Vagabond of the Month for August: Meg Almeida

Vagabond of the Month for August: Meg Almeida

July 23, 1984

Born and raised in Norwood. I moved to Mansfield in 2016 and then my husband and I bought our first house in Easton last September and we love living here!

I try to get in 3-5 times a week, but with work and four kids the days and times vary a lot. I tend to make the 9:00 am or the 4:30 and 5:30. I’m also there every Monday and Saturday babysitting!

Proudest Moment:
Becoming a stepmom and then having my own kids. Being a mom is the biggest joy in my life. Also buying my house and giving my kids their forever home to grow up in.

VBC proudest moment(s):
This last year has been challenging fitness wise for me. I tested positive for the BRCA gene and made the hard decision to have a double mastectomy. I just went through my 4th surgery on July 9th. With every surgery there was long recovery time and getting back to the gym was a struggle. It was hard feeling like I had to start from the beginning each time. The first workout I did after my mastectomy was hard and I remember crying after from being physically and emotional exhausted . I was a little disappointed because I felt like it was my first time all over again, but I was also happy to be back and proud that I pushed myself. The whole experience has giving me new drive and I now strive to push myself harder everyday and become stronger than ever.

Current goals:
Right now my goal is to be back to all my pre-surgery PR’s

Best thing about Vagabond:
I know everyone says it, but it really is the people. I have made so many great friends here. Everyone is always so supportive and cares about each other. The coaches are great and their motivation and support is what gets me through each workout. Kevin has done so much for me and has been a great friend. I can’t say enough good things about this gym!