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My Health Journey: The Beginning

Today I will be starting a series of posts called “My Health Journey”. These post will share how I got to where I am today by overcoming an eating disorder, gaining weight, and achieving overall health!

Last Tuesday morning, Eddie and I took a road trip into Regina to do some wedding planning. We were meeting with the wedding coordinator at the venue we have chosen and the priest from the church we will be getting married at. Two exciting meetings called for a nice outfit. In other words, something other than my Lulus! So, I put on a nice top and tried to put on some jeans. Yeah, I tried, but they didn’t fit.

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Over the past few months I have definitely noticed I’ve gained weight. I don’t weigh myself, but even without a scale I knew I gained weight. My face is fuller, my clothes are tighter, but I didn’t realize that I actually outgrew my jeans until last Tuesday! Partly because all I ever wear is Lulus…

What an awesome feeling. Not being able to zip up my jeans. My Mom, Dad, Eddie, and I all had a mini celebration and then I did what I usually do – I put on my Lulus.

The whole growing out of my jeans thing made me really proud and happy. I felt really good all day. Confident and beaming. I was on cloud 9.

And then I thought to myself, I should feel this way all of the time. Not just when I notice huge successes such as growing out of my jeans. I should feel proud of myself all of the time.

I’ve been through a lot. I’ve overcome an eating disorder and regained my health. That’s something to be really proud of on a daily basis. But, since we are our own worst critics, it’s often hard to see all of our hard work, successes, and accomplishments when we look in the mirror and critique ourselves.

I often look in the mirror and think “I wish my legs were bigger” or “Why aren’t my biceps growing!?”, so last week instead of critiquing myself I thought I’d prove to myself that I have come very far and remind myself that I should be proud of myself of where I am now. 

So, I found an old picture of myself to show myself that I actually have made great gains in my health and that I should be very proud of myself on a daily basis.

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The picture on the left is a picture of myself two years ago and the picture on the right was taken of myself last Monday.

When I first saw these two pictures side by side I started to cry. I started to cry for so many different reasons. I started to cry because I was so proud of myself, but also because I was so sad for the girl I saw in the picture two years ago.

There’s a huge difference between the two pictures, yet I didn’t really know I made such huge progress until I compared myself to myself two years ago.

I’m writing this post for two reasons:

1) I want you to be proud of yourself right now. You don’t have to make a big accomplishment in a single moment. It could take a long time. Two years in my case. But just remember to always be proud of yourself, how far you’ve come, and all the good you’ve done for yourself throughout your journey.

2) To help others. When I first shared my comparison photo on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter last week, I was doing so to give myself a high five, but then someone asked me if my workouts changed between the two pictures. Then that got me thinking…

How did I really get to where I am today?

Well, I can tell you one thing. It wasn’t just one thing that got me to where I am today. Many factors come into play. And I will be sharing all of them with you throughout the “My Health Journey” series :)

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Love always,

Meg xo

PS if you have a high five to share with me this week please email it to me at adashofmeg@gmail.com 😀

 

 


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  1. Reply

    Jenn@Mark My Miles!

    March 18, 2014

    You are beautiful : )

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thanks Jenn :) SO ARE YOUUUU

  2. Reply

    Brooke

    March 18, 2014

    I am excited for this series! You look AMAZING and you should be incredibly proud. And you’re totally right, we all should be proud of ourselves for growth in our lives in any area. So proud of and happy for YOU! Xo

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thanks, friend :) <3

  3. Reply

    Cat

    March 18, 2014

    Meg this sounds like a great series! It is amazing to have those moments to look back and see how far you’ve come. It’s the kind of things you do every day that don’t feel like major accomplishments, but then when you put them all together it’s huge! And like you said, remembering to be proud of that every day is super important. Looking forward to the rest!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you Cat :) i hope you’re enjoying the series so far xoxo

  4. Reply

    Shannon

    March 18, 2014

    What an inspiring post! :) Congratulations on outgrowing those jeans!
    It’s so crucial for all of us to love ourselves as we are… I mean, who else will if we don’t?!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      SO. TRUE. Omg we have to have to have tooooo love ourselves FIRST

  5. Reply

    I’m so proud of you!! You are such an amazing person and you’ve come such a long way. You deserve to be happy and excited for how far you’ve come. :)

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thanks so much :)

  6. Reply

    Hayley

    March 18, 2014

    You are wonderful for posting this. So often blogs focus purely on weight loss (extreme or not), and no one ever discusses that that’s not necessarily whats healthy. Being ‘thinner’ doesn’t mean you’re healthy. You’ve come such a long way and it’s amazing. You should shout it from the rooftops or squat rack every.damn.day.

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      hahahaha love it!!!! thank you so much Hayley 😀

  7. Reply

    Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    March 18, 2014

    Meg, when I saw this picture on Instagram, I thought it was wonderful. But what I did NOT see there (since I was viewing on my phone) was how your eyes looked so sad in the “before” picture. You’re smiling, but you can see the pain. I’m so proud of how far you’ve come – congratulations!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      I love how you can see that <3 thanks for noticing, girl <3

  8. Reply

    So excited for you and your accomplishments. What a great comeback. Congratulations!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  9. Reply

    Livi

    March 18, 2014

    So awesome! It’s important to see how far you’ve come, and I think it’s so helpful for others who struggle with ED or similar things. Being proud of ourselves is always a great thing :)

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      I hope this series is helpful to some 😀

  10. Reply

    I’m excited to follow this series! Happiness is so so important when it comes to health, and that is the mindset I’ve been striving towards.

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      i hope you enjoy the series Kelsey 😀

  11. Reply

    Amanda @runtothefinish

    March 18, 2014

    you are an amazing woman and I think others will learn a ton from your story!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      AHHHHHH thank you so much Amanda <3 I always love hearing from you

  12. Reply

    Kim @FITsique

    March 18, 2014

    You are so beautiful! Congratulations on finding who you are and recognizing that you can be proud of yourself the way you are. It’s a long battle to become confident in your self and there are always moments where you start to slip back. Little reminders, although we wish they weren’t necessary are very helpful to renew our courage and strength to live a healthy life. Keep up the great work.

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      Thank you so much Kim <3

  13. Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You look awesome, but more importantly, you’re happy and proud of yourself (which you should be!)!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      never been happier 😉 and thank you!

  14. Reply

    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun

    March 18, 2014

    Wow this is going to be a great series! You look amazing and have come so far. Thank you for sharing so honestly!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thanks Sara :) i hope you enjoy the series!

  15. Reply

    Meg you look great!!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      and i feel great! thank you!

  16. Reply

    Calista

    March 18, 2014

    Dang, girl! Serious high five for you! What a great accomplishment. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thanks! :) i hope you’re enjoying :)

  17. Reply

    Linz @ Itz Linz

    March 18, 2014

    you’re awesome and so beautiful both inside and out!

  18. Reply

    Keri

    March 18, 2014

    I am crying for you too! You are AMAZING! Such a powerful example of self love!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you sis :)

  19. Reply

    Ashley M

    March 18, 2014

    Oh Meg, I just love you and I’m SO excited for this series and to get to know you/your health journey a little better! We are all so so so proud of you and I know that God has done an amazing work on transformation in your life…not only externally! I will always be your biggest fan and cheerleader! You are so loved!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      i am so happy YOU are my biggest fan and cheerleader 😉 ever since the beginning 😉 thank you. so. much. i love you to pieces, my friend <3 hopefully i get to see your pretty face in person some time soon! we will have to plan a get together <3

  20. Reply

    Liz

    March 18, 2014

    Great post Meg. You look great!. Your body is so lean today. Definetly you look healthier just because the body you have now is the kind of body that is made in the gym. I know the difference between someone that is thin because doesn’t eat, and someone that is lean because hard work.
    You have worked so hard on your body and definetly can see the progress. I only see your body stronger and all muscles. Well done!!

  21. Reply

    Christina

    March 18, 2014

    WOW Congratulations! You truly look amazing and full of health. You really should be proud of what you’ve overcome :)

    All the best!
    xoxo

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      Thank you :) xoxo

  22. Reply

    I am so happy and proud of you! Your strength and patience is amazing.
    Girl, you’re a true inspiration. <3

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you so much girl xoxo

  23. Reply

    Heather@TheSoulfulSpoon

    March 18, 2014

    Thank you so much for writing this. You are beautiful! I will be sharing this with my readers this Friday!:)

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you for sharing, sweetie! means a lot <3

  24. Reply

    Sara

    March 18, 2014

    I love this post and look forward to the rest of the series! I recently had a similar moment while looking through some very old photos of myself at a very low weight. I remember how terrible that time of my life was, and although I still struggle in some ways, I’ve come VERY far. I even now proudly proclaim myself a member of #TeamThickThighs and love that I have some curves to my body even if it’s not “perfect”

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      hahahaha i love it!!!! love those curves girl! the more the better 😉

  25. Reply

    Amanda

    March 18, 2014

    Congrats on outgrowing those jeans! You are truly an inspiration and I cannot wait to read the rest of your series. Its crazy to see the difference 2 years makes and how far you have come! Way to go!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you so much!!!!!!!

  26. Reply

    Jenni

    March 18, 2014

    Hey meg! Your progress is so amazing and inspiring , whilst gaining weight is not a goal of mine personally, it’s so refreshing to see someone celebrating outgrowing their jeans! A needed balance from the medias skinnier=better. Also I have a whole 30 related question :) I have recently began weigh training a couple of times a week, and trying to figure out how best to feed my muscles, I have read that a high protein snack before bed is great for muscle recovery overnight, did you do this? If so how did you find not having this in whole 30? Any differences in muscle aches/gains? Thanks! Xxx

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      i actually just eat whenever i am hungry :) so, i sometimes will have a snacky before bed, but usually my dinners are large enough that i am satisfied until morning :) i used to ALWAYS have a protein snack before bed and now being honest… usually do not (since my dinners are satisfying enough) and i have most definitely only saw PROGRESS :) i hope that helps 😉

  27. Reply

    Jody - Fit at 56

    March 18, 2014

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      you are just the best :) thank you SO MUCH

  28. Reply

    Meg, you are so awesome! I love reading all of your body image/health posts. You are truly beautiful and inspiring with the amount of insight and true confidence you do have! Keep up the amazing work and always always be you :) XOXO

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      wow thank you so much, friend 😀

  29. Reply

    Erin

    March 18, 2014

    You’re an inspiration, Meg!

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      awww thank you Erin 😀

  30. Reply

    Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift

    March 18, 2014

    Wow, so incredible, Meg. You’re adorable in both photos, but just stunning in the current one. Must be all that confidence and self-love shining through. :) So glad that you have found such a happy and healthy path, and looking forward to reading more about it!

    PS…your quads and delts. oh-em-geeeee.

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you so much for the sweet words Domi <3

  31. Reply

    Julie

    March 19, 2014

    I have thoughts like this a lot, mostly why is my stomach and legs not ideal, but I realize that I too overcame an eating disorder and am healthy now. No more almost fainting or feeling lightheaded or being worried about weight and working out all the time…

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      congrats Julie <3

  32. Reply

    Purelytwins

    March 19, 2014

    love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! such an inspiration!! xoxoxo

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you so much 😀

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    april

    March 22, 2014

    SO happy for you! you are such an inspiration!

    xoxo

    • Reply

      Meg

      March 22, 2014

      thank you so much April 😀

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