What seems like only a few years back I was in the best shape of my life. I began working on my health shortly after I was let go from an industrial laundry in the latter part of 2009. I continued my fitness journey with a nutrition/personal development group back in April of 2012 for two reasons: a) to improve from the plateau I had reached and 2) as a tool to hopefully save my ailing marriage at. It wasn’t until the following year that reason two had become nondescript and was asked for a divorce the following year. I dove into my workouts rigorously and made efforts to recover and still save my marriage. I was blinded by the fact that it was essentially too late. There were too many mistakes, broken promises and commitments that loomed heavier than the possibility of reconciliation – I would eventually come to terms with the role that I played in its demise.
What did I do next? I hit the gym hard and was laser focused on my nutrition. The more time I invested in the group the more I got out of it both mentally and physically. I was introduced to PSI Seminars and attended the Basic Seminar. It was a breath of fresh air and I was able to learn more about the concepts I had been introduced to. Yet, I was still working through the grieving stages of my pending divorce.
The support I had from family and friends are what finally helped me push past much of the emotional devastation of my divorce. One friend in particular, who had traveled down his own bumpy divorce, essentially saved my life with a simple yet powerful phone conversation on a drive to Tucson. The drive back home that first day in October seemed longer than ever before and I convinced myself that I would be okay.
I still worked out hard and continued to work on becoming a better me. I set a goal that by my 40th birthday I would bench press as much as I ever weighed (265lbs) at least once. The Sunday after returning from the PSI Life Success Course and on limited sleep, I benched the weight handily. I was elated. I felt fulfilled. The goal I had set for myself of being in the best shape of my life when I turned 40 was well in hand. I had learned so much and felt like a beast physically.