I was making up excuses not to go with my friends.
It was a time of upheaval in my life: a painful separation, along with two chest surgeries that turned out badly and were slow to heal over the course of two years.
I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had become severly overweight and that my surgeries would prevent me from doing any kind of physical exercise for a long time. On a 10-point scale, my fitness level was at 0. My mental state was also affected and I suffered from depression and dark thoughts… I’m a motocross enthusiast, and I had lost all my physical abilities because of my extra weight and lack of fitness. Because of my condition, I couldn’t enjoy the extreme sport I loved so much, so I started making up excuses not to ride with my friends anymore. I couldn’t keep up with them anyways, and I was often slowing them down. The same thing was happening in my daily life. Everything that required an effort from my part seemed like a chore. Even mowing the lawn or cleaning the pool.
And then, one morning I wanted things to change. I wanted to be happy once again and ride my motocross, so I started exercising and I quit smoking. Today, I have lost more than 20 pounds and gained a lot of muscle. Now, I even compete with pros on expert trails! I easily run 3-4 km every day, and I signed up for a 5 km obstacle course. My personal record is 8 km, and I want to do even better than that.
Mowing the lawn is now a joke to me. I’m not ashamed to go shirtless in front of my friends anymore. But most importantly, the surgeries that were so slow to heal immediately started getting better. I am once again happy and smiling and I feel good about myself. My confidence is back to 100%, and I now have a great girlfriend who is a sports enthusiast. I now engage in activities I never thought I would do, let alone enjoy! I also changed my eating habits. I am happy to be alive. I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me and helped me become fit and healthy once again, especially my incredible coach, Maude.
Alexandre Renaud, is part of the community ”Enformidables” which gathers people who have left their sedentarity lifestyle and inspire us with their great story that motivates us to become an ”Enformidable” too.
Age: 29 years old
Occupation: Sales representative
Trainer: Maude Bezeau