Hey there! I’m Melissa and I’m known as the scatterbrained, “graceful” runner around here. I’m a 30-something NASM certified personal trainer, and I’m currently a grad student on track to receive my Master of Science in Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity & Eating Disorders/Nutritional Health. From there, I plan to begin my work helping children and adolescents, along with their parents, in preventing and/or treating obesity and eating disorders. As a side hobby and business, I’m a natural light, nature and lifestyle photographer. My family and I live out the country in Southwest Virginia, and we love the slow, quiet life it provides.

I’ve been married to my husband for almost 7 years, and I met him here in Virginia right after I graduated from undergrad. Life has been a heck of a ride ever since! Just recently, he’s joined me in taking on a healthy lifestyle, and he’s been an incredible motivator – he’s a natural runner, I tell ya!!

We have two daughters, and I love them more than anything in the world.

While I am I absolutely in love with my husband and little girls,  you won’t see much about them here on this blog. It’s my attempt to keep their lives private and safe. You’ll hear some stories and see some photos, but please respect that I’m very vigilant of their privacy.

Life is crazy in this household, let me tell you, and with my recent ventures, it’s about to get even crazier.

I have a B.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and I’ll live and die a Husky fan. Don’t hate. ;)

In March 2011, I was laid off from my job, and life has been a whirlwind of blessings and opportunities ever since!! I spend some of my days as a stay-at-home-mom, full-time student, and photographer. It has been absolutely fulfilling and my heart is full. In addition to all the extra time I’ve been able to spend with them at such young ages, I’m able to focus on working toward my dreams. (And I love my husband so incredibly much for being so supportive!)

This brings me to my blog. I’ve been an on and off blogger since November 2009, and while I have had dreams of it becoming big, I’m more focused on my life outside of the blog. It’s far more important to me to live my life with my family and blog when I feel like it. I post recipes. I post about weight loss. I post about evolving as a runner. I post about family, friends, and goofy things. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts are incomplete and chaotic, but heck, that’s me. All over the place. I have so much to do in so little time that I just go with it. I don’t always have time to post, which means I accept that this blog may never “go big”, and that’s okay with me.

What’s happened since I started this blog? I’ve lost 70 pounds in the past two and a half years. I’m always taking care of my husband and children, and I finally realized that if I don’t take care of myself and my health, then who will take care of them? You know the saying about how you can’t love others until you love yourself? It’s true. I’ve laid it all out on the line. I’ve become a runner, I’ve evolved as a runner, I’ve conquered 13.1 (something I never even dreamed I could do), and I’m proud of how far I’ve come, road blocks and all.

So that brings us here. That’s me in a nutshell.

I love comments. I love input. I love advice. And I most certainly love support. It’s what keeps this world going, right? Support. I have discovered that along with my husband, family, and friends, bloggers have been amazing to me. I’ve made some really amazing connections with some really wonderful women out there.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me: livelovenrun [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Soccer Mom June 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hey, I’m a Hokie living in Hooville! Good luck on your master’s and from a mom who worked at home for 11 years while my kids were younger (and until my divorce) … enjoy being home with the kids now. It goes by fast!


Melissa June 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Hey there!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! A Hokie! I’m not a Hokie fan, but man I have tons of Hokie friends! I enjoy the whole Hokie-Cav rivalry. Ha!
I’m enjoying this stay-at-home time for sure…my girls are amazing little people, and I’m reminded at least once a day of how quickly they’re growing up. Thanks so much for stopping by here!


Cherie July 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Hey! Among other similarities, we have the same wedding anniversary! :-)


Melissa August 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

Haha!! That’s so awesome! I was just on your blog reading about your hubby’s conversation with the bagger…and was wondering when you had gotten married! :)


Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl August 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I was the same way in college. Oops! Digging your blog a lot! :D


Melissa August 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thanks Krissie!!!! :) I love that you’re digging it!


MindyG August 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hey! I’m a Roanoke blogger too! I found you from Carrots n Cake’s blogger hookup. Glad I did. I’ve wanted to see some of the sights from McAfee’s knob… since I had a busted knee when my hubs went up there. Looks like a gorgeous hike!


Melissa August 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Oh my goodness, Mindy, you’ve GOT to get up there when you’re healed up. We took the fire road up to a certain point and then the actual “AT”. I’m still healing from a sprained ankle, so I was trying really hard not to hit too much uneven ground. It’s pretty rocky up there…and SUCH a long hike! It was VERY well worth it, though. So beautiful.

SO glad you found me…I was sure that I was the only Roanoke blogger. LOL


jobo September 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Wow, never read your about me page before! You did autopsies?! That’s crazy. Love your story here btw, and your wedding pic :)


Tara September 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

You are so beautiful! And so is your family (furry kid included). :)


Melissa September 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

Thank you so much!!!! You made my night last night when I saw this comment. :)


Chris January 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

What WHat! :) Great Blog!


Melissa January 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

Well thank you!! :D


Jennifer Adams January 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I look forward to learning more about you!! Nicely done!


rightonfatgirl February 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Hi- I love your blog! Your family looks beautiful! I am sure they keep you busy! Good for you! I am also trying to take care of myself now too. I am down 10lbs and trying to keep going and not regain it! I can’t wait to see your upcoming posts.


Melissa February 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thank you so much! :) I hope to see you here again!


kiki July 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

So happy to have found your blog!


Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy October 4, 2012 at 2:03 am

We have many similarities! I am a stay-at-home mom to a 2 year old and a Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer. Since I left my job (before our company laid everyone off), I have started my blog and I am in the process of starting my own health and wellness business!


Life's a Bowl October 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I’m so happy to have found your blog and another VA blogger!


Belinda April 13, 2013 at 2:57 am

Great blog Melissa,

Greetings from another runner from Sydney Australia.



Angela May 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

I’m a terp but living in Blacksburg and 100lbs lighter since having my second child in 2010. Are you in Blacksburg too?


Heather June 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Go Huskies!


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