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How She Does It -
Mel Storey-Scott
from The Lean Lawyer

Nadia Tucker

Posted on June 08 2016

Every week we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life. 

Editor's note: We met Mel just before we launched Active Truth. In the short time knowing her we have seen how energetic and enthusiastic she is, not only in following her our dreams, but also in supporting others. If you aren't following her on Snapchat you are missing out!

Tell us about yourself 

Hi, I’m Mel Storey Scott. I’m 28 (as of 2 weeks ago). I am one half of a newlywed DINK (Double Income No Kids) couple, living in Hawthorne, Brisbane. 

I am the eldest of five children and adore my younger sister and three younger brothers, all doing wonderful things and forging their paths in the world. I am proud aunty to Harrison, a very active 18 month old, who keeps my sister in law on the go all day! 

I am Corporate Lawyer, working in-house at Brisbane Airport Corporation. It’s fair to say I have become a true AV geek and the aviation gas is now in my blood.

I have found a passion for weight lifting and am loving my journey to my first bodybuilding competition, this September. I also enjoy beautiful coffee (coffee is my boyfriend), riding my bike down to Oxford Street and reading the lifestyle sections of the Sunday Mail at the Hawthorne Garage. I’ve also taken up blogging at, loving spending time with a resident at the Bulimba Regis Home, as part of the Community Visitors Scheme

What do you like to do to stay active?

All of the things. My competition training requires three cardio sessions and three weight training sessions a week. For cardio, I join outdoor group fitness classes at Kangaroo Point or join in a Body Attack session at Goodlife Morningside. I’ve tried Zumba and Barre Brisbane classes recently, which were so much fun! I also make a point of stretching and foam rolling to help with my recovery. 

Have you always been active and healthy?

No. Not like this! I never really played team sports at school and was more of a speech and drama kid. Although, they did make me Sport House Captain but perhaps for my ability to order and lead the other students rather than my sporting achievements. I haven’t been consistent with an active and healthy lifestyle before August last year when I decided to hit the gym before my wedding. 

What is your weekly routine (if you have one)?

It is quite strict, to fit in my training requirements. I train most mornings from 5.30 – 6.30am and have a rest day as well. A rest day is a non-negotiable.

What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?

I am firm believer in the power of good habits and that consistency is truly the key to achieving any goal.

What is your best active living hack?                  

Meal prep makes the dream work! Batch it up! If you can make a meal that lasts a few days, go for it! Freeze leftovers in ready to go meals and when the day just gets away from you, reach for a healthy meal in the freezer rather than your local takeaway.

What does a sample workout look like for you? 

Legs Day includes squats in the squat rack, single dumbbell sumo squats, leg press and walking lunges with dumbbells. Big, heavy compound movements with 60 seconds rest between each set. 3 sets maximum. Done and dusted in 40 minutes with some stretching and foam rolling to finish. 

Favourite healthy meal?

Protein pancakes with chobani yoghurt and blueberries! Recipe on my blog.

What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active? 

All of the energy! My goodness, it’s almost ridiculous how much energy I have these days. I get 7 hours of solid sleep and wake up to the alarm, at 4.30am, and am ready to go!

What inspires and motivates you?

The constant challenge of becoming the person I need to be in order to achieve my goals. She is disciplined. She is fearless. She is inspiring.

How do you overcome negative thoughts?

I feel the fear and do it anyway. If something scares me or challenges me or I think, even just for second, that I can’t do it, then I instantly know that is exactly the thing I should be doing! I try to practice being fearless on a daily basis, whether it’s striking up a conversation with a stranger, asking for something I need or going to a new work out class or a new gym space alone.

How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?

 I remember why I started. Also, I have made myself accountable to my husband and my nearest and dearest. I want to inspire and motivate the people around me. Being disciplined myself and sticking to my word is the best way to do this.

Also, nothing gets you out of bed quicker than the thought of stepping up on stage, in a bikini, with an audience, and bright lights! I want to be competitive, I know what it will take to get me there so now I just need to hustle for the muscle!

What do you do to treat yourself?

 A burger from Grill’d! I love this healthy treat meal option with a side of sweet potato fries. I also book in for regular remedial massages with lovely Kat at Just Knead It, Woolloongabba. This is my favourite treat!   

Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

  • This Girl is on Fire – Jessica Mears
  • Downtown – Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis
  • Stronger – Kanye West

What is your active truth?

Despite what some sections of the health and fitness industry would have me believe, I can in fact love my body while improving it at the same time. I am a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. My body is a wonderful machine and responds exactly how it was designed to.

Thanks Mel!

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