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22 Jul Adventures with Ami: Progress

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It was a momentous week for us.  We bought a bed, started sleeping at the house we have been renovating, had appliances delivered and got hot running water – which means we can take bubble baths! It’s been a long road filled with hard work, sacrifices, stress and learning.  At the beginning of the project, I was hopeful and excited. In the middle, I was in tears and thinking it would never work out.  Nearing the end, I found a pace to keeping things on schedule and saw the light at the end of the project.

This is much like the process of meeting new members on Engine 2 Extra -E2X ( http://engine2extra.com ).  Our online community is a thriving village of folks who have incorporated Engine 2 into their daily lives.  We have over 2,000 members who are at various stages of excited, confused, finding success, working through stumbling blocks, finding support and thriving for the long haul.  At Engine 2 Extra, we are there to guide members on their journey to better health.  Helping some one figure out a recipe, overcome a hurdle like – the love of cheese, understand the detriments of oils and sodium, or just being there to listen.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many of our members online, having had the opportunity to spend a weekend with some of them at the Farms To Forks – Chicago event as well.  It has been a joyful experience to watch them learn and grow as plant-strong beings.  Finding success when it comes to improving your health is a big deal.  Working through issues such as high cholesterol or high blood sugar can be life changing.  Being able to be part of the process, for me has been the most rewarding.

I love meeting a new E2X member! Learning about what brought them to E2X, how they heard about our program, what issues they may be having and how to best help them reach their goals.  Over the course of time, learning more about each person, what drives them, what talents they have and what might be their biggest hurdles.  Watching our network grow and all the plant-strong events and meet-ups we have going on, so these online connections can become real-life friends as well is one of the many perks of membership.  Just this weekend, several E2X members were treated to a grocery store tour all about Engine 2’s way of shopping by one of our E2X coaches.  There are also potlucks and other opportunities to be part of the growing community across the nation of like-minded folks.

I was so excited to find a thriving community of plant-strong people in Saint Louis.  I look forward to getting to know everyone here and hope to create some events soon.  Online, watching our E2X members reach their goals, become more active, learn new skills in the kitchen, gain new understanding of their relationship with food and incorporate this lifestyle into their families lives has just been an incredible experience.  So many healthy, vibrant, joyful experiences ahead of them.

Whether you are the sole plant-strong person you know, or your whole family is in on it, join us at Engine 2 Extra, you have a whole community of support and information waiting for you!  Share recipes, find a local friend, gain support, knowledge and camaraderie with others like you.


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Ami Mackey for Engine 2
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Lynnette
    Posted at 09:15h, 22 July

    Ami, this is a great post. So happy that your remodel is reaching completion. E2 Extra is an amazing group. It is always fun to “meet” new people and “hear” (read) their experiences. And the wealth of videos, interviews, support, EBooks is incredible. I am so glad I am a part of it.

  • justme
    Posted at 15:04h, 22 July

    I want that bathtub. Living in a tiny cottage sans bathtub. Showers get you clean but a bath soothes the soul

  • Jean Hayes
    Posted at 17:47h, 22 July

    I agree with you about the E2X community! It has been a great support for me! In the beginning, I didn’t know anyone else eating this way, now I am meeting more people in person who are either starting this journey, or interested in learning more. It’s all exciting!

  • Debra E
    Posted at 18:44h, 22 July

    I’m alone in a very small rural community in northern Wisconsin. I don’t know even one other local PB person. I would love to join the E2 community, but truly cannot afford it. I have trouble simply purchasing the plant-based food I eat. It’s a challenge doing this on my own, but I’m doing the best I can with free resources on the internet. I look forward to the day when I can meet up with like-minded folks!

    • Suzanne
      Posted at 21:33h, 22 July

      Debra….I’m in Minneapolis. I agree – it’s hard on your own. Please look me up on Facebook (Suzanne Gural).

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