“I’ve had a history of medical illness and thyroid conditions that I’d become very disillusioned with the thought that I could lose weight effectively and in a healthy way. “
When Mike started with us he had a lot working against him. He’d never had the experience of being successful losing weight and as a result he was nervous try again. His whole life he’d been overweight and someone who stayed on the sidelines not wanting to be uncomfortable. And he can tell you now, that it was something that really held him back.
“I had this mindset that victory was something that other people felt, this sense of mediocrity and low expectations for myself.”
Mike will be the first one to tell you that he really didn’t want to try another gym. It was after recovering from thyroid cancer that he felt like he had no choice but to make a lifestyle change and get healthy. However like most people, he was certain it was going to be uncomfortable and he was going to hate it… but it’s been a little over 5 months and Mike not only looks like a different person, he thinks like one too.
“Seeing the gym as some place you enjoy yourself it changes, the prospect of losing weight becomes like a good side effect not this big boogy man in the corner. ”
Mike isn’t held back by negative beliefs about himself anymore. He’s constantly seeking new ways to improve both in the gym and the rest of his life. He credits the small challenges that he works through in training with giving that sense of victory and achievement that he never felt before, and it keeps him motivated to keep going.
“When I hop in the car after the gym and I’m sweaty I know I have that victory in my pocket. Once you have that one little victory you can ride that to the next victory and before you know it your winning all day.”
Mike’s attitude has changed and he’s seeing the benefits of letting go of fear and past frustration with his weight. He’s invested in the process of getting healthy and he sees that at his #1 goal, everything else is just a by-product.
I asked him how his experience at Organic Fitness was different than what he’d done in the past to try and lose weight.
Here’s what he said:
“When I first came in I said running doesn’t really work for me. I was waiting to be told something like tough love.. ‘well you’ve got to run if you want to lose weight’ but I’ve lost 27lbs and I haven’t run 4 feet! Accommodation was the key. I never felt like I was being pushed to do something I couldn’t do.”
He’s always been a nice guy and very interested in others, but now he has this motivation and work ethic that he didn’t have when he started.
I asked him what changed.
“I was measuring myself to these unrealistic random metrics like thigh gaps. Now it’s a general sense of wellness, hopping out of bed instead of rolling out of bed. I’ve eliminated those metrics from my mental health and it’s liberating.”
Mike has gained a whole new outlook on life, but he’s lost a lot too! In 5 months he’s lost over 27lbs and is down multiple pants sizes. That’s what happens when you lose 18 inches from all over your body. But Mike would probably say he’s most proud of what he’s able to do outside the gym as a result of his training.
“I don’t think I would have gotten this lifestyle change anywhere else. Not for a second. I would have been in one week and out in two weeks. “
His mindset has changed, and slowly his lifestyle has changed. He told me a fun story about surprising himself with his new strength and physical stamina.
“I’d sprinted through my entire campus and I was huffing and puffing a little but I was smiling. I wasn’t hands on knees swearing to myself, I was smiling. And I do not like running, at least I thought I didn’t, and it snuck up on me. That was enjoyable, I felt like I could do something, not that I couldn’t do since I was younger…that I’ve never been able to do before in my entire life.”
“I tell Meghan and Carrie all the time that it’s their fault I have to buy belts now. “
I asked Mike what he would say to someone interested in joining Organic Fitness,
“You are just as likely as anyone else to succeed and if you put the work in you will. And that’s not a hopeful thing that’s and inevitable thing. If I could have just told myself that a lot of the apprehension would have gone away a lot earlier, but luckily the coaches here helped that transition happen just as fast.”