How we met:
Nicholas is a rollerblader, he’s excited about his goals, and wants to show his kids that he’s not giving up.
I was driving down the street when I saw Nicholas. I pulled over and caught up to him and he was willing to answer my questions. Props to Nicholas for finding something that works for him and his body, for being an example, and for getting after his goals. I was impressed by him and grateful for the time he took with me.
Nicholas is joining my community of Dynamos. These are powerhouse people. These are people making a difference in their lives and consequently setting a huge example for others. Whether or not we recognize it or they recognize it, our stories and work empower other people. That’s what Dynamo is about. Inspiring and empowering each one of us to keep moving forward in our own health journey. This is physical, mental, and spiritual work. This is a journey of mindful and intentional living. Nicholas, you are Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
How many years ago did you have open heart surgery?
1993 – So 22 years ago. I was born with a congenital heart defect. They followed me through birth. I was a three sport athlete in high school (wrestling, football, track) and my senior year it worsened and we knew the valve would have to be replaced at some point and it happened in the middle of my senior year. It kinda sucked but it all got done. Recovery only took about a week. Actually after the replacement I became much healthier and stronger than I was before it. My valve was just so inefficient that once it was replaced my heart was then efficient and it was easier. 22 years later, life, kids, about 65-70 lbs…
What does healthy living?
Trying my best to eat right. I don’t drink a lot of soda, I primarily just drink water. Sometimes gatorade, but seldom. Healthy living is keeping my body as young as I can to live to see my grandchildren. And maintain my job. I work at Leupold and Stevens.
What types of fitness do you enjoy?
I used to like running but my knees are so up to that anymore. Basically low impact…cycling, every once in a while rollerblading, treadmill walking.
How has your example inspired others?
I would say years ago it was more inspirational. My story was in the newspaper back then it happened. But I just try and do it now so the kids see that I’m not giving up and being a couch potato.
What’s a piece of advice you like to share?
No matter what happens in life, don’t give up. It can get tough at times, but keep yourself healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually.
What is a goal you have right now?
I have a short term goal, it’s a weight loss goal, I would like to go from 276 to 250 by the end of the summer. That’s what I’m shooting for. My wife has a similar goal and we’re doing it together.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Hard working, caring, and try to be a family guy.