Thursday, 23 September 2021

F Faith and Fitness

More than Physical

Going to the gym to exercise is so much more than physical. Although most people go  to the gym to lose weight, become stronger, and work to Improve certain health issues or prevent certain health issues, more often than not exercise helps us mentally and emotionally! The fact that my gym, and my job, is also my ministry,  two worlds of mine and a very special client collide and God works in big ways! My client, Belinda Pickett, shares her testimony about her reasons for joining the gym... based on her need to improve mentally and emotionally. Here is her story in her words…

More than Physical“Words are powerful! Imagine a life full of positive affirmations… “You are beautiful, you’re smart, you can do anything you want to do!” How about dinner at 6 pm every day  with all the family talking about their day, stories before bed, a pat on the head from a parent or grandparent saying “good job!” If you can see that, chances are you had it!  I imagine a life like that laid tools at your feet that made you feel you could do your best and go far.

Now imagine a life with negative words as your tools… “Shut up, stop, you’re stupid, why can’t you listen, liar, worthless, you’ll never be anything, I feel sorry for you, why do you cry all the time?” Those are the tools some of us are all too familiar with. Those were the core of my foundation. Growing up was hard. I’m not saying there weren’t any happy memories, I’m saying they were few and far between. I always thought I was a strong person because I knew when to say when! I knew right from wrong and I worked hard for everything I’ve ever had! Was it strength or self-preservation? My foundation began to crumble. A chunk here and a crack there eventually led to a balancing act of how I function daily. Depression, self-doubt, criticism, feeling unattractive, unworthy, unlovable, not smart  became harder and harder to get up and do anything. At the point of exhaustion I decided I needed to change. I knew it would not be a simple task but I was willing to fight, cuss, and stomp my feet if that’s what it took!

In November 2018 I  went for a run. This is something  I did as a teenager to escape. It hurt so bad physically but I did it again and again until I was running over a mile every other day. Somehow it wasn’t enough. I still felt myself listening to myself and all the negative things I grew to believe. I was trolling Facebook,  as we all do and saw something about fitness and I thought “I’m going to find a trainer!”  So I asked the question on Facebook...”who knows a good trainer in Covington?” I had a few replies and Kellye Personal Fitness is the one that captured my attention. So without hesitation I messaged Kellye.

As the story goes I met with her, signed up, and began my journey to do what I believe today is one of the best...if not THE BEST....decision I have ever made. I told myself…”You can do this!”  And for a brief moment I believed it. I’ll never forget the fear in me when I showed up for my first class. Kellye said “hi “and gave me a hug. I told her I was scared she said “you got this”! That night I slept for the first time in a long time! If you take her courses you know exactly what I mean! I returned the next day and the next day and the next day, but I was still afraid! I was afraid I wasn’t doing the exercises right. I was afraid I wouldn’t be as strong as the other people in the class. I was afraid I was too old and it would take too long to get into shape. I was afraid of failing! Today I’m not afraid! Today I believe that I am on my way to greater things! 

Things started to change. I started hearing words like “you’re strong, determination, you’re worth it, don’t give up, it’s never too late, believe in yourself!“ Now I do believe! I looked in the mirror the other day and noticed how green my eyes were. I knew they were green but I can’t remember the last time I looked at myself in the mirror.

Please believe words are so powerful but so is the heart! Only I can make the decision to do something different with my life. But I don’t have to do it alone! That’s what I’ve learned. That’s what I believe. One person believed in me until I could learn to believe in myself! Today is beautiful! I am beautiful! You are beautiful! Thank you Kellye! You are truly a blessing. Her gym is a feel-good work hard place! You get nothing for free. She holds you accountable. You see, it started with a decision! And because she didn’t allow me to doubt myself and now know  I am strong, and I am worthy! I wake up every day with positive thoughts and the courage to do whatever I can to be a better me! Never doubt a Heaven on earth! For me, it’s in a small unassuming building filled with determination, sweat, and faith on Newton Drive owned by an angel named Kellye! She saved me when I couldn’t save myself. And for that… I am thankful!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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