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How To Gain 10 Pounds In 6 months

by Meghann on October 12, 2011

#1. Move in with your boyfriend

Living with someone means adjusting to a completely different lifestyle. Eating out more, taking someone else’s taste preferences into consideration, and the desire to cuddle together with ice cream is a whole new ballpark.

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#2. Start working from home full time

24/7 access to a fully stocked fridge is tricky, so is mindlessly nibbling on cereals, dried fruit, and snacks while barely stepping away from your laptop. Bonus points for added stress and that pesky new iced coffee habit formed.

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mmm…. iced coffee ;)

#3. Develop a crazy back and forth schedule that leads to a lot of eating out

Oh, Orlando, how I missed you when I moved (and still do!), but driving to you once a week had me caving to some not-so-great food choices. Eating quickly on the road made my pants just a wee bit tighter.

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#4. Train for a half ironman

Training means constantly worrying about not eating enough, eating too much, and an un-ending hunger that goes with it. It’s very common to gain weight while training for endurance events, especially when you have the ‘Yes, let’s have self serve froyo with extra toppings for the third time this week, I am training for a half ironman after all’ mentality.

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Don’t worry Yogurt Mountain – I still love you and your brownie ways!

And just like that – BAM! – your jeans don’t fit.

Not cool.

Weight is funny.

People’s perception of weight is even funnier.

Two years ago I was ‘too skinny,’ ‘running too much,’ and ‘not eating enough.’ Now that I’ve put on 10 pounds, I ‘don’t train enough,’ eat ‘too many sweets,’ and have become a ‘chubby blogger.’ <- seriously on that one? (note those are all quotes from comments)

Ughh…. does it ever stop? is there a happy medium? Probably not. Someone is always going to have an opinion and that opinion will almost always conflict with the one that came before it. It happens.

What am I going to do about it? Be upfront about my feelings, of course.

I’m owning up to the fact that I’ve put on some weight and that I’m not happy about it. Weight maintenance is hard – we all have our ups and downs – and the biggest thing to do is admit something needs to be done and move on from it.

I’m moving on with slight diet changes and portion control – less mindless bites, less dessert, less drinking beer, and more emphasis on real food. I’m also getting back to my runner roots and working on harder workouts that will keep my body guessing mixed in with strength training.

The goal isn’t to drop XX lbs or to please so-and-so, the goal is to get back in my jeans and feel good about it. I want to be healthy all over with a strong body, spirit, and mind.

Yes, I’m slightly heavier than when I started this blog, but I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m a real person with a real life and I’m not perfect all the time – not even close. The scale goes up and down for me too, I promise.

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1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

I give you huge kudos for addressing this! I think it’s important to show the real side of things. And I have no doubt that you will approach things in a healthy way. Small changes add up. Love you, girl!

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2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

Bravo for posting this, Meghann. You are a real woman growing up in real times, with real challenges and most importantly: REAL honesty.

Thanks for being you! That’s why I keep reading!! :)

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3 Jenna October 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

Eff the haters, meghann. If anything, I admire you for indulging and not feeling guilty because you know you work hard as hell. If you wanna lose the weight, I know you will!

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4 Mimi October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

I definitely give you credit for being open about these kinds of REAL issues that every living, breathing person faces! Although these kinds of posts aren’t always glamorous, it’s why I enjoy blogging/blog reading: It’s about people and life, not perfection.

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5 Lisa October 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

thats crazy…you just posted photos in your bikini and your rail thin!

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6 Whitney October 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

Agreed!!

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7 andrea October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I was thinking the same thing you are far from a chubby bloger!

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8 Sarah October 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

I’ve actually been reading your blog forever and have been thinking that lately you look even more beautiful and healthy (especially in your cruise photos).
Just some perspective.
I think you’re right that you can never please everyone. You just need to be happy and healthy in your own skin.

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9 Hannah N. October 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

Girl, you still look great in a bathing suit, have a man that loves you, and have a wonderful family (at least that’s the vibe I get from reading your blog :)! Life is all about taking life’s ebbs and flows with a grain of salt and learning to adapt accordingly. I think you’re approaching this situation from a very healthy point and are doing what makes you feel happy and healthy.

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10 Christina @ Just Running October 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

Um, I saw the bikini pictures. You are not a chubby anything. I totally don’t understand the weight criticism.

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11 kalli October 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

oh meghan! this will be an ongoing problem throughout your life. a mere 10 pounds is easy to gain and hard to lose…..do not worry. last year i was easily 15 pounds heavier. there will be times in your life where weight will be easy to lose and you will feel great and others when you don’t. also as we age we need to find new ways for our body to stay at our happy weight. the biggest change that has helped me is do not drink too much alcohol! a bummer but true……you look beautiful by the way and anyone who can do an ironman is rockin an awesome body for sure!

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12 Jen October 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thanks for such an honest post! I’m dealing with the same issue and I’m glad to see I’m not alone!

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13 Maria October 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

Good for you! You do you, because the haters are going to hate regardless. Yay to self empowerment

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14 ~Jessica~ October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

What what!?!?

If you’re ‘chubby,’ then Lord help the rest of us!

xxx

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15 ~Jessica~ October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

Actually, I can’t just leave it at that.

Prior to your cruise, it actually looked like you were undereating quite badly. I get that you want to lose weight but unless you don’t post everything you eat some of those days looked like about 1200 calories, which is suitable for sedentary old ladies only!

People are going to pick on you about your weight. By having such a popular blog, you WILL attract commenters wanting to tear you down, and what’s the easiest way to make a woman feel like crap about herself? Target her weight. You’ve achieved a lot recently: successfully transferred to working from home, completed a half-iron man, stuff most people can only dream of. I feel resentful and jealous and I love your blog! So the motivation behind this comments is not truth, but envy.

I don’t care what your scales say: I went back and looked at photos from the very beginning of Inner Workings, and you look NO different.

Please don’t feel so down about yourself. You’re clearly a wonderful person, inside and out.

xxx

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16 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

I can’t believe people would call you a chubby blogger — that’s just ridiculous! I wanted to comment and tell you how gorgeous you looked in that red/orange dress on the cruise!

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17 Krystina (Organically Me) October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

Girl, F the haters. Seriously.

You’re beautiful. Your body is a powerhouse and has taken you distances others only dream about. Whoever has anything negative to say can go out and do a half ironman and see how well they do.

Also, chubby blogger? Really? I didn’t know all bloggers had to be “skinny”.

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18 Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

Thank you for addressing this with such honesty! Yes we are all real women with real lives and sometimes the scale creeps up…for all of us! There is no reason to be criticized for this. Seriously if you are ‘chubby’ then what is this world coming to?!

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19 Michelle October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

A chubby blogger?!?! Wow. That’s just rude.

I put on weight marathon training and then stopped weighing myself afterwards and dropped 8lbs in about 6 weeks. Marathon training made me hangry

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20 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

You should add “Weightlift” to the list.
How much of that new junk in your trunk is actually muscle…I be more than you think!

And by the way, we’ve all seen the cruise pictures of you in a bikini and you look HOT! I’d kill for your figure ;)

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21 Silvia @ skinny jeans food October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Fitting in the skinny jeans again….. ;-) Yes, it sometimes feels perhaps vain, and it is better to be happy with yourself at any weight, and the “happy weight” is entirely personal and needs no defending. But ask Steve Jobs and he will say, aesthetics do make a difference. Your own body aesthetics are entirely personal and private.

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22 amy October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Love this blog because it’s real and honest. It takes a women to address such a touchy topic in such an open way. Awesome how you are able to just put yourself out there! oh and you look beautiful, no one can deny that after seeing you in that little orange strapless!

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23 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

It make me mad + sad that people are so opinionated about the way YOU eat, the way YOU look, and the way YOU train. Maybe they should look in the mirror themselves. I love reading your blog for the fact that your are REAL. This post just proves that. We all have our ups and downs for sure and I hope that you find your “happy place” and people leave you alone about it.

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24 Kelly October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

People are super rude when they have the veil of anonymity. Don’t put any stock in that crap. You are an ATHLETE, your body is designed to do amazing things!

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25 Carolyn October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

I think Florida summers are like New England winters. It is our indoor season, and every year I put on a few lbs during those sweaty months. Trying to get back into my jeans come this time of year is always my motivation to kick up my workouts and lay low on the sweets. It doesn’t come at a convenient time either with the holidays around the corner.

Carolyn

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26 Amanda October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

I can’t believe some of the comments you received. I think you are great and it’s nice to see a person that is REAL and enjoys sweets and real food and still keeps a healthy lifestyle.

I agree with a previous comment, “eff the haters.” I love the blog and will continue being a faithful reader.

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27 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

Like Tina said above, kudos to addressing the issue and being up front about it. I can share your struggle as well, but I try to focus on the positive and look at how far I’ve come throughout that time. For you, you’ve got Derek, you’ve got a pretty cool job, and you finished a friggin half Iron Man!! I’d say that’s pretty impressive! :)

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28 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

If you’re “chubby”, then God help the rest of us. You look amazing!!! Ignore the haters!!

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29 Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

You know what’s even more fun? When some people tell you that you are too thin and others tell you that you are chubby. In the same day. It’s all in their perception (and rudeness, honestly).

And, not that this is a competition, but if it were, I would win, because I gained 11 lbs in the first 3 weeks of July. For no apparent reason. I think I’m sprouting an extra limb.

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30 Amy October 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

I feel your frustration, Meghann – I really do. I had some health problems last year that made me gain 10+ lbs and no matter what I did I COULD NOT lose them. (Still haven’t – I got pregnant instead!) It really is frustrating.

In the past when I’ve noticed my eating habits needed more attention, I did what you plan to – less mindless snacking, fewer desserts, and (important!) less beer and wine. I limited myself to one beer a week for a long time. It’s sad, it’s not fun, but it can really, really help. Good luck!

(BTW, “chubby blogger”? Gosh I’d hate for one of those rude commenters see a picture of me from the last year! Grr)

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31 Amy October 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

Wow, I can’t believe the comments people have made. You eat 10000 times better than I do, and HELLO you completed a half ironman! Of course you have to eat a lot. Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let others downplay your awesome accomplishments!

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32 Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

how to gain 15 pounds in 5 months … leave your physically demanding job to sit on your butt all day in a class room

I guess the freshman 15 still applies to mature students :(

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33 Caitlin C. October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

I love how real this post is! I can’t believe anyone would call you a “chubby blogger”. I have been reading for over 2 years because you are a real blogger, someone I can relate to. I too gained 10 lb when I moved in with my boyfriend and I know what it’s like. But you are happy and in love and having the time of your life, so screw the haters :)

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34 Susan October 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve gained 10 lbs recently too and it’s not all bad, if anything I find it makes me look healthier and happier. Plus, I’ve gone up a cup size, bonus ;)

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35 Nancy (Beyoutiful Fitsyle) October 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

We’re women. We fluctuate. Always. I’ve only been reading your blog for about a month now but I think you look healthy. Regardless of what us readers say though, it’s awesome to see you are doing for YOURSELF, not anyone else. It’s refreshing to see a health/fitness blogger admit to weight gain, because it definitely happens to all of us at some points!

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36 melissa October 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

Meghann, you look so ridiculously hot and amazing in all the cruise pictures, it’s hard to believe you don’t think you are the hottest thing on the planner and a have a blog-envy worthy bod. However, as someone who has definitely had issues with their body from 40 pounds less than I am now to current weight and everywhere in between, I understand that it’s often very personal. As cheesy as it sounds I find that positive self talk and focusing on things more important than weight can take the focus of the jeans and put it on the things that really matter, like cuddling with the boyf!

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37 Lindsey October 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

I just have to say I think you look great and are not chubby at all! Good on you for putting this out there though!

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38 Lindsay October 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

Hey- I have been reading your blog for awhile and just started my own ^ see above.

This post is soo true! I moved in with my boyfriend about 5 months ago and was training for the Chicago Marathon during most of it. Even though it wasn’t my first marathon, keeping myself accountable for all of the extra snacks, desserts, and beer was so much harder than before because I was adjusting to living with someone else and of course I was training for a marathon.

Nobody is perfect and of course sometimes that extra cookie is just worth it :) But thanks for posting this!

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39 Cheryl October 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

It’s so easy for others to cast judgement on someone else’s weight/lifestyle. They just need to remember that everyone has their own goals and they in no way reflect on anyone else’s goals. When some of my thinner friends comment on how they want to lose weight here or there. I used to think they were crazy and I wished I could look like them. But I realized that everyone has their own goals and things they want to improve on and that’s perfectly normal.

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40 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers October 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

Ah, the move-in with the boyf. That was DEFINITELY what doomed me. When every night can be date night (in OR out on the town) it’s easy to celebrate and enjoy all the tasty things that guys can eat without even thinking.

I wouldn’t worry about it, and I certainly wouldn’t call you a chubby blogger or anything of the sort. Haters gonna hate. Gators gonna gate (not a real verb. but you get the idea.) I like that your intention is just to feel good in your clothes, and be happy. That’s really the most important of all.

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41 Khushboo October 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

Awesome post which I’m sure we can all relate to. Beauty comes down to perception which is why you (or anyone else) can never win! Everyone has a different impression of the ideal size. Personally I think you look fab, Meghann! You’re strong, fit, healthy, and in love….how much better can life get?? Keep your head up girl and enjoy the cruise!

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42 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

Kudos for writing about this!

I lost a ton of weight a few years ago due to a change in diet and lots of exercise. But unfortunately, it uncovered a pretty serious issue with disordered ideas about food/working out. I’ve been in therapy for over a year trying to address it and heal, and in the process have gained back most of the weight I had lost. I’m making steady progress to heal from my eating disorder, so I’m okay with it. My mental and spiritual health are taking precedence right now over the physical. Some day, I’d like to get all three into a nice balance, but like you’ve said, it is very difficult.

Thanks for sharing this post!

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43 Caroline October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

I really love how relatable and honest this post is. Thanks =)

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44 Beth @ 990 Square October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

I think you look fantastic and it’s really refreshing to see a healthy looking healthy living blogger! But I can also understand not feeling 100 percent comfortable, so you have to do what is right for you! I’m a new reader, and I like how real you keep it!

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45 Dori October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

Someone called you a chubby blogger?? I need to start reading your comments section more. Wow. I know you know that is absurd.

I gained weight recently too… I started dating my boyfriend and we seem to always eat cookies after every meal. I don’t know how that habit started, but I went from almost never eating cookies after a meal to doing it every single day. I decided this morning actually to cut back on the after-dinner crap!

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46 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

You can’t please everyone, it seems! I think it’s horrible that anyone would leave comments regarding your weight- it’s no one’s business but yours. That being said, I think you look great, and if it makes you feel better, I gained 25 pounds in three months last year training for my first marathon! Yeah… not exactly healthy… :)

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47 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

this makes me think of how Tina from Carrots N Cake gained 10lbs training for her marathon! No matter what your weight, you are always going to get comments, so forget about everyone else. If you eat when you’re hungry, make healthy choices, and keep being active, your body will fall into it’s natural weight, and jeans! haha

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48 Cait's Plate October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

I honestly never would have thought you put on 10 pounds. You look completely fit and in shape to me!

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49 Lara October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

First off, that is just plain rude that someone would comment that you are chubby. But when you blog what you eat, obviously you are going to get comments on it. That said, I moved in with my boyfriend a year ago, run marathons, worked at home for 4 months this year, and haven’t gained an ounce. I don’t think those are necessarily reasons for weight gain, but excuses. I definitely don’t mean that to be insulting, but people just think “oh he ate 4 pieces of pizza, so will I” or “Oh I ran 15 miles today so that means I can eat everything in sight.” I think just writing this blog and being aware of it will help you a lot. Good luck :)

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50 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

hang in there meghann. you will never please everyone, and the only one that matters is yourself.

i too have some extra “happy weight” as i like to call it. the first few years of marriage will do that to you. you’ll bounce back! fluctuations are normal, maintenance of healthy habits through it all is most important and you know how to live a healthy life.

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51 Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen October 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

I gained weight when I moved in with my husband too :) Good for you for being honest with yourself (and all of us) – your goals are great!

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52 Katy (The Singing Runner) October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Um “chubby blogger”? Excuse me, you rock that bikini like no one’s business! So to the “chubby blogger” comment, I definitely have to say WRONG!

On another note, I am glad that you addressed this. I am sort of going through the same thing- I am around 20 pounds heavier than when I first started blogging a year ago tomorrow.

Part of this was because of my disordered eating patterns (so when I started eating, oh more than the 1,000 calories a day I was limiting myself to, yes I naturally gained weight), but the rest has been from training for a half marathon, taking time off for an injury, attempting to training for a marathon, taking 3 months off for another injury, weight training, etc.

It’s difficult to explain to people how I feel because they tell me that I am not bigger, but I know that I am. Clothes don’t fit me the right way anymore and I am at a weight I never imagined I would see. I know that my body is stronger than it was a year ago, but I wouldn’t mind losing 10 pounds, just so I can feel a little more like myself again. Not down to where I was during my ED, but where I was in high school- healthy.

Great honest post Meghann! Hope you are enjoying your cruise!

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53 Ashley October 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

I’d like to smack the crap out of whoever thinks you’re “chubby.” WTF? In my opinion, you look better now than you did 10lbs ago. What if this is your happy weight? Listen to your body – if you do lose weight and lose your period again, gain the weight back. Being healthy is more important.

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54 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) October 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

It breaks my heart that people have the nerve to criticize you like that in your comments. Don’t they have anything better to do?

You are living your life and doing amazing things instead of sitting around and pointing out silly things about other people’s lives.

Keeping being you and everything will balance out in the end. <3

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55 Regina October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

Wow. I think it’s ironic because looking at all your pictures, especially you on vacation sporting a bikini I find myself constantly thinking “That girl is FIT!” In the end the only perception and opinions that matter are your own. When YOU feel right about your body, how your clothes fit and the lifestyle you’re leading.

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56 Melissa October 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

I was just looking at your cruise pictures and thinking how GREAT you look!

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57 Meg October 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Agreed 170%

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58 Amy October 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I was thinking the same thing! You really look so great and happy, Meghann. I can understand wanting to fit in your jeans again though. I have the same goal! :) Keep living your life and keep being happy.

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59 Carolyn @ one lazy bride October 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

I can’t believe someone would write that “chubby blogger” thing! Not only is it so off base, it’s unbelievably rude. I can’t imagine they would say that to someone’s face. You’re brave putting yourself on the internet, especially in a context of weight and health, and subjecting your body and lifestyle to this sort of scrutinization. So anyway, good luck fitting into your jeans, and remember loads of your readers don’t really give a flip what you weigh.

I just got married and my jeans are feeling a bit snug, so I can relate! The true meaning of love handles. ;)

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60 Sana October 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

I actually like the way you look, you look healthy fit and happy. Sometimes being skinny can take the glow away, this is how I justify being 40lbs over my skinny weight! 4x the glow!

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61 Stephanie October 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

I never feel compelled to comment on your blogs, but I absolutely loved this posting. It was honest and very relate-able. I just felt like I had to comment and say that I enjoyed your post and your honesty. You provide a wonderful service to many people.

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62 Karen @ Run Shop Travel October 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

I don’t know what some people think about when they comment! In my almost 4 yrs blogging thankfully I haven’t had a snarky one. (probably just jinxed myself!) You know your body best and when you are comfortable or not in your own skin. Feeling clothes get tighter is the worst, I am terrible at maintaining my weight. I am always bouncing up and down by big numbers, lose 30 lbs, gain 40, lose 100, gain 50, now lose 17 again. It’s not healthy. Major kudos to you for figuring out what you need to do and what works best for you!

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63 Emily@SavoryandSavage October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

I think adjusting your weight so that you feel more comfortable in your clothes is a great thing to do.

And anyone that does not have weight fluctuations from time to time is not really enjoying life IMO.

I can’t believe some of the comments you got – wow, people are overly opinionated about weight.

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64 Eve October 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’m not sure I’ve ever commented before BUT I have to say how amazing reading about your half ironman training has been the past few (?) months: because of the time difference between us every morning when I roll out of bed and check your blog it seems like you’ve already done one (or two!) workouts! If that’s not dedication and athleticism, I’m not sure what is – and you kicked butt at your event, to prove it! I’m not sure where commenters think they can get off making negative remarks about your appearance/habits – you always look healthy and athletic to me – and your cruise pictures are downright stunning!

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65 Amanda October 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

It’s funny you posted this because I was actually just thinking how healthy and happy you look in your cruise photos! Don’t let any of that negativity bring you down. Do what’s right for you and screw the rest!

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66 Stephanie October 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

Someone actually said you were a “chubby blogger”? Wow, people are really brave (NOT!) on the internet. =/

I need to lose a solid 60 lbs, but I can’t get my mind to get past the “whatever, it isn’t going to work, you’ll never lose the weight.” Though, maybe now that I’ve put it out there…

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67 Amy October 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Stephanie, you can totally do this. Just take small steps. Don’t think about the 60 lbs. Just take it a bit at a time. That’s how I keep from getting overwhelmed. A killer playlist for workouts helps too. :)

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68 Kristin October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

I was pretty thrown off by this post, because I’ve been following along with your blog for a while now and the only change I’ve noticed is what looks like muscle gain, which is obviously great! If you did gain weight over the past 6 months I’d attribute a good amount of it to the muscle that you definitely put on during your training.

But on a side note, I totally agree with the first one. It’s flippin’ hard living with a man who can eat whatever the hell he wants and not gain a pound!

You look awesome and perfectly healthy though and whoever says differently can shove it :)

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69 Marijke October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

For what it counts Meghann, I think you look fantastic (hello Grand Cayman bikini photos- I’d kill for that bod)!

You work out and you eat a balanced diet… you are the epitome of healthy!

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70 Nicole October 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

1st…I hardly think you’re chubby! 2nd I agree with Jessica before the cruise and even before your ironman I thought you weren’t taking in enough calories. I understand not wanting to post everything you put into your mouth and just living, but it is very misleading for readers when that’s such a large part of your blog. Finally, as I was just rereading through comments before submitting mine, a bit of it could be attributed to muscle gain. Legs in particular would definitely get a bit bulkier as you not only continue with weight lifting but through all the swimming, biking, and running.

All the same thanks for addressing this, it’s not an easy thing to do.

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71 Heather October 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

You look fantastic and are a STRONG, healthy woman! Those who say otherwise can stick it you know where.
Be happy in your accomplishments……the rest will come in time. :)

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72 Lauren October 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

Wow, I can’t believe how rude past commenters have been! First and foremost, you’re not obligated in any way to justify your weight – ever. It’s *your* body, your lifestyle, your choice. You look fit and healthy, and happy! To hell with the haters. There will always be people who derive pleasure from being mean behind the computer screen. It’s insecurity and cowardice that drives them to post such vile comments, and has absolutely – really! – nothing to do with you.

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73 Candice October 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

megs. your so right! There are so many women, professional athletes, competitors, food bloggers etc, that struggle with some issue or the other. We come off as we eat and train perfect but NO we all have our own issues and things we want to improve, we have to deal with everyday life to and if we want dessert we will eat it. If we want to totally veg one night, we do it. Nobody has a right to but a label such as”chubby blogger” ,or “not eating enough” on you. You are an amazing athlete. In truth, it doesn’t matter what size you are, its your heart, drive, and ambition that get you to the finish line.
love you!

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74 Lori October 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

And that is why people love your blog – you are real and you don’t try and hide it! I can’t believe people said those things to you in the comments! You seem happy and are fit and active, that is more important than anything!!

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75 deva @ deva by definition October 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Criticising someone’s weight is NOT right. I think you look FINE. I gained quite a bit of weight after I started dating my boyfriend, and lost all of it and then some after we moved in together (irony?). Part of the weight loss was that we were cooking our own meals – instead of eating in a dining hall all the time.

I will say, you have a GREAT bikini bod!

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76 katie October 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I can’t believe those comments, but oh don’t we all have those hate comments ; p

In the end, do what makes you happy girl! If you are happy and love yourself, thats all that matters, and if you feel you want to change your eating routine, then go for it!

I think you are beautiful!

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77 Tristen October 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I think you look fantastic! and I cannot tell you how much it bothers me that someone would call you a ‘chubby blogger’ — give me a BREAK. all that matters is what you’re comfortable with. you complete physical feats that some of us can’t even fathom! be proud girl, you have a strong & amazing bod

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78 Liz October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I can’t tell you how sad this post made me. I was just reading your blog a few days ago and I thought to myself “wow, she looks fabulous! Strong, fit and healthy!” You are an incredible role model and have even inspired me to start running more. Don’t listen to the people who insist on writing nasty things in comments, and even better- post some more bikini pictures that slap them in the face with them. You are awesome and keep it up!

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79 jennyv October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

It always shocks me when people feel the need to comment on another individual’s weight/appearance. Uncalled for in any situation.

I’m with you on not being happy with my weight. From the outside, I appear fit, athletic, etc. However, while training for my first marathon (Sunday!!) I have most definitely gained 7-10 lbs. I don’t know for sure as I never weigh myself; however, I do know my jeans don’t fit. And I don’t like it…

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80 Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs October 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I think you look great! I too have gained about 10lbs and I’m learning to love them :) I know how to get rid of them (drink less wine) – but that’s not going to happen any time soon!

Love yourself – not the idea of who you (or anyone else) think you should be.

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81 Laurie October 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

You chubby?????? Give me a break!!! I wish I look like you!!! I would ignore those negative commets for sure!! You work hard for that body and I think you eat pretty healthy! Everyone needs indulgences every once in awhile! I think you look great and the pictures of the cruise proves that!!

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82 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

UM let’s just forget the negativity–holy moly people can be mean!! They are definitely energy stealers–and so I agree, don’t let those comments make you mad.

Everyone is doing the best they can, so a HUGE congrats to you on actually addressing it. A lot of people avoid the topic, and in the end that just hurts them. So you are probably helping a LOT more people than you think by talking about it. GO YOU!!

P.s. HAVE so much fun on the cruise!!

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83 Julz October 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I recently just set the same goals for myself after realizing this weekend at home that my old pants don’t fit anymore….moving back to college and starting XC season hasn’t been helpful, time to get back on track!!! We can do it!! :)

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84 Marla October 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I honestly think you look much more beautiful these last few months
then when you were 10 lbs lighter.
You look gorgeous and hope you have the strength to not let
nasty ,snarky and inappropriate comments about you affect how you feel or look at yourself.
(pretty hard NOT to,I am sure I would be upset!)I would hate to see you pick
up an eating disorder from having a blog….
You look fit and pretty!

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85 Amy October 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

You’re hot. You’re fit. You’re happy.

That’s all that needs to be said. :)

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86 Ashley October 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Seriously? Chubby blogger? Some people are JERKS. When I saw pictures in your bikini the other day I thought “she looks great! i want to look good in a bikini.” No joke. You are a real person living a real life. You are going to have ups and downs, gain some weight, lose some weight, etc. I really enjoy your blog, don’t let the haters get you down :).

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87 Erica October 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I know you didn’t write this blog for compliments butttttttt- seriously? Who called you a chubby blogger? You look gorgeous! Weight! It goes up, it goes down, thus is life. Sometimes we all feel the need to make minor adjustments to get ourselves back in “check” (although I don’t think you need to ;).

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88 caroline October 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thank you for sharing this, Meghann. Your honesty and the fact that you confront real issues is what keeps me coming back to read. It’s helpful to read how another woman deals with issues that so many of us confront. Good for you!

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89 Hilary October 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

you look amazing now and always have!

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90 Megan @ Life as Megan Knows it October 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I lobe how honest you are in this post Meghann!

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91 Maddie October 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

How interesting that people would criticize you when i think your most recent photos are smoking hot! :)
Personally I love that you are ‘real’ and let your readers know that. I gained 10 lbs last year and it totally snuck up on me! Now I’m in the process of working it off. It’s just a part of life! How great that I have someone like you to relate to! THANK YOU for NOT being perfect ;)

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92 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I feel you on the moving in with your boyfriend. But I honestly think you look great, and have nothing to worry about. I was actually surprised at this!

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93 Mallory @ It's Only Life October 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I liked what someone said above how if your weight is always the exact same and never fluctuates, you probably aren’t enjoying life all that much. food makes life wonderful! if you are a few pounds above your “happy weight”, no biggie, you have the knowledge and fitness (obviously!!!) to lose it!

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94 Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli October 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Love your honesty here Meghann – you do a good job here of not getting awkward about talking about weight. You’re just being real and owning it. Fluctuations are bound to happen in times of change and stress (even good stress).

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95 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

AMEN! While I don’t feel like you had to defend yourself or your weight at all, I think that people need to understand that just because you have a blog, doesn’t mean that you don’t have feelings. People are much more apt to throw out hurtful words because they’re behind a computer screen. What they don’t see if the person on the other side receiving the comments.

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96 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

ps – you look fantastic and I loved the orange dress you had on the other night. It really complimented your coloring!!

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97 Ericka October 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I have also gained weight…in marathon training. It’s frustrating but like you, I’m not going to let it define me. I have a tough past with this stuff but for once I’m not FREAKING out about a little weight gain. It feels good not to freak out.

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98 Amy October 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

You are beautiful and have a smokin hot body! I am SHOCKED that someone would call you “chubby”. You are the furthest thing from that. You look amazing and don’t even look like you have gained a thing. You are strong and have the body of an athelete. Your blog is by far my favorite amongst all the healthy living blogs. I always look forward to reading and have been following for several years. I have never once thought you were too thin, ate too many sweets, etc.

You are strong, beautiful, THIN and awesome. Ignore all the ignorant haters out there. Keep living your life to the fullest!

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99 Burbs October 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I think it is so funny you posted this because i was just saying to my sis the other night how great you look in all your cruise bikini pics! Ripped arms and back toned tummy – whatever you are doing,it’s working! I truly think you look better now than you did 10 (or whatever xx is) ago. Continue your focus on weight training and don’t get too caught up on fitting back in your jeans. You re nowhere near chubby!

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100 Stephanie October 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Weight is so personal. People need to get over the number on the scale, and like you said you just want to be comfortable in your jeans. Kudos to being open and honest about your feelings, it’s great to see real people with real lives. Life is to short to worry about what other people think!

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101 Orla October 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

If those 10lbs were what it took for you to get your period back, then there’s no downside to them in my eyes! Actually, I don’t think the phrase “get your period back” really conveys how important this is: you were infertile for a while, which is not normal in your 20′s. Your body obviously wasn’t happy with you even if your jeans were. On a superficial note, I think you looked great then, and still looked great now. You couldn’t pay me enough to post bikini pics online!!

Better 10lbs heavier and fertile, I say :)

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102 Amy October 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

GREAT point!

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103 Allison October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

You’re ridiculously courageous for addressing this issue. It is one that SO many of us struggle with and I commend you for taking it head on in such a public way. I don’t give a damn what size you are, I think you’re a fabulous blogger, an amazing athlete and an inspiration to women everywhere. The fact that people make such judgmental comments is frankly unavoidable but it exposes a huge problem in our society. Part of being healthy is experiencing life and yes, that means the scale will fluctuate from time to time. I think as women we need to work towards accepting that in others so that hopefully we can accept that in ourselves. I mean seriously, I don’t think constantly worrying about every bite in your mouth and every 1/8 inch on your mid section (or anyone else’s for that matter) is healthy at all. Keep on keeping on my friend! You’re amazing!

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104 Katie @ Life... Discombobulated October 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Amen.

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105 wendy sue October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

you’re never going to be able to please everybody, nor should you have to, especially when it comes to your shape. Would you ever consider not doing as many photos in order to not have to deal with others comments? Though that seems a bit extreme + maybe giving in to the haters. As long as your healthy and fueling your body for workouts, that is what counts. You’re obviously quite fit and accomplished which is way more impt than the actual number on the scale.

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106 Bridget October 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I have to give you a shout out for the tone in which you wrote it-although all the commenters are telling you how great you look (which you do!), you didn’t write this in a I’m fishing for compliments kind of way.
People commenting on weight are the same people talking about how sad it is the media only shows skinny models or how there should be body acceptance. You can’t have it both way-women need to stop tearing other women down before the rest of the world can follow!

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107 Karen October 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Last time I checked, you completed a half ironman. Not training enough? Whoever made THAT comment clearly lacks common sense. As for gaining a few pounds, it happens, you are strong, beautiful, and a motivation to many. Do what will make you feel good and know we are all here to support you:)

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108 Jen October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

WOW Meghann, seriously? You are not a chubby blogger. That’s ridiculous. And don’t forget muscle weighs more than fat! You’ve been lifting like you’ve never lifted before since you started your HIM training. If I’ve noticed anything physical about you it’s that your arms and shoulders are a lot more defined, and the fact that you looked AMAZING in your bikini pictures from your cruise.

Congratulations for taking care of yourself the way you see fit – but I don’t want you to ever feel badly about yourself, because you are BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME.

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109 Kristen October 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

For what it’s worth, you looked great in your bikini photos, so who cares what others are saying? But if you don’t feel good about the weight gain/your body, that’s all that matters and it’s YOUR choice, not blogger comments to change.

I need to lose 10 lbs. as well, so I’m looking forward to following your blog to see how you go about it, assuming that’s what you decide!

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110 Hillary October 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I really enjoyed this post because I’m in the same boat. The last few months have been fun, and I’ve eaten some awesome stuff, but it’s not awesome to feel my jeans getting tighter. I was just thinking last night how I need to be more mindful of what I’m eating and how I’m exercising—not to please anyone else, but to feel better about MYSELF.

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111 Another Lindsey October 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I have been reading your blog for almost 2 years now too – and never have commented UNTIL NOW. I DISLIKE this post very much (but not in a bad way, let me explain.) I work in the Fitness/Wellness industry and see these thoughts on a daily basis and people usually feel better voicing how they feel and hearing a “you too??” comment in return. Well, I hope these 100+ comments have given you every reason to throw these new “guidelines,” “rules,” etc. out the window. (“Not so much beer, not so much dessert…”) You are fit, beautiful woman, both inside and out. So, you’re not a size 2 anymore – get over it. Have you ever considered this is your “happy weight?” I don’t just mean from a mental health perspective (you HAVE seemed more happy lately, but I’ve seen the “guilt” start to creep in to your posts every once and awhile…) but from a PHYSICAL perspective – this is the weight your body is natually meant to be at, without food restriction or “rules,” and without killing yourself through workouts (oh, wait, you already DO that… :) ) I am on a soapbox right now and am going to step off. However, I am going to close with a quote I heard this week “Those poor women on the Titanic who passed up dessert…” Namaste.

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112 Jessica October 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I enjoy this comment. Granted its all much easier said than done, but life really is too short.

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113 Ally October 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I really do think you needed that 10 pounds to train for that half-Ironman! Your body needed some cushion to support itself for that kind of grueling training. And you needed the fuel! Everything will even itself out. For now, you’re healthy, happy, and judging by your posts about your body functions, you’re hormonally balanced. You’re fine! <3

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114 Courtney October 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I just want to second what everyone else has said. 1) The nerve of some people; it speaks volumes of someone’s character when they feel the need to criticize another. 2) You look awesome; like everyone else, I was just thinking of how great you looked on the cruise pictures!

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115 Stephanie October 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

A lot has already been said about that I agree with.

I just wanted to say that I am impressed with your honesty and courage to post and continue to share your life with us. I love your blog and it often inspires me to push myself. I’ve thought about starting my own blog but am not strong enough to take comments like that. Thank you for being strong and courageous-with strangers no less! I hope -for my sake and others like me- you will continue to share your story with us even though some of your readers and clearly not so supportive.

Cheers to you!

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116 Katie @ Life... Discombobulated October 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! GREAT POST! You are so, so right that we all go through ups and downs in life and on the scale. One of the reasons (normal) people read this blog is because we want to see how a normal person deals with LIFE, the challenges that come with it, and the strategies you use to stay healthy. We’re all behind you and think you’re amazing – you DID finish a Half Ironman, afterall! :)

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117 Julia October 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Were some of those mean comments on your half ironman post? Trisuits are not flattering so if that’s the post those comments are aimed at I would just blame in on the outfit.

You don’t look chubby at all in your cruise pictures!

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118 mary October 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Its funny how people have nothing better to do than criticise others on things that they wish they had themselves.

You’re an amazingly beautiful and strong woman. you do endurance events. So what if you’ve put on a few pounds. (i’m going through the same thing since I moved in with Brian in June)

I know you’ll do whatever you put your mind to, just remember to keep healthy and not lose sight of yourself.
You’re beautiful as is <3

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119 Tess October 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Well for what it’s worth, I was just reading your last few posts and thinking that you’re looking especially radiant and fit! I honestly had no idea you’d gained any weight–you look awesome, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But as always, thanks for your honesty and being so “real” with us…we all have ups and downs and bad days and good days, and it’s nice to have reminders that I’m not the only one. :)

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120 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) October 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Honestly, kudos to you for addressing this but i think it’s sad that it even came up. As you said this is your life and you’re human, and I realize this is a public blog and you open up yourself for criticism by others, but disrespect and rudeness is still not appropriate in my opinion. If readers don’t like your blog or your photos or what you eat, then they can read another blog. As long as you respect yourself, I say to each their own. :)

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121 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

You look gorgeous no matter what, Meghann.. Haters are always cribbing! You can only satisfy yourself and not others. Be happy :) And yes, sometimes ignorance is blissful!

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122 SkinnyRunner October 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

you look fit girl, you are honest and open, and your healthy. its all good.

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123 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run October 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Funny, Michelle and I were just talking about how you looked great in your bikini on vacation. So, guess the 10 lbs did you good. I’m sure a lot if muscle.

I’m the same as you though. I gained 10 and don’t fit into my work pants now, but I really want to and don’t wanna buy new ones. Good luck on the less snacking. That’s the hardest for me!

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124 delia October 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Dude, you look healthy and fantastic. Too thin is not a good look either. Hope you’re enjoying the vaca!

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125 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Chubby blogger?! Dang, I hope this person doesn’t read my blog! You’re beautiful, healthy, and happy. Haters gonna hate.

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126 Taylor October 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Working from home is so tough on the waistline. I started to work from home the day I found out I was pregnant and it was such a struggle not to eat everything we had in the fridge on a daily basis. Any tips you have found to help the snacking and never-ending coffee habit? I had the baby and am still snacking nonstop. I need a lock on the fridge and pantry!

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127 Kristina October 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I’d say you look pretty good. AND you finished a half-ironman.
One thing that definitely helps me feel good about myself and my health is cooking meals at home – meals that I know are relatively healthy and balanced. When I say “healthy”, let me also add that I believe in using olive oil, butter, bacon grease (not ALL of them in every dish, mind you), but a weekly farmers’ market run is a part of my routine, so I eat a lot of fresh, local food. I also drink coffee at home and try to avoid too many coffee runs during the week. These are habits that I’ve developed over time, and some of them are for financial reasons in addition to health. However, they stick, even when life is kind of crazy. For instance, these days, because my partner is going to school 4 nights a week, making and eating dinner seems to be a rushed experience. But, I’d rather rush it than just opt for take-out multiple times a week.

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128 Ida October 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I agree with all the other comments, and think you look great. But I do understand wanting to be at a ‘happy weight.’ I just think you should be careful since you have struggled with amenohorrea…Thanks for being so honest!

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129 Danielle October 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I would just love to know who called you a ‘chubby blogger’!!! Did they even read your blog or look at a single photo?! You are in excellent shape and have a STRONG body. You look great… if you’ve gained a few lbs this year, I hadn’t noticed. I don’t think you need to lose weight at all. In fact, I’m always amazed at how active you are and how little you seem to eat (for that activity level)… but, like you said, you don’t post everything you eat. All I can say is that only you know what your body needs or doesn’t need, make decisions based on that and not what a few haters might say.

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130 Nicole @ PancakesandPilates October 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This is a beautiful post because its so honest and I love that you keep a sense of humor and healthy perspective. I think you look beautiful and very healthy, but if you want to do something for your own peace of mind, that is great and best of luck!

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131 Veronica (Run Write Repeat) October 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Awesome, awesome, awesome post.
I’m recovering from an eating disorder and one of the core tenets of my recovery is to be happy at my weight, even when i fluctuate… because it’s still a healthy weight!! i’ll take snuggling on the couch with ice cream and an ice cold beer over constantly obsessing about weight and missing out on fun any day.

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132 Katherine October 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

great post :)

I’m sure all of us can relate to fluctuating weight. I’d rather live my life the way I want than constantly be thinking about food and my weight. It’s important but we have to find balance! :) Since when did it become mandatory to be a 120lb blogger?

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133 lauren October 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I’m with you, Meghann. Ups and downs, changes – these things affect us in funny ways. I often find my hunger all over the place and sometimes it is hard to listen. I’m trying to re-learn how to read my body’s ques and I refuse to “diet”.
By the way…in my opinion, this is one of your best posts as of late. I also appreciated ‘How much does an Iron Man Really Cost’. I love your honesty and can really tell that you put some work into these – it shows!

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134 Sarah October 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

What nincompoop called you a “chubby blogger”??!! I can’t believe someone actually took the time to say something so mean, rude, and untrue. I read a few of the responses above, they are right that it’s coming from jealousy and envy. I still don’t understand it- I certainly feel a bit of envy of how you’ve turned blogging and social media into a career, but it’s like “wow, I wish I could have done that, go Meghann!” You must ignore those people, though I know it’s way easier said than done.
I certainly way 5 lbs more than I should and 10 lbs more than I’d like, since I had my daughter last November it’s been harder to lose the weight than I’d like. 10 lbs would be too much for me to conceive again (similar menstrual cycle/weight issues as you I think) but just 5 lbs more would be nice. I was actually feeling pretty good about where I am now, until another mom rather crassly mentioned that someone had asked if I was pregnant again! It hurt on so many levels and took several days to get over. I think people are always going to say stupid, foot-in-mouth things, and we have to try to recognize it as that.

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135 Haley N October 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

don’t listen to any of those haters! they’re just jealous that they can’t do half ironmans like you :)

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136 Tanya October 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thank you for being so honest in the post. You are a huge inspiration to me and I truly aspire to lead a healthy and active life like yours when I finally move into the big bad world post-grad. You have so many amazing things going for you! The thing I love most about your blog is that you are down to Earth and completely real about many aspects of your life, and I love that you work hard but also allow yourself to indulge and enjoy everything that comes your way. Stumbling upon your blog was a huge step in my recovery from disordered eating and I credit it to your positivity, confidence in yourself and the great example you lead by living your life like a healthy, normal and HAPPY human being :) Forget what the haters say and keep doing what makes you happy!

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137 Linz October 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

People can be so mean and hurtful. Don’t let the haters get you down girl. Just keep doing your thing.

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138 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

wow – I am really shocked and saddened that someone would comemnt on your weight like that :( I bet they did it without leaving a link / email too?!

Girl – you look AMAZING – which is a testament to your hard work and training. Don’t let a few nay-sayers mess with your head.

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139 mel October 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I too have gained 5 pounds since living with my man….it killed me in the beginning to see the number go up but I have stayed within the same range and you know what? I’m happy, I’m eating healthy and enjoying it, eating dessert most nights, and working out almost everyday. I don’t weigh myself but I can tell my ass and tatas have gotten slightly bigger and my man is very happy about this! haha. Embrace it girl! Tight jeans will make your man very happy! You are beautiful

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140 Carol October 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Can’t believe someone would call you a “chubby blogger”!
I think you look amazing. You completed a Half Iron Man…would love to see the person who referred to you as “chubby” even try to do any of the events in that race.
You look very happy and healthy in every picture:)

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141 Leah October 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Ugh, it bugs me so much when people comment on weight – that’s about the height of rudeness in my opinion. Just because you put yourself out there in the public eye it doesn’t mean it’s okay for certain people to have a free for all with rude comments about things that are none of their business. Some people are obviously incredibly insecure. You look great, Meaghan, and I’m sure you’ll have the extra pounds gone in no time, if that’s what you want.

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142 Mary October 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Chubby? Hardly. But if your jeans are tighter then I respect your decision to improve your diet in healthy ways. Glad to hear you honestly evaluate where there is room for improvement, but plan to keep on eating real food. And by the way, I think you look fit and healthy for the record!

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143 emily October 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Touche! I think you look fantastic but if you’re unhappy that’s what matters and you wrote this post in a funny, positive, kick-ass way.

P.S. I actually wrote basically this exact post as a guest post for GDW last year! http://greendogwine.com/2010/10/how-to-gain-15-pounds-in-one-year/

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144 Kelly October 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Wow I can’t believe someone would say those harsh comments. I am a lurker and this my first time commenting. When trainging for my marathon, I read your race re-caps almost everyday. You inspired me so much! Those haters are just jealous of your life!

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145 Teacher Girl October 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

All I have to say is: be you! You look amazing and you are human, just like all of us. You just did a half ironman! Let the naysayers say what they want to say. I think you look incredible!

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146 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life October 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

People are really, really dumb sometimes. You look stunning girl!

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147 Katie October 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Amen sister! I started dating someone this summer and have also put on 10 lbs. Its not fun, but I am also doing the New Rules of Lifting for Women program and am excited to challenge my body and have my pants fitting better!

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148 Trish October 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Honestly, I can’t believe this post at all. I just looked at pictures of you in a bikini and was in awe of how great you look. Seriously. Totally rocking body and you don’t need to lose weight. I would love to look so good and strut around in a bikini.

I am so sorry this happened to you. Nobody deserves that. So uncalled for.

I don’t know how anyone thinks it is okay to tear another person down.

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149 Christena October 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Chubby?!? You?!? WTF?! I think you look awesome. And you did a HIM, which is a crazy awesome accomplishment (seriously, some one said you don’t train enough?). I hope you wrote this post because you honestly wanted to and not because you felt like you owed some sort of explanation or needed to respond to criticisms or comments. I feel sorry for people who criticize other women’s bodies. If you would feel better with the 10 pounds off, then by all means, go for it. But in my opinion you definitely look fantastic & healthy, even at this heavier-for-you weight.

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150 Chloe (In Fine Feather) October 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Thanks for posting this because honestly, I was wondering if you were going to address your weight gain in a more positive light and was also wondering if you felt the need to do anything about it. For the record, I think you are a great weight but I know that a lot of healthy living bloggers must feel pressure to maintain a certain size :)
Just so you know, your readers are definitely interested in knowing your plan over the next couple of months/if you have one at all – that’s why I read blogs like yours!

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151 Amanda October 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I think you have enough positive supporters to ignore those crap comments. My little group of readers has been so supportive with my little weight gain since culinary school. I put on ten pounds in less than two months! It’s pretty gross to think about, but it happens. It’s amazing how simple changes to my diet have just turned things upside down. Of course I want to lose it, but I also am spending a crazy amount of money to eat fancy food everyday. We’ll both sort it out. :) Don’t sweat it.

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152 Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups October 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You are NOT a chubby blogger!! I wish I would’ve seen these comments to be able to defend you!

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153 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Don’t be so hard on yourself, you look great! I mean you just posted bikini pics the other day and they were fab! I’m glad to see you’re enjoying your vacation like a normal person. It’s honestly so refreshing after reading some other blogs where people refuse to ever just RELAX!!!

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154 Lee October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I think you look great and are definitely not a chubby blogger. But I can understand the frustration of weight gain and admire you for being honest.

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155 tracey October 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Eff the person who called you a chubby blogger!! They are clearly jealous of all the successes you have had in your life recently and are clearly dissatisfied with the state of their own life, and measure someone only by the size of their clothes. What a loser. You are beautiful 10 lbs heavier, 10 lbs lighter, or anywhere on the scale.

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156 Nikki October 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I really like this post…it’s so true how the littlest things can make the smallest difference. I am so proud of you for your attitude on this subject. It’s so hard to look past weight some times!

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157 Kellie October 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I don’t think you need to lose any weight. I actually think you look healthy and fit. I am impressed that you were able to regain your period and still maintain such a high level of fitness. This could be your “happy weight”. You are able to enjoy food, exercise and still remain healthy and have your body fuction as it should. I have lost my period for over a year and a half now and am fighting tooth and nail to not have to gain weight, but deep down I know that it is probably what my body needs. You have been a role model for me. Please don’t let some insecure person (or people) affect your health or happiness.

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158 Megan October 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I, for one, think you look fantastic! I’ve been struggling with some of the same issues since settling into a happy relationship over the last 6 months and gaining about 5 pounds. At first I was upset about it, but I eventually realized that there is much more to life than a number on the scale (or even on the label of my jeans). Do I feel more secure in my body with 5 fewer pounds on my hips? Sure. But having struggled with weight and eating disorders my whole life, I have a much healthier attitude towards food than I ever have before. And I’m still well within the healthy weight range for my height, as I’m sure you are, too. One of the reasons I love your blog is that you are clearly in amazing shape, but you seem to strike a great balance between training hard and truly living and indulging in a healthy way. Kudos to you for being such a healthy, but realistic, role model!

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159 Summer October 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

uhhh and here I was looking at your mexico pictures and wishing I had your bikini body….

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160 BroccoliHut October 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Chubby?! Seriously? You’ve got a rockin’ set of abs (of which I am very envious), so don’t let stupid commenters get you down–you’re beautiful!

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161 Leah October 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love this post, I think your honesty shines through. Those comments were a little rough, but I love how you handled yourself in this post, rather than just dismissing them. I think you look great, and you train plenty. I think you have a much better perspective of what is healthy than many other bloggers, noting portions sizes, bites, and even noting what their significant others are eating.

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162 Katye October 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

honestly, I think you look the best you ever have right now! I know how it feels to be uncomfortable in your skin but you look great

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163 Suzie October 13, 2011 at 2:36 am

Thanks for a great post. You looked fab before and now

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164 Prathiba October 13, 2011 at 3:07 am

wow, people actually say that in your comments?? that’s so mean! don’t listen to them. you are such a cool person. (well, i don’t know you but you seem damn awesome.) i think you look healthy and happy. and as long as you FEEL healthy and happy, who cares what others think.

you are perfect. in your own way. shake them haters off, yo.

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165 Marika October 13, 2011 at 3:50 am

I agree with everyone else. You do look great, but that’s not the most important thing. What’s important is to ignore the negative people and get back to habits (and a weight) that make you happy at your own pace and in your own way.

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166 Sara@RunningInPinkProject October 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

Its so odd that you mention this this week. My husband has just moved and Im staying here for a few months. Im already working out more and eating better. lol :)

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167 Angie October 13, 2011 at 7:20 am

Thank you for writing this post. I think a lot of bloggers don’t portray the day-to-day struggles with issues like managing hunger and fatigue when working and training. You and other bloggers inspire me to work out in a healthy way so I guess I wonder what’s wrong with me when no one writes about true hunger, soreness, and fatigue. Maybe it’s there and I read over it? (Thank God for Monica at Run, Eat, Repeat… she helps me realize I’m not so alone when it comes to being hungry and wanting to eat…)

I’m not here to complain. I do want to say thank you for being honest. Working at home, moving, training, life does lead us down new roads that often cause us to change our eating habits. All of these things have happened to me… I personally think you look AWESOME, but what’s most important is how you feel. I read your post yesterday and felt a little more normal. Thank you.

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168 Lindsay October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

I was totally admiring how amazing and happy you look in your pictures. I love your perception of it all. Just enjoy your life that’s all that matters.

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169 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Kudos to you for addressing the issue but as you can see, we all seem to be in agreement that you look gorgeous! But it is about what makes you feel good, confident and beautiful. Just remember, you finished a half-ironman – clearly you’re an amazingly strong woman! :)

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170 Joy October 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

It’s funny in a recent picture of you I literally thought you were stunning and that you looked rocking so hush the haters!

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171 LeeAnn October 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

So…I gained 10 pounds on my honeymoon 2.5 years ago (it was only 10 days). All-inclusive and sitting on the beach…good times!!!I have since lost the 10 pounds and am perfectly content with my weight :-)

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172 Christie October 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

“chubby blogger” I mean really, someone actually wrote that?? I thought the whole blog purpose was to connect with other people, be motivated by them, learn what to do and not to do, and someone called you chubby!?!?! Lets go get em’ girl! :) I’d have to write em and say “but are you a Ironman”??? hahaha Loved your post

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173 Lisa October 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

TOTALLY TRUE!!! I gained about 5 pounds when I first moved in with my boyfriend 2 years ago. Suddenly I was eating things I wouldn’t normally eat and I was eating portions that HE ate (i.e. huge). I had a wake up moment when I realized I wasn’t a 6 foot tall man that could eat twice the amount of what I should be eating. :)

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174 RunningOnCoffee October 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I can relate to gaining some weight when moving in with your significant other…that happened for me 6 years ago. But neither of us went out of our way to eat very healthy or exercised much at the time (right out of college). We have both made changes for the better since then and we’re on the same page about it.

10lbs or not, I think you look thin but healthy. I am sure there was some muscle gain throughout your ironman training. Just running alone does not do much for muscle, and everyone knows muscle weighs more than fat. When you’re biking as much as you were, you are bound to gain some leg muscle (Cyclists have some killer quads!) . Also you did that new rules of weight lifting program. In this case, I think body measurements are more effective than the number on the scale.

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175 Carissa October 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Wow! GREAT POST! I’m glad you can talk about and face these “weight” talks head on. Chubby blogger? I cannot believe someone would say that. Weight fluctuates, we get skinny, and we gain weight back. That’s life.

I gained 15 pounds training for my marathon and then lost them all once I met Kyle and started high intensity training. Then last winter I lost 5 pounds and I had no idea why. I lost jobs on TV because I was then “too skinny” and now I’ve gained that back and have no idea why either.

I like blogging and I like talking about weight because it’s something we shouldn’t be ashamed of. It doesn’t define us. Finishing an iron man…that’s defining. Jean size – not so much.

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176 Carrie October 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

Love this and so true !!! Story of my life also!!! You are a great blogger !!!

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177 Aggie October 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

Amen sister. Weight maintenance IS hard. For me (like you said) just want to fit in my jeans and feel good. It’s not about vanity…it’s about FEELING GOOD. Life gets in the way sometimes and sometimes it takes a little time to regroup.

Congrats on the race btw… :)

Hope you are well!!!!

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178 Devon October 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I have been reading your blog for about a year now and honestly, i think you look better than ever now and are more an inspiration to me now than when i first started reading!! You look amazing and just did a half ironman! Dont let any negative comment get to you, you really look fab!

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179 Candice October 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am so proud of u. You are supposed to do this for yourself not anybody else. Keep up the great job. Love u.

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180 Leanne October 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I gained 15 lbs in 6 months being miserable in my job. Now that I’ve changed jobs recently, I am slowly re-evaluating and re-modify. Happiness is key, 10 lbs. from all the above…they all sound like happy occassions to me! You look great!

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181 Laura in Pittsburgh October 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

Meghann – You are truly an amazing athlete and it put angry tears in my eyes to read the rude comments people make. They are obviously just jealous. Girl you have it made! An awesome boyfriend, family and a job you love. In addition to that, you trained and completed a half-ironman? I am envious and I love your blog! These people have nothing better to do that criticize others – they are not happy. Recently, I also gained 10 pounds. I really found myself and then met a man I love and am more happy than I have ever been. I was complaining to my best friend and she said, “Would you rather be 10 pounds heavier and happy, or skinny and miserable?” Oh I will take those 10 pounds any day. I think you look amazaing – fit and happy.

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182 Meredith October 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Can you please give me the address of the person who called you a “chubby blogger”? Because I’m going to go to their house and punch them in the face! ! !

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183 Hillary @ GRAS Pizza January 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

you are INSPIRING. Never forget it.

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