Warrior Spotlight: From 4 Concussions to a 1/2 Marathon, Appreciating Stretch Marks and The Least Interesting Thing About You

Warriors is back with another member spotlight. 

Meet Your Fellow Warrior, Megan (@meganddupius) 

If you’re in our telegram group chat, then you know Megan. She is one of the most active members in our community. We took some time to catch up with her on the phone. 

From bedtime yoga, to recovering from four concussions, to defining what it means to be healthy, we covered it all. 

Q: What gets you up in the morning and keeps you awake at night? 

Megan: The thing that’s waking me up is going for a run in the morning. I was supposed to run my first half marathon in April but it never happened due to the pandemic. I’m still training though!

And at night...well, I worry about finances. To help with that I’ve been doing bedtime yoga before I go to sleep. It helps me calm down and center my thoughts. Sometimes I like to read too. Also...shopping. During the pandemic I have learned the joys of online shopping. So I do that quite a lot. 

Q: What's the last quote that resonated with you?

Megan: This. And not to get so serious, but when you die, no one puts your weight on your tomb stone. People remember you for YOU. I think we need to remember that more. 

Q: What kinds of struggles have you faced along your fitness journey?

Megan: Oh, there are a lot. It's a long time line too. 

I used to play ice hockey at a high level. But then I had my 4th concussion. I couldn't work or go to school or do anything for a full year. After that I had to stop playing my sport. 

So basically, I went from peak fitness levels to not moving. Since then I’ve had struggles with gaining weight and not being as active as I used to be…it has been a difficult adjustment. 

Finding a replacement for my movement passion is still something I’m working on. I'm training for my first 1/2 marathon which I'm really excited about. I dislike running but the goal helps me stay motivated.

I also really struggle with the idea of working out just to be fit. 

When you're playing a sport or hiking, for instance, burning calories isn’t the main point. You're more invested in the goal of winning the game or seeing the view. 

So I'm working on doing solo workouts. I'm still not a huge fan, but I'm getting there.

Q: What would you say to someone struggling with comparing themselves to others? 

Megan: I think it's important to remember that every body has a different shape. Try not to feel the need to fit the current "standards"….whatever they may be. And if you find yourself doing that,  look back through the centuries…beauty changes with time. In the end all bodies are beautiful.  

Also, find what’s healthy for YOUR body. Keep learning how to read your own muscles and stomach. You may need gain weight to be at your healthiest. Some of us may need to lose it. We are all at different stages in this journey and that's what makes this community so inspiring. 

Wow. It's easier to give than to take my own advice...

Q: Any random life advice you'd like to share?

Megan: Sometimes a seemingly negative thing, like losing your job can lead to new opportunities or redirect you to a better place. Try not to jump to conclusions and stay open to what your life may hold. 

Q: What does being a warrior mean to you?

Megan: It means always pushing forward. Not giving up. Things can be hard — but warriors are known to fight. Take the pains you feel and bad days you have and learn from them, build strength through them. You know? And also, appreciate those stretch marks if you have them. They're sings of growing (maybe a little too literally) but they deserve love too. 

Q: Stretch marks...what is your take on them?

Megan: Well first of all, most people don't notice them. It's only us that really notice. It's easy to look at ourselves and be critical, but I think most people are just looking at our eyes. Second of all, they are proof of living so they're beautiful.

I used to compare my size to other girls a lot. So now I've trained myself to notice positive things like their smile or what color they're wearing. 

Q: What Does Being Healthy Mean to You? 

Megan: I go over this in my head all the time: "what is healthy?"

Is someone healthy because they can run a marathon…or they lift a certain weight? Defining  what it means to be healthy to YOU is very important. To me part of being healthy is feeling like I'm part of a community and have a purpose. 

Q: Can You Recommend a Book You're Reading?

Megan: Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works. I'm learning to listen to my body more. Currently, I'm trying to figure out when I feel hungry. I ask myself "am I hungry? or did I just see an advertisement for food?" It's definitely a practice. 

On Behalf of all Warriors, Thank you Megan!

We're proud to be Warriors with you. Also, Megan had so much to share that a bonus blog post will be coming tomorrow. It's on a topic that we know all too well...you'll see. 

Let's give Megan some love for being such an active member in our community.