Every wonder what my typical day looks like? Well most of you know that I’m a full time teacher, so my weekdays are spent at school. My weekends aren’t usually for relaxation but getting everything done that I put off all week. Check out my latest Youtube Video to see a full day of eating, a physique update, and a weigh in. My YouTube channel is: Flourishing Mel!
It’s nearly impossible to grow muscle mass in a caloric deficit, so when one wants to make gains they must eat: LOTS! I have been looking to put on a couple pounds of lean muscle, so I have been eating a ton & lifting heavy. Above is a progress picture with a brief description of changes that I’ve made to my diet & workout routine.
Okay this post is going to be relatively short, but I need your help. I am in a competition to become a brand sponsor for the company Foxy Athletics. In order to move to the next round of voting, I need you to like the picture in the link below. The link will take you to my fitness Instagram: melissa_fit.life That’s it. Click on the link, double tap the picture, and your work here is done. Thank you in advance for your support. I love you all!
There are two years difference between these photos. It just proves that progress takes time, hard work, and consistency. To learn more about my workouts head over to my YouTube channel: Flourishing Mel.
Here’s some updated progress from the Kayla Itsines BBG program that I’m doing. If you want to see more frequent posts about my fitness endeavors, follow my fitness instagram @melissa_fit.life.
That’s right, I have my own YouTube channel now! I post videos of workouts, tips, and nutrition. My channel name is just Flourishing Mel! Head on over there now to see my latest video: a food diary.
If you don’t know what BBG is, head up to the menu and read about it under the fitness section. I have been doing this workout program on & off for over a year now. Today I restarted BBG 1.0 from the beginning. I will be updating my progress here and on my fitness instagram @melissa_fit.life. Here are my before photos, to track the growth that I make. Stay tuned!
As I turn another year older today, I wanted to reflect on my past year. A lot has changed within these 365 days. 25 was a pretty defining year in my life. I fell in love, met amazing new friends, traveled, changed jobs, bought a house, grew my fitness training, and started this website!
I had an amazing relationship and lost it, but have found a new love who is even better. I truly believe that God has a hand in everything. While I might not know his master plan, he always brings exactly what I need into my life.
I met so many new friends through Kayla Itsines’ BBG Community. These girls started as fitness motivation but have turned out to be confidants and lifelong friends.
Since my last birthday, I have traveled to Phoenix, Nashville, Sedona, Columbus, Oahu, Maui, San Francisco, Yosemite and Denver.
Though I am still teaching at my same school, I have changed positions. I am so excited for this new change.
Well if you’ve been following my blog, you already know a ton about this!
I have completed BBG numerous times and even began lifting! For a girl who had never been to the gym, I am so proud of all the strides that I have made.
Looking back on this year, it is amazing how much has changed. I have met and surpassed so many goals. It’s definitely looking like 26 is going to be the best one yet!
EXCITING NEWS! I FINALLY MADE MY OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL! I WILL CONTINUE POSTING VIDEOS HERE BUT EVERYTHING WILL UP THERE AS WELL! MAKE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR NEW VIDEO UPDATES!
Check out my first YouTube video below! I have created an amazing, at home leg day for you. This routine will surely build the booty.
Swap out the steps for a chair & you’ve got yourself a killer leg workout at home. Repeat 3 times for the ultimate leg day.
I was nominated by the beautiful and inspiring Amber of What Makes Me Amber for the Sunshine Award. She tagged me to answer these 11 questions about myself. I have also linked you too 11 other amazing bloggers who I have nominated for this award. I love learning more about this wonderful community!
1.) When you aren’t blogging, you are…
When I am not blogging, I am most likely at work or at the gym.
2.) Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
I find my writing inspiration from every day life. I wrote about my struggles and successes so that my readers can learn from me.
3.) If you were to move far away from where you currently live, what are some things you’d miss?
I would definitely miss summertime in the city. Chicago only has nice weather for about 3 months of the year, but those 3 months are glorious. Chicago is full of amazing museums, parks, beaches, and concerts.
4.) Do you have any plans for the summer?
As mentioned in my previous post, this summer will be full of weddings! I also just purchased a house, so I will be working on renovations all summer long.
5.) When you were a kid, what did you aspire to be?
I always wanted to be a teacher and here I am!
6.) What is your drink of choice when you’re at a restaurant?
I never drink pop, soda, etc. It’s usually a coffee at brunch, water with lemon, or a nice glass of red wine.
7.) Do you speak any other languages?
I don’t speak any other languages. Learning a new language never came easy to me.
8.) What is your favorite cuisine to cook and/or eat?
I love all types of food. I will eat anything and everything.
9.) Are you a reader? If so, what is your favorite book?
I love reading! I breeze through books. I don’t have a favorite book, but my favorite author is Lisa Scottoline. I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple weeks ago, and she is even more outstanding in person!
10.) What is something fun that you’ve done recently?
Something fun that I have recently done is tried out Soulcycle. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
11.) What do you do/where do you go to relax?
Relaxation to me is being in nature. Sitting by the lake with a good book and my dog is an ideal day.
Now I nominate the following bloggers:
Here are your 11 questions! Answer and then nominate 11 other bloggers.
- What is your favorite vacation destination?
- How did you get started blogging?
- Which post of yours is your favorite?
- Where are you from?
- What is your favorite food?
- Do you have any pets?
- What is your favorite hobby?
- What is the last book that you read?
- Who is your role model?
- What paint color is your bedroom?
- Who is your favorite blogger to follow?