What I Learned In January 2009

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 1, 2009

Happy February everyone!

I must say, January was a really rocky start for me in 2009. I had my injury set back, job struggles, etc. but at the same time it was also a huge learning experience for me.

The two main things that I learned in January were:

1) When your body speaks, you must listen!

If you don’t have your health, you don’t have much. If you are feeling sore or tired listen to your body and give it rest. Our bodies are smart and sometimes we forget this. Pain is an indicator that something is wrong whether minor or major.

2) If you don’t have happiness no amount of money matters

This was the turning point of realization that finally gave me the courage to leave my job. It has been such a scary time, but I know that this will be a memorable turning point in my life.

What did you learn in January 2009?


This morning I had a fabulous green monster drink! I feel so energized, healthy, and refreshed when I drink one of these bad boys.

I have been asked a few times where I got the idea for these. I first learned about Kale Smoothies from the fabulous Kris Karr from TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cancer. She has a wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting blog here. I also have her book Crazy Sexy Cancer and can’t wait to get her new one- Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor. Whether you have cancer in your family or not, Kris shows you ways to fight cancer with food and a healthy attitude toward life.

Kris swears by her kale smoothies. She has one every morning and said that she has never felt better.

My kale smoothie consisted of the following fun foods:

  • 2 large spoonfuls of pumpkin
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1 Tbsp flax
  • 1 small ripe & bruised banana
  • 3/4 of a tiny wrinkled gala apple (I never waste food!)
  • 2 organic kale leaves


“Hers” and “Hers” ;)

Sunshine all around!


See you beautiful peeps later for my healthy pumpkin cake recipe and much more!!! :D

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Clark

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priyankalovesfood February 1, 2009 at 11:50 am

Hey i like this post! i have been dealing with some issues lately and over all this month has been pretty OK! I have a question, you said it is important to listen to your body! but how do you differentiate that the feeling of EXHAUSTION is really ‘exhaustion’ or just ‘laziness’? I have been under the radar for a quite a few days cuz ‘exhaustion?!?!?!’ has been really taking a toll on me!

This thing about my body is confusing me!!!


marafaye February 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm

January 2009 has been an interesting month… lots of cooking, getting a cold, lots of work…


Diana February 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Go you for leaving your job! That takes guts!

Your kale smoothie looks yummy…I’m going to have to try one of those out very soon! I have a banana smoothie planned for later, but no kale, so it will have to be later. :)


MaryBe February 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

TGIF! (Thank God it’s February!)
Let’s make it the best ever!


lauren February 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

sounds youve learned some greta stuff already in 2009 :)

ive definetly learned to love and accept myself more. and to focus on how i FEEL and my health rather than the size i am.

love the his and hers smoothies :)

have a great day hun


Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

So true! True success is when you are happy with what you are doing. Good for you girl!

Can’t wait for the healthy pumpkin cake recipe


VeggieGirl February 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm

#1 is what I learned too!! :-D


Melissa February 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for really making me think about what I have learned. At first I thought I had learned nothing. that was depressing. But I think I learned that it is important to have some organization and accountability for myself. If I someone asked me if I was type a or type b, I would say I am type z. Which is not always good, I am happy to be laid back and not easily worked up, but I find that I disappoint myself by not following through in many areas of life. Sorry for the long comment, you post really made me think.


Kayla February 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Hi Angela! I like to read your blog and think you are an inspiration. I am curious about what you think the calorie estimation is for the green smoothies?


carolinebee February 2, 2009 at 2:01 am

i saw her on oprah, she is soo awesome!! Beautiful scenery you are so lucky :D


Leah February 2, 2009 at 2:10 am

In January I learned that I can truly reach my exercise goals if I put my mind to it!

Still working on the job one, but that’ll come I hope!!


Leah February 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

Oh and I meant to say as well: in January I learned that the scale is really something that should sit on the floor and collect dust or be thrown out. Surely I knew this before but I think in January I REALLY confirmed this!!!


brandi February 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

love the “hers” and “hers”


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