I can climb stairs without breaking out in a sweat, I can get in and out of my car effortlessly and I can run and run and run. It hasn’t always been that way!
Running has pretty much saved my bacon, if you pardon my pun and perhaps, in a Forest Gump kind of a way, running is my ultimate saving grace. If you had told me 15 years ago, that I would, one day, be fit and healthy, that I would succeed in running a full marathon, I would have said that you had lost your mind.
I am not sure did I ever reach rock bottom, a low point where the only ways is up, but maybe gradually, during my weight gain and junk food days, the real Megan rose up and demanded change. Anyone who has ever been at war with their body will know just how bad it can feel and I most certainly do not ever wish to return to my couch potato days!
The trouble often is, that when you are overweight, you are dominated by an utter lack of self-belief, so much so that you feel that going for a short walk is just beyond your capabilities. Usually, you end up trying to convince yourself that you don’t care and that you are quite happy just the way you are. On occasion, you start a diet only to fall off the wagon a few days later. Breaking out if this cycle is not easy, but it isn’t impossible either. I have.
One day, for one reason or another, I simply decided to leave the car at home and walk to the store, just like that. I walked to the store and I walked back. When I got home, I felt nauseous and ended up not having a big dinner and going to bed early. The elation I experienced the following morning is indescribable and from that day onward, I tried to walk as often as I could.
Getting started is the hardest step, after that your body gets energized by exercise and the more you workout, the more joy and happiness you reap. Exercise can take all kinds of shapes, some people enjoy walking the dog, others adore dancing, and I always tell people to simply get moving. You don’t have to go to the gym five times a week to slim down, you just have to get off the couch!
Diet and nutrition have also played a significant role on my road to health and wellbeing, but when you exercise regularly, your body tends to crave food of a healthier variety. Thankfully.
Running somehow took over my life and I went from walking to the store to running a full marathon in a couple of years. Amazing? Yes, of course it has been awesome and I would recommend it to anyone. Staying fit, healthy, and motivated takes time and effort and even now, I need to make sure that I stay on track.
Perhaps that’s why I started this website, to give myself a fitness platform or structure, something that will keep me energized.
With this website, I also want to reach out to those couch potatoes who consider themselves “lost causes” like I once did. You are not!
What you will find on this website are stories of joy and triumph and how the smallest move can make all the difference. You will find contributions from many people who share their own fitness tips and from experts in health and nutrition. Don’t worry, we will not flood you with unreachable fitness targets or unattainable weights, instead I will bring you on my own fitness journey and tell you how it is, warts and all. I am not always “good”, I treat myself and would always advocate balance and above all a joyful, healthy way of life.