In an effort to get to know members better and highlight the amazing individuals that make up our Reign community, we are so excited to keep bringing you Member Spotlights.
This month we are so excited to feature Megan A.!
She’s a face you’ll see in the AM CONSISTENTLY.
Megan always puts in a great effort, has a great attitude towards her health and fitness, and is constantly supporting others. We can’t say enough great things about her and we love coaching her because you can see how much she enjoys being here at Reign.
Here is Megan…
Name: Megan Allison
Occupation: Special Education Paraeducator
What (who) brought you to Reign?
I am so thankful for my coworker, neighbor, “ex”-gymmate, and friend Sharmy Johnson.
She knew I wasn’t exactly in love with my old gym and she invited me to “bring a friend Friday” countless times. She convinced me to attend Reign Ladies Night, and I instantly knew I had to make the switch.
But breaking up with a gym isn’t always straightforward, and Sharmy patiently kept dishing out the invites. She picked me up for the 4th of July ReignFIT class, and I never went back to “that other place.”
What is the most significant change – whether social, physical, mental…you have experienced since you have been here?
I actually LOVE working out everyday!
When my alarm goes off at 4:24 (I like even numbers, especially 4s), I still hit snooze a couple of times and try to talk myself out of getting up.
But I have been coming to Reign for almost 6 months, and I can honestly say I think I have only missed one day because I chose sleep over working out. Before Reign this would happen at least once or twice a week.
Why do I love getting up at 4:24AM?
A) The coaches genuinely care about me and my health.
B) My classmates genuinely care about me and my health.
C) A 5AM start time means I can be home by 6AM, which means I can shower, cook my family breakfast AND clean the kitchen before going to work.
No dirty dishes in the sink when I come home after work may seem like a little thing, but taking away a little bit of stress, goes a long way.
Tell us a little about yourself. What’s a Day In The Life of Megan Allison?
My day starts with 5AM ReignFit.
This is ME time: no one is asking or needing me to do anything for them. I am doing it for MYSELF. You will always see me rushing out the door as soon as class is over, so I can get home in order to have time to cook my family breakfast. This is so important to me, and I am proud of the fact that I give them a great start to their day.
My workday begins at 8AM. I am a paraeducator at Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Mostly I work 1 on 1 with medically fragile preschoolers.
I am also super lucky to spend one hour of my workday with Sharmy, co-teaching social skills to students with autism. I absolutely LOVE my job!
Between the hours of 4 and 9pm I am running my kids all over town to their various activities.
The biggest challenge is trying to find time to cook/eat dinner and exercise the dog. TGF meal prep Sundays, leftovers and soccer practice at Starfire where the pup and I can get some steps in.
After the kids have gone to bed, my husband and I try to catch up over a glass of wine and some Survivor or Game of Thrones or whatever else we is filling up our DVR.
I am famous for falling asleep before the opening credits are over.
Share your favorite memory so far at Reign.
I loved participating in the Reign Limitless Challenge. I have done other similar challenges before, but this was by far the best. I looked forward to the weekly challenges along with daily inspiration.
The fact the their is such a great community at Reign contributed to such a supportive yet competitive atmosphere. I am so ready for the next one!
What are your goals or aspirations leading into the New Year?
First of all, I need to get my nutrition back on track and I am confident that the Challenge will help with that.
Second, I would love to be able to attend more barbell classes and get more comfortable with the lifts. I know that working on mobility would certainly help with this.
Third, I want to not always be 1 or 2 minutes late for class (and every other event in my life.)
First CD you bought & Favorite Movie of all time…
First CD: George Michael-Faith.
I was afraid my mom wouldn’t let me because of some of the lyrics.
Favorite Movie: Top Gun (It’s a tough one between that and Dirty Dancing, but Top Gun may be marginally cooler.)
What are your hobbies outside of Reign?
Soccer, Running, Skiing, and walking the dog.
I am also an avid Seattle sports fan: go Sounders, go Seahawks, go Dawgs, go Mariners, go Sonics (fingers crossed!)
What’s your spirit animal?
What’s a spirit animal? My favorite animal is a panda but I definitely would not want to be one and only eat bamboo for the rest of my life.
“So…I took a quiz, and apparently I am a turtle. “the most peaceful and serene spirit.You are a breath of fresh air from the bustle of life, and have calm and long-lasting relationships with others. You are grounded and patient, and unaffected by external woes. Your wisdom is ancient, which renders you and old soul who would love nothing better than reading silently by the fire.” Hmm.
If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would it be and why?
As our parents age, I feel like I have not gotten enough time with them. I wish I could sit at dinner every night with my parents and my husband’s parents (sorry, that’s 4 people) and learn the history of who we are, where we came from, what our ancestors went through, what it was like to be young in a different era, what it’s like to watch society change so much over a lifetime.
I want to be able to pass their story on to our kids as well.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their fitness journey?
Don’t compare yourself to everybody else.
It’s not about them, it’s about you.
Concentrate on doing your best and doing it right. An amazing feeling of accomplishment can come from knowing you did something for yourself and you did it better than you did it yesterday.
Fill In The Blank…
I Love… my family! My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. He is my best friend and my favorite place to be is with him watching our kids do what they love to do: soccer, basketball, band, skiing, swimming, horseback riding…
I Am… striving to be a better version of myself EVERYDAY.
I Wish… I had a housekeeper and more time to sleep.
I Eat… eggs for breakfast (I could eat them at every meal if my family would get onboard), a banana and a salad of some sort for lunch, and usually an Instant Pot/slow cooker meal for dinner (lots of soups and tacos.)
I definitely get myself in trouble when it comes to nighttime snacking (and wine drinking.)