Megan Merchant's blog

Thank You

Thank you for all the medical trials so when the time and opportunity comes to choose self-improvement, we value the cost of associated risks and possess the wisdom and bravery to make positive changes.Every day is given physical, mental, and emotional value and meaning. Thank you for ongoing years of hard work pursuing careers while supporting a family, for the internal passion and fire to work above and beyond every day before parenting be

My 15-Year Photo Fitness Journey

1998Amazing childhood, lovin

Dance with me, and then Louis Van Amstel!

If anyone ever told you that you can't dance, are you ready to prove them wrong? My friends and I will teach you, plus you'll have FUN and BURN CALORIES in the process! 

169 Lunch Box Quotes

I am NOT the best writer.  In fact, thank goodness for blogging so I have a place to practice at improving for the past few years.  But when my first daughter began school two years ago, I wanted to send her off when positive thoughts and loving words of wisdom so I would write the occasional lunch box note "Have a great day!"  and "We love you!" with little pictures of stick figure smiley faces and sun beams.

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...   
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