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Hey All,

I posted this up in the intro section but thought I'd start my own thread here also.....

My name is Melanie and I just joined up today.  I've
been reading the forums for a while and this is a great place to chat
with like-minded mom's interested in getting and staying fit.

A
little about me....I'm in my late 30s and Married with one son Tyler. 
My pregnancy was pretty typical other than the emergency C
section.....little T just didn't want to be born right then:)  I gained
around 40lbs on my 5'1" frame and this became one of my #1 goals....to
get fit and stay there. 

While I've worked out and tried to stay
active most of my adult life, it became increasingly harder during and
after Tyler was born.  I went from "winging it" at the gym, to running
miles upon miles every day, to succumbing to the promise of a certain
large company that advertised on late night TV that if I followed their
DVD workout programs I'd be super thin and ripped.  After none of that
got me to where I wanted to be, I decided to take it upon myself and
invest in a real personal trainer.  This wasn't the cheapest option but,
as it turns out, was the best thing I could do for myself. 

(Unfortunately,
I wasn't able to start with the trainer right away.  I had been having
massive headaches for the last 2 years.  After many trips to the Dr. and
steroid injections, I had spinal surgery last year where they fused 2
of my vertebrae.  It was successful and no more headaches so far! I've also had 4 foot surgeries and am still in excruciating pain but that's another story:))

My
husband had been using the same trainer for a few months so I knew she
was good and could help me.  After a few weeks of a very specific
nutrition and workout routine, I started to see changes I had never seen
before!  After a few months I got interested in fitness competitions,
and earlier this year I placed first in the NPC fitness competition for
my category! 

Lately I have concentrated on helping friends and
family with their fitness goals.  So here I am and I'm here to help,
answer questions, and get you excited and enthused about dropping those
lbs, shedding the doubt, and becoming that fit mom that all the rest are
jealous of:)

Melanie

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Melanie (About me)
Defy Ordinary!

by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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HeatherCates
by on Jul. 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Those "late night DVD programs" did help me get started and down to a healthy weight.  I have become so inspired to help others, too.  I am now a place where I need a higher level of dedication to my nutrition.  The home fitness still works best for me because I simply don't have the money for a personal trainer, nor do I have the time to spend at the gym.  Being a single mom, I have to be at home when my kids need me.  I can always pause that DVD, help them, and get back to work.

I am very curious as to what your nutrition plan was like to get you competition ready.  That has always been my biggest area of struggle.

ASPENOPS
by on Jul. 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Quoting HeatherCates:

Those "late night DVD programs" did help me get started and down to a healthy weight.  I have become so inspired to help others, too.  I am now a place where I need a higher level of dedication to my nutrition.  The home fitness still works best for me because I simply don't have the money for a personal trainer, nor do I have the time to spend at the gym.  Being a single mom, I have to be at home when my kids need me.  I can always pause that DVD, help them, and get back to work.

I am very curious as to what your nutrition plan was like to get you competition ready.  That has always been my biggest area of struggle.

Hey!

I'm sure it's extremely hard to get your workouts in being a single mom!  I can't imagine and I respect you for that.

Competition prep is crazy.  The nutrition schedule is 6 meals a day with very specific macros times at specific periods throughout the day.  Macros are Fat, Protein, and Carbs.

The quantity of food depends on your level of lifting and cardio and also your timeframe until the show.  You really need to have a good trainer on your side to do it right.

My trainer was in California and I'm in Colorado....so all our correspondence was via email and phone/texts.  She told me what to do and how to eat and I did exactly that and worked out here on my own.


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Melanie (About me)
Defy Ordinary!

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