We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Olson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
For as long as I can remember, I struggled with food and being overweight. I tried every diet since I was a teenager and always failed to keep the weight off permanently. In 2009, I found myself at 210 pounds and miserable. I was working in a stressful career that I did not enjoy. One night I decided to go for a walk and that walk made me feel so good that I decided to walk every night. A few weeks later, I was walking daily and beginning to crave healthier foods. I began watching portion sizes, reading food labels and creating my own healthy recipes. Prior to my weight loss, I rarely cooked but dedicated myself to learning while I was losing weight. After one year, I lost 80 pounds. In 2014, I started Skinny Fitalicious, a website dedicated to helping women lose weight with lower calorie, macronutrient balanced recipes. The website never started as a career endeavor rather, as a way to help women struggling with weight – the same as I had. In 2016, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. For one year, I was passed around the medical system not getting answers. It wasn’t until I saw a naturopath that I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and began healing. As I shared my story with readers, numerous women reached out to me for help losing weight. It was then that I knew my true calling was to help other women. So in 2016, I left my corporate career, went back to school to become a certified nutrition practitioner and transform Skinny Fitalicious into full-time business. Today I help women over 35 lose 20 to 50 or more pounds and keep it off. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one walk would lead me to losing 80 pounds, starting a business, changing my career, becoming a cookbook author and creating a podcast. To have the ability through my business to help other women enjoy healthy eating and lose weight is a gift I will forever be grateful for.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am most proud of my resilience and tenacity. Losing weight, changing careers, creating a business, writing a cookbook are not easy things. There are many challenges to overcome along the way, but I always choose to view challenges as learning opportunities. Something I learned the hard way is that I am not an expert in everything and investing in yourself and your business is critical to reaching goals. I invested in a business coach years ago and it was scary to make a large investment in myself like that, but the return on that investment continues to pay off to this day. I am truly convinced that everyone needs to invest in themselves no matter what their goals are because we cannot do everything on our own. I want other women to know that whether they’re struggling to lose weight or with something else, that they have the power to change their situation. Get the right experts and help! Having the right guidance and support is key to achieving any goal. If you’re struggling with weight loss, ditch one size fits all diets. Those diets ARE the reason you are struggling. You have to do the work to create the lifestyle that works for you and that is much easier to do when you have a powerful guide at your side. I am about transforming women’s lives and helping them achieve lasting, permanent weight loss. Losing weight is easy, keeping it off is hard and there are plenty of inexpensive programs out there. Truthfully, if those programs worked at helping women achieve lasting weight loss, you would not be struggling. Invest in yourself! You deserve to feel amazing and live a life you truly love!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my parents, thank you for always encouraging me not to follow everyone else and challenging me to be different. That confidence is what led me to keep pursuing my dreams.
Other: Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dish-on-ditching-diets/id1473064626