by | Jun 5, 2013 | 232 comments

Today represents one very special anniversary, and one fun celebration … with the blog’s first ever GIVEAWAY for you at the bottom of the page!

Three years ago today was unquestionably the best day of my life … Megan and Kevin weddingI married my best friend, my rock, and the person who understands what I am thinking and feeling even before I do. Megan and Kevin wedding on stairsWe were surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends…

one of my favorite wedding pictures lindsey wedding dad wedding brendan wedding flower girls weddingMegan and Kevin wedding party

 …and had more fun than we could have possibly imagined!

big green drink at wedding fireworks at wedding

I feel so lucky to be married to such a wonderful husband.  Here’s to so many more! Megan and Kevin wedding

OK, enough about ME … now it’s all about YOU!

I have great news.  For the one-month anniversary of the blog’s first post (and the first Work Out Wednesday), I want to share a great new find that I first learned about from Daily Garnish.  As I have mentioned, I like supplementing my running with strengthening and intensity exercises, and I’m always looking for options that can be done in hotel rooms with minimal equipment.  I like workouts that are efficient – leaving you feeling the burn without spending hours slaving away.  I also like workouts that are fun and keep me motivated to come back for more.  Well, I recently found a solution that meets all of those criteria… barre3-logoBarre3!  The Barre3 website says that classes “are designed to transform the body to one of equal balance, strength, and flexibility.”  The workouts “create the strength of an athlete with the long, lean, graceful lines of a dancer.”  (Sign me up!)  Barre3’s website offers the ability to pick from a menu of options like “full body” or “core” and select a 10, 30, 40, or 60 minute workout.  They are all streamed online, although Barre3 also has studios in some locations across the country.

I recently tried out Barre3 for 7 days, and I took a variety of classes online.  Each one was fun, efficient, and left me feeling sore (in a good way!) the next day.  It’s more of a “how-are-my-muscles-quivering-so-much-from-such-tiny-movements” kind of workout (rather than a “I’m-huffing-and-puffing-and-don’t-think-my-lungs-can-take-it” kind of workout), but it works!  It’s basically a combination of ballet, yoga, and pilates, and I highly recommend it to those looking for something to mix up their workout routine.

a giveaway for you

So now, I’m offering one of YOU a chance to try unlimited Barre3 classes online for a month – for free!  On Sunday 6/9 at 11:59pm CT, I’ll use random number generator to select one winner, who will receive:

  • One free month of Barre3 classes online
  • An Oakley prize pack (including a duffel bag, 2 headbands, and a $20 gift certificate), AND
  • $25 iTunes gift card to download some workout tunes! oakleyitunes card

You can win up to 4 entries to this giveaway by doing any (or all) of the following things:

  1. Comment on this post (below) telling me one thing you’d like to see on the blog in the future.
  2. “Like” the Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook, then leave ANOTHER comment here saying you liked it (if you don’t comment here to tell me you did it, I will not count your entry)
  3. Follow @thelyonsshare on Twitter, then leave ANOTHER comment here saying you followed (if you don’t comment here to tell me you did it, I will not count your entry)
  4. Sign up to receive emails when new blog posts come out (enter your email in the box at the right), or add me to your Feed Reader (like Feedly or Bloglovin’).  Leave ANOTHER comment here saying you did this (if you don’t comment here to tell me you did it, I will not count your entry)

Good luck!

(No purchase necessary.  I am not being compensated for the Barre3 review and I still have to buy my own subscription, but Barre 3 has generously donated the one month subscription to the winner.  I was given the Oakley prize pack at a recent “progression session for enthusiasts).


  1. Prerna

    I love the pictures. You guys are truly made for each other. Happy anniversary! 🙂

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Prerna! Leave another comment if you want to be counted twice for the giveaway since I know you already like me on FB (read what I explained to Stacey in the comments)!

  2. Laurie

    Happy Anniversary! I would love to see a post about how you increased your running speed. I would love to run a sub-25 5k but could use some pointers on how to get there!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestion, Laurie – will do! You can totally rock the sub-25 5K! And I know you already liked me on FB, so leave another comment so that I can count you twice (like I explained to Stacey in the comments)

  3. Molly

    What a great post, Meg! Happy anniversary! And what a great giveaway! I’ve been meaning to try Barre classes. This could be the time.

  4. Molly

    I signed up to get the emails (had just been following on Facebook before).

  5. Molly

    I already liked the blog on Facebook (of course).

  6. Molly

    And I followed you on Twitter. I’ve never won anything in my life, but there’s always a chance.

  7. Molly

    And I’d like to see some suggestions for free online workouts. Residency starts Monday, and I’m not ready to give up working out, even if I get off when all normal gyms are closed and most normal people are sleeping.

    • Megan Lyons

      Good suggestions. AHH for starting residency Monday! You are going to be amazing!

  8. Michelle Q.

    I would love to see circuit workouts. I love having a plan when I get to the gym. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  9. Michelle Q.

    I liked the blog on Facebook 🙂

  10. Michelle Q.

    I signed up for the emails!

  11. Stacey

    Great! I’d love to see more recipes (thinking working lunch) and more tips like BDD. I have already liked the blog on fb, and signed up for the emails. Now I follow you on twitter!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestions, Stacey! Would you leave separate comments for liking the blog, emails, and Twitter? This will increase your chances since I’m just using a random number generator and the posts are auto-numbered (so right now, you only have one number, but if you leave separate comments there will be 4 “chances” attributed to your name)!

  12. Laurie

    Love this give-away, Meg. You’re doing a great job with your blog!

  13. Emily

    I “liked” your Facebook page.

  14. Emily

    I subscribed via BlogLovin’ (and Reader, but don’t get me started on how that’s almost retired).

    • Megan Lyons

      I know!!!! I’m so sad. How did you choose BlogLovin’? I like Feedly so far but I was so “used” to GoogleReader.

  15. Laura

    I’d love to see more recipes! I’m always looking for healthy new recipes 🙂

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Laura! Will definitely work on building a solid base of recipes on here!

  16. Rachel S

    Recipes, especially good for you deserts!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Rachel! Check out my recent post on desserts here … but many more where those came from, so I’ll work on posting some recipes!

  17. Katie

    I already “liked” the facebook page 🙂

  18. Katie

    I just started “following” you on twitter 🙂

  19. Katie

    I already get emails with new blog posts.

  20. Katie

    And…I would like to read about exercises that I can do at home with minimal equipment that will help get rid of the “love handles” my babies gave me!

    • Megan Lyons

      I don’t think you have love handles but several people have been asking for at home exercises … maybe next week’s Work Out Wednesday!

      • Katie

        Haha! I totally have love handles, especially on the left for some reason. I must hide them well 🙂

  21. Rachelle Anderson

    I “Like” the Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook

  22. Rachelle Anderson

    I Follow @thelyonsshare on Twitter

  23. Rachelle Anderson

    I signed up for emails

  24. Brandy fisk

    Exercises to do with babies.

    • Megan Lyons

      Fun suggestion, Brandy! First thing that comes to mind is involving your baby in your exercise (e.g. using the baby as “weights” and lifting him/ her overhead in controlled overhead presses, or holding the plank position with your baby near your head and making smiley faces at the baby). But before I make more suggestions like that, what age baby are you talking about? Don’t want to have you lifting a newborn too quickly, or expect you to bicep curl a 3-year-old :).

  25. MaryAnn

    I like your facebook page.

  26. MaryAnn

    I am following you on twitter

  27. Krista W.

    I’d love to read m recipes here! (Especially easy and quick to make… yet healthy!)

    • Megan Lyons

      Recipes to come! Stay tuned for Foodie Fridays, especially! Thanks, Krista.

  28. Krista W.

    I like The Lyons Share on FB (Krista Marie)

  29. Krista W.

    I’m following you on twitter @cmandkw

  30. Krista W.

    Following you on bloglovin too… username: kwandcm.

  31. Karen

    I liked you on facebook ……… because I like your blog ( and you ) ::))

  32. Karen

    I’d love to hear your opinion on diet sodas and the flavor packs for water – specifically aspartame. Also, as summer approaches and the temp in Dallas climbs into the 90’s already, any cold soup Vitamix recipes ?????

  33. Karen

    I already get follow up comments. 🙂

  34. Danielle Porter

    I would love more information on how to train and workout while pregnant!

  35. Danielle Porter

    I liked you on FB!

  36. Danielle Porter

    I followed you on Twitter! @rqballporter

  37. Pamela Halligan

    I would like to see more tips on eating healthy.

  38. Pamela Halligan

    I like your FB page.

  39. Kristie D.

    I would love to see recipes with agave nectar please. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

    • Megan Lyons

      Interesting suggestion! Thanks for that and all the likes/ follows, Kristie!

  40. Kristie D.

    Like Lyons’ Share on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  41. Kristie D.

    Get your emails. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  42. Kristie D.

    Follow you on Twitter. @kdonelson kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  43. Nancy

    Congrats on your anniversary. I’d love to see more giveaways!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Nancy! I’ll work on it! Building my audience will hopefully help some brands be willing to participate so I can provide you all with more fun stuff!

  44. Nancy

    I am an email subscriber.

  45. Dave Bartlett

    Followed on twitter (@davbart)

  46. Dave Bartlett

    Liked on facebook

  47. Dave Bartlett

    I’d like to see a post on failure.

  48. Madeline

    I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  49. Madeline

    I follow you on Twitter (@shala_darkstone).

  50. Sharon

    thanks for the giveaway! i’d love to see more gift cards

  51. shirley

    More recipes would be nice.

    • Megan Lyons

      Stay tuned, Shirley! Recipe coming tomorrow, and many more in the pipeline!

  52. shirley

    Follow on twitter-@countrynest.

  53. Heather Manu

    I would like some recipes, I like to try new healthy foods.

  54. Heather Manu

    Following on Twitter

  55. Annmarie W.

    I love seeing product reviews of fitness equipment, apparel, workouts, etc.

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Annmarie! For now I’ll be limited to the ones that I purchase myself, but I’m always trying new things anyway, so I’ll be sure to share when I do!

  56. Marissa M

    Recipes and giveaways are always great!!!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestions, Marissa! New recipe today (and maybe one tomorrow if I get around to it)!

  57. Marissa M

    I subscribed via email!!

  58. Kim

    I’d love some advice on finding good workouts online that are also free. I get stuck in the same ones over and over.

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestion, Kim. I have a bunch of online (free) workouts bookmarked, so I’ll share some of them soon!

  59. Prerna

    And I subscribed to your posts through email 🙂

  60. Kathleen

    I would love to see posts regarding better eating habits like recipes.

  61. Sara Floyd

    I love giveaways and workout ideas!

  62. Sara Floyd

    I like you on facebook

  63. Sara Floyd

    I follow you on twitter (@floydsara)

  64. Elisabeth

    Hi! I’m new to your blog but I’d love to hear more about these barre classes!

    • Megan Lyons

      Great, thanks Elisabeth! I’m thinking about doing a 28-day challenge for Barre3, and if I do I will definitely review it. Regardless, I’ll talk more about the classes, but in the mean time you can find out more about their offering on their website.

  65. Elisabeth

    I “Like” the Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook!

  66. Elisabeth

    I Follow @thelyonsshare on Twitter @egood33

  67. Marissa M

    Would love to see the giveaways continued!! Thanks so much 🙂

  68. Marissa M

    I subscribed via email (

  69. Janette

    I’d like to see at-home workouts, especially ones that don’t need much equipment.

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestion, Janette! Seems to be a popular one so I’ll definitely get working on that!

  70. Lindsey

    I like your Facebook page!

  71. Lindsey

    My suggestion is to post about good food substitutes….like spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I made a “fried rice” the other day with chopped cauliflower instead of rice and it was so good….made me want to hear other ideas for healthier substitutes.

    • Megan Lyons

      Great suggestion, sis! Would love to get that “fried rice” recipe … sounds awesome!

  72. Claire

    I like healthy food reviews.

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks for the suggestion, Claire! I love finding healthy foods on other blogs as well!

  73. Austin Baroudi

    Definitely more recipes! I love making and trying new foods!

  74. Austin Baroudi

    Liked the Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook as Austin Baroudi.

  75. Austin Baroudi

    Following thelyonsshare on Twitter @Austieb7

  76. Austin Baroudi

    Signed up to receive emails.

  77. teresa mccluskey

    I am new to your blog, I love that you have all the photos! 😀 I would like to see something on bettering a relationship 😀

    • Megan Lyons

      Hi Teresa! Thanks for finding the blog. I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about my relationship with Kevin and will try to give tips here and there!

  78. Samantha D

    Like Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook. Samantha Dycus

  79. Samantha D

    Subscribed to receive emails.

  80. Samantha D

    I’m new to this blog, so I can’t say for sure what I’d like to see MORE of…but I am interested in healthy recipes and natural remedies for common ailments. Thanks for the chance to win and happy anniversary!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Samantha! Well, you’re just in time because the blog itself is new :). Healthy recipes will definitely be coming, and natural remedies are a great idea!

  81. Alex Roach

    Maybe more workouts targeted for women!

  82. Alex Roach

    Liked on fb!
    Alexandra Roach

  83. Alex Roach

    Followed on twitter

  84. rebecca shockley

    Healthy and diabetic or other special diet recipe’s, thanks!

  85. Nichol Tone

    I would love to see more gc giveaways

  86. wendy b

    I’d like to see some more awesome giveaways on this blog.

  87. wendy b

    I liked on facebook under wen budro

  88. kelly mcgrew

    i’d like to see tips on new supplements that are out there and maybe if they are safe or not? thanks!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Kelly! What kind of supplements are you interested in? (weight loss, general health, specific training goal, specific ailment, etc.). I’ll do my best to help!

  89. kelly mcgrew

    i like you on facebook as kelly mcgrew!

  90. Linda W.

    Training safely. Stretching and cooldowns

  91. Stephanie OMalley

    I follow you on Twitter @surfergirl1978

  92. kec07d

    I would like to see sauce recipes!

    • Megan Lyons

      Got it – adding to the list! Is there a favorite type of sauce you’d like to make healthier, or just sauces in general?

  93. kec07d

    I liked the lyon’s! Kasey Longley

  94. kec07d

    follow on twitter @kaseycone

  95. Gianna

    I love recipes and giveaways.

  96. Gianna

    I subscribed by email.

  97. Rena hyde

    Some more workouts to help lose baby weight!

    • Megan Lyons

      More workouts are coming your way this week, Rena, but I’ll add specific baby weight exercises to the list – thanks!

  98. Rena hyde

    Following on twitter as renamarie09

  99. Tyneisha Fondren

    Like to see more awesome giveaways of course!

  100. Tyneisha Fondren

    Liked on FB name Tyneisha Fondren

  101. Tyneisha Fondren

    Follow on Twitter @tysweeps

  102. Stacy W

    Maybe some discounted one-on-one coaching for those of us who are trying but need a little boost!

    • Megan Lyons

      Great idea, Stacy! Right now, my work doesn’t allow me to coach independently, but when I do start coaching, I’ll definitely consider some discounts or giveaways!

  103. Trista

    Nice pics! Was it a destination wedding or just a wedding local near you? I can’t decide what to do for mine! AH!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Trista! We did a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and it was perfect! We loved every second of it – I would definitely recommend a destination wedding, as everyone who attended seemed to have a lot of fun and it was nice to see our friends from different parts of our lives getting to know each other.

  104. Jessica Bracho

    I would like to see workout tutorials

  105. Jessica Bracho

    I like you on facebook as Jessica Bracho

  106. Jessica Bracho

    I follow you on twitter @JessicaBracho06

  107. Kathy H.

    I am always looking for new low fat healthy recipes especially for chicken dishes!

  108. Sunnie

    I would like to see recipes

  109. Fiona N

    I would love to see more healthy recipes and awesome giveaways (like this one!)
    Thank You

  110. Fiona N

    I liked the Lyons’ Share Wellness on Facebook as name: fiona nuyen

  111. Fiona N

    I followed You on twitter @carabao62

  112. Fiona N

    And I signed up your newsletter via email: iceyogurt(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thank You So Much

  113. Christian Alejandro

    Workout posts are great! Some more routines would be awesome. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

  114. Christian Alejandro

    I liked your page on facebook (Christian Alejandro)

  115. Christian Alejandro

    I follow you on twitter (@lieutcrunch17)

  116. Christian Alejandro

    I subscribed via e-mail. (lexbaylor17 at gmail dot com)


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