Welcome to Zeolla.org
Personal Website of Gary F. Zeolla
Author of Christian and of fitness books, websites, and newsletters
B.S. in Nutrition
Science (Penn State; 1983)
Denver Seminary Attendee (1988-90)
Top-ranked, multi-record breaking, championship-winning powerlifter
This site provides links to all of my writings, along with information about my life, my Christian faith, my health problems, my powerlifting, and other personal details.
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My Christian Books
Click here for information on all of my Christian books
My Fitness Books
Click here for information on all of my fitness books
My Christian Website and Newsletter
Darkness to Light Website
Explaining and Defending the Christian Faith:
Christian Theology, Apologetics, Cults, Ethics, Bible Versions, and much more
Free Darkness to Light email newsletter
My Fitness Website and Newsletter
Fitness for One and
Helping people to attain their health, fitness, and performance goals,
with an emphasis on powerlifting.
Free FitTips for One and All email newsletter
My Life Story
I was born in 1961. I have lived most of my life in western Pennsylvania. I never got married nor had children.
I graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science. I attended Denver Seminary from 1988-90. I was working towards a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion, but due to health problems I had to drop out before graduating.
I powerlifted rather successfully while in college (1979-82) and again in my 40s (2003-09), but health problems forced me to stop competing each time. But now in my 50s, I am once again lifting at a high intensity, but it is in the LORD's hands if I compete again.
I became a Christian in the mid-1980s. I founded Darkness to Light ministry in July 1991. I started Fitness for One and All on July 12, 2003. This website was established on May 5, 2009.
My first book was published in 1994. I have now written numerous books on both Christian and fitness subjects, along with a translation of the Bible. Some are in their second or even third editions, and all of them are available in multiple formats.
I thank the LORD that I have accomplished all of the above despite dealing with many health problems throughout my life and still on a daily basis.
For a more detailed autobiography, see My Life Story (long version).
My Health Problems
The worst of my numerous health problems I have struggled with are as follows:
Various sleep disturbances
Fibromyalgia (chronic pain plus chronic fatigue)
Stiff Person Syndrome (a very rare auto-immune disorder)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (severe allergies)
After being crippled by back pain for six years, I completely overcame it in 2000. I mostly recovered from the various injuries from the 1999 bicycle accident, except that my right shoulder is still weaker than the left, hindering my bench press. The stiff person syndrome would often leave me completely paralyzed for hours to days at a time from 2001-2005. I thought I was mostly over that problem, but I had a serious setback starting in August 2009.
The various sleep disturbances include restless leg syndrome, unexplained noises in my head (popping, cracking, and snapping sounds), neurological “tics” and others. One or more usually flare-up on any given night, so I almost never get a good night’s sleep. These have been ongoing since 1990.
The fibromyalgia began in 2001. The fatigue especially is an ongoing problem. My allergies gradually worsened to the point of MCS in recent years. I also have numerous less serious problems to deal with as well. Follow the links above orsee the Dealing with Health Difficulties section on my fitness site for further details on these various problems.
My Christian Salvation
As indicated, I have had to deal with many health and other problems in my life. However, the LORD has truly proved faithful in enabling me to handle having to suffer with so many afflictions. "But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength" (2Tim 4:17; ALT3).
But most of all, I am thankful for the eternal salvation that Christ has provided me by His death on the cross for my sins. I know beyond any doubt that a better life awaits me after this one. "For I consider that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us" (Rom 8:19; ALT3).
If you, the reader, would like to experience the peace and love of God and to know that you are forgiven and saved, see the Forgiveness and Salvation section of my Christian website. "if you confess with your mouth [the] Lord Jesus [or, [that] Jesus [is] Lord], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from [the] dead, you will be saved! For with the heart it is believed to righteousness, and with the mouth it is confessed to salvation" (Rom 10:9,10; ALT3).
My Final Powerlifting Contest
I used to powerlift. The last contest I entered was the R.A.W.
United Northeast States & Pennsylvania Championships, June 13, 2009 in
Greencastle, PA. I competed in the 114 pound weight class. Pictured below is my
final competitive lift, a successful fourth deadlift attempt with 400 pounds for
a new RAWU national record. I also won Best Lifter at the contest.
For a detailed contest report, see RAWU NE and PA Powerlifting Championships - 2009.
My Powerlifting Accomplishments
For a list of all I accomplished with my powerlifting,
both in my late teens to early 20s and in my 40s click here.
My Social and Related Sites
Bodybuilding.com Profile, Reviews, and Forums
I mostly participate in the Over 35 and Powerlifting forums.
AmazonProfile and Reviews
iHerb Profile and Reviews
See Recommended Online Merchants for a list of sponsors of this website.
My Contact Information
Click here for details on contacting me.
Established May 5, 2009
All material on this website is copyrighted © by Gary F. Zeolla