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.

I'm 35 years old and have been overweight most of my adult life. I had lost 30 or more pounds on a couple different occasions, but always gained it back...and then some. I never included exercise in my quests for weight loss. I wanted something quick so, as many people struggling to lose weight do, I ate very little. I saw lower numbers on the scale but would eventually give up because I felt so deprived and hungry. So I would over eat, gain back the weight plus a few more.

So, towards the end of January of this year I had the idea of finding a personal trainer. Like I said before, I'd never included exercise before and it was because I had no idea what I was doing. Through an Internet search I found Melissa Fillmore. I contacted her via email and after corresponding for a day or two we had an appointment set. I was very nervous but when I met her she immediately made me feel at ease.

We started with some measurements, weight, and body fat percentages. She sat down with me and taught me so much about nutrition...when to eat, what kind of foods, ways to cut fat out. Most importantly she enforced the importance of actually eating and the way my body needs the calories and protein to make the most out of my workouts. She instructed me to do 4 days of cardio and gave me specifics about what my heart rate should be to burn fat and not muscle. In addition, I would do strength training with her 3 days a week.

I was faithful in sticking to healthy food choices, my cardio and the training. After exactly four weeks, it was time for those dreaded measurements....I had lost 15 pounds, 14.5 inches, and 6.5% body fat. I was floored! That was about 2 and a half weeks ago. Although I have stopped working with Melissa I have continued on my own with strength training. I'm able to do this because she has taught me so much about equipment, different exercises, technique, and how to get the most for my workout. I've learned to walk into the gym with confidence.

Melissa has been so supportive just a text away ready to give me encouragement or answer a question and has become my friend. She has a real passion for what she does. How in the world she does it, I have no idea. She is a dedicated wife, mother of 5, trainer, and competing body-builder. Thank you, Melissa for being a huge part of helping me change my life. I can see my body changing not only in size, but also in strength and endurance. You are a rock star!!

~LeAnna