Meet SPIbelt Ambassador Melissa
My name is Melissa McKinnon, and I live in Salt Lake, Utah with my yellow lab. I am an Immigration Paralegal, and love helping people. My path to fitness started in 2013 when I weighed in at a whopping 245 pounds. I knew I needed to get healthy, and lose some weight, but let’s face it, weight loss is difficult! I won’t bore you with the program I chose, or go into the details of the program, but I will say Chris and Heidi Powell from Extreme Weight Loss saved my life. I started my journey on their plan, and haven’t looked back. As I started to lose weight, I decided I wanted to try running. I started out with some 5k’s, which were difficult, but I finished them! In December 2012, for Christmas, I received a Rookie Running class at a local running store. The class was awesome! I have made lifelong friends, and learned a lot about myself and running in general. Fast forward to today, I have lost 100 pounds, and have kept it off. Since September of 2014, I have completed 23 half marathons¸ and two full marathons, including the New York City Marathon! On my weight loss journey, I have found myself, and fell in love with running, weightlifting, and spinning. I strive to be the best I can be, and inspire those around me at all times. I want everyone that struggles with weight loss to know that it can be done, and whether you are a perfect stranger, or my best friend, I will support you along the way. I never would have made it without my support group, and I know it can be difficult to find the right people to help and inspire you along the way.
Q & A
What quote or motto keeps you motivated?
Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive; and Hard is What Makes You Great
What does “free to be” mean to you?
Free to be yourself. No negative thoughts, no pressure, just be you!
What is your biggest goal for 2018?
I want to just be me, and be satisfied with that thought. So many times we get caught up in the trials and tribulations of life. I want to keep running, lifting, and spinning, and just be me.
Coolest place you have taken your SPIbelt?
What is your favorite SPIbelt product and why?
SPI H2O; It works great for long runs, and keeps everything in one place.
What is your tip for someone just starting out on the running journey?
Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t be afraid to keep pushing forward. Just like life, running is a journey, and there are bumps in the road. Don’t let the bumps stop you.