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Meals and Miles Turns 6

by Meghann on September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Meals and Miles! You’re six years old! Whoa.

I’ve always seen this blog as more than just a blog, it’s a chronicle of my journey through life. Sure, there’s a heavy emphasis on health and fitness, but at the core it’s just me living my life. Through good and bad, happy and sad, I rarely hold anything back.

2008 was my year of self discovery.

After I graduated from college in 2007, I became sort of lost. I made the mistake of staying in my college town after graduation, thinking it would stay just as great of a town as it was in college, but it wasn’t. All my friends had moved away, I was in a relationship that was unraveling, and I began to pile on the pounds.

In January 2008 I made a resolution to lose the weight, which led to the bigger resolution of discovering who I really was. I started running, I moved to Orlando, I started this blog, and I gained the sense of independence I desperately needed.  It was a hard year, but it was also an awesome one.

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2009 was the year of love.

I kicked off 2009 by registering for my first marathon. And, after a year of enjoying the single life, this guy I once dated in college started making his way back into my life. We took the relationship slowly at first, growing it out of support and friendship, and eventually fell in love. He was there when I crossed the finish line of that marathon, flying across the country to watch me do it. It was a wonderful, magical year.

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2010 was the year of adventure.

Or maybe it was the year of not wanting to say no? I ran four marathons and one ultra in 2010. I traveled to New York City, San Francisco (twice!), Nashville, Chicago (twice!), Colorado, and so on and so on. My blog grew larger than I could ever have imagined and I never took anything for granted – not for one second. It was my year of living life.

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2011 was the year of moving.

In the beginning of 2011 I made the decision to quit my job and move to Tampa. The move was a big adjustment for me, I had grown so much in my short time in Orlando and it held so many wonderful memories for me. I struggled in Tampa at first, but the city eventually grew on me. I fell in love with Tampa, just as I had fallen in love with Orlando.

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2012 was the year of wedding planning.

I should really say it was the year of weddings. Period. Derek and I were engaged in January, my little brother was married in February, and my sister was married in June. There was a two year period where my family discussed nothing but weddings. I loved wedding planning and honestly miss it. I really enjoyed blogging about the whole process, especially the behind-the-scenes details of what went into making the big day happen.

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2013 was the year of the Ironman.

On top of being a newlywed, I thought 2013 would be a good year to start a new job that required a lot of travel while also training for my first Ironman. It was a tough year that required a lot of balance and organization.   Even looking back now I have no idea how in the world I did it. But it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to something. Finishing an Ironman was a huge bucket list item of mine and I was very blessed to have total support of my family, friends, and job to do it.

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2014…

To be honest, 2014 has been a bit of a struggle for me. I’ve taken a big step back from blogging and I believe that has something to do with my inability to be completely honest on here, or even with myself. There have been some good things (the new house, baby Owen, etc.), but also hard things (losing the pregnancy was a tough one). Years from now I’ll look back and see this as a building year, just another stepping stone on a journey through life. I mean, they can’t all be great years, right? But for now it’s hard and I’m fighting like hell to get through it.

Meals and Miles is my baby. Though I’m not here as often as I used to be, I’m still proud of what it’s becomes and can’t wait to continue to watch it grow and evolve. This website has six years of my life invested in it and, for a girl who never stuck with any of her hobbies, I’m just as shocked as my mom is about that.

Thank you for sticking with me. Thank you for following me on my journey. Thank you for allowing Meals and Miles to just be.

You guys are awesome.

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1 Cara September 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

I look forward to seeing what more good stuff you have, Meghann! I also blog, and LOVE to go back and read things the girls did and a lot of the stuff I don’t remember, haha!
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2 Cristina September 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

Happy birthday M&M! This is my favorite blog!

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3 Caroline @ The Little Things Blog September 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

Happy Birthday to Meals and Miles!! It’s been fun to watch your journey since 2010! All years can’t be great- I’m in the middle of a tough one myself. I’m holding onto the hope that I’ve had bad years before, and then great years come after. I hope things start going a bit better for you!
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4 Ash Bear September 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

I think it’s fine to call this year an evolution. You all are creating a life for yourselves in your new home, new marriage etc. 🙂 I just hope you start blogging more frequently or I’ll just have to get better about weekly phone dates or emails!

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5 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

Congrats! 6 years of blogging is quite the accomplishment. It must be fun to go back into the archives when you first started and see how things have changed since then.
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6 Mo (@rushourunner) September 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

I’d wait until the end of the year before defining it. There are still months ahead with endless possibilities.
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7 EB @Running on E September 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

Happy Birthday Meals and Miles! It’s always so fun to look back and see how life has changed.
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8 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

I know exactly where you’re coming from. Some years are just hard no matter how many other good things happen. Luckily (and unluckily), life is a rollercoaster, and with your wonderful family, husband, and dog, you can look forward to another high year in the future. Love your blog!
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9 Katie September 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

Hooray! I’ve loved following your journey, and 2014 has been a tough year for me also. I try to focus on the good, or making a goal where I can work towards the good.
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10 Sue September 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

Congratulations on 6 years! I am a long time reader, but this is probably one of my first comments. I just have to say that you are an inspiration and I love reading your blog! I’m sorry this has been a tough year, but just remember there’s always a silver lining. Keep looking for it! 🙂

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11 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

Happy Birthday 🙂 Love the blog! Don’t worry about how often you’re posting or whatever… it’s still your baby and it will always ebb and flow. Looking forward to hearing about your house and that next chapter of your life!
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12 Regina September 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us, readers. It’s not always easy to open up yourself to complete strangers but you do so about so many things, good and bad, and it truly is appreciated by many people. You’re honest and remind us it’s not always rainbows and butterflies for other people, were all human and have our own struggles. Sometimes blogs only show the good sides of peoples lives and that’s just not realistic. So thank you, and happy birthday M&Ms!

14 is my favorite number so I was really excited to start 2014. To top it off my husband and I were due with our 2nd son in April. But this year has been incredibly hard. After preterm labor so left me in the hospital for 3 overnights and 5 visits before I ever gave birth, including one trip via ambulance, my husband went on leave from his job in January. With a 17 month old and another babe on the way we were living off savings in dc, capital of overpriced living. In march I woke up 8 months pregnant to the bed shaking violently. At 26 years old my husband was having a grand mal seizure. We spent march going to neurologists, oncologists, neurosurgeons, getting mRIs and pet scans to find out he had a brain tumor. And at the end of march when we were in the midst of it all, we had our last sono, or what was supposed to be. Our perfectly healthy son was no longer perfectly healthy. They could only find one kidney on his sono and his one kidney was showing severe Hydronephrosis. They talked about induction as we struggled with balancing our sons health concern and my husbands possibly impending brain surgery. Then my husband was denied his job offer as a firefighter and put on medical leave for 5 years because of the seizure Needless to say, it was a long and trying year and it’s only September. We did our have son and he’s good!! One kidney, still severe Hydronephrosis but all systems are working despite that. My husbands tumor isn’t growing so no surgery right now. He’s found a job he enjoys that’s still in his field. And we’ve figured out a way to make it all work. I remind myself daily that there are people who have it so much worse and that we’re lucky to have the struggles we’ve had. We’re stronger for it.

I want you to know you’re not alone but no matter how many people may have their own struggles, and some may even be worse than yours, it’s ok to grieve, to need time to heal and to be upset. One day, hopefully soon, you’ll be holding a baby of your own and when you do it’ll be even that much more special and loved and appreciated because of how hard you fought for him/her. And it’ll be gorgeous because it’s mama is 🙂
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13 Shannon September 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

This is so exciting!!! Happy anniversary/birthday to your blog 🙂
What a fun track of years and memories you have. Can’t wait to keep reading!
And I am going to try and do a half iron man soon… maybe a full too? AHH! You’re an inspiration for SURE 🙂
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14 Mary September 12, 2014 at 11:44 am

That’s a gorgeous Save the Date photo and I love the emotion on your face in that Ironman pic. Thanks for sharing your journey with us all. I am sure so many appreciate it. Reading your blog last year was what inspired me to start my own and it has helped me in so many ways, so thank you and a big happy birthday to Meals and Miles! 🙂
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15 Tricia September 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

i just wanted to congratulate you on your milestone. I know this year has been hard for you so far, but keep fighting the good fight. I know it’s hard now, but one day you’ll look back on this time and it won’t seem like as big of a deal as it does now. Or at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself too. haha!

I just started reading your blog in January through a recommendation of a friend after she bumped into you at the Disney World marathon and I just want to say that I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey with us! 🙂
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16 Joy September 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

Thanks for sharing your life with us through Meals and Miles. I love reading. We live many miles apart and I’m a lot older than you (like closer to your Mom’s age!), and I find myself nodding my head while I read and finding lots in common with you. 🙂 Keep your head up – 2014 has been a tough year for you for sure, but it will get better.

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17 Haley @ Running with diapers September 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I forget how long your hair used to be.
Happy Blogiversary to you!!
I hope the unpacking is coming along well.
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18 Ashley September 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Happy 6th birthday M&M :). I know it’s been a tough year but I cannot WAIT to see what the next six bring for you <3
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19 Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine September 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Happy Birthday to your blog! I really enjoy your blog and wish you the best as you continue. I also wanted to send you virtual hugs for all you are going through. I had a loss as well, and although mine was earlier, it was still very hard. So, I know what you are going through.
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20 Dana September 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I don’t check as often as I used too, but popped in today. I hadn’t known about your miscarriage and I am so sorry you’re having to experience that. I had one 2.5 years ago (similar story to yours). It’s tough and I’m sending positive thoughts your way!

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21 Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy September 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

New fan here! If you’re going to take a break, do it. We’re all going through a rough patch in life. I’m going through depression myself and its been SO hard. It didn’t last for one year so i cant call it the year of sadness because it’s been my entire adolencent-hood, but trust that this period will soon pass and youll find yourself again.

What do you mean by not feeling honest with yourself and not being honest on your blog? Why do uou feel like that? 🙁

You’re a fantastic person and i hope to experience a year of love and adventure too.
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22 Taylor September 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Congrats on six years! Also, thank you for taking time to share your life with all of us. I’ve been reading your blog for longer than I realized, haha, and I have enjoyed it the entire time. Best of luck to you for the rest of 2014!

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23 Heather F September 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I feel like a big Hip Hip Hooray is needed! HIP HIP HOORAY!!

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24 Anne September 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us! I’ve been reading since about 2009. I know you’ve been struggling, but know that the blog readers are supporting you and appreciative of your openness.

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25 Kaitlin September 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I don’t comment often but want you to know this is so inspiring! I love seeing the progress and I hope to one day complete a marathon and Ironman!
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26 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Happy 6 years of amazing blogging sweetheart! XOXO

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27 Angie September 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Happy Birthday M&M!! I love your blog!! I hope (maybe sometime if you are running an even the Tampa area) that we “run” across each other! That would be awesome!!!! Thanks for being inspirational and thank you for being YOU!!
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28 Sarah M September 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I LOVE your blog so much! You are so real and fun! Keep it up, I will definitely be around. Reading about your IRONMAN again gave me chills. Right now my biggest goal is a full marathon, and I am preparing to complete it in January at Disney! Thanks for being such an inspiration!
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29 Elisabeth September 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Happy 6th, MnM!

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30 Heather September 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Happy blog birthday! Love the recap, it’s crazy where life takes us.

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31 Stacy September 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm

2014 is going to get better. You still have a few months, and honestly, wonderful things could happen. I hope you make a positive self fulfilling prophecy. Hang on!
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32 Jesica @rUnladylike September 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Congrats Meghan!!! Happy birthday! What a journey you’ve had. Congrats on all your successes. Can’t wait to see what your sixth year brings!
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33 Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It September 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Congrats on 6 years! 🙂

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us! 🙂

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34 Sara September 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I love you and the blog! 2014 is the year of infertility so it’s been a tough one for me too. We will get through this and we’ll be stronger in the end. Love ya!

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35 Michelle Brandon September 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I thought this would be a good time to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I found you via The Wannabe Athlete a few years ago, and I look forward to seeing pictures of your new home!

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36 Laura @ Backstage Balance September 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Life is a journey, that’s for certain. You have good perspective – you’ll get through this and be stronger for it!
Congrats on your 6 year blog anniversary – thank you for sharing your story and life with us!
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37 Katherine September 13, 2014 at 12:36 am

Yes, it’s the peaks and valleys…the seasons of life that keep things interesting. I’ve been meaning to tell you I’m so sorry about the loss of your baby. It’s amazing how such a little being can bless your life and alter your whole sense of self so deeply, even though you did not meet face to face. Hang in there. And happy “birthday!”

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38 Goldie September 13, 2014 at 2:28 am

You’re awesome. We love you dearly and it’s been a pleasure to follow you as you have grown in confidence and your life has changed. You’ve faced this year with bravery and although it’s been sad you’ll look back and realise it’s a patch along with all the others in the quilt of life you’re building. Peppered with a variety of emotions and beautiful too look on.

All my love to you and Derek and thank you for everything you’ve shared with us too.xxx
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39 Rosey Rebecca September 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

Happy Blogiversary! I’ve loved reading your blog since 2009! I think the ups and downs are all a part of life, so thank you for being real and sharing it all with us!

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40 Lauren September 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

Congrats! I’ve been a loyal reader for years and you’re on the top of my blog bookmarks! Thanks for sharing your story – you’re an incredible inspiration!
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41 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Happy Blogiversary! 🙂
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42 Kristen @ Glitter and Dust September 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I found your blog and started following you in 2013 when you began your Ironman journey. I find you so relateable and down to earth. Watching your Ironman journey last year was one of the reasons I felt confident about beginning my own triathlon journey. I completed two half-Ironmans this summer and will be training for my first full Ironman next year. I always think of you when people ask about how it all started.
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43 Erica September 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

Happy blog birthday 🙂 🙂

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