No one’s ever too old to pursue a long-lost dream, you just have to find the right motivation. A divorced, overweight and unemployed guy had the most heart-breaking push.
Keith Rocheville is a 40-year-old man who recently had the lowest season of his life. The father of two was unemployed, overweight, struggling with his finances and had a failed marriage.
What took the internet by storm was Keith’s story of transformation. According to the native of St. Louis, Missouri, his divorce pushed him to shift to a healthy diet and train MMA.
Before so, Keith was on the verge of losing everything he has; his wife, his savings, two loving kids and a career. He also suffered a separated shoulder, two broken ribs, and a broken clavicle after friends of a new girlfriend beat him up for allegedly discovering past text messages.
Keith had the choice of either plummeting to the bottom of the barrel or waging war against defeat. Great thing the “Irish Lion” chose to put his game face on and started training to become an MMA fighter.
Pursuing this long-lost dream saved him from his own emotional downfall, that is, depression.
“Depressed in the Worst Ways”
During an interview with Daily Mail Online, Keith narrated the nightmare he once had:
“Trying to save the marriage and family I had, I used what little I made to pay our bills. We owned a really reasonably nice home, the only I had ever owned. Our marriage just couldn’t be saved, and I eventually fell so far behind in support the state charged me with a felony.”
“I was depressed, in the worst ways.”
“I had been trying to call my kids and begging to speak to them. My attempts were fervent over the first year, but each time I tried and was [unable to speak to them] it ripped the wound open and I would fall apart more. I began to try less and less often.”
Saved by The Sport
Apparently, Keith went back to Missouri from living with his parents in California. This was when the 220-pound divorced man decided to recover by training to become a mixed martial artist at 38.
“That’s when I started to train. I ran in the mornings and I ran at night. I would do push-ups and just body weight exercises at home twice a day, at least once at worst.”
“I had always admired MMA but I never thought I’d get to do it. The transformation for me has been surreal, I kinda feel like someone else.”
Watch one of his fights under STL Sports Productions below:
Keith made his debut fight at 147-pound featherweight after successfully losing 73 pounds. Saying goes, when life gives you lemons, train MMA.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Keith Rocheville