For­mer quar­ter­back Scott Mitchell’s ‘Alive Again” gives en­cour­age­ment for life

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

We are cu­ri­ous about our Utah County na­tional celebri­ties. When Scott Mitchell com­peted on “The Big­gest Loser,” we were fas­ci­nated as we watched his strug­gle and trans­for­ma­tion. The for­mer Springville High School and Univer­sity of Utah quar­ter­back from Springville was a record-set­ting NFL quar­ter­back and re­cently a pop­u­lar SHS coach for four sea­sons. We were all root­ing for the Maple­ton res­i­dent!

Af­ter his re­al­ity TV ap­pear­ance, Mitchell was en­cour­aged to write his bi­og­ra­phy to en­cour­age oth­ers to not just lose weight and get healthy, but more im­por­tantly to move be­yond the dis­ap­point­ments of the past and find hap­pi­ness.

“I am so grate­ful for ev­ery­one who has helped through this jour­ney,” wrote Mitchell. “I hope to help oth­ers along this same path. The sky is the limit!”

Read­ers will sym­pa­thize with him as he de­scribes teen years filled with fi­nan­cial dis­tress and fam­ily dis­cord. The hand­some high school star ath­lete had a mis­er­able home life.

Mitchell de­scribes his pro­fes­sional football ca­reer and the rush of be­ing on the play­ing field. He re­veals his de­spair when that ca­reer ended af­ter 12 years in the NFL. “I just sat down on the ground and started to cry.” He mourned los­ing the “rush” and ex­cite­ment of per­form­ing in front of 70,000 peo­ple in sta­di­ums and on TV.

Many years later, he was again per­form­ing in front of a huge TV au­di­ence as a con­tes­tant on “The Big­gest Loser.” At age 46, he now weighed 366 pounds and was ter­ri­fied of end­ing up like his fa­ther who had re­cently died due to obe­sity-re­lated health prob­lems. He talks frankly about the changes he un­der­went as a re­sult of that con­test.

The book is filled with sto­ries and mem­o­ries Mitchell hopes will give hope to ev­ery­one fac­ing chal­lenges. He uses the anal­ogy of a cater­pil­lar emerg­ing from a co­coon to be­come a but­ter­fly to de­scribe his trans­for­ma­tion.

His ad­vice in­cludes these words: “I’ve suc­ceeded as an ath­lete and failed in weight loss. The beau­ti­ful thing I’ve found is that you can learn how to per­form in are­nas where you strug­gle and feel like it’s im­pos­si­ble to suc­ceed. You’ve got to learn to love your­self.”

“Alive Again” is pub­lished by Spring Creek Book Com­pany, a lo­cal com­pany. The book is avail­able at www.ama­zon. com for $16.95.

*** The tree of lib­erty must be re­freshed from time to time with the blood of pa­tri­ots and tyrants. - Thomas Jef­fer­son

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