Glo Bar Giveaway!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 12, 2011

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[Image from my Operation Beautiful Book Tour Post]

‘I don’t have a goal weight, I have a goal life.’

I heard this quote while watching an interview with an Extreme Weight Loss participant and it really clicked with me!

Along my journey, I realized that a certain number on the scale wouldn’t magically make my life perfect. For years I chased this number while becoming more and more unhappy.

I now focus on creating the life that I want, by taking small steps each day. It’s about how I feel each day when I wake up. If I wake up happy and eager to start the day, I know I’m on the right track. A certain number can’t dictate my happiness, but I can make changes in my life to feel my best.

While, I’m busy baking up orders today, I thought it would be fun to have a Glo Bar giveaway!

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Leave a comment below sharing a lesson you’ve learned along your journey or simply share one of your favourite quotes.

One lucky winner will receive a delicious box of 10 Glo Bars! Goodluck!

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Ash @ loveandrunningshoes July 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

“There will be a day you can not do this. Today is not that day” – Found on Frayed Laces’ website. So true and so inspirational because you just can not take enough advantage of what you have in this moment! Too often we forget about the things we can do, while we’re focusing on what we can’t.

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Nikki T July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

My fave quote:
“Nothing worth it is easy”

I try and remember this to help me get through…tough workouts, runs…my first hot yoga class yesterday!

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Brittany July 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’ve learned that one of the most difficult things to do is to forgive. At times it is difficult to forgive not only yourself, but others. The easiest thing to do is close yourself off and hold a grudge, but by making yourself vulnerable and choosing to forgive, you make yourself a stronger person.

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Erinn July 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

In my journey to find myself and shed the weight, I learned how powerful the human mind can be when setting goals. By giving myself a quick pep talk before the day begins or even before I am about to lift a heavier weight, this positive mind set helps to center and focus my thoughts on the tasks that are ahead.

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Odette July 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

“Overcoming negative tendencies and enhancing positive potential are the very essence of the spiritual path.” – Dalai Lama.

Happy Tuesday <3

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Laura July 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Everything that you need already is in you; the outlook you take and the belief you have in yourself will make you realize your full potential.

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Taylor July 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

I have finally learned to not depend on the scale for happiness! Even after reading messages like it on blogs for over a year and a half, I have recently come to realize that the scale is not important and as long as I’m healthy and fueling my body right, that’s all that matter! I guess what helped me to FINALLY realize this is my first 5k race this saturday! Each day I run and feel my endurance improve is SO rewarding! And its super fun to think of new ways and recipes to continue to fuel my body and improve my endurance! this feeling trumps the scale any day!!

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Jennie July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

My favorite quote is from Oscar Wilde: “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” :)

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Alison S. July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

I’ve learned that enjoying good food in moderation is a win-win — don’t deprive yourself, but don’t stuff yourself. Neither feels good.

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Marlena July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

A lesson I’ve learned along my own journey is that I can receive 200 back to back compliments and what truly matters is how I feel about myself. It isn’t about a number on a dress tag or scale, it’s about how I FEEL. In an outfit, in my SKIN. How other people feel (in terms of my appearance) really means nothing to me – I’m on this journey for myself. As someone who has been a people pleaser for 28 years, this was huge for me.

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Nancy March 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Thank you for your comment. I happen to come across this blog from 7/12/11 and it’s now 3/17/2017. That’s a long time ago! I don’t know if you’ll see this or not. Either way, it resonates with me. It’s an ongoing lesson for me to learn and sometimes I get it better than other times.

Thanks for reminding me!

Nancy

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Marie-Pier July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

Along my journey, I learn to love my imperfections. Cliché, I know :-)
Still, instead of looking for perfection or telling myself that my imperfections were beautiful, I know live with imperfections that defines me and makes me unique and special. Let me give you an example: my legs. There aren’t dainty, long or delicate: they are muscular, short and a bit chubby :)
But because of them, I ran 29 km last saturday, then went on a ride of 45 minutes of bike and then played 1 hour of basketball with little kids. Would a exchange that for some Naomi Campbell legs? Nah ;)
They are imperfect for sure, but they define me and makes me proud. My legs are immortals! Take that, Naomi!

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Amanda Elliott July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

The lesson I have learned is to take baby steps in any life changes you make. When you decide to dramatically change your diet or to start exercising, you should really do this gradually so your body can ease into it.

http://gettingfitwithdvds.blogspot.com/

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Cait's Plate July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

GAH!! BEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!

I think the most important thing I’ve learned over the years is not to compare myself to anyone else. I am me, for better or worse – and once I realized that I think self-acceptance just came pouring in. Now I look at myself and appreciate all the things that I might have wanted to change before, because they’re a part of me and without them, I would be me :)

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Alicia at Poise in Parma July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

I hate to live by something said on Jersey Shore, but recently I’ve been living by “you do you”. Don’t care what other say or do – focus on what you need in this exact moment. Live for that.

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Jessica July 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

My favourite quote came from a fortune cookie and I kept the little slip of paper and tape it just above my laptop screen as a reminder.

“We write our own destiny. We become what we do.”

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Holly July 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”

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Mary July 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

One of my fav quotes is from my swim coach – who used to give us a new quote before every swim meet. Best idea ever!

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right”

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Kathy July 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

Anything can get in your way of succeeding if you let it. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

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Erica July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

Having a family (my wonderful husband and two young daughters) has taught me that the most important thing in the world is true love and true love has nothing to do with the number on a scale, a designer handbag, or a good hair day. True love is based on beauty and beauty comes from the inside.

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Natalie July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
Winnie the Pooh

“There wouldn’t be so many stars in the sky if we were all meant to wish on the same one”. Found on the Happiness Project website earlier this week, but I can’t find it today to give credit! Good thing I wrote it down :)

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Amy July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

My motto these days is “Get happy.” Although it’s more like “Get joyful.” Always aim for more fun and alignment. It’s interesting to see that that can be my number one priority and all the practical, day-to-day realities still get tended to. Not only that, but life in general is becoming increasingly awesome.

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Jenny July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have learned to view food as a fuel and not an emotional clutch. Although I sometimes stumble I know I feel mentally and physically better when I am being good to my body. This has been a slow process that has been evolving for about 5 years. I started slowly by incorporating running and healthy eating into my life, however, about a year ago I became burnt out from working out too much and losing too much weight. This past year I have truly learned what it means to be healthy. I now work out for fun and try new things, for example, yoga, hiking, circuits, biking or just jumping on the trampoline with my nefews. Being healthy isnt about a number on a scale, trust me, I got to my number and was more unhealthy than I have ever been in my life. I loved the way I looked, but I was empty on the inside. This bible verse helps me to be mindful of how we should view our bodies. Regardless of what religion you are or what you believe it is a good principle to live by.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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amanda July 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

The most important thing I’ve learned along this journey (so far!) is that I’m not perfect. (Not that I ever thought I was. Maybe. Only a little!) Just because I decide that I’m only going to eat 1200 calories a day and exercise for at least an hour and never make a single mistake, doesn’t mean that’s the way it’ll happen. It’s more important to find a way of eating and working out that fits into my life, as opposed to taking over it.

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amanda July 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that making mistakes doesn’t make me a failure – it’s part of the learning process.

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Melissa July 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

So… I basically grew up watching my mom almost kill herself to be thin (I’m serious – she was in a coma for 3 months) by having weight loss surgery, pill addiction, and eating disorders.

I grew up being VERY conscious of my weight, my looks, and my problems, but seeing how she was, I just one day realized that I never want to live my life obsessed with how I’m SUPPOSED to look. I now just live my life with how I WANT to look – Healthy! There are no shortcuts in happiness. Happiness is a long rough road that bumps and turns, but we should be on there with a go cart at max speed enjoying every minute of it.

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amanda July 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

The most important thing I’ve learned – mistakes are just part of the process. They don’t make me a failure.

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Crystal July 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

First, I have just recently found your blog and love it! Thank you for sharing your experiences and your journey. In trying to get my weight where I want it and trying to become a healthier person (ultimate goal) I realized that by focusing so much on the scale, I was making myself and my family miserable. I was weighing every day and then hit a plateau where I stopped seeing the scale move. At that point a few months ago, it became very discouraging to put myself through the weigh-in torture each day. Recently I decided to let go a little, weigh once a week to keep track and try to focus my energies on making positive daily choices that are good for my body. This shift of focus is enabling me to be more positive person on a daily basis and will hopefully help me reach the goal of better health. I am learning that the number on the scale isn’t what it is all about!

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Carissa July 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

I’ve learned patience. There will always be leftovers, so I can eat some, enjoy it, and then eat more tomorrow and enjoy it then, too!

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Kaylee July 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself.

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love, he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov…my favorite author, my favorite excerpt. The excerpt defines my lesson :)

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Alaina July 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

If theres anything i’ve learned it’s that A: listen to your body, and B: you can be healthy and happy without starvation! I’ve come a long way and it’s because of bloggers like YOU! I really, really admire and thank you for your openness about who you once were and how comfortable you are talking about it…Makes me relize im not alone…Oh, and favorite quote, “the best angle to approach any situation is the TRYangle.”

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

Thank you Alaina :)

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Erica K. July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

“do it for those that can’t” last year I ran a 10k in to raise money for the wounded warriors. It was amazing to learn about that organization and to run for those people that served us and take action to help others. Today even on my toughest days when I think I cant run, spin or swim any further I am thankful for the men and women that serve our country.

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Lola July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

What I’ve used on my journey is a kind of nerdy quote, but I love it. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda My dad has even taken it on as his mantra in his battle to quit smoking. I also love the Einstein quote “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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Amanda P July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

“You can either activate thoughts that produce stress within you, or activate thoughts that make stress impossible. It’s your choice.”

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Something I try to remember everyday!

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Angela Bonnell July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

Each one of us is unique and we need to appreciate that about ourselves. And, in our uniqueness we all lose weight, get healthy and feel great by doing different things. We need to stop looking for the one size fits all approach to health. We need to listen to our own bodies and respond accordingly. As they say, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

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lish July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

I struggled with my ED for over 10 years and one thing i was constantly obsessed with was WEIGHT; that darn number! it took me years to figure out that no matter what the number read, i never won. if it was too high [what i thought was too high], i felt disgusted and tortured my body more. if it was low i thought ‘oh wow, okay, now how can i get this lower’. nothing good ever came from a scale and that silly number. i now have absolutely no clue what i weigh. not a single idea. i was even in the doctors office the other day for an eye infection and turned around on the scale and quietly told the nurse ‘please, don’t repeat my weight’ – yes, i get many ‘strange’ looks for this but at the end of the day, that number is nothing but a number. I am a strong, healthy, athletic and beautiful person and i don’t need to own a scale to know that.
thank you for your post today – this is what every woman needs to read. you and your blog are an inspiration – its comforting to know that us that have battled and won but still have our moments, are never ever alone.
my favorite: “this too shall pass” : )

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Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend) July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love this Angela – I think it’s so important not to focus on a number on the scale to determine our self-worth and happiness. My favorite quote is “Life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon and “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I FEAR.” – Joan Didon. Love these on life and writing :)

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Maribeth July 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’ve learned to keep a positive outlook on life. As cliche as it sounds, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and we may not know what the reason is at first, but it is for the best and life will work out how it is supposed to. So just be happy! :)

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Jenny July 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

“Life is change. Surrender to it. Allow it. Create it.” ~Tricia Huffman
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My focus now is on training for a half-marathon. Any weight-loss that comes with it is just icing on the cake :) I do have more baby weight to lose but I try not to let it dictate how I feel that day. I have learned that if I focus my energy on something other than the numbers on the scale and my clothes I feel so much better!

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Beth July 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

I have three quotes taped to my desk at work, but this is probably my favorite: “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash

This has helped me to realize that only I am holding myself back from doing things I want to do, limited by my fear and doubt. When I start thinking, “I wish I could….” I have to stop myself and say, “I can do that…. only I am stopping myself.”

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Stella July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

My favorite quote: “You are so much stronger than you think”

I really want to try a glow bar!!!!! :)

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Carolyn July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

Can’t remember where I read it but it was something like “I only regret when I don’t run.” — always gets me out the door if I’m reluctant to do a run or workout!

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Karen Cohen July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others”

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Katie Smith July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

It’s quite cliche, but the quote, ‘It isn’t about the destination so much as the journey’ really is true, and clicked with me to really inspire me to think about the small things everyday, rather than just the end goal.

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Jackie July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

My favorite quote is, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land in the stars.” This is a quote I use to keep me focused as I parent my child with Autism. Always aim high and have hope!

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Heidi Switzer July 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

“have a strong day” – nike
This gives me motivation not only with my workouts, but also to accept life’s challenges as they come and stay true to myself.

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Ashley July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

“The beauty about each day is that we wake up with a clean slate”

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Lisa July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Find joy in everything. There is no such thing as wasted time or experiences. All that you see, eat, drink, love, and live combine to make you the person that you are today and will be tomorrow.

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Anna July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

As a social worker in the juvenile justice system, I’ve learned that in most cases I cannot “fix” the problem, I can’t really help make the situations better. But I can give HOPE. Hope that someday things will be better, hope that every child is priceless and deserving of love and respect. My mission is to act as a voice for those who are overlooked; to bring HOPE, healing and justice those who are oppressed.

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Cam July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

The Man Who Thinks He Can
Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outcast, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

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Carley July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Your bars look delicious! Something I’ve recently been lucky enough to realize is that being “skinny” isn’t the be-all-end-all. I’m starting to really love my body and all that it’s capable of–I’m becoming one strong chica!

And just to throw a quote out there, here are some words of wisdom from my momma: “Whatever you accept becomes acceptable behavior.” :)

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Danielle July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

Good old “progress, not perfection” is something I am always trying to live by. Some days I am more successful than others, but I always come back to it!

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smita July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

My favourite quote:
“You can never fail until you quit.”
I wrote this on a piece of paper on posted it on the wall above desk. It motivates me to keep going every single day.

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Kelsey July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I learned life is too short to always live in fear, regret, and sadness! We’re too special and important to be feeling that way!

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jc July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

be all you can be.
smile and the whole world will smile with you

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb
<3 xyx
i ADORE that picture of the scale, and the operation beautiful not, , it is amazing :-)

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Dana July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

My favorite quotes is “Music is what feelings sound like.” Music is one of the best ways to express your emotions. I love your note on the scale! :-)

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Erin July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

The best lesson I ever learned was simply to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in you…who will?

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Ashley July 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

My favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” One of my lessons so far in my journey is that no one can make me feel unbeautiful, or that I am somehow not good enough. This quote makes me feel confident.

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Kayla July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

AH! A Glo Bar giveaway! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try one of these. :)

I’ve learned that you have to cut yourself some slack and be nice to yourself.

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Tropical Eats July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

aw thank you for the giveaway!

ive learned that carbs are necessary and my body’s fuel for life. whoever invented that whole no & low carb craze was crazaaay. :)

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Cristal July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’ve learned that I need to treat myself as I would my best friend. And to stop the negative self-talk. I try to remember, If I wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to myself!

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Amy July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

I come from a different point of view from most women. I am the skinny girl.

From age 15-25 it was absolutely normal for me to eat icecream for supper, and chips, chocolate, and bag after bag of processed junk was an everyday thing. Friends would tell me I should be obese, but I never gained a pound and remained a constant size 0.

I became very disillusioned. I felt like food ‘didn’t affect me’ since it didn’t affect my weight. When I got married, even my husband was worried about my health due to my poor diet.

Then one day, while stumbling around on various blogs (including oh she glows) I came a few realizations: Maybe breakouts at 25 weren’t normal? Maybe irregular periods and painful cramps weren’t normal? Maybe being constantly exhausted wasn’t normal? Maybe it had to do with my diet?

At first, I quit junk cold turkey. Needless to say it didn’t go over well. Then after revisiting Oh She Glows I decided I could have ‘junk’ food, I just had to be smarter about my choices.

6 months later and I don’t breakout, my periods are like clock work, I have ENERGY, my skin glows, and my hair grows twice as fast as it used to. Taking charge of your health isn’t always about weight, but it sure does feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me.

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Monique McGonagill July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

One thing I’ve learned along the way, is that what I put in my mouth dictates how I feel about myself, my happiness, and my energy. When I use food as fuel, I feel happier and more energetic throughout the day. I beat myself up when I eat out of emotion. The older and wiser I become, the more I realize how good food sustains me.

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Claire July 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

It’s a cheesy quote but one that I always think of when I need a little push to finish my work-out…”no pain, no gain”. If it was easy, I wouldnt see results or feel good after my work-out, and its always what I need to finish the last bit!

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cami July 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

a favorite quote of mine:

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well -Virginia Woolf

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Lindsey July 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

My favorite quote ” love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it” it is a Swedish proverb.

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Stephany July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

Cami,

That one is awesome!

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Sarah C. July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

This is my favorite quote/poem/blessing. It doesn’t really teach a lesson but offers protection and love in times of trouble or stress.

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Kerry July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’ve learned that sometimes it is ok to stop and press reset and refocus – it is ok if I don’t drop the pounds right away, if I decide to live a healthier life and do things that make me happy, the rest will fall in to place. Baby steps!!

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Liz July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

My dad always told me this: “It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor man.” Ok, he really did say this, but he was only joking. Another thing he always said to me: “Let your heart guide you and you will be just fine.” While he is still here, he’s not really him anymore (he’s very sick). He has been my biggest inspiration to me to lead a better life. He was a marathon runner until the age of 55 and always took care of himself. I hope one day my children will love me as much as I love him.

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Kristie July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

Old and worn out, but my favorite is “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”. I’ll often repeat it to myself if I am having trouble falling asleep due to worrying about the next day’s (or week’s) events!

It’s fun to read through all these quotes :).

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Katie July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

Four years ago my dad died from cancer, and since then I started running and eating nutritiously for the sake of health. Last year my sisters and I ran a half marathon for the American Cancer Society with t-shirts that said “I run because my dad can’t,” and seeing the three of us running together is when it really hit me about the entire life style and mind set change that comes with being healthy. Losing 40 lbs was just an extra bonus!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

Beautiful, Katie :)

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Brittany Tomren July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

” One cannot think well,love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”

Virginia Woolf

I have learned to not be anxious about the future. Im always worrying and worrying about things that tend to never take place! Forget the what if’s and focus on the present.

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Andrea @ Onion in My Hair July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

<3

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Erika G. July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

I have recently realized that “skinny” girls are jealous of my curly hair (which I used to hate) and my athletic curves (which I used to hate)…and it makes me SO happy to be ME no matter what the scale says. I plan on becoming a registered dietitian in Ontario (GO Canada) and Michigan – as I live near the border and I plan to help as many people girls, women, men, boys whoever become more informed about their food choices and motivate them to feel good about themselves. I visited a Dietitian a year ago who could not get over my “GLOW” and never looked back as to what I want my profession to be!

Your blog is also a huge part of my self acceptance journey- and it’s clear that you have been a part of many life transformations! Angela you truly inspire your readers- don’t ever forget that!
Thank you so much,
Erika :)

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Rebecca July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
-Chinese proverb

We only have today!

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A July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

I found this quote in reading for my history seminar fall semester! It has so many implicit messages about what it is to be a good human being and self-worth.

“How good is the saying, whoever may be its author, that a human being is composed of two elements–his faith which he owes to God and his moral sympathy which he owes to his fellow-being.” –Syyed Ahmed Khan

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maija July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

today is just one day. whatever seems terrible today will probably be forgotten in a few tomorrows so better not to stress. not always something easy to do, but nice to remind yourself sometimes!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg July 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

Something I’ve learned along the way — that when I love myself I eat healthy and I exercise in moderate amounts. When I beat myself up and hate myself, that is when the unhealthy habits arise. My goal each day is to see myself as a beautiful person with so much to offer!

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Lilian July 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

It took me a while to realize that weight doesn’t come off immediately, it takes a lot of patience and work.

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Lisa July 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’m learning that weight should not define me, or consume my every thought. It’s a daily struggle, but I’m working on it.

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Kelly July 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

You can do anything for 10 seconds.

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Steph July 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

I am slowly learning that it’s more important to eat and be healthy than count calories and go by the numbers on the scale! Love your blog!!

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Caitlin July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

“Your journey has molded you for the greater good. And it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you encountered to bring you to the now. And now is the right time.” -Asha Tyson

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Rachel July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

I’ve learned that achieving happiness and contentment has virtually nothing to do with my outward appearance.

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Julia July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

One of my favorite quotes that’s become easy to remember and repeat to myself is “Always bring your own sunshine” by Anthony J. D’Angelo.

:)

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Charlie July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

“A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.”

-Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

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Katrina July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

“You need to fail in order to succeed”. So true!

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Ashlyn July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

One thing I have definitively learned is that the weight you reach wont stay, so whatever you “happy” weight is will either go down or up and will never stay the same. So if you only feel happy at that weight, you need to separate yourself from both the scale and your diet/obsessive counting and focus more on enjoying your family and activities you love to do.

However, being a teen I also learned that you will be surrounded by many, many girls with eating disorders. In my case my best friend, but you can’t change them, because they need serious help not just my “wisdom”. Although it may be hard, you have to know that in the end they will most likely go back to restricting no matter how much advice you give.

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Coco July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

Hey Angela! Thanks for the giveaway. Like you, I have struggled with anxiety for many years now. I often find myself obsessing and worrying about things that are literally years away from happening. This quote always seems to ground me a bit when I start feeling overwhelmed.
“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”

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Sarah July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

“Forgiveness is giving up hope that the past could be any different than it was.”

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Ryane July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

I learned life is too short! and that the only opinion I really needed to go by was my own.

Growing up and in grade school, I was always the quiet and shy girl even though at home and with my few close friends I was completely different – loud and funny! For some reason, I held my real personality back because I didn’t want to stand out too much or subject myself or jokes to criticism from kids whose opinions I cared too much about.

I finally started to feel more comfortable expressing myself SENIOR YEAR (gahh!) and I realized how much happier I was and that I actually found myself with a bigger social life and people who wanted to spend time with the real ME. To say the least, I was able to start college without holding my true self back and those 4 years totally rocked!

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ARPL July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

I’m afraid my favorite quote is this one:
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little – Gore Vidal

There is a positive element within, however. When I see my friends or husband making healthy choices, sometimes I get a little surge of jealousy, but at the same time it motivates me that if they can do it, I can do it too. Plus, it is positive because it makes me smile every time I hear it or read it. I have a weird sense of humor.

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Jul July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

Better every day.

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Sarah July 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

“The beauty of life is to experience yourself.”
If I remember to live by this quote, every day is a new adventure. I have loved your recent posts, Angela. So honest and inspiring.

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Keni July 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

“Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men’s souls to joy.”

(jack kerouac)

long time reader, but first comment!

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Eliza July 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

“That pesky scale doesn’t know how to measure fabulousness.” A friend wrote that to me in an email when I was frustrated about gaining a few pounds during my triathlon training. I think about it now when I get stuck on a number, and remind myself that it’s not about losing weight anymore, it’s about doing amazing things and being fabulous while doing them!

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Kamaile July 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

The most important thing is that I am happy.

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Tiffany July 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

My favorite quote is: “help someone be more than they think they can be”

This ties in with the greatest lesson I have learned and continue to learn in my life…it’s not about what you’re getting, it’s about what you’re GIVING. Thinking about what I’m giving to others, to the world, has been the greatest change I’ve made in myself. I find that I am more compassionate, more generous, more readily forgiving, more patient, more humorous, more open-minded, more everything…and the greatest benefit is that I am making a positive impact on people and this world (I hope!)

Whenever I get stressed or unhappy with a situation I stop and reframe my thoughts from what I am getting or not getting, to what I am giving…because there is always a direct correlation!!

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Leslie July 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

Loved your note to the scale so much that I copies it for my scale!! Great postings and messages that seem to be speaking to me!!! Thanks for posting and offering your readers a chance to win your Glo bars!!!

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Cassidy July 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

Angela, I absolutely ADORE your blog! Your last several posts have really resonated with me. I find myself struggling with a lot of the issues you discuss here, and it’s so comforting and empowering in a way to know that other people struggle with the same issues.

Today, I like to consider myself a “healthy” person. Before I started respecting my body and health, I was obsessed with calorie counting. Morning, noon, night. Gotta count the carbs, fats, protein, fiber. Only 60 calories and practically zero nutritional benefit? I’ll take it. 160 calories with fiber, omegas and other healthy fats? Mmm… that’s extra time on the elliptical… Pass. I didn’t care about fueling my body with the right nutrients. All I cared about was calories in and calories out. I did lose weight doing this, but looking back, I was the unhappiest I’ve ever been. I felt like the number on the scale had this debilitating grip on my life that robbed me of any shred of confidence and self respect I had. Slowly but surely, I began to be good to myself, but the problem was that I was now obsessing over my nutrition. It’s just as easy to become obsessed with BEING HEALTHY. Today I’m much happier person with a newly found respect and appreciation for health and wellness; one major lesson I’ve learned along this journey (and still have to remind myself of daily) is that your “health” means your entire being is healthy. Spiritual, emotional and physical. It’s easy to get caught up in the physical part and neglect the other areas that are just as important.

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EMILY July 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

My favorite quote was actually my senior quote many years ago. In the great words of Gandhi
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Every day I’m growing and changing into the person I want to become to make the world a better place.

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Lindsay July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”- Eleanor Roosevelt My dad used to tell me this when I was down on myself. Its a great reminder to me that I choose happiness and no one can take that from me.

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Caleigh Farrell July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

“My body is… the only one I will ever have and I want it to last. My body is made to be kissed, to run, to be done up in jewels, and dressed down in jeans. My body is my own”

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kaitlin 4loveofcarrots July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, its who you think you are not”

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

LOVE THAT QUOTE! It has to be in my top 5!!

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Mary July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

Mmm Glo Bars!

Favorite Quote: “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

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Andrea July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

My journey continues to always learn more….so far it has led me to an understanding of the relationship between by nutritional and fitness choices and the number I see on the scale. I no longer eat low fat and calorie junk in order to keep that number where I think it should be. I now eat foods that nourish my body and compliment my training goals. I watch that number increase, while my size decreases. It took so long for me to realize it isn’t a battle of mind over wants, or pushing past the pain to burn those extra calories. It’s about balance and being your happiest and most productive when that balance is reached. I now focus on the can do’s that bring happiness to my life instead of can’t haves in order to achieve the unimportant number.

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Amanda July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

The most important lesson I’ve learned, very recently, is that the number on the scale can’t limit my abilities to experience new things and push myself further than yesterday.

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Emma July 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

I’ve learned that the people in my life love me for me.
I used to let the number on the scale dictate how I would feel that morning, but at the end of the day, I still had people who loved me no matter what I weighed. I still excersize and follow a vegetarian diet, but I decided to nourish my body, and to not even know how much I weigh; I’ve found life is much more enjoyable that way!

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Jessica July 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

Hi Angela!
This is one of my favorite quotes right now:

“sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be”

I’ve been going through a tough breakup recently and while that is not food related whatsoever, I can’t tell you how much inspiration I’ve gained from reading your blog. I am now turning my sadness into a healing process by setting goals for myself and making conscious decisions to deal with issues such as anxiety. Time to start loving myself for who I am.

(and a lovely package of glo bars in the mail would make my day!)

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Kimmie July 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

After some of the trials in life, I play this quote of self-advice in my head for many things: “The trick in life is NOT GETTING WHAT YOU WANT….rather, it’s WANTING it AFTER YOU GET IT.” Just good words of advice for myself…makes me think of what I really want when I desire something. It puts my goals and true needs into perspective.

By the way, I really enjoyed your post about living in the present. I recently began reading The Power of Now, but Eckhart Tolle. Some very good tips to de-clutter the mind and become a more focused and positive person.

Thanks for posting as often as you do! It’s wonderful reading/tips/recipes/healthy lifestyle living! I greatly appreciate it.

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Runblondie26 July 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

It’s ok to be celebrate other people’s successes. Being happy for other people’s successes, in no way detracts from my own success.

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Trina July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’ve learned being skinny does not always equal being healthy.

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Ashley July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Favorite Quote:
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

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Tami July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Enclosing double quotes omitted because of quote overload.

Don’t say, “I can’t!” Say, “I presently struggle with.”

Also, this sounds silly, but your butternut squash mac n cheeze recipe changed our lives. <3

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

heheh

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Ruthiey July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Victorious living is not an instant arrival. It is the pursuit of one victorious day at a time until the sun sets on enough to begin forming victorious habits.” -Beth Moore

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Kate July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’ve learned the importance of moving/running because it feels good and it is what your body wants to do, not to run because you feel you need to burn calories to eat x,y,z. That’s why I am so happy to be training for my half marathon with out using any music – time to me with me, in my head, because that’s finally a good place to be.

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Kathleen July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” — Agnes de Mille, dancer

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Kathleen July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” — Agnes de Mille, dancer

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Jen July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela

Gives me chills, every time!

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Kathy July 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I LOVE this one too. It is actually not Nelson Mandela even though it is often attributted to him. It is Marrianne Williamson from her studies of A Course in Miracles. I point this out because she has more where that came from and you might enjoy her work. Thanks for reminding me of this one!

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Kathy July 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I LOVE this one too. It is actually not Nelson Mandela even though it is often attributted to him. It is Marrianne Williamson from her studies of A Course in Miracles. I point this out because she has more where that came from and you might enjoy her work. Thanks for reminding me of this one!

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Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

“Life is a journey, not a destination” Reminds me to stop and appreciate every day and each phase of my life instead of constantly looking towards what the future holds.

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becca @ bellebottoms July 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

A quote I made (and have on my blog) is “in order to BE ME, I have to live a BEautifully MEssy life”

love it!!

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kate July 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

my lesson = you create your own happiness! no amount of money, lack of weight, awesome job, designer yoga gear will make you happy.

my favorite quote = “in your body lies a priceless gem, go inside and seek that” rumi

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Laura July 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

In the Fall of last year, in a moment of frustration, I sent an email to one of my favorite bloggers (Jasmine, over at Eat Move Write–check it out!) and told her everything. I told her how I’d been overweight my whole life, how diets never seemed to work, and exactly how little I thought of myself because of my insecurity.
After such a revealing, personal email, I was embarrassed and filled with regret about five seconds after I hit send. Luckily, Jasmine is a fantastic person, and her response was helped get me started on my journey to health and happiness. She bolstered my self esteem right away, and helped to explain that I was not alone in my struggles. Then she told me something about weight loss that struck exactly the right note. She said that if I wanted a college degree, and was working toward that goal by taking classes, I wouldn’t be upset that I wasn’t there yet–and that same concept applied to weight loss. For me, as I’m also working on a degree, this made perfect sense. I knew I wanted my degree-eventually-but while I’m still working on it, I never get upset I’m not yet finished. I shouldn’t, therefore, get upset that I’m not yet healthy or thin.
Today, a good half a year later, I’ve lost more than 25 pounds. I have a healthy BMI for the first time in my life, and am about ten pounds away from my goal weight, give or take a few pounds. I am healthier-and look better-than I’ve ever been. Unfortunately, I still struggle with self esteem issues, anxiety and tendency towards melancholy. That college degree metaphor still applies, though, and I use it as I work towards creating a healthy life–even though I’ve nearly reached my goal weight. The journey isn’t over–but I work to not let myself be upset as long as I’m working towards the goal–healthy AND happy.
Oops–that was a bit long for a comment–sorry!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for sharing Laura, a beautiful story!

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Julie @ Shining From Within July 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

A lesson I have learned is to love yourself and not take yourself too seriously. It might seem so simple and basic but I think most people have trouble coming to terms with that and living freely and that you only live once.

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Madelaine @ Healthy, Hot and Happy July 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

I want to share my favorite quote:

THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
We have bigger houses
and smaller families;
more convenience, but less time.
we have degress, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems
more medicine, but less healthiness.
we have been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble
crossing the street to meet
the new neighbour.
we built more computers to hold more
information to produce more
copies than ever,
but have less communication.
we have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
these are times of fast foods;
and slow digestion;
tall man and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
it is the time when there is much in the window,
and nothing in the room.
— Dalai Lama

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Kait July 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’m not sure if you remember me, but I e-mailed you a little over a year ago. I told you that I’d read your blog and had finally come to terms with the fact that i had an eating disorder, and your response really gave me the courage to ask for professional help with dealing with it. I have to thank you for that and for helping me learn that it isn’t weak to ask for help, it takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out in times of need.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

So proud of you Kait!

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Angela July 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

Angela, good stuff. We all need that reminder sometimes. The lies {given to me in word or image} that I let creep into my mind destroy me. However, if I hold fast to the truth that I have intrinsic worth and beauty, those lies placed upon on me by society seem to fade into oblivion. I have to harness that worth + beauty, and value myself. Difficult lesson to learn. Silly how we all like to play the comparing game so often, but I’m so glad that this is a place where we can express trueness with one another. We are all worthy of being loved. Worthy of feeling beautiful. Worthy of letting go to all of those binding thoughts and groveling in the freedom given by God — and seeing ourselves as He sees us. Loved. Desirable. Beautiful.

As far as my quotes/thoughts, I have a few:

“God cannot give us a happiness and a peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
-C.S. Lewis

“I am willing to fail. Risks are not to be evaluated in terms of the probability of success, but in terms of the value of the goal.”
-Dr. Ralph Winter

“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”
-Augusten Burroughs

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Bee in Boston July 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

My favorite quote is by the amazing Steve Prefontaine:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

I have it printed out and stuck on my fridge!

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Eileen July 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

I really adhere to the idea that it’s not how much you weigh but how you feel. This morning while I was running I reminded myself why I do it- it’s not so much the end result or how I look, but rather that I am able to do it, that it makes me feel accomplished and proud of myself, and it’s time I am taking out of my life for me and my health. I feel similarly about food- eat what you want but remember how you feel after you eat certain foods. Which ones make me feel good and which ones make me feel crappy? I try to remember that.

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Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream July 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

I love that image! Along my journey (almost 90lbs gone now…woot!) I’ve learned to use the scale as a mere check point. Its there, it gives me some information but not all information. It does not determine what kind of day I’m going to have.

A quote that’s helped me stay motivated and positive.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.”

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Melanie July 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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Monica July 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

One of my favorite and inspiring quotes was actually learned from you! “You are stronger than you think” has been my motto for many things in life. Whether it’s a run, or over coming a binge, I know that I’m just human, I make mistakes and I am strong enough to learn from them, move on and make a better choice next time. A healthy lifestyle can’t be adapted over night, it’s a long process which I have learned and an still learning today. This quote has really helped me over the past few years. It’s funny how just a few words can change perspective.

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Lauren July 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

I have learned to be proud of my athletic body and my strong legs and focus on what they allow me to do rather than how much smaller they could be. I will never be a twig, but I sure can run a 10 km and excel in sports!

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Shauna July 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

Energy is the essence of life. Every day
you decide how you’re going to use it by
knowing what you want and what it
takes to reach that goal, and by
maintaining focus.” – Oprah

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Alex July 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

My mom always reminds me that “anything worth doing is worth doing well”.

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Alicia @culinarybliss July 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’m learning that pregnancy is teaching me more lessons about my body and self than I ever thought possible, the most important one being “let go and live” :)

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Shelby July 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

Don’t tell yourself that you’ll get to be happy tomorrow. Because tomorrow, you’re going to say the same thing. You have to give yourself permission to demand to be happy today.

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Sydney July 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

In my ever long battle to lose weight I always set goals, “I want to lose 10lbs by the time we go to the beach.” And when the pressure of that goal overcame me and I didn’t lose those 10lbs, I got upset and didn’t have a good time on my vacation. I have learned to stop setting impossible goals and lose weight and exercise to be healthy and happy with myself, and enjoy my vacations no matter what my weight.

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Shannon July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

“Not all those who wander are lost.” — JRR Tolkien

This is my favorite quote because it reminds me that even if you don’t know what you’re doing or what path you’re taking in life, it could lead to great things.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Love that quote!

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Lauren July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I saw this quote on the Runner’s World quote of the day yesterday and loved it: “If you have the enthusiasm and passion, you end up finding out how to excel.” from Deena Kastor

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Kara July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

“You’re not responsible for being down, but you are responsible for getting up” -Jesse Jackson. I work as a mental health therapist with people living with concurrent disorders. I often share this quote with my clients as a way to help them see how much power they have within. Thank you for sharing your journey with us on this blog, I, like so many others, find it inspiring.

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Meredith July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I think the most powerful lesson I’ve learned along my journey is that I cannot control things that haven’t happened yet – I can only control what I’m doing right now, in this moment! Your post about being more present resonated really deeply with me for that reason. I’m someone who is constantly thinking about tomorrow, next week, next year, and practicing yoga has been one of the most important things in helping me to stay present and focused on the moment at hand.

My favourite quote is ‘Always be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second rate version of somebody else’ from Judy Garland.

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Meredith July 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

P.S. Can’t wait for the new recipe!

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Tammy Pollack July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

“Never frown because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile”

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Helen July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
— Marilyn Monroe

My absolute favortie quote!!

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Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I’ve learned that the inside takes a lot longer to change than the outside.

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Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Awesome giveaway!

“When you help others, your really helping yourself” -Avenue Q

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TanyaS July 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Kind of along the lines of the Extreme Weight Loss quote, I had a goal number I was waiting to see on the scale, one day, after following a restricted diet plan with no exercise, I saw that number. Trouble was my body looked nothing like I wanted it to. I eventually discovered exercise, and most recently weights, and now am near the body I desired and am somewhat surprised to see a larger number on the scale. I learned that the number on the scale has much less to do with the body shape you have.

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Raeanne July 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’ve learned that feeding my body the best of the best (food, love, fun, etc) makes me feel the best I have in years! Sounds so simple, not always easy to apply…

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Nelson Mandela

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Kathryn July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Learning to accept my body how it is right now and appreciate what it does for me has been so hard, but I feel successful. I’m not the weight or size I want to be by any means, but I took a vacation and happily laid out in a bathing suit and figured the friends I love don’t love me because of what I look like in a bathing suit and I actually found myself feeling quite confident simply because as I take care of my body it takes care of me and allows me to do yoga, run, snowboard, ride my bike, and shake it on the dance floor!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

“Isn’t it nice to know that the lining is silver” – Relient K

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Suzanne July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Live for today because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

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cjinspired July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Thank you for the gift of your wonderful blog!

Favorite quote that helps me along my journey:
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
-Paulo Coelho from my favorite book, The Alchemist

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Meaghan July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

“Il faut toujours que de la tête au coeur, l’itinéraire soit direct.” (the path between your head and your heart must always be direct.) – Yehudi Menuhin

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Kate July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Spending time stressing about my weight is time not spent enjoying life. Being thinner will not help me be happier, but being healthy will.

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Jaime July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The more you stress over weight, the harder it is to lose the weight. Making small changes, while still enjoying life is the best way to go.

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Caitlin July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

“we are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think its forever.”-carl sagan

the most important lesson i’ve learned is to never take anything or anyone for granted. every day i consciously look around and appreciate my life, my body, my health, my family, and my friends.

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abbi July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

A lesson I’ve learned along the way is to stop comparing myself to others.

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Stevi July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”
Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes

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Jessica July 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

For me, the best lesson I learned was everything always gets done. This was really helpful for me in college when I would stress out that I wasn’t going to finish something. But if I looked at the past, I never once didn’t have enough time to finish what I wanted.

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Kate July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

“No matter where you go, there you are.”
-Confucius

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serena July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned is forgiveness. As an aspiring model/actress it can be so difficult standing next to a skinnier woman who just ate a Burger and is now nibbling on French fries. As a predominantly raw vegan- even I have my moments of junk food cravings. Not necessarily carcasses and oily starch (never, in fact) but sometimes I do stand in front of the fridge eating almond butter and honey as I ponder what to eat for dinner. Next thing u know the almondbutter and honey mixture is gone and I still haven’t figured out what to eat. What can you do? I suppose I’ve learned that making myself feel bad will only be worse for my soul. The more I allow myself to eat my favorite foods (in moderation-and I’m only craving vegan :) the pressure is off. Its like letting the scary monsters in-house they’re not so scary anymore. Then the fatty foods become less appetizing because im not restricting myself. But If you make a mistake- its ok. You’re human. Forgive yourself and continue with your good food routine. Forgiveness <3

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Jenna July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I’d love to try some glo bars!

Something I need to remind myself, but so true — “This too shall pass.”

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A Fine balance July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I’ve never had a Glo Bar before but I looked them up and they look wonderful.

I’ve learned that the people you least expect to help you or be there for you are, and those who have been around forever may not be as welcoming of change. I say this because I am participating in my first fitness competition on Saturday. It’s been one long and tough road. I think sometimes people around can be afraid of the changes they see. Sometimes its because they them selves can’t fathom those changes, but at other times cannot support you but will rather see your downfall with trying to temp with treats etc.

My new community of friends, bloggers etc have rallied around me and have trully made all the difference in the world. IE people like you!

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[email protected] Tell Stories July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
Henry David Thoreau

:)

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Liz W July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

“If you do the things you have to do when you have to do them the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them” :)

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Audrey July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Here is a quote I like: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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Annie-Rose July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

An excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day, is one of my favorites:

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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Erin July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Surrounding yourself with loving people, and creating a loving lifestyle is vital to a happy, healthy life. Going out of your way to cook for yourself and your family – eating from the Earth – helps you become mindful of all the good things in life. Finding others who feel the same way (Angela, your blog is a blessing) is icing on the cake. Once you are happy, healthy, and feeling love(d), it’s easier to let go of the critic in your brain.

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Jess July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I’ve learned that I’m happier, healthier, and more energetic when I make sleep, water, veggies, and running a priority. I’ve learned that even when I lose speed, I’m excited that I can run for many miles. I’ve learned to accept my size 12 booty, find clothes that make me look great, and focus on being active. :)

A quote that kept me going during my first marathon: “Just keep swimming!” by Dory from Finding Nemo. :D

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Anastasia July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

On my journey, I have learned what a big difference the little things can make, and how insignificant major things are in the end.

Thanks :)

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Mandy Kirk July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

One of my favorite quotes which to apply to many areas of my life, from my weight to caring for a son with special needs

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. –Joseph Campbell

Also:
There is a perfect imperfection that you fail to see while searching for perfection

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Victoria Robinson July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

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tina July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

“There are no coincidences. Only divine order here.” – oprah winfrey, from oprah’s series final!

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Heather M. July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My favorite quote:
If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got.

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Erin M. July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

“Life is a balance.”

I went from being a 230-lb, two-pack a day smoker to a 150-lb multiple marathon runner in about two years. I went from spending time with my family and friends, eating delicious (and bad for you!) food to spending all my time on a treadmill or lifting weights, eating food I hated. At both extremes, I was miserable. My life goal is to find the happy medium between the two extremes – a place where I can balance my health, my social life, and my fitness and just BE HAPPY. :-)

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Doc (The Healthy Ph.D) July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I needed to see this post today – after the confusion of my pants fitting, but the number on the scale being 7 lbs higher than Friday (how is this possible!?)- and it helped.

I continually have to tell myself that being anxious about something that might happen isn’t helpful. I do what I can to prepare and prevent and then weather the storm…

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Elise July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

An important lesson that I’ve learned is that ultimately, anything you’re doing for the approval/validation/needs/wants of others is not nearly as paramount as that which you do for your own needs/fulfillment/joy. It is OKAY to be selfish in this way!

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[email protected] July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I’ve learned that just because my body image issues are not 100% resolved, I have come a long way and I should be proud of myself.

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Maria July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My grandma would always tell me “Don’t worry – everything will come out in the wash”. Whenever I’m having a bad day or trying to make a tough decision, I remember her saying that to me in her confident way that made me feel like yes, everything will eventually be okay.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my journey is that your happiness is number one. It means more than money, prestige, stability, etc. Find your happiness and everything else will take care of itself.

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Kelly July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’ve learned that dwelling on the past only hurts you. All you have is the present and the future, and focusing on past mistakes will only weigh you down. Learn from it and move on.

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jess @ cupcakes and kale July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

“never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. in fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – margaret mead

when i get disheartened by all of the horrible cruelty against sentient beings in this world, and feel like doing my part is futile, i try to remember this quote, and that change IS possible.

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Laura @ Special Treats July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

“Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but these, I reckon, will give you a good lift!” -Abe Lincoln

I recently came across this quote and love it. Life is to short to worry about little things…enjoy every moment and love your body.

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’ve learned that I can’t trick my body or beat it into submission, but if I treat it kindly by giving it the nutrients it craves and the exercise it needs, I will no longer have to struggle to be in shape.

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Lacey July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

“Change is a bitch! The only way to make changes is to abandon the things in life that don’t work, including the people who don’t support you.” Tony Horton quote, found on twitter and favorited :)

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Maryann July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Imagine A Woman
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life. Imagine a woman who believes she is good. A woman who trusts and respects herself. Who listens to her needs and desires and meets them with tenderness and grace. Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present. Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who exists, initiates, and moves on her own behalf. Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice. Imagine a woman who names her own gods. A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness. Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource. Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face. A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom. Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the changes in her body and life. Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman…………. By Patricia Reilly

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Liz July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Quote:
“Live fearlessly and love every day”
:)

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Britt July 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. – Eric Hoffer

This is my favorite quote that i found on the wall of my German teachers’ class room. Every wall in his class was plastered with quotes but this one always stuck. I’ve lost 50lbs and i have learned that the scale may show your progress but it does not dictate how you feel inside. I feel so much better now that i have lost the weight, but not only because of the weight loss but because of my new, healthier lifestyle. Your blog has some amazing recipes, i have tried many and loved every one! Thank you!

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amanda July 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I have learned over the years to accept and enjoy who I am, instead of who I am not! I have been slowly losing weight, working out and making the change to vegan and I FEEL better! I know the inside is healthy and the outside won’t follow too far behind as I make these changes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Zoe July 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Favourite Quote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson

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amanda July 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

One thing I’ve learned is to just relax. I’m the kind of person who tends to rush things, so I try to remind myself to take things slowly and “just be.”

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Tina July 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I’ve learned that my body is not working against me….it wants to be healthy, and it will get healthier with even the smallest efforts like drinking water, eating whole foods, and moving a bit more.

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Connie July 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay

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Lindsey July 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’m dying to try a Glo Bar!

I used to have this quote taped to my computer at my old job:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

I hated the job SO much and it was slowly killing my spirit. I’d read the quote every day until I finally had enough courage to leave and pursue my dreams. You were an inspiration to me too. ;)

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Claire Smith July 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

“Charm is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised”
Proverbs 31:30
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I have spent so much time worrying about my body and how thin I am. But what matters in the end is how you lived your life, not how you looked. True beauty lies within our personalities and how we act, and not our outward appearance. This is so hard sometimes because the world puts so much emphasis on the outside. Advice on how to look sexier and shed weight is everywhere we turn! We can’t even check out at the grocery store without being bombarded by photos of “perfect” women. But honestly, all of those tips and hints just make me feel worse about myself, like I have to live up to the world’s standards. But I don’t! I simply need to set my own standards, live solely for the Lord, and enjoy life without obsessing over my physical looks. I can still enjoy eating healthy and excersing, but it should not rule my life. God gave us life to praise Him and honor him in everything that we do, and have fun in the process.

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Ali July 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Like you, my battle with the scale is ongoing. Some days that number makes me happy. Other days it makes me so upset. Finding your site and reading comments left by other readers has helped me realize that I’m not alone in this journey. Each day is a gift, no matter what I weigh. For all of us it’s important to stay committed to improving our health, both physical and mental. If we have a bad day, just get back up with a smile on your face and start again. As always, I love your site and insight :)

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Stephanie July 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

“Make that hill your b****!”. That’s what my husband tells me when we’re out cycling, and I see an intimidating hill up ahead.

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Lauryn V July 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

i never said it’d be easy, i only said it’d be worth it.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

My favorite quote was from my husband when I was having a plateau…”bumps on the road of life serve as reminders of how good we have it when the road is smooth.”

I love him! <3

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Ellie July 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wow those Glo Bars look good!

I know this might be a bit strange, but I really think the best lesson I’ve learned is that I still have so many lessons left to learn. Everyday is a little lesson on being kinder to myself and trying to relax out of the obsessive behaviour I can find creeping in, whether it be about time or food or college work. Everyday I realise I need to learn so much more and that the journey will last throughout my life, but that it’s ok that way. Realising I have so many of these lessons left helps me realise that it’s ok not to know, ok to learn and ok to not be perfect.

This is rather long but I hope it makes sense – and just to let you know your blog is helping so much! I love your recipes, and keeping food interesting and healthy really helps me eat lots of it :)