Recovery occurs everyday and stories of recovery provide encouragement to those who may be in the midst of struggle. The following is an excerpt of a story from Medical News Today about a man whose life was transformed after the death of his fiancé, serious illness, and depression:
30 year old Marcus Dean has been named Fitness First New You Achiever of the Year 2008 in the prestigious awards for his amazing story and desire to help others.
In 2003 Marcus’ fiancé died leaving him to care for their three year old daughter. His grief led to a downward spiral involving drink, over eating, depression and the onset of two serious stomach problems.
He lost his job, his confidence, his self esteem and felt unable to look after his daughter.
But a visit to Fitness First set Marcus on the road to recovery and a new life as a successful boxer.
“I knew where Fitness First was because it was next to a takeaway I used to visit,” said Marcus who was an unfit 18 stone when he began his transformation in 2006. “I joined the Get Results programme, teamed up with personal trainer Dean Whamby and haven’t looked back.”
He said Fitness First had given him a new lease of life and within weeks of beginning his training Marcus had taken up boxing – winning his first fight and becoming the 2007 East Lancashire Champion.