Today i bring to you a feature i am more than excited to post. I could not even believe when he agreed to be interviewed. Cornelius Lindsey and his wife have been so inspirational in my life and so many lives through their various medias to bring the gospel to people and especially in relationships and marriages. He is also a man that believes in keeping your body fit and healthy. Knowing this i knew he would be perfect for my blog. I truly enjoyed this interview and i hope you all do too. Have a blessed time reading and leave your comments!!
- Do you have a transformation story or how did you get into fitness?
“I was a size 42 waist and around 220 lbs. at one point in my life. I knew I was unhealthy; however, I was too lazy, uninformed, and not motivated to do anything about it. I knew I needed to change when a young lady I really wanted to date told me she couldn’t date me because she didn’t “date fat guys.” That crushed me, but it made me realize that I needed to change for myself. That fatal blow to my self-esteem pushed me to get healthy and fit.”
- Where does your motivation come from?
“My current motivation is my family. I want to be around to run and play with my son. I want to be able to pick up my wife and carry her around for fun. I want to be able to carry the heavy load so they will not have to carry it. I’m also a preacher, and I believe a preacher of God’s Word should be disciplined in every area of his life—that includes physical fitness. I believe I would be a hypocrite to preach a sermon on being a true disciple of Christ while I chose to live an unhealthy, undisciplined life myself.”
- What is your approach to nutrition?
“My wife is my “nutritionist.” She researches different foods, spices, etc. to substitute all the junk food I used to consume on a daily basis. I also make sure I take my daily vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, and probiotics. I’m on a very strict eating regimen at this time where I eat a hearty breakfast of eggs and a cup of steel cut oatmeal and two separate lunches at least two hours apart of 7 to 8 ounces of chicken or turkey and veggies, protein shake(s), and dinner, which consists of 7 to 8 ounces of fish and veggies.”
- What is your workout philosophy?
“I like to push my body to the limit. I’m currently doing more to build than I am to lose. Most of my workouts now are with heavy weights. From time to time, I love to get in front of a bag and kickbox. It is one of the best forms of cardio I have ever experienced.”
- How do you stay healthy as a Father, Husband and Pastor to so many and having a busy schedule?
“I really think it is a matter of priority. Being healthy is important in my life. I make sure I wake up early to eat my meals. I make sure I am ready and I have set aside time to workout at least 4 times a day. If I’m traveling, I make sure the hotel has a gym where I can train. I never want to use my schedule as an excuse to be unhealthy. Instead, I use it as a reason to motivate me to remain healthy. I can do more with a healthy, disciplined body than I can with an unhealthy, undisciplined one.”
- Who is your trainer and what is he like at the gym?
“My trainer is Robert Booker (@robthetrainer). Rob, that’s what I call him, is firm and tough in the gym. He doesn’t take “no” for an answer. He doesn’t take excuses either. I love that he pushes me past my limitations and teaches me to focus. He doesn’t raise his voice or demean me in any way. He has a very calm way of getting his point across that is both encouraging and respectful. I would recommend him to anyone.”
- Do you have days that you will rather stay home than work out and how do you get through those?
“I have a lot of those days. Those days are especially hard when I have company over at my house. However, I constantly think about my motivation. I think about what would happen if I allowed one day to slip by because I gave myself an excuse to stay home. I also recognize that many people choose to just stay home, and I do not want to be associated with the masses. I have to discipline myself to get up and do what I am supposed to do. That is my responsibility as a man; a husband; a father; a preacher.”
- How do you pass the message of Christ through this fitness route?
“I believe the core of being a disciple is discipline. I also believe the depth of discipline is responsibility. People must learn both discipline and responsibility in any fitness routine. The gym puts a focus on the body; Christ focuses on the soul. One is physical and the other is spiritual. I simply use the metaphor of the hard work and change that’s produced in the gym to explain the work of Christ in our soul once we have confessed and believed in Him as Lord. I share that metaphor one conversation at a time. I seek to just be friendly with people and allow the conversation to flow organically.”
- What would you want people to take away when they see your dedication to fitness?
“I would hope people would realize the importance of caring for God’s temple—their body. I would hope people would see the importance of discipline, focus and responsibility. Those are three major areas that could change a person’s entire life if she/he was serious about them. I would also hope people would see that I am dedicated to be better in hopes that they would also aspire to be better in their lives in every area. That is my hope.”
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Also you need to read the story of their relationship and courting period if you have not already!!!!