Scott's Journey to Whole Health

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There is absolutely no way I can work out! I’m almost 46 years old and I was diagnosed 21 years ago with a herniated disc in my lower back. To top things off, the doctor also said that another one in my mid-back was getting ready to bulge. You want me to eat what? Clean? I love food and you want me to change how I eat?

These are thoughts and questions I had rolling around in my mind as I began this journey to whole body health. For years I’ve tried “diets” that I can now say probably did more harm than good. Yeah, I lost weight pretty quickly but gained it all back and then some due to zero exercise and lack of culinary discipline. I pretty much wanted the results of weight loss with little effort on my part. About three years ago, I had tremendous pain on my right side high in my rib cage. After getting things checked out at Kaiser, I was told that I have fatty tissue on my liver. This floored me, yet I continued to eat whatever I wanted with no exercise.

My name is Scott Butler, and I am the Pastor of Worship at Big Valley Grace Community Church for over 10 years now. My journey to whole body health began in October of 2015. I had just celebrated my 45 birthday and believe me…I ate everything in site :) I woke up the next morning feeling miserable. I stepped on my scale and it read 253 pounds. I’m 6’ 2” tall, so people would tell me “you’re hiding it well”. While I appreciate the kind thought, but that was far from the truth. I felt completely miserable with no energy. I told my wife that I needed a change, but I needed something that could be a lifestyle for me. I also shared that I wanted to incorporate working out but wasn’t sure when I would begin that process.

So, the day after my birthday, I began eating clean. I had sought the advice from some friends on what to do but I want to make clear that this was not the full menu that you would normally see in a GetFit boot camp. What I was doing was close and it was making a difference. I continued this through December.

I was also making plans to sign up for LionFit which is a six week boot camp that is run through GetFit. Some friends of mine decided that this is what they would get me for Christmas so I was well on my way.

By the time boot camp rolled around January 9, 2016, I had already lost about 20 pounds from eating “mostly” clean. I’ll never forget my first workout at GetFit. I was incredibly nervous and didn’t know how my body would respond. Remember, it had been over 25 years since I had any type of exercise. Being completely transparent here…I wanted to throw up after that first workout and I even had to lay down for a bit. I kind of figured something like this would happen. The boot camp coach that was assigned to me, Mike Maze was an incredible encouragement to me and told me to keep at it and that it would get better. Of course, I couldn’t see past the pain but I continued to press on. Over the six week boot camp, I worked out 5 times a week.

This boot camp also included eating a clean meal plan and I stuck to that meal plan faithfully everyday for that six week period. My final results came in and as it turns out, I had lost almost 9% body mass. I had also lost 28 pounds which now brought my total weight from 253 to 205. I felt incredible and energetic and could tell my body was changing for the better.

The workouts were very driven and trained by people who know their craft and lead well. I have always felt a sense of community at GetFit. It also helped that modifications were offered when my lower back injury kept me from doing certain exercises. Speaking of my lower back, I have felt it getting stronger due to focused core exercises. I can’t say enough about the staff at GetFit and their efforts to help you succeed. When I celebrate a victory, it’s also a victory for them! Since the end of LionFit on February 19, I have kept working out and also eating clean. I just recently finished a four week boot camp called, “The Change Up”. I began this boot camp at 205 and finished at 196 pounds for a total of 57 pounds lost since I began this journey to whole body health.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

I have strived for a long time now to glorify God in all that I do. I was failing miserably when it came to taking care of myself physically. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and this is something God has entrusted to me. I am not my own because I was bought with a price and that was the sacrifice of Jesus. Because of this, I want to bring God glory by taking care of myself physically and in doing so, I can be more and do more for His glory.

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