Hey everybody! My name is Megan, and I’m a 28 year old fitness enthusiast and aspiring personal trainer. I’ve been active for the majority of my life, particularly in my younger years as an athlete. I continued athletics into college as a member of the softball team, and never really had to stop and consciously think about working out, eating right, etc. Once my playing days were over, it took about three years of minimal activity and a LOT of eating to get to a point where I was simply uncomfortable in my own body. I was a bridesmaid in my college roommate’s wedding in August of 2011, and it was an eye opening experience. I had to order a dress size that I didn’t even know existed, and when it came in, it was already too tight. The Monday after the wedding, I signed up for personal
training and nutrition counseling at a local gym, and thus began my fitness journey.
Now, this is not intended to be a ‘success story.’ I can’t sit here and tell you I made a change that fateful day in August 2011 and never looked back. Are you kidding? Of course I looked back — I’m human, and pizza, wings and beer were all back there! I had plenty of success in that initial 5-6 months. I lost 37 pounds and 44 inches, felt awesome, looked great — but I was also in grad school. Things were starting to get stressful, and I opted to deal with that stress via Taco Bell and Leinenkugel’s, thus gaining back 30 of the pounds I’d lost. Don’t worry though! I had another ‘fateful day’ in October of 2013, and again in January 2015. I’m currently in a great groove of working out, preparing my clean meals ahead of time, and having great success.
When I’m not soaking in as much fitness and nutrition information as possible, I’m also a full time school psychologist. I have a B.A. in Psychology, in addition to Masters and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology. I’ve always been fascinated by behavior and why people do the things they do. It’s especially interesting, and sometimes difficult, to take a look in the mirror and analyze my own behavior, particularly as it relates to my fitness journey. I have all of the tools – I know where to find workouts and nutrition information, I have two gym memberships, I enjoy and have experience lifting weights – so why does my fitness journey look like this?
In reflecting on my fitness journey, I’ve determined that the #1 barrier to my success has been a lack of focus on the psyche, and working to develop it as much as I do my muscles and metabolism. At a glance, it would seem odd that I struggle in this area considering the amount of training and experience I have in the field, particularly in understanding the various functions of behavior and how to modify it. In summary, I’ve discovered that my greatest struggle has been in an area where I also possess great strength and expertise. Going forward, I plan to utilize a number of psychologically targeted strategies that I expect to enhance my overall fitness journey. While exercise and nutrition are key pieces to any fitness plan, I truly believe that psyche development is one of the most important – and often the most ignored – in achieving success.
My goal in creating this site is to provide you with practical tools and information, along with a healthy dose of humor, that will help you take control of your own psyche development and ensure a more complete approach to your fitness journey. Ultimately, I plan to help you Maximize your potential, Conquer your fears and weaknesses and Prevail against all odds. I look forward to connecting with all of you along our journey to a lifetime of Total fitness!
Until Next Time…
Founder of MCP Total Fitness