The year was 2008. I had tears running down my face staring in the mirror at a 230lb, pale, non-trained flabby body. All that was going through my mind was, “how did I get here, where did it all go wrong”.
Here are the list of events that led up to this moment:
– Former fitness model and award winning body builder who helped thousands in physique transformation through my very popular and successful Bodylabz personal training studio and online at BodyBlog.
– In the middle of a long and drawn out diivorce.
– For the first time away from my baby girl who I could only see on weekends
– Sold my studio for pennies on the dollar
– Out of the industry that I trained for and grew up with and working in the energy industry which I had zero business being in
– Drinking heavily on an almost daily basis to give me the only satisfaction of forgetting where I was
– Haven’t worked out or touched a healthy morsel of food for over 6 months in which I proceeded to gain 30lbs+
– Had to move back in with my parents because I was dead broke and had no where to live
I’m ONLY 33 years young and in the worse shape of my life with everything falling apart around me. Success had come so rapid in such a short period of time that once I got to a certain point I didn’t know how to maintain or grow from it. I started believing my own hype and almost as rapidly everything fell apart.
I was a real shell of my former self and at this moment I was sitting in judgement of where I was and what happened. It was the proverbial “come to Jesus” moment where I realized all the advice I had ever given the people sitting in my very shoes needed to be the exact same advice I took myself.
Immediately after this bathroom scene I walked out of the back of the house with a white board and marker and started writing my battle plan for the next 90 days. A few moments later I hear a very startled and angry voice yell, “HEY, what are you doing here”? Since I had my back to the back door when my father walked out he thought I was a stranger sitting half naked in the yard. As I turned around his face softened and he blinked a few times in recognition.
The words that came out of his mouth next are forever seared in my mind. “Oh, Zach, I didn’t recognize you. I knew that couldn’t be my son because my son isn’t fat.”
The tears welled up in my eyes again, but I didn’t shed them. After the few second sting wore off this comment had a different effect than it usually would have. Instead of taking it personal and breaking me it reassured me that what I was planning at the moment was the right thing to do. My rock bottom at this time was and still stands as the worst time of my life, but this moment was that moment it all turned around.
That day I wrote down The 7 Steps to A Mind and Body Transformation on that white board. Also, I created my second training company and called it Synergize. This was an homage to one of my first mentors, Stephen Covey. In the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People the 6th habit is Synergy.
Then I recruited 20 more virtual clients to go through the program with me. Synergize went from a dream developed from this moment to an actual company with paying clients in less than a week.
Fast forward to 3 months of grueling and incredibly hard (both physically and mentally) work on my plans and i was 27lbs lighter and making a name for myself again as a virtual transformation coach.
I don’t recommend getting down to a rock bottom place just to pull yourself out from. Also, i don’t want you comparing yourself to anyone especially me. In fact, I hope i’m finding you at a significantly higher bottom than I had to get too. Unfortunately my tolerance for pain improved over time that I had to fall pretty far.
So, no matter where you are, let today be the bottom that you never go back too. Instead, let today be that moment that you pick yourself up and become your own hero. Although I quote my friend Conner Beaton and his Mantalks movement it was around this time that I created my own motto:
At the time when I needed a hero the most I couldn’t find one, so I became one.
– Zach Marcy
Be your own hero, today.
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