October, 1995 was the lowest point in my life. I just came out of an emotional divorce, weight was around 270, was diagnosed with lupus, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and on-set diabetes; was working two jobs and riding the bus; children were acting out. It felt like life needed to end. One night I hurt so bad, I wanted to end everything. God gave me Job 1:21 - “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
I knew then that the pity party was over and it was time to start getting myself together. I joined three different gyms in a three year period and worked with trainers, but they had me doing too much too soon. After a twisted ankle, I decided to join a gym, use what I learned, and set my own pace.
I was still smoking, drinking, and eating poorly, so there were no results from working out. From 1995 to 1997, I weaned myself off of drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, and I have been clean and sober since October 1997. I was still having health issues, but I was growing spiritually, and I was learning how to apply the Word to all of my situations.
From October 1997, to October 2007, I lost 50 lbs., but it seemed like I could not get my weight down under 220. That’s when I started looking at my eating habits. I was eating too much fast food and drinking too much soda. So I started cooking at home more and drinking water and juice. I was working out, but not consistently.
During a fast, God introduced me to a new phrase – “physical worship.” He reminded me that He created me to worship Him, and not just on Sunday morning in church. I needed to worship Him in all areas of my life, and that included taking care of His temple. My whole outlook changed concerning “exercising.”
On, Saturday, April 27, 2013, I did something I never thought I could do. I walked 30 miles across the city of Indianapolis as a fund-raiser for my neighborhood association. I never would have been able to do that if I had not made some serious lifestyle changes.
In May, 2013, I met Gena Brown and the staff of Studio G Fitness. I attended their first anniversary celebration and enjoyed myself and meeting everyone. What completely drew me in was when Gena said, “This is my job but it's also my ministry.” I knew this was the place for me to be.
October, 2013 I finally reached one of my goals, which was to lose 100 lbs. I still have lupus, but it does not have me. No high blood pressure or diabetes; doing physical worship every day, and making sure I get to Studio G Fitness, “The Room where change happens!”
Min. Shelley D. Covington
Working/Worshipping Warrior for God