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Winning my pro card at the NMA Natural NYS -- October 2013

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A supportive family...Mike & the boys @ Assateague Island -- 2007

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MELNAEGELI is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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My name is Melissa. I'm a 48 year old wife, mother, elected official, personal trainer and professional competitive bodybuilder

I have been a member of Sparkpeople for over 6 years (where DOES the time go?) and attribute any success I've had in fitness to this website. I have had the honor of being chosen as a SP Motivator and as a Motivator of the Day by my friends here. It's something I take very seriously and try to live up to every day.

I'm often told that I'm an inspiration or motivation and while I'm flattered, I'm baffled. I only see my "flaws" and what I still need to work on. The people here on SP are motivators with their stories of triumph over challenges of all types. The goals shouldn't only be about being thinner and looking better -- it should be about the journey toward better health. It's not always the destination but the trip that is enjoyable. Enjoy the process and don't make it drudgery -- it will only make it better for you.

If you have just stumbled across my page -- thanks for stopping by and please add me as a friend -- you can never have enough!

The most important thing to me is the health and happiness of my family and friends. My family is made up of my husband - we have been together for over 26 years - and we have 3 nice, active, smart and handsome boys (we've always told them that NICE had to come first) - Stephen (16); Daniel (13); and Andrew (10). They are good boys and are very active.

My friends are made up of the most supportive, inspirational and incredible men and women that I could ever ask for or imagine to be associated with. I'm so very fortunate to be surrounded by so many supportive people and I thank God every day for sending them to me just when I need them the most.

My hobbies include working out, running, and karate and working out (LOL). I have studied Uechi Ryu Karate for about 5-6 years and am currently working toward my black belt. I sit on the Steward's Council for the dojo as the Steward for Equipment and Public Relations. I voluntarily teach karate to beginning students for a neighboring town as part of their Summer Recreation Program.

When I joined SP in February 2008 my goal then was to run in a 5K Race being held that June. Since then I've run in several more and started a memorial 5K race for charity in my town that continues to grow each year.

I became a competitive bodybuilder in 2009 -- I competed in the Figure Class until the Fall of 2011 when I "hung up my heels" and moved into the Women's Bodybuilding class. I love it!! I love the posing, the workouts, the routines and yes, even the diet . I earned Professional Bodybuilder Status in October 2012. New challenges on the horizon.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. If I don't readily know the answer, I can help you find it.

I wish each of you success in achieving all you aspire to!

Member Since: 2/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 78,044

My Goals:
Get back on stage.

My Program:
Cardio: 30/day x 6

Weight Training:
Intense and tough -- building a killer physique!

Food: Clean Plan with free meals built in 1/week

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    Thanks Mel ~ It sure does feel good!!! I felt like patting myself on the back. LOL. Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a great weekend!
    4508 days ago
  • v PWRHSE2
    Thank you for commenting on my blog " hanging on by a thread" .
    When I first started on Spark and lost the 5 lbs I was eating between 1000 to 1500 calories a day, because of the fact that I want to keep the muscle definition that I do have, spark Calorie Cycling suggested that I up my calorie intake and since I did that I havn't lost a darn thing.
    Maybe I should go back to reuducing my calories again and see if I loose any more weight. Then go back to the higher calories to build some more muscle and then back down to loose more weight.
    They say that this isn't supposed to be rocket science but it sure does seem like you have to be some kind of scientist of some sort.
    I am trying so hard not to throw in the towel because I have come so far
    so thank you for the guidance and support

    4514 days ago
    Thanks so much for checking out my page and leaving a comment on my very 1st blog.

    I am very new to the site, but I feel like I made a good choice by joining up!
    4563 days ago
    Happy 1 month anniversary!

    You are doing great towards reaching your goal!

    4565 days ago
  • v JENN**
    Hello and welcome to SP! I was looking at the daily check in. it is amazing when we thing we did bad we did not do as bad as we thought. I am glad you had fun sledding/. Keep up the good work
    4589 days ago
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