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Feel like for every step towards your goal you take two steps back?
Feel sick and tired of all the quick fix diets that promise results but don’t deliver?
Start out great, but lose motivation when you don’t see results
Lose the weight only to have trouble maintaining results?
Aren’t even sure you want to lose the weight?
I get it. There’s so much information out there it’s difficult to sort out what’s right and what will actually work. You get caught up in a vicious cycle of dieting and overeating. Leaving you frustrating and wondering ‘why can’t I just be more disciplined and stick with the plan?’
The problem isn’t you. Read that again, the problem is NOT you. The problem is the program. The issue with most weight loss programs is they’re designed for short term weight loss, not long term fat loss.
Quick fix solutions, low-calorie diets, and excessive cardio are setting you up for failure.
The truth is, the solution for long-term fat loss isn’t really complicated, it just doesn’t get as much attention as quick fixes and trendy new workout routines. That’s because the best way to lasting fat loss isn’t glamorous, it isn’t quick, and there’s no magic pill.
The key to long-term fat loss is changing your habits and your mindset. If you truly want to see change, then you must change what you do day in and day out as well as how you think and view things.
Sometimes the key is taking a step back from focusing on weight loss to work on reconnecting with your body and changing your relationship with food and exercise. While that might sound backward I can assure it’s not. It’s a lot easier to approach weight loss from a point of self-love rather than hate.
My goal is to work with you to figure out the best way to help you achieve your goals so that you don’t end up going in the same circle over and over.
Stop dieting and start living.
Why work with me?
My approach is unique to that of other trainers and coaches. Not only do I have more than a decade of experience as a Personal Trainer, but I’m also a Certified Nutrition Coach. While that might sound like a fancy way of saying nutritionist, and to some extent it is, what I really do is coach women to connect with their bodies so they can feel amazing, inside and out. Think of me as a Personal Trainer and Life Coach rolled into one.
I don’t just give out workout programs and send you on your way. While I can, and will, kick your butt (unless that’s not your goal, that’s cool too), I also want to ensure that your results last long after you achieve your initial goal.
Because finding your inner-superhero requires doing some work outside the gym.
My goal is to help every woman I work with feel like the badass Superhero she is.
Are you ready to get started?
In late 2009, a good friend invited me to join her and her family on weekly hikes in and around the Canyon Country/Santa Clarita area. I thought it would be fun so I agreed. The first few hikes were nothing too difficult. You would work up a sweat but they were not particularly challenging in any way. Then came The Big One. I’m going to call it that because I can’t for the life of me remember the actual name of the trail. It was a grueling 8 mile hike with a steady, steep incline. I knew I could stand to lose a few pounds, but it was clear that day that I was not aware of HOW out of shape I was. I made the decision to do something about it and I’m glad I did because that is how I met Melissa.
Melissa, from day one, made me feel very comfortable. She never judged or scolded me for my bad habits. She listened to what I had (or had not) been doing and crafted a program around that level of fitness. She didn’t go all “Biggest Loser” on me and make me do something that would cause me to pass out or, even worse, throw up. She didn’t yell at me or force me to do anything I was incapable of doing. She knew my limits and pushed me to those limits. She would not let me give up – even when I was convinced I would be. I’m so glad she did because I’m sure I would.
Melissa is also aware that it takes more than a good exercise plan to lose weight. We had been training for a while and I was depressed – I was working out daily, but I wasn’t losing as much weight as I thought I would. Then she asked me the most obvious question – what are you eating? I never really thought about it before. Calorie counting was completely foreign to me. She gave me a food journal and a plan and said that, in order to be successful, a good diet was necessary. I’m not going to lie and say it was a piece of cake. It wasn’t. It was hard to change years of bad habits, but with her support, I was able to push through. And, wouldn’t you know, after sticking with the diet and exercise plan, I was starting to notice a change. My husband likes to say that the amount ofclothes I bought only to donate has kept Goodwill in business.
2 years later, I am still with Melissa and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve lost 35lbs and am wearing clothes I never thought I would be able to squeeze into without the help of a crowbar. We are having a great time with her “evil” programs that have made me much strong and more toned. I look forward to many more years of her butt kicking. 🙂
Melissa has been my trainer for 6 years. As a senior citizen (55+) who was never athletic, I appreciated immediately how patient and encouraging she is. She develops individual training plans for each of her clients to help them reach their goals at their own speed and capabilities. Since I started training with Melissa, I have lost 30 pounds ( I was never obese, just a little overweight), lowered my cholesterol and gained muscles! As a busy working woman, Melissa arranged her schedule to meet mine so that I could become healthier and happier! Melissa’s sweet personality makes her a pleasure to work with and she helped me get over many of my fears that I had of training. She watches your form and corrects it as required to ensure that you don’t get injured and that you achieve maximum results! I recommend her to everyone of all ages.
I’ve been working with Melissa for less than a year. I feel stronger, more self-confident and happier than ever.
She takes her work seriously and makes working out fun at the same time. Melissa helps me, she listens
And addresses my personal needs.
I highly recommend Coach Melissa!
What do you get when you work with me?
- Learn how to stop fighting your body and realize how awesome it is
- More confidence
- Personalized fitness program
- Personalized nutrition program
- Habits based on your goals for lasting results
- An app with all your workouts (including videos for each exercise) so you can easily keep track of all your workouts and never feel lost in the gym.
Who is coaching right for?
Women struggling to lose those last 10-15lbs
Women who struggle with body image
Women who are unsure how to eat and train for their goals
Women who are sick and tired of not getting long-term results.
Women who are sick and tired of dieting and want to learn how to love and accept their bodies.
If this sounds like you, I would love to chat with you. Apply now to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.
Q: I’m happy with my weight, but I know my nutrition could be better. I really just want a coach to help me make better nutrition choices, can you help?
A: Absolutely! Nutrition coaching is not necessarily about weight loss. Wanting to make better nutritional choices to fuel your life is a great reason to seek out coaching.
Q: I really need to lose weight but I hate how restrictive diets are. I always end up bingeing and wind up back where I started. How will working with you be different?
A: While I can’t guarantee you won’t binge as bingeing can be the result of many different factors, I can assure you that my programs are designed to help you not feel deprived. With the exception of food allergies and dislikes, no food is off limits. To me, it doesn’t make much sense to change someone’s lifestyle to not include their favorite foods. We’ll work together to come up with the best plan for you to help you reach your goals and not feel deprived.
Q: I’m sick of dieting and feeling out of place in my own body. How can coaching help?
A: While I am not a therapist and cannot take the place of one, my bread and butter is helping women feel strong and confident in their own body. The whole concept behind Find Your Superhero is mostly focused on mindset and improving your relationship with your body. We’ll work together to deep dive into what’s holding you back, where your beliefs around your body are stemming from, and how to connect with your body.
Q: How long are your programs?
A: I require a minimum 12-week commitment.
Q: Why 12 weeks?
A: As I’ve mentioned before, change takes time. With no commitment, it’s easy to quit after the first month because it’s hard or progress isn’t as quick as you had hoped.
Q: Why isn’t your email support unlimited?
A: Unlimited might sound great but it actually does a disservice to both of us. One, I don’t have time to answer emails all day. And two (and most importantly) it forces you to be more autonomous and take responsibility for your journey. You’ll be more likely to learn and make changes if you have to think through your questions rather than emailing me everytime something pops into your head. That said, you will have plenty of chances to communicate with me between your weekly email, office hours, and skype calls or training sessions. And if it’s an emergency you can absolutely email me.
Q: What if the programs too difficult/I don’t like the exercises.
A: Tell me. It’s your program. Consistency is key and you’re not going to be very consistent with a program you don’t like or feel you can’t do.
Have another question? email me: email@example.com