Megan Merchant's blog

The Haunting: "Enjoy it before IT ends..."

I very rarely go to the mall. But when my first daughter was seven months old in 2005, I flew to a SCW Mania in Dallas, Texas, for continuing fitness education (extremely worthwhile, but that's another story), and I felt as though those two days away from my baby would likely kill us all.  And at a gift shop in Texas, a small brown bear sat smiling at me from a window and called to me to take it home to my daughter, making those two days apart just a bit more worthwhile and a little less unbearable.

Win a LaBlast Scholarship: NM, June 29-30

Win a 2-Day NM LaBlast Training June 29-30 with Louis Van Amstel Louis Van Amstel, of DWTS and SYTYCD, will be in Albuquerque this weekend for the LaBlast Instructor Training and we want every local instructor to have the opportunity to participate.  Compliments of our host LaBlast Fitness, here is your chance to win a FREE registration. The $399 Prize

Alphabet Food Challenge: Two Healthy Recipes a Week

Do you ever get in a food slump and find yourself cooking and eating the same thing week after week?  We are!  Couple that with multiple friends encouraging us to buy supplements because "surely no one gets enough recommended fruits and vegetables" and my slump has peaked.  Time to improve!  

Get Fit and Dance In May, New Mexico!

Check out these wonderful charitable fitness events, dance classes, and performances this April and May at www.meganmerchant.com.  All events below are located in Albuquerque unless stated otherwise. If you have a local event we missed, email me and we will add it to our post.  Let's get fit and dance, New Mexico!  

2 Rainbow Recipes and More for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  The following two recipes have a full platter base ingredient followed by the items for the rainbow colors.  Plan out your shopping list by letting your kids help you draw the recipe as you make your list, such as our picture for fruit pizza below. Skip to the end for some fun St. Patrick's web links.

Procrastination is not in itself evil, and bless the American Dream, it can even be slightly fun in the moments when all your work is complete and the choice is yours to be lazy for an hour or two.  But the events that evolve from putting things off that can be severely detrimental: low activity leads to lower energy levels, not speaking with family for years adds to depression, missing deadlines leads to higher occupational stress...   

How to be the Best New Mom

Or better titled, "The list I wish I had prior to the arrival of my own children" or "planning the unplannable."  I dedicate this wellness post to the many amazing women in my life with babies arriving this year.  Here's to making every new moment spectacular and give yourself love throughout the process.  As for the amazing husbands and dads that make motherhood possible, I hope you share lists among each other as well. 

The Best Valentine Treats

It's time for extra LOVE again!  Valentine's: a day to say "I love you" to as many people as possible and spread gratitude and thanks for those that enhance your life.  Here's an update on two of my favorite ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day.

New Home, New Job, New Life... Maybe

Our family has faced some major "potential" transitions in the year 2012.  Millions of US families are experiencing potential changes every day as well. This morning as I struggled with my thoughts about this potential change, which has taken longer than the time required to make a child and for which we have completed every required task and are awaiting the employer's decision, these lyrics from Phillip Phillips song "Home" fill my mind:

My Mom and I had the opportunity to give a collaborative fitness interview on FTNS.co this past week.  A mother of two, my mom later became a successful Real Estate broker and business owner, recently a collegiate instructor, and soon graduate of a Masters program; she is an inspiration to her friends and family. 
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