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What my vacation taught me about my body

by Meghann on October 18, 2011

Last week I scheduled a post to go up while I was away concerning my recent weight gain. Before the cruise the weight gain was an issue that was heavy on my mind and just needed to get out there. I knew my pants were tighter, I knew people had noticed, and I knew I had to say something about it.

Then I left for my cruise. I entered into a vacation mindset and just, well, vacationed. I enjoyed multiple desserts, ordered whatever looked good instead of whatever looked healthy, and didn’t concern myself with getting certain mileage in. The issue of the weight gain became buried in the back of my mind and I thought ‘the hell with it all’ I’m just going to enjoy myself for now.

Something else also happened on vacation. I stepped away from the computer, magazines, and tv. I left the Garmin at home, threw any training plan out the window, and just ran to run and exercised to be free. I took a good look at the beautiful women around me who wore their bikinis with pride and didn’t give a hoot what people thought. I saw women of all different shapes and sizes wearing teeny tiny suits, tankinis, one pieces, covers ups, and everything in between. I saw them swim with their children, drink their daiquiris, slather on sunscreen, and just live in the moment. It was incredibly inspiring and not at all intimidating.

Then I remembered something. I remembered I have that confidence too. It was still inside me, waiting to get out. The more I surrounded myself with these amazing confident women, the more it began to shine through.

Before the end of vacation I became more comfortable in my bikini than I did in clothes. I learned to re-love every curve, muscle, and stretch mark. I became lost in the moment and let go of all the concerns surrounding me. I fell madly in love with my boyfriend all over again, didn’t care if I was out all night partying or in bed by 10:30, and re-discovered the real Meghann. It was amazing.

Call it a vacation high or what-ever, but I don’t want this feeling of lust and pure happiness to ever end.

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This feeling of re-discovery is why vacations are so important. Sometimes we need an escape from reality to remember who we really are and who we want to be. My name is Meghann and sometimes I don’t say the right things or look the right way, but I’ll always be honest and real. My goal is to be the best sister/friend/girlfriend/role model that I can be and I want to share every step of my journey with you.

1 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) October 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

“Sometimes we need an escape from reality to remember who we really are and who we want to be.” <— THIS.

Couldn't agree more. Thanks for keeping it real and honest.
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2 janene October 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE, Meghann!!

Also, that statement you mentioned, Erin is soooo great. It wasn’t a vacation, but I have to say that my wedding this past weekend did just that for me, too! Getting a break from reality, and being surrounded by my loved ones, glowing with love, and enjoying every bite of delicious food was AMAZING, and now I feel so whole, happy, and content! Two days after the wedding, I PR’d in a half marathon, and I’m going to try to carry this as far as I can!!!

3 Melissa October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

you really don’t look like you had gained weight. if anything, you look more toned! you look great. good for you.
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4 Caitlin October 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I have to say the same thing… I mean this is basically an anonymous forum so if I thought you looked like you had gained weight I wouldn’t be afraid to say it, but I just don’t think you do. You never know who are behind some of these comments, someone that called you a “chubby blogger” is probably a ten year old boy, or just someone of the identity that you wouldn’t expect, and obvious someone with a great deal of envy. I can’t imagine telling another woman something so nasty just for the heck of it. Anyways, long story short is you are healthy, you are small, and the weight you think you have gained is clearly such a small amount that others who do not see your body all the time ( like yourself) can’t even notice.

5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Such an awesome post. I think as people who are hyperfocused on fitness goals, we are very aware of our bodies (not saying that others who aren’t focused on fitness goals aren’t or are either way), but I know what you mean. Glad you were able to take time to reappreciate your body and what it does for you.
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6 Lyndsi October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for sharing this. Much needed and inspiring!
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7 Eve October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

What an inspiring post! As a dietitian I try to help clients with self confidence and help them eat foods that they love while still feeling good about themselves. It’s so hard to get to a point where you feel comfortable and truly love yourself in a bathing suit. It’s so important to realize that people of all different shapes and sizes are beautiful. Such a wonderful message to send to others out there.

8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What an amazing post. I have always loved your honesty. I often find that on a daily basis I’m more comfortable (and confident) in my yoga pants/workout clothes than in my everyday wear. It’s always seemed weird to me but I don’t really care, I’ll take it! I’m glad you’re feeling so good post-vacation; maybe I need to send myself on one! πŸ˜‰
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9 Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I need to be reminded of this often. I get down on my body sooo easily.
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10 Mimi October 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Great post, Meghann. I’m happy for you! (:
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11 Lauren October 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Yay! It was so nice to read this post. I’m glad to hear that the cruise helped you reclaim your bikini confidence. Sometimes we need to step away from the stress of everyday life in order to fully appreciate who we are!
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12 Lindsey October 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I love this post. Sometimes, I believe, women don’t even realize how caught up they are in the images that are out there, which we can’t help but see plastered on all forms of social media and advertising. This fast paced thing that so many of us look to for inspiration and consider beauty is incredibily tiring to try and keep up with. It often takes a part of us away before we even realize it (the confident part). Stories like these, what you wrote, are so inspiring. There have been SO MANY times that I’ve looked at women and thought that they were so gorgeous, had great style, or just looked so happy and felt a little envious. I can honestly say that none of these were a size zero (not that there’s anything wrong with that) – my point is that they were beautiful because they were confident. And that is what matters. Our inner beauty shines through and we should all remind ourselves of that each time we start to fall into the comparison trap or doubt ourselves. Your post just reminded me. Thanks πŸ™‚

13 s October 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

well said! πŸ™‚

14 Sue October 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Well Said Lindsey!
More important to love yourself and be true to yourself , instead of worrying about what others are thinking. We are own worst critics and judge ourselves much more harshly than anyone else would ever think of doing.
Meghann – you are such an inspiration! And your words ring so true, confidence and truthfulness are what we can all ascribe to. Thanks for sharing and reminding us all what is important.

15 Kathryn October 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I experienced something similar when I moved to Tampa. I went to the beach often, hung out in my bikini with every other woman (and sometimes man) and realized I looked normal like everyone else. Problem solved. It was awesome.

16 Rebecca October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

What’s so funny is last week I was just thinking how amazing you looked in your vacay pix and how I thought you looked better than ever! I never comment, but I do read daily (and yours and Caitlin’s blogs are my fave!) and remember the “pants too tight post”. I’m no expert, but I really think it has to be muscle, because you look beautiful and slim!!

17 Katie October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

This is such an inspiring post! I’ve been a reader for a while but rarely ever comment on blogs, but I felt like I had to comment on this. As someone who struggles a lot to accept my body for what it is, the things that you’ve learned on vacation really show me that there are so many things more important than what you weight or look like – it’s the person that you are that really matters. I’m so happy that you’ve gained such a confidence in who you are, and I definitely am going to try to let your confidence rub off on me! πŸ™‚

18 Erin October 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Your honestly with the world never ceases to amaze me. Although we have never met ou are a true role model to me. You inspired me to run my first half marathon and to I’ve now fallen in love with running. It’s refreshing to read a blogger who is so truthful with her feelings and it’s what makes you so unique and respected. For the record you made that bikini look damn good!

19 Sarah October 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Amazing! I’m so happy for you to have had this experience and even more happy that you shared it! I needed to read this today. Thank you!
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20 Emma October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Awesome post and a great reminder to everyone. Your body has helped you achieve some awesome goals lately! You look fantastic and live a healthy lifestyle. Perfect..no! But what fun is that? I’ve learned being 5lbs lighter is not going to make me happier, a better person, friend, etc. So love what ya got!

21 Cait's Plate October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

LOVED this post. It really is amazing what a little time away with yourself can provide you! Sometimes it’s situations like that can just provide you the best perspective on things!
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22 Megan @ Life As Megan Knows it October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Great post Meghann!! I have been having major body issues lately and this really helped me. I too leave for Vacation on Saturday and hopefully my vacation brings me as much positive feelings as yours did πŸ™‚
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23 Krystina (Organically Me) October 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Good for you! Our bodies will change many times throughout our lives, but one thing that should remain constant is out confidence in ourselves. I’m glad you’re rediscovering your love for yourself.

24 Amy October 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

AWESOME post!!!!!!! So happy for you and your happiness! For what it’s worth, you do not look like you have gained an ounce. You have a rockin bod!

25 Caitlin C. October 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Another amazing post! What an amazing feeling of re-discovery. I often have trouble letting myself go and indulging on vacations, but my vacations are always those where I remain “plugged in”. I think this Dec. when I go to FL I will make a conscious effort to unplug from media – then maybe I can truly let go!
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26 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Great post, Meghann! I think it’s so important to discover these truths on our own, and it is inspiring to witness yours! πŸ˜€

27 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love this post! So inspiring, and so important to remember! Thanks for sharing :).

28 SaraRM October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

AMEN SISTA! Ohh so very true. It is WAY too easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others even in a community that promotes the opposite.

29 SkinnyRunner October 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

i love vacations. thats pretty much it.
great post, we all need to remember sometimes that we get one body so might as well love it.

30 laura October 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

thank you for this inspiring and TIMELY post! my husband & I leave for aruba this wknd. as much as i always look forward to vacation, i always have the little voice in my head about how i will look on the beach. i need to gain some self-confidence too!

31 Amanda October 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

So happy your vacation helped you re-focus and regain your self confidence. This post is a great reminder that sometimes all we need is a little perspective and a change in attitude.
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32 Katie For Life October 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I love this post! It’s hard to think this way sometimes πŸ™‚
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33 Shayla @ The Good Life October 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thank you for sharing this Meghann…this is so very inspiring and I need to hear this every now and then. Though like you I’m at a healthy weight, I sometimes get down on my weight gain, but moments like what you experienced remind me to appreciate the body I have and let it be the weight it’s happy at…life is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest without any regrets πŸ™‚
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34 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries October 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

This is definitely such an encouraging and inspiring post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I absolutely support you in this, as I definitely feel like being yourself and feeling confident in your own skin is what truly matters! Isn’t it interesting that when we do step away from the various sources of media we have, that we’re able to push some of our insecurities about ourselves away? I think that definitely has something to say about our society.
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35 Corey @ Learning Patience October 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Excellent Post! Thats what life is all about. Since moving to Trinidad, I have noticed that a lot of women here are happy, confident, positive! Are they all a size 4- no- not even close, but they focus on living life to the fullest, making meaningful friendships, having fun and enjoying that dessert or extra glass of wine! The focus of our conversations aren’t about working out, losing weight or how fattening something is – its about current events, funny things, movies, sports… I have learned since moving here that – when i focus on working out to be healthy and being active to have fun, it does a body good! I have never felt better both mentally and physically!
xoxo from Trinidad
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36 Amanda October 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

You look good, Meghann πŸ™‚

37 Hillary October 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Sometimes the best thing to do is just step away and put everything in perspective. We often get so tied up in US that it’s hard to step back and take a look around and realize that it (whatever “it” may be) is not such a big deal.

Just curious: are you still trying to lose those 10 lbs? Or has the vacation revelation made you step back and re-evaluate if that’s even necessary?
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38 Meghann October 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’m still thinking on this one.

39 Hillary October 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Understandable. Keep us posted! This is just something that I’m constantly struggling with, too. I bounce back and forth between both sides—on the one hand, I like the way I look a few lbs lighter, but I feel like as long as I’m working out (and enjoying it, not doing it for punishment) and eating within reason, then I should just let my weight fall where it does.

Thanks for the honesty, Meghann.

40 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I love everything about this! I’m sure it’s really challenging with your blog being so much a part of your life and feeling even more pressure to look a certain way, but honestly it’s just being YOU that makes you and your blog likable, and there aren’t strict rules for what constitutes a healthy life or a healthy body really. I mean maybe those people on the reality show that have to be removed from their homes don’t count, but honestly you are beautiful and your life style is an inspiration to so many people! Glad you rediscovered yourself while you were away, because all of those negative Nancys are just jealous!
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41 Katie October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Thank you so much for the post. I have a vacation coming up over Thanksgiving and need to hear those positive words about our bodies and being able to love them. Thank you for being honest and open!

42 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Great post. πŸ™‚ Good for you! I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself and can experience these moments—confidence is beautiful!
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43 Lizzy October 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

GOOD FOR YOU!!! I think this is a fabulously written post. I’m struggling with my body and weight right now too after running 3 marathons in one year and desperately needing a break from it all… but this post put it into perspective. You are happy so screw what other people have to say : )

44 Mallory @ It's Only Life October 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

awesome post. so glad you rediscovered yourself and your goals. how we feel about ourselves starts on the inside. sometimes when i get too wrapped up in losing a few pounds– even one or two– i have to step back and remind myself that wow, this is NOT what life is about and i will not be a happier person if i weigh less! in fact, at my lowest weight i was most unhappy.
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45 Paige October 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Meghann,

You are Such an inspirational woman! I read your blog daily & follow you on twitter, and such. I have learned so much from you! I am trying to lose weight and it is such a sensitive issue for me! I appreciate all of the posts that you do on a daily basis, that makes me want to be a better and stronger woman. I am struggling in many areas of my life right now, and reading this post certainly put me into tears. I admire you.

Thank you for being such an incredible Person, Woman, Blogger, and hopefully one day someone that I can meet.

Sincerely,
Paige Russell

46 Brenna October 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hi Meghann,

I’ve come across the healthy living blog community earlier this year including yours and I’ve been reading it for a while. I always enjoy reading about everything from your workouts, meals, dog and every day life. I couldn’t resist commenting for the first time after reading this post. I just took a week vacation with my boyfriend at the end of September and returned feeling exactly what you just described in this post! Being around other women of all shapes and sizes in bathing suits who were full of confidents definitely gave me more confidence of my own and left me feeling so much more comfortable in my own skin. I’m happy for you! πŸ™‚

47 Liz October 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

And now I’m sitting at my desk at work crying…What a wonderfully moving post, and how wonderful for you to have discovered these things! Please keep sharing with us. You ARE a role model, and a wonderful inspiration!

48 Mary @ food and fun on the run October 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Way to go Meghann! I love this post and I am so glad you published it! Everyone needs to be reminded of this!
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49 Lindsay October 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I’m literally crying. You said all you ever need to say in that post. I’ve been struggling with weight gain issues myself and have lost a lot of self confidence. This post really encouraged me. Thank you Meghann.

50 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I love how you keep it REAL-for real! GO you! I love vacation for that very reason….a way to sit back and realize what is REALLY important!
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51 Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

You are so amazing!!!!!!!!!!

I had an awakening type of moment of clarity like this while I was vacationing on my 21st birthday, too. It just felt so good to be away from IT … the stress, the concerns, the charts, the plans, the memos, the strings, the beeps, the mirrors, the routine, the everything.

I am so happy you wrote this post! It just made my day!!!

52 Holly S. October 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Meghann,
Enjoy the blog and this post…but do you know what “lust” means?! I know vacation can be good for the bedroom life, but it’s an awkward thing to broadcast on the blog. πŸ˜‰

53 Meghann October 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I didn’t meant it like that. I meant lust or infatuation with life. πŸ™‚

54 amanda October 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Dude, go ahead and mean it like that! You’re in love with your man!

55 Run.Learn.Repeat October 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I loved this post! Thanks for sharing! It was such a good reminder to keep the right perspective in life. πŸ™‚
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56 Laura October 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Meghann,

I have been reading your blog for years now-since Inner Workings… And love every post you write. Although until now I’ve always been a silent lurker. But I feel compelled to comment now because when I read your weight post while you were on the cruise I was shocked and appalled that anyone could say anything negative about you. I thought you looked great and was sad you didn’t see that. So when I read this post I am so happy for you. You really do deserve to just love life, enjoy your boy and pup, and be proud of yourself for all you’ve accomplished so far. You’ve certainly succeeded in being a huge role model to me. Thank you.

57 Kelly October 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I think it’s a fine line. On one hand, it’s nice to be a weight that makes you feel good and where you don’t have to buy new clothes, but I think you also have to tread that fine line of not getting obsessed with maintaining it or striving for something that just isn’t sustainable. But yeah, I think vacations can be a good reminder that there are plenty of people who are comfortable in their own skin, regardless of their size, as well as people who struggle with confidence, again regardless of size. I think the one thing I wouldn’t assume is that just because people are out in their bikinis having fun that they don’t have the same body issues and insecurities we all do. Sometimes people just suck it up to enjoy the moment.

P.S. Not sure if the post above was what you intended to link to. Kind of doesn’t make sense for what the link says.

58 Meghann October 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Gah. Thanks! Just fixed the link!

59 Michelle October 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I’ve read your blog for a long time and always felt it was one of the most real and most delightfully written. But, this is the first comment I’ve posted and it took this post to make me finally do it. This was perfect. Absolutely, perfect. Thanks for saying this. You’re so right and we all need to remember it.

Thank you for this!

60 Kristin October 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Such an amazing post! Definitely something I needed to read to bring me a bit back to reality. Enjoy your week girly πŸ™‚
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61 Heather October 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Good for you! What a great attitude, it’s good to hear people embracing real life.

62 Christie October 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I also am typically a silent lurker, but felt compelled to comment on this amazing post. Love love LOVE this post! I can get so tied up with the way I look, and always wanting to change so many things about my body. But really, the way we look should in no way affect our happiness and enjoyment of the every day. I am so glad you posted this – definitely put a high note on the day! I’m so inspired, thank you!
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63 mary October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

That is why you are fantastic miss thing. Your body is beautiful as it is, you’re strong, and so fit! So what if there is a teeny bit more of you to love! You’re awesome πŸ™‚
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64 Danielle Dillard October 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Meghann,

To be honest I’ve been dealing with negative thoughts about my body lately as well but then I step back and realize that in actuality, I really do love my body! And I’m proud of it! I know there’s things I can work on, but I can still do those things and love myself at the same time. For me, it’s about that…

Sometimes people say mean things, or you read certain things online or in magazines, that make you think you’re supposed to look a certain way or feel a certain way (aka-make you feel bad about yourself). I’m working against those (we all are I think!) and sometimes I get sucked in too. It’s times that I take a step back, look at the big picture, look at how far I’ve come but also get excited for where I can go, is when I get proud of myself (and my body) again.

Great post! Flaunt it girl, you look great (and your confidence is sexy!).
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65 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

You go girl! This is such an inspirational post. Sometimes we become so consumed with looks that we forget what it means to be TRULY healthy and to live a life worth living! For what it’s worth– you look beautiful as ever.
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66 Homa October 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Loved the energy and honesty of your post. Vacations can be great chances to get perspective!
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67 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

What a wonderful post!!! You go girl!
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68 colleen October 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Absolutely the best post ever! Every woman needs to read this post and come away with confidence and reassurance that we shouldn’t be placed into one shape/size fits all box. We are all guilty of not appreciating ourselves in the present. I am a big offender of this….until today. Before today I was constantly beating myself up for not working harder every day to loose my 20 lbs of baby weight. Yes, I walked/jogged with our dog, lifted weights 2-3x week, took family bike rides and walks, but my weight and spirit wasn’t moving. This summer I was actually not looking forward to taking my older boys to the water park because of what people might think of me in a swimsuit, but once I was there and was asked to race down the water slide with my boys, all those fears/concerns were gone. Those were the best 4 hours and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I am still working on losing weight and getting more in shape – it is a slow process, but it is paying off because today I tried on a pair of jeans two sizes smaller and they fit. But I didn’t need those jeans to fit to tell me I was getting healthier. I was starting to feel more comfortable and confident around my hubby – and that is all that matters. Again, great post of bringing to light what is important .

69 Hope October 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I think this is a great post! You are beautiful Meghann and I’m glad that you are able to realize that. πŸ™‚
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70 Katy Widrick October 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

HELL YES.

I enjoyed every bite of gelato and every piece of pizza in Italy…while still feeling great about my ability to walk a half marathon every day and hike some of the most advanced trails.

Lucas told me recently that he never gets mad because he thinks I’m fat or lazy. He gets mad because *I* think that and say it about myself. I’ve never felt more at peace than on vacation, enjoying every moment away from mirrors and technology, and I’m so glad you had a similar hallelujah moment.
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71 Angie October 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

My FAVORITE post ever!!! I am so happy for you πŸ™‚ I love your blog and love how honest you are – you rock!!!

72 Jenn October 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

You look great – toned and healthy! You should be proud and ignore the haters. If people have nothing better to do than go on the Internet and tear people down (while hiding behind a computer) that’s sad for them. I love your blog and your positivity and am glad you are letting go of the negative feelings πŸ™‚

73 Army Amy* October 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Great post! Glad to hear that you got your groove back!*
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74 Melissa @ TryingToHeal October 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I had the same experience both times when I was in Kauai, about letting go, enjoying things, being free of all things and just feel great. It seem to only last a few days before all the old feelings come back, but at least I know that confidence is there and can emerge!
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75 Kirsten October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I think sometimes its hard to remember that just because you aren’t the same size you were a year ago, six months ago, whatever… sometimes, you are the size you are because its the size you are suppose to be. Also, keep in mind all the many things your body has allowed you to do… marathons, Ironmans, ect. Most people don’t have those acheivements, so who cares if it cost you 10 pounds! To me, I would rather gain 10 pounds and keep it on, and keep up with the wonderful things your body allows you to do, then to worry about the extra weight. Afterall, maybe your body is content where it is…. it allows you to eat normal, throw in some fun foods, and do some outstanding acheivements!!

76 ChrisChick October 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Terrific post. Thank you, Meghann.

77 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

This post had me swelling with happiness. You are an inspiration:)
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78 Helen October 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

“Last week I scheduled a post to go up while I was away concerning my recent weight gain. Before the cruise the weight gain was an issue that was heavy on my mind and just needed to get out there. I knew my pants were tighter, I knew people had noticed, and I knew I had to say something about it.”

Uh. (a) You’re a very small woman. And (b) I think it’s a bit ridiculous if people have honestly been sitting there wondering if you’ve gained a few pounds and if you felt you had to write an entire few posts about it (not to bash the general ’empower yourself’ message behind it; if you were able to regain some self-confidence, that’s great). But honestly, I, and I would hope most people, spend a few minutes a day reading blogs as some leisurely downtime, much the same as reading the DailyMail Femail or watching trashy E! tv, not to religiously analyze, scrutinize and base my own life around what the bloggers are doing, wearing and look like while living theirs. I have enough actual problems and concerns in my life that I hardly need to expend energy worrying about whether a complete stranger has a very small or just a moderately small body, and surely other people do as well. Geez, people. Lately the sole motivation behind HLB lifestyles seems to be vanity sizing – would it not be better to focus on the “health” (which, as long as you’re not morbidly obese has nothing to do with weight) and the “living” (also has nothing to do with size, and if you think it does, you’re not living happily) aspects?

And Meghann, you look fine.

79 Allyson October 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Can I just say that you are amazing?! I read this post and was tearing up. You are truly and inspiration and a role model for what healthy living is all about.

80 Rachel October 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

THANK YOU for this.
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81 Mary October 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Well said! And by the way, looking back on the older cruise pictures you posted I think you have never looked better. You are strong, healthy, and fit. Glad your vacation was great. Always keep it real! I love your blog because you find the balance in life with both health and fun, and truly seem to live life to the fullest.

82 Caitlin October 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

This post right here, Yeah this is the reason you will ALWAYS stay on my favorites list. Awesome post- You rock, but you already knew that!
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83 Erin October 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I’m sure you’ve heard this all before but it is crazy for anyone to make comments about your weight. Ever. It is also crazy to think anyone would as I look at all of your vacation posts and think that you look amazing. All that aside, for every single one of us who has had less than positive thoughts about our physical appearance, this is a terrific reminder of how and why to let all of that go. Thanks for a great reminder!

84 Brittany October 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Loved this post lady. And, you’re beautiful!

I’ve been feeling down on myself because I’ve gained weight as well. I really think it has something to do with sitting in front of the computer all the time so I’m making an effort to move more. πŸ™‚
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85 Kristin @ FoodFash October 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

What a great post Meghann!! You couldn’t be any more right πŸ™‚
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86 Kelly October 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Fantastic post Meghann!!
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87 Grace October 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I honestly hate the weight debate. It makes me crazy I go between wanting to be happy and indulge when I want… to despising my body. I’ve gained about 3-5 lbs. that will not come off or I’m not trying hard enough to get off and it sends me into a panic because how easy is it for the lbs. to just keep adding up. I’ve literally searched the internet for things that could be wrong with me that might cause me to gain weight. I love this post and it’s honestly and just wanted to let you know that when I’ve read your blog I’ve always admired your confidence:)

88 Tiffany @ texan on the run October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

love this post! amen sistaa

89 Georgia October 19, 2011 at 12:53 am

Beautifully put, Meghann!
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90 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

Inspiring post, Meghann πŸ™‚
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91 Gloria October 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

Meghann, I haven’t posted in forever but I wanted to tell you how I love the honest divulgement of your feelings. It’s not just this post. It’s all of them. It’s amazing how much you can sense about a person from reading their writing everyday. I hadn’t seen the older post where you addressed your weight, and (like everyone else) I am shocked you received comments like that from people. The important thing is that you’re healthy – and from what it sounds and looks like, you are. You’re beautiful… and we have the same cheeks πŸ˜‰ (don’t they make you feel like your whole face is lighting up when you smile? love it)

I also wanted to say that even though you’re healthy and look strong and beautiful, it can be annoying to have that “extra” weight on your body. So I understand how you felt negatively about it at first. The fortunate part is that you were able to have that amazing experience on the cruise so shortly after to re-affirm to yourself that you are confident about your body! A frightening amount of women do not have the ability to go out in public, rock a bathing suit, and come home with that fuzzy feeling. I know, I used to be one of them. You’re a lucky girl, Ms. Meghann! Aaaand now you have me itching to go on a vacation asap!

92 Katherine October 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

Great post! So empowering and magnificant!!! xxoo

93 Sarah Fit October 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

Sometimes I think all the blogging and reading other blogs contributes to an unhealthy body image. It contributes to healthy one as well reading posts like this, but I have found that stepping away from my computer while on vacation, allows me to better listen to my body rather than seeing a great dessert recipe come across my blog reader and wanting to replicate and not being able to stop at a normal serving. Amazing post πŸ™‚

94 Lisa October 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

I recently went on vacation too and ate things I don’t normally eat. But I still exercise on vacation and I LOVED it! It felt so fun to exercise somewhere new, do new things. It sort of reinspired me to want to be fit and lose those few pounds I gained.

95 Lisa October 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

I recently went on vacation too and ate things I don’t normally eat. But I still exercise on vacation and I LOVED it! It felt so fun to exercise somewhere new, do new things. It sort of reinspired me to want to be fit and lose those few pounds I gained. Sometimes it’s good to disconnect.

96 Christie October 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Love it…..that’s so true. It feels great to just be yourself and let go.

97 Mindy L October 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Wow this is just what I needed as I’m struggling with something somewhat similar to this. This post is truly inspiring πŸ™‚

98 Allie October 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Love this post Meghann! You are such an inspiration!

99 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

Awesome perspective on vacation and just letting go of those expectations we have so often. It’s not easy to do, but when you see others confident in their bodies that aren’t perfect it definitely helps give everyone else confidence that we can be ourselves as well.
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100 Sophie October 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

This is such a great place to be in and thing to be thinking! πŸ™‚
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101 Nicole October 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

You said: “This feeling of re-discovery is why vacations are so important. Sometimes we need an escape from reality to remember who we really are and who we want to be.”

Those are the truest and best words that I’ve ever read in a blog.
Amen, sister.
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