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What’s your name and where do you come from?
Nikki Springston - Born and raised in Georgia! Grew up in Athens, home of UGA. ! If you really want to get specific, I'm (about) 1/4 Native American and can trace some of my ancestors back as far as the Trail of Tears. (Fun fact! LOL)
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I have a very big family, but the one I created consists of my husband Jesse, my son Nolan who is 3, and my furry child Jack who is 4.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
Pete is my coach at Crossfit Zanshin where I have been training for a little over a year. During the summer I had an injury and broke my arm, which set me back physically but especially mentally. I needed something else to focus on while I scaled my exercises. Getting my nutrition on track was my main focus and I knew it would help me come back strong. If anyone was going to hold me accountable it was going to be the person who I have to see almost every day - so Pete was it!
Who is your coach?
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
1. He is humble - he's overcome so much with such an amazing perspective on life, I'm proud to know him.
2. He is genuinely invested the success of those he trains - I feel like my goals are his goals. .
3. He is smart - he is constantly improving himself, learning, trying new things, etc.
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
I do CrossFit 3+ times a week. In my free time I chase around a toddler also.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
Onboarding was easy - especially since I know Pete from the gym. The community is awesome - I don't really post much; however, I got lots of tips and encouragement through the group.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
Doctor prescribed low sodium diet (weight loss and lower blood pressure) and working with a nutritionist - it was very clinical feeling and only food focused. I've done low calorie / high cardio diets in the past - they worked, but no way near the results as what I have now.
PLT stands out to me because it's teaching me how to look at what I eat, when I eat and why I eat. I have never felt "guilty" or like I need a cheat day while on this program. Mainly because I'm learning how to eat based on my lifestyle and towards my goals. I also have the continued accountability which has been amazing. Lastly - it's worked with my strength training and my whole body has really transformed.
What successes have you found since joining PLT, scale or non-scale?
Scale-wise I am 1 lb away from my goal weight (which has lowered since starting this program!) with just over a week left to go! Post-baby this is HUGE for me. I struggled with how my body looked post-baby and thought I had to settle with what I had and watch others change their bodies. I had to buy a whole new wardrobe (only lost 11 lbs so far) and I am constantly getting asked what I've done.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
I eat what my family eats - even if it means it's a modified version. Meal prepping is the best thing I can do for myself throughout the week - that's a TOTAL proven fact that we've discovered. Also I discovered that I eat a lot more fat than I realized, even when I think I'm eating light.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
"DO IT ANYWAY." Whatever your excuse may be - do it anyway.
One of my friends/mentors told me this when I told her that I didn't want to do something I knew I needed to do. She said there is always an excuse - do it anyway. It's so SIMPLE but it's been LIFE-CHANGING for someone like me who struggles with accountability.
You broke your arm and think you can't work out? Do it anyway.
You are tired and had a rough day? Do it anyway.
You only have 30 mins so it's not even worth it? Do it anyway.
It's the holidays and I shouldn't spend money on a program for myself right now? Do it anyway.
You forgot your socks? Do it anyway.
The workout looks too hard? Do it anyway.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
What keeps you up at night?
Hi Nikki, tks for the question!
The thing that keeps me up at night is balancing my passion for helping others and coaching with my desire to grow and enhance the business. I didn't start PLT with the intention or awareness that it would become an LLC with multiple coaches supporting clients globally. PLT started from my personal journey to achieve fitness, weight loss and better health which led me to want to help others become better versions of themselves. I'm extremely proud of what PLT has become but I dream of what it can possible be. My dreams are not for a large company making large profits, my dreams are for a stable company providing a top grade personalized service for all it's clients irrespective of financial reports. I would prefer that PLT remains smaller and renowned for it's quality of product and service.
Tks Nikki, for taking the time to share your PLT experiences with the community and staff
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.