Hi friends! Happy Friday.
You guys, I’m SO excited for you to read this interview. A few months ago I had Amanda on the blog, and now you are going to meet her husband Nick. Being friends with both of them on Facebook (+ in real life…haha) I find their inspiration to be contagious. These two are committed to healthy eating, getting to the gym, and to their growing little family. Drew and I are looking for new recipes with a goal of eating even healthier in 2017, so we’re both over here taking notes on this power packed couple. After reading all of Nick’s answers, I just wanted him to come over and meal prep for us/make us a meal. 😉 Also the way Nick talks Amanda and vice versa is just the cutest 🙂 Without further ado, meet Nick!
Ames: Nick, can you introduce yourself for BalancedAmes readers?
Nick: I’m a young 32 year old :), husband to Amanda, father to Wyatt & Freddie (black lab), outdoorsman (hunting/fishing/kayaking/hiking), fitness leader and baseball coach/mentor. Love my family, working out, dogs, anything outside and sports (baseball,football, basketball and golf)! Ames: 30 does feel way younger than I used to think it was 😉
Ames: Nick can you tell us about your weight loss + how you’ve been able to keep it off//become more invested in your own health?
Nick: Sure! In November of 2013, I was the heaviest weight of my life (233). Working a sales job in corporate America & traveling a lot got the best of me. As a former division 1 baseball player I still worked out often because I enjoyed it, but my diet & drinking habits (3 cups of coffee with cream and 2 Mountain Dews in the afternoon) were brutal and was honestly dreading my wedding photos coming the next month. That’s when a good friend shared his results on a AdvoCare’s 24 Day Challenge……I saw Matt lose 15 pounds and I wanted that for my wedding. I jumped on board and lost 21 pounds & lost 3 inches in my waist (had to get a new tuxedo!), quit drinking the coffee and soda, switched to 2 Sparks a day, and gained more energy than I’d had as a college baseball player back in 2008. Ames: Incredible what a change in eating habits can do! It’s also nice to hear a guy admitting he cares about what he looks like on the big day! 🙂
I learned how to eat better during that first challenge, continue to drink more water, and consistently eat smaller meals and snacks (3 meals and 3 snacks a day). We also joined Fit Body Boot Camp (Ames: Their promo video makes me want to jump in that class!) in Hartland. Group fitness is a blast and working out with others truly makes you push yourself. Let’s be honest, when you’re at a gym by yourself it’s really hard to stick to a program and force yourself to do the hard exercises (pull ups, burpees). At boot camp, you walk in, warm up and workout is only 45 minutes and I don’t have to think about anything. We also never double up workouts so you’re always tricking your body into new movements! On top of that, learning to invest in your health teaches you to prepare! Amanda and I plan out our meals, snacks etc. on the weekend for the week which helps and again if you’re eating well, I believe it’s 80% of your results. The next 20% is exercise and supplementing in the nutrition gaps. Ames: YES! People underestimate the power of what they put in their bodies!
Ames: What was the hardest part of starting a healthier lifestyle? Biggest tip for people that are just starting their journey to better health.
Nick: To treat it as an actual lifestyle change and not a quick fix or diet!! Ames: YES!!!! No finish line on a lifestyle. So many people want huge results right away. I have helped people who lose five or ten pounds in three weeks and they’re mad……..that’s crazy! I don’t know if they truly understand how great that is, but when you come into any changes with your body and expect unrealistic goals that’s when people quit. Rather, go into it with a 90 day plan to eat well consistently, exercise and supplement the gaps, that’s a formula for a better health journey that’s actually sustainable versus a quick fix diet.
Ames: You and Amanda are both SO consistent at the gym. What is the biggest motivating factor for you to get there? Do you workout at the same time each day?
Nick: Thank you. Both Amanda and I were athletes in college so working out is never a chore for us. The feeling after you workout is the best and we both feel that were better to each other, at work and have more energy to play with Wyatt when working out, oh and boot camp is fun! Ames: YES to this answer! For me personally, my biggest motivator is not going back to where I let myself get in ’13. I know that eating healthy and then exercise is so important and if I don’t do that, I could slip and don’t want to every feel sluggish and tired like I did three years ago.
We ONLY workout together on Saturday mornings. On the weekends we drop Wyatt of at Grandma April’s which is on the way to boot camp so we can do a workout together (so important & Amanda kicks my butt…seriously she’s a beast). Recently, Amanda took my 5:15am workout slot because she was feeling guilty about not spending enough time with Wyatt if she would workout after work. She goes in the morning and I go to the 4:30pm or 5:30pm class depending on work.
Ames: Can you give us a peak into what a daily schedule at the Wichser house looks like, I’m seriously curious:
Nick: It’s an absolute circus in the morning (Ames: Good to hear, because you guys make it look SO easy!) but wouldn’t have it any other way! Amanda gets up for the gym and gets home around 6:30. Wyatt usually gets up around that time, so I get up with him, make him breakfast and play while Amanda showers/gets ready. Then Amanda gets Wyatt cleaned up and I get her lunch packed and clean up the kitchen & dishes. Getting all 3 of us ready can be hard, but we manage and somehow get out of the door……THANK God for AdvoCare’s Meal Replacement Shakes because they save us so much time in the morning. We don’t have to worry about breakfast which is a huge stress reliever. We will usually leave meat out to thaw so dinner is prepped for the night and doesn’t take as long when we get home.
Amanda has a lot of meals (Ames: We’re sharing them below!!!! And I’m planning on making a few of these this coming week!) that we prepare for on Sundays for the week. I get home from work or the gym and start cooking. I cook 95% of the time in our home while Amanda plays with Wyatt after work. My dad was a firefighter in Brookfield and he cooked for over half his years for all the guys along with up at our hunting cabin. I always took notice and started cooking at our hunting cabin at a early age, during college and haven’t stopped. After dinner it’s bath time and then we play a little bit with Wyatt in his room and read him a book every night. After that, I go back downstairs and clean the kitchen up and dishes while Amanda washes up and gets ready for bed. Helping out with little things as a man whether it’s the dishes, vacuuming ,and dinner is huge in a marriage (especially with Amanda being pregnant right now!). Amanda appreciates the cooking and we both like to wake up to a clean kitchen in the morning rather than all the dirty dishes (so annoying) the next day. Then get to sleep and do it all over again.
Ames: You guys have been posting AMAZING looking recipes. First, where do you find all of these? Second, what does your grocery shopping/meal planning routine look like? Tips for newbies or people that want to start to add more variety into their cooking (as I raise my hand). Does one person do the cooking? (Excuse my trying to act like 7 questions together is 1 question 😉 )
Kinda talked about it in the last question, but Amanda has gotten these off of AdvoCare’s 24 Day Challenge Receipe Cookbook along with a link from a teamate on our team page. Our shopping routine is done on Sundays and we go to two places, Costco and either Pick n Save or Meijer (doesn’t matter). We buy all of our chicken, turkey burgers, hummus, salsa, eggs, milk, fruit and yogurt from Costco! We then go another grocery store for smaller items like celery, carrotts, spices, etc. for add ons or ingredients for the planned meals. We just can’t eat a Costco size amount of lettuce, spinach, or celery (sorry can’t finish 3 heads of celery in a week) before it goes bad.
We pick 3-4 meals to make for the week and then I cook up 6-8 chicken breasts, turkey burgers, and brown rice for lunches for the week. This has been HUGE for me. I love burrito bowls so make those for our lunches a few days of the week. We also can have a make shift meal if were hosting mixers for our business at night or if Wyatt’s really hungry before one of our meals is made.
Tips for newbies…plan ahead. Make a list at the store and think about what you’re going to pack in your lunches and for dinner. Substitute plain non fat greek yogurt for sour cream. I used to pound sour cream years ago and haven’t had it in over three years. Making small switches like this help your waistline at the end of the year. Like I said before, I do the cooking, but Amanda will lay out all the ingredients and then have the recipe up on my computer on the island so I can read off of it. We’re a good team 🙂 Ames: Sounds like it!
Ames: It seems like Wyatt eats the same things as you guys do, is that true? Does he object to any of the food? Ps. He is the cutest! 🙂
Nick: Wyatt does eat everything we make. It’s crazy and such a blessing because the kid eats anything and everything! He literally inhales/shovels his food and is such a good eater. Every morning he has one whole scrambled egg with a little cheese on it, piece of wheat toast and either pieces of a banana or strawberries – his favorite snack! He has not loved a few meals…..salmon (Ames: What?! Wyatt salmon is the best little man!) didn’t do much for him along with plain turkey burger but honestly there hasn’t been much. And thank you for the compliment. Little Max (love the name) is the man!!
Ames: How has AdvoCare impacted your lives? Best tip for someone that has been on the fence about trying the products or the business side of AdvoCare.
Nick: It’s been an absolute blessing! There isn’t a better culture, product line or opportunity in America! I thank God all the time that Matt Trickey interrupted my life three years ago to help me when I needed it the most. The other areas that it’s impacted us is the relationships/personal development. We have helped so many people feel better, lose weight, gain more energy/confidence, pay off debt and earn a plan B income which has lead to people thanking us or sending us text messages like: “I’m down 8 pounds!” or “I just got a check from AdvoCare!” I still remember when Amanda got a text message from a girlfriend at 7:30am on a Saturday morning…..her friend was so jacked up about losing ten pounds and thanked Amanda. That feeling is something she doesn’t get from her corporate job and why we continue to help others with their health and financial goals!
We have also met so many great people in this business. Whether that’s teamates or “cross line” (people not associated in your personal business but order AdvoCare products as well….just like you guys!). The culture is contagious and were taught to strengthen the family and be difference makers at home and in the community. That never gets old and something that has impacted our lives for the better. Becoming more and constantly trying to learn, read more books, pay off debt, etc. are all areas that AdvoCare’s culture and leadership have helped us.
For people on the fence…just try them. They give you a menu and you can purchase products at retail to try them out, or you can get a small discount membership like a Sam’s Club or Costco that doesn’t autoship or force you to buy every month! Also, take a look at their ten guiding principles……this is something that attracted me to AdvoCare right away three years ago.
Ames: I don’t talk about AdvoCare on the blog much, but Drew and I are daily users too. What are your Top 3 Favorite AdvoCare products:
Nick’s Picks: Spark, Meal Replacement Shakes and Metabolic Nutrition System. If I can add (1) performance elite product it would be Muscle Strength!!!
Spark gives you energy from caffeine but also gives you vitamins/minerals and helps with mental focus with NO crash! Meal Replacement Shakes are such a HUGE weight management and metabolism booster. 24g of protein, 6g of fiber and half your daily calcium. This kick starts your day….oh and they’re flavored by Haagan Dazs 🙂 MNS (this fills in all your nutritions gaps (fish oil, multiviatin, cardio X and calcium) all in one strip pack for the day. This also eliminates the fact that I have to purchase all of these products individually. This is also the 2nd top product behind spark! Muscle Strength: enhances musle grownth with strength training, helps decrease revovery time, promotes endurance and aids in maintaining lean muscle mass!
Amanda’s Picks: Hard to only pick 3…Spark, Catalyst, and Muscle Gain.
I can’t go a day without these products. Being a busy mom, working full time, and continuing to stay in shape these products have been a lifesaver. Catalyst helps maintain muscle mass during exercise and weight management. Muscle gain I mix with oatmeal some mornings or just have as an afternoon shake for easy digestible protein. Really helps to maintain and restore energy supplies during and after exercise.
Ames: What is the best email to reach you at if people have questions?!
Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org Ames: Also here is their AdvoCare site if you want to browse other options: https://www.advocare.com/140138523
Ames: Congratulations on baby #2! How exciting!!!! Do you think expanding your family will have any impact on your routines or do you plan to continue in the same way?
Nick: THANK YOU! Plan on things staying the same way. I will snag Amanda’s early workout time when she is recovering and on leave. She will then start her walks up around the neighborhood again and then we will figure out a routine that works best for us.
Ames: Is Wyatt going to continue his routine of going to daycare during Amanda’s maternity leave? Curious as to how people handle this.
Nick: I think initially he will to keep him active but honestly haven’t figure that out yet. It’s crazy how the second pregnancy doesn’t allow you to think about or plan things out as well. With the first, we had everything planned and figured out. But with Wyatt and how active he is, we haven’t planned out yet all of our plans but…..we know it all will work out.
I cannot handle Wyatt is in this picture!
Ames: Nick, Amanda is a very confident // amazing women + I’m sure you have some impact on that. How do you best support her during pregnancy and in postpartum? What words of encouragement do you use?
Nick: Yes, she is! That attracted me to her six years ago 🙂 During pregnancy it’s just doing little extra things around the house like cooking or cleaning up a little bit goes a long way. Also, checking the fridge to make sure she has enough lemonade/orange juice or FRUIT always helps. Amanda is lucky and hasn’t got sick from pregnancy at all during baby #1 and #2 so far but she does go to bed super early now and that’s why the extra stuff around the house falls on me which I’m totally okay with. Ames: Pregnancy exhaustion is so real.
As far as words of encouragement…there isn’t one saying, just making sure she knows that I’m here for her at all times and love her and our beautiful baby #2! I do try and talk to the baby and give her a few more hugs than normal 🙂
Ames: Is one of you more motivated than the other when it comes to getting to the gym + healthy eating wise? I know one struggle that some couples have is that one person wants to become healthier + the other is struggling to get on board. What suggestions do you have when you are coaching people in this position?
Nick: Amanda for sure! She’s a beast and loves fruit. While I have to bad habits of LOVING tortilla chips she always grabs a piece of fruit and it shows. Ames: Tortilla chips are my kryptonite, I cannot have them in the house! She has always been like that and I’ve had to break a lot of bad habits over the past few years. We’ve also cut out alcohol A LOT. We don’t drink unless we’re out socially. Having what a lot of buddies would call “casuals”(beers during the week) leads to a lot of extra calories over the week and cutting out beer, liquor, and wine unless were out has helped us become healthier as well. Ames: Yes, I’m on board with that!
Getting on board…we’ve never struggled to get on board. Three years ago when I did my first 24 Day Challenge, Amanda did it with me to support me and she lost five pounds and gained more energy for her office desk job.
Suggestions for new people…To remember that it’s a process. You’re going to break down and have a few bumps in the road. My old problem was I would let go eating wise for the whole weekend. Nowadays we still cheat, but in moderation. Which has really helped. We also try and tell people to commit for 90 days. Whether that’s eating healthy, exercise, or supplementing your nutrition gaps, that’s really how long it takes to notice your hard work! Also, there’s NO short cuts 🙂
Any more words of motivation for BalancedAmes readers (seems like you have SO much to go around) 🙂
Ames: “Be Stronger than your strongest excuse”. This is painted on one of the walls at boot camp and I freakin’ love it. You can apply that to ALL areas of life, but go out and be a champion……be a champion husband/wife, friend, co-worker, coach and neighbor. The world needs more difference makers but it always starts in your own four walls at home! Ames: Love and believe that!
Nick: Thank you so much for the opportunity to share and be part of your blog!
Ames: Amanda and Nick have been sharing their meals on Facebook (I’m adding some of their pictures below) AND every single one looks so delicious! As I said, I’m definitely going to try some of these in the coming weeks, so I wanted to share them with you guys too! I did a version of the sweet potato bowls last night and we loved it! Thanks Amanda for emailing them over!
Day 2: Grilled Chicken with Avocado cream sauce
Day 3: Sweet potato & black bean quinoa bowls
Day 3: Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Day 4: Grilled Chicken with Avocado cream sauce
Day 6: Turkey Chili
Day 7: Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake:
Day 9: Ground turkey and sweet potato skillet:
Day 10: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
Day 11: Cilantro Lime Chicken:
A huge thanks to Nick and Amanda for taking their time to inspire us! Aren’t they just the best?!
Hope everyone has an incredible weekend!