My Fitness Story

I initially began my true “fitness journey” in college. I competed in cross country, swimming and track (long distance) in high school and qualified and competed in States multiple times in each sport. When I got to college, I tried out for the Duquesne cross country team, but sadly did not make it as my heart just wasn’t into competing anymore.

In my first years of college, I drank, and gained a heafty freshman 20+ and ended up tipping the scale at 165 lbs.


Terrible picture quality, but you get it. I was uncomfortable, pudgy, and unhappy. This was right before I met my soon to be husband, and around my second/early third year of college.

At the end of the third year, I knew I had to make a change. I restricted my calories, set up a Spark People page, and started working out again. I did around 30 minutes of cardio and zero weight lifting. In the end of my third year and into the summer of my fourth year of college, I lost 20 lbs and hit my lowest weight of 148 lbs. I was ecstatic!


I started dating my now husband at the time and felt really good about my weight. I dabbled in some marathon running and completed 5 marathons over the course of the next 3-4 years.


I kept the weight off but soon realized that I wanted a more “toned” (oh how I hate that word now) look and went on a mission to “get lean”. I started lifting weights, saw minor progress and started flexible dieting. This all occurred about 2 years ago. I started on my own but saw very little progress.


I hovered around 150-160 lbs when I started flexible dieting, but had NO idea really what I was doing. So I hired an “internet coach”. I stuck with him for about 2 months and lost…maybe…5 lbs. I got down to 153 which was my lowest in a while before I thought about dabbling with reverse dieting to build my metabolism back up. I also started Crossfit, and my coach didn’t have a great idea about Crossfit style workouts and how my nutrition should be planned around that.

So I started my reverse diet and made it all the way back up to 162 lbs. 20140910_085405

I went on vacation with my family, thought that I looked pretty decent, but soon had a bit of a self realization after reading a pretty motivating book at the beach.

I came home from vacation more determined than ever. I switched Crossfit boxes to one that would provide me with a more competitive path and better coaching, and I also was set on improving my overall physical body composition and leaning out. I finally decided to buck up and hire a company to do my nutrition programming. I started with them in September.

I documented my journey in my “Weekly Updates” section and successfully lost 15 lbs with them and completely changed my body composition.

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weight loss with flexible dieting and crossfit

I recently found out that I have a spinal condition called spondylolisthesis, which has been a complete game changer for my workouts and Crossfit. Although it was a blessing in disguise, it has become a little bit more challenging mentally to deal with this injury. I am currently taking my nutrition to a different level and have started the process of reverse dieting, and slowly adding in more calories.

9 thoughts on “My Fitness Story”

  1. I just read your workout fitness story and its truly inspiring! I will keep reading….. Excited to read as I feel like I’m in your shoes now and would love to learn about flexible dieting 🙂 cheers to you!

  2. Nikki- I have some questions about your experience you posted on this page. Let me know when you have a spare moment to answer them!

    Thanks so much.

  3. LOVE your story and very inspiring! I’m the same build like you so I’m just now trying to get into macros and I’m LOVING how I’m learning more and you helped so much!! I’m feeling more comfortable with it. I have a question though: When you enter recipes on myfitnesspal does it calculate the serving size for you? (Such as a huge pot of chili). How will I know I’m only having 1 serving size? Will it give you the grams for 1 serving?

  4. I’ve been following IFFYM for a short period of time- but I’m curious of some of the mistakes you made while working with a coach. I’ve been debating one. Love your story & RECIPES 🙂

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