My name is Blake Nichols and this is my story of my first steps from fatness to fitness!
To start out with I'm 40 years old and live in Nashville TN. I'm not a country music star but I have seen quite a few of them on TV. I am a pastor for a campus of New Vision Baptist Church, an incredible church in Murfreesboro TN and I love my job. I've have been married to the beautiful Rebecca for 15 years and we have 4 terrific girls Samantha 13, Sydnie 10, Sara Kate 6 and Donna Shae 4.
The bad news is that I'm fat! As of the writing of this blog, I tip the scale at around 250 lbs and have high blood pressure and sleep aptina. I am defanitely out of shape and unhealthy. I've started beathing hard when I walk up the stairs to tuck the girls in at night and I know that if I don't start doing something to get active that it's a down hill slide from here. I don't want to be the guy that has to sit down to catch his breath after crossing the room. I want to be there for my girls.
I know that if I set my mind to it and work hard I can start fixing this problem. A few years ago I got excited and worked for 5 months and lost 30 lbs and was able to run a mile. I used the Adkins diet to accomplish the weight loss and unfortunately, put the weight right back on when I came off the diet and stopped exercising. But I know that I can do this! I want to learn the skill set to take it off and keep it off.
As I enter this mid-life point I'm ready to do something that is a life changer for me and my wife and for my girls. I'm not sure if it's right to quote Michael Jackson on living a heathy lifestyle, but as he once sang, "I'm Wanna Make a Change For Once In My Life, It's Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right. "
This is why for New Years I set a goal to lose 15lbs and run in a 5k by Summer!
As I was trying to get some direction for this resolution I came across the "Who wants to get Active" Program. I'm ready to start challenging myself. I don't know what is possible to accomplish in 8 weeks of training, but I'm excited to see. I want this to be the launching point to a new life style and I'm ready to work.
Here's a verse I found last Monday: Haggia 2:4 "...Be strong, all you people of the land and WORK!" declares the Lord, "For I am with you!..."
No turning back now!
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