Melissa is the blogger behind Melissa Running It. She’s an office manager, wife, and middle of the pack mother runner hoping to inspire, motivate, and encourage women of all ages and stages to pursue a healthy life at any age.
How do you define FitFluential?
FitFluential is all encompassing. It’s not just about getting fitter, faster, and stronger for myself, but to be an example for my children and the people I can influence toward a healthy lifestyle. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been given a list of things I can’t, or shouldn’t, do for a variety of health issues. Instead of *existing *with limitations, I’m choosing to *live* past those limits and self-doubt to prove to myself and others that living healthy is a daily choice we make. No excuses.
What is your main motivation to be fit?
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In my family, everyone pretty much eats the same and lives the same sedentary lifestyle. When I visit my parents or see extended family, there are ridiculous amounts of medications and the inevitable comparison of ailments everyone is suffering from. My motivation to be fit comes from the desire to see a different outcome for my generation and the ones to follow. That helps me to keep the long term, big picture in mind.
When it comes to the day to day motivation, I can’t lie. I’m totally motivated by the challenge to lift heavier and run longer than the boys at the gym. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m turning forty this summer. 🙂
What is your favorite way to enjoy life?
I’m a simple girl. I enjoy a good book, a lazy nap, and a day at the beach. Put a good steak in front of me, tell me a story that makes me laugh, and I’m happy. Living in the moment, being fully present, and making memories with the ones who matter keeps me grounded with my priorities in order so I actually enjoy life instead of just trying to keep up with it.
What advice is do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
I tell everyone (including myself) that you didn’t get like this overnight, so you can’t expect results overnight.
- Set small, short term goals in addition to your big picture goal. This provides the freedom from being overwhelmed and discouraged when progress isn’t happening according to your timeline, and don’t forget to celebrate when you achieve those goals!
- Practice makes permanent. Create habits that will become a lifestyle, not a diet.
- You are your greatest competition. Don’t compare yourself to anyone other than the person you were yesterday. It’s too easy to be given to self-doubt instead of living with self-confidence. *You are worth it.*
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
Turning 40! These past couple of years of getting healthy and finding my groove have been great in spite of some physical challenges along the way. I’m looking forward to running 13 half marathons in 2013, crossing 1,000 miles this year, and having my family join me for their first race.