She may make headlines now as Kim Kardashian's trainer, but here's how she changed her own life with fitness.

By Mary Anderson
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Celeb trainer Melissa Alcantara became superfit as a new mom. After having her daughter, Isabella (now 7), Alcantara chronicled her transformation on Instagram. Some of her followers turned into clients when she became a trainer—now, she inspires others to go through their own fitness journeys.

Here, the five things that can help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals.

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It's all about consistency.

“Motivation comes and goes, but showing up and doing the work creates results,” says Alcantara, who as a new mom vowed not to miss a day of Shaun T’s 60-day Insanity program. By week five, she felt her core strengthen, and her love for exercise clicked.

Look at the big picture.

Whether it’s a sneaker or a supplement, “no one thing makes you fit, and there are no hacks to get there,” she says. “It’s about doing many small, healthy things for positive results that build up over time.” Eat and move with health, not weight, as your goal. (Read more about her refreshingly realistic view on nutrition.)

Have a plan.

“Wandering around the gym to do a little bit of this and that and then grabbing a salad is not a plan,” Alcantara says. Figure out your workout, prep food ahead, and schedule tasks to make the best use of time. “These soon become habits you can maintain.” (Need a plan? Try Alcantara's entire leg and butt gym workout.)

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Stay positive.

“Feeding your mind negative thoughts yields negative actions,” she says. “The realization that your mind can create your reality is very powerful.” According to Alcantara, a fitness journey is about your mindset evolving from who you are to who you aspire to be.

Think years, not weeks.

Many people cycle through workout programs looking for fast results. “Instead, commit to a more sustainable regimen for one year before you entertain anything else,” says Alcantara, whose training these days consists mostly of lifting and doing yoga.

Want more from Alcantara? Check out her tips for doing a proper barbell squat a biceps curl the right way.

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