Bryant Mettler, 46, reversed a drinking problem, dropped more than 40 pounds and changed his life. Here Mettler, who is now sober, tells his incredible story of transformation.
I used to play soccer and basketball in high school, but I gave up organized sports in college after my today's wife and I had a daughter at the age of 18. I studied college, worked part-time for my wife and my baby, and learned diligently how to become a new husband. There were many sleepless nights, but diapers were changed instead of drum stands.
My weight started to rise after I accepted a managerial position in Michigan. It did not fit well. I prepared reports all weekend and called my colleagues on vacation. I started drinking two to four beers a day and did not burn the extra calories. The longest walks I took were trips to the bathroom, down the hall.
When I am in mine I was a young dad – I was a father of five and I loved my kids – but for some reason I felt pessimistic about my future It felt like a thirties Maybe it was the minivan I drove, but I felt emotionally drained.
By 2012, my wife and I had moved to Centralia, Washington, where she had accepted a job as a child pastor in a local church I drank two bottles of wine a day or a pint of hard liquor, drank too fast I kept bottles with bottles in the basement and stuck where no one would find them constantly ked. I was too full of alcohol, to have dinner, but I had to put something in my stomach, so instead I munched on potato chips.
The drinking lasted for years. I am not sure how I did not die. I know that I almost ruined my marriage. My wife and I have been thinking about divorce. Our relationship felt so far away. Then, in January 2017, my pastor asked me to be part of a discipleship group. He asked us to choose a word that he thought God had for us this year, and the word that came to me was "investing." It was a complete change of mindset. From then on, I considered every decision I made – every meal I ate, every conversation I had, every workout I made – as an opportunity to build a healthier, better self.
I started drinking vegetable juice at breakfast, and then gradually started adding fried vegetables for lunch and dinner. I eat everything: peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, onions. I founded a gym in my basement with 15- to 20-pound dumbbells, an incline bench and a chin-up bar. Now I train 45 to 60 minutes daily. And I share my journey with others on Instagram.
What is my marriage, you ask? Incredible. My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary (19459035) and we are stronger than ever. I cook for her almost every day, and she recently asked me if I could do her a workout. Well, I am a much better person, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and mentally.