An Unfulfilled Blogger

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Good evening!

I must admit this probably won’t be an upbeat post like I normally do. The truth is, lately I have been feeling a bit unfulfilled with my blog lately.

I don’t know what it is or what has possibly changed in the past couple of weeks, but I know that something has. I have been feeling like I am not helping people in the way that I want to or that my posts lately have lacked an inner quality or significance for me and for my readers.

Some days I have really struggled to even find words to type on the page. I feel like I should be posting about my workouts or meals, but to be honest with you at times that bores me to tears. And then I think, does anyone really care what I did for my workout or what I had for lunch? Maybe on the surface like I wonder what my friend did last weekend or what she ordered at that fancy restaurant. But not in a meaningful sort of way, if you catch my drift.

Yes, blogs can be a much needed diversion in the middle of a long and stressful day, but does that mean that it always has to be a happy-go-lucky and easy on the eyes topic? I don’t think so.

I think the reason that I have been feeling unfulfilled with Oh She Glows lately is because I feel like I am not reaching out to enough people or helping people in the way that I want to. Sure, it is fun to chat about light hearted topics like fashion or your favourite toppings on pizza, but I realize that I need more than this if I am to sustain my blog long-term. I need to connect with people in a meaningful way. My main reason for starting this blog was to help people and lately I just haven’t felt like I am having an impact like I once did.

This post is not meant to be a pity-party or anything of the sort. I know that I put a lot of effort on here and that my readers enjoy it, but I am just saying that I may want to channel my efforts in new directions.

Let’s face it, you can read food/exercise blogs until you are blue in the face. How many are there out there? Tens of thousands? Do I really need to add to the pool by logging my workout or a new food product review? Or holding another contest? I guess these are the questions that I am currently struggling with.

This is not meant to criticize any blogs out there because all of them are wonderful in their own way and I know how much effort it takes to put into one. It would be silly to imply that there is no value in discussing any of these things because there most certainly is.

My main point is that I want to make a difference with this blog. I want to feel good about what I write and that it is meaningful to those who spare some time in their day to come here. I am just not sure how exactly I can make the changes I feel like I need to make.

Thoughts/Opinions Welcome, as always.

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1 Christy March 24, 2009

I personally love reading everything you write, whether it’s wellness related or not. You are very interesting, and your enthusiasm for life shows in all your musings.

Have you thought of adding an “Ask Angela” feature to your site? I’m sure you get tons of questions via emails and comments, but I am sure people would want your help/opinion and would ask if given the right outlet for it.

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2 Erin March 24, 2009

I have been inspired by many of your poses, but the ones that stuck out to me were the ones where you dicussed your inner wellness, success stories, personal growth and inspirations. I feel you have a way with wording your emotions and helping us to relate to them. The posts you’ve had on not only your physcial changes but moreso your emotional changes as well made me say “I feel the same way too”. You don’t boast or put yourself on a high horse which I find sometimes in other fitness websites/blogs. You are so relatable, even if it’s something as small as getting your hummus lid stuck or overcoming college weight gain! I hope I helped you remember how much you do help!

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3 Jenny March 24, 2009

I’m sad you feel this way :( I love your blog. True, I read several, but for different reasons.

Maybe you won’t make a difference to everyone, but to me you give great advice and I love to hear what you drink/eat, etc.

In FACT, just the other day I thought about you. It was random, and may sound weird, because I don’t know you from Joe Schmo (haha), but your little Glo bakery came to mind when I was watching TV regarding a woman who started her own business: LARABARS! You’re so fun and sweet. Don’t you ever feel bad again!!! :-)

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4 Annie March 24, 2009

Angela, I have just recently discovered your site, but I think I have read all most all of it now! You have given me new hope for my health; you helped me see that I can overcome my binges and be strong and beautiful. Seeing what you eat and how you work out has been really helpful to me- please don’t think that these things are not helping people! It is hard to find someone else who has been through this, and seeing what you do is one of very few ways I get to see what a healthy lifestyle can be like! Yes, there are others out there who do this, but your unique perspective has been the most effective on me.
I understand feeling unfulfilled with what you are doing, so I’m not trying to dissuade you from changing the site to better suit what you want to do. But please know that you are, indeed, reaching people.
I look forward to seeing what you do with this site in the future, and I will keep reading, no matter what you post, because your writing is amazing!
Thank you so much for your great site and all the inspiration it has given me.

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5 Bree March 24, 2009

definitely don’t underestimate how much you help…i can’t even tell you how much you’ve given me a boost in the right direction ;-) i like the “ask angela” section idea…and i think i know what you’re talking about…you want something to make your blog stand out and be MORE…cuz that’s how much passion you have about this stuff! :-D perhaps once you get that nutrition certification you can add a section for people to sign up for nutritional counseling through email on your site? and i’m sure once you get your glo bakery up and running things will start getting into a better schedule and will start flowing again…don’t worry, be happy! :-)

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6 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) March 24, 2009

I agree with you. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of basic, boring posting of “workout, breakfast, lunch, dinner, life”. Like that’s all fine and dandy, but I agree in the sense I have many of the same feelings regarding my own blog – I don’t want it to be just another blog about random food and stuff. Which is exactly why I’m working on a new format/ layout and such for my new blog.

One suggestion – this can be beneficial for both you and your readers. But since you seem to mainly be a food blog, then have one “food” post a day, with either a great recipe or a fun new smoothie combo, or something. And then you can divide up other topics for other days. i.e. Mondays can be Fashion Days, Tuesdays can be Home Reno Days, Wednesday can be whatever wacky thing you feel, Thursdays can be days for sharing what you’re thankful for, and Fridays can be “fitness fridays” with fitness tips/ stories from the week. Or F.A.Q. Fridays where you answer questions you’ve gotten over the week. Obviously a lot of fine tuning would need to occur, but it could help you create more of a focus that I get the sense you’re looking for (at least that’s what I wanted when I wasn’t feeling very fulfilled with my blog).

Hope that helps some, sorry I’m so long-winded, hope you don’t think I’m crazy!

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7 Jackie March 24, 2009

I read your blog everyday. You inspire me to eat healthy and I even make the green monster smooties once in a while. Your enthusism shows in your posts. So keep posting.

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8 Marian March 24, 2009

Hey Angela!
I only recently stumbled upon your blog as I only just started reading all of these amazing blogs! Yours really connected with me because I am also from Ontario. I find myself going back to your blog most because I can identify with you much more than many others.

Even simple things like what you got for groceries is much more interesting for me, because I know the stores and brands (LOVE bulk barn and was there yesterday too!). AND I must tell you that in the past week I have made the banana larabars and the chocolate chip larabars AND the tortillas that you’ve featured on your blog!

I must also mention that I also signed up for the Re-Fridgee-Eighter Run that you did! I ran it but only the 8K and it was my first race EVER but it was amazing.

Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I am loving your blog and it tops my go-to list!

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9 FoodsThatFit March 24, 2009

I totally agree with the feelings you are having. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in how many hits, or comments a day I am getting, etc. I just have to step back and remember why I started it in the first place, FOR FUN! What I am trying to say is, try to remember why you started your site in the first place and try to get back to that place where it is fun again! I hope this makes sense…

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10 Annalisa March 24, 2009

Hi Angela — I am a long time lurker but your post inspired me to comment! I think the reason I read so many food blogs is for motivation. It’s kind of like high school/college — if all of your friends are eating pizza, what do you get? Well, all of my “friends” are eating different healthy food which inspires me to continue eating right and exercising. I learn so many new things. I think reading different blogs collectively allows for reinforcement, difference of opinions, and the different personalities to make it all interesting.

I agree with the above comment — a Q&A might help with writer’s block. I blog very haphazardly because it’s hard! I give you a lot of credit for posting as often as you do. It helps my day chug along!

PS — I live in Rochester, NY, across the lake from Toronto (you can see us on a clear day from the CN Tower), and seeing your photos from time to time reminds me how much I love it up there! Thanks again!

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11 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 24, 2009

I read your blog each and every time you post, whether its a product review, Glo Bakery revelation, or posts about eating and wellness. I love each and every post!

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12 Hallie March 24, 2009

I understand what you’re going through. I’ve only been blogging for a few months, I have about 3 readers, but I still struggle with my blog’s direction and the idea of not just doing what everyone else does too. The nice thing about it being YOUR blog is that you get to do what you want, for yourself first and your readers second (in my opinion anyway). So if you want to change it up, go for it!

I’ll be 100% honest. When I first started reading your blog, I didn’t think I’d be able to relate to you that much, I thought, “She looks like a model, eats way more healthfully than I do, etc etc.” (I know, that’s MY self-esteem issues talking, but like I said I’m being honest) But I kept reading and you’ve become one of my favorite bloggers, just by being you, if that makes any sense. So I think no matter what you end up doing with the blog, the people who enjoy reading your stuff will still be there…and there are lots of us out there!

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13 Heidi March 24, 2009

Angela – I love your blog and find it incredibly inspiring! I came across it just a couple weeks ago, and I was instantly hooked! I am on my own journey to find my healthiest self, and your story serves not only as an inspiring model but is also full of invaluable practical advice. In fact, I made my first Angela-inspired Green Monster an hour ago! (I never thought I’d see the day I would drink kale!)

I am also incredibly inspired by your entrepreneurial spirit. I love learning about your experiences in starting Glo Bakery, and I respect your courage in tackling something that you are passionate about.

I think Lindsey’s suggestion is a great one – address different subjects on different days. This might be a way to lessen that ‘What do I post about?’ feeling.

Please keep blogging! And know that you have affected your readers – some of us are just not in the habit of commenting. I will try to participate more!!

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14 Christina March 24, 2009

I don’t comment often but I just wanted to tell you that I really love your blog. It has really motivated me to lead a healthy lifestyle – I even tried my first green monster smoothie this morning (and it was great!)! I’ll continue reading no matter what you write but I hope you don’t cut out your food and fitness posts entirely. You do a really good job at writing about self esteem and eating issues, maybe you could try including those kinds of advice posts on a regular basis.

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15 theoddbod March 24, 2009

i thought the title said unfulfilled burger before I opened it up ;) keep at it I am sure that what you want to do with your blog will come to you.

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16 Krista March 24, 2009

I love your blog and think you do a fantastic job with it! I’m sure that which ever direction you take it in, it will be a pleasure to read each day!

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17 AGS March 24, 2009

So sorry to hear about how you feel. Just a couple of thoughts. The first is that I love reading something that’s a bit cheerful and a bit of surprise (since you write about a lot of different topics) each day. A nice pick-me-up. The second thought is that I think you have a real knack for this kind of writing. I have looked through a few other blogs, and find your writing style is not just well-organized, but a creative use of this medium. You have a real “voice”.

So, my final thought, is that perhaps a blog is a bit like a relationship — sometimes more exciting than other — but you still see growth as things go along. . . perhaps, like a relationship, you could try out some new things. I think that you could (perhaps!) use the blog as an opportunity to explore writing. Just an exmaple (not saying you have to do this!) you could try writing about days you envision in the future — how you will feel on the day the bakery opens, what you imagine will be your upcoming business/baking challenges and how you will handle them.

Please, keep blogging. It *does* make a difference.

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18 brooke March 24, 2009

you are nuts. your blog is wicked.

your food ideas, the recipes you develop totally inspire me to try and experiment in the kitchen.

plus…i think its hard to be constructive about your own work. you give great advice, awesome fitness ideas (like freakin salsa dancing and ab workouts) and people like to get ideas for what the balls to eat for lunch.

keep it up!

what about doing book reviews/ guest posts???

i dunno. i likey it the way it is. :)

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19 Kayzilla March 24, 2009

Angela, I was actually attracted to your blog when I read your FAQs. A lot of times, you did touch up on hard issues, and along side to that you had great meals that inspired me to try new things with my own meals. To be honest? I have yet to get bored of seeing what you’ve eaten today, and what you’ve done for exercise. It inspires me to play with my food a little, and get out there and do something..as weird as that is. (I guess it’s a general positive influence that you get from positive exposure.)

But I can defiantly see how you’d get bored of that. I’ve tried making my own food blog once, but honestly, I felt like tearing my hair out after a couple of days. It really does get boring reeeeal fast.

I say do what you feel! I’ll support you. :) I think your website is excellent, you’re an awesome person, and I want to continue reading more. If that means touching up on risky issues, giving advice, and just generally taking a break from the usual food&workout post, defiantly do it! I think when you’re happier with your posting, it shows, and that’s even more of a positive influence on the rest of us.

I really liked Lindsey’s suggestion. Though, I would find that to be a little bit tough to stick with myself. Why not just generally touch up on whatever subject interests you that day? If you feel like posting poetry about pansies in the yard, that’s cool. If you feel like posting about wrestling on TV that you saw that you felt was out of this world, that’s great. If you felt like talking about how you think keylime green is a terrible color for shoes, go for it. Hell, try finding a “writing ideas” book and pick a writing question from that and blog about it. Whatever you choose to do, whatever topic you want, this is your personal thing.

When it boils down to it, I just hope that you can be happy and continue blogging, because I enjoy every entry! :)

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20 Kaneil, balanceisbest March 24, 2009

I just read all of the comments above and don’t want to be repetitive – but I think you know how much I love OSG! Your blog was the first one to catch my attention – each and every day. Just keep truckin and your heart & mind will lead you in the right direction. I know how you feel about wanting your posts to be meaningful. I struggle with it every day! I love Mrs. LC’s suggestions…I’m sure you will find ways to make the site more fulfilling for yourself.

Hang in there! You’re doing an awesome job, friend!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

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21 Carolyn March 24, 2009

I like your blog…Haven’t been reading these things for too long but, you know you are very busy with the bakery plans now… maybe that is overwhelming doing the blog at this moment, because that is so exciting on it’s own…On another note can you PLEASE figure out how to replicate the Apple Pie Larabar…? I have been experimenting but the intense apple flavor is hard to capture.. love your other Larabar wanna be recipes..! Hang in there with whatever you decide.. Love your energy.. to whatever you do..

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22 Steph March 24, 2009

Hi Angela!

Like Annalisa who posted above, I am a long-time lurker and felt that this was the perfect time to come out of hiding! I LOVE your blog. I actually stumbled upon it randomly by doing a search for “30 day shred” on youtube, and im so glad that I did! I can very much relate to you, and find you to be a total inspiration. I am not yet at my goal weight, but seeing and reading about your experiences give me hope for the first time that I can actually have the body that I have always dreamed of! I love how you are constantly addressing the emotional side of eating and working out as I feel it is what is so fundamental to really making a change. I especially loved when you wrote about gaining a little weight after being off of exercise with your injury. It showed all of the readers that you are only human, and just like the rest of us! I think that is why so many people love your blog- you are so honest and easy to relate to.

I am from Oakville, Ontario but am currently living and working in Bermuda. I love reading your blog as it reminds me so much of back home! I now make at least one green monster a day (try it with the unsweetened chocolate almond breeze and some peanut butter- AMAZING!) and have made many of your other recipes. I too am somewhat of a vegan but eat the occasional fish. Skinny Bitch had the same impact upon me and has changed my eating habits forever. I have not come across another blogger with whom I have as much in common with.

Please keep on doing what you have been doing! I think it is great. As much as I love checking for all of your posts throughout the day, perhaps you would feel less burnt out if you only posted once? Another idea- have you ever looked into all natural health and beauty products? They are all that I use after researching the horrible toxins and chemicals that are in most of the products that women use today. “Gorgeously Green” is a great book. This may give you some new ideas for posts. Also, because you love baking and beauty so much, why not make some healthy all natural cosmetics and beauty items of your own? I would LOVE to read about you doing something like this!

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23 Chelsea March 24, 2009

Angela

I am a longtime reader, first time commenter.

Your blog is one of the only ones that I read everyday, and as I am in university I find your posts so inspiring! I love hearing all about your weight loss endeavours, your road to health, your workouts and your eats. I love seeing how you balance your life and show that you can be healthy without deprivation!! Please continue to blog, I will remain dedicated, I promise!

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24 Bethany March 24, 2009

I want to echo what Hallie said. When I first started reading your blog I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to you because you seemed too perfect. I love how real you are and how you tackle the difficult subjects along with the light-hearted ones. Your “road to health” series was great, and it had an impact on my eating habits. You show how living a healthy lifestyle is not only possible but enjoyable as well! Your blog is wonderful!

I really like that you mix it up all the time, and I never know what to expect in the next post! I think you’re doing a great job. Keep it up!

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25 Rachel March 24, 2009

I’m so sorry you feel this way! I read every day and have been from the very beginning even though I don’t comment often. You are probably one of the most positive people I met and it’s very refreshing to read. I love how it’s not a blog about JUST food or JUST workouts, it’s about your new bakery, make up, fashion, fitness and everything that’s happening with your life. I love that you show pictures of your renos and your kitty. Another thing that makes this blog one of my favorites is the honesty. When you gained some weight due to your injury, you told us about it. Most bloggers would be scared to say that or people just won’t admit it. You are very inspirational and I doubt anyone is bored with your blog.

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26 Jenny March 24, 2009

First, I can relate to your “unfullfilled” feeling lately. I want my blog to be more than just my food and ramblings, but honestly, lately it’s all I’ve had time to put effort into.

I’m sorry you are feeling this way, I think like anything else, we can just get into ruts sometimes. I love your blog, and I think it is a wonderful inspiration to anyone and everyone who wants to live healthfully. I will keep reading no matter what, and I look forward to any and all new things! :)

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27 Aimee March 24, 2009

I have seen a million Green Monsters out in blog world, so people are taking your advice.

I agree with Abbie that you need to think about why you started this blog and why it was fun in the start and not so fun now. I blog because it is fun and I have learned about so many neat recipes/products/exercise ideas. It is also a lot easier for me to run every day when I log on and read about other people that are also training for races, and I can read that they have their ups and downs to!

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28 Christy March 24, 2009

Angela,
You are such a great inspiration. I loved your road to health and overcoming binge eating series. Things like that–where you really tackle the hard stuff–helps so many people.
I love reading about what you ate, about the running beast, about green monsters and sketchie…but I feel like you seem happiest when you are tackling the hard subjects. I like the previous reader’s suggestion to do an “Ask Angela” segment. I think that’d be great! You could tackle the heavier things that are on people’s minds right along with the fun stuff. It’d be a great way to address what is really on peoples’ minds and make a difference. Keep up the great work!

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29 Kate March 24, 2009

ANGELA!
I’m all the way from New Zealand, and am addicted to your blog. You’re an inspiration.
I need to lose 20 pounds, and I love seeing what you do for exercise etc and what you eat.
I understand where you’re coming from etc but if you need reassurance that people love your blog -HERE IT IS!
I’m checking your blog like 3 plus daily. My number one blogger site by far!
Be happy and keep up the GREAT FABULOUS work! xoxoxo

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30 Nina March 24, 2009

Hi Angela, I’ve recently discovered your blog and I’m hooked! :) I look forward to reading your posts every day and you’re a total inspiration to me. Like many of your readers, I have become addicted to your “Green Monsters”. :) I used to be a health nut years ago but then s#*@ happened and I fell off the wagon. Discovering your blog has inspired me to start eating healthy, wholesome food again. Thanks!! I can also relate to your story because I used to weigh around 20 pounds more than I do now(mainly because of my love for sweets and nighttime binges),and I was unhappy with myself. Oh yeah, I’m also from Ontario (Ottawa), and I love seeing your selection of groceries and products that you buy. (I love Bulk Barn and PC Organics too!). Please don’t think that you’re not making a difference. You’ve certainly made a difference in my life.

Cheers and Good Luck with Glo Bakery!! :)

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31 Meghan March 24, 2009

True I read a variety of food and fitness blogs each day, when I have time, but I feel like I draw something from each of the different women who writes them. Yours radiates a positivity and grace that is refreshing and really something to look forward to! Just know that you are inpsiring people to live better. Though I do understand that if you are not feeling good about it, our words won’t truly matter until you find what can make it more meaningful for you. Best of luck, but we will be here reading!

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32 Jess March 24, 2009

I LOVE your blog and I know that since you inspire me SO much, you inspire others as well! Everyone here loves you and looks up to you for a variety of reasons. You are so positive, and have a great attitude such that I really, truly look forward to reading your blog each and every day. Good luck. I am sure you will find some way to help someone-you’ve got a wonderfully kind heart :)

<3 jess :)
xxx

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33 Sarah March 24, 2009

Angela,

You have tons of readers and from all the comments above, it’s obvious that everyone really loves and appreciates your blog! Your blog is about food & exercise with a little fashion & beauty thrown in, but remember that it is your blog, and if there are other things you want to write about, go for it! Don’t be afraid to cover topics that aren’t bright and cheery. Rant and rave if you want. Get people talking and thinking, it doesn’t always have to be green smoothies and workouts. Everyone started reading because of an interest in health, but I think we’ve all stayed with OSG b/c of a connection to you.

Also, and maybe I’m totally off-track here, but I know the blog started as a fun hobby and now it’s one of the main things that you do along with the bakery, so maybe that’s adding extra pressure for it to be totally fulfilling. It used to be something you did when you weren’t at work, so you probably never had a chance to get bored with it b/c you didn’t have the time.

You have loyal readers now, so I think you can take OSG in whatever direction you are inspired to take it in. Good luck!

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34 Faith March 24, 2009

Angela,

I have recently discovered the world of health/fitness blogs, but in the short time I’ve started reading them, yours quickly became my favorite. You are such an inspiring, open person, and your blog truly reflects that! I love reading about your workouts and daily meals…they give me great ideas!

And can I just say that you are a true recipe genius!

Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog, it is really appreciated!

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35 ari March 24, 2009

i’ve never commented before but i’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and i can say that it definitely is meaningful to me! i’ve recently began my recovery from an eating disorder and reading your blog and seeing how you coped with no exercise for so long and you still allowed yourself to eat what you wanted has really helped me. i often feel incredible guilt if i skip a workout and before recovery i would rarely let myself eat over 1000 calories if i hadn’t exercised that day. reading your blog and seeing how normal women live and cope with life’s challenges is really helping me, so please continue! and thank you!

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36 Bree March 24, 2009

P.S. I open my fridge/freezer/pantry…and I see almond butter, apple butter, avocado/guacamole, veggie burgers, ezekiel bread, LOTS MORE organic stuff, raw almonds, FLAX, etc.!! NONE of this stuff was there before OSG!! :-D

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37 Red Head, Yellow Dog March 24, 2009

Your blog is inspiring and will reach out to people by showing them what a wonderful individual you are and how you are living your life: in a healthy way, mentally and physically.

I think it’s great that you feel the need to continue striving to reach more people and do more to help. I hope you ALWAYS feel that way because that is what will make you continue to grow and learn about yourself. That doesn’t mean you need to feel unfulfilled but instead for you to continue your journey as a blogger and a person. I know we all struggle with the thought “Is this it?” and I think you are taking the right approach and saying “No! I can do more and make an impact!” Which you can and already are!

Thank you for all of your hard work!!

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38 carolinebee March 24, 2009

aw everyone’s comment are SO sweet :D I reiterate ALL of them. I love your blog- and i definitely feel that it’s one of the more professional, far-reaching blogs that I read. I struggle with your feelings of like, “who cares??” But honestly, SO much of why I blog has to do with the whole community, and support system, and friends I feel like I have made “here”. I have a huge smile on my face reading comments, and commenting on other people’s blogs! I think as with anything, we can fall into a “rut”, and it may take time, or a few changes to get out of it…I think your blog is always changing and maintaining my interest- so keep it up!!!

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39 Kris March 24, 2009

Angela,

You have touched so many people, that is clear from the comments above! I feel like we should all be doing something to make you feel as good as you make all of us feel. Don’t ever forget the impact that you have had on so many, in different ways.

Your talent inspires me and I am positive that your website will continue to be exceptional, no matter what direction it takes.

xo

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40 Nicole March 24, 2009

Your writings have inspired me to eat better and take care of myself and my family. I have recently switch to organic because of having my son. We have also been eating more fruit and veggies. Your postings have help me try new foods. I have a green monster every day for breakfast now. Its amazing.

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41 Milly March 24, 2009

Hi Angela,

Your blog is my favorite one out there!! I check it everyday and love reading all of your great advice and about your life experiences with food and nutrition that you have to share. You are a fantastic example to all women. From all of the great comments, it’s clear that you ARE inspiring your readers and making a difference. Maybe more than you think.

Keep up the great work!!

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42 Hannah March 24, 2009

I agree with everyone’s comments above-I love your blog too and think you are doing a marvelous job!
However, for your well-being, do you find that taking photos of every meal every day can be a bit obsessive? Don’t you end up spending a lot of time on the computer? It seems like you (and maybe other food bloggers) might want to try other new things-because I’ve been obsessed with nutrition/food journaling before and it’s a slippery slope. Maybe you could alternate writing about food and exercise, so you don’t always have to reach for the camera when you eat your food. I’m sure that you have a healthy, reasonable relationship with food and maybe you don’t need to take a picture every time to verify it. I’m sure you can trust your self! Otherwise, I love this blog and I’m always interested in reading your new recipes, etc. Good job!

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43 Sarah March 24, 2009

I wish you could see a before and after of what I have been eating these past several months. I stumbled onto your site from a link on Leah’s site (I think), and between looking at what she did, and then looking at what you have been doing regarding healthy eating and exercise, I have been so inspired and seen that it really is possible to make those changes to get to where I want to be. Before, my kitchen was filled with crap, pure and simple. My idea of healthy eating was reduced-fat, reduced-sugar, small serving sized “snack pack” type foods. Now, my snacks consist of apples, bananas, kiwi, etc. Nearly every morning starts with a green monster, and if it doesn’t, I feel like something’s missing all day long. I have come such a long way, and even though I’ve been reading several other blogs, and I absolutely love them for various reasons, I find yours much more interesting than most and much more informative. I feel like I can ask even my stupid questions here, and you answer them like an expert, but never condescendingly. I love that you show honestly where you came from. It shows me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t think you realize how much you really are helping people.

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44 M March 24, 2009

I agree with what everyone says. I like seeing what you eat more than American blogs because we don’t have access to so many healthy/popular foods that would make healthy eating easier. Sometimes I read KathEats/Carrots n Cake and think that if I had Fage, Kashi products and all the readily available healthy products there, eating well would be no problem. Here, calorie counts aren’t posted on the menus the way they are in New York. Most of the food I want to try are unavailable. I like your blog because I can actually go and TRY the things you make! Thats what makes your blog different. You’re a leader for all the Canadians! Also, I like how you post twice daily.

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45 Valerie March 24, 2009

I definitely enjoy reading your blog the way it is! Yes, there are lots of foodie/health blogs but I find yours unique and I’ve kept coming back. I really love the way you write – it sounds so… fun (I can’t really think of any other way to describe it). And the positivity of each post is wonderful. Even if you’re writing about something you’ve struggled with, it seems you still manage to find positivity and that’s inspiring.
I think you’re probably helping people more than you know. I bet a lot of people have been inspired in some way, but just haven’t commented to say so. You’ve made such incredible changes in your life and to me that is definitely inspiring! Seeing how living a healthier lifestyle has benefited you definitely helps me keep going with my healthy way!

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46 Sheri March 24, 2009

Angela, you have a great blog! In fact your blog was the first one that I started to read. I read blogs for inspiration and ideas and I get that from you! I have been inspired to start my own blog the main reason for kind of day to day journal for me and for FUN! Besides I really like the fact that you are also in Canada and when you post about things you make or like I know that I can get them! I also like how you post through out the day! :)

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47 Stephanie March 24, 2009

Angela,
I couldn’t possibly disagree more. I know I have never commented before, but i read your blog religiously. (Does that make me a stalker? :) ) Anyways, I love reading everything you write. Even if it is totally random. That is what this whole blogging thing is about. We all go through slumps, but that is why we have our bloggie buddies! Please keep writing, everyone LOVES what you talk about!!
-Stephanie

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48 lesley March 24, 2009

I often feel the same way about my own blog … I very much so don’t want it to just be another blog, but I want it to be something that really helps and inspires people. At times I feel like I’m doing nothing at all but then I must remind myself … just be myself!! There’s a quote that I heard once that has stuck with me and I believe it is so true …

“Find out what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs are people who come alive”

… what will inspire people the very most is when you’re doing what makes you feel alive, when you’re doing what you’re passionate about and when you’re just simply being yourself. If you just be yourself, you WILL make a different and you ARE making a difference!! : ) I really believe that!!!

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49 David March 24, 2009

Keep writing! I only just found this blog so you can’t quit now :D

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50 Minta March 24, 2009

I confess, I too am lurker! We are all coming out of the closet!

I love your blog and like everyone else find it super inspirational. I’m trying to get fit, starting my own little home business, love yoga, am a vegan, etc etc. I’m from Australia! So you have fans all over the world. I’m a hopeless blogger and really find it tough to write anything, so I think you are awesome!

I’ve yet to try the green monster, but I’m going too…. true… one day….. maybe….

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51 Rose March 24, 2009

I just started reading your blog, and I enjoy it. I especially like reading about your baked goods – and just seeing how another person lives life. The thing to keep in mind is that certain people will gain from your blog and certain people won’t. People relate to blogs (or enjoy them) for all sorts of reasons, so even if you don’t think you’re reaching people – you definitely are. Just look at the comments above! Everyone goes to various blogs for different reasons. For me (with your blog) – I come here to check out the baked goods. Plain and simple. And that separates you from other blogs I read, which is why I come back :)

Good luck. Don’t fret. It will come to you.

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52 Alison March 24, 2009

Angela,
I read your blog every day (3xdaily) and I love it! I’ve never commented before (on any blog) but this has become such an important blog to me I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it. Every day I get inspiration from your blog to be a little better and to treat my body with the respect and love it deserves. I’m a sophomore in college and your posts about overcoming the freshmen 15 and binge eating have been a life saver to me. Thank you for all that you do! Keep posting! :)

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53 Julz March 24, 2009

i love your blog. you’re doing a great job. just be you, that is more than enough, doll! your meals are gorgeous, fresh, and totally up my ally. i would love to see more of them, even! they are gorgeous! and i’m loving your journey to being a baking g-ddess! it’s lovely and real and true, exactly how you are. you glow, from the heart onward, and that is what i adore about your blog! continue to shine as you already do. Yes, It is Enough :)

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54 Wendy March 25, 2009

I have to delurk and tell you that I love your blog too!! I come to your blog daily to gain inspiration from you about your attitude on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your personality and outlook on life is contagious and I would definitely be sad if you didn’t continue to blog about your daily experiences!! We all go through a funk ever now and then, but know that you would be truly missed if you left blogland!! Keep it up! I always say to myself when I read your posts “I want to be like Angela when I grow up”…and I already have a good ten years on ya!!!

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55 Misty March 25, 2009

I found your blog in November and have been a faithful reader/lurker ever since. I check it several times a day. You are fun, interesting, inspiring and a bright spot in my day. Keep up the great work!

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56 Leana March 25, 2009

Hi Angela! I just found your blog a few weeks ago. Sorry to hear that you’ve hit a bit of a rut. I’ve mostly been reading running and triathlon blogs up until now, but I have loved discovering some of you great foodies out there! Training is one thing, but I know I need to work on my diet…but wow…where to start? I love gaining some new insight for meals and things to cook. Plus, I love that you are in Canada, so I know I can probably find most of the products or things that you talk about! (hello…Trader Joe’s envy..??) Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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57 Ilham March 25, 2009

Hi Angela,
I do understand ur need to reach people and help them even more. but believe me, wot u did, at least for me, is something i’ll always thank u for. u actually showed me through all ur posts, how to believe in myself, how to set goals and reach them, how i can get rid of my extra pounds that i accumulated for a year since i moved to the US.
It was a totally new envirronement for me, as i’ve been used to eat very healthy and mostly local moroccan food or european products. I really didnt know where to begin, since my husband and his family here, eat a lotta junk food. so u were like an Angel sent to guide me through this difficult time and show me how to lead a healthy life. I even know now which organic and healthy produts to buy, and of course i had no clue.
So Angela, u inspired me in so many different ways, and i just love the way u connect to ur readers, i do feel like i know u and dat i wish i had a girfriend like u. u r sooo down to earth considering ur beauty and intelligence, and with ur sexy sens of humour, u make everything seems possible, reachable and most of all, fun to do.
keep up wot u r doing coz it is incredible. i guess u dont really realize how u changed my life (I lost 15 lbs already!!!) and the lives of sooooo many of ur readers.
and ur blog is the one that i dont miss reading foe any reason, even when am sick,like the past 2 weeks.

lots of love.
Ilham.

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58 Milca March 25, 2009

Dear Angela,
I think it is absolutely hilarious that you wrote this post, I was actually a little shocked that you felt that way. Everyday I read your post, I look forward to it.. Your blog not only encourages me but makes me feel so much more optimistic about everything. This may sound unrealistic but all I wanted to say was that really admire and thank you for your ideas and encouragement. I even started drinking the green monsters. They’re amazing. It was so hard to find the Kale though, I went to five different stores, but I finally found it at Henry’s.

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59 Olivia March 25, 2009

Hi Angela,

Your blog has already helped me in so many ways! Like you, I have been through times when I have eaten too little and lived on fat-free or low-fat “diet food” filled with artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Obviously, this way of life was neither sustainable nor fulfilling and eventually I cracked and binged, followed by another diet, then another binge…. you get the picture!! But your blog truly has shown me that there is another way and has helped me get over my “all or nothing” approach and focus on my health and wellbeing.

Of course, I am excited to see how your blog develops, but please don’t doubt the significance of posting what you eat, etc. I am not a food blogger and I don’t even live on the same continent as you, but what you write really has struck a chord with me!

I check your blog several times a day for new posts and this week I have made your hummus and spelt tortilla recipes – both of which were a huge success and have completely saved me, since they are both virtually impossible to get hold of in Germany. I was craving hummus in a major way and never dreamt it would be so easy to make it myself!!

Olivia

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60 Julie March 25, 2009

I can only give you one advice and that is: Do a vision board for yourself, concentrating on the blog. Cut out pictures that represent the feeling you want to create on the blog, words that mean something to you, and put them up on a big piece of cardboard hanging in the office – it’ll most likely help. I know it helped me at least, to focus on some important points in my life…

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61 Leah @ Simply Fabulous March 25, 2009

Hey hun, this reminds me of what we talked about yesterday!

Blogging can be difficult.. and stressful but like you told me yesterday, you have to remember why you started blogging in the first place. When you find some inspiration, and want to blog about it- go for it! Don’t ever let the stress of “what you are going to talk about” overwhelm you to the point where you are not enjoying blogging anymore.

It’s obvious from the comments above that you have a lot of readers who love what you are writing. You’ve inspired a lot of people and you’ve only been writing for less than six months. Give it some time and see how it develops!

The one thing I do want to say though (and I know we already talked about this but I wanted to repeat it even for other readers!) is I think it’s important not to let blogging affect your offline life. If you have other things that you need to do (ie: things for your bakery or your health certificate) do it. You’ll always have loads of readers waiting for your next post!

As one of your best offline friends I hate to see this get to you! Keep doing what you love and you’ll be fine. You’ve helped me in many ways over the years! Even through the blog!

Love ya!

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62 nimi March 25, 2009

I just came to your blog recently! I have been dealing with awful, skin breakouts this past year and while it has been extremely frustrating, it has been a catalyst towards a healthier way of eating. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research and came across your blog in that process. Your writing on nutrition has helped me make some changes and I am so happy for that. I actually intended to come on here before to say thank you but I get a little shy. So thank you and keep doing what you are. Your writing has a friendly, comforting voice. Keep up the great work and take a break when you feel the need to!

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63 mi March 25, 2009

look at all that love you’ve got here!! doesn’t that show you something?? i am a big fan of your blog, and would never find it boring or unfulfilling, but in the end what really matters is if YOU find it either of those things. personally, i’m a crazy person who loves reading about other people’s daily eats and exercise, so i enjoy doing so myself too. i think you have a very unique blog and i don’t think anyone would want it any other way :)

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64 Dora March 25, 2009

Hi Angela,
I actually love your blog! It was one of the things that inspired me to love myself and start living healthy. What I love more about your blog is that it is true.You express your feeling and your thoughts like a real person. It’s not just about what you ate or how much you worked out. It’s like having a real person , a real friend write about stuff they care!Oh, and I think you really do connect with your readers. (sorry about the errors English is not my mother language!) I really love your blog though!

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65 Anne P March 25, 2009

I love your blog, Angela! I really like that you mix it up and post totally different stuff all the time. I like seeing your meals, too, although you could probably stop always posting the green monsters (if you’re bored of them, since they are usually the same), and focusing on posting other meals instead?? I also LOVE seeing all your fun recipes and baking creations – once I am back in the US with better ingredients and baking supplies I can’t WAIT to try out some of your recipes!!

Keep up the awesomeness :) I can’t wait to see more of the fun model wedding photos, too!

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66 Katie March 25, 2009

Love your blog – please don’t feel discouraged! I find it so inspiring for healthy eating! Thank you! :)

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67 Sara March 25, 2009

I truly feel that your blog can have room for both – if you want it to be a place to journal your food and workouts, then do so (I know it is helpful to a lot of people, myself included, even if you don’t feel so!). And if you want to talk about deeper subjects or try to help/reach out to people in a different way, then do that too :) It’s your blog, I say do whatever you want. But know that you ARE inspiring people and I’m sure many of your readers will be loyal despite what you decide to do.

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68 diana March 25, 2009

I think all of us who blog feel this way about our posts at some point. However, while people may not remember what you always write or the workouts you did or food consumed, they do help keep people motivated and on track to their own healthiness. Write what you feel and you can’t go wrong.

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69 Jennifer March 25, 2009

Hi,
I just found your blog and I love it. It is exactly the right mix of advice (product reviews) and inspiration. I hope you continue because you are very motivating!
Jennifer

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70 Renee March 25, 2009

Angela, I’ve read your blog since January and have to say that it is one of my favorites! I am an American living abroad and you have inspired me to get more creative with my recipes with the ingredients I can find here, since I don’t have easy access to packaged Larabars, spelt tortillas, and the like. Thank you for all that you do, and I do hope you keep on posting!

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71 Colleen March 25, 2009

WOW! What a response…maybe now you’ll feel like you’re doing this whole blog-thing right, hmm? I think you are a wonderful person and even if you aim your blog in a new direction you are going to have many followers! I consider your blog the “elite” because you have a little bit of everything and it’s not just an “i ate this today, or I avoided that today…” Thank you for being you! :)

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72 Kayla March 25, 2009

Hey Angela! I love your blog and check it out AT LEAST twice a day!! haha ..no worries i’m not a stalker.. I just love your advice and postings!! Btw I went to Whole foods and bought cocunut oil.. All I have to say is: AMAZING!! My skin is so soft now.. and all thanks to your blog!! :)

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73 brandi March 25, 2009

i love your blog, but i don’t just read to see what you ate for lunch. I love your writing style and how you “talk” about stuff and how passionate about health you are.

Definitely figure out what you want to do with your blog – it is your time you’re putting into it, after all!

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74 Sharon March 25, 2009

Angela

The reason I read your blog is down to one thing. YOU! There are many, many food/exercise blogs out there but only *ONE* you.

Despite the fact that you’re gorgeous, in great shape and living a fairy tale romance you are still completely relatable and humble. I feel, and I believe your other readers do as well, like I know you. That is a special quality to be able to reach people through this medium and have it feel personal. And you *are* reaching people…if you’d told me 2 months ago if I’d be looking forward to a smoothie made with Kale and Spinach I would have said you were plum crazy! But I do look forward to them and drink one daily.

You’re a star, kid!

I hope all this love and positive reinforcement does the trick because we would all be lost with out our Green Monster Guru!

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75 Sarah March 25, 2009

I think its great that you want to help people; if it wasn’t for you, I might’ve never tried a green monster, which is a new love of mine!

I do get bored with my blog too sometimes and mostly, I do it for me, hoping that I inspire others in the process. SO if you are not enjoying it, then you need to do whatever you can so that you get joy from it again.

Perhaps take a couple days off to just reflect on it, you’ll find the answer. And we’ll still be here :)

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76 Jill March 25, 2009

Hi Angela!
I just wanted to say that I love your blog – I read it daily (Mon. – Fri.). I never get tired of it!

If it weren’t for you, I would have never tried a green monster!

I come her for motivation – if you can do it, so can I. :)
I also love reading about your Glo Bakery.

Just thought I would give you cyber hugs all the way from southern Indiana! Whatever you decide, I will still be a fan.

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77 Jill March 25, 2009

I have been inspired by your posts and very much enjoy looking at your site every day. Don’t get down on yourself. I am sure you are helping more people than you think. Even if you impact one person’s life, you’re doing what you have set out to do. Keep up the good with with your site and I don’t think you’ll have to worry about a thing ;)

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78 Lindsay March 25, 2009

Angela, I can understand your feelings and wanted to take a moment to let you know that I find your blog very inspiring. I only recently found it thanks to another friends blog and I am so glad I did! I am working hard to make changes in my life and reading your posts and such have really helped give me that extra pusgh. I have come back every day since I found you! Do what you think is best. The good thing about having your own blog is you can make it what you want, and I love it as is, but if you feel you need to make a change to keep going then you do it :)

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79 Heather March 25, 2009

I have just recently discovered your blog. My intent on reading is to break free of the “diet” mentality, get back to living a “cleaner” more healthy lifestyle & just live life.

My story is greater than that but I want you to know that you DO reach people & you help more than you may realize!

And btw, I’m planning a wedding now too so it’s been fun checking our your pictures!

Hang in there & definitely keep it going!

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80 Amanda March 25, 2009

Hi Angela,

I am another who is going to “de-lurk” now. First, follow your gut and your heart and blog about what is meaningful to YOU because you need to put yourself first here! However, please realize that I keep coming back because I like to read what you have to write!! I was particularly interested in how you overcame your setback with your injury and how you are taking a healthy, slow and steady, return to the exercise world. You really seem to have been through a lot health-wise, and can relate to a lot of us readers. Tips and FAQs are interesting, because day-to-day it seems like your food/exercise habits are easy for you and you do seem pretty perfect!! Complete honestly with struggles is so appreciated.

THANKS! for what you do :)

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81 Nadia March 25, 2009

I started reading your blog just about a month ago, and really like it; I hope that you do continue it. I really enjoy the way that you write; in a way in which we can all relate. Your attitude towards health, fitness and nutrition is inspiring, and I look forward to reading your blog whenever I log into my computer in the evenings.

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82 Hangry Pants March 25, 2009

Hey Angela, Sorry you’re feeling the blogging blues. I will tell you that it happens to me sometimes too and it’s usually when I put pressure on myself to post a product review or do x number of posts a day or something like that. I think it’s natural because we don’t always have interesting things to say, ya know. I know the three a day format works well for many, many blogers. I should know, as I read them all! But for me, it doesn’t work and that’s okay. I think you are a really positive, but practical person. What would you tell a friend who told you they felt the way you do about a blog?

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83 Sheryl March 26, 2009

Hi there Angela
I just wanted to add that I too really love your blog. You are right, there are tons of diet blogs out there but I always find myself looking at your blog first. Why? Because it is upbeat, fun and offers an interesting insight into the life of someone who is trying to do what I do – eat healthy, manage a relationship, find some kind of balance and ultimately have fun doing it! Keep up the great work because it is an inspiration :)

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84 ForexTeacher March 28, 2009

I would like to get further info.Thank you.

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85 TraderForex March 29, 2009

Not many people know what is being shared here. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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86 Jules July 14, 2014

I know I’m late to the party, as I just found your website about two weeks ago, but I began reading your blog from the beginning… I find you so inspiring! I have already started eating healthier, and I’ve even started running — something I have hated for years — using your walk one minute run one minute strategy for beginners. Again, I know I’m super late, but I appreciate reading oh she glows so much!

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87 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2014

Thank you Jules, I’m so happy you found the blog!

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