In the ecumenical world, the Rev. Gary Faulkner, pastor of Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church located at 8800 Winchester Rd., is a pack leader when it comes to fitness and supplements.
In the ecumenical world, the Rev. Gary Faulkner, pastor of Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church located at 8800 Winchester Rd., is a pack leader when it comes to fitness and supplements. He’s a client of LP Fitness, whose owner/operator, Leonard Peques, was in our spotlight last week on sports-related businesses.
Pastor Faulkner not only leads one of the largest congregations in the city, he is also a distributor of AdvoCare®.
Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Tell us about yourself.
Rev. Gary Faulkner: I am a native Memphian and I’ve been pastoring for about 17 years.
C.M.: What made you commit to becoming physical fit?
Rev. Gary Faulkner
Rev. Faulkner: I used to do about six worship services on Sunday and realized I needed to take better care of myself. I started being very mindful of my health and working out. I was taught that every hour in the gym equals one less day in the hospital. In my line of work, I am concerned about not only my health but the health of my members as well. It is hard to serve God when you are sick. Now I have more of a holistic ministry, which includes eating right and diet, getting the proper rest, and consuming AdvoCare® supplements.
C.M.: How hard was it to commit to the process?
Rev. Faulkner: It actually happened in several phases. The first phase for me was the exercise phase. When I realized the importance of taking care of myself I was committed to not contributing to anything that was harmful to my own health and future. Once I made up my mind it was just a matter of following through.
The second phase was the diet portion. Overnight my diet changed. I made up in my mind that I was only going to put into my body that which belonged. I made a true lifestyle change. My change was so radical that my son, who will be graduating from college this year, saw me and my diet and said, “Hey dad, I want to try your diet.” This was without my pressuring him.
C.M.: What would your daily food intake look like?
Rev. Faulkner: I start the day with my AdvoCare® supplements. I do an AdvoCare® meal replacement shake and have breakfast of brown rice and grilled chicken. For lunch I will have a salad. Later on I will have some fruit, almonds and a smoothie. For dinner I may have grilled chicken or lean beef, broccoli, and baked sweet potatoes. There are three major components to my program: exercise, diet, and supplements.
C.M.: What would you say is most responsible for your success in building your body?
Rev. Faulkner: I am always in contact with someone in the hospital or conducting a funeral. Seeing it up close and personal, I wanted to be a positive contributor in the lives of my people. Not only do I want my people spiritually well, I want them well physically. My fitness gives me a cutting edge when I talk. Eat right, exercise and take your supplements. I can say these things because I am doing them. I know what works.
C.M.: What was the most difficult part?
Rev. Faulkner: The most difficult has been diet. You have to prepare ahead of time. It is not the temptation of wanting something outside of the meal plan. But you have to prepare in advance. When you do not plan ahead, that is when you want to grab something quickly. I have to put thought into it daily.
C.M.: Were there any products that you used in the transformation? What did those products do for you?
R.F.: I talk about Advocare® – not because it is the only one, but because this is what I use. You can go to www.FaulknerNutrition.com and purchase the products that I use.
C.M.: Is the spiritual related to the physical?
Rev. Faulkner: Yes we are more than just physical. It is a trinity. We have our bodies, minds, and our spirits. We are a trilogy and they play off of each other. The better I feel, the better I can serve. It is hard to serve God when you are sick. There is a direct connection to a person’s health and their spirituality.
C.M.: Do you have any closing words that you would like to share with us?
C.M.: Thank you for this opportunity. I just want folks healthy and I believe that I can be a catalyst for that. I want people to make it to heaven. But I want people as well and fit as possible while they are here on earth.