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Exploring Life and Business with Nicole Dobransky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Dobransky.

Hi Nicole, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I struggled with weight and self-confidence starting in middle school all the way past college. In middle school, I was a latchkey kid and could come home after school and use food and TV to cope with some bullying and other things I was going through (of course not realizing this is what I was doing at the time). I always enjoyed sports but never particularly excelled at them (I absolutely despised running the mile in track). I really thought that I just wasn’t built to be an athlete or be fit. I spent a lot of my 20s yo-yo dieting and saying “the diet starts Monday.” Nothing ever seemed to create any long-lasting changes & my relationship with food was completely unhealthy.

After a breakup with my long-term on again off again college boyfriend, I signed up for the Carlsbad half marathon. My boyfriend wasn’t very active and really liked to go to the bars, so the thought of doing something like running 10 miles on a Saturday morning for fun was completely outside of my routine. I was 24 years old, working in accounting, living in downtown San Diego by myself & I wanted something to challenge myself. I remember the first time I ran 4 miles without stopping, it truly felt like I had accomplished something incredible. I was hooked. I trained for the race mostly on the treadmill in my apartment building and accomplished my goal of running the race without having to stop to walk. I went to happy hour afterward with my girlfriends and decided I probably wouldn’t run another one.

Two years later, I met my now husband, who had recently completed an Ironman triathlon. He helped spark something inside of me, and I decided to train for another half marathon to try to beat my time from the first one. Shortly after that, friends of ours did the program P90X and had mind-blowing results. My husband and I decided to do it together while also training for our first marathon. It was A LOT of work but we went all in. I love to write and a friend encouraged me to start a blog to document my experience going through the program with my running. I wrote all about my training and completing the program and found that it actually kept me more motivated and accountable. What also shocked me was that the nutrition program that came with P90X helped me overcome my years and years of yo-yo dieting and finally have a healthy relationship with food. I lost 11 pounds, gained a lot of muscle, ran a 5 minute half marathon personal best, AND ended up on the P90X infomercial.

As my husband jokes, the “beast” was born! A month later, I ran my first marathon and one year later, my first Ironman. I kept blogging and documenting my journey & struggles to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon, how I incorporated strength training into my running, and later, I even shared my journey staying fit through my twin pregnancy.

After I had my first child, I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to run as much or get to the workout classes I loved as often. So, I went back to P90X and completed the program. I was approached by a friend who asked me if I would want to be a Beachbody coach and help other people with this. I was hesitant at first (I was already working full time, I didn’t need another “job”), but realized that the programs from Beachbody had truly changed my life and I could see how other moms and runners could use them to achieve their goals too.

At the time, I had no idea that the opportunity to coach could help me finally leave the accounting career that I never loved & work for myself, on my terms doing something fulfilling and meaningful. But now, five years later, I have helped thousands of women – particularly moms and runners – change their own lives through coaching. The business also allows me to work from home and be more involved in my three daughter’s lives. It’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done and I truly feel like I’ve found my calling.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced in my business was my twin pregnancy. I had left my accounting career, but I was still laying the foundation & not yet earning what I had in my accounting career. I was extremely sick & exhausted and unsure of how it would affect my ability to do my workouts and runs and to be a good coach.

When I was seven months pregnant with the twins, my husband found out that he had been laid off from his job after his company was acquired. I felt completely panicked because not only was his salary our primary income source, we had just bought a home and we had huge medical bills from my twin pregnancy. I always knew I could go back to my career in accounting, but it was doubtful that anyone was going to hire someone seven months pregnant with twins, and I didn’t want to have to make the decision to work outside the home before the twins were even born.

In the end, this struggle ended up helping me truly give my business the focus it needed in order for it to grow & scale. I knew that my business could solve our financial problems, but I needed to make some big mindset shifts and get past some big fears & limiting beliefs. Once I was able to do that and put in the hard work, even while caring for my newborn twins, my business truly started to grow.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I specialize in helping runners incorporate strength training into their half and full marathon training. I utilize the home strength workouts to help runners get stronger, more resilient and reduce injury. We also offer nutrition programs that can help runners achieve their weight loss or performance goals. I run virtual accountability groups that help empower and support runners and moms to go after their health and fitness goals. I create an empowering environment where people feel safe to share their struggles along with their successes and can come as they are.

In addition to coaching women with their health and fitness goals, I am a business leader and mentor. I train and coach other women to start their own health and fitness businesses as well using the systems I’ve put in place to be successful. Our team, called Team Run the World, is full of incredible women with different stories and backgrounds who come together to support one another in achieving their goals. It’s truly an incredible community that I’m proud to have created.

To learn more about my accountability groups, coaching and business mentorship, go to www.fitnessfatale.com or follow me on Instagram @fitnessfatale.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I encourage you to remember the number one key to success is consistency. When I first started blogging and then when I first started my coaching business, it felt like no one was reading or watching. Everything took longer than I wanted and I was impatient. I thought about quitting many times!!! But I didn’t. I showed up every single day. And people started to notice. Trust me, you do not need to know it all or have any special qualities to be successful – be you, and be consistent!!!

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Shane Fellows Photography (all other shots) Jaxlens Photography (family shot) Jaclyn Fields

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