Humble Warriors

In today’s non-stop world of tweets, texts, hashtags, Instagram, and on and on and on, it’s never been more important to do just that … Stop.


Stop and breathe. Stop to thank God. Stop to spend time with your family. Stop to acknowledge those around us, especially those who are out there making a difference.


Admittedly, I don’t do any of those things often enough, but today I felt the need to stop and do just that.


A few years ago when GFA was first getting started, I felt strongly we needed to appoint a Fitness Council for guidance and planning. I also knew that just talking about it wasn’t going to be the answer. If we were going to fight our state’s obesity crisis head on, we had to do just that. Take action and do it quickly. We needed trainers, mentors, nutritionists, and wellness coaches who had a passion for helping people right where they are at.


Little did I know the actual impact that these personal trainers and mentors would have. They are the lifeline of everything that GFA stands for. It would be difficult to quantify the amount of weight they have helped people lose, the number of lives they’ve changed, and the number of lives they’ve saved.


Training is hard work. Trust me. Before you can motivate others, you must first keep yourself motivated. Like a lot of others I’m sure, there are plenty of mornings I just feel like crawling under a rock. But you get up. You keep going. It’s what you do.


I don’t hold a candle to any of our Fitness Council members. They are on the front line every single day. They hold 5 a.m. Boot Camps, spin classes, personal trainings, cardio, running clinics, walking clinics, weight loss contests … and then return to the gym for a Zumba or Barre class or swim team … very long exhausting days. They’ve been doing this long before GFA existed.


Jennifer, Amy, Shelly, and Belinda … I don’t know how you guys do what you do, tirelessly day in and day out, and you do it all with class, character, and humbleness.


Blair … thanks for every student you have helped, mentored, or been an advocate for, all the way from Arkansas to Ole Miss … we know there will be many more!


I recall writing early on that if I ever had to enter a fitness battle, and my life depended on it, I’d want this Fitness Council by my side. They’re that good and I still would.


I also want to thank Katherine, who has helped tremendously to keep up our websites. We appreciate you KAT!!


Thanks for all that you guys do!