What We Do
In March 2013 MySisterSaid, ‘I’ve got a high school reunion coming up and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about how I look and feel. I want to start a blog about health and fitness — about staying stronger for longer in life.’ When we looked around for expertise on cooking, nutrition, exercise, fitness, weight loss and health, we realized that between the sisters in our family we have a pretty high level of professional and life experience on a lot of fronts. So MySisterSaid was launched to offer regular posts with achievable health and fitness ideas for women (guys welcome, too!) who want to work on a healthy future a day at a time. It’s all about levelheaded eating and sane amounts of physical activity. You’ll find tips, tricks and routines (hopefully with a twist of humor or wisdom) for taking it one step at a time…
…so that even the baby steps may add up to results!
My SisterSaid’s Mission
The idea of making changes to better our health – whether small or large – can be overwhelming, but MySisterSaid, ‘If people knew they could start with small steps it might be easier. And if they knew the small steps were based on sound science or real-life success they might be able to imagine that change is possible.’ The sisters believe that staying stronger for longer is definitely in the realm of possibility for everyone and want to share their real-life/real-woman stories to inspire others to take a few steps in the direction of an active life and good health. Let the sisterhood grow!
Meet The Sisters
The Sisters are a foursome that forms an amazing support net for one another – and for their friends. The same no-nonsense family upbringing makes them a unit. But when you combine their range of ages and distinctive personalities you get four individuals who go at life with a unique approach. They are mothers of boys and girls ranging from 9 to 21 and have dealt with most everything life can throw at you. They love to eat, drink and move-it-or-lose-it – and have a good laugh in the process. Each of The Sisters has ‘sisters’ outside the family whom they rely on in a thousand different ways to keep life interesting. It’s quite possible you’ll meet some members of this wider ‘sisterhood’ right here, because My Sister Said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if she told everybody what she knows.’
A Bit About Each Sister
As instigator of the site, Melinda has a passion for knowing how food ‘works’ in our bodies. She’s studying to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as her Registered Dietitian credentials. That, and the fact that she studied at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary Arts School, means she knows a heck of a lot about food and what to do with it to make it be healthy and delicious at the same time. When she’s not studying or cooking, Melinda can be found working on a monthly fitness challenge, enjoying two book clubs, volunteering with the local farmer’s market she helped found in Arlington, VA – and hanging with her two boys and Chester, the wonderdog.
Dr. Karen Wilks, MD
Site co-founder Karen is The Sister with the best knowledge of the female body and what makes it tick. She studied at the University of Oklahoma and is a board-certified practitioner of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Oklahoma City. Karen has years of workout experience and is up-to-date on fitness and health news. When she’s not out catching babies, you’ll find Karen in the gym or cruising to exciting international destinations with her husband and two boys – or cheering her guys on from the stands of soccer, basketball and football games.
Co-founder of the site, Sue probably has the longest track record of all The Sisters in focusing on health and fitness and her approach to working out includes everything from power-walking to weightlifting. Sue lives in Boulder, CO and has volunteered in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, keeping trails clear and helping hikers find their way. She has a degree in public accounting from the University of Oklahoma which she puts to good use at a local school. Sue and her husband have a son in college who is a class-act when it comes to running. Their daughter recently moved Switzerland to study art, leaving the nest empty.
Site co-founder Georgeann is definitely the last Sister to hop on the health and fitness bandwagon. Her journey began in June 2010 when she made lifestyle changes which would see her lose more than 100 pounds, learning-by-doing about nutrition and exercise along the way. This blog is motivating her to stick with Plan A and rid herself of some weight which crept back on in the past year. Georgeann has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and lives in Amsterdam with her husband, son and daughter. Downtime means travelling to visit family or see the sites of Europe.
Even though we have had plenty of experience with healthy eating and exercise, we are not professional medical specialists in nutrition or fitness, nor are we registered dietitians. We are not qualified to give individualized recommendations regarding health, nutrition or fitness. The goal of this blog is to share our life experiences with the hope of motivating and inspiring others to find ways that help them stay stronger for longer in life.