• Patrick Wyllie

How Getting in Shape Helped Me Become a Better Business Owner, Father, and Husband

Updated: Mar 29

(Not Necessarily in That Order)

#sobriety #triathlon #running #family

Towards the end of 2018 I hated myself. I mean, I worked for myself and had a beautiful family but despite this, I felt like complete trash. I was depressed, lethargic, had high blood pressure, and was out of shape for the first time in my life. What’s more is that I was extremely self-conscious of the extra 20 lbs I gained over the years.

Being the owner of a DJ business for so long it was always hard to stay away from fried food and... alcohol. Restaurant food, beer, and Jameson went from a once a week treat to a nightly habit. Couple that with poor sleep and lack of exercise and you had a recipe for low energy and a miserable personality. Not to mention my wife was not a fan of the drinking and the person I was becoming. I wasn’t too fond of me either.

I was tired of being depressed and not being the best version of myself for me and my family. I needed to change, and the change HAD to be drastic.

That’s when I made a promise to myself. At 30 years old, I was going to quit drinking, start eating right, and reclaim the fitness of my youth.

Soon after I made that promise, I started doing CrossFit. Say what you will about CrossFit, but that community provided me with a welcoming and encouraging environment to improve my life. Shoutout to #StoningtonAthletics. I was hooked immediately and worked out 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I was like a sponge, soaking in everything I could learn about functional fitness and even earned a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate.

My wife and I started noticing major changes. Besides the physical changes (which were significant) my mind was clear. I could think better, strategize more easily, and I had SO much energy! I lost 20 lbs of fat and loved the new person I was becoming. I could run around with my kids, and they would get tired out way before I would.

I built a gym in my garage and led family workouts. No, I’m not a drill sergeant, my kids genuinely loved to workout with me (and still do). This isn’t the end of the story, however. Now that I was healthier and instilling healthy values in my family, I wanted to show them that they are capable of amazing things.

So, I decided to do something I hated. I started running. I’ve always hated running because it reminds me of the days when I had to suck weight in high school wrestling. But I wanted to push myself and got comfortable with being uncomfortable. It was important for my continued mental sanity, and I thought it was a great way to show my family that they can push outside their own comfort zones to achieve things they never thought possible.

That’s when I started racing. Spartan races, HYROX, road races, trail runs – any endurance race I could get my hands on I signed up for. Eventually, these races brought me to #triathlon. I completed my first 70.3 race last May and am currently training for #IronmanLakePlacid in 2022. The sport of triathlon forces you to be the master of your schedule to attain a balance.

It has made me deliberate in my scheduling and selective of what I do and who I spend my time with. I schedule every area of my life now. Training 20 hours a week makes you do that. But you know what? I have more quality time spent with my family, more productive working hours, and I am the fittest I have ever been.

Triathlon and getting in shape have made me a more efficient and successful business owner and a more attentive and present family man. I’m not saying you need to abstain from alcohol and join CrossFit to be healthy and successful. This is just what worked for me, and I wouldn’t trade the life I have now for anything in this world.

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