Comfortable Being Uncomfortable–Attending the Revelation Wellness Fitness Teacher Intensive
I remember sitting on a plane flying home from one of the most amazing (and initially scary) weeks of my life. Attending the Revelation Wellness Retreat was beyond what I imagined and worth so much more than I ever anticipated. But before we go into that, let me share more about myself first.
Fitness has always been part of my life.
Literally when I was three-years-old my brother, Bobby, had me hiking the football to him in our backyard. I could barely fit the ball between my legs, but it was the thrill of playing sports with my brother that first triggered my passion for physical activity. My first organized sport on a team was soccer and I played on a co-ed team as a young child. I wanted to play forward and score all the goals, but the truth was, I was tough, aggressive, and wasn’t letting anyone get past me—so I started off as a full back. It was the perfect fit.
Years later, I played both girls’ soccer and basketball. In the 6th grade, I decided to tried out for the boys’ team too and made the team. In 1978, I played on the boys’ basketball team as well as the girls’. I was tough, determined, and not scared of much.
When I was 16, I asked for a gym membership as one of my Christmas gifts. As an adult, I took up tennis because I enjoyed the community that came from being part of a sport. But I never entertained becoming a Certified Fitness Training professional, until now.
Over 45 years after hiking my first football, the vision of Grenga Health took shape. It was truly a dream come true.
After starting Grenga Health and looking at what a well-rounded lifestyle looked like, I knew that physical activity was one of those pieces of that lifestyle puzzle. Some think exercise as a necessary evil, but not me. I knew it shouldn’t be that at all. Physical activity should be enjoyable and I love teaching others that too.
Things at Grenga Health were moving along steadily, but I wanted more. So, I looked into becoming certified. In fact, I looked for the right program for over a year. I wanted the “right” program—not just one that gave me credentials, but one that would truly feed into my business model of putting faith first. I questioned if something like this even existed.
Then a friend said, “Have you ever heard of this place, Revelation Wellness?” I hadn’t. I was intrigued and started following them more and soon Revelation Wellness started popping up on my radar everywhere, even throughout the wellness world I bump elbows with.
I looked into it more and saw that in everything they did, they put God first. But I didn’t realize they had a Fitness Trainer Certification available until I saw a post last December. It was just what I was looking for.
Once I noticed that they offered this program, I did more research, spoke to advisors at Revelation Wellness, and made the decision to move forward. I was ready.
I made this decision because I wanted to help my clients and people in general meet their fitness goals.
More importantly, I wanted the best tools to help people live healthy lives—to live like a Faithitarian, what I best describe as a lifestyle or belief that encompasses whole foods and healthy living with faith at the core. Being healthy is not just what we put in our mouths. It’s not about being skinny. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle!
My next steps into Revelation Wellness Instructor Training was to begin the virtual 8-week class in addition to self-study at home.It consisted of Bible study, reading materials, an ACE Manual, Revelation Wellness workbooks,videos, a weekly group call, and then finally attending the week-long intensive in Arizona. I was excited—at first.
Then I became less excited as the training became closer. Who am I going to have to share a room with?
Would they snore? What about the bathrooms? What would the food be like? What are we going to do all day? What time do I have to get up in the morning? Will my phone work? As these thoughts raced through my head, I realized I was not enjoying the thought of this trip.
Thinking back to when I first started playing sports and was tough and determined and nothing could stop me, I wondered whether I was no longer that tough or was I just concentrating on material pleasures instead of the glory that is sometimes hidden within an experience or within us? Or more importantly the glory God has for us? It was time to step up to the plate.
So, I showed up and wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I prayed about it and asked that the Lord show me what I’m supposed to learn and take away from this program. I prayed that I would be open to learning and receiving and giving. And that He would eliminate those fears and instead show me what I was truly designed for, my original design.
I was hoping to enjoy the week away—the week away from my crazy busy, non-stop, go go go life!
I showed up at Phoenix Airport after 7 hours of travel and stayed the night at a hotel. We headed out the next day on a bus.
Let me say this—I dislike chaos. (I’m sure you couldn’t gather that from what I’ve already written – said with a sarcastic grin.) I’m a control freak, but I was perfectly fine as we all met at Phoenix Airport on a Sunday.
It was crazy. There were 150 of us that were going through training, plus our group leaders and staff. We literally took over Terminal 4 baggage claim.
We boarded giant commercial buses and the journey began. I told the leaders that I needed to sit in front or I would barf on someone as I have had motion sickness since I was a kid. Fortunately, there was a seat right up front for me and as we drove through the mountains, I never felt sick. God has so much grace.
We arrived and went to our cabins, bunk beds and all! Two toilets and 3 showers for 9 women. I brought a mask and ear plugs because I was worried about people snoring and light shining through the windows. I’m a light sleeper and I’m toast if I don’t get my sleep at night. I’m also single and don’t have kids so I don’t share a bathroom or bedroom with anyone!
This was definitely outside of my comfort zone and I was worried. I realized then that I’m no longer tough apparently; I’m a prima-donna!
The first afternoon was about getting our schedules and meeting people and having a Bible study. Let me just say, I was blown away from Day One. Jesus was giving me exactly what I needed—not exactly what I thought I wanted, but exactly what I needed. The peace that came over me was unexplainable. I wasn’t thinking about the same old nonsense, I was now thinking about how I could continue to have a greater connection with the Lord while at this retreat.
I asked myself, what was I really here for? How could I make a difference in someone else’s life or in the world! I like to think big because God thinks big and is limitless.
In my cabin, I was blessed with a group of great, respectful ladies. We were all kind to one another and respected each other’s time and space. No one snored thankfully so I never needed those earplugs. I was able to make friends with people that I otherwise would never have met. We all wanted the same thing, to make a difference.
We had all felt “less than worthy” at some point in time in our lives and it was time that we all understood that we were worthy! That God has a plan for each and every one of us and that we need to trust Him and begin to speak to ourselves as He would speak to us, loving and kind. And carry that same message to others.
My cabin mates were all from the Southeast so we were all in the same boat with the time change and we were all lights out at 10 and up around sunrise at 5:30.
We were led through workouts every morning—and sometimes in the afternoon too, attended workshops, education and Bible study every day. and had an amazing team of women. What was truly remarkable was that the Founder of Revelation Wellness , Alisa Keeton, as well as our cabin leader, Amia Freeman, and the rest of the crew were there for us every single day. We always felt so supported. These leaders helped us to understand more about ourselves, more about what God had in store for our lives, and more about how to hear what God was speaking to us. We were immersed in our faith and love every day and it blew me away.
My heart softened and I experienced the unexpected because God’s plans are so much bigger than ours.
One phrase that Alisa Keeton uses often is, “Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” and it was a perfect phrase for parts of this week. We grow through uncomfortable situations and circumstances. Uncomfortable doesn’t mean bad or life threatening or unhealthy, it means growth through the unknown. I’m not one to cry much, but I found myself crying and laughing a lot! In fact, one of our crew said, “I was always either crying, laughing or eating.” That was definitely the truth!
God is so smart. He knows what we need when we need it and provides way beyond our expectations. In some ways, it’s difficult to describe just how amazing this week really was. In other ways, if this is ever something you thought you wanted to do, I don’t want to spoil it for you either.
I learned a lot about myself at this retreat and about new people that I now call good friends. I learned about our leaders, how to teach fitness and most importantly, I learned more about the Lord and His original design for me.
I kept hearing the word “Leader” the entire time during this amazing week. Leader of what, I’m not sure, but I know I am called to lead – to educate – to help and be a reliable resource to women who need to understand more about what works for their bodies, mind and souls!
So, what does all this mean to you?
Don’t turn your back when God is calling you to do something, even if it feels a little uncomfortable. If I would have listened to the enemy telling me that I wouldn’t enjoy this week, that I would be uncomfortable or inconvenienced, I would not have been so incredibly blessed by this experience. And in turn, I wouldn’t have been able to take what I learned and bring it to you. I am so looking forward to that.
That tough little kid has now become fragile and set in her ways, but she realized that God can take you through any circumstance as long as you trust Him, give it to Him, and Believe!
Christina Grenga is the Founder of Grenga Health, a Faithitarian resource for Modern Christian Women that seek Christ-centered wellness for weight management, pain, constipation and lack of energy. As a Faithitarian, she helps people understand the meaning of God -> Food -> Lifestyle. Faithitarian is a word God gave to her and He defined it as a lifestyle or belief that encompasses whole food and healthy living with faith at the core. www.grengahealth.com