From the 2009 MIPA workshop
“It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward,” says Mike Morelli, a nineteen year old success story. Mike has been put through the mill, he once weighed over 400 pounds and in high school he even had trouble fitting in the desks. Very recently though, Mike was involved in the television show “The Biggest Loser.” On the show his first weigh was at 388 pounds. Mike had some hard times at the ranch that the show is held on. He was very discouraged when he found out at the first weigh in after the first workout Mike discovered his weight loss was not enough. This fact prompted him to work harder at his goal of becoming a healthier person.
Now Mike weighs in at 181 pounds, which is about average for men. His journey was very difficult and he learned a lot about himself and human motivation. Mike says that his main encouragement was his father, Ron, during the whole experience. The training for the show lasted around nine months, in which time Mike says that his change in attitude towards life was more helpful than his actual change in appearance.
Now Mike’s story is an inspiration to others all over the country, and possibly the world. He currently does motivational speeches and is a personal trainer. He plans to attend MSU in the fall. Knowing that he made it through the show and he worked his hardest is a great feeling for him.