James' Journey: Growing Up As The Skinny Kid

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I started my journey to whole health and fitness in August of 2016. After seeing and hearing testimonies from people about Get Fit, I decided to join the season 15 Boot Camp. These are some thoughts about that journey.

I grew up as one of those typical skinny kids that could eat everything in sight and never gain a pound. I remember playing pop warner football as a kid and being super athletic (fast/strong/smart). All was good in these areas of my youth. It was in high school when things started to change for me. I stopped growing. I was all of about 115lbs with pimples and a bad attitude. I had started feeling self conscious about my body and it drove me to act out in other areas for attention and satisfaction (partying). That's another story though, for another day. Back then I was skinny and never really had to worry about what I ate, therefore I ate what ever I wanted, when I wanted throughout my teen years and on in to my adulthood. As a young adult I had worked out at the gym here and there and in most of my adulthood I was in the 150lb -165lb range. It wasn't until my mid 30's that I started to actually gain some weight (fat). I guess my metabolism had started to slow down. I was actually glad at first to see that I was getting a little more bulky. I had always been thin and wanted to be bigger. The problem was that the things I was putting in my body (food/etc.) were starting to catch up to me. I started to feel unhealthy, tired, and fatigued. This was the start of my realization that I wasn't that young guy who can hang anymore. I was hurting my body and health but still continued on. I needed a change.

Fast forward to 2016. By this time I had long surrendered my life to the Lord and have (by the power of Christ in me) changed nearly all of my bad lifestyle choices but still had/have some lingering. I'm still working on them though, and I thank God for the strength he gives me and the power to live for Him through the Holy Spirit. This by the way, is a whole health lifestyle change (mind body and spirit) and will be a life long battle and I know that, but I also know this, "For I am confident in this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NASB. I had been continuing to pray, and seeking to live a more healthy lifestyle for some time now and by mid 2016 I was getting more and more ready. I had heard of Get Fit and just kept hearing more through friends and others. Maybe this was part of God's answer to my prayer. So I finally talked with my wife and decided to jump in to season 15 Boot Camp.

The reasons for my fitness journey are numerous. The obvious one is that I want to be healthy and treat my body as it were intended to be treated. "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body" 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB. Other reasons are as follows, to be a better witness, a better man, a better husband, a better father, and a better friend. To be a good example for my family and to move them towards whole health as well. To be healthier, live longer (God willing), to be stronger, to feel younger, to look healthy, to be more focused and driven, and to just strive to be the best version of me that I can be. These sound like pretty good reasons for me.

Here we go!! I was ready to do it finally!! I was nervous of course, and had no idea of what exactly to expect. I mean someone telling me what to do, and what to eat, and how to do it, and how to eat it. Pretty scary for a guy like me who wants to do what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants right? This was obviously something I needed. I believe if we don't stretch, we won't grow. Sometimes the best thing for us is the thing we want the least. As I went through detox week I was feeling pretty different than I had before. Not in a bad way, but just different. Then the workouts came, and let me just say this. If you haven't worked out for a long time...be sure to stretch really good before your first day. Trust me, you will regret it if you don't (OUCH!!). The first few weeks were pretty brutal but it got easier and results were starting to show. The meal plans were very different for me but in a good way. They helped me see food in a different, and more creative way. I didn't like everything, but to my surprise, a lot of it I did. The more I ate clean, the better it tasted. You'd be surprised to hear what your body is saying if you just give it a chance to talk. Moving forward I did my best to be all in but did have a few mess ups (cheats). My coach (Matt) was encouraging and told me to forgive myself and keep moving ahead. He was right, and I did. Remember, we are not perfect, and we do mess up, but let us push forward and let the past be the past. Don't let what you did yesterday, define who you are today. Toward the middle of Boot Camp I was getting the hang of it pretty good and had a new found knowledge of food and fitness. I finished season 15 Boot Camp pretty well. I started at 205lbs (before detox week) and am now holding steady around 180lbs. I'm not exactly where I want to be yet but will continue to push forward to get fitter and more healthy. It's going to be a life time thing here. It's not super easy for me, but super worth it!!

I believe that Get Fit truly is an answer to my prayers. This place is owned and ran by some incredibly selfless and generous people who really know their stuff!! The atmosphere is super encouraging, energetic, dynamic, clean, and cutting edge. Nothing but A+'s from me. The staff and trainers are super knowledgeable and friendly as well as the get fitters who come everyday. It's a great gym to be a part of, and I'm glad to have joined. I'm looking forward to continuing this journey to Whole Health here at Get Fit. Thanks for listening and letting me share. It's my prayer that even just one thing I've shared would be of some help to you on your Fitness Journey. God bless!