“The cure for the pain, is in the pain.”- Rumi
I’m Chris, and I’m 36 years old. I am a RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, I also have a full time career, and I’ve utilized various forms of physical and mental fitness to dramatically improve my life situation. I have been sober since 10/27/2014, and if you get anything from this snip of my life journey, it’s that it’s never too late to make incredible changes in your life! There’s no cut off age for happiness.
The cliff notes version of my journey is as follows:
Roughly five years ago, I began to really come to grips with the fact that alcohol was having a negative impact on my life. It had taken a severe mental toll on me, but also had been destroying my physical body as well. I weighed 280lbs and I was barely fitting into size 40-42 dress pants. I had developed painful rosacea on my face, my energy level was incredibly low, I was on anti-anxiety medication, I was depressed, and I was basically existing, not living life.
I started to work out, but I still wasn’t living a healthy, mindful lifestyle by any stretch of the imagination. I began to lose some weight, and that was mainly due to not being able to eat, due to my body beginning to shut down because of the alcohol consumption.
I decided three years ago that it was time to make some drastic changes, I simply could not go on living/existing the way that I was. I decided that it was time to give up trying to control everything, and asked a higher power for help and guidance.
This is when I began my journey into living a sober, healthy lifestyle. At the time, I lived in Ohio and I found the first treatment center I could find on Google. The people I spoke with offered me a plane ticket to Florida to come to an inpatient center, and begin to let others help me, so I could one day help myself. It was the most frightening, most freeing action I had ever taken. I left my home, job, dog, everything behind, and had to ask family for support so that I could make this happen. It’s a beautiful thing when you see loved ones come to support you in your time of need, and most tough things we face in life, we need some help to get through it, and that’s ok.
I was supposed to stay in treatment for 30 days, but I ended up staying for almost 4 months. I found a career opportunity in Florida, and with the help of some great people, I was able to move to South Florida permanently (with my dog!) where I had the support I needed, and never had before.
I lost over 100lbs. I kicked the anti-anxiety medication, I began working with a trainer, I learned how to work out, and how to eat properly. “Magically” my mental health began to improve, and I had a pretty awesome physical transformation as well.
Recently, I found myself called to the practice of Yoga, and after finding a beautiful location to practice here in Jupiter, at Kula Yoga Shala, I signed up for their 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program after only practicing for about 3 months. I could barely touch my toes! But this practice had brought me the tools to be ok with myself, and to be ok even when I didn’t feel ok. It also taught me that the things that scare us, or that bring fear into our consciousness are there to teach us something, not for us to run away from, but to examine them closely, move forward, and take the lesson the Universe is putting in front of us.
I am now an RYT 200 Teacher, I am in the best shape of my life, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank my higher power for the fire that I had to go through to come out purified on the other side. I have been given a story, a gift that I use to share with those who are in need, and to help them out of the dark places in their lives. I will continue to use the platform that I have to share the message of hope and recovery. It’s never too late to make a change, NEVER! It doesn’t matter where you are TODAY, you can begin the process of living your best life right now.
I want to thank Tommy for giving me the opportunity to share just a little about my transformation. Seeing the passion that he has for helping others, and having a chance to work with him, and get to know him has inspired me greatly.
You don’t have to do it alone, so reach out, and allow others to help you along your path! I wish all of you much love and happiness!