The Dreaded Mid-Life Crisis

Robyn Rajkovich (51-year-old administrator)

I came upon Jerzy and Aniela by fate. One day I was in the nail salon, hearing about these incredible trainers who transform lives. She told me they were celebrities trainers. They worked with one of the most famous actress that just moved into the area. I thought that odd as I had just walked past her at a children's play at the downtown theatre where I looked up, she looked up, we said "hi" and then I thought "was that who I think it was?" Nah, this is Mountain View, not Hollywood.

The next thing I knew, I was on the phone talking to Jerzy, the man behind The Happy Body program. I tried to hold off meeting with him because I had a hunch he wouldn't be happy with my current physical state - I politely said, "Thank you. I will think about it and call you." I was surprised when he replied, "No, you will come see me tomorrow at 3:00 pm."

Tomorrow? Okay, I thought, what do I have to lose? I had recently seen the break-up of my 24-year marriage and a bout with ovarian cancer, resulting in a hysterectomy. I had been diagnosed with painful fibromyalgia years earlier and dealt with that through NSAIDs. I had difficulty sleeping, which exacerbated my symptoms. I had long been the endless giver - one who took care of everyone around me and never made time for myself. I had a high-stress job, two daughters, and everything seemed out of balance.

I was in a rut. I was emotionally and physically exhausted.

The next day, I showed up for the meeting and - I have to be honest here - was immediately intimidated. Jerzy is not a large man in physical terms, but he has a very large presence. However, it didn't take long to realize he's probably one of the warmest and kindest men I had ever met. He's also frank and to the point. I was definitely not prepared when he said, "Here, go with Aniela. She will give you one of her bathing suits to change into so I can get some pictures of you."

Needless to say, I just about fell on the floor. Here was Aniela, the female version of Jerzy. With her perfect body, how was I going to get into her bathing suit? And then, how was I supposed to come out and have my pictures taken by this Polish stranger?

I got into the swimsuit, but honestly think I stayed in the bathroom for an extra twenty minutes trying to decide if I should open the door or climb out the window and drive away. I finally decided that driving away was probably futile because I was sure he would hunt me down, so I took a deep breath and opened the door.

Right then and there, I began to leave my old self behind.

Over the following weeks I was taught exercise, controlled eating, meditation, and stretching and how to incorporate them into my chaotic daily life. As I did, everything seemed to change - some seemingly overnight. I felt better about myself, physically and emotionally. I made sure to make time for me and to gain control over those things that bring me stress.

The Happy Body program transformed my life in every conceivable way. Now, four years later, I find myself full of energy; I'm healthier and happier than I've ever been before. I ended up marrying the man of my dreams who brought to my life the bonus package of five amazing, beautiful children. Life couldn't have worked out more perfectly and I can't thank Jerzy and Aniela enough for helping to turn my life around.

I wholeheartedly recommend The Happy Body program to others like me. It's time to change your priorities and make The Happy Body program part of your life, just as I did mine. It definitely made me a healthier person physically, emotionally, and spiritually in ways I never could have imagined.

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