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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