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21 Jan Adventures with Ami: Realizations & Learning

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I am blogging from the road this week.  I am home in Minnesota for my husband’s company party and to spend time with our daughter who is preparing for a term of service with Americorps.  We’ve been in Kansas on a work project of my husband’s for the past year.  Together we lost the bulk of our weight as a couple while in the Kansas City Metro area.  Our home has closets and drawers full of clothes that don’t fit us any longer.  Including a dress with the tags still on, that I bought one hopeful day in January of 2010 that was a size too small back then. It was a great deal on sale and I thought, someday I can fit into this! I remembered I had it, and thought maybe this time…the dress would fit and I could wear it to the party.

No such luck.This time the dress was too big.

It’s been an amazing year for us.  We’ve had a lot of realizations over the past year.  For me, I realized that I could run, that I could be fit, that I could give up coffee, that I could help others.  We both also realized that foods we thought we couldn’t live without, no longer really appeal to us.  For my husband Bill, he now understands that his body isn’t as broken as it once was, that he could become a boxer and a coach and just yesterday, he realized just how big he was before we started Engine 2.  He has a closet full off clothes from his office days when he was wearing suits and ties.  Now that he is out on a job site, he wears more casual clothes.  He has had no need to slip on a dress shirt in the past year, so there they hang, collecting dust.  When I mention that he should think about getting rid of them, he argues that he can still wear some of them.

“No, you can’t, they are ALL too big.  Not by a little, but by a lot.”  – I tell him.

In an effort to appease me, he tries on a dress shirt, that last year was tight on his midsection.  The look on his face said it all.  In that moment, he realized just how far he has come in the past year.  He had never envisioned himself as big as he once was.  He knew he was heavy, knew he needed to do something about it.  But he still has a hard time grasping just how vast the difference is between the Bill before Engine 2 and the Bill now after a year on Engine 2.  Sometimes it takes our mental image of ourselves awhile to catch up with the physical changes that are manifesting.  Our adventures with Engine 2 continue!

Also on the subject of realizations, I’d like to give a big shout out to my friend Jenny.  My first conversation with her at a Farms 2 Forks Immersion Weekend was about  running, and how she had a really tough time with it.  I expressed that I too had a hard time with it before finding Engine 2.  Jenny completed her first half marathon this past weekend!  I am so proud of her and excited for her continued journey on Engine 2.  She realized she CAN do anything!

I’d also like to give a mention to the amazing team at the Whole Foods Market in West Des Moines, Iowa!  My husband and I stopped at the store on our drive to Minnesota for a quick plant-strong lunch.  We were blown away by the vast array of choices of Engine 2 compliant selections we found on the food bars at the store.  I had a wonderful conversation with Kristina – from the Prepared Foods Department and expressed how much folks who follow The Engine 2 Diet appreciate finding prepared foods that meet our guidelines.  Keep up the great work West Des Moines! – we found our go to meal in the half way point of our 7 hour drive home.

Speaking of Whole Foods Market and Engine 2 – I am proud to announce that the Whole Foods Market in Overland Park, KS will be starting a 28 Day Engine 2 Challenge on Tuesday January, 29th at 6pm at the 91st St & Metcalf store! I will be co-hosting along with Lisa Markley, the Healthy Eating Specialist. Come meet me and learn how you can get started on Engine 2!  There will be a different class each Tuesday night at 6pm for 4 weeks, plus a celebration dinner to recognize your accomplishments.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to come learn about Engine 2 with me at Whole Foods Market in Overland Park, KS!


Overland Park, KS Whole Foods Market 91st & Metcalf Store

28-Day Engine 2 Challenge Meetup – 
FREE Orientation & Preparing for the Challenge 
Tuesday, January 29th from 6-7:30pm. Light Refreshments will be served.
Special Guest: Ami Mackey of Engine 2 Extra & Plant Based Adventures.


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  • laurie
    Posted at 11:59h, 21 January

    Congratulations on all of the positive changes you are experiencing! Very inspirational!!

  • Kristina, PFDS TL WDM
    Posted at 13:30h, 21 January

    This is great! Thank you Ami, It was a pleasure meeting you and learning about your adventures. -Kristina, prepared foods team leader @ west Des Moines

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