Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG

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On October 31, 2008, I was just a girl grasping for hope.

I was struggling with disordered eating that still lingered despite my best efforts to beat it. I felt like I had made a lot of progress, but there was still a missing piece to my puzzle.

Self-love.

I fought a daily battle of self-acceptance, depressive thoughts, and anxiety. Despite the smile on the outside, most days I felt like I was crumbling on the inside. I was simply going through the motions of life and the days were passing me by. Indeed, I was truly thankful for so many wonderful people in my life, but the one thing I couldn’t be thankful for was myself.

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to get to that place of self-acceptance or happiness, but I decided the first step was going to be writing about it.

And so it all began with a simple Boo on Halloween day!

I have always loved writing because it comes to me easier than expressing my thoughts out loud. It is just me and a keyboard or piece of paper talking to someone out there and thinking things through. Writing is a way for my inner voice to be heard when often it is silenced by all the thoughts swirling through my mind. Writing gives each thought a chance, each thought a moment to be heard and I often clear my mind or work things out as I write.

I guess this is why I was never meant to be a researcher. While I did spend most of my time writing in grad school, my writing was very very formal, scientific, and sterile in many ways. I felt suffocated when I wrote a research paper and I always felt like I couldn’t express my true self. In a paper, there was little room for jokes, sarcasm, stories, or occasional curse words (trust me, I could have used them many times!). It was all too structured.

I wanted to set my thoughts free.

Starting this blog was a way for me to have a creative outlet at a time when my creativity felt stifled in many areas of my life. OSG was the one place where I felt like I could express myself fully. I would simply write about what I wanted to write about, just like in my Creative Writing class in high school that I loved so much. My teacher had us make Creative Writing journals in high school and we could write whatever we wanted to in them. Personal stories, clippings, drawings, poems, deep thoughts, jokes, and anything that we wanted to share. I absolutely loved this journal and I would talk about my struggles with disordered eating, my love for delicious healthy food, animals, exercise, running, the desire for happiness, and whatever else I wanted to talk about.

Over the past two years, I have found that missing piece of self-love. Even on the days when I can’t find it and I am having a bad day, I know that it isn’t far away and it will come back to me. I have met amazing people along the way and I have been touched by the support and kindness of others. 

Today, I write because I am truly thankful for these past two years, for sharing my life with you, the ups and the downs, and the discussions, inspiring words, and support. My hope for the blog going forward is to give back as much gratitude, love, and inspiration as I get from writing each day.

Thank you for letting me come into your lives each day and also, for allowing me to come into yours.

As a small token of my appreciation, I am going to do some giveaways!

1) Draw for $25 Glo Bakery gift certificates to be given out to 5 random people

2) Draw for a homemade batch of cookies, Glo bars, or muffins (any from my recipes page!) shipped to your doorstep.

3) Grand prize draw for $100 Glo Bakery gift certificate to one random winner

If you’d like a chance to be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me anything about your own passions, journey, or perhaps something you have grown to love about yourself. Contest closes Monday Nov 8th.

I’m off to the kitchen to shoot my video for Challenge #7! Hopefully there aren’t as many flops as last night. ;) Happy Halloween!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday OSG!
I’d love to be entered. I finally to the plunge and am going about my passion for writing. It is FABULOUS.

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2 Kris October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! You have inspired so many with your thoughtful words, enthusiam and passion. Cheers to many more years of sharing your gift!

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3 Nikki T October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!
I can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years! What a great addition to my life it has been :)
You and your blog have inspired me to start living a healthier life and in turn increased my self-love a ton in the past 2 years!
Thanks Angela and OSG! You rock!

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4 Steph October 31, 2010

I have grown a lot in the past 2 years! I’ve learned to love myself so much and I truly know what I am capable of. I’ve learned to be happy and to fight to do what I love. I’m still journeying through life one day at a time, but life is great and I love to be positive!

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5 laurie October 31, 2010

I have been following your blog since the beginning and I think you are an amazing and creative girl. I feel your happy spirit and, even though I am now almost 50, I can relate to your journey of self acceptance. From the struggles of disordered eating in my teens, to getting it all under control in my 20’s and 30’s as I was raising my family, I’ve been surprised to struggle a bit again in my 40’s (darn those hormones!!). My passion now is hiking and being in nature and appreciating what my body can do – more than how it looks. I wish I could say that I don’t get bummed out when the scale is up 5 lbs but that is life and life is a journey and I am enjoying the ride!

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6 MarathonVal October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary, Angela!! One thing I love abut myself is my passion for helping others. I LOVE my job as a school social worker helping kids! It’s tough but rewarding and it makes me feel good about what I do every day :)

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7 hippierunner October 31, 2010

Happy 2 Year! I’ve used my passion for running to learn more about my body and how it can be strong and how I should appreciate it!

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8 Errign October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,

Happy Blog-Birthday to Oh She Glows. I am glad you turned to blogging – your posts are always inspiring & chock full of all kinds of awesome recipes & photographs. You are awesome!

I am loving the exercise time I am giving my body these days – I may be busy with school & three part time jobs, but I have been budgeting time for cardio and strength training and am now running 14-18 miles per week & strength training 2 times a week!

Wish many more “birthdays” to OSG!

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9 cyndie October 31, 2010

Happy birthday to your blog :)

This is encouraging to read…I just started my own blog, and it’s more of a means of a creative outlet than anything. I love writing, but I’ve always struggled with it, if that makes sense. It feels really freeing to just write whatever i want. plus it’s great practice :)

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10 Andrea October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I love your take on life, body image and food. You work so hard on your recipes and your passion for healthy living really shines through your blog. Since reading your blog I have come to love jogging. Not all the time, but there are more good runs than bad runs lately! Happy Birthday OSG…Keep up the amazing posts!

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11 Jazz October 31, 2010

Good luck on the vid! After moving across Canada with my hubby, I’m learning to make new friends and and start doing new things! it’s very freeing!

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12 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 31, 2010

Congrats on the 2 years! Your blog is by far one of my favorites. I do love all the recipes, but what brings me back the most is your realness and the love you show for others. It cannot be denied. You are beautiful and a true inspiration. I feel like I can relate so much to your journey. I too battled depression and binging and many of the same struggles. Working hard to love myself and taking a path of self-discovery played a big role in overcoming them. I didn’t start my blog until after that time in my life, but to this day it serves as an outlet for me and continues that growth. I grow even more from reading things from fabulous people like yourself as well. Thank you for everything, Angela!

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13 JenATX October 31, 2010

a contest? how exciting!
I am learning to stand on my own and have the strength to face life when things get tough. When some aspect of my life is falling apart it tends to make everything else fall apart, and I’m learning that unhappiness in one part of my life doesnt have to mean complete unhappiness.

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14 aubrey October 31, 2010

Something I love is songwriting. I love it. It helps me SO much.

Thank you so much for your blog. You inspire me everyday:)

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15 Avery October 31, 2010

What a great post! There are so many women and girls out there who can be inspired by your story! Thank you so much for sharing.

This year I’ve developed a growing passion for cooking! I made a change last December to eat healthier to lose weight. That goal has spun into a passion of cooking healthy foods and feeding my body the good food it deserves! It has opened up a whole new world to me. I love it!

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16 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 31, 2010

Happy b-day to your blog! Seems like a lot of us have our blogiversaries around this time of year :) Something I love about myself is that I started eating healthfully and exercising all on my own. I’m one of the only people in my family who really cares about my health. So, it was tough making my own decisions about food . . . or hearing my relatives say stuff like “well, SOMEday when you give up all of this athlete stuff . . . ” Anyway, it saddens me, and even though I can’t make, for example, my parents work out or eat vegan foods . . . I can try my damn hardest to get them at least interested. And I’ll keep on trying as long as I can! And I love being a part of the healthy living blog community. That’s one of my biggest passions. Love your site so much. Keep those posts coming!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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17 Gillian October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary!!! I’ve loved following you and your journey through this wonderful blog.

I have grown to love myself as I am over the years, to put health first and to realize that there is so much more to happiness and beauty than I thought there was. It’s been a wild ride but I’m happy to be where I am now!!

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18 Laura October 31, 2010

happy second year! i love making your recipes and seeing what you are up to! =]

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19 JL goes Vegan October 31, 2010

Happy blogoversary! What a gift you’ve given yourself, and all of us!

What I love most right now is that at the age of 45 I realize I am still a work in progress and that there isn’t anything I can’t do, if I set my mind to it. Since turning 40 I’ve become a marathoner, a triathlete, a vegan, and switched careers. Imagine what might happen in the next five, 10, 15 years? Can’t wait to find out!

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20 larissa h October 31, 2010

aw congrats! it is so nice to see you have come full circle. I struggle with balance in my life but I am getting better. When I have lots of exams, I just STOP going to the gym and eating healthy. I am striving to be able to be more consistent and have less of an all or nothing attitude. Thanks for all your fabulous post, they are so enjoyable to read .

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21 Shannon October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!! And thank you Angela for making me actually want to try vegan food :)

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22 Valerie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday/Anniversary! My passion had been running but I’ve been injured for 4 weeks now and having a subsequent identity crisis (lots of tears) so I’m looking forward to rediscovering my passion for swimming these next few weeks!

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23 Nicole Franson October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!!! Woohoo!

My journey’s been a tough one as well. I used to hate winter because it would come with more food and a feeling of being more hungry than usual, cooped up in a house with nothing to do. Summer was always my favorite season because being hot meant I didn’t want to eat as much, resulting in a tinier me. It’s winter again, and I think I’m beating it this winter. I’m really learning to listen to when I’m actually hungry versus when I’m hungry out of boredom. I’m only 19 and I think I have some more lessons to learn, but your blog has definitely helped me. I even went for a run last week! Even though I didn’t stretch before the run, and felt it for a few days after, I did it because I wanted to enjoy it, not to burn calories. To me, that was a big step.
Look at me, rambling on. :P
My other journeys have brought me to a different province. I moved out of the house and out of the province, by myself. I’m scared, but I’m (hopefully) ready for whatever comes up!

P.S.: Basil scalloped tomatoes with homemade croutons? SO GOOD.

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24 Melissa October 31, 2010

My passion is definitely cooking. I love finding ingredients in my kitchen and seeing what I can come up with. My journey of self-acceptance is far from over, but I continue to try each day. I love my eyes and my generous nature.
I can’t believe how successful your blog has become in only two years! It is such an inspiration and I truly look forward to reading it every day.

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25 Phrassie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!!

Yesterday I surprised myself by running 6 miles for the first time since my daughter was born and it felt great!

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26 Jenn October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG! I’ve really enjoyed your reading your blog and all of your amazing photographs. I would love a chance to win some of your homemade baked goodies. I’m very happy to be the person that I am and where I am in life today.

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27 Andrea Bloomfield October 31, 2010

Hi! I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago. I became a vegetarian in early 2010 and found that as I started experimenting with whole foods and different dishes, I was really starting to love being in the kitchen again (not to mention I was feeling fabulous!). Now that I have started following your blog and have tried so many of your awesome recipes, I have truly found a love of cooking I never had before. I can barely go a day without whipping up something new and delicious and I am always looking and thinking about what I want to try next. I am feeling full of energy and have a newfound zest for life. I love your blogs because they are real..you have good days & bad days,,,good kitchen creations and the occassional flop and that is what makes you so relatable to all of your readers (in my opinion anyways!) I truly enjoy following your blog – so I just want to say Congratulations!! Here’s to many more years of blogging!!

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28 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 31, 2010

Two years.. and still AMAZING as ever! :D Congrats Ange!!

Something I have learned about myself that I love is my passion for taking beautiful pictures of food. There’s just something about taking TONS of time and effort to make every picture I take for my blog beautiful (at least I try to)… I learned that food is beautiful and if I can make it look delicious on my blog, then maybe people won’t be so *afraid* of things like quinoa, tofu & chia seeds ;) I’m not talking about people who are a part of the ‘healthy living blog community’, but other people… family, friends, loved ones who wrinkle their noses as soon as the word quinoa rolls off your tongue … It’s fun for me to make people embrace things they thought they *hated*. What can I say, I like a challenge!

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29 Sana October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!! A journey that I have taken to appreciate my body and what it can do for me is when I injured my knee last summer. I had to get surgery and I was depressed for a while because I was afraid I would gain weight, etc.. but I learned to eat healthy and let go of my exercise addiction which lead me to the injury in the first place!

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30 Sana October 31, 2010

Another Sana! Hi :)
P.s I feel old. I have been reading OSG for two years! I appreciate my body so much post spine fracture! I love love being healthy :)

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31 Diana October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to OSG! I just started reading your posts about two months ago and haven’t missed a day. I have a large organic garden and teach a weekly cooking class to friends and relatives and have tried several of your recipes. We made the chili filled pumpkin and the pumpkin brownies last week. I lost 35 pounds without dieting, my husband has lost 55 just by eating fresh organic produce from our yard during the last 10 months. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

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32 Chelsey (Cookteen) October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!! I have always been better at expressing myself through writing. I am still working on overcoming my inability to voice my words and confess my thoughts.
You truly are a great inspiration with you words of wisdom and amazing creations in the kitchen.

With love and cupcakes,
Cookteen (Chelsey)

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33 Sarah October 31, 2010

Angela, Happy Blogiversary! I’m a college student, and I feel like right now my passion is finding MY passions. I can really relate to what you say in this post about appreciating the people around you while forgetting about yourself. For me, this is about realizing that while we love the people around us so much, we are each living our own lives and at some point ‘I’ has to come first. Right now my passion is figuring out how to be the best I can be for my family while pursuing my own life and my own dreams across the country.

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34 Sarah October 31, 2010

OH and this is the best give-away I’ve ever seen!! : )

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35 Alexis October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG! :) Congratulations on two wonderful years.

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36 Kelly October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday OSG! The past few years, I’ve embraced a passion for cooking, trying new recipes and taking risks in the kitchen, not always following a recipe.

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37 Ulli October 31, 2010

Hi Angela, and Happy Blogiversary!!! I don’t know if the contest is open for european residents too?! Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that i’ve never been a selfconcious person!! I have small boobs and that was a biiiig problem for me since my teen years, i was teased for that and i think that is why i never got as selfconcious as i could be…it gets better with the years, my boyfriend loves me like i am since more than 9 years now, but i still can’t love myself…i love your blog and you recently inspired me to start my own!! Thanks!!! (And Happy Halloween! ;-))

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38 Erin October 31, 2010

I have finally conquered my fear of running and now am training for a marathon. I feel like I have finally mastered how to fuel my body with food, rather than see food as evil.

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39 Kate October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday, Angela! Your happiness adds a lovely touch to my days. I’m in the second year of a PhD program, which can be a bit rough but I’m learning that I can do it on my own terms. XO and good luck with the video!

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40 Christine October 31, 2010

My story is somewhat similar to yours. In high school, I developed a severe case of disordered eating, and even as my body shrunk, I never believed that I was “skinny” enough or “perfect” enough. I wanted the number on the scale to become lower; I was addicted to watching these numbers drop. When I went to college, I carried my disordered eating with me, and it wasn’t until the summer afterwards, when I had less time to worry about food, that I gradually regained my sense of self. I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend, and that gave me fewer chances to think about my body. I guess I could say that my passion for people has helped me immensely. I am involved with numerous organizations that are extremely people-oriented, and these interactions are what I look forward to everyday.

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41 Little Bookworm October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday Oh She Glows. Happy Halloween as well. :)

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42 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) October 31, 2010

You’re such an inspiration to me as well as many other women. My blog has also inspired my passions and gives me the voice I couldn’t find for many, many years. Keep up the good work and happy OSG birthday! :)

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43 Lisa October 31, 2010

Thank you for all the amazing writing, pictures, and recipes on your blog! I used to have really low self-esteem and didn’t like anything about myself. While I still struggle, I think I’ve come a long way and I’ve stopped nitpicking at all my imperfections. Great giveaway!!

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44 Kelly @ Kelly Be Well October 31, 2010

I’ve grown to love my strength – I am incredibly strong and I’m thankful for it!

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45 Meredith (Pursuing Balance: Diary of a Dietetic Intern) October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd blog bday! It was fun reading your first post — I’m glad you linked back to it!

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46 elise October 31, 2010

your posts are always so beautiful and heartfelt…it makes them such a pleasure to read.
i too have discovered a passion for writing that i never really knew existed until i started putting finger to keyboard…its very therapeutic (and fun!). plus if anyone else feels similarly, its kinda nice to know there are others out there…kindred spirits in our passion for living healthy, loving ourselves (in spite of any flaws), treating our bodies with respect, and honoring our inner glow. :)

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47 Katherine October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,

I’ve been surreptitiously reading your blog for some time now and have fallen in love with it. Congrats on two years, that’s quite an achievement! I guess you could say I am in a similar place to where you were two years ago: struggling with some disordered eating, wanting to express myself creatively but unable to find room in the academic discipline I work in to do so. Something I have learned about myself is that some of the things I thought I wanted for myself, that I thought made me happy – a perfect GPA, a prestigious post-grad fellowship, etc. – I actually wanted for all the wrong reasons. That you’ve been able to come so far and find what really makes your heart sing is quite an inspiration and has motivated me to try to do the same. I feel like I owe you a pretty big thank you :)

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48 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 31, 2010

I never miss an Oh She Glows post! I look forward to reading your blog every day because you always inspire me.

One of my deepest passions in life are animals…namely, cats. Adopting my own cat has created so much joy in my life. I enjoy walking in the door from work and being greeted by his chirps and snuggling on the couch while I blog.

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49 Syl October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,
I delurked today to say happy 2nd year, I love OSG! What I love most is your passion and that you always have a smile on your face.
I have lost 80 pounds and am working on the last few. It took the death of a parent for me to realize where I was in life and what changes I needed to make.
I have embraced my journey, benefited from it so much and learned to smile. It’s great being confident and happy ;-).

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50 Elle October 31, 2010

Congrats on the 2nd anniversary of what has become and extremely successful and widely read blog. I check in a couple of times a week to see what you are cooking… and find your blog interesting because you are not showing pictures of the stuff you eat everyday, but actually developing your own recipes. I get so bored just looking at pictures of people’s oats!

And I think you are extremely brave to reveal yourself to the world in this manner. I tried blogging for a while but got really uncomfortable when it started to get too personal.

Self love and appreciation appears in so many different shapes and forms. I express mine through exercise and activities that I enjoy, and by preparing delicious, nutritious, and beautiful meals, even when simple, for me and for my husband.

I wish you continued success on your journey and with your blogging.

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51 liz October 31, 2010

Ever since I started reading you’d blog I have been struck by the similarities between the two of us. I too am searching for that something and am growing everyday. I am passionate about building self esteem in young girls however I don’t think ill ever be as affective as I hope to be until I truly learn to love myself. Thank you for your words and inspiration. Happy 2nd bday :).

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52 Sara October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Anniversary!

I found this blog at the beginning of my journey back to health. Finding and following your passions is essential, but seems daunting in the face of so much self denial and deprivation. I realized that even looking for those passions comes from a passion for LIVING, and I will never give that up again!

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53 Laura October 31, 2010

My passion is cooking and baking to create new meals. I love being in the kitchen. In the last few years I’ve been focusing on healthy, vegetarian meals. I have also started making homemade dog food for ny dog so he can be healthier too.

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54 Lauren October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG and Happy Halloween!!! :)

Hmm, you have posed a tough question to answer. I am still learning a lot about myself, but I think the biggest thing that I need to learn is forgiveness. Being a perfectionist, I need to learn to forgive myself and realize that not everything I do and say and think has to be “perfect.” It’s definitely a journey, and I ensure that on most days I am on the right path. :)

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55 Erin October 31, 2010

Congrats on the 2 year blogiversary! :)

I think my passion is working every day to become a better version of myself. Discovering new passions, learning something new, accomplishing a goal (i.e. running 35 minutes instead of 30 minutes). Life is definitely a journey and an opportunity to get to know yourself better everyday (I don’t have it completely figured out yet, but I’m making an honest effort of it!) :)

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56 Jennifer Merschel October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! Thank you so much for sharing your journey to self acceptance with us. For me it is something I have to work on daily and reading your blog reminds me to relax, enjoy the moment and respect myself.

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57 Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! Here’s to the Terrific Twos! ;)

I am realizing that it’s OK to say that I DON’T have my career figured out and that following my own path is HARD, dammit! (And it feels sooo freeing to admit that!) But I think trying to fit into a box is even harder. Doing what you’re meant to do is hard in a good way – it makes you stronger and more empowered. That’s my little epiphany of the moment. I like it. ;D

Congratulations, Angela! On everything!

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58 Brooke October 31, 2010

Congrats on 2 years! Let’s hope for many more! :-)

I’m very proud of my current journey that began around the beginning of June of this year. I started to read more about nutrition and the body. I then started to eat more whole foods, learning that my body is a lot happier without dairy products and LOTS OF VEGGIES! Through your blog and others, I’ve learned how to incorporate this change into my daily life and make my health a priority! :-) Thank you for being such a big help!

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59 Andrea October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to OSG! Lovely post from a lovely woman:) I’m so happy you’ve grown into self-love! Personally I’ve had a bit of a wild ride over the past 5 years, overcoming my own struggles with an eating disorder. When I think about where I was just last year, deep in the depths of self-hatred, I can’t help but feel thankful for how far I’ve come on a personal journey to being at peace with who I am. I’ve learned so much, including how to accept that my best is good enough- I’ve learned to relax about many things, and that stressing myself out over the small things simply isn’t worth the pain.

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60 Emily October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Bloggiversary!! I think one of the reasons I have loved reading your blog so much over the past (almost) year is because your story speaks so strongly to me. I have been learning to love myself for the past six years and it has not been an easy process. I have hated my body, been frustrated with my looks, doubted myself, and struggled some days to just put on a smile. But in the past few years I have learned to be fit, be healthy, be happy and that in the end, no one could love me if I didn’t start to love myself first. I have fallen in love with an amazing guy (an Eric) who picks me up when I’m feeling low, supports and encourages me in everything I do, and never fails to let me know that I am beautiful in so many ways. At this point in my journey, although I have come very far, I still deal with the anxiety and am working my way through that. I am getting much better and I think my blogging and reading other HLBlogs helps tremendously; knowing that I am not alone in this struggle and seeing how other have overcome is what gives me the strength to keep on moving. So thanks Ange for your writing, so glad that you found this path for your life :)

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61 Melissa October 31, 2010

Last year, during the last two months of my sophomore year in college, I gained ten pounds. When I came home, everyone in my family had noticed and I dreaded the way I looked. I got on the healthy train by eating more veggies and whole foods and taught myself to eat in moderation. I had officially lost all of the weight my first week back at school this year, but I developed a fear of food because I was terrified of gaining the weight back. Reading your blog has showed me how to love and embrace food instead of fear it. I look forward to waking up each morning and reading Oh She Glows as I leisurely eat my breakfast before classes. You have become a beautiful part of my morning routine. I absolutely adore your creativity. Thank you so much for bringing back the fun side of food to my life. Now that I have learned to enjoy in moderation, I have maintained a happy weight and am so much more comfortable in my skin! Thank you!!

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62 Kristine October 31, 2010

Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! I am also in recovery from an eating disorder and your blog is very inspiring.

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63 Jen October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary OSG.
I have learned to let go and that each day is a blank canvass. Your daily post are often inspirational and have made me reflect on what I am grateful for in me life. It truly is the little things! When I am getting down on myself or if I have had a bad day, I remind myself of this quote:
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitation, to waste a moment on yesterdays.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson—

Keep writing your fantastic thoughts and we will all keep reading!

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64 Ashley October 31, 2010

I’ve been reading healthy living blogs for months. Yours as truly helped me greatly in my struggle with bulimia, and every time I think about restricting myself or feeling guilty for eating a lot, I come here, and read your inspiring words :)

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65 Joyce October 31, 2010

Congratulations, Angela, on a victory every day. You are an inspiration to me and many other people. You contribute so much with this blog.
And I’m sure the flops were still spectacular. Love love LOVE the Twix post. :-)

J.

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66 Brandy October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary!!! I have stumbled across your blog recently and love your enthusiasm and love for baking and eating and running… and just enjoying LIFE. I feel funny sometimes knowing so many things about a person who is only alive to me by a blog, but I look forward to your posts and recipes every day. :)

My passions now (don’t we all know they are subject to change at any time) are my work, fitness (mainly triathlon training), my friends and my creative outlet is knitting (when I can find time). My journey is ongoing to find ways be more healthy and feel my best. Every day I learn something new and continue to get better at it!

Thanks for the great posts and the inspiration to keep seeking the balance!

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67 Bronwyn Coyne October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd year blog anniversary!

I love your blog. I think you’re amazingly brave for getting to where you are. I too have had disordered eating in the past, and while I’ve come a long way, there are days when I do totally struggle. How did you feel revealing your disordered eating to thousands (millions?) on the internet? What about in real life? That seems like the most difficult part.

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68 Shannon October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I love your blog, I can’t believe it has only been 2 years, it feels like I have been loving it longer. My passions are the gym, I am on a high when I leave and there is nothing better than that. :)

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69 maria October 31, 2010

Congratulations! You should be very proud :) Your blog has become part of my “‘daily” affirmations on the neverending road to being healthy in my mind, spirt & body. I appreciate all you do! Keep it up :)

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70 Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome October 31, 2010

I’d have to say that I’ve grown to be a lot more comfortable just being me. My size, my exercising, my strengths and weaknesses, etc. I am who I am, not anyone else. And I’ve grown past just being okay, and truly to loving who I am :-)

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71 Katie October 31, 2010

I have discovered a passion for baking healthy treats, and am realizing I shouldn’t be pressuring myself to run as much just bc my favorite bloggers do. Yoga is a great workout as well! :)

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72 Ida October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd bday to OSG! I’ve learned to love my body for what it can do, not what size it can fit into.

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73 Kasey @ The Balanced Bicyclist October 31, 2010

Hello! Something I’ve learned to love about myself is my passion for living in a way that doesn’t harm others. I’ve recently starting eating a vegan diet, and it just fills me with so much satisfaction that I can fuel myself without relying on the suffering of other creatures. Your blog has helped make my transition that much easier! I’ve made so many of your yummy treats and and always look forward to your wonderful entries. Keep up the amazing work, and happy 2 year anniversary :)

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74 Christina October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! I LOVE your blog and read it daily. You are such an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. By reading about you and the strength that you have it makes me feel like anything is possible. You are so happy and positive and I love it! It seems nothing gets you down and if you have a “flop” you try again until you get it right. I have done the same thing except with college. I started back in 1999 at the age of 18 as a single mom to a 2 year old. I ended up moving to PA from AR and went to school full time and worked part time. Well it is not cheap to live in PA so school ended up becoming part time and work full then just work and no school. I got married in 2008 and had a baby and decided to try school again as a now or never deal so I started in August 2009 as a full time student in an accelerated program where every 5 weeks I obtain 3 credits. A few months after starting I took my two girls and left my husband where things had not been good for over a year yet never stopped the schooling. I am proud to say that over a year later and 42 more credits than I had I am a junior and will be graduating in Nov 2011. I work full time and go to school full time and manage to make straight A’s and on the Deans List each semester. Another obstacle I am working through is my two year old was diagnosed with Juvenile idiopathic arthritis so I take her to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment every month and I was worried that this would mean I would have to drop out to care for her but luckily she is responding well to treatment (she is such a trooper and has blessed my life in many, many ways) and I keep trucking through everything. I just want to say thank you because your inspiration has given me the passion and drive to go after my dreams and do what I need to do for my girls and myself and I truly look up to you and just wanted you to know. If there were more people like you in the world, it would be a better place.

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75 Heather Dawn October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I have to say I am so thankful for YOU for keeping up with this blog, following your passions, and inspiring myself and so many others. One thing I have grown to love about myself is my self motivation. Realizing I can do anything I put my mind to. I was always so hard on myself and doubted a lot of things about me. But this year I found a passion for running and ran my first half marathon. I have also found a deep passion for yoga that is deepening my self love in ways I couldn’t imagine!

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76 Becca October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!!

The biggest recent step in my journey was definitely going after my dreams and starting grad school this past fall. I knew that I would give up a steady job and dive into the unknown (and move back in with my parents at 27 y/o) but I know it’s so worth it!

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77 Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 31, 2010

Congrats and happy birthday to OSG! I can relate to some of your own struggles and journeys. I’ve come to accept myself for who I am, but with minor improvements, making me a better me.

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78 Andi Murray October 31, 2010

yay! Happy 2nd bday : )

I’m ver, very passionate about running!! This morning on my six-mile trek, I got to thinking that running encompasses all things healthy! My “old self” would never of been able to wake up, roll out of bed, and run for hours+.. In the past year I have come so far to being a better me, and I have running to thank!!!

Cheers to another year of fabulousness..

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79 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy October 31, 2010

I’m still discovering my passion, but I’m in graduate school for counseling and I really enjoy it. One of the major points that’s in most of the theories is learning to accept yourself while still working on yourself. I think that’s hugely important to growth!

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80 Joanna October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I’ve been following your blog for about a year, and I love it. I became vegan about 6 months before discovering OSG, and OSG has been incredibly helpful for me. I feel like you are a key member of my vegan support group, despite that you have no idea who I am :). Since discovering your blog, I’ve tried so many of your delicious recipes, and I went from not being able to run a minute to being able to run for 30 min without stopping. Learning to run has been instrumental in dealing with the anxiety problems I’ve had since high school. I also really identify with OSG because I am a Canadian girl from Ontario working on a PhD in Chicago, and I understand your issues with research, academia, and the need for a creative outlet when you exist in a very structured and, at times, stifling environment. Right now, I’m working on trying to understand who I am, and what I want to do as a career. I have no idea! I’m kind of OK with that for now. I have a journal that I write in every single day, which really has introduced me to myself, as cheesy as that sounds. I’m looking forward to learning more. Thank you for all your help and inspiration!
<3 Joanna

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81 Lindsey October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! I would say that my passion has developed over the course of the last 6 months since discovering healthy living blogs such as OSG. You all have opened up a whole world of passion for vegan living and cooking and it has become something I love and feel so fulfilled from. So, thank you. You’ve done more for me than you would ever even imagine!

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82 Kate October 31, 2010

As a fellow researcher and grad student, you always remind me that there is more out there than the rush and shove up the ivory tower steps. I remember to enjoy things outside the (extremely rare) sense of accomplishment from a successful experiment. Thank you for writing.

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83 Meike Hindenberg October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday :) I’ve just recently discovered your blog and am very glad I did. I love your recipes, stories and photographs and I have found that I have a lot of the same passions as you. I photograph everything around me and I am getting more and more obsessed with baking. Keep up the good work :)

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84 Mae October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary!

16 months ago, I put my engineering job on hold to move to Thailand and be part of a campus ministry team, and I’m so glad I did! It’s risky to follow your passions, but it also makes live more abundant and joy-filled.

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85 Mae October 31, 2010

life

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86 Jaime October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary! I discovered your blog a while ago from Glamour magazine’s Vitamin G column. I love anything that has to do with healthy, wholesome food. That is one of my passions in life.

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87 Laura October 31, 2010

I have struggled with low self-esteem and disordered eating for much of my life. I am very happy to now say that I believe the worst is behind me – that I am appreciating myself, grateful for the strength of my own body, and am excited about my new adventurous, no-fear-of-failure spirit. One of the most helpful things someone said to me during my process of healing was that low self-esteem was not the problem, but the problem was that, “You do not trust your own RESILIENCY”. Something about this reframe was very powerful for me – focusing more on my inherent strength rather than my perceived flaws. I have repeated this statement over and over many times during my process of growth, and am proud to have realized that yes, while I might not always succeed, I know that I have the strength to handle and grow from whatever curveballs life throws my way.

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88 Lilian October 31, 2010

Thank you for being such a great blogger. <3 your blog

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89 [email protected] October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday! Starting my blog has really kept me on the right track towards overcoming my eating obstacles. For the past couple of years, I have fought to overcome obsessive calorie counting and restrictive behaviors after dropping 30 pounds and becoming dangerously thin. I was inspired to start Tasty and Trim a couple of months ago through reading blogs, such as your own, and seeing how many other women have overcome their eating issues. I have made more progress in the past couple of months than I had in the entire 6 months prior to blogging. Thank you so much for the constant inspiration!

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90 Lesley October 31, 2010

happy birthday osg! over the last couple years, I’ve noticed changes in myself, and i think alot of credit goes to discovering the blog world–there are SO many inspiring women out there. i’ve always been very career driven–college, law school, work, etc–you name it. i was so focused on succeeding that sometimes i forgot to ask myself if i was happy. recently i’ve become to appreciate free time, spending time outside, and just relaxing, not feeling like i need to be ‘go go go’ all the time. appreciating the small things, if you will.
thanks angela for your great writing and putting your heart (and delicious food) out there! :)

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91 Monica October 31, 2010

Congrats on this milestone, I’m so happy for you (:
To be honest with you, I’m still unsure of what I am most passionate in life. But that is what the journey of life is, right? But I can tell you what I love about myself, the fact that I can easily forgive people, I just can’t hold a grudge against anyone.

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92 brianna October 31, 2010

happy 2 years! i recently moved across the country by myself to pursue graduate school, and it has just been the best thing. i have time to write, think, hike, cook fun (now vegetarian) meals for myself, and enjoy them. as cliche as it sounds (and probably is), i’m on a fulfilling road of self-discovery right now.

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93 ModelBehavior October 31, 2010

One of the biggest things ive learned about myself is that im still learning! When your young and immature you think you know everything about everything, the older you get the more you realize you still have a long way to go!

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94 Katheryn October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday OSG!

I’m definitely still discovering and going after my passions. I’m a SAHM with two children. My oldest is very challenging, but also very passionate. Over the last year I have been working on the best ways to deal with him and help him, and while it has been difficult, I think he and I have come a long way, and I know I am becoming the mother that he needs. I’ve also followed my passion for running and have completed 3 marathons and 3 half-marathons. Lastly, I’ve decided that I would like to be certified as a personal trainer and have begun working towards this goal.

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95 Laura October 31, 2010

My journey… I decided about this time last year to go vegetarian and slowly work my way towards going vegan. Though my intentions were good, it came from a place of restricting and excluding and exerting control. Then I found OSG in April and it changed everything! You’ve helped me to see the importance of eating a certain way because I value my body and I care about what I put into it. You’ve also helped me to see that it’s not about weight or size, it’s about saving lives (one cow or chicken at a time :-) ) I’ve become so much more comfortable with my new way of eating and care so much less about what others think. Thanks Angela, for making vegan cool! Congrats on 2 AMAZING years of writing your heart out!

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96 Kimberley October 31, 2010

Happy Blog-Birthday, OSG! I love reading your blog, Angela!

My own journey is still in progress. I’m learning things about myself, the world we live in, the food that nourishes the body, and what it means to have BALANCE in my life. Your blog is an inspiration! <3

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97 Ella October 31, 2010

Congrats Angela! I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your wonderful outlook on life along with your balance of play and work. I am trying to acheive a better and healthier balance in my own life and I find inspiration in your posts. Thank you!

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98 AdrienneCarolyn October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your “birthday” Angela. You are an amazing woman!
Like you, I have struggled with food issues and body image all my life. It’s been only in the last couple years that I have finally grown to really love this body. I think it starts happening once you hit the late twenties! (we are the same age)….I have re-discovered my passions for running and weight lifting, gourmet cooking and wine. Now I eat and run to my heart’s content and love every second!! :-)

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99 Tara October 31, 2010

Congratulations on two years as an amazing blogger! Your blog reminds me daily how wonderful it is to eat healthy food that nourishes my body and gives me fuel to do the things I love. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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100 Katy @ A Healthy Shot October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday!! You really have inspired me to find love for myself and become passionate about living my healthiest life. I look forward to reading your posts everyday :)

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101 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather October 31, 2010

Wow 2 years, that’s amazing. Congrats! I’ve been enjoying every minute of my bloggin journey which is coming up on 1 year in November. It’s crazy how time flies by quickly.

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102 Leslie Kay October 31, 2010

Hi Angela, I’m de-lurking myself here. :) I’ve been reading for about 6 months now. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog. And Happy Birthday, OSG! I’m mid-journey at the moment and your blog is so inspirational. I look forward to it every day. I also have this strange new urge to photograph my meals sometimes! Hehe I feel the way you describe your own feelings 2 years ago: ” Despite the smile on the outside, most days I felt like I was crumbling on the inside.” I’m learning to love myself and trying to appreciate the journey despite the hard times, reminding myself that the hard times are what helps me grow.
Thank you so much for sharing you. :)

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103 Angie October 31, 2010

Happy anniversary! You inspire me with every post. Angie

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104 My Life and Running October 31, 2010

I find you SO inspiring! Happy 2nd Birthday! My passion over the next year will be training for my first Ironman… looking forward to fueling my workouts with your recipes & treats!

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105 Wendy October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday OSG!

I would love to be entered for the giveaway. This summer I have finally found a passion in running. Before, I ran purely for exercise and hated it, but suddenly this summer I took my running outdoors and got hooked! I love the great feeling you get after a nice run.

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106 Rebecca October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday, OSG! Angela, your passion for a healthy joyful life has encouraged me so much! I am eighteen years old and just starting a degree in Dietetics. It has been a wild journey — from an overweight, dissatisfied kid to a major weight loss and lifestyle change to a year of disordered eating and thinking — to now, living in the balance of health and happiness! Finding the person God has created me to be and helps me to be has been really very freeing.
Thank you for sharing your heart — and amazing recipes!! You are my bloggie heroine! ;o)

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107 Michelle October 31, 2010

Happy birthday to my favourite blog!

Thank you for always reminding me that my body tells me what it needs.

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108 Vanessa October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! In the past few years I have become more confident in myself and have learned to appreciate my strength. I have a long way to go but I will get there!

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109 Britt October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! :)
I’ve really worked hard over the past year to accept myself at whatever weight I am. When I lost some weight, I realized my happiness level was still the same whether I was at my target weight or 15 pounds over weight and it was my mindset and attitude that had to change. :)

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110 Stefanie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!! :)

I have grown to love my flaws. I’ve stopped seeking perfection and it has opened up so much freetime. It’s pretty wonderful! :)

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111 Erin October 31, 2010

Like you, I have struggled with disordered eating in the past. I was obsessed with food and beat myself up if my eating habits were not “perfect” on a given day. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that i started to take care of myself and appreciate my body. Now I opening a business to help others live healthy happy and well! I admire you so much and love your blog more than words can say. Congratulations on everything! :)

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112 Mallory October 31, 2010

I’ve been following you for about 6 months now, and I have enjoyed reading all your previous posts. I became vegan in June. It has been amazing. Your recipes and pictures are beautiful. I always look foward to reading your blog when I get a chance throughout the day. Happy Birthday to your blog!! Your happiness shows and its a breath of fresh air :)

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113 Pam October 31, 2010

I am so glad you continue to blog, and your energy and passion for it amazes me. Even though I don’t comment much, I read it every day, and often twice per day.

My passion lately has been learning to heal naturally on a high raw vegan diet. I’m learning to heal depression and ADD that I’ve just been diagnosed with, using diet and supplements, rather than taking drugs. Your blog is always a little beam of happiness when I’m feeling down.

Thanks for all the work you put into the blog! :)

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114 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches October 31, 2010

A huge happy happy bday to your blog, Angela! I don’t often comment but I just wanted to congratulate you on everything you’ve accomplished so far with this blog. You inspire me everyday with your recipes and thoughtful commentaries. YOU are truly amazing and have inspired me to really embrace and love every aspect of myself. After years of trying to “fit in” with some idea of what I thought was normal, I’ve decided to just be me (nerdy passions and al) and as a result, I’ve felt happier and more beautiful than I have in years. Again, congrats on the blogiversary! Here’s to many more years to come….

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115 LauraB @ foodsnobstl October 31, 2010

Happy OSG Birthday! Congrats on 2 years of blogging. You blog is by far my favorite out there. You inspire me to cook creative, healthy things, and to love myself and my body more. I really appreciate your honesty and all that you put into this blog.

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116 Lizzy October 31, 2010

This summer, I’ve started to exercise regularly for the first time in my life. Now I run, hoola hoop, or bike every day. For the first time in my life, I am proud of my body.

I would love to win some of your delicious-sounding products!

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117 Hannah (Running In Freedom) October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary! So exciting! I have a passion for helping. I had an obsession turned passion with food. These passions coincided when I became a vegan and changed my relationship with food to one of enjoyment and peace and saw the amazing difference it made in my life. My journey has evolved into my desire to help others experience this wonderful gift also! Thank you for being an inspiration and role model every day!

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118 Jessica F October 31, 2010

Congratulations on an amazing and incredibly important journey. Self-love can be a difficult thing to have these days but it is critical. One thing I love about myself is my resilience and determination. I know that I can count on me, even if the situation takes a turn for the worse. That allows me to trust myself, a huge component of self-love, if you ask me.

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119 Emmy October 31, 2010

I absolutely love reading your blog and look to it as a healthy, balanced source of inspiration, as I can identify with so much of what you share with us. Thank you!!

One thing I’ve learned to love about myself is that I won’t settle for feeling stuck – I know that, even if the journey is long and difficult, I am determined enough to problem-solve.

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120 Lana October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd B-day!! Thank you for all you do. Not only are you doing something you love, but you are inspiring others along the way through your enthusiasm and love for what your do. It definitely shows!

I’m in my last year of college majoring in engineering, but realized last year that my true passion is nutrition. I started studying nutrition in my spare time and love it. I want to open my own health food store someday! I also love creating healthy recipes.

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121 Eva October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday!!! I’ve definitely struggled with the same in the past but have grown to love my body especially because it can run, dance, and live life!

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122 Amanda @ Amanda On Foot October 31, 2010

When I first started college two years ago, I thought I wanted to be a cold-blooded investigative reporter, the best of the best in journalism. Since then, I’ve developed a love for photography and changed my major to photojournalism. I’ve taken a step back and started to really appreciate the world around me and how that world changes when I look through the lens of a camera.

Happy blog anniversary.

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123 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher October 31, 2010

congratulations! i adore your blog, lady.
i love this community.
and sharing about my disordered eating, weight-loss, healing, and mango loving.

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124 Shanna, Like Banana October 31, 2010

Congratulations lovely, lovely woman! You are inspiring and amazing and all that is great about blogging!

I think I’m still working through my transformation, but I did take a leap of faith in 2006 and decided that I should move back to Northern Cali (from LA) despite only being at my job for 2 years — I felt I *should* stay longer, but my heart wasn’t happy there….

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125 Becca October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG! I love how open and honest you have been about your journey. I am still somewhere in the middle of my own journey- trying to figure out if my extremely challenging job (teaching kids with severe autism) is worth all the stress, trying to figure out if I should take the risk to pursue other passions in my life, and trying to improve to a healthier lifestyle as well. Your blog really inspires me and I am so happy for your success, Angela :)

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126 Jamie October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday! You’ve inspired me to try so many new things, now my cupboards are full of quinoa, nut butters and chia seeds!

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127 Ashley Robert October 31, 2010

I love your blog for many reasons: yummy recipes, beautiful picture, entertaining stories, but most of all for the sweet way you portray yourself and your life. You are so beautiful on the inside and out :)

I am beginning a journey of mental and physical health. I have a long way to go with both because of a lifetime of poor eating and not taking care of myself mentally and spiritually. However blogs (like yours) are such an instrument of support and I know I will continue to grow in health each day.

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128 Pam October 31, 2010

I just learned of your blog a few weeks ago. I wish I had known about it earlier. Two years is a great accomplishment. Keep up the good work.

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129 Heidi October 31, 2010

I have been reading OSG since March 2009 and my day is not complete without a daily dose of inspiration and love from this blog. I like to think that I have also improved my health since then as well. OSG has inspired me to explore healthy unprocessed food options and to not be afraid to try something new. Because of this blog, I have started running and learned that there is nothing wrong with being the beginner, it’s all about the improvements you make.

So, Happy Birthday OSG!! I hope that there are many more to come!

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130 Katie Dondero October 31, 2010

I am so beyond happy to have found your blog, and read it everyday as I can relate to so many of your feelings and posts regarding healthy living and the struggle to find your “best self”. Thank you for all you contribute to your readers, especially those you don’t even know you’ve touched! I would love to have the opportunity to sample some of your fabulous GLObars, please enter me into the contest :)

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131 Kelly October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary!! I still think I am in the process of discovering my passions but well on my way to doing so. My journey has been long and I have struggled with my body image for as long as I can remember….I’m trying to get help from loved ones because I think that will help me see reality a bit better.

Good luck with the video! I can’t wait to see it! :)

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132 Kristy @ KristyRuns October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday, OSG!!!! Thanks for doing whatcha’ do!

I am learning to stop comparing myself to others and be fully content with the awesomeness that is my own! Heck yeah! :)

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133 Leah October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd blog birthday!! I love reading your posts every day. Your blog, and others like it, have inspired me to get on the healthy-eating boat. I love all your recipes!

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134 brie October 31, 2010

congrats on 2 years! i’ve been following your blog for about half a year now and this is the first time that i’ve commented – you deserve it after so much work and love you put into everything!
i’m a junior in college and it never ceases to amaze me how much i’ve changed in the past 3 years. i went from hating myself and calorie counting and eating 100-calorie snack packs of processed gross-ness to a completely plant based way of eating and i’m in week 3 of a 4 week vegan pledge and i’m loving it! i don’t count calories, i love how i look (even if my clothes don’t fit right that day, there’s always something to love!), and i’m full of energy – life is way legit ;)

reading some of the other comments to this post is really beautiful too. thank you for creating such a health and loving atmosphere :)

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135 Laura October 31, 2010

Happy Blog-irthday! I finally started blogging after being inspired by you and others!

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136 s October 31, 2010

happy birthday osg. i love it here. :)

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137 christyn @ All Ways Nutritious October 31, 2010

happy bday OSG! yet another thoughtful entry. i love your honesty. you are very inspiring!! i am a nurse and found that my interest and passion was leading me towards natural health, especially food, so i went back to school, became a holistic nutritionist. i love what i’m doing everyday and feel i’m on the right path, but have yet to find my purpose…but it will come. being true to my authentic self is the best thing i’ve done and each year that goes by gets better and better.

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138 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!! I can’t wait to read the blog from the beginning (I’m working on doing that with my favorite blogs).

I have a passion for horses that I discovered out of the blue when I was 8. My mother was going to start taking horseback riding lessons and told me about it… Then out of nowhere I said “Can I do that too? I think I like horses.” Even though I had never been up close to a real horse. I watched one of her lessons and instantly fell in love… My first lesson I was trembling with excitement. I found my true self when I was 8 years old. Not too many people can say that. :)

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139 Sam October 31, 2010

happy birthday to your blog! my passion is cooking and baking! whenever i’m stressed i get my butt in the kitchen and start baking. by the time i done, everything seems right in the world. :)

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140 Abby October 31, 2010

Congrats on two years of blogging, Angela! I’ve enjoyed coming along on the journey with you, and learning to play more in the kitchen, to boot.

Cooking has never been a passion of mine, and still often feels more like something to fit in between school, work, training, traveling, etc… But over the past few years I’ve begun experimenting a little bit more in the kitchen, and have learned to have fun with the process and appreciate the final product. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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141 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd blogiversary OSG!!!

Angela I can honestly say that your blog is one of my favorites — you always have amazing recipes and you have the ability to motivate me to want to be a better person. I see your strong marriage to Eric and it makes me so happy to see you two together and it makes me want to build an even better relationship with Jason.

My dream one day is to be a mom to 2 amazing kids. I cannot wait to spend my days with them, visit dad at work for lunch each day, go to the park, museums, make art, read books, to learn and grow together. I hope to share my journey through my blog (perhaps!) or through a book. Even if the book is only for myself and my kids/grandkids, I want to accomplish that one day.

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142 Kim October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

Thanks to your site, I have learned to love running. Even though it can still be a challenge, I have learned to appreciate how much my body can do. I have also found a passion for eating healthier, though I still have have days that I struggle I know that eating healthier makes me feel so much better.

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143 Casey October 31, 2010

IMy legs have always bothered me. For the longest time, I thought of them as short (I’m barely 5’3) and thick. A few months ago, I read a comment someone made on another blog. She described her legs as strong and petite, rather than short and stubby! Ever since I have grown to love my strong and petite legs!

I love reading your blog…I’m going to try out the apple oatmeal square recipe today!

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144 grocery goddess jen October 31, 2010

Aw, happy two year blogiversary! I love your blog and your passion for food and color and your good moods and everything else about the blog.

I have come a long way since two years ago, too! In October of 2008 I put in my notice at a “good” job that I absolutely HATED so I could take life coach training and try something different with my life. Now I’m blogging, too, and coaching, and working part time at a nonprofit. I am really much happier and still working towards my best life!

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145 Christie October 31, 2010

Happy birthday to your blog!

I understand what you mean about how research isn’t for you. For so long I was planning on doing my Master’s and PhD in Psychology, because it just seemed like the next natural step to continue my life in academia. But after doing my undergraduate thesis last year, and realizing how unhappy it made me, I realized that I couldn’t spend the rest of my life (or however long I’d be in school for) devoted to research. I realized that what I really wanted and needed was to actually apply some of my knowledge to help people and so now I am studying OT, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

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146 Alex October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!!
I have been reading for about 8 months now and find this blog so inspiring in my own journey of finding balance.
Thank you so much for all you do to inspire others like myself.

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147 sui October 31, 2010

happy birthday to OSG!

my passions? spreading self-love, empowerment, justice for all human beings. my website ( http://s.rvxn.org ) is turning ONE years old soon!! :] seems like there are a lot of blog birthdays near the end of the year. either way, exciting!! :D

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148 Gretchen October 31, 2010

I am learning to love myself and make time for myself and what I like to do – instead of doing everything for others.

Love your site! So inspiring…and lots of delicious ideas!

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149 Kristie October 31, 2010

Uh oh… hope OSG doesn’t go through the terrible 2’s ;). I have discovered a passion for fitness in the past couple of years – running because it is FUN, lifting to see myself get strong, and trying new activities (like biking & snowshoeing) as a way to have adventures! It’s part of why I love reading when you try new things like mountain biking… new adventures! :-D

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150 Christina October 31, 2010

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! Here’s to many more awesome years :)

Over the last few years I’ve worked on, and come to like, the things I dislike about my body. I don’t necessarily love my wavy hair or “big” arms but they’re a part of me and I embrace and appreciate that. My arms are strong and most days I let my hair dry naturally instead of straightening the crap out of it, it’s nice being more relaxed about this stuff… There are bigger things in life to spend my time on.

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151 Kyla October 31, 2010

I have learned to love that my athletic legs are a reflection of the hard work I ask them to do every time I go for a run. They are also a distinguishing characteristic of my father’s side of the family, I love them therefore I love my legs.

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152 Ann October 31, 2010

Throughout college, I had a hard time trusting my own instincts and being okay with loving myself. I was faced with a lot of people who felt that, if you weren’t up to their standards, you weren’t worth talking to. After graduating, I found the blogging community and realized that not everyone has these expectations. That people can have differing opinions and still be friends. It’s only been a few months but it’s been a great few months where I learned to be more confident in myself and my opinions. The greatest feeling was when a close high school friend told me that I seemed more self-assured :)

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153 Lorinda October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary Angela! I’m so glad that you started this journey. You’re such an inspiration whether it’s to get outside running, to learn to take better photos, or to make amazing food. I have to agree on the creative writing. I’m trying to work my way through an undergrad and really struggle with papers. I think my issue might also be the stripping out my own voice and personality. Thanks for that bit of insight. Keep up the amazing work that you do–for yourself and the rest of us!

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154 Shamima Z. October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary OSG!

I decided to follow my passion soon after a loved one passed away. I had always felt something was missing in my job in the Finance industry and 4 years ago decided to volunteer more. I found I got more satisfaction from volunteering than I did with my full time job. It was then I decided to make the switch and seek employment with a non-profit organization. Best decision I ever made !!! Happy Halloween to all!!

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155 Allison October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

My journey began with learning what real food was. I grew up eating fast food, candy and soda daily. When I turned 16 and got my driver’s license it was my parent’s opportunity to have me pick up “dinner” almost daily. Then when I moved out on my own it was the same thing. I already knew how to bake and so I always had treats on hand. I learned how to cook but mostly subsided on canned, frozen and unhealthy meals. My last job before I graduated from college was at a sort of health food store. I learned a lot about fresh foods and started cooking better for you meals. Finally, at about 22, I decided to give up soda and fast food. I feel like my whole life snowballed from there. I started walking at work during my lunch with a friend. Then I started reading food blogs. Once I started learning about healthier options I cut out the bad things. This eventually led to my learning about and going vegan. I now make maybe 85% of my food from scratch and feel fantastic!

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156 Steph October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary Angela!

My passion is my daily strive towards health living. It started as a quest to drop a few pounds but about 2 years ago it became about so much more. I wanted to be STRONG not thin, and I came to love exercise in a whole new way. But even more importantly I have discovered a love of cooking natural/whole foods to fuel my body.

I began medical school in August and I believe that my maintained commitment to healthy living has allowed me to maintain a balance. I’m happy and less stressed because I take the time for me to exercise and enjoy cooking.

Congrats again Angela on your anniversary. Your blog is always a pleasure to read in the morning for all of its fun and inspiration!

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157 AveryN October 31, 2010

I’m a newcomer to your blog and I’m HOOKED. How did it take me almost 2 years to find it!? I have a passion for cooking. As a student I find it to be the perfect little vacation from my day to day routine and stresses, and to top it off I always have a freezer full of homemade goodies! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas :) Good luck with the vid and congrats!

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158 Jennifer October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary!! I love how your blog shows your true passion and inspires me to take those leaps of faith.

My journey is a continual project, and I am always working towards the things that bring me happiness. One thing that I have come to learn about myself is that I am a pretty good cook. That is huge for me, because I was never taught how to cook. I still get laughs from when I was a teenager and was put in charge of making mashed potatoes. I cut the potatoes up, put them in a pot with milk and butter and couldn’t figure out why they were not mashable. That’s right. I didn’t boil them.

But now I have come a LONG ways and have actually made up my own recipes that even taste pretty good! I have definitely redeemed myself and am sometimes still amazed at what I can create in my own kitchen. People turn to me all the time for recipe ideas (and the recipe for your life-changing fries!) and to make dishes for special occasions. It’s a great feeling to be comfortable in your own kitchen!

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159 Jessica October 31, 2010

I too, am growing to love myself more and more each day. I am thankful for the people in my life and I am thankful for my drive, optimism and compassion :)

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160 Jessica October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd YEAR OSG :)
I have a passion for food and fitness…your blog has inspired me to much!

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161 Meagan October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to your blog! I absolutely love it, especially all the yummy recipes you make! Through my journey I have come to love myself. I see my flaws but don’t dwell on them like I did in the past. I am able to think of more things I like about myself than dislike and that is never a bad thing!

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162 Megan (Running Foodie) October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I’ve learned to see and love myself the way my husband does – as strong, sassy, and beautiful :)

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163 meghan October 31, 2010

My passion too is cooking. I’ve learned to love it after struggling with disordered eating (and going through treatment twice). By eating REAL food and not fake fat-free sugar-free food, I’ve learned to be so much happier in life and in self-love!

Thanks for your wonderful blog and recipes! Keep up the outstanding work!

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164 Lauren October 31, 2010

I’ve been passionate about eating healthy for a while but because of healthy living blogs I’m becoming passionate about working out now too! I’m so much more consistent than I ever was before!

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165 Sarah October 31, 2010

Through my commitment to a healthy lifestyle I have uncovered my passion for health and embraced my multiple food allergies. I hope to one day in the near future turn that into a profession as it’s something I love and want to share with others.

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166 Quinn October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I recently found your blog, and I am so glad I did. Your story feels very similar to mine and I felt inspired reading your posts. Unfortunately I am not creative enough to be a writer like you :-), but my skills/passion lies in educating those around me about healthy eating/nutrition, fitness, and how to become healthier in general. I feel with education, we can make a real difference in disease management and increasing healthy living. Thanks so much for your blog! I am now a loyal follower! :-)

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167 Carly October 31, 2010

I’m 25, all of my twenties I’ve had so much anxiety about what to do with my life for work. And it didn’t help that I hated my job. I was constantly trying to find myself and I felt really helpless like I would just end up going through life with a ‘job’, not necessarily a career that i felt passionate about. But then I took a chance and left my boring job in finance. I love kids so I started working as a nanny. It was quite the change from a cushy desk job, but it felt right and I was having so much fun. I also started volunteering in classrooms at elementary schools. I knew what I was doing was the right thing for me! I am taking classes towards my degree in education. Soon, I will be teaching in a classroom! :)

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168 Megan October 31, 2010

I love your blog Angela! I am still not in the greatest place with my journey, but I need to give myself more credit for all the positive steps I HAVE taken. My greatest wish is that I will get to this place that you have found, too, and your blog gives me hope that I can do it!! Goals for today: get out for my run and be HAPPY :)

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169 Mina October 31, 2010

I have only recently started reading your blog and find much inspiration from it. My passion for running and eating healthy (mostly vegan) has now inspired my mom to get into fitness and healthier eating.

Congrats on your anniversary!

Mina

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170 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!

What a beautiful place you have created Angela! OSG is truly a special, special place for your readers and anyone out there looking to feel less alone. To feel supported. To feel loved. :)

My passion is whole health. I too have a disordered eating past that rested highly on the refusal to accept myself or love myself. I’ve been coming out of that world for the past 2 years and your blog played a huge role in that! My passion as a wellness coach is to share what I have learned and experienced and help others find their whole self.

Thank you for OSG!!!

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171 Charlotte October 31, 2010

Ange, your personal growth and changes throughout the past two years have been so apparent. Thank you for putting your life out there for the world to see – your ever-evolving attitude is such an inspiration to me.

My journey? Ha – I ate candy today. Real, unadulterated, HFCS-laden Halloween candy. It sounds silly, but…it was personally a big step toward escaping the mental prison I had created and been living in for a long, long time. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but at least I know that today I took a step forward!

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172 sals October 31, 2010

congratulations on 2 years! I’ve been a reader since the beginning, and its been amazing to follow your journey since then. My journey has led me to embrace a vegan lifestyle and appreciate myself for who I am, not who I wish I could be.

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173 Kelly October 31, 2010

Yay! A giveaway on one of my FAVORITE blogs!! :-D

My journey towards a healthier, more balanced life, came from the life event of becoming a mom… the daily battle of trying to workout to replace all the calories I was eating, and hardly ever take a day off from the gym, has been replaced with a realization that there is so much more to life, and that I won’t gain 50 pounds if I take a day off, and moderation is key in everything! I realized that I wanted to be healthier for my daughter, and be a better role model for her – a role model that wasn’t obsessed with calories and body image! Your blog has also inspired me to want to eat more clean, whole foods, and to want my daughter to appreciate the beauty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, I don’t count every calorie I eat, I take pleasure in just being able to take walks with my little girl outside (and not worrying about how many calories it is burning), I don’t worry about what the scale says every morning, and I am working hard to eat more whole foods! (AND the irony is that the number on the scale is surprisingly 10lbs less than it has been in the last 10 years – and it happened without all the calorie obsession!) I am passionate about being a mom – and this journey towards a more healthy outlook has been one that is full of surprises, and a I just feel so blessed with life right now!!

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174 some maintenance required October 31, 2010

The Happiest of 2nd Birthdays OSG!

In a society where there are so many negative stereotypes about women’s bodies, we all need to be reminded now and then how to truly love ourselves. Thank you for doing that (and for making my mouth water on a daily basis).

Thank you as well for being a positive role model during my own struggle with disordered eating. Recovery has empowered me to do things I never imagined I could. Glow on!

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175 kathleen October 31, 2010

what a great story, angela! i struggled with similar disordered behavior and it took my unbelievable husband to finally teach me to love myself. i am forever grateful and cannot imagine ever going back to my old ways. life is too short. thank you for your beautifully inspiring blog.

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176 Lauren October 31, 2010

I absolutely love your blog (partially because you’re reppin’ Canada, but mostly because of your recipes and wit).
My passion has always been writing as well. I’m happier when it is somehow incorporated into my life. It’s inspiring that your love of writing has brought you to a much better place. It certainly does have a therapeutic effect!
Keep up the great work, you have so many readers who appreciate it!

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177 kelsey October 31, 2010

i’ve always dreamed of being an architect since i can remember! but i thought i was a horrible student and even worse at math during high school, so i thought my dream was out of reach. once i entered college, i learned i excelled in math and physics, as well as the creative arts, giving me the confidence to transfer to one of the top architecture schools in the US. now, i’m one of the top students in my class and absolutely love what i am pursuing!
all i had to do was stop doubting and believe in myself!

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178 Lindsay October 31, 2010

Happy two years! It’s great to know that your blog helps other people and has also helped you. :) I learned almost a year ago that I have a passion for volunteering. I volunteer at a hospital for six hours a week being sort of a waitress/hostess for patients getting chemo. I had a friend asking me if he should pursue journalism or music, which he’s more passionate about, and I told him to go for the thing that he willingly spends his free time on (which was music). Then, I realized that the one thing that I willingly always make space for is volunteering. I just love socializing with all sorts of people and making sure they’re taken care of.

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179 Keri October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! And thank you for helping to inspire me :) My passions are running and healthy living and reading your blog inspires me more everyday. Good luck in challenge #7!

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180 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary OSG!

I recently started to pursue my passion for nutrition by enrolling in the distance learning program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I’m so excited for what the future will bring!

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181 VeggieGirl October 31, 2010

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!

I love how far I’ve come in the past year – I’m healthier, happier, and stronger.

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182 lindsay October 31, 2010

You’ve been sich an inspiration to us all! I love seeing all your creations and your happy healthy smile!
These past 2 years I’ve overcome a digestive illness that caused me to lose my confidence. Now I am healthy, happy, and CONFIDENT in who I am!
Cheers,
LC

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183 Gina October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday OSG!!
I am very passionate about cooking, fashion & writing. After reading your blog all summer, I decided to create my own blog so that I could become part of this wonderful food blogging community!
Angela, you do such a wonderful job with your blog and I look forward to many more years following it :)

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184 Emily M. October 31, 2010

i’ve been reading your blog almost every day for the past several months and i want you to know how inspiring you are. i have been suffering with my body and my overall health for the past 6-7 years and no specific diet has ever worked for me but i think the platform for which you offer healthy recipes and lifestyle information is key for someone like me. so thank you and happy birthday osg!

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185 Pamela October 31, 2010

Of course I want to win something but I am thankful for OSG – which has happily changed my life. As soon as I saw your banana “ice cream” I immediately went out to buy my first ever food processor. Lo and behold (with a lot of time, practice, maturing and self-reflection) my eating disorder and disordered eating are slowly fading away. Now longer do my usual trips to the grocery store include sugar-free red bull, gum, diet soda, and crap as my staples. Now my staples are flax seeds, vanillia hemp protein powder and chocolate super greens, and other assortments of real, un-processed foods.

My ED used to be my crutch, my friend, my self-talk my everything. Now that it’s slowly leaving me soul, MY DREAM now is to:

1.) get a full-time teaching job in Maryland
2.) move out of my parents house
3.) gain independence and freedom from ED

* i know my dreams will happen because I am allowing them to happen because my ED no longer holds me back or takes up all of time, thoughts and energy

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186 Kelly E. October 31, 2010

Happy two years! What an amazing story you have behind this blog. My passion is also writing and in more recent years, photography. I love being able to communicate with people through the written word, but I have also learned that this can be done without words, through pictures. You are inspiring, Angela, and here’s to another two years (and more) of OSG! :)

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187 Vanessa October 31, 2010

These past 3 years have been quite the journey for me. I fell in love with a Spaniard and moved to Hamburg, Germany so we could stay together. I applied to grad school at the University of Hamburg and will begin writing my thesis this month (in German! Yikes). I ran my first marathon this year and am gearing up to train for my second. I discovered food and healthy living blogs. The journey hasn’t always been easy but there have been some great moments and discoveries in between. I often turn to OSG for inspiration and motivation. Thank you so much for sharing :-)

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188 Jenna October 31, 2010

Happy 2 years! Here’s to many more inspired years to come :) I’ve really come to appreciate and love the strength and power of by body over the past year. I took up running and trained for a marathon this year, something I never thought was attainable for myself. I have become proud and confident in my daily life through running. I hope to keep working on my self confidence, but I know I’ve come so far from the girl I was in high school.

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189 emily October 31, 2010

I’m definitely become more confident and positive this past year, and now I’m just *glowing.* What a good year 2010 has been! Happy Birthday to OSG :-)

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190 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd bday!!!! this must have been an amazing journey to you and to see something YOU have created to blossom like this in only 2 years… I have no idea how it feels :)

I have to thank blogging and people who write these amazing blogs that I have found my path in eating, exercising and educating myself about food, nutrition etc., I care much more about what I put into my body, how I exercise and if I ever have a guestion or are in doubt there is always someone who can help me with it. I love it!

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191 Stefanie October 31, 2010

Happy 2 year anniversary! It has been a joy to get to know you through your blog. You have inspired me to open my own vegan bakery some day (hopefully in the next few years). I love to bake and creating things that make people smile and happy. That is why I am passionate about baking.

I hope for many more great years for your blog. :)

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192 Courtney October 31, 2010

Happy Blogversary!

I am nearing my final year of undergraduate studies and am learning to accept that it is okay to not know what comes next. As a definite type A, I have struggled with a constant need for order and perfection.

Each day, I am trying to be kinder to myself and remind myself that there is no end point to my journey – it is how I live each day that matters, not reaching an arbitrary final point.

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193 Alexandra October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! Your blog is amazing and inspires me everyday to try new healthy recipes and to not be afraid of certain ingredients. I’ve learn to love every flaw about myself because they are what make me, me.

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194 Diana October 31, 2010

My journey is ongoing. I think often and at great lengths about my passions in life and how I might steer them into something that could pay the bills. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite figured that out yet, but I still have hope. Reading about real people who’ve found their way only makes me feel even more hopeful. So keep writing! ;)

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195 Jennifer October 31, 2010

Happy birthday, OSG!

I am a BIG people pleaser. I used to be hard on myself about this, and I would actively tell myself to stop doing so many favors and trying so hard to please others. Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown to love that side of me. I’ve realized that what makes me the most happy is to make others happy.

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196 Whitney October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to an excellent blog (and awesome blogger! :D)

Two years ago as a college senior I switched from Pre-Vet to entomology. It was super scary because I was already accepted into vet school… but I realized I’d been so blinded by the “drive” of the journey, it’d been hard for me to see what I really wanted — which was to study bugs! So, I switched and started a M.S. in aquatic entomology… and couldn’t be happier! It was scary, especially knowing I’d have to go for a M.S. first and couldn’t jump directly into a PhD program, but I think it’s been worth it. Little buggies make me smile. :)

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197 Maddie October 31, 2010

Something I love about myself is that I am very adventurous and open-minded. I love trying new things that are out of the ordinary. Always makes for interesting time! Congratulations on the two years, Angela! Love your blog!

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198 Kaitlin October 31, 2010

Congratulations on being readers choice as well as celebrating 2 YEARS of your blog! Your blog is truly inspiring and on days when I feel like it’s impossible to smile, it happens! Reading about your ups and downs in life and the delicious foods that you may try to make 10x before getting it perfect have taught me to keep patient and determined and good things will come my way. It has taken me much patience in the last few years to figure out what I wanted to study in school, but I finally was able to look deep inside and I realized I had known all along. I am passionate about being healthy and fit, and most importantly promoting this to other people! I wasn’t able to completely decide what I wanted to do until I stopped treating my body terribly with the late night binging, while still trying to convince myself I would be able to help other people with their problems like mine. I have grown within the last year to love my body and treat it with respect, an now I am at school HAPPILY learning about how to promote Fitness and Health into the lives of others :). I can’t wait to be able to have a positive effect on individuals lives some day soon! :) I know that with the help of your blog Angela and others that I was able to get the support I needed and understanding I couldn’t find in my life, to move forward. I hope to use my passion now to help support others and help them achieve their goals in life!
Have a great Halloween and Good luck with creating your video for Challenge #7!

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199 Susan Kleiman October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! Happy blog birthday! Like you, I’ve come a long way in the last couple of years. I left a lucrative yet unfulfilling career in banking to pursue my passion and head back to school for a PhD. Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the paycheck every now and again, waking up each day excited about what I’m doing and where I’m heading assures me that I’m on the right path. As a fellow vegan runner, I have really enjoyed following your story and trying my hand at your yummy recipes. All the best in the next year and all the years after that!

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200 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween – what a fantastic giveaway! And look at how far you’ve come in the last two years :-)

Blogging has really changed me too. It’s changed the way I see/think about myself and has led me to meet some of my very best friends! :-)

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201 Kim October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!! Angela, I’m so happy I found this blog – it’s been wonderful to wake up and find a new recipe or something to think about. And your blog helped me become a vegan – something I never thought I’d ever do!

Your blog has actually inspired me in a way I never thought possible. I also find it so freeing to write, especially since most of my friends don’t really have the same thought process that I do, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. :) So, I’m going to open my own blog about music and the music industry, something that is very important in my life. While it may not be a life changing work, I think it will really help as a start of all the other goals I want to accomplish in my life. So, thank you Angela, and happy birthday to OSG!

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202 Rachel October 31, 2010

Great post. After repetitive running injuries, I have finally learned to appreciate the times I am healthy and to be happy that I am LUCKY enough to lace up my sneakers during those times. I have also learned that Globars are awesome and I would like you to be my personal chef.

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203 Megan October 31, 2010

I’ve grown to love the fact that I am who I am! My confidence and can do attitude make my life simple!

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204 KVH October 31, 2010

Thank you for righting such an amazing, thought-provoking, and DELICIOUS blog! And congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!

Although I still struggle with self-love, I have definitely come a long way from where I was several years ago. I am much more forgiving of myself, and have learned to love my body for what God has blessed me with.

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205 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday my dear!! You and I started at just about the same time, and I’ll never forget when you sent me an email to the extent of “i’m just starting out a blog, come check it out!” and here you are!!!
Blogging has led me into some truly amazing friendships and opportunities!

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206 Keri October 31, 2010

I really love reading your blog! Your blog helps me remember that I am responsible for my own happiness and health. You never blame your history of disordered eating on anyone, you just take responsibility for making your own healthy choices every day. If everyone did that, we would have a lot fewer eating disorders and a lot less obesity in this world!

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207 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary OSG, you have been an inspiration to me Angela. You give a lot to your readers whether you know it or not.

As for me, what I admire in people is their creativeness and their desire to put themselves out there and to show passion for something, ANYTHING!!

My blog reflects my passion about my life, my family, the simple joys in life and to appreciate the little things.

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208 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 31, 2010

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY OSG!! :D
I won’t enter the giveaway, because I live in England :(, but I will say anyway that it was YOU with this blog who started my journey to health and happiness, so a HUGE THANK YOU for everything; you are an inspiration :’)

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209 Bonnie October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday! How neat to look back and literally be able to see the growth over the years. I think one way that I’ve grown is in my confidence with my husband. The more I trust him and the more I relax, the more he is free to love, and in that assurance I have found a natural, comfortable confidence rooted in love. As we’ve grown in our marriage (almost 3 years!), this has blossomed as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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210 Lola October 31, 2010

I always look forward to reading your blog, it makes my day!

Right now I am a student in a tough accounting program (17 credits). However, my passion is being in the mixed martial arts gym. Last year it would be my second home and now I have no time. I have to finish my degree for numerous reasons (it already got me a kick-a** internship) even though I truly long for the gym.

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211 EBS October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! Your story and words are an inspiration – especially right now as I plow through my own research papers in grad school, while figuring out what my life path will be. Having dealt with an eating disorder in the past and a recent diagnosis of celiac disease, I enjoy seeing how far you’ve come and enjoying your (gluten-free) recipes! Thanks for all you do.

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212 Melissa October 31, 2010

Happy 2 year blogiversary to you!!! I have been a long time reader, commenting for the first time to tell you how much I love your blog, your recipes, your stories – and your courage for opening up and sharing all of it with us!

I am still working on learning to love the different aspects of myself but I am now accepting that some of my characteristics that I always thought were flaws may actually be positive too!
Reading about all the good moments and bad moments you have had and how you accept them all as part of yourself and your past is truly inspiring.

And lastly, I have to say, every single recipe I have tried from your blog has been absolutely delicious – the most recent one being the pumpkin whoopie pies :)

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213 Ashley October 31, 2010

I have to say your blog has been very inspirational. I’m finally conquering my disordered eating habits and beginning to see food as fuel. The past year has truely been a period of self discovery for me. I decided to quit my corporate to purse a degree in community health, something I’m very passionate about.

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214 Yin October 31, 2010

Congrats on two years! I love reading your creative ideas on recipes :)

My passion is art! I studied the history of it in college but I want to be involved in it — with my hands and ideas flowing. I’m trying to get back into it but it’s hard when other things have to taken care of beforehand.

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215 Katie October 31, 2010

Although I’ve been following your blog for over a year now, this may be the first I’ve posted. I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to have found your blogs (and others similar to yours). I have never been happy following the Standard American Diet and finding a community of bloggers who aren’t afraid stray from the beaten path was enlightening for me. You have encouraged me to experiment with food and have fun with it. No to mention, green smoothies and I have had an intense, daily love affair for a year now! No longer am I ashamed or embarrassed to say that I prefer an alternative diet. Because of your blog, I say I am a vegan with unabashed pride. So thank you, Angela for inspiring me and countless others!

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216 Mary Ann October 31, 2010

When I was a little girl, I would try so hard to tuck in my ‘belly’. My dad would laugh at me and say “Mary Ann, you are always going to have a belly.” Through my teenage years and into my twenties I did countless sit-ups (really, I could have won an Olympic gold medal with how many I did). After the birth of my two children, I look down at my belly with a whole new perspective. There is no longer disdain but a sense of satisfaction. That belly enabled me to bear two children when the doctors told me I probably wouldn’t have any. I still do sit-ups, crunches and ‘the plank’ but for a totally different reason. I want to carry myself with pride and keep myself as strong as possible. Angela, your blog is one of the most encouraging I have read. You make us proud!

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217 Natalie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! Congrats. Your blog is really something special. Over the last couple of years I’ve learned to stop striving for perfection because that is not what life is about! I’m much more happier and less stressed this way.

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218 Stephanie October 31, 2010

Angela,

I started reading your blog several months ago when a friend of mine brought a green monster to work for breakfast and since that day I have been a loyal reader and follower of you and your amazing career. Since that day- I have been inspired to follow suit, and put my food issues behind me as well. Growing up as a ballerina I had always been body conscience, and when I entered high school, I also took an eating disorder with me too. My parents moved a lot so not only was I suffering from not eating.. but depression as well. To this day- I still struggle with both… but have taken almost the holistic approach to recovery – eating right, working out, prayer, etc… It has been a great comfort to me to know that there are others struggling with the same issues. It is especially helpful reading your encouraging words. Since then, I have embraced my inperfections- learning not only to tolerate them, but appreciate them for who I have become despite them. Your blog is so personal and thoughtful, and I hope that you will continue to write with your heart and touch even more lives that you already have. Thank you.

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219 Eileen October 31, 2010

Like you I struggled with disordered eating from my grade school years through my early 30’s. I had a love/hate relationship with food and my body. Now I’m in my early 40’s, and my unhealthy obsession with food and body image has been transformed into a healthy passion for health and nutrition. It was a hard journey with many bumps in the road, but I now see how all of it has led me to my career as a Nutritional Consultant where I help others get healthy and love their body. I’m thankful that I get to live out my passion each day.

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220 GlowingBIL October 31, 2010

ooo I like free give aways! I’m very glad you started blogging Ang and that you found something you love to do! You know my passions for my wife, kids, family and volleyball drive me everyday :)

Keep it up and happy anniversary!

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221 Amy @ purewellnessamy October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! While I’ve only been reading for a short while, I’ve come to look forward to your posts every day. You’ve given me some great recipe ideas and your sunny personality is always a nice pick-me-up!

I have to say that my passion is first and foremost to keep my family happy and healthy, but also to help others outside my family WAKE UP and THINK ABOUT what they’re eating and how they’re treating their bodies.

Again, happy birthday, Happy Halloween, and good luck with the video!

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222 Kelsey H October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!! I feel like it is Thanksgiving instead of Halloween, because I am SO THANKFUL I refound your blog this summer (I do remember stumbling upon it last year or so in my desperate attempts to find help in disordered eating and I think it planted just the seed I needed) because here I am loving this journey of recovery because I learn something about myself and others around me every day. You are such a great role model and my favorite blogger by far. I have two younger sisters and remember they must look up to me sometimes in the way I look up to you. It reminds me to be kind to myself and to love myself because that’s how I would want my sisters to treat themselves. I am in my first year of a Masters in Counseling program and am thinking of starting a blog in the new year to get all of my thoughts “out there” and to share what I have learned/am learning with the world. Thank you so much!

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223 Alexis October 31, 2010

I read many different blogs but yours is truly my favorite. The vibe you are putting out into the world is so positive and inspiring, but also very real. Having struggled for seven years with an eating disorder, your posts help me each day to be thankful for my recovery and fight all the self-hatred that it is so easy to slip into.

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224 amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!

I have learnt that if we keep our bodies healthy, then life follows suit. Exercise, yoga, mediation, plus eating well will help us succeed in every area of our lives.

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225 Kelly B. October 31, 2010

I too have made a journey towards self acceptance, and I know how hard it can be. Congratulations on making it so far! Perfection is not attainable, and who would want to be perfect, anyway? The flaws are what make us interesting and beautiful. Cheers!

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226 Heather October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday to OSG! I am passionate about being a Mom and finding creative healthy meals & treats for my two boys that they love and that I know are good for them. Your recipes have given me many great ideas to help in that area. I am also passionate about running … I am not a speed demon but it is my “zen time” …. the only quiet time during the day that I have.

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227 Tracey October 31, 2010

I can completely relate to the journey you went through and feel myself still going through it. I am struggling to follow my passions and love and accept my true self. It’s something I struggle with every day and I, too, have found that writing and blogging help give me an outlet. Having writing to turn to has put me in the direction to accept myself and love who I really am. Congrats to you for being in a good place now, it gives me hope. Happy Birthday OSG! I would love to be entered into the contest!

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228 melissa roby October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks to you and a couple other blogs that I read daily, I have started my own. It has helped me as well. I have dealt with depression and anxiety for most of my life….it runs in the family…I have found that running and keeping a blog helps me focus on the people I love and the many reasons to be and stay happy and healthy. Thank you!

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229 Sara October 31, 2010

Angela,

OSG has changed my life, irrevocably and for the better. You have become part of my daily routine, one that I cherish and enjoy. Your honesty about your history with disordered eating is refreshing, cleansing, and extrinsically cathartic. It is hard these days to distance oneself from the social pressures of thinspiration, and your blog is like the jedi force of the healthy woman’s world. Thank you for inspiring each and every one of your readers every day. You are a part of our live’s that I’m sure none of us want to do without.

Happy Halloween, from Vancouver BC.
xoxo

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230 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I have grown a lot over the past few years in the realms of healthy eating and self-love. I had a bad relationship with food for a long time and spent years filling my body with “diet” foods instead of eating what I enjoy. Now I eat a variety of delicious, healthy, filling foods and have taken the plunge to blog about my thoughts and eats. Thanks for your inspirational blogging, as many of your recipes are my all time favorites! GL w/ Challenge 7!

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231 Courtney October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Anniversary!! My passion has become running and while some days I still don’t look forward to getting out of bed to run in the morning, once I get going, I realize how lucky I am to be able to run at all and truly feel blessed! I’m hoping to run my second full marathon next year, and through reading blogs such as yours, I’ve finally learned about properly fueling and eating real foods. Thanks for all of the amazing recipes you’ve shared over your two years with the blog thus far!

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232 Maxine October 31, 2010

Your passion and dedication for writing and blogging is incredible. Since starting to read your blog, I have canceled magazine subscriptions. OSG blog is honest, uplifting, and healthy ; no mannequins or pill advertisements.
Cheers,
M.

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233 Tasha October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday OSG!! I have learned to love my dimples =)

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234 Hayley October 31, 2010

Congrats on your two years of blogging! I love reading your blog because I can tell that you have overcome so much and you seem so happy. I’m probably in a similar place to where you were two years ago- still uncomfortable with myself and trying to figure everything out. I’m in the process of working through it and I think it’s all going to work out.
I also have a passion for writing- I have had this passion since I was little. I am too afraid to write a blog because the thought of feeling “exposed” terrifies me, but I do a lot of creative writing in private. I also have a passion for nutrition (which I am studying in school) and I hope that by sharing this passion, I can work towards self-love.
I think it is wonderful that you are so open about your history, and you should be proud. You appear to be free of the disordered eating and getting the most out of life :) Congratulations again, on two wonderful years!

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235 Beverly-Ann October 31, 2010

I really enjoy reading your blog.
I enjoy fitting exercise into my busy life. It always makes me feel better.
Thanks for all the inspiration and yummy recipes.

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236 Emily October 31, 2010

Thank you for starting this amazing blog. I have really valued hearing your story and can completely relate with your struggle of loving yourself. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years living in the shadow of my best friend. After several years in college I began running again and taking more of an interest in what I fuel my body with. Since then, while I have my ups and downs, I can confidently say that I no longer feel the need to hide behind someone and I value my individuality and healthy lifestyle more than anything.

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237 Amanda October 31, 2010

OSG,

First, I would like to say I love your blog.
Second, I would like to say that I too, am struggling with self-love.
Third, I would like to say your blog is helping me to overcome my anxieties, and I hope to one day start a blog of my own, thanks to inspirational blogs like yours.
Finally, I just want to say thank you for sharing your stories and putting yourself out there for the world to see. You truly are an inspiration.

Keep smiling.

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238 Mandy October 31, 2010

Congrats on year #2!

I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and it has inspired me in more ways than you can imagine. I hope to soon be free of disordered eating, and your blog has helped me get to where I am now. I would love to start a blog in the near future since cooking, baking, and healthy living are some of my greatest passions. Thank you for all you do!

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239 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Oh She Glows!!

Thank you for being my inspiration for blogging!! You blog is still my very favorite!! I love your recipes, your spirit and your beautiful photos!! :)

:)
Jess

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240 Rachel Randolph October 31, 2010

Angela,

Being married to a wonderful guy who tells me how beautiful I am every day has finally made me believe it. It’s taken years of hearing it every day to actually grasp the truth. I’ve started telling myself this every day, too, to ensure I never forget it. I’m 2 or 3 sizes bigger than I was when I met my husband while I was in the midst of a divorce. Food and exercise where the only things I felt like I could control during that time. My self-esteem came from my body and not from believing I was a beautiful person. I used to avoid letting my husband touch me when I felt fat or unattractive. I couldn’t believe that he still wanted me after I put on weight or hadn’t worked out in a while. Today, I finally believe that my beauty isn’t about what size I am or how fit I am. I have my husband to thank for helping me realize this.

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241 Brandy October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I am in the process of learning to love myself now. You see I have come to realization that I have an eating disorder, but mine is not because of restricting, mine is that food has become my very best friend. I never struggled with my weight until a few years ago. I was in a long term relationship that I ended, I was/am a single mom and I quit my job to go to school full time. In the process I cut off all my friends and stopped going to the gym. Life was hard, but food was comforting, so comforting that I gained almost 100 pounds in only a few months. I can’t stand the person I see in the mirror everyday. I cancel plans with my friends and coworkers all the time because I don’t want to go out of the house looking this way. Angela, You have inspired me to start my own blog, to learn to love myself and my body again. Your story and your site is wonderful. Thank you for not only loving yourself, but all of us as well.

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242 M.C.Ryan October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,
I am a new follower, but I truly enjoy your blog. You are wise beyond you years and your family must be very proud of you.
I have suffered from disordered eating all my life (and I am in my 60s). My disorder is that I don’t know when to stop. I eat a very healthy diet as far as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.: however, I have never learned portion control and therefore carry many unwanted pounds. I also have a fused ankle which prevents serious walking as an exercise. Swimming would be the best but bathing suits are not in my wardrobe.
I also have many food allergies (peanuts, tree-nuts, shellfish, lentils, coconut & more).
But, where there is life there is hope. I am much luckier than many in this world today. I can be out of bed and showered and out of the house in an hours time. It takes so many people an hour just to get out of bed.
I would love to win one of your prizes but even if I don’t, I will continue to read your words each day and hope that you continue to inspire one and all.
Thank you for all the space.
Meryl

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243 Michelle October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday!!! Your blog is the very first food/healthy living/lifestyle blog that I came across on the way to becoming a vegetarian. Thanks for being part of my everyday for so long! I love that in the last 2 years, I have gone from being completely unhappy with my life, self, and job to quitting my job and beginning a whole new life that life! Thank you for doing a giveaway.

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244 kayla October 31, 2010

i’ve struggled with an eating disorder in the past, but your blog has been an inspiration to me and has showed me that happiness begins with the changes that I, myself, must make. obsessing over my weight and appearance has only brought me down over the years and since then i’ve been working on rediscovering my true self and learning to love who i am.

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245 Julie H October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG. I recently found your blog and have been reading it faithfully. Your story is inspiring and your posts make me smile.

It touched me when you spoke of loving yourself. In the last 14 months I have lost 125 pounds. My body has been through a lot and even as I approach a “healthy” weight for myself I struggle with self image. My body shows its journey… loose skin, stubborn areas I wish were smaller, bumps and bruises. I am slowly learning to accept all of its imperfections. This body might wobble when I run, but it allowed me to run a 5K race yesterday in just over 25 minutes and still got up this morning and carried me on an 8K run. I love my body for that.

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246 Kasey October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday OSG!!!
My passions are health, wellness, and cooking!

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247 Julianna October 31, 2010

Hey Angela,
I wanted to thank you for your encouragement, enlightenment, and your positive energy. You have helped so many people these past two years and I am so proud that you have healed yourself in the process. Happy Halloween and Happy 2nd Anniversary :) Keep up the great work!

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248 Jessie October 31, 2010

First off, thank you for your honesty, enthusiasm, passion, and positivity! The way that you are able to find joy in life is inspirational, and you should be proud that you are able to use your skills to help others while helping yourself.

By the time I had finished undergrad, I managed to really, sincerely get to like myself and where I was in life. I am now in my second year of medical school, and have been struggling with feeling inferior to my incredibly impressive, accomplished, brilliant peers. It’s been difficult to reconnect with what I like about myself and my life in such a busy, stressful, “go-go-go” environment, but I’m working on it. Reading blogs like yours, singing, cooking, exercising, and writing are all things I cherish, even on the most study-swamped days. Rebuilding is hard (I know that you know), but I’m confident that I’ll get back to myself.

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249 Donna Porter October 31, 2010

My own journey has provided me with the most wonderful husband and three children. My husband is military so the Air Force has taken us all over the world and has now landed us in California. My journey has been a bumpy one, as our youngest daughter is special needs. But I would go over those bumps as many times as needed because all my kiddos are such amazing beings. My passions for eating healthy and teaching my children to has taken me to college! I’m the first one in my family to go to college and will (hopefully) be graduating in the next few years and move on to pursue my RD license!

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250 Emily October 31, 2010

Such a happy day!! I’m so grateful that you share your thoughts and amazing recipes! I have a similar feeling towards blogging – it has definitely helped me to become more self-confident and I have built self-love that helps to fight off any doubts or worries I may have. :)

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251 Annalee October 31, 2010

I really look forward to reading your blog when I get up in the morning. Thank you for sharing all your thoughts, ideas, knowledge, recipes and pictures. I have really taken your advice to look to your childhood for clues about what hobbies I have and to possibly pursue. Your recipes always inspire me to get cookin’. This plant-based diet has really lead me to love myself as I am right now, not who I want to be.

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252 Jenny October 31, 2010

I am passionate about finding something exciting to look forward to/learn about every single day! Happy 2nd bday OSG! :)

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253 CathyK October 31, 2010

Boo back at you!!!
And a very happy 2nd anniversary. Best wishes as you continue in this journey of life!
I am passionate about knitting and running. And I started my blog on my 40th birthday and it has become a passion, too! I share your love of creative writing and blogging is such a satisfying outlet, isn’t it!
Best wishes with your video!

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254 Erin October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! I am hoping in the near future to turn my passion (vegan cooking) into my job, just as you have!

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255 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 31, 2010

Happy blogaversary!!! Here’s to two (times twenty) years more :) What I love most about your blog is how open and honest it is, and how relatable you are. And of course, the recipes!

Since starting my blog I feel that I too have found so much confidence. A year ago I was still depriving myself and still secretly hated my body. I’ve learned to love myself for what I am RIGHT NOW- which doesn’t mean that I don’t still have difficult days, but that I recognize that it’s just that- a difficult day. Life is too short not to embrace everything about it!!

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256 Therese October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary! My blog isn’t destined to be a big one, but I too find that I love writing and ‘getting stuff out there’ even if no one else is reading it. I loved creative writing class in high school and secretly hope to be the next Sue Monk Kidd one day. She wrote The Secret Life of Bees, which is one of my favorite novels. I was ecstatic when I learned that she was also a nurse who graduated from the same college as me, worked in pediatrics for a while, and then went to grad school for creative writing and took off! I’m still working as a nurse, but I feel like writing is starting to come back to me now that I’ve been blogging for a year.

Thanks for the inspiration and positivity! They mean more than you could know.

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257 Julie October 31, 2010

happy birthday osg! not only are your recipes useful as i’ve recently had to give up dairy and eggs, but your outlook on life and lifestyle are refreshing and a constant reminder of the balance everyone needs and deserves. you bring a lot of beauty into my life, daily. and i’m so thankful for it. congrats on two wonderful years and many more to come.

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258 Ana October 31, 2010

Congrats for the blogversary Angela!!
Your blog is not only very inspirational but also full of the most delicious recipes, I totally love oh she glows!
My own journey on the past few years have been on getting to know me better, understanding who I really am and how I came to be where I am now. It is amazing how as we mature we get to really stop and learn about ourselves, most importantly we learn to accept and respect ourselves, listening to our bodies and to our mind. I love who I am today and wouldn’t change it for nothing.
Thanks for doing the giveaway, I would love to try your glo-bars, they look totally amazing!
Ana

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259 Laura October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

While I have many passions and challenges both, I think the thing I most want, and that I take away from your blog, is the fearlessness and drive to go forward and DO things. I love baking, maybe as much as you do. I love healthy food. I am passionate about feeding my family and friends beautiful, delicious and healthful meals. And, I am perhaps most passionate about yoga. Where does it all lead? I don’t know yet. As a former dancer and person who’s struggled with body issues for more than half of my life, I sometimes find that these particular passions stir up my issues as much as they help me heal from them. It’s funny how nothing is black and white. But I hope to put my creative energies to better use day by week by month by year. Maybe one day we’ll celebrate my blog-iversary!

What fun prizes you’re offering. Sign me up!

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260 Tara October 31, 2010

I’ll make this short and sweet because I know you are going to get TONS of comments. I had an eating disorder. I refused to go to a rehab center, and I was determined to save my own life. Over the next year I gained weight but still had low self esteem. I played softball, but I realized it wasn’t making me happy so I switched to running (much to the chagrin of my doctors..) and it taught me to treat food as fuel. It introduced me to a new circle of friends and gave me the confidence I needed. Not only was I thriving mentally and socially, but I was actually good at the sport and I became number 1 on my team. Now I can say I absolutely love myself the way I am, my thoughts aren’t consumed by food, and I am healthier than ever.

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261 Emily October 31, 2010

My passion is tennis, which is kind of a bummer because I haven’t been able to attend practice as much since school started.

Previous to my now healthy diet, I was the kid who ate McDonald’s everyday in elementary school. I think my Journey towards Health began in the eighth grade. I had just come back from New York and I weighed 150 pounds, I had lost a bunch of muscle from tennis due to so much inactive time. I immediately went on a diet and intensified my tennis training. I had whole grains and lean protein at dinner, and even managed to eat some of the veggies that I had hated for so long. Unfortunately, my diet was less than ideal. As someone who had always had portion control problems, I relied on Slim Fast to lose the weight. I did lose it, getting down to a slim 123 pounds and having a nice amount of muscles, but I wasn’t really happy with the way I was eating. Thinking back, my body probably wanted whole foods. During spring break I even went so far as to eat Slim Fast for breakfast, only a special k snack bar for lunch with a little edamame and a tiny frozen meal for dinner. I lost six pounds that week, but it clearly wasn’t in a healthy way. When I started ninth grade, I gained some weight back, I was unhappy at first, but after a while it didn’t bother me. I was at a healthy weight, I adopted a vegetarian diet that soon became very focused on whole foods. My performance ability in tennis sky-rocketed. I felt strong and healthy, but I still enjoyed 100-calorie packs and fat-free, oil-free products. I ate a lot of whole foods, but I avoided fat almost like the plague. I had very little variety in my diet, even if it was healthier.

Now, I enjoy avocados and olive oil in my foods, I love veggies, and whole grains. I’m so much healthier and happier, I’ve made the transition to vegan. I truly enjoy everything I eat, it fuels my body for what I need. I may still have a problem with stress but I feel like I’ll be able to manage that in time. Your blog and other healthy-living blogs have really helped shape my journey to health. I started reading blogs in the 9th grade (I’m now in 11th) and it has truly changed my life.

Also, I really used to hate my muscular legs, but now I’ve learned to appreciate them. They carry me where I need to go, and they have shape.

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262 Bethany October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday OSG! I think it’s so cool that you have this blog as a “diary” of your journey—you should be very proud of yourself for how far you’ve come AND for how you’ve inspired and helped others through OSG.

My journey has led me to believe in myself and to trust in my decisions. It hasn’t been easy, but I weathered a lot of change in the last 2 years and I’ve come out stronger and a better person. And for that I’m incredibly grateful!

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263 carol October 31, 2010

Happy 2 year birthday OSG!!!! I am so addicted to your blog that I look at it first thing when I get home from work. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try them all the time. I print out so many that we run out of printer ink too fast. SO, Angela, I beg you to make a cookbook with all your fabulous recipes. You are truly an inspiring person. I became a much healthier cook and eater since reading your blog. You inspire me in so many ways. Thank you!

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264 Penny October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I have a passion for running and healthy eating, but I still struggle to not give in to self-damaging thoughts. I love how positive and uplifting OSG is!

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265 mindy October 31, 2010

Congrats on your 2 year Anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog everyday and trying your recipes! My passions in life are my children and my husband, yoga, running, and cooking and baking in a healthy way that does not sacrifice taste!

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266 M.Rose October 31, 2010

Angela, I want to thank YOU as an amazing individual for talking about your experience and what worked and continues to work for you. I think that so many many people today have disordered relationships with their bodies and food, but are afraid to talk about it because they don’t fit the text book definition of having an ED.
Though I am still working through some serious stuff, you are one of the people that have inspired me to WORK ON IT rather than stick to the “safety” of being in an ED’d mindset. If no one spoke up about these issues, it would be a lot harder, and I am so thankful to have Oh She Glows as a wonderful example of a lovely young woman who “got her glow back” and is doing something she is truly passionate about.
THANKS!

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267 Tracy October 31, 2010

As my 4 kids get older (ages 14, 13, 11 & 11), I see what great kids they are and realize how much they love me (and I them). This makes me know I’m a great mom!

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268 Nellie October 31, 2010

Happy happy 2nd birthday OSG! Thank you so much for inspiring me and my family through this site! I’ve been reading for about a year now, and have finally been able to let go of my self-critisim and be content with where I am every day!

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269 Jacqueline s. October 31, 2010

Happy anniversary! I love myself through healthy food and movement and loving my husband. Like you and many others!

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270 Brittany October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I love my passion for animals and people.

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271 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG! Thank you for helping me fight my own battles with disordered eating and thinking!

Since I’ve started running, I’ve grown to love my legs. They short, but they are full of muscle and endurance. I never saw them in such a positive light before.

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272 Kayley October 31, 2010

I stubbled across your blog about 6 months ago and have rarely missed a post! Happy 2 years :)

I have a newly-found passion for running and healthy eating! Believe it or not, I’ve gained weight since discovering these two new passions (and that’s a great thing). Previously, I’d consume maybe 800 calories a day just so I didn’t have to work out and not gain weight. I thought this was healthy, however I felt HORRIBLE! I was clearly underweight but still saw compared myself to a whale. Long story short, I’ve discovered a love for eating and a love for running and I couldn’t be more happy with my body :)

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273 Lisa October 31, 2010

Happy birthday osg! I really have found my passion for cooking and baking. I love when my parents or bf really enjoy something I’ve worked really hard on. Can’t wait to try new things

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274 ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska October 31, 2010

I’ve learned to love myself- period. I love that I am a pretty decent fly fisherwoman, a good wife and mommy to our dogs, and becoming a stronger and stronge person each day. :)

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275 Brynn October 31, 2010

Congratulations and thanks for your two years of blogging! I finally quit my secure but mind-numbingly boring desk job for a field job I’m in love with!

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276 Kerry October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG! So often, your blog provides me with the perfect mental break, calming my thoughts and challenging me to find my true self. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning that lifeplans don’t have a straight line, so you need to embrace the journey.

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277 tina October 31, 2010

congrats angela- you are amazing!!!

i’ve learned my passion for fitness is much stonger than i ever realized after falling into teaching dailey method classes. so much so that i am about to quit my 9-5 job to focus on teaching full time! i can’t imagine my life without it!!!

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278 Tricia October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary Angela! I consider your blog a part of my daily life and am thankful to have your thoughtful, interesting recipes and life lessons to read about each day. Writing has always been one of my passions as well. But even more so, my children and being as healthy as possible for them has become one of my main focuses in life. Eating healthy every day, exercising and learning to be happy in my skin makes me a better mom to them.

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279 Delaney October 31, 2010

Angela,

Thank you so much for all the time you put into your blog and making the world a better place, and happy 2nd birthday to OSG! At this time last year, I was trapped inside my own eating disorder; it was my only friend, my only passion, my entire world. A year later, I’m still not 100% recovered, for me, food is a battle every day. But your blog, delicious recipes, beautiful photography, and overall outlook on life have really helped me through it all. Now I view food as an indulgence, as fuel, rather than as something to be feared or controlled. Writing and exercise have also been two bright spots in my recovery, and have helped me realize the true power of my mind and body, and how food should only help me to become more powerful and passionate about life. Again, thank you so much for everything you do!

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280 Kinsey October 31, 2010

I am a vegetarian and I LOVE healthy food. I just ran my first 10k race and I cannot wait to run another! I never thought I would be a runner, but here I am!

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281 Amanda October 31, 2010

I would love to enter into your amazing contest!

One thing I love about myself is my strength. With my strength I have been able to overcome many challenges in my life and am able to accept these hard changes.

One thing I am passionate about is inspiring others. I like to inspire otheres to eat healthy and embrace healthy eating but also inspire others to love their bodies because I have not loved my body many times.

Your story is amazing and inspiring and so is your blog! Thanks for all you do!

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282 Emily October 31, 2010

Wow! 2 years! Congrats! :) I really love the beautiful pictures and happy, positive thoughts you share every day!

I’ve recently grown a new passion for cooking. I realized I’ve eaten way too many pre-packaged, processed foods and I’m really starting to make things from scratch and learn to love cooking. It takes up a lot of time, I don’t feel like I have the evenings free like I used to, but I’m happier about what I’m putting in my body and how I’m handling my life :) It’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there!

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283 [email protected] October 31, 2010

Happy Blog-o-versary! Hooray :-)

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284 Alex October 31, 2010

I absolutely love your blog! I found it by happy accident and now i read it everyday :) It has definitely helped me stay on track with healthy eating and exercise and now I am finally feeling more comfortable in my body. :)

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285 Aimee October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG and congratulations on finding your true self. Life is certainly a journey. This year I took up running and challenged myself to complete a half marathon and finished in a time that made me float for weeks afterwards. I have found a wonderful group of fellow runners, and we support each other through the hills of life and on the trails.

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286 Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday OSG!!!!

After struggling for so long to know what I wanted to be when I “grew up” I decided to go back to school to become a holistic nutritionist. I’m learning a lot about how my body works, but I still don’t know what I want to “do” with my career.

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287 Harriet October 31, 2010

I’ve had a long journey dealing with self esteem issues (both related and unrelated to appearance) and while I still deal with those issues, I love the fact that I now know that my fixations are NOT indicative of my worth and I can learn to overcome them one step at a time.

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288 Kara October 31, 2010

I love that I have been brave enough to attempt things I never would have in the past two years. I broke out of my comfort zone in many ways: moved to a new town for a job, ran 2 half marathons, presented at conferences in front of really big groups, and have met lots of new people. I NEVER thought I could do any of these things!! As others have said, I find so much inspiration from your blog- rock on.

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289 Kendall October 31, 2010

Congratulations OSG! :)

My passions consist of yoga, food, and people. :) I am learning trial by error that just being ok with the passions/hobbies you chose to put into your life will lead you down a path. What path? It’s any path I choose, one filled with happiness. And for me, as I am sure for everyone else, following my passion brings happiness. There’s no determination set in stone about the ‘money’ it will make me. But that comes after. After I am happy, and content and living a fulfilling life of my very own passions.

Cheers Angela, I hope you have a great day celebrating!!

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290 Emma October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday OSG!
I’ve realized how much I love the structure of training for a fitness goal- I thrive having a schedule of workouts and find that my body craves healthier food to fuel itself. I ran my first full marathon at the beginning of October! Your blog has given me so many great ideas for delicious, healthy foods – thanks for letting us read about your journey these past 2 years!

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291 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 31, 2010

Happy anniversary!

Something I have grown to love about my myself is my round, juicy, strong thighs! I always hated them because (I think) they are huge thunder thighs (others tell me they are normal, they are probably right). I learned to love them anyways because the only thing they can’t do for me is fit into a size 0 pair of jeans. What they can do for me is run half marathons, downhill ski for hours on end, carry me everywhere on a daily basis, and look really really great and strong in a tight pair of running leggings :) So I have learned to love the juciy jiggle of my thighs because without them I would be a very unhappy girl.

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292 Me-Linh (Sweet and Sweat) October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! Your blog makes me want to turn vegan to make delicious food like you make!!

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293 Hannah October 31, 2010

What a great giveaway! I have a deep passion for running, and as I am struggling through a string of injuries right now, I am learning to be more patient with myself and trust that God has a plan for my life. A plan that is great than anything that I could dream up myself.

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294 Shannon October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary. I so much appreciate the words that you type each day as a way to be reminded that I too can beat the ups and downs of disordered eating. While I have not beaten it completely, I feel so much closer after finding your blog. My journey to overcoming it has begun, thanks to you.

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295 Becca October 31, 2010

Hi Angela, I’ve been following your blog for a little over a year now and every day I look forward to reading a new post. I am 20 years old and still struggling with disordered eating, but there is a very strong side of me that just wants to be balanced and healthy, without starving or bingeing. I love and have a passion for healthy cooking, and your recipes really inspire me to fuel my body and nourish it. Your posts keep me inspired to just be healthy and love my body- every day there is a new take on how to do it. Thank you so much for helping me although you may not know it!

also, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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296 Emily October 31, 2010

Congrats on your blogoversary :)

I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and I love it! Even though I’m not vegan, you have some amazing recipes that I’ve been wanting to try to make.

My passion is baking. Realizing that this is my passion in life has finally let me stop fooling myself about what I want to do in life, and finally take the initiative I need to go to culinary school.

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297 Jen October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday OSG! Your’s was one of the first “healthy living” blogs that I’ve found and I LOVE it! I love to check your blog and see a new post–always gives me a boost to my day and something to think about!

Through reading blogs like yours, I’ve embraced healthy foods, cooking, and running! Thanks for all you do :-)

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298 Melissa October 31, 2010

I have recently moved to a small town in Alaska and have fond a passion through volunteering at our local radio station. My bf and I have a radio show every Saturday and I really look forward to those 2 hours of great music and dancing (yes, I dance in the studio)! :)

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299 Jacquelyn October 31, 2010

In September 2009 I started running after getting into healthy living blogs.
I couldn’t run more than 90 seconds without having to take a walking break.

Today, I just finished my longest run yet – 9 miles in 1 h, 28 min, and 46 seconds. I am SO proud of myself. Before, I only worked out to lose weight or feel less guilty about having french fries. Now, I work out because it makes me feel good, and I love to see how much I can push myself.
I’ve never been happier with myself than I have been for the past year.

your own passions, journey, or perhaps something you have grown to love about yourself. Contest closes Monday Nov 8th.

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300 Jacquelyn October 31, 2010

oops! copy and pasted the earlier section so i’d remember what i was writing about – then i forgot to delete it!

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301 Dana October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday! I have been on a journey for self-love for a while now and I think today I felt a growing sense of it. It is hard work but I am trying to be a bit more confident every day!

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302 Lindsay October 31, 2010

Congrats OSG on 2 years! I just discovered your little gift to the online world about a month ago and I love checking in daily for my dose of inspiration. As a result, I have started running again and it feels amazing. Last winter, I spent 4 months training for my first triathlon in May, and when I finished it I felt amazing, but burnt out from the 6 day a week training I was doing. I needed a rest, which essentially turned into a 4 month hiatus from most activity. I have finally regained my passion for fitness for fun and I in part owe that to discovering your blog. Your words inspired me to find that spot in me that ignites the desire to move my body for no other reason other than joy. Not because I have to, or because I want to lose weight, but because I want to. So for that, I thank you for helping rediscover my passion for fitness.

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303 Kluane October 31, 2010

My passion has become leading the Green Team at my school, initiating everything from community gardens, recycling systems, Earth Day festivities, etc.

It has become my passion ’cause I’ve truly discovered the power of one in making sustainable, concrete change. :)

Something that I’ve grown to love about myself is that I’m never afraid to speak to anyone. You won’t get anything unless you ask for it. :)

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304 Lauren October 31, 2010

Awesome giveaway, Angela! I am so grateful that I am learning to see myself the way God sees me: That I am His creation and His child and am incredibly valuable and so wonderfully loved. That brings me a lot of joy. Love your blog, Angela, I tell my husband and family how impressed I am with the effort and care you put into this place and we all appreciate the delicious recipes too!

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305 Brooke October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!
I love that my body gives me second chances!

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306 Astrid October 31, 2010

I have recently applied for an opportunity I am passionate about and if I get it I am going to stop graduate school. It has never made me happy and has been the source of far too many tears. So it is time to move on…I have my fingers crossed! It is so inspirational to read about people like you who hve made such huge leaps in their lives and have found a way to have fun each and every day. By the way, I am definitely rooting for you to win foodbuzz. You are amazing.

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307 Jessica Champion October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd anniversary and congratulations on such a successful blog, career and learning to love yourself. I have been reading your blog for about 8 months and I absolutely love it, I must say I am disappointed when I click on your site and see the home page is one I have already read! I just love your writing style and your mouth watering pictures! I Have tried many of your recipes and they have all been delicious so far. (With your help) I have grown to love my body even with it’s imperfections, if I ever feel unhappy with what I see I just remember that this body birthed a beautiful baby boy! Being a mother is the most amazing thing I have ever done and probably will ever do and for that I have to thank my body. You truly are an inspiration to me and so many others, keep up the great work and take care <3

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308 Jennifer S October 31, 2010

Hi Angela & Happy Birthday to OSG!
I love to share my passion for cooking and I’m SLOWLY learning to share my passion for writing. Thanks for providing inspiration for both-
Jennifer

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309 k October 31, 2010

I was always a fat kid, fat teenager, and fat young adult. About 7 years ago, I lost 70 pounds but I still would like to lose about 20 more. This 20 pounds has been the bane of my existence for SEVEN YEARS. Rather than be proud of the weight I did lose, I’ve been fixated on the weight that I couldn’t lose (most likely due to a pretty severe thyroid disorder I’ve had for 10 years). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I woke up on a Saturday morning, had breakfast with my super handsome husband, and drove the 10 minutes to a nearby state forest for a run. It was on mile 3 of that 5 mile trail run that I realized that I have become the woman I always wanted to be and that I did it without losing that 20 pounds. It was kind of an epiphany.

I love your blog and your positive attitude! Congrats on the 2 year anniversary of OSG!

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310 Kristin October 31, 2010

Hey, just curious about what your thyroid condition is. I have Hashimoto’s and worked with a Naturopath to revamp my diet, and if you haven’t tried that yet it might help you. There is research that links gluten intolerances to thyroid problems so if you haven’t tried giving up gluten it might be worth a try.

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311 Michelle October 31, 2010

I stumbled across your blog about a year ago now and I look forward to reading every new post. I have lost 100 pounds in my own journey to better health and I NEVER thought to forgive myself, and just LOVE everything I am until I read a few of your posts. It has been an even more amazing struggle since I first tried letting all the hurt go, but it has been more than worth it. Happy 2nd Birthday OSG. Thank you for spreading the love. <3

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312 Amy October 31, 2010

Oh Ange! Happy bloggie-birthday! I found you when this baby was just 6 months old and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading every single day…sometimes two or three times a day! ;) I’m 30 this year and have finally, finally figured out how to give up caring what others think about me. Letting that go has been the most liberating feeling I’ve experienced in my life to date. I used to think about being in the right crowd, wearing the right clothes, having perfect hair and teeth, being the right size, having the right amout of money, etc. After years of torturing myself and feeling like I had to measure up, I now live in freedom and without that disrespect to myself. Much of my peace came from building my relationship with God and growing every day in Him. Some days I fall down, but that doesn’t prevent me from carrying on…and continuing to stomp out those old feelings that try to creep into my life. My next goal is to squelch my habbit of worrying about things I cannot control…like if every little pain in my body is something seriously wrong or if my husband will lose his job again. This is my next thing to overcome.

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313 Alexa October 31, 2010

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. I have decided to find strength from within myself – not from outside validation. I can be my own worst enemy if I choose to be – or I can be my biggest proponent – m best friend, head cheerleader, and go-to-girl. After struggling with eating disorders, PTSD, sexual assault – I’ve decided that only I am in control of my attitude and life approach. Yes, things in life will happen that are inexplicable and uncontrollable, but how we all chose to respond to those experiences is most important. I can’t predict the future, but I CAN chose to have a positive outlook and relish every second that I have to live. LIFE IS FOR LIVING!

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314 Sara October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary!! I’m a huge fan of your blog! I have recently started running and I think I’m becoming addicted. I’ve tried running before but was never successful. This time around, I signed up for a 12-week group training and it’s been wonderful! I’m hoping my passion for running continues and allows me to go further!

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315 andrea October 31, 2010

Hey,

I love your blog I read it everyday. I use many of your recipes and now about 80% of my eating is vegan. You inspired me to regain my health. I quit my pack a day smoking habit, I run , I do hot yoga and have really started to enjoy life. Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration!

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316 Natalie October 31, 2010

my passions are my kids, running and healthy eating! I’ve taken a long journey over 10 years from bad w/ food to good with food to ok with food. It has been challenging going through pregnancy and coming out with a positive outlook. I am working on it!

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317 Stacey K. October 31, 2010

You are so inspirational Angela! Your blog is amazing, and it has given me so many recipe ideas!

My journey right now is to earn my certification to become a school guidance counselor!

Stacey!

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318 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 31, 2010

Happy 2 Year Blogiversary!

Love your story and how far you’ve come, Angela!

Let’s see…I am passionate about living each day to the fullest, not taking no for an answer, living outside one’s comfort zone because you never know what great thing you will discover :)

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319 Lili October 31, 2010

Congratulations! I love this blog so much, and it has been so inspiring to me. As a senior in high school, I’m still figuring out what my passions are, but I am hoping to study abroad in Spain for a year before college.

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320 M @ meandchew October 31, 2010

Happy Bloggiversary! I love that my body always knows best :)

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321 Anastasia October 31, 2010

I have grown to love my strong, curvy hips :)

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322 christina cadden October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to OSG! That is exciting! Something I love about myself would be that I am a nurse and I get to take care of people. I feel like it is an awarding job!

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323 Maddie October 31, 2010

Happy 2 years! I started reading your blog last summer and love it. You are so inspiring :) My passions are running, biking, animals, horseback riding, cooking, and eating good food.

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324 Danielle October 31, 2010

Angela, the choice to give up your plans and career pursuits in order to follow your dreams inspires me. I graduated from college a couple years ago, and attempted a Ph.D. program and 2 master’s programs, only to return home to the exact place I started. I realize that I’ve been so busy doing the “right” thing by continuing along the track I had planned on for so long, I have somehow lost who I am in the process. I’ve been listening to everyone else–parents, professors, friends. All the little voices giving their input and suggestions, and yet I haven’t stopped to consider what I really, really want. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is. I find that the things I’m passionate about won’t really be able to generate immediate income (artwork, publishing books, etc.). It’s so hard to be a creative soul stuck in a culture that prides itself on conventionalism and hard work. Where do the artists go, and what do they do? Anyway, amidst my “existential crisis,” I am learning for perhaps the first time what I truly want, and this post encourages me to not give up on that search. Thank you for loving yourself and being yourself, because it is by doing that that you have been able to affect so many people.

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325 Kristin October 31, 2010

I love your blog, it is one of my favorites. I relish seeing the new recipes that are posted and your vegan experiences. Congrats on 2 years and being you. Now time for some sharing, me 2 years ago, I was going through a divorce which meant selling my house, moving in with my parents, having financial turmoil from all of it, dealing with losing family and friends I had for years and would probably never see again and a lot of uncertainties. Through all of it I never questioned myself. I knew that I was an amazing person and that I would get through all of the situations. Today I am in my own place, have a great job opportunity that has presented itself, financially secure, pursuing a Master’s degree, and the happiest I’ve ever been. I call myself now “the rock” for my friends. It seems a lot of people lose sight of who they are and that can lead to devastation. I’m glad for everything I’ve been through, and just like you and your experiences with eating issues, it makes us who we are.

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326 Alex October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!! I have been reading your blog for about a year now. With each passing day, I look up to you for inspiration and encouragement. You seem to be an amazing women that I can too someday wish to be. I currently struggle daily to love myself, but I am slowly finding that I can.

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327 Chelsea at Striking Balance October 31, 2010

I sometimes also struggle with self-love, and some disordered eating habits. Nothing too serious, but I will often try to “save calories” or think I need to be “perfect” in order to feel as though I’m worth something. I’ve gotten so much better in the last year through reading blogs likes yours. Thank you for being inspiration to us all that you should love your body and treat it well.

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328 Arden October 31, 2010

Thank you for the giveaway, Angela! I have grown to love my body as it has become stronger through yoga. Your blog has also been a great source of inspiration for this growing self-love. Thanks again!!

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329 Katy October 31, 2010

Happy birthday AND happy pay it forward day!

When my husband was considering leaving a job he hated, I had him read your posts. He decided to take your advice and follow his dreams…and that was one year ago!

I love you and everything your blog stands for. So cheers to another fabulous year ahead!

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330 Kayla October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday, dear! I just started reading your blog, and I am sad I didn’t discover it sooner. I’m in love!

I, too, find comfort in writing, and I, too, couldn’t express my real thoughts or let much of my personality shine through as a daily newspaper reporter. I’m still looking for my niche. I’m working part time right now and hoping the gods shine down soon. I’m passionate about writing and communicating with others. I’m passionate about living a healthy, balanced life. I’m passionate about baking and cooking. I hope they can all combine into something meaningful soon. I’m cooking, running and blogging to scratch the itch in the meantime. :)

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331 Erin October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday OSG!! I discovered your blog on New Years Eve/day 2010. It was exactly what I needed at the time as I was really struggling through my final year of college. Throughout this year as I graduated, went off to India for 5 weeks (to volunteer only to find when I got there that it was a scam!) and now have been job hunting with no success… I look forward to reading your blog everyday because there is always something I find in your posts which gives me that boost that I need to either get out the door and go for a run, or go experiment in the kitchen (which makes me sublimely happy) or whatever else it may be.
During this year, I have really made a change in how I view my relationship with food. I’ve always loved eating healthy, but in the past couple years I started getting addicted to various “diet plans”. Which was giving me tunnel vision. When I happened upon your blog it helped me to see that food is not the enemy and that restricting calories and certain foods only does more bad than good. So I am happy to say that this year, despite all the struggles with life, the one major success (other than finally graduating) was having that “ah-ha” moment and deciding to make a lifestyle change with both exercise and food. I now enjoy my runs and workouts and I enjoy making meals and trying new things out.
My main issue now is not being able to find a job!! If you have any magical powers for that by all means send them my way! Lol (only joking)

So thank you so much Angela!! I wish there was a way to repay you!

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332 bobbileigh October 31, 2010

I used to hate my legs because they are naturally very muscular. I always felt like I had man legs or that they just werent feminine. I went through a phase where I refused to do anything physically (other than walking) that might make them bigger. Now I love my legs, muscle and all, they are strong and no more will I worry that they arent feminine, because they are me.

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333 Laura October 31, 2010

I’ve kind of struggled with my passions the last few years, as my boyfriend would love to fish and hunt, I never really had anything I was interested in. Then I have found I love running, I used to play lacrosse which I absoutely LOVED, but there is not much opportunity to play out of high school. But running was a part of that and I enjoy it. Gives me something to research, read about and enjoy taking my puppy for runs and appreciate the progress when it comes.

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334 Heather October 31, 2010

You are my inspiration. I too struggled with disordered eating, in particular bulimia. I wrestled with that demon for over a year and a half, and one day came to realize how I no longer enjoyed life, my body was always achy, and quite frankly I was a bitch because I was hungry and cranky. I came across your blog through www.fitsugar.com. And everything started to change. I was motivated by your own story, and how you looked awesome, but still ATE REAL FOOD AND REAL QUANTITIES. Then through your blog I stumbled across other healthy living blogs and realized that we ALL struggle, it’s just a matter though of finding perspective and others to support you, even if they don’t know you. And learning what we see on TV, movies, magazines isn’t REAL. And quite frankly who wants to live a life where you’re SCARED OF FOOD??? How ridiculous is that really? It makes me laugh now. anyway, more than anything I’ve been meaning to say write a ‘thank you’ to you, and on the anniversary of OSG, it seems like a proper time to do so. So THANK YOU!!! xo

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335 cynthia October 31, 2010

happy OSG anniversary to you!
the past two years have been the most confusing of my life– the two years right after undergrad and have been working in a cafe as a barista for lack of a better idea of where the next step is. i’ve come to realize that everything we do in life is part of the journey and none of it is all bad because we always learn through everything. this is all just another step of the story of our lives. and that’s all i’ve come up with so far!

i just started reading this blog this past august and have thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to reading your new entry every morning. you’ve inspired me to become way more of a healthy-food freak than i was before and also have inspired me to go out and buy wheatgrass, chia seeds, and make my first green monsters. thanks for your creativity and dedication!

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336 Carolyn October 31, 2010

Wow! Two years blogging!

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337 Jenny October 31, 2010

in the last 2-3 years (since starting university) i’ve grown so much, through all ups and downs. i’ve been through living in korea for three months at the age of 19, being old enough to know all the secrets of family drama that i never really wanted to know, to being severely depressed, to having an extremely restrictive eating disorder/exercise regimen, to being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and having a very sensitive digestive system, to not knowing what to eat at all beacuse food caused stomach pains, to having my first ever relationship, to my first breakup, to experimenting with the raw vegan diet to tremendous success, to accomplishing straight-a’s all throughout it all, to being too adamant about “healthy” fasting and cleansing, to going slightly cuckoo from diet-induced euphoria, to having severe anxiety attacks, to having to quit school and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

i really needed to come across the word “self-love” today. thank you.

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338 Sarah October 31, 2010

This is such a sweet post. I’m so happy to see you so successful with Project Food Blog. You deserve it beyond measure! My own journey, although still a roller coaster, has led me to using creativity in the kitchen as a place for serenity, contemplation, meditation, and joy. I’ve also grown to appreciate my body for its strength and capability, not for its potential to be wafer-thin. Thanks for the daily inspiration Angela!

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339 Elizabeth October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your milestone! I think you’re an inspiration to so many people!

As for what I love about myself? I have to say that I love the way that my body is strong enough to create, deliver and nurture my son! It gives me the strength to chase after a curious 2 year old! If I thought I was strong before, I have to tell you, I had no idea until I was a mother!

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340 Jen October 31, 2010

Your outlook on life is just inspiring!

I am working on figuring out my career passion. My job is okay but I know there must be something out there that would be a better fit for my desires and strengths.

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341 Pam October 31, 2010

I am 50 lb. closer to my weight loss goal of 90 lb! Working on learning to like myself still, ha!

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342 Gina October 31, 2010

Happy birthday, OSG!! Loveee your blog so much. Your story is so awesome to hear and relate to.

I’ve grown to love my shortness and small boobs. I won’t ever look like a VS model, but I’ll look like me and I’m okay with that! Overall, I’ve grown to love myself. I’ve transformed so much from my younger self. In high school, I remember eating too much processed foods and skimping on food as lunch because society says you have to be “skinny.” I remember having stomach aches because I didn’t eat breakfast, and my lunch was a bunch of junk. Even though I was tiny, I never realized until now that I wasn’t HEALTHY. Since then, I’ve learned how to fuel my body, and I couldn’t be more happier!

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343 Ellie October 31, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS ANGELA!!! KNOW THAT NO MATTER WHAT–THERE’S SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY!
Out of my numerous passions, some of the ones that stand out are, baking to make others smile, being active everyday and encouraging others to be active (like walking up the stairs even! :P), and volunteering for people/children who are in need of love, truth, and support.

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344 Juliana October 31, 2010

Happy birthday! Congratulations on your great blog, I read it every day and it has inspered me many many times…Thank you for all the time you put into it, you are really making a difference! :-)

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345 Jade October 31, 2010

You are such an inspiration! I am glad you have found so much hope and decided to write. Happy 2nd Birthday OSG :]
As a teenager who has suffered with much disordered eating and body image thoughts, your blog has supplied an immense amount of hope, wisdom, and advice. The journey is not easy, but I see that it gets easier. Food=fuel. I have fallen in love with fresh foods and running. Also, eating fresh, good for me foods supplies my body with many nutrients. These, inturn, make me strong and beautiful. I have always loved to sing and it has been my self expression outlet, while yours is your writing. I look forward to seeing new posts everyday and seeing what you have to say and try out new recipes. Thank you for writing and being an encouragment to everyone!

Looking forward to many more posts to come.
Keep glowing :]

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346 Laura October 31, 2010

I just came across your blog and your story seems all too familiar. Some days are harder than others still, but the best thing I did for myself was to pass on a medical school wait-list and move from Michigan to Florida for my MPH earlier this year. I’ve never been happier than I am right now and have learned so many things along the way. The best lesson I’ve learned: do what makes you happy, not what others want you to do, not what you think you should do (which for me was ‘what would make everyone happy’)…just do what it is that makes you happy. In the end, your happiness is all that matters and all that can get you through the day/week/month.
Congrats on the 2 year blog birthday, I’m planning on following it now! And congrats on FoodBuzz Reader’s Choice — that’s how I found this :)

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347 [email protected] knackfornutrition October 31, 2010

Congrats on your huge success over the past 2 years. It is really incredible and I am glad to hear how positive blogging has been in your life.

Recently I have decided to pursue a career in something other than my major. Considering I will not graduate until December and even then the odds are stacked against me, it is a pretty big jump. But I know that it is what is right for me, so I am going after it.

I would love to be entered for the giveaway.

Good luck with the video for challenge #7! I can’t wait to see it!

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348 Sondi October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your second anniversary! I’m new to your blog and really, really love it. I find your posts inspiring and your story really resonates with me.

I absolutely adore food, and have recently decided to turn my love of food from a passion into a career. In January, I am starting a part time program to study holistic nutrition and I am so, so excited!

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349 Corey @ The Runner's Cookie October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Bday, OSG!! I have a ways to go on my journey of figuring out my career, but I am so happy to be where I am with my journey in terms of figuring out the person I want to be and accepting who I am. Blogging has definitely helped with that! Thank you for your wonderful culinary inspiration and for sharing your journey to self-love…I know it’s helped more than just me.

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350 Rebekah October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! Recently found you within the last few weeks and am so grateful! I appreciate you sharing your ups and downs and have found a lot of encouragement browsing your page. Already tried a few of the recipes and can’t wait to try more! love!!

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351 Paige October 31, 2010

congratulations on the anniversary! your blog is so great, and it’s helped me in so many ways. as far as what i’m passionate about, i’ve realized how much i love children and appreciate all the things they can teach me, so i’m inspired to help those who haven’t always had it easy be the best that they can be and have every possible chance in life. someone’s background shouldn’t have to dictate their future, and everyone deserves the right to a free, balanced education. i hope one day i can help a bright, passionate, inquisitive, polite, but otherwise disadvantaged girl pay for her college education!

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352 katie October 31, 2010

happy blogiversary! i guess in some ways i’m still trying to figure out what my passion is, and it’s driving me crazy. i do love the fact that i can call myself a “runner” after hating running for so many years, but currently training for a marathon has admittedly taken some of the fun out of it for me, and i’m hoping to find that again over the winter.

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353 Terri October 31, 2010

I have been reading your blog for amount 2 months. Thanks for the great recipes. I loved seeing your Paris pictures. Happy 2 years!

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354 Erica October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG!
I love, love this blog. Thanks, Angela, so much for writing!

Those are some awesome prizes!
One thing I love about myself is my ability to focus on my long-term goals!

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355 Kt October 31, 2010

OSG is my fav!! I love reading a Canadian blog that reminds me of home (I grew up in Toronto, now live in Vancouver). You rock!

I am passionate about doing well in school and maintaining a healthy balance between my family/friends/boyfriend/school/exercise/me time!!

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356 Claire October 31, 2010

Happy birthday!

For most of my life, I have felt accepted and comfortable in my own body. But then I entered college where I realized that people didn’t know who I was and it seemed like no one cared either. In hopes of finding acceptance, I began losing weight by staying on a strict diet. After losing 10 pounds, I still wasn’t happy and I couldn’t figure out why people didn’t find interest in me. Then began my struggle with myself. I began binging to try to fill that emptiness, but that of course only made matters worst.

I am still constantly fighting these negative thoughts and trying to break this self-centered mindset. Talking is a good way for me to suppress my negative thoughts, but I find interacting with others who have overcome an eating disorder is the most encouraging thing when I feel like I will never overcome this drive for acceptance.

Thank you for sharing your experiences and for being an inspiration to me and others who are/have struggled with self-acceptance. I’m hoping that by your 3rd birthday, I will be able to love myself from the inside out.

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357 Charlie October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd anniversary :D.

Last year I was living in my cegep’s dorms and when I got my apartment in june I rediscovered my love of cooking/baking. When I’m in the kitchen, I get a moment away from my problems, it is like meditation with a yummy treat afterwards!

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358 Denise October 31, 2010

I have learned to LOVE running!

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359 Rachel (tea and chocolate) October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary! I’ve followed your blog for over a year and love ever bit of it!

All throughout college, I’ve had a hard time trying to decide what career I want to go into. But now as an almost senior, I’ve finally realized that it’s okay–I don’t need to know exactly what I want to do at this point in my life. I’m only 20 years old! To my surprise I feel relieved and happy. I’d love to have found my passion by now, but it’s a journey and I’m excited to try out each new opportunity until I find one that fits me.

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360 amy October 31, 2010

hey angela! love your blog and your message!! congratulations and happy birthday! :) if you get a chance, please check out my comedy blog :) www.pattiebrewster.co.uk. thanks and happy halloween!!

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361 Rika October 31, 2010

cheers to a fantastic website ran by an amazin’ woman! You’re my inspiration that anyone can be successful!

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362 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday to Oh She Glows!

Through reading healthy living blogs like yours, I have learned to love cooking, baking, eating healthy and fitness. I just started my own blog two months ago today and I think it will help me on my journey to eventually pursue a career with nutrition or fitness, as I am not that happy in my current profession, like you weren’t in your research job.

Thanks for being an inspiration and for this lovely contest!

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363 Ava October 31, 2010

happy anniversary! i’m passionate about lots of things – music, literature, running, my fam + friends. keep up the great work, and i look forward to reading more!

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364 zoe (and the beatles) October 31, 2010

oh my gosh thank YOU for letting us into your lives! seriously, angela, i’m not sure where i would be without your blog (as dramatic as that sounds). i found it during a really difficult time in my life when self-love felt so far off and so unobtainable. your sunshine-y attitude and bits of encouragement (and delicious recipes!) helped me keep my head up when i thought i couldn’t. it was nice to see someone on the other side of the tunnel.

that being said, i’ve learned a lot this year. i’ve learned i can love myself despite what i originally though. i learned i am worthy of all good things. the best part? i actually believe it.

thanks again, angela, and happy two year!

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365 Lena October 31, 2010

I am still struggling to love myself fully, but I feel that with each day that I am kind to myself and quiet my inner mean girl, I learn that change is possible and my goal IS attainable!

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366 Melanie October 31, 2010

I can’t believe how many have entered already! I’d love to enter this contest.

Reading OSG totally made me see that I’m not alone in my long history of eating disorders. I’m finally getting back to a normal way of eating after 5 years. I’m also taking more and more steps towards finding and loving myself. I just got out of a 4 year relationship that just didn’t seem good for me anymore. Thank you for all the inspiration and support your blog offers!
-Mel

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367 Allison @ Food For Healing October 31, 2010

wow congrats on this 2 year mark! thats fantastic, you have come a long long way.

It is inspiring to see and share in your journey thus far, as i begin my own journey of self-love, and self-appreciation and respect. You give hope to many woman out there that they can still eat, and enjoy food and life together and not be ashamed.

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368 Lauren October 31, 2010

I recently started my own journey to healthy eating and self love, and found your blog on my way. It has been a resource for recipes and inspiration to become at one with myself and be the healthiest I can be.

Thank you!

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369 Julia L. October 31, 2010

Congratulations! A new step in my journey has been encouraging myself to be much braver in the kitchen! I signed up for a CSA and am pushing myself to try out recipes and creative outlets for new vegetables. It’s fun, healthy, and something I never could have imagined myself doing without the help from blogs like yours!

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370 Kayla October 31, 2010

Angela, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the blog!! I have been so inspired by your attitude towards food and cooking. I read your blog everyday and love to hear about your latest recipes. Some days I read and feel like you put what I am feeling on the page!! I can always relate to you!

I’m so grateful that you are sharing your life with us through your blog and I’m so grateful for your recipes that help me introduce fun, healthy food to my family! The one recipe that I will forever be grateful to you for is the Green Monster! I was skeptical at first, but tried one and now I have them 3-4 times a week! They’re so healthy and always make me feel better!

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371 cestyeuxbruns October 31, 2010

Congratulations on the two year anniversary!

I have enjoyed reading your blog, amongst other heathy lifestyle blogs, over the past two years myself. I have gone on a journey to become a better me over the past two years, and I have learned to appreciate my spirit, embrace the body I have (it gets me through anything!), and to say what I mean, with confidence.

Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway!

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372 Shalyn October 31, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Wow – you have such a following – the change YOU make in others lives should be such an affirmation to OSG…thank you so much (have you seen the amount of comments before this one!)

My passion has been to Choose TODAY! Choose to love myself TODAY – Choose to feed myself great TODAY – Love those around me TODAY – Choose my best life TODAY – not wait for anything for tomorrow and all regardless of my circumstances…make today the best it can be.
OSG has become such a part of this passion. I want to surround my thoughts and readings with those who are like-minded…and you are one of them (so are so many of your readers!)

Have a wonderful day!!

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373 Karen Bowers October 31, 2010

like you, i’ve been in a process over the last few years of learning to take care of myself for real including nourishing my body again for real. one of the most amazing fruits of that is my plan in 2011 to start a triathlon team for the women at our elementary school — i’m doign that not because i have experience with tri’s or with running a team, but because i know that in community i’ll reach my own goal to complete my first tri.

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374 jeanna October 31, 2010

I am passionate about people. I love meeting new people and learning what makes them individuals. I love encouraging others and find that I am fulfilled by giving of myself.

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375 Katerina October 31, 2010

I love your blog, congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! I recently took the time for myself, took a leave of absence from work to follow my passion for cooking and am in culinary school!

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376 Shawna October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary!

I discovered your blog about a year ago, and have continued following it because we share a lot of the same passions: food, fitness, running, and self -improvement.

I’d also like to rekindle my passion for writing and start a blog myself someday.

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377 [email protected] October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG and congrats on all that you have accomplished here Angela!

My passions are my family, doing good, and learning about this amazing world that we live in :)

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378 Ashley October 31, 2010

Congratulations on 2 fabulous years! Your blog always makes me calm and happy!

My current journey is teaching. I am fulfilling my passion to teach young children each day and completely enjoy watching them learn as I continue to learn myself!

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379 Denise October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

My passions include food and fitness, which is why I love reading your blog. =)

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380 Rocaille October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,
I’m very grateful for the time you take every day to share your thoughts and experiences with us. It’s one of the very few places here on the world wide web which is so full of positivity! Happy Birthday and to many years to come!

I too have found that writing a blog about your passions and sometimes everyday struggles is very therapeutic, as is meeting many new friends online and sharing your hobby with them. Blogging rocks!

Thanks for having the giveaway! xxx

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381 Wanda October 31, 2010

Congratulations!!! I love your blog. When I want to bake I find a recipe on your blog . They all have turned out great.

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382 Melanie October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday! I only recently started reading the blog after choosing to get into better shape for myself. After the end of a serious relationship in 2005, finishing a bachelor’s degree in psych and a diploma in child and youth work, and internships, I wasn’t taking great care of myself. I chose to make a change in order to be in better shape for myself and for my future (I want to be a mom someday). Since beginning to make changes over the summer, I am dating someone new (a friend who became something more, who himself does weightlifting and is savy about proper nutrition and exercise) and it is going great! While people beginning to notice the weight I have lost, the kicker is just feeling in better shape!

Thanks for blogging! I have loved reading about your journey, especially your post about accepting things you cannot change.

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383 Amanda October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday!!

In the past year or so, I’ve tried to pursue my passion for cooking (when I have time). Hopefully I can do a lot more when I finish my Master’s!

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384 Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday :)

A fabulous passion that is new to me – writing!

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385 Christine October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary OSG!!! One of my passions is reading your blog everday! It really is an inspiration!

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386 Christa October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary! I have to say that OSG has been and i think always will be one of my absolute favorite blogs. You have been an inspiration to me now only through your AH-mazing recipes, but through your commitment to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Never would I have thought that I could call myself a runner a year and a half ago, but I ran 5 miles with no walk breaks for the very first time today! My husband is a competitive runner, has been for many years, and I have always said that I am his cheerleader I will never run. Well, he was certainly my cheerleader today, he was so proud!

Because of him, and because of you and a select few other bloggers, my life has been completely turned around and is moving forward in such a healthy way.

My passion is to live life to it’s fullest… I’m getting there, but it will always be a work in progress. It’s still fun in the process!

Thank you for all you do… don’t EVER stop! :-)

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387 Jess October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary!! I’ve learned that it’s important to be true to yourself – because YOU are the only one you have to live with forever.

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388 Julia October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog so much and it is so encouraging to me. I’m still trying to learn self love as I also recover from disordered eating and you make me see that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

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389 Jennie (in Wonderland) October 31, 2010

What a beautiful post, Angela!

About six months ago, I made the transition into becoming a vegetarian. Slowly, I’ve also chosen not to eat eggs, cow’s milk, cheese and other animal products. It’s one of the best decisions and journeys I’ve ever made. I feel kinder, healthier, lighter in spirit.

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390 Nancy October 31, 2010

I’ve learned to be confident going around by myself – since I don’t know many people in this city, I’m often browsing malls, and even coffee shops by myself. I’m more relaxed, and patient and even more happy. Just by reading these Healthy Living Blogs has honestly changed my life within the 1+ year that I’ve been reading them.

Happy Birthday Oh She Glows!!

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391 Marta October 31, 2010

happy birthday OSG! your passion is my inspiration! I have been learning to love myself despite my flaws. It’s a struggle but I’ve been practising seeing the benefits of these “flaws”, like my stubbornness that helps me keep grudges for way too long, but also helps me stick to my convictions in a way that makes me proud.

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392 Heather October 31, 2010

happy birthday OSG!!
Honestly, if I hadn’t found your blog early this year, I think I would still be struggling with my disordered eating, but seeing you come out of it has helped me more than you know. So, thank you!!!! I still have my days when I question whether or not to eat breakfast, or thinking about skipping lunch if I feel like I ate too much the day before, but they are so much fewer and far between!

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393 Michelle October 31, 2010

Congrats on the second anniversary of your blog. I am fairly new to the blog world but follow a few every day, yours is one of the best! Great photography… Keep up the great work and may you have many more years doing what you love. You rock the blog world!!!

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394 Allison October 31, 2010

Finally learning to love the fully functioning body that I was blessed with.

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395 Denise C October 31, 2010

just been following a few months. Enjoy all the information and support. It is difficult to be a vegan in small town USA! Thanks and keep blogging!

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396 monicanelsonfitness October 31, 2010

Angela you are truly amazing in all aspects! We love you.

Happy B-day to OSG!

I am happy to report that I am living my life by follwoing my dreams and staying balanced and
staying well-rounded as I learn more and more each day.
I am so lucky to have my passions and that I get to help others and share my knowledge and change lives everyday. I am blessed to love what I do. :)
I have learned though to “challenge yourself and not compete with yourself” in the past few months and it has really been great for me.
Happy Halloween!

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397 Melody October 31, 2010

I just started reading your blog a month or so ago. Something I learned from reading your blog was that I have the power to choose. I have the power to choose if I am going to let a bad day get me down or will I find the positives and choose to make the day better. Basically it’s a “when life gives you lemons, make grape juice and let them wonder how you did it” sort of thing.

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398 Lauren October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary love!!!

OSG has given us all an incredible 2 years!

One thing I find complete passion in is cooking. Not only the food itself, but the art behind creating meals. This goes well beyond the pleasure of just eating to taste but cooking to feel like I am performing one of my gifts.

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399 Livvie October 31, 2010

Hi Angella :)
I have to say I really enjoy your website, and because of you, you really helped me embrace being a vegetarian/vegan [i’m nearly there :)] I have to say that’s become a passion of mine, re-discovering vegetarianism, not just because of weight loss/health goals, but because A: it’s fun and B: it’s exciting to see how you can “vegea-tize!” a meal. It doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be totally, utterly fun.

Another passion is learning. I went back to school, because I wasn’t happy being with being a sociolgist, and I am REALLY enjoying my library program. :) Hopefully I win something, it’s tough being a student away from home and having some Angela baked goodies would rock but good luck to everyone, and congrats again on 2 years :)

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400 Allie Finch October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!
You are beautiful & inspiring, Angela — your messages have become a wonderful part of how I start my day — & you portray amazing voice & personality in your writing & posts. :)

My most significant growth has been simply learning to Love Myself. I am unique & no longer need to torture myself with comparisons. I am beautiful. I deserve happiness.
I have recently taken my own plunge in writing, pursuing other passions as well as how I am living life Every Day. We only have Now — this moment — so live it, right?

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401 Alexa October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary!!

I have grown to love what my body can do, not necessarily how it looks. I’ve always judged my body before on how it looks, “oh, my arms look stronger,” or “my abs look flatter.” And, as great as that is, I’ve now started to really love what my body can accomplish. I can run a marathon with these legs and feet (holy crap!), I can make a delicious, healthy dinner with these hands, and I can comfort a friend with my arms and a big hug.

Your blog is so great, from the recipes, to the little messages, I love reading it everyday, keep it up!

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402 Olivia M October 31, 2010

Hey Angela!! Happy Blogoversary!
I absolutely love OSG… my family & friends are currently hooked on green monsters! lol so we all wanna say THANK YOU!
and I never comment on blogs.. so I know this is well over due, but THANK YOU FOR TAKING US TO PARIS WITH U!!!!

My passion is cooking nutritious, yet YUMMYYY food!
I’m a 3rd year med student and I learn everyday how ppl can get sick, terminally ill, or even die because of the terrible food they eat.
I asked myself one day… is it even worth it?! NO!!!! it isnt!!!! NUTRITIOUS FOOD IS ACTUALLY BETTER TASTING!!! so that’s currently my passion and life!
Also, I’ve been a vegetarian (mainly vegan except for the occasional milk products) and loving it!

KEEP ON COOKIN ANGELA!
-Olivia

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403 Eryn Hutchison October 31, 2010

Over the years i’ve learned to accept myself fully, flaws and all! I’ve also learned the power of perseverance with my fitness goals. I just ran my first half marathon!

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404 Erin October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary!!! That’s awesome!!

Food and fitness are definitely two of my passions, as well as two things (in my past) which have given me the most issues. I struggled with very similar self image issues/counting calories/perhaps exercising too much :(. I’ve grown to learn to love who I am and what my body can do for me, and to actually LISTEN to my body and give it what it wants. Real. Healthy. Food. I have learned so much over the past few years and I finally decided to take the next step and actually blog my life on it :)

Thank you for your two years of blogging and sharing :)

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405 Jen October 31, 2010

I have come a long way, but I am not quite at a place yet where I can say that I have complete self-love and acceptance. I still struggle with hypercritical body image issues. I am constantly striving for mental self-improvement, and big part of that includes becoming a more confident, self-assured person. Reading healthy living blogs like yours and HTP have made such a huge impact on my self-image! My dream is to start a family in the near future, but I know that I have to first love myself and my body before I can bring a child into this world. Hopefully that time will come very soon. :)

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406 Amber K October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!

I am at the point in my journey right now where I am still a little bitter about having to cut out gluten. The diagnosis of celiac is still fresh and I feel very lost not being able to rely on all of the staples I was so used to!

But I am figuring out a little more day by day.

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407 Brianna Jauregui October 31, 2010

My passion is to help others that struggle with the eating disorder I once had. I want to help them realize that things get better and not to focus so much on the outside but rather the inside where true beauty lies.

Throughout the years I have learned to appreciate my body and that no matter how hard I try I will not be that girl in the magazine because they are unrealistic. I will always just be me and I love that. I have people that love me and care for me just the way I am and I realized I don’t have to change because I am already who I want to be.

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408 Rachel October 31, 2010

Congrats!!!
I am just starting my journey to self love and acceptance. I have always struggled, thinking I could be better if I pushed just a little bit harder. Your blog has touched on many of my personal issues and I no longer feel alone. I have started replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, and I must say it is HARD! Although the benefits are much more than I expected. Not only am I now happier with the small things in life, people are drawn to me and I have become a role model to some, the way you were a role model to me! Its like a great chain of Pay it Forward! Thank you so much!

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409 Hannah October 31, 2010

Hi Angela!
Congrats on a successful two years in the blog world! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and I have to say, you have been motivation for me to change some things in my life. In one of your posts, you wrote about remembering what made you happy as a kid, and how you turned that into your career. Since then, I’ve been adding things back into my life slowly that I used to love doing as a kid. They are not necessarily career paths, but they add excitement into my days. Now I often find myself waking up with my mind on the days activities, instead of what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to exercise. It’s scary to be out of my comfort zone, but I know I need to break through my routine in order to get better. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us…you really are making a difference!
-Hannah

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410 Marie-Journey to Body Zen October 31, 2010

My passions are yoga, the husband, trying to start running, avocados, green monsters, snow, and chocolate to name a few!

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411 Candace Warn October 31, 2010

HI OSG!! happy 2nd year : ] Just like you I have grown to love my body recently. I never really struggled with an eating disorder but I did have low self-esteem. I never worked out, and I ate bad things. I have grown to love nutrition and being healthy. I work out all the time and I am a 2 year vegetarian. I do all these things because someone close to me believes in me and loves me the way I am. My boyfriend has given me the confidence to love myself. Even if we did not work out, he taught me something I will never let go. TO LOVE MYSELF : ) I hope I can become an inspiration to others like you. You help and inspire many. You have a lucky job.

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412 Kelly October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!! My passion lies with helping fight the obesity crisis in American CHILDREN. I do lectures at schools, youth groups, mom groups, at gyms, community centers, etc…all based on beating childhood obesity. I emphasize good healthy recipes that are KID approved! I do kids cooking classes to help them get involved. I also stress the importance of family dinners, exercise and movement! To think that children of this generation have a shorted expected life expectancy than their parents’ generation is depressing.

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413 Julie October 31, 2010

Congrats and happy blog-iversary! It’s been really fabulous and I can’t tell you many of your recipes I have fallen in love with.

Self-love and acceptance is something that I still struggle with on a daily basis and it brings me comfort to see the positive changes you’ve made! My passion for running has always been there for me to keep me grounded and seeing the happier side of things and even though I can’t run much right now since I’m pregnant, knowing that one day soon I’ll be back on the roads has been helpful to me.

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414 Tiffany S October 31, 2010

Happy blog Birthday!

My passions lie with animal rescue and sheltering, animal law, etc. I’ve always been interested in these things, but I haven’t truly pursued them until this year, and I couldn’t be happier!

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415 Christine October 31, 2010

I have a passion for balance.

And after going through so many eating disorders, it’s been difficult to find that balance. It was hard breaking out of so much negativity, and finally learning to trust my body, and trust myself around food. The negativity was stripping away at my life, and I was left feeling very empty. I couldn’t stand myself. Some days I wished I could just be someone else…even if it was just for a day. To give my mind a break. I’d put myself through hell to somehow feel “different”. Nothing ever changed though, and I nothing I strove for brought me happiness. Everything I believed would make my heart content just left me feeling more shallow, and more frustrated because of my lack of progress.

I’ve come a long way, and I’m finally understanding what it means to love my body exactly for what it is. I’m learning to love my natural body shape, and appreciating me for my HEALTH. I needed to spend some more time working on my character, and me as a person, rather than objectifying myself and looking so much on the outside… after so long, I’m finally beginning to feel that balance that I’ve been searching for over the past 6 years. I’m finally starting to feel like I have a place in this world, and that I mean something more than just the shallow perception I’ve had of myself for so long…and I’m beginning to see that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and also if you believe in yourself. Becoming stronger, and re-gaining my “glow”, as you like to call it, is the most empowering and wonderful feeling I’ve had in years.

I’m finally beginning to feel alive again. :)

P.S. Angela, you are a huge inspiration to me. Keep inspiring people, and being a motivation – the world needs more beautiful people like you!

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416 Janik Leger October 31, 2010

I’ve been reading your blog for only a couple of months, but now it’s part of my daily things to do…I love everything about it – from your recipes to your pictures, and especially your quotes and the way you write about yourself. You’re quite an inspiration…I’ve been a vegetarian since 2001 and I don’t have any close friends or family members that are…so I feel like I have you in my life now for advices, etc…Thank you!

I was surprised to see a picture of you in Riverview, NB…I live in Dieppe…cool! :)

Anyway, I want to try out your bars so I thought I’d try my best to win a $100 gift certificate as I’m on a budget (saving for my trip in Europe & Egypt!), hehe!

So here’s my story about how “I found myself” and started appreciating life in a much deeper way…

It all happened in 2003, for 4 months I lived in Tinkélé, a small village of the West African nation of Mali. I was participating in the Canada World Youth program (Québec – Mali), and lived with a host family. I taught at school, helped at the hospital, worked in the fields, learned their language – Bambara, and I experienced something new everyday.

The country and the people there had a profound effect on me.

Here are parts of what I wrote in my diary (I love writing!):

Whatever’s happening inside my body, I know my emotions are going downhill. Honestly, I’m feeling in a big state of stress…My feelings are like on a roller coaster in a popcorn machine. I’m feeling completely moved by the world and the people around me. Seeing only what they don’t have, I am horrified. How can they live with the absence of almost any supply? Basic things like toys, they have absolutely nothing to enjoy. I’m overly touched, and the thought of it produces a waterfall in my eyes. It hurts, and it’s something I can’t deny…I’m all mixed up. I am walking in a daze of blur. I feel like my mind is twenty billion miles away from my soul. It’s hard admitting that some of villagers have no access to simple basic things like pillows. I’m questioning stuff like: How can they sleep on the ground without even a sheet?

Tô and rice are what they eat on a daily basis. Refrigerated and processed foods are almost non-existent. There are no snacks and no deserts. How can they survive with almost nothing to eat? It’s shocking to see that people can live in such condition. For them, malnutrition and poverty is nothing but a tradition…

It’s extremely difficult to come up with words to describe everything. I’m questioning stuff
like how can small babies hang on to their mommies back by the smallest string? How can those people carry the whole universe on their head? Why not carry it with their hands instead?

I am observing a live play. It feels like I’m inside a theater. Those Malians are like a big piece of art. The truth is: I’m not comfortably seated in an amphitheatre. I need to realize that this is not something I am watching on my television’s screen. Nor am I reading in the National geographic magazine, it’s actually right in front of me. It’s a real scene. And this new scene is going to be my new home for the next four months, and this is reality…

How can I stay in harmony with the stream of any kinds of events that I have no control over? It’s not as if I can just ignore everything and pass over. How will I ever except the whole culture? How will I ever accept all the changes that are occurring as fast as a waterfall? It’s worst then becoming a small child again. I need to learn how to speak, eat, and all! But no matter what, I will refuse to give up on myself, anyone or anything…

By accepting certain facts, everything is becoming a lot clearer. After all, others are like mirrors. More and more, I’m starting to know my mind and its philosophy, my body and its limits…Trying my best to have a mind that is open and attached to nothing, and being non-judgmental of new situations. With self-determination, I am learning life skills by adapting to this new destination. And more and more, I’m appreciating reality, knowing it’s working on me…

Here in Tinkélé, they have almost nothing materially, but they have great spirits. In Tinkélé, I experienced many unimaginable things that could only have been imagined, or be seen in fairy-tale books. It was quite a breathtaking experience, but most of all: a heartwarming one. Tinkélé is such a beautiful fairyland…

I kept my mind interested and energetic by practicing their language – Bambara, and learning different kinds of socialization skills. And by doing so, I made many friends. They made me realize that spending time with those you love and cherishing their presence is more important than anything else in the world. Living with the villagers naturally made me build compassion.

With their small hut without electricity, no water, and other facilities we take for granted – In spite of their living conditions, they are such happy people. I guess that’s what they get from the seed of happiness they planted.

At night, I could hear crickets singing something like “You belong in Tinkélé” in the background. It was such a profound deep sound. Their echoes poured directly through my soul and it filled me with great calm. I miss the peace I experienced on this journey. Sometimes, I close my eyes and I pretend to be there again. I keep replaying and replaying those memories in my head again, and again.

While living in Tinkélé, I went through many ups and downs. Some situations made me cry, some made me laugh, it was either a white or a black moment, but it was a big eye and mind opener. I started to feel right at home despite the different culture, and atmosphere.

Learning from bad experiences is a lot better then being a victim of it, so why would I choose to be sad? By thinking peaceful thoughts, I gained peaceful emotions. And now that’s what I’ll keep bringing into every life situation.

Tinkélé helped me to go deep enough to find magical potions to fulfill my soul. There is just something about Tinkélé that separates you from the rest of the world to reflect and learn.

In my opinion, Tinkélé needs to savored, and not to be saved. It only needs to be explored.
In my heart, I know that those memories will be engraved. One of the biggest lessons I learned is that we all need that kind of village in our society in the West. And that’s the most beautiful thing I can suggest.

On a daily basis, I walked to the mosques. And there, I sat peacefully on this Earth. It kept my body and soul centered. It was my own personal and most powerful way out of negativity. It was time of private search and personal growth. It was a time to assess where I’ve been and where I’m going. It turned my mind upside down in a positive direction. I suddenly felt a new direction opening in my life, a point of interest that was increasing spiritually…

Meditation inspired me; it made me feel more alive and free. Meditation gave me strength and courage to face the challenges going on in Mali. With meditation, I started seeing the world as a mysterious and wonderful place that provides everything I need to understand my own life – my path…

One of the greatest rewards of my meditation in Mali was the sense of belonging that came to me, the feeling that if I could belong even in Africa, I could belong everywhere on this planet…And it made me realized how sometimes I can easily find the greatest solutions to my life’s deepest mysteries in that special place called: my Soul.

LIVING in another country, not just visiting, can completely change a person, but only if you let it be! It can give you an intimate understanding of what’s really going on in the real world today. For sure, you’ll go through many ups and downs, but travel of this sort can be the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. It can be the highlight of your life. Traveling is an eye opening experience. It’s also a great way to learn about new ideas and ways of life…

By traveling, you learn a lot about yourself and the world which you live in. You learn that love comes from different places and it’s expressed in different ways. I saw over and over again how much people are alike and how it is not where you live, what you have or what language you speak, but who you are that is mostly important…We may have different everything, including skin color but we are all the same race…the human race.

When leaving your home, you can do a lot for your personal development by getting to know different cultures, people and lifestyles. You learn that each day is an adventure and you can go anywhere and do anything. I totally agree with what Saint Augustine once said: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

African has their ways, and I have mine. It is often difficult to understand the problems faced in Mali, but when you have stood on their land and met its people, their problems and fears naturally become important to you too. Traveling has the potential to make one a more tolerant and compassionate person…

I was amazed by the many forms that beauty can take: Color, art, animals, smells, tastes, language, music, history, sunsets, religion, fashion, and culture. I realized that each place holds its unique quality of beauty. Traveling allowed me to consider the importance of family, friends, and of Home, from a new perspective. By living within another culture, especially a poorer one than my own, I naturally appreciate Canada more and live a more intense life…

In Mali, I had time to look at my life and what I have done and to think about what I want to do. I especially learned about what my personal values and beliefs really are, and what really matters in life…Thanks to my CWY experience, I have memories that will last forever. It was enriching, exciting, magical, and priceless! Traveling has taught me so much that no book or teacher ever could…

Travel, live life and enjoy it as much as you can. This is the conclusion that I have come to.

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417 lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 31, 2010

My passion is to practice what I preach as a therapist. How can I be effective if I don’t follow my own advice about self advocating, supporting and self love.

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418 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG! :D

Angela, growing up I have always had a hard time accepting me. Never felt motivated to work out to change the image that I hated and accepted mean comments from others, but still, I never changed anything to feel better and happier until I started university. My friends loved me for me and that’s when I became more comfortable with myself. I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t active or eating things that my body needed. And that’s when my body shut down. After being hospitalized and on predistone for 2 months, that’s when I realized I needed to step up and do something about my health because I want to live my life healthy, not crippled. When I found this blog a year ago, I was inspired to play outdoors more instead of sitting at my desk and studying all the time or on my laptop for hours. I learned to take one day at a time and not to worry about things too much, like getting into grad school or looking attractive to my boyfriend of 4 years, etc. YOu’ve also inspired me to step into the kitchen and learn how to cook. I now use cooking as my..um idk “therapy” time? It’s just where I can be alone and relax and think about things in my mind. I love these moments now. It has made me be more peaceful. I hope that you continue doing what you do best because it inspires many of us here.

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419 Jodie October 31, 2010

My passion is helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Making small changes through out the day and empowering them with the self confidence and self love they have.

Your blog was the very first one I ever read, and I would and still do, follow daily. Congrats on all your accomplishments you are in inspiration to many. Have a fantastic day.

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420 Jodie October 31, 2010

My passion is helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Making small changes through out the day and empowering them with the self confidence and self love they have.

Your blog was the very first one I ever read, and I would and still do, follow daily. Congrats on all your accomplishments you are in inspiration to many. Have a fantastic day.

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421 Elizabeth October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

I find passion in being a mother. My teenage daughter is a vegan with possible disordered eating and your blog has been an inspiration to me. I would even go as far as to say that her favourite vegan recipes come from your recipe page. Actually the whole family enjoys them!

This is my second year of being a triathlete and I will be running my first half marathon next year, so I also love to follow your training/racing exploits.

Good luck with your video!

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422 Kayleigh October 31, 2010

Angela, your blog has actually really helped me to change my perspective of my relationship with myself and food and the way I live my life. I have had an eating disorder for 5 years that has morphed and changed into different forms much like you have experienced. It can all seem so hopeless and endless, but seeing how you have grown and conquered your ED is so comforting and inspiring, and it gives me hope. There will always be bad days, but you have shown me that there is a way out if one really persists, and I am continuing trying to work towards being in a better place. So thank you so much!

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423 Amy October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG!!! I really enjoy reading your blog and am very grateful for the inspiration and motivation it provides. I have struggled with self-acceptance, depression, and anxiety for many (MANY) years. I am still trying to find the missing piece of the puzzle… But, in the process, I have found plenty activities that are helping bring me closer: biking, backpacking, photography, baking, and cooking (to name a few!). I quit my job in July and started writing a vegan brownie cookbook. I hope to have a publisher and copies available next year! So, I think it’s important to engage ourselves in the activities we love in order to move toward loving ourselves too. Thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway and I hope that OSG continues well into the future!!

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424 The Healthy Hostess October 31, 2010

After having a baby, I appreciate my body in a whole new level! I have seen the most amazing thing it can do and I have a whole new respect for it!

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425 Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo October 31, 2010

Congratulations on 2 years! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all your wonderful pics…keep it up for 20 more years!

I love writing too; it helps me see my problems from a different angle and it lets me creative, too, just like you said.

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426 Priyanka October 31, 2010

Dear OSG,

A very happy 2nd birthday to ya! You have no idea how important you are in my everyday life. There is never a day when I don’t come and see you. And do you know what I like most about you, the lovely display of pictures and the yummy recipes! You are my older sister since I was born 15 day after you and will alway look up to you!

Happy birthday OSG!
The Healthy Diary :)

You are amazing Angela!

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427 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!!! :) Here’s to many more years of wonderful thoughts, recipes and adventures :)

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428 Amy October 31, 2010

Happy Blog-iversery, OSG!!! I found your blog when I was going through similar struggles with my own life and it has been tremendously helpful to read about your journey. Thanks for all that you do, and all the continued inspiration!
PS. You are kicking some majah butt on the foodBuzz project, congrats and well deserved!!!

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429 Sarah October 31, 2010

Yay for an OSG birthday! How lucky we all are to be able to read your posts every week!

The last three years have been crazy and amazing. I married my very best friend and we have enjoyed the roller coaster of life ever since. While the last three years have included the very high points of my life, there have also been challenges for which I am grateful as they have stretched me in ways I hadn’t considered. I am grateful for the amazing opportunity we have to live everyday and learn from all life’s challenges, as scary as they can be. I’ve found we always have the opportunity to be happy.

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430 Mellissa October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday! Such an accomplishment.

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431 Kendall October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

Tomorrow is my 9 month “vegan-iversary” and it is something that has made me so proud about myself! You’re recipes and fearlessness in the kitchen have been such an inspiration! p.s. you’re “twix” fingers are in the freezer setting and I can’t wait to do a quality control test! ;)

xo,

Kendall

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432 Lauren October 31, 2010

When I write about myself in the blogosphere, I tend to see my life more clearly. Taking the good with the bad is therapeutic in a way. Nobody is perfect.

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433 Kellie October 31, 2010

I am currently in the throes of ED. I have started my road to recovery and your blog shows me there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I love your attitude and your balanced lifestyle. Thank you.

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434 Laura October 31, 2010

Happy birthday to OSG! This is one of my favorite blogs to read. I love your recipes, your passion for cooking, healthy living, and for life in general. Your positive spirit comes through in all your posts.

I’m still on my journey to figure out what I’m passionate about and what I want to do with my life, but I love giving myself some me-time with exercise or just a long walk with my dog. I’ve figured out that I feel so much happier when I eat well and give myself me time each day.

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435 Lainie October 31, 2010

I too am on a journey towards finding self-love, and reading your stories truly inspires me. Thank you, Angela!

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436 Laura October 31, 2010

Congratulations on the 2nd year milestone, as well as your continued success in Project Food Blog – awesome!!! Something I’m really excited about has been trying some of your vegan recipes (something I hadn’t given much thought to before) and really enjoying them. It’s been great to discover new lean protein sources that I can work into my diet. I also love Green Monsters right now and have noticed a huge difference in my skin :D

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437 Cathy Breit October 31, 2010

I’ve grown to love my strong legs…no, they are not stick thin, but they have carried me through many a run!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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438 Sara October 31, 2010

First off, Happy Anniversary! I am really glad that you decided to start your blog. I am glad that it helped you, but you also help so many other people. I really enjoy waking up to your posts every morn. And MAN have you been on fire lately! Every post and recipe has been hit out of the park. I have made so many of your wonderful recipes and have never been disappointed. And mother in law and I are already talking about cooking your whole Thanksgiving menu for ours! I would so love a glow bar gift certificate! I have always wanted to order from your site, but since I live in Washington state, the shipping is a little steep. I keep filling out carts and changing my mind at the last minute. Hmmmm, I’m probably messing with your inventory, aren’t I? Sorry about that! :0)

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439 Michal October 31, 2010

Happy birthday! I love this post…. it’s a good reminder for me of what I often forget to keep working towards.
Over the past few months, since finding HTP, OSG, and other blogs, I have grown SO much in really caring for myself on a physical level. I’m slowly working on also not holding myself back in everything else – to not stand in my own way, to not kill my ideas and dreams before I even try. I have so many ideas that I never attempt because my self-talk stops me right away. So in little stages I’m trying to cultivate an acceptance of my own exploration, expression, and curiosity – and doing things “just because.”

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440 Christine October 31, 2010

Hello Angela,

I have been reading your blog for about a 1/2 a year. I really enjoy reading it and learning about all of your creative ideas.

Happy Blog-versary. I also have a passion for cooking/baking. And would some day love to help people with meal plans and possibly make food for others.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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441 Sarah October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday!! I’m new the blog world and stumbled upon yours recently. I love your blog and your positive attitude! I am trying to make a similar change in my life after many years of the similar poor body image and health choices as you. I even thought about starting my own blog to express my thoughts and to help me move further in my recovery. I just wanted to tell you how inspirational and helpful you are!! Thank you so much and congrats on all your progress and success!

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442 Celina October 31, 2010

I was writing an essay the other day and thought “this thing could use a bit of spice….a dash of humour.”

So I added some ingredients
Didnt measure a thing
Came out unscathed…and with a 90% grade!

you are a beautiful writer and sound like an equally beautiful person

this is my first comment on your blog and will not be my last:)

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443 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG/Angela!!

I have recently become passionate about running and my first half marathon is this Saturday! I also have realized that writing through my own blog has made me have a great outlet! I’m glad your journey has been such a successful one!

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444 Kate October 31, 2010

I’m a new reader and so very happy that I have stumbled on OSG!!
Your recipes look fantastic and I can’t wait to get cooking/baking.
Thank you for your inspiring words. I’m currently on my own journey to loving my body, imperfections and all.

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445 Alanna October 31, 2010

I carved a pumpkin today :D

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446 Dawn October 31, 2010

Angela, you are such an inspiration. i am so glad that you’ve shared your journey to beauty with us! happy oh she glows anniversary! :) i am thankful for both my strong body which has endured all that i’ve put it through good and bad, and knowing the continuous opportunities for each new day!

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447 Maureen October 31, 2010

Too remain optimistic

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448 Stephanie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!!! You have been such a great inspiration to me and many others. I look forward to reading your post everyday. You have taught me how to cook and eat healthy vegetarian meals. Maybe even, dare I say, be a little adventurous in the kitchen and find a love I never knew I had. You have helped me get healthier one meal at a time!

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449 Jan October 31, 2010

I found your blog in the summer and you are a wonderful daily dose of positive living. All the best to you and your family.

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450 Callie October 31, 2010

I am SO glad you started OSG! Your honesty has been instrumental in helping me face and overcome my own self-image issues. Thank you!

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451 Laura October 31, 2010

Congratulations! Reading your blog is a highlight of my day, and I appreciate all the time, effort, and genuine passion you put in to each post and recipe.

A big piece of my own personal growth has come with knowing that my past has shaped me, but it in no way defines me. I am my own person and can choose my present and future.

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452 Shannon, Tropical Eats October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary Ang!!!!!!

I’ve come a long way this year. With the help of the Healthy Living Community, I’ve grown into a strong, self confident person. Each day I’m inspired by random people from the internet and have come to realize that life is way too short to not take any chances! With that, I’m NYC bound on Friday to live with my sister and find work in the city :)

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453 Dariana October 31, 2010

I’ve been religiously following your blog for many months now, but this is the first time I’ve ever written a comment. Why? I’m really not sure… Many of your blog posts impact me in one way or another. Either I love a recipe you post and am eager to try it out ASAP, or a post about you overcoming your disordered eating motivates me to change my own disordered way of eating, or your amazingly beautiful pictures inspire me to buy a nice camera and start my own blog. But for some reason, ive never commented! Starting with this one, that will change.
I have truly become inspired by you in so many ways! You’ve inspired me to eat more whole foods and back away from the processed junk; you’ve inspired me to finally make the switch to a full on vegan diet after being a vegetarian for nearly 5 years; you’ve inspired me to cook more and get creative with food and always keep its appearance in mind (I love making a meal LOOK beautiful and appetizing); you’ve inspired me to finally let go of the vicious starve-then-binge cycle I’ve struggled with for much too long; you’ve inspired me to stop counting calories and ditch the scale; you’ve inspired me to start a blog to keep myself on track, post all of my personal recipes with beautiful pictures, and hopefully inspire others! THANK YOU SO MUCH ANGELA! Happy 2nd birthday to an amazing, inspiring, life changing blog!

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454 katie October 31, 2010

I have been following your blogging journey for quite a while now and am so thankful for all your posts! You share such beautiful insight to life! I was struggling with bulimia around the time that I found your blog and you are most certainly one of the reasons that I was able to recover. You helped me realize that food is more than a pile of calories… and I can safely say that I absolutely LOVE food now. I love trying new things, creating in the kitchen, and enjoying those creations. :) So… Thank you. Really… thank you.

I’m really passionate about health as well as helping others. I’ve wanted to be a nurse for 9 years and am finally making it happen! I’m in my first year and while it’s absolutely craziness, I am SO excited and looking forward to the day that I will be able to get out there and make a difference. :)

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455 Judy October 31, 2010

Congrats on your anniversary. You are an inspiration to so many. Love your spirit!

I am working hard on living in the NOW. I always want to be planning and preparing for the future and although that is important in some ways (financially), I need to live for today. I trust that ‘my busdriver’ will take care of the future.
My passion is spending time in nature, especially by the water. I find it relaxing and calming.

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456 esther October 31, 2010

I’ve learned to say “no” more often and not live for others, but for me. I try to live from my heart.

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457 Alysia October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday and congrats on your success! You have such a beautiful story and I applaud you for having the courage to document and share each step of your journey. Obviously, many, many women appreciate your candor–not to mention your ridiculously fabulous goodies! Yummy stuff, girl!!

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458 Tess October 31, 2010

Happy OSG Birthday!
I’m still searching for my self-love most days…but reading your stories make me determined to get there!

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459 Kate October 31, 2010

I think your blog is amazing! In the last few years, I’ve developed more of a passion for running and I consistently amaze myself with what I can accomplish both distance and time-wise. I’m also learning, little by little, how to live more in the moment and appreciate every second I have rather than worry about my imperfections or the future. Yoga has been incredibly helpful in finding that “inner” strength that I didn’t know was there and it nicely complements running where I am discovering another type of strength. Thanks for inspiring me to do both!

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460 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I’ve realized that I’m a much stronger person than I previously realized and that any dream can be achieved, no matter how far-fetched. I get to do exactly what I love every single day AND get paid for it.

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461 Valerie @ City | Life | Eats October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd blogiversary. Blogging has really helped me express my creativity as well and has helped me enjoy my life overall more. Isn’t it wonderful :)

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462 Camille October 31, 2010

Congrats on your blogiversary!
Something I have really learned about myself over the past year or so is that I might as well be happy with the person I am because it is the only person I am ever going to be.
There is no use in beating myself up over things I can’t control. I need to live a happy, full life and stop worrying about the little things.

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463 kaila October 31, 2010

after reading so many great blogs like yours, i started my blog last spring! it not only has become a favorite hobby of mine…and is definitely one of my passions! :)

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464 Lauren October 31, 2010

Congrats on the anniversary! I love reading your blog and seeing how creative you are with cooking and baking. You have an amazing knack for opening up and really letting the readers feel like they know you! Your blog has inspired me to create my own blog and express my own creativity and love for health and food. Thanks for your inspiration and knowing that true acceptance of myself as a woman is in the journey we play out each day.

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465 Christy Jen October 31, 2010

I love running and I always amaze myself how far I can run. Besides the fitness part, it is a constant reminder that i am strong! Thank you for your awesome blog! Happy Bloggy Anniversary!

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466 Mel October 31, 2010

congrats on two wonderful years!!
reading this blog has made me realize that its ok…. its ok to not have it all figured out right now. its ok to not want to eat animal products even if you get a hard time about it. its ok to not find time to work out every single day.

and for all of those things, and many more, i have to say thank you!

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467 Heather S October 31, 2010

Happy Anniversary OSG :)
I just started reading your blog within the past few months, conveniently around the same time I began confronting some of my own issues in my life. Your blog has helped so much :) Since then, I have focused on taking care of myself better, and reconnecting with my passions – art and cooking! It’s definitely a journey in progress, but so far, so definitely good :)

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468 Danielle October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversarry! I have grown to love that I actually have a figure now :)

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469 Liz October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! You blog is my absolute favourite within the heathly living community due to your creativity and general silliness. You often inspire me to increase my creativity in my passion for baking and I thank you for all the great inspiration

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470 Therese October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!

I’ve said it before but we seem to have gone through a similar path. It took me years to realize how I was treating my body and how it was a cover for my own issues of self-worth and lack of self-love. Over the last three years I’ve come to discover just how much I have to give to the world and in-so doing have decided to devote my life to helping others were much like ourselves discover their own potential!

I hope you have many more anniversaries to come, Angela!

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471 Vespa Rossa October 31, 2010

I found your site a few months ago and have read through the majority of your archives because I love stepping into the lovely world you’ve created. I’d love a chance to sample some of your deliciousness, so here’ s my entry: I am still on my journey in trying to find what my passion really is. I have a good job, but not the kind where you wake up every morning excited to go to work. My husband and I are both on the path to finding what really makes us happy and step by step, I think we’ll get there…hopefully soon :)

Congrats on your two years! And, thank you for all that you share with us.

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472 Lara October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary! (I love that word!) I love food and running. One of my favorite things is making food (especially baked goods) for others. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles on their faces when they eat (my) homemade goodies. I also have a passion for traveling and experiencing new places, people, and cultures. I love listening to stories and telling those and new stories. (Writing is another thing I love.) Oh, and I love love. I’m not in love (right now), but I love myself and my friends and family.

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473 Sierra October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! My own journey began 5 months ago. Since then I have lost 30 lb, I have gained a great appreciation for my body and myself, and I’m learning to love myself as much as others love me. I know my journey is not over yet, but I’m sure enjoying the ride! :)

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474 Adrienne October 31, 2010

I love the fact that I love food but don’t obsess over it anymore, thanks to great blogs like OSG! You have changed my life!

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475 Coco October 31, 2010

I’ve only been following your blog for a couple of months, but I absolutely love it and can relate to it on many levels.

I started my blog in June of 2009, when I was struggling with my eating disorder. I am now in a secure place in my recovery and I am finally feeling good about myself!

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476 bitt October 31, 2010

I have grown to care about myself enough to put myself first at times whereas in the past I would have sacrificed my own health to help others. I have set boundaries for how hard to work and appreciate the day-to-day things in life.

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477 Krissy October 31, 2010

Congratulations on two incredible years!

Your blog has helped realize that eating healthy does not need to be a chore, expensive or taste like cardboard. You are an inspiration and thank you for writing so diligently and honestly.

I have begun to dedicate myself to a healthy lifestyle and I feel so much better physically and mentally. Thank you for everything you do to inspire me!

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478 camomile October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your 2nd Birthday.
I’ve followed your OSG journey for most of the last two years and not a day goes by that I don’t catch up on ‘what Angela is doing’. I feel like you are one of my daughters and I am so proud of your achievements-both personally and professionally!
Congratulations again from Australian shores!

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479 Brynne O'Connell October 31, 2010

Thanks Angela for your words, recipes, photos, and more. Happy birthday OSG!

Since becoming vegetarian and eventually vegan, I have gained a whole new perspective on food. I love discovering new recipes and finding ways to be healthy AND enjoy food more than ever before! My mom and I are both vegan, and we love spending time together in the kitchen or at the dinner table. :)

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480 Kelly October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! My vegan journey began in April, I have learned how to listen to my body for what it needs and doesnt need.

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481 Kayleigh October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday! I don’t blog, but I do credit Oh She Glows for a lot of my success in beating my disordered eating. I still struggle, but not as much, knowing that there are people out there like you who have overcome it!
Thanks!!

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482 Malinda October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG’s!

I just started reading your blog a few days ago. I really enjoy the blog and all the useful information. Fitness and Health are my passion. I thought I was eating healthy but recently realized it wasn’t as healthy as I thought!

Thank you!
Malinda

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483 Sue Fleischaker October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd!

My journey has had a few forks in the road lately – I keep trying to choose the right path – your style of writing is so enjoyable – thank you rather than you thanking us….and to many more blog anniversaries!

Sue (from CA)

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484 Becca October 31, 2010

Congratulations, Oh She Glows!

I only recently discovered your blog, but since then I read it everyday. I love your recipes and your beautiful photography. You are such a talented vegan chef!

I am also a Canadian vegan who struggled with disordered eating. Food/health blogs helped me so much in my recovery. I also learned (from blogs) how to properly exercise, cook, bake, and most importantly, how to eat!

BTW, your giveaway is AMAZING. You’re so kind!

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485 DebZ October 31, 2010

Thank you so much for sharing what this blog means to you. Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished – with your health, your self-perception and with this community you’ve created and contributed to. I come to OSG both to see what you’re cooking, and also to be reminded (on the days when i don’t feel so positive and loving) to be positive and loving. Your blog has had a significant impact on me – from being inspired to run an extra 1/2 or full mile on a random morning, to putting more of my personal voice in my own blog. I guess, in a way, OSG (and a few other blogs with the same brightness and spirit) has become part of this stage of my journey. So.. happy anniversary and thanks!

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486 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday! I definitely agree about blogging as a way to let your inner creativity come out. I’ve always been into art, whether drawing, painting, or now through photography and I love how I can share that and connect with lots of different people every day!

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487 Christen October 31, 2010

My journey has been a long time coming. My mom never really cooked and was very obese. I never really learned the “right” way to eat myself, but I was always so active that it didn’t matter. I was able to maintain my weight by being a VERY active kid. I got to college and joined the rowing team. It wasn’t until the end of a very physically painful season, that I had to quit for medical reason, that it all caught up to me. I gained over 100 lbs in about 3 years. I found TheNest and started reading several blogs, including OSG, and it was amazing to see that other people have issues similar to mine, manifested in many different ways. In the last year I have lost 60lbs and have become so proud of the things my body can do again. My husband and I are both enjoying some wonderful and healthy foods and enjoy exercising again. So thank you for being part of my healthy journey (even though you didn’t know it)!

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488 Miss October 31, 2010

I love reading your blog and you continue to inspire me on my journey to eating right every day.

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489 Laura October 31, 2010

Happy Bloggy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your journey.

When I think back on the last 2 years of my life, I see that the biggest changes I made have to do with my social circle. I made the really tough decision to end some unhealthy friendships, which led to cutting out a very large circle of “friends”/acquaintances/drinking buddies. At first, it was scary and lonely.. But it has resulted in much stronger bonds with a smaller and tighter network of friends. My boyfriend and I spend more time doing meaningful activities with people that we truly care about. It feels good!

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490 Dagne October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! I don’t think I have missed a post since the beginning :) So happy to have witnessed the wonderful changes in your life!

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491 Susan October 31, 2010

happy birthday angela! Oh gosh, I’ve learned so many things recently. Probably the biggest being that every stumbling block in life serves a purpose.

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492 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 31, 2010

Happy birthday to your blog! And congrats on such an amazing 2 years. You’ve not only helped yourself through this blog, but also many others! You’ve helped me towards a much healthier relationship with food & myself. I love that I now have a well-nourished and strong body that I can be proud of! :D

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493 Gloria October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! I absolutely love your blog. It’s beautiful :)

I’m passionate about helping people feel healthy and gain energy so they can do the things they love and get out there in the world! Some of which I do through nutritional consulting but I get the must joy out of baking delicious vegan, organic, whole grain baked goods for people.

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494 Dotty October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!
You’ve inspired me to up my running mileage, and its become a really important physical and emotional outlet for me.
Looking forward to ordering my first batch of bars from the globakery soon!

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495 Kimberly October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!!
As a fairly new reader, your blog has already inspired me in so many ways. I’m currently on my journey to discover self-love. I’ve overcome so many things already and have found many things to love about myself…my positive attitude, my endless curiosity, my passion for chocolate, and my unconditional love for family and friends. I truly appreciate you sharing your ups, downs, and great recipes with the online community. It’s so comforting knowing you have reached your goals and are in a happy place and i soon will be as well. Thanks!

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496 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday! Today is also my blog’s 2nd birthday! Birthday blog twins :)

My passion is learning how to eat healthier, learning to run and just accepting myself for who I am.

Love your blog Angela!

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497 Jackie October 31, 2010

Congrats on your 2nd birthday! I think I’ve grown to love taking greater care of my body from the inside out. Thanks for the giveaway and again congrats : )

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498 callah October 31, 2010

passions… travel, yoga, life.
journey… a lot of weight ups and downs, obsessive calorie counting and crazy gym days, but on my way to a happy, healthy weight thanks to yoga and running.

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499 Renata October 31, 2010

After reading so many of the comments above, I find that I don’t have much in the way of something new to say. So I’ll just tell you that like many of your readers I feel that I can identify with you in many ways. I so appreciate your authenticity, spirit, joy and down-to-earth-ness… I get on to my computer everyday hoping to see a new blog entry from you. Not just because of the wonderful pictures and great recipes, but because you are inspiring and remind me that there are people who have been successful in overcoming their challenges, no matter how big those challenges may have seemed at the time.

Thank you for all that you do to uplift, inspire and share with us.

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500 Sarah October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! Some of my passions are food, nutrition, and disadvantaged people. Last week, I decided to try to meld all of those and go for a job with WIC. I’m pretty excited about it!

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501 melissa @ the delicate place October 31, 2010

i struggled with self love until the day i walked down the aisle in 2007. everything seemed to vanish and i found myself being loved and loving myself for exactly who i am. i’ve never looked back!

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502 Gwen~healthymamma October 31, 2010

wow! you’ve certainly inspired many people by your fun healthy recipes and writing. I just found your blog through foodbuzz and am hooked. I can’t wait to get back into Green shakes for breakfast thanks to your recipes. I’d love to try your baked goods so I’m entering for this giveaway!

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503 Leah October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday and Happy Halloween! I’m a junior in college, trying to manage work, fun and my passion for food and nutrition at such a crazy time. Right now I am loving an independent study that i am doing on nutrition education in schools and making healthy food more available to everyone regardless of income or location. I also began baking for my school’s coffee shop. I have developed a love for baking and love looking at your blog for inspiration. Thank you!

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504 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 31, 2010

I love to write and it is a passion that I always turn to. If I am happy, I write. If I am sad, I write. I even write when I’m mad and let me tell you-those stories always end up interesting. It is my ultimatae means of expression and it is something that never fails me. So, yay for us writers! :D

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505 Audrey October 31, 2010

I love my creativity.

Happy blogging b’day!

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506 Julia October 31, 2010

I’ve been reading your blog for just a few months now, and I love all the recipes and inspiration to exercise and lead a happy, healthy life. And I love your cat. ;) I would love to try some Glo Bakery goodies.

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507 Jennifer October 31, 2010

Happy 2 Year Birthday OSG! Some of my passions are foods (trying new ones and revisiting favorites) and doggies. Both add immense job to my life.

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508 Victoria October 31, 2010

Something I am passionate about is helping others, watching them succeed, and seeing the joy on their face when they do! I am also passionate about fitness and work in the industry. I love it because I get to work with and help others reach their fitness goals and when they do it is always exciting. A lot of people think that working out or helping people in that sense is a waste of time and not really helpful at all… but as I’m sure you know, as I truly do, fitness (and success with that, even if it is just small- like being able to run for 5 minutes without stopping) can be the key to helping someone begin to love themselves, appreciate themselves, and appreciate life… it can be the key to help them get back on track with EVERYTHING in their life and help them to succeed in all their goals.

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509 Aria October 31, 2010

Happy two year blogiversary!! I’m so glad I stumbled along your blog one day about a year ago! Even though I dont comment a lot, I’ve been an avid reader for the last year and you have inspired me in so many ways! I love that running doesn’t come easy for you, as it definitely doesn’t for me! And it’s nice to know you are not alone and you constantly inspire me to push myself! Thank you for your fun stories, amazing recipes, and beautiful photos!!

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510 sarahMTSBB October 31, 2010

My journey is having a big week- Friday is my last day at my current (miserable) job… and I am not sure what is next. I have interview(s) in North Carolina the following week or might even end up a traveling SBB or get a STAT passport so I can fulfill my dream of visiting Australia (to volunteer in a wildlife capacity). I’ve decided that life is too short to not choose happiness! I love that I have high expectations of myself and others at work (it’s healthcare…everyone should!) and that I’m brave enough to take a risk instead of settling. Now please cross your fingers that I don’t fall on my face or give my rescue dog a breakdown. ;)

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511 Amber October 31, 2010

During my nineteen mile run today, I kept trying to bring myself down at the beginning. Though during the run I decided that reminding myself of the fact that I get to run, have the ability to run, and the will for it. Bad self talk is something that I am trying to work through. But, always during running I try to remember that goals are important but just getting through it is the most important. Happy Halloween and blogoverisary!

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512 Astrid October 31, 2010

As a college student I am constantly learning. Recently I have been learning more and more about how to fuel my mind, body, and soul. As a result, I am noticing changes in my body and my mind. I am truly passionate about making the mind-body connection!

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513 Michelle C October 31, 2010

Happy OSG birthday! :) Thank you for always being an inspiration. In the past year i’ve discovered the following things: the scale is just a number, cooking my own food is always better even if it doesn’t taste better, real food makes my body happy, running makes my body happier. :)

I’m still discovering my self love but your blog has helped me get there. :)

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514 Sabrina October 31, 2010

This is one of my favorite blogs to read! Keep up the great work and fantastic recipes!! Congrats

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515 Kathi October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday. I just recently found your site and I am thrilled with my discovery. I am a struggling vegan and some of your recipes have made me sing with joy. I am also looking to discover my glow. Wish me luck on my voyage!!

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516 Kate October 31, 2010

I love that I live a healthy lifestyle; I eat healthful and exercise – but don’t obsess over either.

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517 sarah (the SHU box) October 31, 2010

happy 2nd blogbday, angela! you deserve all of the success that is coming your way! keep up the amazing work :)

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518 Mimi October 31, 2010

Blogs. Hmm, the concept used to inspire a “tisk, tisk” from me. But, somewhere along the way, I began to read them, began to love them and began to use them as tools in my own recovery. Retrospectively, I don’t know whether I could have overcome my ED as decisively without the community support of the blogosphere. It’s given me, my life and my talents a purpose.

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519 Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 31, 2010

Even though my blog is about chocolate, my true passion is coaching synchronized swimming and seeing young women grow through the sport (and have a blast).

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520 maria @ Chasing the Now October 31, 2010

Happy anniversary for the blog! :)

I love that I’ve taken the time to get to know myself over the last few years. It helps to truly appreciate who I am and why I do things.

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521 Brittany October 31, 2010

Happy anniversary OSG!

I’m currently in a dark place – and reading your blog helps me to realize that life is just a journey with peaks and valleys. It’s hard to have self love – but it’s amazing to have friends and family to help you find it. We all struggle – but I know that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you for being continually positive!

xoxo

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522 Jen October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!

I have finally decided to start my own blog to chronicle my person journey back to being healthy! I recently enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I LOVE it. Im learning so much that is helping better myself which I can in turn share with others!

Your blog helps me realize I deserve to be healthy and happy! Thank you for your continued inspiration!

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523 Jaclyn T October 31, 2010

Since I have taken up running, I have learned to love my hips and thighs: they are what allows me to pound the pavement! Since cutting sugar and processed foods out of my diet, I have realized how GOOD it feels to eat wholesome, healthy foods. I am also treating myself well, just like one treats his/her best friend.

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524 Izzy October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary!!! Wishing you many happy, amazing and delicious years to come ;)

I’m still working on my journey to self-love, but if I had to say something right now, I love how much more perceptive I’ve become to not only the world around me but just myself! Listening to my body each day has helped me realize how amazing I really am. Likewise, opening up and seeing all the amazing things this world has to offer, as opposed to focusing on the negative or bad, has made me a more optimistic and happier person in general!

izzyy
xoxo

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525 Jaclyn T October 31, 2010

Since I have taken up running, I have learned to love my hips and thighs: they are what allows me to pound the pavement! Since cutting sugar and processed foods out of my diet, I have realized how GOOD it feels to eat wholesome, healthy foods. I am also treating myself well, just like one treats his/her best friend.

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526 Shannon October 31, 2010

I’m happy for you on your anniversary! You are a very strong woman and you should be proud of all of your accomplishments! I try to see myself as a strong woman but I’m not there yet. I try daily to make the right choices and do the right things, that’s all I can do for now :)

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527 Kristin October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary!
I have struggled with depression and trying to find who I really was. I felt like I had to put an act on for others. As I get older I have come to realize that there is not pleasing anyone else except myself. I have been blessed with a great husband who is just as wacky as I am and accepts me for who I am. Now I really don’t care what others think — I am just me, myself.

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528 Lauren October 31, 2010

I recently started reading your blog and I love that it keeps reminding me of one thing: I should love who I am! I also started blogging because I need a peaceful outlet for the inner “me” that seems to be missing a lot from my outside life. And what I’m learning? Stop comparing myself to other people! I am me the way I am and the way I will be, not someone else.

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529 alexa @ Sohdalex October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday! You know a blog is truly something when it makes it this far ;)

My passion for food is what finally prompted me to start my own blog and I have grown to love the person cooking has made me become. All my friends have come to know me as ‘the girl who could talk about food for hours’ and sharing my concoctions has to be one of the greatest feelings ever.

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530 Lisa October 31, 2010

Love your blog! You are one of two I’ve been reading for about a year. You are wise beyond your years.

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531 mom/nurse/runner/cook/woman October 31, 2010

Congrats! This blog is so awesome, I have been drinking green monsters and reading about your interests and recipies daily. I have recently gone dairy free, and this has been so helpful for me. Just made your twix or treat tonight, as usually I would pig out on candy as we hand them out, but no dairy means no chocolate! Anyways, wow did they ever hit the craving!

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532 Holly October 31, 2010

i love my sense of humor and ability to laugh at whatever comes my way! happy 2nd birthday OSG and angela!!!

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533 Natalie October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd B-day OSG! My passion involves motivating others to achieve their potential…through it I have realized exactly how much I am capable of.

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534 nicole @ Making Good Choices October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Anniversary! I love coming to your blog and finding heartwarming stories as well as delicious recipes. I love that I have taught myself how to cook and eat heathy.

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535 Chantal October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!
When I was a kid, I always visualized that I would be a certain kind of person when I would grow up (and by that I probably mean when I would turn 21 or something). The person I always imagined was so healthy, happy, fit, surrounded by so much love, so much happiness. She was complete.
Even though I’m only 23, I realize that despite having gone through some serious ups and downs in my life both physically and mentally, I pretty much am/have become that person I always wanted to be when I was 6 years old. Through my food, exercise, and emotional choices, I’ve accomplished so much more than I thought I could! So in short, always be true to yourself :) You don’t want to disappoint that little girl you used to be who had big dreams for herself!

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536 Ali October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG. You have inspired me in writing, cooking, and most recently running! In turn, I have earned so much more self-respect in the past months and I’m a much happier and fulfilled person because of this. Thank you!

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537 cameron October 31, 2010

I love to travel and cook- I think about food all the time. I’ve learned to channel my love of food into healthy cooking, but the relationship with myself is constantly evolving and progressing as every day goes on- It’s a relationship for life!

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538 Tanya October 31, 2010

With a give-away like this, it’s almost impossible to not comment!:)

I never commented before, but read your blog daily and had tried and enjoyed many of your recipes. I love your glow – both inner and outter, keep it up and Happy Birthday OSG!

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539 Beth @ 990 Square October 31, 2010

I’m beginning to love my body. Like you, I can to this late. I’m training for a half marathon now, and with every long run my body is impressing me with how strong it is!

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540 Kelsey Mullady October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! I cant express enough how much I appreciate your willingness to share your story, from your past history to your current thoughts. You are an inspiration to me, in many ways. Sure, you’re food and cooking abilities are remarkable, but what truly impresses me is your apparent peace of mind. It shows through tremendously through your blog, unlike other blogs, and for this I am eternally hooked. On a personal note, I feel that I am going through a mental struggle right now, trying to figure out who I am as an individual. (I am almost 23, working as an email marketer for a software company…and I’m just not happy). My anxiety about everything is increasing dramatically…sometimes I feel for no apparent reason. I stress about the future, about conveying a perfect image, and always striving to be the best. I have always been this way in every aspect of my life…school, food, dance (my passion…or at least it was), appearance, etc. I feel like I have gotten lost in the perfection and can’t seem to find happiness. I don’t want life to just tick by while I try to be perfect and worry about every detail of my life, because I feel like there is so much the world has to offer that I am missing out on. I want to learn to appreciate other things. If you have any suggestions, or guidance at all, I would appreciate your words more than you know. Thanks! Good luck with your future endeavors and congratulations on your blog!

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541 Sarah October 31, 2010

I would LOVE to be entered. I think you are such a unique and fantastic woman. You inspire others to be greater than they are and that is a gift. My self-love came when I realized I was more than a body. I have a soul and a spirit and a radiant personality that is able to bring blessings and smiles to those around me :) Life is good.

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542 Sue October 31, 2010

Happy birthday, OSG. And what a present to be on the homepage of Food Buzz today! I went to look and there your beautiful, smiling face was.

I’m fairly new to your blog, but I look forward to your posts with great anticipation. Just like the green monsters, it has become part of each and every day. And, by the way, I made that chili tonight and it was a huge hit. Added a red pepper along with the green and took it a little easier on the chili powder. Deee-lish!

I’m passionate about my 2.5 year old. He’s an awesome kid and it’s so great to see him learn something new every day. I’m also looking forward to a change in my career in the next year that will let me write more for myself and less for clients. Which isn’t all that fun, I’m come to learn. :)

Keep up the positive everything.

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543 Rae October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday!! I was injured last year but though Yoga I am really starting to be able to appreciate what I am able to do now as opposed to being upset with what I’m not able to do anymore. I love reading your blog and getting new recipes and ideas to try!

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544 Dawn October 31, 2010

Angela, Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I just want to say thanks. I’m so glad I found your blog, not only does it give me something to look forward to as I check my favourite blogger’s posts each day (You’re #1!), but it has helped me with my running goals, and, I never would have started making overnight oats, banana soft serve, or my most recent favourite, the banana soft serve with chocolate ganache without you! You rock!! :)
Dawn

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545 Rachel October 31, 2010

I have a never ending passion for dance. It completes me.
Thank you, Angela, for putting love (and delicious recipes) out into the Universe!
xo
-Rachel

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546 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 31, 2010

just started reading your blog, congrats on 2 years:-) I am still trying to find that comfortable place where i eat intuitively and don’t obsess. it is definitely a work in progress

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547 kathleen October 31, 2010

i didn’t realize how much i would love my body in pregnancy. you hear pregnant women complain all the time about weight and what not but honestly, i’ve never felt sexier or loved my body more.

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548 susank October 31, 2010

the older I get the less judgmental I am…it’s a good thing! everyone needs to find their own.

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549 Katie P October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG! I am training for my first half marathon right now, and i def get inspiration from your passion of running. Thanks for uplifting my spirits everyday!

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550 Renee October 31, 2010

I am also still struggling to love my body and myself, but it’s getting easier all the time!

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551 Sabrina October 31, 2010

I still have some self-discovery to do to figure out what my passions are!! I know that I enjoy sewing, crafting, cooking, working with kids, and biology research (strange combonation, I know!), but I haven’t figured out the equation to make all of these work together in an enjoyable way!

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552 Meghan October 31, 2010

Happy blogiversary! Becoming a runner (7 races, incl. 2 half marathons!) has made my life so much better.

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553 Cara Craves... October 31, 2010

It’s fabulous to see how things have changed so positively for you over these years…Congrats!
Life is a constant journey and I continue to learn what my passions are and continue to develop new ones. I never though I would delve into the realm of science, but my passion for food and health has steered me towards getting an education to be a Dietician.

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554 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG, and congrats Ange!! You are one of the bloggers that inspired me to start my own. and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it now. I was always more mathematically inclined in school, and although I wrote well, it wasn’t something I enjoyed. Blogging has made me realize that I really, really do like writing when it’s about things I love – fitness, food, friends and family, and whatever else happens to strike my fancy on a particular day. Had I not started blogging, I wouldn’t realize how ridiculously passionate I am about these things and I don’t think I’d be nearly as happy as I am today. I also would have never met you or the other fabulous friends I’ve been lucky enough to gain over the past 7ish months. Thank you SO much for being such an enormous inspiration to myself, and to the hundreds of others that read your blog every day. You are AMAZING!!

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555 Heather (Faces of Beauty) October 31, 2010

and it’s posts like these that i love about your blog…obviously the whole thing is fabulous, but in your expression of how you’ve gone from being the woman you were to the woman you ARE now you’ve inspired me to be a better person and to pursue my dreams too.

i’ve seen so much more self love in myself since starting Faces of Beauty and seeing what so many women love about themselves. it’s great to finally shed the societal pressures we all feel and just LOVE ourselves for who we are!

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556 Anne P October 31, 2010

I love my determination :)

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557 Jerilynne October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Oh She Glows!!!

I’ve always liked being in the kitchen, cooking and baking, but I think I am just now starting to realize that it really is my passion. It doesn’t matter what my day at work was like, when I come home and get in my kitchen, it just puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. It only took me 26 years of trying to be perfect but I’m also realizing now that it’s okay to be a work in progress, and that I don’t think anyone ever really gets it all figured out!!

Thanks for all of the hard work you put into your blog, Angela. I look forward to reading each new post! Your recipes look delicious (and the ones I’ve tried on my own tasted pretty delicious too) and your personality and perspective are so refreshing and inspiring!

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558 kelli October 31, 2010

This is amazing. You are so inspirational. I could only wish to be as inspirational as you! keep shining and doing what you love to do. You write so well!

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559 Kelly October 31, 2010

You inspire me to recover from my boring, safe healthy eating. Happy Birthday OSG! Another year older, another year wiser!

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560 Kristen D October 31, 2010

Congrats!
You should be so proud of your accomplishments!

I am proud of my positivity and determination

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561 Kristen D October 31, 2010

Congrats!
You should be so proud of your accomplishments!

I am proud of my positivity and determination

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562 Vivian October 31, 2010

Congrats!

I can actually relate a lot to your story. I just finished my Masters a couple of months ago…I just started my first job in academia. I never quite planned any of this for myself, but things came up and I’ve ended up here. I know it’s not what I’m meant to do, though. I’m counting down the days until my contract ends. I’m miserable and food’s become my comfort. So I find your story/blog amazing, and an inspiration to me. I hope that one day I’ll be able to figure out that passion and have the courage to pursue it.

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563 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 31, 2010

Congrats on the 2 year anniversary! Your blog was one of the first healthy living blogs I started reading, and its helped me through many days when I’m a little short on self-love.

Currently, I’m learning balance on my journey. Law school can be full of stress, and there are many times when I want to delve completely into my old habits. But I need to remind myself that it’s all about balance at the end of the day!

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564 Heather October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday! Thank you for sharing yourself- your doubts, triumphs, and your great sense of humor, with all of us. I have started writing in a journal, as I feel like I should be doing something different in my life, but it is not clear. I am hoping a journal will show me a direction.

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565 elana October 31, 2010

i love reading your blog!!! thanks so much for sharing your story. i am so happy to be enjoying exercising once again. this time i’m doing it more for my self, and not just to loose a few pounds.

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566 Denise October 31, 2010

Hey Angela!

My passion is my family. I am trying to change that to be myself. It is a long journey but I feel like I can be passionate enough about a healthier version of myself AND my family, right?

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567 Nadia October 31, 2010

I’ve struggled with disordered eating as well, so I appreciate your story!! Your posts force me to look inwards… and I enjoy the recipes as well!!

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568 Coco October 31, 2010

Congratulations Angela! I am sure that I am not the only one who is incredibly grateful that you decided to start writing two years ago. I admire your strength and courage, and you have given me so much hope that I too can learn to love myself. I am currently on a journey of recovery from an eating disorder, and I believe that the last missing component for me is truly accepting myself for who I am. It certainly is not an easy process, but you are proof positive that it will be worth it! I have learned (with your help!) that at the end of the day I need to pursue those things in life that bring me joy and happiness.
Thanks again for writing and I hope that you continue to do so for many years to come!

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569 F. Plvan October 31, 2010

Congrats! I share your passion for running!

Faith

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570 Molly October 31, 2010

So proud of you and what you have accomplished! Reading this blog is one of my favorite parts of the day–so uplifting. Can’t wait to keep reading!

xoxo

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571 Emma October 31, 2010

I’ve learned to love myself, to be grateful for the talents God has given me and okay with the things He has not.

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572 Roxanne October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,

Happy anniversary!! I love your blog and look to it often for ideas on dinner and inspiration when I’m feeling a little blue.

I’d have to say that my passion and journey are one in the same right now. Being a new mom and learning to parent is an ongoing journey in my life. I’m looking forward to making sure my daughter grows up living a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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573 Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 31, 2010

Such a fabulous contest! I have learned to follow my passions, whatever they may be at the time. I have learned to do whatever makes me happy and not be scared of plunging into something unknown! Mostly, I have learned to love learning…anything and everything :)

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574 sara October 31, 2010

happy birthday!
im on my own journey of recovery from disordered eating right now and its not easy..
OSG does help me a lot by reminding me that ‘you never know what you are capable of until you treat your body right.” you wrote that during one entry and its on my white board now =)

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575 Hannah October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!!!
I used to be the same way that you were, I would eat a ton of food, then get so mad at myself and want to puke, I tried to make myself, but it never worked out. I though i was so fat, (seriously??? I weighed 110)
Then one day I stumbled across your blog and became somewhat obsesed with reading your and other food/health blogs. I loved the inspiring messages and good food
Then i decided to go vegeatrian, I am 15 yrs old and my confidence is better than ever!!!My eating habbits are better too
Thanks so much for helping me on my journey to becoming me, I truly believed God is using you int the lives of so many women!!!!

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576 [email protected] Fab.Fit.Full. October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday! You help to remind me how incredible our bodies our. I love mine because it has the ability to be strong and graceful.

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577 Katie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday, OSG!!! You’re blog is so inspirational. I read it almost every day- I love your vegan recipes! I, too, have struggled with disordered eating in the past. But you’ve inspired me to get a grip, live life to the fullest, and to maximize the good health I’ve been given. I’d love to be entered into your contest. Thank you for being you and for writing your blog!!! : )

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578 Kat October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd anniversary! I love your giveaway. I’ve been reading food blogs for a while and it’s made me realize that I should eat for fuel and exersice to be healthy. I used to believe I had to work out a specific number of minutes and a certain amount of exertion for it to be effective. I’ve always enjoyed exercising, but I’ve been trying new yoga, videos, etc. I’ve been able to make exercise fun without worrying about time.

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579 kim October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! My journey is trying to balance being a mother, a wife, working full time, and being healthy. Its hard, but I am soooo inspired by your blog and its getting easier each day! I am also trying to be happy with myself, and the little goals I accomplish. “Your blog helps me stay on track! Thanks OSG!

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580 Rebecca October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday.
I had my AHA moment about 5 years ago, when I realised I was the heaviest person in my family, I just brokedown and cried, I think it was the kick up the butt I needed, I was always sporty at school, but, in my twenties I piled on about 20 kilos, after having that moment, I changed the way I looked at food, I started exercising, I lost the weight. I was lucky to have a really supportive family, I still have days where if I eat too much I think I will wake up big again, but, I tell myself to stop being silly and that everything is ok in moderation and you need to enjoy life.

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581 Love 2 Run October 31, 2010

I have learned in the past year or so that I am stronger than I ever thought. I have been challenged mentally and emotionally and I have survived! I know I’m better for all the struggles I’ve had and it has definitely made me appreciate the good things in my life – family, friends, and fresh starts. And the great thing about it is…it’s not over!

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582 Patti October 31, 2010

Hey Angela –

Luv your blog! I recently started following you in my quest to be a heathier, happier, & better me. RESILIENCE is what i luv about myself. No matter what challenges come my way, I seem to always “weather the storm” & come out stronger than before. Thanks for sharing your positive stories & your AWESOME recipes. :p

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583 Cathy October 31, 2010

Something i have grown to love about myself is how strong my body was, and how properly fueling it makes it work even better. I never made the connection between working out to make my body look good and now working out to make my body stronger and fitter makes the goals that much more attainable and fulfilling.

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584 Becca October 31, 2010

Angela,
You are SUCH an inspiration and I am so happy to have fallen upon your blog! My love for cooking has grown even more thanks to your amazing recipes and I am inspired even more to continue running and actually stick with it (almost a year now!). I only hope to be as much of an inspiration as a nurse teaching my patients as you are to your followers to help them lead healthy and happy lives, making healthy decisions on a daily basis.
xo
Becca :)

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585 Cheryl October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!!!!! Wahooo.
Well I have learnt a lot about myself, especially how to eat. Dealing with undereating and poor self esteem, learning how to re-eat and fuel my body has changed my life and sense of self tremendously!!

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586 Sam October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!!!! To another healthy and happy year!!

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587 dr. jen October 31, 2010

Angela,
I’m a psyc prof (and fellow Canadian, now displaced to the States) and I know EXACTLY what you mean about research writing! Sometimes you just have to break free of the constraints of research papers!
Congratulations on your amazing journey.

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588 Diane October 31, 2010

It’s because of your website that I realize there is very much a passion missing in my life…I’ve gone from a person busy and involved to someone actually trying to sit down and think “what am I interested in??”. It’s been a struggle, but just tryingn to get outt here and try as much as possible to discover what my passion in life truely is going to be.

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589 Kelly Michelle October 31, 2010

What a great giveaway! I have to say I have finally learned to love my legs. I used to hate that they weren’t long and thin but now I am proud of their strength and how much they can do.

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590 tara October 31, 2010

Congrats on 2 years! You amaze me daily with your lovely photos, recipes, advice and thoughts. You are definitely a role model in many ways for myself and for many others.

I also have a passion for living a healthy, wholesome life. I became passionate about running about 8 years ago as it was a way to relax, unwind and sort out my thoughts. Since I decided 8 years ago to throw on a pair of sweat pants, some sneakers and put one foot forward on the sidewalk, I haven’t stopped. I’ve since ran 5 half marathons and many other races.

This passion has also led into a passion for a healthy eating lifestyle. Running has made me more aware of what my body can do when I feed it good food. It has also shown me how I feel when I eat unhealthy food. Your blog, along with the other wonderful bloggers has opened up my eyes in ways I never imagined. No more eating food-like “foods”, no more thinking non-fat/low-fat this and that is good for me. Instead I make almost all my own food, I put good, wholesome ingredients in and I am proud of how far I have come. I know I always have more to learn and I look forward to what you have to teach me!
Congrats again.

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591 Danielle October 31, 2010

I have loved reading your blog since I discovered it almost a year ago! It can turn a bad day good and usually gives me a new outlook on the day. Keep up the positive energy and the great work!

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592 Lauren Graham October 31, 2010

I have been training for my first half marathon and it has been the best experience.

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593 liane October 31, 2010

Congrats! I’ve been reading your blog since January 2009 and I can’t believe how fast two years flies by! Thanks so much for all your fantastic posts!

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594 Jae October 31, 2010

happy blogiversary!
I love that I got to be a questbridge national finalist and have the option of applying to Ivies now :)

Im still working on self acceptance… but I know that its a long way coming… but Im getting there

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595 Rachael October 31, 2010

It’s amazing how much evolution can happen in two years! I hope you take great pride in the inspiration and positivity you provide for so many readers – the love from all these comments should be testimony to that!
Life paths are so meandering, and I’ve readjusted mine quite a few times. I’m feeling rooted right now in a way that I haven’t before, ready to commit to environmental justice in .the South and, universe-willing, a family. It’s a far cry from the high-paced, high-profile life I once thought I’d have, but I feel more at peace than I have in a long, long time.

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596 Andrea P October 31, 2010

Happy Blog Birthday!
I’ve only been following your blog for a short time, since I met you at the HLS in August. You were so nice! I love your photography and your recipes all sound so delicious. In the past 2 years I’ve discovered that I do have a true passion for healthy living and fitness. I’m hoping to be able to work that passion into my career in pharmacy.

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597 Andrea October 31, 2010

Thank you so much for your blog. My sister suffered/suffers from an eating disorder, and your blog has given me some insight that I think has helped me understand what she’s going through better. Also, you haven’t posted a bad recipe yet. I’m making some crispy vinegar chickpeas as I type. :)
You’re an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

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598 Elise Anderson October 31, 2010

I’ve slowly begun to convince myself that everything in life is going to be okay, no matter what. It always is.

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599 kell October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! you have no idea how glad i am that you were born:) as someone who is currently struggling to recover from an eating disorder, i often lose hope, feel like giving up, and wonder if there is a light at the end of the long, dark, lonely tunnel. this is where you come in OSG, i am motivated to move forward each day because i am afforded the opportunity to see into the world of a woman who has an obvious healthy appetite for life. your delicious creations inspire me to nourish my body and your passion to follow your heart inspires me to nourish my life. because you have allowed me to peek into your world, i now believe that recovery is possible and slowly my own appetite for food and for life is returning. you are a true testament, and all the proof i need, that self-love and self-care really does make you glo from the inside out. you made me realize that there IS a light at the end of my tunnel too – that light is my own glo. thanks a million for giving me something to look forward to!

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600 Kelsey October 31, 2010

Hi Angela,

I have been religiously following your blog for a couple of months now and I’ve always wanted to leave a comment but never knew exactly what I wanted to say. I just wanted to tell you how much you inspire me and how much you have helped me. I too have suffered with disordered eating and over exercising. Last year, I became anorexia due to friend and family issues. In came around to bite me in the end because I let down my family, friends, and most importantly, myself. I got help and gained weight back. I decided to exercise for fun and eat when I was hungry. This summer though, I became allergic to all dairy products and have a mild allergy to gluten. My mother raised me as a vegetarian so meat was never an issue. I lost a lot of weight again when I completely took dairy out of my diet. When I found your blog, I decided to truly become vegan and realize that calories are not important when you eat so healthy! I also now give my body a rest when it needs it. You are an amazing person, and I hope you know how many lives you have helped!

Good luck on your food challenge and HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!

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601 Jul October 31, 2010

Happy birthday, OSG! This year, I started running, discovered Crossfit, made a bunch of wonderful new friends, and fell in love with a new-to-me city. Life is good. Life is good.

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602 Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 31, 2010

You’re blog is always a bright light in the blog world!

I’m still on a journey. I’ve grown much more confident in what I do, as a writer especially. I’m still working on being confident in who I am, but it’s steadily improving.

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603 Kelly October 31, 2010

I’m still trying to get get “there” – to self-acceptance. Reading your blog is great inspiration helping me get closer. Thanks for all your work and great posts! Happy anniversary!

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604 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) October 31, 2010

Happy second birthday, OSG. :)

I just wanted to say thank you for being so dedicated and bringing us exciting posts with cute writing and delicious-looking photos at the same time. You obviously work hard at anything you do in life, but it’s even better that you get to work so hard at something you love this much.

This year I really grew to love getting the chance to test myself and do things that I would have never dreamed of doing a few years back. Growing up, it was always so hard to never be happy with anything that I did or feel confident in taking chances. I always felt like I was on the sidelines, watching and wishing I could join in too. But now I’ve stopped watching and wishing – now I’m taking chances and I don’t plan to look back. :)

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605 Sara October 31, 2010

Happy birthday, OSG! You’re a great role model, Angela. You rock!

I’m still working on my journey. I have some food issues, struggle with negative thoughts and body image issues. But I’ve learned to make exercise part of my life and have a healthier outlook in terms of eating properly for fuel. I love this blog because you lead by example and show a balanced lifestyle!

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606 Annie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! Thanks for your creative and interesting posts Angela. I recently applied for my dream job and got an interview!

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607 Yuki October 31, 2010

Yay! Happy 2nd Birthday OSG!! :)
Thank you so much for blogging all the time, it really is a pleasure to read!
My passion is to live a healthy lifestyle although it is still a work in progress!
I need to work on self-acceptance, also.

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608 Svitlana October 31, 2010

Your blog is absolutely amazing, Angela. I am impressed by the quality of your recipes and the quality of your posts. I am a fellow Canadian and yours is the only Canadian food blog that I read! I am currently learning to cook and bike simple and delicious foods. I’ve been eating healthy since coming to Canada ten years ago but I never liked to cook before. I thought that they were too many gender stereotypes attached to it. Now I find eat relaxing and liberating! I’d love to try some of your Globars.

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609 Michelle October 31, 2010

Congratulations on 2 years of a great blog and lots of personal growth! When reading many of your posts I feel like they could be my own words. I’m also a researcher who persevered through graduate school, has been very unhappy in my career for many years now (but feel like it’s what I “should” be doing) and struggled with an eating disorder. It’s very comforting and motivating to read about your journey and I hope to get the courage to move-on to something that brings me more happiness also. Thank you for being so generous with sharing your stories (and the great recipes!).

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610 Colleen October 31, 2010

Congratulations on your anniversary!
I have grown to really love my name. I hated it when I was younger because it wasn’t as popular as other names. It suits me so well and I’m proud that it’s mine :)

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611 Alisa October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!! I adore your blog and look forward to it every night. I have just started my passion for eating clean and healthy foods and I am loving it. I used to think that eating healthy was so boring, but your blog has helped me see otherwise. My other passion is sweets and candy and your Twix or Treat Fingers look amazing. Thanks for being so creative!!

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612 Tracey @ TropicalHappiness October 31, 2010

Great giveaway! Lately, I have become more comfortable in my body. I wake up each day knowing my body is strong. It carries me through the day. And how tight or lose my clothes are just doesn’t matter!! It’s a GREAT place to be at in my life!

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613 Autumn Tao October 31, 2010

Congrats Angela!

One of my greatest passions is teaching high school English. I adore the age group, the materials, and the chance to expose them to some ideas that fall outside the context of the classroom. On a recent handout for comma practice a sentence read, “If you want the best deals on local produce,” Mrs. Hardt said, “then you have to hit up farmer’s
markets.” :)

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614 Christine October 31, 2010

Uhmm..three days ago I left my job as a Chemical Engineer. Like this Thursday.

I am now a full-time winemaker at a local winery.

I am still pinching myself.

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615 AGS November 1, 2010

Wow — this is a huge step. . . and may I say and exciting one, too. Best of luck!

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616 Angie October 31, 2010

Congrats on two totally amazing years!!

You are such an inspiration to me. I spent three miserable years in a doctoral psychology program before leaving to find a better path as well. And I, too, have struggled with self-acceptance in the past but I am inching closer to a healthier outlook everyday. Motivation from wonderful bloggers like you helps remind me to stay positive and focus on my strengths!

You are an amazing woman – thank you for all you do!!!! Oh, and good luck on Challenge #7!

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617 jodie October 31, 2010

Goodness gracious. Judging from the number of comments I am one of hundreds who faithfully read your blog. Thank you for your humble and hilarious and lovely posts, they often make my day just a bit brighter (and tastier). Happy Birthday!

Jodie

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618 Michelle October 31, 2010

Your story has really inspired me. I have been struggling with disordered eating for several years, and while each day is still a challenge, it is nice to be reminded that this battle can ultimately be won!

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619 Alyssa October 31, 2010

During my senior year of college I fell into a food obsession – one that caused me to restrict my diet, endlessly count calories, extreme exercise, and anxious, stressful trips to the grocery store. Reading food blogs and learning how to make healthy fun meals helped me out of my rut. Today I love to cook, try healthy new foods, and still read blogs!

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620 jesse October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween! I have wanted to try some of your Glo bars so wining a gift certificate would be awesome.

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621 Tanya @ Vegan Faith October 31, 2010

I too started blogging as a way to release the inner me. I felt very stifled. I just wanted to be able to share who I was and what I love. Blogging does that for me and quickly became a passion. I also love running, eating, cooking (in that order!) and volunteering. And I absolutely adore my husband. That is me in a nutshell! Thanks for being here, your blog is one of the first that I began reading and has really inspired me! I hope I win!

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622 *Andrea* October 31, 2010

HAPPY BDAY OSG!!! Thanks for being so candid on your blog. I’ve experienced similar struggles (disordered eating, anxiety/depression) as well as triumphs (learning to love myself and nourish myself with good foods) as you have shared here. I’ve learned to love myself for my willingness and eagerness to help friends and family, especially by being a great listener.

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623 cher October 31, 2010

congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! i can’t believe that it’s been two short years that you have been on this journey, yet you seem so “evolved” and entrenched in it. what an accomplishment. my journey is starting always…and a work in progress.

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624 Kara October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! My passions include baking and cooking, as well as spending time with the important people in my life. :) My journey this past year has been quitting a full-time 9-5 desk job for a much more fulfilling part-time position – I have not looked back!

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625 Brittany Huschka October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday! I’m a new reader (& a fellow Ontarian :). I’ve grown to love my ability to be creative and healthy in the kitchen through inspiration like your stellar recipes!! Thanks!

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626 Susie October 31, 2010

I have only been following this blo for a short time but LOVE it! I look forward to the Recipes and positive messages that you send each day! Happy 2nd B-day!

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627 Kate October 31, 2010

Happy birthday indeed! And many, many thanks to you, Angela, for letting us have a glimpse into your journey. Your story is such an inspiration and proof that if you follow your heart you WILL find peace. I’m learning to do the same, and while it can be a challenge to let go and trust the process, I believe it will be worth it in the end. You can’t start swimming until you jump in with both feet, right??

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628 Rachel A October 31, 2010

My dream is to be a librarian. I’m currently working on my applications to grad school,and I’m so excited!

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629 Christina October 31, 2010

Congratulations on two fantastic years :]

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630 Erica October 31, 2010

Happy 2 years! I have grown to love the honesty and character in me. I have done all I can to live my life by doing the right thing, even when no one is watching :)

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631 Kate October 31, 2010

Happy blog birthday!

I really enjoy following your blog and making many of your delicious recipes. Its really inspiring how you made a positive change in your life and pursued your dreams.

Two years ago, I began running and in it, really found something I was passionate about and it has completely changed my life, my outlook and my health. It makes me soo happy to have that passion.

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632 Rachel October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!
Reading your blog is such an uplifting reminder to think positively and love yourself just the way you are! I love that I can be fearless when trying new activities or food! My courage has given me soo many wonderful experiences!

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633 Laura October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! sending birthday wishes for OSG <3
I came across your blog just about a year ago and have been reading everday since.
You have inspired me to have courage in myself to fulfill my passions and live my life.
Though I am still fighting the battle of overcoming anorexia, you give me the hope i need
that there is so much more to life, waiting for me to discover.
I have a passion for ashtanga yoga, and when i get my health back, I will start the teacher training program. I look forward to being able to excersize freely and get back into running and mountain biking.
You are so amazing, I love what you do!

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634 Sara October 31, 2010

Happy Aniversary of your fabulous blog! I share of a lot of the same struggles you have had and I am learning to love myself more and more everday. I know you love quotes and wanted to share a favorite of mine with you…

“Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think is necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use.”

~Carlos Castaneda in The Teachings of Don Juan

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635 Libby October 31, 2010

I’m almost shaking my head in disbelief… I’ve only just discovered your blog today, and every word in this one post resonated so powerfully with where I am in my life–about to graduate college, terrified of entering the real world while simultaenously hating the stifling, suffocating coursework of research papers; constantly unhappy in myself and the work I’m doing. In a few words you’ve inspired me to find meaning beyond passive living day to day, to not write myself off as inadequate. Thank you and happy happy birthday! I can’t wait to follow you more :)

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636 Rachel October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday! I am in love with your blog and all the healthy recipes and inspiration!

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637 Allie October 31, 2010

Your blog really touches home with me everyday, but especially with your comments regarding the start of the blog! It’s truly inspiring to see how much change can happen in 2 years and I hope the same can happen for me. I love running and I love being innovative with healthy foods, I hope soon I can truly and honestly love myself. Thanks for sharing your story, I know it means a lot to me, and I bet others would agree!

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638 Lynna October 31, 2010

So happy your blog exists Angela. It’s one of my favorites because of the creative recipes and thoughtful topics.

One of my biggest passions is food. I love baking, cooking, and learning anything I can about food. I’m trying to apply my passions to some sort of profession but it can be difficult to find your niche (and get hired) so I’m working on figuring it out! I would love to own a bakery, help educate people about sustainable food, be a nutritional consultant, write a cookbook– so many things. I hope I can make some of them happen.

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639 Jenna October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!

Thank you so much for the wonderful vegan recipes — this blog has inspired me to eat vegan meals (even though I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian) to add variety to my diet and to try new foods.

Something that I have grown to love about myself is my commitment to yoga. I am not very good, but I have noticed changes in my body since I have started going more regularly. I am becoming more flexible and I can start to see some shoulder muscles!

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640 Megan October 31, 2010

Congratulations on the 2 year blogiversary Angela! Your blog remains a go-to on my Google Reader for your wonderfully creative recipes.

As for my own journey, after five long years of school, I’m finally only 9 months away from becoming an R.D.!! (Registered Dietitian) Great giveaway. :)

p.s. I have a feeling you are going to win PFB… and deservedly so! :)

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641 Janelle October 31, 2010

I am finally, at the age of 28, starting to accept myself exactly the way God made me, flaws and all. This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in self-improvement, but we are all given different characteristics in life and I truly believe that it is possible to take even the most seemingly negative traits and turn them into things that help instead of harm you. I’m learning to stop caring about what others think of me, we are all given different journeys and different baggage. We can either become bitter or better because of this baggage, and I”ve decided to choose BETTER.

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642 Jenna October 31, 2010

Hello Angela,

I have probably followed your blog on and off for the past year or so. I too, like yourself and many of your readers, have struggled with body image issues, disordered eating, and self-acceptance. After 5+ years struggling to recover from disordered eating and a combination of bulima and anorexia, I finally decided in 2009 that I wanted 2010 to be a year filled with life. I got myself healthy, I started dating again (I actually now live with my boyfriend who has really helped me to learn to accept myself and love myself), I went traveling to see my best friend who has been living in Africa for the past 2 years, and I trained and completed my first half marathon at a time I am super happy with (1:50!). Right now I am trying to figure out where my passion lies in terms of my future career (I have a BA in psychology), and I am now learning to assess whats best for me and makes me the me the most happy, as opposed to doing what people want me to do (lots of people want me to go into grad school for psychology and become a researcher, but I think I like working with people much more :). Anyways, I still have my ups and downs, but I have realized taking risks in life and fully immersing yourself in life (giving yourself the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them) is what life is all about.

I guess my passion right now is “living life!”
Keep doing what makes you happy Angela. And thank you for sharing your amazing recipes with all of us :)

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643 Raewyn October 31, 2010

Hi, Angela! Happy Blogaversary! Thanks so much for your blog -I love it! You always bring a smile to my face and help to look on the bright, glowing side of life…for that I am utterly thankful. And, you remind me to laugh at myself sometimes when I feel like crying! :)

My journey has been a tumultuous, adventurous one…I’ve come a long way in a short year: I went from being a chubby 16 yrd who cried nearly every night about her weight and had unhealthy habits to being a strong, fit, healthy 17 yrd who discovered a passion for exercise, FRESH REAL food, Green Monsters, VOO, and 8 hours of sleep!

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644 Keri October 31, 2010

“I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself”
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”
“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
“The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person”

Happy two years. I have been following your blog for about 5 months now. Yours has a certain sparkle that keeps me coming back each day! Like many of us ladies on here I face the same battles! Love the pictures, recipes, etc.

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645 Tayor October 31, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday!! I’ve grown so much in the way that I now appreciate food, running, and health so much more. Running is now not only something I love, but it doesn’t control my life the way it used to. And it’s so much more freeing.

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646 janet October 31, 2010

What a wonderful journey you’ve been through. Life throws all sorts of challenges our way, but each difficult door opens up to new possibilities. :)

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647 Ariffa October 31, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OSG!
Angela you are so inspiring and wonderful and beautiful I can confidently say you have improved SO many women’s self-esteems and LIVES <3
I've grown to love MYSELF and appreciate everything my mind and body allows me to do

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648 Lexi October 31, 2010

I have less than 150 days left of school, so I feel as if I’m supposed to be at the end of journey. But how can I be at the end of a journey when I’ve yet to begin? These past four years were, according to those around me, supposed to be the best times of my life. But they were not. I struggled to find happiness, to find peace, and perhaps most importantly, to find myself.

And then I found the world of food and healthy living. Unbeknownst to me, I had found a direction in life, a creative muse, and a passion to keep me sane during the most stressful times.
My journey is far from over, and I know that. I’m hoping that this time, however, I will find the ‘beginning’ that eluded me four years ago.

Angela — thank you for your words and wisdom along the way. Truly, you made a difference.

P.S. Happy birthday OSG!

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649 Angie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OGS! A funny little story to celebrate your birthday…I started following your blog at the beginning of 2010. A few months later, my sister and I were talking about whole foods, recipes, etc and I mentioned your site. Lo and behold, we discovered that we were BOTH fans of OGS and never even knew it. Now, when we try one of your new recipes, we save one another a sample. :)

This year, I learned that I am enough…just the way I am. :)

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650 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 31, 2010

My passion for nutrition/the culinary arts/healthy living gets stronger each and every day. My “hobby”/passion for (all things) food bloomed at a young age (~13), but it’s because of you and other bloggers in the the past year that have allowed me realize I want my passion to be my career too.

Congrats on your journey to health, the plunges you’ve taken, and ALL the successes that have come out of your perseverance/hard work.

To you & to health! =]

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651 Jolene ([email protected]) October 31, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OSG!!!

I always dream big and I have accomplished everything I have put my mind to!

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652 Miriam October 31, 2010

I never knew about healthy living blogs until 2 months ago, and now I rely on them for encouragement, motivation, and entertainment. It’s so fun to be part of a community that cares so much about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for your glow, it is much appreciated :)

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653 aubrey @ italktofood October 31, 2010

Thank you for sharing your story. It is incredible to relate about body image and self love.
I am learning more and more every day to love what body I have been blessed with and the things it can do. Like run. After every run, I thank my body for being so tough.

A year ago I dropped everything to persue my dream and passion. I wanted to learn to really cook and take my hobby to the next level. I dropped out of college and transfered to culinary school on the opposite side of the country. It has been the best decision I have ever made. I feel so lucky.

We all have amazing stories and it is truely wonderful to share them with eachother!

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654 Amy October 31, 2010

I love cooking and running–they are what keep me going and keep me happy! I especially love to cook or bake for others and dream of opening a gluten-free bakery in the future!

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655 Wendy October 31, 2010

Congrats on your 2nd anniversary. My passion in life is my family. But as my children get older I am realizing that I need to rediscover who I am as they need me less and less. My first passion and priority will always be them, but I am enjoying figuring out what path to journey down next, ie going back to work full time, picking up hobbies I used to enjoy but have not really had the time to do, and most of all reconnecting with my husband. The future looks bright!!!!!

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656 Paige October 31, 2010

I never thought of myself as exceedingly athletic or creative; however, I took up photography ten months ago and I ran my first 5k this morning. Now I’m thoroughly enjoying developing both aspects of myself. :)

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657 Noelle October 31, 2010

Congrats Angela! My journey has been about self-love and discipline. My journey has been slow but it continued growing and getting stronger. My passion and goal is to continue on my vegan path to eat whole and delicious foods.

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658 Wendy October 31, 2010

Congrats OSG! I still struggle with eating disorders and body image, but I’m thankful to have someone who constantly reminds me how much he loves me each day. His love gives me passion for life, to appreciate everything that happens everyday :) I love how your blog teaches young girls like me ways to create a healthier lifestyle. Thank you :)

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659 sassy molassy October 31, 2010

Happy 2 yr! I am slowly learning to give my body a bit more respect and rest as it needs. Stress affects me more than I think and constantly working out is not always the answer. Sometimes I need to give my mind and body a breather. Thanks for your fabulous recipes, photos and inspiration!

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660 Stacy October 31, 2010

Happy birthday OSG!!

I look forward to reading your blogs! My whole family LOVED your Pumpkin gingerbread with spiced buttercream recipe!!

I didn’t start to appreciate my body until after I had my boys! Every stretch mark has a story!!

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661 Helen October 31, 2010

Let me start by saying Happy Birthday OSG!! I absolutely love this blog and I am so glad that you started writing it :) As for myself, my passion is my boys! I have to admit that they are my number 1 fans..haha! Noah is always saying “Mom your a great chef”, which I am not a chef career wise. I have used several of your recipes to make healthier versions of their favorite foods. Thank you for your inspiration, ideas, and yummy treats!

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662 Laura October 31, 2010

Congratulations Angela!! I am sure your blog has affected more people than you know in the past 2 years.
My journey has been becoming a runner, something I always thought I wasn’t meant to do. 2 half marathons later and here I am!

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663 Ashley October 31, 2010

Congrats on 2yrs Ang!!! I feel so fortunate to have found your blog and gotten to know you so well. :) A lot has changed in my life in the past year and I feel stronger, mentally + physically. I have no idea what I’ll be doing in 1 year or 5, but I’m okay with that. See you SOON!

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664 Katherine October 31, 2010

Angela! You will never know how much you inspire me! I am 16 years old, and for 4 years had struggled with an eating disorder; I withered away to a frightening 5 foot 3, 82 pounds, and a cold, bland teenager. Though my parents and ironically enough, doctors, tried shoving ice cream and butter laden white pastas down my throat I resisted. I wanted to turn things around by eating healthy and running- it would make me feel good about myself. They laughed, but here I am, a healthy( but still a bit thin) junior in high school 5’5 110 pounds. Your blog provided me with yummy recipes, and solace knowing that someone else had been down the same road as me, and overcame it. I check your blog EVERY day, and I love the intermingling of food porn and inspiration… Keep it up, and more importantly….KEEP GLOWING!!!!

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665 Sara October 31, 2010

Happy 2 years! You have a great ability to write and share creatively, and all of your food is absolutely breathtaking and innovative. I am proud of myself because as someone who struggled with disordered eating, I know what it is like to feel as if you’re just “going through the motions”. My career is pretty vain in the appearance department and there is a lot of pressure to be skinny and pretty. I am proud of myself for loving who I am, and being proud that my body can allow me to get up and live a happy life every day!

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666 Natalia October 31, 2010

I have gotten a lot more comfortable with my so called imperfections. This is the person that I am, why waste that amazing person trying to be someone else?
I also no longer complain about my body because I realize it does so much for me, I am grateful for it everyday!

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667 Danielle October 31, 2010

I have discovered that my passion is health and wellness…with a main focus on healthy, whole foods :)

Unfortunately I still struggle mildly with disordered eating (it’s getting better…just very slowly) but I know that someday I will be free from that in my own due time!

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668 Leslie October 31, 2010

Thank you for all your words of wisdom, experience, and truthfulness! As one of your blog readers, I find comfort and hope in all you say, do, and put out there! I am hopefully optimistic that I will follow in your footsteps, as someone who is living with themselves in a happier state.

Happy 2nd birthday OSG, and to many more to come!

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669 Kimmy Jahnke October 31, 2010

Congratulations on 2 great years! Thanks for offering these great giveaways!

You inspire so many – including me to love my body & feed it well. I’ve spent the last year embracing the way God game me & trying to better appreciate my blessings!

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670 Karen October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG,
Yours is one of 2 blogs that I check every single day…I love your recipes and the inspiration. I’m studying to be a holistic nutritionist after years of being a bookkeeper…which I enjoy, but it doesn’t light a fire inside me like food and health does!

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671 Jac October 31, 2010

I am just starting a new way life, and I want to thank you so much for your blog its been a great inspiration.

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672 lexi October 31, 2010

Angela! I think your blog is phenomenal! I love your recipes! ( I made some pecan truffles and knowing they are more nutritious than the Halloween candy lurking about has been so helpful!) so, congrats on your amazing success both personally and professionally.
On that note, I have recently realized that a big passion of mine is basically informing and teaching people, in a sense. I am a fitness instructor part time, and a volunteer reporter (like an intern part time) -Journalism allows me to inform people and I love chasing news and feeding my curiosity- Through fitness instructing I am also teaching, and (hopefully) inspiring and motivating people… I love being able to do both!
After training over the past few months for my FIRST ever full marathon (NYC!! this coming weekend!!!) and NOT losing an ounce of weight in the process( probably gained, actually :S ) your blog helped me realize that what my body CAN DO for me is far more important. strong legs that can carry me far, that is way cool in my opinion.

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673 Libby October 31, 2010

I recently fell in love with my giant German thighs. My entire life, I’ve had trouble finding jeans that fit them well, and recently have begun opting for Luon most of the time. As a rower, my thighs are the most essential muscle in my body for my stroke. They are the trigger that gets pulled every stroke. They can press more than a quarter of my body weight.

While getting ready for a night on the town with my roommates a few weeks ago, I put on a short dress and looked down and said to my roommate, “You know, if I didn’t know my legs could press as much as they do, I’d be uncomfortable wearing this.” I was so proud of them and ready to show the world how much they rocked.

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674 Dee October 31, 2010

What a nice post, Angela!! I truly love reading your blog every single day!

One thing I have learned through my journey, is to trust myself! Usually if my gut tells me something, it is right. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I have the ability to change anything that doesn’t feel right about my life.

Thank you for inspiring me everyday :)

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675 Claire October 31, 2010

Dear Angela,
Let me just tell you that as a 15 year old girl living in Canada, struggling and having struggled for 3 years with disordered eating in the form of orthorexia nervosa, night eating syndrome, purging disorder, binge eating disorder and exercise addiction, I am greatly inspired by you. In the past few years, I have come to realize and appreciate the importance and beauty of relationships, passions and hobbies, taking care of myself, reaching out, taking time to set healthy goals for the future and simply living life more fully. I think I’ve grown a lot and try to remind myself of that everyday. There isn’t a single moment where I regret having struggled with eating and exercise because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be so grateful for what I have and what I can accomplish. I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t be so determined and confident that I will become a strong woman who deserves love and acknowledgement. Because I already am that person and as long as I make a point of loving and be-friending that lovely human being, I can only be a happy one. Because what I did to myself was dehumanizing, I wasn’t treating myself as a human. Every time I step in the OhSheGlows house, I feel that warm, peaceful, flowing certainty that I am a human. And I thank you so much for that! I love my hope, joy and determination, and I love seeing that in you as I read your posts.
Congrats and keep writing, I’ll keep reading.
Take care
xxo
Claire

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676 Ruthie October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to the first food blog I ever read! I can’t even tell you how much reading about your transformation into a glowing girl helped me to do so myself… I sincerely apprecaite all the time you’ve taken to share your story.

On a lighter note, I discovered GMs here on OSH and absolutely adore them! I have one waiting for me on the fridge as I type to enjoy for breakfast tomorrow. They’re such a superfood it’s ridiculous. SO yummy too :)

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677 Maddie October 31, 2010

Health is a huge passion of mine. Healthy living blogs like your own have made me realize that life doesn’t have to be 100 calorie packs and low calorie food. Thanks for showing everyone you can have fun with food and make it taste delicious but still be good for you! You’re an inspiration!

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678 Tina October 31, 2010

Congrats on your blog birthday!
I love healthy eating so I love sitting down to read your posts– they inspire me whenever I’m tempted to return to my days of being sedentary and mindlessly eating, or worse when I would work out to the point of dizziness and only eat stalks of celery. I’m all about healthy eating now and letting exercise be an enjoyable part of my day, not torture. I’m a college freshman right now and struggling to maintain balance of being healthy, spending time with friends, and doing well in school. Today was my first day running again since the beginning of the semester and it was great to just have some me time.

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679 jenna October 31, 2010

I have grown to love my imperfections and realizing that I don’t have to be perfect, just human.

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680 Janice October 31, 2010

What I have learned to love about myself is my sense of humor and my ability to never meet a stranger!!

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681 Jacki October 31, 2010

I love that I’ve come to like foods that I never thought that I would like. I feel healthier and stronger thanks to it.

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682 Malina October 31, 2010

I recently became vegan about 8-9 weeks ago and it has been an awesome adventure. I am so thankful for this site, I look at it about 3-4 times a day. Through finally becoming vegan (after 20 years as a vegetarian) I have found that I LOVE to cook and bake. I find a lot of my inspiration for recipes through OSG. I appreciate that you take the time to share your story with so many of us. It is really beautiful what you have created here. A safe positive environment full of support.
My other passions aside from cooking and baking would have to be hot yoga (which has changed my life), reading, painting, and running. ♥

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683 Hilary October 31, 2010

Angela,

One of my greatest passions is running, and I have learned to love it even more as a result of reading your blog (which has also furthered my interests in cooking, yoga, and appreciating beauty)!

All the best.

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684 Alexis October 31, 2010

My passion in life is to make a difference in this world through encouragement. This has to do with beauty, being confident and helping others see their beauty and by creating cute gifts and writing letters to others. :)

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685 Violette October 31, 2010

About a month ago I had a serious meltdown before leaving for a big fashion event because I hated the way I looked. Every inch of me. Simple as that.

Forget that the event was held outdoors and that everyone was huddled in massive jackets with the wind blowing our beautiful coifs into hot messes. Forget that my friends thought I looked great and were happy to be with me. Forget that I forced myself to give off that confident chic vibe and laugh the loudest.

But don’t forget that when I came home, I just sat in bed and cried long and hard (water weight gone!) because I still didn’t like the way I looked… Exposing and confessing my inner demons to my amazing boyfriend until the early morning.

I awoke the next morning with that ‘out of body experience.’ Was that really me yesterday?
What had happened? I am not overweight or obese or ill or ugly or diabetic or unhealthy or gross – so what was it? After all these years, I had finally let the mirrors, the models, the diets, the bad lighting, the extremes and the scale win.

That next morning, I decided to stop it all. To stop my own madness, to stop my own hostage situation. I needed to be held accountable for my own life and I needed help. My own help. And I couldn’t defer my hopes and dreams to another time or another future me.

Facing the mirror honestly and without aggression has freed me. Everyday I learn to like one more inch of me. Of course watching what I eat, having fun with food (cooking classes!), becoming vegetarian (never going back!) and loving to exercise (getting my boyfriend hooked to yoga too!) has helped me – there’s no doubt.

But it’s the daily mantra running through my head that has changed. It has gone from ‘fat, ugly, good god, don’t eat anything today’ to ‘so awesome, looking’ good, hey!, so what’s the plan for today hot stuff’. Beyond the time spent making delish flax crackers and fab green smoothies, beyond the time clocked in on the treadmill and the yoga mat/magic carpet, it was all about mental changes. Swapping the words ‘skinny’ for ‘healthy’ and ‘obsession’ with ‘lifestyle’.

I know that I’m still in the middle of finding my happy self and that it will take time… but actually… my scale is the one with the schizophrenic problem – not me! Mr. Scale, I’m putting you on a time-out, in the closet, so you can think about what you’ve done… ;)

I’m proud of how positive and bright I’ve become. I’m loving me. Every inch of me. Simple as that.

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686 stephanie a. October 31, 2010

This is my favorite food blog, hands down. I love your story, I love your past, I love your breakthroughs. And of course, the voice and photos in your blog are amazing. Just last week or so I read you “story”. It’s inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life and photos and lovely skills with us. I am grateful for that!

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687 lisa October 31, 2010

I was lucky enough to find your blog while searching for info about eating disorders. One night turned into many as I went back, nearly non-stop, and reread all of your posts from the beginning. I was hooked. Both for your writing style and your wonderful content, brimming with passion in all you do…but also for your journey. I know that journey all too well and you gave such hope in your writing. I read your life now and see you living in the harmony and health that comes with recovery and it’s amazing and so, so uplifting. I am so glad to have found you, so glad you write, and well, also just love your recipes and your cheer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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688 katrina m October 31, 2010

happy birthday OSG!!!!! :) i am so thankful for stumbling across your blog one day by accident. i can’t even remember now how i found but, but i haven’t turned back! you helped me push myself when i was learning to run and then training for my first half marathon, you helped me get courage to experiment with different foods and recipes when i was on my road to health. and although i have take a little detour lately, i’m hoping to get back on track soon and i am still here reading along!! you are a ray of sunshine angela, and you brighten all of our lives!!! thanks for sharing yours with us!! :)

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689 Mama Pea October 31, 2010

Happy Blogiversary!

I’ve definitely grown in the way I feel about my body and how I choose to fuel it. You continue to be such an inspiration to me. Thank you!

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690 Melissa October 31, 2010

I have grown to love my ability to embrace self-compassion. Sometimes those that give forget how great it is to receive :-)

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691 Lindsay October 31, 2010

I have had 10 years of self hate because of my personal struggle with food. Because of the blogging community, I was able to get help and I am now in recovery. I have come to love me as me and I understand that my body will NEVER be what I want it to be. My body is perfect, just the way it is and I am so greatful that it has the energy to keep living.

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692 Taylore October 31, 2010

Hi Angela! Congrats on such a graceful recovery what everything you went through.
It’s my first time commenting on your blog, but definitely not my first time here! I’m not commenting because of the yummy giveaways, but because I actually have something to say haha. I’m a sophomore in college and for as long as I can remember I have hated my nose, which is shallow (i see that now). I begged and pleaded to get something done about it and finally my parents complied. The day before the ‘big day’, i went in for the final consultation. When i arrived I broke down crying and realized this is my face and I am lucky to have such a tiny problem in my life. All in all, no one and nothing touched my nosey. And after everything, I love my nose. It fits me, its who I am and I know that if I ever unnaturally altered anything on my body, it would be one of my biggest regrets. My nose was just the beginning. I have always been very hard on my appearance, but I am slowly growing to love and respect my body and what I put into it. Your blog is not only delicious and creative, but extremely inspirational and beautiful :) I cant wait for more posts to come! Happy Halloween! :)

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693 Alyne November 1, 2010

I read you eeevery day, and you taught me how to bake. I baked like 50+ muffins the other day. Carrot, zuchinni, beet, apple, banana, flax, oat, etcccc ;)
<3aly.

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694 Rachel (@Smile Out Loud) November 1, 2010

Over the past year, I have grown to learn that it is not selfish to love myself and put myself first. I trust that I know exactly what is right for me and I don’t let anyone make me doubt that. I love myself just for who I am, not for what I do and don’t do. This has helped me become happier than I ever thought possible. Life seems to fall into place when you really love yourself.

Happy 2nd birthday, OSG and Angela! GOOD LUCK on challenge #7! I know it will turn out fabulous as always :D

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695 ezzie November 1, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been a silent reader for a while now; your blog is addicting and your recipes are simply amazing.
I have learned to thank God and appreciate my body for all the amazing things it can do for me. I love the feeling of running on strong legs! I am so thankful that I have recently rediscovered ballet and realized how much I enjoy dancing. I am proud that I have come this far, but I still do have a lot more to learn! Your blog is a great inspiration and I am looking forward to your future posts~

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696 Clare November 1, 2010

I followed my passion for the first time in my life and became a yoga teacher 1 yeand and 1/2 ago. I am just finishing my Pilates teacher training as well. I would say, when you hear that little voice that says, “I could do THIS all day!” , listen, have faith, and follow!

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697 CarolineR November 1, 2010

I love your blog so much! Congrats on inspiring others for 2 years :)

My passion is helping others. It’s what is pushing me through the end of my schooling!

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698 Shannon November 1, 2010

Congratulations to you! Going vegan has been a huge part of my journey. It has made me better physically and helped to remind me how amazing life is.

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699 Gabrielle Norton November 1, 2010

Wow Angela what an amazing journey you’ve had in the past 2 years!

I started following you blog almost a year ago and it inspired me to pursue my own passion and document it. Just this past September I graduated from the University of Ottawa, packed my car and drove to California! I want to be an event planner and I’m lucky enough to have dual citizenship so it was an easy decision to make. Along with my 2 other friends, I kept a blog of our adventures through 11 states in 11 days. It helped our parents keep track of us and gave our friends a good story to follow.

I’m living in LA now and got a part time internship with an event planning company. Things are looking good :). Thanks for being an inspiration!

Gabby

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700 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 1, 2010

Congrats on the 2-year blog anniversary!

When I started blogging, I was in the same boat– not feeling a lot of self-love, and struggling with eating issues. Blogging was an outlet for me to “think through” my battles, and work on progressing in the right direction! Little did I know about the amazing community I would meet, or the enormous support I would find! I’ve never felt better!! :)

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701 Agnieszka November 1, 2010

Hello Angela !
I am only 19 years old healthy voyager and I am currently studying in Amsterdam. Originally I am from Poland, Warsaw. I know I am going to take part in contest but would like to share my passion with others.
I have been always interested in fashion and art. Since I was young I was dreaming about making my own collections, drawing dresses during classes etc. when i grown up and when it was time to decide where i want to study i have chosen art school in Amsterdam. Now i am studying art and further on i am considering taking product design or interior design. Dreams can come true only if u believe in them strongly and make right steps to be closer to reach it.
Other passion of mine is cooking healthy living. When I was in secendory school I have started to take several diets but always the effect was negative . One day I have made the worst decision of all. I have suffered from anorexia for many months . Everyone around me was trying to help me but why they were not telling that i look good when i was still healthy??? So anorexia changed me entirely. My inner body, my look, my mind , my personality. It is true devil. It took several years to catch up everything. But still i am not the same person as i was. But also it opened my eyes for healthy issues. I have became more aware of health food, exercise importance etc. Now i am very conscious person, i cook healthy food for me and family. I am trying to help other people to go back to the right track. Now i am fighting with my weight because i have gained obviously everything that i have lost during my disease. Also thanks to your blog you convinced to exercise more and i can see effects which is truly wonderful.
Also my other passion is travelling. I am dreaming of building beatiful modern house close to mountains where i could arrange interiors and collect super modernish and stylish patteries and kettles. yes i am dreaming of having a family and cooking for them, making home made pastries, jams and pasterised cucumbers. Tradiotion rocks!
that’s all. I could write a lot but general issues are shared.

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702 Eleanor November 1, 2010

This is such a beautiful post, and one I am very thankful for.
You give me hope.

Struggling with an eating disorder has been both a blessing and a curse, but more of a blessing in disguise than anything else. It’s hard to take the positives from a seemingly positive-less situation, but out of the time I’ve struggled, I’ve learnt a lot about myself, and about the world outside of myself. The future is bright if only we look at it with a light in our heart.

And this post, (your posts in general!) is a light in my heart.
Any sort of hope, in any form, I take greedily and use it to strengthen my will.

Happy Second Birthday, and I wish you many happy days ahead.

<3
Eleanor

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703 Jen November 1, 2010

I’m passionate about feeding my family in a healthy was as possible. Without breaking the bank.:)

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704 Beth November 1, 2010

One of my biggest passions is baking and cooking. For the longest time, I didn’t embrace this passion because I was so fearful of food and terrified of weight gain. It’s been a process of learning how to balance it all so that I can enjoy life to the fullest while staying healthy!

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705 Courtney Earle November 1, 2010

I discovered my passion for nutrition and fitness a few years ago after graduating from college and already working at a law firm. I realized that this was not the job for me and that I was truly unhappy working at the firm. I am now in school for Nutrition and am pursuing my dream of helping people attain their health/fitness goals by using food as a medicine. I feel as though I can make a difference this way and I can also wake up wanting to do so instead of waking up dreading work.

I still work at the firm as I need income and I go to school part time but in two years time I will be graduating and at that point who knows where life will take me………. I’m excited.

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706 Natalie of (Nat Attacks a Balanced Life) November 1, 2010

I would like to begin by telling you that I am thankful you and the OSG blog. I am thankful that I have beautiul and inspiring woman like yourself who keep my motiviation up and my passions alive..
I wake up everyday knowing that I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to including all my favorite things and starting my day with first an amazing meal whether its a special VOO or leftover pizza , then perhaps going to bikram yoga, traveling the world especially crystal blue beaches and soft white sands, finding new trails to explore, writing whats on my mind, cooking what my taste buds desire, running through fresh air either in sunny santa monica or christchurch, new zealand, spending quality time with friends, playing volleyball with teammates and enjoying a fine wine or a corona on the beach without any thought of time.

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707 Mary November 1, 2010

Congratulations!!

I’m so grateful for being able to run – it keeps me sane – and for blogs like yours that have led me to discover how fun and fulfilling (and delicious!) healthy living can be!!

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708 Tamara November 1, 2010

I started reading your blogs earlier this year when my sister recommended it as a source for vegan recipes (I’ve been vegan since March 17, 2010).

Since then I am now reading your blogs daily. I am at a strange place in my life where I feel quite lost and am trying to get back to balanced. I find your website, your blogs, your thoughts comforting and inspiring.

I see someone who was where I am now but found her way to a better place. So I continue to read your blogs seeking inspiration and guidance.

Thank you for taking the risk and starting this amazing website!

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709 Leanna November 1, 2010

Congratulations Angela! Thank you for your dedication to your blog. I look forward to reading it every day! You truly are an inspriation.

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710 Marijke November 1, 2010

Congratulations Angela!
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog over the last couple of years, witnessing your culinary successes and seeing how amazingly you’ve managed to turn life around for both yourself and Eric!

Living in the UK probably makes my ineligable for your giveaway but I’d like to share my story with you regardless, so I hope you don’t mind:

I was diagnosed with Anorexia nervosa when I was 20 years old, in my final year of University. To cut a long story short, I am now 25 years old and it has taken all my strength to beat this disorder, along with the support of my amazing family and friends.

The most exciting part of my story is that I am getting married next May! My fiancee is a wonderful man who met me when I was going through my darkest times, and he has stuck by me and helped me to learn to love myself. I can honestly say that without this beautiful person in my life I am not sure I would even be here today to tell this story…

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711 AGS November 1, 2010

And a great two years it has been! Congratulations, and warm wishes for the next year of blogging.

I suppose one of the biggest steps I have taken is to realize that I am on a journey. Period. There is no perfect size, perfect fitness level, perfect job, etc. My body changes, as do other parts of my life, and no one time period completely defines me. Whenever I feel terror that something isn’t going exactly as I planned, I always remind myself that I have tomorrow, and and every day after that, to take the steps I want to make those changes. And sometimes I realize that I’m not up for a change at that time.

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712 Lea November 1, 2010

Congratulations on your two year blog anniversary! Part of my journey to self awareness and love has been to leave my PhD assistantship, move 800 miles away from my school, and contemplate the dissertation process all on my own. It has definitely helped to put some significant distance between myself and the program, which I didn’t enjoy a minute of for three years.

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713 Maya November 1, 2010

You have come so far, Angela! I love your blog. I could identify with so much of what you wrote in your first paragraph. I know I’m capable of so much, I just need to believe it. Reading blogs like yours helps, many thanks to you.

I bet you’ll break the 1000+ comment barrier!

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714 Meredith Lilly November 1, 2010

Happy blogiversary! Thank you for all the amazing insights (and food) you’ve shared with us over the years!

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715 Hillary November 1, 2010

One of my greatest passions is learning social entrepreneurs around the world and what I can do to support the, be it with my time or money. There are so many people aroudn the world without access to clean water, proper nutrition, housing who are exposed to terminal diseases. I want to take my business skills and one day to start my own social enterprise. This is how I express love.

Thank you for writing this blog. It is truly therapeautic to read, you are an inspiration to us all, Angela. I’ve dealt with my own disordered eating habits and reading your blog every day has helped me get through even the worst of times.

Your #1 reader in Boston, MA
Hillary Gras

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716 Victoria November 1, 2010

Congrats on two amazing years! I found your blog just one week before I left my job. I felt much like you: discouraged, unappreciated, and unhappy. Reading your blog helped me realize that my passion was out there, but sitting at a computer all day taking orders from my dictator boss was NOT going to get me there. Although I couldn’t afford to not have a job, I now have one that doesn’t make me feel drained by the end of the day. I can go home, work out, make a delicious dinner, hit up the local yoga studio, go shopping, and do a whole bunch of things I had forgotten about. Thanks for you lovely posts. You are truly an inspiration.

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717 The Bird Cage November 1, 2010

Hi :)

Thank for the giveaway! I quite like your blog and it’s come to be a huge inspiration for me. I’m currently in treatment, recovering for an anorexia that nearly killed me three months ago. Now I’m much healthier and, little by little, getting my glow back :)

Thanks for being a daily reminder of what being healthy and happy is like… and how much it’s worth fighting for!

Oh, and happy second bloggaversary!

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718 Stace November 1, 2010

I love this blog because everytime I read it, I feel like the post always correlates to my life in some way. I’m passionate about dancing, fitness, nutrition (foooood!), writing, family, friends, animals, etc.

I was always so self-conscious, unsure of myself, and never satisfied with my body. I can now proudly admit that I really like Me :) While there are still those moments of uncertainty, I remind myself of the growth I’ve experienced, and it feels so wonderful :)

Stace

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719 Adventures in Veg November 1, 2010

Happy Blogoversary Angela, am so delighted for you. Yours was one of the first ‘healthy living’ blogs I read and it continues to be one of my absolute favourites. It has been amazing to watch this blog grow over the past two years – I remember the older blue blog like it was yesterday :)
You’re an inspiration x

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720 Tami November 1, 2010

i never thought i was a runner and with 10+ half marathons and 2 marathons under my belt, I am…I am a runner. I remember when I started running, I ran around my neighborhood, it’s a 3 mile loop and I came home and told my husband that I wanted to be a runner…I am!!!

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721 Pam McOuat November 1, 2010

Hi Ange,
Congrats on your second year of blogging.
You have become a daily part of my life inspiring me to bake, cook and take control of what makes me feel best. I loving seeing what you are up to and how you are following your dreams. Your blog is making an impact on so many peoples lives, I hope you can feel all the love!
It’s nice to have you back in my life, haha, even thought its a bit different than the halls of RHS!
Thank you for your blog.
Pam

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722 Katherine S. November 1, 2010

I recently lost 27 lbs, the slow, healthy way, and I feel great! I actually enjoy working out and eating healthy food now! I also enjoy getting some tasty recipes from your blog!

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723 Erin November 1, 2010

Thanks so much for inspiring me each and every day – I struggle daily with depression and anxiety – like drowning and trying to get to the surface. I can see the light but just can’t get there. Keep writing and motivating all of us to love ourselves as we are and for the potential we have to explore.

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724 [email protected] Enjoying Healthy Foods November 1, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG! I just recently was told about your blog and I am loving it!

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725 Sarah J November 1, 2010

Wow, I hear you on the stifling feeling of graduate school – working your butt off to accomplish what someone else is telling you to do. I keep telling myself that I signed up for this, but it’s hard. Congrats to you on two years of OSG!

I am passionate about nutrition. That’s why I’m in grad school to get my PhD in it. However, I often wish I had taken this passion in another direction: dietetics, culinary school, even business school/restaurant management. But I am getting through it with a smile on my face. I’m confident that I’ll be able to turn this around and still find something to do that fulfills my passion and makes use of my eventual degree. It’ll happen. Even if I have to make it happen!

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726 Abbie November 1, 2010

Happy 2yr anniversary! I think I’ve been reading for 1.5 of those 2 years. I’m still working on my journey to self-love and happiness, and you are definitely an inspiration to me! Thanks for offering such an epic giveaway :)

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727 Amy November 1, 2010

My passion is my family! I love OSG and your wonderful vegan recipes!

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728 Sabrina November 1, 2010

Angela,
Congrats! I think your blog is an inspiration. Just this past year I changed my diet and am now a vegetarian and I try to eat whole foods. I started going back to the gym again after a long hiatus. I battled with candida off and on over the years (I just didn’t know what it was). I completed a anti-candida cleanse and now I feel so much better and I have learned a lot. I think I got sick bc I wasn’t listening to myself and what my body and soul really needed. I like to think I am more aware than I was before. I still struggle with insecurities but overall I am grateful the life I have.
I know that am my best when I nourish myself. I am so happy to see that you are well too and that being healthy can make a real difference in one’s life. Oh, and thank-you for introducing me to green monsters! They are terrific.

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729 Melissa November 1, 2010

Angela,
I learned to love myself after I had my children. My body brought two beautiful boys into this world and that is powerful and beautiful. I was having an “I’m ugly and fat day” and my little one said, “Mommy, you are the prettiest girl ever!” He saw my inner beauty and when you focus on that, you always shine, even if your hair doesn’t!!

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730 FlowerChildYoga November 1, 2010

Wow, you have an awesome following. I think you should write a cookbook and between the recipes photographs you have taken, bits of your life story throughout, funny comments, quotes, etc. I would buy it!!

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731 Becca November 1, 2010

Angela! Congrats on two years! I started following your blog a few weeks ago and have been truly inspired by it. Thank you for that!

There are a few things I’m deeply passionate about, but something new to me is discovering my spirituality. I continue to love running and cooking and practicing yoga and try to do a least one of those things everyday and to find my spirituality through these things and whatever other avenue it might come through. Everyday is a journey and I’m lucky to be able to walk this path!

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732 Brittany Tomren November 1, 2010

Everyyyy single morning and night I check your page for that extra boost. Being women, theres just GOING to be struggles. However, each day we get up, we should be proud we can smile and walk and love and live and laugh! There is so much to live for and disordered eating is NOT one of them

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733 Jennifer November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG!! I look so forward to reading your blog everyday. When I’m away or can’t get to it my day is absolutely void of something! I am on a healthier lifestyle journey and your blog had truly inspired me to eat cleaner and change habits for myself and my family.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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734 Christina November 1, 2010

One of my greatest passions is cooking healthy, hearty, delicious meals. I get a lot of inspiration from you! I look forward to every blog post you write.

Congratulations on 2 years and we all hope for many, many more!

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735 Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG :) I love that I am embracing change in my life even thought it is sometimes hard. Usually I fight change, but now I am trying to appreciate it, knowing that it is ultimately leading me where I need to be.

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736 Brigid of Vegging out in T-Town November 1, 2010

I’m really glad I discovered your blog. You’re very inspiring both as a baker and as a woman learning to love herself. The past couple of years, I’ve learned to embrace my ambitious nature and see where it takes me. I used to call myself overcommitted, but I see it more as a desire to try everything and discover what I love.

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737 Jodi November 1, 2010

Happy BIrthday to you!
You are such an inspiration to me. I am working on switching my whole life around as well. (RIght now, I’m primary breadwinner with 4 kids) I will find my way, I just know it. THank you for your witty, healthy and real writing. I love reading your blog!
Thank you!

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738 Lindsay November 1, 2010

Can I just say how happy I am you decided to create OSG!! You have helped me deal with so many things in my life by being open enough to share your past struggels! My journey of self-acceptance is no where near the end, but thanks to OSG it is in the process of improving! But even more importantly is the constant support I have from my husband. He knows the things I struggle with and instead of telling what to do to “get better” (like most people!) he is just there when I need him.

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739 Megan November 1, 2010

I am so thankful for YOU for sharing your journey through words on OSG and encouraging me to embrace life as well! I recently left a job I hated (as a lawyer) that was taking away a part of me and now I’m figuring out where my path leads. My goal is to be more carefree in all aspects of life, starting with abandoning body image and eating anxieties. You help me SO MUCH!!!

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740 Jen November 1, 2010

Happy 2nd OSG birthday! I love reading the honesty in your blog, and the amazing recipes and photograghs. Something that I love about my self? I am a runner, and no longer struggle with disordered eating.

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741 leatitia November 1, 2010

Bare with me, this is a bit long! ;)

telling me anything about your own passions, journey, or perhaps something you have grown to love about yourself. Contest closes Monday Nov 8th.

I’ve always love creating on the computer. I used to spend hours working on a website coding HTML in the 90s. My orientation teacher in high school told me that since I had good grades in math, I should study management.

I was always someone whom trust authority and follow rules, so I thought he knew what he was talking about and I enroll in a management program. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking that programmating is what I’d love to do, but the orientor told me management, so I’ll go with management.

I did well in classes, I’m good following instructions and completing assignments. See, what I was not that natural about was rumbling for pages about a theory, explaining in great details how to manage a business. For me, it was just rambling and I didn’t like doing it. I did it, because the grades were important for me, but I knew I wasn’t inspire to manage a business and deal with politics. Arguing is something I run from. I try to avoid confrontation as much as possible.

In my program, we could chose a specialty in our last year. Some choose finance, other marketing, but all I wanted to do was work on computers so I chose information technology management. I had a programmation class and I instanstly loved it. I was good at it and didn’t mind spending hours making my program pretty and fun.

Few months later with a diploma in hands, I was immediatly hired by a tech company where I worked as a quality specialist. I didn’t have to manage anyone and I loved it. Five years later, I had to change job because of a relocalisation and my new job required managing people’s feelings and making sure everybody was happy. Needless to say, that part of the job was NOT my favorite. I also had to program report and I went to work just for that.

I remember reading ohsheglows and how we have to look back at what we love in our childhood to find our calling. With no children, I knew it was now or never. This fall, I enroll in a programmation program. It’s only part time because I have a full time job, but I love it. All my evenings and weekends are now busy with school, homeworks and readings, but I’m pasionnate about it.

I’m so proud of what I did and taking the risk to pay hundred of dollars to follow my dreams. Some days, I think it’s too hard and I want to quit, but other days I’m thinking, what about saving for the rest of the year and study full time next year?

Who knows what the future brings. But now I can look at it and see myself with a career I love in a very near future.

Thank you Angela for being such an inspiration to me and many others. Your story was the kick in the butt I needed to enroll in the program and follow my dreams 6 years after my first bachelor diploma. Thank you and long life to ohsheglows :)

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742 Kim November 1, 2010

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m struggling with my weight right now, but now-a-days I’m at least feeling hopeful. I had started by just cutting back on the regular garbage that I already ate. Now I’m beginning to understand and embrace whole grains and real food as opposed to pre-packaged, processed junk that doesn’t nourish my body. I’m learning that eating right can be fun and delicious. Most of all I’m very thankful for your blog…it’s helping me to think about health and wellness and making the whole idea of weight maintenance easier.
Thank you,
ka

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743 Robyn November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday OSG! :)

Angela,

I have been faithfully following your blog for about 8 months now and I have to say that you have helped me in so many ways by sharing your thoughts and experiences. It’s so much easier knowing that there is someone (correction: a lot of someones) out there stuggling with body image issues too. I stumbled upon your website when I finally decided to loose the excess 30 pounds that I had been lugging around. I am proud to say that with your help and healthy recipes and positive energy and a newfound love of exercise (I now workout because I WANT to not because I HAVE to), I have lost those pesky 30 pounds and kept them off for about 2 months now. Now, I am exploring my newfound passion for healthy living and hope to educate others on the benefits of healthy cooking and moving more. I also plan to explore a vegetarian diet, I’m not sure if I’m ready to take the plunge yet, but soon.

Thank You Angela, from the bottom of my heart for sharing yourself with us. It means the world to me.

Robyn

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744 lauren November 1, 2010

oh what a journey. i’m so ready for the end, but i’m learning to be patient :) i’m growing to accept myself and not fear the future. to be authentic. and to live with intention. it’s been a beautiful and LONG process and one that i’m grateful for.

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745 Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen November 1, 2010

Everyday I’m trying to take steps forward to just be me for me :)

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746 Elizabeth November 1, 2010

Thanks for sharing your life with us!

I must say that I’m proud of sticking with my goal of earning my master’s degree while working full-time and raising two children. Hopefully I’ll have that coveted piece of paper by the end of spring!

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747 Jessica November 1, 2010

I’ve struggled with disordered eating for as long as I can remember, but for the past year my passion has been being healthy – not skinny, not a size 4, not a certain weight. Healthy. It’s hard some days when I’m having a bad day, but I’m winning the fight! Being healthy is my goal, my struggle, and my passion.

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748 amanda November 1, 2010

Happy blogversary Angela!!! Like you, I have always loved writing and I really want to do this professionally one day. I realized this year that instead of just wishing it and hoping for it, I really needed to actually do it. With this in mind, I started a blog and joined a writing competition. I still have my stuffy government job and I will until I can make ends meet by doing something I love, but I have recognized my own need to for a creative outlet and am making strides towards doing what I love to do, because nothing is as important as finding happiness in your every day life.

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749 Nikki November 1, 2010

I love that I am finding out who I am, more and more each day. I love that I am making decisions for ME that I have wanted to make for a long time. I became a vegetarian this past summer, started training for my first 5K, and started to truly believe in myself. I love who I am and who I am growing in to.
*I also love your blog. It always makes me think, laugh, and zone out in Glo world for a few minutes each day. Thank you :)

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750 Dana November 1, 2010

I sort of feel like I am where you were two years ago. I’m working on finding out what my passions are.

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751 Roanne November 1, 2010

Hi my name is Roanne and I am an alcoholic. I don’t mind breaking my own anonymity,it’s part of who I am but I am much more than just an alcoholic today. On November 11 I’ll be 2 1/2 years sober. I’ve learned to love myself again and to be the person I was meant to be. A good mother to my 9 year old daughter, a good daughter to my parents who have been there for me even when I was really hard to be around, a good sister and a good friend. Also for the last 6 months I’ve been vegan and it has opened my heart and my mind and has made me feel strong and healthy. I love reading your blog because even though we have very different backgrounds you have struggled and overcome an eating disorder and I alcoholism, that makes us more alike than different. Thank you for sharing your life and wonderful recipes. I think you’re awesome, thank you for being you! :)

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752 Erin November 1, 2010

Happy “Birthday”! I think I have started to develop a better relationship with food – no food is “good” food or “bad” food but it is just food. I’m also in the process of working on not basing how I feel about myself on the number I see on the scale… But that one is harder. Much much harder!

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753 Jamie November 1, 2010

I am currently at a point in my life, fresh out of college, where I am still trying to find my passions. I’ve come to learn that it may have something to do with food :-) However, instead of getting anxious about the uncertainty of my future like I would normally tend to do, I’m trying my best to find joy in the process. I have the unique opportunity to just try different things…and then if I don’t like it, I can just stop. I trust that if I take the time to listen to my body (physically and emotionally), it won’t lead me wrong!

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754 Laura November 1, 2010

All I can say is I know where I’ve been (never want to go back there again), where I am right now (learning about and loving myself every day), and I have no clue where I’m going!!! Life is so incredible – I’m just taking it all in one day at a time!

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755 Jes November 1, 2010

Im in the process of learning that I cannot make everyone happy. I need to make myself happy first. Do what I want to do and not what other people want me to. It’s been tough, but I am learning as I go =)

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756 Casey November 1, 2010

I have a twin sister, which is something I’m so incredibly grateful for. It’s a unique gift and one I believe has helped make me who I am!

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757 skinnyrunner November 1, 2010

congratulations on osg birthday #2 and the healthy transformation you’ve made!

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758 Racheal November 1, 2010

I am just now beginning my journey of self-love. I have always put others needs and happiness before mine. But I have realized that I can not truly be happy or give love without loving myself first. You are a huge influence on my life and my journey. You have given me hope on days that I have been down or on days that I was looking for some answers. Thank you for writing this blog, it has really helped me realized that I am just a normal girl with the same struggles as a lot of people and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Happy Anniversary :)

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759 Lauren W. November 1, 2010

Congratulations on 2 yrs!! Thank you for sharing your story, day in and day out. Your writing always give me hope and it inspires me to keep striving for all that I want in life. You help me to believe that true happiness is possible., and even though I’m still struggling..I know I’ll get there. xo

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760 Kerry November 1, 2010

I lost my Dad very unexpectedly on December 30th 2009. I have had a very difficult year and miss him every day. I have also learned a lot about my family and friends this past year through their love and support for my sister and me. It made me realize that life is precious and never as long as we want it to me. I currently work full time and am completing my degree part time in geography and I love it! I decided not to waste anymore time in a job I do not like, so I am going back to school full time to pursue my passion.

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761 robin November 1, 2010

i love my patience

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762 Tricia Culver November 1, 2010

How I am getting my glow back
My name is Tricia and I am 27 years old. I live outside of Philadelphia, PA. I am married to a wonderful husband who brought along with him my wonderful 7 year old stepson. I have struggled with my weight for many many years. I was born chubby, remained chubby through childhood then teen years and graduated to overweight/obese through my adulthood. In another effort to “diet” I rejoined weight watchers and vowed it would work this time, I would use the tools and make the lifestyle change. I found a workout that I LOVE (Zumba) and through your website I truly feel like I am finally glowing. While I am not a vegan or vegetarian for that matter, your inspirational struggle to and eventual obtaining your own “glow” have truly helped me tremendously. While I havent used your recipes or food ideas (although they all look amazing), I have taken to your inspirational words, thoughts, and emotions. I am a daily reader. Your favorite quotes, from others and yourself, grace the cover of my weight watchers book. The 7 Universal Truths you posted a few weeks ago were printed up and is now staring at me from just on top of my computer monitor at work. I read them daily, and sometimes twice. With your help I have lost 42lbs since March and feel amazing in all aspects of life. I truly mean this, its not just for the chance of winning because I feel like I have already won (in life, love and the pursuit of happiness). It was by chance I found your blog but its choice that has made me stay. Thank you for being you.

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763 Katie November 1, 2010

Last year I moved to Scotland for school. It made me realize that I was more self-sufficient and strong than I thought. When I moved back to Canada, I felt like a completely different person!

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764 lisasfoods November 1, 2010

One of my dreams is to be able work for myself…it may be opening a cafe…or starting an online business. I would love to be my own boss and set my own hours, even if that means a lot of work, time, and patience.

Congratulations on two years!

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765 Danielle R. November 1, 2010

Congratulations! Since I discovered you’re site a few months ago it has been first internet stop every day. Love your recipes!

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766 Kari November 1, 2010

Happy 2 Year!! I’ve recently found my passion in photography. It’s still very new to me, but something I am pursuing even though it’s super scary to put yourself out there. I’m learning a lot, making mistakes along the way, but having so much fun at the same time!

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767 Marilyn November 1, 2010

I have a blog too and would love to be able to write professionally someday. I would love to win any of the giveaway prizes! Happy OSG Anniversary!

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768 Hailey November 1, 2010

Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on your blog success!

I travelled with my husband to Uganda this past summer to work at a Children’s Home. It was there I discovered so much about myself and my passion to help others. My husband and I are hoping to go back and visit the children again someday.

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769 Heather S November 1, 2010

One of my passions is to be able to stop working for “the man” and work for myself — and be able to be a strong presence for my family when the time comes to have kids. I basically don’t want to be a slave to my job (and the income it brings :) for the rest of my life — so we’ll see!

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770 Melissa November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Blog!

In the past year I have learned that I am able to do things I never thought possible- and have worked to bring back things that are important to my life. I realize I do not need a man or someone else telling me I can do something but it is nice to have a partner and friends supporting me along the way. There is a difference though, and I realize that the will, the courage and the work is really all coming from me and it is pretty amazing.

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771 Ali November 1, 2010

Happy blog-iversary! I’ve learned to love myself for who I am, and not what I think others want me to be.

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772 Amanda November 1, 2010

A good friend of mine actually just asked me this question the other day and I was happy to realize my answer is truly running. Running has slllllooooowly become my passion – I love everything about it: how it makes me feel before, during and after, the gear, the planning and the feeling of acomplishment it brings!

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773 Trisha November 1, 2010

Congratulations on 2 years for your blog! I have been reading for almost that long and you are in inspiration! For me, seeing others move from a job that they don’t like to doing something they love gives me hope that someday I will be able to as well! Best of luck for many more years of following your dreams!

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774 Shannon November 1, 2010

Congratulations to you on finding your true passion! My passion has always been to help others…right now with 2 kids under the age of 5, I’m definitely doing that ;) I absolutely love your blog…all of your recipes inspire me to try to new things! Thank you!

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775 [email protected] November 1, 2010

I am thankful everyday for my life and truly love the path of staying home full time to be with my daughter. I am thankful for an inspiring blog such as your’s. From great food to inspiration and reflective words, I always have my coffee with Oh She Glows!

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776 Jen November 1, 2010

Currently, I’m pursuing my master’s degree in higher education. It’s hard to say that I only *think* this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I’m learning to live with the uncertainty that comes with life. So what if things change? The most important thing is that I give my all to what I’m doing now.

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777 Alex November 1, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday OSG!
Everyday I read your blog to be a little more inspired in my own journey towards finding self love. It has been a long road but your blog and others like you help to see everyone is unique and yet we all have something in common that we understand one another and work towards finding ourselves and living in the moment.
Thank you for giving yourself every day through this blog and letting us take a little of it into our own lives.
Alex

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778 Natalie November 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary!
Thank you for sharing your journey with your readers. It’s nice to know that we are not alone.
I continue to struggle with a distorted body image and negative self talk, but I have tremendously improved over the years thanks to yoga, healthy eating and a great online health and wellness community. The journey is ongoing.

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779 Whitney L. November 1, 2010

Like you, I also struggled with disordered eating and it wasn’t until this year that I’ve changed the way I eat and the way I think about food, I’ve also become a vegetarian and am starting to take up running. I finally feel better about being me :) I love your blog, you are so inspiring!

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780 Tamara November 1, 2010

Angela, your blog is such a gift, and it is so nice to hear how much it has given you. That is the most important thing! But thank you, I am continually striving to live a better life, be a better person, and take excellent care of myself. And your blog has certainly helped!

As for self-acceptance, I have learned to love that I am a very accepting person, actually. I grieve, get sad, and have tough times, but I am able to accept the bad things that happen and it allows me to better appreciate and love the good things. And I can accept people for what they are (well, it’s tough to accept the people who make political attack ads. YUCK!) and their shortcomings. This requires balance, so as not to be a doormat; I am willing to hold people accountable if needed. But most things require acceptance before they can be addressed or worked on, I think.

I am not perfect at it; as you know, self- or any other kind of acceptance is an art like yoga and takes practice, and some days are better than others! But it is not only something I now love about myself, it’s something I am proud of!

Thanks again for all you do.

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781 Michelle November 1, 2010

After earning my undergraduate and continuing on to get my masters I took a different path earning my yoga certification and became a full time yoga instructor. I loved it with a passion. Although I still love yoga & continue my own practice, I now have another job I love all the more…extremely challenging and yet the most rewarding I have ever done. I am a full time stay at home mother to a gorgeous 15 month old. i wouldn’t change my life for the world. I continue my love for health, nutrition, and fitness, but do so at home. I hope and pray to be pass along my knowledge to my sweet daughter helping her to grow and develop to her fullest potential.

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782 Brit November 1, 2010

Hey Angela,
I found your blog about a month ago randomly when searching for a workout video. I was bored so I started reading and began to fall in love with this blog. I was on your site for hours reading post after post. It is now a site I visit almost daily. A month ago, I felt trapped in a vicious cycle I wanted to escape. I graduated college in May and started working in Kansas City. I was in a new city and didnt know anyone, nor was I meeting people. My last semester of school was so stressful, I had gained a lot of weight because of bad eating and sleeping habits and not taking time to work out. So after moving to Kansas CIty, I would go to work and pretty much go home and sit on the couch. I’d work out every once in awhile, but had no real routine for myself. I was for lack of better words, somewhat depressed. I wasn’t really unhappy as much as in a rut that I had no desire to get out of.
Your blog has been an inspiration to me. It has reminded me to love myself for who I am and to enjoy life no matter what- to live in the moment. It has also encouraged me that I can do things I set my mind to. I can run a half marathon with my friends in January, I can eat healthy, I can love my body, I can be completely me and love myself. So I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your story that so many people young and old alike can relate to. Thank you for inspiring people to be all that they can be. And thank you for being completely yourself! :)

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783 MB November 1, 2010

Happy anniversary! If there is any thing that reading blogs has taught me, it is the courage to follow your passions, and never look back.

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784 Tran Nguyen November 1, 2010

I just recently started reading your blog, and I think what you’re doing is GREAT!! congrats on TWO years of blogging (and finding yourself and working your way towards a balanced and complete you).

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785 Jill November 1, 2010

Happy 2nd birthday!

I think that all too often my image is just the “mom” and “commander of house”. This summer I made an effort to share some of my passions with my kids. We bought a riding pony, which has brought me as much joy as them. I also started handing over my camera and really enjoy looking at the world through their lens.

So, thank you for reminding me of my passions.

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786 Lauren November 1, 2010

I’ve grown to love writing my own blog – it gives me a chance to be creative and stay connected with people. I also get to try fun new recipes and share them with others :)

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787 Jenny November 1, 2010

I have a passion for helping others and making people smile. I love baking and I feel confident and worth something while I’m in the kitchen. I don’t have to serve to anyone else but me. I love moments to myself and writing in my journals. My journey to self love is stilll in the works, I’m hoping to get there soon.

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788 Erin November 1, 2010

Angela, thank you for your continued inspiration. Your blog is something I look forward to reading whenever I have a chance. I share your passion for writing, as well as fitness and nutrition, and am working hard to try and find new opportunities to excercise those passions in my day-to-day life. I’m still struggling with body-image and losing weight, but your writing is helping me as I move toward a healthier, happier lifestyle. One thing I do love about myself and find empowering is my caring heart. Caring for my family and friends is my number one priority, and now I’m trying to find a way to balance that and my priority for wellness.

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789 Nicole November 1, 2010

Happy Blog-birthday! Although a journey is never complete and am in a very happy place these days. I am married to my best friend, we just moved into a wonderful new house. My mom is considering moving to my town and we are about to start trying to get pregnant. Life is good!

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790 Janet November 1, 2010

Your blog helps so many more people than you; that’s the beauty of it.

Your writing has helped me begin to address my own unhealthy relationship with food and has given me the courage to start running.

I used to always think that I “couldn’t’ run, and your encouragement has helped me start. Now I am running for 3-5 k at least once or twice a week and I LOVE IT.

Thank you Angela!

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791 Kristi November 1, 2010

I absolutely love reading your blog! You are such an inspiration! I have struggled with an eating disorder through college and three children. In the last year, I have started a raw diet that eventually turned vegan but I have used tons of your recipes! Just have to say that your blog brightens my day! Thank you!

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792 Lacey November 1, 2010

I love that I am never afraid to stand up for what I believe in, even when my opinion is unpopular. I love my eyes and my fierce loyalty to my family and friends.

(p.s. I love your blog too).

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793 Caroline November 1, 2010

I studied really hard and got a math and computer science undergraduate degree that I did manly because it was my family’s dream for me. Not that I’m out of school, I’m pursuing what I really love: baking, nutrition, photography and writing…in the form of my website: chocolateandcarrots.com. I’m loving every minute of it. Thank you for your inspiration and Happy Anniversary!

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794 Peggy November 1, 2010

I’m currently in graduate school, and still not sure that’s where I should be. But for the moment, I’ve thrown myself into my running, and into my relationship with my boyfriend, and into enjoying life as much as possible, until I figure it out. Glo bars would help, though ;)

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795 Jess November 1, 2010

Right now I’m in the middle of the difficult journey known as graduate school (going for my PhD in Biochemistry). While it truly has been the most trying and difficult thing I have done thus far, it has taught me a lot about myself and what I do/do not want to do. I’m working on trying to use my time more efficiently to get the most that I can accomplished. Luckily I’m good at organizing and time management :)

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796 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 1, 2010

Thank you so, so much for sharing yourself and your story with all of us. A year ago, I was waging a battle against my disordered eating and thinking, and fighting for my health. In the last year, I have grown so much stronger, so much more confident, and so much more proud of myself and my strong, beautiful body. All of your inspiring words about self-love and self-acceptance have really encouraged me on my journey towards health. Thank you for all of your beautiful thoughts–I can’t wait to continue reading!

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797 Marci November 1, 2010

Your story is definitely inspirational and a happy ending! I would love to try a Glo Bar too! See you this weekend in SF! Gosh over 700 comments already!

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798 Regina November 1, 2010

I’m working on changing my views from being competitive as a cyclist to just having fun on my bike. I’ve raced for several years and I want to switch things up to riding for fun and growing the sport among women. I’m challenged to learn to love myself enough to do this.

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799 Em November 1, 2010

Many congrats on coming so far in your journey towards self-appreciation. What an inspiring story- and thank you so much for sharing such intimate details with all of us strangers.

I’m still working on the self-love piece, and now that I have a daughter, I’m feeling like I really need to get it down to set a good example for her as she grows. It’s a journey!

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800 Robyn November 1, 2010

Congatulations on the 2 year anniversary! I think the most important thing in my journal is coming to terms with food. I used to be afraid of it because of the power it held over me. Now with a lot of work and acceptance I find it’s okay to love food! And I am sommuh healthier and happier for it. I really appreciate you sharing your journey with us.

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801 Lisa Marie November 1, 2010

What a great blog entry for the first day of a new month! A while back, I had emailed you my story (Good Lord, I hope I didn’t sound too much like a crazy person lol) which I’m proud to say is work-in-progress because for a long time there was no progress. And the purpose of that was to thank you for sharing your inspiration and delicious recipes. I have learned over the past year + that one of the best expressions of Self-Love and Self-Kindness is to feed oneself well with food that is delicious and full of energy not empty calories (or self-destruction).

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802 Amanda Davis November 1, 2010

Happy Blogoersary,

You’re blog has been an amazing inspiration as I am working though my own journey and trying to love and accept myself. It’s hard to be patient and not beat myself up about not being able to easily love and accept myself but I do notice small changes in my life and reading your success story gives me hope for myself.

Thank You

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803 Cynthia November 1, 2010

Happy birthday to OSG! What a wonderful giveaway!

I continue to struggle with my issues with food and I love reading your blog and seeing someone who has overcome it so well. You are an inspiration! I love your recipes.

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804 Kathryn Polster November 1, 2010

I’ve found a passion in yoga and I’m taking a teacher training right now. It really gets you to dig deep and it is amazing. I still don’t know if I actually want to teach yoga, but I’m loving learning more about it all.

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805 Valerie November 1, 2010

I’ve come to embrace the fact that I’m not perfect, and I never will be. All I can do is try my best, and that really is good enough. Congrats on 2 years!

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806 Kathryn Polster November 1, 2010

Oh yeah – and WOW you have over 700 comments – look at what an incredible thing you have created in just 2 years. Bravo! Your blog is incredible and it is the sharing of your soul that connects people to your blog and I think it is great. I’ve only been reading for less than a year (even though I read all of the post), but when I tell people about your blog I always call you my friend because that is the way you make me feel. Happy Birthday OSG!

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807 Sonia November 1, 2010

Congrats on your 2nd year!!

A few months ago I emailed you my story on my disordered eating. I am still working on it everyday, but reading your blog gives me the positive light I need on some of my darkest days. Even this morning. Your blog is an inspiration to keep getting better and not too feel guilty about enjoying healthy foods and not to worry about weight.

I have thrown myself full force into my passions of art and writing and couldn’t be happier with them. I’m still growing, still learning and know that with your blog, I’ll keep doing so and finding more to love about myself.

Thank you!

P.S. Go San Francisco Giants!!! Our city is brimming with excitement! :)

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808 Gulcan November 1, 2010

Happy anniversary, Angela! I gotta know you through a food blog that I have been following for many years. When I clicked the advert for Project Food Blog, I saw your winning desert and found myself addicted to reading your blog almost everyday. Well, your questions is a difficult one to answer honestly as -like you used to be- I am one of those perfectionalist and self-critical person. Back in primary and high school years, all I wanted to do was to go to the university in a big city where I will change myself to a social animal adored and loved by everyone. Less weight, no big glasses, smart but not a nerd, sportive, beautiful, in sum everything that I wanted to be. I did different range of activities: photography, drama, dance..To bring human aspect to my studies (political science), I started doing many internships and voluntary jobs. I found passion in human being, protection and promotion of their rights. In helping them. Despite all unemployment struggle and my family’s negative reaction, I finally did what I dreamed for long years: working in a post-conflict country where I can help people. It has been almost three years in the field, some days sunny some days grey and negative but still I am here. Lack of self-confidence, self-criticism and sometimes even hate affect me on daily basis. As a result, my weight goes up and down with eating disorder. Though some days I find it very difficult to hang on the edge of life, I try motivating myself to do my job best and help to other people. I guess this is what makes me going on. If I can build up enough courage, I will seek a job in Africa and live/work there for a while. Until the gaps within my happiness fill in. Hopefully!

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809 Heather C November 1, 2010

Congrats & happy two years! Your blog has personally helped me remember to love myself, to not nitpick myself :)

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810 Alison November 1, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSG! Very exciting!
Lately, I’ve been very much into cooking new recipes and baking for friends and family. It’s so nice to be able to see the smiles of the ones you care about most from your freshly homebaked goodies.

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811 Kelly November 1, 2010

Your story is really inspiring. It encourages us all to follow are dreams and have a job that we truly enjoy. I hope to one day be able to do what I am really passionate about and explore the culinary arts.

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812 Amy November 1, 2010

I struggle with my eating habits every single day. My thoughts consume my mind and it’s exhausting. I am average weight, a runner, and eat considerably healthy, but it never feels like enough. I love my job, my friends and family, and I have a wonderful husband. Like you said, I feel very blessed and thankful for so many things in my life, but so often I feel as though I can’t accept myself. I wish I could just wholey love myself, inside and out. I need to find some darn confidence! I hope I can someday find peace with myself as you did.

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813 Krystina (Organically Me) November 1, 2010

My greatest accomplishment thus far has been losing 200lbs and maintaining the weight loss. It has been such a crazy, fun, and beautiful journey and the blog world has helped me dramatically.

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814 Stephanie November 1, 2010

My daughter (7yrs old) and I LOVE green monsters!!! We drink them several days a week.

My daughter was diagnosed with food allergies in June 2009. She is allergic to all animal products and biproducts, berries, melons, tomatoes and pineapple. Luckily, I had been a vegetarian for about 10 years so transitioning her into a vegan lifestyle was easier. We are constantly on the lookout for new vegan recipes that are tasty so she doesn’t feel like she’s missing out.

Thanks for introducing us to the green monster! I’m going to test out some other recipes from your website soon!

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815 Jessica November 1, 2010

I love your blog Angela. I love your story- its very inspiring.

Recently I have realized that the small things in life are what truly makes it great. If I take the time to stop and take is the sights, smells, and tastes, I can have an extraordinary day. Also, I try to do new things every week- even if its just spending the day in a bookstore or trying a new recipe.

A few years ago, I was lost. I was trying to do what I thought that I was supposed to do- get an impressive degree and a high paying job. I even bought a fancy, new car. I was trying to fix my unhappiness with these things. During this time, I started reading healthy living blogs and cooking. I really feel like reading and cooking brought me back to life. I no longer have a fancy job or a fancy car, but I feel more happy than I ever have before. Now I want to pursue things in my life that I am excited about. I would love to start my own business someday. And I am going to take steps to do that.

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816 Susan November 1, 2010

My passions change as my life changes. What I was passionate about when I was single vs when I became married vs when I became a mother are very different, but equally fulfilling. You need to be willing to accept those changes and let go of what worked in the past when it stops working and find what works now.

My life journey lessons include always having a goal to strive for – otherwise you stagnate.

I learned the hard way, YOU are responsible for making yourself happy – no one can do it for you and it’s not fair to put that burden on someone else – not your husband, not your kids. You are your own entity – own it – love it – take responsibility for it

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817 Sara November 1, 2010

Congrats on reaching the 2 year mark! I love reading your blog so thanks for the dedication to it :)

I’ve come to learn that one of my passions is cooking delicious foods, and that I can still meet my cravings without eating fast food or other processed junk! For a long time I felt like there was healthy OR good, and that the 2 worlds didn’t intersect like they do, but now I’ve found my happy place!

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818 Akiko November 1, 2010

Hi Angela,

I’d like to say for me, personally, the journey has been less of finding the right home/career/side projects/etc but more about focusing on what I have, right in front of me.

That was one of the biggest draws for me when I happily discovered your blog because it was proof in action that valuing the things and people in our lives right now is what makes a life worth living. I am blessed with an amazing family and boyfriend, a beautiful home, health, love and support. Whenever I start to strive to become superwoman, taking on the world and accomplishing everything I can in the quickest time possible, I realize that those moments become a blur.

Just finding someone who stops to deem their 2-legged carrots the Carrot Showgirls or a cutout of Frank at Thanksgiving dinner reinforces my journey, to stop, look around and live in each moment (with kindness and humor and love) that I am blessed to have!

Akiko

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819 alaina November 1, 2010

i have really focused on stopping to apologize for my opinions. like in conversations with my friends i’d say, “sorry i feel think way, but…” and i wasn’t sorry i felt that way. it was MY OPINION. i just didn’t want people to be unhappy or disagree with me, but now i’m embracing how i really feel and am standing up for what i