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I was lucky to meet Megan while we were ambassadors for ZOOMA Texas this year. She has such a great personality and is so speedy… especially over those Texas hills! Enjoy — and make sure you stop by and say “hi”!
1.Tell us more about The Lyons’ Share and what your goal is.
The Lyons’ Share started in May 2013, after years and years of wanting to start my own blog! I knew at the time that I was planning to eventually leave my job in management consulting (which I did in January 2014
), so it was representative of me “dipping my toe in the water” of the health and fitness world.
I was constantly talking to friends, family, and colleagues about health and fitness, and wanted to find a way to share my tips with a broader audience. At the time, I had no idea how rewarding blogging would be, and underestimated how much I would love connecting with the blogging community as well!
My goal for the Lyons’ Share blog is hard to define – if I can inspire one person to make a healthy change, jumpstart a healthy lifestyle, fall in love with a new vegetable, start exercising, sign up for their first race, or in any other way become just a bit healthier, then I will have succeeded in my goal. Of course, I’d also love to find clients for my health coaching or running coaching services, and to continue having fun with blogging!
2. You recently made a big change by leaving your corporate job. What drove your decision – and how’s it going?
Yes! I was fortunate to have a great job, where I learned a ton and worked with smart, interesting people. It sounds like a dream – and it was for a while – but the lifestyle was burning me out. I traveled 45-50 weeks per year, 4 days per week, and worked 70+ hours per week.
After several years of that, it became hard (but not impossible!) to live the healthy life I wanted to live. Eating in restaurants constantly, living out of a suitcase, and being away from my husband and my home just got too hard for me, so I started thinking about what my true passion was.
I had become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach in 2012, and ultimately decided to take a huge leap towards following my dreams of helping others become healthier by starting my own business, The Lyons’ Share Wellness LLC
In just four months, it has been no short of AMAZING! I truly do love every day, and I’ve been so motivated by my clients’ successes so far! I’ve had clients drop significant weight, make major health improvements like dramatically lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, and perhaps most importantly, feel MUCH better about their bodies, their energy levels, and themselves overall.
3. What’s your favorite way to sweat?
My true favorite is hiking mountains with my husband – we’ve had amazing hiking experiences in Japan, St. Lucia, Norway, and Colorado, and it’s a great way to get a fantastic workout while loving every second. I really enjoy being in nature, and find it relaxing and restorative. There are no mountains in Dallas, unfortunately, so my day-to-day favorite is definitely running.
To me, running provides so much stress-relief, relaxation, challenge, motivation, and time to “get away from it all.” I also love yoga, cycling, general fitness like weight lifting, and I most recently added in Focus T25 DVDs! Simply, I love to sweat in any way, and I love the way it makes me feel afterwards, so I always prioritize fitness in my daily life.
4. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in terms of your health and fitness? How did you conquer it?
I think the biggest challenge was the first year of my fitness journey. I had just started dating my now-husband our first year of college, and had recently gained some weight, which left me feeling not great about myself. He was on the track and cross country teams, so I started running to try to “relate” to him.
Long story short – I hated it, and felt very discouraged when I could not run 1/4 mile after several tries. Falling in love with fitness had its ups and downs, and ultimately took me about a year, but the struggle to get through those “I want to quit” and “I’m a failure” times made the feelings of self-satisfaction and love of fitness I have now even sweeter!
5. What is your number one tip for people to stay motivated to reach their health/fitness goals?
Take small steps! I so often see people try to change EVERYTHING overnight and just be “perfect” in their new healthy lifestyle. This will inevitably lead to failure, as your willpower eventually crumbles and you find yourself back where you started. I only give my clients 1-3 goals each week to focus on, and I think this is helpful in making healthy living sustainable and realistic.
Celebrate every single accomplishment you achieve during your journey, and don’t expect results to happen overnight! You WILL get there (and it WILL be worth it!), but patience, realistic expectations, and moderation are critical for your success. Of course, if you think you might benefit from some one-on-one support form a health coach, I always offer a free initial consultation so we can discuss how I can help you reach your goals! Feel free to fill out this form
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Any questions for Megan?
How do you find ways to sweat while you’re on vacation?
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