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Local Hero: Nick Else

Nick Else from Chorley is our local hero this month. The determination to make a positive change to his lifestyle has massively paid off with a whopping weight loss of 100lb in a year. Nick continues to lead an active lifestyle and is passionate about inspiring others to do the same on Instagram. Below Nick shares his story. Congratulations Nick, we’re proud of you!

I decided to make the change after turning 30 years old and hitting the dreaded 300lbs mark, which would be fine if I was a heavyweight wrestler but I was anything but…

Normally it’s something medical or drastic that causes this change but in my case this was something that I wanted to do for me after many years of never being truly happy with my weight. I didn’t have a specific goal in mind when it came to losing weight, I mean anything is good right? so I decided to choose an arbitrary figure of 100lbs in 1 calendar year initially as this is a nice number to follow and keep track of, in truth I didn’t think this would be a realistic goal but without a goal you’ll become un-organised so what have I got to lose?

So I basically took my entire lifestyle back to basics, no diets, no crazy juices and no medical miracles… just an entire lifestyle re-evaluation. I started to eat a better and more varied diet and training 3 times a week with stuff like swimming and walking and from there just saw a general change with all round well being. I’ve also had loads of help from the staff at Active Nation, their support and information has been invaluable to me achieving my goals!

Where am I now? Well now I work out 6 times a week and do 4km runs daily, the hardest thing about it has been changing so much of my lifestyle, but, like anything, it gets easier with routine and yes I use the word ‘lifestyle’ as this is what you need, you need something that’s going to change you and not something that will just revert you back to bad habits life a fad or crash diet will, that’s the biggest key to it, getting yourself into a good lifestyle with routine and a positive mental mindset.

Active Nation has been a perfect place to do that as there is a great vibe and everyone leaves their ego at the door. Another reason I love this gym so much is that the staff genuinely get behind you, not to mention all the classes, knowledge and advice which gets shared around. I’m also a huge advocate of HIIT training and have started writing my own workouts which I share online, I’m also hoping to get into teaching HIIT classes in the near future, so it’s safe to say exercise and healthy living is my new passion.

So far I have smashed my initial 100lbs target within the calendar year of 2016 and have currently lost 132lbs going from 300lbs to 168lbs in 16 months!, so in just over a year I have changed my life so much, going from a size XXXL t-shirt to a Small and losing over 20 inches on my waist to a 34 inch waist.

So again a huge thank you to the staff at Active Nation Chorley, I honestly couldn’t do it without your help and support.

Just give it a go and you won’t regret it.

Nick Else

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