"Ready" meant on the verge of publishing a memoir of my life story. "Ready" meant I had established myself as a leader in the industry and was fully prepared for my moments of "fame" as I revealed the progress I have made since that photo was taken, around 1997. As years passed and social media evolved, I was amazed to observe all of the transformations, success stories, fitness journeys and makeovers. Before and afters fill my news feeds daily and none of these transformations are to be taken lightly. Whether your workouts involve holding plank for an endless 15 seconds or bench pressing more than your own body weight, your progress should be recognized and respected. If you went from ordering a burger, fries and milkshake once a week instead of five times a week, your progress should be recognized and respected.
As I recognized these accomplishments in others I asked myself, "If these people are willing to expose their struggles and a new six pack, revealing the progress they have made, why haven't I?" During the past 17 years of my fitness journey, I have dropped the excuses and excess weight while raising my self awareness and confidence. Now, I am helping others do the same with my online training programs.
To me, having a fit body is the manifestation of your goals and success, fueled by hard work and commitment. My goal is to use what I have learned to inspire and motivate others.
Last summer, I was given the opportunity to be featured in the Rising Stars column of Oxygen Magazine. I have been a fan of Oxygen Magazine since it's early stages in the late 1990s. I vividly remember when a friend of mine introduced me to Oxygen during one of our shifts at the Illinois State Rec Center (little did I know that was the start of my fitness career AND my addiction to such a solid source of information). My friend was more familiar with the industry and used to point out Adela Garcia when she would come in to use the StepMill. We were one of the only gyms to feature this piece of equipment! The machine has since received the attention it deserves, as has Adela. I have decided to share my fitness journey, as described in the following Q&A article that was submitted to Oxygen Magazine in April of 2014. A portion of this article was then featured in the Rising Stars column of the August 2014 issue.
Before I began high school, my mom gave me the choice of playing golf or tennis (to encourage me to break out of my shell and become "more social.") The golf lessons she signed me up for consisted of a bunch of grade school boys and myself! I didn't mind the tennis lessons, so that is what I pursued in high school. I rotated between third and fourth doubles. If you know anything about tennis, that doesn't say much about my ability. Going into my junior year, the coach ordered a double X t-shirt for me. THAT was a wake up call.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or things.” -Albert Einstein
What's your best fitness tip (This could be related to training, nutrition, personal attitude, fitness gear, etc.)? The only person you should do this for is for yourself. Along the way, you will likely inspire and motivate others. This creates a positive cycle--motivating individuals who, as a result, then motivate you. The healthier you are, the more equipped you will be to help those you care about.
Megan is certified as an AFAA Personal Trainer and has competed in two NPC Bikini Competitions. Upon graduating from Illinois State University with two degrees (Commercial Recreation and Program Management) along with an Exercise Science minor, Megan continued to work in the fitness industry. Her experiences range from commercial to corporate to governmental fitness programming. When working with clients and participants, Megan’s approach features bodyweight movements and plyometrics, while incorporating free weights and resistance equipment. She has worked with athletes, beginners, prenatal clients, and more. Click here for more information about personal training and online training.
For more fitness inspiration, visit Tod at Meisner Musings. Tod was featured as my first guest blogger and shared an introduction to his fitness journey.