About Me

Hello, my name is Melanie Eynon.  I have a wonderful husband named Greg and a fantastic 18 month old son, Jack.  I will warn you in advance, this is long but it is all from my heart.  These are things that even some of my closest friends maybe finding out for the first time.  These are struggles I have faced, and I am now voicing them so I can help others.  If at the end of the day I have inspired anyone, I have done my job here. 

I was never an athlete or someone to really seek working out.  When I went off to college I started going to the gym, and found that I really enjoyed some of the workouts and classes. I lived in Philadelphia, so I walked a lot.  I got a lot of physical activity but never got toned. 

Throughout the years I have always felt like I could lose 10lbs.  I promised myself that I would be at my goal weight before I got pregnant.  I was so happy about the idea of getting pregnant I said, "oh the heck with it."  BIG MISTAKE.  Those 10lbs carried into my pregnancy and then some. 

I am now at a time in my life where I am thinking about getting pregnant again, but want my body back first.  I want my body back in shape and stronger then it ever was before.  I want to feel healthy when I get pregnant the next time. It is best for me both mentally and physically, also what is best for the baby.   

Since I had my son I have tried various ways to lose weight. You name it, I tried it.   After I got cleared to work out I started doing Jillian Michaels dvd’s.  I do love Jillian… but I had to make my own plan and follow it.  I just didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out.  So I would work out when I had time and had no accountability.  I also joined Weight Watchers, and did really well at first, but then struggled getting to meetings with a baby who slept all the time.  Thankfully he was a good sleeper! Between Jillian Michaels and Weight Watchers I lost 15lbs.  I was really starting to feel good.  But I was not eating healthy.  I was still making bad food choices and not eating clean.  I dropped my Weight Watchers membership at $50 a month because I was not attending the meetings, and was not getting the support I needed.

I was about 8 months postpartum when I really started to feel in the dumps.  I felt like nothing fit. I could not breastfeed my son (which was my biggest struggle I have EVER faced in my life). I had this new baby who depended on me for everything, and a husband who traveled a good amount.  So anxiety was setting in.  Looking back I can tell it was manifesting itself the last few years. 

I lost my father in a tragic car accident when I was 8 years old.  He was a very hard worker.  He had a full time job, owned a business, and was a softball team captain.  It was the morning of June 1st,  and he had a late softball practice the night before.  After practice the team went out for breakfast at a local diner.  He had a very bad habit of falling asleep while driving.  He did not have a sleep disorder, but he simply pushed himself beyond his limits to enjoy the things he loved.  That morning the police were at our front door.  I answered the door and my Mom knew immediately what had happened.  He hit a coach bus head on and was killed instantly. He was only a few miles from home. Talk about tragedy.  How does an 8 year old process this?  I never cried.  To this day I don’t know why, but I didn’t.  I lost a close friend when I was a teenager, and all the emotions I never let out at my Father’s funeral became real and out in the open at that time.

Having a child of my own made those emotions very raw.  I was sad.  I was angry.  I had anxiety (learn more about my battle with anxiety here).   How could my Father be so negligent?  How could he have done this to his family?  How could he leave my Mom alone to raise me?  He knew he fell asleep driving so why did he continue to push himself?  The questions didn’t stop.  I was in denial about my anxiety for a long time, which made it worse.  I started getting light headed, almost to the point of passing out. All these weird feelings caused more anxiety for me.  What if I passed out when my husband was away?  What if I had a heart attack? WHAT IF?  Anxiety is ALL about the WHAT IF’s.  I felt so bad that I thought something serious was wrong with me.  I went to the doctor, who diagnosed what I suspected, anxiety.  She wrote me a script, but I found the anxiety of taking the pill for the first time was worse then the anxiety itself.  I was scared of the possible side-effects.  I had an extremely rough 2 weeks.  I almost didn’t know who I was.  I was so scared and lost at times.  I went to see a therapist, and proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wanted to see a therapist who would give me tools to overcome anxiety, and only turn to prescription drugs as a last resort.

Between seeing the therapist and working out I have done a 360.  The therapist visits have allowed me to dig deep into my feelings. The workouts have given me more energy and confidence in myself.  I am no longer taking anxiety medication and have been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  There are days my anxiety tries to creep back in but I push it away.  I am at a point in my life that I do not have time for anxiety.  I am too busy having fun with my wonderful family and friends.

I wish and pray that more people would try eating healthier and working out rather then taking medication.  I know there are people who have to take medication but there are a lot of us who really don’t need it. Maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle will significantly help with depression, anxiety and stress. 

I was at a birthday party in March 2014.  I was talking to a friend of mine and she mentioned Focus T25.  I had never heard of it before.  She told me it was ONLY 25 minutes a day and her friend had seen results.  We both wanted to start this.  So I went home, researched it, and said, "oh what the heck I’ll give it a try – WHY NOT?"

So I took the plunge!  I purchased Focus T25 and loved every minute of it! The workouts were intense, but only for 25 minutes, 5x a week for 10 weeks. I thought "I GOT THIS!" It comes complete with a workout chart of what you need to do each day for the next 10 weeks.  The workouts are different every day, and every week they rotate to keep it fresh.  I lacked the schedule, variety of workouts when I did the Jillian Michaels dvd's.  The 25 minute workout was a huge factor for me.  I thought "NO EXCUSES." I can and will fit my workouts in while my son naps or before he goes to bed. 

I pushed play for 8.5 strong weeks and then it all fell apart. Our family went on a mini-vacation and Jack ended up getting sick with croup/stridor.  The sleepless nights with Jack meant I was not getting in my workouts. I felt terrible!  My body was sluggish and I felt bloated.  I found myself being very irritable when I did not get in a workout.  Which was my anxiety creeping back in.  After we returned from our trip I got back into my routine and finished the workouts.  It felt AMAZING to get my exercise back in!

With the support of my Focus T25 challenge group, I picked myself back up.  They said to get back in my routine as soon as I can.  We all have tough days, weeks, and sometimes even months!  When kids are tired, teething, or sick you need to be there for them, and if that means missing workouts, it’s okay.  Just get your head back up and push play ASAP! 
That was a huge emotional and spiritual growing time for me.  I realized it is okay and that I was not giving up on myself by not doing the workouts... sometimes life gets in the way.  

I am VERY excited to share my fitness journey with you.  I am still on my journey and working on my second workout from Beachbody called 21 Day Fix.  It is a program that consists of 30 minute a day workouts that range from cardio, upper body, lower body, pilates and yoga etc.  You also get a container system to measure out all of your foods.  IT helps you eat the right amount of calories each day.  No more calorie counting - YAY!  To learn more about the 21 Day Fix please click here.  I am loving the strength and weight loss I am getting with the 21 Day Fix..  If you want to join me in my fitness journey and help get support with working out and eating clean please contact me.  I would love to help you along in your journey! 

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with any questions!  
I can be reached via email or by facebook.  

I have completed the following Beachbody programs:
Focus T25
21 Day Fix

3 Day Refresh

I have created hybrid schedules with the following Beachbody programs:
Focus T25

21 Day FixP90x3

Hip Hop Abs 

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