I Made It!

I went from 209lbs and over 45% body fat to competition ready at under 120lbs and under 10% body fat. All while handling the busy lifestyle as mother to 5 children, wife, taxi mom and working full time.

Stats

Born: Tumwater, WA
Height: 5'3
Eyes: Brown
Competition Weight: 115 lbs
Offseason: 125 lbs
Profession: Personal Trainer

Favorites

Color: Hot Pink
Music: Hip Hop & Modern Rock
TV Show: Cupcake Wars
Cheat Meal: Sushi (with eel sauce)
Exercise: Squats!!!

About Melissa

Melissa Fillmore NPC Figure Competitor and Personal TrianerI had a normal upbringing. Born in Washington state, I've also lived in California, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. For the last few years I have returned to Washington and now reside in the "Tri Cities." I have been married for 15 years and have five children ranging in age from 4 to 17. They keep me extremely busy, but they are really great kids who make me proud everyday.

I was not athletic growing up. Quite the contrary. Not enough health and nutrition is taught in schools. I wasn't obese, but definitely not healthy. As a young teen I had already tried Weight Watchers and attended aerobic classes with a family friend. College included the "Freshman 15." Then each pregnancy added to that. At some point I realized I was out of control. I ate because I was bored or stressed. And I was a carb addict.

In August of 2009 I took a rock climbing class and absolutely loved it. I found, however, that my fingers and my arms were not strong enough to lift my body weight up the wall. At that moment, I made a life change. I hired a trainer, increased my protein intake, and began journaling my food. Eight months later I had lost over 60lbs and a significant amount of body fat. At that point I figured, if I could do it, maybe I could help others do it as well.

Melissa Fillmore NPC Figure Competitor and Personal TrainerWith an Elementary Education background I could teach children. Now I teach anyone who will listen and who wants to make a change. I have 3 years experience as a Personal Trainer and am currently working to certify in Nutrition. I feel my qualifications as a trainer are unique. I have taken my own unhealthy body and put in the work to make it fit.

Being goal oriented has helped me maintain my healthy lifestyle. In May of 2012, I began preparing for my first NPC Figure Competition. At Night of Champions, Spokane, WA in September, I won first place Masters over 35 and second in my height class. At my second competition, Iron Mountain, in Wenatchee, WA I took first place in my height category and Overall Figure Champion. I am currently working towards competing in June 2013 at Junior Nationals in Chicago with hopes to eventually earn my Pro Card.

A sincere thank you goes out to my husband Craig, my kids: Cody, Brendan, Aspen, Autumn and Carter, and my Coach Todd "Toddzilla" Scott. I've put them through a lot. Thank you as well to my friends who have cheered me on. You know who you are. You're the best.

Melissa is more than just a trainer. She is a person who cares about each of her clients' emotional and physical success. She knows what it takes to succeed and makes it her personal desire to see that you succeed. With Melissa's help I lost 25 pounds and ran my first half marathon at age 57!

~Peggy E.