My guest blogger today is mental health campaigner Jordan Langley. Jordan uses his experience as a personal trainer to help people fight mental health issues. This is his story.
by Jordan Langley
Back before I started my personal fitness journey, I used to really struggle with my own health battles; I had just being diagnosed with irritable bowel disease (IBD).
As a result of that, I felt weak! I was rapidly losing weight as I couldn’t eat anything with making repeated trips to the toilet. It got so bad that I didn’t even have the energy to get out of bed and I was rushed to hospital, where I spent the next five days.
Fast forward five years and I’m now four major operations on my core down and my colon removed with an ostomy bag fitted (feel free to ask what one is).
When health issues exist in your life, it pours over and takes control of other areas of your life as well, it’s like an overdose of negativity that can destroy your life.
It got to a point where I literally wasn't me anymore, I didn’t feel like myself and I had to do something about it. Not only was I fighting this illness I was going through my own mental health battle, thinking what the point in being here anymore is and came close to doing something stupid.
As I fell deeper into depression and wondering why me, my wife at the time decided to be unfaithful instead of supporting me which lead to me going through a divorce, which pushed me lower the low, now I had to deal with the possibility of being forever alone and this sent me to absolute rock bottom.
This went on for a good 12 months in which I became a house hermit, did nothing but cry and question why bother, but that’s when I reignited my love for sport so I started to work out for 15-30 mins for a few weeks to build strength and make a conscious note of what I was eating, as I was still learning what my triggers were.
The results I got at first were relatively slow as my focus was just on getting started and making it habit, rather than focusing on the quality of the routine.
But once I took it seriously, I started cardio training, as After all the time spent in bed after the ops it’s the one thing I needed back, as well as gaining core strength again and once I figured out my trigger foods then I implemented my own diet plan to help keep me energized. EVERYTHING changed, dramatically.
Once I saw my previous figure re appear and I felt physically stronger like I can lift the whole world again. My strength came back almost instantly and for my mindset this was more than a confidence boost this was confirmation it was my time to shine, no matter the battles I face.
To even think about what I was like before scares the hell out of me, which is why it's my mission to not let anyone else go down the same road, it’s one of the reasons I became a coach in the first place.
If my story sounds familiar to yours and you want to change it just like we did, I can help you. So if you are ready to make a difference to your world and lose weight/tone up no matter what battles you will face then please get in touch with me through Twitter, or my Personal Trainer Facebook page.
Let's see if I can help you like I helped myself reclaim my life back and become a better stronger version of myself.
My biggest love now comes from the inspiration I get of others and knowing I inspire them, I am using my experience as a personal trainer to help combat mental health issues! As it has saved me and set me on the right path so now I’m guiding others through my story.
If you wish to join my support network to help others or gain support yourself then contact me on Facebook or Twitter. Remember...your mind matters.