S: Words Just Can't Express
FC: Words Just Can'T Express... By: The People You Have Touched
1: To Karen & Tony Hill Thank you for following through with the Lords work. You have touched our lives forever.
2: Tony was introduced into my life at the age of 14. My parents were members at a gym in Mission Beach where Tony taught his TOUCHE class. This was my first experience of feeling nauseated and having to throw up as a result of working out. As the old saying goes, "you never forget your first." Fast forward 10 years, I found myself: overweight, depressed and struggling with an eating disorder. Aside from the weight gain, I was able to hide my struggles from my family. Many nights were spent on my bathroom floor in tears asking the Lord to help me. One day I randomly went to The Rock Church website to apply for a job and found that I had to be apart of the A.R.M.Y in order to be considered for the position. I breifly browsed the list of ministries offered and clicked on "Fitness & Nutrition." Drawn by the familiar names, I began attending the ministry. After listening to Karen teach for the first time I knew the Lord was about to work wonders in my life. I was hooked and became a sponge, absorbing as much information as possible. I made a complete turn around. Within the first week I felt amazing! By week six I had lost 20 lbs. (the healthy way) and learned how to maintain my weight. I have become the "light" to my family and many others around me. My plan is to continue on with what you both have taught me and help as many people as I can. You both have helped me find direction in my life. Thank you =) -Victoria Tijerina-
3: I am truly horoned and blessed to have gotten to have you as mentors and friends. From Karen's first seminar in the cafeteria, I knew you were something special! God brought you into my life just when I needed you! Prior to January, I had tried numerous ways of losing a pesky 9 lbs. I had been working out "like crazy"I completed two boot camps and the Breast Cancer 3-Day/60 mile walk in 2007. 2008 wasn't any easier, as I worked out and ate a crazy high-protein diet for the first half of the year in vain. An unsuccessful attempt at getting a 6-pac for my 30th birthday. I had been following an exercise and diet plan that I could not reasonably maintain. Without seeing the expected results of the "perfect body," I fell into a deep depression. Through your ministry, seminars, one-on-ones and of course workouts at the Burn, I have learned "less is more."Within the first two weeks I lost almost 9 lbs. that I won't be gaining back. Most importantly, I've learned how to cherish my body as a temple. I recognize that God designed it and by learning to "let go" of society's idea of health, and focusing on HIS; I am a much happier and healthier woman. Not only have you inspired me in health and fitness; but also in the spiritual realm. I have always been hesitant to embrace my faith, and have not felt connected until your ministry. You've made my faith tangible to me - connected my passion for health and wellness to God's perfect plan; while giving me a way to minister to my friends and family.Thank you is not enough to capture what I feel toward you! I am truly greatful to God for bringing you into my life. I am confident that as you follow His plan for you, our connection will not be lost. -Celia Lopez-
4: From the first time I stepped into The Burn Fitness, I knew I had found my new home. Having come from a huge, streamlined gym with no personality or sense of caring, I was totally overwhelmed by the love and support Tony and Karen offered me from my first workout on. In my time at The Burn Fitness I had the unique opportunity to work and train with Tony in a one on one setting. Tony's training style was different from any that I had experienced before. He placed great importance on the value of nutrition and instilled in me the thought that exercise does not play the most vital role on the path to a healthy looking body. Tony's caring personality and his encouraging words soon led me to the realization that my body can do so much more than I had ever thought possible. From doing 500 push-ups, to 1000s of squats and crunches, it seemed that no exercise challenge was out of reach anymore. Whereas I had previously doubted my strength and ability to lift weights and even do more push ups, Tony's continued support and belief in me suddenly made me realize that limitations are only manifested in your mind; thoughts setting boundaries on your physical being.
5: My training with Tony allowed me to not only get more in tune with my body, but also opened the door for me to greater self-confidence and self-belief. Suddenly I did not come to the gym to workout anymore and burn calories, I found myself looking forward to my gym sessions because it entailed a chance to nourish my body and cultivate a healthy spirit and attitude. Tony changed my life in more ways that he could ever imagine. He taught me that eating more than 1000 calories per day was okay and that doing endless cardio would not do me any good at all =) Furthermore, his kind and supportive way of interacting with me allowed me to blossom as a person, as I began to embrace all that my being encompassed. I am forever greatful for the time and energy that Tony and Karen put into me. They have allowed me to discover that anything is possible if you simply believe in yourself and listen to your body and soul. I will miss them both with all my heart and with them the very best the world can offer, because they most certainly deserve it! -Jasmine Schoch-
6: Karen and Tony have touched my life and heart forever...a true ANSWER TO PRAYER. The nutritional information shared by Karen has been revealing and eye opening to say the least. Some of what she shared I have never heard before. I wish I knew this years ago. I'll never quite forget Karen's first words at the first Saturday exercise class...with her sweet smile and great accent, she was going to "teach me how to squat"---I wish she would have taught me how to GET UP from the squat. I exercised less than two minutes and was sore for four days. How can I forget that? It's all in the way you move, and Karen can MOVE YOU. So can Tony. With their different styles and personalities, they have listened to me, helped me, encouraged me, and given me the tools I need to make the necessary changes in my life - FOR LIFE. I'm not quite there yet...I do better some days than others (eating and exercising), but it's a journey nevertheless. You're never too old to get in shape - muscles have memory - and after being around Karen and Tony, I really believe it! I am determined to make this my way of life...thank you, Tony and Karen, for everything. You will be missed terribly and never, ever forgotten. Your imprint on my mind and my heart is in permanent ink. Please do keep in touch. Blessings to you as you embark on your new life in Turkey. You're the BEST U.S. export. You are PRICELESS! I know you will continue to touch people and be a light for Jesus Christ. Love and blessings always, -Marie Pelletier - (Jeremiah 29:11)
7: I knew the very first day I heard Tony & Karen speak at the Nutrition Ministry back in January that this was where God wanted me to be. I sensed the spirit of the Lord in each and every class and was moved by their dedication and generous spirits as they shared their passion and knowledge about eating according to God's word and about taking care of our temples so we can better serve the Lord. | Over the past few months I noticed subtle changes in my body, my weight and most of all in my inner spirit as I started responding to their challenge to get healthier God's way. This experience helped me come to realize a deeper understanding of God's faithfulness as I practiced obedience to the principles in His word. I am so appreciative of Tony's and Karen's leadership in the ministry and for the firm foundation they have given me in this vital area of my life. I'm also thankful for the new encouraging friendships that I made during this time. -Mary Belich-
8: It's been said "when the student is ready the teacher is there." In my case I have been blessed to have not one but two teachers, Karen and Tony Hill. They have had a profound and life changing impact on me. I was referred to them by a close friend. Little did I know it at the time that it was the start of a long journey towards eating the way God has directed us to eat and becoming healthy. Being a pharmacist for some 44 years I am impressed by Karen's and Tony's knowledge and expertise when it comes to nutrition and excercise fitness. The most unique thing about them is they really care about their clients. In group classes they take the time to observe and make sure that I'm using the correct form when performing a given excercise. I've tried many gyms and trainers before, but I've never been able to work with two individuals who bring so much passion, knowledge, experience and energy to what they do. They really take a genuine interest in each person they work with and you know they are there for you. When I came to The Burn in late February this year I was weighing approximately 190 pounds, on three blood preasure medications and not having the best eating habits.
9: After spending time following Karen's nutritional program, boot camp, attending group workouts at The Burn and classroom sessions with Karen and Tony I now weigh between 170 and 173, eat real food (no "fake food" as her two sons call it, if God didn't make it don't eat it) and had my physician discontinue one of my medications. I am 66 years old and presently training with Tony. He helped me achieve fitness and strength levels I never dreamed possible. He encourages me and won't let me quit. He's more aware of what I am capable of achieving than I am. I can truly say that I have been blessed by God to have Tony and Karen come into my life. These two unique individuals unlike most people they readily share their knowledge and expertise with others. I will be forever indebted to them for all they've done and continue to do for me. They are truly "keepers", people you will always have for life long friends. May God continue to bless their ministry always. -Dwight Spittell-
10: I've always loved cheese since I was a teenager. I loved it so much that in one year in high school I gained 35 lbs. from pizza, McDonalds, quesadillas etc. I went from a lean 120 lbs. kid to an overweight 155 lbs. young adult as a Junior in high school. Then the weirdest thing happened and I started to get really sick unexplainably when I would eat sometimes. I couldn't keep food down sometimes. It took a few months of tests and losing the 35 lbs. I had gained to figure out on my own that I had become lactose intolerant. In retrospect, this was God's protection of my health, as I'm sure I would still be overweight and maybe even not here still because of what I was doing to my heart. I began to consume dairy products again with the aid of Lactaid to help me digest cheese. I eventually gained all my weight back and more, becoming my heaviest weight in my whole life of 165 lbs. It wasn't until learning, through Karen, how bad dairy is for us that I was able to quit it immediately. Over the years I had also developed a love for alcohol. I would have a few stiff drinks after work and it started to affect my attitude and relationship with God, my wife and life
11: general. My grandfather died from being an alcoholic (stomach cancer). His last 15 years of life were up and down with cancer coming and going and even through all that, he could never give up his beer. He secretly drank alone and was very unhappy. I made up my mind that I didn't want that to be my future. With the encouragement through Tony and Karen's teachings I realized what a powerful addicition I had let alcohol become and along with dairy, I gave up alcohol immediately. The day before I started the food program I came down with a painful case of Gout. I learned that I'd need to cut back on my red meat, and beer consumption. Is that not God calling me to a higher standard of healthy eating? It gave me even more reason to eat more white meat than red and to quit drinking beer altogether. When I started the detox/food program with Karen I lost 5 lbs. in the first week and another 10 lbs in week 3. Within the next month of continuing to eat cleanly, I lost another 5 lbs and now weigh 145 lbs at 5'6". I'm back to my wedding weight of five years ago! I did all this through proper diet and minimal added exercise. I've always had severe acne since a teenager and even now, at 27, I would have severe breakouts. Since starting the program, I haven't had any breakouts and my skin is the clearest it'e been in 15 years. Now my next task is to build on this clean slate God has given me and build strength, endurance and true fitness. By the grace of God I haven't had a drop of alchohol or dairy since I started the Nutrition and Fitness Ministry with Karen and Tony. Thanks to Tony and Karen's guidance and wealth of knowledge, I can live healthier and happier and help friends, family and co-workers in my life with becoming healthy as well with what l've learned over the last few months. They have been a blessing in teaching us what our culture and government will not about how to take care of and heal our bodies with food and exercise. -Levon Monte-
12: Thank you Tony and Karen for doing something! You have taught me so much in so little time. I never knew dairy was so bad for you. I had always been very slim growing up and I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. Well that all changed in my mid 20's, I got married and it all started on my honeymoon, we went to an all inclusive resort so all you can eat and drink anytime! When you both came into my life I was 20 lbs. heavier and it would not come off. I even ran two marathons! You taught us how God intends us to eat and I am so thankful because it is something I will do for the rest of my life. I had never even thought of it before. It was hard at first giving up the cheese but I don't miss it anymore. I am a culinary student and I am rethinking the way I
13: prepare meals and desserts, I am looking for healthier alternatives. My friends and co-workers think it is amazing that I am a pastry student and I am actually losing weight. I now wear way too baggy pants and I fit into a "one day" dress. I feel great and God has blessed my life in so many ways. You were an answer to my prayers in helping my husband to quit drinking. Thank you for the knowledge, encouragement, inspiration, love, and generosity you have shown to all of us. God bless you. -Jeanne Monte-
14: I will truly miss working out with Karen and Tony. They are such great motivators and helped me lose the weight I needed to after having two babies. I enjoyed training with Karen and doing two boot camps. Both Karen and Tony taught me what I needed to do to stay healthy and fit for the rest of my life. And, I can honestly say that at 42 I feel great. Thanks Karen! Thanks Tony! There are no other fitness instructors like you in San Diego, I will really miss you both. Good Luck in your new chapter. Hope to see you back here soon. - Peggy Chammas-
15: I had my "aha" moment when I attended the viewing of You Are What You Eat, Food Matters. Since that viewing, I started paying more attention to what I eat. Thanks to Karen and Tony, they have helped me tremendously without even knowing me. It was through my daughter, Victoria, that I started to feel better, look better and also as a result, my husband and other daughter are now taking steps in the right direction. Thank you Karen and Tony, you are opening the eyes of all those that come in contact with you and even those that learn of you second hand. I wish you the best in all your endeavors. -Andrea Tijerina-
16: Two months ago my wife came home very excited from the Nutrition Class at The Rock. She encouraged me to go and my first thought was,"alright what do I have to buy now..." Little did I know that it would change my life forever. I had no idea how out of shape I was, after all I always had a muscular build. I also thought I ate relatively good (not a fast food junkie etc). After spending any amount of time with Karen and Tony you begin to see the error of your ways. And even better lies that are out there about being healthy. I have a strenuous job that left me little to know energy to work out (at least that is what I told myself). I also had a great deal of anxiety about eating out after I learned about nutrition but quickly reminded myself its a lifestyle not a quick fix and I can go anywhere now and make healthy choices. A few short weeks after meeting Karen and Tony my wife and I joined The Burn. In this small amount of time I lost 30 lbs, gained lean muscle and improved my most precious relationships; most notably with my wife. I cannot imagine going back and thanks to Karen and Tony I have the tools to stay strong and live a long life. I am 40 years old and I am in the best shape of my life! Thanks and God Bless! - James Monahan-
17: What do you say or do for someone who has saved your life? I know without question or hesitation that Karen and Tony saved mine. It is a little known fact that I am hypoglycemic which means I am well on my way to diabetes. I have tried it all to lose weight but nothing ever stuck. Until now. What Karen shared about nutrition and the gradual approach to healthy living was unique and without a doubt effective. I came in contact with Karen and Tony in mid January, joined The Burn in mid February and mid April I am 20 plus pounds lighter and there is no trace of the hypoglycemia. I feel that I have the tools to continue on...through a life of healthy choices. Tony taught us that in order to recieve life's greatest blessings we have to be willing to be "uncomfortable." This is so true in all ways - physical, emotional and spiritual! YOU BOTH HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE...and thank you will never be enough. -Emily Monahan-
18: Tony and Karen you have helped me recognize all that God wants for me. I never thought of my body as a temple of God. Now that I know I am responsible for educating myself about how my body works and what I put into it. From the bottom of my heart thank you for making a difference in not only my life but the lives of my very stubborn Latino family. May the good Lord continue to bless and guide you both as you guide others to live the life God intended for us. With love your Sister in Christ -Marnet Lopez-
19: Tony and Karen, I thank God for bringing you two into my life. The nutrition and fitness that I have achieved in such a short time has been amazing. I am down 22 lbs. This is the first time I have been under 200 lbs. in over seven years. I also had a problem walking and getting shin splints. I tried to start a walking program in December. I could only walk for about 15 minutes before I had to stop to let the shins settle down. This has been an issue for over 10 years. | After starting the nutrition and exercise program in January, within 3 weeks, it was gone!!! I have not had a problem with it since. The arthritis, inflamation, redness and pain in my finger joint is now gone too. | There was also concern with my heart rate as I am 54. The first time my heart rate went to 150 in a workout I was very concerned about how I was feeling at the time. After several months of working out, I now regularly get my heart rate to a little over 150 and feel great!!! I am in much better shape now than I have been in years. Thank you so much. -Ray Styers-
20: I admit I was skeptical when a friend came back from the introductory seminar on the nutrition plan that teaches us to eat "only the food that God made and instructed us to eat." Another friend and I attended a Saturday exercise session with Tony and we were amazed at the intensity level of the workout. Karen's aerobic workout was even more challenging. I am now a believer of the ministry that Karen and Tony Hill have shared with us! | Almost 25 pounds lighter as a "side effect" of the nutrition plan and exercise program, I have also had a decrease in my blood preasure and expect to be off medication soon. I have also had allergic dermatitis patches resolve around my eyelids and a disappearance of any external hormonal signs during my monthly cycle including water weight gain and extreme mood swings. My body even rebels when I try to eat "fake food" and I suffer with a host of gastrointestinal complaints. I have been licensed as a pharmacist for 27 years and can attest to the science which supports this ministry. The honesty, caring, spirituality and faith-based ministry (the science is a bonus) provided by Karen and Tony has truly had a profound impact on my life and I will be forever enriched and blessed to have them be a part of my life! -Lisa James-
21: I have always had an idea of how to be healthy but Tony and Karen put things into perspective. Before attending the Fitness and Nutrition Ministry I was confused as to what the best nutrition approach would be for me. It was very clear through Karen's and Tony's teachings that God's way of eating is the best way. I put into practice the lessons they taught, both nutritionally and physically and have seen great results. I have lost 18 pounds and developed more muscle and flexibility. My endurance has also increased substantially. In addition to my physical health, I have noticed a great change in my personality, I am much stronger and confident in dealing with life. It is amazing how being healthy can enhance your self-confidence. I find it easier to focus and feel more connected to God because I am taking care of my temple and eating God's food. And, I do not feel compelled to complain about the side effect of great skin and hair texture. I have always wanted to know how to take care of God's temple. Now I know how. Thank you Tony and Karen for donating your time and talent to help those who will listen. -James Shoults-
22: Tony and Karen, The Couple of Riches, When I first started coming to the nutrition ministry, I really had no idea what to expect. First day I remember pretty well. I was one of the stragglers and really was behind everyone. Tony you made that pretty clear when you used me as the ginny pig with my daily diet, and when I was finished, you told me I would gain 20 lbs. in two years if I kept at it. It was funny at the time but in all honesty that night when I left, something clicked. My issue was so simple to turn around but I just lacked the knowledge and someone explaining nutrition in a way that makes sense. Karen your wisdom, and experience with nutrition blows me away. I laugh thinking of you saying you were unprepared each time, but it seemed every class went as smooth as butter...natural born teacher. It's amazing that in one hour every week, I can walk away with information that could add years to my life. Tony, your uplifting and comedic personality I will always take with me. You truly know how to bring the best out of people and help them believe. Cheers to both of you for holding the riches to provide others with the strength and courage to live a long, happy, blessed life. Thank the Lord for both of you and this time we shared. I pray your family has a fulfilling and peaceful journey in Turkey. Go get em' Tigers!!! -Elizabeth Miller-
23: Karen and Tony, I am so happy for you and your family as you begin a new chapter of your lives, but I'm also sad to see you leave, as I've learned so much from both of you the last four months. Prior to meeting you, I was consuming a lot of sugar each day, several sodas and a chai latte, at least once, if not twice daily. Mid-January, I started Karen's suggested food plan and by the end of the four weeks, I had lost 15lbs. Initially, my goal in joining the Fitness & Nutrition Ministry was to lose weight, but as I listened to Karen, I was reminded to focus on being healthy and following God's plan for us, as opposed to being vain. By the end of the first week, I couldn't believe how much energy I had, and I was actually waking up early each morning and cheerfully ready to start my day! I am so thankful you followed God's will and shared His plan, as many of us were lacking and are able to get and stay on track. You have been, and always will be, a blessing to us all. In addition to teaching us to follow the lifestyle God intended for us, you have developed a group of brothers and sisters in Christ, and those relationships will continue and be cherished by all of us!! I am eager to continue learning from you through the Burn online! I am forever grateful for the impact you've both had on my life! I will miss you both!! Peace and blessings! -Janine Swearingin-
24: I am shedding tears of joy as I write this! My daughter, mother of four, three under five years old, Lives in Virginia Beach. She has suffered from severe debilitating rheumatoid arthritis for the past two years. Even on the strongest medications her joints were often so swollen and painful she could barely walk. She would roll around the house in a desk chair to take care of the children during these severe flairs. In addition to praying for her daily, I shared with her the nutritional program that you had given us and the amazing results that I had personally experienced. Without telling me she decided to try the dietary guidelines I told her I was following. A phone call from her wishing me a Happy Mother's Day gave me the greatest Mother's Day gift that I could have wished for. After three months of following the nutrition program her arthritis is in total remission and she is off of medication. Her doctors are dumbfounded.
25: Thank you again and again for having a passion for the Lord and for health. Because of you and Tony my grandchildren now have their mom back. She is fully functioning, has started an exercise program and lost 15 pounds. Whatever you do keep on sharing and blessing lives with all of your knowledge. I personally will miss you terribly however, I know God is calling you to yet another ministry. Love and Blessings, -Marsha Hughes-