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My Blog is 3 Years Old Today

by Meghann on September 12, 2011

Today is a big day! It’s Birthday!


Ok, technically it’s only the anniversary of the day I started blogging in 2008 (I switched to last September) and technically I actually started blogging on September 11th (I always feel funny celebrating my anniversary on such a sad day), but it’s still a day to celebrate!

This blog has come A LONG way since I started blogging in 2008.


The blog was originally called The Inner Workings of a College Graduate and started as a way to document how I was maintaining a 30 pound weight loss while working a forty hour work week and still enjoying a social life. When this blog began I had only been living in Orlando for a month, was single, living on my own, and the longest distance I had run was 7 miles.


It’s crazy how much can change in three years. Now, I’m living in Tampa with Derek, have been self employed for 9 months, and am about to race my first half ironman. If you would have told me I’d be where I am today way back then, I’m pretty sure I would not have believed you.

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Three years of my life are documented in this website. Three years of love, three years of tears, and three years of little moments I may have forgotten otherwise. It has been one crazy adventure, but I’m not sure I would have done it any other way.


If you’re in the mood for reminiscing with me, be sure to check out my favorite post tabs above.

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I try my best to bookmark all of my favorite posts there.

If there’s anything missing or something you’re curious about – just let me know!

I’m a little curious – are there any readers out there that have been following since the beginning? If not – when did you first discover my blog and what the heck keeps you around?! :)

I hit the pool this morning for a nice and easy swim, executing my version of the Pyramid Swim Workout.

Warm Up:

  • 100 easy
  • 200 kick board
  • 100 pull buoy

Main Set:

  • 16 x 25 @ :35
  • 8 x 50 @ 1:10
  • 4 x 100 @ 2:20
  • 2 x 200 @ 4:30

Cool Down:

  • 100 Easy

I’ve been getting really lazy with my cool downs. It’s hard because after I’m finished with my main set, I’m mentally done with the workout.

I was hoping to head to the weight room after my swim, but the lack of a dry shirt turned those plans upside down. Something tells me they wouldn’t have appreciated a wet suit all over the gym equipment, so I just headed home with plans to return later.

Breakfast had a celebratory flair in honor of this blog’s birthday.


What better way to celebrate than with a bowl of what has put this blog on the map – cereal. ;)

  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • 1/4 cup Love Grown Granola
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Raspberries
  • Three Candles (removed before eating, of course ;) )


Make a wish!


Here’s to three more years of blogging memories – hopefully more good than bad. ;)

{ 86 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy September 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

Happy Blog Birthday! Good news–my knee is getting better and i’ve altered my training plan after taking 2 weeks off…i might just make the marathon next month!!


2 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

Wow! I’ve been reading your little bloggie for 2 years now and it’s crazy to see the old header again. Happy blog birthday! You’ve always been such an inspiration to me on my running journey.


3 Chloe (In Fine Feather) September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

Happy Birthday M&M! I’ve followed you from Inner Workings of a College Grad and can’t believe it’s been 3 years!


4 Meghan September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

Congrats on 3 years!


5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

Congrats on 3 years! I think I began reading in Jan of 2010 so not since the beginning but awhile now. I don’t think I even knew blogs existed 3 years ago!


6 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete September 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Funny story, my dear friend. I started reading your blog about two years ago. I started reading so many healthy living blogs that I just couldn’t keep up. I came *thisclose* to deleting yours from my Reader along with several others, but something kept me reading. I’m sure glad I did! I had no idea then that you would be someone I now consider a close friend. Crazy how life works! :)

Congrats on three years!


7 Alaina September 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

sadly i only discovered your blog about a year and half ago! I never knew the inner working of a college grad but loved meals and miles! I first fell in love because you are an FSU alum and I am an FSU future alum :) I figured you were a smart girl. Plus I was trying to beat my eating disorder and would read your blog multiple times a day trying to soak up all the normalcy of your meals. You became a role model to me! I hope you realize how inspirational your blog is and how you practically saved me life! Thank for putting your life out there!


8 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

Happy blogversary! (It’s a word, really!) :)

I’ve been reading for a couple of months so I’m a newbie really! I can’t remember how I found you. I like seeing your workouts!


9 Kate September 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

I started following your blog about a year and a half ago and got to meet you for frozen yogurt before the Chicago Marathon (I was there cheering on my fiancee). After being inspired last year, Chicago will be my first marathon in a few short weeks!!

Happy anniversary-love your blog :-)


10 Liz September 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

Happy 3rd Birthday, Meals & Miles! I discovered the blog sometime last year through Kath’s blog (which I had been a reader of for a couple years) and have been a faithful reader since :)


11 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

You keep me coming back, friend! :)

Happy 3 years!!! I’ve been reading probably about 1.5-2 years. Sometime when I first started blogging myself.


12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

Aww what a cute birthday breakfast!! I have only been blogging for about a year and 5 months, but have been following you for a solid year! I hope you enjoy your blog birthday! :)


13 Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count September 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

Happy blogiversary! Three years is a long time!! Hope your blog gets lots of birthday cake ;)


14 Nicole September 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

I’ve only been reading since the summer but I’m hooked. I read daily, follow you on twitter and the whole shebang. Gawd, that sounds stalker-ish. Ignore that last part.

What keeps me around? Your personality, your fun exercise posts and Maddie’s pictures. :)


15 Reenie September 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Happy Birthday Blog :)

I found you through Caitlin. =)


16 Cheryl September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

Happy Blog-a-versary! I found your blog about 6 mos ago via Shut up and Run’s sidebar, and have been hooked ever since – I was so happy to see that you live in TPA also! Well, I’m in Pinellas county and work in TPA – so it’s nice to read all of your “local” stuff!
I am a new runner (1 year) training for my first Half Marathon, and started reading running/healthy living type blogs for further tips / inspiration!


17 Raffi Darrow September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

It’s odd that I just started following you. Odd because I’ve blogged for many, many years; have read Jenna’s for a long time; and I’m in Tampa Bay. But I’m here now! It’s nice to know that I am not the only one who prefers to mix all the cereals from the pantry instead of choosing just one!


18 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

Happy bloggy birthday! It’s so weird … I began reading in Oct. 2008, so I guess you can say I’ve been around since the beginning? Or near the beginning. It was the first “healthy living” blog I read. I forget what I typed into the search engine, but it led me to your blog which in turn introduced me to this fantastic online community. What keeps me around … well, your life is interesting! You’re also very inspirational, and proof that anything can be done with determination and hard work. Congrats again on the three years. :-)


19 wendy sue September 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

congrats on 3 years! I think I’ve been following for about a year and a half and to be honest, I have no idea how I found the blog! The healthy living aspect and balancing that with having a social life and loving food is what keeps me around.


20 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups September 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

Happy anniversary!! I can’t remember how I stumbled across your blog but I remember that I was interested because you were writing about Orlando, which is where I live. Since you’ve moved to Tampa, I’ve still been hooked!


21 Shanna, Like Banana September 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Holy moly girl — that rocks!

I started reading you about a year ago and now you’ve become part of my daily life.

Keep it up :)


22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

Happy blog birthday! I’ve been reading your blog for almost two years :)


23 DeLana September 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

Congrats on your blog anniversary! To be honest, I don’t remember what links I might have clicked to get me here, but I am glad to have found it…probably two months ago now. In addition to seeing how you’re training for your events, I thought it was even cooler to see you know someone I met while I was in college–Callie (she was at UNC Chapel Hill for a while and we were in this Christian group).

Thanks for your informative, entertaining, and great posts!



24 Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

How exciting, Happy 3 years :D Your blog is one of the first I ever read in the healthy-living community and I have been a follower ever since! Keep up the amazing work lady! :)


25 Jassy @ Healthy Egg September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

happy three years to your blog :)


26 Cait's Plate September 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

Oh YAY!!! Happy Birthday blog!! I’ve been with it since it was in it’s infancy (and called “Graduate Meghann!”) :)


27 Caroline September 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

I found you maybe 2 years ago? I can’t really remember .. I was away at school in Ohio and I loved that you were a Florida girl! Now, you’re in Tampa and I love it even more bc I’m at home in St Pete so hearing about things across the bridge is always fun. Also I love seeing the crazy concoctions you eat! tehe


28 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

Happy 3 year blogging birthday! :)


29 Chrissy September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’ve been around since the beginning/or near beginning! I think you did a guest post for Kath and that’s how started reading! You instantly connected with me because I had also lost about 30 lbs and reading your story (and Tina’s, Kath’s, Caitlins, and a few others) really encouraged me to lose the extra 15 that I had to go! Now I am at my happy weight and I have you guys to thank for the motivation!


30 colleen September 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! I started reading your blog in the Fall of 2009.


31 Katy (The Singing Runner) September 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Happy Blog Birthday!!! :) How exciting! My one year blog birthday is one month and one day away! :)


32 Carolyn September 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Happy 3 years! I had not heard of Meals and Miles until Meredith suggested we have a GTG of Tampa Bay bloggers and invite you. This was when you just moved to Tampa!

I like your reviews of healthy Tampa Bay restaurants, cool yoga studios, run/bike locations, and other things to do in the area. it is always nice to find about a new local spot!

Keep on keepin’ on.

Also other local Tampa bloggers let’s have another GTG!


33 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

Happy blog birthday! Mine was sep 11th too:)


34 Courtney September 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

I started reading healthy living blogs a little before I had my son who is now 3 years old! I don’t remember the exact day I started following yours, but I’d say it was around that time so I’ve been with you since the beginning :)


35 Holly September 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

Congrats! 7 miles to a half iroman in 3 years is amazing! I found your blog about a year and a half ago after coming across several other healthy living blogs. I haven’t stopped reading and was even inspired to start my own blog!


36 Amanda September 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Happy blog birthday :)


37 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

I started following just a bit before you switched to meals + miles. 3 years has flown by huh? I definitely think there are much more good than bad!!


38 deva (voracious vorilee) September 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

I found you through Caitlin’s blog about 2.5 years ago – right after she got married! I’ve stuck around because you blog about everything AND the food, not just the food, and I love your sense of humor :-)


39 Molly September 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday to the Blog!


40 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Happy blog birthday! I found your blog about 6 months ago….I think via Julie’s blog (PBFingers). I like your healthy approach to life! I am also going to do a HALF Ironman next year, so it is fun for me to watch you do the training–and get myself geared up to do it too, soon! ;)


41 kalli September 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

i love your blog Meghan and I have been reading for almost the whole time. I think you are very real and show who you are at all times. love your blog!


42 Beth @ Boston2Berkeley September 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Happy blog birthday :) I started reading your blog way back in 2008 (hard to believe!) Not quite at the very beginning, but early enough that I read through your archives in under an hour, so practically at the beginning. I’m not sure what I typed in to the search engine to find your blog, but I was fresh out of college, working at my first real job, and had gained 30lbs that I wanted gone. I found your blog to be totally relate-able, and used it as motivation when I was training for my first 5k. (I remember wishing you had been blogging when you ran your first 5k so I could read the recap!) Anyway, the last three years have seen me through losing those 30lbs, running my first marathon, moving clear across the country, and starting my own blog. :)


43 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!! I am so incredibly happy for you!


44 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Happy blog anniversary!


45 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I would buy you a cocktail for your birthday, but 3 is a little young for alcohol. Happy Blogversary!


46 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run September 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Happy Birthday blog! :-) I think I started reading about 9 months ago. Around the same time I found out blogs existed. I don’t get into the food posts so much because I’m horrible in the kitchen, but I really like your race reviews. So I’m in it for that, baby! Also, you’re still an Orlando blogger to me. I like reading blogs from my own town. :-)


47 Lee September 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading for. Definitely 2 years if not more!


48 Jane @ Broccolini + Cheese September 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Happy blogiversary! I so glad I found your blog a little over a year ago! Definitely part of the inspiration of me starting me own! Have an awesome day :)


49 Teeny Perez September 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

That’s awesome! Super congrats! Your progress is very inspiring. I love your candled snack. Makes me hungry for a healthy snack!


50 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health September 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Aw, congrats and happy anniversary! That is so awesome that you’ve been blogging that long…I’m jealous! I found your blog earlier this year and then started my own a few months ago :)


51 Amelia September 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Happy blog birthday! I don’t think I’ve been reading from the very beginning, but pretty close! Despite all your changes in the last 3 years your blog is still one of the most real and down to earth (like you!), which is why I keep reading. Congrats!


52 Lauren September 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Yay! Happy 3rd Birthday. :)


53 HeatHer September 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Happy birthday Meals and Miles! I started reading in April 2010, took a bit of a break but came back about a month ago. I like your meal ideas and you are motivational to eat better bc I get food ideas to try that I otherwise wouldn’t have.


54 katieRUNSthis September 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEALS AND MILES! While I admit, I am WAY late to the party on this one, I *only* started reading 5 months ago when I, myself, entered the blogging world. Three years is a huge milestone and I can’t wait to be there myself. I still feel like is such a baby compared to other well-established blogs like this, but I know I’ll get there! I already look back on posts from just a few months ago nostalgically. I can’t imagine what it is like for you to look back on three years worth! And look how far you’ve come!

Wishing you the very best on 70.3 Ironman! You will do great!!


55 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Happy 3 years Meghann! I’ve been following for about 2 years I think…your positive attitude always lifts my spirits too. :) Wishing you many more happy blogging years to come!


56 katie September 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Happy 3 years! How awesome! Love the 3 year birthday breakfast!!!!

xoxo <3


57 skinnyrunner September 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

awhh, what a sweet post. happy 3 years!


58 Lara @ TresLaLa September 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Happy Anniversary! I found your blog with the Marie Claire article, and wanted to see what the big fuss was. Turns out, she was wrong (no surprise), and I now read you every day! No publicity is bad publicity! :)


59 gia September 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I just started reading, about a month ago. Maybe from eatliverun blog. I really like your smile everyday and the fitness. It inspires me, and I love the morning workouts, they really help me think the right way, and try to do the same.


60 Hillary September 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Congrats on a huge milestone, Meghann! I’ve been reading for two years, and I look forward to reading for many more.


61 Shelley September 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Happy blog b’day girlee!!! I have been following you from the very beginning and the blog has just got better and better, and sounds kinda weird but i’m so proud of you for being able to make this your full time job, you can tell its your utmost passion and i know that you will continue to just become more successful ! xxx


62 Hope September 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Happy 3 Year Blogging Anniversary! That is so exciting to see how far you’ve come as a blogger! You should be very proud of yourself! :) Best of luck to you for the next 3 plus years!


63 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Happy blogaversary!


64 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Happy blogiversary Meghann!! To many more :)

And I started silently reading about a year and a half ago, but have only recently started commenting :) I love your work-out posts, all your races and your crazy food creations (though I don’t think I could really enjoy most of them haha!)

Also, I’m waiting for the engagement-wedding-pregnancy, so I’m sticking around at least until all of that!!


65 Alaina September 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Happy Blog Birthday! I’m not really sure when I started reading your blog. I think it was sometime late last year and I found your blog through Kath’s. Been reading ever since! I love your breakfasts and your dedication to fitness. It’s very inspiring. :-)


66 heather September 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Happy blogiversary to you!
Yours was one of the very first I started following two years ago right before I started my blog. So glad we finally got to meet at HLS!


67 Sophie September 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Happy Blog Birthday Meghann! I have only been reading a few months since I started blogging, but love your life-casting mixed with recipes and a little randomness style! So keep it up :)


68 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Happy blog anniversary!!
I celebrated my Five year blogging anniversary this year!!


69 River September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Yay, congrats on 3 years! I’ve only been following about 6 months, I love all your great food ideas!


70 amanda September 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I wanna say I have been reading your blog for about 2 1/2 years! I was on randomly and saw the eat like me blog so I started reading it, then someone commented about katheats on it so I started going on that, then I saw your blog a lot in the comment section so I started going on it too! lol! I must say yours is my absolute favorite its always the first one I read each day! =)


71 Angela September 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I found your blog because of the awful Marie Claire incident. I came to have a look, read a few posts and straight away you were my new favourite blogger! :)


72 Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs September 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Happy 3rd Blogiversary!


73 Monica C. September 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I have been reading your blog since early 2010 and it is one of my favorites! I love reading about your life, your training and your completely off-the-wall eating! :)

I came very close to abandoning this blog when I found out that I am only a few year younger than your mother (!), but I don’t want to stop reading!


74 Val September 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’ve been reading for about a year. I like the way you write and the photos you take. You seem like a really down to earth person and it inspires me the things that you do. Keep up the good work! Happy Blog Birthday!


75 Teacher Girl September 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I started following your blog after meeting you at the first FoodBuzz festival in November 2009 (I am Emily’s friend, I keep reading because I think it is fun to read people’s blogs who I have met IRL and I like seeing the different elements of your life- like your workouts and achievements. Happy blog b-day!


76 Teacher Girl September 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Sorry, that is Emily @, her blog name is “EatVentures”


77 Army Amy* September 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I’ve been reading for a year and a half. I keep coming back because you aren’t scared to tackle controversial topics! I really admire that you put yourself out there! Keep doing what you do! You do it well!*


78 Kait @ One Love Run September 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

3 years that’s awesome! congrats and happy blog birthday!


79 Alyssa September 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I’ve been reading since the beginning! I started reading blogs when I became health obsessed my senior year of college. You were one of the first to take over my blog obsession!


80 Tracy @ Commit To Fit September 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Happy Blogiversary! Here is to many more :)


81 tracey September 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi I met you last year while volunteering at the Wine & Dine and found your blog after talking half the night about running, training for marathons and healthy living. Volunteering for that race and listening to you and Kelly talk about your training and prep for the Chicago Marathon (the next week) inspired me to complete my first half marathon. I ran the Princess in February and am running in the Wine & Dine next year instead of volunteering for it. I keep coming back because your blog inspires me to keep running, keep training to do the best that I can do with my racing, and finding new and healthy ways to eat while still having fun! Love your blog, keep up the great work!


82 Clare @ Fitting It All In September 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Congrats on such a successful 3 years in blogging, Meghann!


83 Natasha @ Moody Girl In Style September 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Happy Blogiversary Meghann…what a wonderful accomplishment. I started reading your blog several months ago and I have enjoyed reading about your life, running/working out and your food updates. I look forward to reading your blog in the future!


84 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 13, 2011 at 1:17 am

Happy 3 years!!! I started reading just a couple of months ago and I stay because I love your warmth and personality! :O)


85 Erica September 13, 2011 at 6:52 am

Im fairly certain ive been reading since the beginning or close to it! Happy blog birthday!! Keep the good stuff coming


86 Kath September 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Happy Blog Day!!


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