Why I Coach

Photo Cred: Alicha L. Harris Photography

I’m Melissa, the Nutrition and Wellness Coach at Compound Crossfit and have been since 2012. I have a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Masters Degree in Education specializing in Health and Fitness. I’m currently enrolled in school to become a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

I began with Compound Crossfit back in 2011 after a diagnosis of an Autoimmune Disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis). I was sick of being tired and feeling and looking like crap and I knew I needed a major overhaul of my physical, emotional, and mental health.  

Before Crossfit, I was generously donating $29.99 a month to a traditional fitness corporation I rarely saw the inside of. I was also bouncing back and forth between overeating and whatever fad diet or pill was cool at the time. I always looked to food as either a comfort or the enemy. The goal was always to look better (skinny), but no matter how strict my diet became or how many new tricks I tried, I was always left feeling defeated.

Through the Compound Crossfit Bootcamp, I was forced to turn in a food journal to not only keep me accountable to my goals – but to help my coach understand the “Why” behind my food choices.

In week 1, I turned in what I thought was a beautiful and highly calculated electronic food journal to my coach. She handed it back to me and said, “We need to talk.” I’ll spare you the details (for now) but what resulted was her making me 1. Get a journal to write in (not electronic) and 2. Talk about how each meal made me feel physically and emotionally.  It wasn’t long before I was able to attribute moments of stress, exhaustion, skin breakouts and even digestive issues to specific foods and moods. 

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Once I began to FEEL better, I realized the impact diet had as an agent of change. My energy levels went up, my recovery time increased, my headaches and body aches subsided, I was sleeping and pooping regularly (everybody does it!) and my hair and skin was starting to look great. Weight loss and muscle definition were a bonus, but how I felt physically and my ability to better manage my stress became the real outcome.  

Compound Crossfit Bootcamp gave me a great foundation for a long and happy life. It is an honor for me to help guide you on your journey. 

If you need anything, or are interested in a free consultation, please contact me here!

Much love and support,


Proud Coaches!
Photo Credit: Alicha L. Harris Photography