I’m Melissa passionate holistic Weight Loss & Lifestyle Empowerment Expert, fitness enthusiast, mindset master and forever fashionista among other things…. I’m here to help you combine fitness + food + mindset + fashion to create a deeply nourishing, empowering lifestyle that helps you lose the weight for good, and feel absolutely fabulous.
Sound good to you? Read on, gorgeous!
I’m on a mission to inspire women of all sizes to break free from yoyo dieting and deprivation, and love themselves more than ever. Because when that happens – the weight slips off easily, your confidence skyrockets, and a blissed out transformation unfolds all by itself.
I also teach women how to outwardly express how fantastic they feel inside, by reconnecting them with themselves and their personal style in a way that says to the world: “I’m here, I feel amazing, and I’m living beautifully.”
If you’re ready let’s shift your mindset. It’s time to move away from “wanting and dreaming”, and into a place of “having and believing”. No matter what you’re struggling with: excess weight, emotional eating, getting your ideal body, or dressing for your body type – I’m just the girl you’re looking for.
Why? Because I’ve walked this path. I’ve fought this battle. And I’m here to tell you how beautiful and incredible it feels on the other side – the other side that’s waiting for you.
THIS IS MY STORY
How old were you the first time you believed: “There’s something wrong with my body.” I was 10. I scribbled down in my diary: “I need to lose 10 pounds.” It’s the first memory I have of feeling ugly, and less worthy than my slimmer peers. And it didn’t fade away with age, either. Through my preteen and teen years, selfcriticism, insecurity, and poor body image spilled into every area of my life.
Every time I didn’t get the part in a school play, or the grade I wanted, or a cute boy didn’t like me, I sunk further back into that unworthy feeling. I blamed it all on my weight. I assumed everyone around me was judging me, and whispering under their breaths about my extra pounds and big thighs.
My insecurities were like a wall, separating me from the best parts of being young: new adventures, romantic relationships, and the pursuit of my dreams. I was stuck staying small.
I nitpicked every part of myself. My butt, my belly, my hips you name it, if it was on my body, I’d find something wrong with it. I wore shorts with my bathing suits, and constantly had sweaters tied around my waist.
So I did what most women do: I looked to the diet industry for help.
I tried the diets. The pills. The magic beans. When those didn’t work, I gave Weight Watchers another whirl after I graduated college, and started my 10year career in the fashion industry, where appearance was everything.
At the time, protein and healthy fats were high in points. I cut those out to “bank” my points, so I could party with pizza and beer on the weekends. The result? I wreaked absolute havoc on my digestive system.
While doctors tried to prescribe me pills, I intuitively felt there was a better alternative to medication. Thankfully, I listened to my inner guide, and discovered holistic nutrition.
The more I learned about healing myself the natural way the deeper in love I fell. “I can create a lifestyle that’s intune with my body, and doesn’t involve dieting? And I’ll naturally heal and look amazing? Where do I sign?” I thought.
My holistic nutrition studies gave me my first ever look at the whole picture the mental, physical, and spiritual reasons for my insecurities, weight struggles, health issues… all of it.
The pounds began to drop. I got compliments from all my friends. I was so happy with the results, I devoted myself to health and fitness, and became a trainer. I thought I had it all figured out… but I wasn’t completely free of my past yet.
As a trainer, I’d see women come into the gym and work their butts off with almost 0 payoff, because they weren’t eating right. They’d stay overweight, or they’d be thin, but not toned, energized, but not glowing. Their clothes didn’t flatter them, and made them look heavy.
One thing was clear: these women weren’t honoring themselves or their bodies.
BUT, it wasn’t from lack of effort or desire. They just didn’t know how to honor themselves. Like me, they’d been raised with a “health” culture overflowing with diets and deprivation. They didn’t know how to lovingly work with their unique bodies & schedules.
Then it hit me: the story these women were living was my story too.
Yes, I looked pretty fit, and put my nutrition school education to use in the kitchen… but I also obsessed over everything I ate, and spent hours a day in the gym.
Inside, my insecure 10yearold self still ran the show. I still skipped out on dates and fun, and felt uncomfortable in my own skin. I’d created another prison around myself a prison based on being “too healthy and restrictive”.
The truth hit me again when I entered a Natural Body Federation competition. To my absolute shock, I won the “Best Body” division. I stood there frozen when they called my name, almost certain I was hallucinating the lights & applause. I didn’t deserve to win. Couldn’t they see all my flaws? There had to be some mistake.