Megan Montague runs the blog Sober Story – a blog designed to share her personal story and inspire others to make positive changes to their lives. In this Q&A, we chat with Megan about her journey and the important role of fitness and exercise when it comes to healthy living. Read on!
Hey Megan, thank you for sharing your story with us. Please introduce yourself properly.
Hi! I am 32 and I live in Kent with my two children.
I started writing about my sobriety journey quite early on – a few months after I had stopped drinking. I had been struggling for some time with the amount I was drinking. While it would be considered within the realms of “normal” drinking habits in the UK, it was making me miserable. After a very stressful few months at the end of 2017, my drinking had gone up a notch and I knew I needed to make drastic changes to my life as it was having a huge negative effect on my life, especially on my children.
On the 24th of March 2018, I made the decision to stop drinking following my friend’s 30th birthday. Something really clicked in me and I just knew I couldn’t carry on that way anymore. I’m now 20 months sober!
What factors do you think are the most influential in staying sober?
I think all the small changes are the most influential with staying sober. You really have to look after yourself from all angles. Diet, sleep, exercise, fun, and relationships are all so vital to keep my mental health in check.
Talking about the impact of fitness and exercise specifically, what fitness do you do and what benefits do you get out of it?
I love how strong my body is and I am constantly in awe of the things I can do. It’s also such a boost to see progress in exercise, whether it is learning something new or lifting heavier weights. I always feel better after a workout, especially if I have trained with friends.
For me, the impact of exercise is mainly mental but the aesthetic side is an added bonus!
How do you fit exercise into your daily routine?
It’s a juggling act being a single mum of two and working full time. Every day I go for a walk on my lunch hour – rain or shine! My colleague and I do it together, so not only is it a good social hour, it’s good for the body and mind! I train at the gym 3/4 times a week when I don’t have the children and I do a range of weightlifting and callisthenics. I’m not militant about it though and I don’t beat myself up if I miss a session because there is too much else on.
Finally, in a world of social media influencers and fad diets, in your words, what does the term ‘healthy lifestyle’ mean to you?
For me – “Healthy Lifestyle” is about treating your body and mind with love and care. Moving your body in a way that feels good for you, nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs and that you enjoy, resting enough and importantly, not filling it with toxins. We only have one body and I spent a long time abusing mine. I want to give my body and mind the proper care that I deserve.
Thank you so much for sharing your story. If anyone wants to follow your journey, where can they find you?