Summer Glow Boot Camp!

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


Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!!!!

Why I am proud to be Canadian:

I am proud to be a Canadian because we are FRIENDLY people! It sounds cliché, but it is TRUE!

I also love the beauty of our country and the diversity in climate that you find all over. Where else can you find several inches of snow in the summer?! ;) Sadly, I haven’t even visited a tiny portion of Canada’s countryside, but I would LOVE to do a cross country trip some day! :)

Yes, I love BEER, HOCKEY, and love to say ‘EH’ just like the rest of ‘em…but I DON’T live in an igloo (although I think my dad did as a kid).

And because who doesn’t love some good Canadian jokes…

A Canadian is walking down the street with a case of beer under his arm.
His friend Doug stops him and asks, "Hey Bob! Whacha get the case of beer
"I got it for my wife, eh." answers Bob.
"Oh!" exclaims Doug, "Good trade."

In Canada, we have two seasons…six months of winter and six months of poor snowmobiling

I hope those put a smile on your face! ;)


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The Summer Glow Boot Camp has officially begun!!!


Visit the SGBC page to read all about it!


Want to participate in the SGBC?
Simply leave a comment on this post letting me know your best healthy living tip! :)

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nic July 1, 2009 at 7:51 am

Happy Canada Day first!! ;) I’d love to be in Canada right now! :)

And thanks for this awesome new Challenge!! I’m on my way to explore the new page and I’m really eager to get this started!!
This Challenge will go better then the last!! (In which I really sucked!!)
So thanks!! And have a nice day!! <3


Katie July 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

my best health living tip is that i go on three 30 minute walks a day which is a total of 10,000 steps and they say walking 10,000 steps a day is the best way to keep your body healthy from disease. I spread each walk out from morning, afternoon and evening, and i feel great after each walk! :)


Jocelyn July 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

yay! happy Canada day!! EHHH! :D I love having Canada day off and celebrating our country! :D

I’m in so many challenge’s right why the heck not lol

Sounds so exciting.
I guess my healthy living tip..that I try to go by..= embrace balance…drink a buttload of water, eat healthy, but also eat some sweets, get outside and get moving! Pretty simple ;) I am putting that glowbootcamp ad in my sidebar riiiight now.


Marina July 1, 2009 at 8:05 am

Happy Canada day!
I definitely want to participate!
my best tip would be: Learn to love exercising, not because it makes you thin, love it because it makes you happy and strong. Enjoy healthy food, because it nourishes you the way you deserve, and it’s pretty tasty! : )


hk July 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

I’m in! So excited to participate!! My healthy living tip: be prepared with healthy meal and snack ideas for daily eats while at home and vacation- healthy meals are easy with a well stocked fridge of produce! Also, find ways to be active everyday- just MOVE!! Xoxxo thanks ange :)


Hangry Pants July 1, 2009 at 8:11 am

Happy Canada Day my Canadian friend.

Also, I went to my first Lululemon the other day and thought of you and your love for it!


Pam July 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

Yay! I’m so excited to start this. I love how it focuses on being healthy!

My biggest healthy living tip is planning ahead with my meals and snacks. It’s a huge help to keep me from eating unplanned food.

Thanks for starting this, you are truly and inspiration!


Janie July 1, 2009 at 8:14 am

I’m definitely in! I’m so excited about this challenge, hopefully it will help me to overcome my negative attitude and help me get to a better place with my relationship with myself. Thanks for doing this! My healthy living tip is to learn to love exercise for the way it makes you feel, not the way it makes you look. I’m working on this one myself…


Ashley July 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

Hi Angela! :) Happy Canada Day! I was born very close to Canada (Niagara Falls) so a little part of me is celebrating! ;)

I am SO excited to participate in SGBC in July! I actually JUST got engaged to my boyfriend this past Sunday (he proposed on the TOP of Mt. Washington – after we climbed to the 6,288 ft. summit! It’s the tallest mountain in the North East!). I am so excited to start wedding planning – which also includes getting my “healthy self” back up to par. :) My healthy living tip: Don’t think of exercise as a chore – any daily activity can become exercise! Cleaning, dancing around, walking to the grocery store, etc.

Excited to get started today! :)


Krista July 1, 2009 at 8:19 am

Hi Angela! I started reading your blog at the very end of the BBBC and I am so excited to get to participate in this one! My favorite healthy living tip: eat well when you can control it (ie. home cooked meals) but don’t stress when you can’t control it. Also, exercise should be fun for you and make you feel good- NOT just to lose weight!


kim July 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

Yay for SGBC! I’m so excited for this! I’ve been trying to stay motivated and since we just booked our photographer for the wedding and engagement shoots (eek!) I’m really wanting to look my best so I feel good and show my “inner glow” on these pictures.

My best healthy living tip is moderation and balance. I tend to do really well or do nothing. I need to learn how to stay in the middle and be happy. I’m getting better.


Katherine July 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

Yay! I’m in for the SGBC!!

My tip is: Do something you love every single day :)


Ellen July 1, 2009 at 8:22 am

My Healthy Living Tip is to get some exercise every single day! It’s amazing what a 10 minute walk or quick yoga session can do to brighten my mood. :)


shannon July 1, 2009 at 8:22 am

I’m in! So excited about this!!!

My healthy living tip:
You have to make your health a priority. There is always time to get in a quick exercise if you really want it. Eating good and exercising should not be thought of with dread. I think of it as a lifestyle and not a diet.


Sam July 1, 2009 at 8:24 am

I missed participating in the BBBC and am super excited to be around for the SGBC! One of my best healthy living tips is to simply enjoy what you are doing. Find exercise and activity that you love. Find healthy foods that excite your taste buds. Love the feeling of your body after a healthy meal or invigorating sweat session. The more you find joy in life, the more you are likely to continue to pursue that healthy lifestyle and (of course) the happier you will be.

Also, it’s all about balance!


Whitney July 1, 2009 at 8:28 am

I am so excited for SGBC! My best healthy living tip is simple. Drink LOTS of water. I drink water all through the day and probably get in about 100 oz each day. It helps keep my skin clear and GLOWING!


Brandi C July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

Surround yourself with positive people who encourage and you and lift you up!


Amie July 1, 2009 at 8:30 am

I’m so excited to participate in the SGBC! My favorite healthy living tip: Make time for myself…whether I am working out, reading, napping, etc….I need it for my sanity.


Maureen July 1, 2009 at 8:30 am

Happy Canada Day
I am reading this while drinking my first Green monster very good, I cannot wait to start this program. It may be corny and an old remedy but my healthy tip is “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” really is a true way to stay healthy.


Jennifer July 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

Happy Canada Day!!!

My tip: Do some form of activity every day.


Baylee July 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

Im in! And my number 1 healthy living tip is STAY HYDRATED and drink LOTS of water!!


Kayla July 1, 2009 at 8:38 am

I’m totally in!
My tip: move a little everyday, even if it’s just a quick walk around the office.


Erika July 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

Yay!! Count me in! My healthy tip is totally cliche, but everything in moderation. When I am craving something ‘bad’ I allow myself a little taste so I don’t binge later.


Shelby July 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

Happy Canada Day! I’ve always wanted to visit but the cold puts me off haha.

My best healthy living tip: Think positive thoughs and be happy!


CATIEDIDIT July 1, 2009 at 8:43 am

I’m excited about this because I discovered your blog way too late to join the last challenge!

My best healthy living tip is playing ultimate frisbee a couple times a week. It’s a fast paced, team sport (kind of like soccer but with a frisbee). It forces me to push myself athletically (running and sprinting), but also gives me other health benefits. For example, finding a team to play with when I moved to a new city gave me a bunch of new friends and tons of opportunities to laugh and smile. I definitely think enjoying your life is a healthy living tip!


Maxine July 1, 2009 at 8:47 am

My tip: Eat to live, not live to eat.

This is especially important for people who eat processed foods that are bad for you. Although, now that I eat clean most of the time, I eat to live and live to eat because healthy food is really tasty. Nothing better than shrimp, mango, avocado, black beans, cilantro and lime.


So July 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

Happy Canada Day!
I am sooooo excited about the SGBC. I recently discovered your blog and I am hooked! I read all about the BBBC, and it sounded so much fun. I am 6 wk postpartum, and I have started exercising 4 weeks ago on my own doing yoga for the core, walking, Jillian videos and a bit of running. However I see the SGBC as a source of motivation and a fun, challenging way to get stronger and back in shape WITHOUT overobsessing on the scale numbers.

My healthy living tip: think “rainbow” when it comes to your plate – each day choose foods that comes in a variety of colors.


Kate B July 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

My healthy living tip is that I schedule my workday to have a workout. I know I do best when I workout before going to work, but if I know I have to wait until after work it is scheduled in there and that is my time!

Also something that has made my life happier and healthier is straining 1% yogurt (this is for thickness) to make homemade Greek yogurt. I am always so happy to have it as dessert or a snack with berries! It is so thick and creamy and delicious!

I’m so excited to do this!



Candice July 1, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’m so excited for the summer boot camp. I didn’t participate in the last one, and I wished that I did! Thanks for doing another one!

My best healthy living tip is to find exercise you enjoy. For the last few weeks I’ve been dreading working out because I was burnt out on what I was doing. So the day before yesterday I went and joined a new gym. I have loved getting up to go to classes the last couple of days. It is so amazing to actually look forward to your workout!


leatitia (inspire lea) July 1, 2009 at 8:51 am

Happy Canada day! I’m working today (had my day off Monday instead – I think it’s ridiculous, working on a national holiday!) but I’m still in the spirit with red nails and a big smile :)

Have a great day and have fun at your picnic! :)


Christina July 1, 2009 at 8:53 am

My healthy living tip is to go food shopping at least once a week. I can make much healthier meals when I have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand!


Sarah Jayne July 1, 2009 at 8:55 am

My favorite healthy living tip (since I have MANY!) is to keep in mind the 80-20 overall “rule”- 80% clean nutrition eating & 20% craving-inserted-here. It keeps me sane, and prevents any feelings of guilt or shame for indulgences! Life is too short to limit ourselves!


Megan July 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

My healthy living tip is drink lots of water!! Happy Canada Day Angela!


Danielle July 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

Happy Canada Day to you! I have only been to Vancouver, and loved it, I am sure the rest of the country is gorgeous as well!

I’m in for SGBC! My tip: get outside and breathe fresh air! Being cooped up inside all day takes its toll after some time, so enjoy the sunlight!


Sarah July 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

My favorite healthy tip is to exercise no matter what you do and to do what you enjoy. Why spend an hour of your life doing something you hate? Find a cardio, heart pumping activity that you love then you will start to love exercise :)


Katy G. July 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

My tip is Be flexible! Life happens and sometimes you can’t workout for an hour, but you do have 15 minutes! This tip has helped me lose 30 pounds (I used to be all or nothing!!).


Kelly July 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

Yay! This looks like fun :-)
My healthy living tip is freshness — fresh veggies, fresh fruits, fresh meat, fresh everything-you-can-get-your-hands-on.
A lot of people say it’s more expensive, but I’ve found buying my freshness at a local farmer’s market makes it way more affordable than the grocery store!

And probably my second one (since it’s a tie in my mind) is my exercise. I ALWAYS ALWAYS do it. When I started, I had to think of it kind of like work — it isn’t an “option” if I go to work, so it isn’t an “option” if I work out! But now, after 3 years of continual exercise, I find I really miss it if I don’t do it.


Help Meghan Run July 1, 2009 at 9:03 am

My best tip: love yourself and be healthy for yourself. Don’t exercise like crazy and restrict your eating to just lose weight, but do things that are good for you. Drink water, eat healthy, be active, and SLEEP.


Jess July 1, 2009 at 9:04 am

My best living tip is to surround yourself with love. People, pets, memories, etc. You can’t help but feel good about yourself when love is all around you.

(Of course, eating healthy and exercise is also important!)


Amy July 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

VEGGIES! Keep them on hand and available… in the purse, etc. Helps me curb the afternoon hungries!


Kimberly Lee July 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

I am so excited about the SGBC. My healthy living tip is one that I have borrowed from MizFit. Instead of think of exercise as a “workout” I think of it as a “playout”. When we were younger, we just played – it was fun, we were active and we felt great. Now I try to find ways to “play” every day – dodgeball with my nieces, tag with my nephews, biking with my husband. I find that this simple shift in thinking makes me look forward to the exercise time instead of dreading it.


Katie July 1, 2009 at 9:13 am

I’m a relatively new reader of your blog and I’m super excited to participate in the SGBC! I have definitely had a negative mindset lately and have been looking for a positive boost. July is my month to make my turn around!

My healthy tip is that you have to make a lifestyle change both in mind and body to be truly successful at achieving a healthy life. But sometimes you are going to fail, you just have to stay positive and keep going.


Jamie July 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

What a great idea! I’m all in!

My healthy tip is not to worry about what other people think or say. For years, I compromised my eating habits just to avoid the comments from others. Now I realize that my healthy eating can be an inspiration to others if I let it! :)


kathleen July 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

my healthy living tip is very simple, but super effective. whenever i feel stressed, tired, or upset i walk. a short trip around the block turns into a nice long head clearing walk.


Jenn July 1, 2009 at 9:19 am

Happy Canada Day!

My healthy living tip:

Remember to be good to yourself FIRST – get pampered, eat well, exercise regularly. Since I have two small kids, I often say…”a happy Mom = a happy family” but this really applies to anybody, not just those of us who are parents. I believe if we feel great and are happy and content with ourselves, it directly translates into happy people surrounding us.


Coley July 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

I am so excited about SGBC!
My best healthy living tip is to do a couple yoga poses or strength moves while I’m watching one of my favorite tv shows! It’s easy to keep doing exercises when you have some good entertainment on. I set a goal each Sunday for what stregth moves I want to do each day at minimum. If I’m in front of a good show, I often find I do more than the minimum;)


Anamaria July 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

I would love to participate in the SGBC.
I have been struggling with my self-image and my eating habits. Therefore, my healthy tip is to love myself and pamper myself in a way that I take care of my body and my spirit. I make it a point to eat healthy and exercise every day. As long as I exercise and eat pretty healthy most of the time I am happy and I feel better about myself. But I have a long way to go :)
Thanks Angela!


Michelle July 1, 2009 at 9:24 am

Thanks for organizing this! I’m excited to participate!

My healthy living tip is to fuel your body with plenty of whole foods! And once you do, you’ll realize just how delicious and satisfying clean eating is! Energy levels go up and you simply feel great from the inside out.


MarathonVal July 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

Haha, I love the beer trade joke!


Courtney's Concoctions July 1, 2009 at 9:28 am

I sure am missing Canada today, being in Switzerland. Happy Canada Day – wear some red and white, paint leaves on your cheeks and drink at least one beer in honour of this magnificant country!


Brittany July 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

i’m joining this time because with your last challenge I came in at the end so I didn’t really stick to it. This time i’m starting at the beginning and hope to see a big difference in one month!!!!
my get healthy tip is to practice yoga EVERYDAY. even 20 minutes a day is enough. It helps you become more flexible and much more relaxed. It’s my favorite form of exercise


Krystina July 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

The SGBC looks great! I’m so excited to have recently found your site.

My favorite healthy living tip is to pencil in exercise as part of my schedule and treat it as any other appointment I have to follow through on. It really works!


Alex July 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

Count me in!!!
My tip? Make your own whole foods- don’t rely on the prepackage stuff!
Also, water, water, water, all the time!


Kayzilla July 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’m in this one! You know, I want to get my butt back in shape by august.. what better way to do so then with the motivation of some kickass prizes? Haha!

My healthy tip is to.. just dance! C’mon. Burns a little extra calories, loosens everything up, and it’s fun as hell. You don’t need equipment, and sometimes you don’t even need music to bust out a couple of moves. It can be done practically anywhere. It’s especially handy when you don’t have any motivation to work out that day. :)


charlene July 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

I have family in Vancouver, I love Canada!!! beautiful, beautiful.

The bootcamp sounds like fun!! wish I could be there.



Laura S July 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

Count me in!!!

My healthy tip: Sneak in exercise in your day by talking a walk on your walk or try a yoga class on your lunch break!


tricia July 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

i’ve never done one of these before, but i’m excited to try!
My healthy tip is to try to do something healthy for yourself each day the more I do the healthier i become

thanks for all you do! mykids and I love the food we’ve made off your recipes!


Erin July 1, 2009 at 9:52 am

YAY SGBC so exciting! I am definately in.

My best healthy living tip is to move your body and listen to your body! You don’t have to do anything major or strenuous just MOVE and LISTEN! Also, sweat is your friend, it is sexy and means you are doing amazing things to your body!


Carolyn July 1, 2009 at 9:52 am

Great revamp Angela :-)

My healthy tip… Which is by no means mine originally, but i think of it often, in regards to eating… “Check it before you wreck it”

…and i have a magnet on my fridge (available at WFd’s) is “Never, Never, Never give up”


bobbi July 1, 2009 at 9:54 am

Looks great girl, you worked so hard on this and it looks beautiful! You know I am in :)


Jean Mitchell July 1, 2009 at 9:54 am

I would like to join the summer boot camp! I’ve been excited to hear about it for days!

I think my healthiest habit is slowly conquering my bad food habits and trading them for healthier ones. I’ve switched to super healthy breakfasts and lunches (Green Monsters, no meat lunches high in protien, veggies and good carbs!) I’ve been solidly getting in 5 servings of colorful fruits and veggies.


bobbi July 1, 2009 at 9:55 am

oops best healthy living tip, life is all about balance, you can still eat your FroYo and be one sexy beast!


Katie July 1, 2009 at 9:57 am

Oh my gosh! I’m totally doing this, I’m so excited!!

My best tip is just to move! My worse days only get better with some exercise, be it a run, Shredding, yoga or a walk with a friend (or hubby). Moving my body always lifts my spirits.


Erica July 1, 2009 at 9:57 am

I am so excited about SGBC!!! This is just what I need to keep my summer active. Thank you!!
My health tip is about saying active.
If you lay out your workout clothes before you go to bed it gives that little extra boost you need to get going in the early morning hours.


Kelly July 1, 2009 at 9:58 am

Wow – you’ve sure put a ton of work into this! Thank you. I hope to learn balance through this but I have a LONG way to go. My healthy tip is to have a positive attitude. Our internal talk can really drag us down. Thanks again!!


Shelly July 1, 2009 at 9:59 am

I have been so excited about the summer glow boot camp! I have 2 healthy living tips. 1) Eat a big, filling, delicious, healthy breakfast. 2) Spend plenty of time with your friends, significant other, and family and treasure every moment of it!


Kat July 1, 2009 at 9:59 am

hi! I recently discovered your website and am so excited to participate….my best health tip is drinking water and being able to continue on even if you falter!


Erin July 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

I am excited to be participating in this bootcamp!

My healthy living tip would be to get exercise in morning, it gives you a great energy boost and reduces the need for caffeine so much throughout the day!


CD July 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

I’m so excited to participate in this, I found your blog only after the last bootcamp had already started and I was extremely excited that you agreed to put together a summer version.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION – something my mom always instilled in me. And, with my yoga training and teaching – BALANCE! Linked together = a happy and healthy life.


rebecca July 1, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hi Angela, Thank you so much for doing this. My tips to healthy living are eating well, trying to exercise everyday, drinking green monsters in the a.m, drinking lots of water, and loving myself. Thanks for all your inspiration. I think you should write a book!! Best, Rebecca


Alice July 1, 2009 at 10:02 am

Great job, Angela! I’ve been waiting for this since you first hinted about it.

My healthy living tip is to remember every thing you do for your body, but positive and negative, is for YOU and for nobody else. And when you learn that, I feel like you become truly motivated to make the right choices because you realize you’re the ultimate benefactor of great, positive decisions made.


Krista July 1, 2009 at 10:02 am


K, a healthy living tip…eat a nutricious breakfast everyday to give your body and mind the best possible start.

Canada is a great country, EH? :)


Kristie Lynn July 1, 2009 at 10:03 am

My tip would be to always ENJOY the changes you are making to become healthier. If you aren’t doing what you enjoy, then do something else! :)

I’m excited to do this. I didn’t do the last one… so here we go!


Allison July 1, 2009 at 10:04 am

Awesome Angela! I am so excited for SGBC!

My healthy living tip is to ALWAYS carry a water bottle with you – makes it so easy to drink lots of water!


Jocelyn July 1, 2009 at 10:06 am

I am so excited to do my first glow bootcamp!

My healthy living tip(s) are to drink tons of water, eat a nutritious breakfast, and to make exercise a habit.


Danielle July 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

I can’t wait to start! My best healthy living tip is to avoid processed chemical ridden foods. And of course to stay active, no matter what your doing!


Aileen July 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

I’d like to participate. My healthy living tip is to making my healthy meals as delicious and tempting as possible so that I’ll be less tempted to eat something else!


jessica July 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

I dunno if this has been mentioned before but I am a BIG believer in balance. To me it’s what healthy living is all about. You DON’T need to exercise 7days/week for 2hrs and you DON’T need to eat the healthiest food 100% of the time. You can have your cake and eat it too!

Yay for SGBC!!!


brandi July 1, 2009 at 10:18 am

Happy Canada Day!

My best healthy living tip is to find your healthy that makes you happy! It’s not worth doing what someone else is doing if you’re not happy and enjoying your life. You know what’s best for you, so just keep at it!

I’m SO Excited for the boot camp! I’m printing off my calendar + exercises today :)


ari July 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

i’m so excited for this challenge!
my best healthy living tip is fitting in some sort of exercise every day. it could be anything, just get up and move around! i know i always feel better after a good workout:)


Ali July 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

I’m excited to be part of this! My healthy living tip is to always read ingredients (even if it seems healthy). If you can’t even pronounce the first three ingredients, they have no business being in your body.


N.D. July 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

I’m in! best tip: find a routine for working out and eating that is balanced and makes you happy!


Lisa July 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

My best healthy living tip: eating whole foods. In college I lived on processed foods (Top Ramen for lunch and dinner). I was vegetarian, but not very healthy. Since eliminating processed foods I feel so much better and have a ton of energy! Looking forward to boot camp!


RunToFinish July 1, 2009 at 10:22 am

wow angela you have put so much thought in to this it’s truly wonderful.

my best tip: embrace your life and enjoy every minute. you only have one body so love it for all the great things it can do and teh ways it serves you


elliebelle July 1, 2009 at 10:23 am

I’d love to participate in SGBC! My best healthy living tip is to keep moving! Whether it just be deciding to walk over to a co-worker’s office instead of calling or emailing, or taking a parking spot further away from the store, or a full on workout. I feel as long as I keep active throughout the day, it helps me overall to be a healthier person.


Francesca July 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

Eat REAL whole foods! drinks lots of water, take vitamins, exercise in the way that makes you feel your best and SLEEEPP!


Jenn July 1, 2009 at 10:25 am

I caught the end of your first Bootcamp and the awesome results you had with it, so I thought: This might be for me! I already exercise daily, but I would like help in honing in on toning certain body parts and, of course, eating habits. I tend to be a big snacker…and love my carby totilla chips and things that just don’t fill me up. I wish I reached for only the healthy snacks like raw veggies all the time, but that’s not what I crave. I would like help on getting my cravings under control!!



Jenn July 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

Oh, healthy living tip…exercise! And, I love going to a gym or group exercises to help hold me accountable.

And, would you mind posting or emailing back about what body parts you measured for the previous Bootcamp?


Low July 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

My healthy tip is to try new fruits and vegetables! Learn to love healthy foods by trying things in new and exciting ways. The only way to eat healthy for the long haul is to actually enjoy what you’re eating.

Love the challenge, SO EXCITED!!!


Natalie July 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

I am getting ready for my wedding in October so I thought this will be a fun and inspiring way to keep up my fitness routine beforehand and to shake things up a bit.

My best healthy living tip is to try to stay present, grounded and open no matter what is going on around me.


TorontoGirloutWest July 1, 2009 at 10:31 am

First – Happy Canada Day!!!!!!!!

Second – You did an amazing job with this! I’m totally in!!!!

Third – My tip is to remember that you’re worth it. If you believe that then everything else will fall into place.


nicole h July 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

wow this is amazing! i am def going to do this whole month! my best health tip is dont stress over the small stuff and let yourself eat cake when you really want it, but in moderation


Jenn July 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

I’m in! My best tip would have to be plan ahead! Be proactive, not reactive. You’ll never find time, you have to make time.


Sharon July 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

Never participated in this kind of thing so quite excited. My best tip is to drink water and eliminate the caffeine. Does wonders for your skin AND sleep! :)


J.L. July 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

Hi Ange,
I never tried this before but i’m exctied. I’m kicking off my own blog today as well. Yikes!


Jessica July 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

So excited for the boot camp. I have noticed I really need to tone up after a long break from exercise due to injury. You definitely put a lot of work into this, and it looks great!!

My best health tip = make exercise fun. Don’t do it just to look good, do it because of how it makes you feel. I love to take walks with my fiance after dinner because we get to spend time together and unwind after our day. It doesn’t hurt that we may be burning some extra calories also :)


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

I think Wisconsin should be included as part of Canada. Haha, we have terrible weather here too… we basically have 2 months of summer and 10 months of winter. Personally, I hate it, but what can ya do? ;)

HAHA! Loved those joke Angela. Too cute!



Victoria July 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

I am so in!!!

I am really looking forward to the boot camp!! JULY is going to be AWESOME! The Healthy tip I follow is I always take the stairs. (Okay :)anything above 6 floors I take the elevator LOL)


Jodi July 1, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m totally excited to participate in the SGBC! I think my healthy tip is weekly planning of meals/snacks, along with trying a new fruit or veggie every week.


Michelle Hisae July 1, 2009 at 10:48 am

What I’ve learned over the past few years is to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. A lot of times I ate what I had read/thought was good for it or exercised how I thought I should, but the real key to success is to just LISTEN and eat/do what makes ME feel best!

I can’t wait to start this challenge! I missed the last one, so it’ll be fun this time around for me!


Jenn July 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

Hi Angela!

I have only recently stumbled upon your blog and have ever since been inspired by your words and our wonderful outlook on life!

I have already learned so much from you about how to truly bring out your inner glow!

I am very excited about partaking in the Summer Glow Boot Camp! In the last year I have lost over 35 pounds and have been truly struggling with allowing my body to be truly healthy. I believe that SGBC will play a big role in my continued transformation!


Andrea July 1, 2009 at 10:52 am

I am so excited about your Boot Camp, Angela, and I love that you include self-esteem and self-love exercises also. So cool. The biggest self-care tip I have is to do something nurturing for myself every single week. I actually write a little box on my calendar each week to remind myself to take some time to sit and breathe deeply, read a magazine, do my nails–whatever it is that will make me feel good and responsible only for myself. Once I’ve done my nurturing activity for the week, I get to check off my box. I know, it seems crazy that I only do one nurturing activity per week, but I’m a buy gal! And being responsible for checking that box off motivates me to slow down a little bit and listen to what I need to do to take care of myself each week.


april July 1, 2009 at 10:52 am

Best healthy living tip? That’s a hard one- there is so many! Well I think the best healthy living tip is to enjoy each new day that is given to you and surround yourself with things that you love! Don’t settle for anything- do what you love!


TanyaS July 1, 2009 at 10:53 am

Your passion to inspire other people shines through once again!

I am excited for the “mini” boot camp sessions, it makes it less intimidating than having a hour sweat session ahead of you, even if you still do the hour on top of the toning.

My healthy living tip is to do something active everyday, even if its just a 20 minutes walk – get off the sofa!


Danielle C. July 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

Count me in! I already put a link for SGBC on my sidebar. :)


Micco July 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

Deffffinitely participating and will be putting the logo on my blog.


Claire July 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

My best healthy living tip is to try to eat as cleanly as possible. I love how I feel because of not eating processed foods, dairy or meat. I know it might not be for everyone to cut out meat and dairy, but it has made me feel great! Also, move when you can. I don’t always have time for an official work out, but I try to walk throughout my day as much as possible. While working, I will eat lunch at my desk and take a lunch break to walk outside for at least a half an hour. I am excited to participate in the boot camp!


Alice July 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

Hello Angela,
Happy Canada Day to you too! EH!
I started reading your blog about 2 months ago, I am starting my own road to weightloss and find that the best healthy living tip I can live by is to get out there and move.
I look forward to participating in this challenge.
Thank you!


Emily July 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

My best tip would be not having an all or nothing attitude. SO often people get caught up in the mentality that if they eat something “bad” that they might as well give up for the day, or if they can’t workout for an hour or more than they might as well not do it. I’ve fallen victim to this mentality so many times myself.

I can’t wait for this challenge! I already put the logo on my blog, i missed the last challenge, so i’m glad i caught this one.


Mariel July 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

My tip is to be consistent with exercise, but know when to take a break, and to eat the foods that your body craves with an emphasis on healthy fruits, veggies, and whole grains.


Melanie July 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

I’m definitely in on this one:). Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

My Healthy Tip: Cook healthy meals in bulk, so you’ll have extra to freeze for a quick, home-made “Lean Cuisine” meal. This helps me a ton when I’m getting ready for work and don’t want to take the time to make something involved.


Jessica July 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

Here I am!!! I am ready to enter the SCBC and I’m fashionably 2 hours late (haha!).
My best healthy living tip is to do what you love as often as possible. Without something in your life that you love, stress and depression ensue and take over your life!
For me, it is running and photography.
Matching this with consistent exercise and healthy eating will do wonders in one’s life!


Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

I swear my boyfriend is Canadian. “Beer and Hockey” is his middle name. LOL.

My healthy living tip is eat real whole foods, exercise and enjoy treats in moderation!


Haleigh July 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

I am really looking forward to the Summer Glow Boot Camp! It sounds like July will be an amazing month. My healthy living tip is to just get outside! You don’t need to go to the gym to exercise. Use the resources that you have right outside your door.


Sarah July 1, 2009 at 11:08 am

What I’ve been learning lately is that it’s not about “losing weight” or “getting healthy” or exercising because you “need to”… The biggest thing I’ve learned is that if I’m only eating healthy to “lose weight,” then one bad day on the scale is enough to throw it all away because it’s “not working.” The reality is that it’s not about a number on the scale. It’s not about a clothes size. It’s about your health and taking care of yourself, and yeah, that other stuff is a part of it and will come in time, but the bigger picture is about so much more than the numbers. Now that I’m eating better, I feel better. Working out makes me feel better. The rest,… it’ll come… and when it does, that’ll be great, but a bad weigh in or a pair of pants fitting tightly is no longer enough for me to throw it all out the window.

I’m really looking forward to this one! Yay!!


Christa July 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

My best healthy tip is to get your sleep. You can’t expect to have the energy to be your best when you don’t give your body a chance to recharge!


Kristen July 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi Ange,
I’m going to participate…hopefully I can get it all in :)

My healthy living tip is to hydrate. Water, water, and more water. (especially in the summer, but don’t forget that you need it in the winter too!)

Happy Canada day! The rain held out here in Ottawa for the 5 and 10K races, I’m guessing you guys were having rain already :(


Fitzalan July 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

Happy Canada Day!

And I’m in for SGBC. Just need to stay focused!

My healthy living tip–On days where your workout is feeling like a complete bear, turn it into a triathlon. 10-15 minutes doing 1 thing (running, 10-15 minutes doing something else (abs/pushups/lunges or a different type of cardio) and 10-15 minutes of something else (stretching, yoga or a third cardio). Before you know it, you’ve still done 30-45 minutes without feeling completely burnt out.

Happiness Awaits


Morgan July 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

I want to participate! This is going to be really exciting!

I have 2 healthy living tips: water and walking. I am constantly guzzling water. I have refillable water bottles everywhere, like my desk, my car, my desk, etc. that I am chugging out of all day. I have no idea how much I drink, but I know it far exceeds the “recommended” 64 oz. a day.

I also love to walk when I can. I would rather eat my lunch at my desk and use that time to get in a walk. I’ll walk to the further T stop or get off a stop earlier. Any chance I get, I’m hoofing it!


Linsey July 1, 2009 at 11:23 am

Hi Angela! Happy Canada Day! I cannot believe how beautiful Canada is, so green and crisp- I live in New Mexico and it is almost exactly opposite, dry and parched.

Thanks for this challenge. I REALLY need it. I am almost 28 and my husband and I have 5 beautiful kids from 7 down to 3 months old, and to say that I’ve lost touch with myself is an understatement. I don’t have a lot of healthy advice to give, as I am just sort of hanging on for dear life right now, but if I could give a tip it would be to SLEEP and have SEX!! Get as much sleep as you can, and “sleep” with your love as often as you are able. You don’t realize how beneficial these can be until you aren’t getting enough. Sleep and sex are the two most overlooked healthy activities you can do for yourself (and your husband or wife will thank you).

Thank you again Angela- I’m looking forward to this series.


Dancercise July 1, 2009 at 11:23 am

Happy Canada Day!

My healthy tip is nice and easy does it. As a dancer, I deal with injuries often, so I had to learn to listen to my body when I exercise. My main challenge is my back injury. If I even slightly overdo abs exercises, I would not be able to bear weight on one of my legs the next day. By trial and error, regular core exercise in small doses, taking baby steps, helped me go from not being able to walk in 2006, to competing ballroom at the US national championships this year.


allison July 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

My best healthy tip is moderation in everything. Get a good night’s sleep, but not too much.
Also, set a goal and stick to it! My fiancé and I wanted to get in shape for our wedding this september, so we signed up for (and are training for) a marathon that takes place 2 weeks after our wedding! The goal has really helped us stick to our plans. Also, having a partner who can encourage you really helps!


Jen July 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

What a great idea! I’m so excited to start! OK, my healthy tip? I like to plan portable snacks for me and for my kids when we’re out of the house. That way we don’t get hungry, cranky and eat the wrong thing. Thanks!


Zarah July 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

I would love to join this challenge! It looks pretty kick-butt. :D

My healthy living tip is listen to your body. Overdoing it or not taking a break when your body needs it can result in some nasty, lasting injuries. I hurt my knees trying to do too much too fast, and as a result I was unable to workout for six months. I still have to be careful of my knees and take good care of them so that the same thing doesn’t happen to me again. Taking a rest day is a GOOD thing…totally part of a healthy lifestyle. :)


Jess July 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

MY best living tip is to believe in yourself and always strive for your dreams. You can accomplish anything you want to. Just keep that smile on your face and keep reaching for those stars!

I can’t wait for this bootcamp!


Kady July 1, 2009 at 11:31 am

I am so excited to the SGBC! I missed the last one, so I am happy you decided to do another!

Healthy Living Tip: Bring fitness and nutrition to work! Nutrition: On Monday I bring a weeks worth of fruits, breakfasts, and snacks I can have during my 9-hour days. It keeps you away from the vending machine and keeps you snacking on healthy choices so you are not ravenous when you get home after a long day. Fitness: Squeeze in exercises- I have stairs in my building so when I realize I have been sitting for too long, I make myself get up and walk up and down the stairs a couple times. I park at the top of the parking garage even though there are spaces on the main floor. Sometimes ff I know I will not get a workout in that day, I’ll make myself do the stairs on the hour every hour, or everytime I have to use the bathroom, go to the one on the top floor.

Good luck everyone!


Kayte July 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hey Angela!

I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I also love to see the president’s choice products since I too am from Canada and it’s nice to see items that I am actually able to find on a blog.

My living healthy tip is actually quite a common one. When I think I’m feeling hungry, I always take a few sips of water (from a reusable water bottle, of course) to make sure that I am not just bored or thirsty. It’s small and simple, but I’m pretty sure it has saved me a few binges over the years.

I am so excited about this bootcamp, and happy Canada day to all of us Canucks!


Erin July 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

Always keep healthy portable snacks and a water bottle with you. I always have a stash of larabars or other snacks (dried fruit, nuts, granola) in my car & purse. I usually have fresh fruits and veggies available at work to snack on, too.


Kelly L. July 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

I want to participate! My healthy living tip would be to stay active and thing positivly. Little bursts of activity add up. Get moving. Relaxing is fine, and our bodies need to relax at times, but we were designed to be active. Also, there is so much to be said for the power of positive thinking. When we want to be our best, we strive to do our best and in turn feel our best!


Chelsea July 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

I am so excited for this boot camp!

My healthy living tip is pretty well known in the blog world. Everything in moderation! I believe the key is a balance of healthy nutritious food, with a mix of treats! No depriving ourselves. And of course, exercise, with a mix of rest days! Our bodies need rest to perform at their best.


Kris July 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

My best healthy living tip is to appreciate your body and listen to what it tells you! :)


Wiggs (The Beholder) July 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

HAPPY CANADA DAY! As a soon-to-be Canadian by marriage, I’m pretty excited for this new holiday. I feel like one of those kids who has a Jewish mom and a Christian dad so she gets to celebrate a week of Chaunukkah before Christmas. :)


Sherri July 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

My healthy living tip is to stop and take a few deep breaths every so often. I find that I spend a lot of time rushing though life – and I miss special moments and beautiful everyday happenings. I need to remind myself to literally stop and ‘smell the roses’ every so often – it really brightens my day!


Laura July 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

my best tip is to give up gluten-you’ll feel better immediately!


Caroline July 1, 2009 at 11:47 am

my healthy living tip is to not stress out about mistakes and failures


Shannon July 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

A tip (and I’m guilty of not taking my own advice!) is to take out your headphones and allow your thoughts and surroundings to be the soundtrack to your workout (especially running outdoors) at least once/week.


Holly S July 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

Can’t wait to participate in the SGBC! My healthy living tip is cutting down on dairy–I’m not completely vegan, but a lot of my stomach problems have gone away since I have cut down on dairy!


Chloe July 1, 2009 at 11:53 am

I’m so excited for the Summer Glow Boot Camp! My healthy living tip is to make sure I get enough sleep. If I’m tired I won’t be prepared for work, exercise, or even fun so I make sure to get in at least 8 hours a night if possible.

Now I’m going to go print off the calendar and add your sidebar to my blog – can’t wait to start!


Lauren C July 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

Can’t wait to start!

My healthy living tip is something I once read and will always remember, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”. I love this quote. I also drink tons of water, mmm!


Alexis July 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

I’m in. My tip is that the key is finding a balance between pushing yourself and listening to your body. You won’t make big strides unless to push through physical uncomfort and perhaps more importantly, mental block, but you also need to learn when your body is signaling to you to take a breather, have an easy day, eat a piece of chocolate.


Stacy July 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

I’m totally in. Ready to glow!


Kristen July 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

How fun! I’d love to participate. My healthy living tip: Every day is a new day. If you skipped a workout or over-indulged the day before, don’t beat yourself up! Just start fresh the following day.


Kori (All Things B.) July 1, 2009 at 11:59 am

Angela! The new challenge looks amazing! You are one hardworkin’ woman, so thank you for all the wonderful effort!

My healthy living tip is to treat eating well and exercise like any other vital task of your day. Would you go days without brushing your teeth- NO! Eating a balanced diet and getting in daily activity is just as important, so do it everyday and soon you’ll feel like somethings missing if you don’t!

Thanks again!!


Lori July 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I have been following your blog for a couple of months. I love your recipes and you are such a great source of inspiration on how to live life to the fullest. I am looking forward to the challenge. My healthy tip….as a working mother of a very busy little boy I have learned the importance of the little things. So easily lost in the daily rush of routine life. Children are amazing and find joy everywhere. My son is a constant reminder to slow down and appreciate our beautiful surroundings. Thank you Angela for being another source of inspiration in my life.


Holly July 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I’m so excited for the challenge, I’m looking forward to a healthy July… and the rest of the year, too.

My healthy tip is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. I am never without mine and I always stay hydrated. Great for that “glow”!!


Jess July 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I’m excited for the challenge too. I was planning on participating in the last one, but life got in the way, so I’m hoping to have better luck this time around.

My healthy tip is drinking tons of water. I keep a one liter bottle at my desk and refill it four times throughout the day to stay hydrated.


Allie July 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!! I love our country and all of the stereotypes that come along with it.

I am looking forward to my healthiest summer yet!

My healthy tip: Eat Breakfast… it’s a great way to start your day! It’ll give you the energy to get your exercise in and will also help improve mental alertness. Plus, everyone knows breakfast is the most important and, for me, yummiest meal of the day. There are so many options depending on your tastes. Yay Breakfast!


Allison K July 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Hello! I am delurking to join the Summer Glow Boot Camp!

my healthy living tip is: don’t try to compare yourself to others, find what works for you, make sure you enjoy it!


Heather July 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I’m in for the SGBC! This is just what I need to get me back in the game. Thanks!

My healthy tip: Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You need to focus on being the best you can be instead of trying to look like/be like someone else. Once you can change that mindset, you can accomplish anything without the feelings of failure.

(I know I work on this every single day! I will never be a size 2, but I can be someone who is strong and healthy and who will be around long enough to play with my grandkids some day.)


Dotsie July 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Happy Canada Day!

My healthy tip(s?):

-get enough sleep
-stay hydrated in the warm temps
-eat enough calories!
-cross train!
-make your workouts count: if you wake up super early to workout, make it count–push it like you would later in the day. No sense in a half-assed workout when you get up earlier than usual!
-ENJOY your workuts! Don’t do something you really don’t like!
-when you feel like you don’t want to be working out, aim for 20 minutes at least. If you, STILL want to stop, then stop, at least you got in those 20 minutes. If not, keep on going!


Meg July 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

My healthy tip is I do everything in moderation… including moderation. I eat healthy most of the time so on the night I want Chinese food, I have it. And I don’t feel bad about it. The next day I just start eating the way I always do again. I’m active pretty much every day, but some days I feel like staying in and reading all day long, so I do. I just walk a little bit farther the next day. I find that by thinking this way and not trying to abide by any strict rules either eating or exercising, being healthy is pretty much a no brainer!


Jenna Z July 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I am so excited!! I missed out on the last boot camp but I am SO in for this one! I am a big stress/boredom eater so my best tip is to wait 30 minutes before eating something that would totally ruin your hard work. I usually make sure I do something with my hands for those 30 minutes like knit or read a book so that I’m not fidgety and thinking about chucking food into my mouth. :)


Ryane July 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I like the idea of this challenge – count me in!

I do a lot of baking also… although not of the healthy variety that you do (check my blog for the “gruesome” details haha).
I used to have the biggest problem sitting down to a homemade salad. I like ordering them in restaurants and LOVE going to salad bars but that’s not reasonable or economical. So I started buying “pre-cut” or already prepared things that I liked to add at the salad bar. I can squeeze several salads out of these buys – just toss everything together… also handy in wraps/sandwiches. I know I could always take the time to chop everything but until then… this works!


Kristy July 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I am a runner…outside and treadmill. I have totally enjoyed breaking it up on the treadmill lately with high incline walks. It gets the sweat to drippin’!! I really feel like I get a better workout plus I have started doing treadmill push-ups. Not sure if I am doing them right but I know my arms are feeling it. I found your blog too late as well for the last boot camp. Super excited for this one!! Signed, Serious On the Glo bar lover!! Kristy :)


Zaidan July 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I am in!!

Healthy Tip: always carry healthy snacks with you. My friends know that at a movie, during intermission or even when taking the subway somewhere I always have a small container of raw nuts/figs (no sulphites) and some dark chocolate. It has come in handy so many times when I am out longer than I expected to be and need something to tide me over.

Love yourself and appreciate all the wonderful things about yourself!!!

Happy Canada Day to all!!


Ashley July 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

My healthy tip is to remind yourself that it isn’t all about being “thin” or “a perfect size.” Look at the bigger picture and strive to just be healthy and be YOU! Everyone is made differently and if we all looked alike, the world would be a very boring place!


Randi July 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I have to say I have never met an unfriendly Canadian! Happy Canada Day to my southern neighbors! (hehe – only an Alaskan can say this!)


Crystal ` July 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I am in for a kick-butt July!
My healthy living tip is to honor what our bodies need and drinking plenty of water.


Randi July 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Oops! I forgot about the SGBC! I am definitely in!
My healthy living tip: I travel alot and go through many airports. I always avoid the moving walking belts and the escalators. Take the stairs and power walk! It really gets my legs moving and my blood circulating before/after long flights. :)


Amy July 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

hmmmm, get up early and get the workout in before the kids wake up. That works best for me anyway. Happy Canada Day and looking forward to the SGBC!


Holly July 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I’m so excited to participate in this round of the boot camp! My best tip? Learn to love yourself first….the rest will come :)


amie July 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm

i’m in! and my best tip is SLEEP! i always glow after a good nap :)


Kate July 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

My healthy tip would be, which I am trying to follow myself, is be happy in the skin you are in. Make small, healthy changes to get to where you would like to be, which should be a healthy reasonable goal, and it will all fall into place. Be patient and love yourself. operation beatiful baby! I found your blog not too long ago and I love it. You are a very positive, nice person, go Canada! Too bad I live in New Jersey, people aren’t as nice.


Sonia July 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I am in! My tip is to drink a full glass of water the MOMENT I wake up! Sleep is so dehydrating and I think my morning water really replenishes me!


Kelly July 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

My healthy living tip is always pack your lunch on a bed of spinach and do wall-sits while it’s in the microwave at work!


Aaron @ CrossBorderCravings July 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Happ Canada Day!

So excited for boot camp to finally begin! :)

Best Healthy Living Tip: Drink water all day, everyday! It really makes or breaks the way you feel and helps prevents headaches! :)


Jen July 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m excited to join the boot camp. My tip is that I drink a ton of water and I’m mindful of what I eat. But, if I mess up, it’s ok and I don’t beat myself up about it.


Lindsay July 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I’m ready! I’m so excite to do this! I love working out but I always struggle with specific exercises to do so I am really pumped to begin. My best healthy living tip is that whenever I get a craving for something I know I shouldn’t have, I drink a glass of water. The water makes my craving go away and makes me realize that my “craving” was really just thirst!


Melissa July 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I stunk at the last challenge but I’ll try and do better this time!!

I always like to be prepared with a healthy snack when I know I’m not going to be home for a meal. That way I’m not tempted by an less healthy option. I also make sure that I get a 30 min walk in daily!!


Kristen July 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’m in! My healthy living tip is walking the 1.7 miles to class every day instead of driving on to campus. Good for me and good for the environment =]


Jerilynne July 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Hi Angela!

I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment on your blog before but I am really excited to be a part of your Summer Glow Boot Camp! I think it’s about time I switch things up a big =).

My healthy living tip – listen to your body! If you learn to listen, more often than not your body will tell you what it needs (or maybe doesn’t need) – so much easier than fighting against it!


cali July 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

My best healthy living tip is to start your day with one or two big glasses of water BEFORE coffee (if you drink it).


Mary July 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

My best healthy living tip is…Everything is good in moderation. Sometimes I go overboard but do my best to get right back on track.

I’m thrilled to join the challenge. I found your blog at the end of the previous bootcamp and didn’t get the chance to join.


Laura July 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

The challenge calendar looks great! Can’t wait to get started.

My healthy living tip is to sneak in exercise with your pets. I have an Australian Shepherd mix named Blue and her breed is naturally energetic, therefore needing lots of exercise. My boyfriend is on vacation this week so I’ve been taking her for long walks every day in his place. She’s been much more well behaved, and I can’t help but like the fact I am sneaking in extra exercise as well!


SarahF July 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I’m so excited for the start of SGBC! I’m a little bit late but it’s a random Wednesday off for me (yeah Canada Day) so I slept in :)

My best healthy living tip is remembering the saying: Everything in moderation-including moderation.

It makes me feel better when I have a day of excess and it keeps me on track with balancing my life in between work, socializing and exercising. to do the first 3 exercises :)


Ashley S July 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I’m in!

My healthy living tip is to make healthy splurges! I never feel bad buying a more expensive fruit, vegetable, spice to add to a meal. You only have one body and you should give it the best fuel you can afford.


Sarah July 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I am so excited to join the SGBC! My favorite healthy tip. Try to find everyday activities that can act as exercise also. I love it when I can work up a sweat, and say, get my floors clean, or play with my kids at the same time. Thanks for putting this all together Angela, I am excited to get started !


Milca July 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

My best healthy tip, is of course lots and lots of water.


Anne P July 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I want to participate! My healthy tip is bringing a water bottle with me every where – good for me AND the environment! Also, a really sweaty workout does wonders for my face – my skin is always really clear afterwards!


Lisa July 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I’m in!

My tip: Smile and laugh as often as you can!


katie July 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

very excited about the sgbc:) i think for me, the best thing i’ve learned to do is have a filling breakfast, cause if i don’t eat enough in the morning, i end up wanting to snack all afternoon.


Andrea July 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I am so excited for the SGBC! My healthy living tip is this: instead of fixating on calorie counting, focus on incorporating 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet each day. You’ll be so busy eating all of those good fruits and greens that you can’t lose!


Valerie July 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Happy Canada Day! I’m hoping the weather clears in time for fireworks tonight! I LOVE them and I have yet to see them in Waterloo so my fingers are crossed!!

Ooh this sounds like a cool challenge! I definitely want to participate. My best healthy living tip is everything in moderation. Just because you’re trying to lose or maintain weight doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you really love!


[email protected] Graceful Stride July 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I am so excited for the new challenge! I have been busy training for a marathon and haven’t paid as much attention to strength training and getting in really good shape.

My best healthly living tip is to find Exercises you really enjoy and can do with friends, like tennis, golf, basketball, etc. That way you get a good workout and some social time!


Kristin July 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

This sounds great!

Healthy Tip- see the new movie Food Inc.! And read as much as you can about where our food comes from – so enlightening and motivating. Some of the great books I’ve read so far – The China Study and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Highly recommend.


Amy July 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Looking forward to participating in the SGBC and adding new exercises to my routine!

Healthy Tip: As a full time mom to a six year old and an eight month old, the healthy tip that works for me is tackling the gym in the early morning before my hubby and kids are up. When I get home after a workout, I am feeling energized and just overall terrific and have tons of energy to tackle whatever our hectic day may bring!


Kristen July 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I am so happy that you decided to make another bootcamp. My healthy tip is to stay out of the kitchen and brush my teeth after dinner so I am less likely to give into those evil after dinner cravings! :)


Jackie July 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I’m so excited to start your challenge!

Healthy Tip: Try to eat more locally and avoid processed food. I also want to incorporate more yoga in my workout routine to balance out my cardio and strength work!


Ashleigh July 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I’m totally in and SUPER excited!! I have taken measurements and pictures — hello…wake up call! I can’t wait to see the changes that I will have made in a month – not just “size” wise, but habits and attitudes as well!!

My healthy living tip is take a drink between bites. If I take a drink in between each bite it helps me to slooow down, enjoy my food, and feel full before I finish everything completely gorge myself.


Victoria July 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Hi Angela,

I have been reading your blog for about 3 months and I really love it, so glad I’ve taken the plunge and commented! I live in the UK.

My tip:

When arranging to catch up with friends, arrange to go for a walk. You chat and chat and before you know it you’ve walked miles! Then you have to walk all the way back to your car – great bonus exercise. I workout almost every day (in the gym or running outside) but always suggest walks to friends, even if it’s short and very laid back, it’s better than sitting in a coffee shop!

Good luck with the challenge everyone!

Vic xoxo


Abbie July 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I am VERY excited about SGBC, especially since I missed out on the last one. My healthy living tip is to eat foods that are fresh and from the Earth, not foods that come in packages. ALSO, get up and move everyday. It makes you feel soooooooo much better! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. You are very motivating!


Megan July 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Can’t wait to start! My healthy living tip is exercise — nothing feels better mentally or physically.


Brooke July 1, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Start of SGBC and my first Amazing Meal Green Monster smoothie this morning…..what a great start to July!!

My Healthy Tip: Live your life happy and healthy and don’t worry about all the numbers. Just listen to your body! :)

Happy July!


Sam July 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

It probably sounds like a cliche, but my best healthy tip is positive thinking. It’s so powerful and something we can all do, starting right now.


Katelyn July 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Yay! Another contest…can’t wait!

My healthy living tip is: Make living healthy fun. It is not always exciting to exercise when you don’t feel like it or order a green salad at a restaurant when everyone else is chowing down on burger and fries. However, if you make it fun by getting a dessert and sharing it, you will feel so much better and enjoy making healthy choices.


Elisha July 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm

My healthy tip is: Don’t beat yourself up about indulging. I don’t believe that you can’t eat certain things, I believe that you can have everything in moderation. Life is too short to restrict yourself from eating certain things.


Amanda Dawn July 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm

My favorite healthy living tip is to participate in new activities all year round especially for different seasons such as dragon boating in the summer or snowboarding in the winter. Its a great way to keep in shape and meet new people!


Liz July 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Thank you for all of your hard work in putting this together! I love yoga and running, but I am so lazy about strength training, so this is a much-needed challenge for me.
My healthy living tip is to schedule exercise in on your calendar like it’s an appointment, and treat it as non-negotiable unless you’re sick or injured. Doing this has kept me faithfully exercising 4-5 times a week for the past ten years!


Allison July 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I’ll have to come back to this page later to read everyone’s tips! I’m looking forward to this…my tip is to LAUGH. As much as you can, every day. Watch funny sitcoms or movies, or spend time with people who make you laugh (my boyfriend is AMAZING at this).


Jackie July 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I am going to try this…

My healthy living tip: make time for friends and family and those you love. because no one wants to be fit and unhappy. You must surround yourself with positive people and make sure you spend time laughing and having fun with them. Even incorporate them into working out (ie- go for a walk with a friend to chat)


Carina July 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I carry a huge water bottle around with me everywhere I go. When I have a craving for an unhealthy snack, I drink some water first. Often just taking a few sips reminds me that I don’t really want an unhealthy snack.


Cate July 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I’m so glad you’ve put another boot camp together. I just want to get healthier and if I lose some inches (which I won’t know numerically since I will not be measuring myself) in July because of SGBC then that’s a bonus. I haven’t been taking care of myself since my injury (tennis elbow in both arms) for the last 5 months so this is a real calling. Thanks Angela!
My healthy tip: treat your workouts as a pampering session instead of a means to get you fit (though that is the reward).


Rebeca July 1, 2009 at 7:16 pm

OMG so excited and motivated!

My tip? When I first ‘got healthy’ the hardest thing was drinking enough water… so at the beginning of the day, I filled up a pitcher with filtered water (8 cups worth) and would drink it by the end of the day. It made this sometimes hard task simple, and it was easy to keep track and eventually I was going through a pitcher and a few extra glasses as well!


Marnie July 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

My tip is to read your blog :) I’ve learned so much about living a healthy life since reading your blog!!
SGBC is gonna be amazing!!


Red Head, Yellow Dog July 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

My tip is to find your source of motivation! One thing that always makes me look forward to my long runs was knowing that I had a “This American Life” podcast waiting for me to listen to!

This challenge is also great for me bc I had a similar injury to you and still am careful of it. I know that since you designed this with the same concerns that I can do these exercises! woo!


Steph July 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm

woohoo! i am excited to participate this time around. my healthy living tip is to eat as clean as possible- no processed foods!


Lindsey July 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm

My tip is to always have healthy food readily available to eat, that way when you are hungry you can reach for the veggies that are already cut up and not the junk food!

I am excited to try the challenge – thanks for putting this together.


Julie July 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Count me in! My best healthy living tip is to love yourself now. Don’t wait to get skinny to treat yourself like royalty. You deserve the best NOW! :)


Julia July 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Can’t wait to start. My healthy tip is to move your body every day — even if you’re not doing a workout, get a little movement in your bod.


Mallory July 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I’m so excited to get in on the SGBC because I didn’t “officially” sign up for the BBBC!

My health tip is this: try to make as many meals as possible out of whole foods/minimally processed foods. you’ll feel better and look better too!


jessinnyc July 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm

This SGBC is going to Rock! Being a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, its a rare day that I get to participate in a program like this.

My health tip is to make eating healthy and exercising a part of your everyday life.


Erin July 1, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Woo hoo! I have really been wanting to participate in a challenge for the past few weeks and this is just the thing! I’m really excited. The only catch – I hope it’s okay if I’m swapping because this is my cardio day and tomorrow is strength so I will do today’s strength tomorrow!? The exercises look fantastic though. Excited to try some new moves!

My healthy tip is to honor your body each day and give it what it really needs – which might not always be food! Sometimes we mistake thirst, being tired, or some emotion for being hungry. I’ve been trying to identify what my body really wants and stop to think before reacting. It’s been so amazing to listen instead of just automatically reaching for food!


Melanie Z July 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

My health tip is to think of this statement: Remember, I am important too!!!
As a stay at home mom of two young kids, I often try and use the excuse, “but I don’t have time”. Well guess what chickies, MAKE TIME!!! YOU ARE IMPORTANT TOO!! My kids mean the world to me and I would do anything for them, but that will be hard to do if I’m not here! Being healthy is important!!


Katy July 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

YES, this bootcamp is exactly what I need to GLOW :)
Healthy living tip- make sure to call or write to the people you love who live far away. It’s way too easy to forget that actions speak louder than words!


diana July 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Love the website and excited to get my Glow on this month!
My healthy tip is to just try to do one thing each day – drink 8 glasses of water, don’t eat processed/sugary snacks, eat a big and dark green salad, do some sort of exercise or anything that is one step toward a healthy life!


Gabrielle July 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I just found your website a month ago and love it! I can’t wait to try out the challenge. My healthy tip is… I found I was too tired after work to work out or things would come up that always sounded better than a run. So, I now wake up super early and run before work. It took a little getting used to but now I have so much more energy and no more excuses not to work out!


Helene July 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

My healthy tip – pack a baggie of raw veggies to bring to work every day (if you go to work!)…it gives you something healthy and crunchy to snack on and keeps you away from the less healthy office choices.


Jess July 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I’m so excited about this challenge! I’m currently doing 3 (yes 3!!) challenges … and I love that this one will make me switch up my workout routine.

My best healthy tip – always carry a bottle of water and keep a healthy snack in your purse. I like to keep a stash of Larabars in my desk at work, in my car, and in my purse. That way I can still eat healthy if I find myself out and no good options. :)


Rachel July 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I would love to be a part of the boot camp! My healthy tip is taking time out of everyday to just breathe:)


Heather July 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I’m in!

My healthy tip is to drink lots of water (I sometimes put a green tea bag in my water to make it taste more interesting) and to do exercise that you enjoy even if it’s for 10 minutes every day!


Cindy July 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for putting together another challenge. It looks like this month will be a lot of fun.

My healthy tip: laugh every day, enjoy the little things. Yes, I know it’s a cliche saying but I love it.


Aimee July 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Healthy Tip – take walks with your friends instead of meeting for happy hour


Dani July 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Happy Canada Day!! I am quite excited for this challenge!

Hmm… I guess my healthy tip would be to listen to your body — only you know what works best for you! Your body will tell you what it needs, we just have to take the time to listen to it :)


Hannah July 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I want to be a part of SGBC because I want to feel like a part of this awesome community! I think by adapting these workouts to my schedule is important-because we can’t revolve our lives around exercise but we can make it an important part of our lives.


Bethany July 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I am extremely excited to start the SGBC! Currently, my workouts consist only of cardio and I am excited to learn new ways in which I can make my body stronger. I love how these exercises can be adapted to people of all fitness levels and can be done with minimal equipment.

I best healthy living tip is to do something active for at least 30 minutes each day. Also, listen to your body!!!


Hilary July 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm


Happy Canada Day!

My healthy living tip is to find a hobby with a best friend/loved one that you want to spend more time with that is ACTIVE – like Sunday night long walks, picking up Squash with a friend, etc. Tennis is great for this!

My Mum and I often walk to Starbucks and back together (30ish minutes).


Paola July 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I was sooo looking forward to this! My best healthy living tip is eat lots of greens-as simple as that :)


jvegegirl July 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

running! And vegan food :). yummy.


Tami July 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for putting this together. I needed a new inspiration and motivation…that is also my healthy tip. Change up what you do to motivate yourself!


Jennie July 1, 2009 at 11:29 pm

My healthy living tip is to read the ingredients. Know what you are eating and eat as clean as possible. I’m excited about SGBC and hoping it will give me an extra boost of motivation this month!


Misty July 1, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I am really excited about this! I try to eat a salad a day! Sometimes for lunch or sometimes with dinner. I find this to be a great way to get a lot of veggies in my diet! :) One more thing I do each and every day….laugh!!


Sue July 1, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Everything in moderation! in otherwords don’t deprive. I feel that by living this way, you never have to go overboard because you have felt deprived. And move!! it makes you feel good.

I just finished my boot camp class and need a new focus, looking forward to following along!


Lynna July 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

my healthy living tip is to make yourself a plate, sit down, and enjoy your meals. I used to do lots of stand up snacking and picking at things throughout the day or while I was cooking- doing that, I never knew how much I actually consumed. Also, having a visual really helps me.


Marianne July 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Hmmmm…perhaps I will try this Boot Camp out. It can’t hurt, that’s for sure :)

Healthy living tip? Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. One of the most important things I took from my sessions with sport pyschologists when I was training overseas. And it can be applied to so many things in life, other than just sport :)


Ellen @ Peace in Motion July 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Looks like you put a lot of hard work into creating this challange. You know everyone appreciates it!


Tay July 2, 2009 at 12:57 am

I’m so excited for this challenge!! My best tip? Hmmm….

Eat breakfast!!! I can’t tell you how important it is!


daniele July 2, 2009 at 1:24 am

I was so excited that the SGBC was finally released! ;-) I’m going to be out of town w/o internet access the next few days, so i’ll do the best i can until i get back! :-)

my healthy living tip…don’t beat yourself up – just do the very best you can!


Pam C July 2, 2009 at 1:26 am

I missed out on the BBBC and am so excited to start this.

My tip: Laugh at yourself everyday, and do something to make you sweat. Get that heart rate up!


K July 2, 2009 at 1:50 am

Yay! I have been waiting for this ever since you first mentioned it.
My healthy living tip is to do whatever you like as long as it gets you moving! That way exercise doesn’t feel like a chore.
Love the jokes too! I saw this very Canada day fitting video today, thought you might enjoy it too:


Kayla B July 2, 2009 at 2:11 am

Yay! I’m excited this is my 1st boot camp. lol. My healthy living tip is to get plenty of sleep. Something I should be getting better at.


Molly July 2, 2009 at 2:56 am

Woohoo, I’m excited about the SGBC! Sign me up! My best healthy living tip is to always strive for balance and moderation, and to find an exercise you love!


Madelin @ What is for breakfast? July 2, 2009 at 5:38 am

Happy Canada Day Angela! I love Canada – I spent 6 months on exchange in Vancouver while I was at uni. I went to UBC and made it across to Montreal as well. It was an awesome time :)


Kristin July 2, 2009 at 5:40 am

Yay! Sign me up!

My best healthy living tip? When you really REALLY don’t want to exercise – head out for a 20 minute walk or run. More often then not, you’ll just keep on going after 20 minutes, but if you don’t… at least you’ve gotten 20 minutes in!


Laura July 2, 2009 at 7:05 am

My healthy living tip is that when you work-out, work out HARD. When I started focusing on the intensity at EVERY workout then I started getting stronger and feeling better about myself knowing I gave it 100%.


Catherine July 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

I’m in!! My healthy living tip is always find ways to sneak in exercise. I like to park far away in parking lots when I’m running errands, doing heel raises while printing copies at work, & always taking the stairs!


Tanya July 2, 2009 at 7:40 am

Darn it – missed the first day but I’m all set! My best healthy living tip: You can always DO something physical – even if it’s jumping jacks at home. Do it intensely, do it with passion and do it for a period of time (at least 30 minutes).


Katherine July 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

Hi Angela- I hope it’s not too late to join! I also missed the first day but now I am so excited to participate. My best healthy living tip is to live in moderation. Don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge one day or can’t manage to fit in a workout. If you keep feeling guilty about the little things, then you will miss out on feeling happy and beautiful. Life can be hectic and stressful, but all we can do is our best to stay active and healthy!


maggie b July 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

I sooo want to play.
My best healthy living tip is…to do some sort of exercise EVERYDAY, even if you are feeling lazing. 10 minutes is better than 0!


Steph July 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

I started this yesterday, but I forgot to leave you a comment! I am so glad to be doing this! It’s going to be fun!

Healthy living tip: laugh, love, take care of yourself, and eat things that come from the ground.


TINA July 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

I’m in! Sorry I missed the first day.
My heathly tip would be drinking lots of water daily!!!


Kristen July 2, 2009 at 9:14 am

Hey there! Love your blog and would love to participate in the SGBC.

My best tip is cut out all the processed junk. I have spent forever doing Weight Watchers and using up my points with processed foods with unrecognizable ingredients. Although the weight would come off I wouldhave zero energy.

Since I have started eating clean and exercising I feel a million times better!


Kristin July 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

I am very excited to participate in the SGBC! Since I’m just developing my health living habits, I will have to get back to you in a few weeks with my tip!


Betherann July 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

Count me in! My best tip is to listen to your body. Be willing to push and work hard through wanting to stop/not exercise/take it easy, but also heed its advice when it cries out for a rest day or for a workout switch-up.


hoodieruns July 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

I’m in! First topic of discussion at work today was needing a positive body image makeover so very appropriate that SGBC has kicked off!
My tip – make your workout a social event. How many times have you blown off a work out for time with the girls? Make your workout time part of girl time to help you stick with it!

Second tip – keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you all the time and brush your teeth regularly. It’ll help curb your cravings (since everything tastes bad after brushing your teeth), rejuvenate you (peppermint and mint scents help you focus and be alert), and healthy teeth equal a healthy you.


Anke July 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

Thought i’d come sign up quick as I can coz it’s already Thursday here!

My best piece of health wisdom is to be kind to yourself. Pick 5 things that make your toes curl, that you absolutely LOVE and make sure you do them each at least once a week.

I’ll have to come back to read all the other useful looking comments when I have time :)

Thanks for this, mwhaa!


Shari July 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

Sign me up.

My tip is to get as many greens as possible it really increases your energy.


cathy July 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

Signing up for the challenge! My best health tip is to understand that everyone is different, so what may work for one person may not work for you. Listen to your own body!


Deb July 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

My best healthy living tip is to start each day with a positive attitude,it is much easier to live healthy when you think positive.


Alexandra July 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

I’m in!! My best healthy living tip is to listen to my body. I struggle with this one the most, and I need to learn to use food as my fuel and to listen. Learning to eat intuitively is something everyone should strive for!!


Christie July 2, 2009 at 11:50 am


Thanks for setting all this up for us! I’m looking forward to getting the ‘GLOW’ this month. And Happy Canada Day (okay, that’s a little late)

Christie from Kelowna :-)


Mary July 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I’m in!! I LOVE structured workout programs, and since I can never find anyone who is willing to commit, I will consider everyone from SGBC my workout buddies!

My best healthy living tip: your body is a temple — treat it well. Nurture it, challenge it, listen to it.


Arwen July 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I would love to participate. I have battled anorexia, so my healthy living tip would be to eat when you are hungry stop when you are full. Enjoy exercise and do not overdo it.


Sarah July 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

yay!!! im gonna do it!
except i have to take it easy and i cant really do cardio :(
i just sprained my foot, so ill probably be doing ab stuff. this will really motivate me! thanks SO much for making the workouts pretty much weight free! [i dont own any or have money for them]
whoo hoo!

oh i guess my healthy living tip is….
love yourself :)
i cant be healthy and happy [as ive learned the hard way] if i dont love me for who i am.


Sam July 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm

my best healthy living tip is laughter.
plain and simple. nothing in this world is as satisfying, joyful, or worthwhile. :)


meghan July 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Im so excited to participate…love the focus of this challenge! Tip- I always leave a pair of sneakers in my car for impromptu hikes and activities!


Maggie July 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I’m a day late but I can’t wait to get started, this should be fun!
Hmmm, I’e got lots of healthy tips but I’m gonna stick to the old tried and true, enjoy everything in moderation don’t deprive yourself and of course EAT YOUR GREENS :)


nicole- chasing blue July 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

my best tip is to always take a little time for you. We are always caught up in our different “hats” of the day that we sometimes forget our “me hat”. Taking 5 minutes for yourself to do something good is something you can never regret!


olivertwist July 2, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Can’t wait to get started, thanks for the motivation!
My healthy tip is — try to eat smaller portions, it really makes a difference!
And stop eating before you’re actually full, it takes your brain about 20 minutes to register that you’re actually full.


Kim July 3, 2009 at 12:06 am

My tip is to always have a healthy snack with me, like fruit or baby carrots, whenever I’m away from home in case there is nothing healthy within reach when hunger strikes


Isha July 3, 2009 at 1:29 am

Oops, I forgot to officially sign up!

My healthy living tip is definitely WALKING. Most of the time, if it’s under two miles, it’s just as fast for me to walk as it would be to wait for the bus or train. It’s heart healthy, weight healthy, and definitely healthy for my mental sanity!


Gillian July 3, 2009 at 4:51 am

Sign me up! My best healthy living tip: eating as naturally as possible and taking the time not only to prepare food, but to enjoy it every day!


Erica July 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

Sounds like fun! My best healthy living tip, or at least what keeps me going, is to stop and notice and enjoy my daughter growing up.


Christina July 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

I’m in for this! My tip would be to do activity and eat healthy food that you enjoy. Forcing yourself to do activities you don’t like or to eat food you hate won’t last and isn’t good for you.


Flannery July 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I can’t wait to take part in SGBC! My favorite healthy living tip is to drink plenty of water. So important to stay hydrated!


Holly July 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I am a little late to the party but I am so in for the challenge!

My best healthy living tip is to pay attention to your body, it will tell you what it needs. Also, don’t forget that rest is sometimes as important as exercise!


Sara July 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

My health tip: always take the “long” way; try to get as much physical activity into a “mundane day” as possible. :)


Gigi July 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I hope it’s not too late to jump in! I am so excited about this boot camp–thank you so much for all of your hard work putting it together, Angela!! The healthy living tip I try to remember every day is to keep in mind the big picture and long-term goal of having a strong, healthy body and mind, rather than stressing about weight.


'Dee July 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

Okay, okay, you’ve convinced me! I’m in! I recently began running again and getting to where I could run continuously (like for more than 90 seconds at a time) was HARD – really hard. But I wanted to run the Susan Komen Race for the Cure for my mom (a survivor) and I did it! I ran the whole 5K just three weeks ago after six weeks of training to do it. Not easy!!!

So my healthy living tip comes from that experience. I had to learn to listen to my body again – some days it could do more, some days it needed me to be nicer to it. Icepacks on knees, stretching, etc. This old, out of shape body rewarded me by letting me cross that finish line with a big smile knowing I’d run the whole darn thing.

The hard part for some of us still trying to get a healthy mindset back is knowing if you’re really listening to your body or if you’re listening to those old voices telling you it’s OK to slack off. That took some real introspection, I tell you.

Now, the trusty old bod and I get it. It tells me when we are both ready for more and I listen when it says we need rest. The ugly old voices are gone – I think we scared them off with our sheer determination.

So count me in for SGBC! I’m looking for my next milestone in this journey and this will help me prepare for it.


Paige July 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I’m in! Healthy tip: Never think about healthy eating in terms of “being good” or “punishment,” but instead think of how you feel after you eat healthily as compared to after you eat something with no nutritional value. That’s enough to keep me in the right mind frame :-)


Elizabeth Edith July 5, 2009 at 11:23 am

Eat green monsters!! My spinach intake went up exponentially since doing this!

I’m excited and will definitely be participating!


Claire July 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Treat your body like an engine and your food like fuel and oil.


Alyssa July 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Lots of water!


Michelle Gay July 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

I am in!


Tiffany July 6, 2009 at 7:29 am

My best tip is plan! Plan your workouts, plan your meals, plan to get enough sleep… the days I don’t plan it out are the days things fall by the wayside and I eat something that is bound to make me feel crappy later. Plan plan plan.


Kristen July 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

My healthy tip is to take my dog on a walk every night after dinner. It really helps me to get rid of that full feeling and get in some good exercise before a good nights sleep.


Sarah July 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

I am in. Thanks.
My healthy living tip: Keep yoga in your life.


Catherine July 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Sorry I’m late to sign up, I was on a weeklong vacation.
My tip was going to be: Let your face breath – go without makeup, but then I saw you actually did a post on that very subject. I never wear makeup, my sis won’t go without it. Once I convinced her to cut back, her skin actually improved since it was able to breath.


Jan July 7, 2009 at 9:56 am

fresh blueberries


jessica July 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I am addicted to this blog- I love it! I’m psyched about the SGBC…

What I do to stay healthy is eat foods close to the earth, drink lots of water and find a form of exercise that I love to do (right now it’s yoga)!


junghwa July 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

i want to participate in SGBC becuase I LOVE me some challenges and new workouts


Jayne July 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

My best tip is to “think small”, no matter how starving you feel order a small… whatever… and tell yourself you can have more after you finish and drink a large glass of water. 9 times out of 10 the small portion is more than enough to be satisfied! The other time – hey – you tried :)

I know I’m late joining but I’ve been working out on my own and just found out about this. Hope I can still join. Great site by the way.


Tiffany July 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I’m late as well, but would like to jump right in and have a summer glow!

My tip is everything in moderation; if I want, I will have smaller portions of very rich foods and it satisfies me!


Angelea (Cabin Fever Feast) July 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I’ve been on vacation, but I’m back and joining in on the SGBC fun!

A tip for those of us with a sweet tooth…when I’m meal planning, I always plan in a little sweet dessert at the end of the day. Something around 150 calories or less. It’s a nice treat at the end of the day and keeps me from going overboard at other times during the day.


Neena July 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

I’m late, but excited to join! My healthy living tip is water, water, water. For variety, I love to add a slice of fruit to my water to flavor it. Anything will work – citrus slices, fresh berries, or my favorite – a slice of green apple!


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