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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What is Holding you back

I want to get in shape but…. 

I want to eat healthy but…. 

I want to workout but I don’t have time. 

I want to eat healthy but it’s too expensive

Many of us have multiple obstacles we must overcome, but that is life and if you truly want something you will figure it out and you will overcome. 

Will it be easy? NOPE. 

Nothing in life worth having will ever come easy, there will be sacrifices and it just comes down to are you willing to pay the price to be successful? 

Are you willing to work a little bit harder? 

Are you willing to wake up a little bit earlier? 

Are you willing to plan and prep your food on the weekend? 

No matter what you want in life it is right in front of you, but between you and your goals is a lot of hard work…. you just have to be willing to work for it !!!!!

I believe in you! 
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Monday, February 22, 2016


***** NEWS********LOVE TO MOVE MI*****
Just a Quick update for the Next Couple of Weeks. I have a Little vacation to Florida Coming up and have to update my CPR cert.
All Classes at Pure Performance are $5 Drop in, Punch Cards are also Available.
2/23-7:30pm Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

2/25-NO CLASS!!!

3/1-7:30pm Circuit with Sasha Sandor-Fitness at Pure Performance

3/3-6:15pm Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

3/8-7:30pm Circuit with Sasha Sandor-Fitness at Pure Performance

3/9-GROOVE Time is TBD with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Noordeloos CRC, This is a Donation Only GROOVE we will be donating the $ to the Church and kids are welcome to join in on this GROOVE. 

3/10 6:15pm-Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Staying Motivated

Gazelle Girl Guest Blogger Post!!! 

Check out This post on 
Gazelle Girl Half Marathon Blog

This was the original which just has a few more pictures!!! 

Hey Girls My Name is Melissa and I LOVE Running, I am an Assistant High School Cross Country Coach, Girls on the Run Coach and Part time Fitness Instructor. I have Run a ton of 5ks, 10k's, a 15k, a number of 1/2 Marathons, the 5/3 River Bank Run a few times, and 1 Marathon so far. Last Year 2015 was my first Gazelle Girl 1/2 Marathon and I LOVED it. 


 I want to to talk to you about staying Motivated !!! We have busy Lives with Family, Work, Friends, and maybe some volunteering. Our days can fly by in the blink of and eye and we loose track of time. But we also have Goals!!! or maybe a Bucket list :) Things we want to accomplish whether that be your first 5k or 1/2 Marathon or hitting a new PR in a race. With some many ways to stay busy how do we stay motivated to RUN or HIT our running goals.  

Here are my Top ways to stay motivated. 

  • Find A Running Group
    • I have a group the always runs on Saturday Morning for their Long run so even though when I want to sleep in Saturday Morning I know they are going to be there

  • Find a Go to Running Girl Friend 

    • Finding someone that you can just run and chat with will make running more enjoyable, not all runs are long or hard so finding a friend that can consistency go with you will help you get out the door and enjoy your run
    • I have give a big shout out to my sister the best running buddy I have and we are stuck with each other :) Love  Ya

  • Sign up for a race or a few races 

    • To stay motivated through the winter I sign up for a few spring races that way I have something to train towards. 
    • I also look for races in fun places, Like I am going to visit my Grand Parents in Florida at the end of February and I found a Coconut 5K to do down there while I am vising. Run on Vacation ? YES who wouldn't want to run along the beach and ocean. 
  • Follow a runner the inspires you on Instagram 
    • I follow a few different runners and bloggers on Instagram that Inspire and motivate me. Seeing their workouts and pictures just helps me keep going. 
  • Get a Running Plan made for you by a Coach
    • I just got my first personalize running plan made just for me with workouts at my paces and for the days that I run. It feels good to know that your workouts are all for purpose and will help you hit your goals. 

I asked a Few of my Runner Friends to help me with this post and share what motives them. 

  • Energy, feeling better, weight, being able to hit goals to go faster and longer- Jaime
  • What keeps me motivated to run is signing up for 5ks and having my friends signing up with me. I have never been a runner but once I was successful at running my first mile without stopping it made me motivated to try and run another and another. Also, a great playlist helps motivate me to run! - Becky
  • Energy and the energized feeling after a really good run; time with friends; health physically and spiritual and emotional renewal and revitalization; seeing and experiencing creation in ways only possible on foot- Virginia
  • I always keep some sort of goal in mind. A certain pace, distance, or race. Challenging myself keeps me motivated. I would also add that resting and not overdoing it keeps me motivated because I am less likely to burn out. After a few days of active rest (walking, yoga, etc) I end up looking forward to the next time I can get out and run.- Megan
  • The runners high afterwards always makes me feel great. I am also competitive and I love seeing the improvements I am making. And signing up for races is a good way to make sure I keep going and challenging myself.-Whitney
  • The best motivation is races! Runners are a very inclusive group and no one cares how fast you run except yourself. The feeling you have after finishing a race is unbeatable.-Susan
  • I feel great after! Helps my anxiety. It allows this mama time to her self  
    And if you run with a friend it becomes girl time.-Dana
  • No matter how hard it is to get out there (too early, too late, too cold, too hot...), you're never sorry later that you did it!-Jennifer

Monday, February 8, 2016

What is Next ??

Matthew 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The IF Gathering is over !!!! So what Now ??? Well Starting my Day with IF:Equip seems like a good place start for now. 
Check it out Here -> IF:Equip
How does this passage resonate with you? What does it mean to go and make disciples in ordinary life?
To be quite honest it scares me .. how do I make disciples with my ordinary life ... I don't know .. 
Spend time praying about where God is calling you to GO.
I will be spending a lot of time here .. trying to figure the first question.. how about you ? 

Weekend Wonderings

Greetings Friends, 

I hope that you had a Fantastic weekend. I Tried a new Coffee Place !! LOVED IT Simpatico Coffee it was so Smooth ... Definitely going back there sometime soon. Check out there facebook page

Snuggled with my Puppy Love. She thinks she can just lay on top of me and cuddle. All 70lbs of her furry self. haha 


This weekend marked my Second annual IF:Local gathering. <--learn a="" about="" and="" are="" bad="" because="" before="" but="" comfort="" content="" font="" from="" gathering="" get="" going="" i="" if:="" is="" know="" link.="" little="" me="" more="" my="" nbsp="" not="" of="" outside="" put="" questions="" some="" that="" the="" thing.="" to="" uneasy="" zone="">

To Prepare for a day of digging deep in Faith and Christ I started my Saturday with a Nice 10 Mile Run. Running with Friends is the best and I NEED it. Then I was off to the Gathering which took place at Immanual Church in Holland. It was a Great day .. If I went into all the details I would end up writing a book. So I will share some of the Social Images from the weekend and that should give a pretty clear picture of all the good stuff. 

Sunday Morning Processing !! 

Sunday Morning Rolled around, and my Mind was still doing some serious Processing!! There was so much good stuff to take in. I just had to sit and think ... so Coffee, Journals, Devotions and a Fitness Magazine were how I spent a Good chunk of Sunday Morning before church. 

Link to more IF: Gathering Information 

I hope that you had a great weekend !!! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


HAHA I saw this on Instagram and thought of my running group !! This is kind of True 

Weekend Adventures

Friday Night 

We had a Gift Card for Dinner at City Vu Bistro that I got from the Cross Country Kids on the fall.We thought we better use it sooner rather then later because the Bistro is closing soon. Dinner was excellent !! We splurged on drinks and food and it was AWESOME.

Saturday Morning Run with Friends 

We took it easy because we are planning on a long Run Sunday at the Frostbite Marathon Relay. I was super excited to wear my new Poke-dot hat from Lululemon :)

Also Took Riley Girl for an afternoon Walk Downtown Holland she loves all the people and it is so nice to walk on the snow melt sidewalks because it keeps her from getting so wet and dirty.

Sunday Morning Frostbite Marathon Relay with Friends !!!

I was super looking forward to the Frostbite Marathon Relay this year. We had a Group of Friends running and my Running group so there were lots of people to run and chat with.

 Marathon Route

 Awesome Shirts

I ended up Running 15 miles which was not what I had planned but I was feeling good and having fun so it was fun to run a few extra. I am thinking this is going to be a new Tradition for our group of friends.  I used the Map My Run App to Track this Run !!!