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Utah man battles bulge with the help of family

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - The Braaten has worked to change its lifestyle in the comfort of their living room.
Running hits pavement (Galina Barskaya)
Running hits pavement (Galina Barskaya)
MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - The Braaten has worked to change its lifestyle in the comfort of their living room.

"One, two, three..." Nick Braaten grunted.  With three-year-old Tate by his side, he pounded through a series of pushups.

"We've found ourselves doing more of the workouts here on the floor," he said.

That may be because real life has set in.

"It is tougher getting away and getting to the gym," Braaten said.

Six weeks ago he climbed mountains in Montana with the help of Ryan "Cowboy" Ehmann.  Ehmann is known for a series of popular fitness DVDs and an appearance on Shark Tank.

His guidance helped Braaten lose weight, but at home he told ABC4 Utah, times are tough.

"The hardest thing is adjusting to work," he said.

However, Nick is determined despite an upcoming move, a demanding job, and two small kids.

"Before in my life I would be like well, I guess I'm done.  I'm not going to workout anymore."  he said.  "Now it's different.  It's like no it's just a rut.  Workout when you can." 

Braaten's wife Katie agreed.

"I wanna just get more comfortable in my own skin and get to the point where we can just do anything," she said. 

For that reason the Braaten's are focusing on preparing and eating healthy meals and getting plenty of activity together.

"We're out playing," Katie said.

The results of that play are clear.

Nick who is diabetic is getting more family time with his son, but there is an added benefit.  For the first time in years a doctor told him his blood sugar and kidney function are normal.

"That made me feel really good," Braaten said.

His wife told ABC4 Utah her husband's new found health has brought hope to the family and a greater drive to succeed.

"It's been really cool to see the fire," she said.  "He's never had that fire in his eyes before."

"I'm motivated as ever," Braaten added.  "It's just about carving out the time and making it a priority." 

To see how far Nick has come, click here or here.

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