Nicky Arthur, Author, Health and Vitality Lifestyle Coach, authentic and raw teaching people how to transform their body and lifestyle.
She is an authentic, inspiring, raw and natural teacher who what you see is what you get. Helping you to make healthier changes to your life.
My journey is a little different to the ‘Weight loss get fit’ transformation stories. I am not someone who has ever been obese, or terribly over weight, although experienced a few kilos over my happy weight zone I have taken things to the extreme opposite. In my mid twenties I use to starve my body of nutrients and carbs thinking that was the way to be lean and healthy. Quite often through out those years I would starve all day so I could go out at night and indulge, often over indulge in alcohol and food. I was obsessed with body image, like most young women, and wanting to be lean, back then in the 90’s it was called ‘skinny’ After competing in Body Fitness Competitions, I become addicted to the dieting and training, so much I was developing bad habits, self hate and insecurities of never being good enough, tall enough, pretty enough, I was obsessed until one day I found Yoga and not long after became pregnant with my first daughter Lucia. That moment of finding out I was carrying my baby, it changed everything. I no longer starved myself, I has to think of my growing baby. I studied everything I could on natural therapies, healthy pregnancy, Yoga and Meditation, essential oils, what i could eat small and take while pregnant and what I could not. I became obsessed with health and nutrition and to become the healthiest Mum i could so I could 1. Carry my healthy baby Lucia and B. Become the best role model for my new family.
My own transformation is from being unbalanced, over dieting and skinny, unhappy, and unhealthy to becoming strong from the inside out, confident, and full of health and vitality. At 46 years old I feel the best I have ever felt in my entire life.
I have always led a very active lifestyle from a young child, competitor horse rider gymnast, touch football, netball, athletics growing up. Back before teenage years, I never though about weight or fitness, I just embraced all of those activities and were always happy and vibrant. I always loved doing group fitness and always challenged myself, striving to be the best I could.
My own personal health and fitness journey has certainly had its highs and lows, its ups and downs. I was once under weight, unhealthy and running myself into the ground while running my own hair salons with hours of exercise and cardio along with poor nutrition and binges of alcohol in between any competitions. I hated when I finished a comp returning back to the way I use to eat and drink, until after children i studied Yoga and embraced Veganism. Although I am not 100% Raw Vegan today it had it’s positives and negatives on the body, and lifestyle.
In the 90’s my 20’s I used to be a cardio bunny and avoided the weights rooms for the fear of getting ‘bulky’ and let’s be honest its quite intimidating walking into a room full of males and not knowing how to use the equipment! I still fear that today but it is less and less and have a lot more knowledge on weight training.
I read a lot, and trained with my cousin John Galliven - who held a title at the time Mr Oceana, and became so passionate I went to Queensland and studied Persnal Training.
It taught me a lot about weight training and found myself more confident in the weights room before long. However this soon became an unhealthy obsession. I spent hours training, became anxious if I couldn't go twice a day in fact so much it use to effect my marriage and moods, thankfully at the time my husband loved weight training and was also obsessed with body image. I worked out if I trained I would feel good for the rest of the day, if I didn’t I would feel sluggish and tired.
At the time I didn't recognise it but I had an extremely distorted view of my body and of food. I wasn’t training in a completely healthy way or mindset or because I loved it it felt more like a chore back then, and always restricted myself with food groups and calories. This impacted not only on my body but my relationships with friends and family. I started to recognise the signs of being lethargic, moody and withdrawn. I started to realise this wasn’t a person I wanted to be or to be for my children and family. Yoga helped me balance my hormones, stop the yoyo dieting, food restrictions and embraced the raw vegan nutrient dense foods. I detoxed my way through and recognised a less bloating feeling in my tummy and digestive system issues that had been created by confusing my body and eating toxic food.
There was a huge shift towards inner happiness, peace and vitality. Around the same time I was mainly practising yoga, it was what my body and my mind needed at the time. I decided to continue it on and do an experiment with my own body and that was to become Vegan, No alcohol and no weight training.
It lasted 4 years and it as all around the time I sadly went through the toughest time of my entire life, Yep the D word Divorce. The yoga path helped me a lot around this time deal with stress, fatigue, digestive issues. I started to facilitate detox retreats and feel an amazing difference within my body, mind, happiness and energy.
The only problem being 100% Vegan and Yoga I was starting notice less muscle mass and tone, I could feel slowly the body fat increasing and sluggish energy creeping back. In 2016 I made a decsion to return back to my fitness comps but with a whole new attitude and education around how to satisfy the body with a wide variety of nutrient dense foods and yummy raw vegan treats, so I did not feel like I was dieting.
I couldn’t believe the transformation that happened so fast for me, I guess the saying muscle has memory is true. It had been 17 years since my last competition and I embraced the journey with whole new me, I had my Yoga tools, and vegan creative cooking skills,
I leaned up, with energy, didn’t feel like I was restricting myself at all, intact after eating Vegan I felt like I was feeding my body and brain more again. Obviously around the comp day there are certain things we have to do to prepare for a show that can be challenging but overall it was one of the best times of my training times.
I placed in all events I entered and qualified for the Sydney Super Bodies National with INBA which is International Natural Body Building Australia.
After my comp I incorporated back into Vegan Foods which helped me return back to normal way of life while I had a year off competing. This year I will be competing with INBA and working towards more personal goals now I know how to manage my body mind and hormones. I have found a new love for listing heavier weights again and find that by being strong physically has been very empowering at this age heading towards my 50’s.
I eat a healthy wholesome diet, work hard in the gym but also recognize the importance of relaxation, yoga, rest and balance in life.
Through continually increasing my knowledge around nutrition and training I know I have changed my life for the better, I have become a better person for this, a better mum, it is a lifestyle approach I am able to easily maintain.
I am a more happier confident person, have loads of unlimited energy and have a very positive and passionate outlook on life and towards everything I do.
I am a very passionate person in which I have been sharing my love and passion for fitness, yoga and well-being world with other Mum’s and women around the world. I have been an online coach for over 6 years and work privately coaching Mums transform their lives, achieve their goals so they too can be living their best life.
Love and Light
My mission is to empower you to live a healthier life in body, mind and spirit.
Nicky Arthur xx
'Perhaps the greatest challenge for all humans is to find their true calling in life. Although there is no roadmap for this pursuit, signposts such as "open mind", "courages spirit" and "burning desire" adorn the pathway to personal significance and happiness.'
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