“Jared from Subway has nothing on my son,” Tina Wagner proudly stated.
“Just this morning Mikyl (Tina’s son) stepped on the scale to see that he had reached his goal- he had lost 50 pounds!” Tina and Mikyl spent the rest of the morning crying tears of joy over his amazing accomplishment- an accomplishment that truly changed a child’s life for the better.
After crying/celebrating for hours, Mikyl’s next realization was, “I can help other kids like me!” Not many 10-year-olds think like that.
Since he was born Mikyl has always been extremely unique. At 4- weeks-old Mikyl was already on the ‘big growth chart’ and his height, weight and even his head size were at least 110% larger than the average 4-week-old child.
Many people’s weight issues can be attributed to unhealthy eating, and in Mikyl’s case at a certain point that did play a role, but it was clear that he was legitimately born significantly larger than your average child. He also continued to gain weight at a faster pace than other children- by the age of 6 he was gaining nearly 20 pounds a year.
Doctor’s began taking his blood regularly, asking about his health, sleeping and eating habits. After all the tests came back ‘normal’ they even checked to see if his thyroid was not functioning properly- there were no issues with his thyroid. The family began keeping a food journal to see what was causing the weight gain. After looking over the results, the doctors concluded that Mikyl needed to eat healthier when he spent time with his dad (his parents are divorced) or the consequences could potentially be life threatening.
Tina didn’t want to ever tell her son that he HAD to lose weight, but it got to the point where action needed to be taken or his health would suffer the consequences. Mikyl was enrolled in karate classes, started going to the gym and even started using some meal replacement shakes. No weight change.
Tina then tried a gluten-free diet, taking all the dairy out of his diet, pretty much anything she could think of that would help her son lose weight without ever having him feel like his weight loss goals were taking over his life. Nothing worked.
At this time Mikyl wanted to play football, the only problem was that because of his weight he would have to play in the weight division that was comprised of high school aged kids. Because of the safety issues, there was no way Tina could allow her 10-year-old son to play football with kids 5-6 years older than him. At this point, Tina told Mikyl that if he wanted to play football he had to lose 10 pounds so he could play with children closer to his own age. The problem was she didn’t know how he would be able to lose the weight. This is when Project 10 and ViSalus stepped in.
Tina heard about The Challenge through a friend, spoke with her doctor and considering they had exhausted all other options, figured it was worth a try. Mikyl wanted to attempt to lose 50 pounds on his first Challenge, but Tina and the doctors felt that was unhealthy for a child so they came to a compromise of shooting for 20 pounds. Since Mikyl was SO set on losing 50 pounds they decided to try and do it over three Challenges so it could be done in the healthiest way possible. To incentivize him, if he completed his goals he would get to go to Knott’s Berry Farm after the first Challenge, get a skateboard for the second Challenge and Beats by Dre for the third- all ‘prizes’ selected by Mikyl.
Tina didn’t want Mikyl living a life that revolved around trying to lose weight so their plan was to have him drink two Vi-Shakes a day (with one scoop of Vi-Shape mix in each), one healthy snack and one healthy meal on weekdays. On the weekends he would have 1 Vi-Shake and two healthy meals- no trainer, no crazy workout routines, no absurd meal plans, “Just plain and simple ViSalus,” as Tina put it.
It was far from easy, but by sticking with the aforementioned ‘game plan’ Mikyl was able to lose 20 pounds on his first Challenge. After celebrating at Knott’s Berry Farm, Mikyl took two weeks off and then started his second Challenge where he drank one Vi-Shake a day. Sure enough, after 90 days, Mikyl was down another 15 pounds. Mikyl was so excited he immediately started his third Challenge using the same plan- again he lost an additional 15 pounds. Over the course of three Challenges, an obese little boy who ‘couldn’t lose weight’ had lost 50 pounds by just drinking one or two Vi-Shakes a day.
Not only did his weight drastically improve, almost every part of his life has benefited from joining The Challenge.
Tina explained, “Not only did he lose weight, but Mikyl is the healthiest he has ever been. He used to be sickly and miss school often. He has now been recognized twice this year already for perfect attendance. He went from being an average student to a straight ‘A’ student. His behavior is even better! My mom keeps asking, ‘where did this come from?’ He astonishes everyone.”
His family is amazed at the energy he now has and they truly couldn’t be happier for him. Mikyl has also used his transformation to inspire others, “When he sees people on Facebook starting to try and lose weight he comments ‘you can do it and if you ever think you can’t, please contact me.’ He is stronger than I have ever imagined,” Tina proudly explained.
To put it simply, Tina explained that this story is about a child who was determined to change his life and a great product that helped him achieve his goals. Tina added, “Project 10 is a great idea and Mikyl is the proof.”
After years of battling with obesity, Mikyl Khraishi can proudly say he ‘lost it’ and then some. Inspiring stories such as these are what make being a part of the ViSalus community so rewarding.
We are so proud of you Mikyl; you are an inspiration to all! Don’t forget to congratulate Mikyl in the comment box below- a boy that is this determined and this strong deserves all the praise and support he can get.
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