Monday, 17 January 2022

F Faith and Fitness

Crystal's Story

Everyone has their own personal struggles that they deal with that may prevent them from living their best life and moving forward to pursue their best life. We all have room for improvement and should always pursue to be healthy on the inside and out! My client/friend, Crystal Miller, came to the point in her life where she realized she needed to make a lifestyle change in order to live out her best life. She knew that it was detrimental to her health and happiness and made the brave decision to move forward in pursuing this change. The following is her story in her words! Let her story be an inspiration and motivation for you to make the decision to pursue the changes necessary to provide you with your best life!

Growing up in the southern fried state of Georgia, terrible habits and food choices were prevalent growing up.  I have always been a “big girl” from day one.  While being very active as a young child and a teenager playing softball, and skating every weekend with friends my weight was above average but I had an active lifestyle.  It was not until I became an adult that the lack of activity and the terrible food selection that caused my weight to climb higher and higher every year.  Even with my previous efforts to lose weight with any gimmick weight loss trend out on the market.  The cabbage diet, the grapefruit diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, and Keto.  Name it, I did it, and after a few successful weeks and pounds lost, I would veer off course and balloon right back up.  Then tragedy struck as I lost my father in 2018 from complications with COPD at the age of 61.  Additionally, my mother was diagnosed with progressive stage IV cancer in her bones with no cure.  My mother is also 61.  It was in this moment, faced with similar fates as my parents that I looked at my husband and said “enough is enough”.  My doctor had begged me for three years to consider weight loss surgery.  Due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis I had developed pre-diabetes and infertility issues.  I Crystal 1was on four different blood pressure medications and my blood pressure was still not managed.  I was on metformin for the elevated blood sugar.  I had tipped the scale at 420 pounds, I knew it was time to take back my life.

I have several friends that had success with weight loss surgery so I took the leap of faith to inquire on it.  I met with the top surgeon in Atlanta with Atlanta Bariatrics and got the wheels in motion.  I reached out to Kellye with Kellye’s Personal Fitness in Covington, GA with interest in starting workout classes after surgery and she urged me to start prior to surgery.  I knew this journey would take a lot of sacrifice and dedication so I decided to join the KPF family prior to surgery to get my body moving in the right direction.  I joined the KPF in late March of 2019 and my surgery was scheduled for May 10th, 2019.  Prior to surgery I abstained from alcohol consumption with friends, had to adhere to a strict liquid diet 3 weeks prior to surgery and I continued working out.  I am a very social able person with a lot of friends and it began to weigh heavy on my heart that I was missing out on a lot of life due to my decision to have surgery.  I knew this would be a part of the process but I had to finally put myself first above friends and family and begin this journey to save my life.  

The time had come, May 10th, my surgery day!  Prior to surgery I lost 28 pounds and over 23 inches in the gym, I would say I started a good note.  Surgery went great, no complications and no issues.  The hardest part of this journey was the first four weeks after surgery that I could not go to work out.  It had become a part of my routine and my life.  Working out is a huge stress reliever and I love seeing the results.  Since May 10th I have lost a total of 76 pounds, 3 pants sizes and gained a ton of confidence and faith in my abilities to overcome this battle that I have suffered with my whole life.  I AnnPatchetVideoImagereturned back to the gym four weeks after surgery and have consistently improved my skills.  I am able to run now, do things that I could barely do when I first began.  The great thing about this journey is that it has only begun.  Statistically majority of weight loss surgery patients lose majority of their weight the first year and half.  The future looks so amazing now.  I marry the love of my life in Jamaica in just a few shorts months and I cannot wait to walk down the aisle with this new body and new life.  We hope to try for children next year and skies the limit.  I never imagined last year that this would be my life.  I am so thankful for the talented surgeon’s that give so many of us the opportunity on a chance at a new life.  A lot of people see a stigma with weight loss surgery and often think it’s the “easy way out”.  This journey is hard, it takes a lot of bravery and courage to admit defeat and surrender to science.  I also could not imagine life without my gym, my gym family and the relationship I now have with Kellye.  She is more than a trainer, she is a friend and one of my biggest supporters.  To anyone struggling to take back their life and surrender to the disease of obesity, put yourself first, pull up your big girl pants and take the first step.  It does get easier, it does get better and you will find a way to love yourself again!  

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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