My name is Nick. I am morbidly obese. Bottom line is, I need to make changes in my lifestyle. I’ve said a lot of “I can’ts” in my life and I’d like them to change to “I should at least try.”
6’3” and I currently weigh in around 440 lbs. In the last 13 months, I estimate that I’ve lost about 95 lbs. I’ve not worked the hardest at it. I’ve done better with portions and being active, as well, I’m on some medicine from my doctor to help with my Type II Diabetes and Sleep Apnea. However, until about 4 months ago, I was not doing much for exercise. I did not know much about nutrition or heart rate training. I am in contact with a couple of local TV stations that might be willing to follow my journey over the next year of time, recording my numbers, progress and struggles. A before and after, if you will.
I was sitting on the couch one Friday night, watching “Shark Tank” on ABC. One of the hopefuls walked in wearing his cowboy get up. He was loud, funny and passionate. Ryan Cowboy Ehmann pitched his heart rate training to them, told his story and parts of his journey. I was hooked. Shark Daymond John, creator of FUBU Clothing line, invested in the Coach. I contacted Ryan by email on Facebook and told him about my size and my concern for my health and asked him to at least respond to me, even if it was an answer of “no”, since I asked him for help with learning about fitness success and nutrition.
We had an agreement. I lead myself to some very high expectations. I was on fire for the first little bit. Doing workouts at home that I made up, following my heart rate. Sometimes doing my wife’s old VHS tapes for Walk Away the Pounds. Eating smarter, learning about label reading, following a better schedule.
I lost approximately 22 inches in the first 12 workouts!! Things went downhill after that. I wasn’t working out much, if at all. My daily push-ups and other calisthenics were pretty much inexistent. My daily water intake was a joke. We found out that we had not been measuring consistently or correctly.
I felt deflated. I felt like everything I’d done was for nothing. I felt overwhelmed and embarrassed for my family. I have good people in my corner who are big supporters. I have my coach who reached out to me to ask if I still wanted to continue on my journey. He said that he had a gift for me. I was then told that I was beings sponsored to his Fitness Ranch in Montana. For one week, we get 1:1 coaching from him and his trainers, 2 workouts a day doing ranch activities, hiking in the mountains in the Big Sky Country, etc… We get to write notes about what he and his staff teach us about food and heart rate training. We get to camp on the beach of a lake, under the stars in a sleeping bag and tent, next to the bears and other wildlife. They will be video recording us 10 clients through the workouts to have footage to pitch their idea of a reality TV show based around a Fitness Ranch doing ranch style activities and other workouts.
My mentor/coach was a trainer at Gold’s Gym. He’s proven people wrong about how hard they work out versus how simple it is, just to follow one’s unique heart rate. PROVEN! His story is inspiring. I started my own story as well, blogging it, but like the working out, I let that go as well. I was even being complimented on my writing. Since March 2013, I’ve had close to 5,000 views/readers on my blog: www.countryfriednick.blogspot.com. But for some reason, I simply felt like I was not good enough. I didn’t want this kind of attention on me. He compared me to “Subway Jared,” which I thought was funny, but as it turned out, I saw these people following me and I buckled. How much of Nick did I want to put out there. If I put it out there, how much would that take me away from my family? A whirlwind of emotions and feelings to process, all while still trying to live day by day with my family, being a provider, protector and care taker. I think there are plenty of other people out there who can relate to them feelings, obese or not.
In lack of a better explanation, I have found my fire again. I want to come back and teach people what I learn at the fitness ranch. I am not trying to sell anything! I know it works. I’m to a point where I know I can do it! I think a big part of it is that I actually get to meet the coach face to face. I want him to kick me around the camp, then I want to get up and say to his face, “Have you had enough?!” I feel like the Fitness Ranch is too big of an opportunity to pass up.
I am looking for someone to follow my story/journey for the next 12 months, putting it out there for all to see. I am even helping the coach put together a Boot Camp for a spot here in Salt Lake City. I have contacted SLC Parks and Rec as well as Gold's Gym.
Since he got started on ABC's Shark Tank, I figure I'd ask ABC Utah to cover.
Please, even if you're going to respond with a "no", at least respond.