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The 411: Youth

High school senior loses weight, gains confidence

High school senior loses weight, gains confidence
Following a regime of intense workouts and diet changes, Nick Morin (right) returned to school this fall, slimmer by more than 100 pounds. His workout buddy and cousin, Allen Cordaway, helped Nick lose weight, which helped him gain confidence, too.

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By Lauren Kelly

Nick Morin’s smile radiates, his dimples stand out, and he talks with a new swagger -- one he never had before.

Before he lost 102 pounds, that is.

“Everyone was telling me I couldn’t do it,” the Karnes City High School senior said. “What really motivated me was that nobody believed in me.”

After enduring the P90X and Insanity workouts all summer, 5-foot, 5-inch Nick returned to school in a 170- pound frame. Nick weighed 272 pounds before.

The transformation has changed his life.

Nick’s shy insecurity is what teachers and students might remember about the old Nick. He rarely looked anybody in the eyes, and his smile was almost unknown, never seen.

“People always picked on him about his weight,” his cousin, senior Allen Cordaway, said. “I was one of the many who made fun of him, but because he was my cousin and we’ve grown up together, I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t stop to think about if I was hurting his feelings or not. After a while he got tired of it and came to me asking for help. He wanted to lose all that weight. He asked if I could work out with him and help him reach his goal.”

Now when people talk to the new Nick, he makes direct eye contact, and his once-obscure smile permeates the room.

“I feel way better; my energy levels are through the roof,” Nick said. “I am able to do my exercises with no problem.”

Nick and Allen, who continued his rehabilitation from a broken ankle and femur last fall, began their program running 30 minutes a day and weightlifting. They added Tony Horton’s P9OX, and finally amped it up to Shaun T’s Insanity and Tapout workouts.

“Towards the end of his junior year and all summer long, I got with Nick and we did nothing but work out every day after work. We started off with light workouts and a little bit of jogging; we lifted weights and did P90X,” Allen said. “We worked our way up until I thought he was ready for Insanity -- the hardest workout of them all. He died the first day of doing it and even hurt his knee from all the jumping. He wanted to give up, but I wouldn’t let him. After a month or so he got better and better and showed more results. It felt good to see how happy he was with what he was seeing.”

Nick wants to weigh 150 pounds by the time he graduates in May.

“Even though I am at a pretty good weight now, it’s not where I would like to be,” Nick said. “I plan on staying in the 100s for the rest of my life.”

Although diabetes runs in Nick’s family, medical problems were not the reason he started the program.

“Nick started this program by himself. We felt he was a little overweight,” Nick’s parents, David and Christina Morin, said. “(We’re) very proud of him. He has kept up with his program for over a year.”

Nick’s idol is New York Jets backup quarterback and Florida Gator standout Tim Tebow, because of his Christian stance.

“At first I had no idea I was inspiring anybody, but after time people did start coming up to me and saying I was an inspiration,” Nick said. “Never give up on your dreams, because with hard work and dedication you can do anything. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.”

Nick believes running is the most important part of his workout to strengthen his muscles, as well as having a healthy diet, including eating more fruits and vegetables over chocolate, candy, and junk food. His favorite is the tomato.

“We feel if Nick encounters something that’s challenging, he will keep trying to succeed,” his parents said. “He has more confidence in himself.”

Allen, Nick’s cousin and a senior, has helped him through the program, along with other close friends.

“I think it’s good for him; he looks completely different,” said Nic Quintanilla, a friend and classmate. “He has more confidence in himself.”

When Nick looks back on his old self, he doesn’t remember letting himself get that heavy -- and he doesn’t plan on going back.

“Before, I wouldn’t really talk; my confidence was dangerously low,” Nick said. “Now I’m overly confident. My confidence level is through the roof.”

Lauren Kelley is a junior at Karnes City High School. The managing editor of the Badger Times, she is a cheerleader and member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and FCA, as well as the volleyball and track teams. Lauren hopes to become a marine biologist or pre-K teacher, with a little side work as a journalist. She is the daughter of Danny and Carol Kelley.

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