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Chris Melendrez  Sacramento. “If your goals aren’t synced with the substance of your heart, then achieving them won’t matter much.” #bebreathless

I was a fat kid. And that’s ok. But what is scary is that we’re taught to think lesser of people who are overweight. We think they’re lazy, poor, and undereducated. The sad thing is that there are two truths in that sentence. Obesity and being overweight is directly related to lack of funding and education.
I am a fat kid. And that’s ok. I will always have to be conscious of what I eat and I will never be naturally thin. And that’s ok.
From start to finish I have lost close to 140lbs and today I sit still 100lbs lighter than at my heaviest. I didn’t do it through surgery, I did it by craving the knowledge and busting my ass.
Sometimes I hate working out. And I want to eat a pizza and tacos. And sometimes I do. Just not very often. Because it makes me feel less powerful when I put trash inside of my body.
Today I weigh close to 210lbs, have stretch marks, love-handles, and don’t really like taking my shirt off, but it’s days like these that I have to be compassionate with myself and remind myself that I’m not where I once was and I never will be again. Because I love myself enough to say that this is who I am, this is what I look like and this is my journey to #selflove and being #bodypositive.

I will always be a fat kid. And that’s ok. Because it doesn’t change who or what I am. Confidence isn’t about a number, it’s about a feeling of strength and I’d choose strength over physicality any day.
#fitnessprofessional #sorrymom #downwiththethickness

Today I thank God.
I thank Her for who I am
and also who I am not.
I thank Her for the hardships I’ve had
and the things that have come easily.
I thank Her that when I’ve wanted to quit She has ways of telling me not to.
I thank Her for showing me how to heal and for helping me help others heal.
I thank Her for saving me from myself in the midst of my worst destruction.
God is a woman. She is almighty. She is powerful. And she is a fucking bad ass bitch.
📸: @libertymoosephotography

“Look hardcore” #TBT to that one time TEAMride considered putting out a mix-tape.

I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot things in my life but there is something about the magic of Lake Tahoe that feeds my soul like no other. #solo #keeptahoeblue

My truth is that I wasn’t born to fit into a box. For years I’ve tried to be exactly what my family expected, what society wanted, and eventually what I thought I should be.
Flash forward 29 years and a whole lot of heart ache later and I’m certain that I was put on this earth to help others find peace with themselves.

I’m in the middle of my fire and while it would seem so easy to bow out, what I know is that now more than ever is the time to rise like a phoenix.

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #pride

The thing I love about TEAMride is that our goal is to bring people together.
For us, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor, because we all matter. All lives matter.
My hope is that one day we can destigmatize the way people see, talk, and feel about health & fitness because behind all of the things we think we “know” about fitness and what it means to be healthy is a lot of hurt that needs healing.

TEAMride will always be here for those who want to talk about it, for those who don’t want to talk about it, and more importantly for those who need to speak to themselves about who they are and how they feel. Come see us.

I never thought I would live to see 29. Not because I was sick. Not because I had a disease. But because when you collectively think you aren’t worth breathing, something will answer your prayer.
I’m still standing and standing with more power than ever. The last year of my life was harder than I expected but here I am. And this is me.
I’m so over the self-doubt and self-hate.
I’m not saying that it’s gone forever, because that would be foolish, but what I do hope is that the future is full of dark + light and that I can learn to live with both.
I am and you are. Together we can help each other so much. This is why I’ve stayed. I hope you do too.

I am. You are.

I am tired. You are still here.
I am sore. You are broken.
I am here. You are there.

No more.

I am awake. You are fading.
I am strong. You are weak.
I am breathless. You are barely breathing.
I am now. You were then.

No more.

Healing isn’t linear.

Creativity is the place in life that we ignore. Because we’re afraid it makes us weak.

We’re afraid to sit alone. We’re afraid to be alone with our thoughts. We’re afraid that someone might care. But we care. No one else does.

Free-play is when we give our children a chance to create themselves. But as adults we tell our child to be quiet.
I commit to free-play because freedom and creativity is what makes us free and powerful.

Here is power.

Today at 6:04pm was the first time in a long time that I thought to myself “I love my life”.
Mental illness is something no one wants to talk about. So I’m gonna talk about it.
It affects everyone.
It affects me.
I’m not perfect. But for the longest time I tried to be. Not for myself, but for other people and for the last two years I battled everyday with hating myself and my life.
I died because I wasn’t allowing myself to live.
My intent of this post isn’t to look for sympathy - but to bring awareness and compassion to something that takes many shapes and forms.
Know that you’re not alone. Everyone struggles.
Everyday it takes work but every time we give breath to it, like air to a flame, it gets stronger.

You were my first friend. You were my first enemy. You were the first person to discover my feet. You were the first person to make me happy. You were the first person to make me cry. You were the first person who saw greatness. You were the first person who saw incompleteness. Together we saw fear. Together we cried. Together we created hate. Together we were weak. And together we found strong. Today I say farewell to you. Life as I know it will never be the same. 🔥🔥🔥
Today I choose me. Because me is a great place to be. #bebreathless

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