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29 Apr Adventures With Ami: Taking Stock

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No, not vegetable stock.

My birthday is this week. I always take a bit of time to take stock of the previous year, how was it? Did I accomplish my goals? Did I enjoy the past year? What would I change? How can I improve? I do this more and more, the older I get. Sometimes on New Years Eve, sometimes as the seasons roll.  I am nostalgic and tend to be a bit romantic about ‘firsts’ and bucket list items. Yes I have bucket list!

Taking a hard honest look at our health, our fitness and our well-being can be tough sometimes.  Often, we know things need to change, but don’t really know how to get started making those changes happen.  Sometimes, we deny needing to change, because change can be really scary. I say…health emergencies are even scarier than figuring out how to go about making the changes that are necessary for living a healthy life.

Taking time to make change is another tough subject. I know personally, I am a caretaker – be it the lawn, my job, my family or a project, I see to it that everybody or every thing has what it needs before I think of me.  Making time to care for yourself, whether it’s an hour to unwind with a book, a day without digital data, a walk after dinner with your significant other or just taking a bubble bath, sometimes is all the kindness we need.

Making a plan and finding the support you need to put the plan into action to take care of your health and that of your family can be daunting.  If you are here reading this, you have learned a few things about our program.  If you’ve been eating the standard American diet, it can seem really challenging to go plant-strong.  The number one question I get is: What CAN you eat? Then the barrage of questions begin about how to shop, cooking without oil, dining out, feeding teenagers etc.

Are you wondering the same things?

Have you heard about Engine 2 Extra (E2X)? http://engine2extra.com

The Engine 2 Extra community is thriving and growing in numbers everyday.  The diversity, knowledge, experience and success found within is amazing.  With members being plant-strong for several years to brand new 28 day challengers there really is someone there that understands and can help you be successful on your plant-based journey.  You are bound to have a ton of questions along the way.  Sharing more everyday about just how easy whole foods plant-based living can really be, the Engine 2 team is here to help.

Some E2’ers start with a partner, some go it alone.  Others start a 28 Day Challenge at their local Whole Foods Market.  It can be great to have a buddy to be plant-strong with!  It can really help to keep you on track.  Not every one has someone to share plant-based meals with though or even to talk to about things like quinoa or nutritional yeast.  The E2 team is here to help!

Join us in the Engine 2 Extra community, a rich environment for sharing recipes, learning via webcasts, support and making connections with other plant-strong folks.  A community for all things plant-strong is thriving!  The Engine 2 Extra community is a private, interactive community where not only can you meet others who are plant-based too, but you can share your tips, recipes, food journals, photos and more.  From exclusive content to fun contests and local meetups to topical chat and a library full of videos, lectures, and all the support you need.

Features of the Engine 2 Extra community include:

Individual & community support
Specialized groups to meet your needs
Live support and chat during the week
Book clubs
Daily motivation
Member blogs

Webcasts every month with the best in plant-strong education including guests like: Rip Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr.Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jeff Novick, Dr. Doug Lisle, Kathy Freston, Lindsay Nixon, as well as plant-strong chefs and success stories!

So whether you are hosting a potluck in your community and want to share the news or you are looking for a 28 day challenge buddy, the Engine 2 Extra community is the place to do it.  Show off your plant-based recipes, share your success stories, find support if you are feeling stuck and be immersed in all things plant-strong.  Join the community to keep yourself on track, meet local plant-strong friends, learn from the experts and be part of the the private community built just for you.

This can be an emotional journey and often the road to success can be a winding one.  Not every one wants to share their story on Facebook where the friends they went to high school with can see it or co-workers for that matter.  Health issues and weight loss can be very personal.  The Engine 2 Extra community is a private sanctuary, filled with understanding members that want you to succeed and won’t ask you where you get your protein!

Join us at  Engine 2 Extra and be part of the largest plant-strong community today.

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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.

  • Ladybugdancer aka Kirsten Walk
    Posted at 20:22h, 29 April

    Engine 2 Extra is the BEST place for support, encouragement and ideas. I’ve met some great new ‘friends’ on this site. The best part is that we are all on this journey together…we all help each other through the tough times, and cheer each other during the good times. Thanks for being such a great coach Ami…Happy Birthday week to you 🙂

  • Brenda Rowe
    Posted at 10:33h, 08 May

    I went to see my Endocrinologist yesterday. He was very impressed that I have lost weight and the problem I was having with very severe hot flashes causing excessive sweating has finally stopped. The last time I saw him he was getting worried about my health. He asked if I had done anything different. I told him how I had changed my diet he said that must be what my problem was. He was going to keep my plant strong diet as a suggestion to others with my problem. I told him about the Forks over Knives documentary and I hope he watches it.

  • Brenda Rowe
    Posted at 10:34h, 08 May

    I was wondering why we should not drink coffee? I do better in not doing or doing things when I understand the reasoning.

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