"Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying."
"It's something Andy Dufresne says to Red in a memorable scene in the movie The Shawshank Redemption. I have always loved that quote, but not until Mike's Reboot Camp did I really embrace its true meaning. For the first time in a long time, Mike had me feeling like I was living. While most of my vacations in the past had proved to be a nice temporary escape from reality, this unique journey helped me define a new reality, cherishing and appreciating what really matters. What started as a much needed getaway, quickly evolved into an adventure of self-discovery, self-confidence, self-awareness and self-awakening. During the trip I was in constant awe of my surreal surroundings—the jawdropping sunsets, the picturesque beaches, the clear water, but truthfully I was more in awe of Mike and his unwavering commitment to me. Mike made it his personal mission to remind me about valuing the quality of my life, to re-connecting with the things that matter, to finding my way to a healthier path. His knowledge and insight were equally as impressive as the sunsets. Most of all, he believed in me, and in turn I believed in me. Joining the Reboot Camp "was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am truly grateful for the experience, for Mike's dedication, and for the much needed perspective and energy it afforded me."
Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying.
Reboot Camp’s location makes all of the difference. Workouts and diet are part of the plan, but when workouts are on the beach and the diet consists of fish caught that day and fruits and vegetables picked within miles of Tamarindo, you don’t realize that the fun you’re having is actually good for you. It’s an immersive experience, where a group of strangers becomes close friends within a a day, where your body changes more than you thought possible faster than you thought possible, and where you leave the world behind for a while and focus just on yourself. It’s the most effective single program I’ve ever participated in, and I achieved results I didn’t think possible. Kristie and Mike have created a truly unique program that I can’t recommend highly enough. I’ll be back.
Mike, Had I known how extraordinary the Reboot experience would be, I wouldn't have waited so long to do it. Kudos and a thousand thanks, to you and Kristy for providing us with the opportunity and for making the experience unforgettable. You both created a fantastic mood during the entire trip. You empowered us all to work hard and eat well, while enabling us to appreciate our surroundings. I am sure it was harder than you made it look. Although I have always been a fan of CKO, it was great to get to know you and our community of Rebooters on a more personal level. Best vacation ever! And please give a shout out to Pedro and crew for sharing their anecdotes and pearls of wisdom. (I now know how versatile a machete can be, and I can't count the number of jungle survival strategies that I now possess.) Big thanks to Kristy for tirelessly working to capture the experience, and for braving the sand, surf and flames as a testament to the phenomenal times we shared. Her efforts did not go unnoticed! Seeing is believing, but having experienced it first hand, I can't help but feel a tinge of sorrow for those who haven't done it... Entonces... But I am damn glad that I did it! Unforgettable and AWESOME! When the Monkey Wars come, I'll be ready
Costa Rica ReBoot Experience
As I arrived at the airport and pulled my luggage to the counter – I was filled with anticipation and excitement. This was not my first re-boot camp with Mike Andreula in Costa Rica– but my second – and one that meant more to me and already had a different and special meaning. I literally threw my suitcase on the scale and looked and waited to see the weight of the suitcase. I winced, for two reasons; one, because I felt as though I had pulled a muscle lifting the suitcase onto the machine and two, because I hoped I hadn’t exceeded the 50 lbs limit. I hadn’t – the scale read 34 lbs. One talks about those ever so rare moments – life changing, life altering, moments of realization, and this was one for me.
Rewind two months. On December 9th, 2012, after a trip to Turks and Caicos, I returned to Jersey City and got on the scale. It read 200 lbs. The emotion I felt at that point was sheer disappointment. I had gone through a weight gain two years prior and hit 190 lbs. I worked out two times a day and essentially starved myself to lose 30 lbs and was successful. Three months later, just in time for the summer and after a trip to Costa Rica I hit 160 lbs.
How did I get there again?
I have always been driven. Driven to succeed in work, driven to succeed in sports, driven to be a team player; always wanting to be a success, wanting my teams to be successful, always taking the next step to be pro-active and reach the next goal before it was placed in front of me. How could it be that I couldn’t see myself – and where I had gone? Putting myself last, and putting a lot of other things first, had been easy for me. Much easier to solve everyone else’s problem’s, business issues, and other non-consequential things, than to really look where much of the issue really was.
As I stood on that scale, I was resolute. I would try again. Over the course of the past year, I went through many life changes: a job change, relationship changes and the worst in my mind – hitting 40. My first thought was that I needed to change – and I needed someone to support me in that change. I knew who that person was – I had believed in him before and I wanted to believe in him again. What I realize today was that believing in an inspirational and motivational person meant learning how to believe in myself.
The Body Transformation Experiment. I didn’t really understand at that point what it meant but what I learned was a completely different path of weight loss than I had ever experienced before. Looking back on the first few months, it was more of an education and mental battle than of physical weight loss. I committed to the process on December 9th, 2012 and told myself that if I could sustain the program and achieve a goal, that I would reward myself with the ReBoot camp in Costa Rica in mid-February. Learning how to eat in a completely different way, learning how to avoid the paths which I had taken before and trusting in someone else’s method was extremely difficult.
I have always admired Mike. His classes at the gym are the most rewarding to me – and most obviously to a huge number of members since his classes are always packed. He packs the same amount of intensity and personalization into a class full of seventy participants as he does during a one on one training session. This is harder than it seems and his personal attributes are what make him so inspirational. When I think about potential societal barriers: age, weight, gender etc. – Mike breaks all of these down. They simply don’t exist. You exist as you.
Going to the gym has never been a problem for me. I get up early, I go because I know I have to go. But the gym is a place of individuals and individual goals. It’s not necessarily about a team goal and it’s not necessarily a team supported environment. Which isn’t a bad thing – it’s just the nature of the classes/environment. You work out to work out – and you have to motivate yourself. Whether that comes from your trainer, the person standing next to you, or yourself, it’s a personal experience. The ReBoot camps always were intriguing to me. It seemed as if they would lend themselves to a ‘team’ experience. Having been an active sports enthusiast in high school and college being a competitive rower, this appealed to me.
I very much enjoyed my first ReBoot camp – but I was in a different mental/emotional place at that point in time. I was losing weight in all the wrong ways and it wasn’t something that I shared or spoke about with anyone. It was just happening. I did enjoy the friendships and experience – but because I was so focused on myself and was not sharing my personal journey it became one that was only self-actualized.
From December to February
What ReBoot Camp gave me was getting to know myself as unstoppable- physically, mentally, emotionally. In trainings and environments that took me out of my known world, I learned to trust myself and experience life as adventure. Mike is masterful at creating an experience that is simultaneously challenging and fun. Where all participants can feel more powerful, more open and happier. I discovered a willingness to go beyond my limits and now take that into my whole life.
I have never been this "Chill" in my life!