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...I am featured in an article on!!! Sooo exciting :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sooo I haven't been Sparking in awhile as I have been very busy with work and baby, but I'm still here, doing the work - And boy is it ever paying off!!! I really didn't use summer-time in a bikini as one of my motivations for working out and eating well but it certainly is a nice side effect :)
Since starting back to work full-time after my maternity leave I have managed to keep up with my running and circuit-training and find myself STILL losing weight. I was tracking my food up until very recently and am eating well over 2000 cals a day and still losing .5 lb a week!! I weigh myself weekly and am adding more calories as I don't want to lose any more. I don't want to cut back on my exercise, I am loving my routines and results!!!
I'm also thrilled and honored to be featured in an article for, Sparkpeople's sister site :). Here is a link!

The article went live last week but this morning as I was reading my newsfeed on facebook I saw another plug for the feature with the headline "Be inspired by Melissa, a Babyfit Mom who has used BabyFit to meet her health goals" - Wow did that ever feel good!!!
One of my biggest accomplishments in the last few Months since starting back to work was running a mile in 7'28!!! Hello "Girl who almost failed gym class due to physical inactivity"!!!!
Yes, I am pretty proud of that feat, I remember being in 10th Grade and not even being able to run 1/2 a km and here I am, 36 years old running 10 km's, 5 km's and a mile - FAST! WOOT WOOT!!
Well, I just had to share, it's not easy for me as I am rather modest ( With the exception of my Bikini Shots on here LOL ) and never want to come across as full of myself, but I am sooo proud of my feature article and my fitness achievements - I am happy I have a place to spill :)
Thanks for reading Sparkfriends! I may not be blogging weekly like back in the day but I think of you often as you are all responsible for inspiring me to push myself daily - For that I am very grateful! THANKS!!

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ROGUE_1 8/2/2011 2:27AM

    I'm pretty sure I've told you this before - but WOW you are so inspiring!!! My husband and I have taken the "plunge" and are now trying to get pregnant, and it is absolutely 100% motivating to see your pictures and read your blogs, and to know that it truly is possible to be fit, healthy, and trim after baby. Your hard work and dedication definitely pays off!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!!

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MRS.HOS77 7/20/2011 12:04AM

    Wow!!! You look amazing! You should be proud! Go you! :)

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BUTTERFLYSTEPH 7/13/2011 11:41PM

    You are awesome!!! You have so much to be proud of. I have been away from Spark People for awhile but...I am back and ready to get results like yours! thanks for being my inspiration!!

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JENNIFER9907 7/10/2011 4:39PM

    wow.. u look amazing.. congrats!!! emoticon

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DEBO1202 6/30/2011 3:26PM

    that's emoticon & emoticon you deserve it!

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    You look great! Congrats on that article! =]

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_FITMAMA 6/29/2011 7:46PM

    Awesome! You you look FANTASTIC!

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MOSERLK 6/29/2011 4:58PM

  that is amazing! rock that bikini!

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/29/2011 4:00PM

    way to go!

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BARCLE 6/29/2011 2:41PM

    I too offer my congratulations and admiration emoticon I'm really thrilled for you - you look fantastic and it's wonderful to see the fantastic results of your hard work emoticon

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MEGSMILEY 6/29/2011 2:03PM

    Mel- you continue to inspire me. Well done, you!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 6/29/2011 6:46AM

    Wonderful! You deserve the positive attention - you've earned it! Thanks for putting yourself out there so others can learn from your success. Congrats!

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PENFOLDROCKS 6/29/2011 6:30AM

    Wowzers - congratulations - you look great and are right to feel proud!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/28/2011 11:42PM

    You should be proud of yourself. You've done an amazing job and are absolutely rocking it!

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MYTURN11 6/28/2011 11:04PM

    Congratulations on being a Mom, your fitness accomplishments and your article being posted! You look marvelous! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRUITYCHERRY 6/28/2011 9:17PM

    Girl, you have always been inspiring to me! You are making it happen for yourself and the results are AMAZING! Holy smokes, you are looking lean and rocking that bikini! Be proud!!! You have earned it! Off to read your article now!

*Seriously considering doing the Ripped in 30 challenge after seeing your results! What workouts are you doing these days? I have been doing lots of yoga, as usual. Trying to incorporate more strength training and running, just cause I love it. Getting your time down to 7 1/2 min/mi is fan-flippin-tastic!!! You are an ATHLETE!! Keep feeding yourself nutritious food and your weight will plateau. I am looking forward to the day when I can incorporate more healthy fats in my diet. I am still in weight loss mode right now, but just trying to focus on health.

Anyways, keep it up! It is nice to have a fellow gym class dropout turned athlete to share the experience with!


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FITFOODIE806 6/28/2011 8:13PM

    looking good!!! You should be so proud. And I, too, love that Spark is a place for us to gush about fitness and our accomplishments. We deserve it!

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CRAZEE4MARIAH 6/28/2011 7:43PM

    awesome:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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...So Many Positive Changes - Just in time for my Son's first Birtday!!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Well, I did the weight and measure thing today as I had some goals to hit before my Son's First Birthday ( Sat.). Overall I am VERY pleased :)
My target weight was 122 and I am sitting at 119.5. I also achieved my waist-to-hip ratio target of .80!!! I am now .79! The only goal I missed was the Bodyfat% -
My goal was to be 19% and I am still in the 20% range, I seem to be stuck there. But honestly, I think that is awesome considering I am now juggling working full-time outside of the home as well as taking care of my beautiful baby boy!! I think I am doing ok :)
It's hard to believe that when I gave birth a year ago I was 168 Lbs!!! So many fantastic changes...When I left the hospital I could barely walk, and today I ran 5 Km's in a record time of 24:51!!! WOO-HOO!!
I have attached some pics of me trying on my "Skinny Shorts" that I could barely fit into BEFORE giving Birth, a size 7. These are clearly too big so on the weekend I went and got some new shorts - A comfortable size 3!!
What an awesome feeling :) - Thanks Sparkpeople!!!! And thanks to all of my fabulous Sparkfriends - Keep with it, it totally works!

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LREESE03 6/17/2011 9:29PM

    Total inspiration!! emoticon

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SGILBER6 5/16/2011 11:45AM

    Your sparkpage is so motivating!! Great job on reaching your goals!

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FRUITYCHERRY 5/15/2011 1:45PM

    You look awesome! So inspiring to see a busy working mom like you kicking so much butt! Love your new skinny shorts!

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DEBO1202 5/9/2011 11:43AM

    emoticon job on all of your achievements!

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NATURALLYJJ 5/5/2011 5:31PM

    You look fantastic and have achieved such great goals! Woo Hoo Girl!

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FITFOODIE806 5/4/2011 10:13PM

Incredible accomplishments!!!
And happy birthday to your son!

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THINLIN07 5/4/2011 6:06PM

    Wow look at you you have done an awesome job. I wouldnt worry to much about the body fat thing. I am not even sure how they figure that out anyway. Besides when I look at your pic I have to ask what body fat? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/4/2011 5:02PM

    Congrats on reaching your goals! You have accomplished so much in one short year, especially while taking care of your little boy and now working full-time. I'm so in awe of you -- I hope to get there one day, too.

Again, happy birthday to your little man!

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MEGSMILEY 5/4/2011 4:58PM

    Awesome job! I am totally motivated by you! Happy birthday to your little boy! :)

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MFLYNN8 5/4/2011 4:29PM

    Wow! You are living proof that consistency is the way to achieve goals! Good for you!!

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...A Fun Weekend :) - ( With Pics )

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yesterday by best friend came to visit from out of town. We had sooo much fun!! She has lost a lot of weight as well, ( 20lbs ) so we had a really girly night - I cooked a healthy dinner and then we got all dolled up. Hubby took pics!

After that we listened to music and danced around and then decided to go to a Night Club for a bit :) - I haven't done that in AGES!!! It was soo nice to feel YOUNG again, and we both decided that the reason we felt so young was because of our new, healthy lifestyle!!

Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!

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DEBO1202 4/11/2011 11:11AM

    emoticon looks/sounds like you had fun! I always love a good girls night!

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MEGSMILEY 4/11/2011 10:55AM

    Way to go! Girl's nights are so fun!

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FRUITYCHERRY 4/11/2011 1:04AM

    Sounds like a good time! You girls are radiant!

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LEEANNMELINE 4/11/2011 12:58AM

    That is what I am working towards!! You two look great!

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GAB6784 4/10/2011 6:47PM

    Looks like a good time :)

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Rachel_Mac's Progress Picture Challenge - Week 12

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Ahhh!!! Sooo busy right now!! I REALLY want to be Sparking more, but with baby, work, working out, family time...I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands!! :(

I am very happy though!! And I have completed The RM Pic Challenge!
WOO-HOO!!!! Last week was a real test though - My baby had been sick for a Month, and I finally got it - I had the flue for a couple of days and then just a bad cold but my workouts suffered. I am proud of myself though, I still met my fitness minutes and calories burned goal!

I LOVED this pic challenge! And I am thrilled with the results. In the 12 weeks since I started this challenge, I have lost 6 lbs ( bringing me to a total of 30 lbs lost since the end of Aug. 2010!! ) and my body fat went from 25.01% to 21.4!
I have also completed my first round of Ripped in 30! Jillian Michaels ROCKS :)
and I am sooo happy because I just checked iTunes and it is now available on there so I can download it to my iPad with the rest of her workouts and take her everywhere I go. I am going to do Level 4 again tomorrow!

I am very thankful to Rachel Mac for starting this Pic Challenge, it's getting harder now to keep things interesting and I found this to be a huge motivator.
I am going to lay off the "Challenges" for a bit now, and just do a different Jillian workout a few times a week along with going to the Gym and Running.

Thanks sooo much my awesome Sparkfriends!! You guys are so great! Thanks for reading my blog every week, I really appreciate all of your kind comments!

Here are my final set of pics - Starting vs. Week 12 :)

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_FITMAMA 4/7/2011 4:35PM

    Great job! You look fantastic!

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JOYINRUNNING08 4/6/2011 1:31PM

    Wow, how inspiring is that!? :)

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MEGSMILEY 4/6/2011 11:59AM

    Awesome work Mel. You always inspire me! Good job juggling everything. It is tough. You are superwoman!! :)

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DEBO1202 4/6/2011 10:25AM

    Wow! You look fantastic! AMAZING results- you have alot to be proud of and I wish I'd seen your blog sooner. Great Job!

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MJCLARENDON 4/6/2011 9:17AM

    Great results! So glad you found this to keep you motivated! I was the same way- looking for a new challenge apart from just watching the boring old scale. It totally worked for you, look at your great progress! You look so lean and toned! Looks to me like you've reached your goal, congrats!

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SHANN1530 4/6/2011 9:12AM

    amazing!! great job sticking with it :)

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MUSHROOMSTEW 4/6/2011 8:39AM

    Oh you go girl! Awesome final pics!!

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MAWILLINGHAM 4/6/2011 8:25AM

    You look fantastic! What a great transformation you've had! Very inspirational!

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LEASH119 4/6/2011 7:44AM

    congrats on finishing!!! you did an amazing job! you look great! :) I am now going to be taking monthly progress pics! I was taking weekly and wasn't seeing the results I wanted so monthly pics are next lol! you are doing awesome! :)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 4/6/2011 2:18AM

    Congrats on finishing the challenge and on the fantastic results. It sounds like you are managing on juggling work, family, and exercise really well. Glad you and your baby are feeling better. Take care!

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ROGUE_1 4/6/2011 1:22AM

    Wow, those are some awesome results!
Hope you and baby get better soon!

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ISISNIRA 4/6/2011 12:26AM

    Great job

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Rachel_Mac's Progress Picture Challenge - Week 11

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ok so Holy wow what a busy week!!! I started the Gym again last week as I have someone to go with now, So I did three hour long workouts ( Treadmill and ST ) there on top of my Jillian workouts and running...Finished the week off with an AMAZING Bootcamp hosted by an ex-CFL / Personal Trainer / Reality TV Show Host named Tommy Europe!! He was sooo nice! During the Keynote Speech he had me ( me!!!) come up to the stage in front of 100's of people to perform the proper Squat technique!!! Below is a pic of us - Isn't he Ripped?!?

I ate really well this week too! I managed to loose .4 lbs, but I am really not trying to loose any more weight so maybe I will up my Calories this week.
My Bodyfat % down .6% to 21.4% so that makes me happy :)

I am feeling sooo strong! I am proud of myself - Last week was very challenging as my Baby is sick ( AGAIN!!) - This time with the flue :( and I had an extra day of work sooo it was a lot to juggle - THANK GOD for my amazing Husband, who is so incredibly supportive...There is no way I could keep up this schedule without his help! Anyways, my Husband and I will continue taking turns staying home with our boy until he gets better.

This is the last week of my Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 challenge, as well the last week of the pic challenge!!! I will really need to BRING IT!! Unfortunately I will have to start "bringing it" tomorrow, as I can hardly walk today because of yesterdays Bootcamp LOL...So I will rest up and start tomorrow :)

This week I am comparing start pics to weeks 5 and 11 :)

Have a fabulous week Sparkfriends! Thanks for reading :)

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ABETTERBECKY 4/5/2011 8:42AM

    Great job on completing the challenge - you made awesome progress, that belly is so lean and cut! Who just had a baby??????? WHAT? Great job!

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FRUITYCHERRY 4/5/2011 1:30AM

    You look great! I think I want to try the Ripped in 30 challenge!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/29/2011 1:57AM

    You're looking amazing. That six pack is coming in nicely!

And how fun to work out with Tommy Europe. I so envy you.

Hope your little guy feels better soon. Take care!

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FIT_AND_STRONG 3/28/2011 7:41PM

    Wow that is so awesome! I love watching Tommy Europe's show! So inspiring! You look GREAT.... keep up the good work:)

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FITFOODIE806 3/28/2011 4:54PM

    wow! Your abs look incredible!!! I bet that felt so good when he called your name. very cool.

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MEGSMILEY 3/28/2011 4:48PM

    Way to go! I can't believe you got your butt kicked by Tommy Europe. I watch 'the last 10 pounds bootcamp' with him on occasion and he is tough! Lookin' great!
Sorry your little boy is sick. That is tough. :( I hope he feels better soon!

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