I thought the timing for this week’s inspirational feature was just perfect because I recently blogged about how one of my favorite things to see is when others are passionate about something and they share it with the world. Nicole not only followed her passion to pursue dance but she’s made a career out of it and you can see just how much she loves what she does–helping women use fitness to feel good on the inside and out.
My Fit Family: Tell us a little about yourself.
Nicole: Hi! I’m Nicole LaBonde. I’m 31, single, and live in Miami (and that’s not as glamorous as it sounds, trust me!). I’m the Creatrix of CABARRET, a barre and burlesque fitness program. I’m a former professional dancer and actor, as well as a certified Pilates instructor. I have transitioned those skills into the creation of CABARRET. I’m super passionate about using fitness to EMPOWER women to embrace themselves and their bodies, while striving to be the best we can be!
I actually created CABARRET after a move to Miami almost 2 years ago. I had moved for a full-time dream job, that totally fell through. Left alone and jobless in a new city, I decided to take a huge risk and invest in myself and my ideas.
MFF: Have you always embraced a fit and healthy lifestyle?
Nicole: I was always a “skinny” girl, and a dancer. Like most skinny dancers, I developed an eating disorder. I was actually saved from that dysfunctional thinking by fitness. When I started taking Pilates after college, I realized that I needed to be strong, not skinny. I learned to fuel my body properly, and I think I’m actually in the best shape of my life right now!
MFF: Can you share with us an example of your daily nutrition?
Nicole: Morning Supplements- Isagenix Ionix Supreme (B vitamin and zinc drink), oil of omega capsule
Breakfast- oatmeal with fruit and almond milk. 1/2 a cup of coffee, with almond milk. (I make my own almond milk. It’s so easy, has none of the chemicals of the store bought stuff and tastes way better!)
Lunch- Isagenix IsaLean Pro French Vanilla Shake or the Isagenix Isalean Vegan Berry Shake
Snack- Kale Chips and Fresh fruit
Dinner- “nachos”- Non-GMO corn chips baked with kale, tomatoes, black beans and almond cheese. With lots of salsa and hot pepper sauce.
Dessert- Engine2 Ancient Grains wrap with honey and cinnamon. Or a spoonful of Nutella. Let’s be real- Nutella is amazing.
Evening Supplement- Isagenix Cleanse for Life drink
MFF: What does typical workout look like for you?
Nicole: I always say that I’m really lucky that my job is to workout. I try to get in 20-30 minutes of Pilates for myself each day, mainly because my back needs it. A couple days a week I get in a full hour of Pilates. When I teach barre, CABARRET or pole, I demonstrate and do a lot of the class with my students as well. I try to take at least 1 dance class a week.
MFF: What is your favorite physical activity (why?)
Nicole: Dancing. Hands down. I love it because it’s fun while you’re working out. I love the CABARRET workout, and not just because I created it, but because it really is one of the most balanced, effective workouts for your time, plus, you get to strut your stuff!
MFF: What is your favorite healthy meal or snack and of course we love hearing about favorite food indulgences–what’s your #1?
Nicole: Well, as a single girl, I don’t do much cooking, and we’ve already covered Nutella…. But, how about my Protein, Vegan, No-Sugar, No-Bake Cookies?
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup peanut butter, 2 spoonfuls of honey and 1tsp vanilla.
- Stir in 3 cups oats and a scoop of protein powder (I use the Isagenix IsaLean PRO French Vanilla)
- Stir until coated, then shape into cookies on wax paper while the mixture is still warm.
Nicole: Oh, my goodness. Susan Sly. She has overcome divorce, bankruptcy and MS to be a regular marathon runner, millionaire, philanthropist, and speaker. She speaks from a place of integrity and truth and her struggles remind us what we are really capable of! Also, Erika Lyremark is my business coach, and I adore her. She keeps it real, asks all the right questions and has really pushed me to keep my business true to me and my vision.
MFF: What one piece of advice would you give out to someone just starting out on their health & fitness journey?
Nicole: This is my quote- I use it every interview. “We have to stop looking at fitness as an external result and start seeing it as the sum of internal choices.” The scale or dress size are externals. How you feel about yourself, your commitment to “do it anyway” even when you’re tired or busy, the progess you make- those are the real signs of fitness. It really is a journey. Not an end point.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Nicole!
If you want to learn more about CABARRET (and get 2 free gifts, including a 10-minute workout) go to www.cabarretfit.com
and connect with Nicole on Facebook
Never Give Up,