Tell Me Mel: All Things Life, Health & Fitness

CrossFitting During Pregnancy – Part 1

I am starting a series of posts about my experience with continuing to do CrossFit during my pregnancy. It's been almost three years to the date when I found out I was pregnant. Throughout my entire pregnancy I was really disappointed with the lack of information and...

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Parenting Is A Lot Like The Diet Industry

Mic check; mic check….is this thing on? I first started writing this post when Pepper was 14 months old. And here we are, 10 months later, on the heels of her second birthday, finally getting around to finishing it. {Sidenote – something is up with my website;...

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Then vs. Now – A Story of Disordered Eating

Every year I see that it’s National Eating Disorder week I think about posting something. And every year I talk myself out of it because I was never technically diagnosed with an eating disorder. But that doesn’t mean that disordered eating didn’t exist in my life for...

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Would You, Could You?

I was having a conversation with a friend online the other day about her diet and exercise routine when she said this: “I don't understand how some girls can drink Dr Pepper all day, eat whatever they want, never work out, and maintain their 115 lb weight. I would...

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“You’re Doing the Best You Can”

I WILL NOT COMPARE MYSELF TO MY PRE-BABY ABILITIES. I WILL NOT COMPARE MYSELF TO MY PRE-BABY STRENGTHS. I WILL NOT COMAPRE MYSELF TO MY PRE-BABY BODY. I’M DOING THE BEST THAT I CAN. This phrase has been popping up in my head over and over the past two weeks; in fact...

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Learning YOU vs. Learning a New Diet

This weekend kicked off The Combine Strength & Conditioning's annual Primal Challenge - an 8 week competition to push the members to become more powerful, stronger, improve body composition, and more.  I decided to do the challenge because I am ready to get back into...

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Babies Have Highlight Reels, Too

Let me start by saying I am not one of those moms and this is not one of those blogs where I passive aggressively talk about my child or motherhood. I’m not going to post funny, yet sarcastic and mostly negative “I wish they would have told me this, that, and the...

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I Had a C-Section but I Still Have a Birth Story

A good friend shared this with me: “Every baby has their own birth journey. And this is hers.” When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately contacted my friend Kat to be our doula. I knew I wanted her to help us with the birth of our baby, as well as help me do it...

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I’m More Fun When I’m Pregnant

I know what you’re thinking: How can someone who doesn’t drink and goes to bed at 9pm most nights be “fun”? I’d wonder the same thing, too…but my version of “fun” is probably a bit different than most peoples. This January, the mantra I set for the year (before I knew...

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Second Trimester Recap

Missed the First Trimester Recap? You can find that post here. I have officially entered the Third Trimester or as they say, “the home stretch” – the same they people who say “it goes by so fast.” The only thing that’s gone by fast is the time between my pee breaks...

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5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Owning a Gym

Today marks the 5th anniversary of our "Grand Opening" ribbon cutting at Anytime Fitness Fredericksburg. It's hard to believe how blessed we have been over the last five years. Owning a gym was always a dream of Rick's; quite honestly it has never been a dream of...

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Melisa is an experienced trainer that always got rock star reviews from customers. I like her “tell it like it is” approach to blogging and regularly read them.

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