5.28.2014

My Message.

I came across this video on Roni's page {love her BTW}.


I cried at all the women who thought their body was disgusting. It really got me thinking about my message, if someone came up to me on the street and asked me to describe my body what word would I pick?

Curvy. 

That's how I see myself. 


I shared this photo on my facebook page over the weekend, my message one of accepting my body after baby and I DO. It's not all rainbows and unicorns though, do I wish I was thinner?
Duh.
Especially when I'm trying on a super cute dress that won't go over my hips, I mean it was a great deal and everything. Just didn't work.
I get that not everyone is going to love their body all the time, that's probably a big reason I love to workout, I DO love my body when I feel strong.


This may not look like much, but I felt so amazing after doing a move I haven't been able to do since before baby! It means progress. I have an easier time loving the way I look now because I AM making strides in getting to where I want to be. 

she refuses to lip kiss me! 
Growing up I hated the way I looked, I never felt like enough. I want nothing more than to set a good example for my kids so I keep trying every single day. I think it's VERY important to have realistic goals, I will never have 6 pack abs, mainly because I don't care to, and I don't care about 15% body fat either. A friend sent this the other day and it's so so true!


You need to find your balance, if you keep striving for something that doesn't fit your life you will never attain your goals. Food is the hardest part for me, so much of my social life revolves around it. I've made GREAT strides in making it easier on myself to stay on track even while out. I snack before I go and look up calories before I order. Little things so I don't feel like crap afterwards. Do I want to take tupperware everywhere I go with chicken and veggies, no. That's just not me. I want a little mexican food every once in a while, so I have to be OK with the body I get from that. 

The reason I've been so open with how my body looks - after a baby, at 40 weeks pregnant, after a 100 pound weight loss, is because I would love to help just one person feel better with their own body. 

Blogging about health and fitness has two sides; on one hand I love the accountability and the camaraderie, but on the other there can be pressure. Pressure to have all the muscles, pressure to lose all the weight, and pressure to eat the right foods.

I'd rather mine be about my message, be the best you. 


I DO want some nice sexy arms though.
Duh.





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78 comments :

  1. Thank you for being real! I want a great body also but I don't want to feel guilty when I want pizza or mexican food. I am just trying to achieve a healthy balance.

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  2. You are the best :-) Keep rockin!

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  3. And this is why so many people love to read your blog. :) I love your message!

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  4. Thank you for being real, and sharing that.

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  5. I love this! I have basically come to terms with the same things you talk about here. Would it be awesome to have a six pack? Sure it would but I love an occasional margarita and mexi food or even just a cookie! And I know that by having those things in my life, I won't have "that body" but I honestly don't care. It's not a realistic goal for me and I had a better day when I realized that myself. Great post!

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  6. I love you Megan! You stay consistent and do not blog as if you are better than everyone. You seem like such a sweet person with a great heart and it shows through all of your posts. I can only hope my blog can shine as bright as yours does. :)

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  7. This is my favorite post ever. I love you for being so honest and open and just plain real. Because Lord knows that's not common these days. I love this! <3

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  8. Amazing, just amazing. I know your words ring true with me and I thank you for always being open and honest about your progress, struggles and accomplishments.

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  9. Thank you! This is so true!!! I can not/will not be one of those people who only eats clean. I want to enjoy food. I think that moderation is key. I don't want to beat myself up because I ate some ice cream. I also want to send a good example for my kids. :)

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  10. I really love this. Thanks for sharing so much, I do believe you are accomplishing this!!

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  11. This was a wonderful post and a wonderful message. Good for you setting a great example

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  12. This is a beautiful message! Very refreshing and honest. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  13. Simply fabulous.
    Thanks for being real.

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  14. Great post, thank you so much for sharing!!! You are the biggest inspiration to me because you are REAL and not because you post fancy photo shoot pictures with annoying quotes!! Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing this!

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  15. Hell Yes!!! I love you. Just freaking love you. You are beautiful and you are such a good mommy--what an example for your daughter!!!

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  16. Absolutely! One of my goals in life is to make it through all of my internal nonsense so that I don't carry it with me when I decide to have kids. Also, it's so refreshing to see someone post real pictures on a blog. Love it! And your arms look great, girl!

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  17. I LOVE your message! If we set unrealistic goals for ourselves...we are setting ourselves up for failure. We all have our own journies and should only look FORWARD and not to our right or left to see what other women are doing. What works for you may not work for me. Thanks for keeping it REAL Meg!

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  18. This is excellent! I see women losing total control over who they are,losing time with their friends, kids and husbands because they are so busy trying to attain the dream of a perfect body. When my daughter grows up, I want her to think of all the times we played together and all the pictures we have together as opposed to looking at professional photos I had taken when I was "hot". You have managed to find that balance between fitness and family and that's wonderful. It shows on your face in every picture how happy you truly are, how not stressed you are about having the perfect body, which you look pretty damn good for popping a baby out a few months ago. You are a great role model for Madison and Aiden. Keep on doing what you're doing girl!

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    1. I totally agree. I struggle with going to the gym because I work and I don't want to go to the gym after working all day. I want to be home with my darlings. That is why I try to work out in the mornings. But damn sleep is great.

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    2. I agree, I lay bed in the morning and my alarm goes off and i think to myself go run or sleep. Sadly sleep usually trumps running. Lol

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  19. This is why I read your blog everyday! You are an amazing person, so real! I feel the same way, I want to eat real food too! I don't want to be one of those whiny women "I can't eat that!" haha Love you and your message Megan!!

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  20. I got tears in my eyes reading this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and being such a good example.

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  21. Your arms are awesome, i love them :)

    I posted that video on Brandy's facebook page. I'm so happy she is doing her thing but her posts kind of make me sad for her.

    Ive always felt the same as you, i am ok in my own skin. Do I want to be thinner? Yes, and be god I want nice arms as well :P

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  22. A-Freakin'-Men girl. Crazy eggwhite, tuna, lettuce "meal plans" are just not sustainable. I think you are setting an amazing example, obviously for your kiddos, but for your readers too. You're real and honest. :)

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  23. good for you, lady! That is such a positive and motivating message that you living and teaching Twilight Sparkle.

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  24. You are amazing Meg, thank you for sharing your journey with the world. You are an inspiration to all!

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  25. Wow- this is my first time commenting, but I just had to after reading this! You are so real, and that is part of what makes you so inspiring. Thank you for this post!

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  26. Meg, I silently stalk you all the time. But I want to say thank you for this. Seeing you not be tiny meg the week after you had the baby has really helped me. I am still struggling with the 10 month post partum body. I keep gaining and losing the same 10 pounds. I am currently 5 pounds heavier then I was when I was 6 weeks post partum. Then I would like to lost another 40. I wish I had your motivation and self control. But I am setting slow goals. I hope it helps. Thank you for being so real.

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  27. Thank you so much! I love the message your sending out!

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  28. Thank you for being real, honest and inspiring.

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  29. I've never commented before either, but was just moved to say, "You nailed it!" I keep coming back to read your blog because of the balance I see here. Someone who pursues a healthy life in every area-- family, friends and fitness. I too could choose to have a slammin' body, but the trade-off would not be worth it to me, so I embrace the body I have, rejoice in it's strength, and enjoy the occasional treat because life is short, and shouldn't be only about lettuce or a number on the scale. Keep making those good choices, and your body will respond by settling at what's healthy for you.

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  31. I love this!
    I grew up listening to my mom constantly complain about her body. Her cellulite. Her thighs. Her arms. Her stomach. It was alwaysss something. The problem with that is that as an adult I now have her cellulite, her thighs, her arms, and her stomach. It's a horrible cycle growing up hearing your mother bash her body only to eventually have one that looks just like the body she hated. I love that you convey positivity about your body to your daughter, and instead focus on healthiness. It's such an absolutely amazing gift that you are giving her. Loving your body can do far more for you than hating it ever will.

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  32. I love you blog. You are always so positive. Even when you aren't at your goal weight or goal size, you still project such a joyful attitude. That is more inspiring just by itself than the weight you have lost. Keep doing what you are doing. I appreciate your honesty and your positivity shown in each post

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  33. boom. you nailed it. that is why I love your blog. thank you so much for being awesome.

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  34. Beautiful....I was just thinking this during my run on Saturday, and as tears rolled down my face I realized I am more than what society tells me I should be. Thank you.

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  35. Love this post Meg. How beautiful your message is. And you don't even have to define it for us, If we follow you, we already know <3 Your posts always make me smile, and encourage me. You are the bomb.

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  36. Love this, it hits home. Thank you for always keeping it real. You are a true inspiration and positive example to women.

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  37. Great post! I love reading your blog because you have a such a healthy attitude! I too feel better about my body when I am working out, not matter my size. COULD I eat nothing but grilled chicken and broccoli and be a size 2? Sure. Do I want to achieve that and never enjoy a margarita or a bacon cheeseburger again? Hell to the no! Make healthy decisions most of the time and enjoy life!

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  38. Beautiful message! This is why I love your blog!

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  39. I seriously love your blog. It's the only one I have followed consistently over the past two years. I even spent time over my lunch breaks catching up from the very begining. You are real, you are a regular girl just trying to be healthy. I completely look up to you. Hope you have a great day!

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  40. I love that video! thanks for sharing! .. and I love following you!!

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  41. Perfect post!!! You are fabulous 😊 (love Roni!!!)

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  42. Love this post!! I needed this today. I just love how positive and inspiring you are. :)

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  43. You're awesome. That is all. :)

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  44. You are such an inspiration because you are so real! And you have such a great balance. It's not easy to get up to bust your ass at the gym every morning. You are a machine! Keep up the great work and thank you for acting as such a positive motivator <3

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  45. By far my most favorite post of yours EVER. I didn't even watch the video- I just can't. I am work, and I don't want to be a slobbery mess. Bravo, Meg!!

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  46. You are a glittery chevron bedazzled piece of awesome!!!!!

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  47. What a refreshing post. Your authenticity shows and makes me smile. I hope we can all love our bodies.

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  48. Your transparency is amazing Meg! I have been a follower of your blog for a few years and WAS (key word there) a follow of a few other "weight loss blogs" some that have gone in a drastically different way and not at all who they started out to be. I almost lost hope in the blogging world and these people I had followed for years suddenly weren't the inspirational women I had thought and became exactly what the quote in the photo you posted said "toxic". Your's on the other hand has kept my faith in the blog weight loss world and is what it should be, encouraging and uplifting and REAL! I love how you rejoice in the little things and in the progress no matter if your some fitness model or not, I also love the way you parent your children and want to set a good example for them! I know Madison and Aiden will SO appreciate that one day! Especially Madison as she is girl in this world that does nothing but bring women and their image down. I don't have any kids yet but hope too in the future and you inspire me in that way to be someone who appreciates my body in front of my kids!

    Thank you for being you and setting realistic HONEST goals, and not being in this for the fame and to see if you can out shine anyone. Your beauty and your honesty outshines enough :)! Keep up the great work you look amazing!

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  49. Thank you so much for your honesty! I love how real you are, and I think people can relate to that. I have always struggled with my self image and used to be super strict on myself...about the foods I ate and about how much I worked out. Now that I am pregnant (22 weeks!) I now realize the importance of positive self image. I will be bringing another human being into this world in a few months and the last thing I want my child to hear is me being hard on myself! I have been continuing my workouts, just toning it down some and listening to my body. I have also stopped counting calories and am so happy with that decision :) I believe in living a healthy life, but I too want to enjoy mexican food every now and then ;) Thanks again for being so real! You are really an inspiration :)

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  50. I watched that video the other day and cried. I love and admire you so much. I need to find the balance of working on reaching my goals while still loving myself in the now. It's not an easy thing to do, but I hope to get there one day.

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  51. You are always very inspiring, love your blog

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  52. Oh my gosh! I so needed this! Love it!

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  53. I love this post! Be the best you!!!
    That video definitely made me cry!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I love that you are so real. Your posts make me feel better about myself and my journey to a healthier me. You are one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to weight loss/ eating healthier/ better body image. Thank you for this post today!

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  55. And this is why your blog is one of my all time favorites! Love this!

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  56. I love how real you are! THANK YOU!!!

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  57. Love this...and love the real you! And I'm PRREEETTTTYYYY sure you've got those sexy arms you were wanting! ;)

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  58. Wow. That just smacked me right in the face. I so needed that today/this week.....who am I kidding. This year. Thank you for being you.

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  59. Best post ever! I'm so sick of feeling like I have to be "perfect" with my food all the time. Damn it, I want some normal people food sometimes! I would rather just be me than strive for perfection!

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  60. I just wanted to say that you're beyond beautiful. Your personally shines through your blog which makes you even more beautiful. You encourage so many people. Thank You :D

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  61. Thanks Meg for sharing and keeping it real. I just looked back at your 100lb weight loss/what to expect post and I loved that you were so open. Let women know it won't be JLo as soon as you hit your goal weight:)

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  62. Great and inspiring post! Thank you!

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  63. Thank you Meg I love this post so much!! I can really identify with the message in the video - that it didn't matter how she felt about her body big or small. I have been there, 3 children, 9 surgeries, scars, stretchmark's, and I cannot exercise. As soon as I truly accepted every imperfection, my body started transforming all on it's own. It was like the love and acceptance that I gave to my body was the key to my weight stabilizing and my body appearing healthier. I know this sounds outrageous but now when I start to feel bad about myself, I give love to that part of my body that I don't like. We are all a perfect masterpiece just the way we are :-) Beauty101byLisa.com

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  64. Needed this today! That is all!

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  66. Thank you! I def needed this. After finally getting into a good workout routine since I've recently joined a gym, I have made strides in accepting my body for the way that it is now. I'm happy with my body. Do I want to lose another 20-30lbs? Sure. But I'm not stressing about it. Thank you for always being so positive and such a great role model not only to your kids, but also your followers! You always send such a positive message and are so real!

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  67. This post. Needed to see/read this.

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  68. I just love you! That is all. xoxo

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  69. You're just so damn cute Meg!! And, once again, I appreciate your honesty and ability to be open and real with world wide web and all of us out here! You are definitely a role model - even though I know you are prob way younger than me, I still look up to your courage and confidence!! Keep trying, we must!!

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  70. You are such an amazing woman, Meg! You're kiddo's have such a great foundation being laid for them. You and your husband are teaching them so many important life lessons about confidence, hard work and determination. Love your blog & love stalking, er, I mean following your social media posts :)

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