Feb 26

Exercise: Gotta Keep It Real

Short and Sweet Today.

I still don’t like to exercise. But I always feel better when I’m done.

I think I’d like it more if I had the luxury of time. I feel like I’m cramming it in.

I want a little variety.

Wal-Mart has some good selections for in home exercising videos for $10 and under.

Having an exercise ball is great. (although mine popped.)

Having a variety of weights is good too.

Enjoy today’s vlog.

Y’all have a great weekend!

***Check in tomorrow for a wrap up, high-lights, and closure to this MTC study. :(



  1. Janey Bowman says:

    Love yesterday and today Vlog—Thanks for taking the time to share with us. What a blessing. Have a graet weekend! This has been a fantastic journey and I plan to keep going.

  2. You absolutely crack me up.. I love the ‘it’s intense and I hate it’ comment slipped in when talking about exercising with Jillian-your honesty is so refreshing. I think many of us feel the same way but at the same time we realize how important it is… I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say ‘thank you’ for taking the time for all that you did with this study-the blog posts, the videos, the conference calls (bummed I missed the last one) and facebook posts. You have really kept me motivated with your complete honesty and dedication to this journey. Rock on!!!! You have da powahhhh!!

  3. Noooooooooooooo, don’t go away….I will miss you!!
    Ok, now that I got that out of my system, THANK YOU for everything. You have added so much to this journey. I have been doing it halfheartedly and am ready to jump in now. I lost some pounds, am better able to see where my problems are (exercise is not one of them, I love it, I just love cooking and food more) and I am hoping to polish this journey off this week and GO cause I got the powah.
    Blessings to you Melissa. You have become a dear cyber friend.

  4. Melissa! You ARE looking THINNER! I can see it in your face! (That’s all I can see of you in the video!)
    You are SOO right! Once you get going, you WILL feel better and be glad you did the workout. AND, once you make exercise part of your routine, you’ll find that on days you don’t do it, you MISS it!
    If you or any of your other followers would really like to “mix it up”, I’d like to extend an invite to you or anyone else in the Charlotte vicinity to join me for some Fit Clubs that are occurring all around Charlotte.
    We do a variety of the Beach Body workouts that you may have seen on TV on an infomercial (Body Gospel, Turbo Fire, P90X, Insanity, etc.) at each one.
    There’s one almost every evening/day. The ones that I typically go to are Monday night (7:00 p.m. on Sunset Rd.), Wednesday nights (7:00 p.m. in Ballentyne) and Saturday’s at 10:00 a.m. in Harrisburg. These are FREE, FUN, and will BURN some MAJOR calories. NO OBLIGATION EVER! And again, they’re FREE!
    Let me know if you’d ever like to go with me. If anyone else is interested, either give them my name/number or refer to my website above.
    As we say in Beach Body world, “JUST KEEP PUSHING PLAY”!! :) Blessings to you and all the MTC krewe! :)

  5. Jennifer Boddie says:

    Melissa and all the MTC Ladies,

    Melissa we have ALL so enjoyed getting to know you on this journey :-) You’re one of a kind! As we all are :-) but no one can take the place you have carved in our hearts.

    I’m learning not to have a divided heart as it pertains to glorifying GOD with my body. I am learning to just do these healthy things because they glorify GOD not just to make myself look good. I believe that HE will reward me with radiant beauty and more robust health as a side benefit to worshipping HIM in this way!

    In all honesty I am just really getting started with this MTC work and I know that many of the other ladies here feel the same way.

    Most likely I will incorporate MTC foundational principals into my Biblical Nutrition Ministry in a step by step process.
    Let me tell you all a little about myself. I am a woman who loves Jesus deeply, A Pastor’s wife, and a mom to two teens with Autism.
    I am also a She Speaks 2010 graduate. In addition I am also a Certified Body Ecology Coach and Living Foods Consultant and am working on a certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner and am studying with Andersonville Theological Seminary to earn my degree in Biblical Studies.
    So, if any of you would like to form a network where we are able to continue to share information and support one another on this level that would be fantastic!

    At the start it would not be terribly sophisticated or deeply organized but GOD can work wonderful things in time!

    I have an email marketing data base t program that I work from so adding names and e-mail addresses to form a new “MTC list” will not present any problems for me.

    Melissa if all of this is okay with you let me know and I can then make further arrangements with you to share my contact information with those that are interested in forming a group so that we can continue our study and growth on this level .Perhaps your Face book page would be a great place to announce this news (if after prayer you feel lead to do so)?

    With Love and Respect,

    Jennifer Boddie

    P.S. I will be joining you for the next study! I am so excited to continue studying with you:-)

  6. Thanks to your encouragement I FINALLY picked up some exercise video’s from the library to try out. Just hitting the stretches to begin with and even that itty bitty little bit has me feeling better. Just put in 5 minutes on the treadmill also. Shame I’ve waited until the last possible moment to finally make attempts at the exercise thing again. But HEY, I’m at least starting. I started the MTC study with the intention this would be a life long adventure of increased spiritual connectedness, beneficial eating, and healthy exercise. I’m happy to say I’m on a good path in each direction thanks to the entire MTC team. Thanks to all of you for very possibly saving my life. Thank you thank you thank you. Hugs to all. Dee

    PS – have already rec’d “It’s no Secrect” and loving the “secrets” we will soon be sharing.

  7. Thank you, Melissa – for your bravery at being on video so early in the morning and without makeup! :) You are beautiful inside and out.

    It’s true that we do have to vary our exercise. From a doctor’s perspective, if you work the same muscles all the time even in different ways, it’s harder to get a good workout. Also, if you work different muscles but always in the same way (e.g. walking or bicycling), it’s harder to get a good workout. Our muscles get used to what we do and then it takes more time (meaning a longer, harder workout) to get the same results – eventually, it’s not safe to keep increasing and not practical either (most people do not walk 10 miles a day or aren’t able to bike for 2 or 3 hours).

    There are also SO many ways to exercise – walking, biking, jogging, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, interval training, stationary biking, elliptical training, climbing stairs, weight training, using a stretchie band, kickboxing, hula hooping, Wii Fit, jumproping, etc. The list is almost endless. The key is to get your heart rate up to the fat burning and aerobic zone (if that is safe for you) – figure out your target heart rate, and find something that can get your heart up to that level (and a way to measure that it’s there).

    It’s also CRUCIAL to drink enough pure water to replace the sweat you should be losing from your workout. And be sure you remember to eat enough – if your breakfast was 300 calories, and you burn that off in a workout, be sure you are still eating enough the rest of the day so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode (when this happens, calories aren’t burned off; everything that can be is stored as fat to preserve you – not good – and it’s one of the main reasons we don’t lose weight…we starve ourselves thinking we will drop lbs. and that does NOT work and it’s not safe).

    Also, varying cardio and weights is important. Many women shy away from weights because they don’t want to look bulky – but using small weights tones muscle so it just makes muscle more lean rather than bigger (bigger muscles come from larger weights) – so hand weights of even 1-2 lbs. can be helpful.

    Thanks for all your vlogs, blogs, and support, Melissa – you’re the best! Can’t wait to learn with you in the next study. :)

  8. Melissa thank you! thank you! thank you! from the bottom of my heart. YOU have been an enormous blessing in my life. YOU have taught me so much that words can not express the gratefulness,respect and admiration i have for you. LOVE YOU GIRL!!! Till the next study can’t wait.