Thursday, 23 September 2021

F Faith and Fitness

Melanie Housworth, a Success Story

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Dream. Achieve. Believe.  These words are on a sign in my office that I look at every single day. It wasn’t until recently I started paying attention to those words and not just the fact that it was pretty wall décor. No matter how old we get, there are always things that we want to do with our lives and we sometimes think reaching our goals are impossible. We make a bucket list and just stare at it. Why bother making one if you don’t act on it? There are thousands of excuses as to why you may not take that next step forward to your goal. We all know how we live in a vain society and you are judged by the way you look. It doesn’t matter if you smile all the time, have a great personality or have great hair. If you are overweight, you are frowned upon.  I realized I needed help in reaching my weight loss goals when I got up to sing in church one day and got winded just walking up the steps to the microphone. It was that next week that I made an appointment with Kellye Davis Williams.
 
As a full-time paralegal, mother of three girls, and a weekend warrior as  a southern gospel singer, I knew I wanted more for myself. I had no idea initially how I was going to make time to work out with a trainer but knew something had to be done. I had seen success stories that Kellye would post on Facebook and I wanted to be a success story one day. I added that to my bucket list. The first day I trained with Kellye was a feeling like I have never felt before. I felt defeated because I couldn’t do some of the exercises but at the same time felt like I had accomplished something. I got lightheaded and had to sit down because I didn’t eat properly that morning. I got back up and tried again. Kellye was very encouraging and said what I was feeling was normal the first couple of workouts. The next day, I went in to my boss and we worked out my schedule so I could continue to train with Kellye. That was one year ago.
This journey to better myself and become a healthier and happier me has been amazing. I have met some wonderful people and made some great new friends that I honestly believe God placed in my life at the right time. I have seen God work in my life and allow me to help others on their journey as well. I want to be that person that someone says that I inspired them by what I have become. What a feeling it is to know you had an impact on someone to take that first step to change their life for the better. I have not only gained muscle and lost over 50 inches since training with Kellye, but I have seen my self-esteem grow and I have more confidence that I can do certain things inside and outside of the gym.  I still struggle with certain exercises but I don’t expect it to be easy. I enjoy a good challenge and that’s what a good workout with Kellye is like—a good challenge.  Going to the gym is my way of being accountable to myself. With every drop of sweat you know you are doing something for yourself. This may sound crazy but when I go to the gym, that is my “me” time.  If you had told me a year ago I would still be in this, I probably would have laughed at you. But, somewhere along the way I grew a love and addiction to that place. I believe that working out has worked within me as well. Getting past prior fears and failures and taking the next step is what makes us better. Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I recall this verse many times during my workouts.

As I continue on this journey, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to reach some personal goals. I will be doing a 5K in September with many of my gym friends. I have also just recorded my first solo CD project. I am simply trying to improve little things about me along the way and with Kellye’s inspiration and the encouragement from my gym friends, I WILL make it happen. As I turn 40 in a few months, I reflect on the fact that I may not be fabulously fit at 40 but I do feel stronger, I am more focused mentally and believe I have a better relationship with God. When reaching your goals, you not only rely on your physical strength but your inner spiritual strength as well. There’s an old song that I recite the lyrics frequently: “I’ve come too far to look back”.  I’m excited and blessed as I look forward to what God has planned for the next phase of my life. What a journey!  



(c)August 2013 ~ Kellye Davis Williams
*Photo & Testimony used with permission

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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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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