Five years ago I lost 80-90 pounds. I didn’t have the intention of losing that much and didn’t set a goal weight (till later on); I just knew I was not taking care of myself and needed to do something before it got worse. I was about 240-250 pounds at only 5’8 in height with an extreme amount of belly fat. I was constantly teased about my weight, called names and had zero self-confidence/respect. I needed to
make a change and better myself.
Usually once a week I would have a cheat/treat meal of whatever I wanted to eat. I was losing weight and dropped 40 pounds with just diet and exercise. Then I started putting on muscle in the process! I set a goal weight of 190 pounds that I knew was attainable. I just had to keep working and focus on the finish. In 4-6 weeks, I reached my goal weight! It was an amazing feeling having numerous people congratulate me and ask for advice. I ended up losing another 20 pounds a couple months later.
During the experience, it taught me discipline, self-respect, confidence, competitiveness, and that if you do the work, you will accomplish your goal! So with that being said this experience helped me find my career choice. I recently graduated from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Management with an emphasis in Health Promotion’s and a minor in Nutrition. Along with personal training and providing nutrition counseling for people struggling with weight loss, I also plan to consult within the corporate wellness community. I want to help people accomplish the same barriers and fears I overcame. What sets me apart from a lot of personal trainers is the fact I have been in their shoes. I can look them in the eye and say “I’ve been there, you can do this, and I promise it gets easier. You just have to keep working.”
So this is my next chapter in my transformation; putting everything I’ve learned from school, self-discovery and my mentors and put it into action for my clients (while of course working on my overall fitness goals as well). When you’re passionate about your health and wellness, that’s what will get you over the hump. Knowing that I can help save lives and inspire others to get healthier while still enjoying life is my overall goal and I’m ready to make this dream come true!
Until next time!
-Trainer “Turbo” Nick
Would you like to schedule a session with Nick? Call 314-807- 8634 to get started today!