Melissa’s shaping up with a new healthy way of life

THE WINNER of the Evening News and Eze Fitness makeover competition is now one month into her new regime and it looks like things are shaping up for the 21-year-old.

Melissa Mensah, of Hope Street, Filey, aims to lose four stone and tone up for her wedding after winning a year’s free membership at Eze Fitness in Dunslow Road including weekly sessions with a personal trainer and a glam makeover in December.

I met up with Melissa to find out how her first few weeks have gone on the Big Rocks training programme.

She said: “It’s hard work making the lifestyle change, but the thing that’s keeping me going is that I know it will all be worth it in the end.

“It’s just getting into the swing of things, at the moment I’m working through the pain stage. I’ve gone from not doing any exercise to going three times a week, I’ve had to make a lot of changes, but no matter how much it hurts at the end I’m glad and I’m feeling good.”

Last month Melissa, who works as a part-time administration assistant at Whitby Fire Station and also runs The Imperial in Filey, told how late fix meals after working long nights at the pub led to increased weight gain. But this is another area she is looking to combat and with support from fiancé Michael Jones, she’s managing to keep off the junk food.

“The biggest change I’m having to make is not having takeaway,” said Melissa. “It gets to the last thing on a Saturday night, I’ve just finished work and it’s either not having anything or having cereal instead of a dirty pizza. I’m very lucky though, my fiance is doing it with me so I’m not dieting on my own.”

Eze Fitness trainer Al Sutton is also determined to help Melissa reach her goals, so he’s putting her through her paces at the gym.

He said: “Melissa’s doing quite well, she did slack off a little at the start but I’ve got her booked in with me three times a week so she’s got no excuse. I think she’s realising that her wedding is coming up sooner rather than later, so if she wants to achieve the goals she set she needs to come in more. She is working hard when she’s coming in, now we’re just giving her a bit more motivation so she is quite up for it.”

While Melissa is just one month into her training programme, she says she’s feeling the benefits already.

“The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is my walk to work is not nearly as difficult as it used to be. I walk up a big hill and I used to be on the verge of passing out, but now it’s nowhere near a problem, I’m not at the stage of running to work or anything but I don’t even feel out of breath anymore.

“Everyone has been fantastic, I’ve had so much support. I go to the gym and the trainer is there, everyone is so supportive and friendly, it makes me want to go back. I don’t want to let myself down and I don’t want to let anyone else down either.

“I’ve had four sessions with the personal trainer. At first it was nerve racking, because there’s was a fear of looking stupid, but they’ve all been so lovely, and they want me to succeed as much as I do. It’s nice to have that encouragement from everyone.”

Last month Melissa also told about what she calls her “fat dress”, which used to cover everything up and make her feel good, but which is now too tight. Although the size 16 dress has sentimental value, Melissa said she would be happy to lose enough weight, not be able to wear it again.

She added: “Ideally I’d like to be able not to wear it anymore, at the bare minimum I’d like to put it back on and everything fits and I feel nice.

“I bought it two years ago, and I remember when I put it on and I felt fantastic in it. It’s a very special dress because I was wearing it when my fiancé proposed to me, but if it didn’t fit again, and became too big for me, that would be fantastic. Although it is difficult sometimes, and the hardest thing is making myself go after I’ve been working all week, I’m starting to get my head round it. I do want to do this and I want to see results.”

Keep updated on Melissa’s progress and find out how she is doing in next month’s article on Tuesday March 29.

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