About Me.

I'm Melissa, from a small town in Pennsylvania.  I've started this blog to follow my journey on my way to my first half marathon.  I love running, CrossFit,  and fitness in general.  I hope I can help others to take a change in their life to become healthier and fitter person. 

A little history of fat Missie.

As a child I was overweight and got made fun of constantly. From third grade until seventh grade I was made fun of by other kids almost everyday, in school and online.  My mom called the school, but they didn't do anything. She took me to the doctor for a check up when I was nine or ten, and he told her to "put a lock on the cookie cabinet." It sounds funny, but saying that to a ten year old is devastating.  When I got home that day, the first place I went to was the cabinet, for what? Cookies,duhh. My mom looked at me and said, "You heard what the doctor said, dinner will be ready soon. Go play outside."  From that moment, I realized I really did need to change, and I did.  I played many sports in high school including, soccer, softball, 13 years of dance and gymnastics, and I was a majorette my last few years of high school.  I weigh less now then when i was a 140 pound ten year old.  I was a juniors size 13 in the 7th grade.
 Through the years, I've lost the weight but I don't want you to think I'm naturally skinny or fit.  I'm not.  I work really hard.  I spend at least an hour almost every day at the gym.  

Why I started this blog
As you'll read in the next pages, I've had asthma for over 6 years.  I've started this blog because I want people to know that it is possible to still be active and healthy when you have pulmonary conditions. Don't use that as an excuse.  Use it as a motivator to get better.  The longer you sit around, the worse it will get. 
Also, I don't want people to feel helpless because they are overweight. Kids are mean, and I never want to go through that torture again.  Use the pain that people put you through to motivate you and make you a better person.  You are the holder of your own happiness, don't let anyone keep that from you.


  1. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you want to participate, here is the link to what the Liebster Award is all about and my questions for you. :-)


  2. I commiserate with you about asthma. I started running for many different reasons (http://www.grammarissa.com/p/about.html#running), but working through my asthma and getting better at dealing with it by being active has helped me tremendously!

    I'm glad to know another runner gal in the Pittsburgh area. Cheers!

    1. I've noticed that besides all the medicine I'm on, working through it has helped me to regulate it. I can't wait to do The Great Race this year! Hopefully I'll see you there! :)

  3. You're my new hero. I just found your website through your post on the FitFluential Running Facebook page. I, too, have asthma. I was diagnosed with "real" asthma about a year ago. I was diagnosed with exercised-induced asthma prior to that. After I lost about 60 pounds with Weight Watchers, I became a runner. I have ran four half-marathons, numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and other distances. In December of this year, my hubby and I will hopefully be celebrating our 150th race since September of 2009.
    Asthma sucks. Being fat sucks. But, you can do something about both of them!
    Right now, my asthma is kicking my butt (I live in MN) and the cold weather is getting to be. I am on a daily inhaler (Pulmacort) that I do twice a day. I also have my Albuterol inhaler for when I run and do fitness classes and I still have to use my nebulizer when my asthma acts up, along with taking prednisone. Today is day one of a seven-day prednisone treatment.
    I would love to hear from you about what you do to control your asthma. And any tips you have for controlling it. If you want, you can email me at celbeam@gmail.com.

    Thanks so much,

    Celeste Edenloff
    Alexandria, MN
    Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl