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inspiration OF THE WEEK:

Melanie Richert

This week’s INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK is Melanie Schmittling Richert. For those of you that know Melanie, you know that she is incredibly motivating & inspiring and she ALWAYS has a smile on her face (even if it’s during a workout)!! Melanie is a mommy to THREE kiddos & she took a break from “Corporate America” this year to be a full-time mommy! She volunteers at her kiddos schools & coaches their sports. She works out first thing in the morning because she says it starts her day off on the right foot & gives her energy. I love Melanie’s answer to the question “Who are your inspirations/motivators.” She said, “My inspiration is my family. I want to be strong and healthy so that I can enjoy life with them to the fullest. I also want my kids to see that working out and caring about how you eat is a way of life so that they will continue this lifestyle themselves someday.” LOVE THAT ANSWER!! Check out the rest of Melanie's responses below…

 

words from melanie

Why do you work out & what is your favorite aspect of working out?

I workout because of the way I feel afterwards which is great! I do it first thing in the morning and it starts my day off on the right foot, giving me energy to keep up with all that goes on in my day!

Who are your inspirations/motivators?

My inspiration is my family. I want to be strong and healthy so that I can enjoy life with them to the fullest. I also want my kids to see that working out and caring about how you eat is a way of life so that they will continue this lifestyle themselves someday. 

What would you tell someone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle but is struggling with getting started or sticking with it? How would you inspire them to start & stick with it?

Patience is a virtue right? Things don't happen overnight. Make sure you have a plan and set small goals. Try starting a "good" habit. Years ago I learned that if I didn't workout first thing in the morning - I WOULDN'T do it at all b/c I was too tired at night (I REALLY admire all of you that can workout at the end of the day!) so I created the habit of getting up early to workout.  I've belonged to a gym for all of my adult life - until now!  Last year I dropped my gym membership and strictly do the Sisterhood program. It's perfect for so many different lifestyles because you can do it whenever and wherever (and it's way cheaper than most gyms!)  

What is your life motto?

My life motto: “I believe there is truth to the "Power of Positive Thinking". If you believe you can do it - you will do it!  I try to find something good in everyone and everything.”

share with us about your family, your job, and what you enjoy doing when you're not working out or at work.

My husband and I live in Iowa and have been married for 15 years. We have three very active kiddos (ages 9, 6 & 2). Last year, I took a break from corporate America to be a stay-at-home mom. It keeps me busy that's for sure! I volunteer once a week at my kids' school and have fun there doing shaving cream crafts, singing the latest songs about "how to tie your shoes" and learning new Go Noodle dances! In my spare time I enjoy coaching my daughter in softball and cheering on my son in all of his sporting activities, especially baseball. We love to spend time together outdoors, traveling, crafting, playing games and cheering on our Royals & Chiefs!