The pain that comes from a breakup is never easy to deal with. Some breakups are harder than others. For Mikey, it was the lowest point of his life.
I've known Mikey since High School. Our friendship started in Falmouth, Maine and continues here on the West Coast (we both live in California). We are in similar industries; he's a tennis pro and I'm a personal trainer. We are constantly brainstorming new ideas on how to make our business better. He is the most genuine guy I know and really the only person in the world that can make me laugh until my stomach hurts. The picture on the left is of Mikey when we were in Las Vegas in April celebrating his birthday. And yes, those are jell-o shots.
As funny as that picture was to us, it set off an alarm for my wife and I. We noticed Mikey was drinking more, he was getting frustrated easier, his diet was all over the place and he had zero motivation to workout and take care of his health. His relationship with his fiance was also not in the best place. Things were going from bad to worst....until eventually, Mike found himself in a very unhappy place. He had anxiety and was depressed. There was little motivation in the tank to do anything. And working as a tennis pro, he was "just going through the motions".
We sat down together and had a deep conversation about life and his struggles. Deep inside he knew what he had to do, but he also knew it would come with some major pain. He had to be brave and face it head on. He had to break up a relationship that was no longer healthy for the both of them.
It was not easy and he struggled a lot. We talked on the phone every day for at least 1 hour for the next couple weeks. I sent him some books that I thought he would enjoy. I also recommended doing a little exercise routine...as it would help his depression. I told him to start with a 5-minute body weight set at home followed by a 5-minute jog afterwards; something totally manageable. He slowly started adding more to his workout until he was lifting for 20 minutes and jogging 30 minutes per day. He found joy in his workouts and he was noticing some changes in his body. He even found a new hobby- shadow boxing. =)
I then recommended he join our K-Fit 6 Challenge that was just about to start. He was a little skeptical about it, but he said, "Ok, I'll try the first week and see how it goes."
After that first week, he completely eliminated junk food from the house. He changed his mindset from looking at food as comfort to looking at food as fuel for the body so he could crank out his workouts. He started adding more fruits and veggies and eliminated starch from his dinners. He gave up alcohol, bread, and dairy. His nutrition was so impressive that it inspired me to eat healthier. The student had become the teacher.
After 6 weeks, Mikey lost an impressive 20 lbs and dropped 7% body fat. He also lost 5 inches. An amazing transformation. After the K-Fit 6 Challenge, he went on to lose another 5 pounds and 2 inches.
He also found new motivation with his company and came up with a fantastic product idea for teaching tennis to the children he works with. The product is currently in production.
He started reading the books I had sent him, plus other self-improvement books. His anxiety completely disappeared. His mindset had been reset. Mikey was a changed man.
This past weekend, we went to check on him and we were so surprised to see the changes in-person. He had muscles I've never seen before on him. His belly had disappeared. What was most impressive was his new positive attitude. He was glowing and I was so proud of him.
We all have choices in life. We can sit back and victimize ourselves...and simply go through life reacting to events that happen...or we can become proactive and choose to learn from the tough phases; equip ourselves with the knowledge to keep moving forward stronger. Mikey chose the latter and he is the happiest I've seen him!
Some tips that helped Mikey:
If you're currently in the middle of a struggle---try adapting a few of Mikey's method. Take it one day at a time, one small victory at a time and have faith that things will turn around for the better.
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