74 responses

  1. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 4, 2012

    Ahh I had taking self portraits- they’re so awkward! But it’s a great way to see your progress regardless, you look great!
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  2. Lauri
    January 4, 2012

    I think your results are amazing, especially in your abs, what a difference!!!! I am jealous, I want to do this but don’t know if I have the time. How many days a week do you ned to strength train?
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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      The program recommends 2-3 days a week of strength training. I started with 3 days a week, but found that schedule was difficult too keep up while training for my HIM over the summer. I dropped to 2 days a week in the middle of stage 1 and found that the time commitment was much more manageable that way. Each workout is roughly an hour long, so 2 hours total a week for strength training.

  3. Shannon
    January 4, 2012

    You look great! Congrats on getting through the 5 stages and making progress!
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  4. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    January 4, 2012

    Work it, Meghann! You are looking great!!!
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  5. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    January 4, 2012

    That website/application apparently thinks you are a dude. Or, just felt like telling you that you have a normal waist measurement for a guy.

  6. Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    January 4, 2012

    It might be hard to see the difference between stage 4 and 5 — but from stage 1 to 5, you can tell it’s working! Great work!

  7. tracey
    January 4, 2012

    You can definitely see the difference from stage 1 to 5 – you look amazing! Keep it up!

  8. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    January 4, 2012

    Can def see a difference–nice work!

    P.s. the website thing said you were a male…uhhh what? Check it out–kinda funny.

    “Waist” is measured at the narrowest part, or usually right above the navel –hope that helps!
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  9. Hillary
    January 4, 2012

    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to pick a strength training plan and stick with it (something I’ve slacked on BIG time). The more I read your reviews of NRLFW, the more I want to give it a shot. Maybe it’s time to just bite the bullet!
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  10. Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go!
    January 4, 2012

    Wow, I definitely see the difference between Stage 1 progress photos and the most recent ones! Good work Meghann!
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  11. Lena @Fit on the Rocks
    January 4, 2012

    You can most definitely see the progress from the beginning to now. It’s very noticeable (not that you looked bad before or anything). Your abdominals are seeing the biggest difference, so maybe I should try this. It’s the one area I’m seeing the least difference through my workouts.
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  12. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 4, 2012

    Your progress is amazing. That side by side comparison from day 1 to now is awesome. Nice job!
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  13. Jess
    January 4, 2012

    You look fantastic! I’m going to give this a shot!

  14. Reenie
    January 4, 2012

    Ok……..I’m ordering the book NOW!!!

    From Stage 1 to Stage 5 you can totally see a difference. Great Job Meghann……waaaay to go!!!

  15. Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe
    January 4, 2012

    You’re lookin’ smokin’ girl! One of my goals for this year is to incorporate more strength training, you’re an inspiration!
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  16. Amanda – RunToTheFinish
    January 4, 2012

    i love thatyou really tracked your progress. i am always saying I will with photos, but like you can’t figure out how to get it consistent. I think you recap of what to do is good.

    I think your waist measurement is probably more like what the doc said, but the overall is that you consistently took 1 and that’s what counts! definitely motivating me to stick with my weight routine
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  17. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups
    January 4, 2012

    I think you’re looking awesome! Way to go–you’re more than halfway done!
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  18. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    January 4, 2012

    Your changes are phenomenal!!! And you know where to go if you ever need a new workout plan after NROL4W. πŸ˜‰
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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      If I can afford you! πŸ˜‰ My sister bought me the men’s version of the book for Christmas, I’m debating trying that one out too and comparing the two programs.

  19. Heather @ Better With Veggies
    January 4, 2012

    Holy cow – those are amazing results!! Have you just added this in with your regular eating, running, etc – or did you also change your diet? I’m so impressed!
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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      I’ve made some changes in my diet and, honestly, I saw a lot of weight come off after I stopped training for the HIM. I plan to do a post on all of this in the near future.

  20. Sarah M @ Blonde Bostonian
    January 4, 2012

    You look AWESOME Meghann!! You can definitely see the changes — it has to feel so rewarding!
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  21. CaitlinHTP
    January 4, 2012

    There is a big difference from stage 1 to now! you look amazing and healthy!

  22. Cait’s Plate
    January 4, 2012

    You seriously look awesome Meghann. If you can’t always see the difference, just know that we all DEFINITELY can!
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  23. Kathy
    January 4, 2012

    I say way to go for even taking and thus posting pics….I could never do that! (Unless, I was on Biggest Loser and was maybe going to win lots of money for it…ha!)
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  24. Caitlin
    January 4, 2012

    Meghann, you look great! You can really see a difference between the end of stage 5 and before stage 1, your stomach looks awesome! Did you start stage 1 in May of last year?
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  25. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    January 4, 2012

    Wow, I’m so impressed by your dedication. Strength training is one of those things I know I should be but dread. Awesome job!
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  26. Emily
    January 4, 2012

    I also hate taking progress pics. My hubs refuses to take them for me, and I have trouble finding a good place to set up my camera for the self-timer.

    But really, I can see HUGE differences in you from pre-NROLFW and now.
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  27. Lindsay
    January 4, 2012

    Meghann, lookin’ good! Maybe I will try this as well, you’ve inspired me. Another question I have is that it appears in your pictures that you have knock knees…..Have you ever had any problems with your knee caps causing you pain during running? I have slight knock knees too and was recently diagnosed with “loose kneecaps”?

    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      Yes, I have AWFUL knock knees! They honestly give me more problems with properly executing yoga poses than with running. *knock on wood* I haven’t had any pain in my knees from running yet *double knock on wood*

  28. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 4, 2012

    what wonderful results!!!! Great job!!!
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  29. Ali Mc
    January 4, 2012

    I LOVE THIS!!!! girl you are so amazing! I can’t even believe the difference. You looked great before but you look so healthy now. I need to put myself on a similar plan!

  30. Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl
    January 4, 2012

    You are rocking the end of stage 5! Nice job! (I’m a bit jealous) πŸ˜‰
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  31. ~Jessica~
    January 4, 2012

    You’re too humble: I can see a huge difference in your waist. Holy definition!

    Would you say that the figure you now have is primarily down to the NROLFW program, or to any dietary changes you might have made?


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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      The big question! i think the dietary changes helped with losing the inches, but I think the NROLFW helped with the definition, especially in the tummy area. I’m going to write a post about this topic sometime next week.

  32. JamIe @ Don’t Forgetthe Cinnamon
    January 4, 2012

    Lookin’ great girl!!! You should feel pretty darn awesome about yourself!
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  33. Jessica
    January 4, 2012

    There is a HUGE difference between stage 1 and 5! Awesome job!
    And yeah, I resort to the time for progress photos as well and it sucks πŸ™

  34. Claire Z.
    January 4, 2012

    Meghann, I wanted to know if you ever dealt with shoulder joint pain while working on weight training? I amped up my workouts in Dec and my shoulders have been killing me, like doing something as dumb as slicing bread or pulling a sweater off is painful. Just looking to see if anyone else has had anything like this.

    • Meghann
      January 5, 2012

      Is it just a soreness pain or does it feel like you pulled something? I would suggest speaking to a certified personal trainer or a physical therapist to make sure you’re using proper form with the movements. That could help.

      • Claire Z.
        January 5, 2012

        It feels like more of a jointy/tendony thing than an “I overdid it with the weights” thing. I know you’re right but PT is so expensive. I’m working on icing it and giving them a break and seeing if that works.

  35. Lauren
    January 4, 2012

    I, too, see a very noticeable difference in your waist and stomach. You looked great before, and you look great – and even more toned – now. Such great work!

  36. Heather @ Run Eat Play
    January 4, 2012

    You look great! Keep up the awesome work!
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  37. Katy Widrick
    January 4, 2012

    Holy tiny waist and hips — you look so strong and lean!
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  38. Jessica
    January 4, 2012

    I can definitely see the difference in the waist from stage 4 to 5. You are looking fantastic! Keep up the great work. πŸ™‚
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  39. Bri
    January 4, 2012

    Congrats on your awesome and hard-won results! You look fantastic and really confident. The next time I feel like skipping a weight workout, I’ll probably be less inclined to do so. πŸ™‚

  40. Nancy @ Beyoutiful Fitstyle
    January 4, 2012

    You’ve made some awesome progress with this! But I do have one question, I obviously follow you on twitter too so I see that you run a lot. Do you think the running has more to do with the weight loss than the lifting?
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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      I’ve alway been a runner (well, since January 2008) and haven’t upped my running mileage at all since I’ve started this program. I still consistently run 25 miles (give or take) a week, just as I did back in May. πŸ™‚

      • Nancy @ Beyoutiful Fitstyle
        January 5, 2012

        Oh that’s awesome!! In that case… I need to try this! πŸ™‚

  41. Carissa
    January 4, 2012

    I love this post! I’m so happy to see someone sharing the success they’ve seen in the weight room. More women need advocates to see the benefit of strenght training.
    – You won’t bulk up
    – you’ll gain metabolically active tissue (muscle)
    – You’ll build stronger bones
    – You’ll lose inches

    It’s all over a good thing!
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  42. Allison
    January 4, 2012

    You look fabulous and have def developed definition- one of my goals this year! Great inspiration…
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  43. Breanne
    January 4, 2012

    You look AWESOME! Way to go! I can totally see a huge difference between stage 1 and now!

  44. Shayla @ The Good Life
    January 4, 2012

    You look absolutely fantastic Meghann!!! You can most definitely see a difference between then and now – you look so beautiful and healthy – and you can really see it in the tummy area. I saw above in the comments that you’ll be doing a post on your dietary changes and crediting some of that to your figure so I’m looking forward to that as I’m curious about that as well!

    Question – I know in the past you had period troubles when losing weight, I know this is a personal question but have you maintained your period or noticed a difference since losing weight? I’m still trying to get my period back since going off the pill and my history sounds similar to your Period posts and was just curious if your body’s changes effected your period at all?
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    • Meghann
      January 4, 2012

      My period has remained normal through the program. It’s actually more regular now than it has been in the past three year. I think the higher protein intake and less running miles really help.

      • Shayla @ The Good Life
        January 5, 2012

        Wow that’s so interesting! That tells me even more that my lack of period is contributed to my cardio which I’ve lessened significantly…so interesting how some people are so much more sensitive to cardio and need just that right balance than others. Thanks for answering my question Meghann, I appreciate it! πŸ™‚
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  45. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 4, 2012

    Wow, you can totally tell the difference! Well done on following through with the program. Looking good!
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  46. Rachel
    January 4, 2012

    Let me just echo the comments and say you look fantastic–talk about a flat stomach πŸ™‚ Good motivation for me to get on board with the program!

  47. Army Amy*
    January 4, 2012

    You look great, Girl. The program seems forever long, but it apparently pays off!*
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  48. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    January 4, 2012

    I bought the book before Christmas and I’m so excited to get started when I get back to school!
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  49. Allie
    January 4, 2012

    Oh my gosh, you look awesome!! I am so inspired by your dedication, you are amazing!
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  50. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    January 4, 2012

    Self portraits are always hard to take, but at least you’re taking them!

    And your waist is measured at the thinnest part of your body, so I figured out when I measured for Bobbi’s Holiday Shred, haha.

    I can certainly see a difference! but really, it should be all about how you feel and comfortable with it! πŸ™‚ Great job Megs!
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  51. Sue Kauffman
    January 4, 2012

    You really can see a difference. You go girl! I did P90X two years ago and have been doing some kind of weight training ever since. Sorry to say I never took before and after photos because I was already “in shape” and didn’t think it would be worth it. Wish I had now. At age 49 I can do an unasisted pull up and I NEVER could all my life. You will be proud when you accomplish it as I am sure you will.
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  52. Jana
    January 4, 2012

    Awesome post! You’re body looks awesome and it really is encouraging to see what a difference strength training can make in the overall appearance. You look so strong, I may have to get the book myself!
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  53. Denise
    January 4, 2012

    Inspiring results! Congrats!
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  54. Sally Kate
    January 4, 2012

    You look great! I have noticed a huge difference in my body since my boyfriend and I moved in together… and not in a good way. I’m trying to start yoga again- which I haven’t done since I started school in August and my legs are starting to really feel it!

  55. Emily @LivingLongfellow
    January 4, 2012

    Dang girl you’ve come along way!! Good for you!!

  56. Heather
    January 5, 2012

    You look flipping amazing! Congrats!

  57. Chatelaine
    January 5, 2012

    such inspiring results! i had contemplated starting this program back in the summer and found your site and dove right in. i’m just starting stage 4 and have been battling hunger with increase in workouts. i’m really not doing my self any help by eating more while working out. bummer. i’ve totally gained weight….. seeing your results in front of me should be the kick in my pants to smarten up with this program! thanks for posting all of this, it really helps!

  58. Amy @ Pinning my Pinterest
    January 5, 2012

    great job!! I love lifting – I started oh Feb before last so going on 2 years. I did zero cardio – I lost all my weight by lifting….I love it. I have actually decided to add cardio, I really need to. Lifting can be addicting. I don’t go at it as hard as I used to….I used to be really strict – 5 days a week!
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  59. Alaina
    January 5, 2012

    WOW!! You look amazing!! I bought that book but it’s just been sitting there; I haven’t touched it yet. I think the main thing is that I don’t have a gym membership.

    Do you think having that membership is more beneficial to the program instead of working it out at home?
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  60. Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats
    January 7, 2012

    I JUST finished Stage 5 too! You can check out my recap here: http://ucrunnereats.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/nrolfw-stage-5-recap/
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  61. Nicole
    January 8, 2012

    You look amazing! Truly amazing!
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  62. Hannah/hyunah
    February 11, 2012

    Hi, it’s so good to see some good resort becouse I just start this program myself. And at the moment I am doing it only in stage1 workout 2B. but I used to work out 5 days a week no matter what. I think I got a resolt in 4 month. my dress size is definitly changed. (14- 10, some clothes are 12. )And I can feel people looking at me sometimes when I walk around city.. well… it’s not a full on.. I was just surprised!
    Anyway the thing is… Recent few days I was sick by breathing problem ( I had a surgery before) and I kind of indulged a lot. And I can feel my butt is blooming! I cannot resist this! So I am heading gym today for sure..///
    Moving on~ so.. what I want to say is .. I am not sure about 3 days a week program… is this really gonna work? Because now I feel it’s not enough.
    I used to doing things 3set 15reps every workouts, but now it’s all 2 sets. And all the movements are I already used to it.. so it does not really fresh and feel new for me. How can I do? Do you have any advise for starer for this book?

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