Melinda’s Amazing Weight Loss Story

Y’all should all know my sister, Melinda, by now, and I’m so excited to share Melinda’s Amazing Weight Loss Story! Actually, she’s going to share it.  But first . . .


At the beginning of 2013, when I first started blogging, Melinda was my one constant fan.  I don’t really like the word fan because it’s not like I’m a movie star or anything, but she was (and is) my rock.  When all I heard was crickets, Melinda was there sharing every single post I wrote with her teacher friends in Colorado.  And now my Mocha Punch tradition is their’s, too!

Melinda is only 18 months younger than me and she was always skinny when we were growing up while I was always a little on the chunkier side.  When we were teens, as soon as we’d get home from school, she’d begin peeling potatoes to make homemade french fries for an afternoon snack while we watched The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family.  I was usually on some weirdo diet and would eye those french fries longingly.  She stayed a size 2 (not vanity sizing back then).

After growing up and being whisked away to Colorado to marry the man of her dreams, Melinda later had 2 kids and stayed as slim as ever.  Then it happened, she began experiencing thyroid problems and the weight gain that came along with those problems.

Fast forward a few years and we had returned home from a beach vacation with our mom, dad, and extended family.  Melinda told me that looking at herself in those vacation photos made her rethink her eating/exercise habits and come to terms with her weight gain.

Before Photos

Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Melinda, Mom, Me


Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Melinda, standing, and her daughter, Kayla

Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Melinda and Brittany (her future daughter-in-law)

Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Melinda can tell the story so much better than I can. After all, she’s lived it. So, I welcome my favorite (and only) sister to the blog.  Please note that these are not professional photos and they have not been edited or filtered.  It is what it is.

Melinda’s Amazing Weight Loss Story

Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Hi, my name is Melinda and I am the attendance secretary at Meridian Ranch Elementary.  I decided in May of 2014 that I would commit to losing weight and become healthier.  I began to decrease my food intake and increase my exercise. 

A group from school started walking two days a week after school and a parent volunteered to host an exercise class one day a week.  I also started hiking and enjoying the outdoors with my family.  Since May, I have lost 72 pounds!

When the D-49 Fitbit challenge started, I was excited to participate.  I felt like I was not losing weight as quickly as I wanted.  So I committed to the 10,000 steps per day.  After I made 10,000, I set a goal of 20,000…after 20,000; I set a goal of 30,000…I really got carried away and some days made it over 50,000!

To get my steps, I literally walk all day.  When I am at my desk, I walk in place.  During lunch, I spend at least 20 minutes walking around the school. When I run errands around the school, I add a lap or three.  Some members of my team walk with me every afternoon after school for at least an hour.  Then when I get home, I walk on the treadmill while I watch TV.

Some people would say I have become obsessed with stepping.  When people see me at work they shake their heads because I am constantly stepping.  My husband wanted to take a weekend getaway, but I made him wait until after the challenge.  Many nights I have been up at midnight on my treadmill…and some mornings I can’t sleep and I’m on the treadmill at 4 am.

BUT, I have lost another 7 pounds!  So, I think it’s been worth it!  (Melinda won the challenge!)

This is How I’m Doing It!

Typical Eating Plan:  I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast and sometimes I add a boiled egg. Lunch is typically a turkey sandwich with cottage cheese and peaches.  Sometimes I have a salad at night or a chicken breast or fish with a vegetable and a salad. I pay close attention to portion control. I will have a hamburger when I go out to eat with my family, but I order a side salad instead of fries. I eat lots of veggies and fruit. Snacks usually consist of a banana, an apple, and nuts. When I overdo it on the exercise, I will eat a protein bar at night. 

Exercise:  I walk/run 6 miles every morning at 4:00 AM.  I’ve also added jumping jacks, sit-ups and jumping rope to my exercise routine.

Melinda is still losing because she hasn’t made it to her goal yet, but she’s close. I think my sister looks great, don’t you? I’m so proud of her and she truly is my superhero!  (This photo was taken during Halloween 2015 – Melinda is in the middle)

Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story

Here’s one of my sister’s Christmas photos (professional):

Come see the BEFORE and AFTER of Melinda's Amazing Weight Loss Story. Click the pic!

Do you have plans to get healthier in 2016?

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  1. Wow what a great story. To get up at 4am and do 6 miles every day in addition to everything else really shows such a great commitment to purpose – I am sure her final goal will be in reach very soon!

    • She IS dedicated! I saw her this past October and she looked great! She really has made lifestyle changes instead of “going on a diet.”

  2. Melinda looks absolutely amazing! I just love to read about weight loss success! I made a resolution to eat healthier and to become fit in 2016, I just hope I don’t lose my motivation to do so! She was truly motivated to keep moving!

    • I love to read weight loss stories, too. I always love the People magazine every year when they share all the great weight loss stories.

  3. Congratulations, Melinda! I have been stuck on the last 10 pounds for a full year — so frustrating. A group of friends and I have decided to commit to a daily 7 minute HIIT workout. In addition to walking my 10k steps every day, I hope that starts to tip the scales. It might help if I give up my potato chip addiction. 😉

    • I know! I’m trying to lose 20 lbs. before my daughter’s wedding in May. Melinda is a real inspiration to me.
      PS – I gained the 20 after I started blogging 3 years ago. 🙁 I need to walk more and sit less.

  4. Amazing weight loss story! Melinda looks fabulous! You, Melinda and your Mom all look alike, beautiful women. Stepping while sitting at the desk, I would never have thought of that. Melinda’s story is very inspirational. So glad you shared it.

  5. That is such an amazing weight loss story! Congratulations to Melinda! I am impressed by her running/walking so many miles every morning! That definitely takes dedication! And her eating plan sounds so delicious yet well-balanced!

    • Melinda just sent me a text saying she hated that before pic – LOL – and that she can’t believe she let herself get that big. I’m so proud of her hard work and dedication.

  6. This shows how much determination and discipline is important in achieving one’s goal. Melinda looks absolutely great…

  7. How inspiring! She looks great. That certainly is not an easy road. It has taken me over a year to get back to my pre-baby weight. Good for her! This year I am just resolving to make an exercise routine. I just want exercise to be a part of my daily life.

  8. This is an amazing story! She’s such an inspiration to other people who are trying to get healthy in 2016. Thanks so much for sharing this, she looks great!

  9. Melinda looks amazing, she did it and she did it the right way. Fitness is a lifestyle change one that is a struggle for me, because I don’t have the motivation she has. All the best to her, I was cracking up at her just walking around the school.

    My mom goes window shopping to get in her steps. She goes store to store. lol

    • I thought I was doing so good getting my 10,000 steps in until I read how many my sister was getting. It’s definitely a lifestyle change. Window shopping is a great idea to get those steps in.

  10. Wow, I really needed to see this today as I have started yet another diet this week. I am so proud of your sister, she looks amazing and I’m sure she feels so much better now. It is definitely a lifestyle change.

  11. Wow, you look amazing – I’m so inspired! Stepping is such a great way to get started (for me), I think. I keep putting things off by saying that I want a fitbit first. Shame on me. You’re story has motivated me to stop waiting and just do it. 🙂

  12. oh wow Congratulations. the sheer dedication and determination. this is truly inspiring.

  13. Way to go Melinda! You were lovely before, but you look fantastic now!

    I love to walk! I get a lot of strange looks from people when I say I prefer to walk over driving, but there is nothing as nice as taking in the world around me, the fresh air and the sights and sounds of nature while doing the body good! Keep up the great work!

  14. 6 miles every morning at 4:00am!! Holy Cow!!! You are a rockstar Melinda! What an inspiring story. I love how you supported your sister by sharing her posts and being her ‘fan’, and now she is supporting you by sharing your amazing weight loss story, what a great team you two make!

  15. Wow! What an amazing transformation. It’s always so inspiring to hear other people’s stories and hear first-hand accounts of the ups and downs of trying to lose weight.

  16. Great story and I’m so inspired from this story! Melinda looks absolutely amazing!

  17. WOW what an awesome and inspiring transformation! Melinda looks fantastic and her journey is one that will inspire many. Kudos!

  18. What a great story! Melinda looks fabulous, and so do you, Alli. I know I have a few pounds I could easily do without…inspiration. 🙂

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  19. Thyroid can really screw you up. I felt so fat in 2015 because of my under-active thyroid but I’m slowly battling it again by helping my body. I’ve been eating healthier, sleeping earlier, and have been working out again. I have lost 6 pounds and still have 15 pounds to go. I’m happy for Melinda and I do understand what she’s going through.

    • I remember when she was going through all her thyroid problems and you’re right, it really screwed things up. Congrats on your 6 lb weight loss!

  20. wow you look great and congratulations on your weight loss.

  21. Great post! I’m currently at my weight loss journey as well – although I try to keep myself relatively skinny throughout the year, so it’s only just for a few periods! Thanks for being such a great motivation though:)

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