I am sharing the story of one of my favorite E2X members, Sue! I had the pleasure of meeting Sue at the Farms 2 Forks: Chicago event in May after meeting her online this past winter. Sue has worked really hard at mastering plant-strong living. She is an inspiration to others in and out of the E2X community! She recently completed a 7 mile race and her running times get faster every time her feet hit the pavement. I am so proud of the progress she has made, way to go Sue!
I’m Sue. I started my plant-strong journey January 6th, 2013. I was on the couch with the flu a couple days before. I accidentally watched Forks over Knives, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and Food Matters on Netflix. This lead to watching other documentaries such as Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue, which lead to E2X online and the support of the coaches there. Since then I’ve read My Beef with Meat, The Starch Solution and The Pleasure Trap. I have to say that all these resources have been life changing for me. I will never look at food in the same way ever again. I will turn 50 on Thanksgiving this year, and my friends and family can attest to the fact I’ve been on a “diet” most of my adult life. I’m so happy to say I’m done with that. I’m done with protein powders, shakes, juices, vitamins etc. I’ve learned that healthy is 70% food and 30% exercise. And when you eat the right food you actually FEEL like exercising and then it’s just like a domino effect.)
I’m 5’7” and I started at 200 pounds. It’s not the heaviest I’ve been in my life, but it might as well have been. I was ready for a change. I quit my S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) way of eating cold “turkey”. I cried the first time I grocery shopped for plants, but I did it. I didn’t give up thanks to all the support that I’ve received at E2X. I’m now down to 158 pounds and I’ve lost 4 sizes!! It’s simply amazing and it’s even more amazing to feel so much better every day. My blood work and blood pressure are all wonderful and that’s a plus!
The hardest part about this lifestyle is the social pressure to eat and drink for that reason: being social. Everything seems to revolve around food and drinks. I have to say that it does get easier. After a while people expect you to “bring your lunch” or to not order while at a restaurant (I often eat before I go). I also have to be prepared days ahead to be sure there is food I can eat. If I’m unprepared it would be easy to grab for Mr. Bad Food. The freezer is my friend! I love that you can pull out leftovers or just frozen rice/veggies for a meal for $2.00! This way of eating is NOT expensive… It’s yummy and I feel SO much better after eating. No guilt!
If I can do this then ANYONE can do this. I’m proud of myself and I love that I can run and bike. It’s SO much fun! Sometimes I look at my workouts and my times and it feels like it isn’t even me! I think it can’t be possible, but it is! I ran a 7 mile race on a Saturday and rode 36 miles on my bike the very next day! Recovery? Forget about it!! Plants Rule!