Our first official Journey to Health story!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 14, 2008

Presenting our beautiful reader, Kaneil’s Journey To Health!

Her story:

Angela – thanks so much for this post.  You are a real inspiration for me! I feel like I am finally at my turning point and it helps a ton to have your blog to read every day.  My story is a lot like yours – met my boyfriend in high school, started dating 2nd year of college, went to grad school for two years and now I’m out in the real world.  Like I said before, I’ve struggled with my weight ever since high school.  I wasn’t very athletic, but always wanted to be.  I challenged myself to become a runner and even ran a half marathon with my boyfriend in April.  You are so right when you said that exercise can only do so much….I GAINED weight while training for the marathon.  I know that I can do anything physically, but it’s time for me to get my eating habits under control.


Kaneil running a half marathon in April (around mile 6 here!) Amazing!!!! =)


Her struggle: I have pretty much gotten the hang of eating healthy while working 9 hours of the day – but I always ruin it when I get home in the afternoons.  How do you typically handle after-work snacks and dinner?  I have already adopted a few of your tricks – I bought 3 cucumbers and have one for an afternoon snack! 

Answer: I must admit- late night eating is my hardest challenge to overcome as well. I am fine all day at work because I pack a big healthy lunch but night time is hard, especially in the winter. I have to be honest- I most certainly have bad nights…where I will eat too much of my baking goodies (I am constantly baking for others), but I try my best not to by filling up on healthy foods (salads, cukes, cereal) at night time. I also find sugary foods are a slippery slope- as soon as I taste something sugary, it is a vicious cycle and I often crave more and more of it all night long. I do my best when I dont have the first bite to begin with. I also try not to eat 2-3 hours before bed because I wake up feeling my best when I do this.

Her gut feeling: I feel like I was meant to stumble upon your blog last week.  I’ve never commented or emailed anyone from a blog, but I feel a strong connection to ohsheglows.  Cheesy, I know!

Answer: That is SO sweet and makes my day! =)


At her sister’s engagement party in September 2008!

My take: It honestly makes me the happiest person in the world to know that my blog can help someone who is looking to make positive changes in their life! I must give you a HUGE congrats on running a half marathon- that is HUGE!!! You are an inspiration to ME (and I am sure many other readers on this blog)! It is my goal to run a half next Spring probably in May.

For those of you who don’t know how long a half marathon is, it is 13.1 miles/21.1 km! Way to go!!!


If you’d like to submit your personal Journey to Health story, please email me at: [email protected]!


Tonight was pretty productive!

I got my hair cut, my pants hemmed, new dishware on sale, and I baked Eric’s coworker Oatmeal Raisin Toffee Cookies. They turned out Delicious, however they kind of fell apart on me! I’m not sure what happened. I think I made them too big and didn’t cook them long enough. I cooled them on the pan for a while and they should be ok. Regardless, they will be still taste yummy for Jason! I ate too many of these cookies- oops!

I also did a slew of push-ups….possible foreshadowing for my an upcoming OSG’s fitness video???? ;)

Here is the dishware I bought. Eric and I have been meaning to get a new set of dishes for years now. We still have been using the old set our parents gave us for university! I thought it was time to get some grown up dishware. I found this awesome set by Debbie Travis on sale for $25 off! Yessss.


I am obsessed with square plates right now.


Biggest. tea. mug. ever.


Is this a great oatmeal bowl or what?!


Ok, I think we are off to see a movie tonight! Not sure what yet though….will report with a review tomorrow! I will continue my Road to Health this weekend….I think my fingers need a break from this keyboard! :D

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

~Albert Schweitzer



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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl November 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm

WONDERFUL Journey to Health story!!!

Looove all the new dishware!!

Enjoy your evening!!


Sally November 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm


First off I want to thank you for your dedication to helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle in a happy, balanced, sane way. You are an inspiration and your posts are fun to read and very personable. I came across your blog from SELF magazine’s eatlikeme.

I am a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy in Maryland and I’ll be going on to train as a Naval Flight Officer next year. This year, I have made a really strong effort to take control of my weight and start making healthy choices (starting by NOT eating in the mess hall, ever!). I have lost about 15 pounds and want to lose ten more. I feel a lot better, but I am still fighting those old, bad habits! I have put two pounds back on recently, much to my dismay. I try not to beat myself up for it, but it is tough! Do you have any good advice? I can’t cook for myself because I have to live in the barracks, but I do have a mini-fridge and access to a microwave.

Thanks so much,
Sally B.


Andrea November 14, 2008 at 10:16 pm

great post! i love the guest feature :D i just discovered your blog this week too and i have to say that i LOVEEEEEEE it!!!! those dishes are very classy too


Jennifer November 14, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Loving the dishes!!! Great dishes are like shoes to an outfit….they just set it off!!!

Congrats on your journey Kaneil…..all that work is paying off!! WAAHOOO!! :)


Sally November 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Sorry! It looks like that is something I should have put in an e-mail. I’m new to this blogs thing…

Congratulations to you Kaneil, good for you!!


Alicia November 14, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Wow, I have the same square bowl as you except that mine’s blue. Do we have great taste or what? :P


Angela November 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Thanks for your comments ladies!!!

Sally Thank you so much for your comment! And no, don’t worry- you don’t have to email me those comments! You can post it here or email me, either or! :D That is fantastic that you are in the US Naval Academy! How much longer do you have training? I can relate to your question about what types of foods you can prepare with just a mini fridge and microwave! I had the same dilemma in residence at university. Things that you could keep in the fridge: yogurt, health bars, portable fruit and veggies (apples, bananas, baby carrots, etc), string cheese, milk (with healthy cereals), lean sliced meat for sandwiches. I would suggest buying nuts like almonds in bulk and making your own trail mix with raisins and seeds. This is a very nutritious and energy dense snack when you need a pick me up. You could also stock up on some high fibre crackers and have that with cheese. Oats are cheap too, and you could use the microwave to make oatmeal. Amy’s has lots of good soups that you could heat in the microwave for a dinner with a sandwich and a piece of fruit. I know it is challenging, but I hope this helps you somewhat! Does the mess hall have salads? I would stock up on those and keep the dressing on the side. :D

Alicia Great minds think alike!!! :)


Leah November 15, 2008 at 6:09 am

Congrats Kaneil on such an inspiring story! Great job on the half marathon!!

Ange- love the dishes!


Mariposa November 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

Angela I love those dishes! Beautiful!

and good idea on the guest post, i wish my story were more inspiring!!!! maybe in a few months.. lol


Kaneil November 15, 2008 at 9:48 am

Love the dishes!

Thanks, everyone for the comments. I am still trying to conquer the toughest part and I’m sure that ohsheglows will play a major part in my future success. Thanks again! Hope you’re all having a nice weekend!


Erin November 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Thank you for the story Kaneil, you look beautiful and are an inspiration to my ongoing journey to health!


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