SGBC: Amazing Grass Giveaway + Motivation Issues

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 13, 2009

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Good morning Summer Glow Boot Campers! Can you believe it is already Week 3 of the SGBC? As you may have seen on the calendar, this week’s topic is all about ‘Getting Over The Hump’…aka motivation issues and how we can triumph over them!

This morning, we have a post on motivation put together by the fitness diva herself- Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point. When I emailed Caitlin, I knew that she was my go-to girl whenever I think about motivation to keep on top of my fitness. Whether she is running a 15-mile trail race or biking 60-miles, she never fails to inspire and renew my love for an active lifestyle!

Take it away, Caitlin! :)

Staying Motivated When The Going Gets Tough

You decide to eat healthier or exercise more, and although you tackle your goal head on for the first few weeks, soon you’re ready to throw in the towel. And even though you really, really want to stay on track, you find yourself sabotaging your goals – sleeping in needlessly on the weekends when you could be outside or ordering a large ice cream instead of a small. You wish you could bottle up some will power and take a small dose everyday! Sound familiar?

De-motivation is a normal part of the New Habit Journey.

The New Habit Journey is not a linear path – in fact, it has twists and turns, sudden halts, and sometimes it even goes backwards. Achieving any lifestyle change includes five components:

  • Inspiration Moment: The inspiration moment can be one watershed instance, or it can be a slow build. But suddenly, for whatever reason, you want to CHANGE! Maybe you stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office and saw a scary high number. Maybe you’re trying to get pregnant. Or maybe you’re motivated to finally run a 5K race.   When you experience an Inspiration Moment, it is important to SIEZE on this positive energy! Don’t wait until the next week to “start” running, eating better, quitting smoking… do it right now! Yes, right now.  Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk.
  • The Gun-Ho Period: Most people will experience a gun-ho period that lasts approximately two weeks to a month when trying to make a lifestyle change. At first, your change is exciting and interesting. You’re still riding high on your Inspiration Moment. As you did for your Inspiration Moment, appreciate and embrace this zest for your New Habit! But, you want to be careful not to get overly enthusiastic. It’s easier to adopt a habit for the long-term if you slow integrate it into your life, figuring out how to make the change work for you and not against you.  Make your initial goals small and manageable. By vowing to work out three times a week instead of six, you’re building in room for error as you adopt to a lifestyle change. Many people feel discouraged if they cannot be “perfect,” so don’t ask yourself to be!
  • De-motivation: Despite your best intentions, most people will be hit by de-motivation several weeks into their New Habit Journey. Let’s face it – making lifestyle changes are hard, and temptations to slack of are everywhere. De-motivation can just occur over time, or it can be caused by a break from your normal schedule. Holidays, special events, and vacations force you to deviate from your new routine. Anticipate these De-Motivation hotspots by coming up with a "healthy game plan" ahead of time.  If you fall “off the wagon,” don’t throw in the towel! Remember that something is always better than nothing. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try going for a walk, doing sit-ups in front of the TV, or dancing around your living room. If you’re on vacation and want to enjoy the local food, splurge at dinner and maintain your diet for breakfast and lunch. The worst thing you can do is give up just because you can’t be at the top of your game.
  • Re-coop: Not everyone reaches the point of Re-Coop. Many people enter De-Motivation and never come out. But, if you want to make a lifestyle change, you must emerge from de-motivation stronger and more intent on your goal. Re-coop involves bouncing back from minor setbacks and reminding yourself that it’s your OVERALL progress that matters. If you’re in De-Motivation and want to get back on the wagon, write down a list of why you want to change. Tape the list to your bathroom mirror and read it whenever you need some motivation. Also, talk to a close friend or your significant other about your De-Motivation and ask for support. It’s easier to stick to new habits if you’re not the only one in the boat.
  • Healthy Tipping Point: The most glorious part of the New Habit Journey is the Healthy Tipping Point. A Tipping Point refers to a sociological event during which a previously rare phenomenon becomes rapidly and dramatically more common. Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called The Tipping Point, and he describes the Tipping Point as "the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable."


Thank you Caitlin!

Even though I didn’t realize it for many years, I now know that consistency is key to long-term change. It can be frustrating when we don’t see change as quickly as we would hope. The most important thing I have learned is that if I am consistent with my exercise, I will eventually see pay-offs, even if they do not come as fast as I want them to.

For example, I used to be able to run for only 1 minute before stopping and walking. One minute. I hated running for this reason. I hated it with a passion. It wasn’t fun or enjoyable when I was gasping for breath all the time. In the past, I didn’t treat my body right and I didn’t treat my overall health properly. In fact, I ignored it. It seems funny to me now that I ever expected my body to give back to me when I didn’t give it what it needed to succeed- proper fuel, nutrition, rest, and love!

But eventually, I started to treat myself better. I became more patient and kind to my body and in return my body responded better than I could ever have dreamed it would. Before I knew it, I was running 5 minutes at a time, and then 1 mile at a time, and now I can run for over 1 hour without stopping to walk. Because of our busy lives, sometimes we forget to pay attention to small changes that are occurring! It didn’t even click with me until recently how little endurance I had when I used to run and how much I have changed. I was so busy focusing on improving my pace or my goals, that I forgot to appreciate the journey.

I think if we all stopped to write down a couple things that we appreciate about our own progress we wouldn’t feel that twinge of de-motivation as severely. We could simply consult the things we have accomplished and recognize that change is happening, even if it is small. Because when you think of it, a handful of small changes lead to one BIG change and before we know it we have reached our goal.



The wonderful Amazing Grass is at it again! Today marks the first of three Amazing Grass giveaways for Summer Glow Boot Camp. You can read about the other two giveaways hereyou won’t believe what the 2nd and grand prize draws are for- nothing short of AMAZING!!!

Up for grabs today:

  •  Sample of the Amazing Grass packets,
  • Amazing Grass T-shirt, and
  • A shaker (my all time favourite Green Monster container!)

How to enter: You must leave a comment on this post telling us two positive changes you have made to your health and/or fitness in the past month or two. We need to start appreciating the journey and stop being so hard on ourselves all the time! If you hit a hump or ‘De-motivation’ refer back to your changes to renew your faith in your goals. Contest open to US and Canadian residents only. Contest closes Tuesday July 14, 2009 at 11pm EST. One entry per person.

Want a second entry? Simply link back to this giveaway on your blog or email someone about the Amazing Grass contest making sure to copy me on the email ([email protected]).

Even though I can’t participate, I will still answer the question:

1) I have drastically improved my side planks! I can now do advanced side planks without so much as the blink of an eye, whereas before I couldn’t even hold myself up at all! It is fun to feel strong.

2) I ran my first 10 race ever mid-June 2009 and I am running in my second race- a 10-miler– this Sunday!

Goodluck to all participants! :) See you this afternoon for some exciting news!


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rebecca July 13, 2009 at 7:08 am

Hello, I love, love, love your website! You should write a book. My healthy changes are green monsters everyday and starting to run/walk. I just did my first 5k and my next one is in Aug. I hope to run that completely. Thanks for all you do!! Rebecca


Kate July 13, 2009 at 7:11 am

Two positive changes I have made to your health and/or fitness in the past month or two are:
1) I started training for another half marathon – I haven’t been able to run longer distances in about a year and a half, and even though I was still running/biking and being fit I was missing something. This summer I decided to just give it a chance and try, and with trying I am listening to my body more. I realized that if something hurts it is for a reason and that I should maybe take another rest day or walk more during my run. Not listening to my body is how I got injured in the first place, I want to be able to run for many years to come so taking care of myself is the most important part….not being able to say I ran 35 miles this week.
2)I started drinking Green Monsters daily! This is huge!!! My skin is glowing (at first I didn’t think it would happen to me, I did see results in others but I had doubts for myself) and I have SO much energy! Also I gave in and bought some Amazing Grass online and am hooked!

I am all about making positive fitness and health changes! Something small can make a huge difference!



Steph July 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

I am loving SGBC!!! Two positive changes I have made are:

1.) Listening to my body!! Whether my body is craving some sort of food, sleep, or exercise I listen!

2.) I got back in my running groove. Over the winter I walked a lot because it is so cold in the winters where I live. It was hard to get back in to running at first, but I am so glad I did!


Kristen July 13, 2009 at 7:25 am

Two positive changes I have made:
1- I started biking to work.
2- I’m listening to my body more and resting without guilt when I know I need to rest.


Jenny Marie July 13, 2009 at 7:32 am

1.I’ve ALWAYS said “I HATE RUNNING” and then 5 weeks ago I decided to strt the Couch to 5K program, it is is a total of 9 weeks and I’m more than half done training. Oh and guess what?? I DONT hate running!!!
2.I gave up all soda and artificial sweetener. Although I haven’t noticed a change from this, it still makes me feel good to know I’m not putting that crap in my body.


Pam July 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

My two things would be:

1. that I started exercising period…again! (biking, swim aerobic class, leg magic, etc.)

2. eating, my changing foods have been green monsters and oatmeal to start.

Have fun and thanks,



Jessica July 13, 2009 at 7:38 am

Two positive changes:
1- I started exercising again after an injury that left me on the couch and feeling bad about myself. I decided to start using the elliptical or bike as a way to stay active, in between running. I am so amazed at how much more positive my attitude is now.
2- I started strength training to prevent future injuries, focusing on arms, legs, and abs.


Emily July 13, 2009 at 7:49 am

It kind of weird you ask about change within the last two months!

1.) I’ve adapted eating healthier. Two months ago my meals were based around Sonic, McDonalds etc. Now I ENJOY eating veggies and fruits. =]

2.) I’ve started walking/running. Like another reader mentions, I have also began the Couch to 5K program TODAY. I just got back in. While I am a little tired right now I know it will only help me in the long run!


Kathy July 13, 2009 at 7:50 am

LOVED this post! And I especially agree about consistency.

Two health changes I’ve made recently are:
1) I started drinking GREEN MONSTERS! :-) I love getting in so many fruits/veggies in the morning and it makes me feel so energized too!

2) I began to take more of an “do what you can” attitude–and shifting away from the “all or nothing” approach. I’ve realized that even 10-15 minutes of exercise can make me feel GREAT compared to nothing at all!


Val July 13, 2009 at 8:02 am

Positive changes:
1. I started a fitness log so I could track my progress and see how far I’ve come.

2. I started drinking Amazing Grass regularly!


Sam July 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

What a great post! It’s always nice to have a little encouragement and find new was to motivate yourself.

Two ways I have changed my health/fitness in the past month:

1. I tried a Green Monster for the first time and am hooked! I already can feel a difference in my energy.

2. I tried something new with my fitness routine to finally get out of a rut and become more excited about working out, and I can just feel that it will pay off.


Amanda July 13, 2009 at 8:07 am

positive changes
1. taking advantage of the farmers market for local produce
2. focusing on my shoulders when doing yoga up dog and down dog.


Jennifer July 13, 2009 at 8:09 am

1) I started drinking green monsters regularly.
2) I began training for my first 10K.

Thanks Angela!


Michelle Gay July 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

1. I have gone totally organic
2. I have replaced negative self talk with positive and true self-talk.

Thank you for this post. You’ve have inspired me again.



Jordana July 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

Hi Angela! I love your blog and would LOVE the Amazing Grass! I have just started drink Green Monsters and I’m hooked!
My 2 changes:

1: I have come to the realization in the last month that I do not need to have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to my workouts. So what if I can’t run 6 miles everyday, as long as do SOMETHING, with an adequate rest day, I will be fabulous!

2: Green monsters of course! What better way to get your fruits, veggies and antioxidants all in one tasty sweet drink!


kim July 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

1. It’s been a process, but I’ve been really watching what I’m putting into my body and eating healthier. Cutting out HFCS and transitioning to organic foods has been hard, but it will be worth it!

2. Joined the Green Monster movement. It’s quite possibly the healthiest and most filling breakfast I’ve ever craved!


Alexis July 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

1. I quit all dairy about 2 months ago and now I am eating high raw and high vegan – it feels fantastic.

2. I’ve really upped my strength training in addition to the cardio I was always doing before and I’ve seen some great changes in my body.


Cindy July 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

1. I have started to make strength training a huge part of my workout schedule which makes me feel so much stronger, able to handle anything.

2. Thanks to your blog and a few others, I’ve been trying lots of new foods, especially the green monster which I love.


Natalie July 13, 2009 at 8:20 am

Two positive changes:
Like many, 1. I have incorporated green monsters into my mornings. I love em!

2. I am learning to listen to my body and give it a break when I need it. Before, I would just push and push and ultimately injure myself. This is a much better approach to a healthy lifestyle!


Krystina July 13, 2009 at 8:22 am

thank you both for this awesome post! very insightful.

Two ways I’ve changed are:

1. Eating around 50 percent raw food on most days.

2. Starting a strength training routine.


Amanda @ Panda Lunch July 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

1) I have been having some type of green monster almost every day. I love this breakfast, since I stopped drinking coffee a month or so ago, this really gives me tones of energy in the morning!

2) I have started running!! I always just assumed I hated running, but once I gave it a shot I was hooked. Such a great addition to my workout!


Renee July 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

1. I’ve started drinking Green Monsters after reading the millions of reviews and looking for a great energy source. I’m still in shock that I can’t taste the spinach.

2. I started writing for Baltimore’s as a food columnist: I’m trying to go outside of my normal neighborhood eateries, visit farmers’ markets, and review products. The column is giving me a new appreciation for food.


amie July 13, 2009 at 8:31 am

1. cut down drastically on eating meat. my tummy doesnt like animal fat even though my taste buds loooove it! so i’ve been working hard at making meat a now-and-then thing rather than an everyday thing. so far my tummy is happier and i feel better already!
2. water!! i’ve been drinking at least 2L a day. i can see improvement in my running performance and again, my tummy loves me for it!


Lori July 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

1. I trained and finished a triathlon – which really changed my life!

2. I started lifting a lot heavier weights in the last few months, which has made me feel amazingly strong.


Lisa July 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

1. I’ve pretty much stopped binging (have had a few slip ups but bounced back!)
2. started incorporating strength training back into my routine


Laura July 13, 2009 at 8:40 am

1. Started swimming b/c I can no longer run (sad!!!)
2. Green Monsters. Every morning.


meghan July 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

I’ve been focusing more on strength and core training (thanks to challenges like these!)
and made the switch to all organic and mostly local produce!


Anou July 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

1) I stopped counting calories.

2) I got back into exercising 5-6 days a week by writing down my daily workouts on a calendar.


Brianne July 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

1) juicing in the morning (feel great!)

2) trying to reduce my stress load!


Tiffany July 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

Great article about motivation!

Two changes I’ve made:
1. I recently injured my foot running, and the only form of cardio I can do is swimming. So I’ve started swimming three times a week, and while it’s still hard for me, I’m loving it. I would not have even considered adding swimming to my routine before, but now I will!

2. I started logging the amount of water I drink, and I’m up to 72 oz a day. It’s a mini challenge for me to try to get to 72 oz every day. :)


Dana July 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

I just came across your blog and I love it! That article on motivation was so what I needed! How great!!

Here are my 2:

1) I have re-commited to my running pogram. I started last week and even though I am at a point now where I feel like you were when you started, I am not going to give up. I feel great after I get done, knowing I accomplished my daily mile goal.

2) Green Monsters every morning! What an amazing way to start the day!!!


Ellen @ Peace in Motion July 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

1. I realized that skipping a workout isn’t the end of the world, and I no longer try to “make up” for it.

2. I have started running outdoors again. I always forget how much I enjoy it.


Lynn July 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

1. I have increased my greens significantly (which I love anyway) and thus am keeping my hand out of the cereal box!
2. I finally got my road bike professionally fitted, which has helped my back and neck a ton when on my long rides.


Erin July 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

1. I started drinking freshly made juice
2. I can hold plank for 4 minutes now!


Barbara July 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

Good Morning Angela~

2 positive changes…..

I start CrossFit Classes this week for 3 months and that in itself will do wonders for my body, mind and drive.

Another thing I did recently was banish my scale to the dark depths of my closet. The number dictated my mood, day and life in general…no more scale!

LOVE Amazing grass!!!!Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

Pam S- second entry


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

Dana P- second entry


JJ July 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

1. I stopped drinking soda!! I used to crave it, but now I don’t even think about it.

2. I stopped thinking about when I would next go to the gym. Now I just walk more and exercise whenever my body feels like moving!


Amy July 13, 2009 at 8:57 am

1. Green Monsters!
2. Gone Gluten Free


Niki July 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

What a great post! Here are my two changes:

1) I have learned to accept and embrace my fair skin! This year I have been much more consistent with applying sunscreen every day, and instead of calling myself “pasty”, I try to say I have beautiful, “porcelain” skin. I have even had a few comments on how pretty my fair skin is!
2) I completed my first half marathon! I never ran more than 6 miles in my life, but decided I needed the challenge of a half marathon. I had such a great experience, that I am now starting to train for another half in Septemeber!


Dana July 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

two positive health changes:
1. involving my children more in fitness related activities outside the gym(we play soccer, frisbee, run sprints together)
2. becoming more vigilant with wearing sunscreen


Kathleen July 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

Hey! Your blog is so interesting- I love it :)
2 changes that have made my life healthier recently:

1. I signed up for a marathon, which provides a motivation for myself to GET OUT THERE AND RUN. It creates an outlet for me to treat my exercise as “training” instead of just plain old “exercise.”

2. Its summer, and that means wearing bathing suits. This means I’ve been supporting my vanity by doing ab exercises every other day haha!


Amanda July 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

I would love to win these Amazing Grass products!!

My two changes:

1. When my car broke down a few weeks ago, I unearthed my old bike and have started biking everywhere that I can. It’s cheaper, greener, and my butt is feeling the effects :)

2. I have been making Green Monsters and bringing them to work for a portable breakfast! I love that I already have a few servings of fruits and veggies before 9am!


Amie July 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

1. Like some others, I have started the Couch to 5K. It’s great to see myself accomplishing more than I ever thought in relation to running.

2. I am very aware of what I put in my body. I try to incorporate more natural, whole foods. I still enjoy some “unhealthier” stuff, but I remember to offset that with great choices at other times.


april July 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Two positive changes I have made are:
1. I’ve joined more group fitness classes. I was starting to lack motivation and getting bored with my routine so I decided to go to more classes and my motivation is back into action!
2. I have also been giving myself an easy exercise day where I don’t push myself too hard. With all of my new fitness classes I don’t want to get injured!


Christina July 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

Two positive changes that I have made to my health and/or fitness in the past month or two; I am learning to pace myself and not get caught up in numbers on the scale. This is a lifesyle and not something that will end when I get to my weight/fitness goal. I am using my new heart rate monitor to track my progress and reading the calorie burn and activity hours are helping me realize that I’m the one that’s moving my body and I am in control! I can do more than I think I can.


Emily July 13, 2009 at 9:02 am

Love reading your blog, Angela!

My two biggest changes have been…

1) Quit Smoking! I smoked on and off for about 4 years, and although I have had a few slip ups I have managed to quit during the past couple months. The last time I had a drag I hated it and now I feel like I have kicked the habit for good.

2) Started running! Every summer I vowed to start running, but only by signing up for my first 5km did I actually get the motivation to follow through with the plan. I couldn’t run for 5 minutes when I started, now I run 40 minutes about 4 times per week.

My next chnage will be to start having green monsters! I need to get my act together and finally get a blender!


Candice July 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

Thanks for doing this giveaway! I started putting Amazing grass in my smoothies about a week ago, and I can already tell a drastic difference in my energy levels, mood, and the strength of my nails. Not even kidding! I’ve been having trouble with my nails being weak and brittle for a couple of years now, but since I started AG, they are insanely strong and long. Thanks Angela!
My two things are that I started using Amazing Grass, and as of three days ago I stopped counting calories! This is a first in my life, and it feels so good.

Thanks again! Oh, and I’m linking back!


Amie July 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

Second entry done!

PS to Emily – AWESOME about quitting smoking!! I know it can be HARD!


Emily July 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

1. I’ve made a commitment to using organic body and facial products.

2. As busy as I may be, I am getting better about not skipping meals and resorting to snacking to fill me up.



V July 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

1- i drink green monsters for breakfast now

2- i participate in community sponsored agriculture, that is, i purchase my food from local farmers!


maggie b July 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

the positive changes i have made recently are…
1.) dedicated myself to becoming Vegan and eating a 75-80% raw diet. Oh and of corse, having a G.Moster or Juice daily!
2.) increased my stamina on long bike rides. i can now go for a good 3 hours at a high intensity.


Nekeisha July 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

Two positive changes I have made:-

1. I have started reading labels. I try to make sure as far as far possible I recognise the ingredients of what I am about to buy.

2. In early May I got a cold that I just couldn’t shake and because I have asthma problems I would frequently find myself out of breath. Someone suggested that I start working out to improve my breathing, I procrastinated for a while and finally on May 26th I started working out, it was hard. People think that just because you’re skinny you are in shape that is so far from the truth. Now I am working out 6 days a week and it is so much easier and my breathing is much better.

I am even motivating my sister, yesterday she was upset because there was no whole wheat or whole grain pita in the supermarket.


Amy July 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

1 – I have begun eating vegetables and fruits much more frequently – including the green monster!
2 – I have begun working out in the mornings so that I get it done at least 4 days per week!


Sarah July 13, 2009 at 9:09 am

My biggest 2 changes have been

1) Making the switch to more organic fruits and veggies
2) Trying to mix up my workouts in ways that keep me motivated. I found I was getting into a rut where all I was doing was running and I was getting bored, which was making me must less motivated. I have been trying to do things like get out to walk/hike more, work more on core, and have bought a heavy bag (that I’m waiting on to be shipped) so that I have another option for some cardio.


Erica July 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

Two positive changes I have made are:
1)Jogging. I decided to do the Couch to 5K program and I can now jog 28 min without stopping.
2)Self Love. I am making a huge effort to love myself and speak to myself in a positive way. This is especially hard but I am getting better at it.


Candice July 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

Here’s my link to my blog!


Leah July 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

1) I ran 4 miles with my boyfried relatively easy.
2) I got health insurance for the first time in a year recently. Hopefully this will aid me in long term preventative care and hopefully getting orthotics to help with the running even more! I used to not be able to run a mile without stopping. Then I realized I need to slow down and do it on my terms. I am pokey… ~11-12 min miles usually. But at least I am out there doing it and it’s better than sitting on the couch talking about how much I suck. ;)


Help Meghan Run July 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

1) I’ve started really paying attention to my water intake. It makes me feel so much better!
2) I now eat a little something before my early morning runs. I realized I needed the fuel!


Kristen July 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

In the past two months:
1} I have committed to working out more.
2} I have cut down on the ammount of sweets I eat.
Great giveaway Ange!


runRedrun July 13, 2009 at 9:17 am

1. Started eating lots more salads, and gave up (for the most part) chewing gum.
2. not running when my body feels tired, and picking up climbing to build up more strength.


Jerilynne July 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

Hey Angela!

Two positive changes I have made recently are:

(1) Sleeping more. It’s amazing how much of a difference just a few hours of sleep can make to your overall well being!!

and (2) Focusing on what kinds of foods I eat instead of calories – I used to not care what I ate as long as I stayed with my self-alloted calorie limit. Recently (and partly thanks to bloggers like you!), I’ve stopped focusing on calories and started focusing more on making healthier food choices, getting enough fruits and veggies, etc.

Great giveaway – I hope I win =).


bobbi July 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

Missed you while I was gone dear!!!!

Positive Changes
1. Drinking a Green Monster Daily
2. Doing the Making the Cut Workouts from Jillian!!!!

Hope I win!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

1.) green monsties!!
2.) outdoor workouts with my Mister, taking advantage of local biking and hiking trails


katherine (the runner wife) July 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

1. I have started drinking a Green Monster or a green juice every morning.

2. I have started exploring new avenues for exercise that help me appreciate my body and what it can do. Rather than running to burn calories, I have added variety into my routine – yoga, gym classes, pilates, rest days – and it’s wonderful!


Christina July 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

1. I’ve started incorporating strength training into my exercise regime.
2. I’ve come to understand the importance of eating healthy, not just eating the newest low fat, low calorie items!


Jenner July 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

That’s an easy one! I have been participating with a training group and completed a triathlon. And, on the health front, have added some “superfoods” (i.e. maca, spirulina, goji berries) to my morning green smoothie!!!!!


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

I had a dream last night that I came to your site and you had this huge banner that said the site would be changed from “Oh She Glows” to “She glows on.” I thought, wow that is stupid!!


Andrea July 13, 2009 at 9:26 am

Some of the good things I have started to do are:

1. Eat healthier foods.

2. drink green monsters!!


jen July 13, 2009 at 9:26 am

1. ive reincorporated strength training into my workouts
2. i registered for a half marathon last night!


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

Two healthy things I have done in the past two months: started to drink green monsters and swimming.


Kalli July 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

I love your website and love your recipes especially the oh she glows almost raw granola bars! Two changes:
1) green monsters and
2) walking more each day in addition to my regular workouts
Have a great day!


Tracy July 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

The healthy changes I have been making are going to they gym everyday and trying to eat more veggies! I am a very picky eater so this is hard for me! :)


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

Another thing that I find healthy in a different way is the acceptance of a position in something that I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning of nursing school: critical care. Actually, to me, this has been the MOST healthy because everyone knows, including yourself, Angela, how unhealthy it is to work in an area where you’re not truly happy or fulfilled.


Brittany July 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

I’d love to win so I can start making green monsters with Amazing Grass every day!!
1. I stopped eating processed foods and sugary fake drinks like soda and switched to buying mainly organic foods
2. I started making exercising a priority every single day, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day.


The Novice Berker July 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

1. I’m making an effort to get a little exercise every day–little changes will lead to bigger ones, I tell myself. :)
2. I’m trying to consume more veggies and more water (I’m more of a fruit & breads kinda person!).


Aimee July 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

I have tried to love my body for what it does for me, ever since I posted an Operation Beautiful note on my bathroom mirror!

I have tried not to eat based on my emotions, but only when I am hungry.


Katie H July 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

I just found out that I’m pregnant, so I’m taking extra good care of myself.

1. Drinking Green Monsters–I’m going to have a green baby!

2. I bought a prenatal yoga dvd and a pregnancy fitness dvd to help keep my body strong so I can prepare for labor and for being a super mom!


Erin July 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

In the past month I have actually done 3 things that I am excited about that has also gotten me over the motivational hump that was posted about.
1. I have started to drink green monsters and even have my husband hooked on them.
2. I have started to work out 3 days a week at lunch, leaving work and doing a workout has been great!!
3. I have started reading blogs like yours and KERF’s so that I can learn more about a less processed diet


lyss July 13, 2009 at 9:40 am

in the last month i’ve given up my daily diet coke AND replaced it with a green monster. i’ve never felt better! winning this contest will help keep me on this healthy path ;)


Mary July 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

Awesome post!

Two positive changes I have made:

1. I have cut out most processed foods and started drinking Green Monsters every day. I really doubted I would like those Monsters, but now I can’t get enough of them.

2. Started doing yoga…I am a runner suffering through many different injuries and the addition of yoga has helped me so much. My hamstrings and calves are not nearly as tight and I am able to actually touch my toes(haven’t been able to do that for years:)

Thanks for all your inspirational posts.


Crystal July 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

Two of the changes/improvements I have made are running my first 10k … on to the 1/2 marathon and to stop thinking about exercise as something that keeps me a certain size and to think of it as a way to become stronger, more healthy, and to apriciate my body for what it can do!


suzanne July 13, 2009 at 9:48 am

I would love to try the Amazing grass products :)

What changes have i made??
1. I started to exercise one body part daily! Focusing on those muscles has made it fun and i feel a lot stronger.

2. I have really started to eat clean. I very rarely have processed foods and my body is starting to thank me :)


Jen July 13, 2009 at 9:48 am

1. Drinking green monsters each day! I also make one for my husband. He begrudgingly drinks it each morning, but I think he secretly loves it!!!

2. After running my first half marathon, I signed up for my first marathon! I am super scared, but it is at Disney World so it should be lots of fun!


Katie July 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

I definitley relate to what you wrote today about not being able to run 1 minute, then being able to run for 5 minutes, then 1 mile and so on!! right now im at running a mile but the thing is im not tired i have to stop because i get side aches! do you have that problem? how do you control side aches?? and 1)i drink green monsters everyday with amazing grass! 2)i do 45 minutes workout everyday whether its running, shred, or on the trampoline :)


Danielle C. July 13, 2009 at 9:51 am

1. Revamped my diet, I knew I wasn’t getting enough veggies. Thanks to the Green Monster I can get a serving of greens, and some fruit to start my day. I think making smart choices early in the day leads to smart choices all day long.

2. Mixing up my workouts more, the body thrives on change and I was in a rut with the same workout for way too long. I’m also planning to run my first half marathon (undecided which it will be yet).


Krista July 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

My 2 positive changes would be that mid June I stopped keep a food journal. I’m finally ready to trust myself to make healthy food choices without keeping track of everything that passes my lips. Another would be that since I injured my ankles, I’ve been really good at switching up my cardio. I used to just run, but am now starting to make use of the other machines in the gym!


Shelby July 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

1. I have started eating less processed foods and more natural, whole foods. Even “healthy” processed foods are good to have all the time. I think I feel so much better without them.

2. I’ve stopped freaking out if I don’t like one part of my body. I just put it out of my mind, think positive thoughs, and focus on other things.


Jenn July 13, 2009 at 9:56 am

Back in May I read a book that inspired me to eat healthy, nutritious, whole foods rather than artificial and processed ones. It opened an entirely new world to me. I found wonderful blogs like this one and in doing so, I’ve discovered not just a new way of eating but a new sense of well-being, a renewed love of exercise and an overall better perspective on my life moving forward.

Within a month of making the change, my husband noticed that I was so much happier and for our 10th anniversary he gave me 10 sessions with a personal trainer to help me really “SEE” the changes I was making. I’m the type of person who needs to see results. Happily I am and it’s really giving me that “stick-to-it” attitude. I’ve made a change for life and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!


Jessica July 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

Wow, over the past couple of years I have made a LOT of positive changes, two of my most recent:

1. Being nicer to myself when I can’t make it to the gym or to work out EVERY SINGLE DAY! Sometimes I just need a break : )

2. Eating food based on its entire nutritional profile & forgetting about the calories (which is the only thing that I used to focus on!)

Thank you for such a great blog!!


Whitney July 13, 2009 at 10:00 am

I started drinking Green monsters and started eating tomatoes! yes I had never eaten tomatoes until the last month. I also have started practicing yoga. I have seen benefits from all these healthy changes.


Missy Maintains July 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

1) I started weight training at least twice a week instead of only doing cardio.

2) I started eating more greens and making green monsters!


Nina July 13, 2009 at 10:04 am

1. i have started strength training 5 times a week instead of only running or doing the elliptical.

2. i have started drinking the famous green monsters every day (and have begun to feel “off” if i don’t get my greens!)

thank you so much for doing this challenge. Ange, you are such an inspiration, and i love amazing grass!


Allie July 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

I have started drinking spinach smoothies every morning and I have also started running at 5:00 a.m. instead of randomly at night. I also completed my first 15k! After a year of 5k’s, I finally branched out and went the distance!!!


Angie All The Way July 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

Okay I’m dying to try this Amazing Grass business that you’re all gushing about all the time so here goes:

1) I am currently into week 4 of a Bootycamp fitness class (outdoor, 1 hour bootcamp style circuit training exercises)and in the first class I could not pump out one “man pushup.” Last week I did 5 in a row without too much trouble! I was so excited I yelled it out that I did it!

2) I ran my second 5k race at the end of May and it felt amazing to participate not only for the acheivement of running the race, but the community spirit in the Bluenose Marathon is amazing too!

Thanks for the giveaway!


Shelly July 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

1) I have significantly improved my upper body strength. I remember a time (not too long ago) when I couldn’t do a single push up and now I can do 20!
2) I’ve increased my running pace without even trying. I didn’t really bother thinking about my pace or even time myself while running until recently. I ran a 27 minute 5K race in May and was completely happy with that. But recently, I realized that I’ve started out-running my boyfriend, and decided to see how fast I am. I’m running a 8:29 pace and it doesn’t feel as difficult as my 9 min. pace did in May!


Angi July 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

Two positive changes:

1- I accepted that I am good, just as I am….I am working on my weight loss for health, not pressure from anyone else.
2- Green monsters have become a regular part of my way of living, as well as eating clean (when possible) and local/organic as much as possible.

Thanks for this post!


Jessie Bea July 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

I really want to try Amazing Grass- everyone is blogging about it!

1) I started working out again after a 2 month *EEK* hiatus.
2) I started buying my produce at the farmers market from local farmers. My smoothies taste so much better!


TanyaS July 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

I have begun working through my issues I have with toning exercises and am trying to love the benefits more than I dislike the activity!

I have also gone from being a random GM drinker to having one everyday for breakfast. I really do believe they are the best food item I have added to my diet. So easy & tasty.


Kelsey July 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

love the motyivation post!!
i have been practicing pilates and have started to feel signifigantly stronger + leaner.
after incorporating more healthy fat into my diet, i have felt more energized! i can’t believe i used to be afraid of peanut butter + avocado…


SarahF July 13, 2009 at 10:13 am

I love Amazing Grass-I bought the chocolate Amazing Meal and would love an opportunity to try more of their products. My two healthy habits over the past 2 months:

1) On June 20th I ran my first ever race-a 10 km race that I raised $500 for cancer to run in. My goal had been to finish in under an hour (since I had never actually ran a full 10 kms before) and I finished in 56 minutes and 43 seconds.

2) I stopped drinking Crystal Light and instead replaced it with water. I realized if I put a little bit of lemon in my water it gave me the flavour I wanted and was much much better for me.

Thanks Angela!


Stef July 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

Angela, I love your site you are such an inspiration and source of motivation for me. My two major changes are:

1) I Started running 5 days a week, ran my first 10 K race and am training for my first half-marathon for October.
2) Stopped eating artificial sweeteners, and started eating more real food and less crap (if I can’t pronounce it I definitely should no be eating it)



Erin July 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

1) I have signed up and have started training for my first marathon this fall.

2) I have learned to step out of my “exercising box” and have realized that by lifting 2-3 times per week, spinning and pilates classes, etc have mixed up my exercise routine and can help keep things exciting and new. Not to mention making be feel great!


Jess July 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

Thanks so much for this giveaway!

1. Started drinking Green Monsters! Woohoo!
2. Have come to LOVE yoga and have done poses I haven’t been able to do before!
<3 jess


Janna July 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

So excited about this giveaway I would love to try Amazing Grass!

1) Started incorporating more strength training into my normally cardio-heavy workouts.

2) Decided to leave a job that I was unhappy with and pursue a degree in Nutrition!


Morgan July 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

Love your website! Its all because of you I am thinking of ordering amazing grass products!

1. Allowing myself to give in to cravings, stoping my wild binging.

2. Loving myself at every size that I am through this weight loss/ lifestyke change. This is the hardest part for me and I still struggle with it. How can I continue to make healthy choices if I don’t even like the way I look when I am 50 pounds lighter?

Love your ws!


Amy July 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

I would love to win the amazing grass giveaway. Two things I’ve done are:

– Taking care of my body by eating more of the foods that nourish me instead of those that don’t make me feel good
– Doing more strength training!


Kelly July 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

Great question — I loved reading the answers!

1. I’ve incorporated some yoga stretches after my cardio every session and it has helped my running injury immensely. I’m still only running a wimpy 6 miles a week, but I’m so happy to not be limping afterward, I don’t care!!

2. I’ve started incorporated Nature’s Path Optimum cereals into my snacks and I’m really loving the energy they give me — I can go forever on a snack of that and some fruit!


Ryane July 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

I love amazing grass, my wallet does not!

1. I’ve always run as my main form of cardio, so after an injury I was pretty bummed out about how to still exercise. I embraced low-impact workouts – walking, the elliptical, biking. I had always thought the elliptical was for wimps. But now that I’m back on the road, I realized I haven’t lost any endurance and it was so nice to not always have sore knees after a work out. I now do regular elliptical and biking workouts with my runs. It’s great.

2. I keep 5 lb. weights by the tv and just start pumping whenever I realize I’m just bored in front of the tube. Same with planks and pushups.


Nicole July 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

Hi — I would love to try the Amazing Grass products!!
Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to improve my health:
1. Running more, at the beginning of June I signed up for a marathon (my first).
2. Eating more. I know it sound funny, but I just recently lost 40 lbs, so I’ve been working foods such as yogurt, peanut butter back into my diet. That’s been my favorite part!! :)


Misty July 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

1) I try to eat a salad every day, whether it be for lunch or with dinner. I find this to be a great way to get lots of veggies in my diet
2) PLANNING – for me, planning healthy meals and snacks is key. I make a plan for the day and stick to it. It also helps if I plan my workout time as well.

feeling great and lovin’ the SBBC!


C July 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

1. I started drinking green monsters every day
2. I have become a runner and am now training for my first race at the end of the summer


Jocelyn July 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

My healthy changes:

1. I have started drinking Green Monsters almost every morning, and they have given me so much energy!

2. I have also started practicing yoga twice a week and it has definitely improved my running and helped prevent injury. I also feel like the yoga practice has helped me to be more introspective and focus on the mind-body connection.

I would LOVE to win the Amazing Grass giveaway!


elliebelle July 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

Two positive changes for me are
1. Drinking green monsters a few times a week and Green Superfood with juice and water every morning.
2. Besides going to Zumba twice a week, I’ve now added in long walks and short jogs, as well as doing the 30 Day Shred DVD on and off. I just try to be more active over all.

What a great give away! I LOVE Amazing Grass! :)


Andrea July 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

Oh yay! I’ve been waiting for this giveaway! Two things I’ve done this path month:

1. Starting drinking Amazing Grass Products, which I hadn’t even heard about until you started mentioning them. I love the berry flavor, and they make me feel so full of energy!

2. I’ve been doing at east one yoga pose every day. I’ve been doing yoga for a long time, but only once a week, and I realized that even fitting in one pose a day, for a few minutes of quiet breathing time, really makes me feel relaxed AND strong.


lora July 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

i have reduced my drinking and going out I do it once a week instead of 3 or 4 times a week…I also have reduced my intake of red meat products!



Allison July 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

I’ve been riding my bike to work… and drinking green monsters! :D


EL July 13, 2009 at 10:41 am

1. I have started to lift weights and I love how it makes me feel.

2. I am listening more to my body and not forcing work-outs when I am too tired.


Holly July 13, 2009 at 10:45 am

1) I am working to listen to my body instead of falling into a “schedule” of # of calories to consume each day, amount and type of workout is scheduled, etc.

2) I have cut out processed foods, refined sugars and flour from my diet (thank you Michael Pollan!)

Your blog is such an inspiration on a daily basis :o) thank you for all you do!


Katie July 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’ve stopped harping on my body for what it can’t do (run a marathon with not enough training… hello, stress fracture!) and instead have started to see it as an amazing machine that takes me from point A to point B.

I also recently went on vacation and, miraculously, didn’t spend the week obsessing over everything I ate. I was in a bikini pretty much the whole time, felt confident, and dropped a pound!


Baylee July 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

Sign me up!!

1) I have made drastic improvements in my running/cardio lately!!

2) I am starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin – aka, going out WITHOUT make up on!


Maggie July 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

I’ve started to take the stairs to work every morning now instead of the elevator (still can’t believe how long it took me to start doing this) and I’ve picked up running and have stuck with it even though it can be really frustrating when my asthma causes my lungs to give out before my legs do, but I have seen some great improvements!


brandi July 13, 2009 at 10:54 am

1. I’ve started taking more time for me to destress and do things I enjoy like painting my nails, making a healthy dessert for us, taking baths, reading more books, etc.

2. I ran my first ever 10K, which was a crazy trail run, in June!


ari July 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

1) the first change i have recently made that i believe to be positive is that i have cut back my cardio from 50 minutes a day to 45 minutes a day. it isn’t a huge change but i am currently in recovery from an eating disorder, so being okay to do less cardio (ie-not burning as many calories) is a positive step towards regaining my health :)
2) thanks to the SGBC and C+K’s 10 minute strength routine, i have improved my strength training and have already seen great results in my arms!
i actually love this question so i’m gonna put three!
3) i used to think that i had to do cardio 7 days a week. lately, i have been trying to tell ED to shut the hell up and give my body a break because i deserve it!:)


Holly July 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

I would love to win this giveaway!

In the last 2 months I have:
1. Started doing speedwork and as a result, won 2nd place in my age group in two races!

2. I started trying vegetable juices – I had a beet, carrot, celery one at Juice Shack and a carrot one at a crepe restaurant and I loved it!


Marcia July 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

1. I have cut back my wine consumption mid-week. It was making me too sleepy.

2. I registered to do a 5k series over the summer, 5 nights, 3 weeks apart. It’s keeping me motivated!!


Maggie July 13, 2009 at 11:02 am

1) I stopped counting calories and restricting myself…since I’ve been in a six month depression and battle with depression which landed me in the hospital twice, I now know its completely unsave and unhealthy.
2) I started focusing on strength training instead of soooo much cardio.
3) I stopped weighing myself every day and punishing myself for gaining a pound when in reality I NEED to gain about 15.

Thank you again for this!!


Low July 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

1. Started drinking green monsters and trying tons of new fruits/veggies
2. Started a running regimen. I’m not fast yet and can’t run that far, but now I know that that’s okay and I’ll get there eventually.


Lindsay July 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

I have started exercising 4 times a week. It has been difficult because I have 4 small children but I have mad a valiant effort and have done it for about a month. I have also been getting tons of healthy food ideas off of Kaitlins blog. I think eating healthier is what has changed how I feel drastically! Thanks Kaitlin:)


Zaidan July 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

1. I started a gratitude diary where every day I write down things 3 things I am grateful for. This has helped me deal with stress and made me feel more peaceful.
2. I have committed to practising yoga 2 times a week.


Claudia July 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

Two possitive changes I have made recently in my life are

1. wake up with a positive attitude every morning, have a Heatly and Happy outlook on life… it really makes my day a lot better.

2. Start the day with a Green Monster… It really makes for a great start for my very busy day as a working Mother with a 6yr old boy and a 9yr old girl.

With my busy schedule I’m also trying to find time to work out at least every other day … waking up early is hard since I really need my 8hrs sleep, so I’m struggling with finding time for me.


Nicole July 13, 2009 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! i love how inspirational and honest your blog is :)

1. I have learned to work towards not pushing my body through a workout when I am tired and need an off day. It is so important to give your body the adequate rest it needs and I’ve finally begun to realize that!

2. I can now do 10 push ups in a row without stopping! The real ones, not the girls ones! haha :) Before I couldnt even do 3.


e July 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

I have started eating avocados and now buy them weekly.
I have started drinking green monsters on a more regular basis.


Becky July 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

1) Getting back to the gym with a routine in mind. It makes me hold myself accountable for my fitness goals.

2) Not allowing myself to feel guilty when I have a little extra of something food wise.


Jess July 13, 2009 at 11:11 am

1. I have tried to cut myself a break when splurging on something, whether it be food, clothes, etc

2. I have started adding healthy fats to my diet in the form of flax, almonds and other nuts


Lexi July 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

1) I have not missed a workout in 4 weeks.
2) I have quit meticulously calorie counting & I feel so free now that I am focusing on eating whole, natural foods. I am much happier :)
I love your site! Keep up the great work. I would love to try Amazing Grass.


Jackie July 13, 2009 at 11:16 am

I heart Amazing Grass and your blog, I look forward to reading it every day!

1) I have not had McDonald’s or fast food of any kind in 2 weeks and no longer rely on Pepto Bismol at the end of the day and my energy levels are higher than they have been in years.

2) I have completely cut out diet soda and other artifical sweeteners and have noticed a HUGE decrease in what used to be daily migraines.


Valerie July 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

1. I added intervals as a new weekly run. This will really help my speed and endurance!

2. I bought a jar of almond butter. I tried it a couple years ago and HATED it! I don’t know why though – it’s delicious! For someone like me, who can’t have peanut butter around, this is my new way to get another healthy fat!


Shari July 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

1. I try to eat vegan most of the time. I know I feel better when I do.

2. I did my first triathlon relay (I did the 7.5k run) my team was slow but it was great.


Jessica July 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

Great post!

1. I have started feeling eating as a friend rather than the enemy! This is a great accomplishment for me, since I have been eating disordered my whole life. Eating clean feels right, and it feels so much better than trying to eat no sugar and no fat!
2. I started drinking green monsters and having wheat grass for energy instead of caffeine. And now, I’m having kombucha as another substitute. I feel a lot better not dragging all over the place when I’m low on caffeine! My body just feels so much healthier.



Red Head, Yellow Dog July 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

I’d love amazing grass!

1. I stopped pushing myself while and let my body fully recooperate — and because of that I’m finally able to run again pain free after 4.5 months of being injured!!!! (hip pain/strained know how awful that is!)

2. I also have been doing more strength moves and can see some definition in my arms now. love it.

plus it’s my birthday today so this would be an awesome birthday present :D


Katie July 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

Two VERY positive changes in my life recently:

1) I live in Chicago and take public transit to my school 5 days a week. While I would prefer to walk there, it’s just too far from my apartment. So, to get a little extra walking time in, I get off and on the bus a few stops before my “normal” stops and walk the rest of the way!

2)I have drastically improved my endurance when working out. Before, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the elliptical would wear me out. Now, a typical workout for me is 10 minutes of circuit weight training (arms, abs, legs) 20 minutes on the stairmaster, 20 minutes on the elliptical, and 20 minutes on either the treadmill or bike. By the end, I feel more energized than tired!


Holly July 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

I also linked the giveaway here:


Lacey Q July 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

The 2 positive changes I have made are that i have increased my jogging, and also have had the courage to jog with a good friend who is a really good runner. It was challenging for me to think of running with her, but I am glad I did, and hope to again.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

Aimee S- 2nd entry


Jessica July 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

1. Inspired by your blog, I have started drinking green monster’s everyday & experimenting with new ingredients to make them with.

2. After losing my exercise & healthy eating motivation for a short while, I picked myself up, dusted myself off & got back on the proverbial healthy eating/exercise wagon.

Thank you for all the hard work you put into your blog. You are truly inspirational :)


AshleyH aka Organic Girl July 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

1. I stopped eating sugar. I have a stomach disorder and this was definitly the right choice for me. Sugar is so addictive.
2. I’ve incorporating more greens and veggies into my diet. In eliminating alot of things from my diet I have also majorly upped my veggie intake. It feels so good to eat a load of veggies covered in almond butter!!


Therese July 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

Hmm good question!

Two positive changes I have made:
1) I work out about 5 days a week, but I have started taking walks during my lunch break. Wokring a desk job I find it really helps get some extra activity in!
2) Enter the Green Monster! I never would have tried this wonderful creation before your blog, but I am seriously a convert. I can’t get enough! Today I even linked your Green Monster movement page today.

I will add a link to the giveaway now :)


Danielle July 13, 2009 at 11:28 am

1) I have eliminated artificial sweeteners from my diet. I can’t believe that I used to live off these things. After giving it up, I feel so much healthier already.
2) I have started boxing. I’ve always been a runner, but wanted to try something new to challenge me. I took up boxing with a friend, and we’ve been in love with it ever since.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 11:30 am

Dustie- 2nd entry


Gina G July 13, 2009 at 11:30 am

thankyou thankyou for this opportunity! i have been running on the treadmill 2-3 miles almost everyday and have been going to my kickboxing workouts that always intimidate me! =D


cali July 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

1. I have started drinking 500 ml water before breakfast and another 500 ml with each of my meals.

2. I have signed up for (and have started training) for the Scotiabank Waterfront 1/2 marathon in Toronto this September.


Allie July 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

1) I’ve increased the number of days I exercise as well as the intensity of those exercises.

2) I started boot camp last week which is something I never thought I’d try in a million years. I like the variety in activities and it keeps my body guessing.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

Jessica (Buffmuffy) 2nd entry


Jeni July 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

Two changes I have made in the past two months:

1) Increased my intake of leafy greens.

2) Stopped running (!) and started again. I had a foot injury and it wasn’t bad enough to make me stop running, but I knew that running on it would just take me down a more serious injury lane. It was hard to stop and let my body heal, but I did it.


Katie July 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

Changes I have made:
1. Starting my day with a green monster instead of coffee. In fact, I have cut out coffee all together!

2. Cut out red meats and am having very few meats all together!


Mariel July 13, 2009 at 11:37 am

I have started doing more strength training and I have been really focusing on intuitive eating.


JW July 13, 2009 at 11:37 am

I really would like to try this!
I have:
1. Incorporated more greens
2. Quit weighing daily


Sherri July 13, 2009 at 11:37 am

Two positive changes I have made to your health and/or fitness in the past month or two are:

1. I have recently started to eat more ‘real’ foods. I am trying to eliminate processed/garbage food in my life and eat more healthy, unprocessed food. I feel ‘cleaner’ already!

2. I have made a commitment to be active on a daily basis. I take the stairs, park further away from my ‘destination’, go for walk&talks with my friends and generally take better care of myself. Being active doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday… just moving more!

Thanks again for the motivation and inspiration! You’re AMAZING :)


Kim July 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

It’s funny that the question today is about positive changes. I woke up this morning in such a positive mood because of all the changes I have been making in the last month. I recently had a baby and I have been in a slump when it came to healthy eating and exercise. So my two positive changes would be 1)cutting out processed foods and replacing with fruits and veggies and 2)starting a running program – I will become a runner!


Kellie July 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

My two biggest changes are 1)I have been trying to eat and buy organic whenever possible…especially dairy. 2) I am training for a half marathon with team in training after my husband’s good friend was diagnosed with leukemia for the 2nd time. It feels great to be helping others while also helping myself stay consistent and motivated!


Trisha July 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

I’ve walked to work a few times and plan to continue as often as I can (it’s 8 miles round trip :)) And I’ve made a very conscious effort to get at least 5 fruits/veggies each day (often through a Green Monster!!). Thanks for the great giveaways!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

Kim- 2nd entry


Lucy July 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

So far this year has been filled with several positive changes to my health, but the two most important ones to me are:

1. I stopped eating meat and most animal products, and I’m currently working on cutting out dairy/dairy product.

2. GREEN MONSTERS! I began having them about a month ago and now they’re like my crack lol. I can’t believe on what I was missing out on! They’re amazing and I feel so much better knowing my body is getting fueled with such a nutritious power drink!

This page has seriously inspired to make many many several changes in my life and there were certain things I always felt insecure about and always thought I was the only one..but now I know there are many ladies that can relate to me!! For this I’d like to thank you sincerely!


Liz July 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

Thank you for yet another giveaway! I love your blog (read daily) and the giveaways are just plain fun!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one, i’d LOVE to try amazing grass!!! Ok, for my 2 changes:

1) Green monsters – started slowly back in May – now drinking 1 a day!!! LOVE THEM and notice a big difference in my complexion, as others have mentioned.
2) Listening to my body! I am a big exerciser and runner – long runs every weekend – and have finally started taking naps after these crazy runs to let my body recover.
Thanks again!


Heather July 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

Two of my positive changes:
1. More green monsters
2. More core work.


Annalisa July 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

1) Got into the green monster breakfast habit (and never had healthier looking skin!)
2) I’ve really focused on eating fruits/veggies instead of crackers/chips. This has helped tremendously with summer BBQ’s and snacking.


Jamie July 13, 2009 at 11:59 am

Love your blog Angela!

1. I started marathon training! Woo Hoo!

2. I finally tried a Green Monster and loved it! I drink one almost every day now and feel so much healthier for it!


Randi July 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Two positive changes I have made this month:

1) I have been cutting back on drinking alcohol. I never used to think there was an issue with my drinking until someone said something to me about. I now only drink wine one day on the weekend only. Without this – my drinking gets out of hand.

2) Trying a new sport! After years of marathoning its finally started taking its toll on my knees. My physical therapist suggested I try rowing on her team. I LOVE it! I’m sad to leave my first love of running, but I can’t ignore my body anymore otherwise I may never be able to run (or walk again!)


Jennie July 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I’ve made may changes this summer! Here are two.

1) I joined a gym June 1st and I’m loving it!

2) Started drinking Green Monsters and stopped drinking diet coke. :)


April July 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

1) I can do “boy” pushups now when I couldn’t do 1 a few years back.

2) I’ve stopped using Splenda!!


Michele July 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Great giveaway! Thanks!

Two recent positive changes:

1. Making exercise a priority and motivating myself to do it even if I don’t think I feel like it. I love riding my bike.

2. Paying attention to my food choices. I’ve gained a lot of weight by ignoring what goes into my body and ignoring the changes that came along with that. When I lost my job, I made it my new job to take care of my body and be as healthy as possible. I lurve the Green Monsters! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, and I keep telling him he doesn’t know what he’s missing. Sooooo gooooooood.


Lauren July 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Hi Angela-
I recently started reading all the blogs on healthy eating and living, and I am completely and totally hooked. I am so interested in this challenge.

My life has been a series of yo-yo dieting, and disordered eating just like many of you, but about two months ago I decided to make a change for good. I have started running again, and am loving it. I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon, and couldn’t be more proud. I have successfully lost 20 lbs, and am working on keeping it off this time.

I am still working on the eating part, and not looking at food as the enemy, and your blog has really helped me with that. I first got started reading Caitlin’s blog, and now I read multiple blogs, and I really love yours. I love your message to everyone.

Reading these blogs has encouraged me that I can do this for real, and I don’t have to give up eating to lose weight. Following everyone has made me realize how much healthy food is out there and the combination’s are endless. I feel encouraged to make every day count, and I look forward to reading what you have to say and how it can help me. I feel like this is the step I needed in really making this change. I also wanted to thank you for all your motivation and encouragement. It has been the push I needed to make a life-long change. I look forward to following you in your journey as I go through mine.



Jenna Z July 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Since March, I have been working hard to fit in fruits and veggies in EACH and EVERY meal. And I can really tell a difference in my fingernails, they are superstrong! I have also started the Couch to 5K program (am on week 5 now) and am loving it! I love propelling myself along and feeling great about moving my body in a way I never have before!


Edie July 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm

This is an awesome giveaway!! :)

1. I stopped beating myself up for not working out 7 days a week. I realized, after starting a new, very demanding, career, that keeping my freelance workout schedule is just not realistic…and that’s OK!

2. I’ve made a commitment to do more workouts outdoors. I already run regularly, now BF and I are biking and hiking whenever possible too. There is nothing like fresh air and sunshine to fuel healthy habits and motivation!


Kimberly July 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Lovin’ this post Angela!

1) Starting packing my lunches/dinners to work. I work shift work and it’s so easy to fall into the unhealthy restaurant food. Packing my lunches not only saves me money, but ensures I know what I am putting into my mouth. I FEEL GREAT!

2) Cut down drastically on my diet pop intake!


Ann July 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm

My healthy changes:

1. Controlling my negative thoughts about my body and my eating choices. I’ve really tried to be more patient and relaxed. I think its a huge milestone for me.

2. Trying to include more veggies in my breakfast and lunch., ie. green monster and veggie sides


Christina July 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

As a recovering anorexic, In the past few month i have learned to not see food as the enemy, rather as fuel to keep me going

Secondly..I’ve learned to enjoy exercise a lot more and am amazed at what my body can do when it is strong and I’m not abusing it :)


Melissa July 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I just had my 2nd baby via c-section 7 1/2 weeks ago! Toward the end of my pregnancy I knew that after I was cleared at my 6 week postpartum appt I was going to be making some changes in my lifestyle! I am happy to say that I started a bit earlier! :)

1.) Changed my diet, drinking a green monster daily (oh the energy!) focusing on ‘real’ food and not crap!

2.) I am starting the couch to 5k this week and I am really excited about it! I have been wanting to run a 5k for a long time, but i have been either pregnant or nursing, I decided I don’t care if I am nursing I have to get myself in shape not just for me, but for my boys!

Thank you so much for your site! You are a God send and I am so grateful for the motivation and inspiration I receive from you!

~Melissa :)


Alexandra July 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

1) Started drinking Green Monsters (
2) I’ve made a conscious effort to eat ALL whole foods – no more processed packaged foods for me. Makes a huge difference!


Mary July 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and I just wanted to let you know its very motivating and inspiring.

A few changes I have recently made.

-I changed the way I eat. No more preservatives. All natural ingredients. Anything I eat now has a purpose, to fuel my body.

-I have never been a runner. I finally completed my first 5k without stopping.


Rhonda July 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I do think we need to stop and remind ourselves the small/big changes we have made. They add up! I stopped drinking all ‘pop’/’coke’ 1 1/2 years ago. It is a permanent change. I will not go back to drinking them. (former diet coke junkie)

The past 2 months I have been drinking green monsters.

Drinking a lot more water. I strive for 1/2 of my body weight in ounces per day!

Thanks for this giveaway!


Anneliese July 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm

1. I’ve started making more adventurous green monsters. Yesterday mine had carrots in it!
2. I’ve been cooking dinners for my family that are made with whole foods–and they love them! :-)


Karin July 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

THANK YOU for this post and Caitlin’s contribution – exactly what I needed today! :-)
For my two changes I achieved in the last couple of weeks:
1) I consistently work out 3x a week, plus go for a swim or a run every other day. This is huge for me because I feel very self-conscious about my swimming/running. But I finally realized that I have to practice in order to improve, and that it takes time and dedication to create new habits and skills.
2) I was finally able to identify some of the negative things that held/hold me back. Now I am much more positive and feel so much better about myself! Reading the OSG-blog definitely helps :-)
Thanks Angela, keep up the great work!


Monica July 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Great post! Sometimes we get so caught up in what will make us happy that we forget how far we have come:)

In the last couple months I have:

1. Started eating more WHOLE foods!
2. Toned up.. woo hoo!


Katherine Feeney July 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I have started taking control of my health by listening to my body and tapping into and trusting my own intuition. In addition I have recently sought help in getting rid of a parasite that I have had for a few years I am following a specific diet as well as herbal remedies…I truly believe that this is the best investment that I can make in my 20’s! I have a very supportive naturopath who I took a long time finding as well as an RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist). I would love to win some amazing grass products!

Thank you!



Haleigh July 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Angela, I am loving this SGBC!! Thank you!

Two positive changes that I have made is
1. Transitioning to a plant-based diet.
2. Added more strength exercises to my daily routine.


Corinne July 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

It is really amazing to see how every person commenting on this post has made some steps towards bettering their own lives – think about the chain of reaction that has started with this blog. Incredible!

The two biggest changes I have made in the last two months have been:

1. Having fun in the kitchen – I have a different GM every day and I make at least 1-2 new recipes each week. BF has been the lucky “guinea pig.”
2. Got back into a regular strength training/cardio/yoga routine of 4-5 times per week, including getting back into teaching yoga once a week.


KT July 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

My positive changes:
1. I started strength training 2-3 times per week.
2. I’ve been steadily upping my intake of fruits and veggies.


Katie July 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Two Positive changes I have made:

1)Enjoying a GM EVERY day. It has been such an amazing addition to my day… I’m already freaking out about what I’m going to do while travelling for NINE months!! (Ideas, anyone?)

2)I have changed how I think about my body. Instead of looking at myself and finding my flaws and wishing it would all change, I now look at myself and see all the beautiful parts, while STRIVING for a better me.


Gillian July 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

1) I have started ballet lessons, and although I’m terrible it is great stretching and great motivation to get moving in a new way!
2) I have cut down considerably on social drinking and am now much happier with one or two glasses than the many that would ruin my head the next morning before!!


Eva July 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

1. I’m only allowed to watch tv if I’m riding my bike.

2. I do some form of light exercise for 20 minutes before every meal.


CJ July 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Two positive changes:

1) I’ve started half-marathon training, even though 6 months ago I was doing the C25K…I’m already up to 6 (slow) miles without walking!
2) Started experimenting with raw foods – particularly zuchinni which I never really liked at all, but raw (and spiralized) I now love!

– CJ


Courtney July 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Wow, good luck with your ten miler this Sunday!

1. Exercise has more benefits than just physically, I reap so many rewards from exercise. If I want to have a good day? It simply requires exercise!

2. Treat your body right. When I started exercising and become an athlete, I knew I needed to fuel correctly! Thank goodness to all the health food blogs out there!


Love ya and your blog, Ange, and thanks for having Caitlin post!

Have a great week,


Danielle July 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm

1.) I cut back on my sugar intake and have much more energy!
2.) I strayed away from my comfortable “typical” exercise routine and have found other ways to enjoy exercising!


Hallie July 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm

1. I have upped my workouts (2x a day when I can!) and began strength training with my BF. I love how strong and active I feel.
2. I am working on being kinder to myself in all areas. I do what I can, when I can, and I’m working on letting that be “good enough”


Pam C July 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm

What a perfect topic, motivation is my whole reason for joining the SGBC. My positive changes are 1) not being so lazy. I take the stairs more often and get up and actually cook instead of throwing something in the microwave or ordering out because I don’t want to waste my hard work by doing the same old thing. And 2) I have actually worked out at home (considering I was on an 8 month break from excercise it’s impressive) I used to feel that I had to go to the gym in order to get anything productive done. Now, I realize that doing something is way better than nothing. Even small changes are changes! Thanks for the inspiration Angela!


Lauren July 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I just wanted to say thank you to both Angela and Caitlin for this post on motivation. It is literally the reason that I made it to the gym today. I woke up in a bad mood, and I was in the process of talking myself out of exercising today when I read this post. It made all the difference and I’m in a much better mood now. Thanks so much for all that you ladies do!


Diana July 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Two positive changes I have made recently are:

1) incorporating green monsters as a regular in my weekly menus ;)
2) doing exactly what I *want* to do for exercise rather than feeling like I *should* go to the gym and do X,Y & Z. If a long walk is appealing then I will go for a long walk and enjoy every moment. I can sweat like crazy tomorrow. :)


Katelyn July 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm

1. I have started, or rather stoped eating when I was bored or just wanted something in my mouth. So I have been feeding my body better.

2. In general, I have just been trying to take better care of myself. I take a few more minutes to prepare for the morning so I don’t have to stress, or get outside when I just want to lounge in front of the couch.


brandi July 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Yay! I’m so excited for this contest… I have made 2 positive changes

1. Putting a stop to my daily Starbucks habit. This is my first week cutting back. I know it will be hard but the end result will be so worth it

2. Starting a new exercise regimen to re-energize myself. I am going to try out 3 different group exercise classes this week. Can’t wait!


Katie July 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm

1- I’ve let myself rest! I used to do something work-out related EVERY DAY of the week. Even if it was just 10 minutes. But I was so tired that most days ended up being just 10 minutes long. Now if I’m exhausted I rest without guilt and instead of 5 10 minute days a week, I’m doing 6 quality workouts!

2- I’ve cut back on having lunch dessert. A piece of gum does the trick!


Laura E July 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks so much for the opportunity! Number one I have improved my pushups. My form is a lot better and I can do more and more each day since I have started. Second, my mental health has improved because of Operation Beautiful! Reading those notes and writing my own has got me smiling on the inside and out each day!!

I don’t have a blog to link back but will definitely email a foodie friend!


Susan July 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm

1) I registered to ride in the 20 mile option of Bike MS locally in support of my mom who has MS! (and I am a total beginner!!)
2) Found my inner willpower when it comes to desserts! Sure, I treat myself sometimes, but I make better choices on satisfying my sweet tooth.


Cinemarie July 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Hi Angela! Hey we’re going to the same event this weekend! I’ll be doing the 5k though :) Best of luck on the 10 mile – wow!! :)

The first thing I did to improve my health recently is starting to run seriously – I signed up for my first 5k in June, and am doing my 2nd 5k this weekend – I think that giving myself a goal, signing up for those races, gave me the motivation, the extra push I needed to get up and exercise. I have a different focus now – I train to improve my performance, not just to ‘work out’… (and that’s all thanks to your exercise and guilt post;)

The second thing is, I have started making more food at home with better ingredients. I used to eat frozen meal at every lunch at work but now, I make veggie and rice stir frys, veggie and pasta… That’s my first step towards eating healthier… and I can already feel how much more energy I have than on the frozen meals!

I linked back to your giveaway for my second entry, here’s the link!

Thank you so much!!! I hope I win – I’ve been wanting to try amazing grass so bad :)

ps. I am now addicted to your bars. working on a post… I’ll send you the link when it’s done – they are soooooooooooooo yummy :)


Rachel July 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been wanting to try Amazing Grass, so I figure I’d enter. :-)

Two things I’ve done in the last two months to improve my health/fitness:
-I’ve been taking a weekly Polynesian Aerobics class. It’s about a half hour/45 minutes of low-impact cardio and then another 15 minutes/30 minutes of strength training. I feel amazing afterwards!
– I’ve been packing my lunches for work and thus not eating the processed crap that McDonald’s and Burger King have to offer.


Sara July 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

1. I have been doing Jillian Michaels’ “SHRED”. It’s tough as nails but excellent and leaves one with a feeling of serious accomplishment.

2. I have been been seriously striving to reach my daily produce intake, which I love doing by adding AMAZING GRASS Superfood powders to my morning oat mix. ;)



Kristen July 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

1) Cut out most processed foods from my lunches. Now I eat grapes as a side instead of a gross 100 calorie pack of Doritos:)

2) Running 4 times a week no matter what. A 20 minute run 4 times a week makes me feel amazing!


Courtney July 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

1. I try to be more aware of when I get full and to stop eating, even if there is still food left on my plate.

2. To appreciate the small things and not to get caught up in what the scale says.

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!


Alicia July 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm

My 2 major life changes are:

1) I admitted that I was a sugar addict! I recognized that I have a problem, to the point where if there was AA for sugar addicts I should belong. Since making this declaration I have given up (cold turkey) all forms of sugar (except fruit/honey) including chocolate.

2) I decided to run a half marathon and have already started training. I HATED running, I was always good at sprinting, but anything more than a lap bored me to death and I didn’t see the purpose in it. However, I realized that my aversion to this was all mental and I wanted to be able to defeat this (and loose some weight in the process). So I have now gone up to 6 miles, with serious ease, and am looking forward to going much further and hopefully dramatically increasing my time. I believe the competitive nature of me against the clock for an actual race is what I am finding so invigorating.

Thank you for always being a constant bright spot in my path to healthiness!!! (P.S. I am a fellow baker, but unfortunately I haven’t learned how to incorporate healthy ingredients into my recipes!)


Courtney July 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I blogged about your giveaway!


Megan July 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I got up the courage to run my first ever 5k alone, and came in under my goal time! I also started yoga again after a year break. I’ve never felt better!


Katerina July 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I have started to get more veggies in at breakfast through smoothies and green monsters, plus I have added more variety to my workouts by taking up spin and ultimate.

I really want to try amazing grass before ordering it to Canad!


Normal Gal July 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Hi Angela, Thanks for having Caitlin as a guest bogger! I read her blog all the time too.

I love your giveaways! My changes…

#1: I can run 5 miles. This year, I couldn’t run one. I just didn’t like to run, but one day I got a crazy impetus to start. So I did the Couch 2 5 K, and completed it. Now, I’m training for a 10k. I’m hooked! I love running.

#2: I’ve been trying TONS of new healthy foods this year (almond butter, kale, mango, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, coconut milk, coconut water, and the list goes on and on.) I’ve broken through my “I’m afraid to go there because it looks too difficult” mindset, and developed a new mantra of putting good things into my body, and trying everything once (healthy-wise)!


fabulousfitness July 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I love your website!
My changes:

1. I make time for myself which means that I schedule time to go to the gym or for a run and that makes me so happy.

2. I started tracking my running and food that I eat. I love seeing what great progress I have made each and every week.


Charline July 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm

2 changes I have made are:

1. Eliminating artificial sugar from my diet

2. Starting to run again… not just on my treadmill, but outside, out of my comfort zone, and where people can see me… for me, this is huge!


Sara July 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm

1) I have started making green monsters part of my morning routine. Now I can’t go a day without them! I crave them when I wake up :) I can’t wait until Whole Foods carries Amazing grass so I can get my hands on it!
2) I have also started juicing – I drink green juice almost daily.


Naners July 13, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I don’t normally comment (read regularly though) but really want to get my hands on some Amazing Grass!!

Two changes I have made recently:

1) Finally transitioned from drinking diet sodas to seltzer and water…this was not easy especially during the summer.

2) Gave myself a cut off time at night to stop working/turn off the computer. This has allowed me to sleep better and reduce stress.


Katherine July 13, 2009 at 1:52 pm

1. After changing my workout routine this month (you can see my post on my blog for this) I can begin to feel, and even see, some of my ab muscles instead of just flabby flesh. YAY!

2. I tried my first green monster!!! One step of many to eat more whole foods, especially fruits and veggies.


Laurie July 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm

My changes:

1. I quit college volleyball, giving my body and mind a break from mandatory 3 hours-a-day, 5 days-a-week workouts. This may not seem like the healthiest decision, but it’s brought me so much peace with myself and given my body a break from the constant stress of injuries. What this has meant is that I’m able to choose my own workouts and control what I’m eating (as opposed to shoveling anything and everything I see into my mouth because I’m so starving after those long workouts!)

2. I started Bikram Yoga! It’s a 90 minute class in a room at 105 degrees with 50% humidity. It took a little getting used to, but the class pushes you to try and “stretch it out.” This has really helped with my stress and also makes me feel leaner and longer. I try to go at least 4 days a week and then on off days do some form of cardio.


Janie July 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

1. I’ve been drinking green monsters regularly and I can feel a difference in my energy levels. My skin is looking more fresh as well:)

2. I’ve been doing a walk/run program 3 times a week. I think this week I’m going to up things to 4 times a week. I’ve also been sneaking in strength training moves pretty regularly.

Thanks for the motivation Angela!!


Melinda July 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm

1- Green Mosters EVERYDAY with a scoop of Amazing Grass!! I swear these do wonders for me!

2- More raw foods! :) Love it!



Melanie Z July 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

two positive changes I’ve made to my health: 1. I’ve become much more aware of WHAT food goes into my mouth and I’m also trying to be aware of HOW MUCH of that food goes in. I know one of the main reasons I have trouble loosing weight is due to (lack of) portion control. the second positive change is more of a mental change 2. realize that even though excersice may not always be fun (though it can and should be), it’s important to remember the benifits you get from it. Sometimes I think “I don’t want to go to the gym” but then I think about how I feel AFTER I go to the gym. It’s usually quite amazing!!! Sweaty, but amazing. :)


nicole- chasing blue July 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

1. continuing to train for more half marathons!

2. eating more fruits and veggies!

Both of these changes are challenges for me and my body is loving them!


junghwa July 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

LOVE this giveaway!


Kristen July 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

First of all I absolutely love your website and read it everyday. The things I have changed in my life are the small things. I eat healthy meals and work out often. So lately I’ve been adding a green monster every day. And making sure I am keeping busy doing something active. Like taking my dog for a walk with friends in the evening instead of going out to dinner. I’m really learning that’s it’s the little things that make a big difference!


Deb July 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

1. I gave up coffee & pop.
2. I cover my whole body in sunscreen everyday.


Nae July 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I have been splurging on yoga classes. Even though they’re expensive, they are worth it for the relaxation and joy I feel.I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

I’ve also been trying new nut butters, inspired by all the bloggers here. It’s amazing how satisfying they’ve been! :)


coco July 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

2 changes that I made lately:
1) incorporate more GM into my diet or green oats.I love both of them and they helped to “regulate”.
2) eat smaller portions but more nutrition densed with more healthy fats. It helps to feel less bloated after meal and better skin.
great contest! :)


Kelly July 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

1. I have been taking 3-4 yoga classes a week and feel myself getting stronger and was able to do crow for the time a few weeks back!

2. I’ve been learning how to incorporate healthy fats (e.g. nut butters, avocado, etc.) into my diet without feeling a sense of guilt. I’m working hard to listen to my body and not be so tough on myself.


Maria July 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Two positive changes I have made for my health in the last two months are 1-I have been splurging and buying organic foods. I feel so much better (mentally and physically) knowing that I am not getting a bunch of harmful things in my body that i can’t even pronounce. The second thing is that I have really stuck to becoming a vegetarian. Which, I must say, has been a lot easier than I thought it would. But I guess when you set your mind to something you can do anything!


Allison July 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Love what you said about consistency, and not looking for a “quick fix.” And you’re right, often the changes come so gradually that we don’t even notice them occurring!
1. I’ve started stretching properly after working out. I used to rush through some half-hearted stretches, or skip them altogether, but a semi-serious injury has made me realize how important running is to. Now, I’d rather take an extra recovery day and spend more time “babying” my muscles so I can still run when I’m in my 70s!
2. Slowly replacing my usual snacks of crackers, chips, and popcorn with apples, strawberries, and grapes. And making a real effort to incorporate greens in my meals, one way or another.


Chloe July 13, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I ran my first 5k ever over the 4th of July weekend and was so proud of myself for working up to that goal.

I’ve also been incorporating more green smoothies into my diet to boost the vitamins and nutrients that my body needs.

This is a GREAT post, I’m definitely bookmarking it and coming back to it for motivation when I’m feeling like giving up!


Allie July 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Hi Angela,

I’ve posted a link to the contest on my blog.


Jacquelyn July 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I have hunted the grocery stores down left and right for this amazing grass stuff and I would really love to try it. Recently I have tried and mostly succeded at stoping snack at night in front of the tv and instead of weighing myhself every morning, I am just going to look in the mirror and when I feel good inside and out, mthat will be my happy weight.


Laura July 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Here are two positive things I have done lately:

1. Slowly started to eliminate all processed foods and white flour

2. Added more strength training into my exercise routine.


Stephanie July 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

1) I have taken up swimming. As a long time runner I was shocked what a challenge swimming is! This has given me a new challenge without the pounding effects of running!

2) Recently I have been making a conscious effort to get more sleep! 7-8 hours preferably!


Rachel July 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

1. Becoming vegetarian
2. Training for a 5k to get back into running!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

1) I realized that I am not a runner. Although I still go for a random short run, I prefer walking SO much more and decided that walking is truly my main form of exercise!

2) I started doing more yoga. Yoga has done wonders for both my mind AND body, and I know I’m benefitting so much from my practice!

I’ll link back tonight!



Maya July 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I learned in the past month that even just a little exercise is better than no exercise, as Caitlin so wisely stated in the article. For example, if I don’t have time to work out in the morning, I try and run just two miles if I can–the energy burst is better than coffee!


Zarah July 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Angela – your website is inspiring and motivational! Thanks for being such an excellent role model! I hope you do get permission to ship to the US, b/c I live in LA and would love to order some of your glo bars for pre-workout snacks.

(1) In June I started shopping every week at the local farmer’s market to save money, and now I buy nearly all of my produce there.

(2) Earlier this summer I made a commitment to cooking nutritious, vegetarian meals at home at least 3x/week (as opposed to just microwaving something or going out). It’s easier now b/c I’m a grad student and my summers are more relaxed, but I’m trying to figure out how I can keep up this habit once I start teaching again in August.


Thien An July 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Two positive changes that I’ve implemented in my life over the past month or so are long distant running, and nightly pats on my back for daily accomplishments.

For years I wouldn’t be able to run a mile, even during my high school years. Now, after having been motivated by my younger sister and the blog communities, I’ve been able to run consistently at least 1.5 miles each expedition. This is a major accomplishment for me because remembering back, a month ago, I couldn’t even huff or puff my way through half a mile. Now, I breeze through the first mile, and consistently challenge my self to add more distant each time I run.

The second positive change that I’ve made to my life is with the aid of my new healthy life blog that I recently started under the encouragements of my younger sister. I not only blog of what I eat, but what I did actively throughout my day. I even blog my rants to remind myself that I shouldn’t allow people to rule my life for me. It gives me tremendous courage because when I sit down each night to blog, I reflect and really focus on the accomplishments that I make throughout the day. Even at my new job, I’m endlessly learning and blogging about that is a testimony to my openness to learn and try new things. It reminds me that the choices and decisions I have made on my own are right for my self, even with if it appears ridiculous or wrong to others. Mentally, I have never been healthier.

It’s been a real pleasure to restart my life, and I couldn’t be happier to write this and once again reflect on my efforts to make the necessary changes to live in the lifestyle that I’ve want to live for years.

Good gracious, I feel like I’m writing an essay! I have been a silent reader for a while now. Some of your posts have been some of my inspirations. I absolutely adore your green monster movement! I’ve been spreading it to my coworkers and others. Keep the movement going!


Maxine July 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

1) Taught two classes in a spinning class without messing up
2) Increased my caloric intake from 1,400 to 1,800 because it wasn’t enough for me.


Kelly July 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

1. I’ve started drinking a Green Monster every day… mmm!
2. I take my doggy for a long walk every other day at the very least. It’s fun for both of us!


Coley July 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

1) finished my first triathlon on saturday!! (so excited!!!)
2) Omitted most meat out of my diet


Fitzalan July 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I have quit weighing myself and I quit counting calories. Additionally, I have made myself stop thinking and saying negative thoughts about myself.

I have never been happier!

Happiness Awaits


Stacy July 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm

1. I cut out meat except fish.
2. I’ve been trying to eat more intuitavely rather than worrying how much I’m eating.


Joanna July 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm

This has been a good period for making changes, since the summer weather had been GORGEOUS and there is nothing that makes me feel happier, healthier and more inspired to getting something out of every day than seeing the sun streaming through the windows from 6 am! The positive changes I’ve made this summer are:

1) Having breakfast! I’ve never bothered – not enough time, not enough appetite. Now that I’m into green monsters, I make one the night before and keep in the fridge in a plastic lidded glass – easy to grab on the way out and drink on the bus on the way to work!

2) I am trying to do something spontaneous and social every week – instead of just heading home after work to throw dinner together and contemplate the laundry, I’m taking advantage of the long days and warm evenings to meet a friend for cocktail, convince my husband to have a picnic in the local park, walk up the hill with our neighbours to look at the view, or see if we can find some street performers in town. Makes me feel energised and connected to my community.


Susan July 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

1. I started lifting weights and now i have strong arms and can do real push ups.
2. I started drinking green monsters and have never felt better!


Sarah July 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

1. I have dramatically reduced the amount of processed foods I eat in favor of nutritious, delicious whole foods. I’m working towards eliminating processed foods all together.

2. I joined a gym (to eliminate my “it’s too cold to work out outside in winter!” excuse) and have been going regularly to attend classes and/or workout on my own. I’m going to my first personal training session next week!


McKay July 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Angela, love SGBC. Great motivation post!

1. I became much more conscious about using a food journal (a Flogg) to track my food intake. It has helped me focus on eating more fruits and vegetables & less processed foods, as well as keeping my workout schedule on track.

2. I ran 8 miles for the first time ever! I can’t wait to do it again!


Catherine July 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Two changes in the past month –
1) Converted from flexitarian to vegetarian. I was eating meat two times/week or so and just decided to cut it out all together.
2) I don’t beat myself up if I walk one day instead of run. I used to not even go if I wasn’t going to run. I try to appreciate the walk pace now.


Simone July 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

1. I have been getting up early to go workout, it makes my day go so much smoother and I am more relaxed.

2. I am trying to sit down and eat and take my time and just be more mindful of what I put in my body.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Paige K- 2nd entry


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Brigid B- 2nd entry


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Laura E- 2nd entry


Brigid July 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

In the past couple months I have eliminated refined flour and sugar from my diet. I’ve decided not to deprive myself of sweets but bake with unrefined, more natural ingredients.
In addition, I’ve begun to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine to help my flexibility and try something new.


Amanda (modernation) July 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Two changes I have made in the last couple of months:

1. I went meatless for a month and now only eat meat 2 meals a week. I have noticed how much lighter I feel because of this change.

2. I started Blogging! It has been motivating for myself and others!


Kristen July 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I have

1. Started to hold myself accountable for what I put in my body, fruits and veggies are a better friend than chocolate

2. stopped drinking so much! Graduating college has given me a new outlook on life and there does not have to be a “beer-a-clock” friday and Saturday


Patty July 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

1. I started to incorporate the Amazing Meal into my diet with the GM’s and I have really noticed a difference. I feel more energized, clearer after having one.
2. I, also, started doing planks a couple months ago. I first started with regular planks and last week I added side planks.


Gabrielle July 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm

1. After reading Omnivore’s Delimna, I took his advice, I have incorporated more plants into my diet, GMs definatly helps achieve this. I feel like I have so much more energy since I’ve found other sources of protein than red meat.
2. I now take the stairs at work a month ago, sometimes up to 50 flights a day, depending. I used to be winded after just a few flights, now I can go up 10 and not be totally out of breath.


Bethany July 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Two postive changes I have made are:

1. Doing more strength training. I used to only do cardio but thanks to reading blogs, I have been able to learn some exercises I can do in my own living room!

2. Cutting out all meat and most dairy. It has been one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.


Natalie M. July 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Ahhhh another grass giveaway. I’ve seriously got to try this stuff!

Hmmm two positive changes I’ve made in regards to my health/fitness.

This might sound kind of funny yet odd but I make sure out of all the things I read first in my Google Reader its the folder that contains all my Food/Fitness blogs. I subscribe to many RSS feeds but you food/fitness bloggers make me feel accountable for everything that I eat! I may not be perfect on some days but since I’ve made this change I have been more consistent in my workouts and I also feel more positive knowing that all the “foodies” have gotten their workouts in for the day. Besides I’m doing bootcamps and challenges that’s gotta be worth something! In the process I’ve lost about 5 pounds which leaves only 20 more to go. Baby steps…

2nd change I’ve made… looking up unusual exercises online. Let me tell ya.. Jackie Warner (the trainer who stars in the hit Bravo show “Workout”) kicks my ass (you must try her crab crunches) Jillian Michaels may be a beast but Jackie gives her a run for her money.. her core workout made my abs hurt for two days!


chippednailsandall July 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

yay! another Amazing Grass giveway!

1. Green monsters are now my favorite way to start the day, as I’ve recently incorporated them in to my daily eats a few weeks ago! Yum :)

2. To improve my health/fitness mindset, I’ve stopped comparing myself with other women, especially when running. I’ll be proudest of myself when crossing that half-marathon finish line in a few weeks, not because I might have beaten a few people to the finish line but because I did something I never thought I’d have the strength/stamina/courage/motivation to do!


Jess July 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

1) Being more mindful of my eating and the quality of what I am eating.

2) Using a new strength routine to shake up my workout.


Susan July 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Great post!!! I definitely think remembering to look at the overall picture is key. Just because I eat poorly and don’t exercise one day, doesn’t mean everyday is going to be like that – and vice versa!!

Two positive changes:

1. I took two full weeks off most activity to heal a running injury. I really didn’t want to do it at first, but now I realize it was the only way to get better and I’m SO glad I did!

2. I started eating all meat again. I see this as positive because it’s opened me up to food rather than being restrictive about it. For me, limiting the types of food I eat can lead to unhealthy tendencies.


Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm

1. I’ve started doing SOMETHING every day, even if it’s just cleaning the house.

2. I stopped starving myself and binge eating and have focused on how I’m feeling and honoring my hunger instead.


Stephanie July 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm

1.) I did my very first Triathlon this past Saturday and it was amazing! I had no idea I would ever be capable of something like that.

2.) I’ve been eating a lot healthier overall, really trying to stay away from anything fake. And, I’ve started drinking Green Monsters!


Meg July 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

1) I’ve let go of any guilt I used to feel when I would eat too much of something or something that wasn’t healthy. I just get right back to my normal eating at the next meal now.

2) Before I eat anything I stop and ask myself if I’m actually hungry or not. There have been a few times where I’ve turned down dessert because I just wasn’t hungry at the time. I knew I would feel sickly full. I am always have dessert another time.

I’ve felt so much more content after having done both of these things! I feel healthier too!


Chez July 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

1. I’ve been much better about remembering to exercise lately. I haven’t really been “planning” it every day, but when I think about my schedule for the next day, I always consider when/if I can squeeze in a workout. This means I’ve been exercising 3-4 times a week instead of 1-2. Baby step, I know, but it’s a big improvement for me!
2. I’ve been trying to plan dinners for the week before I go to the grocery store. Having a plan helps to keep me from impulse buying junk-type foods I don’t really need!


Katie July 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

HI! Two positive changes I have made are:
1) Getting up EARLY to work out–something I could never bring myself to do previously. Now I don’t put off workouts all day, eventually telling myself “I’ll run longer tomorrow”–I make it a priority to wake up early and hit the pavement!
2) Planning my meals beforehand and making lunch in the morning to take to work. Incredibly important! Now I have no excuse to eat crappy food during the day.


Alice July 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Two positive changes I have made so far:

1. Getting out and being active, instead of sitting in my apartment and thinking about it!

2. Being more aware of what I am eating. Trying to add super foods with staying power instead of fast and quick.


Tay July 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I have started hiking more!
I have also started doing short bursts of workouts while at work…it all adds up!!


MarathonVal July 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I have started eating more clean (which coincidentally has meant more raw food and more vegan), and I have started going to spinning class more often! Usually I hate spinning because it’s so tough, but I’m starting to love that feeling!


Joanna July 13, 2009 at 5:46 pm

1. I’ve started eating a vegetable and a protein with every meal (and for me that is 6 times a day)

2. I’ve started taking epson salt baths after a weeks worth of workouts to aid in recovery



Saima July 13, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I drink two GMs everyday and exercise 6 days a week for a minimum of an hour!! :D


Rachel July 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

In the last two months, I’ve started drinking Green Monsters and I’ve started working out in the gym in my office building’s basement.


Carrie H July 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I have tried to incorporate more positive self-talk in my daily routine, and I have signed up for my second half-marathon!



courtney July 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

1. I have been getting more ‘quality’ sleep at night by listening to my body when it is tired and going to bed!

2. I have tried to vary my workouts now that it is summer–biking one day, hitting up the gym the next, swimming another day.


Brynn July 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I went from being able to do 1 “real” push-up to 12, which I’m very excited about! I also joined the gym and am committed to going at least 3x/week.


Steph July 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

1. I have started paying attention to all of the foods I put into my mouth. I try and eat as many organics as possible, cut down on my intake of processed foods, and no longer eat meat.

2. I have made fitness a priority. Even if it is only taking a short walk, I have been much more active than in past years.


Michelle July 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

My healthy changes are:
1) green monster for breakfast or snack
2) no more coffee!


Sarah July 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I have switched to organic dairy products and have given up caffeine. I can already tell a difference in my sleeping patterns!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Patty R- 2nd entry


Pauline July 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

1). I have not had a smoke in almost a month!

2). I started running again in June, for the first time in two years!


Amandamoo July 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm

1) I have become much more kind to myself, not using the number on the scale (which I threw away) to indicate my value or worth.

2) I have slowly gotten back my running abilities after an injury and emotional abuse (see 1). Running for health feels so much better than running to burn calories (got rid of the HRM too! So there!).


Kaley July 13, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I have stopped eating/buying refined carbohydrates.
I have tried to do intervals for my cardio!!


Brandi C July 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

1. I have stopped stressing so much about small things that are beyond my control.
2. I have started back running


Lauren July 13, 2009 at 8:06 pm

1. I cut out artificial sweetner
2. I cut way back on buying any products with HFCS and buy as much organic as I can

Great giveaway, thanks so much girl!


Linda July 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Since finishing basic training I have made a lot of changes to my lifestyle. In the past few months these two have made a big difference in the way I feel.

1) eat real things, even my snack bars have changed to Larabars as they only have actual real food, no chemicals, and rarely more then 5 ingredients.

2)I alternate cross-training with running and yoga every day. Getting out for 5:00 am makes a huge difference in energy levels.


steph July 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm

yey contest!!
in the past two months I have
1. lifted weights at least 3 times a week
2. drank a green monster or had a big salad everyday


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

lauren P- 2nd entry


Sara July 13, 2009 at 8:49 pm

My 2 healthy changes are:
1. eating more fruits and vegetables everyday – incl. a green monster everyday!
2. Walking or biking to work instead of taking bus/car every day!

Thanks for the contest!


Chloe July 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm

1.I have started cardio training (hill intervals)
2. I have been eating a wider variety of foods instead of relying on my love(Peanut Butter sandwiches).


Erica July 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I have definitely upped my fitness this month. I ran my second 5k on the 4th and I just started The 30 Day Shred.


Erica July 13, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I blogged and linked.


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Here’s my link back!!!



E July 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

1. I realized that I can run/work-out in the mornings before work. I always assumed it was there wasn’t enough time. I’ve learned that if I go to bed early enough, I can make it work (at least in the summer).

2. I tried Bikram yoga for the first time and even though it was one of the most miserable experiences ever… I went back…twice. The 2nd and 3rd times it was still tough, but I kind of liked it.


Tasha July 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

1) I signed up for my first marathon and began training
2) I have started yoga to help with stretching for my runs


sarah July 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

1. I’ve started varying my workout routine – I had been only running, but now I do other cardio machines, strength training, & yoga in addition to running!

2. Hubby & I have started eating more vegetarian meals, eating meat only a couple of days a week. We try to buy in season & local produce. We love it!

You should pick me because my wedding anniversary is July 14th – yeah for 2 years!


Lisa July 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

1. I started drinking Green Monsters and I have sooo much more energy now. I also noticed I don’t hit that ‘afternoon slump’ anymore too, which is GREAT!

2. I’ve been training for a 1/2 marathon and am realizing just how strong I really am. Sometimes we underestimate how much we can really do. I know I’m capable of so much (and more!)!


Ally July 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm

1. I gave up diet soda…was previously addicted!

2. I began to have knee troubles but was ignoring the problem and kept pushing my body. Two weeks ago I decided to listen to my body and have lowered the intensity of my workouts. I now just enjoy walking or yoga and trying to focus on making my body healthy and pain free!


supersu July 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm

1. started reading ‘oh she glows’ daily…gives me motivation and great food ideas
2. cut up all my vegs when i get home from grocery store….no more excuses why i cant eat them!


Jocelyn July 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Hey Angela! Great post!

Wow where to start. I have made lots of positive changes this last few months..

1. I started working out EVERY DAY. I literally went from couch potato to being addicted to working out (not in a bad way either) I just keep moving…and it makes me feel great (also lost 40 pounds)

2. I eat alot more *clean*/*organic* foods. Instead of going for the 100 calorie packs…it also makes me feel better



Dani July 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Awesome post.. I think many of us can relate!

Hmm.. 2 positive changes I have made…

1. Learning to love my body how it is and not compare myself to others.

2. Eating healthier and exercising – even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood at night.. doing something is better than just sitting around!


K July 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm

1. Started drinking green monsters every morning, love them! Unfortunately my blender quite on me so I am on a hiatus at the moment, but as soon as I get myself another one, I will be back at ’em!
2. Started Runners World’s 8 week beginner running program


Rosalie July 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

1. Two months ago I ran my fastest 5k ever!

2. And then for the past two months I had to stop running because of shin splints — although my activity level decreased, it was ultimately a healthy decision. I’ve been picking the habit back up again!


M.E. July 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

1.) I have added more strength training to my routing
2.) I started attending group exercise classes


stephanie p July 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I have been incorporating more foods into my diet that I used to deny myself. I am learning how to eat them in moderation.


stephanie p July 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

oops..I cant read. The second thing I’ve done is try to have a more well rounded fitness routine…less cardio, more strength


Bridget July 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I have begun training for a half=marathon and focusing my food choices on whole and local foods.


Katie July 13, 2009 at 10:58 pm

1. Making sure I get my veggie servings in daily.
2. Getting back to yoga.


Michelle hisae July 13, 2009 at 11:42 pm

1. I ran my first half marathon in may!

2. I now (usually) only exercise because I want to and it’s fun. I’m more motivated now and feel that “guilty I must workout” feeling so much less!


Ariel July 13, 2009 at 11:49 pm

1. I’ve greatly increased the distance I can run and I am improving my strength, too.

2. I’ve started to make delicious green monsters!


Kristin July 13, 2009 at 11:51 pm

1. Since I had to cancel my gym membership, I’ve been waking up every morning to get outside- walking, running…just being outside is so motivating

2. I’ve been cutting out processed foods from my diet and adding in more raw, whole foods – feels great!


Nadia July 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

1. I realized I don’t need to spend time in the gym to get exercise and lose weight! I spent a month backpacking in Europe and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about not having access to a gym and the foods i eat at home. I lost about 5 pounds! (And I’d been struggling at home to lose 5lbs for months!)
2. I tried my first green monster! I could really use some amazing grass to bulk it up, though!


Kileen | aka Healthy Asian Girl July 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

1. I’ve been adding nuts into my diet, especially almonds, and learning to overcome my fear of fats.
2. Putting more fiber into my diet — I recently discovered Yerba Prima Psyllium Whole Husks. so easy to add that extra fiber without any calories!


amanda July 14, 2009 at 12:14 am

Great Giveaway!!!!
1. Stop obsessing so much about the scale and the numbers.
2. Try to eat very simple, if I can not pronounce it, im not eating it!


Bec July 14, 2009 at 12:18 am

1. I am slowing stopping the calorie tracking, I really dont think its healthy for me anymore I know how much I need to eat with out it!
2. Letting my body rest when it needs too, still need to work on this some more but I’m getting better!


Elliott July 14, 2009 at 12:27 am

1. Due to an injury, I’ve replaced my non-stop cardio with weight-training. I know I should be doing both and I think I will keep up with weights even when I’m back on the trail!

2. I am addicted, literally *ADDICTED* to my green monster. My husband laughs at the amount of greens I buy now!


Linda July 14, 2009 at 12:47 am

Love your blog! And I love this awesome giveaway too!

1: I started a new workout program and am working out 5 days a week

2: I started the eat clean program


Mary July 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

1) I started my blog, called Fit This, Girl! About fitness and wellness!! And 2)I have been running on a regular basis!!
What a great giveaway!! Awesome!


Susan July 14, 2009 at 2:52 am

1. After several false starts, I finally kicked the diet soda habit FOR GOOD.

2. I’m incorporating tons more veggies into my daily eats. My colleagues laugh every time I whip out the giant glass salad bowl in our kitchen – it’s the only thing that will hold all my lunchtime veggies!


theskinnyplate July 14, 2009 at 4:32 am

1) I started running. I used to HATE running with a passion. Not so bad after all.

2) Started drinking Green Monsters. Never knew I could stomach it, but they are yummy!


theskinnyplate July 14, 2009 at 4:33 am

Link back for my upcoming post:…al-ginger-chew/


Katy S. July 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

1. I signed up for my first half marathon.
2. I bought a bike in hopes of training for my first triathlon next summer.


Kat July 14, 2009 at 7:49 am

I started running again and am training for a 5k in the fall.
I have started to lessen the amount of processed foods in my diet with the goal of getting to a cleaner, more whole-food based diet.


Caroline July 14, 2009 at 8:08 am

I love this guest post from Caitlin! I’ve been in de-motivation for the past month or so but I’m pulling through to re-coop! In the past few weeks I’ve started trying to work in strength training on days I don’t do cardio and this past weekend I started running again! Re-cooping is partially motivated by the changed I’m finally seeing in my body after starting to run in March! Persistence pays off!


Hangry Pants July 14, 2009 at 8:14 am

Two positive changes.

(1) I’ve committed to doing more strength training (in my own way). I tend to just run or do other cardio, but I realize strength is important as well.

(2) I’ve tried to re-focus on eating whole foods and skipping the crackers, chips, etc. more and more.

Linking now. :D


Meredith July 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

I have committed to taking most fast food out of my life (which is really hard considering I have to eat at a dining facility every day where 90% of what they serve is fried/greasy). I’ve also committed to adding in strength training into my exercise routine.


faith July 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

1) i have made a 180 with my eating habits (so much so i can’t even go into it here)
2) i’m drinking morning juices and daily smoothies, including ones with amazing grass and have felt 101$ better since doing so, my digestive and energy issues have improved ten fold!

continaully making small baby steps in all other aspects of my life as well, (there have seriously been major changes so it’s been a WOW!)


Audrey July 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

1) I joined a yoga studio and have been improving my flexibility!
2) I now can run 5 miles without stopping!


So July 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

1- Green monsters most mornings! I have tried a couple recipes so far; my 4-y old daughter calls them “Mom’s experiments”! My favorite is with mangos : )

2- I have incorporated some kind of exercise into my daily routine: core training, yoga, run, elliptical, walk, strenght training…


Pam July 14, 2009 at 8:49 am

I created a running schedule to train for my first half marathon!

I’m (slowly) cutting diet soda out of my life… Oh artificial sugar — you are my vice.



jvegegirl July 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

1)I now drink green monsters everyday…
2) and eat more local farmer’s market produce!


Emily July 14, 2009 at 9:09 am

Two positive changes I have made recently are getting back to running (i noticed my mileage has slowed way down, and I’m feeling it on the scale!) and trying to eat more fruits and veggies (I have crohn’s disease and fruits and veggies are very hard on my system, so I’m trying to learn what works for me)


Amanda July 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and love it.

Two positive changes I have made recently are: drinking GM’s as often as possible… and cutting back on my Starbucks intake :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

Jennifer S- 2nd entry


Erin July 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

First, I have eliminated most processed foods from my diet and I try to make most meals and snacks myself from “real” foods.

Second, I have really upped mu fruit and veggie intake – my green monsters really help with this!


Jess Anne July 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

1) I think small incremental changes last the longest, so I have started by changing one meal a day to be healthier and more “raw”.

2) I have been running for a while, but my first half marathon is August 30th…..


kArLy July 14, 2009 at 9:33 am

Two positive changes I have made in my journey are:

1) Strength training. All through my weight loss journey, I have never done consistent strength training. Now I am working my way through the 30 Day Shred. I never would have though I would enjoy strength training but I think using Jillian’s circuits, I enjoy strength training more!

2) Eating more veggies! I am not a big veggie eater, but after discovering how to sneak in my veggies through Green Monsters, I’m eating alot more now!


Lindsey July 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

Two positive changes are:

1)Regaining a true sense of fullness/hunger and listening to my body instead of under and overeating constantly

2)Taking a rest period to rehab my knees – now I can run again with little or no pain!


Beth July 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

I found your website only a few weeks ago-I LOVE it. I’ve been looking to get healthier for some time and finally am putting my foot down and doing it.

1, I have no problem eating fruit, but veggies….. each day i try to have veggies at meals when possible and for snacks. So far cucumbers are my favorite.

2. I am eating whole grain, organic, unsweetened products for the first time in my life. I reaaly enjoy the Agave sweetner you use as well as various detox teas….


Annie D. July 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

Two ways my health has improved–

I fit into SIZE 6 PANTS!!!! Unreal. When I started my journey, I was in a size 12. I can even WASH AND DRY my size 6 pants and they still fit!!!!!

I can ALMOST run the whole 5k. Last race I walked 3 times, and finished in 40 min. I have never been a runner, and being able to run any longer than a minute is a VAST IMPROVEMENT over even how athletic I was in high school!!!


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

I’d love to enter this great giveaway!


Jackie July 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

Hi…thanks so much for your motivating tips!!
My two positive changes:

1. Eating more whole foods this includes more fruits, vegetables, nuts, adding a Green Monster to my diet and less of the processed packages snack items and totally avoiding HFCS

2. I joined a running group to keep me motivated and meet new people!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

Jennifer B- 2nd entry


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

Ann D- 2nd entry


jessica July 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hello! This blog is awesome- I’m addicted! My two positive changes…

1. Making Amazing Grass part of my everyday routine! I stir it in with some iced green tea and I am ready to start the day!

2. Being more diligent about buying organic produce- particularly the ‘Dirty Dozen’- mostly fruits and veggies with thin skins

I love the feeling that I am still growing and changing for the better and I hope I’ll never stop!!! Thanks for the inspiration!


Lindsay July 14, 2009 at 10:08 am

1. I have drastically reduced my Splenda obsession!
2. I’ve starting training for my first 10K!!


Leanne July 14, 2009 at 10:18 am

Hi !! I really enjoy reading your blog.
My two positive changes:
1) I’ve grown kale in my garden this year in order to make organic Green Monsters. (Love them & thanks for the great receipes).
2) I park and walk into downtown (Calgary, Alberta) have been for the past month +. It’s a 20 minutes power walk into and then again at the end of the day out of the downtown core. And, I’m saving $30.00 a day in parking !!!!

Thanks for your inspiration, you Rock It Girl !


Lori S July 14, 2009 at 10:18 am

I am learning balance in my life and to make time for myself as well as my family

I am also enjoying my green monsters every morning for the last 3 months and the added benefits of working out regularly. It has been great for my body, my mind and my family


Eleanor July 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

1. I’ve recommitted to eating only natural, unprocessed foods. Feels and tastes better!
2. I’ve started a daily exercise regimen that I’m actually keeping up with, and I’ve been doing yoga every day again.


Becca July 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

My two positive changes: 1. Walking to work more often, and 2. incorporating spin classes into my work out routine more often!


Sarah July 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

As always, still LOVE the site. Okay two positive changes. I am training for my second half marathon in September, and ran into a slump. so #1 is getting my butt back in gear and running 5 days a week again and #2 would be to have finally joined the green monster movement. :-) Not only have I started having one every day for breakfast, but both my husband and my mother are enjoying them as well.


Melissa G July 14, 2009 at 11:03 am

I love your blog! Thank you for all the wonderful information you provide.

My positive changes this month:
1. Not allow myself any disparaging comments about myself. If I start to think that way, I make myself say something positive.

2. No more dieting. I am trying to eat intuitively, focusing on healthy balanced meals and snacks.

Thank you,
Melissa G


crgilvr July 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

LOVE me a GM. I even have my husband hooked on them!


Gina July 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

I have started biking to the gym instead of driving, and am trying to eat intuitively.


Leanne July 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

I would love to try Amazing Grass. My recent positive changes are:

1) starting to practice yoga 2-3 times a week.

2) cutting back on processed foods.


Hannah Hawley July 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

I would have to say that the two positives in my life would be a commitment to myself to work on knocking out all artificial sugars!
Another would I worked my way up to being able to complete a bike loop without stopping on any of it!


Gigi July 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

Two of the healthy changes I have made recently are:
1) Drinking Green Monsters!
2) Adding strength training to my schedule most days.

Thanks for your constant motivation Angela!


Emily July 14, 2009 at 11:37 am

Hello! Thanks for all of the helpful information that you give! This month I have really tried to reduce the amount of artificial sweets that I eat. I have a major sweet tooth and know that I will never be able to give up sweets 100%. But I am trying more and more to eat fruit and more natural sweets to satisfy my sweet tooth. I still have some improving to do, but I am getting better! Thanks for the great ideas!


Catherine July 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

Two healthy changes I’ve made recently are:

1) More greens! Whether in salad form or smoothie form…
2) In the mornings, I do pushups, planks, & side planks before I go to work whereas before I didn’t do anything!


Emily Malone July 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

1. I have continued to maintain my weight loss and fitness plan after my wedding in May 2009. Many people thought I was just trying to get in shape for my wedding, but I had actually started my weight-loss months prior to getting engaged. I’m glad I have proved them wrong.

2. I’ve started my training schedule for the 2009 Nike Womens’ Marathon in San Francisco!


Gina July 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The two things I’ve changed are:

1. I stopped eating “healthy” bars that are loaded with sugar,

2. I started cutting back on cardio (I was doing WAY too much and it was actually hurting me instead of helping me)

I’ve been dying to try Amazing Grass, it’s just too expensive! I hope I win =P


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

1. I’ve allowed my body time to rest/recover–not feeling like I have to workout intensely every single day.

2. I try to take at LEAST 20 min. to eat my meals so that I taste every morsel and feel satisfied.


Amy July 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm

1) I have challenged myself to mix it up at the gym adding two spinning classes a week to my routine….I’m loving it!

2) Gradually building up to 3 sets of 20 regular push-ups on my weight training days….8 months ago I had a c-section and could literally only do ONE regular push-up when I first got back to working out .I’ve come pretty far!


haley July 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I have made several changes in the past months. After training for a marathon and finding myself sidelined with multiple pelvic stress fractures – crutches for 2 months, physical therapy for 3 – I am finally back to running! On top of that, I’ve really learned about ‘nutrition’ versus ‘dieting’ this past year, getting in so many whole, natural foods (such as green monsters) and cutting out artificial sweetners and processed junk. :)


Lauren July 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I’ve been dyyying for a chance to try this stuff! In the past few months I have been trying out a lot of different ways of working out– Kath and Caitlins boot camp, Zumba, Yoga, The Shred etc. I’ve been much happier than I was going to the gym everyday. Also, i’ve been making more efforts to walk places when i can


Caper July 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm

1. I have started taking a daily vitamin.

2. I started weight training and I can now do 2 pull ups.


Stacie July 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm

(1) I’ve added strength training and stretching into my routine of walking this past month.

(2) I’ve been adding more veggies/fruits to my diet while taking out alot of the processed foods I was eating – I already feel better!


Christina July 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Great giveaway!

1) I’ve started drinking a lot more tea, which has helped me stay hydrated throughout the day!
2)I stopped counting calories and am seeing how just eating healthy will affect my weight.


Ellen July 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

the past few months have been a huge health journey for me. first of all, i decided to finally do my own research and develop my own opinions about my health problems, instead of accepting my doctors diagnoses (for the rest of my life!) i have discovered the importance of being your own advocate, getting second (and third, and fourth) opinions. i have realized the shortcomings of western medicine for most of the health conditions that plague our society today. second, i have implemented many, many changes in my diet and lifestyle to put my health and body first. it’s definitely all about the small changes that add up to a big improvement long term.


Christin July 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I have to know what’s so amazing about this amazing grass!! :) Everyone is talking about it!

My healthy changes are 1) I started food journaling – at it for a month now! 2) I started running 2x a week with a friend.


Madeleine July 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm

1) Sticking with the 30 Day Shred
2) Giving up Coffee

Thanks :)


Adventures of Alice July 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred last month. So I can now do push-ups. Still on my knees, but before I could barely do 5 and now I can do 2 x 25 reps! My second positive is that my husband and I have been eating A LOT more veggies! We’ve worked really hard to eat healthy for the past 8 days, and we’re going to continue!


N.D. July 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

2 positives!
1 – incorporated more raw foods into my diet
2 – incorporated smoothies into my diet!


Anne P July 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Two positive changes are:

1) Signing up for the Army Ten Miler in October. Yay! My longest race yet.

2) Ramping up strength training. Definitely seeing improvements already :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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Sayer July 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I. I have turned myself into a morning exerciser! Getting my run and strength training in first thing has created a more consistent and successful schedule.

II. Budget conscious, I have been preparing and cooking my own meals and eating out way less. Something that is hard to do in NYC! As a result, not only am I saving money, but I’m noticing a difference in the way I feel.

Thanks for the chance to win these Amazing Grass Samples!


tami July 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm

#1 i am trying very hard and pushing myself on Tuesdays when i have my schedule track workouts (i am training for a marathon)

#2 i am enjoying trying new foods, i wasn’t the greatest eater for awhile but i am finding now that the good is fresh (from our garden!) i am enjoying them a little bit better.


staci July 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

i agree with this post 100%! it’s so easy to want changes to happen right away that we lose track of how to actually achieve our goals in a health way.

two of my positive changes include:
1) i finally made myself floss every night. over the past 12 months my dentist has commented on my much cleaner and healthier teeth and gums. flossing works!
2) i made the decision to start challenging myself more with my workouts. i started taking classes at the gym and find that not only am i more in shape now, but i’ve also made some new friends!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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Kristin July 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

1. I have changed my diet from a meat-eater to being a vegan! It’s been such a nice change and my body feels detoxed.

2. Previously, I hadn’t been lifting many weights, but now I lift weights at least 4 times a week and continue with other strength exercises!


Rachel July 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Hi Angela! Thank you for the contest! My two changes are:

1) A friend and I did buddy training with a personal trainer at our gym to learn new exercises and get some motivation. It has definitely worked and we both have noticed improvements!
2) I’ve been making a concerted effort to eat smaller portions and return for seconds ONLY IF I’m still truly hungry. I’ve also cut down on the late night snacks that my husband and I were growing far too accustomed to. :)


leslie July 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm

i never win these giveaways, but i SO want to try amazing grass! my positive changes: i went to my first yoga class, and i’ve gone back weekly since. and i haven’t been anywhere near a scale!


healthy ashley July 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I love Caitlin… and I love Amazing Grass!!

Two positive changes? I went vegan and started running again! Woohoo!


Kerri July 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I started taking an additional (guilt-free) rest day to allow my body time to recover from tough workouts.

My husband and I planted a veggie garden!

Thanks for post – you made a lot of great points!


Jen Papaya July 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Even though it was 2.5 months ago, I think it still counts – I ran my first half marathon! It was actually my first race of any kind, but I trained hard, and I finished with a great time!

I’ve also cut out artificial sweeteners and HFCS completely!


Bobbie July 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I started running outside again – it’s so much better than running inside on the treadmill!

I tried Amazing Grass for the first time TODAY! Loved it.


Lily July 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Positive changes
+cardio 5x/week
+strength training 3x/week

and….green monsters every morning!


Jenn July 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

1. I’ve started eating more whole, and less processed, foods.
2. I spend less time in front of the TV and more time outside trying new things.


Rebeca July 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

1. I set my alarm earlier which sometimes means yoga, sometimes means a bike ride, sometimes it just means sitting in bed with a pen and paper pouring out thoughts. All good for me.

2. I got myself a bike :) It’s been the highlight of my summer so far!


Christa July 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

1. I’ve started drinking Green Monsters and I’ve been raving about them. I have several fellow moms that are now drinking Green Monsters as well and singing it’s praises!
2. I’ve eliminated a ton of processed foods from the kitchen for myself and my daughter. The healthy eating is giving me mental clarity as well as better workouts (running and soccer games).


Joanna July 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

After suffering from a severe hip stress fracture that left me on the running injured list I:

1. Have gotten back to 6-mile runs…
2. Know how to cross-train with low impact sports… and when to take it easy!
and, ok (one more)
3. Am more conscious of the nutrition/calcium/supplements I intake on a daily basis.


gina July 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

1. Just got my bike fixed so I can get some more exercise in and be a little greener in the process. aka biking to the gym!
2. I just got some amazing grass samples to try out the green monsters everyone is raving about!
3. Nursing my injured hip back to health slowly but surely!


jessica July 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I loved this post. I”ve been highly motivated lately, but I’m sure that will wane in the future and i’ll be referring to this often.

1. I started running! i’m following the C25K training program and i love it.

2. I stopped eating processed foods. OK, i eat some, but 98% of the time I don’t eat anything processed. :)


molly July 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm

1.) I stopped using artificial sweetener

2.) I started running LESS because I realized I was getting a little obsessed.


golnoush July 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm


1) Start training for 10k
2) Start drinking Green Monster

By any chance do you know a store in southern Ontario that carries their products?



Mel Mal July 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm

The two positive changes I have made this month are cutting back on processed foods and have upped the intensity of my workouts.


Milca July 14, 2009 at 7:27 pm

The two positive changes that I have done this month are getting to the gym 4-5 times a week and eating more greens and yummy fruits!


Caroline July 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

i have tried to eliminate weird chemicals from my diet and i have realized moderation and balance are more important than perfection.


Mil July 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Hey Angela! The two positive changes I have made are 1) Ran my first half-marathon in May (after not being able to run more than a mile a year ago) and 2) Drink a green monster every morning!


Francesca July 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

My two positive changes that I have made are

1. replacing my coffee with green tea and green monsters
2. began to take important vitamins such as fish oil, vitamin d and calcium!

there are many more but i think those have built the foundation for a healthful rest of the day :) i love your blog you get to the root of real issues that effect so many people and turn them into positive outlooks!


elizabeth July 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

My two positive changes have been:
1. Eating more! I didn’t realize it until I got one of those calorie calculators you wear all day (like on the Biggest Loser) but those girlie mags that tell us to eat 1200 -1500 cals a day ARE STARVING US. I am eating like 2,000 calories a day and it’s nutritious stuff — fruit and nuts and avocados and, um, wine. :-)

2. Became a vegan!


elizabeth July 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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VK July 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

1) Lower my caloric intake/practice moderation

2) Run/Exercise more (just started this week!)


Farah July 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I have 1) added in fresh produce at every meal, and 2) started having a green monster for breakfast almost every day.

Love your blog!


Farah July 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Link back:


Laura July 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I have had a lot of successes in the past couple of months since starting P90X . Most notably and happily NOT weight related are:
1: just set a new PR in the 5K – 30:22
2: can do real push-ups! not many, but I can!


Jenn July 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm

1. I have had at least one GM every day since camp started. I’m certain I’m getting all my veggies every day, and I can definitely feel the difference.

2. I’m easier on myself. I have a plan, printed out and hanging by my desk, so if I get off track, instead of throwing my hands up, I can look at that plan and get refocused.

I’m desperate to try amazing grass! Fingers crossed!


Lee July 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm

1. About 6 weeks ago I (a verrrry occasional runner) challenged myself to run 75miles in 4 weeks … not only did I reach my goal with one day to spare, I also exceeded it by 2 miles! And I went from counting light posts to my next walk break (about 5!) to long runs of 9 miles without stopping at all.

2. Since completing my challenge, I’ve set a new challenge of running every day (even if it’s short) and now I am thinking about training for a marathon.

You’re so right about just sticking to it. When I am sucking wind after running up a hill, I remind myself that not too long ago I could only manage to walk up that same hill.


Sana July 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

1) I am learning to appreciate my body more after my knee injury from running. I am learning to listen to my body and taking it slow.

2) Last month I was hospitalized for low blood sugar and not enough electrolytes because I was barely eating. I am now making it a goal to eat a small meal every 3 hours and eating till I am comfortably full. I am making good choices as I beginning to realize that food is not the enemy, but is fuel!


Christina July 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm

1) Recently I’ve found a better balance with my eating that means letting myself have “treats” and being more vigilant about staying away from lactose, which I’m allergic and intolerant to and unfortunately crave.

2) I’ve been biking a lot and recently found some yoga videos that I like and I’ve been doing them to keep my muscles loose!


'Dee July 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Great post! I have to say my top two healthy habits that are new are:

1) Eating breakfast every day where I used to always skip – and my new addiction to green monsters makes it a pleasure, not a chore. Hmmm, maybe that actually counts as two?

2) Getting back into a regular exercise routine after YEARS of couch-potato-dom. I’m now running regularly 4 days or more a week and have gotten to where I look forward to the post-run stretch (ahhhh) almost as much as the run itself.

I have felt better in the last two months than I think I have in the last five years. It didn’t START off feeling good – it felt like a chore! I dragged my feet on both counts, but stuck with it and have now developed both as healthy habits. Getting over the inertia is the hardest part, I think. There are so many reasons to NOT do it and it was definitely a forcing exercise for me. Then after a while, you realize how much better you feel, how much brighter your eyes are, how much better you’re sleeping and you think “wow, what took me so long?”

Keep it up Angela! Love the thought-provoking posts and love reading everybody’s responses!


Meagan July 14, 2009 at 10:21 pm

1. I started drinking green monsters all the time! at least one every day, sometimes more
2. I incorporated more yoga into my workouts – it really helps me relax and re-center after a stressful day.

Great contest!


R2R July 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm

My 2 positive changes I’ve made is

1) Running once a week – I do yoga on a regular basis but it’s good to get some cardio

2) Allowing myself to eat what I want in moderation. Before I would just restrict myself and then end up binging on something I’ve been trying to avoid.


Tanya July 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm

1. I conquered my coffee addiction! Drinking 12 cups/day for nearly 3 years was causing a plethora of health problems, and I can’t believe how good I feel now.
2. I threw out all my chemical laden beauty products. I love feeling fresh and natural, and my skin rarely breaks out anymore!


Danielle July 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm

1. I’ve started to try and eat more clean, unprocessed foods.

2. I’ve also started running, and stopped beating myself up when I couldn’t run as far or as long as I hoped :)


Tay July 14, 2009 at 11:26 pm

If it’s not too late, I linked you in my post!


Stephanie July 15, 2009 at 12:12 am

I hope I am not too late but positive changes that I have had is that first I have decided to stop being so hard on myself. I realized that I am healthier than I was last year. I know that it is a slow process and there is no fast way to do it. So I need to stop putting myself down and be more positive. Plus, my husband hates it when I talk down about myself. The second change I have had is my eating. Reading your blog has inspired me. I have a green drink every morning now for the last two weeks. I woke up this morning excited to have one. I loved it! I am very aware of what I put in my mouth and it has paid off. I am starting to see results.


tray July 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm

cutting out white rice and refined grains, and another thing is to TAKE REST DAYS (i’ve injured myself SOO much from not doing rest days!)


Christy July 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

Hi there, and thanks for the opportunity!

Two nutritional improvements:

DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I take water with me everywhere…it’s easily available and it saves me from spending money on bottled type stuff which is absolutely POINTLESS (but that is a whole other blog post)

Good carbs now replace bag carbs. I learned a lot simply by reading the South Beach Diet book. I didn’t do the diet but I read the first six chapters of the book which completely opened my eyes to healthier eating…and I made some minor changes to my diet based on the information I found useful. MADE A HUGE difference in my life….I don’t go from hunger pains to too full. I am now even keel all day long!


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