Since it’s my favorite day of the week, I decided to kick off the weekend with one of my favorite things to do on my blog…share someone’s amazing story of strength! Today’s post comes from my friend Megan, and she talks about her health and fitness journey over the last few years. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
“Similar to many people, after graduating college and getting a “real” job, I slowly began to gain weight. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours, eating out for lunch, happy hour(s), and weekend socializing definitely took its toll on my health. In 2009 I met a wonderful friend who encouraged me to get back in the gym again…and lift weights this time! We started working out regularly, taking boot camp classes, and holding each other somewhat accountable on food choices. In 2010 I was talked into training for a figure competition. If I had known then what was involved, I’m not sure I would have agreed! For the next several months, we committed to a training and meal plan and before I knew it, it was time to get on stage in a bedazzled bikini and clear acrylic heels. Feeling strong had given me my self-confidence back! I competed again in 2011 and even managed to win a SC State title in figure.
The downside for me came when I felt like I had to maintain a very lean figure, probably too lean for my frame. The restrictive meal plan had started to affect me mentally and I knew I needed to step back. Fortunately, my husband and I had a chance to work/live in Europe in 2011-2012 which greatly helped me refresh my relationship with food and the scale. After our daughter Rose was born in 2013, I joined a crossfit-like gym and got back to it, but with a much healthier outlook. I wanted to yes, lose the baby weight, but more so be fit and strong for life in general! We relocated to Atlanta in August 2015 where I found the amazing Crossfit Dynamo and haven’t looked back. I will never be a size 0 again (or wear acrylic heels), but I know I’m really strong and I am setting a healthy example for my daughter. ”
What is Megan’s definition of Sugar & Strength?
“For me Sugar & Strength means pushing myself to go hard in both the gym and in life, while also giving myself grace. Not every lift can be a PR, not every meal can be Pintrest-worthy, and not every relationship can be perfect. And that’s OK. Asking for help does not make me weak. Crying because sometimes life sucks does not make me weak.”