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Meet Trailblazer Melissa Fischer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Fischer.

Melissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story started shortly after I graduated high school. I started having what I know now were panic attacks. I would cry for no reason, feel down, never really wanted to go outside. I also started eating a lot. I turned to food for comfort.

In my early twenties, I was diagnosed with anxiety and put on medication. It masked the issues for awhile, until the panic attacks really got out of control. At this point, I was pushing 200 pounds, depressed and at the end of my rope with anxiety.

It was then, I found a life coach who introduced me to meditation. I was skeptical at first that I could manage my severe panic attacks this way, but at this point, it was worth a shot. After a week of doing meditation, morning and night, the panic attacks started to decrease in severity. I felt okay to get up in the morning and get out of bed. I felt okay to go for walks. I felt okay to live again. At this point, I slowly started exposing myself to the gym. It took some time to get comfortable around others, especially when I was at a point where I felt I was overweight. I slowly started working on the eliptical, then moving on to machines. Then, I started getting comfortable in classes. This was a huge step for me as anxiety had also made me nervous in social settings. I was able to eventually lose 60 pounds.

I had a friend suggest to me to get my hormones checked as I was still feeling some of the effects of the anxiety as well as other symptoms. Come to find out I was dealing with PCOS and my progesterone levels were in the gutter. I started using natural progesterone cream for the hormonal issues, but one of the most welcomed bonuses was that I was able to get off of my anxiety medication completely. After doing some research, I learned that many women dealing with PCOS and low progesterone also deal with anxiety. If I would have known this at the beginning of my journey things might have been different, but it also inspired me to start my blog Losing it with Melissa. Not only do I enjoy sharing some of the healthy recipes that I love for maintaining a healthy weight, but I also enjoy sharing the lessons I’ve learned when it comes to anxiety and hormonal health. I aspire one day, to start my own nutritional consulting business that focuses not only on the nutritional aspects of wellness but the whole body as well.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It was not a smooth road for sure. But, part of the beauty in my journey is that I feel it has helped me find my true calling, to share my struggles with anxiety, stress eating, and hormonal health so that other women who may be needlessly suffering or not getting the answers they need from their doctors to know there is hope.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through my journey not only with my health but with work, home, and life, in general, is that it’s not selfish to put your well being first. When it came to my anxiety, I didn’t know there was any other reason this was happening so I took the medication and didn’t ask questions. The truth was I burnt myself out by trying to be perfect at everything. It’s okay to ask questions and it’s more than okay to say no. When it comes to life and career, people will try to stand in the way of your dreams, but if it’s your heart’s calling and you can’t stop thinking about it, put your happiness first.

We’d love to hear more about Losing it with Melissa.
As a blogger, I share healthy paleo-friendly recipes that are gluten free and dairy free, similar to the diet I follow that has helped me with so many health issues. I also share tips for dealing with hormonal issues such as acne, Hashimoto’s, anxiety and dealing with a polycystic ovarian syndrome, all things I have dealt with personally.

What I am most proud of is the authenticity of the content I share. When I first started overcoming my panic attacks, I didn’t want anyone to know. I was embarrassed about what had happened to me. But I realized that my experience could also be someone else’s reality as we speak, and no matter how embarrassing or personal it is, it’s 100% important to me to be authentic and personal in what I share. If I can impact at least one person who is struggling with these issues, then it is worth it to me.

What sets me apart from others is everything that I share is something I’ve lived through. I found my diet to be beneficial for me, but I also share alternatives as we are not all built the same way. I’ve done extensive research when it comes to PCOS, and anxiety because I was dealing with the symptoms for so long. I hope to one day be a voice for the community, as someone who struggled and found a way through.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
No matter how much anxiety you may have, it’s so important to get out there and network when starting out! I just so happened to connect with San Diego Business Babes, which is a local group of awesome women small business owners. It’s been so cool to me to not only make new connections for my blog but to also open up more and become more social. I’ve also been able to meet such awesome women who have helped me along the way with stuff for my blog like photography!

Look for local groups in your area similar to the one I mentioned or hop on social media to see what other groups may be local in the area. Many have monthly gatherings where you can go and network and don’t be afraid to go it alone! That’s the best way to not only make new connections but meet new friends as well.

This is also important when it comes to anxiety, having a close network of people you trust and people you feel safe to talk to is so important.

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Image Credit:
Kiley Shai Photography

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