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Episode 16: Removing Limiting Beliefs with Fitness with Nicole Simonin

Since 2006, Nicole has been helping women lose weight for the last time. Today she shares how our mindset is the one thing that can help us develop a better relationship with exercise and nutrition.

About Nicole

Her story starts when she was 17. She woke up one morning and she could not move. She was a very active ballet dancer at the time and all of sudden she was in the hospital. The doctors told her mom that she would not be able to walk and probably be blind. When the doctors said that to her, it didn’t really resonate in her pain. She remembers more of the funny parts and not the pain. She ended up getting diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Miraculously, 9 months later, she was dancing at Radford University on a dance scholarship.

After dancing professionally, she became a physical therapist assistant and was also running the gym. She started Shape It Up because she needed an outlet while she was home with the kids.

Courage Up Moment

In 2011, her second dream was to own a fitness studio. She loved doing it, but it was coming in between her and her family. She was constantly running back and forth between her family and the studio. So she closed the studio and was in funk. She felt like her dream had crashed around her.

She found Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass and listened to the audiobook over and over again. She then started opening her mind to different ways of thinking and examining why we do the things we do.

How Do You Courage Up in the Fitness World

  1. Be aware of what you’re thinking

  2. Don’t judge yourself for what you’re thinking

It's a Mental Game

Find something that will fit for your lifestyle and your life. You have to understand how your body is changing on a physical level and also how your mental capacity is. If your stomach is growling, you’re hungry. If you’re not hungry and you’re eating, it’s for emotional reasons. You could be bored, someone you loved made you food and by not eating it you feel bad.

She teaches no food is off limits.

Stop eating when you’re comfortably full. If you’re overeating, what are you getting out of it?

Myth in the Fitness World

No pain no gain. This is usually talking about physical pain. When you work out, you’ll be sore the next day. Take that myth and put it into the mindset part. When you address your limiting beliefs, the ones that don’t serve you will be painful to experience. It won’t be comfortable, but that’s where you make the gains.

No Fuss, No Mess Shape It Up Cookbook

She was looking for a way to not have to food log. She wanted a book where she could just thumb through and look through a recipe. Another aspect of the book is that the food is made in one pot or pan so there’s less cleaning. It is not a fancy cookbook, more of a grab and go type of things. It also works really well for families.

There’s a bonus link that provides meal templates and smoothie recipes.

Another Transformation

When he decided he really wanted to be a scientist. When he was in high school or when he first started college, he really wasn’t into science. It wasn’t until his first biology class that he loved it.

It took a long time for him to say he wanted to pursue something different. The love in his career took a while to build. We need to nurture our ability to change and slowly fall in love with things.


Be more aware of what you’re doing and what you’re thinking.


“Self Improvement isn’t for weenies” by Jen Sincero

Courage Song:

A Million Dreams by Pink


You’re a Badass by Jen Sincero

The 10x Factor by Grant Cardone


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Instagram: @mingshelby

Facebook: Ming Shelby

Listen to songs on the Courage Up Playlist!

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