We started following Nick Braaten's weight loss journey several weeks ago when he weighed in at about 460 pounds. At that time he was at the Midvale Recreation Center shooting hoops and digging deep at the gym.
"It's about fixing up here," he said pointing to his head during a sweat session on the elliptical machine.
At the time he was far from his goals until a cowboy came to his rescue.
"Whoo Hooo," yelled Ryan "Cowboy" Ehmann. As a personal trainer that is his signature phrase. He is known for intense workouts, quick results, and an appearance on ABC's hit show Shark Tank.
Braaten is officially one of his clients.
Last week he joined Ehmann in Montana for a week of workouts, nutritional advice, and mental conditioning. He even hiked to new heights with several hours out on the mountain trails every day. Braaten says each and every climb gave him the confidence boost he needed.
"I did it. That's what I did. I climbed up there," he said pointing to a double diamond trail above him.
Now he's home back at work and laser focused. "I'm more determined," he said. "I can feel it."
He lost 48 inches in one week working out with Ehmann. Now he's focused on staying active six days a week despite his family, a full time job, and plenty to keep him busy.
He said he's learned to depend on himself and trust his own ability. "I know now I am my own support, I just know I want to make a change."
In the coming weeks, Braaten hopes to break the 400 pound barrier. ABC4 Utah will be there when he does.
To follow Braaten's person journey stay tuned to ABC4 Utah and follow his blog here. For more information on Ryan "Cowboy" Ehmann's fitness products and programs click here.