Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Hi there, my name is Meg. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have a husband, Rob and a pug-child, Jack. I adore my boys and love our little family.
I started this blog in 2013 when I realised I weighed more than Rob. I was devastated. But if you know me, you know how incredibly stubborn I can be. I just wanted things to be easy, and for it to miraculously fix itself.
When we first moved in together he would spend a lot of time getting out on the weekends to go for a run or cycle. Leaving me at home to ponder my own thoughts and slowly, it started to irritate me. I kinda went through all the stages: denial, anger, depression. I wasn’t happy with myself but here he was loving me as well as loving himself too. Why did he love me if I was such a sloth compared to him?
I have never been athletic or sporty – I use to say to friends “working out just is not my thing”. Being a perfectionist often leaves me not taking on tasks I don’t think I can do well in. So if I am not going to win the race – why bother entering? Something had to change. I was driving myself crazy being unhappy with myself, and that’s when I realised – I got myself here, only I can turn this around. I decided I needed to Getfithappyhealthy.
So I decided to try out running. I started by running around the block of our complex and just about dying of an exploded lung.It nearly killed me but I was determined. My Type A personality kicked in, which made me take everything to a whole new level of crazy. If I was going to run, then I was going to enter races.
I ran my first race, an 8km in April 2013, with Rob, his sister and her husband. The three of them are the reason I think I stayed running. They were incredibly supportive. I guess it helped that they love to run too. After that 8km race, I decided to enter a few 10km races. I did that for about a year.
Then I needed a new challenge, so I ran my first half marathon in September 2014. Over those first two years, I was running and trying be happy and healthy. It’s no secret that I suffer from depression, I have always been a “sensitive” person – it took me till I was in my 30’s to realise that being sensitive meant that I actually have serious issues with my self-esteem, and mood. Running has really helped take my mind off it and focus my energy on more positive activities.
So now what? After a brief sabbatical in 2015 (getting married and all that lovely stuff), I needed a new goal to get me b