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September 2005

This photo was taken at a friend’s birthday celebration my Junior year of college. This was probably when I was at my thinnest in college, but not healthy by any means. I was still pretty active at this point with dance and walking to class, but my eating habits included late night fried chicken runs and all the beer you could drink.


April 2007

College graduation. I believe this is where you can start to see a difference in my face. After I graduated I went to a desk job and just stopped any sort of activity.


June 2007

This photo was taken right after I graduated college on a celebratory cruise. I hated every picture taken on this cruise.


September 2007

The pants I am wearing in this picture were ones I had bought a couple of months before and were obviously now too small. None of my clothes fit at this point and I was very unhappy with the weight gain.

imageNovember 2007

At this point its hard to fin full body pictures of me online. I either deleted them or left them cropped at half. I was un happy and ready to do something about it.


February 2008

1 month into my weight loss progress. I had lost about 10 pounds at this point and could already tell a difference in how I felt and what I looked like.

March 2008 – 2 months into weight loss and down 15 pounds. I ran my first and second 5k this month. I was officially hooked on running.

May 2008

I reached my goal 4 months after I began losing weight. Total weight loss 25 pounds!


September 2008

I ran my first 15k and started my blog. I was happy. Very happy!


March 2009

One full year after I created a goal with myself to lose weight and get in shape I am happy today that life could not be better. I found a hobby that I love, am full of energy and am no longer scared of the camera. Confidence is key!

June 2007 versus May 2008

October 2007 versus October 2008

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tay July 5, 2009 at 8:51 pm

WOW is all I have to say to those pics! You look amazing, girl (but of course you were beautiful as ever before your weight loss)! As a fellow “weight-loser” as well, all I can say is congrats and I know how much dedication it must have taken. You were beautiful then, and are beautiful now :-)


2 Dotsie July 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I know it must have been hard to put up some of these pictures–but thank you for doing so. You have come a long way and your hard work has definitely paid off. You’re inspiring others, and I hope you’re proud of yourself–because I know a lot of readers are, and look to you as inspiration and for inspiration!


3 April July 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm

You’re so gorgeous!


4 Amy July 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Great job. I am hoping I can do the same thing you did. How did you start training for runs?



5 "Snack" to Weight Loss Eating? July 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Where did you run the 15K, I did the Boilermaker in Utica, NY on July 13th.


6 eatingbirdfood July 26, 2009 at 10:09 am


Thanks for adding the picture recap. It’s a great to see others transitions. I think it really help others who are trying to lose realize that losing weight is possible!

Being confident and happy with yourself is what it’s all about and you can tell in the after photos that you truly are!!

Also, I added you to my blog roll!


7 Bevin July 28, 2009 at 11:12 pm

what a change! you look amazing!!! weight loss is all about patience and willpower. congrats meghann!!


8 Jolene ( August 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

You look absolutely amazing!! Although you were just as lovely and beautiful before, the transformation is wonderful! Good for you!


9 kayteesays August 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I am so grateful to you for posting these pictures. It’s amazing what a difference a year can make, on so many levels.


10 TK August 22, 2009 at 12:44 am

Wow. You look amazing. I, like you, have never been “fat” but am definitely what would be considered chubby. I still need to find the motivation you have found, and it kills me that I can’t seem to. Ironically, I am totally aware of food choices, cook well with healthy ingredients, buy most of my groceries in the veggie aisle, etc etc etc. Basically, I know WHAT to do but can’t seem to stick to it. Do you have advice for someone like me? It sounds pathetic, I know, but I just can’t seem to find that motivation. Any words of advice you have would be so appreciated. Please email me if you can, thanks!


11 Gillian August 26, 2009 at 4:25 am

You really are incredibly beautiful! I recently found your blog thru Caitlin’s blog. I am finishing up college this year and have completely fallen off the healthy eating/exercising wagon over these past two years. I hope to be able to have great after shots like this when I am done! :) I am running my first 10k in October.


12 veggiedollface August 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I am so proud of you. You look so beautiful & I am glad to see your hard work has paid off :) Keep it up! You are the ultimate inspiration.


13 Kayla August 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

So impressive. Amazing. I want to start running


14 Nicci@NiftyEats September 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I’ve visited this page before months ago, but never left a comment. I just had to give you props on your success. It’s motivating to see how hard you work and gives me the push to continue on in my own weight loss journey!


15 dragonfly180 September 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

awesome transformation! you look really great and are such an inspiration. i can’t believe you were running 15K in such a short span of time! i ran my first 5K last october and will be doing my first 10K this october!


16 Jenny @ Scar Tissue, Healthy Living blog :) September 25, 2009 at 4:29 am

Congratulations Meghann you are amazing!!!
What an incredible transformation. And good on your for recognizing that you were unhappy with the way your lifestyle was going so you chose to be healthy and productive about it.
That’s so great to see :)
You inspire me girl!
Congratulations on your succcess!


17 Jessica October 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

It’s been a year since I started running and I just completed my first 5k in the beginning of October. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration. You look AMAZING!



18 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I can see such a HUGE transformation in those pictures, that’s great!!

I also lost 25 pounds (almost 2 years ago now) and I’m working at keeping it off!!

Good job, Meghann! Love your blog, btw!!


19 Bekah November 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I just found your blog, via all the links to you about FB festtt. :)
You look amazing- truly inspiring, and great blog to booott.


20 NutritionCurious December 16, 2009 at 3:56 am

I started watching my weight in June of this year after getting to almost 150 pounds! Luckily I now weigh around 125, I have really been working on eating better, but still can’t get into a lot of exercise….I just don’t care for most of it. I love yoga though! Anyway I was just curious on your weight lose journey what sizes have you been? For me I was up to around a 10 or 11 and now I’m down to a 4/6 or 5. Your blog is very inspirational and has been giving me more motivation!


21 Erin December 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Wow, Meghann, I’ve been reading your blog since the summer and have checked your weight loss story before – but wow! You look so different, healthy, and happy in these later pictures! I can totally relate to feeling unhappy and wanting to do something about it. It’s great to see how you’ve come as a runner too – you’re an inspiration! Way to go! :)


22 Scott January 3, 2010 at 8:55 am

Heard you on the Cruise Radio program. Thanks for the helpful tips…



23 jqlee January 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

you look amazing. keep it up!


24 Jamie (Food in Real Life) January 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hi Meghann!
Your pictures and story are very inspiring! You look amazing and happy! I look forward to following along with your blog!


25 mrssturgis January 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Congratulations girl! You are an inspiration. I am new to the blogging community, but really feel that it’s helping me on my journey as well. I have pretty much the same stats to go as you, only I’m a little shorter (5’2). I appreciate you putting those pics up, I know it took some gusto! You look amazing and happy.



26 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

You are totally inspiring! How did you lose all the weight? And how did you keep it from creeping back? I’m in the process of fitting into a bikini for my 25th birthday (my first bikini ever) and would love some pointers!


27 Emily February 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hi Meghann! I haven’t commented much, but I’ve been reading your blog for a month now. I love it! You are so inspiring…every time I feel like giving up, I look at your blog for motivation. I’m three weeks in, 4 lbs. down, 16 to go! Plus, I signed up for my first 5K in April (I’m in Chicago, so I have to wait for things to thaw). Thanks!


28 missyrayn February 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

You look great and you did it so well.

And I agree that running is addictive. That’s what I love to do now even after major injuries.


29 kellieatsforfun February 20, 2010 at 4:38 am

Wow, super inspiring! Thanks for keeping up such an amazing blog and having the confidence to put up pictures to show how far you’ve come. Great job :)


30 Waking Up Hungry February 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I love stories like yours! Great job on getting fit! I look forward to reading more of your blog.


31 rachel March 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Great blog – I stumbled on it whilst looking for RACE SWAG and saw the Gasparilla photos (my friend just did the marathon – her first) – thanks for sharing! Rach


32 healthyappletite March 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

you look great!! xx


33 shegoesbananas March 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I just stumbled across your blog and thought I would tell you… Girl, you look amazing! Congrats on the transition to a healthy lifestyle!


34 Kelly March 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Your transformation is amazing! I love that you are showing that hard work and dedication makes all the difference in the world! Congratulations for taking the steps to make you a healtier person both mentally and physically! :)


35 littlemisspotato April 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

You’ve got such a gorgeous smile 😀


36 spiritwriter3 May 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Hi! Thanks for sharing your story, it’s amazing how a year of determination and effort can create an outstanding visual such as yours. But, I will have to say that you look good even with a few more curves! Many people from my past and now tell me I carry weight well as well as carrying less…Although, it’s still a matter of how we feel with the weight..I can say that I feel better with less weight…not more than I need. Great work with your body, keep it rockin’ and movin’!!


37 healthyhappyalways June 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I love your story! Thanks for sharing it, you are an inspiration to me everyday!


38 melpy July 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

You are a great inspiration! I actually lost a lot of weight during college and the stress of student teaching put it all back on plus approx 20 extra pounds. I am working on getting back in shape and into clothes that were more in style 5 years ago haha. Your blog reminds me a lot of Eat, Drink and Be Hopeful which you should go check out if you have a chance.


39 Mark Daniel July 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Great Job on the weight loss! I actually went from 220 down to 175 myself. It’s really just stop drinking alcohol and going out so much. When you go out you find yourself eating tons of junk late at night. Then you are to hungover to exercise and you get huge….lol


40 Shanna, like Banana August 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I saw that you were part of HLS when I went to the website and had to check out your blog. I am SO impressed. I had a very similar story going through college and am also just a bit over 5ft 4in. I started freshman year at about 120lbs and by the end of sophomore year was already at 144lbs…eek. By senior year I was under 130 and today I’m at 115! You are inspiring!


41 nikislosingit August 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

Amazing! I love before and after pictures because they are such an inspiration! Good job!


42 Tracy September 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

What a great journey! Keep up the great work! Love your Blog and all of your inspirational posts ~ Take Care


43 Cailin @ Stir Crazy September 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

Wow, that’s so impressive and inspiring! Thanks for sharing your journey and transformation. I wish I shared your love for running… but I’m working on it!


44 Shelley October 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for sharing your progress with us, you look great and I bet you feel even better, awesome work!


45 Erin Creeks January 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I love what you’re doing keep it up!


46 lisa March 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Awh I love this. Good for you! :)


47 rachel April 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

looking awesome! i’ve been in the same boat as you. 4 more pounds to go and i’m at my target weight and feeling great! lol


48 Kamol May 2, 2011 at 2:13 am

Wonder woman and wonderful life …
Inspiration let help the people …running for awesome.


49 Kayla May 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm


I have been reading your blog for a little over a year now. I happen to stumble on it and I try to catch up several times a week.

Your story inspired me. I ran my first 5K this weekend and plan to sign up for another one for next month. I never thought I could be a runner, but I gave it a chance and fell in love with it.

You truly are an inspiration.


50 Megan :) May 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Made these for my mom for mother’s day except I couldn’t find the mini muffin pan :( So I made huge ones instead! they are looking pretty awesome. Thought I might have trouble getting them out of the pan but they came right out. Definitely a keeper!


51 Krissie J May 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

You look fantastic! It’s great to see success stories from real people with real jobs and not the same old celeb touting their routine while having tons of money to spend on trainers and chefs. Kudos to you! :)


52 Lauren @ RawIsSexy May 24, 2011 at 1:12 am

LOVE YOUR STORY! You look amazing and will definitely continue to inspire others! Keep up the amazing work! – Lauren


53 Maria June 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Congrats! You look smookin’ hot!


54 Kelly June 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I love your blog! It seriously motivates me to get out there and run my ass off. I’m also super tempted to move someplace warmer every time I read about your outdoor runs, bike rides and swims!


55 Amanda F August 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

Wow! This is fantastic! Good job with running, I just started to blog after 5 months of getting into fitness. The blogging world is a great way to stay motivated and learn through others. I just started running, and finished my first 5k and doing my second on the 20th


56 Lisa Harrison November 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Just began reading your blog and I love it, although I am much older than you! Congrats on your marathon today. Your time is what I am aiming for on my second marathon which is December 10th. Your before and after pictures are great! Wondering how much you weighed before your transformation and how much you weigh now.


57 Allessia January 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

So inspiring! I can totally relate to how you were feeling – I’ve finally buckled down and decided to get my weight and confidence under control! I’ve always been active – even ran a half-marathon this summer but it’s never been enough to get me to the size I’d like to be. I suppose it’s true what they say – you can’t out work a bad diet!

Thanks for sharing your journey!


58 Amy January 27, 2013 at 3:41 am

Hey from Scotland!!!!
I read a lot of fit blogs but never actually comment on anything! I feel yours is worth a comment..just to say I think you are awesome!!!! This is by far my favourite blog :)

A x


59 thomas cappiello October 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Bravo, good for you! I worked on losing almost 30 lbs over the course of 9 mos, gained a bit back but I know how much mind over matter these efforts take.


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