My Health Journey: The Beginning

by Meg on March 18, 2014

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 :D

 

 

{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn@Mark My Miles! March 18, 2014 at 7:55 AM

You are beautiful : )

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

thanks Jenn :) SO ARE YOUUUU

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Brooke March 18, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

thanks, friend :) <3

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Cat March 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

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!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

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

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Shannon March 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

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?!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

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

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

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. :)

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

thanks so much :)

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Hayley March 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM

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.

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:27 PM

hahahaha love it!!!! thank you so much Hayley :D

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) March 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:27 PM

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

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Samantha @ The Faithful Runner March 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:27 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Livi March 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

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 :)

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I hope this series is helpful to some :D

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Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change March 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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.

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM

i hope you enjoy the series Kelsey :D

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Amanda @runtothefinish March 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM

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

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Kim @FITsique March 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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.

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Thank you so much Kim <3

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Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.com March 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

never been happier ;) and thank you!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

thanks Sara :) i hope you enjoy the series!

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Harsha @ Healthy Cooking 'N' Fitness March 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Meg you look great!!!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

and i feel great! thank you!

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Calista March 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

thanks! :) i hope you’re enjoying :)

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Linz @ Itz Linz March 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

thank you :)

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Keri March 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

thank you sis :)

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Ashley M March 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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!!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

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

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Liz March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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!!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Thanks Liz :)

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Christina March 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

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

All the best!
xoxo

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Thank you :) xoxo

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Natalie @ lovenataliemarie March 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

thank you so much girl xoxo

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Heather@TheSoulfulSpoon March 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

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

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Sara March 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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”

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

hahahaha i love it!!!! love those curves girl! the more the better ;)

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Amanda March 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM

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!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

thank you so much!!!!!!!

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Jenni March 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

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 ;)

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Jody - Fit at 56 March 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

you are just the best :) thank you SO MUCH

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

wow thank you so much, friend :D

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Erin March 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

You’re an inspiration, Meg!

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

awww thank you Erin :D

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Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift March 18, 2014 at 11:24 PM

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.

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

thank you so much for the sweet words Domi <3

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Julie March 19, 2014 at 2:17 AM

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…

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

congrats Julie <3

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Purelytwins March 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

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

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

thank you so much :D

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april March 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

SO happy for you! you are such an inspiration!

xoxo

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Meg March 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

thank you so much April :D

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