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About Meghann

Growing up I was a very active kid and teenager. I played soccer, danced and was a cheerleader in high school. Those active habits gave me the ability to eat whatever I wanted without even thinking about it. Even though I would never have considered myself thin, I was never fat either. I was average and I was happy at that size. Even the first years of college - thanks to a free gym membership and some dance classes – I was able to live the college lifestyle without much thought to what the scale would say.

It was not until my senior year of college that the clothes I had been wearing since high school were starting to feel a little tighter. Then, when I graduated in 2007 and began a desk job, I found myself deleting more and more pictures of myself. I could definitely start to see the changes; whether I believeimaged it or not.

I was never a fan of the scale, I couldn’t even tell you what I weighed when I graduated college, but the more I saw a difference in my appearance the more afraid I was to step on one. In January 2008 reality began to set in during my annual doctor’s appointment. At this point I was forced to look at the scale and I was not happy with what I saw. The scale hovered 20 lbs more than I expected. Tears began to fill my eyes as I stood on the scale staring at the number. At only a height of 5’4” those 20 lbs officially put me in the ‘overweight’ category. In fact it was so close to an even scarier number that I began to hyperventilate. This is what I like to call my breaking point. After drying my tears and stepping off the scale I knew I had to make a change.

I started off slowly by removing things from my diet that I knew had to go. Most notable were my daily cherry soda fixes and the office birthday cake that seemed to appear everyday (I’m still in amazement how there could literally be a birthday in the office every day). From there I began to run a little bit each night, I started to add work out DVDs to my Netflix queue and little by little I started to see a difference. My clothes began to actually fit me and at one point I knew I was on to something so I dove a little deeper.

I began to read food labels and discovered the numerous healthy living blogs out there. Those blogs were my lifesavers! They taught me that what I was going through wasn’t merely a diet, but a lifestyle change that would change me for the better. I learned treats were ok and that I didn’t have to run a marathon every single day. I had found a cyperspace community that understood what I was going through when no one else did.

I had originally set my goal to lose 20 pounds. I just picked a number that seemed pretty reasonable. In May of 2008 I am happy to announce I reached my goal and celebrated with a whole new wardrobe! I still stick with the same healthy habits I developed while trying to lose weight except now I am doing it just to stay healthy and feel better about my life. I have lost a good 5 more pounds since I reached my goal and I am very happy with the way I look and feel. While losing weight I discovered my passion for running and now I run 3-4 miles most days before breakfast. I can’t imagine life without running and do not know how I survived without it.

I have learned so much from the blog community that I wanted to give back a little back in return which is why I started my blog. I know there are so many people out there like me who graduated college, started working full time at a desk and just lost touch on how to still live an active life while working eight hours a day. I want to show how I balance my life to help others balance theirs. I am not an expert in anyway, I just know what works for me. Thank you so much for reading my blog and giving me a reason to stay happy, active and healthy!

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1 Abbey July 13, 2009 at 3:40 pm

What a relief to finally read a blog by someone else who is stuck in an office all day!!! Between a 45 minute commute each way, an 8-5 job, and a new husband, it’s so refreshing to see someone young (I’m 23) making a diligent effort to stay healthy and sane yet manage to have a little fun without being obsessive (with the exception of planning out the next meal haha). I am stuck in the middle of Central PA, so beyond GIANT and the occasional Wegman’s, we are rather limited with our food selection, so creativity with meal planning is a MUST. I make it a point to work-out after work 5 days a week for about an hour to preserve my sanity. Triathlons used to be my thing until I blew out a shoulder from too much swimming, so my current challenge is getting my husband back in the running groove. Hopefully we’ll be joining a a road cycling club for Saturday morning rides within the next few weeks. That being said, I commend you for the running schedule you keep, but I respect you even more for keeping your life balanced and taking it all in stride (no pun inteneded!). It’s inspiring to know that we’re not all perfect and that it’s okay to enjoy life while we can. Thanks for a wonderful blog :)

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2 britishbride May 25, 2010 at 4:52 am

Totally agree – I too work the 9 to 5… or later, and its nice to get a perspective from someone similar!

Thanks Meghann – I echo Ashley’s comments.

Julia
British Bride
http://www.britbride.com

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3 Meghann June 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oh, man! I think I’m going to continually read your blog, we have the same first name and I think it’s super cool. Plus I run and I just started my own food blog and I eat meals. So yea, thanks for your blog!

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4 Vicki Bensinger July 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

I think what you’ve done is great. It’s hard to lose weight especially when you’ve been very active and then suddenly have a desk job.

A friend of mine is a nurse and we use to be associates in a bs. we both did as a hobby. I’ve never met her but she sent me a link one day to a website that is part of the company that she works for full time. It has great healthful advice, plus recipes and for those that diet some great tips and stories of people who have reached their goals or are trying to. Check it out: http://www.SparkPeople.com You might enjoy it.

Good luck with your goals. Having children 20 and 23 I’ve enjoyed viewing your blog.

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5 Julie July 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I love your story! :]] I want to begin running and was wondering how you built endurance to run a longg distance! I am a beginning runner and I would like to build enurance to run long distances! :]]

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6 Katherine: Unemployed April 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I feel the same way so often! one more mile always seems so far

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7 Samantha August 11, 2009 at 8:34 am

Finally, someone who understands how I feel! I’m only going to be a sophomore in college but you’ve captured all of what I’m going through! I was a 5 sport athlete in high school playing field hockey, soccer, basketball, track, and cross country. I noticed senior year of high school that I was maturing and gaining weight but I was still very much on the thin side of things. Then college hit and I gained not only weight but muscle and with that comes mass. I want to lose the mass and the weight and have been struggling to do so all summer. I return to school at the end of the month and will be taking a nutrition course but have done extensive research on my own. I’d love to talk to you about your journey if that is at all a possibility!

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8 Katie August 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I echo the first comment! It is such a relief to read the blog of someone who seems so “real,” someone like me who is young and doesn’t have endless amounts of time to work out. Thanks for sharing your story! You look great!

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9 Robin Le Roy-Kyle August 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Meghann,

What an honest look at how life changes us! Thanks for sharing your personal story. I look forward to following you, and sharing your story with my blog community… inspiration comes from many places.

As a fellow Orlando runner/foodie/blogger, perhaps we’ll meet up sometime!

Take care,
Robin

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10 stefe1202 August 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm

You are truly an inspiration! I have recently started to blog and am starting a lifestyle change by eating healthy and just getting into running. I’m having a blast so far. Thank you for sharing your story.

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11 ohsnapitsMegan September 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

OMG. It’s like you read my mind. Your story is super motivating. I hope that I can see results like yours!

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12 Stephanie September 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Wow. I’ve been reading your blog for a month or two now but I didn’t realize how similiar my storty was/is to yours. I have not reached my goal yet but I’m getting close and I’m seeing the changes. I too, had the liberty of being active all my life so I could eat what I wanted. Until forced practice ended and I had no motivation for myself. I hope I can achieve the same success that you have! It’s also nice to read from someone who has to be in an office from 8-5. I read other blogs and just can’t seem to apply it because I don’t have the liberty of making all my meals in my own kitchen. I have always felt really similiar to you and now I know why. Thank you for your blog; it will continue to inspire me for a long time.

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13 Allison September 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

This is such an inspiring story!! It’s always so great to hear about people’s success stories with little minor changes overtime and the amazing effect it has on their lives. Congrats on hitting your goal with weight loss too! You look great and I think your healthy lifestyle is one that many girls struggling with eating issues could learn from! Good job girl! :)

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14 Natalie September 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Loved your story. Your before and after pictures are great…they are always so motivating! Your office space looks quite a bit like mine! Thanks for the support, although you don’t know you’ve even been giving it to me and i’m sure many others. I started a blog a little while ago and now that I have my own blog I realize how great it can be to interact with others. I’ve always been really bad about only reading and not commenting. I should have commented long ago so here i am…commenting! love reading what you write!!
thanks.

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15 The Hungry Runner September 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

You inspire me so much! I just love your blog. You are so real and down to earth which makes your blog such a joy to read. It makes me feel like anything is possible and that I am capable of doing what you have done!

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16 katie September 20, 2009 at 1:33 am

Hi! I have been following your blog and I just love it! I have been thinking of starting my own to help me stay on track and focused on healthy eating and my journey to begin running. Your story inspires me cause your before pictures look like me now, and if you can look that tiny after, theirs hope for me!!
I look forward to your posts everyday, to see what your eating and how far you run. Have a great day..

OH, and congrats on the new PR!!

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17 Jenny @ Scar Tissue, Healthy Living blog :) September 25, 2009 at 4:39 am

You’re story is amazing! I love your blog :) It’s one of the few healthy living blogs I read and it helped inspire me to start my own.
Congratulations on achieving your weight goal and for being healthy and proactive and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
You are an inspiration to us all!!!

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18 Jade September 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

I just read your story, and I am amazed about how similar our stories are. I too wouldn’t look at the scale and was totally shocked when I saw it hit over 150 pounds. I look back at pictures now and think “how did that happen”? Thank you so much for your blog. I just started writing my own for similar reasons to why you started. It is a comforting feeling knowing someone else has been through what I have with regards to weight. It’s been a journey, but I wouldn’t change anything about it. IT’s made me who I am today. Thanks for sharing your story, and I’ll be following your journey and healthy lifestyle. I am also training for a marathon. I did Disney last year, and it was a blast. This year I’m doing Houston.

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19 kathlaughs October 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Your blog has inspired me to start my own! Thank you so much for inspiring me to take control of my eating. And I’m training for a marathon too!

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20 Sue Jones October 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for the inspiration. Middle-aged gal here. Need to take off 25 pounds.

Take the weight off before 40– it is only uphill battle after that due to hormones, and metabolism.

Just smelling a donut adds 5 pounds.

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21 rebecca lustig October 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hey girl, you are such an inspiration, as I’m sure you realize now. I think your blog is fabulous and look forward to your next post. Have a wonderful evening, beautiful!

Rebecca

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22 Kristen November 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm

So glad to hear there are other women willing to share their struggles and strategies for fighting weight gain. I too am 5’4 and used to weight 150, I now weigh in the low 130′s after losing 20 lbs. earlier this year.
My dilemma is how to keep it off! ?? I’m struggling and must fight each day to maintain my weight.

Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring others to stay at a healthy weight. I love the pictures of the foods you make!

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23 janetha November 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

i never read this before! how did i miss it? WOW you are even more of a rockstar than i thought before!!

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24 Alexandra November 21, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Awesome! Hooray for running, nutritious food, & inspiring blogs like this one!

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25 Lo November 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Hi Meghann,

I just read your 4 part series on blogging and I’m super excited to read more of your posts. Your story sounds so familiar. I really need to figure out how to get on a healthier track. I lose my motivation and that just puts me on a downward slump till I can muster more motivation again. I can’t quite get into running, but I think I might start with walking. Thanks for sharing your story, I look forward to your blog!

-Lo

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26 Jenn December 12, 2009 at 12:21 am

Hi Meghann,

I have been reading your blog for a good year now, and I must say you have been my role model. I feel like you are a real person (not saying anything bad about the other healthy community bloggers) but I feel like I could connect more with you… which is awesome. I am absolutely ready to get back on track (and this time for good!) . I’m glad you have kept blogging,keep up the great work… and perhaps I can motivate myself to start blogging soon too.

I will be training for multiple races this upcoming year and need to kick myself in the deriere and get going, any ideas on how to motivate myself to lunge out of bed at 5:00 am on a wintery cold Chicago morning?!

-Jenn

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27 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. It’s so nice to have found this community as well, just knowing that there are other out there who share the same struggles, but also share the same victories! I will definitely continue reading about your adventure!

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28 Jamie January 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is such an honest picture of how things sometimes get a little out of whack in life but, through hard work, anything can be changed for the better! I also wanted to thank you for your posts on Blogger 101, after reading them, I started my own blog! I’d love for you to check it out, there are even pictures of me in the blue/white dress you are wearing! (we share good taste). GOOD LUCK ON YOUR MARATHON TOMORROW!

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29 Anne @ the doctor takes a wife January 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I can’t believe I just found this page from your post today!! I too stayed pretty active in college, but after getting married this past year and grad school winding down, I have not been where I need to be with energy and fitness. I’m trying to make small changes every day and you’re such an inspiration!!

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30 Denisse January 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm

You are wonderful and a true inspiration, I just happened to find your blog and was immediately inspired to begin a new lifestyle change. I find your story to be similar to what I am experiencing and I think that if you could do it and are living proof that weight can come off and healthy eating isnt boring then I know I can easily implement it into my life.

Thank you and I will be following your blog. :)

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31 sophicita January 14, 2010 at 7:12 am

Meghan,

I started browsing your blog a while ago and was already impressed by all your running and racing. Only today I had a look at ‘your story’ and am now even more impressed! It’s not easy to make these kind of lifestyle changes!! I was in a similar situation though I piled on the weight before university! I was fairly active as a child and did lots of sports but never found one I really enjoyed. I went to boarding school for a few years and found I had no time (or energy or will) to exercise besides all the studying I was doing. Add to that school canteen food that was far from healthy I was starting to put on weight. This was followed by a year of temping before university. I had a pretty tough time in my personal life during that year, again, did zero exercise, so the weight increased further. Funnily enough I started losing weight once I started university – I didn’t want to waste what little money I had on take-outs etc. (preferring to buy clothes and going out!) so I was pretty good at going to the market and buying lots of fresh veggies and fruits. Soon after I started running and a good friend motivated me to go to the gym with her. I also started practising Pilates which I love love love. I have since ran my first half marathon and am now about 14kg lighter than when I started university (and I have kept this weight for about 4-5 years now!).

Good luck for all your races, looks like a great schedule!

Sophicita

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32 MN Traveler February 1, 2010 at 5:21 am

Meghan. I stumbled across your blog today. Your story is really inspiring and I hope to have the same achievements as you! I will definitely continue reading your blog. Keep up the hard work!

Molly

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33 marathonkim February 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Oh, how lovely to find your blog! Sitting at a desk is killer. I’m currently training to run a half marathon (and the Chicago Marathon in October!) and it’s great to read about successful weight loss and healthy lifestyle journeys. :) I can’t wait to read through older posts–the black bean burger recipe has already caught my eye.

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34 kellieatsforfun February 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Such an inspiring story! Looking forward to reading more of your blog :)

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35 katie February 24, 2010 at 9:27 am

Hello:)
I love your blog! I check in on it daily! I have always been struggling with my weight.. it goes up, down, up some more.. and I have never felt “comfortable” in my own skin. My question to you is, when you were loosing weight, did you follow any diet? WW, counting calories? And how much did you work out?
How many miles on an average (not-training for a marathon) do u run in a week? Running is something I definitely want to get into.
Thank you so much!!!
Kt

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36 Lannie March 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

HI, I just found your blog! AND i ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I love the “my story” on your blog. You are an inspiration and hope to follow what you have done to change your lifestyle, I love all the pics and stories that go along. GREAT JOB on all your hard work to get where you are at. I just started to run and train for a 5k in May, and I’m scared :( Reading your blog made me feel better! Thank you and I look forward to your next entry.

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37 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

Thank you for blogging, I love reading and I especially love reading from someone who has to make ends meet in an office as well as follow their passion :)

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38 7daysgrace March 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

Reading your story inspired me!

I have Netflix workout movies on my instant watch queue, but I haven’t done them yet.

Thank you!

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39 Danielle March 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I recently started reading your blog and I love it! Your story is so motivating. I am also trying to get healthier and your story lets me know it is possible. Keep up with the amazing work!

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40 Kelly March 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

What a great story….you are definitely an inspiring woman!!

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41 Lauren March 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Hey Meghann,
I loved reading your inspirational story! I am just starting out on my journey to good health and fitness (and weight loss, but I’m trying to let that come naturally). Thanks so much for sharing, and keeping this lovely blog. I cant wait to read more from you. xox Lauren

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42 Lauren March 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Oops, wrong name and e-mail address went on the comment above. I can’t change it, but maybe you can? So sorry about that.

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43 Katherine: What About Summer? March 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

It is so great to read your story! You look happier since you’ve changed- not just healthier. Balance is so important and usually we project emotional and other struggles onto our weight struggles (or at least I’ve been there). Congrats on getting to where you are!
Katherine

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44 walktothemailbox April 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Hey! I just stumbled upon your blog because I think you found mine but you might also be a friend of one of my best friends, RhodeyGirl Tests. I love how small the world is. Anyway, I love your story and love hearing about your successes. Keep on running!!! xo -Gina

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45 littlemisspotato April 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Lovin’ your blog. You’ve made such progress and look fantastic!

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46 scarlett April 13, 2010 at 2:46 am

Thanks for your story and very inspiring photos! I have the running part down, but have to start eating better!

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47 thehealthyjunky April 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

What an inspiring story! Look forward to reading your blog more often now :)

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48 Dave Werner May 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

Hi, I hope it’s OK to contact you here, We came across your blog and We’d like to invite you to appear on our Foodie site – Foodierama. Have a look at http://www.foodierama.com and send us a note on our contact form or through the email in this comment if interested. Thanks and sorry to intrude , Dave

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49 Kati May 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Reading your story seemed all too familiar! Unfortunately when I started making positive lifestyle changes I didn’t know this whole blog world existed, but I must say that today it keeps me on track and motivated to live a healthy and fun life. I just started my own blog in hopes that I can connect with other people who share similar stories to mine and interests. Please check it out if you get the time.

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50 constantlyunwinding May 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I just stumbled on your blog. You have made some amazing progress and are such an inspiration. I have always been into health and wellness but have recently noticed I have put on some weight myself so now I am jumping full force back into a healthy and active lifestyle! I look forward to reading more and will take all the helpful tips I can:)

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51 alexandra June 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

SORRY SO LONG GUYS BUT: i share your story…down to the dancer/cheerleader/gymnastic over achiever, crying over the scale in astonishment at myself and infuriated no one told me how big i had gotten!!! since 3rd grade i would only eat french fries if they were baked!!

Unlike you i wasn’t able to complete my degree at PSU (where i co-founded a dance based registered organization). my family dynamics couldn’t afford me away at college. since then calmly and deliberately MAINTAINING balance was such a struggle.

fast forward 10years I have established myself in washington dc as a dance instructor & has since relocated to NYC to work for a pilates certification company. it put me behind a desk! like you i nipped that 150lb after my tears!

i had an extremely rough year (devastating heartbreak -medical problems). even more tears HONEY! with the economic crash arts funding was the first to go in everyone’s budget. so, i fell back on my administrative skills THE FORBIDDEN 9-5!. I arrived on the seen as the health & beauty expert (healthy hair toned legs flat belly). i left w/ a severe hormonal imbalance! i no longer work at that toxic place so i’m transiting back into dance-life but feel so uncomfortable in this skin. im just starting my intensely healthy bounce back at 160lbs! (i got up to 180lb @ 5ft!)

my new eating habits and approach is exactly what i have been looking for to find recipes and such!
Thanks! for letting me share!

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52 Megan July 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!!!!

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53 La Historiadora de Moda July 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I just came across your blog, and I am going to add it to my blogroll for sure! Your story is really inspiring, and from perusing some of your posts it seems like you have struck a wonderful balance between making healthy choices, training, and having a social life in addition to your job.

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54 Jessica July 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

Hi! I’m a huge fan of your blog! I also struggled with my weight (a lot) during and after college and am finally back to my normal weight of 120! It’s so nice to read about another real person who succeeded in the same adult weight battle so many of us suffer through after college. I think what you’re doing is awesome and inspiring. I love seeing all the pictures of your delicious food; I don’t think my meals are as photo-worthy! Anyways, I’ve written an ebook about losing weight after college after I spent two years in Korea (where the sizes don’t any higher than a 9) and would love to exchange links with you!

Check it out at: http://www.cuteandskinny.com

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55 Britta August 9, 2010 at 1:50 am

Just recently found your blog -thank you for sharing your story! I look forward to following you :)

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56 LiveForTheRun August 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

Imma have to reapply my mascara after reading this. How inspirational, thank you for sharing.

You outer is now such a reflection of your beautiful inner self.

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57 DawnV August 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

What a moving, inspirational, real-life story! Thanks for sharing it with us Meghann. I’m thrilled to have found your blog and look forward to trying many of your recipes :0)

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58 Jen M September 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hey Meghann-

I love your blog and have been reading it for over a year now, but this is my first comment. You blog really motivated me to get my act together. I am 5’4″ and weighed around 140-145lbs. I had been in that weight range for years. I was also petrified of hitting the 150 mark. Recently I joined Weight Watchers and am currently around 132. It feels great! I have also started running. Taking things slowly trying to do just one mile at a time. I was wondering what time do you go to bed? I see that you wake up at like 5:30am and I can’t even imagine doing that. I would love to be a morning work out person, but need some tips on how to get there. Thanks so much and keep up with the blogging! I love reading daily.

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59 Nikki October 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I love your style of eating/cooking. What are you most conscious about? how many calories something has? how much protein? how much fat? where the ingredients come from?

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60 Melanie October 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Would you ever consider helping a soon-to-be 40 year old develop a training plan? I ran when I was in high school. Since then, I have not been an active runner. But, working on a post-baby weight loss program has got me interested in starting up again. Nothing big…just a 5K sometime next spring so I can say I did it. Who knows…maybe that will be the start of something…

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61 Sara November 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Just recently reading these healthy lifestyle blogs have made me want to change my eating lifestyle. It will be difficult, but with motivation like yours I’m sure I can accomplish it!

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62 Kim December 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love your blog and have been reading it for awhile now! It is so inspirational to me! Thanks for sharing your story :)

Kim

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63 Gretchen December 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

How inspiring to see the progress you’ve made and maintained so far! As someone who started a weight loss and lifestyle-change recently, seeing success stories like yours are integral for me keeping up the motivation to keep going! I’ve lost about 40 pounds since August, and while I still have a ways to go, I know that as long as I have fantastic sources of humor, inspiration, and education like your blog, I’m going to get there one day!

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64 Natalie O December 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I love your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

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65 Cortney January 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Meghann-

Thank you so much for sharing your story!! I love reading your blog and like you I have found a sort of “solace” in the blogging community. It motivates me and helps me to realize that this is truly a lifestyle change. I am just in the beginning stages of my healthy lifestyle changes, but you are truly a very inspiring story.

P.S.- I love to see that you always fit in a healthy treat at the end of your day. :)

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66 Allison @ Happy Tales January 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hey there! I just found your blog, and I had to tell you that I love it! I just started a blog of my own last week, and I find yours so inspiring! I am so happy to finally be a part of the blogging world. I think it’s pretty fitting for me.

PS. Congratulations on your new venture, that is very exciting news!

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67 Elizabeth January 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I just found your blog. At first I loved it, I think what you’re doing is awesome. The only downfall is that while reading your “about” page, you make it very clear how ‘scary’ it is to weigh 149 pounds. I am also 5’4 and I am on a weight loss journey and working on making my life healthier, however, my goal weight is 150. It’s extemely discouraging to see your opinions about that number. While I think your weight loss journey is awesome and I am so happy for you that you are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay active, it’s hurtful and detrimental to others who are trying to lose weight and make their lives healthier to hear about how scary that number is. I understand that you were in the ‘overweight’ category and I commend you on making the choices to change your life. It’s not easy! It was just very disappointing to read that my goal weight is so scary to you. While you were tearing up at the thought of weighing that much, I know that I will be happy, having achieved my goal to change my life and lose weight.

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68 Meghann January 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

You are absolutely right – I just reworded my ‘about me’ and removed the numbers. My goal is not to be offensive or hurtful. We all have our own weight loss journals (no matter how big or small) and that was mine.

I think 150 is an awesome goal and I truly wish you all the luck in the world in achieving. GOod luck on your new journey – i hope it’s a great one. :)

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69 Elizabeth January 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I just wanted to say that it was definetly not my intention for you to change your ‘about’ information based on what I was saying. But I have to say that it means a lot that you did! Thank you so much.

And I will definitely keep reading your blog!! :)

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70 Lisa February 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hi there,

I just found your blog and I’m very impressed that you have made this achievement in life. I also commend you on deciding to make a change at your age. I’m 34, have a beautiful 9 year old son, and unfortunately have let myself go over the last 4 years to be exact. I basically went from 128 lbs to 160 lbs over the 4 years. That is enough for me, I have decided that I’m finished with my internal battle and going to make it a physical one, not matter how tough I know it will be. I’m also registered for a 60 km 2 day cancer walk for women in September, which has given me the added boost to get my butt in shape. Thanks again, always nice to find inspiration in different places :)

Lisa

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71 emily hall March 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi Meghann! I just stumbled across your blog and love it!!! I will continue to read and follow you! My blog is at http://www.yourfoodsmiles.com. Good luck with moving…it is alot of hard work!!!

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72 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! I love your inspirational story and can’t wait to read more! :-)

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73 Jenny March 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I passed the Stylish Blogger Award on to you. I’m sure you have already received it but I wanted to let you know that I’m a huge fan of your blog and really love following along with your journey!

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74 lisa March 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! :-) You have such an awesome story, I’m happy for you! I recently joined the blogging community and I feel like it’s also helped me with my fitness goals and healthy eating, I love it! Keep up the awesome work and I can’t wait to read more on your blog!

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75 Shruti March 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

I loved your blog! I recently graduated and moved over to Tampa! The coffee house posts are high on my interests as I love coffee houses and would like to explore Tampa for them. 8-5job, few pounds to lose, running and healthy lifestyle ..lots in common! Surely a regular follower now :)

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76 Jill May 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hello! I am new to the blogging world and just “stumbled” upon your blog. I just read your About You and I can really relate to your story. I know how hard you have worked to reach your goals and the pride you carry with you everyday for the hard work that it continues to take! I look forward to going back to your past posts and catching up to your current day! Thank you for sharing your journey so honestly!

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77 Erin August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hi Meghann, I just found your blog and I am so happy I did!! I completely relate to your story and have recently begun running and I have fell in love with it! I just put you in my Google Reader and can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

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78 Ashley C August 22, 2011 at 3:30 am

wow!! you look amazing!! I’m trying to lose about 20 pounds too and right now it does feel like the end of the world. But if you did it so can I!!! Cant wait to read more on your blog :)

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79 Katie October 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

You’re awesome girl! I also struggled with weight and body image issues during my first year of college but luckily what stemmed from it was my love for cooking and baking… win! I would love to do a recipe swap sometime!

- Katie @ http://www.ohshineon.wordpress.comm/

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80 Amanda September 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

Your blog has been a great source for me in my recent weight loss journey! So thankful for healthy living and motivational ideas. Keep up the good work!

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81 kaity @ kaityscooking November 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

could totally relater to your story and you look great in your pictures! blogs def saved me too and made me really rethink everything, and made me fall in love with running too! something i despised in highschool now i cant ever see myself stopping! cant wait to read your blog, glad i came across it

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82 Heather January 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi,

I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?

Heather

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83 Kelly@BalancedDaily January 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hey Meghann, I just came to your blog from Run, Eat, Repeat and after reading your “About Me” section I can really relate to your story. I too never really had a problem with my weight until college when all of a sudden my clothes weren’t fitting, but what really resonates with me is when you said that everyone has to find what works for them, which is so true. The blogging community has definitely helped me a lot as well in both staying motivated and realizing exactly what living a healthy, balanced lifestyle means- and running is definitely part of that for me too! You looks great and very happy!

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84 Ani June 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Your blog is so inspiring for all the healthy tips and wonderful recipes you post! I have nominated you for the Shine On award, which can be found here http://milesforthought.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/shine-on-award/ Thank you for your great posts!

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85 Papildai sportui internetu June 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

I have a passion for running too, so I understand you :) and I’m happy that you feel good as me..:)

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86 Ryan July 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

It’s great to see the positive impact running can have on everyone’s life. Congrats on your journey, Meghann.

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87 Tom K September 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I enjoy your blog. It is written in a breezy, informative fashion. I have just recently begun running some 5Ks here and there and came across your blog after it popped up in a search after I heard about some clothing optional (another reason to keep up the training) 5Ks. Your race report was great and it was nice to read you may do another one. You appear to be very organized with all of your reports and documentation of training and travel and food. Keep up the good work.

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