Tell Me Mel: All Things Life, Health & Fitness

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 mandatory...

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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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It’s Been Twenty-One Days…Now What?

“A habit is a choice that we deliberately make at some point and then stop thinking about, but continue doing, often every day” – The Power of Habit. Today is January 21st, which means that if you took on a New Year’s resolution (or two – or three) and have been...

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Peaceful Hearts & Healthy Bodies

  At the beginning of the year, I saw a friend post online a "Proverbs Challenge" for the entire month of January. The challenge was simple: Read a chapter for each day of the month. D-O-N-E. This verse is from today's reading and I had to read and repeat it over and...

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“The Next Right Thing”

Last week I posted on Compete Every Day “Ringing in Resolutions.” In the post I encouraged people to set an intention or a mantra for the year – something that you can write, speak, repeat every day of the next year. However, after meeting with some friends for goal...

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DIY Christmas Gifts – Round 2

Last year I shared with y'all my DIY Christmas presents of Protein Smoothie Kits and Christmas bark in DIY Comes Once a Year. This year, I stuck with the same theme but changed it up a bit. One of my favorite go-to breakfasts is Overnight Proats aka: Protein Oats....

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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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