Transformation Profile: Melanie LethbridgeInstagram: @FEARLESS_MFP Twitter: @FEARLESS_MFP Category: Transformation
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I was always heavy child, obese teen young adult. After quitting smoking I really gained more weight. After having two beautiful children and working with palliative patients I realized that life is too short to be unhappy, and I wanted my children to follow and be physically healthy too.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
My heaviest weight was about 250lbs, I was miserable. My whole life I just wanted to be like everyone else-a normal weight. The pivotal point was when apalliative patient said to me “life is short. I’m fighting to live and your just putting in time” at that moment I realized I was wasting my life, watching TV, eating crappy food. I felt like shit.Looked like shit. I wanted to show my kids to be active – so I did.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Every day I do something. I am a shift worker 12hr days12hr nights, working nursing dept full time on a slow stream rehab,palliative unit at headwaters Healthcare hospital. On my day shifts I wake up at 3 am go to my gym then I work my 12hr. 6:30 am to 6:30pm.Night shift I try to split it up with doing my cardio when I wake up,and weights after my 12. (Not to mention my husband and kids are very supportive)
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I don’t believe it’s as simple as calorie in calorie out. Intermittent fasting has worked well for me. I count my calories and track my macros. Just starting to learn about supplements. I believe you have to ear clean to get lean.
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Long term is another 20lbs. To also do the iron man in Muskoka within the next 3years.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
Internet because there is “real” people out there that work,have families and still make time to train.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
This sounds weird but after being so obese for my whole life getting used to seeing myself as not obese. Still to this day when someone says “you look great!” I’m like really? Also the loose skin, I’ve been working at it, building muscle to fill it but I can be very hard on myself because of it. Or I get fixated on it.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
Pet peeves is when people try to make it sound like “oh just watch what you eat” or “your going to put on too much muscle” “do more cardio” honestly skinny people have no idea how hard it is to loose body fat and put on muscle. That and when overweight people think I’ve always been a skinny lol,trust me lots of time, sweat, tears, and lack of sleep went in this. People that don’t re rack the weights. Or leave the gym in a mess.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Persistence is the key. Everyday will not be perfect but you keep pushing forwards.
Please share anything else you would like to say:
My husband is currently just starting out. He has about80lbs to loose. This is exciting because he’s finally realizing that I’m not crazy, and health matters! I’m going to be with him every step of the way.
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