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  1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    September 11, 2012

    What a fun walk down memory lane! Happy birthday, Meals and Miles!!
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  2. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    September 11, 2012

    Great roundup, and Happy Birthday, Meals and Miles! :)
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  3. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
    September 11, 2012

    Holy moly, you are awesome! So glad I got to meet you through blogging as well. Happy 4th birthday! ;D

  4. Caitlin
    September 11, 2012

    This recap is amazing! It must have taken you so much time but must’ve been fun to put together. Love seeing first post with your “friend” Derek ;) and the Hurricanes hahaha. That’s the life of a Floridian, right? Happy blog birthday! I was a reader back when it was Graduate Meghann and you inspired me then and you inspire me now!
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  5. Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian
    September 11, 2012

    Wow – you’ve accomplished so much in 4 short years! Your blog was one of my first on the reader list way back in 2010 when I started reading healthy living blogs. Thank you so much for inspiring me to start my own blog! keep it up Meghann!
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  6. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    September 11, 2012

    Wow! Love the RoundUp! It is so fun to look at the timeline, and see all of your success along the way! Happy Bday to your amazing Blog!! :)
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  7. Dori
    September 11, 2012

    I can’t believe how long I’ve been reading your blog. I remember most of this!
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  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    September 11, 2012

    You’ve really evolved over the past 4 years! I only started reading a year ago so it was great to see everything that happened before I started reading! I also opened up your post on the Chicago Marathon and can’t wait to read it since I’m running it in less than 4 weeks!
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  9. SoFlaRunner
    September 11, 2012

    As a longtime reader (though only a commenter a couple of times), it’s definitely interesting to see how the blog has evolved or changed over time. However, I have to say I can’t be the only one who finds it odd that you’d go through so much trouble to write this post and not mention the other important thing that happened on September 11. I lived in New York at the time (though I’m in Florida now) and many of us will never be able to forget the trauma of that day. It’s something that affected the entire country (and really, the world), and to see you gloss over it is puzzling, to say the least.

    • Kelly E.
      September 11, 2012

      I knew this was coming. I don’t think you HAVE to pay any respects in a public space if you don’t choose to. How does this commenter know you weren’t going to do so in your LUNCH post? Your DINNER post? 9/11 was a hug tragedy, but people “remember” in their own ways and in their own time. Not everyone in the U.S. or the world is going to wake up and pay their respects. It can happen at any time throughout the course of the day and it can happen in PRIVATE. SoFlaRunner, what did YOU do to pay your respects? Start a blog and make it known to the whole world that you did? No, it’s not about that. Paying respect and “always remembering” should NEVER, EVER be forced and it most certainly should never be on anyone else’s terms. Just my two cents, Meghann.

      • Kashi @ Cape Island Runners
        September 11, 2012

        I agree. 9/11 was obviously a huge day in the lives of everyone that lived through it and certainly the people who were most affected will have the hardest time with the anniversary. But I think it is normal, and a good sign of healing, that we do not observe the date the same way year after year. I was listening to NPR this AM and they were interviewing some of the people at the NY 9/11 service and it was the first year no politicians were on tap to speak. The people they interviewed said that they felt this year’s service was the most relaxed, and in some ways, the most intimate (since most of the hundreds strong attendees were victims family and friends rather that the thousands strong attendees of past years), and they liked it that way. I think it is fine for people to commemorate it however they like, or if they choose to discuss other topics, I think that is great too. 9/11 will never be forgotten, but over time its impact on our daily lives will. It is the way history has always worked – Pearl Harbor Day is a perfect example. So while I understand SoFla’s feelings, I would also encourage that person to look at this another way – that it is a sign that time is moving on, and soothing sorrows as it tends to do.

        BTW, happy anniversary M&M!
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      • emily
        September 11, 2012

        Agreed! Just as everybody grieves in their own way, I don’t think anyone needs to regulate the way someone chooses to remember September 11th. At some point, I don’t think that every blogger needs to write the “where I was on September 11th” recap each year.
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      • J
        September 11, 2012

        You are correct that Meghann doesn’t HAVE to note the real significance of today’s date or do anything to mark the solemn occasion and pay her respect to those who lost their lives and those who were left behind. It is absolutely her choice. Perhaps she didn’t realize that this omission and the upbeat and frivolous tone of her post would upset some of her readers, but I find that hard to believe. No one is saying Meghann is a bad person or that she isn’t remembering the tragedy in her own way today. The ONE post that pointed out this omission just said it was “puzzling” that Meghann did so and I have to agree. I know Meghann prides herself in being uncensored and real, but with four years of experience, I would expect her to show more compassion and more understanding of how her posts will be received.

      • allison @ thesundayflog
        September 11, 2012

        while i agree that no one dictates what bloggers should do on 9/11, i have to admit i do find it a bit interesting that the significance of the day was lost on the blogiversary. honestly, if i blogged everyday, i would probably avoid the day out of sheer confusion for what to post. i know meg, and i know she didn’t purposely gloss over the significance of 9/11. if anything she probably felt awkward writing another “where was i on 9/11″ post and decided to go this route. i think my confusion stems more from the fact that the post seemed very ME centered, which made the omission of 9/11 even more obvious. i dont know, maybe i’m just not a fan of blogiversary posts in general. if you consider it to be a job, it’s like any other job anniversary (wherein most dont generally spend the day recapping their past years on the job). i hope i am conveying this point semi clearly. overall, if the post wasn’t 4 years of link backs and instead just a normal post with a “happy 4th bday to M&M” i dont think it would have been as glaringly obvious that 9/11 wasn’t mentioned. honestly im not trying to offend anyone…just offering my $.02
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      • Meghann
        September 11, 2012

        For my birthday earlier this year I wrote a post that had a photo side-by-side of every birthday since I was 17. I actually got the idea from another blog and thought it was fun so I posted the same concept on mine. I love reading birthday posts or blog anniversary posts from other bloggers because I love reading the history, especially if I haven’t been there since the beginning. It’s fun to look back with them and see the changes through the years or important stuff I might have missed. Yes, those posts are “me” centric, but they’re fun and I think it’s ok for the other bloggers to brag every once in a while – be proud of the achievements. Heck, we had weekly emails go out at my old job that celebrated office anniversaries and Derek just got a a nice gift from his company for being there 5 years. Anyway, the “me” centric birthday post of photos was not a hit with everyone. There were comments of those that weren’t a fan, but also comments of those who were. It was quite interesting to see how people were divided. I think, as a blogger with these types of posts, you just have to post what feels right for you because you’re not going to win everyone over.

        However, you’re right – I did not mean to offend anyone by writing such a celebratory post on 9/11. I honestly was not thinking. I’ve celebrated my blog birthday on 9/12 in the past and I think I will stick with that tradition from here on out.

      • allison @ thesundayflog
        September 11, 2012

        i totally know what you’re saying. i meant ME centric in an obvious way…as in of course it would center around you and the blog on the blogiversary. i wasn’t knocking the recap post – i like flipping back in blogs too. i was just trying to use that in contextual terms…i.e. i dont think people would be as annoyed about the lack of 9/11 remembrance if it wasn’t a blogiversary post. know what im saying? all in all…its a tough thing to navigate, that’s for sure.
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      • SoFlaRunner
        September 11, 2012

        Actually, I happened to live in downtown Manhattan at the time and witnessed all of the terror and carnage, so September 11 is usually a day of serious reflection for me… And not that it matters, but yes, I did discuss this reflection on my own blog. I didn’t link it here because it’s not a healthy living blog.

      • emily
        September 11, 2012

        Was this in response to my comment? I can’t tell with the way they are layered now.

        (if so) I wasn’t implying that “no one should ever talk about September 11th again.” I meant that “bloggers who have no personal connection to the September 11th attacks other than being human Americans probably don’t need to do a giant memorial post after 11 years.”

        I think it’s great that you use your blog to help you reflect on major event in your life and I’m sorry that you had to experience the tragedy so personally.
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      • ashley
        September 11, 2012

        I’m guessing you didn’t lose anyone close to you on 9/11…

      • Kelly E.
        September 11, 2012

        No, I did not, but neither did the majority of the U.S. That doesn’t make the day any less significant. AT ALL. However, that doesn’t mean that every person in the public eye is going to address this day for every year to come. If you lost someone, then that is a lot different and of course this day is going to mean so much more. But like someone else mentioned, there are MANY national tragedies that we don’t all get up and shout from the rooftop about. There is a lot of quite remembering and solitude that takes on a much greater meaning that posting it on some damn blog. I pray every night and reflect on the evils of this world, but the question is do you? Or just on the “anniversary”. See…don’t try to pin someone down because they didn’t “remember” like you did or do. We all mourn and grieve and move on from bad things in life in our own way, and quite frankly, how CLICHE is it that every blogger posts about these things? I, quite frankly, find that OBLIGATION and to me, nothing could be more insulting to the true tragedy and loss that was 9/11.

    • Emily
      September 11, 2012

      I would have to agree with that – it seems like a bad day to start a blog, too, no?

  10. Priscilla P
    September 11, 2012

    Happy birthday to your blog! Yours is by far one of my favorite and most inspiring blogs to me. You have such a great balance of sharing health/fitness and personal! I hope you will keep blogging for more years to come. Cheers, Meghann!
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  11. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    September 11, 2012

    happy blogiversary! i loved reading this post and seeing how far the blog has come! i only started reading about 2 years ago so it was fun to click through and see some of the older stuff :)
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  12. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
    September 11, 2012

    As someone who is (incredibly!) new to the blogging scene, I’d like to thank you (and many others as well, but since it’s your birthday, you get high honours!) for opening so many paths and avenues for us “newbies” by breaking down so many barriers and re-defining the overall societal concept of a “blogger”. Here’s to your happiness, health, and as many more years of Meals & Miles that you can bless us with! (Hopefully it’s a lot — I love your attitude, your smile, and the general joie-de-vie that you bring to your posts!)
    Meghann — thank you for giving me something to aspire to!
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    • Meghann
      September 11, 2012

      Thank you, Chelsie. :) That means a lot.

  13. Sana
    September 11, 2012

    Happy Blog Birthday, you have been blessed with so many awesome opportunities :)
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  14. Karen
    September 11, 2012

    Wow! what a busy four years! After being a blog reader for years I just started my own blog. I hope I have as much fun blogging as you have so far!

  15. Karen
    September 11, 2012

    Wow, what a busy four years! Congrats :) After reading blogs for a few years I just started my own and hope that I have as much fun as you have!

  16. Annette @FitnessPerks
    September 11, 2012

    YAY! Happy Birthday to M&M! Such a fun walk down memory lane, for sure :)
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  17. Kathy
    September 11, 2012

    How long did that recap take to post??? All those links are crazy good…who can pick just one?

  18. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    September 11, 2012

    WOW! Meghann, huge huge huge congrats on four years of blogging. I’m sure you’ve seen so many things change in the blogging world since then, and I think it’s crazy cool that you’ve maintained a blog for that long. Here’s to another four years!
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  19. Becka @ simplybecka
    September 11, 2012

    Happy Blog Birthday I enjoy reading your blog each day. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  20. kim@hungryhealthygirl
    September 11, 2012

    You’ve accomplished so much in 4 years!! What an awesome journey you’ve had. Here’s to many more years of Meals and Miles….Happy 4th!
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  21. Tessa @ Amazing Asset
    September 11, 2012

    Fewww Holy recap, let’s just say you have had an overall awesome 4 years eh? Happy Blogiversary!
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  22. Beth
    September 11, 2012

    I feel I’m just now catching up with everything you’ve accomplished. This is amazing stuff Meghann. Happy anniversary!
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  23. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    September 11, 2012

    I really enjoyed this post, I think it’s fun to look back on how far you’ve come and where you first began with blogging! I have to admit, I totally got sucked into that whole Marie Claire article and your response. Totally fascinating, I had no idea any of that happened! I only started reading healthy living blogs recently (this past spring/summer). And now that I’ve been caught in the blog world for a solid 20 minutes it’s time to get back to work!
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  24. Michelle
    September 11, 2012

    The Marie Claire situation is initially what lead me to your blog (via CaitlinHTP) and I’ve been hooked ever since! Thank you for all of the inspiration and laughs. :)

  25. megan
    September 11, 2012

    Love some of those old posts from years ago!

  26. Caroline Calcote
    September 11, 2012

    Loved this post Meghann! Happy blogiversary. I especially liked the links to many earlier posts. I’ve only been reading your blog over the last year or so, so it was fun to see the earlier posts :)
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  27. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    September 11, 2012

    What an amazing 4 years! I can’t wait to see how the next 4+ pan out! :)
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  28. Aria
    September 11, 2012

    Happy blogiversary! It was very cool to read how much your blog has evolved and it made me realize I’ve been reading for almost 3 years now! I read your quote in self magazine and started reading yours and Jenna’s (eat live run) after that. It’s crazy how fast time flies! Keep up the great work – I always look forward to your posts :)

  29. Kasandra
    September 11, 2012

    Coming from a New Yorker who was in the WTC on 9/11 30 mins before the attacks and still lives in the city, it was refreshing to read something not 9/11 related. I am still very much affected by the day and I lay low from Facebook, Twitter, etc. But just because someone posts something other than 9/11 doesn’t mean that they don’t remember the day any less than someone else. Also, if someone starts something on 9/11… no big deal. People are born on 9/11 and other dates that hold a significant meaning. What are we going to tell them? Your birthday is less valuable? That said, happy 4th birthday M&M!
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  30. Sara @my less serious life
    September 12, 2012

    wow. four great years! so much happened – i can’t wait to follow for four more!

  31. Julie @ runninginaskirt.com
    September 12, 2012

    I recently started my blog and I really enjoyed reading about your journey! It made me realize I have so much to look forward to. Congratulations on such success and your anniversary! I look forward to your posts daily :-)
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  32. Laura
    September 12, 2012

    Really neat post, Meghann! I enjoyed seeing how it all came together since I only started following you in the blog’s 3rd year. Wondering what kinds of things you did to put yourself out there and start gaining that massive readship you have? See my current blog post: Blogging is a tricky business. Congrats and happy birthday to the blog! :)
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  33. Heather
    September 17, 2012

    congrats girl! I remember when you were graduate Meghann. :) You have come so far and done so well for yourself, you should be so proud!

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