Nick, 32

online coaching
 Body Stats:
  • Before Weight: 230.5 lbs
  • After Weight: 190.7 lbs
  • Before Measurements:
    • 39.5 in. waist
    • 41.5 in. hips
  • After Measurements:
    • 33.5 in. waist
    • 37.5 in. hips

 

What has been your biggest struggle with losing weight and achieving your fitness goals? 
I’d say there were two struggles: mindset and, consequently, consistency. 
What made you want to change? 

At first? The desire to “fit in.” Then, it was medical. Now, it’s the knowledge that I can do much better for myself and my health. 

What was your biggest concern before you began working with me? How did you overcome it?

I mean, to be honest, it was whether or not wed get along. I overcame it by saying to myself, fuck it, Im just going to be myself and if he doesnt like it - tough shit. 

What was the hardest thing for you to change in order to succeed? How did you do it?

It was definitely the labeling of foods as good and bad. Its kind of the culture weve developed around food. I did it by making myself eat bad foods. A couple of weeks ago, I had this realization as I drove past a bunch of fast food restaurants that I didnt even want them anymore. Kind of amazing what that mindset change does. 

What was the lowest point of your journey? How did you overcome it? 

I’ll answer this in the “B.C.” (Before Carter) sense - it was at the end of 2017. I felt, frankly, like a failure when it came to my weight. I was up to 235, kept buying bigger clothes, and not really happy. It took swallowing A LOT of pride to reach out and ask for help. I was actually apologetic about it. But, it showed me I could do it again. And now, here I am, lighter than I’ve probably been since middle school. Middle. School. We’re talking the ’90’s here. Oy. 

Did you achieve what you initially set out for? Was there anything positive you achieved that you didn't expect?

Not to sound arrogant, but I achieved more than what I set out to do. My original goal was just to get back to where I was at the end of 2015 (~200 lbs.). So, the positive thing I achieved was exceeding my goal. 

Looking back, was working with me what you thought it would be? Do you feel you made the right decision?

I have a feeling I should flip these two questions back on you! My honest answer to the first question is no - but I think thats more from a personal standpoint than it is a coaching view. Was it the right decision? Thats a tough one. I feel like I did this year a little backwards. I think it wouldve been better to work with you before working with my past coach because they were more focused on specific macro targets. It makes me wonder if Id be further along if Id have hired you when I was at 235 as opposed to ~220. 

What are your future health and fitness plans?

Jumping into this coaching thing on my own. It’s weird to me that my story is relatable to people - and it’s even weirder to me every time someone says I’m an “inspiration.” Outside of that - well - I want to hear the words, “Congratulations, you’re an Ironman.” 

 

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