Good morning :)
How goes your Tuesday?
I believe I have some contest winners to report for OSG’s 2nd Birthday! We had 1030 fabulous ladies and gents enter the contest and I wish I could give you all something, but I’m afraid that would put me in the poor house. ;) So for now, I will do the best I can!
Thank you to EVERYONE for your amazing and inspiring comments, and of course, for your support with the blog!
Here are the randomly chosen winners…
$25 Glo Bakery Gift Certificates:
Kate: Happy birthday OSG! I started reading your blog a couple of months ago, but this is my first post! I love it! Something I love to do is run (and eat)! It’s a love-hate relationship really, sometimes I love running, sometimes I only love it after I’m done. But I just registered for my first marathon in February and I’m super excited about it!!!
Amanda R. WOAH BABY! Im glad others share my addiction. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.” Im suddenly feeling VERY popular. i can believe it though, as much as my friends and fam like to give me a hard time about loving on your blog- it has become my most visited page (yupp, you beat out Mark Zuckerberg, sorry facebook) Nothing like a good contest to get people commenting, huh?! Probably like a lot of the other girls this is my first little throw back so guilty. What i LOVE ABOUT MYSELF is my PASSION to DISCOVER me. At twenty I have lived a lot of life. Some of it has been hard and some of it has been sad. Most of those sad and hard times weren’t actually as sad or hard as i thought, and all of them i would relive again and have grown to LOVE. I love them, because they were a kick in the butt. They made me realize what I didnt want in life, who I wasn’t, and how I didn’t want to end up without any serious consequences. They also led me towards experiences and opportunities that i would have other wise maybe never have experienced. Not that I don’t struggle every now and then, cause of course i do- but I am focused on bettering myself, loving myself, and figuring out who i really am. Not who I was, or who I thought I wanted to be, or even what people tell me I should be. I love dancing to my own music and figuring out just what genre’s make me wiggle my cute little booty.
Regan Mrs. Angela,Thank you so much for writing your blog, I enjoy reading it because it causes me to look inside myself and think. I am currently a senior in highschool and I believe at one of the hardest points of my life. I am constantly being judged by myself and others and have had a hard time with self-esteem, I am a swimmer and sadly will never be skinny. Since I have begun reading your blog I am encouraged to know that there are others out there who are going and have gone through these hard times. Each day I try to encourage myself to eat the best food I can, instead of strictly limiting myself with calorie counting. Just this last spring my family has decided to try and eat as much organic and healthy food as we can. It has been a slow process transitioning to paying more for less food, not getting Sonic, and trying to eat the best food for our bodies. Thank you for everyday continuing to give me hope that some day I will have the strength to truly and fully love myself.
Kate I have struggled with an eating disorder all my life. Binge eating, fast diets, you know what I’m talking about. But ever since I was little I said to myself.. “One day I’ll just cook everything myself and it will all come from the earth beneath my feet and I will be stronger and healthier eating the foods that were meant to be eaten”. Citric acid, high fructose corn syrup, yellow dye #2, where do those things come from? Animals don’t eat that stuff, why should we? What is it even doing to us? I stumbled upon your blog one day from another blog someone had posted as their facebook status, yours was their “favorite health blog” (Smartprettyandawkward.com). I couldn’t BELIEVE it, I had found the key to living the rest of my life. I now had access to this secret healthy recipe shrine. Every morning I open my computer and see what your daily recipe is, and gain a little more inspiration each day. I’ve found exercise to be fun, and delicious food that I always knew would someday find me and open my eyes. I want my life to be long and useful, and not to mention a GLOW to go along with it.
Helen 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!
Draw for a homemade batch of cookies, Glo bars, or muffins (any from my recipes page!) shipped to your doorstep:
Carrie H Thank you for this reminder of your inspiring story! I love your blog, Angela. I’ve struggled with disordered eating, severe low self esteem and depression for a long time, but I can honestly say that in the past year or so, I’ve really started to appreciate myself for who I am and what I can do. My amazing supportive husband and I had a wonderful vacation to Hawaii last Christmas, and I decided beforehand that I wasn’t going to let my eating issues spoil that trip (like they sadly did on parts of our honeymoon in 2007, but I’m not going to continue to dwell on that — I did for YEARS), and then in May, I ran my first marathon. I’m learning to honor myself and be appreciatiave of my health, and while I still struggle sometimes, I really focus on no longer dwelling so much on appearance. Thanks for reminding me of that this morning!
Grand prize draw for $100 Glo Bakery gift certificate
Susan 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.
If you are a winner please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get this party started!
I’ll be back around lunch time, I have a delicious recipe coming on up for you! See you shortly.