I had the honor of speaking at the Farms 2 Forks event in Chicago this weekend. I was speaking about our amazing online community Engine 2 Extra and the services we offer there. Farms 2 Forks is always an amazing event. I always look forward to all of the incredible speakers like, Jeff Novick, Doug Lisle, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. McDougall, Ann Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn. This time I had another big reason to be excited about Farms 2 Forks. Sixty-two Engine 2 Extra members were going to be in attendance!
As one of the three Engine 2 Food Coaches on Engine 2 Extra, I have had the opportunity to get to know so many people over the past 9 months. Our online community of plant-strong people has grown to over 2000 members. From daily check-ins to monthly challenges, food journals and blogs, you really get to know people in this rich community. I was so looking forward to meeting the members that I have the privilege of working with every day.
On Engine 2 Extra, we have 28 day challenges that help people get started on the Engine 2 plan. We also have fun weekly challenges, all about stretching your boundaries, trying new foods, getting some fitness and sharing with the community. We also have some serious star power in the plant-strong world drop by for interviews and chat sessions. In addition to the feature packed e-books that we distribute exclusively to our members every quarter. Engine 2 Extra provides personal coaching in addition to a creative and talented pool of members who make fantastic meals, post photos and recipes and act as a cheering section for all of E2X. We are there to help you out when you are falling down, and there to keep you going when you are going strong.
At Farms 2 Forks, we arranged to have special yellow buttons made for all the E2X members in attendance, so we could spot them and other members could too. We also had some tables reserved so Engine 2 Extra members could sit together if they wanted to do so. I had the opportunity to be at registration so I could personally welcome so many of our members. It was really neat to see everyone in person! On the first night of Farms 2 Forks, Rip Esselstyn said good night to the over 300 people in attendance and then called all of the Engine 2 Extra members to the front of the room. He had everyone form a circle and introduce themselves and talk about their milestones. It was pretty cool to get to hear from everyone and put a real live face with the profile photo we see on E2X.
Over the course of the weekend, we had a chance to chat and some of us shared a table together at dinner on Saturday. We talked and talked until they had to kick us out so they could clear the room. :) On Sunday I had the opportunity to speak about E2X and the great membership we have there. I also got to present awards to the two winners of our Captain’s Challenge last month, Sue and Susan! Several of our members presented Dr. Esselstyn with a Chicago Cubs shirt signed by Engine 2 Extra members as well. If you are looking for a plant-strong community, extra help to get started or stay on plan, recipe ideas and more, come see us at http://engine2extra.com