Happy 1.5 Years, Boo.

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Saturday morning + May 1st = Awesome.

Last night Eric and I got our swim on. The great thing about having a workout buddy is that when the other person wants to workout, you feel guilt-tripped motivated to go as well. I just took it easy with my laps and continued to practice bilateral breathing.

I also challenged myself with treading water in the deep end when I got bored of laps. I couldn’t believe it but I treaded water for 15 minutes straight, almost effortlessly! I don’t remember being overly good at treading water when I was young, so I am wondering if running has something to do with it now? I honestly felt like I could go for a half hour or longer. It was so strange!!

Swim #4:

  • 35 mins swimming laps, medium pace (freestyle, breaststroke, board (flutter kicks, front and side)
  • 15 mins treading water
  • Total = 50 mins.

Oh, Eric now has a MENTOR at the pool. :mrgreen:

He met this guy who was swimming in the competitive lane and he told Eric he has been doing triathlons for 3 years now. He started off doing the try-a-tri too! He told Eric to stick with it and eventually the swimming leg becomes the easiest part of the triathlon (I’ll believe it when I see it! haha). He also said that the swim we are doing in Milton on June 6th is horribly, horribly COLD. Because it is so early in the season, the water is known for being frigid.

This is the lake in the summertime:

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[Kelso Lake]

I’m scared.

When they were parting ways he yelled to Eric, ‘KEEP SWIMMING!’ :mrgreen:

I think this little pep talk really inspired him! Who knows, maybe that will be Eric some day??

We got home and I did not move from the couch all night. Fabulous. We watched The Marriage Ref and it was hilarious!

I have not been having many good hair days since I started swimming, lol.

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I also woke up with a headache this morning which tells me that I probably didn’t drink enough water last night!

I was very hungry for this breakfast too.

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Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats

Ingredients

VOO:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop (2 tbsp) Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Powder

Directions: In a small bowl, mix together with a whisk and throw in fridge overnight.

In the morning, make the Banana Soft Serve:

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Directions: Take 1 frozen banana and process until smooth. You can add a tiny bit of milk to speed up the process.

Now it is time to layer in a small glass!

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Next time, I would actually layer starting with the banana soft serve because I missed the banana at the bottom!

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This was sooooooooo good. I loved, loved, loved the banana soft serve + VOO. So refreshing and light!

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Happy 1.5 Years, Boo.

Today marks exactly 1 and 1/2 years since I started Oh She Glows. My first post was written on October 31, 2008. Since then I have written 1,185 posts. That works out to being an average of 2.16 posts per day.

It all began with a simple BOO on Halloween day. I laugh when I go back and read old posts…It is funny to see how my writing style and voice changes over time. I will always be ME- quirky and energetic – but I hope that my writing will always continue to progress as the years go by.

Now I have some questions for you today. :)

1) If you are a blogger yourself, when did you start blogging?

2) Whether you have a blog or not, when did you start reading blogs?

3) If you don’t currently have a blog, do you think you ever will start one?

I started reading blogs about a year before I started my blog on Oct 31, 2008. I kept saying to myself, ‘I want to start a blog up’, but it took me a good year before I did. I love blogging because I get to combine all of my passions- writing, fitness, nutrition, helping others- into one spot!

See you for 1,000 Words this afternoon! Have a great day. :)

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Brie (The Fit Bride)) May 1, 2010

I started blogging on August 31, 2009, but I’d been reading blogs since at least late 2008. For a long time I thought I shouldn’t start a blog because my life wasn’t interesting enough…but I took the plunge and now that I’m blogging, I seek out a lot more fun adventures and challenges than I did before! (Um, like running a marathon. Who am I?)

And now I’m getting married in a week. Yipes!

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marzipan May 1, 2010

GEEEEZ. 2.16 posts a day! Thats impressive. I’ve been blogging for roughly the same time period and i think – generously – that I’ve written 300 posts in total.Ha. Anywho, just wanted to stop by and tell you that I love your blog :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

Thank you!

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Jenny May 1, 2010

I started blogging almost a year ago, but I definetly don’t blog as much as you! I’ve been reading blogs for what feels like forever!

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Meghan@traveleatlove May 1, 2010

Happy 1.5 yrs! Treading water is awesome exercise and used to be my sub for cross country running practice in the summer and when I was injured! You must be in good shape!

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Liz May 1, 2010

I love reading healthy living blogs! I think they are so inspirational and definitely motivate me to be healthier. I started reading them a couple years ago when I first got into running cause I was hungry all the time and wanted to figure out how to fuel correctly as a vegetarian athlete. I don’t think I will ever start a blog myself. When I was in college I was stalked by this seriously creepy guy in one of my psych classes. It was the hardest thing I have ever been through and I cannot imagine putting my life out there in the way I would have to in order to blog. I actually go by a (semi) fake name on twitter and facebook because of it. I went back to my college town for a wedding a couple months ago and it was still really difficult for me. Maybe one day I will move beyond that experience. One can hope, I guess.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

I’m sorry about your experience. I can totally see how that would shape the way you look at your public life in every aspect.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 1, 2010

I started blogging in August 2009, but had been reading blogs for about a year before that.

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Jessi May 1, 2010

I’ve had a blog for, uh, almost 4 years now? And I started reading a while before then. :)

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Danielle May 1, 2010

Yay! I started blogging in April of 2008 (kind of) and then began blogging full-force in May of 2008. Looking back at old posts is my favorite thing in the world, so many wonderful memories. Oh and by the way, before that, I’d been reading blogs for six months, I got addicted when I was bed-ridden and sick in the fall of 2007 :). It’s been an amazing experience.

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Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 1, 2010

Love it! I started my blog in August 2008! It’s crazy how our voices and interests change. Pretty crazy!

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Mara @ What's for Dinner? May 1, 2010

I started my blog exactly 2 weeks before you! What’s funny is that I dont, by any means, have a “healthy living blog” since it’s just talking about cooking one meal, but I still got lumped into that genre. I’m SO glad you started your blog :) Long live iron on letters!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

I remember reading your blog and thinking ‘damn this girl is GOOD’ haha

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Mara @ What's for Dinner? May 1, 2010

You have no idea how happy that made me :) You’re all big and famous now and you still remember me! ;)

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 1, 2010

Yummers, that banana “ice cream” looks delicious! I’m not much for over night oats, but I might just try that!

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nut May 1, 2010

I’ve been reading blogs for a few years now. Started with ELR and KERF. Still love those. But since I have found yours and HTP…I have 2 special new favorites.

You are fantabulously beautiful. Are your parents gorgeous :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

Thank you :)

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katie May 1, 2010

SOOO you look like you are about 20 years old.. for real! keep up what you are doing because you are a HOT MOMMA!! (not literally..but when that time comes, you will be!)

LOVE the naner soft serve w. the oats!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

FOREVER 21? lol

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 1, 2010

That breakfast looks amazing and perfect for a hot morning. I started blogging in October 2007 when I studied abroad in London but just did it to keep in touch with friends and family. I start blogging more seriously in October 2008 when I moved to South Korea and was living there for a year.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 1, 2010

I started in September, and had only been reading blogs for a day or 2. I didn’t even know what a blog was!

Banana soft serve oats sound amazing!!

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Camille May 1, 2010

I used to be a swimmer in high school and the bad hair days are all a part of the package.
Just wait until you go for a run a start sweating chlorine… that’s when it gets real good :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

Is it normal to smell the chlorine on my skin AFTER showering? :\

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Camille May 1, 2010

Honestly, you are going to smell the chlorine for a while. To be fair, I was in the water for about 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, but the smell stuck around for about 3 months after swim season ended.
BUT, it sort of becomes a comforting smell and eventually it will come to remind you of summer and sunshine :)

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 1, 2010

I like the idea of banana soft serve oats.. yummy

~I started blogging in September, after I got laid off from my job… I had tons of time on my hands and I found YOUR BLOG!! Which totally inspired me to start blogging (thank you!!) I have no idea how I found your blog, but it just made me so happy, and I thought – I could do this!! :)

:)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 1, 2010

Such a cute story about the man and Derek! Just goes to show you, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to!

I started my blog back in January so it’s been almost 5 months. CRAZY!!! It went by really fast!

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Danielle (Coffee Run) May 1, 2010

I started blogging less than 6 months ago and I love it :D But I’ve been reading blogs for a few years!

That’s cool that Eric has a swimming buddy. Maybe he’ll become the next Michael Phelps :D

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 1, 2010

I started blogging almost a month ago ;) I had been reading blogs for such a long time and really looked like a bunch of fun.

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Dawn May 1, 2010

That breakfast looks so yummy! I’m going to try to make those overnight oats tonight. I have some Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats – will they work? And can I use regular milk – will it still work? I showed my 8-yr old daughter the pics of the oats w/ banana mixture and she’s excited to try it tomorrow morning too!!

I started blogging a couple of months ago. It’s nice to express and share your thoughts!

Have a great day :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

Yes you can use any type of milk! Your bob’s oats will work perfect (thats what I use too) Enjoy!

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Amber K May 1, 2010

I do have a blog that I started for fun to share recipes with others on SparkPeople and anyone else who wants to check it out. Although I did blog a few times on it before I started posting regularly.

I first started reading blogs when I found Operation Beautiful and it become the first I read along with Caitlin’s Healthy Tipping Point.

I love banana “ice cream”! I even wrote a blog about it once. So yummy. =)

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Jaimers May 1, 2010

I’ve been blogging, technically I guess, since about 2001 or so, but I started my most popular blog in 2006. My personal blog is only a few months old and long overdue!

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Ashley May 1, 2010

Breakfast looks awesome! Do you find yourself WAY hungrier with swimming lately? I definitely do! I can’t believe you tread for 15min. It is a great ab workout!! I started my first blog “ota.bars” last April. I didn’t even know food blogs existed!! I don’t know who came up with the idea..honestly don’t remember if someone suggested it or if I just did it. I started it for the granola bars as a way for my family + friends to see my progress with the business. I only updated about once every 2 weeks. It started to pick up a little bit towards the end of the summer but I still wasn’t good at frequent posts. Then, my huz saw a 5min video on Current TV about Kath! She was talking about her blog and what she does and Chris was like, “hey you should check out this girl’s blog..she’s really into food and I think you would like it!” [I was also super into food at that point too] I checked out Kath’s blog and was hooked. Then I realized we lived in the same city so we met up. Then I started to realize how many food blogs were out there! I still was writing on the ota.bars blog and then moved to Colorado, which is when my blog turned into more of the food + healthy living blog. About a month after moving to Colorado, I made the change to Edible Perspective. I honestly love it! Are you sorry you asked now? I wrote a mini-book! lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

I love your story! I’m so glad we found each other.

And yes swimming makes me VERY hangry. So much hangrier than usual. lol

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Britt May 1, 2010

I started blogging Jan/06, but didn’t really comment on anything til about 6 months later. I was too scared to let people read my blog! I’ve moved blog URL’s since then, but still have all my old posts saved so I can laugh at them! :)

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Jen May 1, 2010

I starting blogging in January 2010 after reading blogs for about 3 months. I’m still working to try to find my writing style, but figure it will develop over time. I try to write about 5 a week. Reading your blog and other blogs have helped inspire me to keep at it, and the occasional comment I get helps to let me know someone is listening.

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Lindsay May 1, 2010

Congrats on your 1.5! I think I started reading blogs maybe a year ago. I wouldn’t have remembered, but one of the bloggers mentioned something that happened a year ago, and I was actually reading at that time and remembered it. I would like to start one, but it’ll have to wait a while. I work for a newspaper, and I think blogging outside of work is kind of touchy because they don’t want you expressing opinions that make the paper look biased (not that I’d really be blogging about controversial stuff). So, I’d like to wait until I don’t have to worry about who’s reading.

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Jennifer@ knackfornutrition.blogspot.com May 1, 2010

I started blogging on 12/23/2009, but I have been reading blogs for about a year. I found myself so inspired by other people’s pictures and ideas that I wanted to put myself out there and create a space all my own.

I love blogging because it helps keep my on track in my journey to becoming healthy. I find motivation from other bloggers that carries over into my own, and the community that surrounds my blog is absolutely invaluable to me.

Although my blog is still in an infantile stage right now, I have big plans for where I want it to go in the future. With some upcoming travel this summer, I am sure things will get interesting. Stay tuned! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

I totally agree about the motivation aspect. I would never be donig all these crazy things if it wasn’t for the blog world inspiring me. Crazy to think about!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 1, 2010

Wow– it seems like you’ve been blogging for longer (in a good way!!). I’m about to hit my six month mark, which is crazy to me! Happy blogiversary!

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MAJL May 1, 2010

Angela,

Hearing about your experience with swimming has helped me to build confidence to try it myself and it is wonderful! My partner said it looked like I was drowning because I was out of breath but it will get easier, right?

MAJL

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

YAY congrats!!!

It does get easier…only 4-5x so far for me and I feel so much better.

Also, I find that it takes a good 15 mins EACH swim to feel warmed-up and comfortable again. I still get butterflies each time!

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Wei-Wei May 1, 2010

Mmmmmmm banana soft serve and VOO parfait! Lovely and delicious :D I must try this!

I started blogging, oh… maybe a few weeks ago? I didn’t think that I would be able to blog daily, but now I keep a big brainstorm list of what to blog about and then I’ll keep adding to it. My blog is really more for expression and for the sense of community I get from commenting and comments… and plus, it’s just a lot of fun at the end of the day to sit down and write about something.

Have a great day! I’m still drooling over your breakfast… :P

Wei-Wei

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Kilee May 1, 2010

I can’t believe that you’ve only been blogging 1.5 years! It feels like I’ve been reading your blog forever. Maybe it’s just the abundance of great posts?!? I started reading blogs over a year ago and just started mine a few weeks ago. It’s fun and I love the supportive blogging community. Take care and keep up the good work!

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Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 1, 2010

1) March 26, 2010 :D
2)since May 2009

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Tina May 1, 2010

I would guess you had been blogging longer too! It’s amazing to see how much can change in such a short amount of time.

I started a blog on Blogger in September of 2009 but posts were very sporadic and only really a journal for my competition prep workouts. Then, in January of this year I started a Wordpress blog (and converted my old stuff to it) but I still say January is when I first started actually blogging. I posted regularly, had more pertinent information, and did it more for the community than a personal journal. January is around when I started regularly reading blogs as well. I read a couple starting last summer but not regularly.

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kaila May 1, 2010

I started blogging about three weeks ago…..and your blog was definitly a source of inspiration for me to start it up! i love reading blogs and writing my blog now! it is so fun. i actually have my first giveaway going on right now! check it out if you want : healthyhelper.wordpress.com

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kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com May 1, 2010

i started blogging about 3 weeks ago- newbie hehe. but ive been reading blogs for oh a good 5 years really! <3

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Ashley May 1, 2010

I’m slowly started a blog over the last little while. Would really like to get more into it. I have had similar issues like you in school with binge eating, etc. It’s just hard to maintain a blog with being in school.

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Chelsea (runtheline.tumblr.com) May 1, 2010

I started a mini blog (a Tumblr blog) about 2 months ago. That is when I started training for my half-marathon, and I wanted something that would track my progress (openly)! Since then, it has developed into much more than a tracking tool. I am tempted to switch over to a wordpress or blogger blog, but we’ll see if I have the time to blog regularly.

I didn’t really start reading other healthy living blogs until then. However, now reading my blogs is a staple in my daily routine!

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Susan May 1, 2010

Oh gosh, I hope the weather is as beautiful in Ontario today as it is in NB!! It was a fabulous May 1st morning and will be an even better afternoon (once I get my butt off the couch and stop reading blogs :P)

Are you guys doing a practice open water swim before the tri? I highly suggest doing at least one! Swimming in open water feels like a whole other world compared to the pool, and you’ll feel a lot more confident going in :)

1) I started blogging January 2009. I think the 5th? It was random and I didn’t tell anyone about it until a week in. I was writing a LOT for school and work, but not the topics I wished I could be writing about. Plus, I’m weird and absolutely adore taking pictures of my food. I’m already noticing how my “voice” has changed and I hope it continues to evolve. I really aspire to be a GOOD writer.

2) The first food blog I ever stumbled upon was j3nn.net in the summer of 2008. It fascinated me! Then I found Caitlin’s in September 2008 and now I read probably a hundred :P

Happy 1.5!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2010

We are gonig to try to do 2 open water swims the week leading up to the race. We are renting wetsuits so we will only have them for about 6 days before the race! I think the open water will be SOOOOOOO much more difficult.

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:: Rochelle @ Princess Hotcakes May 1, 2010

Love that your fella is finding encouragement along the way. When you mentioned “keep swimmming” all I could think of was Dora in Finding Nemo and her phrase, “Just keep swimming.” It’s such a simple and yet impactful mantra. :)

I started blogging just recently when I realized my story could be an inspiration for others making their way in life. I was first drawn into reading blogs as I was needing support becoming a step-mother figure. Also, my schedule is hectic and my to-do list never-ending. It seemed like healthy eating was always the priority I was willing to put-aside. Not soo much anymore! I love the inspiration of seeing women much like myself find creative ways to lead healthy lives!

Gotta say, I love your blog! Congrats on 1.5 of sharing your story!!

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