Checking In & Melissa Bender Fitness

I was so pumped with the “finish the year healthy and strong” and have loved reading your comments about your plans to do the same.  Week one getting back to the gym was really tough, I was sore, sore, sore.  But, that’s the pain that comes from being sedentary too long and it’s a good sore- if you know what I mean.  Sitting in the steam room at my gym after a hard workout is on my thankful tree list this year. 
Week two, I started to feel like I was getting my groove back.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still difficult getting into those workouts, but about 15-20 minutes in and the music is pumping on my iPod and something just clicks and the workouts start feeling GOOD!  Do you know what I mean?  That is the best.  And in just two weeks, I can see small changes to my body that are really inspiring.  
And now, week 3, I’m backing off because I’m not feeling too good- got run down, feeling sick, and have to listen to my body and take a little break for about a week.  I am just like you and I can’t do everything all the time, and obviously I don’t kill myself to post on both of my blogs daily, but just when I have something I want to share with you and can make the time to share.  I only want to write things here that you will find useful, beneficial, inspiring, or informational.  
So, today, I’m just saying, I’m not giving up, I’m not giving in.  I just needed a little break.  Back at it real soon.  Can’t keep me down.  🙂
How’s it going for you?  
And I wanted to share a fitness blog I found that I was really impressed with- Melissa Bender Fitness.  This woman trained for a fitness competition without ever training in a gym- she did all her workouts at home. No excuses, right?!  I know getting to a gym is a struggle for a lot of people, so I thought you might want to check her site out.  She shares in great detail all her contest prep including food and workouts.  Let me know what you think and tell her I said hi!  

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Sorry to hear you are under the weather Megan. I am right there with you. While I haven't felt up to exercising, I have still watched what I eat, and am drinking gallons of water! Thanks for sharing her blog. I would love to check this out as I am one that prefers to workout at home, but is never sure what to do.

  2. That's so awesome!! An an in home workout person myself, I'm off to check out her site. I truly believe you can get fit without the gym.

  3. Thanks for checking in! My friend and I decided that when her husband finished his Ironman that it would be our turn afterwards! He finished Ironman Florida on 11/2/13 and we started our diet that Monday! Since then she has lost 11 lbs and I have lost 6.3!! Woot Woot! We both focused on cleaning up our diet first and then we joined the gym about a week later. We signed up for family memberships so that everyone can come play when time allows 🙂 And the membership comes with a personal trainer evaluation. He set us up with workouts for the week and we're meeting with him for our first training session this Saturday!! It feels so good to do this with someone else. We really feel we are in control and it's pretty awesome, especially during this time of the year. We've committed to no drinking except for 1 planned day per month and no more than 2 glasses of wine. Even worse than the drinking is the snacking that comes with it. We are tracking everything on MyFitnessPal to keep us honest. I had no idea how much fat and sugar I was eating per day before.

    Feel better soon – sickness is running through our house right now too. I'm sure your body will welcome the rest.


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