GGS Spotlight: Melissa Butler


Name:
Melissa
Butler
Age: 46
Location: Nashville, TN

How did you find out about Girls Gone
Strong? 

While trying to figure out what kind of program to follow, I began
to read community posts in My Fitness Pal, where I found several
groups specifically for women who lift. Several threads mentioned
Girls Gone Strong, and I began to check out the GGS website
periodically and follow the group on Facebook.

I continued to stumble around for a while longer, until,
fortunately for me, I saw a post about the 5-Day Get Results
Jumpstart program. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to
try out GGS and see if it was what I was looking for.

What does being a part of the Girl Gone Strong community
mean to you? 

GGS offers everything that I was missing in my strength training
practice. From the very beginning, I loved that the workouts
incorporated all kinds of movement and offered substitutions and
adjustments for my ability level. The video library has proven
invaluable, and the group and the coaches are always available to
recommend a piece of equipment, suggest a substitution, or help
improve form.

The GGS Community has been the very best part of the program —
I love being part of a group that is geared toward women,
encourages body positivity, and welcomes everyone, regardless of
experience, fitness, size, shape, gender, race, or ability. It is
truly empowering.

What do you do?
I’m a Quality Assurance Analyst and Technical Writer. (I test
software and write user manuals).

What else do you do?
I love outdoor activities — hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, skiing;
the forest and the beach are my happy places. I love to travel, and
I’m definitely a Disney and Harry Potter fanatic.


How were you introduced
to strength training, and how long have you been
training?

In 2010, I started going to the YMCA every day at lunch. I was very
focused on weight loss and cardio and spent an hour or more each
day on the elliptical or motion trainer. Although I really enjoyed
the workouts, I knew strength training was important for overall
health and weight loss and decided to add it to my fitness
routine.

I completed a 3-session introduction to the wellness floor and
started machine-based strength training a few times a week.
Although I loved the feeling of getting stronger, I struggled with
my inability to do as much cardio as I wanted and still fit in the
strength training during the workday. I set up a home gym, starting
with dumbbells and a bench and eventually adding a barbell.

My training was very haphazard, though — I had no instruction
or guidance and was piecing together my workouts from programs I
found online, and although I wanted to be able to lift heavier
weights, my focus was still very much on weight loss. I also became
frustrated with doing the same movements each week and with my
ignorance about how to proceed.

Favorite lift: 
Kettlebell swings are fun, and I love the deadlift — lifting
something heavy makes me feel like such a badass. Medicine ball
slams are my go-to when I need to blow off some steam.

Top 3 things you must have with you at the gym or in
your gym bag:

Good shoes, good music, and good deodorant. (And a good bra ranks
right up there!)


Do you prefer to train
alone or with others? Why?

I prefer to train alone. Working out is my “me time,” and I
really enjoy the mindfulness, whether I’m strength training,
running, or practicing yoga. I do enjoy spending time outside with
my family, though, whether it’s a hike in the woods, shooting
some baskets, or taking the dogs to the park.

Best compliment you’ve received lately:
My supervisor let me know that everyone involved in a recent
project, from management down, was impressed with my performance
and glad to have me on the team. I’m currently doing contract
work, so I really appreciated the feedback. Plus, she gave me the
afternoon off!

Most recent compliment you gave someone
else:

I complimented a mom-friend about how she was handling Fortnite and
household responsibilities with her son. I tried the same approach
with mine the next day, and it was very successful. It’s
reassuring to know that other parents are going through the same
things with their kids; I valued her perspective and let her
know.

Favorite way to treat yourself:
I love getting my nails done. It’s a little confidence boost to
look down and see polished nails, and it sort of says, “Hey –
you deserve to feel pretty!”

Favorite quote: 

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be
right in doing it.” — G.K. Chesterton

Three words that best describe you:
Strong. Introspective. Dorky.

Favorite books:
Skinny Legs and All, by Tom Robbins; Middlemarch, by George Eliot;
Hug, by Jez Alborough; and the Harry Potter series by J.K.
Rowling.

What inspires and motivates you? 
My family motivates me every day — I particularly want to set a
good example for my son.

I am inspired by strong women in all fields and activities, and
especially by my mother, my sister, and my grandmothers.


Describe a typical day
in your life, from waking up to bedtime:

My days are pretty ordinary — wake up, express gratitude and
goals in my journal, shower and dress, commute, work, commute,
workout, help with homework, dinner, TV or reading, and bed.

On weekends we try to get out of the house more, especially when
the weather is nice; in the winter we hunker down with movies,
hockey, and house cleaning. I would really like to exercise before
work in the morning, but I’ve never been able to pry myself out
of the warm bed consistently.

When did you join Get Results Coaching? Why did you
decide to join and what helped you make the decision to
join?

Immediately after completing the 5-day jumpstart program, I
purchased the Get Results bundle. I knew that I needed more than
just a set of exercises to follow, though, so I jumped at the
chance to add the Get Results Coaching. It’s like having a
personal trainer work with you every day, but also includes
guidance about nutrition, mindful eating, and self-care practices.
I would sign up for another six months in a heartbeat.

What has been your biggest challenge in the Get Results
Coaching program?

I have a history with bulimia and binge eating disorder; food is
how I self-soothe, and it is very difficult for me to eat mindfully
for hunger rather than appetite. The coaching program is no
substitute for medical care, of course, but I am gaining valuable
insight and tools to work on these issues.


What has been your
biggest success in the Get Results Coaching program?

I am just two weeks away from completing my first Get Results
program (Get Lean). I’ve worked hard to stay consistent and keep
moving forward, and I’m excited to be nearing completion. I also
completed my first 5K, which was a huge accomplishment for me.

What do you like best about the Get Results Coaching
community?

I love checking in daily with the group. It’s so helpful to see
what the other members are doing, what questions they have, and how
they’re progressing.

Our paths are unique, but we have so much inspiration,
knowledge, and encouragement to offer each other.

What is your “BIG” goal you’d like to achieve by
the end of Get Results Coaching?

I would like to complete a single, standard push-up. I have been
working on band-assisted and incline push-ups but completing a
standard push-up with good form has eluded me. I am confident I
will be able to do at least one by program’s end.

What is the habit you’re currently working on
most?

In addition to a history of bulimia, I also struggle with anxiety
and depression. I tend to binge, particularly in the evening,
instead of sitting with my emotions. I’m focusing on several
nutrition habits, including meal planning and mindfulness, to
reconnect with my hunger instead of my appetite.


How has Get Results
Coaching changed your life?

I have been focusing a lot less on the scale and a lot more on what
my body is capable of.

It is a complete turn-around for me to care more about how much
weight I can lift than how much weight I can lose, and I am
stronger, more confident, and empowered because of it.

What would you tell women who are nervous about joining
Get Results Coaching?

Go for it. It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve done for
myself in a really long time.

Tired of not getting the health and fitness results you’re
looking for?

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