Overcoming Obstacles: How Fit Father Mike Got In Shape and Rebuilt His Life

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

overcoming obstacles

Overcoming obstacles and rebuilding your life can seem like a pipe dream, but you’re never ‘too old’ or ‘out of shape’ to make a true life transformation.

Fit Father Mike was able to do just that, and his story is inspiring!

Mike is a 52-year-old husband and father of four who has lost over 50 pounds and completely turned his life around. 

Mike loves his family and has a fulfilling career, but eventually, he found himself angry and out-of-sorts. 

Despite owning a fitness company for kids, he was overweight, tired, and generally unhappy. 

He was a serial yo-yo dieter, and nothing ever stuck for an extended period of time. 

When both his mother and a good friend pointed out that he just didn’t seem like himself anymore, he knew he needed a change — a real change. 

So, he signed up for the Fit Father Project and told his family he was going to get in the best shape of his life and do right by them. 

He took care of himself to take care of them, and their lives have been changed for the better!

Listen to Mike's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

Out Of Shape and Frustrated

Mike had always been active, even into adulthood.

“I've wrestled and played football and baseball since I was seven.”

Still, family, work, and life set in, and things began to change.

“My weight loss journey had many ups and downs. I've been a serial yo-yo dieter. I blew my ACL out in my junior year of high school. We didn't do surgery at the time. Many years ago, I started gaining weight. But I got back in shape, and my knee blew out again, so I ended up having my first operation.”

From there, Mike began gaining weight again due to his poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. He would lose weight here and there, but nothing was sustainable — every diet or fitness program he tried just didn't stick.

“I would do different programs, and it seemed like every 18 months to two years, I'd get up to about 200 pounds. The highest I got was 215. A few years ago, I got down to 175 pounds, but I wasn't eating well, and it was draining me.” 

Mike was also struggling with how he felt and was developing a poor relationship with food and alcohol.

I finally hit a point where I just wasn't happy, and for a typically happy person who loved to be out with people and in his business, I was drained. It took two to three cocktails a night to decompress. I'd spend time with the kids but would fall asleep in the chair. I didn't like who I was becoming.

He was out of shape and angry all the time, which was affecting his relationships.

“I was angry and realized I wasn't angry at anybody but myself.”

His mother and best friend were getting worried about him and pointed out his behavior. 

“My mom pointed out to me that I was getting heavier, and my best friend was concerned about my anger issues and asked me worryingly if I was OK. It hit home.”

So, he hit the gym again, this time with renewed vigor. Simultaneously, he also found the Fit Father Project, and things started to come together.

Learn more about Mike’s journey of overcoming obstacles and rebuilding his life!

Overcoming Obstacles and Rebuilding His Life

Getting started wasn't easy, and Mike began to doubt himself.

“At first, I felt so embarrassed. My gut hung over my shorts, and I couldn't do anything. I thought I was so weak and fat. I was almost reconsidering if I could do this or not.”

Nevertheless, he gave the program his best shot, and he diligently followed the program. 

He was finally bringing his nutrition and exercise together, and he lost 13 pounds in the first month.

Seeing the improvements, he signed up for the Fit Father All-Access Membership, and committed to a complete lifestyle change.

I finally have a program that supports me. I have somebody I can talk to who can give me modifications for my broken body.

By the end of Phase 3 of the program, Mike was at his lowest weight ever — 165 pounds. 

After five months, Mike felt stronger than he did in his youth. Bubbling with contagious vitality and energy, he lost over 50 pounds and derived a lot more than weight loss from the program.

“I'm getting stronger. My friend said that I sounded much better. The program has given me a focus and plan. I feel comfortable in my skin. My body is getting muscular, and the veins are popping out. I got body fat down below 20 percent.”

He adds that his relationships are much better, and he feels like a whole different person.

“There's no stopping me at this point. I have more energy in my business. I feel I'm a better owner of a company. I feel better in every aspect of what I'm doing, and vitality has hit me in every direction.”

overcoming obstacles

So what would Mike say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

You can get out of what you want to get out of with your commitment. It's your why, and it is super powerful. This program is really good and sustainable. Its staff's commitment is really special, unlike any other fitness program. It gives you some amazing tools using which you can achieve a lot. These workouts are not easy, but the results are worth it. And the great thing about the program is that you get to create your own lifestyle. You have lots of support and inspiration in the Facebook community. You are not going to be perfect, but if you are consistent, that's all that counts.

3 Key Takeaways From Mike's Journey

Here are three key lessons that you can gain from Mike’s experience of overcoming obstacles and rebuilding his life.

Lesson 1: Introspection Is Important

How you communicate with others or react in situations is a projection of what you feel about yourself.

Instead of blaming everyone or everything else for what's wrong in your life, try introspecting to get in touch with your shortcomings.

An insight into your core feelings helps you navigate through life with a more positive attitude,

Lesson 2: A Rough Start Is Still a Start

Even if you are off to a rough start, it doesn't mean you will never improve.

Don't let rocky beginnings define you.

You will always have ample time to get better, but what matters the most is a brave decision to get started.

Try to be patient in the beginning and show up for yourself every day until you reach your goals.

Lesson 3: Count on Your Support System for Feedback

Often, it so happens that you don't notice things about yourself that others can see, whether it is an achievement or a relapse.

You can ask your loved ones or your support system for feedback periodically on your fitness journey.

Such feedback can be greatly informative and can give you a new perspective.

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With short metabolic training workouts, an easy-to-follow meal plan, and an accountability team that is there for you at every step, FF30X can help you lose 30, 40, or even 50+ lbs — even if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life. 

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, NMD
Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder Fit Father Project, Founder Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on overcoming obstacles.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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