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Celebrating 12 Months of Breastfeeding

Celebrating 12 Months of Breastfeeding

I’ve had so much to say on this topic for the past year, but as soon as I sit down to write this post, I find myself staring at a blank screen. I’ve experienced such a huge range of emotions throughout this journey, I truly don’t know where to begin. Before my son was born, [...]

September 15, 2014 Melissa Villamizar Children, Parenthood, Postpartum 0

My Natural Childbirth

My Natural Childbirth

As I sit down to write this, my sweet baby boy is 5 days old (posting at 3 weeks). It has taken me this long to be able to process and come to terms with everything that happened during the last few days of my pregnancy, labor and delivery and the first few days postpartum. [...]

October 1, 2013 Melissa Villamizar Children, Motivation, Pregnancy 0

5 Tips To Becoming a Morning Workout Person

5 Tips To Becoming a Morning Workout Person

Since I’ve started teaching morning boot camps, I’ve had so many people tell me that they just can’t wake up that early. (“That” meaning early enough to attend a 5:30am Camp Gladiator Boot Camp. If you just shuddered at the thought of that, keep reading.) Well, I beg to differ, so I thought I’d put [...]

July 5, 2013 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Lifestyle, Motivation 0

New Year’s Resolutions Reworked

New Year’s Resolutions Reworked

It’s that time of year again…time for New Year’s Resolutions! I truly love this time of year because it’s a chance to put a plan in motion to better myself. But for others, the thought of coming up with a New Year’s Resolution is daunting. Thinking about keeping one thing going for an entire year [...]

December 31, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Motivation 2

Featured Exercise—Side Plank

Featured Exercise—Side Plank

If you’ve been coming to Live Whole Be Free’s FREE Boot Camp at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, you know that each week you have “homework.” Only being able to train most of you once a week makes it more difficult for you to make progress quickly. Therefore, I’ve elected to give out homework each [...]

November 28, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Fitness 0

Hard Work Pays Off—Half Marathon PR

Hard Work Pays Off—Half Marathon PR

We try to stay away from too many “personal posts” at LWBF, but as you all know, I spent four long months training for yesterday’s Half Marathon in Miami Beach, Florida, so a recap of the race is definitely in order! A good combination of a new training program and some nutritional tweaks made an enormous difference [...]

November 19, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Fitness 3

This Is Where The Training Starts

This Is Where The Training Starts

Fifteen weeks ago, I started training for the Miami Beach Rock and Roll Half Marathon. It’s hard to believe that the day I’ve trained so hard for is almost here! I started training for this race very early. In fact, I was concerned I was starting a bit too early, but was just too excited to [...]

November 15, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Motivation 0

LWBF Boot Camp at Klyde Warren Park!

LWBF Boot Camp at Klyde Warren Park!

I am so humbled and excited to announce this very exciting news. Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, the New York City consulting firm responsible for programming for the new Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, has asked me to teach boot camp classes at The Park coming this Fall! This park is unlike any other in the city [...]

October 15, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Health, Lifestyle 11

Not Your Mom’s “Diet”

Not Your Mom’s “Diet”

Growing up I witnessed my mom struggle through numerous fad diets – Cabbage Soup Diet, No Carbs Diet, Fat-Free Foods Diet, etc. I also noticed that although she may have reached a goal weight utilizing these fad diet methods, but she could never maintain it. 90-95% of the people that go on a diet will [...]

October 11, 2012 Holly Alexander Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition 0

Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Reason #97 why you can’t lose weight…because let’s face it, there are potentially quite a few things contributing to the fact that you can’t lose weight. It’s supposed to be easy, right? Burn more calories than you consume and you “should”, in theory, lose weight. But what if you don’t? Well, there’s a myriad of [...]

August 31, 2012 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Health, Motivation 2