to throw in the towel bc they expect results overnight, but really it takes time. Thats why I love taking progress pics every month so I can compare the changes. We look at ourselves every day, so we don't see the little changes. Thats why progress pics are so helpful!
3. WHEN and HOW do you make time to exercise with 3 kids? (i.e. babysitter, daycare, wake up before the kids)
Oh man, geez sometimes I wonder that myself hahahaha Luckily I have my mom near by so she takes them for me once a wk so I can run, and then my husband and I just work around each others schedules. I make sure to give him time for him to go to the gym, he makes sure to give me time to go to the gym or run. We kind of plan it out in advance as corny as that sounds, but when you have 3 kids, work, school, and a spouse thats kind of your only option: Plan, plan, plan. And sometimes I will even wake up way before work, or before my husband and kids wake up and I will get a workout in.
4. What is your occupation? What is your ultimate career goal?
I currently work for a hospital here in Boise. But I am going to school to be a Mortician. My lifelong dream since I was a child has been to be a Mortician and to own my own funeral home. 2yrs left and I will be that much closer!!!!
5. What kind of diet do you follow? Does it include cheat meals and what are they like?
I wouldn't say I "diet". I just clean eat about 80-90% of the time. I stay away from frozen foods, boxed foods, fast foods. I drink only water, a gallon a day! I get my fruits and veggies every day, I eat only chicken and turkey on occasion. And I am sure to drink my protien shakes each day (100% Whey Protien Optimum Nutrition Isolate) Yes, I do have cheat meals. Thats typically on the weekend. But I make sure not to go overboard with it. Typically if I cheat then I will get ice cream, or we will go out to breakfast/lunch/or dinner somewhere over the weekend.
6. What does your current workout routine look like?
Well, I run 15 miles or more a wk outdoors. On top of that I hit the gym 2-3 days a wk to lift, and then I also lift here at home as well. I really love focusing on legs and my booty so heres a couple routines I love doing for that:
155lb squats- 12 reps
25lb Kettlebell swings- 50
25lb Kettlebell sumo squats- 50
Step ups with 25lb dumbells- 1 min
Walking lunges with 25lb dumbells- 20
***Do that routine 3-4x***
55lb Leg extension- 3x12
45lb Seated leg curl- 3x12
100lb Leg Press- 3x15
170lb Inner thigh- 3x20
150lb Outter thigh- 3x20
And then I finish I always do squats with every workout I do. Also I try to increase my weight every few wks. The heavier the better. I use to be that girl that only lifted really, realy, light and focused mostly on cardio, but I wasnt seeing much of any changes in my body. But then I started lifting heavier in Jan 2013, and clean eating, went from 23% bodyfat in Jan down to 18% in March! I haven't had it checked since, but I would imagine I am at 16%. Ladies, do not be afraid to lift heavy!!!!
7. What is your ultimate fitness goal and who is your fitness role model?
My ultimate fitness goal is just to be the healthiest me as possible. I don't want to do competitions or anything, thats just not what I am into. I just want to be the best version of myself possible. I want to be healthier, stronger, and faster. I want to become a better runner. Well, I will say I would love to run my first Marathon sometime within the next year. And I would also love to do the Tough Mudder one of these days as well. And as far as my fitness role model, I would say Mari Brennan AKA littleloislane on Instagram hahaha I started following her a year ago and she just inspires me more each day. She just has so much discipline, dedication, motivation, and shes such a bada%$.
8. What is YOUR biggest excuse when you don't feel like working out?
My biggest excuse is "I don't feel like it." Either bc its too hot out, its too cold out, I am too lazy, I don't want to get up, etc. But I just get up and do it. Just get it done. Its so worth it. I mean, seriously, who has ever regretted a workout!?!?
9. What is your one food weakness?
Fruit Punch Rockstars and a cheeseburger. I am a FREAK about those 2 things. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
10. What advice would you give to a person who wants to make a healthy change to their life but is intimidated by the whole thing?
Just do it. Seriously, just do it. Everyone starts somewhere. If you arent happy in your own skin, you're the only person that can change that. Do what you need to do to be happy. I use to hate the body I was in. Instead of dwelling on it and feeling sorry for yourself (thats what I did) look at what you want to change and how you can change it. In order to see changes, you have to be willing to make changes.
11. Name something others might not readily know about you (hobbies outside of fitness, a unique talent, etc etc.).
I can sing. I am super, super morbid. And the oddest thing, I sleep with a heating pad every night and have since I was in my teens. I take it with me if I know I am gonna be traveling as well hahaha its a comfort thing.
I hope you enjoyed this Fitspo Feature! Leave me a comment, and GO FOLLOW @Micheskiiii!! ;-D Have a motivated Monday!!!! xoxoxo
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