In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of HealthyLivingBlogs.com. Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.
What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?
Megan Olson from Skinny Fitalicious.
My blog title originally was The Skinny Life then I was contacted by host that someone had trademarked the name and were demanding I remove anything on my blog with the name “The Skinny Life” within 48 hours otherwise they would take my blog down. I never knew this could happen to bloggers, but it happened to me and luckily it happened within 1 year of starting my blog so it was still new.
Within 48 hours, I came up with Skinny Fitalicious after brain storming on the phone with a friend, bought a new domain and rebranded my social media and everything on my site. Turned out everyone loved the new name. While the situation was not optimal, it turned out to be a positive!
What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog?
Skinny Fitalicious features gluten free, low calorie recipes made with real food ingredients, meal prep tips as well as nutrition, healthy living and weight loss advice. Someone new to my blog will learn that I lost 80 pounds 7 years ago walking, had a hip replacement at 38 and battling Hashimoto’s disease. Skinny Fitalicious also offers healthy, low calorie meal plans, group coaching and one-on-one nutrition counseling.
What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be true to who I am. When you start a blog, you put yourself out there and open yourself up to both positive and negative feedback. As you grow, this feedback equally grows. It’s easy to allow this feedback to mold you into someone you are not. I may not have the perfect thighs or have a perfectly staged Instagram story, but that’s my real life. I will never let blogging change who I am.
What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on?
I love to workout, but my favorite way to get moving is walking. Because I have a hip replacement, I can’t run so I power walk. It’s how I lost 80 pounds! I walk a couple times a week for 7 miles. I swim, lift weights and I teach cycle classes at Mountainside Fitness several times a week.
Do you ever experience days when you don’t want to make healthy choices? How do you motivate yourself when you really need it?
Working out and eating healthy has had such a significant impact on my life (with losing 80 pounds and keeping it off) that it’s not hard for to motivate myself. I’m a very structured person and those habits have become a large part of my life. So much that I couldn’t imagine NOT doing them.
That said, I do have days I don’t feel like getting up at 5 a.m. to workout or don’t feel like meal prepping or eating a healthy meal. When that happens, I remind myself how much better I feel when I do them. When I don’t workout or make unhealthy choices, I have low energy, feel sleepy and am not mentally focused. I remind myself of that crappy feeling and that’s enough to keep me motivated.
What is your favorite site to visit to find motivation in your healthy living journey?
I love following the Fitnessista. Not only does she share amazing workouts, but she also has a balanced approach to healthy living. She isn’t scared to be vulnerable and share her personally struggles either. This inspires me to share my own challenges on my blog even when I’m not sure if I should.