About Me

Marvelous: (adjective) 1. Such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary.

This is what I want for myself.

About The Girl

My name is Melissa, I’m 31 years old, and I’m a California girl born and raised. I’m tall and I have naturally red hair. I love my family and friends, warm summer nights, Diet Dr. Pepper, my chihuahua Bubs, Criminal Minds, tall cute guys and the color purple. (And brownies, grilled cheese sandwiches, cookies, mint chip ice cream, McDonald’s fries, Starbucks frappuccinos, brie and crackers, mozzarella sticks with ranch dressing, chocolate cake and donuts. Which brings us to….)

About the Journey

I was your pretty average kid…not super chubby, not rail thin…but I really began to struggle with my weight about 5 years ago. Like, *really* struggle. I went through a tough couple of years filled with being laid off from my job, the breakup of a relationship, and just a lot of pretty poor choices on my part, which was followed by the death of someone very near and dear to my heart. During these “dark times”, I developed really, REALLY poor eating and exercise habits and had little motivation to do anything about it…i.e., I had very little interest in life or anything other than picking up fast food after work, going home, climbing in bed and watching television while trying to drown myself in sugar and fat.

Fast forward two years. I’ve come out of the cave, so to speak, and I’m ready to get back on the road towards the life I’ve always wanted. Albeit, it’s not going to be easy…I’m at least 100 pounds overweight and as many people can attest, those old drive-thru habits die hard. I know it’s going to be hard work, and it’s not going to happen overnight. I’m actually okay with that. I’m looking forward to doing this the old-fashioned way…by moving more and eating less. No fad diets, mail-order diet dinners or magic supplements. I’m committing to something more than just losing the weight…I’m committing to a healthier lifestyle that I can sustain and enjoy. Which brings us to…

About the Blog

Now that I’ve made the commitment, I’m putting it in writing. I started this blog to keep myself accountable to getting myself back to a healthy weight and a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hiding in my apartment with a gallon of milkshake is how I got myself into this mess. Being totally honest and putting it all on the internet for the entire universe to see is how I’m going to get myself out of it! I’ll be posting my nutrition logs, my weekly weigh-in results, and my progress with training for walking a half-marathon. I’ll also post some insights and musings. Maybe even some tips, if I ever have any! It might get interesting, hopefully entertaining, and someday it might even be inspiring. So come along with me! I’d love your feedback and/or support. Leave a message for me in the comments and it will probably make my day. (No really, your comments may very well give me the strength to avoid the hot fudge.) Or, you can always send me an email at missmelliem at yahoo dot com.

Thanks for reading!