Well this is a little crazy for me to be nominated to have a spotlight WOD. I don’t really feel deserving of this yet, but Thank You!
With the privilege of having a Spotlight WOD, comes sharing my testimony….my journey. I really like that word ‘journey’ because I truly believe that’s what we’re constantly on our entire lives.
I was very lucky growing up with a loving Mother, SO loving that she always wanted to do things for me….especially FEED me! Growing up I didn’t eat the healthiest of meals and there was always something in front of us to snack on, or a ‘feel good’ kind of meal. Luckily, I was always in some sort of sport growing up, pretty much year round. As I grew older, some of the baby fat shed away and by High School I had gotten into lifting for sports. I had my weight pretty under control and was very active in football and baseball. After High school I continued to work out and controlled my weight all while having a loose lifestyle of late nights and fast food… Ahhhh to be young again! Not to mention, starting a career in the Restaurant Business!! FOOD.
Years later I met my beautiful wife Kelli. While we were dating I continued to stay active at a Gym. It was not until Kelli was pregnant with our first, Olivia, that I started to pack on the pounds. I couldn’t let her eat all those cravings alone, right? Ha! I put on about 25lbs in 9 months. Then all of a sudden it became extremely hard to lose weight. The daily responsibilities of being a new father and working full time were new to me and life started to take control and get the best of me. Work was stressful and rest at home was few and far between. After about 6 months we started to gain back some structure and control. Just a few short months later we found out Kelli is pregnant again and along came Bella. This time it was different than the first round, a new challenge with a newborn and an active toddler. Over next several years I battled with making time to get back to an active lifestyle and became more of a weekend warrior. My priorities became my Career and Family and I was not focused on taking care of myself for long term health. Playing the roller coaster weight game throughout the years and never really getting to my pre-weight of before kids.
Moving to Texas! We moved the family to San Antonio for a job promotion and to start the next chapter in our Journey of life in 2013. I can truly say I am very glad we did! I was buried in work taking on a new position but loving the challenge. The girls were making friends quickly at school, and we couldn’t have been luckier to land in our neighborhood. Kelli met a friend by the name of Amy Craft. Amy talked Kelli into going to some place called aMAZEn Boot Camp. I was a little shocked when Kelli told me she was going to go with Amy because in the 7 years at that point in time we had been together, I had never seen her work out once besides some running and walking. Kelli was hooked after the first WOD, she came home telling me how great it was and how nice the people were. I was very happy for her, but had no intentions of going myself. I would say after an entire month of her trying to get me to go, I gave in. I went to ABC out on 46. I had done nothing active for quite some time and it was the WORST experience I had ever had! I think we did like 500 burpees that day, of course it was probably only 20, but felt like 500 because I couldn’t move for an entire week. That was that. I never wanted to go back. I buried myself back in work and used it as an excuse to not go. Meanwhile, Kelli is going full time and is asked to become a coach. I couldn’t be more proud of her and her new lifestyle. She still continued to be her stubborn and persistent self, trying to get me to go. An entire year went by before I went back, this time I had a better mind set about it and little more motivation, due to recently being diagnosed with high blood pressure. I went consistently 3-5 times a week for about two months. I saw some results but very minimal on the scale. I got a little frustrated and at the same time it was the end of our Fiscal Year at work which meant a huge work load with wrapping the end of the year up. With both of those working against me, I went back to burying myself in work.
Things in Texas were going great with my Family although something was missing. No matter how hard I worked or how hard I tried doing things for others I just could not seem to find a happy structure. I wasn’t happy with myself. About the same time the company that I work for started to focus on their employee’s Well Being. We did some deeper dives into what makes Team members more productive. Research has shown that if you strive in 3 out of the 5 main Well Beings you tend to live a very happy productive life in and out of work. The 5 Well Beings are Financial, Career, Community, Social and Physical. I couldn’t believe it… I had 3 of the 5 staring me in the face this entire time and I was too bull headed to realize it. The Social, Community and of course the Physical Well Being was all offered to me the entire time by joining such a great group at Boot Camp/CrossFit. I have never been happier here in San Antonio than I have been the last 5 months. What I was missing this entire time was making sure I focused on myself, staying healthy and clear headed every day. This has actually made it easier to take care of those that rely on me, with Family being top of that list. I have some physical goals I am trying to accomplish by the end of the year that I will continue to pursue, but so far over the last 5 months I have lost almost 30lbs and have lowered my blood pressure to normal range.
I owe a lot of this to my wife Kelli, or as you all know her, Sickler, for continuing to give me her support and pushing me to be a better person. I also wanted to give some props to my Boss, Bobby the J. He has done nothing but been supportive in my journey to get healthy, and he plays a crucial role in my life. I know Kelli feels the same way about Channel as her “Boss”. Thank you Channel, for making Faith a stronger focus in our family. We are so lucky to have such great Leaders. I ask God daily to give me the strength to help and lead those that I am responsible for at work and at home. We are so appreciative to have such great people in our lives that inspire us to be better each and every day. I am very proud to be part of the ABC/IACF family. I know we hear it a thousand times, that working out makes you feel so much better, and here is just another testimony to support it!
My journey will continue for ME and my Family….and what a great thing to set a standard for our girls to make fitness and health a priority in life! Thank you all for the vote of confidence in getting to my goals. I have never been more determined because of the love and support I have received from all the coaches and fellow athletes!
Tracy M 9:42pm
WTG Nick..... You've really came on like gang-busters. Love coaching you, working out with you....even being your partner and being pushed to the point of nausea b/c of you ..,,,,all of it. You've really taken off....working out like a mad-man .... looking great. Keep up the excellent pace and great work. Way to 'live better'.
Great testimony Nick! Glad you figured out you have to take better care of yourself as well as the family. So happy you, Kelli and the girls are part of the ABC/IACF family. Look forward to working out with you tomorrow morning.
Janette W 11:17pm
Loved reading your testimony & thank you for sharing!! Looking forward to honoring you tomorrow💪🏽 🎉Congratulations Nick🎉
Carla R 6:20am
I'm so incredibly excited to honor Nick. Your testimony is so honest and I'm sure for most, feels like their story. Congrats for making yourself a priority. Congrats for finding a better version of yourself!
I love seeing you at the gym. Congrats and looking forward to your wod!
Colleen G 9:56pm
Such a nice guy to work out with. Proud of his accomplishments! Keep up the great work Nick! Glad he's being recognized for our spotlight boot camper😊💪