Archana Reddy

Archana Reddy, MS, MD, FACEP is a board certified emergency physician who lives and practices in the Chicago suburbs. She is also a wife and the mother of two children, 3 and 5 years old.  She is a national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians and writes for their Doc Blog which can be found at EmergencyCareForYou.org.  She also has had numerous blog posts published on KevinMD.com.

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, she completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at George Washingon University. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Prior to starting residency, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Ecuador where she conducted medical anthropology research on traditional healers.

Archana is also very passionate about health and fitness and is the founder of MightyMomMD.  She coaches people to reach their fitness goals. And while she saves lives working in the ER, she is a changing lives by coaching people to live their best life while getting fit.

She can be followed on Twitter @MightyMomMD  and @AReddyMD
Her website is facebook.com/MightyMomMD

 

1. Tell us about Mighty Mom MD.

Mighty Mom MD is my online fitness coaching business where I help people reach their health and fitness goals and in the process make just about every aspect of their life better. The clients I work with not only get into the best shape of their life, but also find new energy, develop confidence, find that they are more focused and productive at home and work. They also inspire their family and friends to make positive lifestyle changes. And with their new found confidence many of my clients go on to meet so many of their other life goals.

 

2. Why did you choose a fitness coaching business?

So often doctors tell their patients to lose weight through diet and exercise, but then they do not spell out exactly what that looks like. At Mighty Mom MD, I give people the right tools for making lasting lifestyle changes and show them exactly what they need to do — how often to exercise, what exercises to do and also detailed information about what they should eat. The programs I recommend to my clients address four key aspects for achieving fitness — exercise, nutrition, accountability and support. Without any one of these aspects, the chances of success are not very high.

 

3. What made you decide to start your own business?

I decided to start Mighty Mom MD, primarily to help my family and friends reach their fitness goals. As I was getting in shape myself, using the programs I recommend, many of my friends would ask me for advice about how they too could get in shape. I had found something that worked for me and wanted to share that with others. I am also entrepreneurial and wanted to build my own business, but one that would not take me away from my family more than my job as a physician already required. Online fitness coaching was perfect for me because I am passionate about fitness, and I can set my own business hours and work from home or even poolside watching my kids at their swim lessons.

 

4. Can you tell us about your own fitness journey?

I was an athlete my whole life. I ran track in high school, played Division 1 tennis in college and in medical school I boxed to relieve stress. After having two kids though, I developed unhealthy eating habits and was out of shape.  I didn’t have a lot of time to exercise as I was juggling motherhood and my career as an emergency physician. My cholesterol had crept up and my metabolism had slowed down in my 30s. Then my brother sent me a weight lifting workout program for my birthday. It sat in the box for a few months until one day I finally decided I was sick of where I was at and needed to make a change. The program ended up being perfect for me and helped me add muscle to my body and boost my metabolism. I lost a lot inches and gained a lot of strength and confidence. I have never felt so strong in my life. I now feel like an athlete again. And want to continue to get stronger and leaner as I inspire and help others along their journey. My fitness journey has not only changed my body but has also given me confidence and has made just about every aspect of my life better. I want to live my best life and help others do the same too.

 

5. Share your work from home experience with us.

I work on my online fitness business from home, and I absolutely love it. I spend a few hours a day on it, and to be quite honest it does not even feel like work in comparison to the stress of my job in the ER. Coaching is fun and rewarding, and I feel as though I am getting paid to be fit and inspire others. I love making extra income from home, according to my hours and what works for my family and me.

 

6. Do you believe that working from home is a great option for moms?

It’s a wonderful option for moms because it allows for work-life balance. You can be with your family and be home when your kids arrive from school and not miss out on the important events in their life. I am always looking for people to join my team of coaches and would love to share this opportunity with others.

 

7. How do you balance things since you’re a physician, a fitness coach, a working mom and a wife?

Exercise, nutrition, meditation and personal development have been key for me in finding balance in my life with all of my roles. I take time out of my day to do these things for myself, because unless we take care of ourselves, we cannot give to others. People sometimes mistakenly think that exercise drains your energy, but it’s really quite the opposite. It gives you energy, focus and motivation. It makes you feel happy as working out releases endorphins.  I feel off at work, at home and in my business on days when I can’t work out. Eating healthy also gives me the right type of fuel to power through my day. Furthermore, meditation has been a key factor in calming my mind and finding my center. I have found it vital in helping me handle the mommy stress that often comes with small children. And last but not least, reading books on personal development has helped me grow as an individual, mother, wife and entrepreneur. We must always sharpen the saw, for with a dull saw we will never cut down the tree. When we work on developing ourselves we can be more and achieve more.

 

8. What are your best tips to women who are struggling to find time to workout and take care of themselves?

You don’t need to go to the gym and spend hours there to get in shape. Using the programs I recommend people can work out from home saving time and money and in just 30 minutes a day do an effective workout that delivers results. Also eating healthy doesn’t have to take more time, it just involves preparation and planning. I teach people simple ways to eat healthy, even while on the go. Also having accountability is key. If you feel like you are doing it alone, it’s easy to fall off track. No one at the gym is keeping track and keeping your accountable, but when you are a part of an accountability group and everyone is getting fit together who will be more motivated when you see other people doing their workout and eating healthy, too. Accountability and support from a coach are the secret sauce for success.

 

9. What’s are the steps to start living the best life?

First and foremost, take care of your health and your body. Women often give and give, but never take time to care for themselves. But people who don’t take time out to care for themselves will soon have nothing to give since you cannot pour from an empty glass.  If you feel sluggish from being overweight, or are short of breath going up the stairs, how are you going to keep up with your kids? If you eat greasy food and your arteries are clogged causing you to have a heart attack or stroke, how can you be there for your family? Take 30 minutes a day to exercise. Plan your meals so that they are healthy. Also remember you are your children’s best role model. They are watching you and you can teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle. As your health and fitness improves most everything else in your life will improve too. You will feel more energetic, happier and more confident. I have seen it time and time again not only in myself, but with clients too.

 

10. How can women reach their full potential?

In addition to exercise and healthy nutrition, there is one more step women can take to reach their full potential. Take 10 minutes each and every day to read a book on personal development such as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, How to Win Friends and Influence People, You are a Badass, The School of Greatness or so many others. I recommend starting with The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen. In the course of a year who will have read 10 or so amazing books and your whole mindset on life will have changed. In just a few years of consistently exercising, eating healthy and reading personal development your whole life can change and you can reach your full potential.
If you’d like to join me in getting fit or you’d like to join my team of coaches, please email me at mightymommd@gmail.com