Hi, My name is Melissa Benitez. Welcome to Kingdom Fitness!
Growing up, I've always been on the thicker side. If i didn't take care of myself- It was very easy for me to gain fat in my stomach and lower body. I had no type of exercise background- except for dancing when i was younger. Otherwise, my nutrition was horrible and I was super lazy. I remember always feeling insecure and feeling like everyone around me always looked better than me.
During my senior year in high school- I decided to join cross country and that is what made me fall in love with fitness. It has been three years since I have been on this fitness journey. After high school, I started lifting weights and focusing on proper nutrition. Once I started seeing results, I liked how my body looked and I wanted more. However, there still felt like there was a void in my heart- like there was something still missing.
In 2016, I surrendered my life to God and my life has never been the same since then. I realized I was working out to feel good and that only took care of my exterior. But there was still issues with my interior- my heart. My value and worth came from how I looked so I was never completely satisfied. Some days I felt happy with my appearance and other days I couldn't stand looking at myself. However, I have learned that my identity isn't based on my looks- but rather what God says about me. I am now more confident and stronger than I've ever been because of this decision I've made. I have grown altogether, as an individual and as a trainer and I aspire to help women who have had a similiar experience to me.
Why is working out important?
1) It glorifies God. ("Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."- 1 Corinthians 10:31)
2) It advances us for His Kingdom. ("For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "– Ephesians 2:10)
3) We have to take care of our temple. ("Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies." – 1 Corinthians 6:20)