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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

________________________
Melanie (About me)
Defy Ordinary!

by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM
Replies (21-30):
musicpisces
by Suzanne on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Welcome to the group, Melanie!  You look amazing!  I'm a big Oxygen magazine fan, so I'm all about the strength training and clean eating and such.  I don't plan to get on stage (I doubt my loose skin and stretch marks would earn me high scores!), but I am on my own journey to improve my fitness.  "Thin" is not my goal- FIT is!  I have NO idea what my goal weight is at this point, more like, when I'm done.  So far I've lost over 100 lbs, with at least 20-30 left to go.  It's great to see someone else who's made major transformations the healthy way!  I'd LOVE to hire a PT again at some point.  I know that would help!

Keep up the good work!  =)

Suzanne

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."

musicpisces
by Suzanne on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting ASPENOPS:

Quoting Noni2319:

You look fantastic!




So many compliments from everyone!:). Thank you!

Fortunately, this is one of the more supportive and positive groups on this site.  Plus, we really appreciate people who don't succumb to the gimmicky stuff!

Suzanne

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."

BeAmour
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
"Beef up" as my trainer jokes about.

I'm in an EMS academy and if I cannot pass the fire portion, I don't graduate and there goes my career. Just gotta get my endurance and strength up.


Quoting ASPENOPS:

Quoting BeAmour:

Working with my trainer has been the best decision of my life!!





Good trainers are worth their weight in gold.....the trouble is finding a good one.



Glad you've had success! What are your goals?
ASPENOPS
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Quoting musicpisces:

Welcome to the group, Melanie!  You look amazing!  I'm a big Oxygen magazine fan, so I'm all about the strength training and clean eating and such.  I don't plan to get on stage (I doubt my loose skin and stretch marks would earn me high scores!), but I am on my own journey to improve my fitness.  "Thin" is not my goal- FIT is!  I have NO idea what my goal weight is at this point, more like, when I'm done.  So far I've lost over 100 lbs, with at least 20-30 left to go.  It's great to see someone else who's made major transformations the healthy way!  I'd LOVE to hire a PT again at some point.  I know that would help!

Keep up the good work!  =)




Thank you. Wow...100lbs.....that is awesome!!! So happy for you. You are exactly right when you say FIT. So many girls think its all about thin.....which couldn't be further from the truth.

Lean and toned muscles on a woman have to be just about the sexiest thing going! I hope I can help some of the great girls on here to realize that:)

________________________

Melanie (About me)

Defy Ordinary!

zen-o-matic
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Congratulations!  You look wonderful!  I'm not a competition type, but I would love to look like that! 

I do have many questions, if you don't mind.

1)  Can you give an example of what you eat in a typical day?

2)  How often/long do you work out?

3)  Do you have a 'voice of sabotage'?  How do you deal with it? (I sabotage myself regularly and not sure why)

4)  How much $ is a personal trainer (about)?

5)  What good characteristics and/or red flags should you look for in a trainer?

It's a lot of questions, I know.  Feel free to just answer the ones you want to answer.  ;)

Thank you!

armyvet06
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM
You look amazing! I'm working on losing about 60 more pounds. I have already lost 23. My biggest thing right now is getting the flab around my gut to go away.
momto3boys85
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM

You look amazing, I have more weight in my thighs and butt, I know you can't spot train but I would love to slim them down as I feel very self conscious of my legs and thighs and rear end. I also wanted to know what is a recommended eating plan, I have lost about 30 pounds so far, but have another 50 to go and though I'm not looking to be as muscular as you are I would love to have toned and leaner looking muscles and lose more inches. Right now I workout on my elliptical and have my aerobics DVDS I just started back doing with hand weights. Also are those kettle bells really better at toning muscle, I have heard a lot hype about them and was curious about buying a set of them and a workout dvd, thank you so much for letting us ask you questions. 

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers

Proud mom to 3 boys, Sean(7), Daniel(5), and Julian(3)



Lesgerm
by Leslie on Jun. 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM
I've been counting calories...I've lost 50 lbs doing that. I really need to stop counting at some point and just eat clean...but food is my weakness. I'm trying hard to work on that.
As far as exercise...
Sunday: long run 10+ miles
Monday: spinning class
Tuesday: hiit...sprints and strength training. Also planks.
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: hiit...1/2 mile fast-ish running intervals with strength and planks.
Friday: 6 mile run
Saturday: pump it class (weight training and cardio mix)


Quoting ASPENOPS:

Yea baby! Doesn't that feel good? What does your workout and nutrition plan look like?




Quoting Lesgerm:

Belly progress!

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ASPENOPS
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hello!

Thank you for the compliment:)  For your questions, see below....

Quoting zen-o-matic:

Congratulations!  You look wonderful!  I'm not a competition type, but I would love to look like that! 

I do have many questions, if you don't mind.

1)  Can you give an example of what you eat in a typical day?  I have 3 meal plans I follow, each with varying degrees of carbs.  This is one of my high carb days....

Breakfast:  6 egg whites, 1/3 cup steel cut oat meal with 1 tbsp Raw Honey, 5 strawberries

Snack:  Protein Shake with 1 bananna

Lunch:  5oz lean fish, veggies, large apple, tbsp raw almond or peanut butter.

Post Workout:  Torrent (or similar) post workout shake.

Dinner:  5 oz protein (red meat, salmon etc), veggies, a pear, 5 strawberries

Snack:  Omelet (3 whole eggs, 2 egg whites), 1/3 cup steel cut oats, 5 straberries.

2)  How often/long do you work out?

5 days a week and I take Sat/Sun off completely.  Each workout lasts anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

3)  Do you have a 'voice of sabotage'?  How do you deal with it? (I sabotage myself regularly and not sure why)

Don't we all?:)  If you are paying for a personal trainer it's sorta like going to college....why pay for it if you aren't giving it your all?  If you don't have a trainer, it's the same feeling.....why do all that work in the gym only to sabotage all your effort by cheating on your diet?

4)  How much $ is a personal trainer (about)?  All of them vary.  I've had trainers that were $150 for 5 weeks, and others that were $325 a month. 

5)  What good characteristics and/or red flags should you look for in a trainer?  Communication is key.  Us girls like to chat back and fourth.  Your trainer should give you their phone number and email address so you can hit them up whenever you need with questions....and they should get back to you promptly.  Also, the trainer should have clients that have at least placed in competitions (even if that's not your goal).....it shows they really know what they are doing.

It's a lot of questions, I know.  Feel free to just answer the ones you want to answer.  ;)

Thank you!



________________________

Melanie (About me)

Defy Ordinary!

Silvertears1275
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Oh WOW!  What a transformation! 

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