Friday, April 17, 2009

Fitness Friday: Reboot

The sun is out, the woodstove lies cold and lonely in the corner of my living room, and it's time to reboot my Fitness Friday efforts. The past few weeks have been even more of a challenge than usual for my exercise goals. I have two major events coming up in the graduate student sphere of my life, so working in the lab has been a priority that trumps anything important but not getting to the gym. Still, I'm proud that I did make it at least a couple of times a week. And now that I'm in the stage of writing up my research, it is easier to arrange my schedule around exercise. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Our Fitness Friday host, Brenda, gave us an actual assignment this week to help kick things off again. Here's my answers:

1. Introduce yourself: Hello, my name is: Megan. I'm a grad student studying infectious diseases, a mother of a 17 month-old little girl, and a wife in a wonderful 7-year-young marriage. And for a few more months I can say I'm in my mid-twenties.

2. Why I am back: I find that "meeting" once a week with other ladies working on fitness goals is very helpful to my own discipline. Sharing struggles and receiving comments on my own efforts (and, someday, progress!) are encouraging to my spirit.

3. My (fitness) goals in order of importance: First, I want to feel beautiful and captivating, and right now, for me, that means I need to drop fifteen pounds and tone up some muscles. As an aside, I want to make it clear that some of the most beautiful and amazing women I know are several sizes larger than me, and I know that beauty is about far more than what size clothes you wear. But personally I would feel much better about myself if I met my fitness goals. 

Second, I want my family to be healthy and that starts with me. Not that my husband has any less influence than I do in our marriage, but I make the grocery lists and plan the meals. And I'm usually the one planning our schedule. 

Third, we want to have more children and I don't want to gain ten pounds with each pregnancy! I need to get rid of the extra weight from #1 so I can fully enjoy the next pregnancy without being self-conscious.

And that's all for today! Hope to see you next week for another edition of Fitness Friday!


  1. nice to 'meet' you! i love your book list!! beth moore is a favorite of mine, although i have to admit i don't get to read much of her stuff because of the daily rat race in our house! she is too deep to skim or read one page at a time, ya know? i love your goals! keeping the whole family healthy is a must! and there are some great meal planning options out there to do just that! looking forward to getting to know you better on fridays!!

  2. Glad you are back Megan! I'm impressed you got to the gym that much with everything you had going on.
    Losing weight before pregnancy is a GREAT goal!! With a happy ending! :)

  3. Good goals, Megan. Glad you're joining us again.

  4. Hey, Megan. Great goals and looking forward to getting fit with you.

  5. What's this mid-twenties business? Didn't we just turn twenty? :D

    Good goals! I always feel inspired to do something after reading your posts.

  6. @ Molly: Ha! Yep, just the other day, I'm sure!

    Thanks! I'm glad you find my posts encouraging! I can't wait until my RIP seminar is over and I can start blogging more regularly. Just a few more days...guess I should get back to work on the powerpoint presentation!

  7. So sorry I missed this post last week! You have great goals and sounds like you are balancing things well! I look forward to hearing about your awesomeness tomorrow!