Glo Bar Giveaway!

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[Image from my Operation Beautiful Book Tour Post]

‘I don’t have a goal weight, I have a goal life.’

I heard this quote while watching an interview with an Extreme Weight Loss participant and it really clicked with me!

Along my journey, I realized that a certain number on the scale wouldn’t magically make my life perfect. For years I chased this number while becoming more and more unhappy.

I now focus on creating the life that I want, by taking small steps each day. It’s about how I feel each day when I wake up. If I wake up happy and eager to start the day, I know I’m on the right track. A certain number can’t dictate my happiness, but I can make changes in my life to feel my best.

While, I’m busy baking up orders today, I thought it would be fun to have a Glo Bar giveaway!

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Leave a comment below sharing a lesson you’ve learned along your journey or simply share one of your favourite quotes.

One lucky winner will receive a delicious box of 10 Glo Bars! Goodluck!

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1 Destiny Russell May 14, 2014

My name is Destiny Russell. I am 15 years old and I’m a vegan. I’ve always had very low self esteem. Two years ago I found myself weighing 164lbs. Yikes! I was a fitness fanatic and still could not shed the pounds. I became desperate and looked towards diet pills. I soon became addicted to diet pills and struggled to break my addiction. At 13 years old, it was a crisis. When I was 14, I was in a down spiral, taking as many diet pills as I could. I soon found myself in a state of hopelessness and bulimia. I was harassed about my weight which just isn’t fair. Being 14 years old, you could imagine how awful I felt. I felt guilty every time I ate and found by self purging and binging and purging and binging and couldn’t stop. I finally looked within myself to realize that I don’t care what people think. My weight doesn’t define me. I am an amazing, beautiful young woman with the world in front of me. So I stopped. I’m a vegan because it is not only healthy but it was something that made me feel good not to mention what they do to those poor animals. :( I exercise and eat clean for me; for my health and to feel good. I learned that a number on a stupid scale won’t make me who I am.

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2 Jessica April 13, 2013

Lesson learned along the way: Your true friends are the ones who support you unconditionally. It’s ok to let go of anyone who who no longer supports your needs.

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3 Jenny April 2, 2013

I love this post! I can really relate to it and those points are something I have to remind myself every now and then. I used to struggle with a weight fixation, weighing myself multiple times a day which developed into disordered eating and exercise addiction. Although i’m generally past those issues and at the moment I don’t even own a scale! But when i do weigh myself or get this fear of the scale number its hard to remember that that number doesnt actually mean anything! And it was perfect timing that I saw this because i was going about worrying about the number again today (and I’m currently in a place with a scale and I just got back from vacation so slightly anxious) and now seeing this you just reminded me that it doesn’t matter! So thank you Angela! <3

P.s I'll be trying out your perfect veggie burger recipe today :)

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4 Megan July 28, 2011

I love quotes! I love anything that can be broken down into a few words but really pack a whole lot of meaning. I guess its basically the same with food. I like to keep it simple but have the meal pack a whole lot flavor and nutrition. I dont think of myself as a religious person but I read this quote recently and I loved it. “When I stand before god at the end of my life, I would hope that I wouldn’t have a single ounce of talent left and I could say I used everything you gave me.”

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5 Monica July 26, 2011

Our favorite family quote since becoming vegan came from my middle child, age 9 at the time. After watching her 12 year old brother play an over-sized football team where the players could practically lift my sturdy son to move him out of their way, she commented, “I don’t think those kids have ever even heard of tofu!”

Love your website and your recipes. I might have to post your sign on our scale as well!

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2011

lol, thats cute!

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7 Olga July 18, 2011

Right when a caterpillar thought that the world was over, it became a butterfly

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8 Fiona July 17, 2011

I’ve heard it so many times, but my own weight loss regime didn’t stick until I truly, genuinely internalized the idea that a “diet” is not a short-term calorie trick but a lifestyle, with the main motivation being health and not weight loss. Embracing that idea has helped me stop counting calories and overcome BED!

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9 Carolyn July 17, 2011

As we were driving home today I was listening to one of my all-time favourite artists – Peter LeMarc (he’s Swedish, as is my husband). One line in a song that always stands out is “Du älskar mig mer än jag älskar mig själv” – which means “You love me more than I love myself.” I’m lucky enough to have a man who is just like that… However, I’m sad that he sees wonderfulness in me and I’m too judgmental with myself about my weight. I’m working on that! What am I striving for? To accept where I’m at now, and love myself as much as my husband already does!!!

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10 A Teenage Gourmet July 17, 2011

“It’s never too late to start your day over.” – Daddy

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11 Olga July 18, 2011

It’s a good one! Love it:)

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12 Cristy July 17, 2011

I have so many favorite quotes, I don’t know how I’d choose. A life lesson I’ve learned is that I can’t change anyone but myself. And along those lines, holding onto anger in regards to someone else only ends up hurting me.

Oh, and so many great quotes and life lessons in these comments!

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13 Laurie July 17, 2011

One of the thing I’ll remember the most from all your post, is that you have to be proud of every little step you take in the right direction, no matters the things you aren’t prouf of. One step in the right direction is the only thing you need to make another one, and another one.. Every time I think about my weight, I think about this now, and it helps me to be a better person. You are truly inspiring, and I love reading your post. Thank you!

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14 'laina July 15, 2011

“Do, or do not, there is no try.”- Master Yoda

Haha. Tho, seriously, he was onto something there. There is no “trying” to lose weight here.. I either am, or am not.. and I’m finally at a place where I am (and have lost 20 lbs in 2.5 months doing a Weight Watchers-esque thing on my own).

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15 Carla July 15, 2011

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Forest E. Witcraft

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16 Cheryl July 15, 2011

My favorite quote is from my mama when I was struggling with my weight.. “You are more than a number. Your a daughter, friend, sister, lover, individual. If you let the number define you it will become you till your nothing else.”

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17 elizabeth July 15, 2011

Running goals are so much more motivating than weight loss goals!

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18 tracylove July 15, 2011

Thank you Angela, for this wonderful opportunity for all to share!!!
Here are a few guidelines i have found helpful on my journey…
1. My heart ALWAYS has the right answer, I listen closely & follow my instinct.
2. Loving Kindness & Personal Responsibility are the “keys to the kingdom”.
3. What I put out is what I get back .
4. NOTHING IS PERSONAL… unless I believe it to be so.
5. If I feel stress, I’m believing untrue thoughts.
6. Happiness is my BIRTHRIGHT & I’m the ONLY ONE responsible for it.
7. An “attitude of gratitude” is the path of least resistance.
8. I always have a chioce.
9. Regret & worry are a waste of my precious time & energy. (see #7)
10. Abundance: the ability to do what I need to do when I need to do it. period.
11. The fastest way to still my “mind” is to move my body.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music…….Nietzche

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19 Ruthie July 15, 2011

I LOVE the idea of a “goal life” versus a number… kinds goes along with the healthy lifestyle versus dieting mindset.

A favorite quote of mine is: “Begin as you wish to continue.” So that means no crash diets of wierd fads! We’re in this for life, the goooooddd life :)

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20 Haley N July 15, 2011

My favorite quote is: getting over a Painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point to move forward

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21 Amanda @ the beauty notebooks July 14, 2011

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.

~ Louisa May Alcott ~

<3

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22 Lorinda @ Waisting Away July 14, 2011

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Thoreau

Easier said than done many days but I’m learning!!

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23 Sondi July 14, 2011

A quote that I now have up on my wall is ‘I know that my basic needs will always be met’. I worry so much about everything – what’s going on now and in the future. I find these words very grounding.

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24 Andrea July 14, 2011

“Pain is weakness leaving the body” – my mantra when working out

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25 Niki July 14, 2011

“she was as happy as a seagull with a french fry”

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26 Elizabeth July 14, 2011

I’ve learned that I’m happier, healthier, and more at peace with myself than ever after being vegan for the past three years.

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27 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 14, 2011

I really like Jack Johnson’s idea that “time is just a melody.”
It is the driving force in this song we seem to call life. We, the harmony, cannot resist or overtake it, but we can work hand-in-hand to create something that is more powerful than each singular part. Beautiful concept!

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28 Raychel July 14, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is by E.L. Doctorow

“…You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

I am one who feels like I need to plan EVERYTHING. But as time as went, I have realized that sometimes God’s plan is not the same as my own (and usually it’s for the better). Whether it be trying to choose my college, career, or summer plans, I often find that my choices early on are not always what is best for me. Sometimes it’s best just to live in the moment/near future and don’t fret about stuff too far off!

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29 Ruthie July 15, 2011

Love love love it! I just wrote a blog post on this topic :)
http://ruthiemtech.blogspot.com/2011/07/embracing-unknown.html

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30 Erin July 14, 2011

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself”

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31 Keri July 14, 2011

A couple of things I have learned over the years:
Food is neither your best friend nor your worst enemy. Food is what you eat to live, and that’s it.
You don’t have to answer to anyone else about what you choose to eat or not to eat. My family gives me a lot of grief about being a vegetarian. I used to let that bother me, but not anymore. I mean, what is my mom going to do about it? Tie me down and force feed chicken to me? I don’t think so :) Along the same lines, if I want to eat dessert, I don’t have to confess or apologize to anyone for that. What you eat is your choice, but it’s also your responsibility to make your own healthy decisions.

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32 Rachel July 14, 2011

I’ve learned that my eating disorder does not define me as an individual. That underneath all the thoughts of food, control, and perfectionism there lies a girl with a hell of a lot of ambition and willpower. A number on the scale, and a mental illness does not determine your character or your worth.

Your blog reminds me that I’m not alone, and I find comfort in that. Thank you for constantly inspiring me to challenge myself everyday by enjoying the beauty, art, and taste of food and living in the moment.

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33 Megan July 14, 2011

I’ve had a crazy weight loss journey. Ive been to the WAY to low end and the WAY to high end of the scale. Each was the result was the result of me trying to find happiness in other things besides myself. I’m happy to say that I have finally found my happiness and I’m enjoying it EVERY day.

Those bars look AMAZING!

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34 Stacy Ross July 14, 2011

A favorite quote of mine: “Happiness depends not on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.” :) Thanks for the chance to win some Glo Bars – they look awesome!

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35 Stacy July 14, 2011

I discovered your blog several months ago and I haven’t had so much fun cooking in such a long time, thank you. I love to eat healthy and you have helped me think of new ways to do things so thank you. My favorite quote is from Gandhi and I have it at my desk at work.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” I think is great and I think for most people the hardest thing to have in life, balance.

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36 Susan July 14, 2011

I LOVE your blog and I have to tell you that every single recipe I’ve tried from your site has worked . . . amazingly. I am at this very moment eating yet another bowl of your raw beet and carrot salad with tart apples . . . it’s become a staple of mine.

I would love to try your Glo-Bar . . . great giveway idea!

My favorite quote is one I carry in my journal/datebook with me always: “Live simply, laugh often, love much” . . . that pretty much sums up my three life goals :-)

Thanks for all that you do!

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37 Anna Kessler July 14, 2011

I recently realized something about myself…. sometimes I need to get out of my own way to allow the right things to happen. My mantra has become – Alter your path however you must to reach your destination.

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38 Shannon Babcock July 14, 2011

would LOVE to try GloBars! Here’s my favorite quote:

“The Lord will work out his plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandom me, for you made me” Psalm 138:8

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39 Molly July 14, 2011

I have a ton of favorite quotes and lessons, but a simple one that always has stuck with me is simply “Those that matter won’t care and those that care don’t matter”. I used to get such anxiety about what other people felt about me, my life decisions, etc, and finally one day a good friend mentioned this to me (as I was worrying about not being able to invite many of my friends to my very small wedding) and it completely clicked. The people in my life who matter love me regardless, and those who are judging I shouldn’t care about. It has been one of the most liberating realizations I have had.

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40 Erin July 14, 2011

My first job (about 20 years ago!) was at our town newspaper…..I was starting high school and the editor of the paper was a woman who became a life long mentor to me. She was strong, smart, healthy, a great mom and community member. She seemed to do it all, and do it all well. She always wrote a piece for the paper, and one quote has stuck with me, literally for 20 years. “I like moving and being moved. Moving created opportunities, being moved refreshes the soul.” I think about that and let go of my fears of the unknown, learn new things, go new places, let myself feel and not be embarassed. I clipped it out of the original newspaper it was in and keep it in my nightstand so I can read it often.

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41 Ambre July 14, 2011

One lesson I have learned through my weight loss journey, which I didn’t learn until recently, is to not worry about what the scale says. It matters more about how you feel, and how your clothes feel. I did a 1 month challenge with the boot camp that I attend, and lost 9.25″ all over, but only lost 4lbs, and I was OK with that. I was very proud of myself for how far I had come in the last month, and losing all those inches!

I also learned a lot reading Operation Beautiful, as well as other blogs. :)

GREAT giveaway, BTW :) Take care!!

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42 Sarah July 14, 2011

I’ve learned that running for weight loss is miserable. Running to burn calories suck. But running without thinking of that stuff and just running because it makes me feel good, makes it enjoyable and freeing.

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43 Tara July 14, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt.

It’s true. YOU determine how awesome you are – no one else.

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44 Christina July 14, 2011

You are beautiful!!

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45 Amie @ Running on Healthy July 14, 2011

My favorite Weight Loss/Lifestyle Quote:

“I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me… or leave me. Accept me – or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change me to fit your mould. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.”

Thanks for an awesome giveaway and an inspirational blog!

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46 elizabeth July 14, 2011

Eat right equals feel good.If you feel good you look good. Live everyday with happiness.It could always be your last.

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47 Vicky July 14, 2011

Hi Angela, I really like to quote that you posted above. For me, one of the most important things that I’ve learned is that nothing is impossible, and that you can achieve (almost) anything you want a long as you are dedicated, disciplind and have a strong believe in yourself. So if anyone ever tells you that you can’t ‘run a marathon, make a carier of get that perfect job’ just believe in yourself and go for it. Your mind and your body are capable of doing amazing things! Love Vicky

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48 MelanieF July 14, 2011

From my boyfriend of 7 years, who has watched me struggle with my weight: “Diets don’t work, just focus on working out and making healthy choices and the weight will come off naturally.” And it still does…

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49 Megan Storms July 14, 2011

What a great post! It came so perfectly too since I had a bad date with my scale yesterday. A good reminder to me that a pound or two up or down does not make me who I am.

“You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.”
A.L. Williams

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50 Elizabeth July 14, 2011

I know I missed the deadline…but I’m writing anyway, so my words are out there and I can feel proud of them! I have, all my life, been plagued by the bad habit of people pleasing . I am happy to announce that at 49 I am free! Turning 40 was a turning point for me. I got to a point where I finally learned to say no to people and I finally accepted the fact that not everyone is going to like me, so this is me – like it or leave it. I make mistakes, sometimes I put my foot in my mouth. I’m not perfect. But, I’m kind, creative and spirited.I no longer lose sleep over bad parts of my day. I brush it off, try to learn form it and lay my head on the pillow. 9 years later, I’m on a healthy journey finally – mind and body. I feel beautiful again. I feel whole and healthy. I love how I feel. I walk differently, with my head high and with a confident swagger! (probably because my rear end is a bit smaller!) I hope that the younger ones on this blog will find their peace at an earlier age than I did, but for me it was worth the wait! A favorite quote? I love this one –
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Buddha

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51 Lainie July 14, 2011

my dad always used to tell me: “if you can dream it, you can be it”. He heed me believe I can truly do whatever I put my mind to.

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52 Nikki July 14, 2011

I’ve learned that I’m so much stronger than I ever thought. And the things that used to be sacrifices are now actually choices!

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53 Katie D. July 14, 2011

This is such a great post, Angela! Thanks!
I love quotes, but one of my faves is:
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

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54 Bernadette B July 14, 2011

Wow. Reading all these great quotes makes me realize I don’t quite have a mantra of my own . . . . The only one I can think of is, “Just say thank you.” I say this to myself (in my head) when someone gives me a compliment and to my friends and sisters when someone compliments them–so often I hear women dismissing a compliment, “Oh, please! I didn’t even shower today!” “No! I’m so bloated!” when they should just say “Thank you.” I’ve heard from many different sources (Oprah, I’m sure!) that sometimes we treat ourselves worse than we would ever let anyone treat our children, our sisters, our friends—it’s true! In the past couple months, especially, I’ve tried to be kinder to myself and my body; I’ve been vegan for four years, but now I’m eating better than ever (raw fruit or veggies before each meal really helps up my fresh intake—grabbed that tip from The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder) and I’ve stopped weighing myself–I used to give that number on the scale the power to color my mood—now I’ve grabbed the big crayon back, slid the scale under my dresser and I color my mood myself.

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55 VEGirl July 14, 2011

“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday” –author unknown

This one really hits home for me a lot, and I am working on truly living int the moment! no worries, no fears, just living and being happy and free.

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56 Raewyn July 14, 2011

I have learned it’s not about the calories…it’s about nourishing my amazing body with REAL food that is absolutely delicious. I went from being a fries-and-shake-girl who ate tons of meat to a young “flexitarian” who adores spinach, oatmeal, and beeeans! :) Thank you so much for this giveaway, Angela! Love you, girl!

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57 Shelly July 14, 2011

Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest- Mark Twain

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58 Allison July 14, 2011

EGBOK – Everything’s Going to Be OK

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59 cheryl v July 14, 2011

Its not a quote but an awesome poem that makes me feel great each time I read it. Maya Angelou ” Phenomenal woman “

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60 Julie Ann July 14, 2011

I love your blog!!! You are very inspirational and I look forward to reading your posts.
I would have to say one of my favorite quotes is:
“Be who you are and say what you mean because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” Dr. Suess.
It has stuck with me since I was a child.
You are going to have a tough choice in picking a winner there are a lot of great comments and quotes. Thanks for the chance, your GloBars look yummy!
Peace to you and your journey and I will look forward to many more posts!

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61 Kyla July 13, 2011

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Loove that one.
But my life mantra and what led me through to finish TWO marathons(!) is “I am stronger than I think”. I loved it so much I got it tattooed on my foot!

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62 Kim Escalera July 13, 2011

While I breathe, I hope ~ Cicero

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63 Em Marie @ The Creative Revival July 13, 2011

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:14

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64 Jinny July 13, 2011

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing…kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”
– Audrey Hepburn

ps. your blog is a true inspiration. :)

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65 Trisha July 13, 2011

Thanks for a fun giveaway!
“The Sun comes up every morning, appreciate life now!” – Katia Gordeeva

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66 Emily July 13, 2011

Here’s a quote from Julia Child I recently came across and have been reflecting on: “Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.” I’m trying to live this way more.

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67 Malina July 13, 2011

“There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.” Kung Fu Panda :)

Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… Kung Fu Panda 2 :)

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68 Katie July 13, 2011

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow”

– Tolstoy

By the way, your quotation used in the previous post happened to make my outlook on my current situation much better!

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69 Elisa July 13, 2011

“The trick is not to rid your stomach of butterflies—but to make them fly in formation.”

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70 Heather July 13, 2011

“Life is good!”

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71 Elisa July 13, 2011

Favorite quote……

“The trick is not to rid your stomach of butterflies—but to make them fly in formation.”

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72 HopeF July 13, 2011

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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73 Shannon July 13, 2011

My favorite quote came from my dad who was an educational administrator and motivational speaker. He would always say to me… Shannon…just remember those ten little two letter words…

If it is to be, it is up to me.

I think of those 10 little 2 letter words often when a challenge comes my way.

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74 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” said by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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75 Sarah July 13, 2011

Hi Angela!

My boyfriend’s favourite saying is “It Is What It Is” – ridiculous and infuriating at times but I’ve learnt that in times of unhappiness or stress, repeating this mantra is surprisingly calming and in hindsight really sensible!

My favourite quote (that I can remember off the top of my head, there’s tonnes of good ones out there) is “Pain is temporary…Quitting lasts forever”. I find this particularly motivating and inspiring when I am jogging and feeling puffed and wanting to just stop!

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76 Ray July 13, 2011

Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself.

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77 *Andrea* July 13, 2011

apologies if the contest ended, but i didn’t have time to read blogs yesterday and love picking up more inspirational quotes!! my favorite one this week is:

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot

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78 Lauren July 13, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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79 Rebecca Meier July 13, 2011

I have two favorite quotes…..

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” — Louisa May Alcott

“Hardwork spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses & others don’t turn up at all.” (Not sure who said this one but I <3 it).

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80 Malina July 13, 2011

“There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.” Kung Fu Panda :)

“Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… ” Kung Fu Panda 2 :)

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81 Isobelle July 13, 2011

I have struggled with my weight for years.
A couple years ago, when I suffered with an eating disorder and constant yo-yo dieting, I stood on the scale each morning and told myself – “just lose 5 more pounds and then you will feel happier”. I wouldn’t allow myself to do the things I wanted until I lost that, but by each time that I had lost that amount, I would say it again. So in turn, I never really got to do any of the things I always dreamed of. I threw away years of my life this way.
But at the beginning of this year I promised myself to lose weight right, and so far I have maintained the balanced life I have always needed. Losing the weight takes a lot more time, but I feel much better about my body because I realize I am finally treating it right!

This blog has helped me very much in turning my life around. I am glad that there is someone like you out there for someone like me. Thank you for everything!

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82 Kristin July 13, 2011

I’ve learned to be nice to everyone because you never know who might help you out later on!

I would LOVE to win!!! :)

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83 saniel July 13, 2011

Make sure you got your little makeup and earring on before you walk out that door, You never know who you are going to run into. My mom
Darrilyn VJackson

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84 Catherine July 13, 2011

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

A lesson I’ve learned in the last year or so is that we are never stagnant, we are always changing. And hopefully changing for the better. I hope I never feel perfect – that would be boring!

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85 Ashley @ This Is The Place July 13, 2011

“Failure is not defeat until YOU STOP TRYING.” I’ve been pursuing a particular running goal for two years now, without success. Every time I think about quitting and doing something else, I think about this. And I enter another race. One of these days, that elusive time will be mine!

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86 Ashley July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is from Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

It reminds me to keep pushing because it’ll only make me stronger.

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87 Rebecca July 13, 2011

I’ve learned you just need to love yourself. If you can’t, you’ll never be happy or satisfied with yourself! And… Enjoy the little things in life, they’re what really count.

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88 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 13, 2011

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that life is too short to be far away from those you love. Visit often and spend time with your friends and family as much as possible. That life lesson is based off a John Mayer song, 3×5. It’s about living in the moment and being with the people you care about during life experiences!

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89 caroline July 13, 2011

something i’ve learned, especially recently, is that a shift in my own attitude can turn a not so great situation into something much more bearable.

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90 Ashley July 13, 2011

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
-Albert Schweitzer

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91 Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) July 13, 2011

An excerpt from the poem I wrote, titled “The Way She Sees Me”:

In my daughter’s eyes, it does not matter how much I weigh.
All that matters is that I’m fast enough to keep up, have enough energy to play endless games, and at the end of the day, strong enough to rock her to sleep.

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92 Ashley July 13, 2011

“Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.” -Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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93 michelle July 13, 2011

‘The past has no power over the present”. I use this as a reminder not to obsess about past mistakes or time wasted.

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94 Jessica July 13, 2011

I try to live by the quote, “Don’t be discouraged by taking three steps forwards and two steps back. After all, it’s still one more step forward, isn’t it? That’s something to be proud of.”

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95 VanessaG July 13, 2011

This helps me on my rough days: Until the race is run, until the journey is done, until the crown is won, I will press on with my eyes toward the Lord. :) He gives me strength. What brings you strength?

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96 Darlene July 13, 2011

One of my favorite sayings is: “You can’t give away what you haven’t got.” This was told to me by a counselor when I was going through a particularly stressful time in my life in the context of taking time out for myself to recharge spiritually and emotionally instead of putting everyone else’s needs before my own, to the point of being burned out on life.

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97 Hannah July 13, 2011

something I’ve learned along the way is to not let others mkae fun of you because you are healthy, or in my case, dont eat meat. IGNORE THEM!!You are taking good care of your body!!! Be proud!!!

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98 Melissa @ missmelissblurbs July 13, 2011

I was thinking about this quote during my run today, and I always find it appropriate in my life, even saying it out loud helps :)

“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.”

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99 Melissa July 13, 2011

This one I discovered in high school from the song Kissing You by Des’ree.
“Pride can stand a thousand trials, the strong will never fall, but watching stars without you….my soul cries.”
It always reminds me that no matter what I’m going through or how I am feeling I have amazing people in my life to always help me through it and encourage me to stay strong.

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100 Emily July 13, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t fit everyone into some box of what is the perfect weight or the “ideal” weight. Really, weight doesn’t matter. The way you look at food and the way you treat things like exercise is what really matters. :) Here’s my story:
http://fitnessfreakforchrist.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/my-fitness-journey-to-hope-and-health-in-christ/

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101 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 13, 2011

I used to be concerned about weight. I was 14 when I started to freak about my size, life and apperance. I really hated getting dressed, weighing myself and eventually eating to much. I have learned in the past 5 years that my life does NOT need to revolve around my weight or food. Yes I can enjoy cooking, baking and being active, but I do NOT need to control every apect of life. I learned to let go and let God.

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”
— Herman Hesse

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102 Samantha July 13, 2011

The lesson that I learnt: weight is just a number, no matter what the scale says, as long as your pants still fit and you’re happy that’s all that matters!

Samantha
http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

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103 Dawn Burton July 13, 2011

I happen to adore quotes!! It’s hardly to choose just one, but here it goes:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~Winston Churchill

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104 Rose July 13, 2011

My favorite quote: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” by John Bingham.

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105 Rose July 13, 2011

My favorite quote: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” by John Bingham.

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106 chantal July 13, 2011

after reading skinny bitch i automatically turned vegan and learnt about whats in the foods i eat and for the first time i realised that we eat to fuel our bodies! A simple realisation i know- but i had never realised the huge impact what we eat has on our bodies.

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107 Rosalind July 13, 2011

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”
Mark Twain

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108 kris July 13, 2011

one of my favorite quotes: “Decide and a way will present itself”. I probably say it to myself 10 times a day! :)

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109 shannon July 13, 2011

to live the life you want, create the happiness you want… there are so many, but this is what i’m coming up with at the moment :)

there will be a day you cannot. today is not that day.

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110 Jilli July 13, 2011

I love quotes! My favorite of the moment is: “We can enjoy all the things in life worth living for – family, friends, love, our passions, etc. – even more when we are at our absolute best.” ~Kimberly Snyder

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111 cathy July 13, 2011

One quote that inspires me is “If your lifestyle does not control your body, your body will eventually control your lifestyle”
Love your blog!

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112 Christina July 13, 2011

I have learned that what the scale says doesn’t determine your happines. I reached a “goal weight” at one point and still felt overweight. At that time people were telling me I looked so “skinny”, but I didn’t see that. I saw the little bit of extra weight I could lose around the waisteline. No number is perfect! I have gained some weight since then and sometimes I feel like crap but I know it’s the mental aspect I need to work on.

Only YOU control your happiness!

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113 Marilou Garon July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes:

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

Incidently, I haven’t changed homes/city/country in three years! I’ve learned that I learn alot more by being still, than by running around.

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114 Shiona July 13, 2011

“dead last finish > did not finish > did not start > did not try”

:)

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115 Fae July 13, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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116 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well July 13, 2011

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” My mom and dad always said this to me when I was younger.

AND a personal fave that continues to come back to me:

“Expect the unexpected…always!”

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117 Tanya July 13, 2011

I have also learned that a scale does not make my happiness and sometimes to take one day at a time and always find a positive mOment in that day to focus on. Live each day as best I can, don’t wish it away for the future or spend it angry!

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118 Amy July 13, 2011

We can either watch life from the sidelines, or actively participate…Either​ we let self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, our potential is limitless.
—Christopher Reeve

I love that Christopher Reeves said this, I love that it is so true and I love that it fits so well with the topic of the post!

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119 Cari July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is this: “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes I think it’s good to have a reminder that things really can be that simple :).

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120 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 13, 2011

((hope this isn’t too late!!))

I’ve learned that it’s not the number on the scale that matters, but how I feel about myself. And the number on the scale does not dictate that! Simple, yes, but it’s really made a difference in how I view myself. <3

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121 Shannon July 13, 2011

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Live is too short for regrets; work hard and play harder!

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122 Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood July 13, 2011

I learned that you can eat REAL food that is good for your body and make alternatives to food that you normally shouldn’t eat (such as donuts, crap-filled “energy” or snack bars, ice cream) that is healthier and possibly even better. I learned that being skinny doesn’t mean that everyone around you is always going to be happy. There will always be someone who will tell you that you’re too fat, you’re too skinny, you’re too tall, you’re too short, you’re too Asian, etc. I learned that life isn’t going to wait for you so the rest is up to you. I learned to accept the fact that juice fasting, water fasting, and starvation diets really DON’T work, no matter how much you want them to. Basically, I learned to overlook the bad and appreciate the small things in life such as a lettuce plant growing tall and knowing that it’s going to be in your stomach later that night.

Your blog has been very inspirational for me reading it, so I just wanted to thank you. Have a wonderful Wednesday<3 :)

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123 Rebecca July 13, 2011

The big thing I’ve learned from the journey is that you may feel the steps or inconsequential and not big enough on the way but looking back later you’ll I see how they all fit together. Personal growth happens when you just keep on pluggin’ away. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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124 Kristi July 13, 2011

“Be on time, and do what you say you are going to do” – My Dad

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125 Mandy Horan July 13, 2011

Take care of your body. If it breaks down you’ll have no where else to live.

Been fun getting to know you through your blogs. Thanks for sharing your story with us – working on getting better about sharing mine!

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126 Katie July 13, 2011

“You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.”
~ Woodrow Wilson

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127 Minerva G July 13, 2011

I have learned that it’s not the number on the scale but the way your body feels and performs. If your clothes are fitting better and you can run longer than you are heading in the right direction despite the scale’s deliberation.

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128 Shani Guziewicz July 13, 2011

First of all, I just have to say that I LOVE your blogs and your recipes. I follow you every day and I think you are amazing. Here is my most favorite quote and it can be applied to all aspects of life…”Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
~Dr. Seuss

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129 Miriam @ Sometimes I Veg July 13, 2011

I love that quote. Good old doctor Seuss.

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130 melanie July 13, 2011

oh, so many things i’ve learned! but one important lesson i’ve learned is that ‘diets’ are ultimately unsustainable and you need to find a way of consuming food that you can enjoy in the long-term. for me (and, i would wager, for many others) it’s about eating whole (non-processed) foods that make me feel energized and satiated; if i want to ‘cheat’ every once in a while, that’s perfectly fine, but i find that i almost never need to because i feel so well fed eating delicious things like coconut, avocados, nuts, grains- all of it!

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131 Julie July 13, 2011

“Be the beauty you love”

Also…

“Put on your big girl panties and deal with it”. I have to say this one about five times a day!

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132 Lindsay July 13, 2011

“be yourself, everyone else is already taken” Oscar Wilde

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133 eli July 13, 2011

i love this: “Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window
and look to see who’s there.” – Rumi
really life is nothing but this moment and who/how we are at this present time. last minute is history and next one is yet to come which is also very much depend upon how we experience this moment! so everything changes….everything moves…….everything defines the next thing….so we are not stock………..just our mind need to see it and let go!

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134 eli July 13, 2011

i love this: “Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window
and look to see who’s there.” – Rumi
hi girl……..i like your spirit and everyday stories you share with us. thanks.
really really life is nothing but this moment and who/how we are at this present time. last minute is history and next one is yet to come which is also very much depend upon how we experience this moment! so everything changes….everything moves…….everything defines the next thing….so we are not stock………..just our mind need to see it and let go!

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135 Suzanne July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that sometimes all I can do is take one day at a time.

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136 Christine July 13, 2011

We all have our own personal journey with health and weight loss. Over the years I have learned that spending time being consumed with a number on the scale or types of food causes you to miss out on life moments, laughter and memories. Live each day to the fullest instead of opting out of events or nights out due to a fear of “derailing your diet”. Happiness will actually lead you to a balanced healthy long life.

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137 eli July 13, 2011

i love this:
“Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look to see who’s there.” – Rumi
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hi girl……..i like your spirit and everyday stories you share with us. thanks.
really really life is nothing but this moment and who/how we are at this present time. last minute is history and next one is yet to come which is also very much depend upon how we experience this moment! so everything changes….everything moves…….everything defines the next thing….so we are not stock………..just our mind need to see it and let go!

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138 Lauren-Claire July 13, 2011

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that what is right for me is not necessarily what is right for my family, friends, or other people I’m surrounded by. It’s hard to remember that when my critical thoughts get in the way but it’s important to keep reminding myself of it. When I allow myself to believe that I don’t compare myself to other people as much and I’m not near as critical. Thank you for your amazing blog, I love following it and it is beyond helpful.

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139 Irina July 13, 2011

Would be so so wonderful to win!
My advice to everyone is – you have not only one life to live, but also one body to live it in. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Love every opportunity to be happy and healthy.

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140 Ritika July 13, 2011

Ravi Singh and Ana Brett’s Kundalini yoga DVDs have changed my life. I find such peace and tranquility after just one session. As part of our journey, we just need to reach our higher selves. Always care and nourish every part of our life. Working through our personal “demons” per se, we can accomplish so much in this world! Yoga has taught me persistence, love for myself and others, a challenging (!) workout, and hope for a better world. Oh She Glows gives me hope, and I hope none of us will ever stop fighting to live our dreams, fulfill our destiny, and truly be full of love! :)

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141 Amanda @ Plato's Plate July 13, 2011

“You are exactly where you are supposed to be”. This quote has helped me be grateful for the here and now and all those I have….rather than worrying about the things or people I don’t have in my life.

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142 Alli July 13, 2011

…A favorite quote of mine, discovered with some friends in HIgh School when the going got really tough. :)

“THE FOUNDING FATHERS IN THEIR WISDOM DECIDED THAT CHILDREN WERE AN UNATURAL STRAIN ON PARENTS. SO THEY PROVIDED JAILS CALLED SCHOOLS EQUIPPED WITH TORTURE CALLED EDUCATION.”

– JOHN UPDIKE

Hee-hee….:)

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143 Barb July 13, 2011

I learned that Green Monsters are amazing! Who would have thought that pureed spinach could be so good.

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144 Lindsay July 13, 2011

At a seminar I went to a few years ago, the speaker picked up a glass of water and asked the crowd- “How heavy is this glass of water?”

A few answers were offered- 8 ounces, 1 pound, etc.

The speaker replied- “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. What matters more is how long I try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, the weight is the same, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested.”

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145 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 13, 2011

Worrying will not empty tomorrow of its troubles, but today of its strength.

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146 Karen July 13, 2011

One of her many great quotes: “Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” — Anne Lamott

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147 Karen July 13, 2011

One of her many great quotes: “Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” —Anne Lamott

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148 Gary Wallenwein July 13, 2011

You are not your mind.
by Eckhart Tolle

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149 Caroline Markos July 13, 2011

My favourite mantra that I repeat to myself eveyday is “Open Heart, Open Mind.” It’s been proven to me over and over again that when things don’t go as I want, they are going as the Universe needs them to go for my part of my own evolution and for the sake of the Universe’s evolution – we are all connected to a greater energy. This is also true for when things are going well! This is the time when this mantra means gratitude to me as we can never forget to be grateful. The Universe has things in store for us that we could never even begin to imagine… as long as we keep and open heart and an open mind:)

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150 Sarah S July 13, 2011

“i can’t control my destiny, i trust my soul, my only goal is just to be” from the broadway musical ‘rent’

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151 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty July 13, 2011

1201 comments! HOLY!!!!!!!!! :)

I’ll try!

My fav is one I heard on here. You are so much stronger than you think. I try to remember that all the time. I think it’s hard sometimes to see the strength that we have, so this is always a good reminder for me!! :)

I’ve only had 1 taste of glow bars and it was LOVE!

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152 Valerie July 13, 2011

My favorite quote at the moment would have to be “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” by Leo Tolstoy. It acts as a reminder that I can only control my own actions in spite of my desire to save the ones that I love from their self-destructive habits. Only them have the power to overcome their personal issues and change their life for the better.

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153 Jenn July 13, 2011

You’re only as strong as you let yourself become

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154 samantha July 13, 2011

I struggle with binge/emotional eating. That’s how I came upon your website. I’ve learned that no matter what situation I’m going through I am not alone and I’m not the only one that has gone through it. If others have gotten through it I can too.

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155 nicolette July 13, 2011

new favorite quote i recently stumbled upon…

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
— Audrey Hepburn

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156 Rosa Bustamante July 13, 2011

“Even after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that — it lights up the whole sky.” — Hafiz

This quote always reminds me to be grateful and happy every day and to keep negative emotions like jealousy, guilt, embarrassment, insecurity and fear out of my life. :)

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157 carol July 13, 2011

I continue to tell myself and others…I am not on a diet plan, I am on a lifestyle plan. Helps keep my Peace of Mind and not obess over the 8-10lbs that I tend to go up and down with over the years…I fuel my body with health foods :) I eat to live, not live to eat …

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158 Sarah July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that I can’t be responsible for the happiness of others. For some reason I used to feel responsible if the people in my life were unhappy, somehow I thought it was my fault and I had to change myself or do something to ensure the happiness of others. While I can try to empower and encourage those around me, ultimately people have to make the choice for themselves.

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159 Laura July 13, 2011

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.”
—Carl Bard

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160 Maddy July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that we create our own happiness. We can’t depend on a certain person or count on a certain event happening to make us happy, we have to breathe, live, and create the happiness ourselves. Live every day to it’s fullest and make it a happy one :)

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161 Emi July 13, 2011

I’ve learned you’ve got to love, and trust, yourself first. And that your saying “you are so much stronger than you think you are” gets me through really tough times!

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162 Kristin July 13, 2011

Ive learned a lot of lessons, ones that i could have gone with out ever learning. But one of the greatest lessons ive learned to date is that material things don’t really mean as much as you’d think. About 3 years ago i had a house fire that burned all of my belongings. At the time it seemed like a tragedy but looking back on the experience it somehow made me feel free and as if i had a new start. So now i dont put too much emphasis on what i have, instead i concentrate on all the things money can’t buy.

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163 Chelsea July 13, 2011

Do you what you want, not what you think people expect from you.

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164 cath July 13, 2011

I started my fitness journey about two years ago. It’s been up and down, but through it all, I’ve learned confidence and am developing my perseverance. A mantra that I developed for myself through this all is: “Yesterday doesn’t matter anymore. Today is a better day. And tomorrow will be even better.”

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165 Nancy July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes was given to me by my father in the form of a beautiful necklace/pendant, it reads : “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony”. by Gandhi
My father gave this to me to celebrate two years of sobriety from many different addictions, including but not limited to food .It’s now been almost 5 years since I received this gift from him and I wear it close to my heart every day.
Thank you Angela for your amazing blog and empowering vision, I am a big fan! I’ve been vegan for almost a year and my health and happiness has never been better.

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166 Carolyn July 13, 2011

My favorite quote, though I don’t know who originally said it:

“The glass isn’t half full or half empty – it’s twice as big as it needs to be.”

It always helps me shift my perspective when I start to think negatively about situations I face.

Would LOVE to try a Glo Bar for the first time!!

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167 Kendall July 13, 2011

‘Desires are encouraged by GLEE and reckless abandon’

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168 Carly July 13, 2011

One of my favourite quotes is from Jeanette Winterson,

“What you risk reveals what you value.”

I have it up in my room to remind me that I am young and I can achieve anything I want to if I put all my heart into it. I’m going through job anxiety, not knowing if I’ll ever find a job I love or really know what I want to do with my life, and this quote helps me put my brave face on and keep my eyes on the horizon for bigger and better things. If you can put it all on the line for something you love, it is worth the risk.

Great quotes everyone!

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169 Brynne July 13, 2011

So I love your website first of all … second, I have quote that I stole from someone and it hangs on my mirror every day and it says that “when you die, you will not be remembered for if you could fit into your jeans from highschool, you will be rememebered for being a lady” … keeps me sane when I start to get obsessed.

And today’s veggie burgers, amazing! I have turned on many people to your site!

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170 Sarah B. July 13, 2011

The change I have made is to go back to work part time so I can spend more quality time with my kids and husband. I believe that everything happens for a reason (although there are some tragedies that I have not figured the reason out yet.) When I am worried about something, I try to think of the worst thing that can happen and decide if it’s worth it. Things almost always turn out better than you think they will.

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171 Carla July 13, 2011

I love your blog. What a generous giveaway!

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172 Christine July 13, 2011

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

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173 Jacki July 13, 2011

It’s still a journey, but I’m slowly learning not to care about what I think others may perceive of my body.

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174 Julie July 13, 2011

My most important lessons was that physical health does not always equal mental health- you need to focus on both!

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175 Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel July 13, 2011

“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

–Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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176 megan July 13, 2011

one more fav quote:
“One of the hardest things to realize is that our someday is right now”

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177 Kat July 13, 2011

life is about the journey not the destination – I try to live this every day and focus on the beauty and love that surround me :)

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178 Liz July 13, 2011

Until about a month or so ago, I was engaged to be married this August (the end of the engagement was not my choice). This quote helped me to put things in perspective:

“Accept everything about yourself—I mean everything… You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.” – Henry Kissenger

I also love this one:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
– Dalai Lama

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179 megan July 13, 2011

one of my fav quotes:
“All I ever wanted in life was to make a difference, be worshipped like a god, conquer the universe, travel the world, meet interesting people, find the missing link, fight the good fight, live for the moment, seize each day, make a fortune, know what really matters, end world hunger, vanquish the dragon, be super popular but too cool to care, be master of my own fate, embrace my destiny, feel as much as I can feel, give too much, and love everything. …Tatsuya says it’s fine if you want to say that this is what you feel, too.” (Tatsuya Ishida)

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180 Brooke July 13, 2011

A few years back, I felt like I was on top of the world; I was truly happy with everything that was going on in my life. But since then, my life has turned into a country western song, and I’ve lost way too many nights of sleep wondering, “how the heck did this happen?” So I just keep repeating to myself, “Breathe deep, breathe slow, and move forward with one foot in front of the other; no matter how slowly, you will get there.”

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181 Lauren July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is from the Mumford and Sons song “After the Storm.”

“There will come a time, you’ll see
With no more tears.
And love will not break your heart
but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see
what you find there
with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.”

Lately I’ve been struggling in my relationship, both with my boyfriend and with myself, so the line about love not breaking my heart gives me hope. And above all, I wish to be a graceful, beautiful person, and feel graceful and beautiful, and I feel like this song was written for me. I listen to it and I have hope.

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182 katie July 13, 2011

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Applicable to life in general I’ve always thought:)

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183 Kendall July 13, 2011

Life always has a way of putting things into perspective for me. I’ll find myself obsessing over this or that, and then I’ll see something, hear something, be shown something and I’ll realize just how trivial my concerns have been.

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184 Amy July 13, 2011

‘This, too, shall pass’ has been with me for a few years now. For my own happiness, I have found that there are times to live in the moment and soak it all in and times to look ahead, to see beyond the pain/frustration/whatever. I remind myself of this at work, during workouts, through really, really beautiful times in my life that I want to remember and through the tough stuff, too. I’ve never really thought about it in this way, but I suppose you could look at that from a weight perspective, too. Appreciate the days of feeling light and fit and healthly, knowing that there will be days ahead that you do not feel that way. And, conversely, on the bad days, know that down the road, you can get back to that good feeling again.

I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to tell you how much I love your site, your attitude and your contribution to the health/wellbeing blogging community. I read you every day =)

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185 Lisa D July 13, 2011

For a naturally “skinny” person I have still struggled with viewing my body in a positive light. I’ve gone through periods of feeling depressed and unhappy, drastically monitoring what I ate (and dropping down to 100lbs), and just complaining nonstop about the way I looked. I’ve realized, that I am the only one who has a problem with the way I look and that my body is something to celebrate, not to beat up on. I have decided to take responsibility for how I eat and look, I have started running regularly again (I have my first half marathon coming up!) and paying attention to the fuel that I give my body. Your blog has given me yet another outlet to help keep myself on track and feel connected to others who share my struggles with self perception.

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186 Sarah L. July 13, 2011

I often worry about what other people think about me. I’m afraid that I might have said something to offend them, etc. etc. However, one thing I’ve learned is that people are not paying nearly as much attention to you as you are to yourself. They are not scrutinizing the implication of every word you say or examining your face for the sign of the smallest blemish so there is also no need for me to dwell on these things because all that does is to stop me from living the happiest life that I can.

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187 Katie July 13, 2011

I used to worry about what I was eating and keep thinking about what I needed to cut out of my diet but now that I’m mostly vegan I concentrate on new ways to get more nutrients into my life with new awesome recipes. Many from you!

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188 eva @5fruitsNveggies July 13, 2011

i stopped weighing myself about 2 years ago when i did an experiment and weighted myself every hour for one day and noticed my weight fluctuated 5 lbs in one day…that was it–done with the scale….i also learned that as i was building muscle to increase my metabolism i gained a few pounds–why punish myself because the number went up on the scale if i am doing the right thing?…i judge myself now on how clothes feel….if they are snug, then i back off the evening treat for a week….
the biggest a-ha moment for me was when i switched gears in thinking from eating to lose weight to eating to make sure i take in the most nutritious food possible, and then the weight came off as a by-product of that new philosophy…..
i’ve been at ideal weight for 2 years proving that at 40 i can have the body i want with a revved up metabolism

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189 Jenny July 13, 2011

I wasn’t going to comment… since I never win anything, but thought it’d still be nice to share what I’ve learned along my journey to health!

After reading a book called “Stumbling on Happiness”, which was quite a humbling experience, and my first yoga class, it finally – and truly – sunk in that “happiness is a choice”. It doesn’t come to us when we achieve ___, lose/gain X kilograms, when we buy ___, etc… It comes NOW. When we choose to be happy and live in our own skins. I think one of my favourite quotes that kind of relates to it goes: “If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” (~Mary Engelbreit) :)

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190 Andrea July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that wellness is a commitment and a lifestyle. Daily choices add up to make a life that is balanced and rewarding. There are struggles along the way, but you overcome and continue on! :)

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191 Sarah July 13, 2011

Wow, I would LOVE to win some Glo Bars!!

One of my favorite quotes:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
-Unknown

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192 Sierra July 13, 2011

I have learned not to be afraid to eat real food! No more processed, “fat free” crap.

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193 Molly July 13, 2011

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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194 Molly July 13, 2011

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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195 Mel July 13, 2011

The greatest thing I have learnt in my journey is this; Love your journey.

I think it maybe sounds like a cliche or so plain, but if like me you go through life afraid, anxious, depressed ___ fill in the blank, life becomes a battle and a day to day struggle. I wont pretend to have fully mastered this lesson but I know thats the direction I am heading. I am making peace with my life, embracing its lessons, loving the people who share it with me and really starting to enjoy the ride.

In fact those three words have inspired me to the point that I am in the creative process of creating my own buisness that I can love, cherish and express myself within. Sometimes the road is a little bit bumpy and there are too many obstacles for us to see past but it’s still an amazing adventure worth celebrating.

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196 Kit July 13, 2011

A cyclist tip for life: sometimes its ok to soft peddle the hills of life but you must know when to hammer down…

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197 LizAshlee July 13, 2011

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the great achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have not time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is one yours side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!”
~Christian D. Larson

Oh, this was a hard choice…I love inspiring quotes..but this is a fav!

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198 Courtney July 13, 2011

“One of the hardest things to realize,” she said, “is that our Someday is right now.”
(Curly Girl Designs)

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin–real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
(Alfred D. Souza)

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199 Meg July 13, 2011

I refuse to “should” all over myself!

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200 Lindsey July 13, 2011

“A body is a terrible thing to waste” – Bettie Page

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201 Julianne July 13, 2011

Life is how you react to it. Being a negative nelly does not help things.

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202 esther July 13, 2011

“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.” -St. Augustine

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203 Lacey July 13, 2011

Something that I tell myself associated with weight or life in general when I am feeling down is “I am a work in progress”. It reminds me that I don’t always have to be perfect and if I may fall short of something that I can get right back up again and keep trying.

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204 Juliana Hughes July 13, 2011

When the going gets tough, don’t stop because it is all worth it!

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205 Shannon July 13, 2011

Great post, Angela! I enjoy all the foods I like, just little bits everyday along with delicious healthy eats too! I don’t weigh myself daily, or that gets obsessive. Instead 1-2X per week at the gym.

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206 lucy July 13, 2011

Potentially cheesey as it is, every time I feel backed into a hole of worthlessness, I picture a circle in my head. Each down has an up, everything comes back to the beginning, there is no end. Instant calm :)

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207 Rach July 13, 2011

“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
-Thomas Edison

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208 Heather W. July 13, 2011

Wow, Angela, I do NOT envy you the daunting task of trying to pick a winner out of all these wonderful submissions. I’ve been reading through these and almost every one has struck an emotional chord with me for I see my own reflection in a part of every woman here. I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago (and Eat, Live Run’s :) and for the first time I fully realized I was not the only one with these same issues with equating my self-esteem with my weight. What a sisterhood we are a part of! But it’s also sad as well to see the consequences of society’s prevalent mindset that perfection is defined by numbers and certain physical attributes (most of which have to be generically enhanced to fit their image). Even worse, instead of unifying us to fight against this false ideal, it has caused us, men and women alike, to compete ruthlessly with each other. Tearing each other down physically and emotionally to minimize our own insecurities. This contest of out-perfecting each other is impossible to win. This has been a slow realization to me this past year after a long time of becoming increasingly frustrated with not exceeding these standards, no matter how hard I tried. It began with a bible verse, Galations 5:26, “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” that planted the thought in my mind that my life view may need some adjusting. And bit and by bit God has encouraged it grow in my heart and mind until, I believe, coming to full bloom after reading your blog and others like it with the same healthy, “glowing” message. Just by letting go of something so simple as assigning meaning to a number on a scale has been so releasing. It’s amazing how much energy I was wasting about it day in and day out on something so meaningless in the big picture. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”….Thank you, Angela, for helping to spread the “truth” by sharing your own private struggles. It can’t always be easy but look how many people you have helped set on the path to a freedom from self-loathing. And, I can’t go without saying, thanks also for those cookie dough balls and VOO recipes…they ROCK! Glow on, girl, glow on!

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209 Megan July 13, 2011

Sometimes when things aren’t going my way but I just need to forge on ahead, I like to repeat Dori’s phrase “Just keep swimming” in my head. It makes me smile and reminds me not to take some things too seriously.

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210 Cheyenne July 13, 2011

Through it all, sometimes I stumble. I still have really bad days where all I can think about is what I ate, why I shouldn’t have eaten it and how I can immediately remove it from my body. I am also not a natural optimist, sadly, and I struggle with trying to look on the bright side. A couple years ago, I saw a little saying somewhere online and I’ve seen it credited to Walt Whitman and also as a Maori proverb. I don’t really care who said it but, it’s something I tell myself now on really bad days, “Always keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind.”

PS- Thanks for all you do, Angela!

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211 Heather July 13, 2011

I can completely relate. While I do know the number on the scale does not create my ultimate happiness, I struggle with it on a daily basis. I look down at the number with a half smile, knowing that as long as I feel good it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what that number is. Life is wonderful, and I enjoy everyday that I have, good moments and bad. While I struggle with a medical problem that has been looming (thyroid and possible pituitary problems) I try to take one day at a time and do the best I can.

Thanks for a great site!! I enjoy reading your blog on a daily basis!!

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212 Nicole @ Giraffelegs July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that it’s okay when things don’t go as you may expect. Being in college and having to experiencing the terror of job hunting in a few years is enough to make anyone crazy. However, I am able to put myself in a semi-peaceful state by remembering that it will work out how it’s supposed to. I can’t control everything, and that’s part of the fun right?!

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213 Samantha July 13, 2011

I have learned that “everything in moderation” truly works. Since I gave up on the fat-free version of everything under the sun and began to actually enjoy smaller portions of real, flavorful food, my body has responded by dropping pounds AND becoming stronger.

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214 Cari July 13, 2011

My favorite is my prayer. I am not religious but I think this applies to anyone who just wants to live a fulfilled, honest and sincere life:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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215 kelly July 13, 2011

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This awesome quote is a reminder to live in the moment…..yoga has also taught me to live in each moment and not to worry about the past or future. We all must consider every moment precious and live it like it’s our last!

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216 Christine July 13, 2011

I always strive for the Asics motto, “Sound Mind, Sound Body”

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217 Katherine July 13, 2011

I love quotes but one of my all time favorite ones is one that I try and live by everyday:
“so just live, make mistakes & have wonderful times, but never ever second guess who you are, where you have been & most importantly where it is that you are going”

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218 Kelley July 13, 2011

My favorite quote….

I prefer to take the scenic route =)

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219 Valerie Cloutier July 13, 2011

Since life is so fragile, I always tell myself: “Love life”. Then the sky turns clear and there’s no more big matters. Get up telling you that today will be the most beautiful day of your life. And smile!

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220 Beth Baker July 13, 2011

“All seasons are beautiful to those who hold happiness within” – Horace Friess

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221 [email protected] Gracious July 13, 2011

Thanks! I needed that today!

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222 marissa July 13, 2011

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

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223 Ashley July 13, 2011

One of my favourite quotes is “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” -James Keller
I like it because it reminds me to try and be selfless and do more for other people because it can only make things better.

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224 Nikki July 13, 2011

I have learned to cut back on spending so much unnecessary time at the gym and rather spend my precious moments with my fiancee and my family!

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225 Kate July 13, 2011

I grew up in a fairly unhealthy lifestyle and constantly struggled with my weight and eating habits. When I took up running in 2008, it helped me to flip the way I look at food, now I view it as fuel to power my day and it has made a huge difference in the quality of the foods I eat and how mindful I am of what i put in my body. This has helped me completely change my perspective and my health, and I’m now probably the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life.

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226 Nicole July 13, 2011

A lesson I picked up from a Pema Chodron cd really stuck with me!

She told a story about a Monk who was driving his bike one day and got hit by a car. The car kept driving and people near by ran over to see if he was ok. The monk got up and even though he had a few minor injuries he blessed the man in the car who hit him. A lady saw this and turned to him and said “aren’t you so mad, that that man hit you and drove off” and the munk reply “no because someone who is happy would have never hit me and drove off, I know that man is hurting so I wish not to be angry at him”.

Lesson: When someone does something hurtful/uncaring or how ever you want to put it, it has nothing to do with you, this person is hurting on their own level. A person happy in their lives who never do something hurtful to someone else. So when someone says something mean to you ect just wish them happiness.

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227 Valarie Z. July 13, 2011

My goal in life:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The one is particularly meaningful as I am a paramedic and it has a literal meaning in the phrase “to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.” My career is a ministry and this is very powerful.

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228 Amanda S. July 13, 2011

I love that scale note and need to make one for myself.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius

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229 Ashley July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is: It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

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230 Robyn July 13, 2011

WOW you have your work cut out for you ,,,,that’s a lot of reading!! I read a few on my way down to ‘leave a comment’ and I really like and agree with there’s always tomorrow. I believe we are much harder on our selves and that others are too worried about there own problems to be looking and pointing at ”us”. Being upbeat and positve takes much less energy then negative energy. We might only have this one life so we should make the most of it<3
Also I really am happy to have found and your wonderful site!! I look forward to my e-mails and have tried ALL of your overnight oat ideas All of your green monsters and many of your other recipes,,,delish, delish, delish,,,thankyou and I hope your day is wonderful!

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231 Kristen Atwoo July 13, 2011

Hello. :)

Something I have learned in all my 22 years of life (I’m still a child, I know haha) is that you have to be your own comedian. You have to be able to see the silliness and humor in EVERYTHING, especially on the crappy, nothing-is-going-right-days…or else they will defeat you. Those crappy days or crappy circumstances will bleed you dry of your amazingness– they will make you bitter and cold and unhappy. Instead, take control of your attitude. Laugh when your trip or when you make a mistake. When you stumble…just make it part of the dance. And laugh at everything; it’s a good calorie burner. ;)

“The more I’m afraid of something, the more I know I have to do it. I figured that out when I was a kid. I can lead a protected life, hiding away from the scary world. Or I can take on the things that scare me the most. The more it might hurt, the more I might die doing it. The more worth doing it must be.”
Jodi Lerner

Happy Wednesday! :D

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232 Irina July 13, 2011

Many years ago I came across a quote in the book, Sophie’s World, and haven’t forgotten it since:
“We too are stardust.”
I was floored by the beauty and simplicity of the quote- it was humbling and served as a reminder of where we as humans all came from (our earliest origins in space itself).
To this day I still remember the quote and love it :)

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233 Hanna July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that it is of the utmost importance to be happy with yourself at the moment. Constantly saying…”When I have/feel/am ______, I will be happy,” is not a healthy thought pattern. I continue to strive for this each and every day.

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234 Tammy Hollingworth July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is: Nothing is impossible if you have the will to do it!!
That being said, I say it everyday and am learing that something may seem impossible, as long as you are WILLING to give it a try……it will work.
Tammy

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235 char @ char on a mission July 13, 2011

My favourite quote is from Henry Ford:

‘Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right’.

It’s just soooo true. You have the power to either make something happen or make something not happen…whether you believe it or not :)

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236 Katie July 13, 2011

I’ve been following your blog for over a month now and I really appreciate all that you share with us (recipes, life lessons, running advice). Thank you.

Okay, recent life lesson I learned is… to listen first then react. Often times I would feel like my family (mostly my young kids) were trying my patience with pushing their feelings (I took them as demands) on me. When I stopped to accept them as equals and respect/accept their feelings as valid and they were willing to share them with me, I found the gift of empathy. Empathy is a powerful tool for bonding with those you care about. Just as I want to be heard when I’m upset, so do they. Everyone is entitled to their feelings. You don’t have to agree with their feelings or find them rational, but to show them love and understanding all you need to do is listen. This one perspective has really relieved a lot of stress in my life.

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237 Jodi July 13, 2011

I quote I read recently that really motivates me is “Change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone”.

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238 Brooke July 13, 2011

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”
– Isak Dinesen

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239 Monique July 13, 2011

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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240 Anna July 13, 2011

I’ve learned to just focus on having fun! What else really matters?

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241 Sarah July 13, 2011

Hmmm…not sure how to pick ONE lesson, but I’ll try!
I’ve learned that my body really does feel best on a plant-based, meat-free diet. Body knows best, and I’m feeling great these days.

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242 Quinn July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is one from Dr. Suess and it is my life’s motto:
“Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

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243 Jeanne July 13, 2011

Favorite quote comes from a sticker we got from Philosophy. It is on our bathroom mirror: “Faces in the mirror are prettier than they appear.” And what I have learned in my 51 years on the planet is that strong is beautiful. I am not pretty, but I have a body and mind that are strong and healthy and that suits me just fine.

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244 Ashley July 13, 2011

My favorite quote: ““The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” – Ben Okri :)

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245 Atara July 13, 2011

Firstly I just wAnted to tell you how much i adore your blog and words of inspiration, i too came to the vegan life through a long and rough journey I now live everyday feeling better and better that i am chasing after a life of well being and treating my body with respect.
The quote i fell in love with was one I heard recited by a yoga instructor at the end of a class: “we are visitors on this planet we are here for ninety or one hundred years at most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other peoples happiness, you will find the true Hialeah, the true meaning of life.”
-Dalai Lama

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246 Kristin July 13, 2011

“I am on a common sense diet…eat junk and feel junky, eat healthy to be healthy:) “

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247 Blythe July 13, 2011

My running room clinic instructor quoted this last night…..”Act as if you are,”. He said that it’s an expression used by Terrence Mahon, the head running coach for the US Olympic team. He uses it to get his athletes to pursue goals that go beyond anything they’ve accomplished before.

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248 Allison July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is:

Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something.

I love this quote and think it applies to veganism, healthy eating, exercise, cleaning the house, etc!

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249 Sheri Fuchser July 13, 2011

I’ve learned and AM learning that health and happiness go together. So just exercise and diet isn’t enough – I have to feel good, I have to do things for me, I have to have a good attitude for ME. I can’t make changes for anyone else. I have to happy and healthy for me!!!

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250 Ashley July 13, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Reminds me that we really only have control over how we see the world and how we react to it. Everything else is uncontrollable and it is better to lift yourself up then allow yourself to be brought down. :)

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251 Christiane Belliveau July 13, 2011

Favorite Quote : “Energy and Persistence conquer all things”
My journey to health would not be what it has been without persistence that’s for sure!

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252 Marcea July 13, 2011

One of my favorite is: “Just as the ocean cleanses itself constantly, we too must be continually reviewing our thoughts and renewing out minds. Relationships only change when our minds are transformed.”

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253 Marcea July 13, 2011

One of my favorite is: “Just as the ocean cleanses itself constantly, we too must be continually reviewing our thoughts and renewing our minds. Relationships only change when our minds are transformed.”

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254 Kaitlin July 13, 2011

This is really simple, but the thing that I have learned is “Do it now.” I’m a major procrastinator, and will put off exercise, healthy cooking, errands, etc., if I let myself. By telling myself to just do it, I get a lot more done, feel better about myself, and don’t get angry at myself for wasting time.

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255 Linda July 13, 2011

Said to me by one of my favourite Sergeants…. “Adapt and Overcome”
This always comes to mind when I am faced with a particularly difficuly situation

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256 Katie July 13, 2011

I’ve been a swimmer my entire life, and it has done an excellent job of keeping me in shape. However, during competitive high-school swimming, the insane work-outs left me with tons of muscle, which was great! I never complained, I loved feeling strong and lean. However, I was reading an article in a magazine one day, and it said that a woman who is 5’5″ (my height) should weigh 120 pounds. I was shocked. I was well over that weight. I shared this with my mom, who told me that not only does muscle weigh a lot more than fat, but the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn on a daily basis. She helped me go back to feeling good, not worrying about some silly number. As long as I’m being healthy, that’s all I should really need to be happy :) (We don’t even own a scale anymore. What’s the point right?)

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257 Melanie July 13, 2011

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Love this quote. Helps me remember to celebrate small life victories and not be so overwhelmed by the stress of a huge project/goal/deadline, etc.

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258 Kate Morgan July 13, 2011

Hi Angela! I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes with you pertaining to health, exercise, weight loss, body image, etc.

“Nothing that matters comes easy, Nothing that comes easy ever really matters.”

“Now is the time for guts and guile” – Elizabeth Taylor (I always remember this quote when i’m struggling).

“Quote your moaning” – Cathe Friedrich (always a nice little reminder to myself during a tough workout :) ).

“You are free to turn impossible odds into a set of stairs that go either 6 feet under or 600 miles high, bringing you to a place few will ever reach” – Sean O’Malley, CardioCoach

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259 shari July 13, 2011

It’s the ego that thinks we own our successes and our failures, when actually it’s what we do with them that matters

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260 Sarah July 13, 2011

I have learned that positive thoughts bring positive things. It sounds so simple and obvious but it wasn’t until I started treating myself with positives that I was able to see how negative I could be. I’ve also applied that to others, looking at them in a positive light has made me feel better about myself.

I’ve also learned that a tasty dessert isn’t worth skipping :)

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261 Alysha @ She's on the Run July 13, 2011

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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262 Kate July 13, 2011

This quote is specifically about being a female scientist (I’m a biologist), but it can be applied to almost any situation:

“But you don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. So don’t try to be the next Curie, Noether, or Meitner. Just remember that if you want to do this stuff, you are not alone.”

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263 Andria July 13, 2011

I have been following your blog for a while now, but this is my first time commenting :)
I am still trying to overcome body issues and an unhealthy relationship with food. I can relate to all of your struggles, and to know you’ve come out on the other side is truly inspiring! :) I have two little girls now, and I want them to love their bodies and see themselves as beautiful as I do. And I know, it all begins with me.
Thank you Ang!

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264 Alisa July 13, 2011

There are so many great quotes that make me stop and think, but two that I always tell my kids are: You choose if you are going to be happy or sad, so start the day with a smile and the rest will fall into place; On a different thread, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

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265 Suzanne July 13, 2011

The past two years have been a challenge at times as I have contemplated (and then acted on) some bold career moves, strived for lofty fitness goals (marathon training!), along with the usual daily grind of mental ups and downs. Not every day is great, even when things are on the upswing. What I do my best to remember is how to be grateful for all these things that are already present in my life, rather than focusing too much on what I want on don’t have. It definitely helps to keep things in perspective.

Great post Angela!

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266 Anna July 13, 2011

My favorite quote comes by way of my dad, who said “no matter what you do… someone, somewhere, will think you’re an asshole.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek way of saying that you can’t please everyone, so why bother trying.

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267 Lily July 13, 2011

One of the things that I have learned to be the most true in my recovery from ED is that if your life is lacking brightness or positivity, you are the one responsible for generating your own. Everyone can bring a little more “glow” into their lives :).

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268 Le Maitre July 13, 2011

We only get one life and it’s ultimately up to you how to spend your time. Surround yourself with good people and it becomes easier to do good things. Making and meeting goals makes all the difference. Instead of obsessing over negative thoughts on how you look or feel or the progress you’ve made, embrace your beauty and your flaws.

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269 Miriam July 13, 2011

I believe that the most important thing in life is to believe in yourself, to believe you can achieve things, great things, even in doubt or when everything is falling down, you should always keep in mind that there is this little light, that there is something (better) for you. If everything was so easy in life then what would be the point. Learning is what keeps life interesting and what is learning if you don’t make mistake or deviate from your “path”. There is so many quotes regarding this, I like those two : I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~Pablo Picasso You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

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270 Maxine July 13, 2011

Looks yummy! Favorite quote today: Character is what you do when you think no one is looking.

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271 Teri July 13, 2011

Something that I live by is : “Just because you can does not mean you should” :-)

Thanks for all you do!!

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272 Teri July 13, 2011

My favorite is ” Just because you can does not mean that you should” :-)

Thank you so much for all you do !!!

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273 Ana July 13, 2011

One thing I learned throughout my journey is that I am worth much more than I ever gave credit for. We need to love and believe in ourselves!
There is a phrase my sister once sent me that I like: “Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package”. (Unknown author)
Yep, we are all special in our own ways and once we figure this out life becomes a lot more sweet!
It took me 30 years to finally find, accept, and believe in myself, and now I teach my son that he is a beautiful person, no matter what. And that I love him more than anything, just from him being who he is!
Ana

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274 Yvonne July 13, 2011

As a fitness instructor, I always remind my students not to let the number on the scale discourage them or make them feel less accomplished in their fitness goals. During my workouts, I say “Happy heart and healthy muscles are our goals for the day”! I show them that eating healthy and exercising are the best things we can do for ourselves.

My two favorite quotes are: “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Gandhi. “The brain simply believes what you tell it most! And, what you tell it about you, it will create. It has no choice.” – (What to Say When You Talk to Yourself).

I empower women to feel good about themselves and love themselves for who they are and not what others want them to be.

Thank you for your inspiring blog!

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275 Dana July 13, 2011

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you have succeeded.” Maya Angelou

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276 Ami July 13, 2011

mmm would love to win some Glo Bars!!! My favorite life lesson was one I saw on an Oprah episode with Maya Angelou… she said “When people tell you who they are– believe them, the first time”. This has held so true to me in life… if someone says “I’m stubborn”, “I’m selfish”, “I can be a jerk” , “I’m bad with money” etc. They are. They know themselves best.

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277 Kelley July 13, 2011

I’ve learned that being healthy and fit feels much better than any number the scale says!

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278 Jessica July 13, 2011

my mantra is that your day is what you make it. I tell people at work this all the time.. typically on Mondays. If you start out thinking you’re going to have a crappy day.. chances are you will. If you let the negativity pull you down, chances are you’ll stay there. Rise above the crap, don’t let outside forces dictate how you’re going to feel, or what you’ll accomplish.

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279 Lauren July 13, 2011

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Walt Emerson

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280 Angela July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is “We can break and not be broken.” It’s easy to let the little things pile up and drag you down, but I’ve learned that they ultimately make you stronger.

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281 Nicole July 13, 2011

I recently lost of one my best friends to suicide and since then I’ve strived to be as happy as I possibly can and not to get stressed by the small things in life. Because, no matter what, I have people in my life who will be there for me, love me and support me. I love food and eating healthy and exercising makes me feel so great. I competed in my first sprint triathlon a few weeks ago and it was amazing! With the help of my fiance’s sister, who is a vegan, she has introduced me to a whole new way of healthy eating and I’m so excited to get started. One of my favorite quotes now is by George Eliot: “The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know when they are gone”

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282 Tiffany July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes that is a life truth I live by is:
“Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.” -Clayton M. Christensen

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283 Leslie Paquette July 13, 2011

I have been very inspired reading all of the online food blogs over the last couple of years. One of the main things I’ve learned from them is that we are all different. Each persons diet is different and what works for one person does not neccesarily work for another. I’ve had to step back a few times and remind myself of this. I love all of the ideas and recipes I read online and use them as ideas and to supplement a lifestyle that works for me. Love that quote, by the way. ~Leslie

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284 Nikki July 13, 2011

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about making yourself =)

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285 Katherine D. July 13, 2011

I learned that health is not all about one’s weight, and that food is not the enemy. More so, the enemy is your own self-defeating thoughts about your own wellbeing. I’ve learned to LOVE the right foods, and I look forward to creating a new healthy dish at each mealtime :)

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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286 Kayley July 13, 2011

I’m finally to the point in my life when I’m beginning to stop worrying about what other people think of me. When I begin feeling anxious about others’ opinion of me, I tell myself “Kayley, just be the best Kayley you can be and let others think what they want.”

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287 M July 13, 2011

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

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288 Ali July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is a Mark Twain quote:
“Be yourself; Everyone else is taken.”
I love it because it reminds me, amidst all the tendencies for anxiety, self-deprecation, doubt and judgment, that there is no one else in the world who has the same composition- physically, emotionally, experientially and intellectually. It reminds me to take each new day, each new experience as an opportunity to make it a great day, to learn something new, and to be fully, compassionately, and radiantly my self.

Thanks, as always, for your own courage and inspiration.

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289 Cindy B. July 13, 2011

The quote that come to mind when I’m face with daily life challenges is ;
,Little by little does the trick.- Aesop

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290 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 13, 2011

I am a Weight Watchers Lifetime member below goal. I worked for Weight Watchers for 15 years. During that time I usually lead 4 classes a week at night after my regular job. I had access to the scale at every meeting. I NEVER weighed myself except once a week for what i considered my weekly weigh-in. I got in the habit of that and I think that is one of the best lessons you can learn. It will go up, it will go down, but don’t allow it to make you crazy or rule your life. Once a week is all you need…just so you know how you’re doing!

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291 Amy @ purewellnessamy July 13, 2011

Funnily enough, my favorite quote comes from a Yogi tea bag: “The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.” So simple, and so true.

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292 Abby July 13, 2011

I have learned that the perceptions we have of ourselves are truly subjective and it is human nature to think that the grass is always greener. I’ve been in India for the last 5 months and the standard of beauty here is pale skin and a curvy body. I fit that model, but for years I have tried to tan and work my way down to the thin, lithe bodies that so many of my Indian friends have. Interesting isn’t it that the standard of beauty in both countries does not represent the “average woman” of either culture. It seems we cannot escape these false standards no matter where in the world we roam. How wonderful it would be to create a new definition of beauty, a real beauty that is not a certain color, or type or weight. And above all does not set-up the unattainable just to make us feel as if we have failed…

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293 elisa July 13, 2011

One of the lessons i have learned along the way with regards to food, life, friends and life in general is to loosen my grip on how I think things are or ought to be. Its short but this quote grounds me.

.Nothing is absolutely so.

in health :)

Elisa

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294 Monica July 13, 2011

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

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295 Celina L. July 13, 2011

You are a total inspiration. On my journey I haven’t so much learned a lesson as I’ve created a motto for myself. My body image definitely brings me down but I’m learning to overcome it. However, one of the most powerful feelings in the world is setting a goal and accomplishing it. That’s what I do now. I’ve decided not to just ease through life. By doing this I feel more confident, stronger, and happier about who I am. So here’s my motto (I hope you like it) . . . Dream it. Do it.

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296 Becky "Lil Bear" July 13, 2011

I have a couple lessons I’ve learned along the way, I hope it’s okay if I share both ;)

#!: My nickname is “Lil Bear”. This isn’t because I’m cute and cuddly (although I’d like to think I am). If people ask why, I make them think, pose a question for them: “What do you think of when you think of a Bear?” Most respond with something silly like honey, Yogi, or a crossfit inspired workout meant to kick your butt. However, the significance of a bear to me is thus: a bear is a solitary creature, but isn’t lonely. She takes humility in her solitude in nature, and doesn’t need a herd or huge family group to feel complete. She is strong beyond measure, and would do anything to protect her cubs. I see myself as a proverbial bear, someone who knows how to depend on herself and only herself, who finds peace in the solitude when she needs it and does not feel alone. I’m fiercely protective of those that I love and who are near and dear to me. My happiness is not dependent on anyone but myself. Learning how to be at peace with myself and only myself was a very long and difficult journey, but I think it’s a soul journey that everyone needs to take, otherwise you will find yourself crumbling when those around you fall, because you will lose the support system on which you built yourself on.

#2: I wear a bracelet that says “FEARLESS” 24/7/365, and often get the sarcastic comment, “Oh, so you’re not afraid of ANYTHING?” with dubious looks. This is typical and would be the obvious answer… If it were anyone but me. Being fearless is not the absence of fear; being fearless is letting the fear drive you to higher truths and deeper meanings, instead of remaining crippled and captive to it. In a recent blog post of yours, Andrea, you posted the following quote, and I will simply finish my summary of this lesson with it so that you may ponder it with new eyes:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”~Ambrose Redmoon

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297 Ali July 13, 2011

I absolutely love your analysis of the bear! What a cool, powerful way to view yourself :) Thanks for sharing!

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298 Taya July 13, 2011

I love this post! Thank you so much for teaching me to love my entire self, not only the bit of me that works out too much! The biggest thing I am learning right now is that nobody, other than myself, expects me to be perfect. My flaws are part of what makes me awesome – I don’t have to be a fitness robot who just exercises all the time and eats perfectly!

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299 Stefanie July 13, 2011

Always go for your dreams no matter how hard it may be. When I first decided to go to culinary school, I was terrified and kept to myself for the first month or so. Then I realized, not everyone is going to like you so just be yourself and have fun. It is hard for me to step out of my comfort zone, but it is a great experience once I let go of my insecurities and just have fun. Culinary school (baking and pastry program) was the best year of my life and I do not regret it at all. It made me realize that my dreams are worth stepping out of my comfort zone for a little while.

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300 Lisa July 13, 2011

I like this quote from Joel Osteen,

“God won’t allow you to go through difficult times if He doesn’t have a purpose for them. He has plans to use the adversity in your life to accelerate you towards the good things He has for you”.

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301 Debbie Mettler July 13, 2011

I have struggled with self esteem issues since high school (kids can be so cruel!) which also led to a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. Only in my mid forties did I finally realize magazine covers and Hollywood celebrities do not represent the majority of us. I now try to eat right and exercise on the days that I can. I am at a healthy weight, stronger than I have been in years and think I look pretty darn good for 48! Next week is my 30 year high school reunion and I am looking forward to it not dreading it. Thank you for sharing your recipes and your wisdom. One of my favourite quotes comes from a song: “follow your heart and nothing else”

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302 Jen July 13, 2011

For some reason I got to the point where the people pleaser in me became so dominant that I forgot I should put myself first sometimes. I wrote this in my journal so I would see it constantly..
Love yourself.
Start today.
You deserve it.
You’re worth it.
I am trying to stay in today…in this moment. This moment is all we have…and this moment is mine :)

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303 Gergia July 13, 2011

” Once you make your decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
– ralph waldo emerson

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304 Angela July 13, 2011

One lesson I’ve learned is trust your instincts, so many times life will give you little hints about the “right path”, and while I’ve definitively not trusted my instinct 100% of the time, it was those choices that led me to start really listening to that little voice…which recently ha been dictating my school routes every morning lol

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305 Catherine July 13, 2011

there’s always rain before a rainbow

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306 Stacey July 13, 2011

Wow. Your scale disclaimer hit home. I met that magical number and did not have the happiness I thought I would have. I am here now with a few extra pounds still trying to find happiness. I am learning day to day to just live and not live for that magic number. I still have a long way to go and your website seems to be what I need now. I heard someone say that not everyone is judging the way you look like we always think. We have to break from that “self-centeredness” and realize it is not all about us. Others have more important things to worry about like themselves. Thanks for the support. Much needed.

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307 elle linn July 13, 2011

I like to think I can be perfect and I think it goes without saying that I cannot. So the best lesson I am still learning is that I am great the way I am. No one is judging me harder than I am myself, so I just back off a bit each day, give myself some positive thoughts, and I’m slowly returning to the happy girl I once was!

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308 Becca @ Eat, Move, Absorb July 13, 2011

One of my favorite quotes came from a professor during a lecture. She said it quite simply between slides, and I somehow managed to catch it between taking notes and doing my crossword… :) She said,

“It is not our talent that determines who we are, it is our choices.” -Dr. Snider

It has really stuck with me throughout the years and reminds me of what I can be capable of (emotional/physical strength, creativity, etc.) if I decide to make better choices for myself. We’re only given the one life, may as well live it the best we can. :)

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309 Susannah July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is from the beginning of The Great Gatsby:

‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” ‘

You can never really know what’s going on in other people’s lives – if they’re irritable or angry, there’s usually a reason. I always try to give people an easy time because I never know what they’ve been through.

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310 Katie July 13, 2011

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

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311 Heather McWhorter July 13, 2011

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
-Zig Ziglar

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312 Adeline July 13, 2011

That piece of wisdom from my older brother, when I was in high school and upset about not getting the best mark on a paper: “there’ll always be people not doing as well as you do, and no matter how hard you work, in life there’ll always be someone doing better than you. And that’s fine.”

Possibly the best thing I’ve ever been told.

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313 Andrea July 13, 2011

I learned that you don’t have to worry about your weight if you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet. After turning vegan, I quickly lost excess pounds and then my body stabilized and I’ve been at a healthy weight ever since and I never think about portion control or eating too soon before going to sleep. I just eat :)

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314 Stephanie July 13, 2011

I am someone who at some time or another has been obsessed with scales and have finally stopped worrying about it. This blog described everything I have discovered about being obsessed with a stupid number on a scale. Thank you so much for again confirming this for me!
xx

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315 saffity July 13, 2011

I’ve learned to not sweat the little stuff and that by being patient you can achieve the results that are best for you. Also, that the expectations I had for my body weren’t healthy and that I needed to change them and love my present body for what it was before making changes for my health. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.

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316 Brooke July 13, 2011

Since becoming vegan and eating all organic, not only did I lose weight, but I also started to reveal a clearer mind. It has brought me closer to god and closer to my family/boyfriend because I am so much happier being a vegan. Before being vegan, I had mood swings and I was constantly thinking about food because I felt like I never ate enough. I’ve learned that your family, relationships, friends, and hobbies should take up your life, not food and dieting.

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317 Hannah July 13, 2011

Is this only open to American readers?

Anyway, just for the heck of it…

I’ve learnt that you don’t always have to follow the path in life that you grew up expecting to be on forever. When you wake up every morning feeling sick, heavy, and grey, then what you’re doing isn’t right for you. For me, realising that the PhD was destroying my spirit and quitting to instead for for an NGO has taught me that we can create happiness.

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318 Erica July 13, 2011

Your blogs lately have been reading my mind!! When I say “I feel fat”(as it has been happening often) …. what do I really really really feel ??? Fat is NOT a feeling!

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319 Miriam July 13, 2011

“you are your own worst critic.” Seriously, why are we so hard on ourselves?

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320 Valerie July 13, 2011

Is this give away also for readers outside the US?
I’m from Holland, but a really loyal reader of your blog :)
I actually used alot of your quotes to explain some of the things I was going trough to relatives.
and no this is not to kiss up, just truth ;). But to not make it seem to butt-kissing, one of my favorite quotes, among loads is:
‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.’
Simple, but so true.

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321 Karine July 13, 2011

Amazing post!

My favorite quote has actually nothing to do with health, or self-confidence :

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
F. Nietzsche

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322 World_Runner July 13, 2011

The best lesson I have learned is to live life like my kids – they are thoroughly spontaneous and can find joy in a cardboard box!

My favorite quote:
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely with a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”

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323 World_Runner July 13, 2011

The best lesson I have learned is to live life like my kids – they are thoroughly spontaneous and can find joy in a cardboard box!

My favorite quote:
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely with a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thouroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”

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324 Allee July 13, 2011

I am traveling with the boy (man) I am dating, in Spain. I hadn´t weighed myself since, oh, winter break when at a doctors appointment they accidentally told me my weight, not knowing that I´d sworn it off!! I was SOOOO shocked by the number, that I was just maddened and “depressed” for days? weeks? affected for months, AND THEN I weighed myself. Here, 5 minutes ago, in the woman whose home I am staying ins bathroom, on her scale. It was a weight I liked, but I liked it simply because it was smaller, and seeing it contributed to an unhealthy thought pattern, that I should continue to resist and restrict. I was planning on continuing to do so, THEN, in SPAIN, I randomly have access to a computer for once, and I check your blog (which is linked to the private blog of my ED friends and I), and saw THIS POST. WITH A SCALE. hah, crazyyy!!

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325 Urban Turtle July 13, 2011

I’ve learned to relax and not take things so seriously (this is still a work in progress). I have found that practicing yoga really helps with this a lot. Amazing how your physical body, breathing, and state of mind are so interconnected!

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326 Robbin Schneider July 13, 2011

OhSheGlows makes me smile and laugh and be curious about food again. Committed vegetarian and yogini who eats rather blandly, you inspire me to want to eat, laugh, love, and live!!

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327 Marijke July 13, 2011

Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”

In my honest opinion, it doesn’t hurt to try and see the good in everyone and everything.

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328 Marit July 13, 2011

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Redd Foxx

I love this as it’s exactly my point.
if you obsess about one single aspect of life, you forget to enjoy the rest of it.
you can not live a perfect life, a body is just a body and it is up to you to make that body work in unison with your mind.
Finally, after years of Yo-Yo-ing and my mind going crazy, my confidence hitting rock bottom and my metabolism being totally screwed up, my weight is stable, and it has been for the past 6 months.
I have struggled sooo hard to get to terms with those 10 extra “vanity-pounds”, but i eat well, i don’t leave the dinner table still hungry anymore and i am physically stronger than ever before.
I no longer aim to loose those pounds, i now aim to eat real foods that my body craves rather than “overriding” the real nutritional needs with refined sugars and crap… which i to my enormous surprise discovered that i actually don’t like…
I’ve kicked my sugar habit and discovered that i don’t actually like sugar… how bizarre is that?

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329 Laura July 13, 2011

I’m SO happy that you have a scale disclaimer. Lately, I’ve been feeling OBSESSED with the scale and its numbers. I know it changes every day, but I just can’t seem to get that concept through my head, so I constantly check the scale, sometimes mutliple times throughout the day. Your scale disclaimer is probably the most important thing I’ve learned thus far and will take with me tomorrow when I wake up and feel the urge to get on the scale. It also reminded me to think of all the amazing things in my life I have been blessed with! Thank you so much for posting this. :o)

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330 crystine July 13, 2011

love is the answer

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331 Denise July 13, 2011

I’ve learned so much. To go with the flow, so always take good care of my body, to live in the moment. Living free…that’s what I learned and what is so precious to me.

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332 Kerry July 13, 2011

I’ve learned to listen to my body and do what feels right for ME. I’m much healthier and happier now that I don’t worry about what other people say I should eat or do to be healthy. I used to eat things people gave me just to be polite, even if I really didn’t want it. But I’ve realized that it’s better to be honest and just say “I don’t eat sugar (or meat, or whatever).” They’ll understand.

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333 Natalie Valiente July 13, 2011

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:25-27

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334 Courtney July 13, 2011

Don’t drive into the future with your eyes in the rearview mirror.

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335 Vanessa July 13, 2011

A poem:

In the Moment

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations-Let is all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let it go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you receive it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith: The mind may never find the explanations that it seeks but you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace and certain transformation.
-Danna Faulds

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336 Vanessa July 13, 2011

A poem:

In the Moment

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations-Let is all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let it go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you receive it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith: The mind may never find the explanations that it seeks but you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and pace and certain transformation.
-Danna Faulds

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337 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 13, 2011

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

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338 Vanessa July 13, 2011

A poem:

In the Moment

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations-Let is all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let it go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you receive it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith: The mind may never find the explanations that it seeks but you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and pace and certain transformation.
-Danna Faulds

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339 Lilly July 13, 2011

live in love

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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340 Emily July 13, 2011

I have learned (through a bunch of trial and error) that I’m my most beautiful when I love my body and feed it nutritious food I love. I can’t feel beautiful when I’m critical or restrictive, because it’s not trusting my body to tell me where I should be.
When I trust my body, challenge my body, and give it a non-critical and nutritious attitude, it does all the work for me!
It tells me when I’m full and well nourished from beautiful foods, it tells me when I can push harder, it tells me when I should rest, it tells me when I harmed it with something icky and processed, and it rewards me (when I treat it right) with a happy life, a free mind, loads of energy, and a great figure.
What’s not to love? :)

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341 carrie July 13, 2011

I try to remind myself it’s not what my legs look like, it’s what they can do that matters. And always be aware that we learn so much from making mistakes. The only way to truly fail, is if we’re too afraid to try. Thanks for a great post – and give-away!

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342 Nikita July 13, 2011

Health includes everything in moderation, nothing in excess. It is about finding balance, and your balance may not be the same as someone else’s balance.

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343 Sarah July 13, 2011

LOVE your scale disclaimer! I do not own a scale for the simple fact that I would use it multiple times a day! I know how much I weigh only based on doctors visits and the occasional curiosity at the gym! Thanks for the smile!

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344 Jane July 13, 2011

A great lesson I’ve learned recently is to take a step in a direction no matter which way you head. It’s easy and sometimes upsetting to just sit and try to figure out what you want to do and then worry about how to get there or if it will be the right choice in your life, but by only thinking and not acting, absolutely nothing will happen. To figure out anything you have to take the steps and really experience life, the good and the bad.

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345 Jules July 13, 2011

One of the best lessons I’ve learned in life is this —- What you think of me, is none of my business. It’s what I believe that counts.

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346 Emily July 13, 2011

I learned that I’m my happiest when I eat real food. The processed stuff was doing me no favors.

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347 Theresa V July 13, 2011

Your blog never fails to lift my spirit after a tough day!

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348 Stephanie @Lungesandlunch July 13, 2011

Every wall is a door ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had something discouraging happen tonight and I just need to remember that it’s a path of personal growth. What sucks now will make me stronger later!

….Right?

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349 Jessica F July 13, 2011

This isn’t a quote but something I hold very true in my heart.

It all works out. Always. It may not be right now. It may not be the way you planned for. It may take some time and hardship to reach it. But in the end, it will work out. And if it isn’t (as pretty much always) how you envisioned it would be, it will be that way because it is so much better than you could ever have imagined.

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350 Megan Gale July 13, 2011

You will fall off track. You won’t always eat right and sometimes you will miss work outs. Life happens. The most important thing is that you hop back on. -me :)

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351 Kristen D July 13, 2011

My favorite lesson thus far has been:
“Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”

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352 Robyn July 13, 2011

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever” – love that one!

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353 Amanda July 13, 2011

“After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.” – Italian proverb

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354 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life July 13, 2011

When I first became vegetarian, I was forced to think about what I was eating. All of a sudden I was aware of all of the crap I had been eating and began to focus more on fueling my body with healthy foods.

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355 katie July 13, 2011

My favorite is from Portia De Rossi’s book:
“Healing comes from love”

This has rung true for me during my journey in dealing with builimia. I can’t heal until I learn to love myself for who I am. :)

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356 Katie Tomlinson July 13, 2011

My favorite quote is from Portia De Rossi’s book: “Healing comes from love”
This has really rung true to me during my journey in veganism – it has helped me overcome my struggle with bulimia.

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357 lisa July 12, 2011

“I am here to live out loud” Emil Zola

Love it. I use it to remind myself that my life is meant to be lived, loved and shared.
Lisa

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358 juliet July 12, 2011

“Ninguna decisión es final, todas se ramifican en otras.” (No decision is final; all branch into others.) -Jose Luis Borges

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359 Natalie @ cinnamon bums July 12, 2011

c.s. lewis once wrote, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” and i tell myself, “you are not a body. you have a body. you are a soul.”

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360 Krissa July 12, 2011

“The peace within becomes the harmony without”

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361 Veronica July 12, 2011

It’s so sweet of you to do this giveaway – and my tummy could surely use these scrumptious treats!!!
I would like to say that my life is guided by The Golden Rule. It always enlightens me to make better decisions for myself and for others, and it gives me the strength to push forward through harships while knowing that I am living kindly and doing good things for others.

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362 Christina July 12, 2011

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

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363 Paula July 12, 2011

Plus or minus (okay, okay, rarely is it ever the latter) a few pounds really doesn’t make a difference! Unless you’re 24 inches tall, nobody – including yourself – will notice. :)

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364 hippierunner July 12, 2011

Nike didn’t ask me to say this but I love ‘just do it’. I tend to overthink everything so this simple saying always gives me the push I need!

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365 Amy July 12, 2011

My favorite quotes are: “Live the life you have imagined” & “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

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366 L. Marie July 12, 2011

“Forgive and forget” There would be so much more peace if we could all live by this motto.

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367 Jenna July 12, 2011

Angela, the picture is beautiful.
One of my favourite quotes:
“When the door of happiness closes, another opens but often time we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.” – Anonymous

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368 Jen July 12, 2011

I just watched an Oprah and she said: Forgivness is, giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.

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369 Carly July 12, 2011

YUM! A glo bar giveaway – I’ve always wanted to try your glo bars! Something I’ve learned is to not be so hard on myself. AND here is my favourite quote: “Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, you can achieve.”

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370 Kelly July 12, 2011

One lesson I’ve learned recently is that just because I’m feeling down or because negative thoughts are entering my mind doesn’t mean I have to let it take over. I can recognize the feeling or thought, name it (“I’m feeling upset about…”), and let it pass rather than going deeper into it. I’m still learning how to deal with anxiety, but that has been the point that has resonated most with me. I have a choice to feel happy and let negativity go.

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371 Mandiee July 12, 2011

Something I have learned is that healthy is not a number, but instead a lifestyle. I choose to live with that mindset, filling my body with nutrient-rich, fresh foods and practicing yoga religiously. Healthy is about sharing the compassion I show for others with myself.

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372 Rebekah July 12, 2011

I am always encouraged through different verses and quotes. Two of my favorite quotes right now are:

“If you can’t see the ultimate, you will become a slave to your immediate.”

“Children grow involuntarily, adults grow through intentional, focused efforts.”

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373 Kelly July 12, 2011

“Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.”
-Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, August 2004

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374 Casey July 12, 2011

I have learned to breathe…. what an awesome skill to have!

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375 Bethany July 12, 2011

For me, it’s cliched, but remembering that I’m only human and then taking delight in things like a dog licking me or a cat purring on my lap, and celebrating the real triumphs in my life (seeing an animal get adopted because of you is a better feeling than any weight).

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376 Lisa @ Happy Puppy Lucky Lady July 12, 2011

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Cambell

http://pinterest.com/pin/61902024/

So true!!

~Lisa

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377 Lisa @ Happy Puppy Lucky Lady July 12, 2011

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Cambell

http://pinterest.com/pin/61902024/

So true!!

~Lisa

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378 Wren July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to take each day moment by moment.
Having lost 65 pounds in a year and having maintained that loss for
16 months, I realize each day consists of moments — opportunites to
make healthy or unhealthy choices. Do the best with each moment and
don’t beat yourself up over an unhealthy decision…Get on target with
the next one…those moments make days, days make weeks…months…years
and your life is what it all adds up to.

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379 Laura July 12, 2011

My favorite quote so far on my journey has to do with my attitude towards the journey itself:

“make the most of what comes and the least of what goes”

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380 Jill July 12, 2011

“There’s always tomorrow.”

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381 Jessica July 12, 2011

“The shortest distance between two people is a story.”

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382 Hillary July 12, 2011

A day is incomplete without laughter

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383 Kelly July 12, 2011

Last Jan. 2010, I was diagnosed with a rare health condition called POTS Syndrome. I lost my fabulous career in medical sales for Abbott Laboratories, an even more fabulous salary, company car…my ability to jog along Chicago lakeshore and my ability to workout entirely. Along with all I lost, my self worth followed…until now. I am now struggling with a 30 pound weight gain due to the inability to increase my functionality. I have to believe God has a purpose in my trial and I realize that my self worth needs to be fed back into me – because it doesn’t come from a job or money. I read your blog every single day and it’s something I so look forward to. You give me hope and inspire me to live my best life. My fav. quote is ‘If you cannot put your heart into it….then take yourself out of it’. I do not know who wrote that but I never forgot it. Kelly O’Brien

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384 Marta July 12, 2011

“be the person your dog thinks you are” that’s always hit home for me :D

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385 Zoe July 12, 2011

This was given to me on a bookmark years and years ago. I have it taped to my door:

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
-Emerson

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386 Kayla July 12, 2011

My personal everyday philosophy is based on three things: perseverance, determination and fortitude. It’s what keeps me on track with my goals and reminds me to never dwell too long if at all on the past.
Nevertheless, my favourite quote is
“Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it. “ –Lou Holtz

You should never underestimate the power of positive thinking :)

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387 Lindsey July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that calories don’t mean as much as nutrition.

I used to think that peanut butter, avocados, and other things were “bad” because they had lots of calories. How wrong! I now eat foods like these regularly for 1) I like them for 2) they make me feel good and for 3) they satisfy me!

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388 Carly July 12, 2011

I have learned that just because my house is not perfectly clean, does not mean I’m not the best Mum and wife :)

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389 Anna July 12, 2011

The greatest achievement in life is not measured by a large salary or reputable label, but by finding happiness in ourselves and reflecting joy to those who surround us everyday.

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390 Kelly July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned it to be my own person! Everyday should have personal victories and if not it’s another day to set new ones!

Ps. Love all the positive energy on this site ; )

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391 Diana @ VeggieNextDoor July 12, 2011

I have been a vegetarian for 10+ years but eat eggs and dairy. My biggest learnings so far this year were 1.) Reading Crazy Sexy Diet and understanding why dairy is not ideal for my body (i.e. ph balance) and 2.) Visiting a Farm Sanctuary and understanding why dairy is tougher on animals than I even knew.

I still eat dairy and eggs but am trying very hard to cut back and even made a casserole with soaked nuts instead of cheese this past weekend!

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392 Elle July 12, 2011

“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” – Kobi Yamada

I’m very hesitant to try new things for fear of being “bad” at them, but I’ve learned to take more risks and just open myself up to more opportunities. I thought this quotation summed it up beautifully, the importance of just launching into something and facing whatever challenges as they come. (And I like to picture myself flying :-D)

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393 Amy July 12, 2011

The best lesson I have learned so far in my life is that it isn’t selfish to learn to love yourself before you love others.

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394 Lisa @ Happy Puppy Lucky Lady July 12, 2011

Great post!! I strongly believe that throughout your life you may follow and believe in different quotes and inspirations. This happens to us based on how we change and the things around us change over years. As a 28year old single woman, I have been inspired lately by the quote, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”- Joseph Campbell. http://pinterest.com/pin/61902024/ You may interpret this quote how it relates to you individually, for me I used to think I would be married with kids by now, but I haven’t reached that point in my life yet. I’ve accepted that, and living my current life and dream. ~Lisa

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395 Karla July 12, 2011

one of my favorite quotes: After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.~aldous huxley

For me this quote always makes me think of introspection and the power of expressing ones self through art.

On another note, YAY glo bars and Yay favorite recipe! I can’t wait. :-D

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396 shan July 12, 2011

I like this quote: ‘Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”

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397 Mary July 12, 2011

Exercising and Eating keeps me fit and helps stabilize my mood levels. What I realized is that I don’t exercise and eat clean 100% of the time, but that as long as doing so the majority of the time, then it’s a good balance. Balance is key in everything :)

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398 Claudia July 12, 2011

“Louisa not Loisa

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399 Claudia July 12, 2011

My favourite quote “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship” Loisa May Alcott.
Always keeps me going through tough times!

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400 Shellon July 12, 2011

I had never hiked or camped a day in my life, though I have always dreamed of being outdoors, completely free. I decided one day, completely on a whim, to sign up for a three month outdoor leadership course held in Alaska.On one of our first days hiking I began to have a panic attack; I was gasping for breath, with an 80lb. backpack strapped on to me, staring at a mountain we were expected to camp on top of that night. I swore I had made the biggest mistake of my life, I was a fool for thinking I could do this and that I was going to die right there on that mountain. My dream was dying fast. Someone at last saw that tears were streaming down my face and I was gasping for air, but it wasn’t our instructor or the one other female with me. It was Andre, a guy that I had already continually butted heads with. He told me something that seems so simple to everyone I tell it to now. But to me, it was exactly what I needed to hear, It kept me there the whole three months, I had the most amazing experiences of my life and I am now an avid hiker.
He grabbed my shoulders, stared me down and said “Quit worrying about ‘how will you ever get to the end.’ Right now, you only have control over the next five steps. After that, it’s another five steps. The end will come, but only after these next five steps.”
Thinking about my next five steps has helped me continue school when I feel worn out and ridiculous being the oldest person in many of my classes. It helped me stay sane while I was buying a new house, planning a wedding and going through finals week. And it has helped me lose the first fifteen pounds of a 70 pound goal.
(And surprisingly, it was Andre who I cried the hardest about leaving when the course was over.)

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401 Victoria July 12, 2011

“You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
This mantra by Buddha has carried me through so much. We can all achieve happiness once we can learn to accept and be happy with ourselves.

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402 MaryBe July 12, 2011

It takes the old dog for the hard road, and the pups to snuff the dust.

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403 Emma (Emma+Jacob) July 12, 2011

Angela, I hope you don’t mind but I shared the image above in my blog just to show it to my friends (my blog links to Facebook). I attributed the image to you, mentioning your name and adding a click-on link to your blog, so everyone knows I borrowed it from you :D

Please let me know if you would like me to take the image down.

Thank you so much for always sharing with us your sunshine!

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404 Kelsey July 12, 2011

One day, on particular long, hot, mentally draining, and hard day at work, while on my break I was washing my hands and I looked up into a mirror. Immediately, I felt this jump of excitement that you get when you unexpected see an old friend and my mind said, “Hey, you know this girl!”. Upon realizing my tired mind’s reaction to my own reflection I started to laugh. But it was this awesome moment when I realized that I really am my own best friend :)

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405 Shelie July 12, 2011

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
I LOVE this verse!

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406 Jackie July 12, 2011

If you believe, you will achieve.

That was a favorite of mine when I was younger, and something I WANT to believe, but I find very hard to believe when I am down. I need to start reminding myself of it again, because everything is better when you think positively.

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407 Maddie July 12, 2011

Lately I’ve been into the quote “Getting lost will help you find yourself.” It helps me to remember that life is a crazy journey that can’t always be planned!

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408 Jackie S July 12, 2011

Recently, I’ve been learning that with knowledge comes power. Power to change myself for the better, to help change the world around me for the better and to bring that knowledge to others. Also, that I must stay true to myself and not stray from the path that I have dedicated myself to just because others think less of it.

Thank you for this opportunity!

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409 Allison July 12, 2011

One lesson I’ve learned on my journey so far is that nothing can be about being perfect- it’s about making progress. I guess this is more of a revelation to something that seems so common sense rather than a lesson, but I think it’s really valuable! There will be days, weeks or even months where you keep getting off track or not feeling like you’re succeeding. Especially when it comes to the scale!!! Some weeks that number that’s staring back at your might not be indicative of all of your hard work… but that’s ok! It’s about realizing that you’re trying to make a life change and how much progress you’ve made on that that really matters :)

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410 Steph July 12, 2011

you are with yourself more than any other person or being….. might as well love her.

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411 Abby W July 12, 2011

“As a lover of all things certain, I wanted faith to work like an epidural; to numb the pain of vulnerability. As it turned out, my faith ended up being more like a midwife – a nurturing partner who leans into the discomfort with me and whispers “push” and “breathe.” ” – Brene Brown

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412 Annie July 12, 2011

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland

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413 Tara July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the only thing I can control is how I handle situations. i can choose to be negative or I can choose to be positive. I like being positive :)

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414 Nicole July 12, 2011

I started doing CrossFit after I had my daughter. It totally transformed my view of “fitness”. Now, I care about being strong, not skinny (although I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been). The only numbers I chase are improving my time for the workouts, and increasing the weight I use in the workouts. It is totally freeing. I highly recommend it.

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415 Morgan @ Endorphaholic July 12, 2011

Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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416 Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 12, 2011

I have this quote posted on my laptop. “Do what you can, With what you have, Where you are”

thanks for doing this giveaway Angela

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417 Kathryn July 12, 2011

Hi Angela! Love your website and all of your recipes! I’m also glad you’re spreading a positive message about body relationship. This is my favorite quotation and always puts my head in the right place.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”)

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418 Kristy July 12, 2011

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

I have learned that I have endless strength and my body had potential beyond what my mind tells me I can. I have lost 20 lbs and run 3 half marathons, all because I told myself I could. My kids are now following my lead and running as well as eating healthy. Life is short, but life is oh so good!!!

:) Kristy

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419 Ali July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned is that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I tend to want to push myself too hard, whether it be eating healthy, exercising or work – I then end up being less productive b/c I am wiped out or start focusing on how I didn’t finish all of my goals exactly or what not.

But now I don’t feel bad missing a work out once and a while because my body needs some rest or if I eat a few too many cookies than I needed to. No sense in beating yourself up, but rather figure out why you’re feeling guilty about something and take note to help change it in the future.

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420 Tristan K July 12, 2011

I’m learning how to slow down a bit. I’m also epically failing at it, but I am still trying to get better at slowing down, breathing and letting the stress go.

Thanks Angela for the chance!

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421 Erin July 12, 2011

Resilience is more important than toughness.

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422 Clairerose C July 12, 2011

I’ve learn to not take everything so seriously.
My dad tried to teach me that over 10 yrs
Ago. I’m just learning how to Now…

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423 Stacy July 12, 2011

My Papou always told me that “worrying doesn’t add another day to your life.” He has been gone for over a decade, but his quote continues to be my everyday reminder not to take life too seriously. (:

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424 Jessica July 12, 2011

Here’s one of my favorites! “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” A J Reb Materi

Love your blog!

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425 Danielle F July 12, 2011

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly.”

Love this quote. First time I read it, I cried. It’s crazy how powerful words can be and how phrases can touch you so deeply.

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426 Jennifer Merschel July 12, 2011

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

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427 lamarun July 12, 2011

I lost about 40 pounds after a breakup (and reaching my heaviest) a couple of years ago. While I’m still not completely happy with the way I look, I am sooooo appreciative now of what my body can do and what it does for me every day. This non-perfect body has run races – the most recent being a marathon in Rome – but it also keeps up with me on the daily grind. I will try to take care of my body for as long as I have it.

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428 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free July 12, 2011

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

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429 Jessica July 12, 2011

Philippians 4:13 :)

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430 Nat July 12, 2011

“When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It’s simple but to the point.

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431 Erin @theofficeappetite July 12, 2011

I like, “Just remember you are unique, just like everybody else”. We’ve all got our differences and that’s the beauty of it all :).

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432 Jill Heintzman July 12, 2011

2, from two idols.

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
Audrey Hepburn

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe

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433 Anna July 12, 2011

I have learned to listen to my body better the last four years. I still ignore it more than I should but at least I know when I am ignoring it ;)

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” -Mark Victor Hansen

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434 Jaclyn Jones July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

Thank you so much for doing the giveaway! Looks delish!

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435 Megan July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself. I can’t do everything, sometimes I need to take a break and relax, and that’s okay! Now I’m comfortable just doing my best, and my new goal in life is to be happy

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436 alice July 12, 2011

“nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” –emerson

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437 Jaime July 12, 2011

“Love should come first. It should be the beginning of and reason for everything” ~ Gerald May

(thanks to Caitlin @ Healthy Tipping Point for sharing the full version of that quote – I love it, and it can be applied to everything including one’s self)

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438 Lynny July 12, 2011

“Anything you can think of and believe in, you can achieve”

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439 Rachel July 12, 2011

“Starving is not sexy. It is bleeding gums, acrid breath, brittle bones, osteoporosis, infertility, and complication. It saps and withers. Sexy is is inherent in a healthy appreciation for food, in having the energy to romp with your beloved, pick up your baby, cook dinner for your friends, go for a run or simply take a gentle walk to the market. Sexy is in feeling sated, having options and feeling alive.”
– Sophie Dahl, Mrs. Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights

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440 Allison July 12, 2011

“You are amazing grace. You are a precious jewel. You- special, miraculous, unrepeatable, fragile, fearful, tender, lost, sparkling ruby emerald jewel rainbow splendor person.”
-Joan Baez

Someone shared this with me when I was in a particularly low time about 5 years ago. I kept it, and now have it framed. It sits next to my mirror that I look in every morning when I get dressed. It reminds me that I am not only unique but goes a long way in inspiring me to be kind to myself and to others. Despite flaws that you might see in yourself or the struggles you encounter, try not to forget the good things that make you ‘you’! Embrace your vulnerability. Once you possess self-love and awareness, you can do anything!

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441 Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 12, 2011

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?”

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442 Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” :)

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443 Michael Coleman July 12, 2011

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. -William Blake

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444 steph July 12, 2011

Life is all in how you react to it. It’s been a tough but helpful lesson in helping me deal with the loss of my seven-year relationship.

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445 [email protected] July 12, 2011

My favorite quote, and what I tell myself with each and every workout is: “Pain is Temporary, Quitting Lasts a Lifetime.”

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446 Shobha July 12, 2011

No one looks at you and knows how much you way.

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447 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss July 12, 2011

um, I would LOVE some Glo bars in my life. ooh. hit me! :)

one of my favorite quotes? “you gain courage, strength, and confidence every time you stop to look fear in the face. do the thing you think you cannot do.” -eleanor roosevelt was one smart lady. ;)

and that picture is awesome. I want to make it my desktop background.

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448 Melissa July 12, 2011

My two favorites…

~What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within is.

and

Do what you can…
With what you have…
Where you are…

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449 adrienne July 12, 2011

ps – I DO go a “little” crazy if I look at a scale . . . . so, I really like the picture you have of your list of reminders about what weight is NOT laying on top of your scale :-)

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450 adrienne July 12, 2011

One of the powerful emotions of the heart is gratitude. As soon as your heart is touched, it is softened….and a softened heart is grateful. Experience how the heart approaches life; it is profoundly grateful for all that is offered. The heart never complains; complaints come from the mind when its expectations are not met. The heart that is open accepts all that is given and gives all it contains.
Puran Bair

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451 Danielle July 12, 2011

“Doubt kills” is a quote that’s been passed along to me recently and while it really can apply to any situation we may face in life, I find that it has special meaning for living a healthy lifestyle.

Doubting anything — your self worth, appearance, exercise/fitness prowess, your ability to stop counting calories and eat intuitively, etc…can be downright destructive.

I have learned to stop doubting and to trust the process of truly living healthily…and this has made me realize that no matter what, everything will always be A-OK ;)

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452 Bethany July 12, 2011

As an athlete this quote really resonates with me and I try to think about this before every race:

“There must be a persistent focus on doing the work and mastering the task at hand rather than the dream of winning. Results can never be controlled—only your effort and level of skill can. If you build your fitness to the highest possible level, pace your race well and make sure you are completely spent at the finish line, feeling certain there was no way you could have run an extra inch—you have reached the limit of your potential that day and whatever results you get, you should be proud of.” – Torbjorn Sindballe

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453 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) July 12, 2011

“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” -Jimmy Carter

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454 Laura July 12, 2011

Wow, all of these comments are so awesome! I’ll have to bookmark this for when I need some inspiration.
One of the things I’ve learned is that happiness starts from within. I used to try to change myself to please others and get the ideal body because I thought then I’d be well-liked and happy. Looking perfect and happy is not the same as actually feeling that way, especially when I was using the wrong approach to look that way. Now I realize you can’t please everyone, so you should be true to yourself. I found that by doing this, I am less anxious, healthier and feel better, which leads to a more positive outlook. It turns out the people I want to surround myself with accept me for who I am, just as I accept them.

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455 Juliana July 12, 2011

This is a quote I have pinned up on my bedroom wall and I look at every morning when I wake up (its also next to the quote from Steve Jobs which I found on your blog ;) .. it really puts into perspective as to how we should be living:

Life is all about choices…
every breath is a choice,
every action and word.
its choice, not chance that determines your destiny.

what is the best choice for you at this moment?

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456 Keri July 12, 2011

One of my realizations:

Food is information. When we eat, we send our body messages. I want to send mine messages of healing and love :)

Your blog provides inspiration to do so

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457 Rachelle July 12, 2011

I recently learned just how much restricting certain foods make you go crazy. I restricted carbs, nuts, and fruit (yes fruit!) so that I was just eating veggies and veggie proteins to lose weight. I found myself binging on veggies and the veggie proteins because I couldn’t have anything else! It was very weird. I was unhappy, my workouts became less efficient, I was constantly yelling at people, and my world was seemingly becoming more and more tiring and frustrating. When I brought all of those aspects back into my life, I found that I was SO Much happier and my workouts are back to how they used to be :)

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458 Dana Baumgartl July 12, 2011

“If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort” –
Dave Weinbaum, Businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic

Biggest lesson to learn is if you do not put the effort in, you will not get anything in return.

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459 Brittanie July 12, 2011

My mantra/quote for 2011 is – You are everything that is – your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe.” – Shad Helmstetter.

Love this giveaway opportunity! Thank you!

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460 Ali July 12, 2011

One of the things I have learned it I guess realized is to never give up. Sounds cheesy I know but if I give up on my goal, no one else is going to pick it up for me. So if somethings takes too long I continue to stick it out till the end!

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461 Katie July 12, 2011

“If you want to lead an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.”

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462 Sarah July 12, 2011

I love your blog and your message of healthy eating for a better life. My life-lesson is that I am worth it. It’s hard to keep up the positive thoughts when you’re struggling with your weight. I have to remind myself daily that I am a beautiful person no matter what weight I am. I’ve lost about twenty pounds since February, but recently gained back five… But I know that this is not a quick fix. It’s a lifetime journey. And no matter what weight I am as long as I know I am worth it, I will continue on my journey not only to a smaller weight but a healthier life altogether.

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463 Laura July 12, 2011

My favorite quote that hangs above my desk is: “You can do anything, but not everything.” As modern women I think we need to remind ourselves that we don’t have to do it all all of the time. Not only that, but we shouldn’t try to do everything because then we miss out on truly savoring the moment, giving our all to a task, or enjoying quality time with loved ones.

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464 Laura July 12, 2011

My favorite quote that hangs above my desk is: “You can do anything, but not everything.” As modern women I think we need to remind ourselves that we don’t have to do it all all of the time. Not only that, but we shouldn’t try to do everything because then we miss out on truly savoring the moment, giving our all to a task, or enjoying quality time with loved ones.

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465 Anya July 12, 2011

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”

It’s never too late to start (or stop) doing anything you set your mind to!

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466 Stacie July 12, 2011

Favorite quote: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Not sure if this is really a “lesson learned,” but this blog is truly amazing! Fighting through your fears, struggles, sharing recipes, laughs, etc. has helped more people than you will ever know. Keep it up!! **hugs**

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467 beka July 12, 2011

I’m learning that who I am is not defined by what I weigh. A hard lesson indeed!

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468 Lisa July 12, 2011

“Success is the sum of small efforts”

I remind myself every single day that each little bit counts towards my goal of running a half-marathon by September, as well as leading a healthy lifestyle by eating delicious whole foods!

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469 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) July 12, 2011

I am learning that food is FUEL. I used to worry so much about calories, then sugar, then carbs but now I’m focusing on just eating what makes me feel good. Whole, real foods and lots of veggies! I would LOVE to win some glo bars!

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470 Alex July 12, 2011

I love of all of the great quotes and mantras! One of my favourites right now is:

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction”- George Horace Lorimer

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471 Jessica D. July 12, 2011

“Everyone wants a revolution, but no one wants to do the dishes”

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472 Nicole July 12, 2011

“You are stronger than you think”

:)

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473 Jin July 12, 2011

“It’s never a question of can you, but will you?”

This quote motivates me to workout when I feel like I can’t do anything after a long day of work. But I tell myself to do it for the sake of relieving stress and before I know it, I’m actually enjoying getting shweaty at 9 pm!

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474 [email protected] July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the most important thing is to realize that it’s okay to accept yourself, even if you’re not ‘perfect’.

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475 Caroline July 12, 2011

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

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476 Erin July 12, 2011

I found a new quote recently that I love because I myself am very artistic, “Be an artist, re-create your body”.
It just sits well with me, because it reminds me that I am not trying to get super skinny or whatever, but that I am re-creating my body to be fit and healthy and be the body it is meant to be. :-) Thanks for these recent posts, they are really helping me as I’m going through a really tough time lately which has been re-stirring up some issues.

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477 Brooke July 12, 2011

Happiness depends upon ourselves- Aristotle I believe…

Oh and this one:

“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two… my life moves.”

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Your blog inspires me everyday Ange. Thanks:)

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478 Aly July 12, 2011

Hi Angela! I can completely empathize with your struggles–so many of us can. My favorite quotes is from Bill Cosby: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” Thanks for the opportunity to share it!!

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479 Danielle July 12, 2011

In 2005 I started on Weight Watchers, I lost 105lbs and was 10 lbs away from my goal weight! The thing is, while it was amazing that I achieved such a great thing, I was obsessed with numbers. Calories, points, weight etc. To the point where I’d want to throw up if I ate some chocolate because I felt so bad.

From 2007 through today I’ve gained back 15 lbs and haven’t reached my goal yet. I still know that one day I’ll get there and I’m working toward it but I realized that I have to be able to live my life. I can’t be ruled by these numbers! If I want some chocolate I can have it! Everything in moderation.

Even though I’m not at my ideal weight and up from my lowest weight, I know that I have a healthier mind set and that I’m more in shape physically than I used to be.

One quote that always gets me is one I heard Jillian Micheals day on the Biggest Loser a few years ago. “Look forward with hope, as opposed to back with regret.” It really hit home for me as I would get so stuck on looking back on what I could have done, when I really need to be focusing on the present and how I will achieve my goals. :)

p.s. I love that scale pic and love sharing it with people.

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480 Amber July 12, 2011

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. ~Julia Child~

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481 Diane July 12, 2011

What a great post! I have a few favorite quotes: “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.” “The world will never suffer for lack of wonders, but simply for lack of wonder.” “It’s the silence between the notes that makes the music.” “Never let your failures go to your heart or your successes go to your head.”

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482 SueAnn July 12, 2011

I’ve found that no matter how good you believe you are and how hard you try to do the right thing, there is always someone that will not like you. More recently, someone taught me that if someone dislikes me, it’s none of my business, it’s theirs alone. I don’t have to know why they feel the way they do, I don’t have to react to them, or even respond. It’s my right to avoid toxic people and only associate with people with healthy attitudes. Just do the next right thing and don’t apologize for it.

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483 Chloe July 12, 2011

Learning to love yourself just the way you are, not as a comparison, helps make the journey that much easier! Believing in yourself helps you reach any goal that much quicker, and happier.

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484 Janelle July 12, 2011

I love this quote and have it painted on my hallway wall: “Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life.”

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485 allison July 12, 2011

You are exactly where you’re meant to be :)

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486 Jody July 12, 2011

As a college athlete, a motivational speaker once said to me…. “to whom much is given, much is required” ..and from the moment she said that to me years ago, I never have forgotten those words. I was/am very fortunate for all I have, therefore, it is always necessary to pay it forward :)

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487 Bonnie July 12, 2011

Wow…what great thoughts to read and thanks for the giveaway opportunity! One of my favorite quotes is called “Attitude” by Chuck Swindoll (long but worth the read!): “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

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488 Shawn Will July 12, 2011

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale
Keep up the great work!
Have a good evening

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489 Ashley July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is:

“Never expect, never assume, never ask and never demand. Just let it be. Because if it is meant to be, it will happen, the way you want things to be” -unknown

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490 Rachelle July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is from Confucius. It reminds me that no one is perfect and to keep trying.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

P.S. love your blog!

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491 Sherri Scott July 12, 2011

I have a blog about holistic breast health that I don’t attend to like I should. Your blog inspires me in so many ways. Besides eating healthy and trying out some of your recipes (love, love, love, the brown rice and quinoa crackers ) I’m going to wrap my head around my blog and get it updated soon and be more consistent. Not everyday like you but “more”. Here’s one of my fav quotes:

**There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose for being on this great Earth. This is the voice of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us.~
Dr. Wayne Dyer

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492 Michelle July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that things that can be easily represented (number on a scale, line on a resume, etc.) can never bring true happiness

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493 Ariela July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that to truly love and respect myself and my body I need to let go of pre-conceived notions of what the “ideal” is. Coming to peace and fully loving yourself is the ideal, and it’s different for everyone.

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494 Becca July 12, 2011

I used to battle anxiety, an eating disorder, and I used to be a serious hypochondriac; however I’ve learned to be more at peace with my body, mind, and overall health by reminding myself that I AM THE MAKER OF MY OWN REALITY. I choose what makes me happy. I choose how I will let a particular situation effect me. I chose to be strong and keep living.

On a more lighter note, I’ve learned that everything is better the next day, after a good night’s sleep. No matter what thoughts stress me in the evening, they tend to all melt away come morning. Every new day presents itself with a fresh new opportunity. Move forward and don’t look back.

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495 Catherine July 12, 2011

My favorite quote:
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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496 vv July 12, 2011

This verse comforts me. :) And DO NOT FEAR for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.(Isa41:10)

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497 April @ Grits and Granola Bars July 12, 2011

Regret for the things we did can be tampered with time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
-Sydney J. Harris

“I ask you to live deliberately. What we do and how we do it does define us.”
– Elizabeth Edwards

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498 ashley July 12, 2011

Most of us would never tolerate a significant other calling us fat, ugly, worthless, stupid, pathetic, etc. However, everday women wake up, look in mirror, and think those exact about themselves. We would surely break up with that abusive boyfriend, but we never break up with our abusive self! It is time to end our self hating relationship! We are all full of beauty, love, strength, hope, and peace! We just need to see it!

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499 ashley July 12, 2011

Most of us would never tolerate a significant other calling us fat, ugly, worthless, stupid, pathetic, etc. However, everday women wake up, look in mirror, and think those exact about themselves. We would surely break up with that abusive boyfriend, but we never break up with our abusive self! It is time to end our self hating relationship! We are all full of beauty, love, strength, hope, and peace! We just need to see it!

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500 Kalyn July 12, 2011

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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501 Kelly July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is from Lincoln:

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

I love it because it’s relevant to anyone, with any job, at any stage of life.

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502 Shanna July 12, 2011

I have learned to embrace and love my post baby body. After all, it’s what gave me my two beautiful children!

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503 Renee July 12, 2011

On of my favourite quotes is “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.” I remind myself of this when I hit a wall while running.

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504 Marsha July 12, 2011

I was once told, “You have yo be your own #1 fan.” I have learned that I have to love myself for who I am.

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505 Lola July 12, 2011

Everything happens for a reason. No better way to describe how life goes :)

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506 Anna July 12, 2011

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.”~ E.E. Cummings

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507 Emily July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to NOT weigh myself. The whole numbers game is not a fun one to play, I weighed myself once this summer for the first time in 8 months (since gaining some good weight) and instantly became obsessed and regretful. I’ve stopped since then and even refused to get weighed at the doctor’s a few weeks ago. I feel awesome!

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508 Kat July 12, 2011

Feel good about yourself and enjoy every nuance of life!
Something I need to work on but truly believe in.
One of my favorite quotes is: Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water! -Eleanor Roosevelt

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509 Kayla @ Sprouty Buns July 12, 2011

I’ve grown to acknowledge my body’s true cravings, and by no means are all my cravings the healthiest choices. But if I’m craving a cookie or cupcake, I will have one and love every single bite! A treat is not very enjoyable if you feel guilty the entire time :)

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510 Ana July 12, 2011

This too shall pass.

I know this phrase is old, and quite often overused, but it has so much meaning to me. I put little strips of paper with this written on it all over my house, the office, the fridge, my purse, everywhere. It helps remind me to both appreciate what I have and gives me strength to endure any trouble I’m going through.

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511 Sonja July 12, 2011

My favourite quote that I try to remember and live by is:

“the key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

Helps me put my life into perspective and reminds me not to sweat the small things, but to be happy with who I am – perfectly imperfect :)

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512 Katie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that giving up some of my favorite foods and working out twice is a day is NOT worth the 5 lbs it helps me keep off. I want to LIVE and be able to eat cookies and not obsess about calorie burns. Last year, I was at my lowest weight, but my obsession with calorie counting and workouts exhausted me. Now I know better.

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513 [email protected] July 12, 2011

What a sweet gesture of you Angela!! This is one of my fave passages from the Bible, and it just reminds me how confident we should be in God’s love: “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well….” ~Psalm 139:14~ :D

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514 Lauren July 12, 2011

Along my journey, I’ve learned how lucky I am to have great family and friends standing by me the whole way. I’m still dealing with issues regarding my medical life and how I view myself and they are always there for me when I need them.

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515 Kelly Edmi July 12, 2011

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Tolstoy

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516 Erin July 12, 2011

Great post Angela – I continue to battle with the scale, but one thing I try to remind myself whenever I go near it is that I won’t be any happier if the number is lower than if the number is higher, I will just have an excuse for why I am not living my life. Instead, I try to find ways to enjoy life, and enjoy food for its flavours and textures, instead of something to give me pain or fill a void.
Keep blogging! I love reading your thoughts!

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517 Kasey July 12, 2011

I learned to make one healthy choice at a time.. Make one bad one? That’s ok, move on!

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518 Rachel July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes, which I’m trying to live by is “follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.” Love it!

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519 Rachel July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes, which I’m trying to live by is “follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.” Love it!

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520 Melissa Caicedo July 12, 2011

After suffering from Anorexia and depression for seven years, psychological and psychiatric therapy has helped me realize that to be happy and to finally start LIVING my life, I must learn to love myself, embrace my body, and value the qualities that distinguish me. A few months ago I stopped weighing myself, counting calories, comparing myself to popular fashion models and movie stars, and denigrating my beauty. My physique is only one small component of who I am. There is much more of me to offer to this world.
Angela, I love your blog, your recipes, and especially your approach to life. I find your blog posts extremely inspirational!!!
Thank you.

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521 Molly July 12, 2011

Angela, you were made for more than this. You were made to do great things and to show great love! You are a blessing to so many and when you’re feeling down, please remember all these beautiful sentiments that people are posting! They’re here in this place, this space because of you and all you have to offer. Your life is precious and so are you! ((((HUGS)))) ~ Molly

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522 Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite July 12, 2011

The day I stopped weighing myself… It was as if the weight on my shoulders were lifted :) I had more time to focus on the important things in life. Not just a number!

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523 Danielle Andolina July 12, 2011

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift” – Steve Prefontaine – If only we could all run as fast as him!

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524 Waheeda July 12, 2011

one of the quotes i love: “Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.”

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525 lindsey July 12, 2011

the hard thing and the right thing are often the same. along those lines, it’s really hard to be honest with yourself…it’s also invaluable. :)

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526 carri July 12, 2011

a life (and mind and heart) filled
calories, scales, and obsession
is NOT a life.

let go.

make your LIFE count.

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527 Brenda July 12, 2011

‘The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.’~~Don Williams Jr.

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528 rq July 12, 2011

balance…it’s the one thing I’ve learned means the most in life.

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529 Jacki July 12, 2011

If there’s one thing that’s constant in all of our lives, its CHANGE. If there’s one thing that’s ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR DESTINY, it’s CHANGE.
– Joyce Meyer

I’ve learned through the ups and downs of life that all I can control is myself… embracing who you are both your strengths and shortcomings allows you to evolve and embrace where you are at on this journey we call life

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530 valerie July 12, 2011

I learned that I was lying to myself by thinking I “needed” certain foods. Yes, I have cravings, but there is nothing (i.e., animal products, processed food, junk food) that I really need. With the abundance of plant and grain based foods on the planet. No one “needs” to eat animals or to eat poorly.

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531 JoAnn Donahue July 12, 2011

When you learn you are enough there is nothing that will be denied…
We must gain control of the mind chatter.
When you KNOW you are enough then when you ask for your desires
With the firm BELIEF that you are enough and you are deserving things
will start to happen. No external anything can make us happy!

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532 Meredith July 12, 2011

Hi Angela! Along my journey, I have learned that no one else’s moods or feelings should dictate my own mood or state of mind. I have the power to choose how I can react to negativity, and I can always choose to act in a positive way, no matter how hard that can sometimes be!

Your blog has been such an uplifting part of my day for the past two years and has helped me to learn so much and develop my love of cooking healthy meals– thank you for being you!

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533 Deanna July 12, 2011

One of the big lessons that I’ve learned this past year – you can can’t control what other people do to you, but you can control how you react. Basic lesson, but one I have to keep reminding myself of all the time, in some many parts of my life.

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534 Lauren July 12, 2011

The best thing I’ve ever heard when it comes to living healthy is that true healthy living comes when you stop trying and start living! It just gets easy. :)

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535 Colleen July 12, 2011

One of my favorites is “Everything is possible as long as you don’t know it’s impossible” from The Phantom Tollbooth. My motto lately is the oldie but goodie “one day at a time.”

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536 blair July 12, 2011

what i’ve learned along the way is that being skinny does not equal being happy. i worked really hard to lose a lot of weight. i thought getting to my goal weight would make me happy, so when i got there, and was still unhappy, i realized i had a lot more to do then shedding some pounds — it’s an on-going process, and i’m still learning! :)

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537 Sarah July 12, 2011

Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda wisdom at its best! :)

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538 fatma July 12, 2011

I have learned through my journey that becoming skinny does not solve any problem. If you are not size 0 or 2, it does not mean that you look horrible. I totally understood that whatever you wear in any size looks good when you are HAPPY!

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539 Heather July 12, 2011

By being confident, you’ll be able to achieve anything

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540 Vanessa July 12, 2011

It’s never too late if you mess up and miss a few workouts or eat junk for a while, you can always start over tomorrow. It’s never too late to balance out the unhealthy with healthy choices.

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541 Lyn @ Life Lyn Style July 12, 2011

Nothing I eat will ever make me feel better for the long run.

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542 Lindsay Hilleary July 12, 2011

First time poster here… Thank you so much for the wonderful blog – you are an inspiration to me :)

On the wall of the women’s center of my YMCA there is a Bible quote that I love reading while I’m on the treadmill logging miles:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

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543 Anna July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that my body’s ideal weight might not be the weight I think I want to be. I’m learning to be comfortable at the weight I’m at while still trying to be healthier!

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544 Tara July 12, 2011

Years ago on Oprah I heard her say “eat to live, not live to eat” and I’ve always remembered that. Ah Oprah, how I will miss her :)

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545 Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) July 12, 2011

Breath. It is the key to everything!

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546 Lauren July 12, 2011

I got a tattoo of my favorite quote as a daily reminder!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

-Emerson

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547 Alexis July 12, 2011

When you shine brightly, know that it is due to permanent personality traits that will never leave you. And know that a moment of weakness is the result of temporary qualities that will vanish when not allowed to linger.

Thanks for teaching me to love myself! xo

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548 Allison July 12, 2011

One thing I’ve learned (which has sort of become my life motto) is “everything for a reason.” I may not know what that reason is, but it’s there.

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549 Rorey July 12, 2011

Today I am 32 and one day. I started off my new year with a run and know that the best thing I can do is take my health and fitness progress one day at a time. The best advice I have received is to take everything one day at a time and learn from setbacks and errors. Thanks for the great blog!

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550 Sarah @ Recipe Love July 12, 2011

This is one of my favorites:

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
W. C. Doane

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551 Heather July 12, 2011

Everyday is a new day. Just because you went off track yesterday does not mean you will today.

Best lesson I have learned so far

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552 Rachelle July 12, 2011

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton I also love Be-YOU-tiful. :)

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553 Anzo July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned along the way is that no one knows you better than yourself.

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554 Jennifer M July 12, 2011

Working with cancer patients I have found yoga to be my “go to” place of serenity. I cannot change the fact that my patient has cancer, I try to make sure that they are not in pain and that they are comfortable. As you mentioned in your recent posts, worrying about the future, about anything, is so difficult to avoid. My patients teach me to be present and to be in tune with myself and with the emotions of others. Above all, a quote from one of my yoga teachers, is that “nothing is worth more than this day, today.” I try to remember that, and walk into each exam room with a smile and a light heart for whatever this day offers for each of us, it would be a shame to spend it worrying about tomorrow.

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555 Carmen July 12, 2011

Love everyone! There is always something in a person that is loveable!

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556 Cynthia July 12, 2011

“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.”

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557 jen at chocolateandginger.com July 12, 2011

I learned this quote in one of my first hot yoga classes and it has stuck with me since: “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power” – Alan Cohen

:)

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558 Melissa July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is “Give life your best… you’ll never regret it!”

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559 Melody July 12, 2011

“Smooth sailing does not make skillful sailors.” Chanting this to myself has made many “bad” days bearable. :)

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560 Jessie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that you will never make everybody happy. So focus on your own happiness and hopefully it will rub off on others around you!

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561 Jessie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that you will never make everybody happy. So focus on your own happiness and hopefully it will rub off on others around you!

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562 Heidi July 12, 2011

Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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563 Shay July 12, 2011

“A ship is safe in harbor,
but that’s not what ships are for.”
-William Shedd

That quote really struck a cord with me. I can play it safe, not venturing from my comfort zone, but that’s not what life is for, not what I’m meant for. I’m not striving to live a full life, not just a “safe” one.

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564 Laura Dickerson July 12, 2011

I’ve just learned to deal with stressful situations in different ways. Instead of looking at food as a reward for good grades or for seeking happiness, I now get out of the house and go to the gym or just relax by the pool. I’ve always struggled with my weight and keeping a positive self image and if I don’t go overboard, I won’t give myself a reason to feel bad later. Prevention is my key!

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565 Alaina July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is by Thoreau:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve always imagined.”

I never imagined my life having a number associated with it. Only happy memories. :-)

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566 Holly July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that I am ME and no one else. Comparing myself to others – how they look, what they eat – all it does is make me feel bad about myself. I’ve learned to focus on me and working towards my health, without comparisons to others.

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567 Dianna July 12, 2011

Many times in my life, I’ve come back to this quote: “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness”

It reminds me to always stay positive and forward thinking!

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568 marya July 12, 2011

I think the best thing I’ve learned over the last few months is that if I simply take care of myself and respect myself, then everything else kind of just falls into place.
I’ve also discovered that I’m a pretty good cook! :)

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569 Tracy July 12, 2011

I love Glo Bars!!!

BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU!!!

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570 Michelle July 12, 2011

“You wouldn’t allow someone else to beat up on you, so why would you do it to yourself?”

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571 laurie July 12, 2011

This post comes at a really appropriate time for me as a pregnant girl who just got told I’d gained too much weight at my appointment today. I just wrote a blog post summarizing my thoughts on this, but essentially, I need to constantly remind myself that the numbers on the scale are fleeting, and I shouldn’t build something so important as self-worth on something as unpredictable as shifting sand.

More thoughts here: http://thecornersliceblog.com/2011/07/the-case-of-the-powerless-3-numbers/

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572 Presley (Run Pretty) July 12, 2011

Easy!

Never take anything for granted.

Not your health, your friends, your family, etc. Life is so much better when you keep that in mind. It’s harder to complain that way! Haha

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573 Hayley July 12, 2011

“Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up”.

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574 Sara July 12, 2011

I have learned to love how strong my body is and that it looks best when it is taken care of and utilized, not at a specific number.

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575 Crystal July 12, 2011

Dr. Seuss quotes are always great!

“Say what you want and be who you are because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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576 JenniferL in Mississauga July 12, 2011

‘Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday” is a significant quote in my life. I have a tendency to worry about tomorrow, the day after and the day after that (and let’s not forget to worry about five, ten years down the road). When I remember the quote I try to embrace, and be a part of, what is happening TODAY!

What I’ve learned so far this year is that, when I eat better and engage in physical activities because I ENJOY it, I have positive physical results without trying – and that makes me feel balanced and beautiful!

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577 Rebekah July 12, 2011

Self-confidence is PRICELESS! (Self-doubt and obsessiveness are just not worth it.)

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578 Jennifer@ knackfornutrition July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is “there will come a day when you can no longer do this. today is not that day.” it applies to so many facets of my life that I always try to remember it when facing challenges.

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579 Miriam @ Sometimes I Veg July 13, 2011

That is my husband’s personal mantra when he rock climbs and does ultramarathons.

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580 Miriam @ Sometimes I Veg July 12, 2011

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
— Albert Einstein

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581 Marit July 13, 2011

I love that one!!!!

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582 Angela July 13, 2011

Great Quote!!

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583 Jen July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to be thankful for my health and that things that you think matter, matter a whole lot less once you have a child. I wish I could tell my younger self not to worry so much about everything, especially my body!

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584 Hawai‘i Leah July 12, 2011

Just a few inspirational words that have gotten me through times when I am feeling discouraged or have lost motivation:
“Think you can, think you can’t; either way you’ll be right.”

And my all time favorite reminder for life:
“It is WAY more fun to love people than to NOT love them.”

And everyone knows that love is the ultimate glow ;)

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585 andilu July 12, 2011

It’s a simple one, but sometimes it’s really what I need to get motivated
“just do it!”

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586 Kristi July 12, 2011

This is so true. After baby #2 I got serious about eating healthfully and exercise. I lost 40 lbs. and was the smallest I’ve been since high school…and my body was still not what I considered ideal. That’s when I realized that you have to work with what God gives you. Focus on the upward, then the inward, then the outward. It’s a lifelong journey.

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587 Vivian July 12, 2011

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
— Mary Manin Morrissey

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588 Tanya July 12, 2011

My favourite quote this week: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift….that is why it is called the ‘present’ “.

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589 nicky July 12, 2011

My favorite (and the one keeping me sane right now” is “Progress, not perfection”. Such a good reminder!!

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590 Yolanda July 12, 2011

Anything is possible with the correct mind set, prayer and lots of heart.

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591 Urban Wife July 12, 2011

Something I always try to think about when I’m going through a rough patch…”It could always be worse.”

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592 Julie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote would have to be…

“To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is the real wisdom.”

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593 Taylor July 12, 2011

“What is strong? Is it your fastest time or your worst day?” and “Strong is what’s left when you’ve used up all your weak.”

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594 Samantha July 12, 2011

My favorite quote :

And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.

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595 brianna July 12, 2011

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Ghandi
Instant inspiration!

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596 Jen July 12, 2011

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~Author Unknown

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597 April July 12, 2011

I have a bad habit of competing with myself. It’s never easy, but I try to give myself some breathing room, because the more I stress about how slow I ran or the workout that I didn’t fit in or the cookies I ate too much of, the worse I feel overall. So I aim to get out and do what I can so I can be the best person (wife, mother, me!) that I can be!

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598 Victoria July 12, 2011

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh

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599 Albizia July 12, 2011

I think all scales should be sold with this thing written in the user manual. We tend to attach too much importance to the number and forget that who we really are is actually the most important thing.

I guess people outside of Canada and the USA are not eligible but I will share a quote I love anyway :) :
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Andersen

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600 Olya July 12, 2011

What a wonderful quote!

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601 Jen July 12, 2011

Best thing I’ve learned: it’s ok to cry, and it’s ok to allow yourself to be angry. Once you allow for it to be, it will pass.

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602 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 12, 2011

A lesson I have learned is that perfect doesn’t equal happy – being imperfectly perfect is just fine for me!

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603 carrie July 12, 2011

no one will love you more than you love yourself… so treat yourself right! the more you love yourself, the more others will love you :)

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604 Lisa July 12, 2011

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
— Lemony Snicket

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605 Tajna July 12, 2011

This favorite quote of mine is by Audrey Hepburn
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life,to be happy.”
We have such short lives, and it’s so important to live in the now,embracing all the beauty that is often overlooked.We learn lessons from the difficult things, and that makes us stronger and braver.To be beautiful in your skin is the best beauty truth around.It’s not about the things that ornament your life,but the way you live it,with positive energy each day.

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606 Annie July 12, 2011

-Why be a stick when you can be thick.
-Fuck the urge, don’t purge.

-quotes that were used at a treatment center for ED when I was there in 2002. (Shout out to Remuda Ranch)

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607 Melissa Leech July 12, 2011

‎”It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default.” J.K Rowling

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608 Leanne July 12, 2011

You can do anything for 1 more minute or for 1 more mile or 1 more anything. Never give up!

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609 Melissa July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes…
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
-George Eliot

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610 carly July 12, 2011

i’ve learned that imperfection is both human and beautiful! i want to take those glo bars out of my computer screen and eat them right now.

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611 Andi July 12, 2011

this is the healthy body that allows me to run mile after mile, work and spend time with my family, and wake-up every morning feeling healthy and happy for who I have BECOME!

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612 Lisa K July 12, 2011

So sweet of you Angela Glo.. Here’s a quote from an author that is feeding my soul, Henri Nouwen:
“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.”

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613 Jane July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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614 Jennie July 12, 2011

Life is what you make of it.
Healthy is a lifestyle and not just a diet.

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615 alain July 12, 2011

thanks for writing this wonderful post! I bookmarked it so that I can read all the insightful comments whenever I’m having the “mean reds.” Geneen Roth’s book “Women, Food and God” has really helped me to better understand my relationship with food and given me the agency to proactively change it. For me, the main thing has been living in the moment – the good and the bad. Especially the bad because I realized with or without food I’m working through it and becoming stronger for it!

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616 Aly July 12, 2011

After getting some very difficult and sad news today, the only thing keeping me going right now are a few known quotes….
1. Everything happens for a reason
2. Anything in life worth having, doesn’t come easy
If I can live by those words for some time now hopefully I can get through this hard time.

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617 Christie July 12, 2011

i always have to remind myself to “keep it simple sweetie”. it applied to everything from working out, eating right, etc.

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618 Ellen July 12, 2011

“Unhappiness is; sacrificing what someone truly wants for happiness in the moment.”
I loved the picture you posted today. Operation Beautiful was what first started me down the path to recovery. Once I started thinking about others I realized I wasn’t alone in the feeling and trails i was facing. I realized that life was so much more than my weight and jean size. I love this quote because every time I acted on my anxiety I truly was giving up what I truly wanted for what made me feel better in the moment.

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619 Lauren Brady July 12, 2011

…this has been a reoccuring theme for me – how can I live the best life for me? I recently touched upon it on my blog ….

Over the past two weeks some big changes have happened in the lives of people I’m close to … one of my best friends got engaged and another close friend lost his mom …
Both are reminders of how precious life is, how valuable friendships and family are … and how quickly it can all be taken away. I grabbed drinks on Friday night with some friends and we chatted about how losing someone makes you question the way in which you live your life and how we stress about the things that in hindsight really don’t matter. We all felt we could do better and stop stressing about the unimportant, stop shortchanging experiences and opportunities and live better.

These ideas have been reoccurring for me … I call it my quarter life crisis (25 is slowly creeping up on me) … but I have come to realize that they’re inevitable and healthy. I’m not perfect and I’d rather struggle then be complacent because that’s when I learn the most about myself and challenge my integrity. It’s still easy to get caught up in the mundane (bills, bosses, etc.) but I’ve gotta deal with the crap because it’s quite simply part of life…what matters is how well I can stop allowing the crap overwhelm me, find the time to make memories, do what is important to me with people that matter and just simply, live.

I always draw on this quote … it makes me stop and think about how i’m living and realize that the best way to live is to love. Period.

“For it is in loving, as well as in being loved, that we become most truly ourselves.
No matter what we do, say, or accomplish, or become, it is our capacity to love that ultimately defines us. In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

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620 Victoria July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that running is a huge mental game. Even if you feel physically ok you can still convince yourself that you’re tired and need to stop.

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621 Shady July 12, 2011

My journey to becoming a runner has taught me that while it isn’t easy, I’ll get through it and it will be worth it. This applies to a different, more personal area of my life too in that I will always feel anxious in some situations, but I will get through it and I will be ok.

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622 Leslie July 12, 2011

I think I’m still learning. :)

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623 Rachel July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that as soon as you stop wanting something, yearning for it, thinking about it all the time….that’s when it comes. (Whether it’s weight loss, love, money, etc.)

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624 Angela July 12, 2011

“Be kinder than necessary, because everyone is fighting some kind of battle.”

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625 Jade July 12, 2011

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

Life is full of magic. I bet those GloBars are too!

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626 gen July 12, 2011

My favorite quote by far, weight loss journey or otherwise, is: “Every act of faith begins with a seed of fear” – Max Lucado. It’s good for beginning and maintaing weight loss since the process never stops, try something new!

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627 Talya July 12, 2011

“In three words I can sum up what I’ve learned about life: it goes on”
Robert Frost

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628 TJ July 12, 2011

The best advice I’ve ever received is from my mother, who said to me when I was a teenager: “No one is looking at you, so be yourself”.

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629 TJ July 12, 2011

The best advice I’ve ever received is from my mother, who said to me when I was a teenager: “No one is looking at you, so be yourself”.

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630 Sara July 12, 2011

One of my favorite mantras is: “Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules.” This really resonates with me and my type A personality. I am a classic “follower of the rules, rigid schedule, to-do lists, good foods/bad foods lists, exercise paranoia…” I try to look at myself in the mirror daily and tell myself to just go off the beaten path a bit, skip a workout, sleep in, eat too much chocolate, or be a rebel ;)

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631 Kim July 12, 2011

I am learning slowly that doing what you know to be right, doing what makes you PROUD of you (rather than others) is what will fill your soul the most. Anything else will leave you with regret, guilt and all kinds of other feelings that steal the present moment from you… So do what makes you feel proud of yourself, not because of bragging rights, but because you feel good inside! Thank you for helping me find that path.

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632 Laura (LunaChickRuns) July 12, 2011

I have come to realize that most of the pressure I feel is pressure I place on myself. I am learning to ease up.

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633 Michelle July 12, 2011

My favorite quote: “Nature does not make jumps” which can be interpreted as the idea that natural things and properties change gradually, rather than suddenly. I love this quote because it embraces the idea of organic, whole foods that are grown slowly without chemicals or any other process that expedites the process. This quote also explains how struggles or the healing process takes time. No one can recover from some traumatic event the next day, everything takes time. It takes time to figure out who you are, it takes time to change your lifestyles, it takes time to lose weight and it takes time to love yourself.

I love this quote because it helped me through my struggles to accept my diagnosis of type 1 diabetes just three years ago. I have not completely accepted it but knowing that I cannot expedite the process of accepting this new disease, I have made small lifestyle changes everyday in order to live the best life I can.

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634 Avi July 12, 2011

You cannot change others — you can only change yourself.

(a combination of Viktor Frankl from his life-changing Man’s Search for Meaning and Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project, which is my current uplifting book).

Thank you for this entry’s daily dose of positivity and for being an inspiration, Angela!

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635 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 12, 2011

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
My favorite quote, and a great thing to live by :)

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636 Melanie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the weight on a scale doesn’t matter so much as whether or not my clothes fit me properly. When they start getting a little tight, then it’s time to step up my workouts a bit.

A favortie quote of mine is: Gratitude turns what we have into enough. This quote has helped me a lot in my quest of getting my home and life decluttered. It has curbed my desire to keep up to those people who I think have the life I want to be living.

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637 sarahMTSBB July 12, 2011

my absolute favorite quote-

While walking along a beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up, and throwing it into the ocean.

As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed a young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the water.

After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, “There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference.”

The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

“It made a difference to that one,” he replied.

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638 Ariel July 12, 2011

I enjoy writing out my short-term and long-term goals using the mind mapping technique found here: http://www.novamind.com/mind-mapping/life-planning/. The key to accomplishing these goals is to split them up into bite-sized pieces. Take small actions each day, and make sure you take pleasure in doing them. I wise teacher once told me, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”

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639 Helen July 12, 2011

“When you have a setback, it’s not a brick wall that must be climbed…you’ve merely met a gate; it may delay you for a second, but if you open that gate and move through it, you’ll soon be on your way…”

There’s several gates and styles I have to climb over and go through on my running routes and one in particular is coming to mind. It’s on my fav route – right at the bottom of a hill, so I build up lots of momentum and speed and then have to stop to climb over this gate, it doesn’t bother me having to do it, I just get on with it.

When I’m up against an obstacle, whether it be emotionally, physically or in any other part of my life, I try to picture myself climbing over this gate and remind myself I just have to move on through it somehow – either up and over or straight through it, and then I’ll be on my way again.

Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it’s a good metaphor to use!

I hope others can use it too :)

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640 Ivy July 12, 2011

I have learned to be confident and have self-respect, because thats the way to get others to like + respect you too!

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641 Jenna July 12, 2011

“Stop worrying about where you’re going and just enjoy where you are”

I’m not sure if this is an actual quote by someone else or if I made it up myself one day, but I try my best to always remember these words. It reminds me that what the future holds is not something to stress over nor consume your life. Whether you are aiming to reach a certain goal related to your career, social life or body image, if you are unhappy in your journey to that point it is probably not worth it. This quote relates to your post earlier this week about living in the moment as well. Enjoy and appreciate every day!

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642 Molly July 12, 2011

There is always hope… always.

Currently I am in treatment for my ED, and I am clinging to this.

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643 Dayanna July 12, 2011

I got such a giggle out of your scale disclaimer! Potentially something that should come equipped with ALL scales! :)

Wow! So many quotes or things I could say in response! I feel like everyday I wake up there is a different mantra to get me through and new/old lessons to be learnt/re-learned. To not get caught up with the rush of life and society but to remember to tune into your body and be aware of every moment you live.

I recently watched an old repeat of Ellen Degenres’ show and they did a clip in honour of Oprah and the ending of her show. Oprah spoke in the clip of how passionate Ellen is for life and she has a light, and there is nothing better you can do in life then share that light. I can’t remember the exact words but it was so inspirational – mind you everything Ellen and Oprah do are very inspirational.

One of my classic favourite quotes would have to be from good o’ll Dr Seuss:
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ”
Dr Seuss

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644 CareyBerry July 12, 2011

For me, it is pretty simple: when I eat right and excersise, I feel better than when I don’t. Also, giving dishes pretty names seems to make them even more delicious…”Weekend Glow Salad” sounds so much nicer than “Kale w/ Tahini Dressing”, doesn’t it?

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645 Stephanie Neal July 12, 2011

An excellent quote: There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

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646 Claire July 12, 2011

Ugh, I am dying for glow bars!!

I wanted to share this little tidbit I heard from someone who follows Operation Beautiful. Putting the number you WANT to see on a post-it on your scale…I did this, and before you knew it when I had mentally decided to “weigh-in” the batteries in my scale were dead! Talk about a powerful message from a higher source. It’s not the number that matters it’s how you feel…and to this day I have not weighed myself. It’s freeing!

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647 Laura July 12, 2011

“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique…your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”
– Conan O’Brien
After years of striving to try and become the person that I thought I should be, I now realize that I was missing out on life along the way. My failure to achieve what I thought was success has actually led me down a much more fulfilling path, still with struggles, but a journey of self awareness and belief in myself.
First time commenter Angela, but long, long time reader!! You are such an inspiration!

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648 Alex July 12, 2011

I suppose I’ve realized that I have the power to change my body and my attitude. I would get down about my weight, mostly because I never really believed I could do anything permanent about my situation. Now I believe in myself – for example, I gained 5 pounds this past week (traveling and stress), but instead of beating myself up about it, I know that I have the ability to change it simply by eating healthy and working out. I suppose my lesson sounds overly simplistic, but it’s something that never really stuck with me until recently!

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649 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 12, 2011

I’ve definitely learned that the scale is ONLY a number and does not define me in any way. I’ve also learned that there is no point worrying about or stressing about things that haven’t happened yet!

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650 Renata July 12, 2011

“There is nothing you can do about things that aren’t happening.” This is the best little nugget I’ve resonated with lately. To me it means, stop thinking and planning for things to worry about in the future or the past. It encourages me to stay here now, and focus on what is in the moment… like enjoying a delicious Glo Bar :)

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651 Kelli July 12, 2011

Angela, I feel like an exact replica of a younger version of yourself and I am just beginning the journey you embarked on to redeem your glow. Your website has introduced the concept of glowing from the inside out to me and has inspired be to begin my journey to discover my own glow. Thank you.

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652 Anastasia Okonski July 12, 2011

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” -Einstein

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653 meag July 12, 2011

“let it be.”

i continue to learn that life is not ours to tame. through all of its tidal waves, uphill climbs and wildly beautiful chaos…we can’t hold on too tightly lest we miss the best parts. i can over-schedule, over-plan and organize till my fingers fall off in hopes of staying in control, but life has its own plans sometimes. living in the moment and learning to “let it be” is a gentle reminder to myself to breathe, relax and enjoy the ride.

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654 Nikki Clement July 12, 2011

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Suess

Always a reminder that no matter how hard I’m trying to reach a goal, remembering who I am and not comparing myself or subduing to anyone else’s standards is truly an important factor in my success, because, well – there’s only ONE me! :)

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655 Katheryn July 12, 2011

“Live your life on purpose” I love this quote!

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656 Angela July 12, 2011

I believe life is about living, experiencing, and loving.

When we’re all 80 years old, we won’t be focusing on how much we weighed… we’ll be remembering all the great times we had and the people we love.

Life, family, friends and experiencing the world <– That is all way too big and important, than wasting my time on the scale :) Enjoy your day and do something to make someone smile, because life is just too short.

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657 rhody downey July 12, 2011

I used to feel that a lower weight on the scale was something to celebrate…with food! Not the right attitude, so now I’m learning to know how my clothes fit me and how to heathily readjust when my clothes are getting snug.

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658 Ashlie July 12, 2011

The quote that has reasonated with me most lately goes soemthing like, “The #1 commandment of any truely civilized society is this: let people be different.” I LOVE it!

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659 Suzanne July 12, 2011

Lessons along the way…so many, sometimes I feel tired of learning lessons – but ultimately the day I stop learning lessons is the day I stop living!
I would say the biggest lesson I have learned along the way is that every painful thing I experience is something I have drawn into my life to show me a part of myself. Once I see that part, I have the opportunity to heal it. Without the pain – I never would have seen the darkness that needed attention. With that in mind, I am becoming more full of light every day :-)

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660 Liz R July 12, 2011

Personality, humor and a positive outlook trumps all else. I don’t know why it took me until the middle of college to discover this, but I’ve tried to lead my life this way and it is so rewarding. Thank you for all your positive messages they really do brighten up my day, and reinforce what is important in life!

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661 Cassandra July 12, 2011

Not so much a quote as something to keep in mind (for me, at least): Progress not perfection.

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662 Elizabeth Simpson July 12, 2011

I have learned that when I eat healthy I feel better about myself for making the right choices and my body feels better and performs better during my workouts.

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663 Chelsey Kight (@ckighttt) July 12, 2011

I have learned that it is easy to become so entangled in health, nutrition, exercise, etc… that sometimes the little things are taken for granted. I have had to reassess my priorities to make sure that I am still enjoying life and all that it has to offer; even if it means eating an extra 500 calories or skipping a couple of workouts… It’s so easy to become obsessed!

My favorite quote is simple-
“Love Yourself”

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664 seema July 12, 2011

There are sooo many quotes that I love and find inspirational but this is definitely one of the ones I keep close to my heart.

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” C.S. Lewis

The past does not dictate the present or the future. It is merely the past. Nothing more, nothing less. Let go and live your life with your new knowledge now! :)

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665 Erica July 12, 2011

“The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.” Edwin Bliss

As a collegiate track runner, the theme of this quote is necessary for me to remember. I just try to be the best that God made me to be. Each day differs, but being the best that I can be that day is enough (and really all that I can do!). I really think that God created you and me for a purpose, that we’re not random accidents of nature, waiting for our time on the earth to end. Our life paths may differ, but God gives all of our lives meaning. I love reading your blog, and I hope that you continue to search for and find contentment and meaning in life.

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666 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 12, 2011

One of my favorite lesson is “You can’t change other people, you can only change yourself”. It’s just so true and it applies to so many life situations!

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667 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 12, 2011

That should say lessons! :)

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668 Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 12, 2011

The other day before my 10k, my sisters boyfriend told me, “Run your own race. Don’t run anybody else’s but your own.” I ran my own race (successfully succeeding in my first 10k) and thinking it over, it can apply to one’s life as well. We shouldn’t compare our own life with others. They’re not living our life and we’re not living theirs. We each live our own and run the path before us on our own. It’s up to our self to make the journey the adventure. . . . .no matter how many trips, stumbles or brambles there are along the way, it’s our own life, our own race, our own adventure.

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669 Brooke @ bittersweetb July 12, 2011

The life lesson I constantly remind myself of is don’t sweat the small stuff. There are so many things to get caught up on but in the end those stresses will aways be there and they are not worth dwelling on.

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670 Courtney July 12, 2011

I’ve really learned to be proud of all the things my body can do, like distance running, instead of beating it down for imagined flaws

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671 Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland July 12, 2011

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that the number on the scale does not measure how healthy you are. Health isn’t tied to weight, miles ran, or any one single thing. It’s holistic and involves a lot more than the size of my jeans!

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672 Gillian July 12, 2011

I feel like my journey is just starting out! I guess the most important thing I have learned is to not beat myself up if I miss a workout or eat something I “shouldn’t.” It takes baby steps to get to where you want and no one is perfect. Learning to love yourself is a challenging but rewarding battle!

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673 Vicki July 12, 2011

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ” – The Beatles
I try to apply it to my every day life, in any way I possibly can…

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674 Alli July 12, 2011

My weight fluctuated dramatically from the age of 13-22 as I battled with eating disorders and an extremely unhealthy view of my body and its purpose. I now try to look at my body as a vehicle and treat it with care and appreciation, rather than something inadequate.

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675 Andrea July 12, 2011

I think the biggest thing about weight-loss or any other change in your life is to take it one step at a time! And you have to love YOURSELF wherever you are on your journey in life!

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676 Kristin July 12, 2011

What an awesome entry today! I want a copy of that photo for my wall.

I have a couple of favorite quotes to share – I hope that’s OK. (I have a quote collection :)

“”Every day is a gift…there are not limitations – limitations are what we put on ourselves.” ~ Diane Van Deren, Ultra Runner

I love that sentiment and her life story illustrates how powerful and true that quote really is.

And as a counterpoint to your photo for today:
“I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990.” ~ Dave Barry

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677 Silvia July 12, 2011

My fav is : “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” — Julia Child it just give me the confidence and courage to be better

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678 Susan July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the scale can be just plain crazy sometimes. I don’t even have a scale at home any more because it never makes me feel good. It hasn’t put a smile on my face ever. But exercising and eating right? THAT makes me feel great!

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679 Melody D July 12, 2011

This couldn’t have been made at a better time. I’ve been struggling with my eating disorder for far too long now, having bouts of depression and starvation intermittent with moments where I really believe that I can live a normal life. I was in the middle of one of my harder weeks and that quote made me smile because it’s true. I’ve learned that I’ll never be happy with a weight. Not when I was 100 pounds, not when I was 83 so I just need to avoid the scale and concentrate on life.
Thank you so much for this post. <3

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680 Rachie @ Today is the Day July 12, 2011

I once was going through a rough patch so I blogged about it (of course). One reader commented on one of my emotional posts with what I call the most comforting quote. It is an Irish saying and overall lovely.

““May God grant you always… a sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”

It keeps me going :)

Love your blog!

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681 Jenny July 12, 2011

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” -Abe Lincoln :)

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682 Vanessa July 12, 2011

“That which we are, we are.” -Tennyson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

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683 maria July 12, 2011

I am 39 years old & still trying to find the answer. I have found w/age I am not as obsessive but still have the same body/food issues. Now a mother of two small boys my focus now is to be healthy for them. In mind & body. My own mother, whom I’m estranged from, was always stressed out, worried about her own weight & didn’t seem to enjoy being a mother. My focus on what makes me happy & being happy for them is so much more important than how many calories I eat at each meal…….I feel like it’s like being a drug addict or alcoholic but w/food. I fall off the wagon, act irrational & moody etc. depending on how I feel in my clothes, the number on the scale or a picture that I can’t stand how I look in. Always a battle. Just trying to aquire as many tools as possible to fight it. :)

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684 Audra July 12, 2011

“There is little room left for wisdom, when one is full of judgement.” Alban Goodier

I love this quote and think of it often.

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685 Song July 12, 2011

I’ve learned along this journey that a “bad” eating day does not dictate my worth.

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686 Liana July 12, 2011

You are the master of your soul and the captain of your destiny (or is it vice versa? Either way, you create your present and future. If things aren’t the way you want them to be, then you can change it).

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687 Selene July 12, 2011

I learned that counting calories is harmful, it’s easy to freakout if you eat one extra cracker. One more cracker won’t kill you, and I doubt every nectarine has EXACTLY 62 calories. Eat when you are physically hungry, and don’t eat when you are emotionally hungry, or bored, it’s that simple. Counting isn’t really helpful in most cases.

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688 Jamie Williams July 12, 2011

The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Chose a positive thought.

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689 Beret July 12, 2011

There is no quick fix and the goal should not be to lose weight. The goal should be to live a healthier, happier life. Slow and steady.

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690 Liz July 12, 2011

I have learned to trust myself and trust my body! I finally (in the last 6 mo or so) was able to stop weighing myself every day and it has been so liberating! My mood every day is no longer dependent on whether the number on the scale met my expectations, and I’ve found that my smart little body has stayed at a healthy weight despite me not checking the scale daily. I’m also aiming for a “goal lifestyle” and I’m much happier for it :)

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691 Carol July 12, 2011

I am learning to stop obsessing. I am learning to stop beating myself up every time I don’t think I made a good choice whether it was not exercise enough or eating too much. I love your blog and can relate to many of the same things you write about:) Thanks for being an inspiration to me!

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692 Claire July 12, 2011

”Progress not perfection” That is what I have learned to apply to all areas of my life while recovering from an eating disorder. It’s powerful.

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693 sara July 12, 2011

I just read this quote as a guiding life motto today and loved the simplicity of it: “Overprepare then go with the flow”

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694 Sarah July 12, 2011

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson

I would say I’m still just starting my journey, but this is a great quote!

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695 Brittany July 12, 2011

A very wise man once told me that “Everyday is a good day, just some are better than others”. I try to live my life with that positive outlook. He told me this on his deathbed after a long battle with cancer. If he can have that outlook, so can I!

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696 Allison July 12, 2011

“Progress not perfection….” it is a very simple quote that keeps me focused, calms my anxiety when I wish I could have done something better, and motivates me take a moment to relish in the small moments, improvements, or accomplishments.

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697 Amanda (Eating Up) July 12, 2011

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you feel alive, and do that, because the world needs people who have come alive.”

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698 Kellie July 12, 2011

YES!!! Love this quote!

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699 Cara July 12, 2011

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” -Edward Stanley

“It takes no talent to hustle.”

These are 2 of my favorite quotes that help motivate me for my workouts!

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700 Beth July 12, 2011

Food is not my weakness, it’s my strength! *B

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701 Alison July 12, 2011

I think the key is to listen to those who are older, wiser and have more life experience. My mother, although she is no longer with us, speaks to me in so many ways: in my conversations with my own daughters I find that my words are often hers. I guess when I was younger she thought that I wasn’t really listening to her but apparently I was because I cherish her words which come to me so easily now and provide such comfort.

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702 Errign July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes/lyrics: “life is something you’re not caught at” from the song Warmer Climate by Snow Patrol – actually the whole song is a really powerful awesome message :)

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703 lisa r. July 12, 2011

don’t skip dessert. :)

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704 heather July 12, 2011

my favourite quote: “if you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill
it helps remind me that the only way out of difficult times is to move forwards through them and not run from the pain or avoid it.

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705 Kim Sullivan July 12, 2011

I have learned that if I feel like crying, I just need to smile and laugh instead. I believe that good can come from any situation. I just need to try and look for the lesson involoved, how I can grow to become a better person, and move forward. And in the end if the above mentioned things don’t work, I just focus on being positive and moving forward for the benefit of my two boys. Many days they are the only two things in the world that keep me going! :)

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706 Yvette July 12, 2011

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Hank Aaron

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707 Katherine July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes comes from the show “Cupcake Girls”: “Well behaved women never make history”. I find it adorable!

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708 janet @ the taste space July 12, 2011

One of my all-time favourite quotes (From Le Petit Prince):
On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”)

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709 Kate July 12, 2011

A favourite quote of mine:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

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710 Mary Ann July 12, 2011

First of all: 609 comments! You go girl!
But as a mother of two, one of my favorite quotes from a girlfriend is “This too shall pass and something else will take its place.” That thought has often gotten me through some rough spots with a sense of humor.

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711 Michelle July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that even if people are not so nice to me, I need to be nice to them. If I take on the same attitude as them, I only become bitter and unhappy. Better to take on a positive attitude in life, than walk around unhappy.

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712 Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama July 12, 2011

“A year from now you will wish you would have started today…”

So true!!!

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713 fatma July 12, 2011

I loved this one! Thanks for sharing :)

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714 Gemma July 12, 2011

“Whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

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715 Stephanie July 12, 2011

I have learned to be truly grateful/appreciative of where my legs/glutes can take me (1/2 marathon races, walking for fun, biking, yoga, etc) – focusing on that versus dwelling on ideal daily weight and thigh/glute circumference and comparing to others is a much better use of time.

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716 Laura July 12, 2011

Mine’s more of a reminder to myself: Don’t beat yourself up! I have to remember that I’m entitled to make mistakes, and if I do, it doesn’t mean I can’t move on and do better next time. I have a tendency to ruminate over what I did wrong instead of moving forward! If I find myself kicking myself for something (that’s a lot of mes, isn’t it?), I try to remember this.

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717 [email protected] DiVa DiSh July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that I only feel as good as I let myself feel…If I tell myself, I am ugly..I feel ugly..If I tell my self I am beautiful,..then I am beautiful :) THerefore..I have learned to speak kindly too..myself! haha :)

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718 Lindsey July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes:
“It’s nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”

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719 Ang July 12, 2011

Everything in moderation… even moderation. Sometimes it’s okay to give yourself unrestrained food pleasure. Just as long as it 1) does not become a habit 2) makes you feel alive 3) is worth talking about because it was just that good!

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720 Bonnie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that listening and I mean truly listening to your friends is the most wonderful, selfless thing you can do. You always want a friend that listens and asks the right questions. So why not be the listener to your friend and hope they do the same for you.

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721 Candace July 12, 2011

So I hope im not repeating anyones quotes but my favorite is

“be the change you want to see in the world”-Ghandi

This resonates with me on lots of levels. I think its important to realize we cant control, even if we really really want to, other peoples choices. The best we can do is set examples of how we want to be treated, and how we think others should be treated. This idea is so important in my approach to teaching others about veganism, not through scorn, and reprimand, but through example, and sharing tasty food!

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722 Lauren July 12, 2011

I’ve recently begun my battle against my anxiety/eating disorder that has completely crippled my life. After recently seriously hurting the one person I love more than anyone in the world it occured to me that I don’t give myself or anyone else a break, that I continuously create unreal and unfulfilable expectations for everyone. So live life fearlessly and don’t take yourself or those you love too seriously, we’re only human right? :)

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723 Meg July 12, 2011

A mantra I use when I teach group fitness (and I also tell myself in my own workouts): “You’re stronger than you think you are!” In fitness and in life in general, I’ve always discovered this to be true. It’s amazing what we’re capable of when we least expect it!

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724 Kellie July 12, 2011

From the LuluLemon Manifesto….

“Never let that which matters the most give way to that which matters the least”.

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725 Megan July 12, 2011

The best lesson I’ve learned it that it doesn’t hurt to try. For years I avoided working out because I would be the slowest, most uncoordinated, etc. etc. Finally starting, I realized that no one cared. That if I took a class and was struggling, I could take breaks, sit out an exercise, modify and that the more things I tried, the stronger an better at them I got.

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726 Kathy July 12, 2011

Mine is not really a quote, it’s a question. I learned long ago that my brain will answer the questions I ask it. If I ask “why can’t I do this?” I will get an answer to that and boom! I can’t do it. So now I carefully select my questions and when negative questions come up I just let them pass away by saying “not helpful.”

A few weeks ago I learned a powerful question that I ask myself each morning, and sometimes throughout the day. Sometimes I answer in writing because that is how I connect with my real thinking and not the anxious stuff. Here is the question: “How does it get better than this?” This works when something I perceive to be lousy happens as in “how can this get better?” and it works when things are great as in “how will this get even better?” My brain really does give me answers to the first one and the second one floods me with gratitude for what is and keeps me open for things being even better than I can see right now. I have also learned to *never* say “it does not get any better than this!” Why would I limit myself or God’s intentions that way?

This has made a powerful change in my day to day thinking – even though it seems like nothing much at all.

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727 AmeliaJan July 12, 2011

A quote that has really touched my heart is:

“You are more than the sum of your past mistakes.”

I often find myself dwelling on the things I have done wrong in the past and thinking that everyone will judge me for them. Like somehow everyone is capable of looking at me and seeing everything I’ve done wrong and all of the things that I’ve struggled with. But the silliest part is me expecting them to laugh at me or think less of me if they knew the truth. In reality we all struggle and make mistakes on a daily basis….and for the most part others are not going to hold this against you, they will probably feel comforted knowing that they aren’t the only ones.

I guess the moral is to learn to embrace humility and know that you aren’t alone in your struggles. Because, hey, most of us are in the same boat we are just too scared to admit it.

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728 Leilani July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes:
“Treat every other being exactly the same, with absolutely no discrimination. Treat everyone with love and kindness.”

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729 Carly July 12, 2011

I have learned to stop expecting and wishing for things. If things go my way, I will be happy. If things don’t go my way, I will be content. Life is too short to be disappointed, time and time again.

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730 Ally July 12, 2011

Sums up everything for me – “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson

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731 Heather July 12, 2011

I love this one!!

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732 Emily July 12, 2011

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that what I truly WANT to eat will always, ALWAYS be more satisfying than what I “should” eat. In the last few months, I’ve learned to honor my body and its cravings, and I’ve become so much happier. :)

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733 Kim July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is:

“Life is not a matter of milestones, it is but of moments”

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734 Kim July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is:

“Life is not a matter of milestones, it is but of moments”

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735 Emma @ Getting There & Going Places July 12, 2011

This past year I finally turned my life around after years of unhealthy and unhappy living. I joined a gym, learned that working out can be fun and started watching what I eat more.. Numbers tell you nothing, it’s the way you feel inside that counts! And so while the numbers haven’t changed all that much, I feel SO much better, healthier and happier inside! What greater thing in life is there?

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736 Judy July 12, 2011

One of the biggest lessons that I have learned is, ‘life is short and the older you get, the faster it goes’. It is amazing how quickly times flies.

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737 Sportsgirl July 12, 2011

Honestly, I don’t see the point in owning a scale. If it makes you unhappy, then get rid of it!! We always get rid of other things that make us unhappy such as toxic friends, why do people hold on to the scale?

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738 Ali July 13, 2011

I totally agree! I don’t keep either around. Good energy breeds more good energy, and that’s a much better way to live life!

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739 Casi Leigh July 12, 2011

Great quotes. Mine is a mantra I learned at yoga teacher training last year:

“I go forth in perfect faith
In the power of omnipresent good
To bring me what I need
At the time when I need it.”

This one always helps me remember to let the past and the future be what they are but to truly LIVE in the present moment. Loving this post! <3

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740 Jen July 12, 2011

Wow! What a response to TODAY’s post! I know that I’ve been following your blog religiously this summer, but to see so many other people doing it to is really great and I hope it helps you realize how important and special your work is!

As a teacher and avid reader, I have a ton of favorite quotes, but one I’ve adopted from my husband is “…not with that attitude”.

Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, down, anxious, or otherwise sure I can’t accomplish what I want or what is asked of me, my husband tags that on to the end of whatever I say…so for example, “I’ll never be a writer…” “not with that attitude”. It just reinforces that I can do whatever I want as long as I keep myself out of my own way.

The best part is that I say it to my (high school) students when they are complaining or doubting themselves and they always smile or laugh and then get to work doing what they thought they couldn’t do.

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741 Svetlana July 12, 2011

Loooooove that “”…Not with that attitude” the best quote of the day :D

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742 Johanna July 12, 2011

I realize I probably can’t be joining the give-away, ‘cuz I live in Sweden, but I’ll share ove of my favourite quote anyway! :)

When I were a kid, I played handball and my parents have spent so many hours driving me to practice and home and to games and tournaments and… yeah, you get the picture. My dad used to tell me (the quote actually came from my uncle): “I’ll rather drive a thousand times to your practice, than one time to the police.”
Will always love him for that. :)

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743 Steph July 12, 2011

my favorite quote…

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ” – Emerson

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744 Katie July 12, 2011

oh those glo bars! Yes please!! Ok, my favorite quote: what’s on you will destroy you, if what’s in you can’t sustain you….meaning the your character has to be strong so that your gifts and talents don’t destroy you when big opportunities and just ‘life’ in general happens. I live by this…it means so much to me.

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745 Jackie July 12, 2011

“Serious about your goal? There’s no such thing as ’sort of committed’. You either are, or you’re not.”

Whenever I feel like giving up or slacking on my workouts or eats, I turn to this quote. Works like a charm!

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746 Sara July 12, 2011

“Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be”

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747 Kellie July 12, 2011

Mine is a Bible verse, Hebrews 11:1
“Faith is being sure of what you hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.”

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748 noni July 12, 2011

one lesson i’ve learned (and am still reminding myself of): remembering that what’s right for and works for other people, isn’t necessarily right for me. from how i eat, to exercise, to how i do my job or treat other people. it’s up to me to determine how to live my happiest life!

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749 Emily July 12, 2011

Your comment on the scale sign reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
–Maya Angelou
:)

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750 Angie July 12, 2011

My absolute favorite quote:
“Never too late, never too old, never too bad, and never too sick, to start from scratch once again.” Bishnu Ghosh

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751 Lisa July 12, 2011

Sometimes, when I’m having a really shitty day, I just think to myself, “Everything will work out, I’m the protagonist.”

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752 Jaclyn July 12, 2011

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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753 Kristin O July 12, 2011

From an awesome movie called happythankyoumoreplease:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yaaDODUiLk&feature=related
For some reason it’s subtitled in Spanish or something, BUT it’s the best scene from the movie and the philosophy I live by =)
Thank you, more please!

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754 Janice July 12, 2011

When reading the book ‘The Kind Diet’ (which immediately caused me to go vegan), it totally flipped the meaning of diet in my mind. Now instead of associating it with hunger, starvation and weight loss, I now think about the healthy balance of foods I put it into my body, all with the goal of living happier and longer. I love it :)

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755 Michelle July 12, 2011

I love the Holstee Manifesto. Check it out here http://shop.holstee.com/pages/about.

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756 Jialin Zhang July 12, 2011

My favorite quote
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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757 haley July 12, 2011

I love that photo. And I really needed to hear [or read] that quote today =) so thank you.

Over the years I’ve picked up a lot of quotes, but my favorite right now is this one:

“You have one true obligation, that’s to contribute your best to the world. Visualize what you want out of life and think BIG. Don’t be afraid of what others think, that’s their business, not yours. Don’t feel undeserving. We’re all deserving of living our dreams – some of us realize it and some don’t. You’re not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths and step up. The world is waiting.” – Jillian Michaels

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758 Lisa McLeod July 12, 2011

“You are AWESOME!” by Rhino the Hamster from the movie “Bolt” It makes me happy every time I hear it or think about it, and I pass the message on. :-)

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759 Kimberly July 12, 2011

I’ve learned along the way that pacing myself is important — and any perceived setbacks are really opportunities for me to re-evaluate my current path.

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760 Katelyn July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is from Voltaire:

“Beauty pleases the eye only; sweetness of disposition charms the soul.”

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761 Katherine July 12, 2011

“Sometimes life just sucks.” – by a friends lol :)

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762 Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 12, 2011

Wow – so amazing to read what others have learned. A lot of wisdom shared here today!!

I learned only recently that I cannot allow my weight to ruin my life. I’ve been struggling with an adult-onset eating disorder for a couple of years now. It’s like being on another planet. I’m not the same person I was such a short time ago, and sometimes feel like my brain is being held hostage by this person who thinks I am gigantically fat. Every now and then I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror or window reflection and see myself for who I really am without the filter that the fat person in my brain puts up. I am not the distorted image I see 99% of the time – I am the pretty girl with the normal weight that I see 1% of the time. I cannot let the fat filter run – or ruin – my life. That is my choice to make and no one else’s.

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763 Stephanie July 12, 2011

Looks like a fantastic give-away! I’ve learned that sometimes, when I’m feeling sad but not for any reason, that PRETENDING to be happy can actually make me BE happy. The small things aren’t worth dwelling on, and they shouldn’t lower my overall happiness level! In terms of fitness I really understand now that working hard now will pay off in the end. Short term laziness isn’t worth losing years off my life! If I keep up my fitness level and eat well, there’s nothing to stop me from living to 100!

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764 Kristen Waby July 12, 2011

What a great quote that was. One of mine is a Henry David Thoreou quote, “Go in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagine.” I did and I’m doing it!

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765 Kelsey July 12, 2011

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

I love your scale disclaimer!!

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766 Lindsay July 12, 2011

LIVE WITH INTENTION. WALK TO THE EDGE. LISTEN HARD. PRACTICE WELLNESS. PLAY WITH ABANDON. LAUGH. … -Mary Anne Radmacher

Namaste

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767 courtney July 12, 2011

My favorite quote:

“She realized she was missing a great deal by sensible.”

Live it up! :)

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768 courtney July 12, 2011

Oops, that SHOULD say:

“She realized she was missing a great deal by being sensible.” ;)

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769 Destini July 12, 2011

I have struggled with my relationship with my scale. Even though I have stopped “dieting” I still have a constant connection with the scale. Most mornings before I even fully open my eyes…I’m on it. I tend to tell myself it’s just a “check up” to see if I am still within my happy weight. Though my happy weight should be how I feel and not what the number on the scale says. But if I am honest with myself it tends to be the the number. I think it is my last hurdle of my weight obsession that I need to cope with. The process is slow, but hopefully getting better. I do have some days when I wake up and don’t even see it, those days I am more relaxed. Funny how much a number can influence a whole day.

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770 Maria July 12, 2011

If you are getting stressed or overwhelmed, ask yourself “will this matter in a years’ time?”- chances are it won’t, and it helps with perspective.

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771 Lauren (PB&G) July 12, 2011

“Oy with the poodles already!”

I love your note to yourself on the scale. I need that tattooed on my feet!

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772 Andrea Mendes July 12, 2011

A lesson that I have learned along my journey is that some of my darkest days have taught me how resilient I am and I will no longer wish they had never happened but instead, move FORWARD. As my big sister says, “life is a work in progress”

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773 Ana July 12, 2011

Like others who have posted my journey was one of both drastic loss and gain, after weeks in a rehab clinic without results I set out on my own and through trial and error discovered what health and happiness meant to me, now I plan not only to get my culinary degree but also a degree in nutrition!

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774 Steph July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is “Be yourself- Everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde.
I think a lot of people get caught up in looking/acting/being like all these other people that they lose their own look and personality, and we should celebrate the differences among eachother instead. :)

Also sidenote, your chocolate chip dough balls are to dieeeeeee for ! :)

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775 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 12, 2011

Wow nearly people have gotten here before me but I’m going to enter anyway! Angela your Glo bars must be fantastic!

The most important thing I’ve learned is that focusing on the small things you can do everyday will get you to your ultimate goals.

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776 denise July 12, 2011

I am 45 years old, mother of five, and according to my doctor, I am in the heart healthy weight range. I should be happy, but I am not. I count calories far too often and forget to enjoy my food. I hop on the scale knowing it will change daily; yet I still do it too often.

What have I learned? Well since stumbling across a lovely blog, by a lovely 20 something young woman who doesn’t even know me, I have learned that I am a great person, I am loved by my family and friends, and when I smile and I am happy people think I am beautiful. Even more important, I realize that my 12 year old daughter is watching and it is time for me to set a good example.

I don’t need to win the Glow Bars, I just wanted you to know that you calling to share your journey has touched many people. Thanks.

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777 Jennifer July 12, 2011

I learned to ignore the scale completely. That number doesn’t make me me!

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778 Lydia July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to throw away my scale so I’m not tempted

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779 Imke July 12, 2011

Hi Angela,
I am a 24 year old student from Germany. As I still struggle with insecurity, eating disorders and self esteem, I am only at the beginning of my journey. But what I know today is that I don´t want to look back at my life when I am old and see that my weight is all that mattered to me all my life. I don´t have a particular quote but I wanted to share that realization with you any ways :)
Keep up your wonderful blog!
Much love from Germany!!
Imke

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780 Jess July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that being judgemental isn’t worth the negative energy it creates within me. I have to let go of thinking I can control everything and just let people do their own thing.

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781 Emily July 12, 2011

Two favorites:

“Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself. If all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying.”
–Simone de Beauvoir
“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”
— Abraham Heschel

These quotes remind me that life ought to be intentional; we cannot simply go through the motions. Nor should we become caught up in lures and snares that prevent us from truly enjoying, appreciating, and honoring the lives with which we have been blessed.

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782 Heather (heathers dish) July 12, 2011

I love this! I’ve definitely learned that numbers don’t define anything about the woman I am…calories, fat, jeans size, etc. I am wonderful without those being a defining factor :)

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783 Haley July 12, 2011

My mom said this to me just this week, it’s very true but I still struggle with it daily –

“comparison kills contentment”

I know that I need to learn to be happy with my achievements, my body weight, etc. and not constantly compare myself to other people

Oh, and thanks for writing such an amazing blog!!

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784 Ally July 12, 2011

“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss.
It always inspires me at the gym and makes me think of my kids, too!

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785 Jeanna July 12, 2011

“Take chances, make mistakes, thats how you grow. Pain nourishes courage. You have to fall in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore

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786 Aja July 12, 2011

I love the scale disclaimer. I’ve seen it so many places and it always makes me smile. I used to want to tape it to my scale.

I haven’t been on a weight loss journey, but a weight gain. I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa in March of 2010 and since then I have gotten healthier after almost dying and learned so much. The biggest lesson I have learned through all of this is that I am important and I need to listen to my body. If I am hungry, then a feed myself whether I had some treat earlier in the day or not. I have to take care of myself and I am not unworthy or worthless.

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787 Ula July 12, 2011

Lessons learned: 1. Get to know your metabolism and start romancing it. 2. Muscle weighs more then fat. I want muscle so therefore the idea of weight doesn’t give me what I want. 3. Get rid of stuff you don’t want in your life.

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788 Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) July 12, 2011

When it comes to exercising I’ve learned that nay exercise is better than no exercise. When it comes to everyday life I’ve learned to live in the moment! When it comes to staying healthy and injury free I’ve learned to listen to my body, take a rest when I’m tired, and eat if I’m hungry!

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789 Vanessa July 12, 2011

Enjoy life today. This was inside the fortune cookie I ate tonight after a spontaneous dinner out with my boyfriend. I had to think of you and your new goal to live in the moment. It would have been the perfect fortune cookie for you!

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790 meghan July 12, 2011

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Yes, I just used a Harry Potter quote. LOVE.

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791 Rebecca @Runner with an Appetite July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that if I set up limits for myself, they will exist; if I don’t limit myself, I am free to explore and find my own abilities and limits.

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792 Gloria July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” (Mark Victor)

:)

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793 Carolyn July 12, 2011

My favorite quote used to be “Work it harder / Make it better / Do it faster / Make us stronger” from Daft Punk’s ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’. I applied this quote to *every* area of my life, and while I definitely got stuff done, I never had any fun doing it. Even if I felt I had accomplished one particular task well–a difficult homework assignment; a gruelling workout; staying within a certain number of calories–not only did I just see the next one looming ahead of me, but I also saw everything in my life as an obstacle to be overcome.
I am thankful that I can say that I no longer see things like that anymore. I don’t obsess over doing things perfectly, and, while I am vegan, I don’t think twice about the amount of calories I am eating, or how hard I work my body. I do what feels good, and makes me incredibly happy.
My favorite quote today is from the late, great Dorothy Parker: “There are times when images blow to fluff, and comparisons stiffen and shrivel.”

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794 Alana July 12, 2011

I learned that running is not only about weight loss–it can really be soothing, stress-releasing, and a great way to release some endorphins!

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795 J July 12, 2011

‘For every tragedy, there is opportunity.’ I was watching a show the other day and this hit home for me, when a doctor was talking to a lady about betrayal. Last year my husband and I went through a really rough patch in our marriage; which was my ‘tragedy’. My opportunity. I have in the last year, persued many of the things I have wanted to do. I got in shape, started eating amazing (which lead me to your website!) and took a course that I had been talking about for so long. As well, my husband and I have opened many new doors to our relationship to make our love and family stronger. I would have to say that I am in a place in my life right now that is pretty amazing. Making things work is not for everyone, it really does take a strong person. When there is love involved there is always opporunity, it just depends where you decide to look for it.

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796 Natalie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to stop living my life by others’ rules and have started listening to what I want and what MY needs are. If you don’t take care of and love yourself, you certainly can’t offer the same to others and that’s not being selfish…that’s just being smart. :)

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797 Kathy July 12, 2011

Since everyone’s sharing a quote, here’s mine: “Live your life. Live in the moment. Don’t live with regret” -The Red Necklace (book) pg. 271(?) & “…how strange that one event can change a life. One stupid mistake and another path is closed.” -The Red Necklace (book) pg. 125 (p.s. as you can probably see, The Red Necklace is my favorite book).
A lesson that I’ve learned, is that living the way I was, caring too much about how I looked, really impacted my life. I refused to eat out, or eat as a matter of fact. I regret it, but now I try to exercise and eat healthy and try to think of it as an enjoyment, as so do you.
:)

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798 Sara July 12, 2011

One thing I’ve learned that may seem obvious but took me forever to grasp was that my health & wellness journey is just that- a JOURNEY! There is no finish line. When I finally stopped fixating on the end result- a certain clothing size, the number on the scale, etc.- I learned to relax and shifted my focus to HEALTH. As a result, healthy living became much more fun and a whole lot easier. Now I look at it as an adventure, and I allow myself the opportunity to grow and change and evolve, instead of holding myself back with negative self-talk and cellulite obsession. :)

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799 Denise July 12, 2011

“Good enough is good enough. Perfection will make you miserable.”

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800 Renee R July 12, 2011

“If you wait for the perfect moment,
the perfect moment will pass you by.”

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801 Elise July 12, 2011

This is a beautiful post and the first photo of the scale really, really hit close to home in its truth.
If I had to pick a “favorite” (so many good ones out there!):

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill.

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802 Zestful Lou July 12, 2011

After summiting Mt. Whitney this past weekend, I learned that I am stronger and more determined than I knew!!

What a wonderful experience it was!

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803 Katie July 12, 2011

When I first started trying to get healthy, I’m not sure I had a goal “weight” in mind, but I definitely had a goal “look” in mind. Now, I realize that it’s not about either, it’s about how you feel inside–literally and metaphorically. I’m 45lbs lighter, still a curvy girl, but much happier and healthier!

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804 Chandra July 12, 2011

I’ve learned over the years while losing over 40% of my body weight that it takes a lot of determination and willpower to achieve your goals!

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805 melissa wawrzkiewicz July 12, 2011

“Is this the end, or just the start of something really, really beautiful wrapped up and disguised as something really, really, ugly?”
-The Start of Something, by Voxtrot

I love this quote. Whenever something bad happens in my life, no matter how big or small, I try to find the good in it, and keep my head up, because you never know how things will be in the future or how you will feel down the road. You have to find the positive side of everything, because life will always throw you curve balls that you have to learn to turn into homeruns.

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806 Tamara July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I believe you can sub any adjective!

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807 Renee R July 12, 2011

“If you wait too long for the perfect moment,
the perfect moment will pass you by.”

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808 Summer July 12, 2011

It’s a marathon, not a 5k. If today sucks, tomorrow will be better. If this week, this month, or hell, even this year isn’t going well, there’s always a future to correct things.

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809 Liz @ IHeartVegetables July 12, 2011

That is SUCH a great quote!!!

My favorite quote is “Patience is a virtue, it’s not mandatory” ;) hehe

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810 girl in the pink July 12, 2011

Count it all joy!

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811 Kim July 12, 2011

I’m a yoga addict and one of my favorite quotes has always been, “Yoga is a journey, not a destination.” or “There’s a reason we call it a yoga practice and not a yoga perfect.” Little reminders to not be hard on myself and to enjoy the process of becoming a better me.

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812 Ragnhild July 12, 2011

Beautiful post!
Im a slow learner. What I have found recently, is that I dont want to be skinny. So why do I bother to diet? I want to be healthy, happy and free- and that has nothing to do with weight otr restriction! I just want to be at my happy weight :D

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813 Ragnhild July 12, 2011

Beautiful post!
Im a slow learner. What I have found recently, is that I dont want to be skinny. So why do I bother to diet? I want to be healthy, happy and free- and that has nothing to do with weight otr restriction! I just want to be at my happy weight :D

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814 Ragnhild July 12, 2011

Beautiful post!
Im a slow learner. What I have found recently, is that I dont want to be skinny. So why do I bother to diet? I want to be healthy, happy and free- and that has nothing to do with weight otr restriction! I just want to be at my happy weight :D

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815 Torrey July 12, 2011

While going through a divorce at 20 years old, I decided that since I coulnd’t control the circumstances life had thrown at me, I would control what I gave and did to my body. For the next 3 months I consumed less than one small meal a day (if I ate at all) and did approximately two hours of cardio when I left work. After losing 40 pounds (leaving me at a staggering 130 lbs while being five ft ten in) and still being miserable every waking moment; I came to the realization that losing inches off my waist would not bring back what I had lost and would not mend my broken heart.

I started realizing that what the mirror and scale had to say was not an honest truth of my worth in this world. it’s been almost five years since this and it is still a struggle at times but I have found “my glo” and begun taking better care of my body — inside and out. I find strength in my friends and family and now take their word when they tell me that I’m beautiful.

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816 Ragnhild July 12, 2011

Beautiful post!
Im a slow learner. What I have found recently, is that I dont want to be skinny. So why do I bother to diet? I want to be healthy, happy and free- and that has nothing to do with weight otr restriction! I just want to be at my happy weight :D

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817 Katie P July 12, 2011

The best lesson i have learned is to take one day at a time and not to compare yourself to anyone around you.

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818 Sabrina July 12, 2011

I have learned (am learning) that I am my biggest critic. I am the biggest critic in all aspects of my life however the weight is my biggest hurtle. My quote that I believe in is
“Life is to short to waste. Seize each day as if that were your last.”

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819 Kim July 12, 2011

I have loved this quote since I read it over 10 years ago-
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” ~Albus Dumbledore
This quote just reminds to focus on what is wonderful in my life!

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820 Faith July 12, 2011

Favorite Quote from Wayne Dyer:

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.”

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821 Danielle July 12, 2011

I’ve really tried to embody Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotation that “nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
I used to believe others when they would make fun of me and ridicule me. After years of struggling with low self-esteem, I gradually learned that I can choose to let someone influence the way I feel – both positively and negatively. Now I only choose to let the positive in. I give consent to that. I do not consent to letting someone else bring me down by making me feel I am not an intelligent, kind, compassionate, interesting person.

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822 becca July 12, 2011

It sounds cliche but “everything happens for a reason” is truly what I live by. When there are difficult times in my life I do my best to focus on the fact that there will be something that will come out of it that will make me a better person.

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823 Sandy July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that being happy and healthy is more important than any number on the scale! I don’t even own one in my place at university now :)

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824 Shannon July 12, 2011

Dieting to be thin made me a horribly cranky and obsessive person. In fact, while on my last diet, I called a therapist because I thought I was losing it. I vowed to be healthy at any weight after that, not just thin. And sane.

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825 Natasa July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to do what works for me. It’s hard reading so many blogs, seeing so many diet books, and being told so many things. Each person is different and needs to do what works for them. That’s a hard lesson sometimes!

One of my fav.quotes: Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland

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826 Natasa July 12, 2011

Apparantly I can’t spell my own name!! LOL Natasha! ;)

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827 Jen! July 12, 2011

Ah! I’ve been dying to try these.

Love the photo. Such a good reminder.

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828 kaila @ healthy helper! July 12, 2011

Outward beauty is fading, inward beauty is forever. And that you can’t love anyone fully until you love yourself inside and out!

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829 Andrea July 12, 2011

“There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.” – M.F.K. Fisher

This best captures the most important lesson of overcoming my own eating hangups, which is the realization that there is such joy to be had in sharing in a meal with others. We not only connect to our fellow diners in a meaningful way, but to a broader culture of food and food production. It is part of why I feel so fulfilled when my partner and I share fresh, local, Ontario produce after receiving it from the hands that grew and harvested it.

The joys to be had from eating great (and healthy) food are much greater than those that might be had standing alone on a bathroom scale.

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830 Jena July 12, 2011

When I focus on treating myself well, and focus on what I should do, rather than what I can’t have and shouldn’t do, I look and feel the best.

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831 Sara July 12, 2011

One thing I’ve learned is that life is happening right now, it doesn’t start when I reach a certain number on the scale!

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832 Katie July 12, 2011

“Take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.”

I have learned over so much, over the last year, about myself and about the energy that I put into things having a positive or negative effect on myself. I have learned that no matter how “negative” things may seem sometimes, if I put a positive twist on them or choose not to acknowledge the negative thoughts, I’m choosing to defeat the negative energy and that has helped in my journey more than any other single thing.

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833 Jessie McCracken July 12, 2011

I help run an arts program for the elderly. This weekend we had an event at a site one elder and I were talking about eating and exercising. She said, at 94, “everything in moderation.” I know we hear it all the time but it is always worth repeating. A life has to be varied and dynamic.

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834 Jessie McCracken July 12, 2011

I help run an arts program for the elderly. This weekend we had an event at a site one elder and I were talking about eating and exercising. She said, at 94, “everything in moderation.” I know we hear it all the time but it is always worth repeating. A life has to be varied and dynamic.

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835 Sylvia @ The Running Advocate July 12, 2011

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I am stronger than I think I am. I turned a very negative life lesson into my first half marathon. I proved to myself that I can take control of my life and that I don’t have to let negative experiences affect me for the rest of it. This has also led into another life lesson (I can share two right? :) ) I learned of acceptance. I can’t change the past and obsessing over it doesn’t make it better but I can accept it and move on. Thank you for the give away Angela! :D

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836 Karen July 12, 2011

My motto an adaptation of this too shall pass: “every day must end”. (so no matter how bad the situation it will end, time will heal, things will get better).

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837 Robin July 12, 2011

“Nothing in life that’s worth having comes easily”

From Scrubs … cheesy, but very true.

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838 Chantal July 12, 2011

Definitely a very important one to me right now:
“Everything you do becomes part of you forever, even if nobody is watching.”

(Thanks to No Meat Athelete’s blog for that one!)

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839 Kelsey July 12, 2011

I have learned that the number on the scale is not as important as being happy. Being “skinny” actually backfired on me, causing me to become sad and alone. Being at my “happy weight” allowed me to be my happy self again :)

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840 Zandra July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that you have to do what works for YOU. We are constantly bombarded with advice and opinions (nicely meant or not) but we have to do what works for us and not worry about what other people think. This is true for diet, nutrition, exercise, but for me, its really true when it comes to raising oour kids. We have some very strong-minded grandparents and great-grandparents who don’t agree with all of the choices we have made regarding our kids. My husband and I mae our decisions based on what works for us and our family!

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841 Meghan Larson July 12, 2011

My moment occured while working in the Philippines on an internship. I was going through a huge adjustment period in my life. I had just graduated university, I had landed an amazing six month internship with an organization I really believed in, I was living on the beach, learning how to surfing and dating an amazing gorgeous guy. Yet I found my self depressed and anxious on a daily basis. I couldn’t shake those thoughts that I should be doing more, i should be fitter, I should be building a career, I should be saving money for my future. I simply couldn’t live in the moment. I had to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t perfect and that was ok. Life is always going to change around me and I have a concious choice in how I react to it. Why wait for tomorrow, what you can do today. I made a promise to myself to smile more, to be happy, to enjoy the people and places in my life.

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842 Clare July 12, 2011

oops! vegeterian!!!(:

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843 Clare July 12, 2011

I have been begeterian for 17 years vegan for 9 months. Ohsheglows has always been my go to when I run out of ideas and inspiration! Thank you Angela!

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844 Kalynn July 12, 2011

One important thing I’ve learned is that the gym, weights, group-x classes, training schedule, etc. will all still be there tomorrow, but your family, friends, memory-making opportunities may not! It’s important to be healthy, but part of being healthy is spending time doing things you love with the people you love!

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845 Sarah M. July 12, 2011

I tried the weight loss journey last year, and focused on all the wrong things. When I slipped up, I let it define me and take me all the way back to the beginning. I’m finally seeing my way back, and this time the first thing I decided was no scales. I know this time that when my heart is happy my body will follow.

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846 Carly July 12, 2011

I have learned that I am much happier enjoying what I eat (with a glass of wine), than stressing about how many calories are in something. I may not have the “perfect” shape, but I exercise almost daily, eat healthy most of the time, and enjoy splurging guilt free :)

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847 Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that an ounce of forgiveness is worth a pound happiness. And this is true even when it comes to healthy diets and such…I’ve learned to enjoy life…and when that enjoyment takes me off track a little more than I’d like, I forgive myself, and move on back on track. No use pouting about it when I could be happy instead! :)

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848 Elyssa July 12, 2011

I’ve recently put on some weight and have been having a hard time with it. While I’m trying to work off the extra pounds one thing I keep telling myself is to enjoy the extra “padding” while i have it. The weight has mostly gone to my butt and my mentality is “Enjoy the bigger butt while I have it”

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849 Amy Wolff July 12, 2011

Well shoot….I just lost an hour reading through all of these! How inspirational! I’m just starting my journey. I’m recovering from back surgery and trying to regain my wellness after many many years of neglect. I truly believe that the universe/God is trying to fulfill our every thought and desire, but we have to pay attention. I wanted to lose weight for so long, and learned so much from books and blogs. But I failed to act on any of that knowledge and finally my back pain demanded that I stop and put into action every thing I learned. I drink more water, I eat healthy foods to fuel my body and I move more thanks to physical therapy. I’ve seen how powerful action is and I won’t go back to “wishing” myself thin.

My favorite quote via Winnie the Pooh:
     
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.”

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850 Lisa July 12, 2011

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but this moment is a gift. That’s why it’s called the ‘present’.”

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851 Lisa July 12, 2011

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but this moment is a gift. That’s why it’s called the ‘present’.”

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852 Lindsay July 12, 2011

During my journey to recovery, I have come to accept that some days the scale is NOT going to be my friend and other days I will just skip the scale because I know that I will not be happy with what I see. I am so glad that I have gotten to a point where I can skip the scale if I know it will make for a bad day. I know that this might sound silly, but I feel much stronger on days when I avoid the scale altogether because I am avoiding the thing that tempts me everyday!

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853 Kayla B July 12, 2011

“We have to learn to be our OWN best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies”

By far one of my favorite quotes and I have it taped to my bedroom wall, so whenever I get down on myself with personal body issues, it reminds me to love, not hate. :)

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854 Aleksa July 12, 2011

Don’t let your past define your future!

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855 Hayley July 12, 2011

The most important thing i’ve come to understand is that there is much more to life than exercise, healthy eating and weight loss. We must be able to live a healthy lifestyle while still fully enjoying everything else we love!

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856 Lynn July 12, 2011

Though I’m sure to get made fun of mercilessly for this…

“I will never say never.” Justin Bieber

Yes I’m 30 years old, but I recently made some really big life changes and whenever I think I can’t handle things or can’t do something, that 17 year old’s song pops in my head!

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857 Priscilla July 12, 2011

Reading Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, I read this: “I was both scattered and stymied, surrounded by unfinished songs and abandoned poems. I would go as far as I could and hit a wall, my own imagined limitations. And then I met a fellow who gave me his secret, and it was pretty simple. When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” Now I tell myself that all the time when I come up against some imagined obstacle–just kick it in.

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858 Chicago Sherry July 12, 2011

“You are vastly better to have tried something and failed then to have tried nothing and succeeded. ” I saw this on a sugar package in a Chinese restaurant years ago, it reminds me to not be afraid to stretch and try something new/different even if I am not successful.

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859 Erica July 12, 2011

I absolutely love both of these quotes that I’ve seen attributed to Mahatma Gandhi:

“The key to health lies in being at peace.”

“Whatever one does cheerfully is good for health.”

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860 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre July 12, 2011

I actually used this quote in today’s post. “Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems”.

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861 Alexandra July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is: “Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.”

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862 Adilia July 12, 2011

Hi Angela,
I’ve never left a comment before, so I thought today would be a perfect day to do so. We all have had trials and tribulations through out our journey in life. But no matter what life throws at you or how difficult life may get… once you learn to love and accept yourself for all that you are then everything else just falls into place. Always give it all you got and if you do, then you will always succeed. Everyone measures success on a different scale so mine will never be the same as the next person. Take care and Best Wishes!!

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863 Shannon July 12, 2011

The biggest lesson i’ve learned is to “Be Present.” A journey isn’t aboout the destination, but what happens along the way. My wonderful mom sent this quote to me today:

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where
you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are
born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have
received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be
content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into
your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”

Hope it inspires y’all as much as it inspired me!

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864 Allison July 12, 2011

One thing I am learning right now is how to be happy and content right where I am in life, even while working to grow and improve. Basically, I’m learning to be in the present.

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865 Rachel July 12, 2011

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”-Plato (It reminds me to treat everyone kindly even when they’re annoying or being mean)

My personal motto is “there is nothing perfect about being perfect. Your flaws make you perfect.”

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866 Tori K July 12, 2011

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles. – Audrey Hepburn

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867 Leeanna July 12, 2011

My biggest life lesson to date is that I am capable of so much more than I’ve ever imagined…learned well on the last mile of my first 1/2 Marathon!

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868 blossjoss July 12, 2011

im a long time reader, first time commenter…what better time to start than a give-a-way??

in my struggles with an eating disorder, i think the biggest lesson i’ve learned is to try not to deceive myself. its too easy to let the thoughts go and to start believing things that aren’t true. to let fears and anxiety get the best of you. it can be challenging to stay in reality and to create a positive space in which to live. but as you know, we play an active role on our realities.

also, thanks for being a great role model for someone who’s in “recovery” and for keeping it real. :)

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869 Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) July 12, 2011

The biggest lesson I’ve came across is to “be happy with how you are, right in this present moment.” It’s something I work on every day. To just accept yourself, and love yourself.

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870 Jennifer Beatty July 12, 2011

After a 100lb weight loss I’ve learned to enjoy everything in moderation! To stay active and that I am not defined by a number on a scale or size on my jeans. You are not BAD if you eat a brownie and you are not GOOD if you eat carrots. I’m pregnant with my daughter and I pray I can instill these truths in her. I must watch how I react and treat my body so that she will grow up accepting of and loving her self image.

Jen

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871 Laura July 12, 2011

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.” – Buddha

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872 NIcole July 12, 2011

To be happy as I am, not who i want to be.

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873 Lindsay July 12, 2011

“Follow your bliss.” – Joseph Campbell

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874 Megan Refvik July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is:
“When your heart speaks, take good notes”
To me this means to always follow your intuition, your heart, your inner voice. You know what is best for yourself, you just have to be true to yourself to find the answer!

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875 April Miller-Rose July 12, 2011

I have learnt that you have to let go of the small things, not dwell on them! There is so much more to life then those little things that don’t necessarily go ‘as planned’. It is difficult, but i’m working on that everyday! I think that leads you towards a path of happiness within yourself!

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876 Sam July 12, 2011

“when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” – shauna niequist, bittersweet. one of the most valuable lessons i’ve learned this year.

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877 tasha July 12, 2011

Inspiring posts like these always bring me closer to the truth: achieving that “perfect number” on the scale won’t automatically flip the happiness switch. I try to learn a little bit of this each day until it sticks.

My latest favorite quote (found at trainermomma.com) is: ““This is who I am, not just something I’m doing.”

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878 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 12, 2011

sharing a lesson you’ve learned along your journey = there isn’t really much ‘luck’ in life. Life is what you make of it, what you choose of it, how you react to things, how you frame things, mind over matter, attitude.

We all have things that go well, and go awfully. There is some luck involved in life sure, but mostly, I believe ‘luck’ is where opportunity meets preparation and hard work.

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879 kate July 12, 2011

Thanks for your blog…it is such a great inspiration to me! So my “lesson learned” is sort of an obvious one but yet still tough for me to get my hands around. When you have a moment of weakness and eat something not so good, it doesn’t give you free license to continue eating terribly for the rest of the day. The woman who told me this likened it to backing into a parked car….okay you blew it but you don’t keep backing up, you put it in drive and get on with your day. I often try to remember this when I indulge more than I intended to!

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880 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is something my dad used to tell me all the time: “You can do anything you want to if you want to badly enough.”

It is the most true advice/guidance I’ve ever known.

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881 Laura July 12, 2011

“When you find a weakness it’s the best news you can hear because it’s something that can really improve your performance and your growth.” – Christian Thibaudeau

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882 Sarah July 12, 2011

My piece of wisdom I’ve learned along the way: I’d rather eat lots of nutritious food than very little u healthy junk

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883 Eva July 12, 2011

“Don’t compare your perceived lack of success to the perceived success of others.” (Not sure the source). Wise words to live by!!!

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884 Jaci July 12, 2011

A lot of the things I’ve been trying to change about myself, aren’t things I really WANT to change about myself. They are things I’m supposed to want to change.

-I have crazy wild hair. I’m done trying to tame it!
-I’m fair skinned, and I like it that way. I may look like a Tim Burton character with no make up on, but I will never tan again.
-Some parts of my body squish a little. I’m active, I cook well, and I eat well. Let it squish!

Women in magazines and on television are beautiful, but so are we. Some of us are frizzy, pale, and squishy. We’re also intelligent, unique, driven, funny, and quirky women with tons of people who wouldn’t have us any other way. Let’s stop the ridiculous competitions and comparisons and love on ourselves a little bit.

“life’s a slippery slope, regret’s the steepest hill
hope for the best, plan for the worst
and maybe wind up somewhere in the middle.”
~Bright Eyes

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885 Ani July 12, 2011

I learned a simple lesson this year that we were all taught in elementary school: be yourself.

Being genuine has been far more rewarding than I ever thought it could be! It doesn’t mean I don’t stop trying to improve, but just that I’m more honest with people about my successes and failures. On a relationship, confidence and contentment high right now!

Be yourself! :)

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886 Maggie July 12, 2011

You couldn’t be more right Angela! Create the lift you want!

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
— Mary Oliver

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887 Maria July 12, 2011

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.-Margaret Lee Runbeck

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888 Katie VE July 12, 2011

“It’s not about PERFECT. It’s about EFFORT. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” -JM

2 years ago this January is when I started my weight loss battle. I’m down 50 pounds and every day, I have to choose the truth that I can do this. I am beautiful. I am loved. It’s worth the pain, frustration, and sweat. I am strong enough. I’m not alone.

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889 Katie VE July 12, 2011

“It’s not about PERFECT. It’s about EFFORT. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” -JM

2 years ago this January is when I started my weight loss battle. I’m down 50 pounds and every day, I have to choose the truth that I can do this. I am beautiful. I am loved. It’s worth the pain, frustration, and sweat. I am strong enough. I’m not alone.

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890 Kristen L. July 12, 2011

I think this post rings exactly along the same lines with the email I sent you about the psychological abuse I endured around my weight and appearance from my father (I actually rarely talk about it with anyone, so posting this is actually therapeutic for me in and of itself!) so I thought I would share a quote from that email with everyone about a lesson I learned along my journey to self-acceptance in hopes that it gives them a lightbulb moment too :)

Perfection only exists in the imperfections of the human mind, and true beauty lies in being uniquely you – we are all so different from one another and we should celebrate that!

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891 doni July 12, 2011

Lesson learned : that out-of-shape, sluggish body was not who I am. This getting-fit, capable, beautiful body IS. I realized recently that I have more control over this body – how it looks and feels and how healthy it can be! – than I was giving myself credit for.

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892 Molly July 12, 2011

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” :)

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893 Natalie July 12, 2011

Well, I’m trying to learn that life is what you make it, and God will always give you what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT. I’m not sure I’ve fully embraced and employed that…but I’m trying!

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894 Leah (The Kind Weight Watcher) July 12, 2011

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. ~Ralph Marston

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895 Heather S July 12, 2011

Whenever I am struggling with my weight issues, I always remember what the wisest woman I know – my mom – told me…
“When I am old and look back on my life, I want to know I spent my life doing the things that make me happy and living to the fullest, rather than obsessing over my body and weight.”
This helps to ground me in what is truly important in my life, and helps me to get through the more difficult times.

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896 Hayley @ Oat Couture July 12, 2011

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Love it, so true. :)

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897 Robin July 12, 2011

What a great post! I have loved your blog.
My site has a similar goal: finding balance in the midst of health & fitness. It is hard and there is a very fine line to walk :)

If there is one thing I’ve learned is that GUILT DOES NOT WORK. I used to think that it would be the one thing that would motivate me enough to finally get healthy and fit but I was wrong. It made it harder and less appealing. I’m now motivated by my desire to feel good and healthy. I try to inspire others to do the same :)

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898 Michelle | Gold-Hearted Girl July 12, 2011

I’ve definitely learned that the mind and the body are totally connected – when I’m stressed, my muscles feel it. When I’m carefree and in the moment, I feel good about myself!

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899 Elle @ We can begin to feed... July 12, 2011

I am NOT the number on my scale. I love the pic on your site today.

I have learned that my self worth is not reliant on anything so mundane and ordinary as a number. I am way more important than that.

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900 Jennifer July 12, 2011

I have learned that once you become healthy for yourself and only yourself you can really do it! If you are always aspiring to make other people happy or satisfy some goal they have for you it never works!

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901 kelly July 12, 2011

I have learned after several years that I am so much more than the number on the scale.

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902 Jen July 12, 2011

I don’t want to be skinny. I want to be strong!

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903 Amy D July 12, 2011

Negative Self talk does not lead to a positive outcome.

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904 Kelly July 12, 2011

“Getting lost is not a waste of time.”

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905 Linda July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that life is too short to waste hating anyone.

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906 Emily July 12, 2011

“Don’t let your mind quit before your body.”

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907 Liz @ lactosefreelizzie July 12, 2011

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go, Things go wrong so you can learn to appreciate them when they go right, You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust nobody but yourself, and Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -marilyn Monroe
I would love some globars!!!!!

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908 Alexandra Dupre July 12, 2011

“The way you do anything, is the way you do everything”

I try to use this quote as a motivational tool in every aspect of my life! This helps when you have to tackle anything in life, big or small. Self-reflecting on our character is such a powerful way to approach change.

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909 Carol Smialek July 12, 2011

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.- Nietzsche

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910 Rachel July 12, 2011

I work with children who have various special needs and disabilities, and my favorite day was when one little girl with a phsyical disability said something that has resonated with me ever since.

“I don’t look at myself all the time, but I do feel all the time. So I try to feel happy all the time instead of thinking about how I look all the time.”

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911 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that removing processed foods opens you up to wonderful new foods.

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912 Cate July 12, 2011

I’ve learned the power of forgiveness when it comes to myself. What I used to view scathingly as failures, now I embrace as something that happened, affected me, good or bad, and is over.

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913 Betsy July 12, 2011

Here’s one of my favorite quotes,, which is a Cherokee proverb:

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

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914 cristin July 12, 2011

I’ve learned not to beat myself up when I can’t exercise. It’s not worth it! I just try to do the best I can every day!

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915 Rebecca July 12, 2011

We’re all told when we’re kids/teenagers that life is what you make it, but my turning-point lesson was when I realized that life is ONLY what you make it. Being an adult means that no parent, teacher, or loved one can give me a perfect life, or really any life at all. It’s all up to me to work for it. That’s really exciting to me, the idea that the sky really is the limit, that the only way to fail is to give up or run out of imagination (which is a truly renewable resource ;-)) It means that life is hard work, and sometimes it’s really hard to get up from the TV or computer and live life, but still, it’s so worth it.

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916 alli July 12, 2011

nothing like a giveaway to make me comment ;)
but really, i read your blog often, i just don’t comment. i do love it and it has helped me feed my family delicious vegan meals, so thank you!

i had a hard time listening to my body as far as exercise and hunger cues go. then i got pregnant and it wasn’t about me anymore. i really learned how to care for myself knowing that i had precious life depending on me. now he’s a happy and healthy 9 month old, yet i struggle once again to remember that a number on the scale wont make me happy. i have all that i need to make me happy, i just have to choose it.

this was a wonderful post: thanks for the reminder :)

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917 Ashley July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to trust my gut.

I am going back to school to be a nurse after earning an all-but-useless humanities degree, but had a gut feeling the other day that I don’t want to take any more classes next semester. My gut is telling to not waste the money, and to take a semester off so I can get a clearer perspective and really decide what I would do if I had free time to do it.

I’ve never trusted my gut before, and I’ve always regretted it. This time, I’m jumping in!

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918 Freya July 12, 2011

I’ve learnt to have no regrets. It’d be so easy to get bitter about parts of my life, but then, they’ve shaped who I am. I wouldn’t have the same passions or be the person I am today if it weren’t for my experiences. Besides, what on earth is the point in regretting?? It’s a wasted feeling, cos you can never, ever change the past!

(PS – I love that ‘goal life’ quote – I often think like that too :-))

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919 Sarah F July 12, 2011

The Starbucks Cup….and my favorite quote..
I read this on a Starbucks cup, probably close to two years ago – when the cups still had the quotes on them…

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your INTERNAL CRITIC, from the fear the likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life”

For years I lived for my “internal critic” , or for what my mind told me other people wanted. After almost a year overseas – living really only for myself and what I wanted to do, I finally learned how to commit to myself.

Now I’m not perfect and still hear that critic, but I have committed to questioning what it has to say – to ask myself if the voice inside my head is really working in the interest of someone who loves herself? and if not – what do I have to do to reorganize those thoughts.

Things you are invariably most committed to are the things you love/enjoy the most? Commit to myself is my biggest lesson – and challenge.

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920 Emily C. July 12, 2011

“…if you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen.” Conan O’Brien

Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to try your amazing bars!

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921 Natasha July 12, 2011

I have a problem not living in the moment. Just about every Sunday I talk about how I wish I could relive the weekend. It’s even worst on vacations when I start to dread the end of the trip on day 1 of 7. I get so caught up on the end of things that I forget to enjoy the “now.” with that said, I’m trying to apply the following quote to my life, “dont cry because it’s over, smiled because it happened!”

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922 Marlene July 12, 2011

– Small steps lead to big changes.

– Nothing tastes as good as fit feels.

– Don’t think, just run.

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923 Rachel Lynn July 12, 2011

I’ve learned many things along my journey, but I think one of the biggest things I learned was “to love myself for who I am at this exact moment in time, not for who I will be 5 pounds from now, or after one more workout…” This is from a book called “Intuitive Eating”, which I definitely recommend!

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924 Rhona July 12, 2011

Well, I am learning daily to accept myself and my life which can be difficult at times especially with my lingering anxiety issues. One quote I go back to time and again, however, is, “Whatever the Mind of Man can Conceive and Believe, it can Achieve.” W. Clement Stone.
Trust me, when I am having an especially difficult day, I repeat this saying over and over again. It is my daily mentra. To make sure I never forget it, I have this quote posted on my computer at work.

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925 Anne July 12, 2011

Wow! I can’t believe how many comments there are on your post already! I know there is no chance I will win the GloBars with this many people, but I’d still like to share my favorite quote.

“Ask yourself: can I give more? The answer is usually: yes” – Paul Tergat, marathoner

I ask myself this question not only when I am out on a run, but just in general on an ordinary day. There is always something I can do to help others or help myself.

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926 Charlotte @ Weekends So Sweet July 12, 2011

“You look restless, let’s get you to the gym” — My husband, knowing that working out always makes me feel better!

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927 Vegyogini July 12, 2011

One of my absolute most important lessons in my life has been to live in a space of gratitude. Being grateful for everything, big, small, and in between allows me to create the best life ever!

Thank you so much for the giveaway!