Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


August 9, 2011

New business part of woman’s fitness success

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Every business opening is a culmination of one’s personal goals and planning. However, for one recent addition to the Pauls Valley scene, it has also been something with benefits beyond any financial gain.

In fact, one might expect to see Maelisa Hunter’s life improvement story on a late night infomercial, but her journey to better health not only helped her bring down her weight, it has inspired her to motivate others by opening Pure Nutrition.

It was a little over a year ago last month when the Ada resident noticed a lifestyle change a friend of hers was involved in and since then it has resulted in her own loss of 100 pounds and in the best shape she can remember.

“It’s about nutrition and getting healthy,” said Hunter, who said feeling constantly tired and sore helped her decision along. “You have to be ready to make a change and I was ready... I thought to myself I’d better do something or retire early.”

This leap toward the business located in the shopping center in front of Wal-Mart came with risks for Hunter and was after an already successfully established salon in the Ada area. However, after following a recommended routine which cut out things like white flour and high sugar she felt it was only proper to share the process while making a living.

The process is one Hunter believes can fit a wide range health goals including losing, gaining or maintaining weight through items along the lines of her teas and protein shakes. Yet, she feels it is necessary to point out how it isn’t so much of a dieting gimmick and requires people to stick to the process, complemented with some sort of exercise routine.

Hunter noted this means not just trying the routine for a little while and going back to old eating habits. She understands how people can skeptical and really was not convinced herself how well the practices she took on were working until she saw the results.

“They have what it takes inside, but you have to motivate them,” said Hunter. “I’m 42 and I feel better now than in my 20s.”

Business so far has been better than she expected and she has a decent number of individuals following her free consultations already. People can come in and try the products offered there or can stick to a regiment with them at home.

Further showing her dedication to making sure the new operation sticks, Hunter is looking at moving to the Garvin County area and selling her house and has already sold the salon back in Ada.

She has been thrilled at how welcoming the community has been and as a result has joined the chamber of commerce as well as signed up for a membership at the Reynolds Recreation Center.

Hunter hopes to take community involvement to the next level eventually and earn a license to be a personal training assistant. This could mean offering her services at the recreation center or being a part of nutrition at places like Pauls Valley General Hospital.

“I love Pauls Valley, everyone is so friendly here,” said Hunter, who will bring a daughter and son when she moves to the area. “When you believe in something, you want to share it.”

For more information, contact Hunter at 580-421-5341.

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