4 lb. Chocolate Amazing Grass Giveaway!

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Greetings!

Chia Seed Giveaway:

11 I enjoyed reading your swimsuit confidence tips immensely! Many of them made me giggle.

Verdict: Just STRUT your stuff, mmm kay???

The winner of the chia seed giveaway goes to…MONICA!

Monica said: “It’s easy for someone to feel self conscious in a swim suit, so I have to agree with you- just rock the suit! If you feel uncomfortable, you will probably be seen that way. Also, just make sure it’s not TOO tight.”

Congrats! Please email me (angela@ohsheglows.com) with your mailing address and we will get this shipped out to you.

 

Amazing Grass Giveaway:

I am always asked what my favourite Amazing Grass products are:

Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood and Amazing Meal Chocolate are my two favourite products. (Click image for more info).

 

I have an amazing giveaway today for one lucky winner!

Up for grabs:

  • 2 pound supersize container of Chocolate Superfood
  • 2 pound supersize container of Amazing Meal Chocolate

How to Enter:

I talk about my ‘Road to Health’ a lot on the blog (full series here). Now, I’m curious about you! Tell me in one comment below if there was a turning point in your life that got you on a healthier path and started your own road to health. What was it? If there wasn’t a turning point, let me know something in your life right now that helps you feel healthier each day. Share your tips and tricks!

My turning point was seeing my weight creep to the highest it had ever been after a routine weigh-in at the doctor’s office. I gained almost 30 pounds in my first year of university and I hit rock bottom. The doctor bluntly looked at me and said, ‘It is really easy to consume more calories than you intend to when you are in university…late nights…partying…it all adds up over time…’ I was embarrassed and I knew in my heart that he was right. After that I vowed to make changes!

Some day-to-day things that keep me feeling amazing are: green monsters, exercise, Amazing Grass, Vitamins (B12, Calcium-Vit D-Magnesium), Sencha Green Tea, colourful fruit/vegetables, and minimally processed foods.

Contest is open to US and CAD residents only. Contest closes Saturday at 8am EST.

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1 Brianna Jauregui April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my weight dropped to 85 pounds! I was 20 years old (turned 21 today!!!) and 5 feet tall! It was the hardest time of my life. A couple months after, I saw a picture of myself and it scared me, that’s when I knew I had to gain the weight and become healthy again

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2 Shanna April 23, 2010

I work with children and my turning point came when I just did not have enough energy to keep up with them. I felt that my poor energy was creating a great disservice to the children and I was not being the best educator that I could be. I started to change my diet and exercise more frequently and my energy levels began to soar as did my teaching!

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3 Teresa April 23, 2010

Not sure I’d call it a “turning point” (yet) but I recently discovered food blogs such as yours and am learning a LOT about nutrition. And, I even tried a green monster and love it! My husband, who snubs all things produce, even had a green monster with peanut butter. Amazing!

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4 Laura April 23, 2010

My turning point came after about a year of yo-yo dieting. I was frustrated with my inability to lose weight and keep it off. After a summer spent with family and friends, I finally came to realize that my life was more than how much I weighed, it was about being healthy and happy.

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5 Leilani April 23, 2010

My turning point was being pregnant with my 1st daughter 18 years ago. I wanted to eat so healthy and be so healthy – after that it just became a habit to always want to be consuming the freshest, healthiest food combined with some light exercising well it sure has paid off because I had my 2nd daughter 3 years ago & will be turning 41 and people tell me all the time that I look like I am in my 20’s and also knock on wood but I have not been sick in over 5 years.

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6 Necia April 23, 2010

6 months ago I had a baby girl, 1 month early. The dr’s said my labor was early due to my high blood pressure, that had never been diagnosed throughout the pregnancy. We all figured once I had delivered the baby it would immediately return back to normal. Unfortunately IT DID NOT. Instead I was prescribed medicine to keep my pressure at bay. Anyone that knows me, knows I have a HUGE issue with taking medicine. Whether over the counter or prescribed, Im just not good with it. It became crystal clear to me, that I was fooling with my health by not taking my medicine as it was prescribed for me, and that the best for me to do, would be to eliminate the need for medicine. I signed up at a gym that was in the works. It took forever and a day to be built, but I slowly but surely began to eliminate a lot of the junk for my diet, and when the gym finally opened I went in blazing. I have lost 17lbs within the past 3 months, and my pressure, and everything else is down. Im not on medication any more, and I FEEL GREAT. It just comes a time when you are forced to do something for yourself or ELSE! So there you have it, my turning point. Thanks for allowing me to delurk.

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7 Holly April 23, 2010

Hi Angela, I love your blog! Last November (2009) I decided to follow a vegan diet. I have always tried to maintain a work out schedule that keeps me active at a minimum of 3 days a week, but usually doing some form of exercise 5-6 days a week. My diet has always been the challenge for me but with the change to vegan foods I have been so much more relaxed. I feel like smart choices are so much easier to make and I really have no desire to eat the foods that used to be a part of my diet. I was so proud of the change I have made with the foods that fuel my body, that I decided to add a fitness challenge. I am training for my first marathon and it is definitely challenging. Motivating runs, challenging runs, rollercoaster runs, they all play their part in getting me to that marathon. Thanks for your blog–love your recipes and I am dying to try your run bars (they were out of stock last time I checked). Good luck to you in your triatholon!

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8 Mia April 23, 2010

My turning point was the day I decided to have an extra bowl (which turned into 4 bowls of granola cereal) instead of going on my usual morning run. I had always been an athlete and spent my first 3 years of college eating very healthily and maintaining a consistent exercise regime. I actually lost weight at the beginning of college but never dropped below a healthy BMI (although I was close to being underweight). My parents wanted me to gain weight because I was “too skinny” for the most part I thought I was just right. But skipping that run for an extra 4 bowls of granola sparked an ed that has consisted of periods of binge eating and then restrictive eating that has lead to a weight gain of almost 20 pounds.
I am now hoping for another turning point — one full of smart and healthy choices for my body. I recently discovered your blog and I of course love it, for the similarities and differences in our situations. Last week I tried my first green monster, and I, like so many other people, am now hooked.
I would love to add chocolate green super food to my diet. I am thinking I will love it, and next year I can look back at this time in my life as a positive turning point.

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9 Emily April 23, 2010

My turning point was being a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding two years ago. All bridesmaids complain about how the dress looks on them, I was really feeling pretty low about wearing it. My “aha” moment, though, was when the mother-of-the-bride (30 years my senior) walked into the room with not just a better body, but a hotter body, than I had. That’s when I decided that I wanted to try to be in the best health and shape I could. I started exercising regularly and eating healthy foods and lost about 20 pounds. Best of all, I was in the best shape of my life.
I’m currently facing another turning point; the decision to leave a job that I am unhappy in has pushed me into an anxious downward spiral of fasting and binging, and have consequently put on about 10 stress pounds in the past couple months. Knowing how happy and healthy I was before, and how stressed and unhappy I am now has made me want to recommit to having a healthy perspective on diet and exercise. I find your blog inspiring, since it sounds like you’ve gone through the same things that I am right now.

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10 Bea April 23, 2010

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fighting with horrible stomach cramps and bowel issues that would appear without warning and would land me in th washroom for hours at a time. I’m also the type of person that puts on weight very easily, but has a hard time getting rid of it. I was not a very active person growing up (other than dance) and become very large chested throughout my adolescence. This has often prevented me from running, which I loved, because even with 3 sports bras, it would hurt to run. Finally, 3 yrs ago, I found out that I was a candidate for breast reduction surgery and decided to go ahead with it. That same summer I moved from a far northern now to a coastal town, which has also helped with my activity levels. This would have to be my turning point.

Since then, I have become much more active. I now play ice hockey over the winter, kickbox 2 times per week, mountain bike when I can and participate in bootcamps. I have also gotten to the bottom of my bowel issues… found a wonderful family doctor in my new town who listened to my concerns and helped me realise that I suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Together, we came up with a plan for changing my eating habits. This has also reduced my cholesterol levels from 7.3 to 5.1. (huge shock a few years back, as there is no family history of high cholesterol and I ate fairly healthy before) This forced me to make even more healthier changes. Since then, I’ve also dropped about 20 pounds and 3 dress sizes.

I also decided challenge myself physically and mentally and trained and participated in a 32km walk/run last may, followed by a 64km walk/run in June of last year. It was tough, but I made it through.

Today, I am so much happier and less stressed about life. I love reading your website and find you to be such an inspirational person. Keep up the great work and keep on smiling.

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11 Organic Ashley April 23, 2010

Bea, Hi I suffer from IBS as well and I cannot find any doctors who will work with me. I would love to hear what is working for you and maybe give it a try. Thanks
ashleyhayne@gmail.com

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12 Jessica April 24, 2010

I hit a turning point when I finally found an exercise I coudln’t live without….ZUMBA! I took it for 2 years, lost 20 pounds, gained 100% more confidence, and now I teaach it!

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13 Kate April 26, 2010

My weight has always gone up and down…but my real turning point was five years ago when I was out with my husband for dinner, and my size 16 jeans were digging into me so badly that I had to go home and change. That is when I realised that you don’t just become obese over night. You gain a few pounds a year and time passes and suddenly there you are. I bought runners the next day, ditched the processed food and have never looked back. Sometimes our lowest moments can force us upwards. I am grateful to myself for realising I am worth it.

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14 Courtney April 22, 2010

My turning point was meeting my husband! He did triathlons and was on his way to becoming a professional triathlete. I wanted to spend more time with him so I started working out to be with him! The working out led to better eating (I wanted to be a lean, mean, triathlon racing machine!) and here I am today!!

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15 Amy April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself at my college graduation. I had just become a teacher and I was on top of the world. I knew I was a bit out of shape but the pictures didn’t lie. I took a vow right then and there to become the best me I could be. I started working out, embracing my vegetarian diet, and put myself back on the list! Fifty pounds and 8 years later, I’m still holding strong and feeling great! I would love to try Amazing Grass =)

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16 Katy April 23, 2010

My turning point came after playing women’s rugby for one season in college. I had packed on the pounds because in my mind, being that active meant I had the liberty to eat whatever, whenever. I was also smoking at the time, which made me feel awful. After seeing a picture of myself in my underwear, covered in mud from practive one day, I was ashamed. I have never been big, but it was clear my slight frame was overwhelmed by the extra pounds. I quit smoking cold turkey, quit rugby and all the bad habits that came with it and hit the gym. I started seeing results immediately after I began eating a clean, balanced diet. That was 6 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. My daily tricks for making me feel better are simple. I get a quick workout in no matter what lack of time I have, I always pack my lunch for work and plan my dinners while at work. When I have had a tough day, I just sit down and review those rugby pictures and remind myself of how far I have come on this journey to lifelong health!

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17 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 22, 2010

honestly the turning point in my life was last november when i was reading Self and saw yours and Jenna’s little blurbs about staying healthy. that’s when i started reading healthy living blogs and saw that i didn’t have to fight food anymore! i’d known for a while that i was at a weight that was too high for my body (and still is) but rather than fighting it and hating myself for eating dinner, i began to realize that i could live a balanced life :)

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18 Stacie April 23, 2010

Ditto! I have been a huge fan of Angela’s blog since reading about it in Self mag last year. Angela–YOU are my turning point/inspiration to live a healthy, happy, fulfilled life!! I need to take care of myself/look out for myself, because if I don’t who will? When I read your letters to self and road to health series, I immediately saw myself. I am a huge fan of your blog (read it daily!!). You were put on this earth to make a huge positive impact on girls/womans lives. Good for you for following your heart at such a young age and doing what you love! I love your blog for so many reasons that are too long to list here. I moved from a large metropolitian area in one state to a extremely small rural town in Wisconsin. Everyone here thinks people who are vegetarian/vegan are from another planet! Your blog is truly an outlet for me…I can show others that being vegan isn’t that hard when you set your mind to it and yummy/to-die-for foods is possible without using animal products, highly processed foods or HFCS! THANKS ANGELA!! YOU GO GIRL!!…..and Eric too :)

(sorry for the length!)

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19 Raylene April 22, 2010

Choosing to actually cook something for myself despite being exhausted from work and generally lazy is probably the best choice I make throughout the day to feel healthier. I try really really hard not to buy easy convenience food when I go grocery shopping so that when I’m hungry I don’t have a choice but to eat healthier (even if it’s just cereal or oatmeal). I’ve also decided to pull my bike out of my parents shed next time I’m out there visiting…it’s been there since I moved to winnipeg 7 years ago! My next goal is to get more active…I know I’m eating well enough to lose weight, I just need to get off my butt…I have a very long way to go.

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20 Arianna April 22, 2010

i haven’t reached my turning point yet, but i’m planning on making healthy changes this summer! thank you for the motivation and inspiration!

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21 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 22, 2010

The thing that changed me was my stress fracture. Before that< i was into health but in a too extreme way. Now, I understand about balance and really really feeding your body and treating it right!

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22 Alexandra April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing photos of me and I hardly recognized the person. The person I saw in the photo was not the same person I saw each day in the mirror. I wasn’t happy with myself, no, but at the same time I just hadn’t realized how badly I was treating myself and it showed. Having specific goals to work for every day have lead me to be healthy and happy (training for a 5k, a triathlon, wanting to see my triceps, etc).

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23 Nikita April 22, 2010

Like you, my turning point was when I gained 40 pounds in the first 4 months (!!!) away from home at grad school! I was depressed about being away from family and friends and I had a massive overload of courses, not to mention the pressure from my advisor (I was a research assisstant too). The real shocker came when I saw pictures of myself at a party and I just couldn’t recognize myself. I broke down that night, and vowed to take control of my body, my health and my life.

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24 Jackie April 22, 2010

My turning point was having my gallbladder removed. After that I got incrediably sick any time I ate greasy, fatty foods. One day I said enough! I was tired of being sick to my stomach, throwing up, and popping Zantac. I cleaned up my diet and have never felt better!

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25 Kerry April 22, 2010

I have to say my turning point wasn’t related to food or my health at all! It crept up on me :) I had always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter but thought seeing the dogs and cats in their kennels all alone would make me too sad. One morning I woke up and thought “I’D be sad? Imagine how THEY feel!” So I vowed to do whatever I could for them and that day I signed up for orientation at my local SPCA. When I started volunteering, I started doing more research into animal issues, which got me learning about veganism and the health benefits of it for me (not just the obvious benfits to the animals). Now that I am vegan I am so much healthier and I still volunteer with the animals every week!

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26 Ambre - The 3-Day Walker April 22, 2010

My turning point to get healthy was when I started training for the Breast Cancer 3-Day last year – I evaluated what foods I was putting in my body, and what made me feel better when I was training. It really helped change my eating and lifestyle, and helped me lose 35lbs also :)

I’d like to lose another 20lbs, and am currently working on that.

Please support my fundraising efforts to help END Breast Cancer by donating to: http://www.the3day.org/goto/ambre701 Every dollar helps!

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27 LaurenB April 22, 2010

Exciting! I’ve been wanting to try this product for awhile…

My turning point was when I was in NL for a work-related conference/trade show. My coworker and I decided to go to a Public Health both that was set up for “fun” – there were nurses there who took your blood sugar, blood pressure and also weighed you. Well…I was SHOCKED when I got on the scale. It was the highest weight I had ever been in my adult life, 35 pounds heavier than my comfort weight. I decided then and there that I needed to make some changes!

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28 Kelsey April 22, 2010

The day my mom had to pick me up from college because I had neglected my health (mental and physical) and had become incredibly sick was the moment I vowed to put my life back in order. It was shortly after that that I found the health blog world and started treating myself the way I should: with love, respect, and proper nourishment! I’ve never been happier!

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29 Jen April 22, 2010

The shift from a vegetarian diet to a mostly-raw vegan diet was the best antidote for disordered eating. There are days where I fall into old habits, but we’re not all perfect. I’m glad to say I now appreciate and love to eat food.

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30 Jocelyn April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself, 15 lbs too heavy, junior year in college. I had lost and gained that weight twice already in college and I decided that this time I was going to lose it and keep it off! That was four years ago, and I have kept it off and got in even better shape! I have run in 7 races since then, including a half-marathon, and I feel my best when I eat mostly veggies and healthy (non-animal) proteins, non-processed foods, and when I keep up with my workouts.

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31 Katlyn April 22, 2010

I’ve had several “turning points”. It has been a journey for sure. My road to a healthier life started last summer when I started getting into gardening for the first time. Seeing the whole life of a plant from seed was really wonderful to me. It was so refreshing to go outside and pick my own food and eat it as fresh as could be.
After the garden was finished in the fall, my husband started reading lots of books about food, gardening, and farming. This was kind of our wake up call to see how bad our food industry is! That motivated us to watch the movie Food Inc. From that point on we decided not to eat any more meat unless we know where it is from and know it is sustainably raised and also to cut out processed foods.
Then this past month I saw the blog of an old friend of mine and from there got hooked on several health/food blogs, including yours. This is when I was introduced to Green Monsters and started eating more oats and quinoa. I’ve pretty much completely cut out all meat and now I am starting to realize my body isn’t all that fond of most dairy, either!
Learning to listen to my body has been such a huge change in my lifestyle. I have so much more energy and I seem to love food a lot more than I used to! I get so excited about new healthy recipes and a lot of the time I cant help but smile as I chew on something seriously delicious while my husband laughs at how much I am enjoying it.
:-)

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32 bkim April 22, 2010

Something that makes me feel better is exercising with a friend in the morning. We listen to our bodies and do what we want! Today, we were going to walk/ run around the track but I didn’t want to, so we ended up hiking around campus instead. It was lovely!

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33 emily April 22, 2010

My turning point came when i was 5 years old. Skiing trip with the fam in Utah. Man pulled up next to us on the road with a deer in the back of his truck. I asked why it was there, and my mom explained what “meat” was. I told her i would never eat it again. she didn’t believe me. suckers. been 22 years, and have been living a meat free (dairy and animal by-product free for about 2 yrs) ever since. NEVER ever ever looked back. Needless to say, the animals provide me with all the inspiration I need to continue this lifestyle.

Aaaand, the mother has recently become vegetarian!

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34 Jess M. April 23, 2010

Even though I’ve been pretty consistent about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I would say recently when I watched the movie Food Inc., and I started to read more vegetarian/vegan food blogs was the most influential turning point. I’m not off meat 100% (hopefully one day I will), but I definitely strive to eat more plants!

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35 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) April 22, 2010

I honestly can’t say that I’ve had a turning point, but that it has happened gradually over the past year and is still happening right now. Small changes have made big differences for me. Would love to win some Amazing Grass to continue on with my healthy lifestyle!

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36 Priya April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I became very weak and thin,lacked energy. My job involved lot of travelling and most of times I get dizzy, alteast twice a week. I was not able to concentrate at work and felt miserable. I used to skip breakfast, lunch and eat lots of fried and unhealthy food for dinner. I decided I have to change my food habits and started eating lots of vegetables and made sure I have a healthy breakfast. I felt a lot better and I feel great !!

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37 Shelly April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I got divorced about 4 years ago. Prior to my divorce I’d gained 15 lbs. since college and was pretty unhappy about it, but I had a hard time eating healthy b/c my ex was always wanting to go out to dinner or stock the pantry with lots of tempting snacks and sweets. I was also working a bazillion hours a week trying to pursue my PhD and didn’t have time to exercise. However, when I left him- it was under circumstance that were very sudden and shocking to me (’nuff said) and, unfortunately, it triggered a relapse of the eating disorder I’d suffered from during high school. I lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks. I was walking my dogs and I sat down on the sidewalk because I didn’t have the energy to stand up anymore- and I realized that I needed to see a nutritionist. With her help (and the help of a good therapist as well), I learned how to eat in a way that made me feel like I had more control over my health and gradually, I recovered.
After a couple years, I’d gained a little more weight than I would have liked over the holidays and was having trouble getting back to my normal pants size (this was a little over a year ago), so I visited my nutritionist again- this time to fine tune my eating.
She encouraged me to start exercising more (I’d previously been doing Pilates twice a week- I needed to up my game a bit!) and to focus on portion size and to eat in a more balanced way- to fill half my plate with veggies, 1/4 with complex carbs, and 1/4 with meat/protein.
I followed her advice and also signed up for a 10K! I got hooked on racing, which lead me to find a bunch of running/healthy eating blogs and ever since, I’ve been hooked!
So it’s been a long road, but I feel like I’ve really been able to turn a personal tragedy in my life into a springboard for good things- not just fitness wise- I’ve also excelled personally and professionally. I had to quickly learn to take care of myself and it’s given me a lot of confidence in the rest of my life.

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38 Christina April 22, 2010

My turning point was also gaining weight. I was in my senior year of college and had a lot of time to focus on myself since my boyfriend had graduated a year before so I decided to change my habits!

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39 Jackie April 22, 2010

my turning point was when I couldn’t put my shoes on without getting out of breath and struggle to even touch my toes. I vowed that I never wanted to feel like that again…and I have been on a better path since then…

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40 Maura April 22, 2010

Like a few other comments above, my turning point was when I realized that I was deleting every photo tagged of me on facebook for various reasons, all boiling down to: “I look wayyy overweight.” It has been a slow process but I think I’m making improvements toward a healthier lifestyle. Here’s hoping it continues!!

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41 Erin April 22, 2010

I had a few turning points…
1. I stopped eating fast food and started eating breakfast
2. A couple of years later, I read Skinny Bitch and went vegetarian
3. Soon after that, I started reading blogs and ramped up my healthy eating/living while trying to lose a few more pounds for my wedding (I succeeded!).

And now I look and feel the best I have in my life. It’s been a good process for me :)

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42 Samantha April 22, 2010

I have always been relatively active and healthy, but my bother has pushed me to get even healthier. We are constantly pushing each other. He pushes me with my workouts and I encourage him to fuel better and eat healthier. I have actually gotten him to start drinking green monsters!

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43 Kristina April 22, 2010

I haven’t had a turning point, but I have been making small changes here and there throughout the past two to three years. One thing I do a little of each day is yoga. A little in the morning and a little before bed at night. Oh and drinking green monsters has done wonders to my energy levels while I’m working!

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44 Amalia April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I did some research on artificial sugars and realized how awful they are for your body. I started looking at food in a whole new way, and analyzing ingredient lists for “real” food! I feel so much better now that I have replaced my diet coke with kombucha :)

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45 Mandy April 22, 2010

When I had to do medical monitoring for my job and the doctor informed me that I was overweight. That comment rocked me into better habits – one year later and I’m forty pounds lighter. And healthy again.

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46 Tamara April 23, 2010

I’ve always had a great metabolism and have always been active in sports, but I was so self concious about being so small I developed unhealthy eating habits. Well right after I married, I started to gain weight (10lbs), but not in the right places, which didn’t look to good on my petite frame. Once I changed my eating habits and started back exercising I noticed that I had all this energy, my skin looked so vibrant, and I was sleeping so much better.

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47 Joy April 22, 2010

ohhhh holy amazing giveaway – I would say I have had two turn arounds the first when I realized I was TOO FAT to ride my horse and the 2nd when I figured out that if I didn’t get my AN under control the next time my nieces saw me I would be in a casket and that is what keeps me fighting daily!

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48 Mallory April 22, 2010

my turning point was actually just a couple of weeks ago…
i pulled out a pair of summer capris and couldn’t even GET THEM ON. i knew i had gained lots of weight since moving out and starting graduate school, but that was such a powerful and real moment…
it was especially hard because i lost about 40 pounds 4 years ago and had kept it off until this august – when i started gaining again… and sad to say i’ve gained 30 of it back. it’s so awful to get the clothing reminder every day, and it was at that moment that i decided SOMETHING needed to change.

whew, that was long!
but have to just add that i would LOVE to win, and great giveaway ange :)

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49 Laura April 22, 2010

the last day of my freshman year of college, we all took a road trip to the beach…we took a bunch of pictures that day, and i just remember coming home and looking at them on my friends facebook page that night. i almost cried because i looked horrible; the freshman 15 (or more like 20) definitely creeped up on me! so, i promised myself that that summer would be dedicated to regaining my health and confidence. i worked out 5-6 days a week, DRASTICALLY changed my eating habits (yay for whole foods!!!) and dropped 25 pounds, all of which i have not regained.

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50 Lexi April 22, 2010

My turning point was in high school. I was just 16 years old but I felt self conscious about my figure. I was curvy, but I felt heavier than I wanted to be. I started running and eating better. Soon, however, it turned into a slippery slope wherein I was dieting and exercising like a maniac. Looking back on some photos of my scary-skinny days, I now see how terrible it was. Eventually my body could not deal with the restrictive eating and I slowed started to put on (needed) pounds. I wokrout 5-6 days a week and eat healthy as much as possible, but I now struggle to lose a few pounds after I gained a few unwanted lbs in the last 2 years or so. I weigh 135, at 5’4″ and have a lot of muscle, but to lose 5-10 lbs would be ideal! At least I know how to be healthy now and being super ‘skinny’ is never my desire these days!

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51 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself after I graduated college– I was much bigger than I realized! I knew I had gained a couple pounds from stress and partying, but I hadn’t gotten on the scale in a while… turns out I had gained 30 lbs, too! I knew I needed to do something about it, but I didn’t know where to start, so I fell victim to the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting!

It took me another couple of years to realize that I needed to take baby steps towards a healthy lifestyle, and that’s where I am today– working on making my body healthy and happy one step at a time! I enjoy green smoothies daily, and I would love to try Amazing Grass!

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52 Christina April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I hit my lowest weight and had to be forced into treatment for my ed. I realized while I was in treatment, that I need to feed my body, I need to be healthy. I still struggle day to day, but I eat a lot healthier now, I have gained some much needed weight and I no longer let my eating disorder control me!

xoxox

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53 amanda April 22, 2010

My turning point came when i left for college and realized how unhealthy my eating habits were at home. While i love my parents for providing me with everything i ever needed, their eating habits were also making me overweight. I have lost 30 lbs since leaving home and starting my healthy diet and couldnt be happier

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54 Meagan April 22, 2010

While I grew up thin, never having to watch what I ate or exercise, I was always extremely self-conscious and lacked the confidence I so desired. People always assumed that since I was skinny I was happy with myself, but boy were they wrong. In hopes of giving my self a confidence boost and learn to love myself, I began not only eating healthier, but exercising as well!! I have now been a vegetarian for about a year and a half (I am on the path to becoming a vegan), and am an avid runner and gym rat. Not only am I in the best shape of my life, but for the first time since I can remember I can actually look in the mirror and say that I love myself and the woman I have become. If it weren’t for taking my road to health, I am not exactly sure what road I would have ended up taking, but I can assure you it would not have been a good one.

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55 Stacy (stalios) April 22, 2010

My turning point was about a year and a half ago. I was overweight, depressed and suffering from high blood pressure. My doctor wanted to add another blood pressure med to the two I was already taking, put me on anti-depressants, and send my to a psychiatrist. I said enough is enough. I starting exercising and completely overhauled my eating. I’m now off all medications, depression is gone and I’ve never looked or felt better!

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56 Tracy April 22, 2010

My turning point was after I injured my hip running. I wasn’t the healthiest runner – didn’t fuel properly, ignored stretching post-runs, etc. My body missed the physical exertion, so I decided to take up cycling. Loved it – I immediately felt in sync with it and wanted to excel at it. It turned me on to the finer points of proper fueling, core conditioning and an all-around healthier way of living.

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57 Chrissy April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I first moved to TX from NY. I joined a roller derby team (!) and realized that if I was going to be a solid player, I had to actually train, workout and made sure to fuel myself properly. I worked my way up from barely being able to skate to team captain! Since then, I’ve made sure to make healthy living part of my life, as it makes my life so much more enjoyable.

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58 Janet Perez April 22, 2010

HEALTHY BLOGS! That was definately a turning point for me, who knew you could eat so much and still loose weight and be healthy.

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59 Laurie April 22, 2010

My turning point was going to a nutritionist and having my body fat percentage checked in a Bod Pod. It wasn’t until I was shown that I was “scientifically unhealthy” that I realized I needed to changed the way I ate!

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60 Macey April 22, 2010

My healthy turning point (or “tipping point” if you will) was wanting to complete a marathon before I turned 30. I freaked out when I turned 27 last September and was still overweight and out of shape. I began to search for ways to accomplish my goal. Enter TEAM IN TRAINING! I am now 1 month away from completing my first Marathon in San Diego, CA!

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61 Anna April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was diagnosed with a number of life treatening illnesses. I was then placed on medication that made my gain weight and feel all out of sorts. When I finally got healthy from my phsyical illnesses I went through a number of extremes in how I ate and exercised. One day I was visiting with a friend who was dying of cancer and she reminded me that I was lucky enough to get a second chance at life and that I needed to be better about what I had been given. So I made a change that day. I stopped counting calories obsessively, I found a healthy and whole way of eating and I have balanced out my exercise routine so that I dont have to wake up hours earlier to make it all fit in. I now eat an all natural unprocessed diet and feel the most amazing I have felt in years. I also have lost almost 50 lbs and counting! After I hit the turning point I learned that its one small step each day to get where you are supposed to be.

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62 Monika April 22, 2010

Drinking tons and tons of water…helps me so very much.

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63 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 22, 2010

My turning point was a little opposite- it came when I saw my group of girlfriends heading in the wrong direction with disordered eating. Instead of going too far down that nasty path, I ended up teaching myself a lot about health & nutrition- I haven’t always been the healthiest since then (aaahem beer & pizza diet in college) but it’s still the driving force of my healthy eating behavior. (Key part is that I EAT!! Lots of good, yummy foods!)

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64 Gina April 22, 2010

My boyfriend started a training program to gain muscle, so that made me take a step back to look at my own self. Since I’d rather spend my time with my boyfriend (especially when we first started dating), I started to work out less than I did previous years. I started my first year of college recently and realized I could make my own food choices. In high school, I was always “skinny fat” and ate pasta, processed foods, candy etc. However, in college I have access to a gym and a whole array of vegetables and fruits. The boy influenced my want for muscle, too! Now I eat right, work out, take protein powder, and love how my body feels! I decided to become a vegetarian after watching Food Inc and doing my own research.

I lovveee Amazing Grass unflavored green powder mixed with my protein powder after a workout. I wonder how the chocolate tastes!

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65 Steph April 22, 2010

My turning point was actually after a boyfriend broke up with me (sounds pathetic I know!). I had been unhappy with my appearance for years, and was sitting around feeling sorry for myself when I said “enough is enough” and decided to take my happiness into my own hands! I realized that deep down, the reason I was so upset about the break up was not because I cared all the much about the guy, but more so because I associated it with not being good enough (being overweight,etc.). While my journey began as a quest to lose weight and look “hot” to seek revenge on the boy who broke up with me (I’m sure many ladies can relate.. haha), I also began reading food blogs, changing my diet, and taking better care of my body as a result. While I still have that little voice in the back of my mind telling me that I need to lose weight, I try to focus more on being healthy and happy. Hopefully that voice will disappear one day, but it has gotten much quieter over the years!

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66 Ashlee April 22, 2010

This is an awesome giveaway! I grew up with my mom always cooking and eat healthy foods so it just came naturally to me, but in college I remember starting to run and would walk to class from my apartment as much as possible. I just wanted the extra exercise and knew there was no sense in driving my car around and around to find a parking spot. I did a project during my senior year on organic foods and from there became obsessed. I keep up with a healthy lifestyle by having green monsters (can’t even remember how I survived without them), walking as much as possible, and downing a ton of water. I also love trying new things that are great for my body.

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67 Ryane April 22, 2010

I’ve always been curvy and on the heavier side, not fat per se and I didn’t think there was much change I could do – I’ve been a size 10 since junior high! I blossomed early and stayed that way for almost 10 years. I was never NOT athletic or active, but I could’ve stepped it up a little.
I lost my job last winter and wallowed for a couple weeks, it was a sad and hard time and I spent it all by myself (house sitting in a different state where I knew no one) and pretty much ate junk, tho I worked out a little bit too and thought I could do both. When I realized that I couldn’t be sad about my situation and needed to do something, I was starting to outgrow my “comfy and loose” clothes. THings that I had been wearing for years.
I got into a regular work out, cut back on binge drinking (i like my nightlife!) and am slowly switching to a vegetarian lifestyle and making good protein choices.
WOuldn’t you know it, I love running. I’m still the same size I was before but a lot more toned and everything just fits better and I’m happy and employed!

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68 Sarah R April 22, 2010

My turning point came when my husband (then boyfriend) left for a semester during college for an internship several states away. I stopped eating all of the crap that he would eat and actually made time to make myself decent meals. Although it wasn’t until the last year or so that I began to see the value in whole, natural, real foods–mainly from reading so many food blogs! So I guess I haven’t really had just one turning point– more like a long curvy road with life getting better after each step :)

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69 Allison @ Food For Healing April 22, 2010

my story? Well i’ve been suffering from health problems since I was at least 12 years old.. I’m almost 23 now. In these past years I have been to I don’t even know HOW many doctors, and how many xrays, ultrasounds, blood tests etc. And NO ONE has ever figured it out. It can be very rough on a kid going through highschool. I missed most of my grade 11 year, but was able to keep up at home, my teachers were supportive, they even MADE me go home when i tried coming in. I passed perfectly fine, grade 12 was mostly the same story but i was there more. All my years after high school up until now I’ve been suffering. Only recently, end of last year, a doctor “diagnosed” me with IBS. I was put on pills, but was allergic to them. It really hit me then that I wanted to do things the NATURAL way, no prescriptions. So I booked an appointment with my Naturopath doctor, and she told me i had PARASITES, and prescribed me 5 different NATURAL pills and vitamins. SHE was the ONLY one that got anywhere, that really tried, and that has helped me. I’m not sure what my problem has been all this time, if it was parasites or not. But now I am on the road to recovery, my eating is improving more and more, we are buying more organic, and in a couple years I will be a holistic nutritionist. I’ve been through alot, so i can relate to alot.

anyways, thats my story. I babbled A LOT

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70 Kelly April 22, 2010

I didn’t have anything dramatic happen to cause me to become healthy. Instead I accidentally found a food blog and then discovered many others soon after. Reading the recipes and dialogue caused me to realize I was eating completely wrong (diet foods, fat free products, etc.). It was an easy transition once I learned what I should be eating.

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71 Christine April 22, 2010

I don’t know if I have had a turning point yet, but one thing that does encourage me to live healthier everyday is reading your blog :) Thanks for being so inspirational!

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72 Krysta April 22, 2010

Ballet was my initial turning point. Throughout school-age years I was obsessed with ballet and it was my life. I ate healthy and worked out for the benefit of ballet.

When I graduated and moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta, I realized that it wasn’t dancing I loved, it was fitness in general! I got a job at a local gym, and it was a huge turning point. Due to the job I was forced to explore different classes, workouts and sports. Whole new world of opportunities and that is when healthy living became my lifestyle and I found MYSELF and my real passions.

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73 Alissa April 22, 2010

My healthy turning point is happening now. This is my first year living on my own so I am in control of what goes into my body and how much I choose to exercise. I am getting a degree in nutrition so I feel if I want to help other people feel good about their health first I have to start on my own.

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74 Amber April 22, 2010

My turning point was realizing that instead of just gaining my “freshman 15” at college, I gained a “freshman 30.” I was not happy with the way I felt, looked, or how my clothes (didn’t) fit. I am making a change for the better!

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75 Hallie April 22, 2010

Well, my turning point was totally vien, but I changed my life nonetheless. It was the beginning of senior year in HS and I realized if I started then, I could lose a decent amount of weight by my prom in May. I lost 30 lbs that year and while I’ve gone down, and then up, about 10 lbs from then, I know I’ll never go back to my pre-weight loss lifestyle. And I feel healthy when I eat plenty of fresh in-season produce!

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76 Lizz (Leading the Good Life) April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I became vegetarian. It started as just a challenge to myself – but quickly became so much more! All of a sudden I had to pay attention to what I was putting in my body, and a switch came on. Food is fuel! What do you want to ‘run’ on? I started reading and researching and asking questions…and I’ve never stopped learning!

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77 JenP April 22, 2010

Having kids! I lost weight years ago with a lot of calorie obsessing, sugar free foods, fat free foods, over exercising, etc. Once I started feeding my kids, I realized that I shouldn’t be eating foods I wouldn’t feed to my kids. An almond butter and jam sandwich on good whole grain bread is way better than a Lean Cuisine! And I shouldn’t be obsessing in a way I wouldn’t want my kids to obsess. Playing soccer in the backyard or going for a bike ride are way more fun than spending hours on the elliptical!

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78 Charline April 22, 2010

My turning point??? Getting engaged! I wanted to be a hot bride! Vain?? yes, a little, but I didn’t want to look at pictures of myself, unhappy with my body, for the rest of my life….

What keeps me feeling good? Eating wholesome, homemade food… as a busy mom of 3, it isn’t always easy, but I plan ahead, sometimes I cook on the weekends for the week ahead, sometimes I cook the next nights dinner after the kids are in bed, and sometimes I turn to the slow-cooker. All of it, easier and better for me than ordering takeout on the way home.

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79 Candice April 22, 2010

My turning point happened in university too, when I was taking walks to release the stress of studying from exams. I realized how good it made me feel when I was active and now I’m training for a 10K.

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80 Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 22, 2010

My turning point was after my freshman year in college when I gained 20 pounds and came home and none of my summer clothes (even close) to fit me. I knew I had to lose the weight, but I was having surgery first, so it was a long summer losing the weight because I couldn’t work out most of it but I did it.

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81 Coley April 22, 2010

My turning point happened when I started dating my now fiance, about 4 years ago. He is very active and was always encouraging me to do things with him. I was too embarrassed to go to the gym with him or do anything too strenous because of my recent 20 lb weight gain. I eventually sucked it up and started making better choices. Now, I’m often the one encouraging him to be more active or eat better:)

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82 Holly April 22, 2010

My turning point was getting married. My husband is a cyclist and an amazing, natural athlete. Learning to cook for and really nourish that kind body/lifestyle has really changed me and the way I look at food. As a result I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, started running and am now in the best shape and health of my life.

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83 Chelsea (runtheline.tumblr.com) April 22, 2010

My turning point was actually just this past January. I am a law student and felt like nothing in my life was in my control. My weight had creeped up to it’s highest ever and I was always stressed. I decided to make myself and my body a priority, no matter how everything else turned out. Now, running has been my stress reliever and I cannot imagine myself without that time where it is just me, the road, and my thoughts!

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84 lindsay April 22, 2010

My story is kinda the opposite. I got very sick off and on for a whole year and became very underweight because of it. Found out that even though I was a nutrition specialist, the foods I was eating was unnatural and damaging my gut (gluten, low fat fake foods). I totally changed my health and out look and now am 90% better. I use whole foods, fresh foods, nothing low fat or unnatural. I love amazing grass in my green monsters. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE TO WIN!

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85 Cinemarie April 22, 2010

My turning point huh? There were many things that were screaming ‘you need to do something’, not really a turning point ‘moment’. I was going through a crazy amount of pressure and stress from my work – perform, supervise difficult people, stay very late (sometimes until 5am…), start early, etc. Not good. I was borderline obese by the end of that 2 year project. I had trouble tying my shoes, my face felt swollen and I had headaches all the time. I was coming home out of energy, I would lie on the couch the entire evening. Day in, day out. I started weight watchers and started blogging, and I taught myself a whole lot about food and energy and exercise…

I also learned to ‘care less’ about my work being super perfect, I learned to deal with the pressure better, and mostly, I learned that taking care of myself first makes everything else easier anyways…

That being said I am SOOOOOOO excited about this giveaway – I want to try the amazing grass products so bad!!! Wheeeeeeee :) Thanks Angela!

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86 brin April 22, 2010

I’ve actually recently had my turning point! I’ve been studying in London all semester, and while over here and travelling have been exposed to so many different foods and options! also, some of my free time has encouraged me to go to the gym (daily!) and really take my vegetarian diet to the next level (I’m eating vegan most days of the week now!). I feel so great and know that I’ll have that “abroad change” glow when I get some, I’ll just be a little less broad ; )

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87 Samantha April 22, 2010

Once I had surgery on my legs I got even more hardcore into running. It became my everything and I wanted to devote everything I had into it to become faster and get stronger to run farther. Definitely helps me stay healthy!

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88 Valentina April 22, 2010

I would have to say cutting out salting all of my food changed my life. Including my blood pressure. Using fresh herbs is all that I need now to flavor my food.

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89 Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. April 22, 2010

I had always been overweight since childhood, but as I headed into my mid-20s, I noticed one day that some size 20 stretch jeans from Old Navy were tight. At that moment, I knew I had let my weight (and health) get out of control and I was too young to let that trend continue. I figured if I was tipping the scales at 248, I would soon be closer to 300 if I didn’t make some serious, long-term changes.

From that moment on, I began moving around more and making healthier food choices. Two and a half years later, I was 90 pounds lighter! I finally kicked yo-yo dieting to the curb, became a runner and learned how to explore and love all sorts of new, nutritious foods. I am sooo happier to be alive now! I thrive on challenging my body with new fitness routines (just completed my first 5K last week in under 30 minutes!) and have such a better relationship with food now than I’ve ever had in my entire life (never thought I would get excited about roasted broccoli or chia seeds, haha).

Losing the weight wasn’t easy at first, but once I opened my eyes to the importance of lifelong health and well-being, it gradually became easier.

As long as you’re patient with yourself and open to trying new things, the process of breaking regular sweats and eating healthier foods becomes second nature (and enjoyable because of how great you feel).

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90 Bethany (Not Unless I'm Being Chased) April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I started looking closer at the nutritional labels of my “go-to” foods. I was looking at the ingredients instead of the fat/calorie content for the first time — I couldn’t pronounce any of it!
I made the decision to eat an all-natural diet from then on out. I lost some weight (I was a healthy weight to begin with), but that’s not why I did it.
I did it because my body feels so much better when fueled with REAL foods, not freaky science fiction fats and odd oils. :)

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91 kels April 22, 2010

My turning point was in college when I looked at pictures and realized that I could not continue eating the way I had. I began running more and being more active, while learning to eat in moderation.

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92 mountain girl April 22, 2010

I have always been a really sporadic, unscheduled person…but I finally realized how much better I feel when I eat regular, small meals. Becoming just a little bit scheduled was a big turning point for me!

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93 Eve April 22, 2010

What a great giveaway! You’ve already gotten me hooked on chocolate Amazing Grass (LOVE it!), but it would be awesome to win some. My turning point happened almost 2 years ago, when I went vegan. I started reading about plant based nutrition just to make sure I was covering my bases, and overhauled my diet to be not just vegan, but also very healthy! It definitely is a journey though – I love always trying new things and improving my health!

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94 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) April 22, 2010

reading Intuitive Eating – it was like the book was written for me!

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95 EL April 22, 2010

Having a child makes me want to be healthier. I want to be able to be active with my son and inspire him to be healthy.

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96 Jennifer S April 22, 2010

My mother died of breast cancer, I was thinking that at 40 I would get the gene testing and was fully prepared for a double mastectomy. When I turn 39 I read Eat to Live & the The China Study. For the first time I felt that I was empowered about preventing cancer. I eat a 99% vegan diet- Whole food plant based. I look better than I have in years. I haven’t weighed this since college. I am training for a 1/2 marathon, I sweat everyday, smoothies for breakfast. salads for lunch and always trying new things for dinner. I will not die from cancer!

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97 JenB April 22, 2010

I’m still waiting for my turning point… I have been battling anorexia since I was 17 which is now going on 12 years. I read blogs like yours to find inspiration! Thank you for all your wonderful posts about your past struggles. You give me hope.

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98 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 22, 2010

A turning point for me was when I started reading food blogs!

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99 Megan April 22, 2010

I haven’t really had a turning point, but I’m finishing up my second year at college and I do triathlons and road races and one of my favorite things that makes me feel healthy is yummy oatmeal concoctions!!

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100 Kristie April 22, 2010

All through high school I actually gained weight and didn’t really have a way to stop/prevent it (I didn’t buy food and my family lived off ramen noodles + frozen pizza). I got to college and did the reverse of most students and lost weight. I was just so happy to have choices for what I could eat (a salad bar!) and the availability of a gym and sidewalks to run on if I wanted. The journey is still continuing but the freedom to choose my own foods/exercise was definitely the turning point for me :).

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101 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 22, 2010

My doctor directly asked me “What’s going on with your weight?” in late 2008. I was seriously taken aback and had no idea how to respond. At the time, I was 70 pounds overweight and thought I knew “something” was going on with my weight, I didn’t want to deal with it or face it at that time. But, it definitely woke me up and sprang me into a complete 180. It was a slow progression, but after two months, I quit smoking cigarettes and started going to the gym. Three months after that I joined WW and have since lost over 50 pounds and and within a few pounds of goal weight. I just went back to her last month and it was the best doctors visit I had in a long time. It was so great to be able to tell her what an impact she’s made on my life.

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102 rebecca April 22, 2010

I love your website – I have green monster every morning because of you!! I love the chocolate mix as well. My turning point was realizing I was eating when I was stressed and couldn’t fit into my “fat clothes”. I have a different approach, which is my health as my main focus. Keep up the excellent, and inspiring website!!

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103 caroline m April 22, 2010

i’ve always eaten healthily, but after going vegan, i saw food for it’s nutrition, not just for taste. taking the extra step to try a new vegetable or grain really helps me maintain a balanced diet and keep my tasted buds pleased. adding ‘amazing meal’ to my smoothies sounds deeeelicious! thanks!! :)

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104 Kate B April 22, 2010

My road to health started after my first year of university, I gained 30 lbs. and really started to realize it when I go home. I never really noticed during the year when it was coming on. At first I tried doing it on my own but was so happy the day my Mum took me with her to her personal trainer. Everything changed after that!

In addition what I do now to make myself feel healthy every day is I value my health, AND I drink green monsters and exercise!

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105 Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I found health blogs. I started eating REAL whole food and that’s changed my life. It keeps me full and I never feel bad about indulging :-)

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106 Courtney April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I went to the doctor’s office and stepped on the scale. I had gained about 25 in two years! I cried for hours. Than I stopped and decided I was going to do something about it. I have tried to be on a healthy road since that day. It has been a struggled, a massive roller-coaster and I have many bad days. However, I still try every single day.

Something huge has motivated me lately to keep eating healthy. I recently graduated from college and moved home with my family. My mom who is overweight started losing weight because “I” had motivated her. She told me that I was sole reason that she decided to lose weight and that because I had lost weight, I motivated her. It felt good to be able to give someone something like that, I’m very proud of her. My whole family has dropped weight in the last few months. I am so proud of my entire family for motivating each other!

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107 Annie April 22, 2010

I didn’t really have a definitive “turning point”. I was in my senior year of high school and eating fast food with my friends after school, staying out all night on the weekends, never exercising (that’s not COOL when your 18!), and just doing whatever I wanted. I think I just started growing up, really. I was reading about work outs in magazines and had a nutrition course as an elective my last semester and I kind of started thinking, “why don’t I do any of this? should I be?” So, even though I was not overweight I started going to the gym and hopping on an elliptical. It was easy! 20 minutes with a magazine and I was…WORKING OUT! Then, I moved out for college and started doing my own grocery shopping and just started buying healthier things because I wanted to be healthy. Slowly but surely, I really did feel and look better. Now, I have been vegan for 3 years and exercise on a regular basis. Nothing back-breaking or grueling, just whatever works into my life and suits my mood each day and I think having a laid-back approach from the start is what made me stick with it and avoid becoming burned out. I did it all by choice and on my own time, so it wasn’t daunting or dreadful.

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108 Anne April 22, 2010

I haven’t had a turning point…more like lots of twists and turns :-)
What helps me feel healthy every day is lots of veggies, green monsters, yoga, meditation, and reaching out to friends and family for support!

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109 Amanda Guerra April 22, 2010

My turning point is actually starting RIGHT NOW. I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree and am not in the right shape for my major. I guess I didn’t realize how bad I had been getting. I am 22 years old & overweight & SO OVER IT. I’ve started exercising regularly, cutting down portions & cutting out processed foods. Even the “healthy” foods I were eating were processed! How awful! I am completely mortified that I was stuck in denial for so long, but MAN I am so excited to get on the right track :) I want to live a healthy life and challenge myself to do the right thing to my body & to gather myself spiritually. This body is a gift from God and I need to start treating it right!

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110 Caroline (Ribbons, Roads, and Raspberries) April 22, 2010

Oh yum! I would love to try Amazing Grass, especially to make Chocolate Covered Katie’s brownie batter pancakes.

Anyway, I had had a few extra pounds midway through high school and my running career was in a rut because an injury had made me both mentally and physically rusty. I was dealing with a second inury (a stress fracture) and talking to a coach at camp about his recruiting standards for a college I really wanted to go to and was blown away by the time required. At that moment, I realized that I had to have a killer junior season. So I gradually made over my eating habits and convinced my parents to buy more whole grains and vegetables. I stepped up my training to about 2-3 hours per day (this is not too excessive because I am a competitive athlete). By the end of the season, I had so much confidence in my training and other habits that I couldn’t let anyone beat me! I had a great season and surpassed my previous form.

I didn’t end up hitting the recruiting standards for that school, but I got in anyway and I’ll be able to walk onto the team. I’m ecstatic!

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111 Molly (Fuel Her Up) April 22, 2010

I’d been running competitively since kindergarten, and when I became vegetarian, I started to feel better and run faster. I immediately decided to start making other changes to make me feel better…and I did!

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112 Nicky April 22, 2010

my turning point was when I went to see a chiropractor/neurologist for a hip problem and he said gluten could have something to do with my chronic pain and migraines…oh and that fact that I never consistently exercised. Now my back feels better than ever and I haven’t gotten a single migraine because I’m putting a conscious effort into exercising consistently (4months now!!!) and avoiding gluten! (plus taking my vitamins and eating my fruits and veggies!!)

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113 Amber April 22, 2010

I guess you could say Ive had two turning points one was right after high school I got into running and great shape and ate healthy. Then I got married and started working full time and gained 25 pounds!!!! i have lost ten of it and am working on the next ten with healthy food choices and exersize. I feel amazing!

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114 Nellie April 22, 2010

I don’t really have a story per se…I’ve always been active, but had begun to obsess about my food intake over time. Now, I just focus on eating things that make me feel good (minimally processed foods), but not beating myself up for indulging once in a while.

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115 Merry April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I found out that my Dad’s cancer was terminal and I would have to move home to take care of him. I couldn’t fathom mistreating my body in front of him. It was a sad and trying reality but having health and fitness goals throughout the ordeal gave me something else to focus on. It was the best decision I could have made.

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116 Kristin April 22, 2010

My turning point was a trip to my family doc on New Year’s Eve, 2007. I went because I was exhausted, over weight and just plain miserable, and the doctor completely blew me off. She told me to go to Weight Watchers, and when I started crying about why that didn’t work she told me, “Well then you aren’t doing it right.” and left.

I knew in my heart that there were deeper issues to be addressed. (And incidentally, 95% of why WW didn’t work for me was because those meetings were all about finding ‘point friendly’ food – most of it such processed chemical junk it barely counts as food.) On the way out of that doctor’s office I had a “Well fine…I’ll find someone who will help!” moment, which pushed me into looking at alternative options.

A few months later I was in an acupuncturist’s office…and that experience changed my life. It was the first in a series of steps towards better health, and I’m so glad I took that risk! My acupuncturist cured me of my PMS, insomnia and low energy levels – all of which allowed me to then focus on the emotional and physical needs of my body and soul. It’s been a great two years since then, and I have every reason to believe it’s only going to get better.

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117 Karen April 22, 2010

I’d say that the “turning point” for me was recovering from a terrible, years-long, nearly fatal addiction to alcohol. I had so many close calls, I really shouldn’t be here. But I’ve been given a second chance, and I want to take care of myself. I’ve taken up marathoning and Crossfit, and I’m always looking into new challenges (yoga, triathlon, ultramarathoning, tai chi). It’s changed my whole life and my outlook in ways I can’t express.

This giveaway looks SO AWESOME!! This is one that I’d really, really like to win. *fingers crossed*

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118 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyl April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I moved back to texas from ca about 2 years ago and found out that (being a college athlete and traiing all the time) I had acquired the same hreditary problem that my family has with crazy high cholesterol. I realized at that point that even though I was trianing hard and stuff for volleyball, I needed to really watch what I ate not for training (even though that made a difference) but so that I could live a longer life.

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119 Gavi April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing pictures of myself from my time abroad in Spain in 2007. The pictures made me realize how heavy I had gotten, and I went on to lose 60 pounds!

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120 Miriam April 22, 2010

Years ago I went into a major depression and then into eating disorders problems. After I got rid of all that problems, I did gained a significant amount of weight and I was looking for a way to manage my weight WITHOUT counting calories or restricting my food (which I thought will bring me back where I succeeded to get out)… I then started exercising, at home first and then going to the gym, regularly. I had to adapt my food in consequence of my calories burning (I’ve always eaten healthy). I’ve now been exercising for over than 7 years straight and never been that confident about myself. It is just part of my life now and I can say that as long as I am healthy and physically capable I won’t stop exercising. I do believe in balance in life and that include exercice and food! My all time goal is to keep my ideal/normal weight with very little variations.

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121 Anais April 22, 2010

Seeing the weight creep up was definitely the beginning of my turning point I’d say… And then 2 Christmases ago we decided to take a family picture and I couldn’t recognize myself! I looked like a marshmallow… So my road to health started right then and there, and I’ve now lost over 30 lbs and I’m feeling healthier than ever! :)

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122 Lisa April 22, 2010

I don’t think I have either hit my so called turning point but I am obsessed with anything healthy and really try to incorporate it into my daily diet but am not 100 percent great on sticking to it and that is where I am right now trying to figure out why I get off track and can’t resist temptation. I spend countless dollars on all these healthy organic products and for the sake of convenience let it all go down the drain.

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123 Jaclyn April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing pictures of myself on a trip to Vegas I went on last April, (although my upcoming wedding didn’t hurt). I am happy to say that in the past year I have lost 35lbs and am continuing to lose slowly. I am going to rock that wedding dress! …and I feel better too!

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124 Jessica April 22, 2010

I don’t know if I had a “turning point” because I have always been pretty active. My mom was into fitness and I took after her. I was working out at the gym and right around highschool graduation my mom got me some personal training lessons. I think that catapulated me even more and I am constantly evolving my ways of eating and exercise but have always tried to maintain a healthy and active life.

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125 Emily April 22, 2010

I actually wonder what my turning point was myself. I’m not sure exactly. It was sometime freshman year of college but it wasn’t a conscience decision. Right now I am working on buying foods with the fewest amounts of ingredients and trying to buy local a lot more.

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126 Lisa C. April 22, 2010

One turning point was similar to yours…after 1st semester of college I was at the Dr. and they stated my weight and I almost cried. The next day I started dieting. As a result, I developed disordered eating, losing 35lbs and dropping below a healthy weight. I then gained it all back…My second turning point was after my vacation to Italy…I realized food is not the enemy and I should embrace my likes and dislikes and cravings. Now, I have been steadily losing about 1-2 lbs a week and feel great…confident, healthy, happy. :)

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127 Sandi April 22, 2010

I had a turning point and an inspiration. My turning point was 2 years following the birth of our first child. My husband was shopping for ski pants for me, turned to me in the store and asked, “Size 8, right honey?” I had to reply size 12! He just assumed I was still a size 8 because I always have been! I felt ashamed even though he always makes me feel beautiful. My inspriation is my two children. My mother died of cancer when I was 8 and she was only 36! My daughter said to me once, “Mommy I’m so glad you are still alive to be my mommy.” She knew I grew up without a mom. I vowed then and there that I will treat my body like a vessel, eat the right foods and never let poor nutrition risk my health. Size 12 is 10 years in my past and I am now a 6 or 8. Thank you, Angela, for inspiring me everyday!

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128 Vanessa April 22, 2010

My turning point actually began when I started reading all these healthy living blogs. They caused me to quit viewing healthy eating as a diet and exercise as a chore, but rather adopt a lifestyle approach to health that kept me motivated, strong and proud of myself! =)

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129 EaterNotARunner April 22, 2010

I think I just wanted to feel better. I wanted to be a runner and not always be 10 pounds overweight. And I’m so happy I hit that turning point, because I feel great now!

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130 Erin April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized in order to regain my health when I had PCOS, insulin resistance, and hypothyroidism, I needed to lose weight and treat food as fuel. Losing weight is the main remedy to combat PCOS and I knew that I needed to do something in order to feel well. I always ate pretty healthy, but learning to eat small meals every three hours really made the world of difference to my health and my body! Now I weigh 35 pounds less and my blood sugar is actually really low!

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131 Becky April 22, 2010

My turning point was realizing that I don’t want to think I’m “fat” or “not skinny” enough anymore. And realizing that I had disordered eating/thinking, and saw a counselor. Fad or crash diets are not for life! I wanted to be HAPPY, and I am! :)

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132 Kate April 22, 2010

My turning point – When my size 14 pants wouldn’t zip up anymore. I had enough and decided to get healthy! It has been two years now and is still a day to day…not only am I in a size 6 but today but I signed up to do the 3-Day walk!!

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133 sarah April 22, 2010

i don’t know that i really had a turning point. my family – my mother especially – were always supportive of a very healthy lifestyle. but something that maybe has changed over the last three of four years and has definitely improved my “healthy living” is the fact that i really got into cooking, eating organically and eating locally. looking back on the way i ate four years ago, even though to look at me, i seemed perfectly health, i am appalled! cooking my own meals constantly and shopping at farmers markets, etc has really changed my life and continues to make it better every day!

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134 Denise April 22, 2010

My turning point was sneaking around hiding behind the back shed to smoke a cigarette where my kids woudnt see me!!!!!Last October , on a colder than usual morning I nearly got “caught” and decided right then that if cigarettes werent healthy enough for my children to see me smoking them…..then I SHOULDNT BE SMOKING AT ALL!!!!

So…..I quit! And I feel AWESOME!

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135 Mags April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I discovered healthy living blogs and I started focusing on real food. I now weigh more than I did before, but I feel better, I exercise because it’s fun and feels good, and I don’t feel like I have to fight food or my body like I used to.

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136 Beth April 22, 2010

I think my turning point came when because of construction at my college’s gym. I started working out there a few times a week. I would run for half a mile, spend around 15 minutes on the stair stepper, and then do a little strength training (emphasis on little). I was trying to lose weigh the unhealthy way, eating as little as possible of processed foods which inevitably lead to binging later in the day. Construction began at the gym which shut down the area with the weight machines and the stair stepper so I decided to run on the indoor track the whole time. I slowed down my pace and I was able to run 2.5 miles; I was thrilled! I had always wanted to be “real” runner, and when I realized that all I had to do was try to become one it changed my perspective. My new found love of running lead me to challenge myself to run farther and faster. This went hand in hand with learning to fuel myself adequately and take care of myself. I learned to appreciate what my body could do if I treated it correctly. I still struggle with that sometimes, but I’m healthier now than ever before!

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137 Edith April 22, 2010

Reading Skinny Bitch.

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138 Lanie H. April 22, 2010

My turning point happened as a senior in high school. I realized that I had spent my entire high school career worrying about being a certain number on the scale. I would go on extreme diets and then be back to eating junk food in a week. I finally realized that in order to be happy I needed to find a mid point that would make my mind and body happy. I began looking up nutrition information and exercise programs. I ended up losing 50lbs in a little over a year and 4 years later I’m still there. I’m also a Health and Wellness Promotion major hoping to spread the word to others!

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139 Rachel April 22, 2010

Well my turning point was a rough one. I’ve been struggling with self esteem issues since I was in middle school. Since a young age I was picked on for being chubby and over time that led me to believe that I really was this loser that everyone made me out to be! Needless to say, one day I decided that I was not to be this chubby girl and so I began on the road of eating disorders. I started out anorexic because that was what all the cheerleaders were doing at the time, most days going on 500 calories or less! Then in high school I found bulemia which started a new host of problems for me. Now I’m in college and recently have started down the road of self enlightenment and have been trying to show myself my own beauty. I still binge occasionally, but I’ve been working so hard to stop. I’m trying not to cry as I write this, but a big factor was actually your website! I saw that video you had on women having eating disorders and how most girls are more afraid of gaining weight then the death of their own parents, and I was like “That’s me!”. I knew then that I had to start loving myself like God loved me and not listen to what society thinks how I should look. What helps me now is when I’m being hard on myself I just go run and appreciate that I have strong legs that help me to run and be thankful of my fitness level, not my fat level. I’m so thankful for you and your website! You have helped me through my journey and though I am not there yet, I hope to one day be like a you and be a pioneer in the healthy living frontier! haha.

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140 Shannon April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I started dating my (now) husband, and he wanted to do active things like hike and play sports together. I was so embarrassed that moderate activity left me huffing and puffing. I’m so much happier now that I’m active!

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141 Shayna @ Cuts and Curves April 22, 2010

This is a great giveaway! I hope I win :)

My motivation for getting healthy was to lose weight. Since I’ve lost over 20lbs and have kept the weight off, my motivation has turned to smaller goals. Like running a certain distance, or defining a certain body part by lifting weights. I love making goals and reaching them! It makes all the hard work (a healthy life style) worth it!

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142 amy April 22, 2010

my turning point was after the birth of my child. I knew it was going to be hard getting the weight off and I gained more than I planned. because I was breastfeeding I had to do it the healthy way, something I’ve never dont before. it was life changing and I love the way I feel.

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143 Kristine April 22, 2010

My turning point is when my weight kept creeping up and up and my mom joined weight watchers and I saw how much it was working for her. I joined with her and we both lost a lot of weight that summer! It was wonderful and I have not looked back since! I just keep getting healthier and healthier in fact, thanks to food blogs and knowledge!

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144 Lauren April 22, 2010

My turning point is actually a little backwards than most people. I was so malnourished at one time in my life that I couldn’t even take a shower without having to sit down in the center of the tub. That was definitely my awakening moment to get help and healthy!! :)

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145 Linda April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I decided to join the military…. I researched the fitness requirements, attempted them and didn’t quite make it. I decided to ramp up my fitness and re-vamp my eating (including reading loads of food / healthy living blogs) and haven’t looked back since.
Last week I went through a fitness test and did so well that I am exempt for 2 years!
Thanks again Angela for all the great giveaways and healthy tips, such a pleasure to read every day!

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146 Judy April 22, 2010

Hi Angela! Yeah, my turning point on focusing on the diet aspect of my health was after a surgery I had in Sept 09. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis also (and its pretty bad) so I decided to take some drastic measures and go vegan (mostly raw). The food that goes in my mouth is the ONE thing I can control! By the way your Jiffy Spelt Burgers are a staple of mine! I love them!

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147 Bri April 22, 2010

I’m an avid reader of your blog:)

But for me the turning point in my life was taking a nutrition class, originally for a pre req. Once the teacher walked in though, beautiful glowing skin and hair, skipping around and drinking a green concoction, I was inspired. She looked so happy and radiant, and everything she was discussing got more and more interesting. That sparked my path to health, nutrition, and fitness.

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148 katie@ Fab.Fit.Full. April 22, 2010

Throughout high school I was dancing like crazy everyday and never worried about how much or what I ate. I was always tired, dehydrated and didn’t feel very healthy. When I graduated I decided that now that I had the time to be healthy I should give it a try. I used to live off oreos, ramen noodles, and ice cream. The only thing close to a veggie I ate were tomatoes…now after years of exploring healthier food choices and getting into running I feel better than ever! I have much more energy, listen to my hunger cues and feel nourished by my food. :)

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149 Melissa Mac April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my husband (he was only 25 years old at the time) was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and needed a transplant. He had no symptoms leading up to the diagnosis. The doctors never did find an exact cause either. What we do know is that he was overweight and not living a healthy lifestyle. I was also overweight and together we decided that we would never let ourselves go down that road again. Now we’re both living a beautiful, healthy life!

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150 Lisa April 22, 2010

My turning point came last Summer when I would obsessively weigh myself every single day. I was at my all time lowest weight and still unhappy with myself. I wanted to keep going and trying to be thinner and thinner. My whole day would be ruined and I mean COMPLETELY RUINED if I gained even half a pound. It didn’t matter whether I had extra salt the day before or anything that would mess with water retention. I was also an exercise bulemic and would not be satisfied until I had completed at least eight to ten miles six days out of the week.

My body finally said ENOUGH and I was continually sick and run down. I knew I could not keep exercising like that the rest of my life to stay at what I considered the “ideal weight” for a 5’4′ person. I am little and there is not much room for ANY WEIGHT to disperse if you will! lol

Long story short I slowly but surely started cutting out all meat and animal products after seeing an Alicia Silverston article in my favorite Vegetarian Times magazine. She is truly my inspiration considering I basically grew up with her and watched her weight issues throughout the years.

I have never been a big girl nor have i had to lose a lot of weight. But there is nothing worse than a scale obsession intermingled with exercise bulemia. I also really have enjoyed your blog as you challenge me to try new recipes and love my body for what it can do for me! I also have to thank you for inspiring me to take rest days if I am in pain. I used to push and push until i would hurt something and not be able to walk normally for weeks.

Thanks for letting me get it all out! Love your blog :)

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151 Pam April 22, 2010

I’m pretty sure I can pinpoint my turning point to when I finally decided to sign up to RUN a 5k. I had been walking the race for the cure for a few years and each year I would tell myself, “i’m going to run it next year” but never did. Finally, I just registered for it as a runner and it forced me to train (so I wouldn’t embarrass myself…) and it was AWESOME and I haven’t looked back since!

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152 Triathlonbabe April 22, 2010

The turning point in my life that lead me to a healthier lifestyle was during an annual physical back in 2001, my doctor told me I was considered OBESE at 230 lbs. and on the road to what my family history dictated and that’s heart disease and a very unhealthy lifestyle. I lost 90 lbs. over a course of 4 years and have kept off 70 of it. I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life.

Now, GREEN MONSTERS and OhSheGlows have paved the way to a cleaner and healthier lifestyle more so today than ever!

Thanks Angela and all the other clean/healthy bloggers out there!!!!

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153 Triathlonbabe April 22, 2010

I love the Chocolate Infusion too! Forgot to say Congrats to Monica!!!

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154 Claire B. April 22, 2010

The Freshmen 25. After I came home over Christmas break, my Dad sent me a letter with diet tips. It was humiliating, and like you, I vowed to change my lifestyle–still a work in progress :)

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155 Stephanie April 22, 2010

At 16 I was diagnosed with PCOS, was mortified, and took weight loss too far. I ended up with a severe eating disorder. After my treatment, I gained back all the weight I had put on, and managed to find myself diagnosed with neutropenia, hypokalemia, and a peptic ulcer.

Just knowing that my hatred for my body had managed to hurt my body so much, and that I was going to have to live with some of these ailments for life was devastating. That was when I decided that I needed to forgive myself for not being perfect, and take care of myself so I could let my body heal. Now I am at a healthy weight, my skin glows, and I’ve never felt better.

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156 Kellie@obsessivelyhealthy April 22, 2010

My turning point was actually getting on a scale and seeing that I weighed as much as I did. I new I was heavy, but seeing an actual number (that was close to my husband’s) was what it took. Now I weigh myself just to make sure that I stay in a healthy range.

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157 Gaby April 22, 2010

I too gained a bunch of weight at college and it wasn’t until I saw pictures of myself did I realize how I had let myself go. I was athletic in high school but in college all that structure of varsity sports was gone. I started running and swimming and haven’t stopped in 10 years. I vowed never to get back up to the heaviest weight I was in college unless I was pregnant. I’ve never felt healthier! I actually run faster than when I was in HS.

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158 Nicole April 22, 2010

My turning point was in Junior Year when I felt like crap from eating so much fast food, restaurant food, junk food, candy, soda, etc. I just didnt feel healthy! I changed my lifestyle :)

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159 Anna April 22, 2010

Hmmm I kind of had a turning PHASE that morphed from walking in high school to sporadically jogging to getting a boyfriend on the track team in college and joining XC/Track to spend more time with him (um, or at least ogling him at practice with the other pole vaulters!!) :)

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160 thedelishdish April 22, 2010

i really got inspired to choose a healthier lifestyle after discovering health food blogs. i was able to see that being healthy can be fun and it’s not so hard once you know your basics! amazing grass has become one of my favorites and would be way excited to win some of this stuff!

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161 katie April 22, 2010

Hi Angela!
I have had a lot of ups and downs with my weight. I have gone from being too skinny (following a very non-balanced vegan diet) to very overweight (eating everything in sight) My turning point wasn’t exactly 1 Ah Ha moment.. It was just seeing my friends being healthy, and happy, and loving life and food. Eating what they wanted in moderation and working out and actually enjoying it!! THAT is what I strive for everyday. Balance. Happiness.
I am proud to say I am now on week 4 of the couch to 5k program, cleaned up my diet, and am on my way to loving myself for who I am:)

Love the blog!!
Have a great day!
katie

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162 ashley April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I entered college. I was determined not to gain the freshman 15 and I learned so much about truly healthy living and eating – everything in moderation.

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163 Kate April 22, 2010

Since I was eight I have had severe stomach problems leading to me dropping 40 pounds in high school and being well under 100 pounds (I’m 5’8″) at 17. The road to becoming a healthier individual has been a huge struggle as the doctors were able to tell me that I have IBS, severe acid relux, and a possible unidentified allergy; however, my stomach problems were not going away when I was being treated. My weight continued to drop and I was miserable.

On my 20th birthday I decided to take my life in my own hands. I have removed all gluten from my diet. I have learned how to make my own breads and treats and in the process removed most processed foods. I learned that I needed to listen to my body. I am beginning to feel healthy again.. it is certainly a wonderful feeling.

For my New Year’s goal I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon. The half is in 9 days (eek!). The other day I was running and I realized that I have the ability to make my life something great. I was listening to the song ‘Good Life’ by OneRepublic and the line ‘This could be a really really good life’ kept running through my head. The road to becoming a healthier individual is realizing that you are making the switch for yourself. I want to run and eat healthy. The turning point was taking my life in my own hands and realizing how certain foods affected me. Each day is another step to becoming a healthier and happier individual.

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164 Mary April 23, 2010

The turning point that led me to a healthier life started with a casual push-up contest in our home one night. My husband, step-son and daughter began bantering about how many they could do. One at at time, each of them got down on the floor to do as many push-ups as they could. My husband did 50, my daughter, 30 and my step-son, 40. Then they challenged me. Reluctantly, I got down on the floor and managed to do 3 VERY shaky push-ups. It was then that I realized that, at 43, I should be stronger and healthier.

That was 2 years ago and since then I have made so many changes to my life. I have quit smoking, completely changed my diet (and my husband’s – ; ). Btw, he’s lost 25 pounds), and enjoy working out almost every day. I jazzercise, run and body pump. And I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. And the greatest part of all of this is that I get to enjoy it all with my family! My daughters and husband are right there beside me, working out and eating healthy too.

I just love my new, healthier life.

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165 Camille April 22, 2010

I’ve been a vegetarian for ages, and a vegan for years, and my path to a healthier lifestyle was a gradual one, not spurred on by particular events. But there were two things that have helped me take it to the next level and have made me more comfortable than ever in my own skin. First, eating mostly raw: I feel better than ever eating this way – more energy, fewer cravings – and look my best, too. Second, strength training! I can spend hours on the elliptical and not notice much change in body composition — it’s only when I’m hitting the weights (and lifting heavy) that I start to see real results and feel stronger. What motivates me now is looking back at old photos where, although I was never overweight, I was skinny fat and carried too many extra pounds for my little frame (helloooo university years, ugh).

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166 Kristen April 22, 2010

I’m not really sure what my “healthy tipping point” was…but I’m sure glad it happened.

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167 Sheri April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I diagnosed with skin cancer (melanoma). It scared the heck out of me and kind of snapped me out of my unhealthy eating and very little exercise kind of life I was leading. I started reading up on healthy living and what I could do to live the best and most healthy live I could.

I was lucky and since my cancer was caught early I had a wonderful outlook. I have remained cancer free for almost 8 years now and I thank GOD everyday for the healthy life that I am now living.

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168 KG April 22, 2010

My turning point was after about 3 years of yo-yo dieting and depriving myself of the foods I wanted to eat while filling my body with artificial junk. When I couldn’t enjoy going out to dinner or going somewhere because all I was thinking about was how hungry I was or when I would be able to get home and eat some sweets, I knew I had to resolve this!

I discovered that it wasn’t “bad” to eat cheese, nuts, peanut butter, a big breakfast, etc. and although I still have some weight to lose, I feel like I have so much more energy and most importantly, I feel good about myself and happy! This amazing blog network has also helped me to keep on believing in myself and has taught me the importance of eating whole foods.

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169 Lacey April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was approaching 30. I thought, I really need to get my life in order, be happy with my body & be healthy. I’m 32 now, weigh 75 lbs less, and am happy with my life & body & am healthy!

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170 Emily April 22, 2010

My turning point was reaching my highest weight since going to college (nearly 150 lbs on my 5’1″ frame) and then attending my first spinning class. The feeling of sweating and working so much and the rush that the exercise gave me got me hooked. That passion got me to love working out, be it spinning, running, weight training, yoga, or mountain biking. Anything where I can feel strong and proud of my incredible body!

day-to-day things that keep me feeling amazing are: nourshing oatmeal breakfasts, working out, being outdoors and breathing in fresh air, starting and ending each day with some yoga stretching and looking and the mirror to say “you are beautiful and your body is amazing and perfect because it’s yours”, and of course the love of my family and friends :)

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171 Lucy April 22, 2010

Sort of embarassing but I read Skinny Bitch and was appalled and was vegan for a while. Now I am not as restrictive but am sure to buy antibiotic free eggs and such if I do buy them. When I started concentrating on eating I found that I was more motivated to work out and then use better products and it just sort of snowballed step by step.

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172 Pauline April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized I was only happy when I saw a small number on the scale. I’ve learned since then that I don’t need to be thin to be beautiful and to treat my body with the respect it deserves!

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173 The Mommy April 22, 2010

Gosh, I’d say for about 10 years now I’ve had a few turning points. I’ll be brief:

1. Started drinking a lot more water. I began carrying around a water bottle as a New Year’s Resolution back in 2000; 10 years and however many water bottles that equals later (reuseable, all recycled where possible) my water bottle is a permanent fixture in my life.

2. I quit smoking for good on May 6, 2006. My dad was in the ICU after suffering a major complication from his recent bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for Leukemia. It was his birthday and he was hooked up to a machine to help him breathe because his lungs were full of fluid. I watched him struggle to breathe, heard the machines beeping in protest and knew I would NEVER SMOKE AGAIN (I had been a pack a day and/or social smoker up until that moment). The following year, on May 6, I completed the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon with Team in Training in memory of my dad, who passed away on July 10, 2006.

3. I started to cut out the meat. I make it a weekly goal to have at least 3 dinners of no-meat, and the majority of my lunches are vegetarian. My husband is slowly starting to enjoy the no-meat meals….slowly.

4. I got pregnant. Nothing changes your outlook on what gets put into your body like also being responsible for fueling the growth and development of another life.

5. I started to run regularly.

6. Vitamins, daily – iron, multi, D, folic acid, Omega 3-6-9. And I’ve added a daily dose of electrolyte drops to my water.

Gosh, “brief” was kind of put out to dry, eh?

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174 Megan April 22, 2010

Great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to try Amazing Grass stuff forever.

My turning point was seeing old pictures of me looking a little heavier than I wanted to be… really set something off inside of me to get back to the gym. I have a huge sweet tooth (mostly just chocolate!) but I find that on days I go to the gym I don’t have the sweet craving – I would never want to sabotage all of the hard work I’ve done in the gym! I’ve also recently jumped on the Green Monsters bandwagon, and I actually find that I prefer spinach in smoothie-form rather than salad-form now! :)

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175 Nicole April 22, 2010

The woman I am today is the woman I always wanted to be… healthy and happy. My journey has been long, but I am here. My turning point came when I looked in the mirror and saw a girl, not woman wasting away. I changed my life and I owe your blog a lot. Thank you!

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176 lisa April 22, 2010

At 44, I was a runner and took my health very seriously…enter breast cancer. Did not see that coming. Got through it but with a much different attitude. Amped up my attitude about physical and spiritual health for sure. Go green monster smoothies!

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177 Jessica April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I started reading healthy living blogs. I have always maintained a somewhat healthy lifestyle but knowing and reading about people going through the same daily choices as me was comforting.

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178 jenna April 22, 2010

Last summer, I hit my one year anniversary of working as a nurse and also hit my all time high on the scale. I see everyday the complications that obesity can cause while pregnant and delivering (I’m a Labor and Delivery RN) and even though I am far from having my own kids, I knew I was on the wrong path. I think that reading blogs really has provided inspiration daily. I went from barely running to running my first 5k and now training for a marathon. I have also lost 20 pounds.
I live for green monsters now…I crave them on vacation!

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179 Mal April 22, 2010

Coming to college, the freshman 15 terrified me. My first semester I put on about 5lbs and after realizing how easy it was to truly gain weight in college, I changed my habits slightly an am pround to report those 5lbs melted off second semester!!

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180 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 22, 2010

I had gained 10 lbs in a matter of 3 months and got sick with swine flu, the seasonal flu, a sinus infection, a nasty cold, and I passed out all in a period of 3 months. My mom told me it was the food I was cooking myself. Pastaroni, PB&J’s with all of that added sugar, and just overall processed foods and lots of white bread, pasta and rice.

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181 Robyn April 22, 2010

I was always a heavy child and was very used to thinking of myself as fat but when I went to the doctor last summer and weighed in at over 160 pounds, it really hit home that at age 20, I finally needed to do somethig permanet about it. I joined weight watchers and lost 40 pounds. I now lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy doing so!

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182 Nicole Y. April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I got the phone call that my Mom, after 7 years of being in remission, had terminal breast cancer. Nothing my Mom did caused her cancer to return, but there are sooo many steps that we can take in order to promote good health within our bodies that may help prevent cancer. I decided from that moment that I didn’t want to go through what she was, and although I can’t completely keep myself from getting cancer I can do my best and try to make healthy lifestyle choices. So I got in gear, lost 30 pounds, went organic, and now I’m a personal trainer!! :) My Mom was taken from me by cancer this past December and I try to remember everyday that she struggled in the end just to walk, getting out there and moving my body everyday because she couldn’t keeps me motivated.

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183 Colleen April 22, 2010

I had lost weight a number of years ago & gained it all back (and then some!). I knew for a long time that I had to do something about it but I just wasn’t “there”. One day it just hit me that I was ready & since then I have been watching my calories and making MUCH healthier food choices…including Amazing Grass!! Thanks for having such a great giveaway!!

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184 kathleen April 22, 2010

Turning point??? Turning 40. When you turn 40 there is a list of things the doctor has to check and my thyroid was high. he said if the second test was between two numbers I’d have to take medication. i decided to change my diet. I did and although my numbers are still high, they are not high enough for them to make me take medicine. I hvae a GM about 5 times a week and know that it is part of the way I changed this outcome.

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185 Heather April 22, 2010

I have constantly been up and down on the scale. In high school I had a pretty bad eating disorder but I never got help for it. My mom is a nurse and noticed a lot of the signs and she basically helped me get back to a healthy weight. All through university I was “yo-yoing” – when I wasn’t starving myself or making myself purge, I was eating way too much and was so unhappy. A trip to Africa sort of changed my perspective on everying. In a place where so many people have so little, but yet are so happy was incredible to be a part of. Over the holidays (shortly after I came home from this trip), I discovered your blog via a link on fitsugar, and I have to say that this blog, along with my trip, were the two big things in my life that helped me to change (so thanks!!! :)) I feel so much better in such a short period of time that I know I could never go back to how I was before. I now know the true definition of being healthy, and it wasn’t what I used to think (fat free everything that had absolutely no nutritional value). I truly feel that my days of starvation and purging are over.

I would love to try the Amazing Grass products! I live in Toronto – do you know where it is available there?

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186 Laura H. April 22, 2010

My fiancé once commented something along the lines of, “Everything we put in our mouth is a choice. Our bodies don’t know when we are having a bad day and “deserve” the unhealthy foods. It just keeps doing it’s thing so we might as well fill it up with food that is good for us. In the long run it’s always what makes us feel best anyway.” While I’ve always been active and a healthy eater (though more so now than when I was younger) this really hit home for me and will often pop in my head when I am trying to rationalize extra treats that deep down I know I don’t really need.

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187 Chloe April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I moved from Kentucky to British Columbia. I started to realize that eating healthy is a way of life not just an optional thing for good health.

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188 Carrie April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my pants starting cutting into my tummy everyday! I HATE that feeling!!

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189 Therese April 22, 2010

My turning point would be when I woke up one day (figuratively) and took a good look at a lot of my family members who were overweight, had a myriad of health problems that shouldn’t plague them at such a young age, unhappy and with no direction. I realized that I was not headed down that road but that I was already on that road. It scared the bajeebuz out of me and that was THE day. I’ve turned my life completely around and have never been healthier or happier!

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190 Catherine Khouri April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I graduated college and was kicked off my parents health insurance! I thought if there was ever a time to start taking care of my body, that would be it! Luckily, I started law school a few months later and got my insurance back but that really did kick me into high gear.

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191 Rachel April 22, 2010

I admit that I still struggle with being healthy all the time. I’m a very healthy person. I exercise, eat right, etc. But like you, University really brought out some bad habits. At points, I was exercising 4-5 hours a day and other points really struggling to eat properly. Eventually, no matter what it is, restriction or indulgence, your body can’t handle it for a prolonged period. I gained a bunch of weight and am still struggling to lose it, but I noticed that stress was a huge trigger. I was watching a discovery show on how stress affected monkeys and it hit me. Those monkeys are heavier and not living as long because of the stress from their environment. I vowed to stop stressing out as much, and within a month, lost 5 lbs. I wasn’t doing anything extra, just not stressing out. I try to continue to not stress out, but of course have my moments. I’m not trying the green shakes and more organic living in addition to not stressing out. I hope the progress continues! And I REFUSE to let things get so hectic that I turn into that person I was a year ago!

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192 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 22, 2010

I was living in Korea and had ZERO energy after a diet of white rice and fried pork. I realized that making diet changes would completely change my mood and energy and sure enough, felt amazing after!

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193 tracy April 22, 2010

my turning point was realizing that because of all the weight i gained during both of my pregnancies, i wasnt in very many pictures with my kids. i was always BEHIND the camera due to insecurities. it made me sad:( and still does. its been a very slow process to lose the weight.

some things that make it easier are, my husband, kids, a good multi- vitamin, tea, green monsters, any jillian michaels dvd.

it makes my journey a lot easier to have my husband 100% supportive. we have adjusted our budget to include healthy, fresh foods, organic whenever possible. i even got my hubby drinking green monsters, he LOVES them.

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194 nut April 22, 2010

Hi Angela. I am on a journey of health now. I don’t equate it to anything with weight or eating the “right ” foods. I believe foods should have no bad or good labels.
I am on a “journey” I guess to gather a bit more mental peace…and physical energy and function. I have none of that now and I want it so bad. Not sure there is a turning point really. I think its all a process.

I wish it would hurry up.

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195 Aria April 22, 2010

After I graduated college, I realized how much unhealthy food I was eating! I vowed to start to re-vamp my diet and have been eating healthier (mostly! I still love my chocolate!) ever since :) LOVE your blog and all the new and delicious recipes!!

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196 Megan April 22, 2010

My turning point was going for a hike with some friends for the first time in my life. I barely made it 20 mins before I needed to stop! A guys who smoked cigerettes was able to go longer without stopping! From that moment on I committed myself to exercise and eating healthy!

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197 Kelly April 22, 2010

My turning point was the day my husband told me I needed to buy some bigger jeans because my were so tight it was starting to look bad. He tried to be nice about it and he was right. That was 7 tears ago. I still struggle some days, but I have made a huge change in how I view and use food.

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198 Riley April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I FINALLY talked my husband into running a 5K with me … and he ROCKED it and he loved it! We’ve been training together ever since. Realizing that I have the power to inspire someone else to be healthier and do something they’ve never done before helped me become more determined than ever to be the healthiest person I can be. Knowing that through my health journey I can help someone else is all the motivation I need :)

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199 laura April 22, 2010

thanks for doing this!!!

my turning point was pretty recently – we were playing around with an at-home blood pressure monitor, and I discovered that my blood pressure is DANGEROUSLY high. as in, higher than the man whose doctor ordered him to get an at-home blood pressure monitor. I’m not sure if it’s due more to lack of sleep, stress, really lazy eating, or inconsistent exercise, but that was the day it stopped being about being small or cute or trying to fit back into my old jeans, and became 100% about my body feeling good and taking me everywhere I know it can. since that day I’ve been working hard on all of them and feeling SO much better!

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200 Grace April 22, 2010

I was a chronic dieter most of my teenage years, and ended up developing an eating disorder in college. I was obsessed with diet foods and anything low cal, low fat, sugar free, etc. When I read the book THE CHINA STUDY, it changed the way I looked at food and I threw out everything in my fridge and pantry. Since then, I eat a plant-based, minimally processed diet, and I KNOW that I’m nourishing my body well. Although I am still in the process of recovery with ED, this lifestyle change definitely helped me get over denial and forever ended the battle with toxic diet foods!

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201 Amy @ The adventures of a ginger grad student April 22, 2010

My turning point came in September of this year. I was the graduate student orientation coordinator and one thing I noticed was that in all the pictures none of my clothes fit properly and I kept thinking it’s just the wrong light, or I was posed the wrong way.

I knew in my heart however that I had gained weight. That week alone I put on about 5 pounds due to stress eating. I knew that I couldn’t keep this up, if I didn’t learn to control my stress eating it would eventually kill me. So I came home and looked up my local running room and signed up for a learn to run course and I’ve never looked back!

Since starting the course in October, I’ve lost over 25 pounds and I’m still going strong. But not only have I lost weight, I feel better about myself in general. I know longer turn to food when I’m stressed, and I have a better outlook on life, it’s amazing how just a few pictures can make you change your perspective on everything. By the way I’m no longer ashamed of those pictures, I look at it as just a part of my life that I turned into something great.

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202 J April 22, 2010

my turning point was when i was sad, really sad about 2 years ago. everything in life seemed to be going wrong. i had no control. then, i decided to move forward rather than in place. i began working out and slowly my mood changed for the better. now i am making the climb to overall health- inside and out.

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203 Allison R. April 22, 2010

My turning point was my freshman year of college. I realized that without high school athletics and homemade meals, my health was totally up to ME! I had to take control of what I put into my body and how active I wanted to be. Instead of gaining the freshman 15, I lost it! I started eating whole, REAL foods and took up running, and I haven’t looked back! :)

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204 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble April 22, 2010

My healthy turning point was just acceptance with my body. I was always fighting the scale trying to make my healthy thick body into something svelte and sleek like a supermodel. I finally learned to love my body and love being healthy rather than fighting with it to be something it never will.

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205 Kimberly April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I decided to stop smoking! As soon as I did that I started exercising regularly, learning about nutrition, eating healthfully, and managing my stress.

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206 E April 22, 2010

I have slowly became more educated about my nutrition and ways to fuel properly over the last year….but my official turning point with exercise will start right now. I have gained almost 15 pounds since getting married and now is the time to change my activity level! Off to hop on the treadmill. Thanks! :)

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207 Ktn April 22, 2010

My turning point was having two doctors in the same week tell me that two different health problems would get better if I dropped some weight.

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208 Tiffany April 22, 2010

my turning point was meeting my boyfriend in college during my sophomore year. i had gained 10 lbs in my first year (i guess i beat the freshman 15? haha) and he encouraged me to eat better and start exercising more consistently. he taught me about food and nutrition, how to set up a workout plan, and some exercises. from there, i found healthy living blogs and i put all of the knowledge i got from my boyfriend with the things i learned from fellow bloggers, as well as research i did on my own, to form my current life. i still struggle, but i’m on a better path now than i was a few years ago.

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209 Stephanie April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I got back from studying abroad in Spain. My host family did not feed us well, which got me onto a bad path heading towards eating disorders. After a summer of losing still more weight, up to 25% of my previous body weight (YIKES), I realized I wasn’t the healthy person I wanted to be. I now appreciate my body so much, and understand that gaining weight (to a healthy point) is sometimes necessary. I am amazed at how well my body can work, and all the miracles it can accomplish!

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210 Jennie April 22, 2010

I clearly remember the day that running became a huge part of my life: I was in law school and super stressed out and I decided to go for a run over the Brooklyn Bridge. The view off of the bridge was incredible. Since that day, I haven’t stopped running and I’m convinced that as a type-A attorney, running keeps me sane!

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211 Amanda April 22, 2010

My turning point happened when I was with an old friend and I mentioned that I had put on so much weight expecting to hear “no you haven’t” or something like that and instead there was an awkward silence cause she didn’t know what to say. That’s when I knew it was time for a change!!!

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212 Allison April 22, 2010

Hey Angela! I know this is pretty typical, but my turning point came when I entered college. I had been dancing 6-7 days a week since I was little and didn’t really need to watch what I ate. When I entered school, I knew I had to be careful and eat smart if I was to avoid the freshman fifteen. I began doing pilates (a former dancer’s best friend!) and began eating raw as much as I could. I’m proud to say I haven’t gained any weight in the three years since making those changes!

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213 Carly @ The Road To Health April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I got sick of being in a body I didn’t feel comfortable with. I didn’t want to be a the beach for another summer feeling the same crappy way. During the same time I also became completely inspired by reading your blog and so many amazing other health blogs! Watching these strong, confident, driven women made me realize that I am the same way and I can do it too! Thanks for all your inspiration Angela! :) p.s. I made my first green monster today!

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214 Kelly April 22, 2010

I suppose my turning point was sometime around fall of ’08 when I started seriously thinking about going vegan. I began reading vegan food blogs and general healthy living blogs, and then I felt inspired to clean up my own act. I wasn’t exactly unhealthy to begin with – I was a vegetarian who ate pretty well – but there was definitely room for improvement!

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215 Amy Ramos April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I saw a picture of myself from my sister’s graduation. At the time, I thought I was “skinny” but I was not. At the same time, I was getting married and I knew I had to make a choice So I signed up for a community boot camp class and never looked back. 18 months later, I am still going to boot camp.
As for my eating habits, I have to thank my mom for this. When my uncle died of a heart attack in 1988 and found out it was because of his diet, she changed our eating habits. While it was a work in progress, it helped me realize that there are delicious foods out there that are not high in calories and fat.

While I am not a size 6, I am happy where I am at and I will continue to make my health an important decision every day.

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216 Nikki April 22, 2010

I don’t have one main turning point, but I’ve seen how an unhealthy lifestyle can really ruin someone’s quality of life. My grandmother has had diabetes for most of her life and never took care of herself physically or emotionally. My grandfather smoked heavily most of his life and ended up having to carry an oxygen tank around with him to breath. He loved gardening, and even that was nearly impossible for him to do at the end of his life. It’s hard to see people you love not take care of themselves and not be able to physically do what they love. I’m grateful for my health, so it’s really important to me to keep in shape. I want to be around and healthy with family and friends for a long long time!

I really believe that exercise keeps me physically and emotionally balanced. It’s a great way to challenge myself in a healthy way. I’ve always been good about exercising and now I’m trying hard to eat healthier and support local farmers too.

I just started a 40 day yoga program Sunday, so I’m excited to see how I grow!

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217 Danielle April 22, 2010

I’ve been moderately overweight all my life but I never had that “aha moment” that prompted me to take action to change until I studied abroad in Italy last semester.

From September-December I was surrounded by fresh, local fruits and veggies, organic groceries (for cheap!), whole, real foods, and extremely healthy and happy Italians. Their lifestyle and apparent health made such an impact on me and I so enjoyed living like an Italian for that time period that it prompted me to finally change my ways completely when I got home. Now, I am losing weight, eating amazingly healthy foods, exercising, and feeling great about myself!

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218 Jen O April 22, 2010

I don’t remember having one single turning point as I feel I get healthier every year the more I learn. I do remember the first time I decided to be healthier. One summer (about 10 years ago!) I decided to give up regular soda (I was drinking several Mountain Dews a day.) I gave it up and lost ~ 5 lbs without changing anything else in my diet. I looked better, felt better, and that was definitely one of the things that go the ball rolling with making healthier changes in my life.

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219 Rebecca April 22, 2010

I am eighteen years old and lived most of my life as overweight. I thought that was the way it would always be. But when two years ago, at sixteen years old, I reached 175 lbs, I knew something had to change. I was so uncomfortable and self conscious and ashamed of my obvious lack of self-control. I went away to a music camp that summer where we were fed very healthy food (and very few snacks!). I lost about five pounds those three week which gave great motivation to be serious about weight loss. I began studying nutrition, exercising, and practicing self-control. Over a years time I lost 55 lbs!! There has been no turning back. I feel so much happier and healthier. And I have a new passion: nutrition! I am graduating high school and am planning to begin studying for a Dietetics degree this fall. I’ve also just opened my own healthy bakery. :o) Living healthfully is so exciting! Thanks Angela for being such an inspiration.

PS – GMs are AMAZING!

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220 Chelsea April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized I creeped back up to my college weight!! I am working on eatinghealthy and working out. It makes me feel so much better

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221 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries April 22, 2010

Moving home from college and realizing I had let 20 lbs creep up on my frame. TERRIBLE feeling. I vowed never to go back and didn’t, but over the last 6 months, the discorvery of food blogs has brought me so much further! I no longer feel like a slave to food and realize I can trust my body when it’s time to stop eating.

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222 Julie H April 22, 2010

My turning point was shortly after I gave birth to my son. I had given myself a free pass when I was pregnant and ended up gaining fifty pounds. My son was colicky and on top of it I was depressed because I felt so badly about the way I looked! I decided that by his first birthday I would lose the weight. I met my goal before his birthday. Meantime my husband struggled with his weight! So we are constnantly trying to eat healthy and excercise for our own physical
and mental wellness. We also want to be healthy for our son and to be able to be role models for him when it comes to food choices. I have loved reading blogs to learn recipes and other tips for a health lifestyle.

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223 Dagne April 22, 2010

I have been yo-yo dieting for years, was constantly on restricting diets. But my turning point came when I got pregnant. I knew I had to be healthy for both of us. My son is now 4 months old and I am 20 lbs lighter (and much healthier!) than before I got pregnant!

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224 Lauren April 22, 2010

I have always been a healthy eater and exercised, but love to indulge in goodies that aren’t so good for you. After reading several healthy living blogs for the few months, I realized the desserts, artificial sweeteners, and junk food I snacked on occasionally were keeping me from feeling my best and being my healthiest. Finding healthy, EASY recipes online I could use everyday were just what I needed to start ditching the bad stuff and satisfying my cravings to give my body the fuel it needs! It’s a work in progress, and I still enjoy treats, but I want to feed my body the best food I can and live a long and healthy life :)

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225 Janine April 22, 2010

This is my first OhSheGlows comment. I’ve been a lurker for a while and have been DAILY inspired by you. Amazing blog. It’s time that I start commenting. I thought for a while about your question. I’ve had several moves toward healthier living, but the most recent has been the most serious and life changing…and I’ve been led me to the world of whole foods, nutrient density, and eating to live.

I remember the day very clearly. I had just weathered 6 months of colic with our second child, and she hadn’t cried for the entire day. I was elated when I realized this, and I excitedly scooped our little kiddo up and “sprinted” (relative term!) up the stairs to call my mom and celebrate. But when I was 3/4 of the way up the stairs, I had to stop and catch my breath. I almost cried….not because I didn’t make it up the stairs but rather it was in that moment that I realized that I had completely lost myself for the past 3 years while dedicating every ounce of myself to raising our two daughters…especially with the onset of our more challenging second child. There are no words to express the love that you feel for a child, but neglecting yourself is also a very real (and scary) way to neglect your children. I looked into the *smiling face* of our youngest,decided that I HAD TO CHANGE, and it was that evening that I started reading on-line health and fitness blogs. It’s 1.5 years later. I’m now very much a “size healthy” woman, am progressively moving my entire family toward a while foods lifestyle, am running a half marathon in a week…and I’m healthier than I’ve been my entire life. I was a health-conscious athelete through high school and college, but I lost myself in the frenzy of adulthood and parenthood. Thank God I found myself…and my health…again!

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226 Michele April 22, 2010

I was at the highest weight of my life (170 pounds)and went to the doctor. She told me I was overweight. I was fed up. I lost 30 lbs after that, and then it gained back. Through these blogs I learned to choose foods that are better for me over ones that have less calories.

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227 Kayzilla April 22, 2010

Ah, well, I had a turning point in regards to my weight, but with all the mental unhealthiness, I don’t count it as my healthiest moment.

My turning point was crying to my fiancee about how I thought being healthy was impossible. “Baby, if you want to eat healthy, eat healthy. It gets easier. if you fall off track, nothing bad is going to happen to you.” SO true. Needless to say, I’ve been happy as a clam at a size that’s perfect for me, and my eating.. Ahh, well, I have good intentions and whether I eat all my veggies or skip it for a big ol’ bowl of popcorn to eat while watching a movie with my love, well, I’d like to think I’m healthy doing either. :) That’s what counts, right?

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228 Abi April 22, 2010

after months of only eating 300 calories a day. i acted like i was into nutrition but the more i actually learned the more i realized what i was doing was treacherous to my body. i now eat healthy amounts of healthy foods.

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229 Emily April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was assigned to write columns on nutrition and healthy living. I decided that if I was going to talk the talk, I should also walk the walk!

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230 Cate April 22, 2010

My senior year of college I hit my highest weight ever – 22 pounds higher than what I weighed when I graduated from high school (and what I weigh today).

I started tracking my calories, and re-committed myself to running

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231 Jill F. April 22, 2010

I would say that I am at my “rock bottom” right now and am desperate to change. All I eat is garbage, I am addicted to Coke (the cola!) and literally have no energy to get through the day. You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m doing as one of your blog followers then, since we’re complete opposites?! Well, I discovered your blog several months ago when I was researching green smoothies, and I really enjoy them (when I choose to drink one over Coke.) I read your posts daily for inspiration and hope that some of your good eating/exercise habits will sink in! I would love to win the Amazing Grass giveaway to get me on the right track! :-)

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232 Kait April 22, 2010

My love affair with running and pilates started the summer I returned home (15 lbs heavier) from studying abroad in Spain. I trained and ran in my first half marathon and the lbs came of in a few months. But my turning point with a healthier life came when I started school for Physical Therapy. I really took an interest in listening to my body and feeding it healthy and natural foods. Then I found the community of healthy food lovers online and my life is very different from where it was 3 years ago. Thanks for being so inspiring!

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233 Lindsay April 22, 2010

My turning point was a sudden breakup. I wasn’t able to keep food down for days and I lost 15 lbs as a result. I decided that I didn’t want that weight to come back so I started getting back into my healthy habits.

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234 Rachel April 22, 2010

My road to health was gradual – it started with running regularly and then taking pilates classes in a studio, eating better, etc. Once I realized how much better living healthy could make me feel, I was hooked!

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235 Elana April 22, 2010

I would say my turning point was finding healthy living blogs like yours! I can’t remember how I came upon the first one but I started subscribing to more and more and it’s because of reading them that I started running (just a couples ago!), having my first green monsters, etc…

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236 Meredith April 22, 2010

My turning point was a combination of things, but one little thing that made a big difference was reading on this blog how many people have difficulty running more than a few minutes at a time when they first take up running. Made me feel so much better and gave me the motivation to improve!

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237 Tina April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I started my college PE class, which was an aerobics class. I wasn’t able to do things that had previously been easy to me. We also had a weigh in the first class and my weight was higher than I thought. It was then I started making changes.

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238 Lisa S April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized through reading on blogs/in books that I was addicted to sugar, I never really believed that you could be addicted to the white stuff!! It’s still a work in progress, but I am so much better than I used to be.

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239 Renee April 22, 2010

My turning point was moving out of the dorms and into a house at the beginning of this year. To feel healthy, I’m working on eating what I want and getting the exercise that feels good to my body.

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240 Gaia3465 April 22, 2010

My dad passed away when I was 12 years old, 10 years ago. He looked like a skeleton when he died, and food always gave him stomachaches. He was so weak, and while I loved him, I vowed I wouldn’t be like him. My sister and I care about our health. We love food, but we know that eating organically, eating healthier, and exercising is worth it. No one thought we were athletic when we were younger. Yet we began run ning everyday, and we pushed each other to work as hard as we could.
Now my sister is a Marine, and I love more veggies than I ever have in my life. Since high school, I have gone from a size 12 to a size 4. I feel more alive, more alert, and happy! And my (twin) sister is beating all the boys in PT!
What I’ve learned is connected to health is fear. Being fearful in life is what stunts your progress. My dad let fear control him until his body could barely move. Don’t let fear ruin your life! Be brave, be healthy, and have fun!

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241 Christina April 22, 2010

After I had my fourth child, I was overweight and overwhelmed. I cried when I had him because I knew I didnt have the energy to deal with the stresses in my life. I got on the scale when the baby turned 1 month old and I was 200 lbs. I decided it was time to change my life. I started slowly and got better day by day. My baby is now 2 years old and I am my size healthy!! :)

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242 Liz April 22, 2010

I always thought I ate fairly healthy, but it was always low fat, sugar free, etc. I wasn’t eating real foods! Through reading food blogs I have learned from example and now lead an active healthy lifestyle. I have learned how to experiment in the kitchen and have tried so many new things.

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243 Kristin April 22, 2010

Working out and relieving stress keeps me sane! A real turning point for me and the way I think about food came when I started reading food blogs. I started to think about foods less in terms of calorie contents and more in terms of nutrients!

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244 Kimberly April 22, 2010

I don’t think my turning point was a “point” so much as a gradual thing. I was anorexic in high school, but it took a long time to go from that kind of view of “healthy” to a good view which included nutritious food and exercise.

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245 Kelsey April 22, 2010

there are a number of thing, really, that have accumulated into me wanting to become healthier!! probably the biggest realization was the fact that vanity was ruling my every move. i chose extreme thinness rather than focusing on being healthy! luckily, i caught myself before i spiraled into a very dark place and i am now feeling (and looking!) much better. i’ve picked up running and weight training which has really been a life saver during a rough patch i am facing now!!

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246 Julia April 22, 2010

I have always been active, but my eating habits have changed for the better. I had major shoulder surgery and couldn’t exercise and for the first time I was dying of hunger 24/7 and I had to really think about what my much less active body needed! Now I’m back to being active but I learned so much about nutrition that I’m almost glad I was injured!

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247 Brandi April 22, 2010

Since getting married I gained about 40 pounds. When we went on vacation I looked at the pictures and was stunned. My husband got me a body bugg for Christmas and I have managed to lose 25 pounds since then. Just knowing how many calories I burn in a day has made a huge difference!

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248 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 22, 2010

My turning point was nearing the end of my senior year in college, I was my heaviest, and could not get up three flights of stairs without becoming extremely short of breath (I was a smoker), red in the face and sweaty! It was just like one day, I woke up and didn’t want to be that person any more…

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249 Jade April 22, 2010

My family brought me up with delicious, healthy home-cooked meals so food has never been a struggle. After dinner my family and I like to take slow walks around the neighborhood, relishing the fading daylight and simply talking. That in itself keeps us all sane AND healthy!

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250 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I was in high school, training for my black belt. I was overweight and I realized the healthier I ate, the easier training was! So I vowed to eat healthier and here I am! However, I had a SECOND turning point after “healthy” went too far and I got into disordered eating. I saw pictures of myself in a bikini at my friend’s pool and I was skin and bones. From then on I vowed to not restrict what I was eating- as long as I was eating a healthy, balanced diet- I was good!

Tips? Eat what you love! Don’t eat something just because it is healthy- if you don’t love it, you’ll be unhappy and eventually overeat! And if it’s not so healthy, eat it in moderation!

xo
K

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251 Caitlin April 22, 2010

I took a college lifestyle management class that really interested and inspired me to lead the healthiest lifestyle possible! :)

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252 Erin April 22, 2010

I don’t think I had one specific turning point but there is a history of cancer in my family so health was something that was always in the back of my mind, unfortunately I never had the drive or motivation to stop eating junk and start exercising. At the beginning of this year I made a decision, make health a priority! I stopped eating meat and have cut down drastically on dairy, I eat whole foods and avoid white sugar and flour. I was doing a lot of reading while making this change and I began to notice that nutrition and health really interested me, I am now going to school to be a Holistic Nutritionist so I can help other people make positive changes in their lives as well.

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253 Katie April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my husband’s parents became so ill so suddenly, that they were debilitated. Sadder still, was that they are only 65! At 65 they should be trucking through their bucket list and having adventures or even bouncing their grand kids on their knees. Instead they are house bound with nurses coming in 4x a week just to bathe them and make sure there is food to eat and their meds are taken.

I thought man, that could be me! That could be my husband! I can’t do that to my kids! This is not how I want to age. So I started with an aquafit class and moved to bootcamps. Lost 45lbs. A year after that I was training for a half marathon. I still have weight to lose but at least I can climb a flight of stairs without needing to sit and have a rest.

I’ve switched us over to 100% organic home cooked foods. I’m even experimenting with a vegetarian life style. We’re not quite there yet but it’s all fabulous progress.

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254 Liesl April 22, 2010

I don’t really have a turning point…but some things that make me feel healthy and alive each day are: working out, my morning oatmeal or smoothies, and having at least one salad a day.

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255 Sara April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I went to the health clinic on my campus because I thought I was dehydrated, and the doctor asked me if I had an eating disorder because I was underweight. She wanted me to get my health better and then go see a counselor. I was always exercised and was strict about how much I ate, and I watched the scale religiously. I didn’t realize I was underweight because my sickness made me lose more weight than I thought. I was skeletal, and it was GROSS.
I realized I was NOT healthy (thanks to the doctor), and once I got physically healthy, I began to work on my mind through talking to friends and family.
I now work out to feel good about myself when I feel like it. I have run 2 half marathons and a few 5ks. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but I love sweets, and I treat myself when I want! :)

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256 Rosie April 22, 2010

I want to enter! I’m curious about the ‘green’ powders! Hehe.

I guess my turning point was earlier this year… my weight creeps up CONSTANTLY–it’s like a total yoyo. And I realized it just went WAYY above what it normally does this year… :(

I started exercise in January, and have been doing it consistently since! I’m trying to incorporate more exercise, and I’m trying to get down to a healthy body fat % (my weight has actually always been in a healthy range but I think my bones must be light!) and build muscle!

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257 Monica April 22, 2010

Caution: life story ahead! Hopefully this won’t bore you too much, but I desperately want some Amazing Grass!

My healthy turning point was two years ago, when I was a sophomore in college. I was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and was seriously sick. I just stayed in my dorm room all the time (fortunately I had a wonderful roommate who put up with me!) but wasn’t getting any better.

I felt like I was withering away, having already lost 20 pounds on my very slender frame. I started reading books about healthy eating and experimented with various diets specifically designed for UC treatments. Since I had already been a vegetarian since middle school, I knew that meat-centered diets weren’t right for me. Eventually I decided to become a vegan and have steadily decreased my consumption of refined sugars, wheat flour, and increased the veg! Now I am so much healthier and my disease is under control. Of course, I’m not perfect, and there are lots of other things I could be doing to improve myself, but compared to where I was I’m a million times better!

Thanks for having such an awesome blog :)

Monica

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258 Michelle April 22, 2010

My turning point was pretty insignificant at the time . . . one of the first people I met when beginning college life happened to be a fitness fanatic . . . and we were taking a bunch of the same classes. So we would arrange to study together, and then workout before heading to the dining hall for dinner. Interesting idea, I thought. Working out was part of her daily routine, so she “took me under her wing”, and taught me how to use the gym equipment. Soon enough, I loved this new routine, and was feeling great . . . so I’ve never stopped (graduated 10 years ago!).

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259 Kate April 22, 2010

My big “a-ha” moment was when I dislocated my knee last January – being immobile for so long took it’s toll. Suddenly being unable to take care of my body was a big wake up call for all that I had never been grateful for. During my year long recovery, all I could think about was running – how badly I wanted to be able to run, to have strong strides and not worry about whether my body could be able to handle it. Before my injury, I had been content to try every diet out there and make exercise secondary. It has been over a year now since I dislocated my knee, and I am proud to say I am now running regular 3 mile distances and it has never made me happier. I think reframing how I thought to focus on what I wanted my body to be able to do, rather than on what I hated about my body, changed everything. I have lost 20 pounds since I started running in February, and I’m excited to shed the last 30 the same way: respecting my body and being proud of what it can do!

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260 Kait April 22, 2010

Like other readers, my turning point was more of a buildup over time. I always felt tired, moody, and sad in college. I was on a rigorous academic schedule and just assumed that when I graduated my problems would be solved…boy was I ever in for a reality check!

I graduated and my relationships continued to suffer, anytime I had a free minute I would spend it worrying or being sad, and I ALWAYS felt physically tired no matter how much rest I got, and yet I knew that I had so much to be happy for.

After spending a year waiting for things to even themselves out, I decided to take charge and see a naturopath. She gave me a little push in the right direction, suggesting I try protein rich foods and a little aerobic exercise and write about things that bother me and I feel much better for it. Also, reading your blog I’ve gotten a lot of great tips on healthy foods I never would have thought to try (like AMAZING GRASS!)

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261 Kristin April 22, 2010

My actual turning point was about a year ago when I discovered your blog along with several other healthy living blogs. For a long time I was a constant “dieter” I ate EVERYTHING sugar free and fat free. Once I started reading healthy living blogs I realized I wasn’t really being healthy and have turned to more wholesome filling foods. I feel more energetic and just happier about life in general!

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262 Jaimers April 22, 2010

The turning point for me was when I finally said goodbye to my day job and decided to go it on my own. Kind of like you did! It was super scary and I still can’t believe this is my life.

I made a vow to myself that if I quit my job, I’d give 110% to my work, my life, and my body. And so I got myself on an eating plan, then slowly began to add exercise in. I’m happy, healthy, fit and couldn’t love my life any more than I do right now! Ugh that sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s true. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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263 Jenny April 22, 2010

Choosing to eat healthy was not much of a choice- I gained about 25 pounds, which is a lot for my frame, and it wasn’t muscle. I gained it in a year of travel, so I wouldn’t take it back, but became very aware of it when I got home and worked my butt to get rid of it and back to my normal weight- and then to maintain! Working out has made me stronger, more peaceful and less stressed- I love it and am so glad we were introduced!

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264 sarah (shep) April 22, 2010

my jump into the health & fitness world started similarly to yours – a routine doc’s appt with a scale WAY higher than i had ever seen it before. 3 years and 60 pounds later [lighter?] i’m never looking back.

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265 Gina April 22, 2010

Something that makes me feel healthier I think would be getting off a bus stop earlier than where I’m headed!

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266 Twisted Chicken April 22, 2010

I haven’t had a rock-bottom moment but lots of little nudges over the years. When I was 29 all I could think about was “I’m about to be 30 and I don’t want to be a smoker in my 30’s” so I quit smoking. I put on quite a bit of weight because I replaced smoking with eating. I made lots of little changes to my diet, one step at a time. I gave up soda, I ate wheat bread, I added more fruits and veggies, stuff like that. I still ate all the junk food and more of it, I just added some good stuff, too.

I’m turning 40 this weekend and for the past year or so I’ve been trying to learn more about whole foods and more natural foods. I’ve got lots of weight to lose. I’ve got lots of bad eating habits to change. I’m tackling them one by one and I’m really happy with the results so far. The best thing is how much I’m learning. It’s true what “they” say, knowledge is power. I’ve gained lots and lots of knowledge from your website. Thanks for that.

The thing that helps me feel healthier each day is eating more whole, clean foods and way less processed foods. I really do feel better and I know I’m making better choices for myself.

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267 katie k April 22, 2010

My turning point wasn’t a “lightbulb moment,” it was more gradual. My boyfriend played ultimate frisbee, and I wanted to surprise him by secretly learning (I had previously shown absolutely no interest in playing). Eventually, I surprised him (his favorite moment of our relationship)…and then never stopped playing. I like the results I was getting from being so active, which subsequently led me to treating my body better with the foods I was putting into it. We are still together and still play ultimate (but I’m recovering from knee surgery right now…)

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268 Susan April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I stepped on my roommate’s Wii Fit. Have you ever played one of those things? You have to create a character, or a “Mii.” It weighs you and gives you your BMI. And when it weighed me, my little character expanded around the middle. It flashed my weight in big numbers and I was shocked to see my weight had hit an all time high. I quit drinking beer 0.23 seconds later, and have been making healthy changes ever since :)

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269 Anna April 22, 2010

Am I still eligble for the contest if I’ve never really had a turning point? My interest/commitment to health and wellness really just evolved organically over the years. There wasn’t really one big MOMENT for me.

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270 Jill April 22, 2010

My turning point was this past winter during a long talk with my sister – she told me I needed to just accept myself for who I am and what I look like. I realized then that I had to give up my disordered eating for good. Since then I have transitioned to a whole foods way of eating, lots of raw foods. I’ve recently found out I am soy intolerant and probably gluten intolerant as well – so now for another big step in my journey to good health and acceptance.

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271 destiny April 22, 2010

my turning point was, i finally realized that for years, i had been eating my emotions, hiding behind them, and that they had done a good job of covering me, but that if i didnt face the emotions, one day i would be too big to move, from then on and at my highest weight i have slowly learned how to deal and work though my emotions and not just stuff them down, while i stuff myself….. :)

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272 Jessica April 22, 2010

One of my many turning points was breaking up with my boyfriend – this past eight months has all about making me feel good!

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273 Hilary April 22, 2010

My turning point was quitting high school water polo and realizing I needed to kick my butt in gear to stay in shape. I am in such better shape now, training for triathlons, than I ever was playing water polo. I love my amazing grass for green monster smoothies after a workout! Plus lots of fruits and veggies, and exercise keep me feeling great :)

-Hilary

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274 Amy April 22, 2010

My turning point was a health scare in my mid-twenties in the form of a tumor in my chest. I had it removed and vowed to take my health more seriously.

I quit smoking, started working out more regularly and started paying attention to what I put in my mouth. No more fast food or processed food. Period.

Every day is an opportunity to take control of your life and your health and I look forward to that every morning when I run, bike or go to the gym.

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275 Sara April 22, 2010

I always considered myself a healthy person, I stayed active and ate what I *thought* was a healthy diet. However, I never felt healthy. I constantly had digestive problems and felt tired. So I cut out the crap. Processed food, added sugars were out, extra veggies and balanced meals were in. Now I feel great! I still slip up (indulge) occasionally, but hey, I’m human! And most of all, I am happy to say that my healthy habits have rubbed off on those I care about most – my family and my boyfriend =)

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276 Cara April 22, 2010

Eating OATS makes me feel healthier! I can just feel them nourishing my body in the morning, and I know they keep my heart strong!

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277 Morgan April 22, 2010

My turning point in my life was when I realized I felt like I was in my 20’s living in an 80 year old’s body. I ached every single night and I huffed and puffed going up and down the stairs. My husband finally said to me that he wanted to watch me grow old, and not have me die in my 30’s. So, I decided to be healthier. Everytime I forget, or doubt, I look at my wedding ring and remember that I promised to live until I was REALLY 80.

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278 Kelli April 22, 2010

My turning point began when I had gained 30 pounds during a period of unemployment (and roommate’s unemployment) when the extra-large, extra-cheese pizza what the highlight of our day. At 5’2″, 150 pounds wasn’t pretty :-). I started walking and losing weight, then later I started doing yoga and went vegan… and I almost effortlessly lost 35 pounds. Keeping it off has not been as effortless, but it is a journey filled with fun and continual learning! Happy to have found your blog that is so inspiring!

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279 Lana April 22, 2010

I, like you, gained 30 pounds my freshman year in college. In high school I was very athletic and when my college roommate asked me to run with her, I could barely run half a mile. I also saw a picture of myself and was horrified! What happened?! I was no longer happy and needed a new outlet. I was determined to face my fear of running.

I slowly worked my up to 1 mile, then 2, and now 4 or more! I have learned to love running, working out, and yoga! I also became a vegetarian and have never been happier or healthier!

Now that I don’t live in a dorm, I’m able to make my own vegan meals, green monsters, and other (as my roommates call it) “bird food concoctions” in the kitchen. I love experimenting with healthy ingredients and making new, exciting meals. That is what keeps me on my healthy path.

…and as for my meat- and processed-food eating roommates, I always keep them guessing! ;)

I have never tried the Green Super Food, but am dying to get my hands on it!!

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280 Jordan April 22, 2010

My turning point was a few months ago, when I had a meltdown before school because I thought my new pair of jeans [that my mom had made me get because all my others were too baggy on my thinning frame] felt snugger than they should have. [The reality is that they were “snugger” because I’d washed and dried them.] It was then that I realized I couldn’t keep doing this to myself…constantly being obsessed with my weight and how many calories I was eating. I was never, ever happy and never satisfied with myself. That morning, on the drive to school, I told myself to let go of all those unhealthy tendencies. I told myself to stop counting calories, to eat intuitively, and to just LIVE. I’m still struggling, day in and day out, and I’m still a bit thinner than I ought to be…but I feel freer than I have in six years. I only hope and pray that some day I will be released entirely from the prison I created for myself. I know I can do it. :)

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281 Jennifer April 22, 2010

My turning point was being made fun of in public because of my size. It happened in the mall and often while I am out walking with my daughter in the stroller. It makes me really sad, and I never want my baby girl to be made fun of because of how I look. Although I am really struggling right now, looking at my girl and needing to be healthy for her is my motivation.

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282 Tiffany April 22, 2010

My turning point was the day my dad had a heart attack. The doctor looked at me and told me I better “watch myself” because heart disease (and heart attacks) run in my family. Right then and there I knew I absolutely had to change or this would be my future- laying in a hospital bed fighting for my life, heart surgeries, etc.

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283 Jenny (Green Food Diaries) April 22, 2010

definitely after i got a “fat” comment from one of my extended family members (they live in an asian country, where all girls are 90 pounds)…. i was determined to make a change… maybe TOO much so, because it led to body dysmorphia for a while!

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284 heather April 22, 2010

my turning point was when I had a suspicious breast sonogram and had to have a steritopic biopsy. Cancer runs in my family, breast cancer and colon cancer. I just thought ‘how can something happen to me when I have two little children that need me.’ I know cancer can happen to anyone but it was just too soon for me. It was benign – Thank God…but from that day forward I knew I had to take care of myself so I could always take care of my babies.

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285 Sara April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I began seeing a nutritionist for my disordered eating. I was way too skinny (about 85 lbs and 5 ft) and this nutritionist helped me immensely. She helped me through it, guided me, supported me and most importantly educated me about how to eat healthily. It is because of her I am where I am today.

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286 Andrea April 22, 2010

My turning point came after my first semester of college. I was overweight and unhappy. After coming back to school from winter break, I decided to start exercising at the rec center and make healthier food choices in the dining hall. I lost 50 pounds and found I had a real passion for nutrition and exercise. I even changed my major to dietetics. Today I am a registered dietitian working to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle changes, just like I did for myself 5 years ago.

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287 Jil April 22, 2010

My turning point was really similar to yours…it involved stepping on the scale and seeing a number I really, really, really never wanted to or thought I would see. It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back – I got my life and eating habits together and I haven’t looked back since. Sure there have been set backs, losses, gains, plateaus…but I vow to never let myself go back to that point ever again.

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288 Sylvia April 22, 2010

My turning point came when my mother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

I’ve never been “fat,” but after I started working full time I found it easy to skip the gym and not cook a balanced dinner because I was tired and just wanted to relax. Her diagnosis made me realize that all these little decisions make an impact – for better or worse.

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289 Robin April 22, 2010

My turning point was deciding that I wanted to get pregnant and not being able to because I was so skinny from disordered eating and exercise that I’d stopped cycling on my own.

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290 Danielle April 22, 2010

When I turned 29, I made a “bucket list” – a way to say goodbye to my 20’s and welcome in my 30’s with no (or few) regrets :) And, working on a healthier lifestyle was one of them! I want to enter my 30’s looking and feeling better than ever!!

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291 Angi April 22, 2010

Mine was finding out that I was creeping back up to my start weight – I promised myself that no matter how long this took, I would not go back there.

I focus on drinking water and not juice or pop, going to different exercise classes or using DVD’s to build my fitness level, and now that the weather is nice, walking or riding my bike whenever I can, instead of driving.

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292 Izzy April 22, 2010

I’ve been wanting to try this stuff!

My turning point was when my eating disorder got to a point where I was almost completely dabilitated physically and mentally. Now I’m well on my way to being healthy – inside and out :)

~izzyy

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293 Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I first heard my cervical cancer diagnosis. Starting then and there, I began making lots of changes in my eating and exercise habits. I’m not happy to have had cancer, but I’m happy to be living a healthier life.

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294 j April 22, 2010

I haven’t had one big turning point, but I will never forget my first run after I decide to become a “runner.” I ran about 1.25 miles in 11 minutes (timed on an analog watch!). I was so proud of myself, and I still am!

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295 Anne P April 22, 2010

I’ve always been a pretty big exerciser, so I don’t have a “turning point,” but I’d say the thing that makes me feel healthy and great every day is eating whole foods. Ditching the processed diet foods is so key! :)

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296 Ali April 22, 2010

I am currently in my turning point. I suffered from an ED for several years and it is only these past few months that I have really taken recovery seriously. I am still very much health conscious but I am learning more and more everyday about balance and variety. I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to this point without my friends and family who I owe so much to. Blogs such as yours have also been helpful in inspiring me to try new things like green monsters and even oatmeal. I see a recipe with a fear food on blogs and often I am able to challenge myself to make/enjoy it! I thank you so much for opening up your world to your readers because it really does make a difference!

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297 melanie April 22, 2010

i just recently stumbled upon your website, and have loved all the healthy eating ideas- have had overnight oats the last two mornings in a row! yum. i have had an on and off relationship with fitness in my life (mostly off), but had recently let the off phase go far too long. i’ve been in grad school and working full-time and had been neglecting my health for a while, but in january, my boyfriend and i both decided we’d had enough of our clothes not fitting. :) i had a trial session with a personal trainer and had a very rude shock that i was quite out of shape (despite being at a relatively ‘healthy’ weight for my height). i had so little strength and muscle tone, it was embarrassing. so, i’ve been working out steadily and eating better since mid-january, and have lost about 18 lbs! i’ve still got muscle to build and tone, but am feeling great these days, and am inspired by health blogs like yours! thanks for sharing your journey!

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298 Valerie April 22, 2010

My turning point was almost exactly the same as yours! After just four months in college, I had put on 25 pounds. It was an energy drainer because I ate so unhealthfully and drank a lot. Now that I’ve made positive changes, I’ve lost a total of 40 pounds and feel great almost all the time!

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299 Kelly Michelle April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that I was deleting every single picture of myself off my camera. I couldn’t stand to keep any of them because I felt like I looked so huge. I knew it was time for some changes.

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300 Chantal April 22, 2010

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with a great hubby story to tell :) Though the two of us had always been pretty active and healthy, he really kick started me into my current life of fitness and health. He was vegan when we met and inspired me to go that way to (after we both went back and forth making compromises on that one), he inspired me to get out to the gym more. On the first New Year we celebrated together we did a 12 week Body for Life program together. We didn’t really need it per se, but it was an awesome and fun thing to do together. I think we’ve both become so much happier and healthier as a result of each other :) Our latest journey has been in raw food… who knows that it’ll be 20 years down the line :)

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301 Jessica April 22, 2010

Hi! My turning point was this past January. I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and have struggled with my weight for years. I went to my PCP with my weight concerns and he would just tell me to eat less – exercise more. So that’s what I did, I was eventually only eating 800-900 calories a day while working out doing jazzercise EVERY day! When I had my yearly check up with my OBGyn I had gained 25lbs in one year while trying to lose weight. I expressed my concerns with him and he told me that I was starving myself. He gave me some more information about PCOS and told me the coorelation between it and weight. He referred me to a nutritionst and now I am in the process of becoming vegan. There have been studies done on the effects animal products have on people with PCOS. Reading you blog has been helping me with my “conversion”. So, thank you.

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302 Liz April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I gained 15 pounds from drinking and eating fast food. My doctor told me that I had high cholesterol & that I should eat healthy and exercise. I did lose the weight (through diet & exercise) and my cholesterol went back to normal but then I developed an eating disorder. Now I am at a point in my life where I am at a healthy weight & I still struggle w/ body image issues & amenorrhoea, but I know that I am increasingly getting better & trust that I will combat this awful disorder.

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303 Angela April 22, 2010

I can’t say that I’ve ever had a personal turning point that made me completely change my habits. I remember the feeling of excitement I had when I went on my first grocery run after moving into my own apartment and out of my parents home.
Cancer has taken both my dad and my sister and I don’t take my health for granted for 1 second. Every choice we make either brings us one step closer to death or vitality.

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304 Julie @savvyeats April 22, 2010

I think my turning point came from a combination of reading food blogs and something during my summer internship (of which I will not go into details here)!

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305 brandi@BranAppetit April 22, 2010

My turning point happened one summer when I was home from college. I knew I had gained weight, but I (of course) wasn’t going anywhere near a scale to find out how much. We were out to lunch with my family and my sweet, sweet grandfather (who never said anything bad about anyone) came over, pinched the back of my arm, and nicely said “getting a little chunky, huh?”.

It was tough hearing it, especially from him, but BECAUSE it came from him when he never said things like that…it made it REAL to me. So, I made some changes that summer and have never looked back.

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306 Kath April 22, 2010

My turning point was my foot surgery.

New joint = new opportunity = new life.

:)

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307 Sara April 22, 2010

I’ve always been self-conscious about my weight. I was a chubby kid, a chubbier high school student, and not happy about it in college. On my and my twin sister’s 21st birthday, our other sister (who has always been the thin one in our whole family) wanted to take us out for drinks. My twin sister borrowed a shirt (happily!) from our older sister, but I ended up crying because I couldn’t fit into any of her things. I think that was the turning point for me. Our sister got married the next year, too, so I had joined the gym at school before that to try to lose some weight and get healthy. That’s a long time ago now, and I’m still not at the weight or in the shape I want, but I feel better when I eat healthy and exercise regularly.

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308 Alexandra Chappell April 22, 2010

My turning point was my Senior year in college. I stepped on the scale for the very first time in 4 years and it was almost 170 pounds. From that point on, I made a promise to myself to eat healthy and delicious food choices, and workout daily. Today, eating healthy makes me FEEL SO GOOD!

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309 Meg April 22, 2010

For me is was coming back from a trip to Portland with my husband and stopping at a McDonalds and thinking…is this as good as it gets? We have this amazing vacation and end it with dinner at McDonalds? Something is wrong here. Proud to say, that was my last fast food trip in over a year!

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310 Jen April 22, 2010

My turning point, was shopping for the first time after my (1st) daugher was born, 6 years ago. I hated buying large clothes! I wanted to be a mom, just didn’t want to look like one ;) Anyways, I starting running. I’ve had 2 more kids since then, ran 2 full marathons, and will be running my 8th half marathon this Sunday. I’m in better shape, eat healther, and feel better then I ever have!

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311 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 22, 2010

Turning point for me came when I watched “Supersize Me” and saw Morgan Spurlock’s vegan girlfriend cook him healthy de-tox meals. I loved her fresh approach to food and it inspired me to think about what I was putting in my (and my husband’s) body. I have since turned my life around in so many ways. I LOVE healthy living! :)

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312 Elizathon April 22, 2010

My turning point wasn’t a sudden thing. Rather it was a gradual thing, starting with my discovery of running 4 years ago. Everything else is just slowly falling into place and I feel better mentally and physically than I have in years. Love reading your blog. It’s very positive.

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313 Lindsay April 22, 2010

My turning point was last October on our trip to Kauai. After returning home and looking at all our pictures made me realize how much weight I have really gained since our wedding back in August of 2008 (which I had dropped 20 lbs for). I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin while on vacation and looking at those pictures validated just how I really felt.
I have also developed major anxiety and knowing that a normal exercise routine should help alleviate that, I have vowed to make being healthy and eating healthy a priortiy in my life.

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314 Jessica April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I had reached my highest weight ever and after getting blood work done at the urging of my doctor, I was told that my triglycerides were over 400 when it should only be about 150. My doctor then told me that I needed to lose weight or I would have to be put on medication. High blood pressure and diabetes runs in my family. I didn’t want to be on medications, I’m only 24! I then decided that I needed to get healthy. I have been exercising regularly and eating healthier. I have even incorporated steel cut oats into my breakfast routine! I have been very curious about the Amazing Meal products and would love to try them!

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315 Britt @ Runnerbelle April 22, 2010

My turning point was hitting my all time high weight for our wedding. Despite training for my first marathon I wasn’t eating well. Once things settled down, I started tracking calories but I also focused on getting all the nutrients I needed….. calcium, protein, fiber, etc. I enjoy food but I also make my decisions on what my body actually needs.

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316 Brittney April 22, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself with some friends. I did not like the way I looked at all and decided that I could either leave things as they were and be unhappy or do something about it. I decided to do something about it. That was in June 2008 and since then I’ve lost about 30 pounds and am much happier and healthier now :)

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317 Chelsea April 22, 2010

My biggest turning point was when I first met my husband. He is a professional cyclists, and I was a tub of butter. I started riding bikes with him and my main gaol was just to keep up, and eventually I lost over 40 pounds. On top of that I race bicycles now too, and I am just a step below the “pro” level. I was even the North Carolina state champion 2 years in a row!! Now I ride bikes worth more then my car, and have a healthier life style!

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318 Heather April 22, 2010

I had a couple turning points in my life towards healthy living. When I was in middle school I felt like a pig because I ate a ton, and often it was chips. I was embarrassed when I was around other people by how much I would eat! I was skinny and in great shape, but I really wanted to get healthy. Before I knew it, I was out of control and down to 90 pounds at 5’7″. My attempt to be healthy became an unhealthy obsession, and one day when I got on the scale I realized I could die. I quickly started eating tons of food again. At first it was all healthy and then I started binging, which continued for several years and got worse. It really started to concern me when I gained more weight than I had lost. I was so unhappy and always felt self conscious. I would binge for several days and then restrict. I ended up gaining twice the amount of weight I’d lost and knew I had to get my life back again. I just wanted to be happy and stop letting food control my life. I started reading everything I could about nutrition, and was doing better. I started eating only whole foods (well mostly!), and I’m also vegan! I have always been very active, but I accidentally became a runner one day when I took my workout outside. Instead of running my occasional 3 miles on the treadmill I gave the 5 mile loop in the park a whirl. I never looked back since, and running has really been gift in my life. It is a great stress reliever and makes me feel great about myself every time. That was my REAL turning point! About a year later I started reading food blogs!!

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319 Samantha J April 22, 2010

My turning point was probably after I took a basic nutrition class and I was forced to document everything that I ate. Turns out what I thought was a “healthy and balanced” life wasn’t so. Another turning point for me was the realization I didn’t need to eat gimmicky diet foods to be healthy. Wholesome and natural foods could do a far better job. Shocker right?

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320 Anjali April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that even though I though I was eating healthy, I was not!! It all started when I began paying attention to ingredients, not labels!

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321 Candice April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my husband and I lived in Thailand and we randomly decided to sign up for a half marathon even though neither one of us was a runner! Once I got well into my training and was loving it, I realized that I needed to start fueling my body properly. I’ve never looked back!

Some things that keep me feeling healthy are exercise, green smoothies, tons of veggies and Amazing Grass of course!

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322 Kristin April 22, 2010

Seeing the scale go over 300. That freaked me out. Now I am exercising and eating more natural foods.

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323 Madeleine @ Notes On A Page April 22, 2010

My turning point was graduating college and starting my first full-time job! I decided it was time to start respecting myself — inside and out!

Great giveaway!

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324 Sara N April 22, 2010

Turning point was traveling to Europe for the first time and seeing how much smaller everyone was despite eating delicious food!

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325 Angela April 22, 2010

My turning point was moving to NY and going to grad school. I had gotten into some really disordered eating patterns in college and had a very poor self image. When I moved and started a new school, I started to eat and exercise more normally.

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326 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad April 22, 2010

I never really had a turning point. Three things that make me feel healthy every day are:

1) Exercise (not every day…but most days.)
2) Eating veggies!
3) My pets. :-) My love for them just makes me GLOW!

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327 Amanda (WannaBe Chef) April 22, 2010

I guess I’d have to say my turning point was in college. I had never worked out a day in my life or played sports in high school. I started working out with my roommates but also dieting like crazy and even taking diet pills. It was way too extreme and I finally wised up after taking a nutrition class and realizing what the heck I was doing to my body! Now I’m a Registered Dietitian, and I try to be as healthy as I can! I have been meaning to try Amazing Meal for awhile now, so it would great to win some!!

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328 Sarah April 22, 2010

My turning point happened my freshman year of college when I went to pull on a pair of jeans to discover that my size 16 jeans were too tight. I remember falling on the floor and starting to sob. I made a resolution to myself right there that I’d never cry again about a stupid number and that I’d live my life as healthily as possible. I skipped class (and wore some sweats) and went to the gym for the first time. 100lbs later I’m a glowing vegan who loves drinking green monsters instead of nasty old beer!

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329 lynn April 22, 2010

When I got pregnant for the first time, and started to eat a more balanced diet with healthy fat and protein. No more rice cakes and cereal!

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330 Nikki T April 22, 2010

I’ve never been really, really unhealthy, however I have never been a FIT person. I always wanted to love exercise and cooking healthy meals, but I could never seem to really commit to it. Around this time last year I decided to take up running as well make a commitment to myself that I would do everything I could to be the healthiest ME I could be!
In the near future my husband and I plan to have children and I’m set on being my healthiest weight/feeling my best before I get pregnant…that way I can have a (hopefully) wonderful and complication free pregnancy and be able to get back to my before weight quickly!

I have you and your blog to thank as it had helped me out a lot on my journey to a healthier me :)

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331 Cristal April 22, 2010

Hi Angela,

I was never one to have to worry about my weight. I started gaining when I had a steady boyfriend, continued to gain in college, and then topped my heaviest when my step-dad was diagnosed with throat cancer. It was a really tough year while he was going through chemo and radiation. While my mom and stepdad were going through this difficult time, I found the only thing I could control and that was my own health. I started going to the University’s gym and buying/making my own meals. My stepdad is cancer free today and I have maintained my weightloss for 6 years.

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332 Jennifer @ take the day off April 22, 2010

I haven’t had a turning point, but I have made a lot of small changes that hopefully add up. I have really cut back the amount of chemically processed foods I eat, both the bad ones and the ones that are supposedly “good for you” but replace fat and calories with sodium and who knows what else!

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333 maria @ Chasing the Now April 22, 2010

My turning point was just feeling completely uncomfortable in my own body. I was the biggest I’d ever been and afraid to try anything because of my size and a fear of others judging me. I realized if I didn’t start making a change THEN, when would I?

So much healthier, happier, and more whole now!

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334 Charlotte April 22, 2010

Hi Angela – and everyone,

My own road to health started last summer when I had some pretty severe gastrointestinal bleeding – as a result of being what I thought was “healthy.” At that point I had been a vegan for three years and had been training for a marathon for a few months, while – for one (emotional) reason or another – restricting my caloric intake. Eventually, the week before my college graduation, my body just shut down and I spent the entire summer at home learning to care for my body – with the help of food blogs, such as your own! My definition of healthy has changed so, so much within the last year and I am thankful to all of the women writing about wonderful ways to love yourself (/myself?) to help me get where I am today.

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335 aneta April 22, 2010

when i started thinking about becoming healthy and running, someone told me that if i ever run a marathon, i will die. That made me wanna run even more! i told that person that with proper diet and training, i can become a marathon. and this is where this quest began!

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336 April April 22, 2010

My turning point was having my daughter. I lost alot of weight about 6 years ago but I was white knuckling it. I was SO tense and so focused on calories. I met my husband and fell in love, had a baby and somehow 1/2 of the weight crept back on.

15 months ago I had my daughter and it all changed. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be healthy! I want to be a good example for her! I want to be around for a long time! By focusing on health I’ve lost 15 lbs and I don’t worry about calories all the time. Now THAT’S a turning point!

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337 zoe April 22, 2010

my turning point happened incredibly recently. like two days ago. for the past couple of months i have struggled with maintaining a healthy eating pattern. i went a week eating well then struggled on the weekends with bingeing. i experimented with incredibly unhealthy eating habits (restricting, even purging…also compulsive exercise) and was constantly miserable. i went up and down, emotionally and physically. the other night i over ate again and felt that guilt creeping up on me. i felt depressed and awful. so i flipped on a taped intervention and it was on, interestingly enough, a girl struggling with INSANE bingeing and purging. she wrote awful things about herself in her journal like i did. she looked horrible. she felt horrible. i looked and her and then looked at myself. did i want to be this way? NO. did i want to treat my body this way? ABSOLUTELY NOT. i made the decision (literally two or three nights ago) to STOP ALL NEGATIVITY. almost immediately my happiness level has increased. i know there will be those tricky “fat” days but i know i will no longer dwell on them. i start every morning now by reminding myself of how STONG and how BEAUTIFUL and how CAPABLE i am. i also get my inspiration from you too, angela. you’re a great person to look to for positivity! thank you so much for your blog, it’s really done wonders for my sense of balance :)

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338 bwal April 22, 2010

My turning point is very similar to yours. All of my life I felt like I was overweight, when looking back at pictures, I now realize I was average, if not underweight. Throughout high school I was a cheerleader so I got excercise on a regular basis. I was busy with school, practice, and a part time job so I was always on the move. Then came college. For pretty much all of my freshman year I ate absolute junk. My roomates often didn’t want to walk to the cafeteria so I would go to our food place downstair and get pizza and coke. I also got Mountain Dew in bulk and drank several cans a day. The only exercise I got was walking to class and walking to my car when I needed to go somewhere. With each yearly checkup at my doctor, my weight would steadily increase. I have now been out of college for 2 years and am where I thought I would never be. I am still an average weight, but have gained about 30 pounds; I guess it’s good I’m tall so it’s not quite as noticeable. I went through a period of running during my senior year of college and did well with it; I ran every other day and completed a 10k which I never thought possible. Then I started teaching and was just zapped of all energy.
So that brings us to present day. I have began running recently and was making progress, but have been sick for the past week. My biggest struggle is food; I am a VERY picky eater so most “healthy” recipes make me gag. I don’t like salad…probably because I have yet to find a good dressing. I don’t eat terrible, but I know I could be eating much better. So I guess technically speaking, I’m still in the middle of my turning point and hopefully I can come out on top.

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339 Allison B. April 22, 2010

I don’t have a specific moment that turned me onto a healthier lifestyle. I honestly think it was just getting out of college and taking that step to a “real” life…work, living, taking care of yourself…I realized I did not want to party for the rest of my life. I started running and eating better and now couldn’t be more happier. I love educating myself on all things nutrition and exercise, which is how I found this blog! Thank you for your recipes, ideas and insights! (and also your awesome giveaways!)

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340 Rebecca April 22, 2010

i have always been athletic, however not always the healthiest eater…i think my turn around point was when i started reading food blogs about a year ago and realized that i had the ability to make healthy and delicious meals and snacks for myself that made me feel good and were good for me too! i am also running my first half marathon on sunday, so training for that for the past few months has kept my healthy lifestyle going and i am so excited to finish my first half!

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341 Jenna April 22, 2010

I suffered with an ED for nearly a year before i accepted the fact that i actually had one. My turning point was the night i didnt sleep the entire night because all i could think about was how hungry i was yet i would not eat. It was the scariest night of my life and the next day I went to the doctors and started my long road to recovery!

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342 Fallon April 22, 2010

Definitely when I started college and I realized I didn’t like taking pictures nor seeing myself in pictures. I was overweight and I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t ready right away but one day I woke up and I asked my parents for my 19th birthday if they would pay for me to have a personal trainer so I can learn how to use the gym equipment. That was my fear of going to the gym, not knowing how use the equipment and people looking at me. Since then I love the gym and I love taking pictures ;)

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343 Alex April 22, 2010

My turning point was the last night I vomited intentionally- the night before thanksgiving in 2007. I had been struggling with my eating disorder for about 5 years, and I had this terrible feeling of electrolyte imbalance combined with panic attack that night. At that moment I knew it had to end forever. I haven’t thrown up since and although it was a long road, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been now. I finally understand and embrace that the goal is to care for your body – not abuse it!

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344 Lin April 22, 2010

My turning point was in 1982 when I was 27 years old and quit smoking. After a week, I knew I was going to make it, and went out and bought myself a good pair of running shoes, some free weights, and two books on nutrition and fitness as a “congratulations, you quit!!!” present to myself. I started running, went from 158 lbs. to 130 lbs., and developed actual muscles! To this day, I still maintain a rigorous exercise routine, have my own gym equipment, and wear the same size that I did at 25. I am now 54 years old, have 4 grown children, and 4 grandchildren. I have continued to learn about health and good eating through blogs and self education, and still feel terrific!

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345 christy April 22, 2010

I actually dont remember a light bulb moment, but a few flash backs come to mind.
I remember first year in dental school, i was soooo stressed. so stressed that i was always tensed, that led to a pinched nerve that radiated from my neck all the way down to my arms. I was in so much pain that I was seriously thinking about finding some narcotics to help alleviate the pain.

After 6 months of this, I was fed up being stressed and unhappy but I took upon my friend’s offer to work out at gym. We developed a friendship and i started going 2-3 times a week.

I also distinctly remember feeling so alive right after finishing a run around a 3-mile lake. I decided that I was going to sign up for my first half marathon.

Reading healthy living blogs like Angela’s and Caitlin encouraged to fuel my body with nutrients and healthy, filling meals. I no longer count calories, I don’t feel bad when I eat chocolate, and I stopped taking diet pills!

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346 Janet April 22, 2010

Although I still have days (vs weeks) where I struggle with all aspects of what food/fitness/health mean to me, my turning point was when I became a mother and realized that I had a child (and then 2) that relied on me for their very being. I nursed both my children and for them to be healthy, I had to be healthy. I would hate to see my daughter go through what I did as a tween/teen/adult and so I strive to be a healthy, realistic role model for her.

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347 Caroline April 22, 2010

I feel like I have a lot of turning points in my life in regards to my health. I would consider them to be “reminders.” My most recent one was on a ski break trip and my ski pants were tight. I’ve never had my ski pants be too tight! It was time to reevaluate my eating habits and kick it up a notch on my exercise and so far its been going well. =) It certainly helps to read daily health blogs to keep me motivated.

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348 Sonja {ActiveFoodie} April 22, 2010

Hmmmmm….a turning point…I can’t say I have a specific turning point. I have always been very active and led a fairly healthy lifestyle. My weight definitely did hit a high first year in college (gaining about 15 pounds), and I do fluctuate with how active I am. I also got diagnosed with lupus 5 years and that had an impact on the quality of food I choose to eat and the amount I exercise, but overall I have been pretty healthy overall. PS – I LOVE amazing meal!!! :)

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349 Jill April 22, 2010

For me it was AFTER college when I gained about 15-20 lbs! I used to run around from class to job to library, go out dancing, and only head to the gym 2x a week. Then after college, I was on my butt all the time! When I went to my Dr. because my knees started to hurt from jogging, she told me that it was most likely my weight and that if I lost 20 lbs they probably wouldn’t hurt – what a slap in the face! I started working out and eating more whole foods! I feel much butter after dropping those extra pounds!

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350 Lisa April 22, 2010

My turning point was this one particular moment when I was 19. I was hugging the toilet bowl, literally dry heaving because I had already thrown up all of my food from my binge earlier that day. I was crying, felt disgusting, and thought to myself: “I am so much better than this”.

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351 Kelly April 22, 2010

There wasn’t a definite “turning point” I don’t think. Although I don’t remember a time when I’ve been entirely happy with the way I look or haven’t thought that I could stand to lose a few pounds. One thing that turned things around for me was taking up a new sport. I gained a fair amount of weight during a stressful time in my life (beginning university) and at the same time was in a fairly new relationship (too much eating out!). After some time, my boyfriend and I decided to take up Ultimate Frisbee which was a great decision. One summer, we played 2 times a week. It is GREAT exercise and really didn’t feel like working out to me because it was so much fun. This was years ago now and we still play together each summer!

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352 Jessie (Vegan-minded) April 22, 2010

My turning point to become a vegetarian was when I saw a behind the scenes video of a factory farm. Although I didn’t make the change for my health, I got to enjoy the benefits! :)

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353 Amy April 22, 2010

The turning point in my life was shortly after I gave birth to our 3rd (and final) child. I knew it was now or never. I didn’t want to be heavy and unhealthy for the rest of my life. My mom was overweight and always blamed it on having kids. I vowed to myself that I’m worth it, and I will be active, healthy and set a positive example for my kids. An example I never had.

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354 Kristin April 22, 2010

I was 13 and I was 5’3” 130 lbs, and could pass off as a 17 year old. In the summer of my 14th birthday I dropped 20 lbs just by walking around town. I felt amazing after that. But I knew (by looking at my families) that I wasn’t going to naturally stay that way forever. So I took matter into my own hands, I began running and exercising more. I began to pay attention to what I ate, and during the summer of my 15th birthday I became a vegetarian after I seen that the hormones in them were causing puberty to hit kids earlier (I became a “woman” when I was 10.) Now I am a freshman in college going for an exercise science and nutrition degree. ALSO I am an 18 year old who can now pass off as a 14 year old (was even cast as a child in a school musical :].)

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355 Kelly April 22, 2010

My turning point was almost 6 years ago, at 17 years old. I was getting my physical that was required for me to enter college (my family did not frequent doctor’s offices otherwise). I will never forget getting on the scale and being told my weight was at 200 lbs. My cholesterol was over 200. I knew I had to change something. At 23 I am down below 150 lbs, cholesterol at 163 (HDL is higher than LDL even!). I still struggle with my weight and my eating habits, but it is amazing to look back and see how far I have come.

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356 Kristine April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that the only way to defeat my eating disorder was to nourish my body and treat it with respect. I am nearly 5 months in recovery now and feel like I have a much more balanced approach when it comes to food and exercise. Thanks so much for your inspirational blog!

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357 jen April 22, 2010

seeing photos of myself during the second semester of junior year of college… i’d just come back from a semester in france AND turned 21 and it definitely started showing! i spent the summer after that living in NYC, walking everywhere and being exposed to healthy, vegan foods. life changing!

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358 Heather ODonnell April 22, 2010

My rock bottom was when I had to check into a residential facility for the treatment of an eating disorder that I had allowed to take over my life. I was weak: emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually. I realized that I was in danger of not seeing my son grow up if I didn’t take control of my health. I wasn’t menstruating, my hair was falling out, my skin was dry and patchy and I was too weak to walk up a flight of stairs or lift my almost-2-year old son. When I was released (60 days later) I promised that I would get better. I learned to deal with the issues that led to the eating disorder by practicing healthy coping mechanisms. Now, I am fit, healthy and a positive example to my 4-year old son. And…..I’m training for a marathon!!!

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359 Kim April 22, 2010

My turning point happened a year after I had my second child. My weight was the heaviest it has ever been. So I started to look in to eating healthy and clean. In the process I watched Food Inc and it changed my life. I now eat mostly vegetarian (occasional fish) and have dropped 25 pounds since the end of January! I am still so shocked that I haven’t counted a single calorie since I began. I have also found a new love of food blogs like yours. So motivational and inspirational….so thank you!

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360 megan April 22, 2010

My turning point came in high school when I was in the grips of an eating disorder. After going through 2 workouts on a single bowl of cereal I decided that I needed help…I couldn’t keep treating my body so poorly and being so unhappy. That day I asked for help and took the first step in a long journey to recovery, health and happiness!

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361 Christina April 22, 2010

My journey has been an evolution over time but I definitely had a turning point when I went to Greece last summer. I was there for a month without access to a scale and lots of fresh/local foods. Europeans are concerned about looks but they also enjoy food, being there helped me to stop punishing myself for enjoying a treat and “just eat”.

My disordered eating led me to gain a lot of weight after I had to quit playing sports competitively and binged more… I’ve been working on losing weight for a while now but my weight was still yo-yoing until I went to Greece. While in Greece and since I’ve returned I’ve steadily lost weight without dieting. Now I’m able to enjoy everything I eat and if I feel like a treat then I have one.

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362 supersu April 22, 2010

not sure i have hit rock bottom yet….i seem to be having a heck of a time loosing the last 10 pounds….urgh…
i do get my 5 servings of fruit/veg’s everyday and am slowing converting to a vegetarian diet to feel better every day!

love love love the blog
keep up the good work

su :)

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363 Gillian April 22, 2010

My turning point was just two weeks ago, when I moved to a new apartment.. my first walk to my new bus stop had me winded, all because of a tiny hill.. I seriously need to get outside now that the weather is beautiful and exams are over for the year! Oh my..

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364 Kyle April 22, 2010

Hello hello! This is an awesome giveaway for those of us who have serious “Amazing Grass” envy because we can’t afford it! :) Personally, my tipping point which put me on a healthier path was when I moved to a new city (Boston) and was stunned at how thin and beautiful the women were compared to where I had been living. I realized that it was all about context – I felt “average” compared to the women in the community in which I had been living, but once I removed myself from that microcosm, I realized I needed to kick myself in the butt because I now was an “outlier”! I lost 20 lbs over an extended time :) And I feel great!

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365 Lauren April 22, 2010

I had suffered from migraines and IBS for literal years (at least 6 on the crippling migraines). I actually came across Fitnessista’s blog and then yours, saw all of the food and living I was missing and changed my life then and there. It’s been three months and I am migraine and IBS free. Running farther and longer than I ever had, and just generally feel like a million bucks. I honestly can’t say thank you enough!

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366 Emma April 22, 2010

It may sound corny, but reading blogs has been very instrumental in my personal journey to a healthier lifestyle. They have inspired me to eat more healthy, balanced meals and start running again. I’m planning on running my first marathon in December!

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367 Ivy April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I started having hypoglycemic episodes during clinical (running around a lot) even though I had eaten just a few hours before. My mother was a diabetic, and it scared me so much that I might be headed down the same path. I realized I wasn’t eating nutritiously and was overweight, so I changed my eating habits and starting exercising. No hypoglycemic episodes since :)

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368 Carly April 22, 2010

I can’t really say that I have had a turning point per say, just a gradual move towards more exercise and whole food. I keep working to make myself the healthiest self that I can be, it has been and continues to be a very fun and fulfilling journey.

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369 K April 22, 2010

I love eating vegan! Even if I am eating something that is not super healthy I love knowing I am playing a part in conserving out environment and preventing animal cruelty. However, both exercising and eating healthy foods (like green monsters, colourful plates of roasted veggies etc.) make me feel great and I know I am fueling myself with all the right things to keep me ticking! :)
-K

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370 danielle April 22, 2010

regular exercise, drinking lots of water, and eating a rainbow of produce keep me feeling healthy every day!

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371 MarathonVal April 22, 2010

My ‘turning point’ occurred last summer, and was a culmination of when I started reading food blogs more and eventually went vegan. I went from being someone who counted calories, weighed myself every day, thought that it was better to eat sugar free, fat free ice cream for dinner than to eat “fattening” EVOO or avocados or nuts.

Since becoming a vegan about 9 months ago, I have been so much happier with my diet, my body, and myself in general that I really can’t express in words what a drastic difference for the better it has made in my life!

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372 sophie April 22, 2010

my turning point was my depression. it got so bad that the doctors wanted to put me on meds to deal with it. i’m the kind of person who doesn’t even like to take tylenol..
i decided right then and there that i was going to take charge of my body and outlook through healthy eating and exercise. months later i am pulling through and am so proud of myself for having the courage to make changes and take a stand and really treat my mind and body the way they deserve!

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373 Leighanne April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I started 2nd year of university. I gained much more than the “freshman 15” during first year. I blame it on my lack of physical exercise/activity and my meal card that purchased pretty much anything I wanted. I gave myself a kick in the butt when I started second year and have never really looked back. I was in control of what I was eating, joined some dance classes and started hitting the gym. While my activity level still fluctuates regularly, I’m happy with where I am!!

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374 Nicole April 22, 2010

Living on my own – and making my own REALLY bad food/exercise choices. Believe it or not, you will feel absolutely terrible if you only eat cupcakes and cookies (and lots of coffee) for several weeks on end. Once I started adding in fruits, veggies, and healthy grains – go figure, I felt so much better, physically and mentally.

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375 Britt April 22, 2010

Similarly, when I went to my doctor after tons of exercise was not budging my weight and asked for help he told me that if I want to lose weight, I have to eat less! Bluntly put like that, I’ve had no problem making better choices and making better portion sizes. :)

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376 Ashley April 22, 2010

Green smoothies!!!! Have them every morning after a workout….And grapefruit…especially when I study…..

Turning points for me throughout my life, my weight goes up and down here and there with final stress and I hate it….turning points always for me is when I have a family or friend event and feel super unhappy about myself…..

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377 Tania April 22, 2010

two words: green monsters!
These green cups of goodness have totally changed my eating habits – getting in two cups of spinach each morning is a fantastic start to my day.

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378 Trish April 22, 2010

Every single day I make sure I eat plenty of veggies. I make sure to get some fruit. I may have treats and goodies, but I always work to get in the healthier stuff. I want to be my best for life – so I try to take care of my body and feed it good food.

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379 Natalie April 22, 2010

Late last year I went shopping to pick out my New Year’s Dress. I hadn’t been shopping in a while because I left the working world to enter law school three years ago and that has really been a drain on my resources.
I picked out three or four fabulous dresses all in my size. I was horrified that NONE of them fit, and that in fact I had gone up two sizes. I was embarrassed to have to put them all back and go pick up larger sized dresses. I don’t even know when the weight crept up on me, but it was definitely in the midst of law school and late night snacking. Since January of this year I have been DEDICATED to eating healthy, being conscious of the nutrition of my food and exercising in some way everyday.

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380 Kristen April 22, 2010

I am not a typical high school senior. I don’t go to McDonald’s or eat pizza out on Friday nights. My lifestyle was not always this “pure”.
Last year, I ate whatever and whenever I wanted. The results were noticeable of course. However, when a friend and I decided to enter into a triathlon in September, with only one month to train I needed every possible advantage I could get. That meant putting high quality fuel into my body. It started off with cutting out sugars, sweets, and other fatty foods. I began to do research and became fascinated with what I was finding out. After the triathlon my healthy lifestyle escalated to a new level I became a vegetarian and eventually a vegan. I now eat purely whole foods and don’t view food as an activity for solving boredom, instead as fuel for my body.

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381 Jess April 22, 2010

My turning point was finding blogs…I had been a vegetarian most my teenage life but started eating meat again a few years ago. When I started reading this blog and healthytippingpoint, I realized that eating meat is not for me and went back to my vegetarian ways in October. I haven’t looked back and don’t think I ever will. I feel sooo much better since I stopped eating meat again and am happy to know that I’m reducing my carbon foot print at the same time.

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382 katie April 22, 2010

i think the first part of my turning point was right before my 26th birthday, realizing that i had stopped paying attention to my health, and was just unhappy with how i looked and felt. so my friends and i started a gym challenge, where we each had to work out 3 days a week or else owed the group $5 each time we missed. i loved getting back into working out on a regular basis, but after a few months of it, i realized that i wasn’t seeing the results i wanted to, and had to change my diet in order to see that. i then started watching portions, and added more fruits and veggies to my diet, bulked up my morning oatmeal so i wasn’t starving by 10a, and actually started to see noticeable change!

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383 Lisa April 22, 2010

I acknowledged that I needed to get healthier again at the end of my sophomore year of college, after realizing that I could no longer run more than 2 miles at a time. As I have always considered myself a runner, this wasn’t acceptable! During the summer after my sophomore year I made a bigger effort to get moving and exercise almost every day, rather than just on occasion, and since then I have stayed in good enough shape to run at least a 4-miler. My passion for running definitely came back!

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384 sherri April 22, 2010

I’m surprised it took me this long to get to my turning point. After 5 years of infertility and very painful endometriosis I decided to take control of the food I put in my mouth and to see if it will make a difference in my health and my fertility. So, I tried 30 days raw vegan (cold turkey) and loved every bit of it (except the detox) and I have no desire to turn back. Everything is better. My complexion, my energy levels, my weight, etc. I’m almost 2 months in, which is not long, and I’ve lost 20lbs and I am keeping hope it will lead to a pregnancy. And if it doesn’t, that’s Ok too. I love the change.

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385 SmilingJudy April 22, 2010

I didn’t have a turning point really — it was sort of an evolution that is still ongoing. Things that help me feel my best:
– blended greens every day
– eliminating processed sugar
– minimizing natural sugar
– running! (recent couch-to-5K grad; currently training for a 10K, then a half)
– yoga, yoga, yoga
– listening to my body and trying to understand how it reacts to what I’m feeding it
– seeking out help from a naturopath and chiropractor; never felt better!

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386 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) April 22, 2010

The turning point for me was last summer after I had just gotten married. I had a lot of down time since I was in between college internships and began reading different healthy living blogs. I was so inspired I began slowly making better decisions such as poached eggs instead of fried and fruit instead of hash browns at breakfast.Those little changes led to huge changes and I even set a PDR of 8 miles which I never though I would be able to do, I’m definitely not a natural athlete. I then starting writing my own and my life has truly changed for the better! I’m now healthier then I ever have been and I’m so happy about that!

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387 Christine April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was 17 and saw that I was eating so unhealthy. I became a vegetarian and never looked back. It taught me how to eat.

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388 Marla April 22, 2010

I was just about to graduate from grad school and felt tired and depressed all the time because I wasn’t taking any time to exercise or eat right. None of my clothes fit, I was lethargic, and my office chair creaked every time I sat in it. One day I woke up sick of living that way, of feeling that way. I had heard about green monsters and decided to make one positive change—to drink one every morning. The effect was immediate and my new energy propelled me to start eating better and moving my body! Now I feel like a new person!

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389 Dustie April 22, 2010

My turning point….my friend’s husband – 30 years old was in the hospital – after JUST being diagnosed with a brain tumor. I went to visit him on my lunch break. On my way back to my desk, I found myself very winded climbing only 3 flights of stairs. I stopped right then and there and it was like my whole life flashed before my eyes. I was 27, a mother, overweight, a smoker….so unhealthy and obviously headed down the WRONG path. I reached my desk and threw the cigarettes in the trash. Sadly, he died a couple days later and it really made me think about my own life in huge ways. I vowed to make changes – and never really looked back from that moment. The end result was losing 60 lbs and becoming a runner…and a FIT MOMMY. :)

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390 Jessica April 22, 2010

Absolutely there was a moment where I finally said enough was enough. Christmas break of ’08 I got on the scale and I weighed 240lbs. I had always been a big girl (usually around 200lbs) but I saw myself heading towards a lifetime of poor health and unhappiness. So I took control and lost just over 100lbs. Now I can walk up a flight of stairs without breaking a sweat, I lift weights and I can see my future being a lot brighter than before.

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391 Eileen April 22, 2010

My turning point came 4 years ago when I was really sick with candida (yeast overload) I had joint pain, depression, brain fog, sinus infections, and was always too tired to play with my daughter. I remember laying on the floor, exhausted, and she came in and asked why I didn’t want to play with her anymore. That was it for me. I researched candida and overhauled my diet completely removing sugars, processed food, alcohol and got back to real food. It has been quite the journey, but I now have my health/life back, and it has led me to a new career in Nutrition. Now I get to help other in their health journey. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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392 Chelsea April 22, 2010

Green Monsters make me feel healthier every day. Their green color makes me feel so clean and refreshed!

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393 Lucy P. April 22, 2010

My turning point was after I lost nearly 50 pounds..and gained an eating disorder. I realized no matter how thin I became I would never be happy. After listening to lots of women who I thought had “perfect” bodies..and hearing them say that they weren’t happy with theirs…I knew enough was enough. I had to love my body TODAY and make good choices every DAY. I still have work to do, but I am much happier with myself and love myself more than I ever have.

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394 Maggie April 22, 2010

What keeps me motivated and feeling healthy is simply the amazing feeling I get after a long hike, a bike ride, or fun trail run. These small things make me thankful for my body, and what it allows me to do.

:) Thanks for the contest!

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395 Kyle April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I got back from a cruise that I went on in 2005 or 2006, and seeing that I had gained 10 pounds *on top of* the 20 extra pounds that I had already accumulated. The clencher was that I was dancing hard core (Irish dance!) 3 days a week – but that activity couldn’t make up for eating junk food. And I felt terrible all the time. So I changed, went vegan after some trials and tribulations, and asked my dad to invest in a treadmill. It worked out! I’m still not quite to my “goal” weight, but I’m running my first half marathon in less than 2 weeks!

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396 Summer April 22, 2010

My major turning point was the birth of my now 4 year old son. Before having him I had a very unhealthy relationship with food, doing whatever fad diet I could get my hands on and I had developed some very bad behaviors like eating in secret and eating nothing all day only binge all night. I saw working out only as a way to look better in a bathing suit. My weight was like being on a roller coaster ride, so many ups and downs. After my son was born I started to think about our future and how I wanted to be there for him through everything and be a great example. I started educating myself about nutrition and exercise and began to really take it seriously. Now I am commited to eating real and nutritious foods and getting in daily activity.

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397 Liz April 22, 2010

I was raised by extremely health conscious parents so I always ate well. The only thing that I changed when I got older was that I quit drinking when I was about 22. I didn’t drink that much to begin with, but I hated the way it made me feel. I felt unhealthy, out of control and made really bad decisions when I drank. So I stopped. People give me a much harder time about not drinking then they do about the fact that I’m a vegetarian. “Why don’t you drink?” or “Come on, it’s just one drink.” It’s definitely put me in awkward situations before. A few times around people I don’t know and will never see again I just tell them I’m pregnant so they will leave me alone. That shuts them up pretty fast…

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398 s April 22, 2010

my turning point was gaining 40 lbs in six weeks as an undergrad (really stressful semester). i was pretty much horrified … the weight loss / healthifying journey started then.

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399 Andrea April 22, 2010

my turning point was when I finally mustered up the courage to weigh myself, I spent twenty years never knowing the EXACT number I weighed..I vowed I would never see that number again!

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400 Jennifer G April 22, 2010

One thing that makes me feel healthier each day: walking to class instead of taking the tempting shuttle!

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401 Alisa April 22, 2010

The turning point in my life when I decided I need to get healthy was a few months into my first year of marriage. I got comfortable really quick and “let myself go” a little bit. After not feeling my best and prettiest, I decided I needed to get healthy for myself, my husband and my future daughters. I’m so glad I did!!

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402 Tay April 22, 2010

I would definitely say my turning point was when I realized I wanted to go visit my friend in CO. I hadn’t seen him in years and I wanted to WOW him and his friends! That was honestly the point where I started my weight loss journey and lost 60+ pounds!

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403 Lynna April 22, 2010

My turning point came after a horrible head injury I suffered from falling down the stairs. The road to recovery was long and VERY bumpy (the head injury resulted in a long term condition, which went undiagnosed for about a year and was then misdiagnosed). Regardless, I am so thankful to be alive and I know the outcome could have been much much worse.

After my head injury I wanted to treat my body the best I could and really take care of my health. I’m still not perfect but I have made a ton of healthy changes to my lifestyle and eating habits and I’m hoping to continue making more and more!

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404 Jamie April 22, 2010

I had two major turning points. Gaining 20 pounds freshman year really motivated me to be more aware of what I was eating. Along my weight loss path, I started tracking calories online and eventually found the healthy living blog community, which has definitely peaked my interest in pursuing a healthy lifestyle

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405 Meg April 22, 2010

I’m excited about this giveaway – I’ve never used amazing grass before! My turning point was seeing a not so flattering picture of me, which led to stepping on the scale and seeing the highest number I’ve ever seen. I’m still working on getting that number down, but I’ve lost 12 pounds so far and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. Plus, I’m a group exercise instructor now, and it’s really cool to help others get in shape!!

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406 Kim B. April 22, 2010

I grew up eating poorly and rarely having a healthy meal. Both of my parents were overweight. I knew that I needed to be a better role model for my kids. When I got to a point that I HATED having my picture taken with my son, I knew things needed to change. I didn’t want to look back and hate every picture of the two of us together. I needed to get my act together. I got my weight under control with eating right and exercising. Another baby later and I’m getting back on track with losing the baby weight and being active (I had to refrain from exercise during my pregnancy because of a complication). It feels good!

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407 Meghan April 22, 2010

Every day being surrounded by positive influences, eating my friends and veggies, taking my vitamins, being outside and being active make me feel AMAZING!

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408 Kris April 22, 2010

Nothing makes me feel better than starting my day with a Green Monster (usually has one scoop of Amazing Grass, soy milk, strawberries, flax oil, banada and spinach…YUM!) followed by a sweaty weight & cardio mixed class at the gym. I wish every day could be like that!

My turning point was after a bad break up. I looked in the mirror and realized I was not a happy person and that reflected in the way I treated my body. I learned to eat better and I learned that I love the way exercise makes me feel. :)

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409 katie April 22, 2010

my turning point was on my birthday this past summer. i was going to a wedding and couldn’t fit in to the dress that i had packed for the trip. i was totally mortified and had a terrible evening. i immediately began tracking what i ate and running almost daily. now i’m down 37 pounds and training for a marathon!

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410 Bella (Stilettos on the Streetcar) April 22, 2010

My turning point happened in 2007. I got all dolled-up to attend a fancy-scmancy party. I felt pretty awesome. The next morning I logged into Facebook and saw photos posted from the night before. I looked huge! I barely recongized myself. My first thought was “there’s something wrong with the camera.” Uhhh, no. The camera was working just fine. The problem was me. That was the day I decided things needed to change. I still have the photo that prompted it all. I take a look at it every once in a while when I’m falling off the wagon.

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411 Ashley April 22, 2010

I wouldn’t say there was a specific event on a specific day. My road to health has been happening over the past 3 years. I have always had an interest in food, but it really began when I was researching for my Architecture thesis. Sounds weird right? Well, all the craziness happening in the food world thanks to good ol’ industrialization has happened in the exact same way for architecture. Basically a focus on QUANTITY over QUALITY. They really go hand in hand. Anyway, that is where my crazy [in a good way] LOVE for food research began and the rest is history. Aaaand I LOVE amazing grass!! Especially the chocolate :)

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412 Kendall @ Whisk Her Away April 22, 2010

Ignoring my scale makes me feel healthier. Through blog reading, I realized that the number doesn’t define me. I’ve had a lot more happier mornings because of it. :)

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413 Jess April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my favorite clothes no longer fit! I made a promise to fit back into them and I’m working on it now!

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414 Gina G April 22, 2010

to tell you the truth, im not exactly sure the exact moment when it hit me that i need to get better and gain some weight, but i feel like most of it came from being with my family. I didn’t want them to suffer or have to see me suffer. i wanted to be happy for me too! im no where near to perfect, but im fine with that. im still working on the small things, but feel like i have still accomplished so much at the same time. life is too short! =)

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415 Katherine April 22, 2010

My turning point to eating HEALTHILY, no joke, was finding your blog! I’d lost weight before but it’d been done through restriction and overexercising. Now I maintain my weight with green smoothies and good exercise!

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416 amanda @ fake ginger April 22, 2010

Baby #2 was the turning point for me. I’ve always abused my body and was less than 80 pounds by the time my first baby turned one. For some reason having to take care of 2 little ones really turned me around. It probably helped that I was a few years older and wiser too.

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417 Brynne April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I stepped on the scale and I was two pounds away from my scary number! Then my friend made me go on a walk and rejoin the gym with her .. she gets most of the credit :0)

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418 Megan April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I went for a routine physical and got blood work done. Results came back saying I had high cholesterol.. at AGE 23!! I thought bad cholesterol was just for old men in those commercials! So i immeditaly started working out and eating better!

Things that make me feel better now- green monsters and reading these healthy living blogs.. they really keep me motivated!!

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419 bliss April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I stopped buying all of the pre-packaged sugar laden, corn filled, low fat diet foods. I used to think I was making the healthy decision buy purchasing these products. What I later learned was that by clearing my pantry of all of the crap and replacing it with whole grains, coconut oils and healthy sugar alternatives I was making a much better choice for my health.

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420 Drake April 22, 2010

My turning point was the summer after my second year of university. My parents separated about a month before I left for school, and then subsequently divorced about half way through my first year. A whole lot of drama then erupted in my extended family, as my parents’ relationship was always seen as the most stable one, and my brother and I got lost in the shuffle a little bit. Needless to say, I have never felt more isolated or lost in my entire life, and that coupled with the fact that I am the definition of a stress eater meant that for a lot of the second semester of my first year at university I sat in my room and ate. It continued through second year, and I lost my connection to my body. I was always a fit person, and played soccer and rode competitively throughout high school. I remember seeing a picture of myself at a family barbeque and being absolutely horrified.

I think in a lot of ways exercise and healthy eating also helped me to get over the lingering depression I was feeling about the divorce of my parents. When I was in my lowest days I ate to feel better, but the things I was eating and what they were doing to my body only made me feel worse, and the cycle continued until I was completely out of control. I think once I really looked within myself I realized that food was never going to help me to be happy, and once I started helping myself through healthy eating and exercise it was like this immediate rush of energy and power and I remembered what it was like to be connected to myself. Now I’m one exam away from my undergrad degree and I’ve never been happier!

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421 Karen April 22, 2010

Wow, 400+ comments. Dang. My turning point was recently when I A) got tired of seeing myself in a mirror and B) got tired of constant headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue. I just recently discovered your community of nutrition/health blogs and I read your blog, meals & moves, rambling babushka, and freestylefitnessaddiction, every day – the pictures and fitness ideas always inspire me. I live in rural GA but I’ll be in Birmingham AL this weekend and I am really excited to hit the Whole Foods and get kombusha (sp) and chia seeds and GREEN MONSTER MATERIAL!!! PS: My keys have caps on them that are different monsters, we need to find you a green monster cap for your keys :)

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422 Marianne April 22, 2010

Every time I try to think of a definite turning point, I can never come up with something. I don’t know if it was uneventful, or things have always just come as gradual progressions for me.

Things that keep me on the healthy path daily – taking the time to make my own meals, regardless of what my family is eating. Moving back home has been hard, since my family buys items I don’t normally consume, and cooks meals that don’t want to eat that often. But I know my mom won’t be offended if I make something else, and if that’s what makes me feel healthy, then that’s what I’m going to do. Plus, I miss being in the kitchen cooking for myself all the time!

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423 Ash Bear April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that I wanted to run with my friends in the annual Labor Day 10K instead of being the cheerleader!

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424 Jolene April 22, 2010

One thing that led to my road to health was reading the book “The Natural Cures they Don’t Want you to know about.”

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425 Stephanie April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was a junior in college. I was binging like crazy and then purging in the form of excessive exercise. I had just eaten an entire box of Cheerios in one hour and walked straight to counseling services to talk to someone. Four years later, I still struggle with binging but don’t exercise excessively. I know I have a problem, though, and work hard every day to get better.

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426 Brenda April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my mom got Parkinson’s disease. The more I see her health decline the harder I try to live a healthier lifestyle. I don’t want to end up like that. One of the hardest things I have had to do was help my mom in the bathroom. Her medication was messed up and she couldn’t do anything for herself. As long as she takes her medicine correctly she can take care of herself. That was scary.

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427 jessica April 22, 2010

My turning point to health was in my senior year of high school and my cross country running team had just gotten a new coach who taught us all basic nutrition and how to eat to fuel our workouts. I changed my eating habits and immediately felt better and had more energy and now six years later I still remember some of his tips.

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428 Plate+Simple April 22, 2010

My turning point was after giving birth to my daughter. I realized that I needed to set a healthy example for her. It made all the difference in my motivation to get (and stay) as healthy as I can possibly be.

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429 Heidi April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my boss said he chased people for blocks to get the stolen merchandise back and I knew I couldn’t even run across the parking lot if my life depended on it. So it was that day that I started running (couch to 5k) and when I started doing that my eating turned around and I started eating healthier and everything fell into place. That was 2 years ago. Thanks for a great blog!!!

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430 Krysta April 22, 2010

I haven’t had a major turning point, but I have been making changes in the past couple of years that have had big impacts on my health. Last year I stopped eating meat and just recently I’ve given up artificial sweeteners. I NEVER thought I could shake Splenda, now when I eat/drink it it grosses me out and makes me feel super crummy. yay!

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431 Sara April 22, 2010

Turning point was honestly starting to read Food Blogs 1 year ago… wow! I learn SO MANY ideas and love cooking for myself everyday now! I know a lot of people say its starting to read food blogs, but these blogs encouraged me to explore healthy foods in tons of delicious ways! Thanks Angela!

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432 Amanda McPherson April 22, 2010

My turning point was during my senior year of college. I had been struggling with lethargy and knew that my body needed a change. I read the book “Skinny Bitch” and I was transformed! That was three years ago, and I must say becoming a vegetarian was the best choice that I have made. I have so much more energy than I used to and a much better immune system. Overall, I just feel great! I love living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same.

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433 Amy April 22, 2010

My real eye-opening turning point was two-fold.

First was getting a dog who requires walks/runs every day… it’s really enjoyable to share time with a loyal pal and I find that I am SO much less self-conscious about exercising in public because I’m not worried about people judging how little endurance I have – I know they’re all admiring my handsome puppy! haha!

Second was being completely inspired by the Olympics. (I had originally vowed not to get sucked in by all the “Do you believe?” balogna, but the energy became so palpable, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the celebration!) Anyway, I LOVE curling and have wanted to get serious about it since the 2002 Olympics, but have *never* thought of myself as the athletic type – quite the opposite! I had just always accepted that sports were reserved for “those other people.” But then I realised that the only thing keeping me from being physically active was the belief that I wasn’t the physically active type. I immediately turned that thought around and now I actually *crave* exercise and movement, whereas before I really hated it because I didn’t think I was strong enough for any of it. I now jog, do yoga, and I have started following a curling-specific training program so I can join when it starts back up again in the fall. I will no longer be the one who can’t keep up! I’m also looking forward to some cycling as well as lots and lots of hiking when we visit Alberta and BC in September. I’ve found it really helpful to stop comparing my fitness levels to anybody else’s. I just keep moving on up my own fitness ladder and it’s been so motivating… a real confidence booster! There are no limits to our potential!

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434 Angelalovesfood April 22, 2010

I have always wanted to lose that extra 5 lb but never really commited to it because it seemed like it took a lot of effort. It wasn’t til I saw my boyfriends mom whom I haven’t seen in ~3-4 years. She is 50 and looks absolutely amazing. That was my turning point, I realized that if she was able to find a way to get fit (6 pack!) that age, children, family, and work didn’t stop her, that I shouldn’t have an excuse not to try harder! I lost 10 lbs.
Due to being inspired by the way she ate, which is clean.

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435 Ellen April 22, 2010

i looked at myself in the mirror and had this realization. i just said to myself, “this is not what a healthy person looks like.” i had been on this so-called road to health for a long time, but i was actually ruining any health i had. i ate “well,” i exercised, i did yoga, i was thin. i didn’t get it. i had bags under my eyes, my hair was dry and breaking, i suffered from nearly debilitating ibs and i was always stressed out. i knew in that moment that something had to change because i didn’t want to waste any more of my life feeling that way.

from that moment on, i really took my health into my own hands. i stopped thinking about what “experts” said about what’s healthy and i started listening to my body. i gained weight, i discovered i had food allergies that were triggering my ibs, i started making every choice for ME and for who i wanted to become. i have come a long way and am proud of it!

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436 Alexandra April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I was diagnosed with an eating disorder on Oct 31, 2008. I was at my lowest weight because I became so obsessed with food, reading labels, and calorie counting. I saved myself through visiting farmers markets. Teaching myself to enjoy pure foods is what cured me and ever since then it has been a cornerstone in my everyday life. It changed my life and I’ve become such a different person with my new healthy outlook on life. Everything in balance!

~alex

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437 Mellissa April 22, 2010

My turning point came when I had kids, I want them to have healthy habits, and the way that happens is if we are healthy models for them. I’ve also just recently discovered health/fitness blogs and they have been a major factor in keeping me on track as well,

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438 JenV April 22, 2010

I would say my turning point started about two years ago when my grandmother was taking our family on a cruise. I have always loved to swim in the ocean and in the pool. But I had NOO confidence in myself and didnt EVEN BRING a swimsuit on the cruise. I just remember watching everyone enjoy the water and thinking how much enjoyment in life I was missing out on. From then on its been getting better each and every day enjoying each moment!

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439 Allie April 22, 2010

My turning point came after I started studying for my medical licensing exam (the most important one I’ll ever take!). I’m in medical school, and it’s an incredibly stressful time. I’ve always been an avid exerciser, but I’d been having constant fatigue and stomach discomfort for months on end. I knew there was no way I could focus for a 2 month study period without really taking care of my body. I relentlessly searched the internet for solutions, and stumbled across wellness blogs such as OSG and HEAB. I started making green smoothies and eating organic, unprocessed food. I experimented with chia seeds, wheatgrass, almond butter, overnight oats and soy milk, things I never thought I would eat, as my diet typically consisted of 90% processed foods. I switched from coffee to tea, started getting more sleep, and drinking copious amounts of water instead of fruit juice. My energy has soared, my mind is focused, and my body has completely morphed. My test is now a few days away and instead of falling into the pre-test habit of binge eating, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been! Thanks OSG!

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440 Shannon April 22, 2010

I think my turning point was haphazardly getting active and enjoying it, then realizing how much happier i was when i was healthy!

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441 Ashley k April 22, 2010

My turning point was about 3 years ago when I decided to go vegetarian! :)
Since then, I’ve become a vegan and feel I’m doing my body an incredible service. I am nourishing myself with wholesome foods and don’t feel bad when I splurge with the way healthier vegan treats!

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442 Sarah April 22, 2010

My turning point was after college when I realized my health was more important than the number on the scale. I started implementing healthy habits and have stuck with them most of the time!

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443 Katie April 22, 2010

My turning point was falling in love with my boyfriend. Before and right when I met him, I was going through my eating disorder. I was uncomfortable with the way I looked and felt and I didn’t feel like anyone would want to love me. Well, then Brad came along and turned my world inside out. He didn’t cure me from the eating disorder. No, I am still suffering from it a little bit each day. But, he’s there to remind me how beautiful I am and he makes me feel more special than I have ever felt before. He’s not only become a light in my world, but I have become a light in his too. I could never have asked for a better guy.

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444 Nicole April 22, 2010

Realizing that I would lose an amazing relationship if I didn’t take the necessary steps to take care of myself is what motivated me to start changing my harmful thinking, eating and exercising habits. It’s still a work in progress, but I would have continued my unhealthy habits for God only knows how long had it not been for my wonderful boyfriend.

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445 Dana April 22, 2010

I absolutely love Chocolate Amazing Grass its my favorite! I just found it a couple months ago. My story to get healthy happened 12 months ago – when I saught professional help for an eating disorder I had on/off for the past 7 years. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself and my life. I don’t believe anyone ever fully recovers from addictions and things, but I’ve never been happier, never been healthier and can honestly say I love life now. What you put into your body is so empowering and it nourishes you and gives you life!

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446 casey April 22, 2010

In jan of 2008 I decided I was tired of being fat. That year I managed to lose 70lbs wahoo! You would think that would have been my turning point. I counted every single calorie…spent hours on the elliptical, measured tablespoons of ketchup, my freezer was filled with lean cuisines…but this was taking its toll on my body, I wasn’t getting the proper nutrients..bruising easily, and my hair was so brittle. I couldn’t even enjoy spending time with my friends because I would be obsessing over calories. My turning point came one day when I logged 2 grapes on my caloriecount. 2 freakin grapes!!! I am proud to say I no longer count calories and my diet consists entirely of clean whole foods!

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447 *Andrea* April 22, 2010

my turning point was when i realized that i didn’t want to be trapped anymore by negative thoughts about body image, exercise, social pressures etc. and i enrolled in a mindfulness meditation and yoga class this spring!

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448 Camille April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that I could never have kids or lead a happy life if I continued on the unhealthy point I was on. That fact that I couldn’t go out to eat with friends and I would turn down a grape because I was afraid of the calories terrified me. I immediately adjusted my diet for the better and I have never been so happy in my life.

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449 K.C. April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my boyfriend broke up with me because he “didn’t like how large my hips had gotten.” Although it was devastating at first, I eventully came to realize that everything I thought about my body, I thought because of him. When he complimented me, I complimented myself. When he berated me, I berated myself.

I now understand that I should never allow someone to hold that kind of power over me and to embrace everything that I have and vow to eat healthy for ME and not for external motivation from somebody who has trouble looking beneath the surface.

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450 Monica April 22, 2010

I guess my turning point was about a year ago. I watch a lot of TV and I am really into media, so all of the health food craze from the media got me really interested in adapting new healthy habits in my daily routine. I was a little skeptical but I knew my bad habits would catch up with me. I’m a youngin’ and I have had bad body image issues for many years now (and still struggle with them every day), but I am trying to over come the coffee/diet coke rituals and eat natural, healthy foods, that are good for me, and that make me feel great. I do have more energy now and I am at a healthy weight, with more muscle, and I feel great physically, I guess the mental part is what I should be concentrating on now.

Ch-ch-ch-chia!

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451 Lorraine April 22, 2010

When I graduated from college, I lost over 20lb in one summer through healthy eating and exercise. Now, I’m bad in school and started stress eating and procrastinating exercise again… Boo… blogs like yours motivate me to change and maintain good habits!
So I guess my turning points (up and down) are major life events – graduation, job, etc – and the associated stress.

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452 Elyse April 22, 2010

My turning point was about a year ago when something clicked inside me and made me realize that I need to get HEALTHY not SKINNY. All through high school, it had been about losing the pounds and not eating. I never excercised and limited myself to around 700 calories a day. After high school, I gained about 25 lbs and had no energy.

I’ve lost all the weight (so now I’m at my high school weight) but I look MUCH smaller than I was in high school. It’s amazing what some cardio, strength training, and pure foods can do for the body! And as further proof of the benefits of my healthy life, I now have normal menstrual cycles (I used to get them every 2 months). Weird! Now I run, ellipticize, circuit train, hike, etc. And I focus on improving my body’s strength and capabilities. If I happen to lose a few more pounds along the way, then that is just my bodies natural reaction to living healthfully :)

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453 Amy April 22, 2010

When I graduated from college, I lost over 20lb in one summer through healthy eating and exercise. Now, I’m bad in school and started stress eating and procrastinating exercise again… Boo… blogs like yours motivate me to change and maintain good habits!
So I guess my turning points (up and down) are major life events – graduation, job, etc – and the associated stress.

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454 Suzanne April 22, 2010

I’d say when I moved to NYC and got super busy I became much more focused on eating as healthy as possible and working out. It was just so much more focused because I had minimal time. I began to use the healthy living site sparkpeople and started reading these fabulouso health blogs to keep my motivated! :-)

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455 Kristen April 22, 2010

My turning point what when I realized that if you don’t treat your body the right way, you are ignoring the sacred body that supports your entire internal self through this life! You have to care for your mind, body, and soul, and all three are interconnected; if you neglect or ignore even one of those elements, then the other two will also be left behind… This reflects how everything in life is interconnected. If you treat your mind right, the body will follow, you just need to truly see the importance of caring for your entire self in a way that truly nourishes and satisfies the soul to the utmost.

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456 Carly April 22, 2010

My turning point wasn’t necessarily a point…it’s more of an attitude adjustment. Being healthy comes from the inside first! Love yourself and treat your body as a temple and it will in turn reward you that way :)

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457 Allison April 22, 2010

I was always active and fairly healthy, never had any major issues with my weight or anything…but I guess you could say my knee injury a couple years back really got me to reexamine my workout methods and diet…now I’m better at listening to my body, focusing on post-workout recovery, and the like. And I’m trying to cut out artificial crap in my food–I’ve done everything possible to not buy anything with high fructose corn syrup for the past few months, and add more veggies and whole foods to my diet. The biggest thing holding me back right now is my college student budget!

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458 Elizabeth April 22, 2010

My turning point was definitely when I was diagnosed with cancer right after college graduation. I was only 21 years old (I am 24 right now) and could not believe that I was facing such a major health challenge. I realized that I had been seriously ignoring all of the signs that my body was tired and overly stressed and that this was the way it was calling for help. Even though the time that I was sick was difficult, I would never change it for anything because now I listen to what my body is saying and I truly respect myself and my needs!

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459 Gina April 22, 2010

In the past whenever I would diet it was to LOOK skinny. For some reason this year when I decided to diet it was to BE HEALTHY. Looking better was just and added bonus!

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460 Shannan April 22, 2010

My turning point was when my husband decided to open a karate and health and fitness center. I took a look in the mirror and asked myself and thought who would want to join if the owners wife looked like that. From that day on there was no turning back. I am in the best shape that I have ever been and eating healthy foods that I wouldn’t have tried before.

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461 HB April 22, 2010

When my girlfriend got her CrossFit certification and I started seeing her….which also coincides with losing almost 200lbs of extra weight that I had around way too long…[not me, my ex ;)]

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462 Janet April 22, 2010

My turning point was actually very similar to yours, I stepped on the scale for the first time after coming home from college and the number was so high I wanted to cry. I’m still working on the diet aspect, but my fitness had improved so much, its amazing.

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463 Jin April 22, 2010

My turning point was last summer when I went to Quebec for 5 weeks. Being a 16 year old away from home, the only way to relieve the stress of homesickness was through exercise. Naturally, the excess weight I carried (I consider myself quite chubby back then) fell off. I did it through diet and swimming daily.
Once the weight came off, I realized how much more energetic I have become and 100% more tuned with my body. Now I know what food and exercise my body craves each day and I act accordingly. My concentration in school improved a lot too! Health really is the most important thing.

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464 Ali April 22, 2010

My turning point was moving out on my own for the first time. I started to realise what went into the foods that I loved, and I didn’t like what I was finding out.

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465 Angela April 22, 2010

My turning point was when I gave birth to my daughter 3 yrs ago….I fell in love with her and realized she would be looking to me to teach her how to love herself. I want her to grow up healthy and loving her self from the inside out! I battled a eating disorder in my younger years and can say that I am healthier and happier than I have ever been. I may end up teaching my daughter to love herself but she helped to teach me to love myself!!!

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466 Theresa April 22, 2010

My turning point just happened recently. I stepped on the scale and realized I had gained 35 lbs since my wedding 3 1/2 years ago. Boy was that a shock. Slowly I have started to take charge of what I put in my body. I also signed up to run a half marathon on June 6th so that i would stay motivated to get back in shape. Everything is going well so far and I know I can keep this up.

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467 Laura April 23, 2010

My turning point..

Five years ago, I was about to start grad school after working several low-paying social work jobs and nannying on top of that to make ends meet. I was so busy working that I had let my body – and more importantly, my health – go. I was already a vegetarian, but didn’t do much cooking for myself, was eating on the go, and was relieving my stress with alcohol.

I began working out more, joined a gym, canceled my tv service, and decided to learn more about healthy eating. My friend – also vegetarian – taught me loads of new recipes and I realized cooking was actually fun! I also cut out soda and sweets.

I didn’t “diet” because I knew that was not what I needed. What I needed was a lifestyle change. I didn’t want to lose interest in a few months, so I committed to make these changes a part of my life. Since then, my interest in a healthy lifestyle has evolved. I eat less and less dairy, and I spend more time reading health/food blogs, looking up new exercise routines and recipes, and finding ways to keep a healthy lifestyle fun and fresh!

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468 Angela April 23, 2010

I went to college and decided to work at a camp for emotionally disturbed children in the summer. As I loved this job, I was stranded in the middle of a hot desert, with “camp food.” I gained SO much weight so quickly. That was turning point number one. I began healthy eating and became a vegetarian in college after returning from camp. I got married, and was in a very unhealthy relationship, that ended pretty abruptly. After a divorce at way too young of an age, right after my college graduation, I found myself, and am now the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. I eat whole foods (mostly) and have found a passion for running. I could go more into detail, but I think that’s a decent summary :)

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469 Gina April 23, 2010

My turning point was after spending a week in the hospital being sick from septisemia. I hated being bedladen and weak and couldn’t even use the bathroom without the help of a nurse. At the same time, I saw elderly people on the same ward who are there for months. Just to think of how they feel! I decided that I want to be healthy for as long as I can be so that I don’t become weak and helpless when I grow old. Plus, eating healthy and exercising makes me feel great about myself. It’s all about quality of life. Your blog has inspired me greatly and I’ve taken such a liking to running as a result.

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470 Lilian April 23, 2010

I always feel great after my kickboxing class!

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471 Amy April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself at my college graduation. I had just become a teacher and I was on top of the world. I knew I was a bit out of shape but the pictures didn’t lie. I took a vow right then and there to become the best me I could be. I started working out, embracing my vegetarian diet, and put myself back on the list! Fifty pounds and 8 years later, I’m still holding strong and feeling great! I would love to try Amazing Grass =)

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472 Jamie April 23, 2010

My turning point hit me recently. 2 years into a great job, the company laid off everyone I knew and moved me to a new group doing something that I hated. The new team was across the country so I worked in a cube all by myself on an empty floor, lonely doesn’t even begin to describe it. For the next two years I’ve had to constantly worry about being laid off and I sat all alone in an empty office doing a job that I hate for a person that is disrespectful and condescending. The stress from the past two years led me back into my Binge ED ways and it’s all been catching up with me. I’ve found myself 100+ lbs overweight, turning 28, and miserable at where I’m at in life (physically, mentally, professionally, etc). My 10 year high school reunion is in June and just recently someone asked where I thought I’d be at 28, and I started crying. I didn’t think I would be here. I’m still working through the details, but I’m calling a DO OVER. I’m doing a 2 week Green Monster Challenge, am buying my first home, and a few months back I started my own healthy living blog to give myself an emotional outlet and some accountability. You are such an inspiration; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read your “A Year Can Change A Lot” series for inspiration on my journey. Thank you!

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473 Jennifer K. April 23, 2010

The summer between high school and college, I decided to become a vegetarian. That led to me being more aware of what I was eating and healthier habits followed naturally for me. I slimmed down slowly and felt so much more energetic, bright, and focused. Definitely a turning point!

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474 Julia M. April 23, 2010

Hey Angela,

After giving birth to my first son, my weight spiraled out of control and I reached 280 lbs. (I’m 6 feet tall) I felt absolutely horrible, I could barely bend over to tie my own shoes. I knew I didn’t want to live like that, but it was such a constant struggle for me riding the weight loss/weight gain roller coaster. I was positive I wanted my son to live a healthy life and I couldn’t stop thinking, “I DON’T want him to remember me being unhealthy/overweight.” It was really a combination of 2 things that got me to the point I am today, 1) While working at a preschool a little girl saw me on the playground and said, “miss Julia, you are really fat (totally crushing coming from an innocent 4 year old, they sure do tell it like it is) & 2) I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy. That wasn’t me, I didn’t want to become dependent on a glucose meter or insulin because of something I brought upon myself. So, I have completely change my eating (you are what you eat) and have become active WITH my 2 boys and have managed to lose 100 pounds. Boy oh boy, it feels absolutely amazing! = )

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475 Kaye April 23, 2010

My turning point was slightly embarrassing…when I found that I had slowly, but surely acquired a new wardrobe piece by piece. My old clothes didn’t fit and I slowly bought new clothes to wear. I could not believe it!

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476 Lisa April 23, 2010

I joined my school’s cross country team and seeing how all my teammates were totally comfortable with their bodies allowed me to stop obsessing about my weight.

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477 lux April 23, 2010

My turning point was deciding I didnt want to be bulimic any more, and should just love myself for who I am instead of striving for some ‘perfect’ thing that will never happen.

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478 Michelle April 23, 2010

My turning poit was when I realized that my issues with my weight were starting to affect my relationship with others and especially my husband . I realized I could not hide myself away from others but needed to do something about it.

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479 Alex J April 23, 2010

My turning point had to be the end of summer right after first year of University ( I think this is a common theme :P). I was getting dropped off at the airport by my mom and she said (in an unhurtful way) ” you look so much healthier now than you did when we first piced you up. You looked pale, puffy, and sick”. I started crying because it was hurtful to me but after she explained herself, I vowed to not drink myself in to oblivion and make healthier choices going forward. 4 years later I eat mainly raw, vegetarian, run numerous races, am training to become a certified yoga instructor and couldn’t be happier :)

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480 Nicole April 23, 2010

My turning point has been my ability to finally understand what it means to treat myself well. Having beaten myself up for years (negative self-talk, deprivation, binge eating, etc.) I was so far lost that I wasn’t fully able to grasp how harmful these things were to me. It was only when I started to take tiny steps to do good things for myself that I began to understand how essential it is to love oneself. (Seeing healthy eating and exercising as a way to show my love for myself, as opposed to punishing myself, has helped quite a lot!)

These are great to read, thanks Angela!

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481 Amanda April 23, 2010

My turning point was a year ago when I started reading ‘run eat repeat’ I saw how much delicious real food she ate and started down a healthier path. I also stopped beating myself up about my food choices, by reading food blogs I saw that everybody makes mistakes, and its ok. I’m much happier now than I was before!

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482 Rika April 23, 2010

My story is similiar to yours. :D I gained weight so I did every research I can to find out how to lose it!.. and well, the best way was through eating healthy!

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483 Lexi April 23, 2010

While the 465 people who have commented above me come in different shapes, sizes, and packages, I find that my story is, nonetheless, quite similar to every single one. In my eyes, that in itself is one of the greatest turning points I will ever know.

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484 Therese April 23, 2010

I’ve had many “turning points” but the best one lately has been starting to read blogs like yours in the last few months! (I also love Healthy Tipping Point, Kath Eats Real Food, Peas and Thank You, and No Meat Athlete). You’re so upbeat and balanced and I need more positive thinking and self-talk in my life! I’m actually toying with the idea of going vegan for a month to see if it helps all the stomach problems I’ve been having!

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485 blair April 23, 2010

Last summer (between my junior and senior years of college), I had my first serious 9-5 internship. I knew that this was practice for what my days would look like in a year after I graduated, so I wanted to take advantage of practicing with the schedule. In the past, I’d always played on the tennis team so that kept me in shape, but I knew developing a consistent workout routine was important. So I buckled down and managed to get to the gym 3-4 days a week! The routine really reinforced my dedication to my health, and I became confident that I could keep it up after graduation.

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486 SarahB April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I looked at my face and saw wrinkles and sag, and I finally realized that I have to heal from within rather than by slathering products onto the outside.

p.s. I am currently posting from out of the US but home is in the US.

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487 Jennie {in Wonderland} April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I returned from a year away working for Walt Disney World in FL. I had gained about 30 pounds and felt uncomfortable and ‘heavy’, all the time. My parents kindly suggested that I would feel better if I joined a gym and offered to pay for it. That’s when I knew that I had become very unhealthy and needed to make changes.

Although these changes haven’t been fully realized until this year [I became a vegetarian and stopped eating junk food for the most part, including fast food, plus I started working out regularly], it was still ‘the moment’, when I saw that my parents were worried — that is a scary thing and I knew it was time to cross over to the healthy side of the bus ;-)

Some things that keep me healthy: green tea, green monsters, big salads, lots of veggies, exercise, hitting the sauna, my friends, family and bf, and sunshine.

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488 Kim April 23, 2010

My turning point had been a long time coming, after struggling with low self-esteem, body image, and extra weight. Finally last April my sister and I decided to try to lose a little weight… and I started running, eating better… with the help of my sister and husband I felt empowered and started making choices to make my body feel better, not to deprive myself. I ran for health and because I liked it. I ate foods that were delicious and made me stronger. And the weight came off, but I gained a whole new world of understanding about health and my own body and strength. Still working and growing, 30 pounds lighter, and excited to stay on the journey!

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489 Stefanie April 23, 2010

My turning point was just over 2 months ago. My Dad spent his 51st birthday in the cardiac ICU, on a ventilator.

He has never been the healthiest man–a former drinker and smoker–but gets plenty of physical exercise in his job. I never imagined him as the picture of a young heart attack victim, let alone a heart transplant candidate. In mid-February, he was having some chest pain and went to the hospital to have it checked out. Turns out he has had multiple heart attacks, has left-sided heart failure, had a blood clot in his left ventricle, and was too weak to have heart bypass surgery to repair the three main blocked heart vessels.

He has recovered unbelievably well, but is still on a transplant list, should they not be able to improve the pump-function of his heart.

I have always had “issues” surrounding food, body image, and self esteem. I found veganism as a way to eliminate cholesterol from my diet, after my new-found family medical history.

Things that keep me healthy are: the desire to be a good mom to my 15-month-old, green monsters (so yummy, my little guy loves them too!), and outdoor exercise in the warm weather.

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490 roya April 23, 2010

My turning point occurred 6 months ago. I had lost a lot of weight, but in the wrong way. I started to gain again and realized that my previous weight loss methods were wrong and unhealthy. Now I feel better than ever!

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491 Lyssa April 23, 2010

My turning point more or less occurred in December when I was in school doing a speech on animal rights. It occurred to me, if i’m so passionate about animals and their rights, then why i’m I still eating them? So that’s when I became a vegetarian, and started reading more food blogs and it all opened up my eyes to this whole new world of foods I had no idea about. I may not be stick skinny but at least I feel good about what I’m putting into my body :)

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492 MAJL April 23, 2010

Excellent question! I had two turning points:

1) Hiking up the Grouse Grind with my significant other took 1.5 hours, mostly due to me feeling like I was going to die; heart rate too high and legs like jello.

2) Developing a knee injury about 1 year into my exercise and healthy eating plan. It made me aware of how I need to listen to my body and focus on what I can do, and not what I can`t do. Sadly, I had to give up higher impact activities but focusing on other things like spinning and stair climbing helped me take my fitness to the next level.

Three years later, I a 40 pounds lighter and have never felt better. Last year, I climbed the Grouse Grind in 48 minutes, passing everyone to the top (I know I could`ve done it in 40 minutes if it wasn`t for the snow and water which made me slow down because it was slippery)!! This milestone keeps me going on the days where it is difficult to stay on track. My before, after, and consistency photos remind me how important healthy living with nutrition and exercise is.

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493 Lydia April 23, 2010

When I became pregnant with my daughter I really wanted to eat the best I could. The incentive of taking care of her during the pregnancy was enough to change habits that I hadn’t changed for myself. However, I found I wanted to continue taking care of myself after she was born- I felt better about my body than I had in a long time. She is now 18 months and it makes me happy to know that as she grows up she will have a good example in me of how to be a healthy, confident woman.
Thanks for the chance to share!
Lydia

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494 Jen April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing slaughtered animals and deciding to become a vegetarian. Through my research of a vegetarian/vegan diet, I discovered a little too much about the food system in the US, and decided it was best to eat whole and clean foods. After making this decision, I have had more energy, my weight is under control, and I feel fantastic! Reading health blogs, and writing my own, has helped me to reflect on why this lifestyle is the best choice for me! It keeps me on track and motivates me to live the healthiest lifestyle possible.

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495 Renee April 23, 2010

I didn’t have a turning point so much as a culminating series of realizations. The gist of them was that no matter how well I did in my career and academically, if I wasn’t healthy, I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy those accomplishments . That was really reinforced when I went to a conference this year and was able to stay mentally engaged for the entire three 16 hour days thanks to exercise and healthy food – whereas in the past, I would have skipped sessions in favour of naps.

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496 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 23, 2010

My turning point happened a couple months ago. It had been coming for a long time, though. I just realized how unhappy I was all because of my weight. If my weight was where it should be, I would be a pretty happy person. I know weight doesn’t fix everything, but everything else in my life is pretty good and if I could get rid of the excess weight, my life would be almost perfect. I wrote about it all here: http://balancingme.com/not-sure-where-this-path-will-lead/

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497 Amyella April 23, 2010

Oh this is an exciting give-away!! I’ve been eating vegetarian/vegan about 85% of the time and have been wanting to try this Amazing Meal but it is sooo expensive!

Anyway, I could ramble for many, many paragraphs about my turning point, but the real rock bottom was my freshman year of college when my ED was at its worst. My roommate was out of the night and I snuck into her food stash and ate a bowl of cereal. A whole bowl! And then I cried and cried and cried. After that I made real efforts to get out of my head and just start being healthy. It took about 5 more years but I finally made it out of ED hell, got into shape and enjoy eating healthy and working out healthy!

Love reading your blog – you have such a sunny disposition!

Amy :)

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498 Mary Ann April 23, 2010

My beloved husband watched me down another Diet Coke and said, “I think you shouldn’t be drinking so much of that”. He never comments on what I eat (smart man) so when he said that I knew I was over-consuming the poison drink. I quit cold turkey and started thinking about how many other processed foods I was eating. So began the journey to health……

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499 Rachel April 23, 2010

My mother always made sure that we ate pretty well, but I remember a specific conversation with my grandfather when I was little. He had been diagnosed with diabetes and had just gone to the dietician and he was telling me that he was excited to go to someone who clearly practiced what she preached. He liked that her skin and eyes were so clear, and her hair was shiny. I don’t think he ever mentioned her weight, but just talked about those details and how healthy she looked. This 10 minute conversation when I was about 12 is what caused me to major in health in college. Now, my tips and tricks are eating as many raw fruits and veggies as I can, minimal processed foods, as much organic as I can, no meat, and EXERCISE!!

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500 Kristen April 23, 2010

I feel like I have two turning points. My first turning point was after my freshman year of college. I gained 20 pounds and I was very unhealthy. I didn’t like the way I felt or looked. I didn’t grow up with good eating habits, but I was always active. So, I tried to learn how to be healthy and I started a regular exercise routine. Since then, I have been on a quest to learn as much as I can about being healthy. However, I still fluctuated with my weight and binged. That is why I believe I have a second turning point. I joined weight watchers almost two years ago and I finally learned to have a better relationship with food. Food was meant to fuel my body. I accepted that there are times when I want to eat more and that’s okay. I always used food as a crutch. I quit weight watchers for many reasons, but I had all these healthy living blogs to read and comment on. In a way, these blogs are just like the WW meetings — a support network to share ideas and learn new ways to be healthy, deal with different issues. Being healthy is a commitment to yourself and your body and we all deserve it!

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501 leatitia April 23, 2010

My turning point was gaining 15 pounds on my petite frame on my first year of employment after graduation. Siting in front of a computer for 40 hours a week does that to a body.

Now I run, train for my first half-marathon, do strenght training almost everyday. My sister and mother started running with me and they’re addicted too now!

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502 Lindsey @ Sound Eats April 23, 2010

There’s no real turning point in my healthy journey, but for me the journey has always been just constantly becoming more aware of myself and the needs of my body. This includes making the transition to veganism, and most recently, back, when I realized that for me, a vegan diet wasn’t the best, given how carbohydrate-sensitive my body is.

Of course, winning some Amazing Grass products would always help my healthy living journey, too. ;)

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503 Emily April 23, 2010

I think the ultimate turning point was when I realized that if I didn’t love myself, no one else could love me. I was tired of “fad” diets and losing weight only to gain it back. It’s not about a diet – it’s about a lifestyle!

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504 Ginger April 23, 2010

my turning point was when I turned 30 I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, I’ve been on every diet possible and since I’ve turned 30 I felt exhausted so I take one day at a time and I keep close watch on what foods work for my body. I have put a great effort in the last month to get up that 15 mins early to make a green monster for the commute to work, and I’m feeling amazing. I’m so grateful for all these wonderful blogs ….I learn so much and makes me strive to be a healtier person.

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505 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 23, 2010

A turning point for me was when I was a senior in college and met some friends one evening after a concert. My BFF took a picture of me with The Boy, and when I saw it, I was shocked at how heavy I had become – I hardly recognized myself! I denied it for a while, but after I graduated three months later, I set myself on a path to become healthier, eat more veggies, and exercise more. Within six months I was back at my healthy weight, and have been on a journey for health ever since!

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506 Brittany April 23, 2010

My turning point was definitely my first year in college when I saw the “Freshman 15” slowly appearing before my eyes! I immediately knew it was time to make a change.

As cliche as it sounds, your blog had a huge impact on my new (now old) healthy lifestyle. Not only am I addicted to having at least one green monster a day, but I learned a lot about portion control and creative ways to make healthy meals just as good as unhealthy ones. So for that, I thank you. You have always been much more than a “health blog” to me! :)

(btw, I didn’t get all hearty in this comment in hopes of you picking me for the contest lol. I just saw it as an opportunity to let you know about the wonderful impact you’ve had on my life)
:)

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507 Anissa April 23, 2010

My turning point was last spring when my 4 year old said “Mommy chase me and catch me,” and I couldn’t catch him. May 13, will mark my one year anniversary on this journey to good health. Today I am 75 pounds lighter, I am running my first race this Sunday (a 5K), I have two more races scheduled this summer (a 5 mile and a marathon relay team), and I can catch my son every time. I enjoy your website so much and get a lot of great ideas from you. I love my green monsters and have gotten three friends addicted to them as well. In fact, I am making them for my entire office this afternoon! Thank you so much Angela for playing a big role in this journey!

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508 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I reached a low of 88 lbs. I had so many health problems because of it and absolutely no energy. I wanted to start feeling alive and actually enjoy my life again! I tried to get better on my own for a few months, but it wasn’t until I started reading food/fitness blogs that I was given the final push. I’m still not 100% there, but everyday is a step towards better health. :)

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509 Kristen April 23, 2010

My turning point actually came after I had reached my lowest weight of about 98 lbs. I knew I wasn’t treating my body well by depriving it. I ended up gaining back what I’d lost and more, and there was when I really started to change the way I was looking at my body and simply give it what it needed and be ok with occsionally indulging, allow myself to not exercise for several days if that’s what I wanted, and just LIVE. =]

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510 Colleen April 23, 2010

I don’t remember an exact turning point for my healthier eating habits, but I can credit my exercise habits to a spunky coworker. She had ordered the Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs from Beachbody and loved the workouts so she let me borrow them. They were so much fun, and from that point it just snowballed. Soon I was hiking, running, adopted a dog who kept me busy walking, and now I try all kinds of exercise DVDs and various walk/run plans. I still thank her all the time for getting me on track with regular exercise!

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511 Melissa M. April 23, 2010

My turning point was when one day I was doing laundry and decided I wanted to try on my boyfriends jeans, because in my mind I was thinking, “you should never be bigger than your man”. Needless to say, the pants were a little snug and I decided to try a need approach to my diet and began to count calories and incorporate weight training into my workouts. I definately become more aware of my body after that day and have never looked back.

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512 Katie April 23, 2010

Honestly, my turning point was reading many healthy living blogs and being able to relate to the recent graduate/now working professional weight gain. I thought I “deserved” the rest and extra food. Now I know I “deserve” better! Thank you!

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513 Ashley April 23, 2010

yoga helps me feel healthier right now

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514 Tania April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I was told I could not get the life insurance plan that I wanted because of my weight to height ratio and general health. I couldn”t even get my kids insured under me. What a day that was! You do everything you can in life for your kids and yet one of the most important thing in their life I was failing to give them – a healthy mother – So I set out on a journey to get myself healthy and I have now adopted a vegan lifestyle and exercise everyday. I have a ways to go but I know that I will be here a lot longer than I eas going to be;)

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515 Jen April 23, 2010

I’ve had several turning points over the years, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I finally decided to follow through. My now husband and I took that turn together and now we are both happier, healthier, and ready to take control of our future. Losing weight (65 for me, 80 for him) has given us both more confidence to go after what we want both personally and professionally.

And it is helping some of our family and friends realize that they to can go after their dreams of living healthier lifestyles.

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516 Alexis April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that I had subconsciously stopped trying to be in pictures with my boyfriend (I tried to hold onto the camera all the time, figuring I wouldn’t be IN the photos if I was taking them). I looked terrible, overweight and unhappy in every photo. Then, I realized that I was really missing out by not celebrating my time with my boyfriend. My secret fear is that we’ll grow old and not have any pictures of us together to look back on and remember!

Green monsters, a mostly vegetable diet and being able to do any exercise I feel like (instead of just slaving away on a bike/treadmill) keep me healthy and happy, and are putting me back on the road to being in FRONT of a camera again :)

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517 Andria April 23, 2010

I am actually just at my turning point. I was super healthy (and thin) until I had my kids a few years ago after I hit thirty. I’ve gained until I am at my highest weight ever and finally feel motivated to do something about it.

I’ve started the C25K and am on W4D3 and it’s going great. Now, I just need to work more on my nutrition.

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518 Laura April 23, 2010

Good luck with the C25K program!!!! I finished back in March and it was amazing!!! Doing my first 10K race next weekend :)

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519 Danielle April 23, 2010

My turning point came last week! I had been feeling horrible and could not figure it out. I realized at that point…of course I am feeling horrible…I put crap in my body and dont excersise and i SMOKE?! Last week I changed my diet, started going to the gym every morning, ANNNND QUIT SMOKING!!! It is a struggle every day but I already feel a difference and I am SOOOO proud of myself!! I want to feel good and look good…this is where my life starts!

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520 Katherine April 23, 2010

My road to health will always be a work in progress, but I am thankful to be a healthy vegetarian. By this, I mean that I glad I know the importance of vegetarian protein sources (legumes, grains, some soy, etc…) and other necessary nutrients. I never wanted to be the vegetarian that only ate chips, pizza, and fries just because they are not meat. Don’t get me wrong, I do eat all of those every now and again, but I feel my strongest when I fuel with foods from nature.

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521 Kathy A April 23, 2010

When my 7 year old son was diagnosed with celiac, I started reading everything I could on nutrition, which led to a healthier lifestyle for my entire family.

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522 Emily April 23, 2010

My turning point came after several years of struggles with every form of disordered eating imaginable. I was in my senior year of college and I had lost a lot of weight. I was getting a lot of compliments from people, but I was also hearing rumors around my sorority house that people thought I had an issue. That really just added fuel to the fire, because in my head, that meant they were just jealous. It wasn’t until I went to visit my older sister for a weekend that the truth set in. She went to give me a hug, but pulled away and told me I felt awful – like I was just bones. It hit me then that I had gone too far, and that it was time to start taking care of myself.

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523 Laura April 23, 2010

I had always considered myself to be a healthy person… but that was until I went away to university and then started dating someone who wasn’t very healthy. I soon found myself on a road of self destruction with binge drinking weekends and way too much fast food than I should have been eating. I had finally hit rock bottom when that 3 year relationship/engagement ended very badly (he cheated). I had spent about 8 months not caring about my body at all, drinking a LOT of wine and just feeling sorry for myself. Finally one day it was as if I just bounced back and decided this self destruction wasn’t worth it! I quit drinking alcohol immediately and within a month dropped 10 lbs just like that! I then started making it a goal to be as healthy as possible. For the first 2 years on this new road, my main form of exercise was horseback riding (which I tend to do 5-6 times a week) and now this past January I have decided to include running into the equation. I not make it a point to eat an amazingly healthy breakfast every single day (which include my form of green monster) and exercise as much as possible! I make a point to ride or run every single day and I feel better than ever!!! I honestly couldnt’ tell you my weight then and now as I don’t even own a scale. I just judge my ideal weight on how i look and most of all how i FEEL!!! Despite a little flab on my belly (which I’ve literally had since I was a baby!), I feel that I am now in the best shape of my life!!! :) I never want to go back to that place I was in about 4 years ago!

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524 Carolyn C. April 23, 2010

My turning point was after my kiddos were born, I was a full time mom and home and felt really listless. Plus, I was depressed I couldn’t fit in my old clothes! I started with jogging down the street and have gone from there. Watching my boys growing up also influences my choices as I am constantly teaching them about balance and healthy food choices. Thank you!

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525 Jess @ MTL Veggie April 23, 2010

I had two turning points:
The first one came when I was 18 and in my 1st year at university. Rather than gain the “Frosh 15” my weight dropped dramatically- my boyfriend at the time told me he could see my ribcage so clearly that it terrified him. I sort of made an effort to get better and I began to realize that I had a problem, but I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. The second turning point came two years later when my really good friend and roommate confronted me on my “extended” periods in the bathroom with the shower running. That was when I realized I couldn’t live in this agony over my body issues anymore and I turned to vegetarianism and healthy eating as a way to battle it. Over the past few years I’ve had my ups and my downs but I feel I’m finally at a place where I can honestly say I’m happy with my body image and perfectly healthy too.

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526 marianne April 23, 2010

My turning point was my mom, who is skinny, relatively healthy developing pre-diabetes, early signs of heart disease and high blood pressure. This was a real eye opener to me because i’ve just gone along thinking only obese people suffer from these types of problems but it turns out the women in my family on my moms side tend to die early from these problems. I have become so interested in health that I am now enrolled in a holistic nutrition course and am pursuing it for a career.

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527 Ashley April 23, 2010

My turning point to get on the path towards healthier living was when I got shingles during my last semester of graduate school. I was stressing myself out way to much with two internships and full time school and knew that I needed to fix something. I decided to join a gym to release some tension and make time for myself. I started going to the gym a few times a week once and I noticed a dramatic shift in how I was feeling. I had a ton more energy and felt that I was a better student because of it. Nowadays I look to my gym sessions as my sacred time and a place where I can zone out and just be with myself.

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528 Jes (Self Motivation) April 23, 2010

My turning point came shortly after some major changes in my life. I had recently gone through a break-up as well as parted ways with a former friend. I was lacking in the self-confidence department and had always envied seeing those women who ran and looked so independent. I decided that I wanted that to be me. Running actually started as a New Year’s Resolution for me, and I was soon hooked! Now I feel amazing! I am a million times more confident and feel so much more independent. I feel strong, like I can accomplish anything. I love it!

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529 Brittany April 23, 2010

My turning point was in college when my BF and I were getting our Halloween costumes custom made… the seamstress was like “um, did you gain weight? because your dress doesn’t fit anymore…” And boy was she right! In my first year I gained almost 15 pounds, which might not seem like a lot, but for my tiny frame you could tell. Right then and there I decided that I was going to start eating healthy and cut back on the beer. I wouldn’t call it a diet, just cleaner eating.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

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530 Alicia April 23, 2010

No major turning point, but I have come to realize that exercise is a non-negotiable. This was a big mental step!

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531 cali April 23, 2010

My real turning point was when I started the couch to 5k program and stuck with it, even though it was really hard for me. I too gained weight in University (40 pounds) and felt really bad about myself. It’s so much easier to maintain my weight (without starving myself … which I used to do) now that I exercise regularly.

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532 Betsy April 23, 2010

My turning point came this past semester at school. I’m only going part time right now, for various reasons, and I knew I was going to have a lot of free time. I wanted to start working out and getting in shape and I knew there would be no better chance to do it than now! So I did and I am so proud of myself for sticking with it! I actually love exercising now, which is funny because I used to HATE it.

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533 Jess April 23, 2010

I thought I had hit a turning point about a year ago when I realized I had gained about 15 pounds over a year – but it didn’t really stick. Now I’m finding that my REAL turning point has been training for my first half-marathon (and thinking ahead to my next). I’m challenging myself like I’ve never done before and as my runs get longer, I’m finding myself more committed to fueling my body well.

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534 Holly April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I got married and realized that I want to have children and need to be healthy for that

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535 Lauren (Health on the Run) April 23, 2010

Wow! So many great comments already!!

I have had several turning points, and definitely still feel like a work in progress. But some important points are — when I first became a vegetarian as a kid; when I re-committed myself to that lifestyle when I got older and realized all the benefits there are from not eating meat (both in terms of health and the environment); and again recently when I realized that my “healthy” diet of eating highly processed, low-fat, chemical-laden foods was not healthy at all. Despite being a vegetarian and a runner I had always struggled with my weight and felt like I was battling with food. But since I’ve started limiting the amount of processed crap I eat, I have felt better than ever! And I no longer stress about food the way I used to.

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536 Lauren April 23, 2010

My turning point was realizing my weight had gotten too high, and I wasn’t happy about it, but wasn’t doing anything to change it.

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537 Caroline April 23, 2010

I sort of had two turning points. I read Gina’s (la fitnessista) recap of last year’s princess half marathon and decided I was going to start running (for real this time) and run it this year (I did!). The other was reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. I’m not going to eat meat until I can afford the good stuff, if I even have any interest anymore.

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538 Vangie April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I gave birth to my youngest son, moved from the south to the Midwest, sold and bought a house and got divorced after few months of moving. I think that it was all intense but I was able to get through it, survived and made it. It was a very unfortunate situation but I considered it a blessing. I gained a lot of strength throught it in God’s grace. Few months after that I started from walking and then running and made it as my positive way of relieving stress. I am now training myself for a half marathon by the end of this year and hopefully I can do a full marathon next year.

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539 Stephanie April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I discovered healthy living blogs. Growing up, I never had a role model to show me what healthy meals and portions look like. Now I realize how easy it is to create tasty meals with healthy ingredients.

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540 krystle April 23, 2010

My turning point was after my first year of graduate school, when I was at my highest weight, depressed, and lethargic. I knew it was time to change because I was making myself miserable.

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541 kate April 23, 2010

The turning point that brought me so much interest in healthy eating was last year, around this time, when I read WAY too much about treatment of animals, etc. and have since become a vegetarian. When I started researching other ways to get my protein, etc, I found healthy living blogs which inspired me to get out and try different types of work outs, new foods, etc. And now I LOVE spreading the word about things like Chia, and Green Monsters! I’ve got a few people into both at work! :)

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542 Alison April 23, 2010

I was the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding last summer. My turning point was when I saw the pictures of myself from the wedding, I couldn’t believe it was me. The pictures don’t lie, so I started reading healthy living blogs, eating breakfast and more fruits and veggies, and have dropped 20 lbs and gained self confidence.

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543 Shayna April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I hit my thirties, had 2 babies and realized that I could no longer eat anything I wanted or the same size portions as my husband without it affecting my body. I started reading a few different food blogs and began to cut out all the low-fat processed foods I was eating and focused more on a high fiber, high fruit and veggie diet.
Some of the day to day things that keep me feeling healthy are things I’ve incorporated after seeing them here on your blog like Sencha Green Tea instaed of Coffee and Amazing Grass products as well as the vega bars pre workout, a big filling bowl of oats in the morning and getting on the floor to play with my kids every day.

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544 CB April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that holding on to an extra 20lbs was keeping me from really enjoying an active life to the fullest. I realized I’d been telling myself that I couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that because I was self-conscious of how I looked. It’s only been a few months since I ditched that attitude and have started running again and even got up the confidence to start swimming again. I still have another 15lbs to go, but I’ll get there!

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545 Christina April 23, 2010

My turning point was stepping on the scale and being shocked. I was in such denial that I had gained weight!

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546 Rose April 23, 2010

My turning point was when one of my best friends passed away in a boating accident. I had an eating disorder at the time and would pretend to everyone to be okay. After he passed I realized that life is too short to be miserable I was inspired to get help and live every second to the fullest.

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547 Alex April 23, 2010

I can’t say that there’s been ONE turning point in my life – probably just a series of small ones. Turning 40 has probably been the most recent thing that’s caused a change in my behavior. I’ve always been fairly active, but in the last few months, I’ve tried to be more aware of what’s going into my body as well. Green Monsters and versions of overnight oats have become breakfast staples, and I’m proud of that. Baby steps!

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548 Jess April 23, 2010

Something that makes me feel healthier is not mindlessly eating (and binging). Planning out delicious meals makes me feel healthy!

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549 Erica April 23, 2010

Working out in the morning is what keeps me on track! When I tried to exercise after work I had less motivation and was more likely to blow-off a work out. Exercising in the morning also gets me energized for my day!

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550 TM April 23, 2010

My turning point was a couple weeks ago, when I found your blog. I knew in the back of my mind that I was a binge eater but I never really admitted it to myself until after I read your series on binge eating (I literally said it out loud to myself). I’ve been eating vegan since February and try to focus on eating whole foods. I’m not overweight & have always been active, but I’ve lost 4 pounds! The thing that I realized I needed to do was eat when I’m hungry so I won’t binge later!

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551 Emilia N April 23, 2010

Health blogs, such as yours(!), greatly contributed to my “turning point.” Reading about all the inspirational fitness goals that others have reached or are striving towards led me to set my own goals. I was uncomfortable with how I felt during the day based on my eating habbits. I analyzed what I was putting into my body and realized I needed to make big changes if I wanted to work towards my own fitness goals. I’m proud to say that I am reaching one of my biggest goals and running a half marathon in two weeks thanks to all the nutrition and fitness tips I get from this blog. Thanks a ton!

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552 Katie April 23, 2010

My turning point was a few weeks ago, a few days after I ran my first half-marathon. I’d just signed up for another half, but then realized: I didn’t want to do it. I was exhausted andburnt out from training, and just wanted to give myself a break. So I did! I’ve been sleeping in, and listening to my body when it comes to when and how I want to exercise. Sometimes (for me) the healthiest decision is to back off!

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553 Meaghen April 23, 2010

My turning point was really a culmination of numerous things. I was unhappy in the relationship I was in, unhappy with the job I had and was more than 20 pounds overweight. I started making some changes and felt better immediately. I’ve had a few setbacks along the way, but I feel my best when I’m filling my body with good food and exercising regularly. I’ve lost 30 pounds since that time and am very happy!

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554 Lily April 23, 2010

I had always struggled with body image: compulsive exercising, restricting, binging, never feeling like I looked right, etc. When I started graduate school, my problem with food and body image changed, but remained seriously problematic. I was living on coffee, and thinking I had no time to exercise, I religiously watched how many calories I took in. My diet basically consisted of caffeine, fruit, yogurt, and Thai takeout. Finally I got sick–I was down for about three months with a serious virus. I realized, after reading blogs like Ohsheglows, that what I put into my body, and how I used my body, should be about *health*, not fitting some image of how I thought I should look. Your blog has shown me that having energy, appreciating my body (how I look AND feel), and being excited about the things I can do (running again! endorphins!) are the most important. Getting as sick as I did and stumbling upon your upbeat and positive blog were definitely the turning points for me. I feel better than ever!

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555 Ali April 23, 2010

My turning point was gradual over time. The realization that I had never truly challenged myself to be a better person. I lost 20 pounds by simply eating right and exercising. Now I challenge myself in several ways – to eat healthy, to exercise, to strength train, and to treat myself as a reward for my success.

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556 Lauren April 23, 2010

After college I started realizing that I wasn’t in shape like I was in high school. Just the little things like huge flights of stairs and running around after toddlers was harder so I’m starting to try and change my diet and actually exercise regularly! Regularly is harder for me than I thought it would be!

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557 Michelle April 23, 2010

I’m not sure if I had a specific turning point, but I actually got healthier when I moved away from home and started running! Running is something I still do that definitely makes me feel healthier.

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558 Lauren April 23, 2010

My turning point: At a kick-boxing class in 2002, looking in the mirror and honestly not recognizing myself. From that day forward, my lifestyle changed completely. Healthier eating, daily exercise, and prioritizing life has helped me keep the 40 lbs. off for 8 years!!!

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559 Jessica April 23, 2010

My turning point to a healthier lifestyle occurred in 2008. I went for my annual physical, and when the results of my lab work came back, I was shocked! I had borderline high cholesterol, high heart rate, and was out of shape. I was determined not to be on medicine, I was only 24! I started making gradual changes to my diet and started to exercise. Since then, I am a completely new person. When I went for my annual exam last fall, my cholesterol was lowered significantly and I also had great vitals. I have never looked back since.

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560 Mandy April 23, 2010

My turning point was when the number on the scale kept dropping..and dropping…and dropping. That year I decided to go vegan, gained 15 pounds, and now feel healthier than ever. Looking back on pictures of that time period reminds me how unhappy I was at that time, despite being at my lowest weight.

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561 Adrienne April 23, 2010

My Turning Point – was about 6 years ago, when springtime in Toronto arrived and I decided to go for a “run” only to realize that I could barely run around the block!! This was due to smoking, not eating enough, and basically neglecting my health because I was 20 years old and “looked good anyway”. I felt really gross and weak which caused me to kick the smoking habit and completely overahul my lifestyle…Fast forward to now, where I eat a clean, mostly vegan diet, run over 10K almost daily, have glowing skin and hair, and basically feel amazing! I would NEVER return to an unhealthy lifestyle, EVER EVER…yuck :-)

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562 alexe @ soyaetchocolat April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I started crying in a dressing room as I was trying to find pants and shirts that fit. I felt like I had an old women’s body (one who would have had 10 kids) and I wasn’t even 21… I wasn’t fat but was totally out of shape. I started going to the gym more seriously and eating healthier food. I now run 2 to 3 times a week and go to the gym 5 times a week. I’m going back to school next fall to start a degree in Kinesiology. Exercising changed my life so much that I want to become a personal trainer to inspire others to make healthy changes too. I’m sorry if my English isn’t so good, my first language is French… I hope that what I wrote makes sense!

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563 Virginia April 23, 2010

I had been struggling with disordered eating since I was about thirteen years old. My weight was constantly changing from too skinny to a little overweight. At the end of my freshmen year of college I was at my highest weight ever. I had just began dating my boyfriend who was overweight. He started dieting and I decided the time was right to join him. However, this time I began learning about nutrition, turned vegan, started practicing yoga, and learned how to loose the weight in a healthy way! I have never been happier!

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564 Stephanie April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I realized that weight wasn’t the only indication of health. I was tired of depriving myself everytime I saw the numbers go above where I visualized them being on the scale. I refused to keep playing a mind game with myself that if I gained weight I would just shift what I found acceptable hoping to dismiss the guilt I felt for the poor choices I continued to make. I am a young divorced mother of three and when my current boyfriend came into my life I had been masking my pain and frustrations with where I had gotten myself to with alcohol and crap food. Finding love again made me refocus on health once more, physical health, emotional health, spiritual health and romantic health. Instead of approaching exercise as devastating I started challenging myself. Instead of depriving myself of certain foods I loved, I started focusing on creative meal plans and involving my children in the process. Needless to say, all steps have been nothing but positive. What a better world I live in.

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565 Olivia @ Blissful Runner April 23, 2010

Between the ages of 10 and 25 I was consistantly 20-30 lbs above what I should have been for my height. I made various attempts with my excerceise and diet, but never saw any significant results and would quickly grow discouraged. By 25, I was taking four pills every morning for varied “health issues” and one morning I suddenly relized that maybe these medications were causing more of a hinderance than a help. I met with my doctor and told him my concerns: I was lethargic, overweight, moody, had skin and hair problems, hyperpigmentation spots – the list went on. I stopped taking all those medications in December of 2007. I started excecising and eating healthy and for the first time in my life it was actually working! In the following three months lost 25lbs. Today I still pop pills in the am, but they are of a differenty variety: a multi-vitamin, fish oil, and fiber. My body thanks me for it.

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566 Emily April 23, 2010

I was about 17, severely underweight and getting an ultrasound on my liver. that was a scare! now, every day is a learning experience for me, in listening to my body, discovering new activities, enjoying delicious food for its nourishing properties.

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567 Sarah April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I was about to turn 25 and I realized I was totally sick and miserable. It made me sad because I had been married for almost two years and I wasn’t enjoying life very much. And my health was quickly deteriorating.

Thankfully, I snapped out of it and got on the right track, losing 70 lbs that year and never looking back!

What keeps me feeling great is my vegan diet, exercise and learning how to manage stress. Life is good!

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568 Katie W April 23, 2010

I was in a church theater performance and one of the moms made us wrap skirts to wear for one of the songs. Everyone could wrap the skirt around them with no problem except for me. I was angry at the mom who made these skirts because i thought it was ridiculous that i couldn’t wear it comfortably, but later realized i was far too overweight and needed to take action. 40 lbs and 7 years later and i am very content with they way i look!

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569 Natalie April 23, 2010

My turning point qas when my mom (in the nicest way possible) told me I gained weight after my first year in college. I was devastated but realized I had to change my ways. I started to run over my summer break and from that point forward always led an active lifestyle. My best tip is to keep track of your stats before things get out of control. For me, I weigh myself once a week and take a few measurments since I don’t count calories, etc. If it’s creeping up consistently, I know I have to scale back on my intake.

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570 WendyF April 23, 2010

My turning point was realizing in my mid-20s that eating healthy and excercising wasn’t just for a certain type of person, and that changes, no matter how small or big, do make a long-term difference (even though it may not be evident at the time).

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571 Jessica P April 23, 2010

My turning point was similar to yours, Angela. I went to the doctors and saw a number on the scale that I DID NOT LIKE!! I felt bad about myself in general, always “intended” to work out and never did, then felt guilty about not working out, so it became a never-ending cycle. After the second year of my doctor giving me this speech about “middle age spread”, and how most Americans gain something like 5-10 lbs a year in their middle ages, (which at the time I was 26!! How is that middle age!?) and how the FDA or American Heart Association or some association recommends 60 minutes of cardio A DAY, I was just sick of hearing it and decided to start trying to become healthier- not just lose weight, but be healthier. I joined SparkPeople (awesome website!), and have lost about 10 lbs and mostly maintained it over the past year. I’d like to lose some more and start gaining muscle, but I signed up in February to run my first half marathon with Team Challenge, so I haven’t really worried too much about losing weight while training. Team Challenge raises money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I just ran (okay, ran/walked) my first 10k a few weeks ago, and it felt awesome!

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572 Hilary April 23, 2010

What an amazing giveaway!!! I have been dying to try amazing grass products but as a recent U.S. college graduate, money is a bit tight!!

I think a turning point in my life was when I realized that food was not the enemy and it could be healthy and fun! I suffered from an E.D. for a while and it took help from a lot of professionals to help me see why I need food. Now I LOVE food!!! Exercising keeps me sane and I can’t do that without lots of good food in my body (currently eating banana oats with chia seeds!). Now I don’t walk through life with a dazed and unhappy look on my face- I run through it with a smile!

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573 Jessica April 23, 2010

My turning point was when my parents both had heart attacks before the age of 50. My mom has only had one and it was fairly light as heart attacks go and she has been fine since then. With my Dad it was a different story. My Dad will turn 50 this year and has had two heart attacks, the second so massive that it shut down one third of his heart. He is now disabled and on the heart transplant list. Watching this happen made me realize that I had to make changes. I had already lost my extra weight with Weight Watchers but my focus had always been on being thin rather than being healthy. Two years ago both my husband and I decided to switch to a plant based diet. It was a little hard at first and we definitely met resistance from our families, but it has been such a great change for us.

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574 Stacy April 23, 2010

I went to visit my family in Texas a few years ago. I ate cheese fries and fried pickles and drank margaritas. You know, the usual vacation fare. Then I took a good look at the pictures of me from the trip and saw a chubby face and figure that I hadn’t seen since I was really overweight years ago. It scared the crap out of me!

I went home with a purpose, did tons of research, joined SparkPeople, and lost 15 pounds without any dieting gimmicks and without starving myself. It changed my life and my outlook on food and health :-)

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575 Clare April 23, 2010

My turning point was…hmm first buying a workout tape after having my second child. hello, endorphins! Then a Denise Ausitin dvd of yoga and pilates-which turned into a desire to take yoga in a studio which turned into a desire to teach yoga which turned into getting my yoga teacher 200 hr. certification, which turned into YAY, I am teaching 5 classes a week (plus I get to take all the classes I want for FREE!!!) Love life, love health, love yoga-love your blog!

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576 Christin April 23, 2010

If I had a turning point, I think it’s when I started to read food blogs. :)

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577 Jen April 23, 2010

Having my son was easily a major turning point – I had always exercised and tried to eat healthy but having him just made that all the more important – so I can be here for him as long as possible and to set a good example for our family.

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578 Erin April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I realized I had gained weight to the point that only one pair of jeans fit me-eek. I knew late night eating with my boyfriend had taken its toll and joined a gym later that month. Almost a year later I have never felt better :)

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579 Terri April 23, 2010

I have to say my turning point was after i joined yoga…it gives you a whole new awareness!

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580 Samantha April 23, 2010

My turning point was when after being a steady size 5-7 for many years, I bought a pair of size 13 jeans. It wasn’t so much the size in and of itself, but the change. I no longer felt healthy or energetic so I decided that I needed to treat my body better! And now that I focus on eating good, whole foods that nourish my body and get moving in a way that I enjoy, I feel like I am treating my body with the respect it deserves.

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581 Elizabeth April 23, 2010

I would LOVE to win this give away!

My healthy turning point happened when I graduated from college and moved to a big city. Working long hours and trying to develop my brand new social life caused me to focus on healthy living for the first time. In ‘experiencing’ my new city, I tried Bikram yoga, Physique 57, fancy spin classes, and a run club. I also started trying raw restaurants and hitting up the local farmers market. All of the ‘experiences’ came together for me, and I now see how living a healthy life is really fun and gratifying. I have to say that my healthy turning point (moving to a new City and becoming ‘an adult’) has been a continual source of happiness for me, and I think that is the real turning point.

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582 Margie April 23, 2010

My turning point was when the scale hit 210. I knew I had to make changes. I was an overweight child and didn’t want to spend my adult years feeling uncomfortable and unhappy because of my weight. That was over 15 years ago. It took a long time to to lose all the weight (10 years) but today I’m 90 pounds lighter and live a much healthier life. I’m even planning on running my first half this fall.

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583 Kate April 23, 2010

My turning point was after I graduated college – I had gained about 20 pounds since freshman year and I decided that now that I was in the “real” world I needed to start eating better and taking care of myself!

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584 Anita April 23, 2010

My turning point was when it finally hit me that I’m one of two out of six siblings that does not have diabetes. After I started taking care of my dad last year It hit me while giving him his insulin. Watching his highs and lows not to mention high blood pressure, heart disease, and the thing that scares me most cancer and knowing they all run in my family on both sides. Not me!!!! It stops with me my generation. I will provide a good example for my son and help to prevent him from ever having to take care of his mommy and give her insulin. I started out at 216 and now i’m 165 with 40 pounds to go. I’m determined that I will do everything I can to live better and healthier.

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585 Mireya April 23, 2010

The summer going into my senior year of high school was my turning point. I was pushing 190 pounds (and I’m only 5’4″), had never dated anyone, and had an incredibly low self-esteem. Something inside me finally drove me to start excercising, quit drinking pop, and quit super-sizing my meals at fast food restaurants, among many other things. It has since been 7 years, and I’ve lost around 60 pounds!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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586 Amy B April 23, 2010

I recently turned to Vegetarianism, but it would be too long to leave my journey in a short comment, so you an read about it here: http://belovedarowen.blogspot.com/2010/04/latest-tangent-vegetarianism.html

Also, thanks for your site! It’s amazing!

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587 Astrid April 23, 2010

My latest turning point was when I spent a week in Wisconsin and stayed with an amazing couple. The woman had just run a marathon and she said that all it took was training to build up the distance. Well, this inspired me to start running regularly (which I use to hate). Now I run, do cardio, and weight train regularly (since November) and have been more aware of what I cook and eat. I’ve been health conscious for a while, it just took the new physical challenges to put this into perspective. Oh, and then there is you and your WMM challenge, which has gotten me into a regular plank routine. Thank you!

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588 Heather April 23, 2010

My turning point came on March 3, 2010. I had been feeling horrible, but lost about what to do, and how to do it. I had an ooverectomy May of 2009 and at first it was, “Im still recovering”, then it was “my body is just trying to adjust”, all the time feeling more and more like an alien in my own body. I gained over 30 lbs in less than a year. On March 3rd at a Sushi Restaurant, my husband ever so gently brought it up and that was it. He had lost over 80lbs in a year and was doing so great, and I was just feeling terrible. Heart disease is prevalent in my family (both my parents, and their parents) – I could not continue to risk my health with a reckless diet. The next day I took control. I found a compounding specialist to help me get my hormones back on track, and I started a vegetarian diet and cut out dairy. I have never felt better, I have begun to lose the weight (almost immediately), and I am feeling better than I ever have before.

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589 emily April 23, 2010

one thing that makes me feel healthy everday is to take a few minutes to do some headstands. when you get back on your feet, you feel light and powerful, like a steal feather

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590 Anne April 23, 2010

when i quit smoking, that helped put me do a complete 180. the healthier i got, the more a slip up would set me back mentally and physically. i wasn’t willing to give up the extra speed i had gained running, or the better i felt breathing.

imagining pink lungs keeps me healthy. and speed. and easy breathing. and knowing i have a better chance at a long and healthy life the more healthy habits i stick to.

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591 KimberlyS April 23, 2010

My turning point came in high school when my mother was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. She had to completely overhaul her diet (and ours, in turn) in order to get back to health and even just to function on a daily basis. I learned so much about healthful eating and although the healthy foods I was eating may have seemed “weird” to others, I felt great! So, I kept up with it and the mindset that I would never take my health for granted. What I learned most from my experience was to not let other’s comments get in the way of my own health.

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592 Katie April 23, 2010

My turning point was my sophomore year in college. I had spent my freshman year as a typical female college student: partying, eating late night fast food, skipping class and tanning almost daily. First semester of my sophomore year I moved from a dorm to an apartment, so it was easier to make better food choices. I lost a few pounds, saw what i liked, so I started exercising (I had been VERY unathletic in high school). I lost a few more pounds, liked that. Then I started getting more involved in school activities, went to class more and cut back on partying. Then, in April of my sophomore year, I had a mole removed that turned out to be melanoma. That was the last straw. I wanted learn more about my health and how my choices were affecting it. I started running more, eating well and in a few months, I completed my first half marathon! Three years later and I’m still making healthy choices and running races regularly.

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593 Anita April 23, 2010

My turning point was realizing that I am one of two out of six siblings that does not have diabetes. I started taking care of my dad about a year and a half ago so I’m the one that gives him his insulin and makes sure he takes all his meds from the ‘bag’ of pills. Watching him end up in the hospital every other week for about 4 months was it. I will not end up like that. It ends with me. I will set a good example for my son so he won’t go through what I’ve been through with my dad. I started this journey being borderline diabetic at 216 now, my sugar levels are fine and I’m halfway there. I got 40 more pounds to go. I’ve already lost 40 and I’m I’m not stopping until I reach my goal. I just want everyone who reads this to know take care of yourself. Watching someone deal with diabetes, heart disease, empyhsimia, COPD, arterial scelrosis, kindney problems and chronic pnuemonia and knowing that if he would have just taken care of himself none of this would be going on is tough. Not to mention how much it costs. If you don’t do it for yourself do it for your loved ones. It takes a toll not only on you but everyone that cares about you too.

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594 Annie D. April 23, 2010

Ahhhh…. my turning point has been an ongoing battle. I entered a ‘biggest loser’ competition at my work 2 years ago. I was at my heaviest- 168 lbs. I paid $10 to enter, and being the competitive person that I am, was out for blood. I went on Weight Watchers (EEEK!), worked out every day, and at the end did Combat the Fat, and lost a total of 20 lbs. Needless to say, I came in 2ND PLACE, behind ‘Paul from Finance’. I was devistated. I lost 12% body weight, behind Paul who lost 12.1%. Then, I began listening to Jillian Michaels I got off the chemicals. Then I went vegetarian. Then I started Insanity. I am now the healthiest that I have EVER been. I’m eating clean, organic, whole foods and exercising an hour (or so) a day!

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595 Laura April 23, 2010

I haven’t really had a turning point, but something that makes me feel my best every day is excercise, preferrably first thing in the morning. I also became addicted to green monsters after finding your blog, and they seriously give me a great boost every day after my workout!

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596 Jen April 23, 2010

I have been a vegetarian for 13 years, but have only recently (within the last 2 years) started to be more aware of what I put in my body. I made a resolution to be healthier and have not looked back.

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597 Sara April 23, 2010

Ever since I was in about fourth grade I was at least slightly overweight. I would eat fast food 4-5 times a week and drink sodas everyday. And my body could tell. I couldn’t run very long without taking breaks, and after every fast food meal I would feel just blah. One night it all caught up with me. I was about 11, and it was late at night and I felt like I was having a heart attack! But all I could do was just lay there in my bed and worry what was wrong. I went to the doctor and they told me it was just heartburn problems and that I needed to reduce the fast food and sodas. I did, and I actually lost a few pounds. It took me till 7th grade to really get interested in being healthy, and ever since then I have been making small changes to make my life better. I became a vegetarian almost a year ago, and I exercise at least 4 days a week. I have also enjoyed your green monsters! :) I am now 15 and at a healthy weight and feel better than ever!

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598 Lauren W April 23, 2010

My low was also when my weight creeped to it’s highest. I was embarassed all the time; around friends, family, co-workers…and constantly convincing myself they were thinking I looked so fat. I would avoid making plans and seeing people I hadn’t seen in a while. I would absolutely dread getting dressed. I think my breaking point was when I realized I didn’t want to be around MYSELF. It makes me appreciate how far I’ve come when I think about how low I was. To keep feeling amazing, I read healthy living blogs and concentrate on real foods, and remember that I’m proud of who I am because life’s too short to hate yourself.

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599 Meghan April 23, 2010

Truthfully, I am still hoping for a turning point. I am always inspired to hear other’s turning points but haven’t gotten to that point yet…

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600 Vanessa April 23, 2010

My turning point came just after I graduated from high school. I was stick thin for most of my high school years because I had a high metabolism. In grade 12, we had a lot of cake and class potlucks at school (don’t laugh I’m from a small town with a graduating class of 6 so it wasn’t unusual for someone to bring a pan of brownies to math class). I relied on my metabolism to carry me through but slowly I realized what was happening. I gained about 10 pounds that year and realized that I couldn’t eat whatever I wanted anymore. The journey to healthy, mindful eating is a continuing process, but I’ve managed to get back to almost the same size without depriving myself of the treats that I love.

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601 Kate April 23, 2010

My turning point was reading a random comment a dietitian had posted about what normal eating is. Without really thinking about it, I guess I had just assumed that if I wasn’t eating perfectly, that was abnormal. It was sort of liberating to see that normal eating is sometimes overeating and sometimes undereating and everything will be ok. I liked that the definition included eating in response to hunger cues but also recognized eating for emotional reasons. Getting out of the mindset that I had to be perfect all the time to be healthy has actually made me healthier!

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602 Tyrah April 23, 2010

My turning point was becoming vegan, it has been one of the best decisions of my life so far.
A few other things that have been stellar for me:
finding food blogs
buying a vita-mix
discovering almond butter
falling on love with greens
raw food

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603 Keri@unlazykeri April 23, 2010

My turning point was when a friend of mine from college (who was never an exerciser at all) told me she wanted to run a half marathon in 6 months. I thought, hey, if she can do it, I can do it! I pledged to run it with her, and even before our half marathon, I had finished a full marathon! Any time I feel discouraged about making healthy choices, I remember my friend who went from no exercise, fried food, and booze to eating fresh, healthy food and running every day (with a cocktail or two mixed in every so often). We have plans to run our second half marathon together on May 1 :)

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604 Ana April 23, 2010

I got married, moved to a different country, while still in college. 3 years after I got pregnant, had a son and was still finishing college. After I graduated I was wiped out, totally consumed by all the changes in my life that ended up happening all at once, plus my husband at the time didn’t see anything that was happening and being miles away from family I was totally alone with no support whatsoever. My turning point was seeing myself with such body weight and no energy left to take care of the most precious person in my life: my son. Seeing him grow and taking such good care of him so he could be healthy just lightened up my mind: in order to care for him I needed to care for me too, I needed to be happy and healthy so he could see it and be happy too. It was the best thing I ever did to myself and my family! My son is 8 now, an extremely healthy kid, happy as could be. I worked with my husband in our marriage and we are not together for 10 years. And, now that I am back on track I am back to school also, pursuing a masters and a career in nutrition!
I am 31 now and I have never felt better in my life!
Ana

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605 Alexandra April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I went for a check in at the dcotrs office my second year of college. I would always ask for them not to tell me my weight because I knew I had gained a lot and still a lady in the waiting room smiled and asked me when i was expecting, so embarassing! I decided I was ready to get back to eating healthy again and slowly lost the 45 lbs I had gained (and kept most of it off!) I realized I had become such an emotional eater (going through a bad relationship) and the horrible food I was putting in my body was really affecting my moods and anxiety. So glad I only put real, whole foods in my body now and i’ve never felt better. :)

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606 Mo April 23, 2010

No real turning point, in that I was always interested in being healthy, but as I’ve gotten older some things that make me feel my best:
exercise
Amazing Grass Greens
Kombucha
regular massages
and food blogs have really helped me broaden my food and exercise horizons. :-)

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607 Laura April 23, 2010

My turning point was the birth of my son. I realized what my body was capable (creating life!) and I was amazed. I looked at my little boy and decided I wanted to live a long and healthy life to watch him grow up. I also was struck by the “responsibility” of ensuring that he had a good relationship with food, his body and understanding the importance of taking care of ourselves, I wanted to be a positive role model.
Thanks Angela, another great question!

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608 Stina @ Girl Can April 23, 2010

It’s hard to pin point the exact turning point for me. I think it was a combination of a comment that was made about me being heavy and the realization that I was 24 and already had high blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. I knew something needed to change.

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609 Katheryn April 23, 2010

I didn’t have one turning point – I had a few. The first was 1 year after getting married I realized I had put on 10 pounds. While that might not seem like a lot to some, I am 5’3 with a small frame. I had always been somewhat active, so I pumped it up some, lost the weight and kept it off. A few years after that I had my first child. While losing the baby weight I really started focusing on being healthy. Along with the exercise I started eating raw and natural foods, less meat, and less processed foods. A few years later I had my second child and decided to start training for races. Training, along with healthy eating has kept me fit and healthy.

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610 Kady April 23, 2010

I’ve had more of a 8 year healthy turning path versus one point… each year I have opened my view of health and beauty more and more. First was entering high school and faced with fad dieting to keep up with the other girls. I didn’t understand why some girls were so ‘naturally’ skinny and I had to work so hard. Either way I have big hips and there was no changing them! Later in life (now 25) I have slowly learned to love my hips and curves, while having learned so much more about nutritional eating and fitness goals. I am strong, lean, healthy, and learned to appreciate some padding in the right places! I don’t know if it is just better being out of high school and college where I felt I always was comparing myself or if I have truly changed my outlook on things, but I am happiest now than ever!

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611 Erin April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I was a freshman in college. I became very sick and weak and was in an immense amount of pain. Because I was so lethargic, I missed a lot of my classes and found it difficult to even get dressed in the morning. After months of testing by my doctors, I was diagnosed with Lupus and was put on prescription medication. The medication helped a bit, but I was still in a lot of pain and was still suffering from fatigue. My uncle, who is works in nutritional research, called me up one day and told me that my diet was affecting my health and that I was suffering from “carb overload” (yes, I was eating a diet based mainly of white carbs, such as bagels and pretzels and rice cakes). He taught me how to fuel my powder with protein powders and healthy foods, and in no time at all, I lost the extra pounds that I was carrying, was feeling better, and I’ve been in remission ever since! It has been 11 years since that time, and I am feeling better than ever. My body was basically begging me for better nutrition, and I’m sure glad that I listened. :)

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612 Jess April 23, 2010

My turning point was actually getting separated from my now ex husband at 25. It was then that I realized how unhappy I had been and that I had gained weight and turned to food as a way to deal with being in a bad relationship.

Reading up on healthy eating, and starting to exercise gave me new confidence and helped me to heal from the inside out.

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613 ::christine:: April 23, 2010

Turning point: Christmas 2008

After many years I had to see my son’s father and family. This would normally be jarring but at 261 lbs 5’3” looking at my ex who still looks like a hot college kid surfer…
I cried and cried that day.

What is sadder than a fat girl crying because she’s fat on Christmas?

I will never forget how mortified I felt as I stood there desperate to jump into a hole and die and fake a smile. As I looked at him, I searched his face for the look of surprise and horror but thankfully he didn’t skip a beat.

I vowed to never have this happen to me again. February 2010 I detoxed from sugar ( we are talking shakes, headaches, flu like feelings) and started moving. I learned how to eat healthy and learned to plan. Plan. Plan. The girl who thought she could never plan meals or bring snacks and eats salads for meals- did just that. It was in the summer that I started looking for inspiration and I found it with Angela @ ohsheglows

I began an amazing journey and now at 180lbs I am flirting with veganism more and more each day.
Each day I come to my kids (15 & 10) now with new recipes and explorations with super foods and I tell them I’m so happy that before they each left the house, I was able to give them all that I’ve now learned even though I’m sorry it took this long. Moments when we gather around parsnips fries while I tell them what a parsnip is and why we should eat them – warms my heart.

Getting healthy is the best present I could’ve ever given my children and now this July I go to San Diego and I will see my son’s dad and I can’t wait to watch his jaw drop…

:D

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614 Megan April 23, 2010

My turning point was realizing that food should fuel my running, not that running should be an excuse to eat more food. I also realized that even though I was happy with how I looked, losing 10 poudns could make me MUCH faster. (and it worked!)

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615 Amber April 23, 2010

My story is similar to most – went to the doctor. But it wasn’t weight gain that spurred me (being fat is something I’d grown used to and comfortable with, sadly)… I had intestinal ulcers. Thinking I was plagued by some horrible, lifelong condition, I was in utter shock when my doctor told me I was having all this problems because I was eating utter junk. No lifelong condition. No curse. ME. I needed fiber he said. “Must eat like a rabbit.” So, here I am. Learning (it’s an ongoing process) to eat like a rabbit. :) And actually enjoying it. :)

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616 Diana April 23, 2010

My turning point was similar to yours. I reached a weight I had never seen before…it was a scary number to me. Seeing that, coupled with the fact that none of my clothes fit even remotely…I knew I had to make a change.

Some day to day things that make me feel great are trying new foods, new recipes, and lots of laughter.

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617 Jennifer@ knackfornutrition.blogspot.com April 23, 2010

I don’t think I have had the true turning point yet. I am still in college, and I move around a lot between studying in different cities and moving home for summers and what not. Right now, I am just trying to do the best I can to keep control of my body. I find that listening to what my body needs and drinking lots of green monsters! :)

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618 Chelsea April 23, 2010

Turning point–tired of being tired after my first year of college cafeteria food and not enough exercise. Now I’m married and pregnant with my first baby, but even through the pregnancy I feel great, thanks to lots of green monsters and yoga :)

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619 Patricia April 23, 2010

My turning point came after a knee injury and I went gained about six or seven pounds from inactivity.

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620 Tricia April 23, 2010

I have had many turning points over the years…starting with when I was sent home from college my freshman year after my undereating and overexcercising became a rather large issue.
I was so sad to have missed out on what was supposed to be the “most fun years of my life” After completing all of my studies from home that year I vowed to get control of my problems rather than let them control me! Of course I’ve had ups and downs along the way, but a big therapy for me has been marathon running. Whereas running used to be something I did to lose weight, it’s now something I do because I LOVE it. I now use food to fuel and replenish my body and am so thankful for the wonderful things my body has done and can do for me. I’ve run 5 marathons so far with a personal best of 3:19. I never would have gotten this far had I not discovered a passion for health and well being!

In addition, my discovery of food blogs this past year has given me another huge appreciation of food and health benefits as well, so THANK YOU ANGE!

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621 Jennifer April 23, 2010

My turning point is more of a slow and gradual turning. I have had an INSANE YEAR. Life just kind of took a turn for the worse as my father was struggling with addiction and I was getting married and graduating college all at the same time. I made it through the wedding without shedding a SINGLE TEAR as I was just trying to hold everything together and stay sane with my family issues. I am almost a year into marriage and my turning point has certainly taken some time. I found food blogs and use them as a support network. It is so encouraging to find people who are doing exactly what I feel to my very core is important for me to find peace. I am slowly making changes, experimenting with recipes I find, adding new foods to my pantry, and learning what healthy living is all about. I am trying to work out consistently, which is extremely difficult. I am also working to not beat myself up when I hit a bump. I don’t live a typical newly wed life. I have a CRAZY INSANE schedule and it takes some creative juggling. BUT I feel better. I am taking each choice as a turn for the better. And through time these choices will lead to a healthy, solid ME. =) That’s my story – not so brief =)

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622 Kristen April 23, 2010

After struggling with some eating issues back in High School, my first turning point was when I began recovery during my first year of college. Since then (almost 8 years ago) I have maintained a healthy eating motto and remained committed to staying healthy. However, after graduating college and beginning an office job the exercise part of this lifestyle began to slip. This past New Year’s I made a resolution to become more dedicated to being healthy. I made a pact to run my first race, a 5k in June and have been training ever since. I used to be someone who HATED running but now I look forward to my morning runs along NYC’s East River. Watching the sun rise and the city come alive is a great way to start my day!

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623 Amy April 23, 2010

My turning point was moving to a new country, and realizing that I had to deal with my emotions as emotions, not through food!

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624 SweetKaroline April 23, 2010

no real ‘turning point’ but I guess when I was a freshman in college i walked into the dining hall for lunch one day and decided to never eat meat again. It’s been 10 years and I haven’t looked back since!

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625 lisa April 23, 2010

Foodie blogs are a turning point for me. I discovered you through a friend and it has been life altering! Thanks for sharing your recipes and advice. YOU make ME glo!

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626 Chelsea April 23, 2010

My turning point was in freshman year of university (last year). I vowed not to gain the freshman fifteen, but somehow by Christmas time, none of my pants fit me anymore and my shirts were all too tight (too many chocolate almonds :) !!)

I have taken off the weight now (and then some), and feel healthier than ever!

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627 Adam April 23, 2010

No turning point for me, just enjoy staying fit so much :)

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628 Joey April 23, 2010

Walking around during the day (through the office, to/from lunches, etc) makes me feel great. It is a nice way for me to feel like I’m getting in some physical activity even while I’m working. I also feel great when I’m eating lots of veggies.

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629 Hulagirl132 April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of myself and didn’t recognize me. I gained 15lbs my first year in college and kept it on for a few years. Being thin was not the goal, I wanted to be energetic and healthy….how my body responded and slimming down was just extra benefit.

I would love to win the Amazing Grass products, I can’t affort it at this moment.

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630 Robin April 23, 2010

I’ve actually just recently hit that point. I can’t believe I’ve let myself get to where I am. I have several reasons, some medical which I don’t care to post to the public…even just in a comment. But regardless, I am that that point now and am trying my darnedest to turn things around completely. It’s hard because I’m still in the “break-the-habits” phase, but it’s coming along!

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631 Hilary April 23, 2010

My turning point was having roommates in university and realizing that I always overate .. and kept eating .. and kept eating. I do love food, but must learn that everything tastes better in moderation and everything tastes better when you have an appetite for it!

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632 Cristin April 23, 2010

I also LOVE these products!

My turning point was when my boyfriend (now husband!) and I were out to brunch at one of our favorite spots. We had gotten in the habit of eating out EVERY meal! Every meal! Weekdays, weekends, all the time. Besides being expensive, we had both gained weight. At brunch that particular day I happened to have taken a health magazine from work and was flipping through it. In it, it had a whole week (or maybe a month-can’t remember) of healthy meals-breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I looked at my boyfriend and said “I think we could do this”. He agreed and since then we both exercise almost daily and eat healthy, delicious meals made at home! We still have days where we splurge and when we just don’t make it to the gym but overall our lifestyle has completely changed. For the better! Neither of us can believe we once ate out so much. Now, when we do, we really enjoy it because it is special.

Making a change can be hard but the benefits are amazing!

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633 Lauren Elizabeth April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I graduated from college and realized all the activities I was involved in were ending. I found it’s much harder as an adult to meet people and get involved. Exercise became more of a hobby that I enjoy and set goals for myself instead of just something I did to look good. I feel strong and motivated so I can hit the pavement even after a tiring day.

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634 Dena Semkowski April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I developed kidney stones. :( I never drank water because I hated how full it made me feel. Sounds ridiculous to me now, but it was a HUGE wake-up call. I’m happy to say I’m well on my way to a happier, healthier life :)

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635 Victoria April 23, 2010

Truth be told is that my turning point was this blog! I found OSG via a personal finance blog and have been addicted ever since! Now read about 10 food blogs everyday and gain knowledge and inspiration from them all the time! I started to use some of the recipes and then fell in love with GM’s! I am over weight and I knew that I did not want to ‘diet’, what I needed was a lifestyle change. This blog and among others are helping me make that change one healthy/tasty dish at a time!

Thank you OSG!!

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636 Sarah C April 23, 2010

My turning point to a healthy lifestyle was really your blog! I can’t wait until the Toronto Womens Half!! =)

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637 secrethoughts April 23, 2010

One day, after several years of miserable dieting and deprivation, I realized that no matter how low my weight was, it would never bring me happiness. No matter what the number on the scale was, I would never look like a Victoria Secret model or some leggy 6’0 Brazilian bombshell. I was wasting my time and my health for something I could never attain: thinner. Because you could always be thinner. Once I reached my goal, if I wasn’t happy, I just figured it was because I wasn’t thin enough, which would of course necessitate a new, tougher goal.

Since then, health has been my goal, and I have never looked back. I am so much healthier and happier.

I really hope I win because I’m dying to add these to my newest addiction that you turned me on to: green monsters!

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638 Erinn April 23, 2010

My turning point came about 3 years ago when all of a sudden my already plus size pair of jeans wouldn’t button. I walked into Lane Bryant to get an even BIGGER size and broke down in the dressing room. Just a few years earlier, I had been at my fittest and the weight crept on. Instead of constantly comparing myself to what I once was, I decided to take action and not get discouraged for having to start from square one. After 3 years, I am happy, healthy, and feeling better than ever!

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639 Stacie April 23, 2010

So excited for this giveaway!

I, like you, gained alot of weight in college and didn’t like how I felt. I decided to lose the weight and started to watch what I was eating and to work out. However, when my sister got diagnosed with cancer at 28, I really start to eat better foods and to work hard at being as healthy as I could be without taking the fun out of eating! That’s what has brought me to today — very happy and healthy!

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640 Ashley April 23, 2010

My turning point was reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. I was at a healthy weight, but I wasn’t eating well. I consumed a lot of processes “diet” foods and didn’t even consider eating locally. After finishing that book (in 2 days!) I found our local farmer’s market and began eating as locally and organically as possible. Living in Las Vegas is a challenge, since not much grows here, but I’m making every effort I can. This year, I also planted peach and pomegranate trees and tomato and pepper plants in my backyard.

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641 Bree April 23, 2010

I guess the biggest motivator was seeing a very unflattering photo of me with what looked like a triple chin. I decided to stop convincing myself I looked okay and was happy with how I looked. That was about 2.5 years ago now.

Reading blogs like OSG has helped me continue on and never look back!

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642 Amy April 23, 2010

There was never one big turning point for me. I just have always had a passion for being healthy, active and eating good.

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643 Kristina ( spabettie! ) April 23, 2010

my turning point was seeing myself in a full mirror for the first time in a long time, and I didn’t recognize myself! I had been prescribed 2 steroids for a recent diagnosis, coupled with wearing yoga pants everyday I didn’t see the difference in clothes not fitting! I was “depressed” about the health diagnosis, and recovering from an injury I was inactive.

wow, wake up call, as I had always been very active, fit and healthy. I was already following a vegetarian lifestyle and eating pretty “clean”. I cut out alcohol, added necessary supplements and began strength training to repair my knee injury. I began walking every day, some days the pain would stop me after 5 minutes, some I’d be able to walk 60! I made a point to be active each day until it was routine.

A year or so ago I started incorporating Green Monsters, before I knew they had that name! I was using other greens and proteins, but YOU introduced me to Amazing Grass! :) It is my favorite, and I would LOVE to win this. I have never won anything! :)

I still visit your blog each day, lately it is to see #1) your new layout / logo! and #2) the gluten free bar! YUM!

thanks for the continued inspiration and for this opportunity for Amazing Grass!

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644 Tory April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing my husband lose weight and create a six-pack! He was the cross-country running coach and was losing weight, and looking mighty fine while I was doing pilates for only 20 minutes a day and calling it a ‘workout’!

It was more of an inspiration than me feeling bad about myself. When I told him the way I feel, he started running with me after practice, and started weight training (he’s an ex marine, so our weight training sessions are hard!). He started cooking really healthy (yes, he does all the cooking :) and we started ordering Full Circle Farm for fresh, organic produce (here in rural Alaska, we don’t have a store so everything is ordered through online).

Thanks for the wonderful blog! I come here for inspiration every single day. Thanks :)

-Tory

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645 Lisa P April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I finally realized that I had to eat better and learn what my trigger foods were in order to keep my Crohn’s Disease in remission. I started reading blogs like yours and Carrots N’ Cake, Kath Eats Real Food, etc. in order to learn more about nutrition and fitness. Now I am addicted to reading food blogs and learning from them! I agree with Tory above–I come to your blog and others for inspiration every single day.

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646 Robyn April 23, 2010

I can remember thinking I was “fat” from as early as 10 or 11 years old. I wasn’t really overweight, but I had some really skinny friends and was constantly comparing myself to them. As I went through junior high and high school, I always had body image issues and compared myself to others…always hating the way my body looked, but never knowing how to change it healthily. My family wasn’t particularly unhealthy, but I don’t think my parents knew much about nutrition and exercise, so I didn’t really have that background. I gained a bunch of weight my first year in college, and kept struggling to keep that under control. After living in Brazil for a year and a half, I gained another 30 lbs. and came back at my heaviest weight EVER. I was disgusted with myself when I looked at pictures and could not believe I had let my body get that way. I joined the gym the day after I got home, and started to figure out the whole exercise thing. When I returned to school, I decided to get my degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness & Wellness Management. I wanted to have a healthier lifestyle and have the knowledge to help others as well. I graduated almost 3 years ago, and while I still struggle with body image and eating issues at times, I am in the best shape I have been in in my life and I eat SO much healthier. I discovered healthy living blogs about a year ago and love that I continue to learn so much!

Sorry this ended up so long…it was hard to summarize it all! I would LOVE to try Amazing Grass!!!

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647 Sam (My Sugar Obsession) April 23, 2010

last summer was my turning point. it wasn’t so much about my body but about the types of food i was eating. i had read jillian michael’s book called mastering your metabolism. in it she had discussed how processed foods are messing with our hormones. i started to do research on this and was FASCINATED. then food, inc came out. shortly after i read michael pollan’s books in defense of food and the omnivores dilemma. my diet drastically changed. i stopped eating so many processed foods and switched all of my dairy and meat products to organic. i also tried to buy veggies local/organic whenever i could. it wasn’t till this past december (when i graduated college) that i started to focus on my body. i don’t drink as much alcohol any more. i also have a lot more time to go to the gym! i take yoga classes regularly and just recently started running. my goal is to run a half marathon in january.

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648 Lauren April 23, 2010

My health turning point was when my father passed away from cancer at the young age of 50. His diagnosis could have been prevented from a healthy lifestyle. I now try to make healthy choices every day and live life to the fullest!

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649 Gina April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I move to CA from MI and envied that active lifestyles of everyone around me. I began walking to work each day and going to the gym in the afternoons to break up my day (Luckily I had a 24 hour fitness in my building!) Then I began bringing my lunch and cooking at home more. Eventually I stopped going out for drinks 4 out of 7 nights and limited it to 1-2 nights out per week. I still go out a couple times per week, but I don’t stay out as late and usually limit myself to 2 drinks.

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650 Maria April 23, 2010

I had my epiphany years ago, at the end of my senior year of high school. I was 5’3, a sickly 80 pounds, and ate essentially nothing, for fear of getting ‘fat’, as I had seen myself to be before high school. Friends, family, and school professionals thought there was something seriously wrong – and they were right, but for some reason I couldn’t hear them. One day my mother came into my room crying and pouring her heart out to me about my weight and disordered eating, as she had just gotten some of my test results back from a recent doctor’s appointment. My doctor had basically told her to panic about my health. Seeing my mom the way she was that day made something click inside me – that I was not only hurting myself but people that I loved. It was a long, hard struggle getting to where I am now. I still struggle with my relationship with food but I know I am stronger and healing!

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651 Kristy R. April 23, 2010

Of all days – Thanksgiving 2009!! I know what you are thinking, “everyone feels icky about their body on Turkey Day”. No, my friends, this moment came BEFORE I even arrived at my parents house for the feast! I ran a Thanksgiving Day 5K that morning and was feeling very accomplished, very healthy, and totally entitled to eat to my heart’s desire later that day. After showering, I started trying on outfits for the day. Nothing fit. Nothing looked nice. Everything was tight, uncomfortable, or too casual for the holiday (think yoga pants…this is how desperate I was getting). At that point in my life, I considered myself to be a generally healthy, active person who thought I was pretty fit but could use some improvements here and there. And, I know people have bad days but I beleive that I finally saw myself differently that day. It was as if I was looking at a stranger that had alot of work to do to help her body. I was NOT as healthy as I had thought; I really didn’t exercise enough; and my food choices were low calorie focused and POOR! So, aside from totally ruining my guilt-free Thanksgiving Day calorie feast, I vowed to turn over a new leaf. I started reading healthy living blogs for the first time (Thank you, Angela) and stopped counting calories!!! Yipee! I have totally overhauled my diet and exercise plan and have never felt better. Oh, and I threw my scale in the garbage and bought a (pink!) tape measure. So technically, I have no idea if I have lost any weight but the measurements are looking better and better all the time. Thanks again for your contribution to my journey!! :)

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652 liane April 23, 2010

My turning point was first the scale, which motivated me to hit the gym, then when I started training for a half marathon I knew I was going to have to overhaul my diet to keep my body properly fueled.
Now, healthy living blogs and all their advice is what keeps me motivated and moving forward!

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653 Heidi April 23, 2010

My turning point was realizing that skipping breakfast in the morning only caused me to gain more weight. I started eating breakfast and lost 10 pounds. Now I cannot function without a good and hearty breakfast to wake me up in the morning; my day feels odd and unnatural without one. Moral of the story: Skipping meals does not a skinny person make!

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654 Elise April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I overheard two sweet elderly ladies at the church my husband ministered at whispering, “Is she expecting again?” :(

They were adorable and excited, wondering if it was true, and I? Was humiliated. My baby was almost a year old. So I began to make better choices that very second- we were standing in line for potluck! :) I chose one main dish, normal portion size, one salad, (again, normal portion) and one dessert. And I drank water. And I got full! Started pilates, walking on my treadmill, began running… and almost exactly one year later, I was at my goal weight of minus 50 pounds!

Thanks for this giveaway- it was fun tripping down memory lane (even though it’s a bit of an “ouch”!) in the hopes of winning!

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655 Lauren April 23, 2010

Something that makes me feel healthier every day is being part of the blog community! I have obsessed over health and nutrition for such a long time but I never followed anything properly because of my disordered eating and difficult life events. Blogging and talking to others about health has helped immensely with my emotional well-being, which transfers to all other areas of life. Also, eliminating animal products is something that really helped me to deal with physical health concerns.

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656 MaryK. April 23, 2010

My turning point happened a few months ago. I was 8 weeks pregnant with our first baby, and miscarried. It was devastating to both me and my husband. I know that it was nothing in my power that caused it to happen, but it definitely reminded me of the importance of life. Life is so precious, we should be treating our bodies, relationships with everyone around us, and the earth with more care. Eating right, exercising, and focusing on my “glow” has really helped me through this time. I want to be extra healthy when we start trying for another baby!

I love this blog and the inspiration, ideas, and laughs I have gotten from it. :)

Thanks!

Mary

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657 Amelia April 23, 2010

After my first year in college I did not feel wonderful about myself anymore. I had gained some weight but was eating unhealthy and just felt gross. I asked my coworker for tips on how to eat vegetarian for a week as a “healthy cleanse”. When the week was over, I felt so good I decided to keep going until I wanted to eat meat again. I was vegetarian for six months and it has kept me on the healthy track every since!

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658 Erin April 23, 2010

A turning point for me was when my boyfriend proposed to me this past December. I want to get healthy, not only to look good for the wedding, but so that he and I both can love each other for many, many years to come.

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659 Dee April 23, 2010

my turning point was a picture. i was horrified at how I let myself go. that’s when i realized that something had to change.

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660 Steph April 23, 2010

My turning point came over 20 years ago when a dear friend of mine who had just lost her mother to cancer, wrote me a letter letting me know that she was afraid for my health, that she loved me and couldn’t face losing me as well. At the time I had VERY disordered eating. The letter was so heartfelt. It was the 1st time someone close to me had the nerve to approach me about the issue.

I cannot express how much it meant to me. She was so brave to do it. I cried and cried just to know that I meant so much to someone. I’m tearing up right now thinking about it.

Long story short – I got help. Started seeing an amazing therapist. It took time, and it wasn’t always easy, but I dealt with my issues, and was able to make new healthy habits. I still have some hard days, but I just have to think of that letter, and it gives me the strength to do the right thing.

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661 Carrie April 23, 2010

Hey A! Been reading for about 3mths and love all your insights! First comment posted online EVER:

My turning point was my daughter. It had nothing to do with my weight or my clothing size. It was like a switch went off in my brain and I realized that I wanted to be the best role model for her that I can be. I had been thinking about all the pressure that women are given to be “perfect” and I thought to myself that my daughter was already perfect and wondered how I could raise her to believe this herself. Then it dawned on me that I needed to show her. I needed to be living proof that being healthy inside would make her glow on the outside, physically, emotionally, and mentally. So I started down the road of clean eating and exercising. It’s been about 6mths and I feel wonderful! It’s still a learning process and I’m learning more everyday. I’ve lost 10lbs, but that wasn’t my goal. My goal was to be healthy and strong! I want her to grow up seeing me as healthy and strong and happy and that is what matters! My sweet little angel, who just turned 2, was my turning point and continues to be my inspiration in everything I do.

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662 Juliet April 23, 2010

shopping at my favourite store and no longer being able to fit into the clothes! my wieght had creeped up too much and it was time to make a change i refused to shop in the plus sizes!!

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663 Amy Lynn April 23, 2010

Hi! My turning point was when I was in college.. I was eating mac and cheese, ramen noodles, mcdonalds, you name it cheap, I ate it cheap ;) My mom intervened and said “i have never seen you so unhappy and so… unhealthy”. From that point on, I knew I needed a change! When a mom tells you things like that, you know its serious…. I lost that 25 college lbs and never looked back!!

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664 Rhonda April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I had the opportunity to go on my first ever vacation, my first ever time out of the country and I nearly turned it down because I would be the “fattest” person out of the group. I realized my weight was holding me back from doing the things I really wanted to do in life and that’d I’d become a prisoner in my own body. How depressing!

Since then I’ve lost 50 lbs. :)

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665 SarahD April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I met my boyfriend. He is super healthy and helped me understand that you need to pay attention to your health even at a young age. He made me see that eating well and exercising are ways you honor your body and aren’t just chores that need to be done. Now we have the best time exercising together and finding great recipes for healthy versions of things we like to eat. It makes me happy that we are both interested in being active and healthy together.

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666 Chloe April 23, 2010

Turning point came when I accepted that there are certain foods that don’t serve me. My world opened up to all the amazing foods I CAN eat, and I discovered so many wondering flavors and my creative juices really got rolling! I am now thankful for being gluten-free and (mostly) dairy-free!

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667 Betty G April 23, 2010

My turning point is when I found out my coworker had run more than 20 marathons. I thought to myself if she could do so many I should be able to do one. That was more than two years ago. Yes, I did finish my first marathon in January this year. Ever since then exercising has become a part of my life.

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668 Cait April 23, 2010

I’m not sure when I went from a healthy, fit teenager to someone who was easily 15 – 20 lbs overweight, eating for comfort and fun mostly, but my big turning point was when I spent my spring semester abroad in Turkey in college. I was surrounded by new amazing foods and while I still firmly believe in indulging on vacation and trying new foods, I wasn’t on vacation. I was living there! In 6 months I gained about 20 lbs and just felt terrible. The more I gained the more I wanted to eat. WHen I came back I started to really eat healthier and that’s when I found Kath’s blog and then everyone else’s great healthy eating/exercising blogs which were really key in helping me make lifestyle changes that really turned my life around. Thanks blogs!

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669 Christi April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I realized that people in my family started getting sick.. COPD, Heart Attacks, Strokes, Cancer and none of then were taking care of themselves. Most of them smoke, eat mostly unhealthy foods, and live off of Mountain Dew. I decided I wasn’t going to end up that way and have made very positive changes in my life, I exercise atleast 5 days a week and eat more natural, organic foods. Although I wasn’t overweight I now have more muscle, energy and just feel all-together better everyday.

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670 Alexis April 23, 2010

My turning point was not being able to fit in most of my clothes and not wanting to look at too many photos of myself :).

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671 waisze April 23, 2010

My turning point was pretty devastating at least to me. I couple of years ago I was on the train and was offered a seat. At the time I wore a hoodie with pockets which could have been mistaken as if I was pregnant, but I definitely wasn’t. Thank goodness for that day though, because I’ve lost 30lbs since and am on my way to being a fit and healthy person.

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672 Zuzanka April 23, 2010

After a series of knee injuries I had to retire from college basketball my junior year..it broke my heart that I couldn’t play competitively anymore. I was so sick of people telling me all the things my body could no longer do, I just wanted to prove them wrong and feel accomplished again. So against doctors’ advices and recommendations and despite the constant pain and swelling, I started running. I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater, but this time I knew I had to make some serious changes and stick to them. As I went from being a pescatarian to high-raw vegan, I added about 20 miles to my weekly running log and dropped about 20 pounds along the way. I trained for and ran a marathon in 3:57 and am running a half in a few days. Take that double knee reconstruction!

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673 Kate April 23, 2010

After 6.5 years following a diet program I vowed on Jan 1, 2009 to get my act straight and make my goal weight. 29 days later (the day before my weight in day) I binged eating so much food my stomach was visibly distended. I burst out crying i front of my husband telling him how I didn’t want to go weigh in because I’ll have gained, how I hated following the diet, I was obsessed with food and sneaking it whenever I knew he couldn’t find me. I quit the next day, and while I have gained some weight, I’m much happier learning about what foods I like to eat and how what I eat affects my body.

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674 Kylie April 23, 2010

Ironically my health did not change when I was diagnosed with Leukemia almost five years ago. Instead, while going through rounds of tests and chemo I put on the lbs due to a combination of stress eating (ice cream!!!), inactivity and steroids. I was unhappy and got comfortable relying on the drugs to help me feel better. This past December I went in for another treatment and my Dr gave me the news that I would finish up my treatments this March. That is it… no more spending days getting infusions. Woohoo! Suddenly we were talking about life after cancer like trying to get pregnant and staying healthy. A light bulb went off and I knew this was my time to shine! The next day I got busy and dusted off a few workout DVDs I had. I also totally changed my diet from foods that were very processed to a mostly vegan diet. It helped that my hubby is allergic to dairy so we had already cut that out of our diets! Now on a daily basis I take a shot of wheatgrass in the morning, shake my booty, take my vitamins, try to cut out unnecessary stress and enjoy daily walks at nights with my two crazy pups and my very supportive husband. I’m not sure what is ahead but at least I now know what I can control. Life is such a journey. :)

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675 Sami April 23, 2010

The turning point for me was when I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. I never realized how different foods could affect my body so much differently than others :)

Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

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676 Nour April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I had suffered from a gallbladder infection secondary to having undiagnosed gallstones. My gallbladder nearly ruptured (wouldn’t have been a pretty situation!). After the infection subsided and the surgeon felt confident that I wouldn’t have spillover of the gross infection goo, I had my gallbladder removed. I had some serious post-op complications to “put the cherry on top of the sundae”. It was a difficult time for me, and it was a wake-up call!!

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677 Sarah April 23, 2010

I found out in high school that I was insulin resistant. I was a very active person in high school, but my diet was all over the place. During my four years at college, I really started to pay attention to the nutrition I was giving my body. I lost some weight and have kept it off for 3 years through healthy eating and exercising regularly :) Best news– no more insulin resistance.

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678 Katie April 23, 2010

Turning point was after trying a million diets….losing 5 pounds then gaining it back then losing it and so on. I decided that I really just wanted to feel better and following a healthy lifestyle seemed the best way to do it. Once I started it just became a natural part of my life.

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679 Allison April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I graduated from college and started a real job. I was so active in college and walked everywhere, and at the office I was sitting for 8 hrs a day! I had always exercised, but thats when I really started to see it as a lifestyle commitment. Now I love the treadmill, elliptical, group classes, etc and how good it makes me feel to work out.

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680 Rachel April 23, 2010

I had a turning point in college, too. I was going through a divorce and I was at an incredibly low point in my life. It’s hard to have a good self-esteem when you aren’t wanted.

I started going to the gym and joined a class called Ripped that was intended for guys, but it ended up being a mixed group of girls and guys all on their own journey, much more personal than physical. I pushed myself in a way that I never thought possible for me.

I learned in the midst of that class that my confidence didn’t come from others wanting me (or my body), it came from liking myself and being proud of who I am. I’m not as fit as I was then anymore, but I learned a valuable health-lesson back then. I eat right and exercise because I respect me, not so that other people will.

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681 Stephanee April 23, 2010

My mother recently passed away in September. I have been vegan before, but struggled with keeping the lifestyle. Around six months after my mother passed away, I was still struggling with depression and anger. I realized I needed an outlet for my energy and something to keep my mind occupied. This was my turning point. I decided to become vegan once again, and try new recipes almost everyday. This keeps me busy and I am always bursting with excitement when I am trying a new recipe. Your website has really helped me in this journey.

Thank you!

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682 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) April 23, 2010

My turning point was to finally eat balanced – no depriving myself during the week to over-eat on the weekends. And letting myself have a cookie (not 10) when I wanted!

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683 Catherine April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I started law school. I have always been pretty concerned with my food choices, but honestly, I didn’t know that much! I thought that as long as I was staying away from fried foods and tons of sweets, I’d be okay. Plus, I don’t LOVE salads and I thought that a salad would be the only real healthy food, so I kind of gave up. Boy, was I wrong! After I started to notice that I really needed lots of healthy foods to keep my energy at a high level to properly study, I started to research and reading blogs like yours. I have since learned that there is a LOT of variety in healthy choice options and I don’t have a problem at all selecting those foods as opposed to other, unhealthier options.

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684 Kaye Stain April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I landed myself a thyroid problem!! I was exercising twice a day, eating right (sometimes…and it was the SAD), and I was gaining weight like crazy..I had never dealt with weight gain in my life. I was 36 and stressed to the max. My doctor said I would need to take medication for the rest of my life???? There was no way I was going to do that. So I changed my lifestyle and eating habits dramatically after researching for untold hours. Needless to say, I no longer have a thyroid problem. I am high-raw vegan and have never felt better in my life!! I also happen to be an Amazing Grass SuperFan!!

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685 Sassy April 23, 2010

My turning point has actually been a turning year…in the past year I’ve been exploring all kinds of fitness, food and health blogs as well as things about body image and society.

I have gradually come to accept and even love me just the way I am, and feeling that way seems to make it much easier to take care of me the way I should be taken care of.

I’ve been working out 5 days a week since late December, and I’m feeling great. Now it’s time to start revamping the eating habits!

Sassy

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686 Melissa April 23, 2010

My turning point was when there was a “Biggest Loser” competition at work. I lost 15 pounds and almost won. I decided that I never again wanted to have enough weight to lose that I could be eligable to enter a “Biggest Loser” contest!

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687 Melissa April 23, 2010

What an amazing giveaway! Love how you enter too. So, I had a sort of awakening when I was starting my weight loss journey (the last 5-10 pounds) and I started a food journal. I realized I was eating 1000 calories over what I should. I started to be more conscious and to think about my food. I still enjoy my chocolate every now and then, now I’m just more aware and I’m not stuffing myself silly. It really has helped me and the bod:)

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688 Lauren M April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I put on my skinny jeans and they were litterally falling off. This was NOT a good thing. I had gotten so thin that I couldn’t fit into my already tiny jeans. I started eating again, slowly at first, then adding more and more calories as I became more confident. Now, I maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and cooking delicious, healthy meals for myself and sometimes my boyfriend too! I am a size “healthy” now and I plan to stay this way.

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689 Tasha April 23, 2010

My turning point was prom of senior year actaully because the dress my mom bought me was a size too small but they didn’t have any other ones. So I had to lose weight

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690 Savvy April 23, 2010

My turning point was 6 months after my daughter was born, I was still carrying 30 lbs of pregnancy weight! I have never worked out my whole life and I just dove right into it. And I am so glad I did. Because the healthy eating just came naturally after a few weeks of regular workouts. Now, I’ve lost most of the baby weight and I’m on a mission to get healthy and get fit for life!

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691 Jackie April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing a picture of me on my 21st birthday. I knew that change started within myself, so I started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I’ve try to take out processed foods and in place added more whole foods to my diet.

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692 Jessi April 23, 2010

My turning point happened in June 2009. My doctor told me, “Jessi, if you don’t do something about your weight, you’re going to die before you’re 30.” She wad dead serious too. I had hypertension, cholesterol problems, my triglycerides were through the roof, and I had back/knee/ankle problems. I could barely walk a half mile and walking a mile killed my back. Here I was at 25 supposedly living the prime years of my life yet they weren’t so “prime”.

About two weeks after that, I received an email from an on campus campus-wide email about a weight loss program being offered through our gym on campus. It was for faculty/staff only (perfect for me!) and it was relatively affordable. I signed up and prayed I’d get accepted. About a month later, I got a call saying my application was accepted and that I would be joining the program!

Starting in August 2008, I began to change my life. To date, I’ve lost 105 lbs, eat very healthfully (or at least attempt to), and crave workouts! I’m off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications. My knees/back/ankles no longer ache. I’m running 5-6 miles at a time, consisting beating my personal times for my 5K’s. I completed a sprint triathlon Feb. 2009 and plan on training and completing an olympic level triathlon by the end of this year! Next year will be a half iron man and the following year will be a full iron man.

The only thing I regret is not realizing that living THIS life is so much more fulfilling, even though it is challenging!

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693 Jennifer April 23, 2010

My road to health was a long one. I have always struggled with body image and my weight has been up and down since puberty.

After watching my mother battle against cancer for the better part of a decade and pass away far too young I decided it was time to finally take control of my life.

Over the next 9 months I lost 70lbs and started running.

While I still struggle from time to time I have built the foundation for a healthy, happy and active lifestyle.

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694 Nina April 23, 2010

It was definitely my weight. I used to be a skinny child and then all of a sudden when I hit 15 I started balooning.
My heighest weight was 140 pounds at 16 years old.
That doesn’t seem like much but at 5’4″ and a very small frame I was quite chubby and didn’t like what I had become.
The clothes didn’t fit right and I wouldn’t let anyone take pictures of me. I was very self-conscious and embarrassed.
I am at a healthy 120 lbs now and loving it! I think I look great and healthy! :)

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695 Hilary April 23, 2010

The turning point in my life was definitely when I was waving to someone while I was in my car and saw the “bye-bye flab” wigglin’ and jigglin’. It was then that I decided that I needed to eat healthier and definitely get into better shape. It’s still a long journey ahead but at least I’ve started it!

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696 Claire April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I realized that I didn’t have to be the perfect image of healthy and fit. I was always naturally tiny and a long distance runner who could eat whatever I wanted growing up but I forgot about all of that freshman year of college and let myself becoming too thin and weak to even run like I could before. I transferred colleges and started to learn more about wholesome/local food that I started to see as fuel. I started to run again and fed myself properly. I have learned that food is a something to enjoy and be excited about again and feel stronger than ever. Now I just need to start racing again…

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697 Kat April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I was I just fed up with my bad skin, low energy, and constipation. I had no idea what good health was or how to achieve it. I thought I was being good by bringing along my 100 cal snacks throughout the day, and just pretty much counting calories, no matter what I ate. I picked up the book Skinny B**** and that was it! My calling! I am SO much happier now..incorporating so many wonderful vegan and raw foods. I’m blissful :) Thank you for the chance to win!

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698 Laura April 23, 2010

well i had always drank and smoked weed and stuff my freshman year. One summer, I decided to start working out more. I started by running and i absolutely fell in love with it. At this point, i’d given up drugs and alcohol but i still smoked cigarettes. I realized that i couldn’t run and still smoke, so i dropped the habit. Looking back on it, i don’t even remember when i quit, i just wanted to run so it was easy. Running literally changed my life. :)

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699 Sarah April 23, 2010

2006 was a big year for me…I graduated college, married my high school sweetheart, started teaching high school, and built a house. Needless to say, I was stressed! Due to busy schedules and a tiny food budget, we lived off of macaroni and cheese and spaghetti that year. I knew I was gaining weight (I needed to buy new pants fairly frequently…) but I didn’t own a scale, so I didn’t know how bad things had gotten. When we were at my parent’s house for Christmas Eve, I decided to weigh myself on my parent’s scale. I had gained 30 pounds in one year! I vowed right then and there to lose weight. I cut out all white flour and sugar and over 6 months, I lost 30 pounds. then I started exercising and lost 10 more! My husband and I went on a belated honeymoon two years after our wedding. I was determined to wear a bikini…and I did!

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700 Christina April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I couldn’t fit into a dress I wanted to wear for an awards ceremony. I knew then and there that I needed to do something. Almost 2 years and 30 pounds later, I’m a much healthier and happier person.

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701 Lele April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing pictures of me after I gained the freshman fifteen… er… twenty. I’d just been on an amazing trip and all I could think about was how unfortunate looking I looked and I was like “Ew, let’s deal with that!”
So I started replacing crap with plants :D

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702 Beth April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes my freshman year at college. Before then I never knew anything about nutrition. Over the years I’ve learned about nutrition and fueling my body the right way. Reading your blog & other healthy living blogs gives me new ideas & keeps up the inspiration factor. :)

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703 Duane April 23, 2010

My turning point was after agreeing to join the gym. I was amazed how much I loved it. I had always been a bit skinnier but put on a few lbs after getting married. The gym helps me keep my focus and gives me alot of energy. I’ve been looking for a great protein powder. Ps. My wife loves your blog!

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704 Michelle April 23, 2010

I saw my weight get to the highest it had ever been and I kept having to buy bigger pants, I realized I needed to get ahold of my weight and be more active. I couldnt keep gaining 10 lbs a year so I lost 25 lbs and got my butt in shape and have kept it off for 4 years now

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705 Rene April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing old pictures of myself and knew I had to get healthy. Health first, weight loss will follow. My sister got me into Raw foods. Now I strive to raise my 2 little girls with the healthiest foods possible. I want to set the standard for them!

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706 Sherri April 23, 2010

I think I’m finally hitting my turning point now. I’ve been reading a lot more about ‘eating clean’ lately, and have even been considering entering the world of vegitarianism. I’m eating far too many processed foods and have been feeling exhausted almost every day. As I clear out my pantry of processed foods, I’m not replacing them. I’m buying more whole, natural products. Thank you so much for your daily inspiration. Your food all looks wonderful… definitely not ‘rabbit food’ I associate with vegan diets!

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707 Diane April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I was seriously underweight at a doctor’s visit when I was 18. She asked me if I wanted to have kids someday, and then and there I realized I had to take better care of myself in order to have the life I ultimately wanted. I’ve always been a healthy eater, but I’ve learned not to be so restrictive and to “live a little”! Life is way better when you don’t limit yourself to “black and white” thinking. I’ve learned that listening to my body and giving it what it needs is the best thing, whether that’s getting sleep, eating fruits and veggies, going for a run, or enjoying dessert! :)

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708 Mariepouliche April 23, 2010

Hi Angela! I don’t really have a turning point. When I started high school, I was in a sport programe and I my sport was swimming. I compete for five years. Unfortunately, I had some injuries in my shoulders so I had to stop. I always enjoyed my workouts so I suscribe to a gym (and I am still going, 6 years later!). Being active always helped to be in a healthy lifestyles. I am still learning everyday, but it’s just a subject that I enjoy. I think that I am gaining wisedom and everyday I am getting better on my healthy path :)
I just want to apologizes for my mistakes, english is not my first language (even tought I am Canadian).
I really enjoy your blog, I learn a lot and I pratice my english :)

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709 amanda April 23, 2010

My turning point was prob. a running class I took. I realized how important is was to fuel my body with better things and how much it helped improve my runs and the way I felt.

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710 Lia April 23, 2010

I don’t know that I ever had a “turning point” necessarily so much as a slow realization that I felt so much happier and loved myself more when I took proper care of myself. I did the awesome gain freshman year of college along with 2 months of losing all of it and more in a rather restrictive self loathing way while dating an anorexic boyfriend, picked up a lot of his habits, never actually admitted that a loud before (it feels rather liberating). It has been a journey finding balance. I felt best as a raw vegan ( I did for 6 months at the end of school) and try to incorporate that into my new lifestyle. I could really identify with your story and have loved reading about the development of you following your dreams and finding happiness even when you were falling into the “typical life” of a desk job doing something you don’t like etc. A fear I have. I respect you and all you have done greatly.

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711 Katie April 23, 2010

It’s been a long struggle but my true turning point, the one that turned everything around and jump started my health obsession, occurred in March 2009. I was fed up with the weight/diet “cycle” that I was in since 7th grade. Enough was enough. I had decided to go on the Master Cleanse after researching it for 2 months (I even bought a book about it!) to get on the right track to better health . I know there is a TON of controversy surrounding it, but it was the right decision for ME at the time. I successfully completed it, which was a triumph in itself because that took the most dedication and will power I’ve ever exerted in. my. entire.life. Even though I fully understood I couldn’t keep off the weight once I started eating again, I’ll admit, it was still encouraging to see it melt away so quickly.

Long story short, the turning point came on the 4th or 5th day of the cleanse. I was feeling frustrated by something in my life and wanted to eat something to comfort me. Since food was out of the question, I had decided to take my dog for a walk to clear my head. We ended up walking a much further distance than I planned, so naturally we were both starving upon returning. As I was pouring my dog’s food, and I actually remember doing this, I gave her a little extra because I thought she deserved it after our longer walk.
And that was it. It was like a switch flipped inside my head. I stood there and finally realized that I needed to do the same for myself. My body deserves to be properly nourished, especially for the all the hard work it does. Before this moment of enlightenment, I was guilty of rarely replenishing my body with food after working out in an effort to reduce my calorie intake further. Not very smart!!!

This revelation absolutely blindsided me and I haven’t looked back since. The way I view food and my body have changed drastically, as a direct result. I immediately took to my journal and vowed to treat my body with the respect (i.e. nutrients) it needs. I will always be grateful for this moment in my life because it was the completely necessary wake-up call I needed most if I wanted a chance at a happy, healthy life. It was just long overdue, but like that old saying, better late than never!!

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712 Naomi O April 23, 2010

For me it was a yo-yo, first I was overweight and then I went straight to underweight. My not-so-good first turning point was when I got out of my first ‘real’ relationship feeling completely terrible about the way I looked. I swore that I would be better then that, so I went from 145 pounds to 110 pounds in less then 6 months. Not the healthiest. When my hair started to thin, I had stopped going out and was completely depressed. My family talked to me about what was happening, I was hurting so much at that point and needed to do something. They took me out of town for a ‘free weekend’ where I ate lots of good food and saw what it was doing for me. Since then I have gained between 5-10 pounds. I am eating right, running a half-marathon in days (which I would not have been able to do when I was ‘skinny’) and feel the best I have ever felt :D

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713 Catherine April 23, 2010

My turning point was when my jeans started to fit really really snug and I had no idea why! Then I started noticing that the foods I was eating were unhealthy and really high in calorie. I just wasn’t paying attention and ate whatever I felt like. I decided to eat less desserts and less pizza I’m still working on a healthy balanced diet but my jeans fit a little better than they used to!

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714 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I was looking at some pictures and realized I was only getting bigger and bigger, and decided I really needed to start getting smaller and smaller! I’ve lost about 20 pounds in a little less than a year (I need to lose about 80 more to be at a healthy weight), and am just glad that that’s 20 pounds DOWN, not up!

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715 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep April 23, 2010

My turning point came at my best friend’s wedding. I was in a size 16 dress and felt like I was squeezed in it like a sausage. The picture of me in that dress is on the About Me section of my blog. After seeing that picture of myself, I knew I had to do something and ended up losing about 25 pounds and ran two half-marathons!

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716 Cassie April 23, 2010

You know, i don’t really think there was an exact “moment” or an “Epiphany” of sorts..it was more like..”hmmm, I wonder how exercise would benefit ME?” and we had Tony Horton 10 minute trainer DVD’s in my house….and almost a year later, I’m still doing them everyday and LOVING my body. I can walk up steep hills finishing with my heart only slightly pounding, whereas a year ago i’d be huffing and puffing and blue in the face!
Moments like those are the ones that make me want to continue–to continue pushing my body, discovering my own strengths and most of all, fueling it with the things it needs. I started out the wrong way, counting EVERY calorie and refusing “bad” foods. Now I eat basically everything (;)) , but I go by how good it is FOR me. I know my weight might creep slightly, but it’ll do so naturally…and because i’m doing what’s right. :) I’m so proud I dug myself out of the “I want to be skinnny” rut and jump into the “healthy & fit” bandwagon.

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717 Mandy April 23, 2010

My turning point was seeing my weight get into the overweight BMI category. I was also almost at the point where nothing in the normal stores would fit me. I hated going shopping, when it’s something that I knew I would love if I could fit into clothes.

Things that keep me on track is having nutritious food around the house, doing my own grocery shopping, and my love for cooking. I love coming up with healthy meals for myself, and I feel awesome when i’m eating properly.

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718 Eva April 23, 2010

It was probably passing the bar (the exam one needs to pass to practice law) . . . I suddenly had an idea of what I would be doing the rest of my life and I knew it was an unhealthy, inactive profession so I decided to train for a triathlon and make a conscious effort to eat better. Two years later and still going strong!

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719 Ursula April 23, 2010

My turning point came when I met my husband. I was envious of his healthy exercise and eating habits. I respected the way he simply ‘did the right thing’ without struggling. He became my role model. I slowly learned what the ‘right things’ were for me and started doing them to the best of my ability. Today I am a vegan, I love raw foods, I run and do bikram yoga.

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720 De April 23, 2010

My real turning point came when I realized that my daughter will turn thirty this year and there I was still carrying around an extra thirty pounds of ‘baby weight’. After all these years I’d never been successful at losing it – that plus a now through-the-roof cholesterol level. I knew I needed a serious lifestyle change and that’s when I decided to go vegan. I have been reading some great, informative books and am so excited to have found wonderful blogs like this one. After only one month I’m now well on my way to such a healthy new lifestyle and I am already feeling so much better and have finally begun to lose the extra weight. Now, I can’t wait to get my cholesterol checked again. And, one day I hope to be the ‘hot & healthy’ Grandma!

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721 CarolineR April 23, 2010

My turning point came after I took my first nutrition class in college. We had to track our intakes and learned a lot about the problems with eating so much packaged/preserved foods. I couldn’t believe how much room I had for improvement! Also starting to read blogs (like yours!) have been very eye-opening to me. I now focus on eating REAL food and finding things that make me feel good! Exercising more regularly has also been a positive thing in my life. Helps me keep my “glow” :)

Dying to try Amazing Grass!

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722 Ilene April 23, 2010

I definitely view my own energy levels as reflective of what I eat and what I do, so that keeps me in check!

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723 Andrea April 23, 2010

My Aha moment is that I work a full time and part time job and also go to college full time. It’s alot and I am crazy busy most of the time. I realized I needed to exercise to keep my sanity and to eat healthy so that I don’t get sick ( I work with 52 kindergardeners :) Obviously I feel it’s important to be healthy but for me it’s necessary just to give my body the energy it needs!

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724 Sebrina April 23, 2010

My turning point was my children. My oldest son had 8 ear infections in his first 18 months and I knew that wasn’t right! So I started researching. I took him and my other children off dairy (and myself) and low and behold none of my children have ever had any kind of infections again. And the bonus for me was my life long battle with acne cleared up within a few weeks. I have 4 children now and since going off dairy 8 years ago none of them have ever been sick. I mean never. Maybe a slight runny nose a few times but that is it :-D

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725 stephanie April 23, 2010

saw pictures of myself trying on wedding gowns. I knew I had gained weight but never realized I had “back fat.” Yikes!

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726 Erin April 23, 2010

My turning point in finally committing to more healthful living was how unhappy I was with my lack of energy. Since minimizing processed foods, adding green monsters to my diet, and committing to a healthy amount of varied exercise, I feel so. much. better. Thanks for all your inspiration, Angela!

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727 Michelle April 23, 2010

Seeing my hair fall out in clumps every morning got my attention. I had gained 20-25lbs in 3 years and though I was’t happy about that I didn’t care enough to make any changes.

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728 jvegegirl April 23, 2010

Definitely becoming vegan for ethical reasons sparked an interest in nutrition!

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729 Ying April 23, 2010

My turning point was when I had a divorce several years ago. My friend suggested me to start exercising so that I would feel better. I followed her advice and now go to the gym almost every day. Exercising has changed my life forever. I look better and feel great (well, most of the time). I would highly recommend everyone to make regular exercising her top priority.

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730 Leah @ losing-2-win.blogspot.com April 23, 2010

I can distinctly remember the day I was brought to tears because of my weight. I felt desperate for help because I didn’t know how to do it on my own. The next day I signed up for a Biggest Loser competition and today, 98 pounds later, I’ve totally changed my life!

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731 Jae April 23, 2010

After first semester finished, i grabbed my thighs and looked on in horror. i vowed to change my weight once and forall

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732 Baroque Diva April 23, 2010

My turning point came about 2 years ago. I was going through a difficult time of transition- finally finished grad school and was starting my own business as a freelance opera singer, was coming out of a break-up after dating someone for 4 years, and had gained about 20 pounds from all of the stress. Around that time I became completely inspired by all the Healthy Living Blogs I stumbled across online (yours was very important to me!!) and since then I have turned a new leaf health-wise. One day I was driving and I just started to cry because I suddenly really believed in myself! I felt strong and beautiful, I felt ready to tackle my crazy career, feel more confident in having a successful and healthy relationship, and have the tools to maintain my weight and fuel my body with whole foods. It’s awesome! I’ve also been mainly vegetarian for about 7 months now, and I feel great!

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733 Holly April 23, 2010

Running my first half-marathon! :)

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734 Maya April 23, 2010

WONDERFUL giveaway!My healthy turning point came with discovering blog world. Seeing a community of healthy and happy women was so inspiring.

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735 Meagan April 23, 2010

I’ve been in kind of a turning “phase” since graduating college last year – trying to get away from late night food runs and drinking, etc. Now that I cook for myself I feel much healthier, and I walk to work everyday, which is awesome!

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736 chelsey April 23, 2010

Turing point: switching to whole grains…so much more satisfying! Giving up endless diets for whole foods and a real life full of colour and movement.

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737 Alex April 24, 2010

Reading fast food nation, amzing book which inspired a chage of action in me! and the wonderful women blog writers, thanks!

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738 Leah April 24, 2010

When I was a freshman in College and had more freedom, living on my own and such, it occurred to me one day in the cafeteria that I had a choice every day to eat healthy or not and to exercise or not. Something about gaining my independence shook some sense into me and I didn’t want to take it for granted.

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739 LeahG April 24, 2010

There wasn’t really a turning point for me. I had been unhappy with my body for so long, and finally one day I realized I COULD make chan