What Have You Learned?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 7, 2010

Good morning!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments in my 10k race recap! :)

Surprisingly, my body isn’t too sore this morning. I attribute this to the ice bath (brrr!) I had shortly after getting home, oodles of chocolate (hell yea!), stretching, and of course some healthy eats.

I ended up having a great day yesterday! I think I was running on endorphins all day long (and copious amounts of green tea!). I finally got around to designing my OSG business card. My new cards will have Glo bakery on one side and OSG on the other side. I ordered them from Print 100. I have been using Print 100 for the past year and I am super happy with their service, free shipping, turnaround (2 weeks), and quality.

For dinner, I whipped up an avocado and tomato salad with mixed greens…


and my Better than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette.


And for the main I tried my hand at making roasted apple and acorn squash soup. It sounded delicious and I had a CSA acorn squash to use up!




Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup

Adapted from B.C. Tree Fruits


  • 2 small apples, cored, cut into pieces
  • 1 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Parsley, to garnish
  • Few sprigs rosemary, chopped finely


Directions: See this post for directions.




It’s squash season!! :)


Mmm squash flesh. ;)


After pureeing the rest of the ingredients, I added the chopped squash and mixed:


This soup was good, but it wasn’t my absolute favourite. If I were to make this again, I would use less apple and more garlic. The apple taste was a bit too pronounced for my liking.

I really enjoyed the chunks of squash in it though. Instead of blending the entire soup, I blended everything except the squash and then I just chopped the squash and mixed it in. It had a great, chunky texture!!


I also added a bit of rosemary and that was a nice flavour in there too.


After dinner I polished off this entire box of Vosges Naga Mango (Dried Mango + sweet curry + dark chocolate). Oh my gosh was this ever delicious! Whoever thought to pair sweet curry, mango, and chocolate together is a genius!


What Have You Learned?


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Seeing as today is the first day back to school in our neck of the woods, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on what we have learned during our journey to health!

Here are some things I have learned along my journey:

  • I should strive to be a Size Healthy and not a specific number
  • If I honour my hunger signals and cravings, I won’t feel an urge to binge
  • There is no point to compare myself with others. It is much more fun if I strive to improve based on my previous accomplishments.
  • If I am not happy in my career, I will always have a big piece of my happiness missing and my heart will feel a void.
  • My body is not the worthless piece of junk I thought it was, in fact, it is capable of so much more than I thought!
  • Use quotes to inspire when you need motivation.
  • Eating a vegan diet makes me feel at peace
  • Take a chance on YOU. What have you got to lose?
  • The goal weight I had set for myself previously was NOT my happy weight
  • A ‘Happy Weight’ is probably not going to be the size of a magazine model for most people. Finding your happy weight may mean that you have to accept the size your body was meant to be at.
  • Some days will truly suck. There is no way of avoiding this and it is totally normal. There will be days you overeat and feel crappy, fall off the exercise wagon & lose motivation, or have personal health problems to deal with. When I accepted that these experiences were part of the normal ebb and flow of life, I was able to move on quicker and not beat myself up for it.
  • Sometimes chocolate is always the answer (like last night!)
  • You only get one body and one life, make sure you treat it well and make it a happy one
  • Recovering from years of disordered eating took much longer than I thought and is always an on-going process
  • Surround yourself with POSITIVITY, good friends, and family. Read uplifting things.
  • There are many potholes along the road to recovery. If you trip up, dust yourself off, put on a band-aid, and keep going FORWARD!

What have you learned along your journey to health?

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

I love EVERYTHING Vosges… especially the bacon chocolate. :)


Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

Ooh I like the sound of that soup – I’ve got an acorn squash to use up :D

Oh gosh, I’ve learned so much….EAT when you’re hungry (then you won’t binge, like what you wrote)
Don’t starve yourself
Don’t worry about early exams in high school
Being vegan makes you feel fab!!
Running – the same!
Treasure every moment with my horse
Cooking is the best thing ever
Umm..and tons more! I agree with a lot of yours actually :)


Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

Oh – and SMILE!! It makes ALL the difference, with how you feel healthwise, how you come across to other people…everything!


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

That soup sounds so delicious – so many great fall flavors, and a fun combination of flavors too!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

Aggghghg, I’m SO excited about squash season!!! Woo hoo!!


JenATX September 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’ve learned that different things work for different people! I used to love to read health magazines, but a lot of the things they suggest just don’t work for me.. and that’s ok! Also, I notice that I sometimes push my healthy habits on my boyfriend, which isn’t fair because maybe those habits don’t do anything for him. He has to find what makes his body feel good, not what makes my body feel good.
Realizing this has lifted the pressure of being labeled a “healthy person” because I just live (or try to live) the way that makes me happy :)


[email protected] September 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

Great question! I’ve learned that I must accept, embrace, and love my body and self every day, no matter what size I am or what I’ve eaten. I’ve learned that I need to respect my body and listen to it, nourish it and let it rest. :-)


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love this post – so inspirational. The main thing I have learned is that to make good, healthy changes takes time and commitment, but gets easier with time as we internalize those habits :)


Tina September 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love all the things you learned. I especially appreciate that you share tough days will happen and its okay. I think a lot of people think things have to be perfect for a life to be a good and joyful one. That’s not the case at all! I even wrote about that today for my 30 Days of Self Love post (http://www.faithfitnessfun.com/3944/30-days-of-self-love-perspective/ – if you want and get the chance to check it out). You are such a beautiful example and inspiration to many.

Love you, Angela!


Wei-Wei September 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

Surround yourself with the people you love – and don’t be too serious. Seriously. Don’t be too serious. Life is too short to worry about every (cough) failed math quiz. Heh.

Oh: and pay attention. But not too much.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

I’ve learned to listen to my body when it screams STOP! Pushing is a good thing, unless of course your body is injured. It’s so important to understand what your body is telling you and to respect that.


Christine September 7, 2010 at 8:53 am

Your “soup” looks a bit like apple sauce–which I guess it is a bit like apple sauce!

That chocolate combo sounds crazy out-of -this-world good!

I am still learning, but the hardest thing for me is not to dwell on mistakes.


Melanie September 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

Definitely learned that even when you have a bad eating day, you can’t beat yourself up about it…what’s done is done and all you can do is try to make positive steps in the present and future.


Cassie September 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

I am a long time reader, leaving my first comment today!
First of all that soup looks amazingggg! Definitely will be trying it out. I am so excited for the fall produce, as well as making a ton of tasty soups!
Second of all thank you for sharing what you have learned. You are truly inspiring.
Keep doing what you love!


Anika September 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

What a great post! Amazing looking soup and inspiration all at once. I am learning that honesty with yourself and patience are key ingredients on the road toward health


Liza (Health Nutting) September 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’ve learned that I CAN CHOOSE the thoughts I have about myself; I can choose to judge myself and beat up on myself or I can choose to love myself.


Kara @ MyWellnest September 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’ve learned I’m so fortunate to have a healthy body there’s no point in treating it poorly by having binge/restrict cycles, or even spending one moment hating the body I’m in.


Cassie September 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’m starting to learn to accept my “size healthy”, and that the health/exercise routines that “worked” in the past may not work out with my new lifestyle (university).


Liza (Health Nutting) September 7, 2010 at 9:04 am

Oh! Also, I don’t know if you’re interested, but my favorite way to eat butternut squash is also with apples! My mom makes it by baking the squash halves upside down in some water and then filling them with cut up apples, homemade cranberry sauce and lots of cinnamon– it’s one of my favorite things! SO yum! :)


Allison September 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

I have learned that I have to make healthy decisions for myself. No one is going to do it for me, nor can they. Along the same lines no one is going to be me, so I might as well be all of me that I can be. Enough being lazy it’s time to live! I can do more than I realize. I don’t have to stay in a job that makes me miserable.

I also learned about this website (a couple of weeks ago) and I am seeing how impacting it has been and will be. Thank you for what you are doing!


Gillian September 7, 2010 at 9:12 am

Is the Vosges chocolate from Chicago? Where can I find some? That kind sounds right up my alley!!


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

yes it is! :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

It amazes me how you’re able to make such incredible recipes on a whim. Simple astounding!

I’ve learned many of the same things you have..along with the fact that as happy as I thought I would be skinny, I was miserable. I’m much happier now that I have healthy pounds and *curves*!! Thank goodness for curves :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

Great post! I feel like I learn so much more during the summers when I have time to reflect on myself than when I’m actually in school. haha.


meg September 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

i have learned… that i absolutely love food. and i love, love cooking. it gives me so much joy to be able to learn how to nurture my body the way it really wants to be, instead of the way i used to think it wanted to be.

and i have learned that i don’t need candy bars or ice cream to fill my sweet-tooth cravings anymore! yes!


Sarah September 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Surrounding yourself with positivity works! If you ever need some inspiration or perspective, I recommend reading “Positivity” by Barbara Fredrickson.


Camille September 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

On my journey to health, I learned to appreciate the moments, not the numbers. Life is too short to obsess over calories and pounds, instead I need to live for the smiles, adventures, and love!


Ange September 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

Great post idea on the first day back to school!
I agree with so many of your points – especially about being more at piece since switching to a vegan diet.
I would say my biggest learning this year so far is understanding that we have to be our own health advocates. You have to research & educate yourself before you make a decision on what you put in/on your body because there are a lot of people & organizations out there looking to make a quick buck off of our assumed ignorance. But it’s exciting that we live in a time where we can be as resourceful as we are!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

I LOVE all your learnings, especially the one about surrounding yourself with positivity. Last month when I turned 22, I wrote a post about some of the things I’ve learned. If you get a chance, check it out! http://eatspinrunrepeat.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/now-that-im-22/


Therese September 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

I’ve learned that I’m the only one that is responsible for my own life, no one else.
I’ve learned to be patient with myself.
I’ve learned that screwing up isn’t only inevitable, it’s OKAY.
I’ve learned that I’m MUCH happier now than when I was treating myself badly.


Bee Goes Bananas September 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’m slowly learning to love my body the way it is and for the incredible things it does rather than trying to lose as much weight as possible. It’s taken me a long time to accept that I can never look like a model, my genes just won’t allow it, but I can still be healthy, beautiful and proud of the way I do look. Every body is different and beautiful in it’s own way. Comparing your body to others just isn’t rational. I’m still learning, but it’s slowly starting to sink in!


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

i could copy your list verbatim, but the biggest thing that I’ve learned is that I am WORTH IT :)


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

I love your list of what you have learned on your journey to health…

I’ve learned that it isn’t about losing weight and it isn’t about a short period of time… It is about being healthy for the long haul. Don’t worry so much if you make a mistake or miss a workout… There is always tomorrow. It isn’t do or die. :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

I’ve learned that I really can have my cake and eat it too (literally).
I’ve learned that the best cure for stress is not eating, but re-evaluating priorities.
I’ve learned to appreciate the small things.
I’ve learned that if you can’t change the circumstances, change how you feel about them.


MoniMeals September 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

Hi There! I just wanted tot say I really like your statements. I totally agree~I also have my cake and eat it too, I appreciate the small things, re-evaluting is a huge cure, and the last one, is right on! Great comment Maria!


Halley (Blunder Construction) September 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

I’ve learned that the best way to set myself up for success is to not set anything at all! As soon as I set diet restrictions or exercise quotas, I fall apart completely. I’m disinterested, unmotivated, and usually do the exact opposite of what I planned. If instead, I listen to my body, then finding the balance is SIMPLE!


MoniMeals September 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

You sure nailed it! Yes chocolate is the best fix to cure mostly everything. :)
~Loving yourself should be priorioty #1 and
~remembering to honor your body as we only get one! It is funny because especially in US- most many people care more about their cars and houses,etc. I put my health at number one and am proud of it! Great post. :) Good job on the run, yay!


Elli @ 16 and Losing It September 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

oooh that soup sounds yummy!

I have learned that weight loss is not a battle against my body but for my body, my body wants to be healthy just as much as I do so if something is not working and I am not losing weight it’s not because my body is fighting against me its because my body it trying to tell me something and if I can stop and listen to it then I can get back on track. Learning to really listen to my body is far from easy though especially when life is stressful. I have also learned that eating mostly fruits and veggies and less carbs and dairy makes me feel good inside and out. Throughout my journey I have gone from eating almost no fruits and veggies to eating more of them than anything else and loving it! I have also learned that I am still learning how to lose weight the right way for me… sometimes it feels like I know it all but I don’t and I have to allow myself to admit that I need help sometimes and that I don’t always know whats right.


Emily September 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’m just beginning my health journey, but I was given some excellent advice recently that I’ve found very helpful: You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can always control your response.

I often use lack of control as an excuse to ignore my health goals for the day, but I have to remind myself that regardless of the food I’m presented with or the meetings that cut into my workout schedule, I can still decide to make good choices.


Jess September 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

What I’ve learned is that rest days are important! After getting injured this summer, I realized I wasn’t giving my body enough rest. It hasn’t been automatic, but learning to take a day off has gotten easier. Making sure I get at least one rest day a week has been working out so far.


Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 September 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

I’ve learned that the answer to whatever health question I have is never “out there” it’s always “in here.”


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Love this!


Kacy September 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

I’ve learned that guilt is the most worthless thing ever and never to waste my time on it.


Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

Great list. I like the one about how being a magazine model’s size is far from a “happy weight”. You’re right about that!


Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

I have learned to be kind to myself. Change does not come from a place of hatred. You have to love yourself & be kind enough to yourself to facilitate change.

I love how you said “Use quotes to inspire when you need motivation” — quotes make me so happy & are so inspiring! They sometimes have the power to change my whole way of thinking!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

Love this post! I’ve learned..
Running and exercise is a PRIVILEGE, not something to be taken for granted
When you treat your body well, it’s going to reward you
When you don’t listen to your body, there WILL be consequences somewhere down the road.


traci September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

I have and am learning to not be so hard on myself (I am recovering from disordered eating ) To never stop trying new things.Never give up and don’t forget to look up! Listen and understand people more and judge less. To be grateful no matter the circumstances you may face. To cherish your family and friends and to not take one minute for granted. Learn to laugh at yourself is a big one:)


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

I’ve learned that it is better to be ME than trying to be someone else!


Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh September 7, 2010 at 10:57 am

I love this post!!! The biggest think I have learned is that you do not have to be perfect all the time!!! Getting rid of the guilt is so important!


Leah @ Why Deprive? September 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

I am SO excited for squash season! So excited! :)

I’ve learned SO much on my journey to health. I think for me, physical health was the easy part, finding a way to keep my mental health was hard. I learned that I need to forgive myself when I make a mistake. I’ve always been so hard on myself, lightening up was rough. But once I did, all of a sudden everything else started getting better too.


Cait September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

Hi Angela,

Great post, and congrats on your 10k!
I wanted to ask how you do an ice bath- do you just run a tub of cold water, or do you dump in ice cubes too? How cold should it be?
I’m coming back from a running injury and trying to focus on recovery. I’d love to add ice baths to my routine.


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Runner’s World says between 50-59 F…check out this article!

I fille the tub with cold water so it covers the tops of my legs. THEN I pour in a small bag of ice and make sure to take the temperature shortly after. I also wear a sweater if you can believe it!


Cait September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thanks so much! I’ll have to try this after my next long run!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

I feel like I could write a 10 page paper on everything I’ve learned! I’ve learned that thin does not necessarily mean healthy, that fats are not the devil, that there’s more to life than obsessing over food, and most importantly that our bodies need fuel to run properly!!


Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

I love your list! One thing I have learned is that sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith to get your dreams rolling. Things may work out or they may not but you’ll never know until you try!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

I’ve learned that taking a whole foods approach to eating and focusing on a plant based diet gives one so much energy!


Amber K September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

I loved reading about what you have learned and I hope to remember all of those things!


Shannon September 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

I JUST did a post on this myself! I have learned that it is essential to listen to my body above all else. It will always know best, even if my brain wants to argue!


Andrea September 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I could probably write a novel about everything I’ve learned on my journey to health but I’ll try to keep it simple: embrace positivity even in the things that seem negative at first glance, life is not a race, what’s right for other people isn’t necessarily what’s right for me, and how I look does not define me.


Kiersten September 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’ve learned…
that it’s OKAY to have a bad day
that food is just food, it’s something I need to nourish my body and I should never be “afraid” to eat a particular food
that I should love and accept my body for what it does, not because of what it looks like


Sava September 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I think that may be the most blatantly obvious, but also the best thing for anyone to learn in their life:
Some days will truly suck. There is no way of avoiding this and it is totally normal.

Definitely twittering/facebooking that!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I am learning:

That I am not perfect and I don’t have to be.
That there are no “bad” foods — there is no reason to fear any foods.
That for me, exercising is the easy part but I need to focus on my diet in order to feel “well”
That moderation, not deprivation is the best choice for me.
That food is not a reward or a way to punish myself.
That exercise is for gaining strength and health, and not a way of punishing myself.
That the number on the scale does not define me as a human being.
That a jeans size does not have the power to make me feel bad.


Stacy September 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

My journey to health has been a zig zagged one, and I feel that every day I learn something new. I did a similar post on my blog about my journey on learning about balance.
I have learned that the relationship that I have with myself has significantly changed over the years. When I was younger I saw myself and treated my body like an enemy, now I treat like I would a best friend. loyal to nurturing my body, caring for my well-being, protecting myself from harm, and listening to what my body needs.
I have learned that those that love you tell you are amazing for a reason, and I should listen!
I have learned that it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy. I should do this for me and not for anyone else.
I have learned that there are days when I will struggle, but that’s ok. I will not feel guilty for being human.
I have learned that going a couple or even a few days without exercising is not the end of the world. I embrace resting, taking a break, and doing what my body needs to maintain balance and sanity ;)


Stacie September 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Congrats on your 10K yesterday. I also wanted to say thanks for posting this from yesterday, “I know a lot of you reading this are currently struggling with disordered eating and I want to tell you that the fight for recovery is worth every second.” Thank you for being a daily inspiration, motiviation. You rock! As I always tell you…keep it up! And yummy recipes. I think you need to put out a cookbook? :) Have a good day….


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Aww thanks Im so glad you liked it! :)

I would love to write a cookbook!! Hopefully some day :)


Amélie September 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Hi Angela,

I just want to say thank you for being such an inspiration for me. Along my journey to health, I have learned that there are amazing people out there writing blogs! These people have been role models and inspirations without wich I am not sure I could have done what I have done, and you are probably one of the top ones on the list. In the past year, I have started working out, stopped eating meat and I ran my very first half marathon on Sunday!
Thanks for everything and congrats on your speedy 10k!


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thank you for your comment :) Congrats on your half marathon! How ya feeling today? ;)


Amélie September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Good! I wasn’t brave enough to have an ice bath as the weather was freeeeezing cold in Montreal on Sunday, but I put some ice on my hips and I’m feeling ready to rock the next challenge now!!!! :)


McKella September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

This year, I’ve learned a ton about being healthy and happy.
-Change is part of life. Nothing stays the same, and don’t try to make it stay the same.
– No food is off-limits, though I can choose whether to eat it or not.
-Health should be a natural, happy state, not drudgery, hardship and misery


Meghan September 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I have learned to focus on the “can’s” instead of the “cant’s.” I used to get discouraged that I couldn’t perform a certain exercise or eat a certain food (allergies) but when you focus on what you can do, it is so much more positive and motivating.


Kristie September 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m still learning, each and every day. Some days I’ll even think I learn a lesson, only to forget it or “unlearn” or deem it irrelevant the next day. I’m still trying to figure out MY healthy and happy but even the not so good days are all helpful contributors to figuring out where I should and want to be. It’s a process and it’s coming along a-okay. Your journey and lessons are super though, and super helpful, and you always have the best and most inspiring insights. Love it!


Mallory @ Untie the Ribbons September 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I actually just learned something this morning. I’ve been building up my running time and today I ran for 25 minutes straight! I learned that my body can go much farther – it’s my mind that always wants to hold me back. Instead of thinking about how hard it was or how I’m not a “runner,” I filled my head with positive thoughts and the time just flew by. This was a huge moment for me and you’ve helped me get this far. It has been so motivating to hear that you were not just a natural born runner – it really gave me the hope I needed to start my own running journey. Thanks!


GFree_Miel September 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I love everything that you’ve learned. I wish I learned all of that sooner in life, don’t you?


Ashley September 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I have had a hard summer. My fiance left for law school and I found myself in a job I thought I would loved which I ended up hating. Also I am finishing my Master’s in Public Health and searching for my first “gorwn up” job which is so scary!

I have spent a lot of time feeling lost, feeling confused and desperate.

What I have learned is it is all about confident. You said, take a chance on YOU. I hate the unknown. It is scary, but I need to just have confident that I am a talented and passionate person and will be able to not only find job, but one that uses my skills and fulfills my passion for health education!

I needed this post, thank you!


AngelaOSG September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

With such a positive focus and determination I know things will improve for you soon!


Gracie September 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Such an inspiring post! Some things I’ve learned lately:

– It’s *okay* to be an exercise rut. If you just roll with it, it will eventually end.
– Taking risks is a necessary part of achieving the life I’ve always wanted.
– …and taking those risks does not make me reckless.
– Taking a day off from the computer every once in a while is very necessary.
– Encouraging and loving friends actually DO exist.
– God always answers our prayers…even if they’re not in the way we expected Him to.



Cynthia (It All Changes) September 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

It was not about the food…it was never about the food.
I am stronger than I ever thought.
I can enjoy fitness instead of loathing it.
Encouragement is much better than criticism.
Family matters more than I will ever know.


Sana September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I have learned that to be healthy- you need MORE of the good stuff and not LESS of the bad stuff!


DebZ September 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

LOVE this list. I want to print it out and carry it with me. This year I’ve learned how important it is to surround myself with people who value health as much and the way I do. This helps to keep me inspired and motivated when things get bad and old coping “skills” start to rear their ugly heads.


Charlie September 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love your list, all so true!
On of the most important things I’ve learn is that it is important to find a way to be happy without being perfect, to find a way to improve without aiming for perfection.


Caitlin (EatFeats) September 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I’ve learned a lot. Mostly that my body responds better to certain types of workout, and that recovering from an eating disorder is an ongoing process–and that’s okay!

I’m very jealous of your soup; it is jussst hitting summertime in California.


Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I’m learning that my relationship with food is extremely complex and goes back alot further into my life history than I realized.


Jessica M September 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I have learned that most of the reason I pigged out on unhealthy foods is because I was unhappy/stressed. I have learned that being happy is very important (if not the most important thing) and that I should listen to my intuition/heart. Like you, I have learned that my “perfect” weight was unrealistic and unhealthy. I have learned that I can dress nice and go out and have fun even if I am not at my goal weight. I have learned that being thin doesn’t mean being happy, I am the heaviest I have ever been but I am the HAPPIEST I have ever been. And the latter is more important than the former. I have learned to enjoy the moment, because its all you have. And I have learned to cherish the time I have with family, friends, and pets.


KG September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hi Angela!

I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for the last 5 months or so and wanted to thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with all of us- I can’t even begin to tell you how much your honest thoughts have changed my way of thinking!

Reading this post was quite timely as I had a rough day teaching and felt kind of down and was analyzing what I did wrong but your thoughts about accepting the fact that some days are just going to SUCK really helped me move on and look to the future instead of dwelling on today.

I also wanted to tell you that I made your ultra fudgy brownies the other evening and they are SO wonderful! I’m making more tonight to freeze and have later- your recipes are so delicious, easy, and fun to make!

The biggest thing I have learned in my journey to health is to love myself. My mom asked me 2 years ago if I loved myself and I adamantly and immediately responded, “Of course!” although inside I began honestly assessing if I truly loved myself. I slowly began to recognize that I didn’t love myself and in fact, sometimes hated myself. Through the wonderful healthy living blogs, the book Women, God and Food by Geneen Roth, and lots of journaling, I began to see myself in a different light and marvel at how many other women are/were in the same boat I am!

Keep up the excellent work Angela- you affect more people than you will ever know!


AngelaOSG September 8, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope today goes better for you :)


Krystina September 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Your list is similar to mine, except that for me, chocolate is ALWAYS the answer. :P


Angela (ohsheglows) September 8, 2010 at 7:38 am

haha ;)


Ashley September 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Love your learnings!

*money does not equal happiness
*working with and helping others is what I am passionate about
*I am more than just a number on the scale
*gluten free vegan living has been a blessing for my health and wellbeing. As a result, I am symptom-free of an “incurable disease”
*I am capable of so much more than I ever dreamed possible


Heidi September 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for such a great post… I am working on the “happy weight” issue. I just can’t part with my scale yet, but Ive learned that if I use it as a tool to keep me on track instead of make me feel bad about myself in the morning, it serves a much better purpose!


Abby September 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Eating healthy not only improves my health, but it improves my self esteem as well. I feel better about myself when I know I am treating my body with respect.


JL Goes Vegan September 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

I’m late to the party, but I wanted to say that what YOU have learned is very inspiring. I’m a bit (ha!) older and am still learning. Right now I’m learning that who I define “healthy” continues to evolve. It’s more about overall wellness than a size or a look. I’m still a work in progress!


Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 8, 2010 at 6:16 am

Your soup looks delicious! Apple and squash are perfect fall flavors…YUM!

Angela, your story is so inspiring! I think it is great that you learned so many things along the way! Way to go! :-)


Kristy September 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

I love you! You are so humble and balanced. LOVE. LOVE LOVE This one esp: “Take a chance on YOU. What have you got to lose?” One of my personal battles!


Emily September 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

Maybe this is dumb, but what kind of lettuce do you use? I always struggle with my lettuce, and it seems when I try something new it ends up being either too sweet or too bland.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

It is from our CSA share- organic mixed greens from a local farm :)

I know what you mean though, sometimes I try mixed greens and they are so bitter


Tiffany September 8, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hi Angela,
This is my first time writing on your blog. I love, love, love your blog!! You don’t know how inspriational and helpful it (and You) and been in my personal journey from ominvore to vegan, in my career, and in my personal journey get in touch with me. Anyway, just wanted to say that you’re the bomb! Your recipes rock! I have not made a dish I didn’t like. You’ve definitely found your calling. Keep up the good work!! I look forward to opening this blog everyday. Take good care,


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

Thank you so much for your support! :)


Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) September 9, 2010 at 2:58 am

I loved reading this, Angela! Your blog is always so inspiring and I really hope I too can learn to strive for Size Healthy.


Danielle September 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Hi Angela, thanks for the inspiration toward recovery! Did you join any support groups to recover or did u do it with just the help of a therapist?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Just the therapist, but ive heard great things about support groups!


Dee September 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I love the last bit of this post. I have to second all of your points.


Vegan Radhika Sarohia January 20, 2013 at 5:24 am

“Eating a vegan diet makes me feel at peace”

^ Totally agree! Two yrs late reply to this post haha
[Was searching acorn squash recipes and it came up]

Also agree about the quotes…I like ones by Rumi and Hafiz, the Sufi poets, some of their quotes are so awesome


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