Michael Witham's Testimony
Posted on December 05 2015
I feel pain, I have been through struggle, and I have hit rock bottom more times than I can count... But it is my view on life that makes me so different. The way I look at life is the same way I look at fitness. When I am lifting weights, my main purpose is to break my muscles down. That way they can rebuild and become stronger than they were before.My life has had the same effect on me as do the weights have on the muscles. For as long as I can remember my life has been constantly breaking me down. I grew up a lot less fortunate than a lot of my friends and people I knew. I lived in a house that was unfinished and falling apart. My mother was constantly working, and my father was a drug addict and an alcoholic, and because of his addictions I grew up in an abusive household. I lived with the police coming to my house almost every week until my parents got a divorce and my father disappeared. After that life didn’t get any easier… In high school, I was hit by a car, and ended up tearing the skin off my right ankle and completely breaking my left femur in half. I was in the hospital for two weeks, in bed and unable to walk for a month, and on crutches for 6 more months. I have had two hernia surgeries and broke both my knees on top of several other accidents. For years, I fought with depression and thoughts of suicide, and it only got worse when my mom passed away from an unexpected heart attack when she was 47. Having nowhere to go, I did what I had to so I didn’t end up on the streets. I have had to put my belongings in storage, and even sell some just to pay my bills. When I lost my job I had to live in friend’s basements, and with friend’s parents. My depression only got worse to the point where I would end up in the hospital because I was that close to ending my life.
Before I got into fitness, I was dealing with a lot of these personal issues, and I found alcohol to be the answer to suppress a lot of my depression and anger. I soon realized that my addiction to alcohol was not an answer, but a new problem that added to all of the other issues in my life. It wasn’t until I began to see myself turning into an alcoholic, like my father, and heading towards a dead end life, where I realized I needed a new and better answer to help me cope with all my life challenges. I was suggested the idea of working out by my best friend, and to this day I feel blessed to have fitness as part of my life. It has helped me get through numerous battles I have had to deal with throughout my life, including my self-confidence, the issues with my father, and the death of my mother.
Today I live my life to the absolute fullest. I wake up every morning motivated with a smile on my face and ambition in my heart. My goals inspire me to work hard, never settle, and make my dreams become a reality. I have been extremely dedicated to this fitness journey trying to better not only my physique, but my life. I strive to inspire others with similar issues (and even those without any, who just find it difficult to live a healthier lifestyle) to try and use the gift of health and fitness to better themselves and the lives they live. My dream is to share my experiences through my fitness journey to help inspire others achieve their goals and appreciate the gift of life.