Love of Another Year….

Open your eyes and take a look around you. How’s the view? Do you like what you see? Are you living the life you pictured for yourself or are you still dreaming of something bigger?

The minute you finally see all the things you have, you see all the things you stand to lose and that’s where you realize there’s nothing more important than LOVE!! Truly nothing. We learn from each other, we support each other, we cherish each other, we uplift each other… we are all LOVE and in search of LOVE. Love looks different to all of us, there is no right or wrong way to view love BUT remember it is the most PURE emotion that we all share.

If there’s anything I learned this past year more than ever is the many levels and meanings of LOVE! It has shown up in my life in ways I would never imagine. Yes there has been heart break but the beauty of LOVE breaks through the hard times, it tears away the shadows we all keep, it frees us, it inspires us, it liberates us, and it empowers us!

Share the gift of your love…. let go, get out of your head and into your heart and embrace the beautiful moments of your life! Be unapologetically you! Be authentically you! Learn to LOVE without expectations. Learn to spread LOVE everywhere you go whether it’s through a smile, a hug, a conversation or a wink…. BE LOVE and watch your world magically return back to you tenfold!

It’s time to be free and live freely… there are no more f&$ks to give what anyone else thinks. Sync up with who you really are and show up exactly as you are.

Another year, a little bit wiser…. 🙂 Happy Birth Love day to me! 🙂

Attention through Intention

There can be beauty in getting lost, sometimes we have to get lost to find ourselves and each other, and then sometimes we we find ourselves and each other only to get lost all over again. We grow, we shift, we change the course and then these shifts may set us adrift again…. but it’s when we stand still, listen and be open to where the winds want to take us next that our true journey begins.

Maintain gratitude for the journey…. maintain your attention to your intention, be conscious of your thoughts and continually be in awe and beauty of the journey that is yours..!

The truth of a Weight Loss Journey…not always pretty, but WORTH IT!

I work out 6 days a week.


We’re talking crossfit, kickboxing, bootcamp, Bootoga™, lifting, running “hard.” I’ve raced in triathlons and 10Ks and half marathons and mudruns…just this past April I finished Spartan Stadium Sprint in under an hour WITH a busted up shin from missing a box jump. I’m strong.







I was also over 200 pounds.

And we’re not talking cut, muscular, defined “200+ pounds”…we’re talking body fat in the 30’s, squishy belly, big thighs, thick arms “200+ pounds.”

The fact is I’ve spent pretty much my entire life being overweight, so it’s not generally an ‘in your face’ kind of an issue, but it is like a low frequency buzz that I can’t ever quite escape. When I meet new people, when I try on clothes, when I get dressed to go out, when I get dressed to work out, when I decide what pictures to post on Facebook…the first question always is “do I look fat”? That Spartan race that I finished? I felt so strong, so empowered…until I saw the pictures of myself during and after. Then I just felt…fat…again. I guess that’s because I don’t feel fat because I’m so fit (yay) until I see myself through what I think are other people’s eyes (boo).

The thing is, I know how to lose weight. Not only am I a certified personal trainer, I’ve done it before…well, okay, I did it ONE time in my life, but I really kicked ass at it. I lost about 35 pounds (over the course of 2 years) by just getting active and changing my eating habits when I joined a bootcamp. And then I entered a contest and lost 15 more pounds. I got down to a size freaking 10. I won a weight loss challenge!! And you know what? It felt great.







Kind of.

I mean, don’t get me wrong…it was super fun to shop for stuff that was cute instead of stuff that just fits me. And I got a little more daring with my outfits and had fun with that. And, omg, the best part was when I sat for too long on a hard surface, my sit bones kind of hurt…like all my skinny friends complain about! But what wasn’t so fun were my deflated boobs.

And while my husband totally supported me every step of the way, he also missed my bodacious rack and also found my newer, slender self a little…unfamiliar. He never, ever criticized, but like the low frequency buzz, I could feel it. And as unfamiliar as he was feeling, strangers were, well, familiar. Men noticed me. They flirted. They didn’t care that I was married and not interested. As someone who was used to (and preferred) flying under the radar, it was stressful and annoying.

Together with those mental pressures, well, it was HARD to lose all that weight, and once I won that challenge, I decided to take a break with my regimented eating. Let loose a little. And then a little more. And then a little more.

And what do you know? While I didn’t get back to square one, I seriously flirted with it. The combination of those pictures from the Spartan finish and the looming deadline of a milestone birthday combined to kick me into gear again. I decided to buckle down. I turned my attention back to my nutrition…because as unfair as it feels and as cliché as it sounds, you lose weight in the kitchen, not in the gym. As hard as you train, you can eat (or drink! Alcohol not only has calories but plays with your metabolism in sneaky ways!) away a workout and then some so freaking fast.

But this time, in addition to watching the calories and the carbs and the protein, I made a commitment to also watch my mind. I lost weight for ME the first time, but I started gaining it back again, in part, because of what I felt coming from others. I recognize that if I’m going to make it stick this time, it is critical for me to keep my own goals and emotions and ambitions in the front of my mind…because that’s what you seldom hear…your mindset is such a critical piece to weight loss…hell, to life. It is your secret weapon, or secret villain…choose wisely.

I’m trying to.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that it really is a journey, and not a race (sorry, another cliché!)…which sucks because I’m good at races! Short term goals, even if they are hard, are much easier for me. Focus in for two months, watching every calorie and counting every rep…yep, I can do that. Staying present, enjoying life, while maintaining or losing more weight? I’m still figuring that out. But I’m ready for the journey.

Story of and Written by: Melani L.

Certified Bootoga®Instructor & Personal Trainer

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Bootoga® Dance Party!

Life is meant to be celebrated and enjoyed and Bootoga® is that type of lifestyle!
It’s Wellness for Life in every area!! 

When was the last time you went dancing?

Research proves that dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize his or her brain function.
Who doesn’t want that?!!! 
Join us for a quick one hour Bootoga® session from 8-9 am and then let’s DANCE it out from 9-11 am. Allow dance to free your mind, your spirit and your body! BE FREE from limitations and mind chatter, let’s gather together and celebrate one another and bring in the morning with true intention of FUN, BEAUTY and LOVE!! 
Please RSVP by Thursday July 19th, 2018… Invite friends, this is OPEN to everyone! 
Come meet our new Bootoga® Instructors and community and let’s LIVE IN THE MOMENT! 
Questions? Contact us at 818-488-4333 or email
Cost: Only $10 per person, please bring cash or pay ahead through Paypal or Venmo
See you on July 21st

Refine your Skill

Refine your SKILL… Develop, Grow and Breakaway 

Labels…. why do we care about labels so much? Why do we want to label people, things, and situations? What in us causes this need to label everyone we meet and everything we see?

I recently sold my gym business that I’ve had for over 10 years to pursue my fitness method “Bootoga®” that I created in 2014 and officially trademarked in 2015. My heart and soul wanted to expand beyond the walls that I thought I had always wanted. As I progressed in life and in my own personal development I realized I never wanted the 4 walls of my gym to define me, I knew my purpose was greater, that I needed to share my skills and talents with the world on a whole new level. This is why I created Bootoga®, I wanted to pass on the true meaning of Fitness, which is to be fit in your mind, your body and your soul with freedom! We are such multifaceted beings yet we continue to “label” ourselves as one or two things.

After letting go of my gym I am now learning not to attach roles or identities that may have held great importance to me or others relating to me. There’s nothing wrong to the roles we attach to ourselves or others but we limit ourselves to these roles and we need to learn that these “roles” are not who we are but simply an expression of a piece of us. We are so much more dynamic than the labels, roles, and identities that we give ourselves and others. It can be tricky to avoid getting stuck in the “roles” that others expect from you. Example: I am more than a gym owner, fitness professional, Pro bikini model, coach, instructor, business owner, author, daughter, friend, etc…

I am now learning to REFINE my skills.. which to me means re-discovering more of myself, beyond the person I have considered myself to be up until now. For this to happen we must be willing to allow the many and varied faces of our being to begin to emerge on our awareness and be well with accepting ALL that we are.

We are constantly developing, growing and there’s times when we need to BREAKAWAY from what we know to experience all the new that we are creating and to allow and trust the process.

Once we do this, this opens up tremendous freedom of choice and possibility in life which can be both exhilarating and terrifying. At some point in life we have to let go of the fears of our old “labels” that have trapped us in certain roles and identities. It’s time to allow the new, more fulfilling and truthful self emerge and be free. It is when we can accept and allow this process that we will BREAKAWAY from our old limitations and start living a life of passion and true purpose.

Growth from within is the most challenging but yet so rewarding if you don’t give up!

For more tools and guidance on this please join me for my 4 week online Champion Mindset Workshop that starts tonight from 7-9 pm. The benefit to you is to rediscover yourself in a new way and to life your best life without limitations. Invest in yourself, that’s the best investment you can ever make! 

Lead with your Heart

We must let go of the life that we have planned… to accept the one that is waiting for us.
-Joseph Campbell

How many times do we try to force an outcome in our life because we were taught this is how life should look? We should go to college and get a degree, get the killer job, get married by a certain age and then follow that up with kids and a house. We should be working more hours than we sleep or have time to be with those who we truly love. By the time we realize this isn’t truly what we desire in life it’s almost too late… we’ve created the job or career, the marriage, the children but yet it doesn’t look or feel the way we thought it would. We now come to terms that this may not have been our dream yet we made it ours. Why?

At what point in life can we be honest with ourselves and say this isn’t my dream, my heart and soul desires this…..(fill in the blank).

I have been coming to terms with many beliefs that are not mine, they are from my parents, my family, society, and so on. I have been breaking many of the beliefs people thought I should have. I am not married, no children, I am an entrepreneur and travel the world as much as I can yet to some people think my life is “lacking” because there is no marriage with children.

It has been in my forties that I honestly do not care anymore about what others feel or think about how I should live my life, I’m free of the judgement that should have never been there in the first place. I am letting go of and surrendering the life that my family and/or society had planned for me and I’m accepting with open arms the life that is waiting for me! The life that I create without limiting beliefs, without judgement and without guilt or shame.

We all have our own journey and once we’re awakened on the inside there is no more resisting what your heart and soul truly desire. Follow your path, lead with your heart and soul and don’t allow the distractions to pull you off track. There are always lessons to be learned and growth to be had, and I am grateful for all of them but never allow someone’s opinion to out-rank your true belief of who you are and where you’re going. Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to. It’s not for them.

Allow the beauty of your own life to unfold.. reveal the greatest version of you in your time.

Many blessings!


(Real talk today…) 🙂



Be happy for this moment….

Be happy for this moment, moment by moment in this beautiful experience called life.
Have fun, don’t take yourself so seriously. Smile more, hug many, laugh often and be kind to people; for we may know their name but not their story.
We all are in search of living our best lives even as we stumble through some hurdles along the way. Show and be love and have everyone who has met you feel better because they have. Be the light in a world where darkness wants to reside, shine your beauty and raise your energy to new heights each day knowing that you are a gift to this world and to humanity.
Be your best self each day even if that looks different day by day and remember to tilt your head up throughout your day and just say “Thank you”. 🙏🏼

I am Humbled…

Have you ever felt frazzled and overwhelmed by what you asked to manifest?

I have, and I had to stop in my tracks and take a deep breath and realize how completely blessed I am that I have the opportunity to live and create my dreams!

I created my trademarked method “Bootoga®” in 2015 and now finally in 2018 what I created is manifesting into what I once only dreamed about. I am so humbled to be asked to take an ambassadorship trip to Nicaragua to see the beautiful retreat center for my future health and wellness retreats and to possibly expand Bootoga® in yet another country. I am so grateful and blessed that the reason for “being in demand” is what I asked for and what I created to help heal people worldwide in fitness of Mind, Body and Soul.

Next time you start to feel the feeling of overwhelm, remember how honored you are in this moment to be living what you asked to create. Whether it’s running your own business, family, children, travel, or planning and prepping your dreams, it’s what we asked for (whether we are consciously aware or not at times). Stay in gratitude, keep an open mind for growth and new experiences that you never thought possible. Release attachments to outcomes, allow things to naturally flow and be open to receive new ideas, feedback and so much more. Be patient with yourself and your journey. Trust the process and listen to your intuition, your heart and your soul.

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Lead with your Heart and live free and happy…..!! Stay tuned for updates and forth coming information on future retreats. Join my newsletter to stay connected and receive a FREE meditation for signing up at

Peace, love and gratitude,



Protect the woman you are becoming…

Everything has changed and yet I am more of myself than I have ever been!

These past 3 years have been some of the biggest lessons of my life. These lessons were not easy by any means, they caused me major discomfort, they forced me to look at everything from a different perspective, to learn how to truly listen to a person, to listen to my heart and not my head, to have faith when what was in plain sight made no logical sense. These lessons caused me to trust my intuition, my gut and each time I did it never was wrong.  I have learned how to let go of relationships that no longer served me, I released my gym business and merged with another gym, I have completely shifted a lot of my focus from physical fitness to mental, emotional and spiritual fitness, I wrote a book that became a Best Seller on Amazon in 6 categories, I have spoken on some amazing large stages with mentors I’ve always looked up to, I’ve had heart break and cried and cried until I finally had no more tears to give.

I would pray and ask God “Why do you think I’m so strong to handle all of this….because I honestly don’t understand any of this!?!” And yet for some reason this would bring me some peace for I knew deep inside I had the strength and courage to endure whatever I was going through.

The same questions kept coming… I the “teacher” became the “student” over and over again… asking myself & God, what is my lesson in this situation, what is the opportunity for growth and what is it that I need to learn to move on to my next phase? What do I need to let go of? What do I need to give up? How can I surrender to love and not fear? Who do I need to forgive? Can I forgive myself? How can I find comfort in the discomfort?

It was in those questions and moments with myself that the focus on my breathe became alive…. I allowed myself to listen. Listen to nature, the whispers of the winds, the birds, my heart, my prayers to God and his words back to me, and I felt the beauty of truly being alive as a strong woman with a very high purpose in this world. With a great calling/purpose comes great responsibility, I had to ask myself… was I really ready for this responsibility? The answer was YES! Once I said Yes I knew why these last few years were so challenging. Sometimes we aren’t ready, or don’t feel ready for what we are called to do or to be in this world but we are only prolonging the immense feeling of what it’s like to truly feel alive, to live purposefully. It’s no longer time just to survive, it’s time to THRIVE and live with passion.

Right now I am extremely protective of the woman I’ve become and I’m still becoming, there is no more time to tolerate things, people, or circumstances of past patterns. It’s time to RISE and BE who I was called to be in this world. Victory is in my veins and in yours!

May your 2018 shower blessings and awareness in every part of your life.

Join my online Champions for Change Workshop and jump-start your year!

Restorative Yoga & Meditation.. An evening to unwind

Upcoming EVENTS! 

Join me on Sunday January 14th and 28th at 7:30 pm for our next Restorative Yoga & Meditation evening to unwind.
Bring a friend, yoga mat and a blanket, and let’s ring in our new intentions for 2018.
Love donation: $20 per person
Questions? Call Jeanette at 818-488-4333

Reserve your spot now and SIGN UP on our Eventbrite page!