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.
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.
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:))
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
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
What a before and after, you look amazing! That's a lot of dedication and hard work! Defiantly not my goal, but congrats to you for taking your health and fitness into your own hands!
Thank you! I totally know what you mean...I never thought in a million years that I would go stand on stage and be judged by people! It turned out to be a natural progression. I go so into working out that my body just decided to play along at some point:)
What are your goals? I bet they are very similar to mine a few years ago.