Melanie Rayis a beautiful woman of faith and mother of two that had finally had it with not living up to her potential. Committed to making a difference, Melanie transformed her 5 feet tall 171 pound body into a healthy and inspiring success story. Melanie feels one of the greatest rewards is being able to help other people on their health journey. Please join me in celebrating Melanie’s story and read on to learn how she did it.
Kim: Hi Melanie, Please share a little about you.
My name is Melanie Ray, I’m a mom of 2 amazing blessings, Katy age 6 & Chase age 5. I’m a personal trainer at Larry North Total Fitness in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Have you gone through a transformation?
Absolutely! After my kids were born I weighed 171 pounds at 5′ tall. I was miserable, tired, stressed, and flat-out unhappy when I looked at myself in the mirror. I gradually lost some of the baby weight on my own and got to 134 by the time my kids were 3 & 4. At that point, I got fed up with being unhappy and I was ready to take control and get my health, energy and body back! I started training to compete in a fitness competition and the rest is history. I was finally able to release the girl who was hidden inside for all those years!! Nothing has ever felt better!
How did you get your body back post-baby?
I had always been pretty active, and I spent a couple of years when my kids were really little training for half marathons and 10k’s. But my body never really changed until I got on the right kind of clean nutrition plan and added more strength training to really shape my body. I do a cardio session first thing in the morning, when nothing can get in the way. Moms, you understand what I’m talking about here!! haha. I invested in a treadmill and a Cybex Arc trainer for my house so I truly have no excuses.
I spend about 45 minutes at the gym lifting lighter weights with little rest. For the division I compete in, I have enough muscle, and I work to keep it tight and toned while staying lean.
Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
I have placed all the way from 15th to 2nd in various competitions, but whenever I walk across the stage and I KNOW I put in my all, my 100%, my personal best, I consider that my greatest fitness accomplishment. The sport truly has no finish line and there is no such thing as perfection. I strive to better myself with every prep, every stage, and every show.
In addition to that, the most meaningful thing that has happened during this process is that I realized how much power I have to inspire other people. THAT is a gift that I take very seriously and it humbles me daily. I hope it will continue for a long, long time.
What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
Crock pot fajitas!! Yum! We like to put chicken or flank steak in the crock pot with sliced bell peppers and onions and a Fajita Mrs. Dash packet. The kids will have tortillas with shredded cheese and salsa and I make mine into a fajita salad with shredded lettuce, avocado, black beans and salsa for the dressing! YUM! I also LOVE Quest Nutrition bars for a clean snack on the go.
Favorite Fit-Family activity?
We play a lot of sports. The kids are in soccer and baseball year round. Many Saturday mornings you will find me and my two kids at the track across the street from my house. They like to run with me and when they get tired they will cheer me on! I love being fit and active with them and setting an example.
How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Here is my go to list of ways to help manage it all:
1. FAITH. Pray every day. Devotion and focus time with God every morning no matter what.
2. Make the decision to put myself at the top of the priority list. I’m better EVERYTHING when I take care of me.
3. Time management-Meal prep once a week, schedule workouts (early morning workouts are a MUST for me), pack food the night before, kids have chores around the house like laundry, trash, setting and clearing the table, etc. Prioritize what matters and let go of what you can.
4. Surround myself with POSITIVE people who help me be BETTER. And do the same for others
Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
Be patient, consistency is key, progress not perfection, eyes on the prize.
Moms have the POWER to change the world.