Healthy Weight loss can happen at any age.
Just ask Chris Miller. Chris recently turned 60 years old and decided to regain his life. With a healthy weight loss approach, Chris not only feels “young as f*ck”, he lose 80lbs and continues to dig deeper each and every day as he builds muscle and burns fat. After accepting the “Teacher of the year award”, Chris took a look in the mirror and wasn’t happy with what was looking back at him.
I was circling the drain, and I wasnt happy with what I was representing as teacher of the year.
Chris lights up the studio with his enthusiasm and witty remarks, and always shows love and support for any newbie. I had the chance to catch up with Chris after trying to keep up with him during small group training.
Anthony sits down with Chris for a quick interview, here’s the video on Youtube.
I sent a few questions over to Chris for a quick recap so I could create this post and here is what he sent over. Take a moment to read it, it will change your life.
It’s hard to say what the exact moment I decided to get healthy was. I’ve yo-yoed with my health/weight/fitness all of my adult life. Over the last however-many years, my health had deteriorated (along with aspects of my personal life). My career was chugging along, but there’s more to life than work. A year ago I got teacher of the year. It felt hollow, though. It’s like I was a fake. I was always out of breath, had trouble getting out of my car, and even struggled to put on my socks! A year ago I was diagnosed with diabetes.
When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t recognize myself. Old, fat, sad. What was even worse–for some reason–is when I would walk in town and see my reflection in the store windows. It was like seeing myself through others’ eyes. Older, fatter, sadder than the mirror.
I used to walk by bodhi and look in past my reflection. (I’d be carting home double-entree takeout from Casa Luna or Alfonzo’s.) Yeah, right, I’d say. That’s for people who are in shape.
The diabetes diagnosis was on my mind a lot. I had been pre-diabetic for years; and you get complacent sometimes when there’s an impending doom but it doesn’t happen. Until it does. The doctor says, “It’s managed diabetes,” but that was just another excuse for me to be complacent.
I would be turning 60 soon. My family lives into our nineties. So that means at least another 30 years. Do I want to spend the last third of my life like this? Out of breath and fat and uncomfortable and miserable? Do I want to spend the last third of my life with only one foot or one leg because of diabetes? On all kinds of medication? Out of breath? Unable to put on my socks? Constant back pain? Not to mention the high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, chronic depression, sleep apnea, and self-medication with food and alcohol.
Oh yeah. All that stuff. I figured it was just a matter of time before I woke up dead since I was halfway there already. Just ignore it and accept the inevitable.
Or do I have the ability to make a conscious decision?
One night, after earlier walking alongside my reflection in the bodhi window with my takeout, I checked out the bodhi Website. I read about the programs: small group classes, 1-on-1 training, a different focus each week. I read about Anthony’s philosophy (which I’ve come to learn is everybody’s philosophy here). I watched videos and read stories of people who have made conscious decisions to improve their lives. This place was no Planet Fitness. This place was different.
I got inspired to actually do something. I made a conscious decision of my own and emailed bodhi. I guess you can say that’s the exact moment that I decided to get healthy.
In about a day, I had an appointment with Christine for an initial consultation.
When I walked in bodhi for that initial consultation, the very first thing I saw was these words on the wall: “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. I’m saying it’s going to be worth it.” Not easy? Oh boy.
I signed up for 1-on-1 training with Coach Cristine. I needed that. She can be tough, but she’s totally non-judgemental (why would she be? but I was plenty self-conscious laying there panting and wheezing). She helped me learn the skills to do the exercises with proper form with gentle guidance and patience. She got me to do those final reps with her unique tough love approach.
Before too long (and way too soon in my mind at the time), she suggested I try small group training. Typical bodhi coach move: take me out of my comfort zone.
My first small group was with Coach Alex. More of the same as with Christine: patience and non-judgement. But what got me was the other people in the class. Accepting. Welcoming. Nice. Glad that I was there.
As I weaned myself off 1-on-1 training over the next few weeks, I learned to appreciate the value of the small group classes. The coaches can give individual attention, but the true value is with the other people in the class. They are my new family–my bodhi family. We encourage and challenge and celebrate each other. We take each other out of our comfort zones.
After a year, I am down 80 pounds plus. I can sprint up a tall flight of stairs–not yet in a single bound–without all the heavy breathing. I don’t kill my back every time I get out of bed or the car. Blood pressure? Textbook. Cholesterol? Textbook. Depression? What’s that? Self-medication? Maybe with exercise, but not food and drink. Sleep apnea? No more CPAP machine. AND I CAN PUT MY SOCKS ON WITH EASE!!!
In September, I ran my first 5k. An obstacle 5k. I finished it too.
Sometimes I reflect and think about all I’ve accomplished in the last year–inside and outside of the gym. I got Teacher of the Year at my school. I ran a 5k in September. I lost over 80 pounds and regained my health. Oh, and I can jump up on a box. It took me like 6 months before I could do a box jump, but I can do it now. Box jumps. Box jump overs. Burpee box jumps, too. But that first box jump is what comes to mind immediately when I think about a great accomplishment.
I tell people all the time that Christine and Anthony and Alex and EVERYBODY at bodhi literally saved my life. Anthony always gets modest and maybe a bit gruff and says something like, “Brother, you did the work.” True, but you made it possible for me to do the work, Anthony. You created this extended family that embraces me when I walk in the door and makes it next to impossible NOT to do the work. You made me into someone who embraces new people who walk in.
Yes, I did the work, but you believed in me.
And I think that’s what I’m most proud of: that Anthony and Karen and Christine and Alex and David and Quinn and all my friends at bodhi believe in me. That I’m worth being believed in. And I believe in every single one of them.
To anyone who is considering taking a similar journey, listen to the words of Anthony Monetti: “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. I’m saying it’s going to be worth it.” I read those words every time I walk in to bodhi. They anchor me, a touchstone for what I’m about to do. And every time I’m finished for the day, and I walk out, it’s been worth it.
Thank you Chris, for sharing your inspirational story!
Results like Chris’ are not typical but very common for members at bodhi. For more information on how you can transform your body and create the happiest and healthiest version of yourself, schedule your complimentary lifestyle assessment today.
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