Tell Me Mel: All Things Life, Health & Fitness

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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What Does “Fit” Mean to You?

A few weeks ago I witnessed a heated debate over the cover of the latest Austin Fit Magazine; their swimsuit edition. It was a conversation between a few people centered on whether or not the woman on the cover looked “fit” vs. “genetically thin”. “You would just...

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Inside My Head, My Body and My Heart the last 15 Weeks….

The first trimester has come and gone - here are my thoughts, experiences, and everything in between. When did you know you were pregnant? To be honest, I had an idea something was going on with my body at about 2.5 weeks. I was competing at The Fittest Games on a...

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This Book Changed My Life

Disclaimer: Men, you can be completely exempt from reading this post.   Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health. First, let me start by saying I think this book should be...

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In “Due” Time

Have you ever noticed that people are always trying to rush you into what they expect or think you should be doing in life? I mean, you haven’t even entered into your sophomore year in high school when questions of Where are you going to college? You’re going to...

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The Summer of the 6-Pack

It’s nearing the end of February which means the diet and fitness industry has already begun to use fear tactics to encourage us to “get ready for swimsuit season”. I follow many fitness accounts and the overall theme I’m seeing is: “Bikini bodies are built in the...

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…Poor Rick…..

The first time I saw this poster in Whole Foods I thought, “Dang; if I treated (or talked to) Rick the way I treat (or talk to) my body he wouldn’t last a day.” He would straight up RUN away. Granted, I have made lots of progress in the past few years, but to be...

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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.

Joe Berti

Founder, Sweti Services