My name is Nikki, I’m a 35 year old stay at home mum also known as ‘ActivelyRees’
In May 2015 after a fight to the death with my Spanx, I started a fitness Instagram account. I desperately wanted to lose my baby weight, so it was to be an online journal and my own personal yet very public version of a WeightWatchers weigh in. Instead of jumping on the scales in front of a group of strangers, I was posting a weekly picture of my body, to compare and visually look for progress and change. I will admit, in the beginning, I posted my pictures publicly to shame myself into accountability. Not a great start but it was at least a start. I had no idea what was about to happen, or how quickly my body, my mindset and my life in general was about to change.
The most positive and self affirming thing I have ever done for myself was downloading Kayla Itsines 12 week BBG (Bikini Body Guide). Its a step by step, easy to follow guide to getting fit and healthy. I committed to using it and I used my Instagram to document my workouts and my successes and failures along the way. What I gained from this was overwhelming. not only did it overhaul my out of shape body, but surprisingly, it built up my confidence, i found my self esteem and it reset my way of thinking and living.
9 months later I’m still committed to my fitness journey and to an active and healthy lifestyle. I’m pleased to say my successes with active living and rebuilding my body after baby, have far outweighed the failures. At the age of 35 this is without doubt, the greatest shape I have ever been in and my best version of living yet!
I’ve met and been inspired by so many of you through @ActivelyRees but I’ve found that my small corner of Instagram moves so fast, it isn’t always easy to answer your questions or address the topics that are most important to you. This space here, is an extension of that account. Somewhere in which I can pause for a second and we can talk about all the things you want to know. Whether its about me as a person, me as a mum, working out with a new baby, my eating habits or how I achieve this lifestyle from the comfort of my home, without ever stepping foot in a gym…. Feel free to ask! I can now answer in a more personal, in depth and stationary space.
To those of you who know me from Insta…Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and @ActivelyRees. If you’re new to me and I’m new to you… hello, welcome and lets chat, i bet we’ve got loads to talk about.