About Us

My name is Amy, and together we’re going to get strong!

I decided to continue this blog from the original GGS founders: Melanie, Sian, and Susan.

I’ve come a long way since, as I’m sure you will too with the help of the accumulated content on here.

We wrote on everything from celebrities, to food, health, fitness, running, style & fashion (of course), yoga, even weight loss for those extra winter pounds!

No matter what your age is, there is always something new to learn, and I have LEARNED this the hard way.

I will keep publishing articles as much as my busy schedule allows. But not to worry!

There are other’s out there who are just as enthusiastic about getting girls strong, that they’re willing to lend a helping hand.

I hope you take the time to look around and find something informative of interest to help you become a stronger version of you!

Thanks again,

Amy


Who were the original GGS Girls?

We’re just a bunch of women who love fun, adventure and hope to get fit as a result.  We run, we do yoga, Pilates, go to the gym, hike, bike, swim, well, you get the idea. 🙂

Melanie

My name is Melanie and I’m an addict.  An adventure addict, to be precise.

I wasnt always this way. In fact I used to be a quiet little mouse.  But then a few years ago I met Steve (now my husband) and my life changed. Boy, did it ever

I’m from a small, quiet and reserved family that likes to plan things out meticulously. Steve is from a large, demonstrative and dare I say LOUD family who think nothing of jumping straight into whatever strikes their fancy.  Once I got over the shock, I found I have the best of both worlds.  What had been a quiet life before is now always an adventure.  I think that over the last few years I have really come into myself whatever that means.

I’m not a woman of many words in person. But once I get writing, well lets just say my writing grows legs. Crazy legs.  Which may or may not be a good thing for a blog, but it sure makes for a fun nickname.

I only became interested in fitness after my fourth child.  Before children I had no interest whatsoever in the health of my body I totally took it for granted.  I was too young to understand that I had a good thing going on with a fast metabolism, too naive to believe that my body would ever change,  and also too daft to realize the health benefits of working out.

After the first couple of pregnancies the weight still came off pretty painlessly and even with an extra five pounds I was content with my body I finally had boobs and hips!  But then came children number three and four and I realized that there could be too much of a good thing (body fat I mean, not children).

Around this time I had a chat with my mother-in-law, who is truly the most wonderful lady and also a second mom to me.  One thing I really respect about her is that she is not afraid to share her opinions and so it was not surprising to me when she told me that if I kept eating desserts the way I was that one day I would get fat.

Well, holy cow! What she said left a lasting impression on me.  Large family=good. Large mommy=not so good.

Sian

I don’t know about you, but growing up, I never liked to eat.  I mean, sitting still and bringing a fork to my mouth was just not something that I wanted to waste my time on. I was much more of a lets PLAY! PLAY! PLAY! sort of girl, always on the go.

Action and excitement now those were things I could really sink my teeth into!  When my parents did get me to sit still, they probably regretted it because I was every mothers nightmare: a horribly picky eater.

Fast forward approximately 30 years and my, how things have changed; most notably, my taste buds.  Now, I quite enjoy food. Yes, I enjoy food a lot.  As a matter of fact, I might even be a little food-obsessed.

As you can imagine I do need to make room for all the tasty morsels I sample and I definitely still like action (that part didn’t change) so over the years I have read, gathered, Googled, tried and talked incessantly about every diet and fitness fad out there.

After experimenting, I have found that going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week works well for me.  Why wouldn’t it, when I can put on the headphones and watch the Food Channel while flipping through the latest magazine!

Susan

Hi ladies, my name is Susan. I am fortunate to be a stay-at-home mum of three fantastic children who are growing up too fast for my liking and I’m married to a wonderful husband who loves to pamper me.  Sounds like paradise, right?  Well, yes! and no.

I’ve tried many diets over the years, always looking for the best one. And guess what? I’ve learned that there is no one perfect diet. Each diet has its own pros and cons and the best diet is the one that works for you.

As for me, Ill still keep experimenting, but so far I’ve always come back to Atkins as it is just a good fit for me. I don’t feel like I’m hungry all the time and I get to enjoy a lot of the foods I love.

It is so true that maintaining a healthy weight is a combination of diet (eating correctly) and exercise.  There is no getting away from this winning combination.  But as we all know, it is easier said than done!  I hope that one thing I can accomplish with my blog is to help others who are in a similar situation.

Ladies, together we can get stronger, fitter and happier! I would love to hear from you ladies: what type of exercises do you do to keep fit? What are your fitness goals? Your fitness friend,