With the power of positivity, you can overcome any obstacles or limitations and take control of your health and fitness.
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Fit Mother Melody would like to have a word or two with you!
Melody is a busy wife, mother of three, and HR professional, who overcame a lot of physical adversity to reach her health and fitness goals.
In 2005, Melody was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; over the years, it has wreaked havoc on her joints, hands, wrists, hips, and more.
She's already had one hip replaced, and she may have to have the other replaced in the future.
But despite all these challenges, Melody committed herself to the Fit Mother Project, and she has improved her health, changed the way she looks at food, and transformed her mind, body, and soul.
She had all the excuses you could ask for to just resign herself to a life of pain, but that’s not who Melody is.
Melody has a spirit of power, possibilities, and desire.
She’s putting in the work, getting it done, and seeing amazing results.
So if you have some kind of physical limitation, struggle, or simply think you’re just too busy or can’t do it, you have to hear her story!
Listen to Melody's Story on the Fit Mother Project Podcast:
Facing Life’s Adversities
Growing up and well into adulthood, Melody was always an active person.
“I used to be pretty active through 2017. I've always loved working out and doing high-impact exercises. I used to run and jog with my husband a lot. I used to be part of a fitness group locally and could do a lot of exercises.”
But, after 17 years of dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, it reached a point where Melody was having trouble walking.
She switched doctors, medicines, and injections, but nothing helped her until hip replacement surgery became the last resort, after which it took her a while to recover.
As she grew more and more stagnant, she began to look for solutions.
The Fit Mother Project came to Melody as a result of her husband Ben's research for a fitness program.
Melody was skeptical about joining, however, as she didn't think she could keep up due to her hip replacement surgery.
“I felt really intimidated about whether I could do push-ups, squats, or any other exercises in the program.”
After getting re-injected in her right hip and being told to avoid squats or lunges, Melody was at a crossroads.
But persistent as she is, she chose to start working out within her limits and dove into the Fit Mother Project.
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The Power of Positivity
Melody started doing push-ups against the wall and eventually on the floor, which helped strengthen her upper body.
She did a few other exercises that helped her in little ways.
“My gait is normal for the most part. My exercises have helped with strengthening the muscles around the core and the hips enough. I haven't touched that cane.”
According to her, with an ailment like hers, she could not have imagined the level of exercise she is doing these days.
“If you had asked me a year ago whether I'd be doing 76 push-ups and lifting weights, I probably wouldn't have believed you.”
On the nutrition side, Melody started being mindful about what she put into her body, unlike before.
With some difficulty, she incorporated more greens and proteins in her diet as opposed to her regular stress eating of junk foods.
“I eat from stress or things that sadden or depress me. I had to face a lot of my feelings without food.”
Sharing her future plans and goals, Melody wishes to stay active in the future and control her cholesterol.
“I just want to be healthy and active. I also want to go on hikes, and that's one of my goals. Also, I want to control my cholesterol which doctors say is due to genetics, but I still want to try to control it.”
Melody shares the health progress she made with the Fit Mother Project.
“I'm in a lot different place than I was a year ago. I lost 15 pounds and changed my eating habits for the better.”
So what would Melody say to someone looking to join the Fit Mother Project?
“Take it slow. Start with body weight or push-ups on the wall, or have your nutrition nailed down for the first 30 days and then incorporate exercise. It's completely OK to take small steps. Don't give up. Stick to the nutrition plan. Start with two-pound weights, three-pound weights, and five-pound weights. Listen to your body. If you have to take a rest day, do it, but don't stop completely. Start over and get back out the next day or the day after that.”
3 Key Takeaways From Melody's Journey
To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Melody’s successful health and fitness journey:
Lesson 1: Avoid the All-or-Nothing Mindset
Many people believe that if they miss a day's workout, it will break their progress.
So, they just give up and indulge in negative self-talk and self-blame.
It's OK to fall off track, and it certainly doesn't mean your journey is over.
Allow yourself to make mistakes, and don't be so harsh on yourself.
You can always pick up from where you left off.
Lesson 2: Don't Stress About the Things You Can't Control
While on your fitness journey, focus on the things you can control, like the willingness to show up for yourself, your diet, your intentions, and the exercises you do.
Situations or circumstances that break your flow, like an illness or injuries, are not under your control.
There will always be hurdles along the way.
So, instead of obsessing over them, be mindful of what you have a hold on.
Lesson 3: Listen to Your Body
Taking a day off is OK because you can get back at it again with greater force the next day.
It is also OK to go slow or at your own pace because each body is different.
You do you!
Fitness does not demand you beat yourself up to achieve it.
Instead, it requires you to be aware of your body's limits and work around them.
Overworking yourself in the gym or following unrealistic expectations about fitness is more likely to land you in the hospital than make you fit.
Be sensitive to your body and listen to what it says.
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