4 lb. Chocolate Amazing Grass Giveaway!

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Greetings!

Chia Seed Giveaway:

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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).

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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.

GOODLUCK!

See you tomorrow morning for an amazing breakfast banana split recipe.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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