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What Happened When I Stopped Being a Slave to Diet and Exercise

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I was a slave to diet and exercise!

The weighting, measuring, making sure I was burning enough calories to lose the right amount of weight…it was making me go insane. I felt like I was stuck in this crazy vicious cycle of never-ending BEFORE pictures and diet failures.

I seriously felt like I was stuck in the parallel universe of before pictures without there ever being an after photo. I’d do the 30, 60 and 90-day program and hope for the best at the end only to look at myself and realize that not much had changed.

I would let that obsession of what my after photo would or SHOULD look like rule my thoughts. With each program and each counting of calories and step on the scale, I’d see nothing change in the numbers. Maybe a little here or there but the obsession would get the best of me.

I always felt like it was never enough!

I would overanalyze every little thing I ate; every “fat” roll,  every stretch mark, and anything that would jiggle on my body; and every pound on the scale. Happiness, I thought, would come if I just made myself smaller. However, it never really came. It would come and then the numbers would change and I was right back to where I started from.

I felt like I was stuck in a vicious cycle and couldn’t break free of it…ESPECIALLY with what I do for a living. Sweet lord, I’m a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and a health coach. What in the world would people think if they saw the REAL me??


Take a listen to my story where I lay it all out there on how I was really feeling about all of this and how I came to find WHO I really was and how to get through the vicious cycle of it all.





These right here are the many BEFORE pictures over the past few years. Go ahead, look. There really are no AFTER pictures. I pretty much hate before and after pictures. I think they’re B.S!!



I kind of hate before and after pictures…oh and I kind of hate diets…but you all already know that.

I never like to put myself out there because with what I do for a living, I’m supposed to meet a “certain” criteria, or at least that’s the public image I’m supposed to live up to.

Well, I am certainly NOT meeting it. See, just like many of you, I am a REAL woman who struggles with anxiety ( which has been on HIGH ALERT LATELY), stress, self-doubt, body image issues and whatever else comes with being female. Maybe you don’t see anything wrong with them but as I compared them, I noticed something that I wasn’t quite too pleased with.

There is NO magic potion or quick fix that will change any of this, only I can do it. It all starts with me and my MINDSET, which is exactly WHY I created my Balance 360 program. It seems as women, we need a mindset shift.

I know I’m up for a little mindset adjustment myself. I mean, I struggle too. My mind drives me crazy about what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I feel like a serious hot mess at times. Trust me, I can be a total shit show at times.

The most important thing I can remember is to keep going, to stay consistent, to never give up on myself.

**If you’re still reading this and you’ve been shaking your head “yes” because you have felt some of these same things yourself. Then listen up.**

TODAY, I am telling you to LET GO of this negative self-judgment that you’ve been holding against yourself. Quit being so hard on yourself.

Let go and step forward into your best self. Work on your mindset and keep it positive. Let’s work together.

I’m over the 30, 60, and 90-day “diet” programs…this is about HEALTH from the inside out…mind, body, and spirit. When you can get those pillars balanced out, you’ll see amazing things happen.


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Hey there, I'm Melanie. I help women DITCH THE DIET MENTALITY and reclaim their health through mindful eating, hormone balancing, stress management, and digestive healing.

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