Nicole Marie: My New View Is Inspiring

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My name is Nicole Marie and I was born and raised in Providence RI. In January 2012 I tried out for my first show and embarked on a modeling dream that’s been with me for quite some time. This was a big moment for me since I’m so shy and didn’t know how to walk in heels. Three days before the casting I purchased a pair of heels from PayLess to practice and boy oh boy did I practiced hard! Casting day came and I was excited when it was announced that I had been picked. For me, the modeling ball started and has not stopped since.

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As I look back about six to eight years ago, the thought of being a model was non-existent since I was 350+lbs, depressed and hated the sight of myself. I never really wanted to be noticed at all due to low self-esteem. I never wore makeup let alone heels. Wore black all the time, hated colors that would make me stand out because I was already big. In 2008 the doctor said “Nicole you are predispose to diabetes” and gave me some medication, plus, suggested I lose some weight. Fast forward to 2009 when my doctor then referred me to a weight-center at the same hospital I was working at.

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It wasn’t until my first appointment that I realized my weight was out of control. When I got on the scale it revealed, 398 lbs. First thought that ran across mind was “how did this happen?” and my second thought was that I wanted to throw myself in front of a bus. Before I left the doctor’s office that day I scheduled a gastric bypass surgery. After beating myself down for several days, someone told me in order to change my situation I would first have to change my focus and then my way whole way of thinking. With a grueling 4 months to think about the surgery, I began preparing for a major lifestyle change. I took the advice and began slowly changing my mind, then stopped smoking cigarettes before the surgery. I think eating healthy and being active is the reason I’ve continued to be successful post op gastric bypass.

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I have several friends that tried dieting, exercise and even gastric bypass surgery but just couldn’t make a go of it. Everyone falls from time to time, the trick is to never give up, keep preparing yourself mentally and focus on the long-term goal.

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Now, I’m inspiring woman I’ve never met, who struggle with weight and depression. I teach others that change starts from within. “I refused to lose, changed minds and changed lives” I live by that motto to this very day. God has planted something inside me that I never knew existed, the amazing woman I am today did not exist years ago. I love who I am today because God has turned my life around faster than I could have ever imagined. With that said, today I feel Glamorsized!

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Glamorsized would like to thank Nicole for sharing her experiences with so many people. Stories like this prove that dedication, positive thoughts and sheer will-power can help overcome even the most trying obstacles in life. #Inspiring


Michyl Collins enjoys blogging on topics close to the curvy lifestyle and has expanded her career by appearing on national TV, choreographing events, modeling in over 50 runway shows, magazine features and currently acts as COO for Plusforus.com.