Why I Failed at Losing Weight the First Time.

I don't know how much of my story you know, but I was fat well before I ever got pregnant.

This is Brandi's favorite picture of me, told ya I had some big ole boobies Holly :)

This was like 2006, way before I got married or had a baby. I just liked to eat, mainly fast food.

He put a ring on it and my Mom got all wedding planning happy, so I did my part and decided to lose weight so I would look decent is my very expensive dress :)
I joined Jenny Craig because it was so easy. They give you a meal plan AND the food and you just eat it.

I lost 50 pounds and hired myself a trainer at the gym. I used to get up at 4 am to go workout before I had to go to work, I did spin and a little light jogging on the treadmill {I was NOT a runner back then} and some weights with the trainer.
I never lost anymore weight.

I really felt I was trying, I just assumed my body didn't want to get any thinner.
I HONESTLY did not think it was my effort level, I mean I was hitting the gym and eating better, right??

It really shouldn't have been a surprise that I gained it all {plus more} back after I got pregnant. I hadn't really learned how to live healthy.
Just going to the gym isn't enough, just eating less isn't enough.

300 calories of junk is not going to do the same in your body as 300 of lean and green.
To get myself past that point I needed to learn to fuel more often. 5x a day.
I needed to give my body the right things.
Protein, Fats, Veggies, Complex Carbs.
Not a freaking Smart One from the frozen section {I totally ate these daily back then}.
Knowledge is so powerful, do some research. Read a book, I loved this one.

I looked pretty on my wedding day, but it's hard to not look back and wish I had tried a little harder.

I'm just glad that now I don't have to worry about looking back and wishing.
I KNOW I'm trying hard. I KNOW I've put in the work.
If you are stuck, you need to give yourself a good hard look and be honest about your effort.
No one is going to push you to get there, it's up to you.


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  2. You are such an inspiration Megan! Thank you so much! :)

  3. You have come a long, long way girlfriend!
    That picture of you at the top has got to be one of the best "before" pictures EVER!
    Thanks for the motivation!!

  4. Holy Boobies Batman!!!

    You are such an inspiration. I almost can't believe that first picture is you.

  5. I have been trying to get this point across to my friend for weeks now - counting points on WW while eating shit is NOT going to change your life!!! Just because you were under a point level does not mean it was good for you. I'm eating way more than ever, but clean food - no dairy, grains (I'm GF anyway, bad things happen to me when I eat Gluten), and beans and I've never felt better. It sucks at first, but it's better than having to count friggin points and eat frozen boxed meals. The thought of those right now make me want to puke.

  6. LOVE.
    LOVE the honesty.
    LOVE the dress.
    LOVE the boobs.
    LOVE it all.
    Love you. :)

  7. It's funny, I get mad whenever I hear any Slim 4 Life commercials on the radio. I used them and lost about 20-25 pounds a few years (and spend way too much money) and then I gained it all back. Scheisters.

    You are right, it is all about what you put into it to get out what you need. I wish the lightbulb had clicked on earlier, but at least I'm doing it now. Love the boobies pic!

  8. Great post! Thinking of food as fuel is essential to conquering the food demons. I shared this post my Facebook page.

  9. Well then. I have been bitching and moaning about being the same weight forever, even though I work out and count my calories. I guess I need to suck it up and step it up. Thanks for the push!

  10. Also, I was eating my lunch (Burger King, bad..I know) and once I finished reading this post, I looked at my food and soda and threw it in the trash. Thanks!

  11. Double WOW...and you are 100% correct. However it is so HARD to change your mindset and eating habits. Something I am curretly struggling with but trying to get on the right path. Thanks to you & MAMA!

  12. Holy cow! your boobs were HUGE! That first picture other than the face looks NOTHING like you. How motivating you are and CONGRATULATIONS. You are a rock star. How long did it take you?

  13. I bought the book :) Check and Check - thank you so much for your honesty - Ive been struggling with my weight for about a decade now and I am just now wanting to turn it around - I ran my first day of couch 2 5K yesterday and felt amazing :) Thank you so much, you inspire me! Isnt wanting it half the battle - ugh!

  14. Just what i needed to see today. I have a similar story and have a hit a point where i have been wondering that same thing, is my body just supposed to be this way? Maybe this is my weight? It has been a very big struggle for me especially since the weight was coming off well to start & now not so much. I love you & Mama Laughlin's blogs & started my own just cause I thought it seemed like a good place to vent. I would love any suggestions that you think may have helped you!

  15. Thanks for sharing - you are so right. Not making certain changes (junk food) can set up to going backwards without continued work. I am personally still trying to find the level I can take the healthy food changes and make them for long term. I know I won't make it to my goal without further food choice changes, bit still trying to get there.

  16. Thank you so much for this post, I am really starting to connect that eating less is not enough. Thanks for reinforcing that for me! I am going to check out the book. :)

  17. BEAUTIFUL!!!! and MY word those are some HUMUNGOUS JUNGLE MELONS!!!

  18. TRUTH! I feel like you just described me before my wedding. Lean Cousines, 100 calorie snacks, starving myself, doing zumba twice a week, staying on the elliptical all the time- but never really PUSHING and fueling. Education is powerful! Props to you for putting some much out there and shit Megan- you are so fing hot!!!!!!!! Way to go girl!

  19. I love your wedding picture, but gurrl none of the rest of those look anything like you..

    Do you find that you look at pictures and ask WHO is THAT?

  20. Just what I needed to hear today... Thanks :)

  21. This is THE post I've been waiting for!! I KNOW now some of the things I've been doing wrong! And I immediately ordered the book as soon as I clicked on it! Thank You Megan for being such a motivator for me since I found your blog! I absolutely LOVE it!!! :)

  22. You have no idea how much you have inspired me.
    Seeing your hard work daily pushes me to better myself for my kids.
    Thank you!!!!!

    And I would have honestly thought the first picture was photo shopped. you have come such a long way, you have so much to be proud of!
    Great job momma!!!

  23. You are so right that nobody can do anything about it but you. I definitely had to re-evaluate my effort level as the new year approached and as silly as it sounds, that's when I realized I needed to stop making excuses. I knew that I couldn't out work my diet but I continued to shovel bad stuff down my throat. I made excuses like my beachbody coach wasn't pushing me enough, etc. It was all ridiculous. I wasn't pushing myself enough. Now that I've realized that I feel like it's made a world of difference.

    Thanks for the reminder! :)

  24. Love you Meg. I'm so proud of you and the awesome example of what doing it the right way can lead too! You never cease to amaze me. You are always smiling and are just a ball of energy. Seriously I look so forward to your posts. And when I think I can't I remind myself that if Meg can do it than do can I! Thank you thank you thank you.

  25. "I just assumed my body didn't want to get any thinner.
    I HONESTLY did not think it was my effort level, I mean I was hitting the gym and eating better, right??"

    Your statment above is exactly what I think. So this is where I am at. I lost 10 lbs in 5 weeks, now 7 weeks later I am only down 12. Its frustrating to eat good and workout and it go no where.

    I am going to read that book and change up my workout and hopefully the scale will start to move again!

    Ashley- http://firstcamethebaby.blogspot.com

  26. So True! I have been trying to loose weight again(second time around :/) for months now and have only lost 10 pounds. Do I know I could've lost more? Yes. Do I have anyone to blame but myself? No. I know fully why I haven't lost more, my eating (and my love of booze). But I don't try to make excuses. I'm just not working as hard as I should be. But I hate my friends who just whine about being fat and give excuses on why they are fat. Here's a thought, STOP STUFFING YOUR FACE WITH CRAP! A lot of those friends like to blame it on lack of working out. Most of weight loss it your diet so stop making excuses. Wish some people would own their crap! Thanks for keeping it real!

  27. I just bought that book for my kindle. I hope it helps me get to the root of my problem so I can drop the last 20 lbs or so that I need to lose.

    I totally lost steam about 8 months ago and gained 10-12 lbs. I don't know why it was so easy and now it is so hard. I don't want to kill myself in the gym but I do love working out. I need to get my mind right so I can finish this once and for all.

  28. Looking at you now I never would have believed you were fat. That picture on the beach must make you cringe. You're so right about what we put in our bodies makes a huge difference. All colories are not created equal!!

  29. It's hard to believe that was you!
    You have done awesome!
    I use to have some tig oh bitties too

  30. Yet another inspiring post. I can so relate to everything you said. I cringe looking back at some of the things I thought were "healthy" just because they said fat free or low calories. Now I make healthier choices and feel so much better! Knowledge is power. And big ass salads make me feel alot better than frozen mac n cheese :) Love ya girl!

  31. Great post!! As a fellow former fat girl who was that way BEFORE pregnancy, it's amazing to see how far you've come. It's hard work, but man, look at your results!! You can tell just from those pics how much more you glow now. :)

  32. Thank you! I needed to hear this today! I've been in a pity party funk since the Holidays. Time to get my ass moving!!

  33. Holy boobies, Batman!! You seriously have done such an amazing job. I know I've commented this before, but seriously, you are such an inspiration. I love keeping up with your workouts and trying them myself. And you inspire me to eat "big ass salads" lol.

  34. Megan, this is so inspiring. I've been working to lose 80+ lbs and have lost 25. I'm starting to lose motivation, and this is just what I needed. I have been following you for a little while after finding you from Mama Laughlin, and you are hilarious and I LOVE you! Thank you for posting this, and being a great motivator.


  35. Good post. And you sure did have some boobies lol. : ) you look so awesome now and I'm so proud of you!

  36. You did have some big ole boobies & you were beautiful in your wedding picture. You & Mama L are big inspirations :)

  37. Thank you for this post, and I am totally buying that book on my kindle RIGHTNOW! I keep starting/stopping/starting/stopping exercise regimens. I am happy at a size 4-6 and I am squeeeezed into a ten right now and I am not happy with myself. I am fighting some emotional demons and making plenty of excuses, but girl, the motivation from you and that amazing girl with my same name Mama L keep me getting my ass up off the floor and trying harder... Now just need to make it a HABIT! Love yah!!!!

  38. You inspire me more than you know! What an amazing transformation. Thanks for the pep talk :)

  39. I'm going to check out that book you recommended! I have always had a really difficult struggle of going to the gym regularly and counting my calories properly, and not losing any weight! I am assuming that is has to do with my diet choices, even tho I cook our meals and try to keep them healthy, but I feel like I need more information. Thanks for the recommendation!

  40. I'm newer to your blog, but I just wanted to say that your story is so inspirational. I know I have a long way to go and a lot to learn. Also, thank you for the book recommendation! I will check it out!

  41. Holy Boobies!

    Thanks again for sharing my of your story. You are such a great motivator!

  42. GREAT post Megan, and great advice. You did look really pretty in your beautiful dress :)

  43. That is right, sista! love that pic up top. Wade walked by and said, hey now, who's that thats not her is it?? ha ha...he had no idea it was you!

    you are awesome! I was going to ask, did you ever workout when you were pregnant? I've cut down a little since, mostly because of the nauseousness but am planning on it still...?

  44. If you do not write a book one day and publish it you are CRAZY!

  45. I just can't get over the boobies..lol. :)

    I need to get that mindset and menu. I suck at eating and that is one of my big problems.

  46. Holy boobs!! Can ya share?? Great blog, I've been on the weight watchers bandwagon and it worked for a little while. Now that I've been counting calories for the past year and took up running for real 50 lbs fell off. Looking to lose 20 more so your posts are always helpful.

  47. You're such an awesome motivator! I guess because so many people are dieting right now, I'm noticing a lot of people think that means not eating. It's so hard to explain to someone they need to eat (& eat clean) to lose. My dad's gf is the perfect example. All she ate for lunch the othrr day was a boiled egg and a cracker. I tried to tell her, I pointed her to your blog but she didnt listen because she lost 3 lbs. Said 3 lbs are back now...

  48. I love your line about giving yourself a long hard look, something I had to do about 20lbs ago after like a 2 month "plateau"! Great post!

  49. What a motivating post! Saw you over on The turquoise Piano. Good for you!!!

  50. Dammit! I just mentioned in a blog post this morning that I'm struggling with getting motivated. You're really doing your part and reminding me WHY I need to get off my a** and move! Nutrition-wise, I'm doing fine, but gahh, I just can't seem to get up and go run lately. :/

  51. Your blog is spot on! It repeats the same things my spin instructor tells us. Spin (cardio), weight train and clean eating. I gain so much wisdom from your posts. Thank you for being open, honest and sharing your experiences. Oh, and also for being real... we are human after all! XOXO

  52. You are an inspiration! Thank you!!!

  53. Just lettin' you know I featured you on my blog today! Have a great weekend!

  54. Great post!! Sooo inspirational!! Question: Did your boons just go away?!? I have huge boobs too and have a hard time working out (running) do you have any tips? Recommend a good sports bra? Sorry if this is a repetitive question, I just recently started following you😁! I've lost 25 lbs and have about 25 more to go but have barely noticed a reduction in chest! Thanks!!!

  55. HI, I just wanted you to know that you are awesome and that you inspire me to workout harder! Oh, and I am always on the lookout for a deer head now!

  56. I just love reading all your posts...I can't get enough! I've got some major boobage on me as well...most girls are scared to lose their girls. Not me!! I'm looking forward to the day I can get those puppies under control!

    Thank you for sharing your journey and being such an inspiration!!

  57. I LOVE your dress... mine is really similar...

    random idea... on a special anniversary, renew your vows... and get your dress taken in to wear it again... all toned and bada** like you are now!! You look amazing in it from your wedding day... but just an idea!

  58. You are inspirational and you offer solutions. Thank you

  59. You are such an inspiration! I love your blog and following you on Instagram! I so wish I lived closer! You seem like a blast to be around! I need you as a workout buddy! I don't have one and wish I did everytime I see you Mama together! Great job and thank you for doing your blog! Congrats on the job!

  60. Such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing it! - Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio

  61. Just what I needed to hear!! I have no one to give me verbal support really so reading this was great!!!! Thanks! The Traveling wife and Mommy!!

  62. I feel the same way looking back at my wedding photos two years ago. I worked hard, but not as hard as I could have. I'm happy though that I can look back at those images and not think "That's the smallest I ever was, or the healthiest" I can look back and see that was a half way point, and hopefully in the future be happier where I am than living in the past :)

  63. Absolutely inspiring! You Go Girl!!!

    FREE weightloss report:

  64. Thank you for inspiring me. I am a mommy of a 4/12 yr old boy and TWIN 2 1/2 year old boys. Blogger, Food Lover, Chocolate-ohlic. I just started my blog recently to help me share my story of my families journey to a healthier us. I have been searching for other bloggers who have a story to tell, and have the same goals to help encourage each other. I appreciate your dedication and hard work. If you would like to check out the beginning of my journey check me out at Healthy Family Life Made Easy at http://www.livinghealthyonestepatatime.com May we all work together to become healthy and happier. Crystal


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