Today we’d like to introduce you to Jude Jean-Marie.
Jude, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am an emotionally eater, but I wasn’t always like this. It started back in November 2015 I was six months away from turning 30 years on. I made plans on getting myself back in shape to look great for my 30th birthday. During my fitness journey, I torn my patella tendon and surgery was the only solution. Six weeks of bed rest, three months or rehab, and many tearful nights later I was back on my feet again. With the support of my praying mother, I was back on the fitness journey, ready to make a comeback. My mother and I had a set schedule to work out together followed by prayer and bible study. This routine grew us closer to one another and GOD. My mother and I were always close, but this journey of faith and fitness made our bond even closer.
December 2016, as my mom and I were discussing plans for 2017, she had a heart attack and passed away before me. Her death put me in turmoil and deep depression. I gain 30 pounds in a month and considering drinking my life away. However my faith wouldn’t allow me to drown, I join a 12-week fitness challenge in honor of my mom where I lost 57 pounds, 22 inches, and 25% body fat. I lost weight, but I also gain more understanding of God love and comfort.
This is where B.U.F.F. Lifestyle was birth, combing faith and fitness; promoting overall healthy lifestyle physically and spiritually. Christian are 30% more overweight than any other religion, young adults (age 18-34) who attend church once a week have a 50% chance of becoming obese, and church leaders (Pastor, deccans, choir directors, etc.) are 76% more overweight than the general population in North America. B.U.F.F. provides trainers for churches nationwide as well as faith-based fitness apparel, we currently have 20 brand ambassador in 10 different state and growing. Sponsors athlete in North America, Spain, and Greece and in 2019 we are launching our first statewide 12 weeks transformation challenge.
Some people focus entirely on spirituality, to the neglect of their physical bodies. Others focus so much attention on the form and shape of their physical bodies that they neglect spiritual growth and maturity. Neither of these indicates a biblical balance. First Timothy 4:8 informs us, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Notice that the verse does not negate the need for exercise. Rather, it says that exercise is valuable, but it prioritizes exercise correctly by saying that godliness is of greater value. Our bodies can be considered machines that carry us from place to place as we carry out the work God has planned for us (Ephesians 2:10). An unhealthy body will make us slow, lethargic, and prone to illness and injury. Improving our physical health will help us possess more physical energy that we can devote to spiritual goals.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey have had its bumps on the road, from product delay, manufacturer miss communication, wrong fitting sizes, broken laptop, cancellation, unmet expectation, and inner battle. There were a few things that I overlooked when launching B.U.F.F. and that I was getting into the fashion industry unintentionally, but my focus was overall health. But what arose from these obstacles were selflessness, patience, partnership!
B.U.F.F. (Believers United For Fitness) – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
B.U.F.F. (Believers United For Fitness) reaches to help people physically and spiritually. We partner up with trainers to assist churches who may not have fitness program and do weekly/ bi-weekly fitness training. We are not just limited to churches but implement fitness session for conferences, summer camp, and vacation bible school. We are known for our faith base fitness apparels and providing group or individuals training session.
I’m most proud of as a company is that we are challenging people to exercise, eat right, and walk in faith. Taking care of your body/temple shouldn’t be a saying but an action. We not only challenging people to do so but giving them an outlet to do so.
What set us apart from others is that we combine physical and spiritual components to each workout. With a weak spirit it’s hard to be excited and energize about your life, and with a weak body it’s hard to do almost anything with your life.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success by inspiring one person to move closer to live a healthier life, either by going for a walk, making better health choices, praying and/or reading something positive. Overcoming their temptation and making better choices.
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