Name: Meghan C
What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: It depends. Right now (and most of the time) it’s running, but after running four half marathons from October through March of last year (with one of the coming the day after a 15k + 5k combo) and keeping up a training plan that wore me out I needed a break. That’s when I found my love of BodyPump and BodyCombat. I had a running break, but now I’m over that! I’m ready to start training for the Disney Marathon in January!
What is your #1 cheat food: …oh gosh. I guess I’ll say chips. I love love love salt and vinegar chips as well as doritos. But for the most part I really don’t stop myself from eating something that I want. In proportion (although most of the time I don’t want junky foods). I’ve lost 22 pounds over the last 9 months, and I did it by really sticking to being fit and eating healthy. I didn’t do a diet of any kind. I know that if I’m not allowed to have something I won’t make it.
What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: The first 1-2 months are the hardest. You’ll want to feel and look like you’ve been working out forever, but you won’t. You just have to keep going. You’ll suddenly have a moment after a little while where you realize it’s all paying off. I did Couch 2 5k last March-May to start running, and I hated that I had to walk so much in the beginning. But after I stuck with it consistently, I found that by week 6 or 7 I didn’t want to walk at all. Just stick with it!
Dream destination race/location: There are two. NYC Marathon for the location, and Boston Marathon because of what it means I would have accomplished.
Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: I love Karena and Katrina of Tone it Up. I guess if there was one plan that I stuck to, it would be theirs. It’s just a lifestyle and teaches you when to eat certain foods. Also their workouts are outstanding and functional. That’s where I learned about HIIT (will you link to this: http://www.littlegirlinthebigworld.com/2012/03/hiit-it.html)
Workout apparel must have (+brand): I love lululemon and Nike. I used to wear workout capris but now I have started wearing Nike Pro Combat shorts to run. I love lululemon’s tank tops. They’re amazing and in my head worth every penny.
Motivational motto/quote: “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.” or “If no one thinks you can, then you have to.” or “The miracle isn’t that I finished. It’s that I had the courage to start.”
Dailymile: http://www.dailymile.com/people/lttlegrlbigwrld#ref=tophd (Don’t judge me. I had surgery August 7th and haven’t been cleared to workout yet.)