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How To Make 409 Cleaner At Home

About a year ago I started making my own cleaning products.  I was trying to avoid the highly carcinogenic cleaning products that smelled harsh and burned my eyes and instead switched to ingredients like Vinegar, Borax, Washing Soda,  Alcohol, Essential Oils and some of that Blue Dishwash soap.

Vinegar is still a pretty strong scent,  but if you add some essential oils,  you can take that down a notch.

This stuff works really well at cleaning your bathrooms and counters, you minimize exposure to carcinogens AND it’s pretty cheap as well.  Cleaning on a budget, who doesn’t love that?!

Here’s my How To video on how to make something similar to 409.

If you watch through the end, you can take a screen shot of the recipe, but please feel free to comment and ask questions, or email me at

And I’d love for you to share this post, go for it.

Thanks for visiting and watching!

🙂 Melanie


What Can Happen When You’re Held Accountable

I love this TRANSFORMATION because I got started with PIYO as well.

Look at Julie’s stats:
Between the start of PiYo and finishing 21DFX (about an eight-month period), she lost just under 60 pounds and a total of 36.75 inches. She went from a tight size 16 to a comfortable size 10 in pants.

Of course SHE did the WORK, but she did so with the support of her coach and the accountability of a Challenge Group.

My next Accountability Group starts February 8th. 

If you’re SICK of being unhappy with the skin you’re in, if you want to connect with uplifting people, are ready to work on yourself and could use support, then MESSAGE ME.

DEADLINE to order your Challenge Pack is February 5th BUT if you want The Master’s Hammer and Chisel or any of the 21 Day Fix Programs, message me THIS WEEK to get the January SPECIAL ❤


Crunchy Tuna Salad


IMG_20151204_220422Do you love Tuna Salad but are trying to get away from using condiments and processed foods in general?

I whipped this up tonight:

2 cups worth of chopped celery, cubed cucumbers and chopped shallots

3/4 c of tuna packed light in water

1 small Avocado

Mash it all together, add pepper to taste,  a squeeze of lemon (or doterra lemon drops),  and squirt Sriracha Sauce across.

It’s just the right amount of crunchy and loaded with protein.

Do YOU have a favorite tuna recipe?

If you use the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan system, this is 2 green,  1 red and 2 blue.  Yes,  that’s too much blue in one sitting, but I did skip orange today 😉

What Is Going Well?

So today I had my weekly mentoring call with one of my success coaches in the training I’m taking. When she asked me to share with her what is going really well in my coaching business,  I was briefly stumped.

I knew she had several more calls to do,  and me being me, I didn’t want to take too much of her time.  So as several things ran through my head, I tried to figure out how to quickly put all of it into just a few words, which is not an easy task for me when it’s unexpected.

I thought about which part was most pertaining to my business success – you know, also trying to make an effort to sound savvy and goal oriented.

But in the end I answered from my heart. That’s always the best, don’t you agree? And from my heart I said:

“You know what’s going well about my business? Me!  I am doing well,  because even if I don’t reach the goals I set for my coaching before the year is over, I feel successful because I am part of this community.  I get to help people and I feel supported by like minded people!”

For a moment I thought “oh boy, that probably wasn’t what she wanted to hear… She was probably expecting me to know how close I am to xyz goal or to say what I was doing to get there that is working.” But instead, we clicked!

We talked about how this community we are now part of has kindled friendships, that feel like they are going to be long-lasting.  And to me,  someone who doesn’t easily make real life friends,  that’s the part that’s going really well and I know the rest will follow!

Coaching people in their fitness and health, coaching others to be coaches and being coached yourself, requires building relationships and it demands trust in each other, trusting that people want the best for you. 

If you want to be part of a great community,  if you are working on your own health and fitness, and you enjoy helping others,  then I invite you to fill out this coach application.  There are a few questions that will help me learn more about you and help you figure out if coaching is a good fit for you!

Follow this link to complete the questionnaire

But you can email me any questions you have to

I hope to talk to you soon!

🙂  Melanie 


Here’s an easy way to relax

Are you having a rough day?  People are annoying?  That whole thing about “There are no stupid questions” is proving to not be true?

Well,  I firmly believe people don’t actually TRY to annoy you.  At least most of the time.  I really think most of the time,  we’re just having “that kind of a day” when things that are normally not that annoying to us,  drive us up the wall.

Here’s the good news: We have the power to change that around!

The next time you feel frazzled, cranky,  anxious or just plain annoyed by the people around you, take THREE minutes for yourself.

Get to a spot where you can sit without being disturbed,  that can even be a park.  The likelihood that strangers will talk to you when you have your eyes closed,  are pretty slim.

Set a timer if you need to get back to work, but make it a nice one.  Set it for three minutes.  If you don’t have a pressing appointment, go by feeling, but do look at the time when you begin.

Close your eyes and breathe in and out through your nose.  As you breathe, notice your body move with your breath. Maybe your chest or your belly. There’s no right or wrong,  I just want you to become aware of it.

Once you’re aware of the movement,  aim to make each inhale longer and each exhale slower. Keep breathing with your eyes closed.  Slowly in,  slowly out,  until your timer goes off or it feels as if three minutes passed (check the time).

At the end,  take one really deep breath and exhale with a sigh.

Are you feeling a little more calm?

Comment or share this if you plan to try it.

Thanks for reading!

🙂  Melanie 


The “After” Myth

This is an important read!

Can Anybody Hear Me?



It’s here.

In my first post, Before, 3 years ago, I said “I’m not to After yet, but I’m closer to After than to Before.”

I now weigh 117 – 120 pounds (depending on the day), and standing at 5-foot 6-inches, that measurement means that After is very, very here. But, before you congratulate me, dear readers…if I have any…and dear friends and family who I know follow this blog… I have to come clean with you: I don’t feel like I’m at After. I’m terrified of being at After. And, I don’t like that After is here.

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The tagline of my blog is “uncovering myself one pound at a time.” For most of this blog, I’ve spoken strongly about how my relationship with food and myself was what caused my weight struggles. I stand by that. The thing is, the symptoms have resolved faster than I’ve been able to…

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Eight Limbs of Yoga: The Yamas @ YogaGlo

I have been finding myself quite busy lately, and unable to even record my yoga lesson plans.  However, Yoga happens not only on the mat, but off the mat as well.  And studying the Yamas goes right in hand with reshaping your life.  This is a wonderful blog posted at and I hope you will enjoy it!

The yamas – there are five of them – make up the first limb of yoga. These, along with the niyamas, are guidelines for living a better, more fulfilled life. But before you roll your eyes, the yamas are not directives about what to do and not do. They’re open to interpretation – in fact, they invite it – and when you start thinking about what they mean, you’ll find that there are increasingly nuanced and interesting ways to think about them, and to apply them to your own life.”

Continue reading via this link: Eight Limbs of Yoga: The Yamas @ YogaGlo.