According to Nicole Lewis she is by no means anyone out of the ordinary. “I was fat and miserable. On my youngest child’s first birthday I sat and ate an entire cake. That was the day i realized I was done. Done being fat and unhappy and full of excuses. Done not wanting to take pictures of myself. Done ripping the sizes out of my size 16 or 18 jeans. That was the day I hit bottom. And it was the best thing I ever did.”
Meet No Excuse Mom, Nicole Lewis. At 5-foot-7 and 165lbs, she lost 45lbs after the birth of her sixth child! Her kids are ages 14, 12, 10, 6, 5 and 2. She was also a surrogate mother to one who is now 7! With each of the 7 pregnancies (and natural births) she gained over 30 pounds, but with her first she gained almost 60lbs!
Did you nurse?
I nursed all 6 of my own children but I’m going to be honest, I didn’t nurse for long. Maybe 2-3 weeks with each.
What is your daily routine? My daily routine varies. When I can I get up and hit the gym at 445 am. More often than not when that alarm goes off I hate the world and I turn over and promise myself I’ll workout at naptime. I run a home daycare so I have kids here from 7-5 during the week. After daycare my own children usually have dance. Once they are home and fed and bathed I try to hit the gym to do at least 3 miles on the treadmill. Then home, shower and bed for me.
What is your weekly workout? My weekly workout is fairly simple. I love Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30” DVD and I try to do that on days I know I can’t hit the gym. I aim for at least 4 days a week of working out. I’ve been slowly adding days since I began the journey. I didn’t start off saying “I’m going to work out everyday!!” I knew I wouldn’t keep it up. When I’m at the gym I usually just do the treadmill. Nothing fancy but it’s been working. Maybe not as fast as I would like but slow and steady wins the race!!!
How is your diet? My weekly diet is kind of strict. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, rice, tempeh, and protein shakes during the week. The weekend is another story. I don’t go crazy and eat everything in sight but the weekends are when people have parties and events and because I know I eat really healthy during the week I don’t feel so bad eating ice cream or something not so healthy on the weekends. And I drink half my body weight in ounces of water a day.
Your philosophy on training? It sucks!!! But it’s totally worth it.
What is your most asked question? The question I’m asked the most is “what are you taking?” My response, “I’m taking my butt to the gym!!!” People assume that I’ve taken some magic pill. Sorry folks. Not magic just hard work.
Most challenging thing about being a No Excuse Mom? I used to feel guilty about taking time away from the kids to go to the gym. And having so many kids was a great excuse to not work out. And people would always give me a pass for being fat and say “well you have had 7 kids.” Like that was suppose to make me feel better. Well I made the time. No more excuses!!!!
What is your occupation? I am a home daycare provider
Advice for other mothers starting out? My advice for moms just starting out is just to change one thing. Start by just drinking more water a day. Or by aiming for the gym once a week. Don’t give yourself unrealistic goals!!
Favorite clean recipe? My favorite clean recipe is a banana and maple almond butter quesadilla. Using corn tortilla spread the almond butter and add some sliced banana. Toast in the skillet for a few minutes on each side. It’s sweet heaven.
Do you have a secret weapon? It’s taken me a little over a year to lose the 45 pounds. I don’t know about a “secret weapon” but water is what really helped. I used to drink soda like it was my job. Now I’m all about the water.
What do you love about the No Excuse group? I absolutely love the group. I love everyone’s pics and stories. As a matter if fact that’s probably where we should tell women to start. Join the group and witness real moms making it happen. I would love to start a workout group in my area. I feel like I can do it with my crazy life and 6 kids than anyone can.
Follow Nicole on Instagram here: @nicole_renee82