1.29.2013

Skinny Meg

My first post  {June 2009} was a crazy random disaster about nothing. I was a bored stay at home Mom and it was something to pass the time between nursing sessions.


I posted randomly about losing weight, crafting, and dealing with my first child.


The thing that attracted me to blogging the most was 'meeting' new people. Yes, it was online but sometimes you really get to know people through blogging. I've even had the chance to meet some amazing people in real life.

Then I posted about my new found love of running and things seemed to change. I got a lot of  emails and comments about how inspired people were I had pushed myself to do that. I'm not going to lie, it felt good. I liked that I had inspired someone.

After that I really started posting more about my weight loss journey, not only did it help me to talk about it, but it helped me connect to other people who were going through the same thing.


Here's a post I did on being halfway there, never dreamed I would actually surpass my final goal of 185.
I now weigh 146, so how did I get there? Well, obviously I put in the work, I made healthy choices I pushed myself at the gym.


But it was also a lot of you. It's motivation for me to get texts from a friend who ran her first three miles.



It's motivation I get from emails every day asking how I did it. 




It's the support I get from a bad day on Instagram.



THAT'S why I get up at 5am to blog everyday. THAT'S why i spend my free time making workout videos. I love connecting with other women, I WANT to help someone achieve their goals, I PRAY they one day feel the way I do.



That being said, lately I've been getting a lot of negativity. It started off with a comment about not feeding my child healthy. Everything is fine in moderation, I believe in teaching your child bad things are OK just not everyday.


Then a joke that was made about some of the questions we get was blown out of proportion. Dude, I like to have fun and joke around, get on board.
I honestly try my best to answer every question no matter how many times I get asked.


Then yesterday someone called me a bad parent for not spending enough time with Miss M. Whoa. 
Then she asked me {someone who is struggling with infertility!} why I even wanted another child. Double whoa. 

I mean everyone has an opinion, but I JUST spent 4 FREAKING YEARS home with this kid.
If I spend a weekend away from her I'm pretty sure we will both be just fine.
In fact she was so upset to leave Mimi's house that she threw up on herself in the car.
The point is I don't have to defend my actions, I'm a good Mom. I deserve another baby if that's what I choose to do.


I'm not going to lie, I cried and my first thought was to not even blog anymore.
I'm not getting paid for this, I do it for fun. I understand I put myself out there, but I can't help that these comments really affect me.
I'm a REAL PERSON. I wonder if I was still 260 pounds, would people be criticizing me for going to the gym after work at night??? I highly doubt it.


I honestly was NOT going to say anything on here about it, but it's really affecting me and I need to clear the air. Going forward I will not respond to mean comments, in fact I may just delete them all together so they don't start drama for the people who are here to be inspired. THEY are my main focus! 
If you don't like it leave, click the tiny X on the right hand side.

I want this to be a positive place not just for me, but for y'all too.

WELCOME to my new page, SKINNYMEG!

Big shout out to Chris at Hubby Jack's for my new freaking amazing blog design!!! Did he 'get' me or what?? CHEVRON love!

277 comments:

  1. I hate when I see the negativity on your and Mama Lauhlin's pages... People are so rude and self centered and think that "their way of parenting" is the best. As a stay-at-home-mom myself I totally get it. I work out at least 1 hour a day if not 2 and if I could stay longer then I would. Other people get a break at work so why can't I take a break at home? It's my me-time and I'm doing something that will benefit EVERYONE. No one wants to be the fat mom.... I am so inspired by you!! I can't believe someone said those hateful things to you!

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  2. I can't believe someone would actually say that and if they read your blog regularly they would know how hard it is for you right now to hear that. It's just honestly being mean and you know you deserve to have as many children as your heart desires! You're a wonderful fun loving mom and don't let ANYONE tell you otherwise.

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  3. I love your new page! You are an inspiration. Don't let the haters get to you!

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  4. You are freaking awesome!!! That's all! ❤

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  5. I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I can reassure you I am inspired - not only by your workouts and journey but also by the fact that you are not a suffocating parent. Our children need space and breaks too, just like their parents.

    I grew to love blogging from the community and was so surprised that I built actual friendships. It is a great place to connect but it is also a great place to vent. People take it too far and most of all I think they take out their low self-worth or shitty day out on anyone they can. I will never get it. It's the same thing as bullying, we tell our kids not to but yet they are online ripping people new a$$holes for fun. It's just plain sad.

    I think you are doing a great thing. Delete the shit out of the those negative comments - this is your space. F them!

    Having suffered Secondary Infertility with little explanation to go with it I really relate to where you are. And I truly believe people push your buttons more when they know you are struggling. You seem to be making great choices and I hope your body comes around soon and you get that baby you are dreaming of. It took us a little over 5 years to get #2. It was the hardest 5 years of my life but looking back I wouldn't change a thing. I know that sounds so cheesy, I hate it when people say stuff like that but it all works out how it's supposed to. After a miscarriage I was ready to start the adoption process and ended up pregnant 2 months later. Its an emotional roller coaster. I'm hoping for you daily, you deserve that baby and you are a fantastic mother! You know that, don't ever let anyone make you doubt that!!!!

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  6. Hi Meg! I'm one of your readers, have never commented but always follow! I'm in Australia so I always look forward to your posts at the end of my day. You have inspired me along my fitness journey, an you have inspired me to bite the bullet and decorate my house the way I want it to be. You are awesome and thank you for sharing your life with us. im obsessed. In a non creepy stalker way of course! Xxx

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  7. I'm so glad you did not decide to quit blogging! You are my inspiration every time I run! Please do not listen to what these women are staying. They are just insecure women who wish they could be as awesome as you are, and obviously they can't... they think it will make them feel better to upset you. Keep going Meg!! You are so awesome! I want to take a trip to TX just to be able to hangout with you!!

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  8. Thank you Meg!! You are my guilty pleasure at the end of a long day, I love to see what you've been up to. You inspire me in fitness, fashion and decorating. You are awesome and I'm obsessed with you in a non creepy way of course. I really appreciate you sharing your life with us! And one day when I'm a mom, I really hope I can handle it all and still look as hot as you! Xxx

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  9. I'm so sorry people are being unkind and I know saying don't let it get to you won't make it hurt less. All you can do is to feel sad for them that they have such unkind hearts. If only people would pass out more hugs and less judgment. If your going to judge someone use an open mind as you really have no idea what the the other person is going through.....oh people!!!

    If if makes you feel any better I had a stalker. Like creepy found me through my blog, got my # somehow, texted me nasty stuff late at night stalker. I almost stopped blogging too but I'm still here. I was pissed that I almost let him take my blog away from me. Then decided NOPE! Glad you're not letting them take this outlet away from you.

    Keep rocking on Megan!

    Kendra :o)

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  10. Proud of you for sticking up for yourself. Makes me look up to you even more. I have followed your blog for a while now, but had never posted a comment until today. Keep your chin up and remember the old saying. 'Those that mind don't matter, and the ones that matter don't mind.' I look up to you in so many ways and patenting happens to be one of them. I don't understand how some people can be so negative. Anyways, stay strong, keep doing you and I love your new blog design. Way to go Chris! You hit the nail on the head!

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  11. This is beautiful an so are you! Thank you for posting this and thank you for the inspiration you have given me. I to have been a stay st home mom for four years and sometimes you need a break. Me time is the only thing that keeps you from loosing it. Lord knows I need to take a few lessons from you and really make my me time a priority. So thank you again for everything!!!

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  12. You are awesome! And I agree...just delete the negativity!

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  13. Awesome, awesome and more awesome. You rock. Love the new look, the new name and this post. Your personality and positivity almost makes me wish I was moving to Dallas instead of back to MN in the fall. :)

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  14. I totally agree! Don't let mean people get you down. I think that is all some people now how to do... cut it all out of your life! I think people who are following you for the right reasons will totally agree! :)

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  15. Good for you! You have an amazing story and are such a huge inspiration to me and many others. You handled this so well. Can't wait to see/hear what your future holds!

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  16. Good for you! I think you are such an inspiration, Meg. I've had to reset my goal because I blew my old one out of the water! I am a mom of a toddler, and I make sure I work out EVERYDAY. You are a true inspiration!

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  17. Amazeballs! I woke up at 5am today because of YOU! I worked my ass off at the gym because of YOU. Literally I am 240 and need to lose 100 lbs. Running my first 5k in March. I plan to start documenting and blogging for myself.. Even if nobody reads it. Thank you, Skinny Meg.

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  18. I LOVE YOU. And that's all that needs to be said. Oh we'll maybe I Should also mention I have a pretty good right hook :-)

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  19. So proud of you and all your accomplishments! You are an amazing woman and mother. Thank you for all the time you put into your blog.... it is an inspiration to so many! Keep up the hard work.

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  20. So proud of you and all your accomplishments! You are an amazing woman and mother. Thank you for all the time you put into your blog.... it is an inspiration to so many! Keep up the hard work.

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  21. You inspire me!! I also work full time and have 3 kids. I've lost 50 lbs over the last year after giving birth to my 3rd and last child. Also one who struggled with secondary infertility. It's hard to fit gym time or me time into my schedule but I do it because it makes me a better mother and a happier person. I just wanted you to know that I love reading your blog and sometimes when I didn't want to get my butt off the couch you inspire me to go get my workout done. So thank you for putting yourself out there!

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  22. Love the new layout. I am an avid reader but rarely comment. You are such an inspiration to me and when I am working out and feel like quitting I think... what would Meg do and it helps me get through the workout. Don't listen to the people who are making negative comments about your parenting. It's not like you are leaving Madison at home alone in a bucket of Oreos. You deserve time to yourself, especially if that time helps to improve your mood and has the benefit of helping you live longer. A happy healthy mommy is a great mommy! I am glad you didn't stop blogging because your blog seriously cracks me up and motivates me. I have a long way to go to my goal weight but I know that I will eventually get there and I hope I have your blog to read along the way! *high 5 from Fort Worth!*

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  23. Gorgeous new blog! You are such an inspiration in many ways!

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  24. I am your newest follower! Found you through MamaLaughlin!

    I love your blog, and more so your story! You are such an inspiration!

    As a fellow blogger i hate that people like to try and break us down! We put it all out there as a release for us to remember things, etc and ppl just feel its ok to be rude! And also people that aren't mothers, regardless if they are having troubles or not, they don't realize we NEED that time out to keep ourself sane! I am currently a SAHM and while I love being able to stay home with my daughter somedays I feel like I am ready to crack!

    And btw your daughter is a little beauty! Keep up the awesomeness mama, I look fwd to following your journey!

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  25. H8rs gonna h8! Yay! Love the chevron! You are awesome!

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  26. I found your blog as well as mommas on instagram. I'm 25 and an inch over five foot. I currently weigh 185 lbs. I have been depressed. It has affected my social and love life . But what hurt the most was knowing it could be hurting my relationship with my son. Now I've only been creeping around for two maybe three weeks. Your storiea ESPECIALLY when it comes to being a better parent INSPIRED me. Every night for a week and half I went to the gym after work guilt free. I wrote down your recipes bc they're normal and doable and mostly easy. Your smile had helped me see...its dang worth it. I'm starting out on my journey bc yours has made me hear my inner voice I've ignored. Thank you..at least from one person. Thank you for getting up at 5 am. Thank you for opening your life for me to see. Thank you for the photos. And thank you for your struggles. You are nothing short of a blessing when I needed it.

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  27. So glad you are continuing to blog, rude people don't deserve your energy. You are inspiring to me and I am thankful you have shared your story! To see you now and realize that you have worked hard to lose over 100 lbs is TRULY inspirational! And you are a thousand percent right that if you were still overweight no one would be criticizing you for working out they'd be encouraging you to get healthy. You can't please everyone and you DON'T have to, you do what works for you!!

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  28. You ARE AH-mazing and a TRUE inspiration.. showing how you can work, be a mother and get in your exercise and be healthy! I look up to you for being able to do that! Keep on keeping on.. the rest of us need you here:)

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  29. Way to stay positive! I dont normally comment but I just wanted to say that I think you and Mama are both amazing! You put yourself out there to help other people and you are always being criticized for you that. If people dont like it they can leave!
    Keep up the great work! You look amazing! I hope that one day I can be on your level!

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  30. Love Hubby Jack! He designed mine as well! Good for you! I love your blog...you are so down to earth and inspiring....keep it up

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  31. I am so proud of you for addressing it, but making the decision to move forward and not let people affect you negatively. You are a big inspiration to me, and I would have been so sad to see you stop blogging. Don't let 1 person ruin that for the rest of us!

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  32. Don't give up!! I love reading your posts! Thanks for inspiring me! Love ya, Alli

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  33. Don't let them get you down!! U inspire me!!!
    Love ya,
    Alli

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  34. Ahhhh, people suck sometimes. You are awesome and you work hard to be a good mom but that doesn't mean you have to give her all your time. Whoever said that either doesn't have kids or is on Prozac because her kids drive her crazy because that's all she does. Love ya, Meg.

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  35. I hope you feel better now. I understand how one bad comment can stick with you over 100 good ones. It sucks! Love the new blog design. Chris did a great job. (Love his blog too, he cracks me up!)

    I posted on IG yesterday about how you are the one teaching me to slowly get over my mommy guilt. We truely do need a little bit of time each day to ourselves to be better parents. It's up to you how you choose to spend that time. If you want a bubble bath, to read a book, workout, stuff your face, whatever! It's YOUR time. Just because we choose to do something for ourselves does not mean we need to give up our "mother card". She can get over herself! Usually when someone makes those comments, they are feeling inadequate with themselves in some aspect of life.

    Oh a side note, I can't get over how HUGE you boobs were when you were heavier. Love to see how far you've come girl! (And I hope to be there with you someday.)

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  36. I for one love your blog!!! Haters are really just confused admirers so don't worry. I read your blog daily and you have truely inspired me and I will always appreciate you for that.

    Toya
    Www.kismetandkilograms.blogspot.com

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  37. I'm so sorry that there are some negative people out there. I think you are amazing and you are working so hard not only for yourself but your family as well. Keep up the hard work! You are motivating and inspiring. :)

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  38. Love the new layout!! Super cute :)

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  39. AMEN! First time reader (saw it from mama's instagram). It baffles me how people can be so negative. I can only imagine what people would say about some of the choices I made/make with my son.

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  40. Thank you for sharing and putting yourself out there. People who post negative things must be upset about their own lives and sadly take it out on other people. Just pray for their peace and move on. Megan you are an inspiration and REAL. Your a working mother who makes her health a priority. Thank you for proving it can be done! God bless!!

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  41. Skinymeg,
    I have to write to you. I know me telling you this won't have much impact, but I now more than ever, have to tell you that I think you are amazing. I completely agree with the way you still exercise and take time for yourself. I too have been a stay at home mom for the majority of the last 6 years. And until March of 2012, I never took time for myself and had gotten to 220 lbs. I am only 5'3". Now I am 171 lbs and I work my butt of 5 days a week in the gym. I am currently on the job hunt and when I do start working I will still be going to the gym at least 5 days a week (and a couple outside runs as well, lol). Anyway, I've rambled, but you ARE an inspiration and I love your blog!!

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  42. Skinymeg,
    I have to write to you. I know me telling you this won't have much impact, but I now more than ever, have to tell you that I think you are amazing. I completely agree with the way you still exercise and take time for yourself. I too have been a stay at home mom for the majority of the last 6 years. And until March of 2012, I never took time for myself and had gotten to 220 lbs. I am only 5'3". Now I am 171 lbs and I work my butt of 5 days a week in the gym. I am currently on the job hunt and when I do start working I will still be going to the gym at least 5 days a week (and a couple outside runs as well, lol). Anyway, I've rambled, but you ARE an inspiration and I love your blog!!

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  43. Oh poor girl! I hate hate hate all the negative crap that's been going around. It seriously makes me angry. I don't understand what's gotten into people lately. It's infiltrated IG, FB, MLFC, I'm getting sick of the haters talking smack on the basis of an out of context comment and then others who don't even know you or mama joining in. Not that I "know" you. But I feel like I do. Anyone that is willing to share something so personal as weightloss is "good people" in my book. You are inspiring and people that can't see that are the real losers. I hope that you can look past that and that you can know in your heart all the people whom you've touched with your story and all the people you inspire everyday love you! I hope that you realize you are great. That you are a great mom. There is no law that is written that says you can't workout to be a happier mom. I'm proud of you for sticking up for yourself. Keep being you girl!

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  44. LOVE YOU Meg!! You’re amazing!! Love to follow you and Mama. Don’t let people take you down that path of negativity. Stay strong and know your inspiring me!!

    XXX Elizabeth

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  45. Thank you so much for being such a positive person. I am a single mom that struggles with the guilt everyday when i head to the gym after work...i love reading your blog and thank you for the inspiration. I just completed my first half and cant wait to do another :) thank you for being real and motivating me to get my ass moving! LOL

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  46. Meg- There will always be mean people who have shit to say. They are mad at themselves; that's all I can figure. Mad about the person they are. Or mad about the person they aren't. Let haters be your greatest motivators. I know this hard because you're nice. Maybe too nice. But that is who you are. And it hurts. But what bloggers like you and MamaLaughlin offer far outweighs the negativity of asshats that come on the Internet to bully people because they're unhappy with in their lives. Keep doin' your thang, chicken wang! You are awesome. If you inspire one, you've given a gift. And you do that every day :)

    -Betsy

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  48. You go! I am amazed at you and your journey and so thankful you put it out there for girls like me to read! I love that you lost all this weight the old fashion way!!! Coming from a girl that stepped on the scale yesterday morning and weighed 336(yep you read that right) I need serious motivation. You are a inspiration to me that maybe one day I can feel and look as great as you. Thanks for blogging. I look forward to reading your blog and checking IG every day!

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  49. You are an awesome mom and a fabulous-terrific person I consider a friend - even though we've never met in real-life. Thank you so much for sharing your stories, good and bad. You are an inspiration and I am forever grateful for your blog.
    Have a fantastic day!

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  50. A lot of people thank that once you lose the weight that you can just stop working out and go back to your old lifestyle. While that would be awesome, it doesn't work that way. You have to continue to live a healthy lifestyle to be healthy. As for the bad comments... People have to bring others down to make themselves feel better. I'm new to blogging so I'm not so public. I have, however, had some pretty nasty negative feedback about my weight loss. Worst, it was from family and friends. I tend to not talk to them as much anymore.

    You are a great mother!! By being healthy then you are creating a better life for your child. Stay strong and live your life the way you choose!!

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  51. I have been following your blog for quite some time now and have yet to comment, but I saw your instagram post yesterday and it truly upset me. You are such an inspiration to all of us and are such a great mother!! Do not let anyone bring you down! Keep on bloggin girl, we would be lost without you!!!

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  52. KEEP IT UP LADY! You are a amazing mom and a great inspiration to SO many!!! Keep your chin UP sister!!! Xxooo

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  53. GREAT post!! Keep up the great work, and more importantly, keep being YOU!! You truly are SO inspiring! I find it so enlightening and fun to be a part of your journey and use it to motivate myself in return. And what I love about it is that it is REAL. We all have to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly in life. Thanks for sharing your journey! :)

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  54. Let the haters hate and then let 'em leave. I think we all fall short in our lives and sometimes people want to take their problems out on others. People want other people to fail so that they themselves don't have to work so hard. I love your posts and look forward to all of 'em.

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  55. This is very well written! I applaud you for handling this in a mature way. I probably wouldn't have been so nice. Hope today is a better day, my friend!

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  56. Love this!!!!!! You are amazing and soo sooo soooo Inspiring!!!!! Thanks for all you do :)

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  57. Loving the new design. And love the fact that you are choosing to just stay positive and not feed into the negative comments. You are an inspiration and thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  58. I for one am glad you didnt stop blogging, you would not believe the motivation you radiate...or maybe you would :-). I have struggled w weight since I was 14, i lost my dad and turned to food. I have lost about 30 lbs several times but then get stuck and give up and it inevitably creaps back. I read yours and mama laughlins story and think holy hell if they can do 2the hour hard work outs i can do 45the minutes. So i do! I have decided enoughs enough no more crash diets, just eating healthy and moving my body. I want to be healthy and strong! So i say boo whore to all the haters out there....i started a blog and i hope i can be just as inspiring as you!!!
    Lots of love,
    Lindsay
    www.cowboybootsandanapron.blogspot.com

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  59. I for one am glad you didnt stop blogging, you would not believe the motivation you radiate...or maybe you would :-). I have struggled w weight since I was 14, i lost my dad and turned to food. I have lost about 30 lbs several times but then get stuck and give up and it inevitably creaps back. I read yours and mama laughlins story and think holy hell if they can do 2the hour hard work outs i can do 45the minutes. So i do! I have decided enoughs enough no more crash diets, just eating healthy and moving my body. I want to be healthy and strong! So i say boo whore to all the haters out there....i started a blog and i hope i can be just as inspiring as you!!!
    Lots of love,
    Lindsay
    www.cowboybootsandanapron.blogspot.com

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  60. Jealousy. That's all it is. He'll, I am jealous of you, but I use that in a positive way to kick my ass into gear. So thank you!

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  61. You go girl! Im so glad you decided to keep blogging! My coworker and I ALWAYS look forward to you and MamaLaughlin's blogs, keeks, and instagram pictures!!

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  62. I am grateful you chose to continue to inspire others, because you inspire me! Hopefully people will get a grip, and not waste their time reading a blog that they are only going to be negative about. THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BLOG IS FOR, and I am sure like many others, I still need you for motivation and encouragement that I too can do this!

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  63. Way to go!! Don't let that woman get you down, I have found when people critique your life and seem to find you lacking it is because they are missing something in their day to day life. She shouldn't blame you for your successful journey. Thank you for being an inspiration when I truely needed one. You and Mama help me get my ass moving every day to the y, and when I use to wonder how you found the time, I am a sahm who couldn't seem to find 10 minutes, I made the choice to become committed. So now I spend at least an hour and a half up to three hours at the gym to get ,yield to a better life. Love you!

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  64. I am grateful you are choosing to keep inspiring others, because you inspire me! Why people would waste their time reading a blog if they're only gonna be negative is beyond me. Ignore the haters and keep doing what you are doing, because myself and many others still need you for that motivation that we too can do this!

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  65. I personaly think you are amazing.
    Amazing and being real and human.
    Amazing at being a good mom (I'm a new follower and can already see that)
    Amazing at inspiring all the women that chose to follow you, for you.
    Kudos to you.

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  66. I am a long time blog stalker of yours and have never left a comment until now. What I saw yesterday was disgusting behavior by grown women- mean girls much? And I just wanted to let you know I think you handle it spot on. And you are SUCH an inspiration- seriously. I am a grad student trying to fit in my healthy habits everyday and some days feel like I just cant do it- but then I see you and Mama and know that I can. Hell, I dont even have kids. So please, keep it up and know you are influencing peoples lives in a positive way- so by anyone's standards you are a success lady!

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  67. Please please please don't stop blogging! There are more of us that love you than there are haters! We love you!! Have a good day!

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  68. Amen! You are an amazing woman doing amazing things! That comment was more about her than you. Keep being amazing and inspiring!

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  69. You rock Megan! Thank you so much for the DAILY inspiration. That's right, DAILY you inspire me whether it is to make a better food choice or crank out some push ups while cooking dinner.

    I relate completely to your " before" and it can be very overwhelming sometimes, especially with a toddler at home. So THANK YOU! Thank you for putting it all out there. For showing me it CAN be done. And that it takes sacrifices to get there but they are worth it!

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  70. You rock Megan! Thank you so much for the DAILY inspiration. That's right, DAILY you inspire me whether it is to make a better food choice or crank out some push ups while cooking dinner.

    I relate completely to your " before" and it can be very overwhelming sometimes, especially with a toddler at home. So THANK YOU! Thank you for putting it all out there. For showing me it CAN be done. And that it takes sacrifices to get there but they are worth it!

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  71. I'm glad you aren't stopping blogging! No one has a right to judge you and honestly I think it is so sad that other people want to tell you how to raise your child.

    It takes a lot of courage to post about a weight loss journey when weight is such a sensitive topic. You've provided a lot of inspiration to me and I m sure others! So thank you! Oh and your new page looks great!

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  72. Love the new look! It fits your personality perfectly! :)

    Don't even let it get you down! You are an amazing mom and such an inspiration to so many woman, including myself. You put yourself out there in hopes of helping other people and I think what you have done, is amazing!!

    People are idiots and you know it either stems from jealousy or the fact they are missing something in their life. I don't understand why people say such harsh things because you know damn well they wouldn't say them to your face. Some how a computer screen makes them feel invincible.

    KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING! Xoxo

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  73. I've never posted but felt like I had to! Right, wrong, or indifferent you don't have to defend yourself to anyone!!! You obviously are a great mom - look how happy that little beauty is in EVERY picture?! What works for you and your family may not work for me or anyone else, and vice versa :) You keep doing you and inspiring others! PS - HEART chevron so much in a BAD way!! My son's car seat is a chevron print lol!

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  74. You are awesome! Screw the haters. Keep inspiring women every day. I appreciate everything you do and all the advice you give.

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  75. you are beautiful and it's obvious to me that you are an amazing mother! don't let the negative comments get you down because you inspire so many people!

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  76. When you have haters you know you have made it girl!!!

    Keep doing your thing! You are so positive and negative people have nothing better to do than hate because they haven't found their motivation in life!

    KEEP GOING GIRL!!!! :)

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  77. Dear Lord please don’t stop blogging! You crack my shit up! I love how you keep it real. It’s a shame how some people can’t keep their rude comments to themselves.

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  78. I usually read through google reader so I don't read/see comments but wanted to say- F them! Seriously, where do people get off being so judgmental?

    From what I can see on this side of the screen, you are a loving mother setting a stellar example of good health for your daughter.
    I hope you are blessed with #2 :)

    Keep living your life the way you choose. A life well lived is your best revenge.

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  79. I think this post is wonderful! You are such an inspiration to women, including myself! You put yourself out there and that is absolutely courageous. Unfortunately people don't always think about what they say and how it will affect the other person. I am so sorry someone said something that made you feel the way it did. Those types of comments should be flushed down the pooper and never even given a second thought. I could go on and on, but unfortunately I'm at work and need to do just that, work! Congratulations on all your accomplishments and I know you inspire me to push forward and lose that last 10 lbs and tone up my flab! Please don't stop blogging. There's always going to be someone out there who wants to make you feel bad, but remember all of us out here that you make feel good! We need that daily dose of Skinny Meg!

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  80. You are an inspiration! And you are proof that you can get it all done and have a little one. I am pretty sure I would be depressed if you quit blogging!

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  81. Amen sister! We don't need any negativity here! Love this post :-)

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  82. Hi Skinny Meg!

    I stumbled across your blog from ML and so glad I did!!! I think you are AMAZING!! Stay strong, stay fit, stay confident, positive and consistent! Ignore all the negativity as people always want to bring down the positive ones. Let them kindly weed themselves out.

    You know who you are and what you want and believe in that :)

    New follower :)
    XO, PG

    The Parlor Girl

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  83. You are an amazing woman Megan! You're a wonderful mother who is showing her daughter how to work hard, you're a HUGE inspiration to me personally both as a mother, and as a woman who's busing ass in the gym. I'm thankful for you and your daily posts and updates. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten lunch/dinner ideas, or home decor ideas, and they are from YOU! Love ya skinny bitch! :) Dont go anywhere, PLEASE!!!!

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  84. Meg, good for you! I am glad you decided not to quit. Some people are so judgmental and that's their problem, don't let it affect you. In comparison to all the people you are inspiring with your blogging, their opinions are nothing. Keep up the good work and at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that you know you have done the best for you and your family.And I am 100% for moderating/deleting negative comments, it's your blog after all ;-)

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  85. You know what they say...HATERS GON HATE. My mother use to tell me people who talk about you, are only jealous. Dont give them the satisfaction. You are such an inspiration to other....keep being you giiiirl!

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  86. I have never been offended by anything you have said. Ever. In fact, I just recently found your blog and have been stalking you like crazy for the past several days-that's right I said stalking, lets see the haters pounce on me know. In short, I find you to be inspiring and funny. Being a mother is hard enough, why are we criticized when we take time for ourselves? I will never understand it. Please keep doing what you do and don't let a few a-holes ruin your joy!!

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  87. Never ever let someone who has enough time on their hands to write something mean get you down. I have never commented before but I am trying to lose baby weight a second time around and have about 26lbs to go and you inspire me every day.

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  88. Good for you, girl! I am a long time blog stalker, just turned blog writer, and I felt for you so much yesterday. People are so quick to judge, and even more ballsy when they are hidden behind a computer monitor. I am so proud of you for not giving up your blog, because I for one, have loved reading your journey and feeling inspired by you when I am having "down days" too. Thank you for opening up the way you do. You DO make a difference! xoxo

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  89. I just want to say that you are an inspiration!!!!!! Don't let a few angry comments ever get you down. It is sad that some women find joy in bringing another woman down, we are suppose to be here to support one an other. Just remember the wonderful example you are making for your daughter she will see that her mom is a well rounded woman you can make time for lots of things in her life. Slow clap for you :) Annie

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  90. ok first off, LOVE the new blog!!

    Second, you are right, when you put your self out there, you are always going to be susceptible to judgments and scrutiny. But you have to remember that these are people who don't KNOW you. They read your blog? That doesn't mean they have the right to judge your mothering skills. I am a SAHM and I know exactly how you feel. You feel quilty for spending any time away from them for yourself, but after a while, you come to realize, it makes your appreciate your time with them, it makes you a better more happy mom, and it makes your child more independent!!

    As far as not feeding your child right, screw that!! I have a picky 3 (almost 4) year old and I am happy if he eat anything. PHEW! Just remember haters are going to hate. Like mama laughlin says let it roll off your back and take it in stride. remember why you love blogging, and all the women you are helping. :)

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  91. You are amazing, and I hate that people would ever be so hateful to you. As someone who does read your posts daily and stalk you on Instagram, thank you so much for continuing to put yourself out there for us. I can only imagine how hurtful it must be and I wouldn't wish that on someone who seems as genuine and awesome as you. I initially started reading your blog because I also had around 110lbs to lose when I started, and you continue to inspire and motivate me everyday... so thank you so so much, I have lost 55lbs so far and can't wait to keep going. Also, I hope to be the type of mom you are someday. People have to be bat shit crazy not to see how that little princess adores you and you here. Thank you again for what you do, and have an amazing day!

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  92. Good morning Megan! Just to let you know, I'm always so amazed at how you respond to questions... I know that I have e-mailed you atleast 3-4 times and you have always responded and come across so nice and helpful--really genuine... I'm 40--I have two kids 21 and 14 so I'm not exactly in the same phase of life as you but still so drawn to your blog and IG. It makes me laugh, it motivates me, and I luv your energy. I now have my 21 yr old daughter hooked on you! Lol so, thanks for all that you do...

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  93. Love, love, love the new layout, design and name! You rock! Keep it up, girl!

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  94. You are a truly amazing person!!!! Also an amazing mom just look at how smart your beautiful daughter is!!! You are my inspiration and its because you are real and don't sugar coat stuff!! People should quit throwing rocks when they live in glass houses and never let anyone tell you are less than amazing!!!

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  95. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Those HATERS will get whats coming to them soon enough! You keep doing what you're doing! Apparently the Big Man ABOVE has a wonderful plan for you and He is taking His sweet time! :)

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  96. Megan, you are a big inspiration to me as well as MamaLaughlin. It saddens me that people can be so mean spirited and openly judge one woman they do not even know. You are a wonderful Momma from what I can see and I know taking the high road is hard but it definitely pays off. Love your blog and your new design is perfect. Hope you have a super fabulous day!

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  97. Let the haters hate, its all they are good for. Don't let small people make you feel bad. Only you know what is best for your family, no one else. I love reading your blog, and support you 100%.

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  98. Meg: you are beautiful, inspiring, and totally motivational, and mean people just suck. I got my first negative comment on my blog last night and it really stung, I can only imagine what you're going through. Just know that there are more of us lovers out there than haters, so keep on doin' what you're doin'!

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  99. Man that sucks about the negativity. As a parent I try REALLY hard not to judge other parents because you know what, you just don't know what their journey has been. Just like Mama Laughlin posted on her blog the other day about wearing a bikini, you just don't know someone elses journey. I hope that no one is judging me when I'm yelling at my kids at Walmart!
    PS - Another blogger I read deletes all personally negative comments. It's one thing to not agree with you it's another to be negative and hateful.

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  100. You are a strong woman and such a great inspiration for me! I am jealous of your strength. I always want to sart a blog but first of all I have terrible grammar and punctuation. People would hate to read my blog. Ha. Second, I fear the negative comments people would give me for the choices I made/make. I can't handle that kind of negativity. I love reading your blog! I am so jealous of your ability to run sooo damn fast! I can't get my pace passed 10:30 for the life of me! I admire you and wish te best for you. Keep your head up high and live your life te way you want. Don't let this judgemental people get you down!

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  101. I LOVE YOU And you have inspired me!! And yes, I was bothered too :)
    Good things and Happy times people!

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  102. I have been following both your blog and mamalauglin blogs for sometime now. You are both very brave and inspirational women.You both work very hard on the blogs and your goals! Keep on keeping on let the haters hate :)

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  103. I know you'll get 1000 comments to this respect because you're awesome & all, but I love your blog. I love your stories, your pictures, your projects, reading about your struggles (because other people's struggles help us realize we're not alone), and the fact that you take the time out to read my blog & comment. You are awesome & I will be sad when you quit blogging!

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  104. I just don't understand some people. I mean, if anything, you working out, eating healthy, BEING healthy is making you a BETTER mom! There's always going to be someone that will try to bring us down. I'm glad you addressed here, becuase I did see that comment and I actually had to read it again and again becuase I just could not believe it. I use to blog and I understand about the negative comments. But you just need to do what you're doing and know that there are far more positive comments and even if you can't inspire that one person...you are inspiring so many more! I love both you and Mama's blogs (found you from hers)and I am happy that y'all are doing what your doing! P.S. LOVE the new blog design.

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  105. I just started reading your blog and I love everything that you say!! SO honest and really inspiring! I am a stay at home and it never hurts to be away from your kiddos every once in a while. In fact everyone needs it...makes you be a better parent. Screw the negative peeps :))

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  106. I find you incredibly inspiring and I'm glad you are opting to not even respond to the negativity. It's not worth it. Keep on keepin' on, girl. You are amazing.

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  107. I find you incredibly inspiring and I'm glad you are opting to not even respond to the negativity. It's not worth it. Keep on keepin' on, girl. You are amazing.

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  108. I find you incredibly inspiring and I'm glad you are opting to not even respond to the negativity. It's not worth it. Keep on keepin' on, girl. You are amazing.

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  109. I am so glad I found you and Mama Laughlin! You girls are so fun to follow, and have inspired me to start my own blog. I am such a newbie, it's embarrassing :)

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  110. You are absolutely amazing! I hope one day, I can say I've come as far as you!

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  111. You seem like an honest, real, momma who struggles like we all do. I only recently stumbled across your blog and instagram account and so glad I did. I'm a momma of two who has put a lot of life on hold to finish my masters degree in 3 years, including my health. Now I'm trying to get back to me, a healthy me to show love for myself, my Lord, and my family. Keep doing what you are doing girl, and don't pay attention to the haters.

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  112. Hugs honey, hold your head up and let the haters hate. They are the ones with an issue NOT you.

    Before they judge and point fingers they need to take a look at the 3 fingers pointing back at them!!

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  113. Amen!!! You look fantastic and you & Mama L crack me up!!!

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  114. Great post, Megan. Once again, thank you for inspiring us.

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  115. LOVE the new blog design! You truly are an inspiration to so many women and Miss M is lucky to have not just great parents but a great family :)

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  116. LOVE the new blog design - love it and I love your attitude. Turn the cheek Meg - no hating is worth it. We are all here for YOU because you inspire us. Much love to my skinnyMeg;)

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  117. Lots of love to you Megan! Haters gonna hate .

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  118. You are such an inspiration! I'm grateful that you will still be blogging, and I agree whole heartedly to just delete the negativity!
    Love the new design and blog name!! :)

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  119. I think you do an awesome job as being a mother and a inspiration. I'm a mom and I work full-time running a women's gym and my daughter comes to work with me everyday. Every mom needs a break to keep her sanity lol Don't quit blogging! I love reading your blog in the morning. Much love from a Cali reader <3

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  120. Meg, I am so saddened to hear about the negativity going on. I honestly DO NOT understand why anyone would criticize you! Your point about being 260 at the gym and what would they say then...yeah. TRUTH!
    You have been a great inspiration to me in my weight loss journey. I'm not near where you are but I love knowing there is someone out there who has done it and kept it off! OH! and i love the blog re-design =) Hope your day gets sweeter!

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  121. I love the way you handled this negative feedback. People feel so brave as anonomous opionated loud mouths sitting behind their computers every day. Those are the people the world should be praying for, because obviously they are extremely unhappy in their own lives. Keep rocing girl, you are a beautiful person inside and out! Haters are just people who truly hate themselves so they try to drag down the stars that shine brightest!

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  122. I'm so sorry to hear this.

    Your a great mom, so your kid poops, and eats fro yo---did you give birth to her hells yes! So eff off to anyone.
    I wish I was as motivated as you---don't judge that I may or may not stalk you, mama L and holly....no big deal I have a clean record. (;

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  123. You are amazing! I look forward to your post every single day! I am so happy that I found your blog! You are an inspiration, and I'm honestly jealous of how you juggle it all so well. I am a working wife and mother too and I know how hard it is to get through the day and then go work out! Please don't let the "haters" ruin your day, you are wonderful!

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  124. WORD to everything you said. All i gotta say is WORD.

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  125. Well said! You've been a huge inspiration to this new momma and helped me feel good about making my health a priority & I've started working out again since I had my baby in October. Thank you for putting yourself out there.

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  126. you are awesome- I am a working mom of two and I am inspired (not disgusted)but how well you incorporate everything and not have mommy guilt. I am trying hard to get over my mommy guilt- I think teaching our kids that taking time for yourself is so important because someday our daughters will be mothers and the last thing I want is for her to feel depressed, lost or that she is not allowed to take time for herself- so way to provide us all with a positive role model- especially Madison!

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  127. You're a great inspiration to thousands of women who read this blog. Do NOT let ONE person make you feel less than that. My children would rather live with their grandparents anyway, I mean who wouldn't really. A weekend away is not going to permanently damage your child and cause them to seek therapy as an abandoned child. Your a wonderful mother and I aspire to have your work ethic one of these days. Thanks for putting yourself out there to help all the rest of us!

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  128. What is wrong with people?! I havent' commented on your blog before, but I feel the need to do so today. I've been following your posts for awhile now, and I have to say your smile and joy that you bring to the 'internet/blogging world' is infectious. Not only are you determined to be a good example for your daughter, but you are determined to take care of yourself first and foremost (which only teaches her life lessons to do the same). I say just delete the comments, from the post and from your memory. These 'flamers' online usually post these things 'anomously,' and it speaks more about them their messed up selves. Work it like you always do, and thank you for putting yourself out there. It takes tremendous courage.

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  129. Megan I love this blog post! You are such an inspiration and when I read the comment yesterday I was appalled! I can't believe how women are so quick to knock each other down for doing something positive! Out of jealousy maybe? In the end you're doing something for you that inevitably will show your daughter (and future baby) how important it is to take responsibility of her health and well being. Spending time at the gym takes away from spending time with your daughter, yes. But does that mean you shouldn't do it? NO! Keep doing what you're doing and we all love you for it! What's the saying?? Oh yea..QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! Like I stated a minute ago, you're an inspiration to all the women who struggle with this same issue myself included!

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  130. Don't listen to those negative comments. Honestly, if these people are sitting behind their computers and criticizing the way you are living your life, then they should take a look at themselves. You are SUCH an inspiration. I'm 20 years old and I'm halfway to my weight loss goal. Sometimes finding motivation is difficult, but I check your blog almost every day and every time it gives me the confidence and energy to get up and get active. I really appreciate what you do, and I would be so sad if you gave up because of some ignorant people! Stick with it girl. I'm pulling for you with every post, and your positive attitude is infectious! Thank you for all that you do :) And you are an AWESOME mom by the way. Look at that adorable child. It doesn't get more obvious!!

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  131. First, your new blog design rocks! I'm totally emailing Chris now! I totally can't justify it because of my lack of followers, but I love it and think I need a better look. Second, I think you're amazing. You look amazing and you have WORKED HARD to get there. People who haven't struggled have no idea!!! Don't let the haters get you down!

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  132. LOVE the new look, and the new name. :) And about those negative comments...it's all about jealousy. You have nothing to be ashamed of. From what I see, you are an EXCEPTIONAL mother, and miss Madison is lucky to have you. Those people are actually wishing deep down that they had the motivation and drive like you. You are one of a kind, and I get SO MUCH inspiration reading your blog every day. Keep doing what you're doing...you're AWESOME!

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  133. First, love the new look! I have followed you for about a year, and love each post. You ARE a great mom. I can only hope to get it all together once I have children, too. Lord knows we have to do A LOT as women, and we should be supporting each other, not tearing each other done. God willing you have another child and keep posting, sister! I love reading!

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  134. Girl I think you are amazing! And I think Madison thinks your a wonderful mommy! Don't let the nasty people get to you! Keep your head up because you are such an inspiration!!!!

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  135. You are precious and I LOVE the new page! I've already lost 120ish lbs and you STILL motivate me! I appreciate you.
    I have a teeny tiny (I mean itty bitty) blog over at www.craftyhealthymommy.blogspot.com
    I hope to one day be able to inspire others the way that you do.
    -Amber

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  136. Delete the "mean" comments! There are many who ARE inspired by you. Those who feel the need to hurt someone in order to make themselves feel better, will probably never benefit from the stories you share. Never stop being YOU!

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  137. Good for you! I am 23 years old, struggled with weight my whole life and just had my first baby and am now staying at home with him full time. You and Mama Laughlin have inspired and motivated me in SO many innumerable ways. I felt discouraged seeing how much I gained while pregnant (especially since prior to getting pregnant I lost 75 lbs). I didn't think I could go through losing it again--if it was even POSSIBLE to lose it again! But by reading y'alls blogs I know that I can do it and I am EXCITED to do it! It kills me that people are senseless to be negative towards people who are bettering themselves and trying to be a support for others trying to do the same. I think what you do is amazing and your choice to take the high road when it comes to the negative comments is only a reflection of how good of a person you are. Thank you for everything!

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  138. People can be cruel and it's so much easier to be mean when there is a computer screen to block you.

    I'm sorry that you had to feel the wrath of some really crabby, mean, and unhappy people.

    I was once a contributing writer for a popular weight loss blog and I have felt that wrath many, many times. That was the main reason I gave up on that blog. Because I was "just a contributer" and it wasn't MY blog, I was expected to act in a certain way.. which was basically to grin and bear it and be a good representation for "the brand". I had had enough with that. Sometimes even nice girls need to lose it and drop an F Bomb or two! Haha

    I'm glad you're stronger than me and I hope that you never give up on your blog because you ARE an amazing human, a great momma, and a wonderful role model and inspiration for people who are where you have been... like me.

    Keep doing YOU - the people that love and support you will appreciate it (that's why we're here!) and the people who don't...? Well, screw 'em! :)

    Sorry for the ridiculously long post! Also, LOVING the blog facelift.. so pretty and so YOU! :)

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  139. I think your an amazing woman and such an inspiration to those of us who are looking to get fit after children.I have 3 kids work fulltime and always made it a point to run/workout after work (pre foot injury!). I have used childcare at the gym and have hired a babysitter to get a long run in on a weekend if my hubby was on shift(he is a FF)I don't feel bad for being healthy and being a role model for my kids. It is the quality of time we spend with our kids that makes a difference. I don't need to spend every second with my children to be a good mom.

    Please keep on being you...don't let haters bring you down to their level.

    PS:
    My 7 yr old daughter calls you and Mama L Rockstar Moms! She loved the workout video and even wears her tank tops and headbands to workout.

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  140. I read this earlier this morning and I couldn't believe how rude someone can be. But then again it's the internet. People think that it gives them a pass on being civil. Don't like it move along. I've told that to people on my blog for a long time. It's something they teach you in Kindergarten.

    I hope you know you are an inspiring person and keep doing what you are doing! Only YOU know what's best for you and your family!!

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  141. I think you are absolutely inspirational. Don't let other people get you down! You wouldn't be getting flack if you were bigger and going to the gym! The people saying mean things are probably jealous of your motivation and drive. I've never been "big" in my life, but have gained some weight at times. Seeing you work so hard encourages me to keep up my 6 hours a week at the gym, so I keep myself in check about gaining weight and eating badly. Thanks for sharing your life with us! And keep up your hard work! Know you're helping people!

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  142. FREAKING AWESOME response!!! VERY CLASSY and very true! YOU are an amazing inspiration to so many women! I LOVE you're new design! You are a beautiful woman inside and out! and have so much to be proud of! Never let any person take that away! Not even for a second! Happy Tuesday girlfriend!!!!! XOXOXO

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  143. You. Are. Awesome! Such an inspiration!! That's all! Love the new page! I hope you have an awesome day!!

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  144. I am SO proud of you, girl! I just now (I'm apparently an awful internet friend) started following your blog, and already feel so much inspiration from reading. You have worked/sweated (sweating glitter, perhaps?) to get this far and its ridiculous that anyone would feel free to give their rude unclassy opinion.

    This is YOUR story, and a story that inspires many. I can't wait to continue reading about you and that beautiful little girl of yours, and HOPEFULLY a beautiful little babe in the future.

    -m
    (@megbrink from IG)

    abrinkadventure.blogspot.com

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  145. I'm a new follower, found you via Mama Laughlin...loving you both so much right now! You guys are so kick ass and inspirational, thank you!!

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  146. Love your new blog design!!

    As many people have commented and said on IG don't let the haters get you down. You keep doing what you're doing and inspiring thousands of women everyday. You can feed off that negativity and really stick it to the haters!! After all, you're losing weight, looking fab and inspiring people, what positive things have the naysayers done lately?? So give em the ol one finger salute and tell them to go $hit on someone's else's page because "ain't nobody got time for that"

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  147. I think you are great! A huge inspiration, so sweet and motivational. Someone made a comment yesterday that struck with me, that their Mom was always overweight, never did things for herself and was miserable and she felt like her Mom blamed her. My Mom was always home, never did anything for her and now me, bam. I'm a work in progress. You have to make time for yourself, otherwise you can't be there 100% for your family. Screw the haters, they're just miserable themselves.

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  148. You are a BEAUTIFUL person and a GREAT mom! Haters are just jealous of all you have achieved! You are an amazing woman!

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  149. I've written you a million emails in my head--but it seems now is the time to put it in writing. Thank you. For all you do--between you and Mama Laughlin (a dynamic duo if there ever was one!)--you have got my big butt out there and moving. I religiously read your blogs to find out what I can be doing to be a better mom (my kid LOVES daycare at the gym), a hotter wife, and most important a healthier me. You two have changed my life. I am on day 33 of kicking ass--running 3x a week with C2K Runner, and 3x a week of Body Pump, Core Chisel, and Body Attack. I'm counting calories, eating clean(ish), and LOVING MY LIFE. I have you two to thank. I just probably post this on Mama L's blog too. I have faced some serious Mommy Guilt in the 2 years since my gorgeous son was born and that guilt meant I got fatter and fatter because all I wanted to do was be with him when I wasn't at work. But, how much more fun do we have now that I WANT to run at the park with him, and I'm feeling less ashamed of my jiggling butt. Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you. When I say you changed my life, I mean it to the highest degree. I thought I was destined to be this unhealthy shape and size, and I know there is a skinny me inside, and she's dying to come out. Thank you, thank you. Please keep doing what you are doing with breathtaking honesty and humor. Please--I need it. Thank you Megan!

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  150. This post made me cry. I am so sorry you have had such negative responses. Honestly- we all live our lives in different ways. I am a fairly new follower- so I had NO clue you ever weighed 260!! I give you mad props for hitting the gym daily. For getting to a place where you are happier with yourself- cause it will make you happier as a momma!
    I also struggle with fertility. I had to use meds to get #2 and then #3 (which we lost). Some people do not get that struggle. I applaud you for working hard on yourself cause that will make you a better momma to HOWEVER many kiddos you choose to have:)
    I am now going to go back and re read about your journey cause this momma has about 70 lbs to lose and needs the motivation!
    Brenna

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  151. You're amazing and so is your new design!

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  152. Thank you! I'm so sick of reading the HATE! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  153. Love your post!!! I always get so discouraged when people claim that i am a bad mom for going to the gym after work or getting some girl friend time in. Taking time out for your self is important and I have to say I am a much better, calmer and loving mom & wife when I get my workout in and feel good about my self.

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  154. I think you are amazing. Your little girl will benefit more from you not being there than from you sitting at home with her doing nothing. The whole working thing is new and once you have had a couple of weekends, you will get things figured out and they won't be so crazy. I think you are amazing. Keep doing what your doing.

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  155. I would be willing to bet that if you were still 260 pounds, people would be criticizing you for that. Why don't you get healthy so you can give your daughter the life she deserves? Well you did that, so now what? It's a double edged sword and the bottom line is you'll never be able to please everyone. I love your blog. I'm not a mom or a wife, but you inspire me anyway. Write on!

    P.S. I love your blog design. Chris knows what he's doing. ;) He did mine too!

    http://wonderwhatsnextblog.blogspot.com

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  156. Love the new design and the new name!! Love you attitude too, don't let the haters bring you down- you're amazing and so inspiring!

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  157. I'm a fairly new reader. I found you through Mama Laughlin. I too am going through a weight loss journey. What I have to say about the rude comments is to do exactly what you said in your post: Don't entertain it. Activate comment moderation and be done with it. Those people aren't worth your time, tears, or heartache.

    Hope this finds you well and keep on, keepin' on!

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  158. I really want to punch whoever said that to you in the throat. You are an amazing, inspiring woman and I look forward to every post, every IG picture you take.

    Fuck them! You know you are awesome and more than likely, they are just dealing with jealousy issues.

    PS-Chris NAILED your new blog design. I'm LOVING it!

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  159. Meg much love to you. To inspire me and many others to pus ourselves beyond where we thought we could go. You and Mama L are such motivating figures to me. Don't let the naysayers make you think otherwise. Be proud of who you are and much love and prayers coming your way for another little one soon for you.
    Now onto a question: as someone kinda new to weights (I do random exercises, but nothing regular yet), how often do you work each area? Like could I do arms everyday?

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  160. I'm glad you rose above this and didn't quit your blog. I visit your page EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It's a must! You have started and stuck with your journey and are willing to share the smallest details with us in hopes that we don't have to waste a lot of time figuring it all out. I can't imagine how the negativity affects you but I'm so glad you realized they just need to be ignored. You have WAY more supporters and I'm glad you've decided to concentrate on us :) WE (the ones who really count) LOVE YOU!!

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  161. Hi SkinnyMeg! I found you from Mama L and I just want to tell you I think you are amazing! Forget the haters! I feel bad for them since they clearly haven't found anything that makes them happy in life so they feel the need to try and cut others down. But you are a STRONG lady and inspiring too! You definitely have a new forever follower in me!
    ~Traci C

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  162. I've been noticing a lot of drama in the comments of several of the blogs that I read... maybe it's a full moon, but more than likely it's just people who feel that by picking apart the lives of others, they will feel better about themselves. I'll never understand that mentality, or why they continue to read. I admire you, and the other bloggers whose blogs I am addicted to, for being willing to put yourselves out there. And I especially admire your willingness to discuss your fertility struggles. As someone who also struggled with infertilty before being blessed with my kids (IUI and lots of fun meds injected into my stomach!), I know it is such a long and painful experience. NO ONE who has actually gone through fertility struggles would EVER call into question someone's desire to have kids if they truly understood what was involved. Anyway, I am glad you are not going to stop blogging. Based on the OTHER comments alone, it appears that the amount of joy and inspiration you bring far outweighs the criticism.

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  163. Well said, Megan. I have seen this happen to so many bloggers who are open and honest about their lives. I know we put ourselves "out there" when we blog, but there's a difference between comments that are honest and well meant and those that are plain rude. I suppose these people are like that in their lives outside of blogging and don't have many friends. Ignore the comments, you have better things to do than defend yourself.

    XO,
    Jane

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  164. You are such an inspiration! I love reading your blog everyday! Don't let people's negative comments get you down. I know for myself, taking "me" time helps me to be a better mom and wife.

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  165. You are AMAZING! I am so happy that I found your blog, because it has been wonderful following you. You are not only my weight loss inspiration, but you give me so many decorating and food ideas. Please don't stop blogging - these haters need to go suck an egg! :) Love you Meg!

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  166. Girl, don't let anyone get you down. Only you know what is best for you and your family.

    I'm glad you didn't throw in the towel because I love to read what you write. And see pictures of sweet little Miss M!

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  167. You are such an inspiration! I love reading your blog every day. Don't let people's negative comments get you down. I know for myself, having "me" time makes me a better mom and wife. My husband commented the other day how much happier I am when I workout everyday. Keep up the amazing work!

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  168. I recently began the healthy lifestyle adventure about 3-4 months ago. I absolutely love this lifestyle and don't ever want to go back. You are seriously and inspiration to me and you always encourage me! Thanks for your awesome workout videos and being real. You're awesome, and don't let all the negativity bring you down. It's going to be everywhere, but kill them with kindness :)

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  169. Hey girl!

    I think you are FABULOUS!!! I WISH I had the strength to really put myself out there and blog my true feelings. GOOD FOR YOU!

    I have been VERY inspired by your workout schedule, energy and positivity. Yes, my ass is still on the couch way too much, but I'm hoping I'll get back in the gym ASAP! I am a first time mommy and I'm having a hard time adjusting to my "new" body and getting back in shape. Its hard and I appreciate all your motivation.

    Thanks again! XOXOXO

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  170. You're amazing and inspiring in more ways that just working out and getting fit. And for all those jealous, crass nay-sayers, there are 100 secret stalkers who get motivation and inspiration from you. I'm one of those who stalks, doesn't say much but I do your arm and abs videos. Thank you for your inspiration!!
    AND, cute Miss Madison was sent to YOU for a reason. You're the perfect mom for her and no one else!
    Thank you for the inspiration and the spice!!

    YOU ROCK GIRL!
    Julia

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  171. I love love love your new page - isnt Hubby Jack awesome - he did mine and he totally got me too :) As for the haters - please do not stop blogging - it's yours that I read when I am feeling discouraged because the scale isnt moving and just want to throw in the towel and get a quater pounder with cheese...but I dont because you did it and I can too :)

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  172. Don't let the bastards grind you down! You're a HUGE inspiration. I found your blog through ML recently and love love LOVE it. Don't stop b/c some asshat who possibly doesn't even have kids has a bad case of bitter. Success is hard for some people to handle. Don't let them get to you. Keep at it.

    PS - Love the new design!

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  173. Don't let the bastards grind you down, girl!

    I found your blog through ML recently, and love love love it! You're doing a great job. You're setting an amazing example for your daughter. I hope I can make it even 1/2 way to where you are. I'm just starting (again) and you're a huge inspiration. Don't let a couple of bitter asshats dull your sparkle!

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  174. I wonder if I was still 260 pounds, would people be criticizing me for going to the gym after work at night??? I highly doubt it.

    Ding ding ding! You hit the nail on the head sister! Chin up!

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  175. You go Meg!! Stay true to who you are and do what you know is right. You rock!!

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  176. I think you are great & are doing an amazing job!

    Keep your chin up girlie, because there are more people who appreciate what you do then do not.

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  177. You know what, I secretly love you. I saw you on Mama's blog recently because, well...you're like a rock star over there. And I have to say, that I instantly thought you had always looked like you do now. I thought you were that unattainable goal that some of us never quite reach. And then I actually READ your blog. I cannot believe what you've done, how you've changed your life, and how amazing you look. And it's totally not all about the way we look, I know, but man, that makes a huge difference. Anyway, don't let the haters get to you. That's kind of how you can tell you've MADE it...when what you say and what you do makes someone annoyed or irritated. It just means you've said something or done something worthwhile and that people are noticing. The rest of us who think you're awesome WAY outnumber the ones who criticize. Thanks for being real, for trying to help other people, and for doing your best. That's what matters. <3

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  178. You and Mama Laughlin are true inspirations!! Being a good Mom means taking care of yourself, and you guys are setting a GOOD example to us!!! Keep it up!!!! Love you Guys!!!

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  179. I'm so glad you didn't decide to quit blogging. I check it every day and it is a HUGE source of motivation and information for me on my weight-loss quest. I'm not a mom, so I generally don't draw conclusions about a person's parenting style when I read their blog, but I am also a rational human being, so I would hope that when I do have kids some day, I won't judge other moms anyway. The ladies jumping on you about this than and the other thing? Bored. Lonely. Sad.

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  180. Hello, I have never met you and I just found you through mama! However, I just want to say you are amazing. The world has so many people and unfortunately they can't all support one another. I am a new supporter, a new follower and everything I have seen so far I support. You have come a far way, you work your butt off and you have a great support system in person and via interwebs. Oh and you have one adorable daughter too. Sending you lots of hugs and love :)

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  181. I'm sorry people have said awful things to you. I am super grateful for your posts and thankful for te inspiration you are! You look amazing and your a great mom. Don't let anyone tell you different!
    Xoxo

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  182. love love love the new blog design! it looks great! hubby jack knows his women! :) I wanted to ask you if Clomid is what you take...my doc just prescribed this to me today. Fingers crossed that both of us get a bun in our oven!

    Shake them haters off girlfriend!

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  183. Don't respond or even pay attention to the haters. You are AWESOME and I love reading about you and your family!!

    You and Mama laughlin have inspired me to get healthy and to do the C25K so I am working up to that but keep on posting!!

    This story is about YOU :)

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  184. You are an ass kicking lady with a child and husband who adore you, you inspire women like me daily. I am a helluva shin kicker if it comes to it, just send me toward the shins that need it!

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  185. Love, love, love, you and Mama. I will tell you straight up mommy to mommy, my kids are 19 and 17 and my baby girl is leaving for college soon, my husband is deploying for 14 months and I will be ALL alone for the first time in my entire adult life. But because I have made certain to make a life for myself separate from the family that I love more than anything it is not fazing me at all. I got shit to do man. But more importantly, I feel like my children have learned through my example of being indepentant and having a life that they know how have that for themselves. Miserable parents=miserable kids! I worried for a long time about not being there enough for them while I went out and did mah thang until my son enlightened me..."Just keep some mountain dew in the fridge and that's all kids really care about."

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  186. Don't let ANYONE make you feel like a bad person or mother! You are a bad ass and you know it!

    You have way more supporters than haters so just hang on to those of us that cheer you on!

    <3

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  187. As I stated on MamaLaughlin's blog you two are great! Tell people to suck it. It took me til' I was in my late 30's to start caring about me and even my hubby was jealous about my taking time for me. But I am happy, and healthy and my kids are happy and that is what matters most.

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  188. Love the new blog layout! I saw something that you and Mama L posted on Instagram about negativity/positivity and wasn't sure what you were talking about until I went online this morning and read this post. I don't blog about fitness, instead I blog about my husband and I and our lives together as newlyweds. Regardless, it can be a really positive experience and very rewarding. I don't have nearly as many followers as you, so I'm grateful to never have received negative feedback. With that being said, I've appreciated reading about your weight loss, your beautiful home, and your love (obsession) for chevron. I like the new page and the new direction you'll be taking the blog in, and I look forward to continue following along.

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  189. I am your newest follower!! LOVING what I am seeing so far! You go girl!

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  190. Thank you for looking past the negativity and continuing to blog. I love you and Mama L! Keep on Keeping on!:)

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  191. I think people often lose sight of the fact that you (and ML) are real people, with real emotions, problems, struggles, ect. But, it was because you are REAL people that I like following you and ML, and what ultimately made me get off my arse and do something about the extra 20+ pounds I was carrying around. For me, it was the fact that you are REAL and that I could literally run into at the grocery store, or our kids could go to the same park or preschool (I'm in DFW too) that made it all seem more realistic and that I could do this. I'm sorry that there are people out there that have nothing better to do with their lives than to cause drama and tear others down, maybe if they took the log out of their own eyes long enough, they might see you for the inspiration and encourager that you are and work on their own faults and struggles. I know that haters are still going to hate, so I would try to just read their hate, pray for them, and use it to motivate you even more. And on a completely seperate matter, I had three IVF procedures before finally getting pregnant with twins - we struggled for a long time, so I know how hard the journey of infertility is, but just know that the journey humbles you and makes you a better person and a stronger couple in the end - you may be a much more financially poor couple! But you will be stronger! You also need to remember that it's not your timing, it's God's - and trust me no one understands the frustration of that like I do! Good luck with everything, have a skinny margarita and keep kickin ass!

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  192. Good for you Megan!
    I think you're an inspiration and I too, have taking up running. Couch to 5k all the way! ;)
    Keep it up! I enjoy reading.

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  193. You are fabulous and I know where your heart is!!! You have come so far and life is about sacreficies! Your heart is in the right place! 7 hours a week at a gym to let you live years longer because of better health?! Being able to see Miss M grow up and live her own life... Seems like a fair trade off !

    Love the new design!!
    Mamaaja.blogspot.com

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  194. They can go pound sand. This is your space to share what you choose. Thank you for sharing all that you do and being an inspiration to me.

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