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 Ash @ loveandrunningshoes July 12, 2011

“There will be a day you can not do this. Today is not that day” – Found on Frayed Laces’ website. So true and so inspirational because you just can not take enough advantage of what you have in this moment! Too often we forget about the things we can do, while we’re focusing on what we can’t.

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2 Nikki T July 12, 2011

My fave quote:
“Nothing worth it is easy”

I try and remember this to help me get through…tough workouts, runs…my first hot yoga class yesterday!

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3 Brittany July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that one of the most difficult things to do is to forgive. At times it is difficult to forgive not only yourself, but others. The easiest thing to do is close yourself off and hold a grudge, but by making yourself vulnerable and choosing to forgive, you make yourself a stronger person.

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4 Erinn July 12, 2011

In my journey to find myself and shed the weight, I learned how powerful the human mind can be when setting goals. By giving myself a quick pep talk before the day begins or even before I am about to lift a heavier weight, this positive mind set helps to center and focus my thoughts on the tasks that are ahead.

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5 Odette July 12, 2011

“Overcoming negative tendencies and enhancing positive potential are the very essence of the spiritual path.” – Dalai Lama.

Happy Tuesday <3

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6 Laura July 12, 2011

Everything that you need already is in you; the outlook you take and the belief you have in yourself will make you realize your full potential.

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7 Taylor July 12, 2011

I have finally learned to not depend on the scale for happiness! Even after reading messages like it on blogs for over a year and a half, I have recently come to realize that the scale is not important and as long as I’m healthy and fueling my body right, that’s all that matter! I guess what helped me to FINALLY realize this is my first 5k race this saturday! Each day I run and feel my endurance improve is SO rewarding! And its super fun to think of new ways and recipes to continue to fuel my body and improve my endurance! this feeling trumps the scale any day!!

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8 Jennie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is from Oscar Wilde: “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” :)

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9 Alison S. July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that enjoying good food in moderation is a win-win — don’t deprive yourself, but don’t stuff yourself. Neither feels good.

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10 Marlena July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned along my own journey is that I can receive 200 back to back compliments and what truly matters is how I feel about myself. It isn’t about a number on a dress tag or scale, it’s about how I FEEL. In an outfit, in my SKIN. How other people feel (in terms of my appearance) really means nothing to me – I’m on this journey for myself. As someone who has been a people pleaser for 28 years, this was huge for me.

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11 Marie-Pier July 12, 2011

Along my journey, I learn to love my imperfections. Cliché, I know :-)
Still, instead of looking for perfection or telling myself that my imperfections were beautiful, I know live with imperfections that defines me and makes me unique and special. Let me give you an example: my legs. There aren’t dainty, long or delicate: they are muscular, short and a bit chubby :)
But because of them, I ran 29 km last saturday, then went on a ride of 45 minutes of bike and then played 1 hour of basketball with little kids. Would a exchange that for some Naomi Campbell legs? Nah ;)
They are imperfect for sure, but they define me and makes me proud. My legs are immortals! Take that, Naomi!

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12 Amanda Elliott July 12, 2011

The lesson I have learned is to take baby steps in any life changes you make. When you decide to dramatically change your diet or to start exercising, you should really do this gradually so your body can ease into it.

http://gettingfitwithdvds.blogspot.com/

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13 Cait's Plate July 12, 2011

GAH!! BEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!

I think the most important thing I’ve learned over the years is not to compare myself to anyone else. I am me, for better or worse – and once I realized that I think self-acceptance just came pouring in. Now I look at myself and appreciate all the things that I might have wanted to change before, because they’re a part of me and without them, I would be me :)

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14 Alicia at Poise in Parma July 12, 2011

I hate to live by something said on Jersey Shore, but recently I’ve been living by “you do you”. Don’t care what other say or do – focus on what you need in this exact moment. Live for that.

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15 Jessica July 12, 2011

My favourite quote came from a fortune cookie and I kept the little slip of paper and tape it just above my laptop screen as a reminder.

“We write our own destiny. We become what we do.”

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16 Holly July 12, 2011

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”

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17 Mary July 12, 2011

One of my fav quotes is from my swim coach – who used to give us a new quote before every swim meet. Best idea ever!

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right”

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18 Kathy July 12, 2011

Anything can get in your way of succeeding if you let it. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

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19 Erica July 12, 2011

Having a family (my wonderful husband and two young daughters) has taught me that the most important thing in the world is true love and true love has nothing to do with the number on a scale, a designer handbag, or a good hair day. True love is based on beauty and beauty comes from the inside.

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20 Natalie July 12, 2011

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
Winnie the Pooh

“There wouldn’t be so many stars in the sky if we were all meant to wish on the same one”. Found on the Happiness Project website earlier this week, but I can’t find it today to give credit! Good thing I wrote it down :)

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21 Amy July 12, 2011

My motto these days is “Get happy.” Although it’s more like “Get joyful.” Always aim for more fun and alignment. It’s interesting to see that that can be my number one priority and all the practical, day-to-day realities still get tended to. Not only that, but life in general is becoming increasingly awesome.

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22 Jenny July 12, 2011

I have learned to view food as a fuel and not an emotional clutch. Although I sometimes stumble I know I feel mentally and physically better when I am being good to my body. This has been a slow process that has been evolving for about 5 years. I started slowly by incorporating running and healthy eating into my life, however, about a year ago I became burnt out from working out too much and losing too much weight. This past year I have truly learned what it means to be healthy. I now work out for fun and try new things, for example, yoga, hiking, circuits, biking or just jumping on the trampoline with my nefews. Being healthy isnt about a number on a scale, trust me, I got to my number and was more unhealthy than I have ever been in my life. I loved the way I looked, but I was empty on the inside. This bible verse helps me to be mindful of how we should view our bodies. Regardless of what religion you are or what you believe it is a good principle to live by.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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23 amanda July 12, 2011

The most important thing I’ve learned along this journey (so far!) is that I’m not perfect. (Not that I ever thought I was. Maybe. Only a little!) Just because I decide that I’m only going to eat 1200 calories a day and exercise for at least an hour and never make a single mistake, doesn’t mean that’s the way it’ll happen. It’s more important to find a way of eating and working out that fits into my life, as opposed to taking over it.

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24 amanda July 12, 2011

Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that making mistakes doesn’t make me a failure – it’s part of the learning process.

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25 Melissa July 12, 2011

So… I basically grew up watching my mom almost kill herself to be thin (I’m serious – she was in a coma for 3 months) by having weight loss surgery, pill addiction, and eating disorders.

I grew up being VERY conscious of my weight, my looks, and my problems, but seeing how she was, I just one day realized that I never want to live my life obsessed with how I’m SUPPOSED to look. I now just live my life with how I WANT to look – Healthy! There are no shortcuts in happiness. Happiness is a long rough road that bumps and turns, but we should be on there with a go cart at max speed enjoying every minute of it.

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26 amanda July 12, 2011

The most important thing I’ve learned – mistakes are just part of the process. They don’t make me a failure.

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27 Crystal July 12, 2011

First, I have just recently found your blog and love it! Thank you for sharing your experiences and your journey. In trying to get my weight where I want it and trying to become a healthier person (ultimate goal) I realized that by focusing so much on the scale, I was making myself and my family miserable. I was weighing every day and then hit a plateau where I stopped seeing the scale move. At that point a few months ago, it became very discouraging to put myself through the weigh-in torture each day. Recently I decided to let go a little, weigh once a week to keep track and try to focus my energies on making positive daily choices that are good for my body. This shift of focus is enabling me to be more positive person on a daily basis and will hopefully help me reach the goal of better health. I am learning that the number on the scale isn’t what it is all about!

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28 Carissa July 12, 2011

I’ve learned patience. There will always be leftovers, so I can eat some, enjoy it, and then eat more tomorrow and enjoy it then, too!

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29 Kaylee July 12, 2011

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself.

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love, he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov…my favorite author, my favorite excerpt. The excerpt defines my lesson :)

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30 Alaina July 12, 2011

If theres anything i’ve learned it’s that A: listen to your body, and B: you can be healthy and happy without starvation! I’ve come a long way and it’s because of bloggers like YOU! I really, really admire and thank you for your openness about who you once were and how comfortable you are talking about it…Makes me relize im not alone…Oh, and favorite quote, “the best angle to approach any situation is the TRYangle.”

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31 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

Thank you Alaina :)

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32 Erica K. July 12, 2011

“do it for those that can’t” last year I ran a 10k in to raise money for the wounded warriors. It was amazing to learn about that organization and to run for those people that served us and take action to help others. Today even on my toughest days when I think I cant run, spin or swim any further I am thankful for the men and women that serve our country.

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33 Lola July 12, 2011

What I’ve used on my journey is a kind of nerdy quote, but I love it. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda My dad has even taken it on as his mantra in his battle to quit smoking. I also love the Einstein quote “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.”

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34 Amanda P July 12, 2011

“You can either activate thoughts that produce stress within you, or activate thoughts that make stress impossible. It’s your choice.”

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Something I try to remember everyday!

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35 Angela Bonnell July 12, 2011

Each one of us is unique and we need to appreciate that about ourselves. And, in our uniqueness we all lose weight, get healthy and feel great by doing different things. We need to stop looking for the one size fits all approach to health. We need to listen to our own bodies and respond accordingly. As they say, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

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36 lish July 12, 2011

I struggled with my ED for over 10 years and one thing i was constantly obsessed with was WEIGHT; that darn number! it took me years to figure out that no matter what the number read, i never won. if it was too high [what i thought was too high], i felt disgusted and tortured my body more. if it was low i thought ‘oh wow, okay, now how can i get this lower’. nothing good ever came from a scale and that silly number. i now have absolutely no clue what i weigh. not a single idea. i was even in the doctors office the other day for an eye infection and turned around on the scale and quietly told the nurse ‘please, don’t repeat my weight’ – yes, i get many ‘strange’ looks for this but at the end of the day, that number is nothing but a number. I am a strong, healthy, athletic and beautiful person and i don’t need to own a scale to know that.
thank you for your post today – this is what every woman needs to read. you and your blog are an inspiration – its comforting to know that us that have battled and won but still have our moments, are never ever alone.
my favorite: “this too shall pass” : )

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37 Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend) July 12, 2011

I love this Angela – I think it’s so important not to focus on a number on the scale to determine our self-worth and happiness. My favorite quote is “Life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon and “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I FEAR.” – Joan Didon. Love these on life and writing :)

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38 Maribeth July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to keep a positive outlook on life. As cliche as it sounds, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and we may not know what the reason is at first, but it is for the best and life will work out how it is supposed to. So just be happy! :)

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39 Jenny July 12, 2011

“Life is change. Surrender to it. Allow it. Create it.” ~Tricia Huffman
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My focus now is on training for a half-marathon. Any weight-loss that comes with it is just icing on the cake :) I do have more baby weight to lose but I try not to let it dictate how I feel that day. I have learned that if I focus my energy on something other than the numbers on the scale and my clothes I feel so much better!

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40 Beth July 12, 2011

I have three quotes taped to my desk at work, but this is probably my favorite: “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash

This has helped me to realize that only I am holding myself back from doing things I want to do, limited by my fear and doubt. When I start thinking, “I wish I could….” I have to stop myself and say, “I can do that…. only I am stopping myself.”

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41 Stella July 12, 2011

My favorite quote: “You are so much stronger than you think”

I really want to try a glow bar!!!!! :)

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42 Carolyn July 12, 2011

Can’t remember where I read it but it was something like “I only regret when I don’t run.” — always gets me out the door if I’m reluctant to do a run or workout!

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43 Karen Cohen July 12, 2011

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others”

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44 Katie Smith July 12, 2011

It’s quite cliche, but the quote, ‘It isn’t about the destination so much as the journey’ really is true, and clicked with me to really inspire me to think about the small things everyday, rather than just the end goal.

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45 Jackie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land in the stars.” This is a quote I use to keep me focused as I parent my child with Autism. Always aim high and have hope!

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46 Heidi Switzer July 12, 2011

“have a strong day” – nike
This gives me motivation not only with my workouts, but also to accept life’s challenges as they come and stay true to myself.

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47 Ashley July 12, 2011

“The beauty about each day is that we wake up with a clean slate”

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48 Lisa July 12, 2011

Find joy in everything. There is no such thing as wasted time or experiences. All that you see, eat, drink, love, and live combine to make you the person that you are today and will be tomorrow.

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49 Anna July 12, 2011

As a social worker in the juvenile justice system, I’ve learned that in most cases I cannot “fix” the problem, I can’t really help make the situations better. But I can give HOPE. Hope that someday things will be better, hope that every child is priceless and deserving of love and respect. My mission is to act as a voice for those who are overlooked; to bring HOPE, healing and justice those who are oppressed.

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50 Cam July 12, 2011

The Man Who Thinks He Can
Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outcast, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

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51 Carley July 12, 2011

Your bars look delicious! Something I’ve recently been lucky enough to realize is that being “skinny” isn’t the be-all-end-all. I’m starting to really love my body and all that it’s capable of–I’m becoming one strong chica!

And just to throw a quote out there, here are some words of wisdom from my momma: “Whatever you accept becomes acceptable behavior.” :)

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52 Danielle July 12, 2011

Good old “progress, not perfection” is something I am always trying to live by. Some days I am more successful than others, but I always come back to it!

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53 smita July 12, 2011

My favourite quote:
“You can never fail until you quit.”
I wrote this on a piece of paper on posted it on the wall above desk. It motivates me to keep going every single day.

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54 Kelsey July 12, 2011

I learned life is too short to always live in fear, regret, and sadness! We’re too special and important to be feeling that way!

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55 jc July 12, 2011

be all you can be.
smile and the whole world will smile with you

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56 Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 12, 2011

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb
<3 xyx
i ADORE that picture of the scale, and the operation beautiful not, , it is amazing :-)

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57 Dana July 12, 2011

My favorite quotes is “Music is what feelings sound like.” Music is one of the best ways to express your emotions. I love your note on the scale! :-)

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58 Erin July 12, 2011

The best lesson I ever learned was simply to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in you…who will?

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59 Ashley July 12, 2011

My favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” One of my lessons so far in my journey is that no one can make me feel unbeautiful, or that I am somehow not good enough. This quote makes me feel confident.

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60 Kayla July 12, 2011

AH! A Glo Bar giveaway! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try one of these. :)

I’ve learned that you have to cut yourself some slack and be nice to yourself.

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61 Tropical Eats July 12, 2011

aw thank you for the giveaway!

ive learned that carbs are necessary and my body’s fuel for life. whoever invented that whole no & low carb craze was crazaaay. :)

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62 Cristal July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that I need to treat myself as I would my best friend. And to stop the negative self-talk. I try to remember, If I wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to myself!

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63 Amy July 12, 2011

I come from a different point of view from most women. I am the skinny girl.

From age 15-25 it was absolutely normal for me to eat icecream for supper, and chips, chocolate, and bag after bag of processed junk was an everyday thing. Friends would tell me I should be obese, but I never gained a pound and remained a constant size 0.

I became very disillusioned. I felt like food ‘didn’t affect me’ since it didn’t affect my weight. When I got married, even my husband was worried about my health due to my poor diet.

Then one day, while stumbling around on various blogs (including oh she glows) I came a few realizations: Maybe breakouts at 25 weren’t normal? Maybe irregular periods and painful cramps weren’t normal? Maybe being constantly exhausted wasn’t normal? Maybe it had to do with my diet?

At first, I quit junk cold turkey. Needless to say it didn’t go over well. Then after revisiting Oh She Glows I decided I could have ‘junk’ food, I just had to be smarter about my choices.

6 months later and I don’t breakout, my periods are like clock work, I have ENERGY, my skin glows, and my hair grows twice as fast as it used to. Taking charge of your health isn’t always about weight, but it sure does feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me.

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64 Monique McGonagill July 12, 2011

One thing I’ve learned along the way, is that what I put in my mouth dictates how I feel about myself, my happiness, and my energy. When I use food as fuel, I feel happier and more energetic throughout the day. I beat myself up when I eat out of emotion. The older and wiser I become, the more I realize how good food sustains me.

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65 Claire July 12, 2011

It’s a cheesy quote but one that I always think of when I need a little push to finish my work-out…”no pain, no gain”. If it was easy, I wouldnt see results or feel good after my work-out, and its always what I need to finish the last bit!

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66 cami July 12, 2011

a favorite quote of mine:

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well -Virginia Woolf

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67 Lindsey July 12, 2011

My favorite quote ” love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it” it is a Swedish proverb.

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68 Stephany July 12, 2011

Cami,

That one is awesome!

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69 Sarah C. July 12, 2011

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

This is my favorite quote/poem/blessing. It doesn’t really teach a lesson but offers protection and love in times of trouble or stress.

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70 Kerry July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that sometimes it is ok to stop and press reset and refocus – it is ok if I don’t drop the pounds right away, if I decide to live a healthier life and do things that make me happy, the rest will fall in to place. Baby steps!!

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71 Liz July 12, 2011

My dad always told me this: “It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor man.” Ok, he really did say this, but he was only joking. Another thing he always said to me: “Let your heart guide you and you will be just fine.” While he is still here, he’s not really him anymore (he’s very sick). He has been my biggest inspiration to me to lead a better life. He was a marathon runner until the age of 55 and always took care of himself. I hope one day my children will love me as much as I love him.

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72 Kristie July 12, 2011

Old and worn out, but my favorite is “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”. I’ll often repeat it to myself if I am having trouble falling asleep due to worrying about the next day’s (or week’s) events!

It’s fun to read through all these quotes :).

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73 Katie July 12, 2011

Four years ago my dad died from cancer, and since then I started running and eating nutritiously for the sake of health. Last year my sisters and I ran a half marathon for the American Cancer Society with t-shirts that said “I run because my dad can’t,” and seeing the three of us running together is when it really hit me about the entire life style and mind set change that comes with being healthy. Losing 40 lbs was just an extra bonus!

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74 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

Beautiful, Katie :)

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75 Brittany Tomren July 12, 2011

” One cannot think well,love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”

Virginia Woolf

I have learned to not be anxious about the future. Im always worrying and worrying about things that tend to never take place! Forget the what if’s and focus on the present.

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76 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair July 12, 2011

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

<3

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77 Erika G. July 12, 2011

I have recently realized that “skinny” girls are jealous of my curly hair (which I used to hate) and my athletic curves (which I used to hate)…and it makes me SO happy to be ME no matter what the scale says. I plan on becoming a registered dietitian in Ontario (GO Canada) and Michigan – as I live near the border and I plan to help as many people girls, women, men, boys whoever become more informed about their food choices and motivate them to feel good about themselves. I visited a Dietitian a year ago who could not get over my “GLOW” and never looked back as to what I want my profession to be!

Your blog is also a huge part of my self acceptance journey- and it’s clear that you have been a part of many life transformations! Angela you truly inspire your readers- don’t ever forget that!
Thank you so much,
Erika :)

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78 Rebecca July 12, 2011

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
-Chinese proverb

We only have today!

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79 A July 12, 2011

I found this quote in reading for my history seminar fall semester! It has so many implicit messages about what it is to be a good human being and self-worth.

“How good is the saying, whoever may be its author, that a human being is composed of two elements–his faith which he owes to God and his moral sympathy which he owes to his fellow-being.” –Syyed Ahmed Khan

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80 maija July 12, 2011

today is just one day. whatever seems terrible today will probably be forgotten in a few tomorrows so better not to stress. not always something easy to do, but nice to remind yourself sometimes!

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81 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 12, 2011

Something I’ve learned along the way — that when I love myself I eat healthy and I exercise in moderate amounts. When I beat myself up and hate myself, that is when the unhealthy habits arise. My goal each day is to see myself as a beautiful person with so much to offer!

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82 Lilian July 12, 2011

It took me a while to realize that weight doesn’t come off immediately, it takes a lot of patience and work.

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83 Lisa July 12, 2011

I’m learning that weight should not define me, or consume my every thought. It’s a daily struggle, but I’m working on it.

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84 Kelly July 12, 2011

You can do anything for 10 seconds.

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85 Steph July 12, 2011

I am slowly learning that it’s more important to eat and be healthy than count calories and go by the numbers on the scale! Love your blog!!

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86 Caitlin July 12, 2011

“Your journey has molded you for the greater good. And it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you encountered to bring you to the now. And now is the right time.” -Asha Tyson

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87 Rachel July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that achieving happiness and contentment has virtually nothing to do with my outward appearance.

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88 Julia July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes that’s become easy to remember and repeat to myself is “Always bring your own sunshine” by Anthony J. D’Angelo.

:)

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89 Charlie July 12, 2011

“A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.”

-Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

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90 Katrina July 12, 2011

“You need to fail in order to succeed”. So true!

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91 Ashlyn July 12, 2011

One thing I have definitively learned is that the weight you reach wont stay, so whatever you “happy” weight is will either go down or up and will never stay the same. So if you only feel happy at that weight, you need to separate yourself from both the scale and your diet/obsessive counting and focus more on enjoying your family and activities you love to do.

However, being a teen I also learned that you will be surrounded by many, many girls with eating disorders. In my case my best friend, but you can’t change them, because they need serious help not just my “wisdom”. Although it may be hard, you have to know that in the end they will most likely go back to restricting no matter how much advice you give.

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92 Coco July 12, 2011

Hey Angela! Thanks for the giveaway. Like you, I have struggled with anxiety for many years now. I often find myself obsessing and worrying about things that are literally years away from happening. This quote always seems to ground me a bit when I start feeling overwhelmed.
“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”

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93 Sarah July 12, 2011

“Forgiveness is giving up hope that the past could be any different than it was.”

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94 Ryane July 12, 2011

I learned life is too short! and that the only opinion I really needed to go by was my own.

Growing up and in grade school, I was always the quiet and shy girl even though at home and with my few close friends I was completely different – loud and funny! For some reason, I held my real personality back because I didn’t want to stand out too much or subject myself or jokes to criticism from kids whose opinions I cared too much about.

I finally started to feel more comfortable expressing myself SENIOR YEAR (gahh!) and I realized how much happier I was and that I actually found myself with a bigger social life and people who wanted to spend time with the real ME. To say the least, I was able to start college without holding my true self back and those 4 years totally rocked!

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95 ARPL July 12, 2011

I’m afraid my favorite quote is this one:
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little – Gore Vidal

There is a positive element within, however. When I see my friends or husband making healthy choices, sometimes I get a little surge of jealousy, but at the same time it motivates me that if they can do it, I can do it too. Plus, it is positive because it makes me smile every time I hear it or read it. I have a weird sense of humor.

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96 Jul July 12, 2011

Better every day.

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97 Sarah July 12, 2011

“The beauty of life is to experience yourself.”
If I remember to live by this quote, every day is a new adventure. I have loved your recent posts, Angela. So honest and inspiring.

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98 Keni July 12, 2011

“Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men’s souls to joy.”

(jack kerouac)

long time reader, but first comment!

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99 Eliza July 12, 2011

“That pesky scale doesn’t know how to measure fabulousness.” A friend wrote that to me in an email when I was frustrated about gaining a few pounds during my triathlon training. I think about it now when I get stuck on a number, and remind myself that it’s not about losing weight anymore, it’s about doing amazing things and being fabulous while doing them!

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100 Kamaile July 12, 2011

The most important thing is that I am happy.

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101 Tiffany July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is: “help someone be more than they think they can be”

This ties in with the greatest lesson I have learned and continue to learn in my life…it’s not about what you’re getting, it’s about what you’re GIVING. Thinking about what I’m giving to others, to the world, has been the greatest change I’ve made in myself. I find that I am more compassionate, more generous, more readily forgiving, more patient, more humorous, more open-minded, more everything…and the greatest benefit is that I am making a positive impact on people and this world (I hope!)

Whenever I get stressed or unhappy with a situation I stop and reframe my thoughts from what I am getting or not getting, to what I am giving…because there is always a direct correlation!!

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102 Leslie July 12, 2011

Loved your note to the scale so much that I copies it for my scale!! Great postings and messages that seem to be speaking to me!!! Thanks for posting and offering your readers a chance to win your Glo bars!!!

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103 Cassidy July 12, 2011

Angela, I absolutely ADORE your blog! Your last several posts have really resonated with me. I find myself struggling with a lot of the issues you discuss here, and it’s so comforting and empowering in a way to know that other people struggle with the same issues.

Today, I like to consider myself a “healthy” person. Before I started respecting my body and health, I was obsessed with calorie counting. Morning, noon, night. Gotta count the carbs, fats, protein, fiber. Only 60 calories and practically zero nutritional benefit? I’ll take it. 160 calories with fiber, omegas and other healthy fats? Mmm… that’s extra time on the elliptical… Pass. I didn’t care about fueling my body with the right nutrients. All I cared about was calories in and calories out. I did lose weight doing this, but looking back, I was the unhappiest I’ve ever been. I felt like the number on the scale had this debilitating grip on my life that robbed me of any shred of confidence and self respect I had. Slowly but surely, I began to be good to myself, but the problem was that I was now obsessing over my nutrition. It’s just as easy to become obsessed with BEING HEALTHY. Today I’m much happier person with a newly found respect and appreciation for health and wellness; one major lesson I’ve learned along this journey (and still have to remind myself of daily) is that your “health” means your entire being is healthy. Spiritual, emotional and physical. It’s easy to get caught up in the physical part and neglect the other areas that are just as important.

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104 EMILY July 12, 2011

My favorite quote was actually my senior quote many years ago. In the great words of Gandhi
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Every day I’m growing and changing into the person I want to become to make the world a better place.

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105 Lindsay July 12, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”- Eleanor Roosevelt My dad used to tell me this when I was down on myself. Its a great reminder to me that I choose happiness and no one can take that from me.

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106 Caleigh Farrell July 12, 2011

“My body is… the only one I will ever have and I want it to last. My body is made to be kissed, to run, to be done up in jewels, and dressed down in jeans. My body is my own”

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107 kaitlin 4loveofcarrots July 12, 2011

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, its who you think you are not”

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108 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

LOVE THAT QUOTE! It has to be in my top 5!!

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109 Mary July 12, 2011

Mmm Glo Bars!

Favorite Quote: “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

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110 Andrea July 12, 2011

My journey continues to always learn more….so far it has led me to an understanding of the relationship between by nutritional and fitness choices and the number I see on the scale. I no longer eat low fat and calorie junk in order to keep that number where I think it should be. I now eat foods that nourish my body and compliment my training goals. I watch that number increase, while my size decreases. It took so long for me to realize it isn’t a battle of mind over wants, or pushing past the pain to burn those extra calories. It’s about balance and being your happiest and most productive when that balance is reached. I now focus on the can do’s that bring happiness to my life instead of can’t haves in order to achieve the unimportant number.

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111 Amanda July 12, 2011

The most important lesson I’ve learned, very recently, is that the number on the scale can’t limit my abilities to experience new things and push myself further than yesterday.

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112 Emma July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the people in my life love me for me.
I used to let the number on the scale dictate how I would feel that morning, but at the end of the day, I still had people who loved me no matter what I weighed. I still excersize and follow a vegetarian diet, but I decided to nourish my body, and to not even know how much I weigh; I’ve found life is much more enjoyable that way!

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113 Jessica July 12, 2011

Hi Angela!
This is one of my favorite quotes right now:

“sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be”

I’ve been going through a tough breakup recently and while that is not food related whatsoever, I can’t tell you how much inspiration I’ve gained from reading your blog. I am now turning my sadness into a healing process by setting goals for myself and making conscious decisions to deal with issues such as anxiety. Time to start loving myself for who I am.

(and a lovely package of glo bars in the mail would make my day!)

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114 Kimmie July 12, 2011

After some of the trials in life, I play this quote of self-advice in my head for many things: “The trick in life is NOT GETTING WHAT YOU WANT….rather, it’s WANTING it AFTER YOU GET IT.” Just good words of advice for myself…makes me think of what I really want when I desire something. It puts my goals and true needs into perspective.

By the way, I really enjoyed your post about living in the present. I recently began reading The Power of Now, but Eckhart Tolle. Some very good tips to de-clutter the mind and become a more focused and positive person.

Thanks for posting as often as you do! It’s wonderful reading/tips/recipes/healthy lifestyle living! I greatly appreciate it.

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115 Runblondie26 July 12, 2011

It’s ok to be celebrate other people’s successes. Being happy for other people’s successes, in no way detracts from my own success.

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116 Trina July 12, 2011

I’ve learned being skinny does not always equal being healthy.

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117 Ashley July 12, 2011

Favorite Quote:
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

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118 Tami July 12, 2011

Enclosing double quotes omitted because of quote overload.

Don’t say, “I can’t!” Say, “I presently struggle with.”

Also, this sounds silly, but your butternut squash mac n cheeze recipe changed our lives. <3

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119 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

heheh

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120 Ruthiey July 12, 2011

Victorious living is not an instant arrival. It is the pursuit of one victorious day at a time until the sun sets on enough to begin forming victorious habits.” -Beth Moore

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121 Kate July 12, 2011

I’ve learned the importance of moving/running because it feels good and it is what your body wants to do, not to run because you feel you need to burn calories to eat x,y,z. That’s why I am so happy to be training for my half marathon with out using any music – time to me with me, in my head, because that’s finally a good place to be.

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122 Kathleen July 12, 2011

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” — Agnes de Mille, dancer

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123 Kathleen July 12, 2011

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” — Agnes de Mille, dancer

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124 Jen 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? 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.” – Nelson Mandela

Gives me chills, every time!

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125 Kathy July 12, 2011

I LOVE this one too. It is actually not Nelson Mandela even though it is often attributted to him. It is Marrianne Williamson from her studies of A Course in Miracles. I point this out because she has more where that came from and you might enjoy her work. Thanks for reminding me of this one!

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126 Kathy July 12, 2011

I LOVE this one too. It is actually not Nelson Mandela even though it is often attributted to him. It is Marrianne Williamson from her studies of A Course in Miracles. I point this out because she has more where that came from and you might enjoy her work. Thanks for reminding me of this one!

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127 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 12, 2011

“Life is a journey, not a destination” Reminds me to stop and appreciate every day and each phase of my life instead of constantly looking towards what the future holds.

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128 becca @ bellebottoms July 12, 2011

A quote I made (and have on my blog) is “in order to BE ME, I have to live a BEautifully MEssy life”

love it!!

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129 kate July 12, 2011

my lesson = you create your own happiness! no amount of money, lack of weight, awesome job, designer yoga gear will make you happy.

my favorite quote = “in your body lies a priceless gem, go inside and seek that” rumi

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130 Laura July 12, 2011

In the Fall of last year, in a moment of frustration, I sent an email to one of my favorite bloggers (Jasmine, over at Eat Move Write–check it out!) and told her everything. I told her how I’d been overweight my whole life, how diets never seemed to work, and exactly how little I thought of myself because of my insecurity.
After such a revealing, personal email, I was embarrassed and filled with regret about five seconds after I hit send. Luckily, Jasmine is a fantastic person, and her response was helped get me started on my journey to health and happiness. She bolstered my self esteem right away, and helped to explain that I was not alone in my struggles. Then she told me something about weight loss that struck exactly the right note. She said that if I wanted a college degree, and was working toward that goal by taking classes, I wouldn’t be upset that I wasn’t there yet–and that same concept applied to weight loss. For me, as I’m also working on a degree, this made perfect sense. I knew I wanted my degree-eventually-but while I’m still working on it, I never get upset I’m not yet finished. I shouldn’t, therefore, get upset that I’m not yet healthy or thin.
Today, a good half a year later, I’ve lost more than 25 pounds. I have a healthy BMI for the first time in my life, and am about ten pounds away from my goal weight, give or take a few pounds. I am healthier-and look better-than I’ve ever been. Unfortunately, I still struggle with self esteem issues, anxiety and tendency towards melancholy. That college degree metaphor still applies, though, and I use it as I work towards creating a healthy life–even though I’ve nearly reached my goal weight. The journey isn’t over–but I work to not let myself be upset as long as I’m working towards the goal–healthy AND happy.
Oops–that was a bit long for a comment–sorry!

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131 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

Thanks for sharing Laura, a beautiful story!

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132 Julie @ Shining From Within July 12, 2011

A lesson I have learned is to love yourself and not take yourself too seriously. It might seem so simple and basic but I think most people have trouble coming to terms with that and living freely and that you only live once.

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133 Madelaine @ Healthy, Hot and Happy July 12, 2011

I want to share my favorite quote:

THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
We have bigger houses
and smaller families;
more convenience, but less time.
we have degress, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems
more medicine, but less healthiness.
we have been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble
crossing the street to meet
the new neighbour.
we built more computers to hold more
information to produce more
copies than ever,
but have less communication.
we have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
these are times of fast foods;
and slow digestion;
tall man and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
it is the time when there is much in the window,
and nothing in the room.
— Dalai Lama

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134 Kait July 12, 2011

I’m not sure if you remember me, but I e-mailed you a little over a year ago. I told you that I’d read your blog and had finally come to terms with the fact that i had an eating disorder, and your response really gave me the courage to ask for professional help with dealing with it. I have to thank you for that and for helping me learn that it isn’t weak to ask for help, it takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out in times of need.

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135 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

So proud of you Kait!

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136 Angela July 12, 2011

Angela, good stuff. We all need that reminder sometimes. The lies {given to me in word or image} that I let creep into my mind destroy me. However, if I hold fast to the truth that I have intrinsic worth and beauty, those lies placed upon on me by society seem to fade into oblivion. I have to harness that worth + beauty, and value myself. Difficult lesson to learn. Silly how we all like to play the comparing game so often, but I’m so glad that this is a place where we can express trueness with one another. We are all worthy of being loved. Worthy of feeling beautiful. Worthy of letting go to all of those binding thoughts and groveling in the freedom given by God — and seeing ourselves as He sees us. Loved. Desirable. Beautiful.

As far as my quotes/thoughts, I have a few:

“God cannot give us a happiness and a peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
-C.S. Lewis

“I am willing to fail. Risks are not to be evaluated in terms of the probability of success, but in terms of the value of the goal.”
-Dr. Ralph Winter

“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”
-Augusten Burroughs

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137 Bee in Boston July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is by the amazing Steve Prefontaine:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

I have it printed out and stuck on my fridge!

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138 Eileen July 12, 2011

I really adhere to the idea that it’s not how much you weigh but how you feel. This morning while I was running I reminded myself why I do it- it’s not so much the end result or how I look, but rather that I am able to do it, that it makes me feel accomplished and proud of myself, and it’s time I am taking out of my life for me and my health. I feel similarly about food- eat what you want but remember how you feel after you eat certain foods. Which ones make me feel good and which ones make me feel crappy? I try to remember that.

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139 Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream July 12, 2011

I love that image! Along my journey (almost 90lbs gone now…woot!) I’ve learned to use the scale as a mere check point. Its there, it gives me some information but not all information. It does not determine what kind of day I’m going to have.

A quote that’s helped me stay motivated and positive.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

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140 Melanie July 12, 2011

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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141 Monica July 12, 2011

One of my favorite and inspiring quotes was actually learned from you! “You are stronger than you think” has been my motto for many things in life. Whether it’s a run, or over coming a binge, I know that I’m just human, I make mistakes and I am strong enough to learn from them, move on and make a better choice next time. A healthy lifestyle can’t be adapted over night, it’s a long process which I have learned and an still learning today. This quote has really helped me over the past few years. It’s funny how just a few words can change perspective.

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142 Lauren July 12, 2011

I have learned to be proud of my athletic body and my strong legs and focus on what they allow me to do rather than how much smaller they could be. I will never be a twig, but I sure can run a 10 km and excel in sports!

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143 Shauna July 12, 2011

Energy is the essence of life. Every day
you decide how you’re going to use it by
knowing what you want and what it
takes to reach that goal, and by
maintaining focus.” – Oprah

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144 Alex July 12, 2011

My mom always reminds me that “anything worth doing is worth doing well”.

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145 Alicia @culinarybliss July 12, 2011

I’m learning that pregnancy is teaching me more lessons about my body and self than I ever thought possible, the most important one being “let go and live” :)

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146 Shelby July 12, 2011

Don’t tell yourself that you’ll get to be happy tomorrow. Because tomorrow, you’re going to say the same thing. You have to give yourself permission to demand to be happy today.

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147 Sydney July 12, 2011

In my ever long battle to lose weight I always set goals, “I want to lose 10lbs by the time we go to the beach.” And when the pressure of that goal overcame me and I didn’t lose those 10lbs, I got upset and didn’t have a good time on my vacation. I have learned to stop setting impossible goals and lose weight and exercise to be healthy and happy with myself, and enjoy my vacations no matter what my weight.

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148 Shannon July 12, 2011

“Not all those who wander are lost.” — JRR Tolkien

This is my favorite quote because it reminds me that even if you don’t know what you’re doing or what path you’re taking in life, it could lead to great things.

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149 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

Love that quote!

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150 Lauren July 12, 2011

I saw this quote on the Runner’s World quote of the day yesterday and loved it: “If you have the enthusiasm and passion, you end up finding out how to excel.” from Deena Kastor

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151 Kara July 12, 2011

“You’re not responsible for being down, but you are responsible for getting up” -Jesse Jackson. I work as a mental health therapist with people living with concurrent disorders. I often share this quote with my clients as a way to help them see how much power they have within. Thank you for sharing your journey with us on this blog, I, like so many others, find it inspiring.

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152 Meredith July 12, 2011

I think the most powerful lesson I’ve learned along my journey is that I cannot control things that haven’t happened yet – I can only control what I’m doing right now, in this moment! Your post about being more present resonated really deeply with me for that reason. I’m someone who is constantly thinking about tomorrow, next week, next year, and practicing yoga has been one of the most important things in helping me to stay present and focused on the moment at hand.

My favourite quote is ‘Always be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second rate version of somebody else’ from Judy Garland.

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153 Meredith July 12, 2011

P.S. Can’t wait for the new recipe!

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154 Tammy Pollack July 12, 2011

“Never frown because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile”

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155 Helen July 12, 2011

“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

My absolute favortie quote!!

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156 Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the inside takes a lot longer to change than the outside.

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157 Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan July 12, 2011

Awesome giveaway!

“When you help others, your really helping yourself” -Avenue Q

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158 TanyaS July 12, 2011

Kind of along the lines of the Extreme Weight Loss quote, I had a goal number I was waiting to see on the scale, one day, after following a restricted diet plan with no exercise, I saw that number. Trouble was my body looked nothing like I wanted it to. I eventually discovered exercise, and most recently weights, and now am near the body I desired and am somewhat surprised to see a larger number on the scale. I learned that the number on the scale has much less to do with the body shape you have.

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159 Raeanne July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that feeding my body the best of the best (food, love, fun, etc) makes me feel the best I have in years! Sounds so simple, not always easy to apply…

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160 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) 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? 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.” Nelson Mandela

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161 Kathryn July 12, 2011

Learning to accept my body how it is right now and appreciate what it does for me has been so hard, but I feel successful. I’m not the weight or size I want to be by any means, but I took a vacation and happily laid out in a bathing suit and figured the friends I love don’t love me because of what I look like in a bathing suit and I actually found myself feeling quite confident simply because as I take care of my body it takes care of me and allows me to do yoga, run, snowboard, ride my bike, and shake it on the dance floor!

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162 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots July 12, 2011

“Isn’t it nice to know that the lining is silver” – Relient K

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163 Suzanne July 12, 2011

Live for today because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

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164 cjinspired July 12, 2011

Thank you for the gift of your wonderful blog!

Favorite quote that helps me along my journey:
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
-Paulo Coelho from my favorite book, The Alchemist

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165 Meaghan July 12, 2011

“Il faut toujours que de la tête au coeur, l’itinéraire soit direct.” (the path between your head and your heart must always be direct.) – Yehudi Menuhin

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166 Kate July 12, 2011

Spending time stressing about my weight is time not spent enjoying life. Being thinner will not help me be happier, but being healthy will.

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167 Jaime July 12, 2011

The more you stress over weight, the harder it is to lose the weight. Making small changes, while still enjoying life is the best way to go.

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168 Caitlin July 12, 2011

“we are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think its forever.”-carl sagan

the most important lesson i’ve learned is to never take anything or anyone for granted. every day i consciously look around and appreciate my life, my body, my health, my family, and my friends.

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169 abbi July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned along the way is to stop comparing myself to others.

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170 Stevi July 12, 2011

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”
Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes

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171 Jessica July 12, 2011

For me, the best lesson I learned was everything always gets done. This was really helpful for me in college when I would stress out that I wasn’t going to finish something. But if I looked at the past, I never once didn’t have enough time to finish what I wanted.

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172 Kate July 12, 2011

“No matter where you go, there you are.”
-Confucius

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173 serena July 12, 2011

I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned is forgiveness. As an aspiring model/actress it can be so difficult standing next to a skinnier woman who just ate a Burger and is now nibbling on French fries. As a predominantly raw vegan- even I have my moments of junk food cravings. Not necessarily carcasses and oily starch (never, in fact) but sometimes I do stand in front of the fridge eating almond butter and honey as I ponder what to eat for dinner. Next thing u know the almondbutter and honey mixture is gone and I still haven’t figured out what to eat. What can you do? I suppose I’ve learned that making myself feel bad will only be worse for my soul. The more I allow myself to eat my favorite foods (in moderation-and I’m only craving vegan :) the pressure is off. Its like letting the scary monsters in-house they’re not so scary anymore. Then the fatty foods become less appetizing because im not restricting myself. But If you make a mistake- its ok. You’re human. Forgive yourself and continue with your good food routine. Forgiveness <3

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174 Jenna July 12, 2011

I’d love to try some glo bars!

Something I need to remind myself, but so true — “This too shall pass.”

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175 A Fine balance July 12, 2011

I’ve never had a Glo Bar before but I looked them up and they look wonderful.

I’ve learned that the people you least expect to help you or be there for you are, and those who have been around forever may not be as welcoming of change. I say this because I am participating in my first fitness competition on Saturday. It’s been one long and tough road. I think sometimes people around can be afraid of the changes they see. Sometimes its because they them selves can’t fathom those changes, but at other times cannot support you but will rather see your downfall with trying to temp with treats etc.

My new community of friends, bloggers etc have rallied around me and have trully made all the difference in the world. IE people like you!

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176 Sam@I Tell Stories July 12, 2011

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
Henry David Thoreau

:)

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177 Liz W July 12, 2011

“If you do the things you have to do when you have to do them the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them” :)

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178 Audrey July 12, 2011

Here is a quote I like: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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179 Annie-Rose July 12, 2011

An excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day, is one of my favorites:

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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180 Erin July 12, 2011

Surrounding yourself with loving people, and creating a loving lifestyle is vital to a happy, healthy life. Going out of your way to cook for yourself and your family – eating from the Earth – helps you become mindful of all the good things in life. Finding others who feel the same way (Angela, your blog is a blessing) is icing on the cake. Once you are happy, healthy, and feeling love(d), it’s easier to let go of the critic in your brain.

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181 Jess July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that I’m happier, healthier, and more energetic when I make sleep, water, veggies, and running a priority. I’ve learned that even when I lose speed, I’m excited that I can run for many miles. I’ve learned to accept my size 12 booty, find clothes that make me look great, and focus on being active. :)

A quote that kept me going during my first marathon: “Just keep swimming!” by Dory from Finding Nemo. :D

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182 Anastasia July 12, 2011

On my journey, I have learned what a big difference the little things can make, and how insignificant major things are in the end.

Thanks :)

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183 Mandy Kirk July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes which to apply to many areas of my life, from my weight to caring for a son with special needs

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

Also:
There is a perfect imperfection that you fail to see while searching for perfection

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184 Victoria Robinson July 12, 2011

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

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185 tina July 12, 2011

“There are no coincidences. Only divine order here.” – oprah winfrey, from oprah’s series final!

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186 Heather M. July 12, 2011

My favorite quote:
If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got.

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187 Erin M. July 12, 2011

“Life is a balance.”

I went from being a 230-lb, two-pack a day smoker to a 150-lb multiple marathon runner in about two years. I went from spending time with my family and friends, eating delicious (and bad for you!) food to spending all my time on a treadmill or lifting weights, eating food I hated. At both extremes, I was miserable. My life goal is to find the happy medium between the two extremes – a place where I can balance my health, my social life, and my fitness and just BE HAPPY. :-)

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188 Doc (The Healthy Ph.D) July 12, 2011

I needed to see this post today – after the confusion of my pants fitting, but the number on the scale being 7 lbs higher than Friday (how is this possible!?)- and it helped.

I continually have to tell myself that being anxious about something that might happen isn’t helpful. I do what I can to prepare and prevent and then weather the storm…

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189 Elise July 12, 2011

An important lesson that I’ve learned is that ultimately, anything you’re doing for the approval/validation/needs/wants of others is not nearly as paramount as that which you do for your own needs/fulfillment/joy. It is OKAY to be selfish in this way!

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190 Jess@atasteofconfidence July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that just because my body image issues are not 100% resolved, I have come a long way and I should be proud of myself.

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191 Maria July 12, 2011

My grandma would always tell me “Don’t worry – everything will come out in the wash”. Whenever I’m having a bad day or trying to make a tough decision, I remember her saying that to me in her confident way that made me feel like yes, everything will eventually be okay.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my journey is that your happiness is number one. It means more than money, prestige, stability, etc. Find your happiness and everything else will take care of itself.

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192 Kelly July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that dwelling on the past only hurts you. All you have is the present and the future, and focusing on past mistakes will only weigh you down. Learn from it and move on.

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193 jess @ cupcakes and kale July 12, 2011

“never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. in fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – margaret mead

when i get disheartened by all of the horrible cruelty against sentient beings in this world, and feel like doing my part is futile, i try to remember this quote, and that change IS possible.

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194 Laura @ Special Treats July 12, 2011

“Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but these, I reckon, will give you a good lift!” -Abe Lincoln

I recently came across this quote and love it. Life is to short to worry about little things…enjoy every moment and love your body.

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195 Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that I can’t trick my body or beat it into submission, but if I treat it kindly by giving it the nutrients it craves and the exercise it needs, I will no longer have to struggle to be in shape.

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196 Lacey July 12, 2011

“Change is a bitch! The only way to make changes is to abandon the things in life that don’t work, including the people who don’t support you.” Tony Horton quote, found on twitter and favorited :)

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197 Maryann July 12, 2011

Imagine A Woman
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life. Imagine a woman who believes she is good. A woman who trusts and respects herself. Who listens to her needs and desires and meets them with tenderness and grace. Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present. Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who exists, initiates, and moves on her own behalf. Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice. Imagine a woman who names her own gods. A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness. Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource. Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face. A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom. Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the changes in her body and life. Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman…………. By Patricia Reilly

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198 Liz July 12, 2011

Quote:
“Live fearlessly and love every day”
:)

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199 Britt July 12, 2011

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. – Eric Hoffer

This is my favorite quote that i found on the wall of my German teachers’ class room. Every wall in his class was plastered with quotes but this one always stuck. I’ve lost 50lbs and i have learned that the scale may show your progress but it does not dictate how you feel inside. I feel so much better now that i have lost the weight, but not only because of the weight loss but because of my new, healthier lifestyle. Your blog has some amazing recipes, i have tried many and loved every one! Thank you!

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200 amanda July 12, 2011

I have learned over the years to accept and enjoy who I am, instead of who I am not! I have been slowly losing weight, working out and making the change to vegan and I FEEL better! I know the inside is healthy and the outside won’t follow too far behind as I make these changes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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201 Zoe July 12, 2011

Favourite 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. – Marianne Williamson

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202 amanda July 12, 2011

One thing I’ve learned is to just relax. I’m the kind of person who tends to rush things, so I try to remind myself to take things slowly and “just be.”

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203 Tina July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that my body is not working against me….it wants to be healthy, and it will get healthier with even the smallest efforts like drinking water, eating whole foods, and moving a bit more.

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204 Connie July 12, 2011

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay

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205 Lindsey July 12, 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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206 Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 12, 2011

I’m dying to try a Glo Bar!

I used to have this quote taped to my computer at my old job:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

I hated the job SO much and it was slowly killing my spirit. I’d read the quote every day until I finally had enough courage to leave and pursue my dreams. You were an inspiration to me too. ;)

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207 Claire Smith July 12, 2011

“Charm is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised”
Proverbs 31:30
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I have spent so much time worrying about my body and how thin I am. But what matters in the end is how you lived your life, not how you looked. True beauty lies within our personalities and how we act, and not our outward appearance. This is so hard sometimes because the world puts so much emphasis on the outside. Advice on how to look sexier and shed weight is everywhere we turn! We can’t even check out at the grocery store without being bombarded by photos of “perfect” women. But honestly, all of those tips and hints just make me feel worse about myself, like I have to live up to the world’s standards. But I don’t! I simply need to set my own standards, live solely for the Lord, and enjoy life without obsessing over my physical looks. I can still enjoy eating healthy and excersing, but it should not rule my life. God gave us life to praise Him and honor him in everything that we do, and have fun in the process.

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208 Ali July 12, 2011

Like you, my battle with the scale is ongoing. Some days that number makes me happy. Other days it makes me so upset. Finding your site and reading comments left by other readers has helped me realize that I’m not alone in this journey. Each day is a gift, no matter what I weigh. For all of us it’s important to stay committed to improving our health, both physical and mental. If we have a bad day, just get back up with a smile on your face and start again. As always, I love your site and insight :)

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209 Stephanie July 12, 2011

“Make that hill your b****!”. That’s what my husband tells me when we’re out cycling, and I see an intimidating hill up ahead.

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210 Lauryn V July 12, 2011

i never said it’d be easy, i only said it’d be worth it.

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211 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 12, 2011

My favorite quote was from my husband when I was having a plateau…”bumps on the road of life serve as reminders of how good we have it when the road is smooth.”

I love him! <3

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212 Ellie July 12, 2011

Wow those Glo Bars look good!

I know this might be a bit strange, but I really think the best lesson I’ve learned is that I still have so many lessons left to learn. Everyday is a little lesson on being kinder to myself and trying to relax out of the obsessive behaviour I can find creeping in, whether it be about time or food or college work. Everyday I realise I need to learn so much more and that the journey will last throughout my life, but that it’s ok that way. Realising I have so many of these lessons left helps me realise that it’s ok not to know, ok to learn and ok to not be perfect.

This is rather long but I hope it makes sense – and just to let you know your blog is helping so much! I love your recipes, and keeping food interesting and healthy really helps me eat lots of it :)

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213 Therese July 12, 2011

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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214 Bridget July 12, 2011

I think my biggest lesson has been to learn not to compare myself to other people (and I continue to work on this all the time!!) and to let little things go and continue to live in the present!

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215 Kyleigh July 12, 2011

You are unique. No one is made like you, you’re special. No number could ever classify, describe, or define who you are. Embrace you’re uniqueness and love how your body moves through this life.

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216 Danielle July 12, 2011

I have learned that the main goal in life is to be happy. Now I remember that all the time. If I am not happy in a particular moment, I take a few minutes to do something that makes me happy. :D
What a great idea for a giveaway. Not only do I love globars, but I love collecting quotes. WIN WIN!

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217 Stephanie July 12, 2011

My favorite mantra: “You are beautiful. Please stop abusing your body and love it because it is perfect just the way it is”

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218 Leanne W. July 12, 2011

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

These words were my mantra to run my longest race at 10 miles. I planned a training schedule and stuck to it and beat my goal time by 7 minutes! I felt unstoppable. Next up, half marathon in the fall!

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219 Courtney July 12, 2011

I have also learned to not use the scale as a measure of perfection. I heard a funny quote once helps me laugh while putting things into perspective.

“Scales are for fishes!”

Since then, I try to focus more on what my body can DO rather than what it looks like. And I’m much happier than I was when relying on the scale for confirmation of perfection. Changing my perspective has helped me to meet many of my long-term fitness goals including running a half marathon under 1:43! :)

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220 Elna Clark July 12, 2011

For the past 4 months I have been totally Vegan. It has helped my arthritis. I was so surprised how easy it was to eat healthily once I made the choice. I love your blog.

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221 Preeti July 12, 2011

Hi Angela! I have been following your blog for sometime now. I want to thank you for being so open with your feelings. I started a weight loss journey a couple of years ago. I lost 50 pounds in one year, however, I cut my calories significantly and worked out incessantly to do so. At the beginning of this year, I found myself adding more food to my diet to become more balanced. However, depriving myself for so long led to constant binges. I have gained 15 pounds since the beginning of this (which was probably needed). I am not trying to find balance in my life. I told my husband the other day “I don’t know what is normal anymore in terms of eating” I have made great progress. I am now eating more well rounded meals to ensure I am not depriving myself and avoiding binges at the same time. It is so crazy how easy it is to lose control. But I love that everyday is an opportunity to try again and figure it out. Thank you for always promoting a healthy lifestyle and showing that it is possible to eat and lose/maintain weight at the same time! :)

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222 Laura July 12, 2011

It’s taken me a few years, but I have found that my faith will sustain me through the most difficult times, but should not be forgotten during the best.

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223 Jill H July 12, 2011

Being myself as klutzy and dorky and annoying as I can be, people love me for me, not for who I think people think I should be. (did you get all that)? :)

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224 Dani July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned is that you must concentrate only on yourself, and never compare, contrast or compete with others. Everyone’s path and journey are different, and at the end of the day you all that matters is the way you handle your own life.

I’ve also learned that being strong and healthy is a much better focus than being thin and skinny. The goal is to feel good and prolong and enrich life, not starve or restrict. Positive rather than negative. Build muscle and add healthy foods rather than lose fat and cut out bad foods. Its all in the mindset!

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225 Rebecca July 12, 2011

Do your body good- take rest time, and feed it what it will run on, and heal with. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re not (hahha.. actually i overeat at times, but i think that my hunger always jokes with me and when i feel i should eat more because of the exercise i did that day, hunger cues aren’t by best bet for when i need to eat). Also exercise helped me a lot in my healing!

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226 shannonmarie (rawdorable) July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter as much about being accepted by others as it is to accept myself.

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227 hannah July 12, 2011

“good trees don’t grow with ease. the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”

i love that quote because it reminds me that the struggles and the trials are worth it!

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228 Shanna, Like Banana July 12, 2011

I’d love to try your GloBars!

I’ve learned and am still learning that we need to follow our heart and not the “should be/should do/ should aspire to” in life. Ultimately that can be checking a box. I want to be living every moment and fulfilling the greatest me I can be every moment.

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229 Jeanne July 12, 2011

Awesome giveaway! One of my favorite quotes is “be a warrior not a worrier” because it can apply to so many different situations.

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230 Hannah Hawley July 12, 2011

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

When I realized the more tempting I made something, the easier it was to cave and go for it, the easier it was to fall back on my old ways and habits.
Now, nothing is a temptation. If I want it, I have it, just in moderation.

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231 Jennifer July 12, 2011

I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of years is not to compare myself with others. Jealousy is a very destructive force and is totally unnecessary. I work on focusing on all the positive wonderful things that I have in my life :)

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232 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! July 12, 2011

I’m still learning, but I’ve found that the hardest and most thing in the world to give up is guilt. It’s so easy to beat myself up over every little slip-up, but as soon as I can learn to love and enjoy it all, things will be much better. I’ll get there!

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233 Nicole July 12, 2011

I just heard this quote a couple of weeks ago and it gave me a chill as soon as I read it.

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought” -Peace Pilgrim

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234 Emily July 12, 2011

I just heard this quote yesterday and it really clicked with me.
“When you say yes to everyone else, you are saying no to yourself.”

As a people pleaser, I often end up doing things for others that I don’t want to do or are bad for my health (stress, drinking, etc.) so I am going to keep this quote in mind!

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235 Shannon (The Little Pineapple Girl) July 12, 2011

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
-Karen Ravn

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
-Henry David Thoreau

I love these two quotes and have them pasted up on my bedroom mirror, so it is the first thing I read in the morning, positively reinforcing my thoughts for the day. I have always been overly anxious about the future or fallen into the habit of dwelling on my past mistakes (the “what could I have done better” or” how I can be the perfect ‘X’ [friend, daughter, student, girlfriend, etc…]'”). I still find myself falling into the same habits, which has hindered me from really “going after” any of my dreams or ambitions. So, I decided to hang quotes up around the house to remind me that I NEED to start living and stop being so scared to make mistakes and accept myself entirely. The daily quotes, yoga, long runs, healthy eating, good reads, and strong friends help keep me focused and SANE lol.

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236 Natalie July 12, 2011

“We have nothing but moments to live.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

I suffer from anxiety and often get caught up in the small details. Recently, I have been trying to be more mindful, slow down and appreciate the wonderful life I have and accept the things I can not control.

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237 Claire July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is from The Little Prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

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238 Kirsten July 12, 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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239 Heidi July 12, 2011

I love making lists with “lofty wishes” (aka goals), but sometimes I’m either too scared to try them or don’t think I’m capable of doing it. So for me, the two quotes that get me going are: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (I think it was Mark Twain who said that) and the popular Nike quote “Just do it!”. Even if I don’t end up with my goal, I’m always a lot further ahead than if I had done nothing.

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240 katie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is a bible verse!!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come. ” – Prov 31:25

so good and so true!

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241 Tracy July 12, 2011

I will always remember this quote from one of my old Denise Austin DVDs- Finess isn’t stored, only fat is!!!!!
Motivates me to workout, even on vacation!!! :)

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242 Rachel July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the size printed inside your clothes doesn’t really matter at all. For years, I obsessed over being this size or that size. I kept thinking “if I could just get down to x size, x would happen”. I would spend waaaay too long in dressing rooms trying to squeeze my round hips into skinny jeans. It wasn’t pretty. But I’ve gotten older and maybe a bit wiser and now I don’t think that way so much anymore. I’ve learned that a 2 in one store can be a 10 in another, and that no one cares what size my jeans are, and that I just need to be happy with my body, not my size.

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243 Chantelle July 12, 2011

My friend told me something powerful that has stuck with me over the years:

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

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244 Alexa @ Simple Eats July 12, 2011

Stop worrying about things that others don’t seem to be worried about. If I get anxious, others around me get anxious and it just puts everyone in a tense, bad mood. I try to live with a more relaxed attitude, and I think my health (and sanity) are thanking me!

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245 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 12, 2011

This sounds like a tasty giveaway! :) One of my favorite lessons is definitely similar to the first photo. Your life cannot be dictated by a number on a scale. It is so much more important to be happy, healthy, and fit.

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246 Nicolette Jones July 12, 2011

I moved from a small town in upstate NY to southern California 10 years ago. Everyone judges themselves very harshly here, on all of the physical things that don’t really matter. What I thought was beautiful in highschool is deamed only mediocre here. Instead of getting caught up in the mess, I work daily to be my true self and have to say 7 years of yoga has really helped to remind me to concentrate on my soul, my energy, my presence, not just my looks. This is a favorite quote from a book (sorry don’t know which book) that resonates with me:
Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of your heart.

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247 Laura July 12, 2011

i’ve learned that not stepping on the scale helps me not worry about what number I’m at this week. I judge more by how I feel inside my skin and I’m much happier not having a number floating in my head. NO SCALES! because honestly who CARES what you weigh? I feel beautiful just how I am- and that took me a long time to be able to say. Thank you Angela for all of our helpful, insightful and honest posts. I re-read them whenever I’m feeling not so good. Keep it up!

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248 Jennifer July 12, 2011

Our true home is in the present moment.
To live in the present moment is a miracle.
The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green Earth
in the present moment.
THICH NHAT HANH

I too have struggled with trying to stay in the moment. Thank you for continuing to share your story.

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249 becky July 12, 2011

Don’t trade what you want for what you want right now.

I saw that in a magazine recently and it really struck me. I think about it when I hit that place in a workout when I really want to quit. Or when I want to keep eating when I know I’ve had enough. Remember the big picture!

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250 Jennifer July 12, 2011

“Not all who wander are lost.” – I saw that on a junkgypsy shirt and thought that it applies to my life pretty well. Not everyone has to follow a laid out path to find happiness in their life. The most backwards, out of the way and off the wall paths are sometimes the most memorable and fun. You tend to learn a lot more about yourself that way. I would love to try one of your GloBars too!

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251 Lindsey Krist July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is by Londrum Bolling.

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.”

For me this was a powerful lesson. Not just in relationships and regrets, but for my journey to forgiving myself for every “mistake” I have made with my body. Those mistakes have taught me so many lessons, but I have to remind myself every day, that forgiving those mistakes means that I am giving up REGRET.

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252 Bells July 12, 2011

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. ~Jan Glidewell

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253 Kristina July 12, 2011

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

I heard this quote several years ago, and it has totally resonated with me. It reminds me that we have the power to control our own happiness, and that we can be our own worst enemies at times. If we choose a different path, a different angle, a different view, etc., we can see the sunshine whenever we would like.

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254 Sara July 12, 2011

My lesson has been that I cannot build my happiness by controlling every aspect of my health. Live a little!

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255 Kelly P July 12, 2011

Measurements, progress pics, workout stats, and the way clothes fit are other ways to see that the results from how you’re fueling your body and your workouts. I consider all of the little changes to be small victories in a long race. The scale still has meaning for me but it’s turning into more of a spoke on a beautiful wheel than a hub. And I’ve also learned that my greatest temptations are chocolate, peanut butter, and cheese.

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256 Holly Higgins July 12, 2011

I’ve realized that it’s not the size of my pant size that matters, it’s the size of my heart that truly defines who I am. I’m learning to shed the weight of regret, grudges and heartache that I’ve carried on my shoulders far too long. Once I can fully get rid of the negativity that I’ve been carrying around for years, my weight loss will follow.

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257 Meredith Snyder July 12, 2011

“Run when you can. Walk if you have to. Crawl if you must. Just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

<3

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258 Cass July 12, 2011

That the people that think you are beautiful, day after day, inside and out, see your beauty for so much more than a number or an appearance. They love you for so much more and you owe it to them to love yourself just as much.

My 10 year old brother, who has Autism, always says “Today is perfect. I don’t want anything to change today” when he’s happy and loving his life in that moment. I think if a 10 year old can say that, there’s no reason for all of us to try to live life in fulfillment of each day, as well.

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259 Katie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. I’m human! When I eat something I probably shouldn’t have/don’t work out when I should have/make a mistake at work, it’s because I’m HUMAN, not because I’m a failure. Sounds obvious, but it has taken me a long time to get to that point!

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260 Rebecca Jo July 12, 2011

I think I’ve learned that tomorrow isnt guaranteed so we really need to focus on not only each day – but each MINUTE of each day… we’re also not guaranteed the next hour :)

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261 Rebecca July 12, 2011

I’ve learnt that you really can’t love anyone till you love yourself…Even though i’m still struggling to love myself for who i am

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262 Mei July 12, 2011

Things that have gotten me through the years since I started having panic attacks:

1) My anxiety isn’t who I am.
2) Perfection isn’t real, so why bother with it?
3) Quiet the negative voice.

And a close fourth is the idea that you take the good with the bad. I might have anxiety, but the other side of that coin gives me all kinds of things I value: attentiveness, awareness, the ability to practice mindfulness, empathy, and the list could go on and on. When I realized that, I stopped beating myself up so much for the “failure” of having the attacks, and (surprise surprise) eventually stopped having them. Your struggles are part of who you are, but they’re not everything.

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263 Yin July 12, 2011

I’ve learned the hard way that eating is the only option to stay healthy!

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264 kate July 12, 2011

I love the first photo I always think of happiness as a journey not a destination and always enjoy the ride!

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265 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious July 12, 2011

One of the things I’ve learned over time is that there is no such thing as “perfect”. You’ve got to put your heart into everything you do and embrace the wonderful person that you are, imperfections and all.

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266 Brandy @ Food Finagling July 12, 2011

“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?””
— Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)

I love this quote. It reminds me that it doesn’t matter what others think of me. What only matters is that I am confident in my actions, my choices and myself.

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267 Miranda July 12, 2011

“Okay is good enough”

I’m a complete perfectionist, and it’s caused me a lot of stress and sleepless nights. Reminding myself that not everything needs to be done to my ridiculously imposed standards has become an important piece of my daily routine – whether in terms of healthy eating, projects for work, even cleaning.

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268 AdrienneCarolyn July 12, 2011

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”

Such a great quote, old Chinese saying. Of course I would edit this to say “WOMAN”. :-)

Applying this to weight and body image – you will be happiest and healthiest at the weight that works for YOU, not what the public or media or stupid hollywood trends tell you!!

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269 Rosemarie Lavoie July 12, 2011

I would simply go with the quote: ” You are what you eat!”. It makes so much sense when we really think about it.

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270 Lisa July 12, 2011

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This gets me through some difficult times.

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271 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 12, 2011

I learned that I don’t want to live a life of deprivation. I don’t want to live a life that is all non-fat and sugar substitutes. By embracing real food, I found the balanced life that I had always wanted.

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272 Ania July 12, 2011

“My advice to you is, never lose your passion to dream.”

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273 Karen July 12, 2011

I’ve been coveting those GLO bars for the longest time…terrific giveaway! And, that Operation Beautiful note is brilliant! Finally, Ange, I’ve lurking for the longest time, so I feel I owe you many compliments (for your uncommon generosity w/your readers and your culinary genius to name a couple.)

The mantra that consistency serves to center and guide me is: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

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274 Brittany July 12, 2011

“Choose your own destiny– or someone will choose it for you”

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275 Megan July 12, 2011

“Excitement is doing something you’ve thoroughly convinced yourself you couldn’t do.” – Unknown

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276 Ruth July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the little things really do add up, that I’m much stronger than I ever knew, and that the world really is a beautiful, amazing place.

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277 katie July 12, 2011

“ Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.”
I love this quote because it inspires me to take risks and embrace change. It’s what keeps us moving forward and growing in life!

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278 Kelli July 12, 2011

The Dalai Lama said:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

I love this quote because it reminds us that the first step towards happiness is self-compassion. It’s hard to love others until you take steps first to love yourself!

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279 Jenna July 12, 2011

no one can make you happy but yourself. some how some way you have to find it within you.

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280 Tyffanie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote, which has given me so much inspiration in the past 8 months or so, has been:
“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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281 Krista July 12, 2011

One of my favorites is…
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” Colette
When I take the time to step back and reflect, I realize this but it’s something I struggle with and overanalyze much of the time.

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282 Therese July 12, 2011

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned through my own journey is that my ship will not come in, I have to swim out to it. I waited for years to wake up and my amazingly happy life would be just handed to me but over the last couple of years it’s finally dawned on me that this will NEVER happen! If I want an amazingly happy life, I was going to have to make it and it could happen either now or later, whichever I preferred. So I started to make the steps to make it happen immediately. And I can quite honestly say that I now live an amazingly happy life! :)

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283 Jess Ortman July 12, 2011

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It just means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. I love this quote!

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284 Dawn July 12, 2011

Never beat yourself up if you slip up, the slip doesn’t have to be a slide

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285 Camara July 12, 2011

I love food and I love to eat. Since I’ve embraced this, I eat slower, I choose quality over quantity and I’ve (mostly) stopped feeling guilty.

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286 Manasa July 12, 2011

I have learned to be gentle to myself and love my body for all the positive ways it supports me :)

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287 Lena July 12, 2011

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” Jane Austen.

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288 Coco July 12, 2011

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. –Chinese Proverb

I love this quote and have it hanging in my office. Recovery from my eating disorder has been a slow journey, but at least I am making progress.

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289 Erica July 12, 2011

I’m not sure of the exact quote (or even who originally said it) but it goes something like this:

“Be yourself – because those who mind don’t matter…and those who matter, don’t mind”

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290 Joy July 12, 2011

Wow! Reading all these quotes and life lessons has been inspiring and uplifting!

My favorite quote is: “Take some time along the way to see whats nice about today”
~Strawberry Shortcake

I like this quote because it is a gentle reminder to stay positive and to see the good in every situation.

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291 meg July 12, 2011

“I’m tired of following my dreams man, I’m just going to ask them where they are headed and catch up with them later.” – Mitch Hedberg

I know it’s a joke, but after the hell of high school and college the most important thing I’ve learned is to take it easy. :) Sure, I have goals and dreams, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have fun and relax.

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292 kiskustar July 12, 2011

My current favorite quote is:

“This is your life; do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you’re looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing what you love. Stop overanalyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once; seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and create. Life is short. Live your dream and wear your passion.”

I relate to what you’re going through on so many levels. You’re a strong woman.
And I would love to try glow bars since they don’t sell them in nyc! :)
Take care

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293 Jacqueline @smartsolitude.com July 12, 2011

All misery derives from the inability to sit in a quiet room alone.
~ unknown (via Jared Akers)

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294 Juli July 12, 2011

Here’s one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me that I’m the only person that can make things change if I’m unhappy with my appearance. It also came in handy while training for a recent competition! “If you really want a better body then give yourself an attitude adjustment and put in the effort it takes, both in the gym and at the table, to make it happen:

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295 hipveganchic July 12, 2011

ive learned to count my blessings. and remembering that its the simple things in life that mean the most. why care about my thighs when God gave me such beautiful flowers to look at while im out for a walk?!?

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296 Tera July 12, 2011

My mom said this a long time ago, and for some reason it stuck with me, “Life is what you make it.” Simple statement but so true. So many people get stuck in a state of unhappiness, or maybe weight issues, relationship problems, etc. But you have to remember that you have the power to change your situation and get everything you want out of your future.

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297 Kara July 12, 2011

Favorite quote:
“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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298 Krista Convey July 12, 2011

I think the most important that I have learned over the years is to try and not be concerned with the numbers and take note and realize how good you feel and how well you sleep and generally how good life is. Life is short and you should not let a number on a scale dictate how well it is going.

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299 M July 12, 2011

“The Most Common Way People Give Up Their Power is by Thinking They Don’t Have Any.” – Alice Walker

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300 Anne P July 12, 2011

Don’t frown because you never know who might be falling in love with your smile. :)

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301 Gina July 12, 2011

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.” ~Rafiki (Lion King)

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302 Jayme July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the number on the scale or the size on my clothes is something that can change. I use these tools only as a starting point (when I’m trying to lose weight) or a holding point (when I’m trying to maintain) and know that they are NOT a gauge of my happiness.

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303 Carley Ellis July 12, 2011

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa

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304 Robyn @ New Every Morning July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes is:

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anaïs Nin)

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305 Jaclyn T July 12, 2011

“Nothing hard comes easy.” Jillian Michaels in her 30-day shred video. Obvious, but we often think about what we want to do/where we want to be without committing to the work it takes to get there.

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306 Taylor July 12, 2011

“People who have only good experiences aren’t very interesting. They may be content, and happy after a fashion, but they aren’t very deep. It may seem a misfortune now, and it makes things difficult, but well–it’s easy to feel all the happy, simple stuff. Not that happiness is necessarily simple. But I don’t think you’re going to have a life like that, and I think you’ll be the better for it. The difficult thing is to not be overwhelmed by the bad patches. You must not let them defeat you. You must see them as a gift–a cruel gift, but a gift nonetheless.”

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307 Susan July 12, 2011

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.” Mahatma Gandhi

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308 laura hache July 12, 2011

Hi! I’ve been a long time reader and really enjoy your blog but have been such a gawker and have never commented before but I’d really like to share my favourite quote!

“There are years that question and years that answer”…this quote always reminds me that when Im going through a bit of a rough time and things don’t make sense I just need to trust that in time everything will come together.

I’ve struggled on and off with my relationship with the scale. I would get so frustrated and down on myself if I was working so hard and not see the number go down. I know for many of my friends, weighing themselves is part of their daily routine and it helps them track the weight. But for me, if I didn’t like what I saw on the scale it would affect my whole day. I’ve always struggled to stay in shape, and I’m not one of those girls who can eat whatever they want and stay thin, but I realized recently that I’m a healthier person because of it! If I was one of those naturally thin girls, I probably wouldn’t care so much about what I put into my body or get so into running and fitness. So now event though I still struggle with my body image a bit, I am overall content with my size and I feel like Im a healthier, luckier person because of it!

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309 Roanne July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the world judges us by our actions not by our intentions.
A little joke I like: There are three frogs on a log and one decides to jump off and go for a swim, how many frogs are on the log? Three. The frog only made a decision but didn’t follow through with an action. Hehe I thought it was cute and it really makes me think..I don’t want to be that frog on the log!

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310 angela leflett July 12, 2011

I’ve realized that if I’m not happy with the way I feel, only I can change myself. One of my favorite workout dvd’s says “this is tough, but I can do it.”

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311 Mona July 12, 2011

What I’ve learned in my life is just to be yourself, not trying to be another person, whether that other person may be a celebrity or a friend you admire. I think it’s always best to show who YOU , yourself, are to the world, instead of creating fake personalities that already exist.

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312 Christina July 12, 2011

A lesson I’ve learned: counting calories serves me no other purpose than to drive me crazy. That goes for daily weigh ins too. I guess that was two lessons ;)

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313 Vicky July 12, 2011

“The thing to remember about labels is that you should avoid food with labels.”

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314 Jennifer July 12, 2011

“When your sense of worth exceeds your conditions, conditions will shift to match your vision.” Alan Cohen

I have learned that I need love myself before anyone else can. And in order to love myself I need to accept things and make efforts to change things in life that I want. I try to remember not to beat myself up over everything, there is another minute, another hour and another day. Move on and try harder next time.

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315 Helen July 12, 2011

“A body in motion stays in motion. A body at rest stays at rest.”

It’s only when I move my body that I feel my strongest. And I only want to feel strong, never weak.

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316 Irene July 12, 2011

Lesson learned- don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. You might just get it.

-Irene
http://www.glutenfreerunner.com

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317 Natalie July 12, 2011

This is one of my favorite quotes from a health newsletter I subscribe to:
“Just like the earth, your brain does not discern what you plant. It will work just as hard to grow weeds as it will to grow beautiful flowers. You determine the seeds that are planted by what you say to yourself over and over. ”

The power of positive self talk is remarkable.

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318 Cassandra Kinaviaq Rae July 12, 2011

This is my first time to your site (my sister sent me because she said you have a lot of gluten free recipes) and I love it! It feels so wholesome.

One lesson I’ve learned in my journey is that the more I love my body, the better I feel and the more likely I am to take good care of her. When I pause to think about it…my body is freaking amazing! It heals itself. It serves me tirelessly even when I’m sleeping! And it’s covered with the most beautiful golden brown skin (I used to hate my skin color!)

Thank you for providing me with a space to be grateful for who I already am.

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319 Lauren July 12, 2011

This comment isn’t about winning the give-away. I know how often you get comments thanking you for your inspiration, but I just needed to add my two cents of appreciation. Every time I am struggling with some part of my anxiety (which manifests itself into an eating disorder), I open up your blog and find that coincidentally, and somewhat magically, you have written a post about it that very day. You seem to know exactly what I’m going through at the very moment and exactly what to say to bring me optimism. It’s freaky, not gonna lie. I often share you’re views with my mom, who is very close to me and has struggled with an eating disorder and anxiety since she was 14. This morning she was venting her frustration with the number on her scale, and how she is eager to get it down before she leaves for vacation so she has “room to gain a few pounds on her trip, just in case.” I read her this post and she immediately told me to print it out for her so she can put it on her mirror. We both thank you.

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320 Hayley July 12, 2011

My favourite quote:“The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggles, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

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321 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 12, 2011

My favorite is:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

Really hope I get to try the Glo bars! :)

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322 Trish July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that the combination of veganism (both for me and for the animals), trying to have a positive outlook, some weight training, a very loving and yummy husband, some close girlfriends, a little yoga, a silly funny dog or cat (or two or three in my case), lots of time cooking and experimenting with food and some good supportive family sprinkled in along the way — that these are the things I need in my life. Everything else is just clutter. So here’s to knowing what is important to YOU!

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323 Jennifer Cook July 12, 2011

I was feeling very discouraged about how my training was going for my first half-marathon, and then I saw this quote:

“Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start.”

It was all I needed to realize that just by trying, I was doing more than most people. I didn’t have to be the fastest, skinniest, strongest; just had to do it.

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324 Debbie Martindale July 12, 2011

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
My mom always told me, if you think you can’t – you’re right. You CAN do anything you want to do. I’ve used that to overcome and accomplish more in life than I ever thought possible. I just rounded the corner and gave a high five to my 36th birthday and find myself not only in the best shape of my life, but also in a very healthy and happy place. The mind is a powerful thing. :)

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325 Adrienne July 12, 2011

You only have one life to live! Why spend the time miserable and negative when you could enjoy every second instead??

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326 Natalie S. July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that comparing yourself to other people will only lead to self-doubt. It’s best to focus on what makes you uniquely beautiful.

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327 Emily July 12, 2011

I learn new lessons each and every day…

No one can love you until you love yourself.
“Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life.”
Live in the now.

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328 Rika July 12, 2011

“Be the change you wish to see in this world” Gandhi.

I can’t wait for the new recipe!!

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329 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) July 12, 2011

Being in a place where you’re not sure where you’re going or what you want to do is a beautiful place to be in. I often feel frustrated that I don’t “KNOW”, but I’ve learned to celebrate the fact that I’m at least aware, which is the first step in the right direction. :)

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330 Caitlin P. July 12, 2011

“The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.” –Unknown

I LOVE this quote. After crossing the finish line at my first triathlon I was incredibly happy and felt more accomplished than I ever had in my life. All the efforts of my hard work came to fruition. And then a few days later I realized I wanted more. That finish line was just the beginning to a whole new race! :)

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331 Kathy July 12, 2011

I can’t regret the past or worry about the future. I can only live for today and live it to the fullest!

My favorite quote is: Phillipians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Awesome site!! (You have done so much baking. So ambitious)

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332 OutToLunchC July 12, 2011

I’m a major worrier… much like you I’m always thinking into the future, asking the ‘what ifs’ and worrying if my decisions I make today are the right ones for tomorrow. Every time I’m worried about decisions I am learning to ask myself the question, “Am I happy now? Is this the right decision for right now and does it align with my long-term goals?”. I try to remember that I can’t control the future and there is no telling what will happen so I just make sure that my decisions make sense right now at this present moment.

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333 Melody_NC 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? 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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334 Alicia July 12, 2011

“You cannot control the wind but you can adjust your sails” -Yiddish Proverb

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335 Kris July 12, 2011

The most important thing I’ve learned is that I am responsible for my own health and happiness. No outside force or other person is the reason I ate something unhealthy, skipped a workout, or let a negative person affect my outlook on life. If I take responsibility for these things, then I have the power to make positive change in my life. Also dealing with some anxiety issues, I am learning how to let go of the thoughts that cling and view situations with a realistic point of view.

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336 Stephanie July 12, 2011

“Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6,7

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337 Robin July 12, 2011

Great quote by Judy Garland: “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Love that!

p.s first-time commenter but long time reader :)

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338 Lenna July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is this one:
“Anything worth havings is definitely worth waiting”. I believe that big changes don´t happen and don´t have to happen overnight – it is a gradual progres made of many small steps and each step mean as much as (or maybe often even more than) the goal you are reaching for :)

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339 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites July 12, 2011

I have learned that life doesn’t stop and wait for you while you try to figure it out. I have learned to be more spontaneous and open to love and friendships! I have learned the benefits of letting loose and how letting myself be loved and cared for and by truly being open to my family, my friends and my boyfriend, I am happy and in turn everything else seems to work out just fine!

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340 Crystal July 12, 2011

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”
I found this at a time when I was just getting started with running. I was considering giving up because my legs just wouldn’t go as fast as I wanted them to. I have copies of this quote all over my house.

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341 Jess July 12, 2011

What a great post! I really appreciate that you’ve had the courage to talk about such deep and emotional stuff, something that I find is often missing from healthy living blogs. One quote that has stuck with me for quite some time is from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat Pray Love: “God resides within me as me.” I’m not a very religious person, but what I take this to mean is that there’s no “right” or “perfect” way to be, and that YOU as you are is the way you should be. It encourages me to embrace who I am and to love myself the unique way that God made me. Thanks again for an inspiring post!

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342 Allison July 12, 2011

Live each day as you feel. Don’t be hard on yourself if you dont do everything you need to do or everything that you had planned. Eventually it all comes around and all your feelings come back into place.

This as I am raising my three children including a 7 mo old and feeling I have had me head in the sand for 6 years!

Great post!

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343 Anu July 12, 2011

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
— Oprah Winfrey

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344 Kelly July 12, 2011

What a powerful statement! I am a number chaser, always have been. Now that I’m getting older my body is changing in ways I have no control over and it’s really bothering me. I really needed to read that statement today. Thank you Angela. I have learned that no matter what the number on the scale is it doesn’t reflect the true person you are. You are not your weight. You don’t have to be the skinniest girl in the room to have a happy life, healthy relationships and people that love you.

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345 cathy July 12, 2011

oooo, thanks for the giveaway, angela!
“this world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” henry david thoreau
that is an awesome scale disclaimer!

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346 Anisha July 12, 2011

My favorite quotes always vary (there are so many good ones!) but I find this one useful to keep in mind: “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”–Margaret Lee Runbeck . It reminds me that if I just concentrate on searching for things to make me happy, I’ll never stop to look at all that I have in the moment and realize that I already AM, and that happiness is not a tangible “thing,” but a state of mind.

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347 Melissa Lillie July 12, 2011

Pay attention and bring awareness to what is important to you. Feelings and thoughts will come and go- they do not stick around forever and you do not have to act on them, but the more you want them to go away, the more they will stick around. A lot of the chatter in my mind – thoughts- are not true. Just because I think it does not make it truth.

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348 Katie July 12, 2011

I have learned you can’t control life. So live it healthily with a few junk food pit stops on the way!

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349 Char July 12, 2011

I battled an eating disorder for 9 years, & it took me 2 years of counseling & actually trying to recover in order to beat it: but I did! I also know though, that I have to make time for me & respect my body in order to stay successful. It hardly feels like work anymore. Surrounding myself with supportive friends & family has also been important to my recovery.

…& I haven’t looked at a scale in months :) because it can’t tell me ANYTHING!

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350 Claire N. July 12, 2011

A gym I used to go to would put up “inspiring” quotes above all the water fountains and towel racks, including Kate Moss’s gem “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Someone, thankfully, drew a big X over it and scrawled at the bottom, “Bitch, please, have you tried Nutella??” Thank goodness people have a sense of humor and realize that if you’re seriously living your life just to be skinny, you’re not really living! And that Nutella is insanely good.

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351 Nichol T. July 12, 2011

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.”

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352 Alyssa July 12, 2011

It’ simple. I learned that if I don’t feel good about putting it in my body, then don’t do it!

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353 Christi July 12, 2011

More than anything, I’ve learned that everyone is unique. God created us each differently, so it crazy to think that each of us should ever fit in the box labeled “perfect”. I know I’m not, and I’m working every day at being okay with that.

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354 Melissa July 12, 2011

“The only thing constant in life is change.”

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355 Celeste July 12, 2011

At my worst point, when struggling with my eating disorder, despite eating around 800 cal per day of only produce, I remained slightly overweight. For months. No one knew I had a problem; they just assumed I was on a health kick with odder eating. I would lie in bed and listen to my heart beat erratically, no energy to move, and wish the numbers would go away. The way I wrote it in my journal one day was, “You don’t have to look like a skeleton on the outside to be a skeleton on the inside.”

As I read what I wrote, I realized the biggest starvation at hand here was not physical: it was emotional. I was starving my inner, glowing self to a skeleton. As I focused on feeding my inner skeleton, bringing the crazed, hungry little girl to a creature of elegant serenity, I found it easier to feed my physical self.

Beauty is a two-way mirror; inside and outside. What is inside will eventually always reflect outside to those you meet, and it has more control over your outside that you consciously realize. Be beautiful to yourself, and you will glow to others.

“We’ve been hurt by others often.
We’ve forgiven and forgotten.
We should be as gentle with ourselves.” ~Lyrics to the song Gentle

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356 gia July 12, 2011

I need to stop dating guys for security or for their money or adventure. And I need to create all those things for myself. Somehow I missed that message.

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357 alex July 12, 2011

i’ve learned sometime you just need to make peace with things you cannot control!

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358 Alexandra July 12, 2011

My favourite quote: “Conventionally, being fearless means that you are not afraid. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart” -Chogyam Trungpa

I love this, and I hope that it helps you too.

This is my first comment on the site but I’ve been reading you for awhile. Just wanted to let you know that you inspire me!! And I have been telling everyone I know about how great this site is, how good the recipes are and what a wonderful person is behind it.
Plus, you’re Canadian, and from my neck of the woods =)

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359 Julie July 12, 2011

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” — John Gunther

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360 Callie July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is actually one I learned from you, “You are so much stronger than you think!” You have no idea how many times I have drawn on that quote – including when I gave birth to my son six weeks ago!

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361 Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment July 12, 2011

My “discovery” and my quotation actually go hand-in-hand. In her Yoga Meltdown DVD, Jillian Michaels shouts, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” It might not be my favorite quote, or even the most inspirational or influential in my life, but I find myself repeating it to myself over and over, and not even during workouts — ALL the time.

Like you, I suffer from clinical anxiety, and have chosen to use behavioral modification to deal with it — through therapy, writing, talking, etc. I have a tendency to get bogged down in the details and to feel defeated before I even start a journey because I feel so isolated by fear of how something COULD or MIGHT go. As a result, particularly with workouts, I sometimes let those fears and feelings of panic engulf me and take over the positive voices in my head. “My heart rate is getting too high; I’m going to have a heart attack.” “What if I DID try for that goal, but failed and ultimately lost one of my life’s passions?” Scary questions with unknown answers, which make me so, SO uncomfortable — but pushing past those feelings is how we grow. Taking a deep breath and repeating that it’s OKAY to feel uncomfortable, as long as it doesn’t define my experience, has been a HUGE step in my journey!

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362 April B July 12, 2011

I love so many quotes, but two that have been in the forefront of my thinking lately are:
“Dwell in possibility” – simple, but so true in promoting a positive outlook
and
“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything they have.”

I believe we are all works in progress on our journey through life and I love the positive influence that bloggers like you have on the outlook of so many women. Thank you!

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363 Lorin July 12, 2011

Happiness doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it means looking beyond the imperfections and being satisfied with where your are, now.

Love the post!

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364 Wendy Irene July 12, 2011

Thanks for the chance! I’d love to try them. Here is a favorite quote from a book I just read – The Shadow Effect. “Your character defects are not where you’re bad, but where you’re wounded. But no matter who or what causes the wound, it’s yours now and you’re responsible for it.” ~Marianne Williamson

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365 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 12, 2011

I have learned that restricting myself to the point of starvation will not make me happy. Not even close. It will make me binge.. eating everything possible to try and comfort my needy body. And at points.. I was okay with binging.. because I had it all planned out. I could eat as much as I wanted to.. and then just purge it . get it out of my body. How is that happiness? It isn’t even close – because the guilt that would ensue would be overwhelming.. hating myself for having no self-control. I’ve learned that it was not ME who had no self-control.. I had no need to hate myself for those actions. It ran deeper then that.

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366 Marian July 12, 2011

When I was struggling with bulimia in high school, I finally realized that no matter how much more weight I lost, I would never get the happiness I was expecting from my eating disorder. This was such a big revelation for me – now I don’t even weigh myself, and I am so much healthier and happier! Thanks for all the inspiring posts, Angela! Your glo bars look delicious :)

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367 Kristin A.S. July 12, 2011

Yum!
One of my favorite quotes is:
“All you need is already inside you, only you must approach yourself with reverence and love. Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous erros . . . all I please with you is this: make love of yourself perfect”. ~Sri Nisargadatta

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368 Leanne @ The Skinny Architect July 12, 2011

“Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.”
The biggest thing that I have learned during my weight loss is not to beat myself up. I try not to feel guilty about my choices because I feel that leads to more bad choices. It’s called life and I want to live it! :-)

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369 Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 12, 2011

Along the way, I have learned to think about the “big picture,” which is tough for those of us who like to control everything. We can’t!

And yes, can’t wait to see what the recipe fav is.

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370 Emily @ The Swallow Flies July 12, 2011

I have hated my legs my entire life – they have always been my least favorite body part. However, I have recently begun to appreciate them. As I caught sight of my reflection other day, I actually LIKED my legs! I have come to realize that yes, they are bigger than I’d like, but they are also muscular, they are powerful, they are strong, and most importantly, they will soon carry me across the finish line of my first marathon! And THAT is something to be proud of.

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371 Nan July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that my own personal happiness comes from those around me! When I treat my body well, I have a much more positive outlook and attitude, which helps me create and maintain friendships that give me so much more joy than any number on the scale ever could.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” -James Barrie

And one more of my favorite (unrelated) quotes for fun as I’m studying for a huge exam coming up and trying to stay motivated! “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.”

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372 stina July 12, 2011

One of my favorite motivating quotes is from A League of Their Owner.

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

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373 Isabel July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized for it anyway”. In life there are always people that try to pull you in different directions, so you have to listen to your own needs and follow you’re heart regardless; if you do things only for other people they will still criticize you and you wouldn’t be nearly as happy as if you follow your gut instincts instead.

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374 Stephanie July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that sometimes to be truly wise is to understand that you can’t understand everything all the time :)

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375 Corey @ the runner's cookie July 12, 2011

I have learned that body acceptance and confidence are not things you just achieve one day (at least for me) – they are things that need to be cultivated and worked on a little everyday. They are a choice, which amount from tiny choices I make almost every minute of the day, and I can choose to respect myself or to put myself down. Also that each day is new and an opportunity to move forward to a healthier, happier place.

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376 Beylah July 12, 2011

On my journey to getting healthy I constantly reminded myself of the following quote: “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop”. It helped remind me that getting healthy, losing weight and becoming a better me wasn’t a rush to a finish line or something I could power through. (Try as I might you cannot approach changing your life like you did a last minute cram session for a final in college!) It would be a long, and not necessarily easy journey, but as long as I didn’t stop and was moving forward, I knew I was heading in the right direction! It also helps remind me that it’s about a life style change, not just a quick fix.

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377 Maria July 12, 2011

“You only get out of it what you put into it”. I don’t remember where I heard this but it’s a good one to remember while running out of steam for a workout. I love that scale picture!!!

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378 Angie July 12, 2011

This was my high school yearbook quote:

“It’s not where, but who you’re with, that really matters.”

From a DMB song. :)

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379 Tasha July 12, 2011

I learn more and more the importance of preventative medicine and how diet and exercise can keep us disease free. I have also learned to incorporate exercise for mental health. I guess as we get older there are many more stresses in life that affect our emotional well being, and its important to find prescription free remedies as outlets.

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380 Kristen W July 12, 2011

My new favorite quote that I’ve been telling myself as I start a new chapter in my life is “She believed she could so she did.”

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381 Meghan July 12, 2011

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
I have learned along the way that my thoughts are one thing I can control, so why not use them to make a positive difference in my life. A positive thought can go a long way to helping me to make better decisions in all aspects of my life.

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382 JennyV July 12, 2011

I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. -Henry Rollins

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383 Julie Boyer July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that my body is amazing, I carried a beautiful baby inside me for 9 months (she was early!), then fed her with my milk (as much as I could!) and in the same 9 months, was able to (mostly) get back to the body I had before. And it was a challenge to lose the weight, since it was the first time in my life I ever felt like I HAD to lose weight. I had some struggles with the scale over the past 9 months but have now fallen back in love with my body, yeah!! And it’s inspired me to help other moms to do the same, to fall back in love with their bodies.

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384 Becky July 12, 2011

One of the greatest things I’ve learned is that I feel best when I eat a plant-based diet, and I feel even better knowing that no animals had to suffer or die.

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385 Melanie July 12, 2011

“Danger spares those who confront it face to face.”

-Émile Zola

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386 Joanne July 12, 2011

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

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387 Kellie July 12, 2011

After struggling with anorexia, I have learned that the scale will never be my friend. If I gain weight, I am devastated and feel like I failed. If I lose weight it feeds my ED and I want to lose more. I am relying on my body to tell me things now. If I am hungry, then that means it needs nourishment. If I am tired, rest. Learning to appreciate my health is my goal.

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388 Alex July 12, 2011

With the help of this website, I have learned that the sun will always rise tomorrow. I used to always feel like my life was over after a “bad” day. Now, I veiw it as – tomorrow is a new day, and a chance for me to be happy and healthy. Even more, I have decided not to take things day by day, but second by second.

“being happy doesnt mean being perfect, it means you have decuded to look beyond the imperfections”

Thank you for all of your help Angela. Your blog has truly made a difference that has changed my life!

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389 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011

Thank you Alex, congrats!

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390 Sarah A July 12, 2011

In honor of the upcoming season of Project Runway, I’m channeling my inner Tim Gunn and saying “Make it work.”

I LOVE “Make it work.” It applies to everything. Not loving your wardrobe selection? Make it work. Feeling uninspired by your fridge’s options for dinner? Make it work. Not having the very best of days?

Make. It. Work.

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391 Kelsey H July 12, 2011

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

I have a little rebellious side to me. It is so hard to love and accept myself sometimes, especially when society and the media are constantly telling me not to: that my body is something to be fixed, altered, controlled, suppressed, or fought. However, whenever I remember this quote, the rebel in me starts to come out, and I promise to love myself a little extra that day, to be a little more accepting and understanding than normal.

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392 Lexi July 12, 2011

I’vee learned to have hope in the face of adversity. I have been through a lot over the past few weeks, and making a big change again soon, and it is scary. I have learned that in the past fear has paralyzed me and it is still something I struggle with. And of course those food and control issues are a part of my life too, but under control. I have learned to let go of fear and rejection as something that paralyzes, and learned that picking yourself up after you fall is what life is all about. Learn from those mistakes.
“Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.”
T.S. Eliot quote

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393 SArah July 12, 2011

THe scale is just a number. Just.a.number.

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394 Kelly July 12, 2011

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t do something remarkable?” – John Green

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395 Katie July 12, 2011

My two favourite inspirational quotes are:

“Anything easy ain’t worth a damn” – Woody Hayes
and
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you cannot, you are right” – Henry Ford

And the most important thing I have learned on my current journey is try it, you might like it!

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396 Helene Goldberg July 12, 2011

I learned that the ability to maintain your healthy weight and happy life is all about finding balance. Balance with your food, exercise, friends and sleep. Anything in extreme does not work, especially deprivation. I find when I eat a balanced meal, I feel my best. I find when I do a balanced workout, I feel my best. I once trained for a marathon (which I completed) and I gained weight, and was constantly exhausted because my body was so out of balance – it was too extreme.

I am a yoga instructor, and I constantly teach finding balance with the mind, the body, and the spirit. Sometimes we have to fall out of balance to find our balance.

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397 J July 12, 2011

What I’ve learned so far is that when you don’t know what to do, or you are struggling in a moment or a situation, always choose kindness. Go in the direction of your kindest nature and your most open heart. Then I find the words I speak are true, the actions I take are gentle and I have no stress and no reason to hide or be hard on myself. Being kind is acting out of my truest nature.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – O’Toole

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398 Maryz July 12, 2011

‘Persistence beats resistance’
I have learned if you are persistant you will acheive your goals. I keep this phase in my head as I attempt to acheive success.

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399 Kim M. July 12, 2011

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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400 Laura July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that when it comes to my health and fitness, I need to ‘just to it.’ I’m not sure where the following quote came from, but it reminds me that taking my health into my own hands is a conscious decision – “Every day you decide to work out you make a decision to benefit your health. This is no small feat. Be proud of yourself for making your health and well-being a priority.”

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401 teabag July 12, 2011

“I want to live my life as a bride married to amazement.” – mary oliver
i realized that in order to truly experience all of my life and to love every minute, i had to nourish myself from within and from without.
you have truly been a part of my healing journey. thank you

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402 Maryellen July 12, 2011

Everything in moderation, including moderation. =)

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403 Jen@Tip Top Shape July 12, 2011

My favorite quote currently is: “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” by Greg Anderson. I think this really is an important thing to take into account.

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404 Nicole July 12, 2011

Feeling good about yourself is the most important thing. You have to feel good about yourself at the beginning, middle and end of any changes you might make in your life.

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405 Jennifer July 12, 2011

“A butterfly….when pursued is just beyond your grasp, but if you will sit down quietly,
it may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

I could go on for a couple pages but I don’t have the time. Right now I am also going
through a “SIMPLIFY” stage in my life. It is just so cleansing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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406 Amanda July 12, 2011

Don’t let anyone ever hold you down. You control your life, don’t give anyone else the satisfaction.

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407 Dawn July 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes

“Make new mistakes”

Pure and simple – Don’t be afraid to try new things, and if it fails. at least you tried!

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408 Star July 12, 2011

‘The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.’ Psalm 45:11 If He who created me is enthralled with the beauty He sees…then I need to accept who I am and love myself!

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409 Andrea July 12, 2011

I learned to eat foods that make me feel good, and that I have control over my cravings, they don’t control me!

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410 Katie July 12, 2011

That, you know you better than anybody else, you know what’s good / bad / or whatever for you, and only you can listen to you!

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411 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 12, 2011

“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.”

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412 Marie Elizabeth July 12, 2011

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” albert einstein

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413 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes (and it’s not really a quote because I’m sure tons of people have said some version of it) is “Don’t get so caught up in trying to achieve your goals that you forget to enjoy the journey.” I thrive on goal setting for many reasons, but this quote is always in the back of my mind. It’s a bit like a little kid wishing that they could be a grown up so that they could eat cookies for dinner or stay outside and play after their bedtime. Recently, I’ve been trying to focus just as much on enjoying the journey towards my goals as I have been on achieving them.

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414 dana July 12, 2011

Every little thing counts. Don’t fear that a day of induglences is ruining your life. Tomorrow is a new day. These are all little mantras that help me :)

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415 Ranelle July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that there is always someone worse off than myself. I think about this time and time again – when I’m annoyed at my job, when my hair won’t cooperate, when I can’t find pants to fit me. I look at “irritating” situations in my life and think, “well at least I have a job, at least I have an insane amount of thick hair, at least I have legs that walk and money to buy clothes.” It makes me feel grateful about the simplest of things in my life and allows me to not take anything for granted.

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416 Brittany July 12, 2011

This is a very touching post, I have been struggling with similar feelings. I have learned that when you are trying to lose weight, working out and eating become much less fun. Now I focus on being healthy and experimenting with food and exercise which is way more fun. Life isn’t about a number on the scale it’s about living happily. Thanks for doing the giveaway, you are a very inspirational person! :)

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417 Hannah (Running In Freedom) July 12, 2011

That I am not defined by my body. I have a body, but that is not who I am. Each day I get to choose who I am, and the more I let my mind and my soul rule my body, the more my body will reflect who I am.

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418 Rachel July 12, 2011

My favorite quote is from Winnie the Pooh:

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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419 Ali July 12, 2011

Quote, from my MIL I’m loving right now is: If mummy is happy, the house is happy.
I’m trying to be the happy mummy.

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420 Leah July 12, 2011

Hi Angela,

First time commenting–I’m a big fan of your blog! So many great ideas for eating clean and helping me remember I’m not alone with anxiety issues. Kudos to you!

My favorite quote is:
“and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”–anais nin

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421 Jessica July 12, 2011

over the past year, i have learned that i’m trying to build a healthy lifestyle – NOT reach a ridiculous goal weight. that means i don’t restrict myself too much, and i start each day with a fresh outlook on life. i’ve learned to be gentle with myself and listen to my body!

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422 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 12, 2011

I know that I am of worth ‘cuz God don’t make no junk! I love that quote for the scale — it is so true. :)

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423 Becca B July 12, 2011

a person’s worth is more than what they weigh or what they look like. value who you TRULY are, not what you look like on the surface.

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424 Stefani July 12, 2011

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”, it was on the inside of the cap on my tea and has just stuck with me. It’s my mantra when I feel down and I carry the cap with me in my purse.

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425 Lindsey July 12, 2011

“Nothing is impossible. In fact, the word itself says: I’M POSSIBLE” – Audrey Hepburn

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426 Kate July 12, 2011

My favorite quote, courtesy of former Notre Dame football coach, Frank Leahy: “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

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427 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) July 12, 2011

One person can make a difference. I learned that while volunteering in Nicaragua last week and it’s true.

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428 Cathy July 12, 2011

One day at a time…

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429 Diana July 12, 2011

One of my favourite quotes is simple: “Be prepared”. It never hurts to be ready for what comes our way, and this short little phrase is a good reminder to be as organized as possible!

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430 Jen H. July 12, 2011

So long as we are in conflict with our body we cannot find peace of mind. –George Feuerstein

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431 Kendal H. July 12, 2011

“You Miss 100% of the Shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky.

I have always loved this quote ever since I was in 6th grade and it continues to be my most favorite. =)

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432 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday July 12, 2011

“The journey of 100 miles begins with a single step.”

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433 Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) July 12, 2011

My favorite is “you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be in this moment.” Really, right now is all we have, and whether you’re content where you are or not, it’s right for this instant.

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434 Meesh July 12, 2011

Wow, I love that quote! Thanks for sharing :)

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435 stephanie vandyk July 12, 2011

“I took the body my mother and father created, and made it my own”

They cycles? They stop with me. :)

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436 Katy July 12, 2011

I struggled with an eating disorder in the past and every day is still a test in self acceptance and love. Our bodies do so much for us every day and they should be treated with the kindness and respect that you would give your dearest friend. You dont expect perfection out of the ones you love, and you shouldnt expect it from yourself.

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437 Danielle July 12, 2011

“Life is meant to be lived.” I say that to every doubt that I have about myself. I find that taking note of the happiness and fulfillment that a huge salad or a rest day or a chocolate macaroon or a hike in the mountains brings me, depending on the day :) helps me realize that feeling great is of utmost importance in health. And being that I have a body that allows me to enjoy all of these things, I know that I’m on the right track.

P.S. Gosh, I really want to win these Glo bars. They’re my favorite. :)

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438 Laura July 12, 2011

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~A’nais Nin

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439 Lauren July 12, 2011

When I finally learned to give up processed diet foods and my fear fear of certain foods (avacado, coconut, etc) and embrace real, whole foods! Your recipes have certainly helped!!!

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440 Jessica M. July 12, 2011

When you start to feel sad or bad about yourself, do something that makes you happy (i.e. read Oh She Glows!). Even if you only have a few minutes, it will help you overcome the blues.

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441 sara July 12, 2011

From my days in the hospitals and treatment centers, around the other beautiful girls/women that thought they possessed characters that made them inferior to the rest of the world-and from my family during the time that I believed this too-I learned:
‘Your imprint on others is emotional. THINK about what kind of mood you capture, embody, and unintentionally inflict on others. That is what will remain after you’ve left the room.”
–sorry i dont know who said this :(

and from my faith in God I’ve come to appreciate the quote:
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But i arise in the morning torn beetween a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
–E.B. White
and of course one i use quite frequently: “you are stronger than you know”
thank you so much!

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442 Beth July 12, 2011

I’m sure someone’s used this already, but it’s one of my favorite quotes:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

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443 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!

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444 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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445 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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446 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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447 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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448 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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449 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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450 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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451 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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452 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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453 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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454 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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455 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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456 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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457 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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458 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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459 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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460 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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461 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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462 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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463 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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464 Emily July 12, 2011

“Don’t let your mind quit before your body.”

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465 Linda July 12, 2011

I’ve learned that life is too short to waste hating anyone.

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466 Kelly July 12, 2011

“Getting lost is not a waste of time.”

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467 Amy D July 12, 2011

Negative Self talk does not lead to a positive outcome.

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468 Jen July 12, 2011

I don’t want to be skinny. I want to be strong!

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469 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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470 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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471 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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472 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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473 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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474 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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475 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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476 Leah (The Kind Weight Watcher) July 12, 2011

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. ~Ralph Marston

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477 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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478 Molly July 12, 2011

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” :)

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479 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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480 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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481 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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482 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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483 Maria July 12, 2011

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.-Margaret Lee Runbeck

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484 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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485 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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486 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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487 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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488 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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489 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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490 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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491 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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492 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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493 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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494 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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495 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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496 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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497 Lindsay July 12, 2011

“Follow your bliss.” – Joseph Campbell

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498 NIcole July 12, 2011

To be happy as I am, not who i want to be.

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499 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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500 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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501 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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502 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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503 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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504 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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505 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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506 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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507 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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508 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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509 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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510 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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511 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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512 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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513 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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514 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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515 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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516 Aleksa July 12, 2011

Don’t let your past define your future!

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517 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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518 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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519 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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520 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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521 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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522 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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523 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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524 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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525 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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526 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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527 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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528 Clare July 12, 2011

oops! vegeterian!!!(:

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529 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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530 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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531 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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532 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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533 Robin July 12, 2011

“Nothing in life that’s worth having comes easily”

From Scrubs … cheesy, but very true.

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534 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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535 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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536 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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537 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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538 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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539 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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540 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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541 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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542 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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543 Jen! July 12, 2011

Ah! I’ve been dying to try these.

Love the photo. Such a good reminder.

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544 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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545 Natasa July 12, 2011

Apparantly I can’t spell my own name!! LOL Natasha! ;)

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546 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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547 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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548 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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549 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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550 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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551 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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552 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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553 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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554 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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555 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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556 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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557 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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558 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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559 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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560 girl in the pink July 12, 2011

Count it all joy!

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561 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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562 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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563 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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564 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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565 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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566 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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567 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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568 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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569 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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570 Renee R July 12, 2011

“If you wait for the perfect moment,
the perfect moment will pass you by.”

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571 Denise July 12, 2011

“Good enough is good enough. Perfection will make you miserable.”

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572 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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573 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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574 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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575 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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576 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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577 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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578 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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579 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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580 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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581 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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582 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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583 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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584 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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585 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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586 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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587 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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588 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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589 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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590 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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591 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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592 Lydia July 12, 2011

I’ve learned to throw away my scale so I’m not tempted

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593 Jennifer July 12, 2011

I learned to ignore the scale completely. That number doesn’t make me me!

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594 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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595 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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596 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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597 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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598 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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599 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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600 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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601 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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602 courtney July 12, 2011

My favorite quote:

“She realized she was missing a great deal by sensible.”

Live it up! :)

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603 courtney July 12, 2011

Oops, that SHOULD say:

“She realized she was missing a great deal by being sensible.” ;)

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604 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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605 Kelsey July 12, 2011

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

I love your scale disclaimer!!

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606 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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607 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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608 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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609 Katherine July 12, 2011

“Sometimes life just sucks.” – by a friends lol :)

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610 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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611 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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612 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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613 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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614 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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615 Michelle July 12, 2011

I love the Holstee Manifesto. Check it out here http://shop.holstee.com/pages/about.

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616 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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617 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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618 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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619 Jaclyn July 12, 2011

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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620 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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621 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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622 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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623 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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624 Sara July 12, 2011

“Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be”

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625 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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626 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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627 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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628 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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629 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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630 Svetlana July 12, 2011

Loooooove that “”…Not with that attitude” the best quote of the day :D

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631 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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632 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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633 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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634 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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635 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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636 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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637 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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638 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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639 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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640 Heather July 12, 2011

I love this one!!

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641 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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642 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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643 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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644 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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645 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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646 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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647 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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648 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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649 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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650 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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651 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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652 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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653 Ari@ThE 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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654 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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655 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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656 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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657 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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658 fatma July 12, 2011

I loved this one! Thanks for sharing :)

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659 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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660 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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661 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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662 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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663 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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664 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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665 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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666 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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667 lisa r. July 12, 2011

don’t skip dessert. :)

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668 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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669 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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670 Beth July 12, 2011

Food is not my weakness, it’s my strength! *B

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671 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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672 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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673 Kellie July 12, 2011

YES!!! Love this quote!

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674 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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675 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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676 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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677 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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678 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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679 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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680 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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681 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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682 Jamie Williams July 12, 2011

The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Chose a positive thought.

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683 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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684 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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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 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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687 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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688 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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689 Jenny July 12, 2011

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” -Abe Lincoln :)

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690 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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691 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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692 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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693 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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694 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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695 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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696 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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697 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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698 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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699 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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700 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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701 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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702 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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703 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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704 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 12, 2011

That should say lessons! :)

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705 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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706 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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707 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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708 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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709 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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710 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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711 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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712 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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713 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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714 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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715 Katheryn July 12, 2011

“Live your life on purpose” I love this quote!

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716 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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717 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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718 Anastasia Okonski July 12, 2011

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” -Einstein

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719 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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720 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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721 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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722 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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723 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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724 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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725 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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726 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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727 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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728 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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729 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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730 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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731 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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732 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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733 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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734 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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735 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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736 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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737 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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738 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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739 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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740 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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741 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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742 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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743 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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744 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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745 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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746 Angela July 12, 2011

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

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747 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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748 Leslie July 12, 2011

I think I’m still learning. :)

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749 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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750 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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751 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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752 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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753 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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754 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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755 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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756 Jennie July 12, 2011

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

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757 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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758 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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759 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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760 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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761 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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762 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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763 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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764 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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765 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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766 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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767 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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768 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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769 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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770 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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771 Olya July 12, 2011

What a wonderful quote!

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772 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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773 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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774 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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775 brianna July 12, 2011

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

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776 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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777 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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778 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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779 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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780 Yolanda July 12, 2011

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

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781 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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782 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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783 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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784 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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785 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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786 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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787 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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788 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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789 Marit July 13, 2011

I love that one!!!!

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790 Angela July 13, 2011

Great Quote!!

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791 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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792 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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793 Rebekah July 12, 2011

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

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794 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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795 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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796 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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797 Hayley July 12, 2011

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

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798 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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799 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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800 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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801 Tracy July 12, 2011

I love Glo Bars!!!

BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU!!!

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802 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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803 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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804 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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805 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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806 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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807 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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808 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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809 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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810 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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811 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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812 Melissa July 12, 2011

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

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813 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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814 Cynthia July 12, 2011

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

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815 Carmen July 12, 2011

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

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816 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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817 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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818 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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819 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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820 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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821 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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822 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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823 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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824 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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825 Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) July 12, 2011

Breath. It is the key to everything!

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826 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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827 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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828 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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829 Lyn @ Life Lyn Style July 12, 2011

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

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830 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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831 Heather July 12, 2011

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

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832 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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833 Sarah July 12, 2011

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

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834 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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835 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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836 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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837 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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838 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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839 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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840 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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841 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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842 rq July 12, 2011

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

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843 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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844 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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845 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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846 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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847 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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848 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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849 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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850 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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851 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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852 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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853 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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854 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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855 Kelly Edmi July 12, 2011

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

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856 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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857 Ellie@fitforthesoul 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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858 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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859 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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860 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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861 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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862 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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863 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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864 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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865 Lola July 12, 2011

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

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866 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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867 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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868 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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869 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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870 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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871 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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872 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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873 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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874 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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875 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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876 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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877 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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878 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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879 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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880 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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881 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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882 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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883 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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884 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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885 allison July 12, 2011

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

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886 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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887 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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888 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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889 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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890 Amber July 12, 2011

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

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891 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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892 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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893 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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894 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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895 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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896 Hadley@HadleyHolistics 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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897 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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898 Nicole July 12, 2011

“You are stronger than you think”

:)

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899 Jessica D. July 12, 2011

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

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900 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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901 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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902 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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903 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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904 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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905 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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906 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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907 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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908 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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909 Katie July 12, 2011

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

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910 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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911 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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912 Dana Baumgartl July 12, 2011

“If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort” –
Dave Weinbaum, Businessman, wr