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22 Jul From Miserable Man to Ultra-Distance (Plant-strong) Man!

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My plant-strong ultra endurance buddy, Rich Roll is making headlines again. A few months ago he got voted one of the top 25 fittest men on the planet by Men’s Fitness magazine. He just wrote an article for CNN Health yesterday that was the #1 emailed article on CNN. Here it is!! Go, Rich!!

(CNN) — I can still remember it, vivid as yesterday. It was the eve of my 40th birthday, and I walked upstairs to take a shower. And I was winded. I mean very winded. As I was trying to catch my breath, I took off my shirt, looked in the mirror and tried to convince myself that I was still that fit guy I had always thought I was.

Somehow, I had been able to skate by on this delusion for all too many years. But the denial had finally caught up to me. I saw my true reflection, and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. I was in the worst shape of my life. I was fat, unhappy and fed up.

It’s the typical story. First it’s the career. Then comes marriage, followed by kids. Your time is no longer your own, and you resign yourself to “maturity,” “filling out” or whatever euphemism for middle age that soothes that idea that you are simply overweight, unfit and unhealthy.

I’m here to say that it doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t care how busy you are. I don’t care how old you are, how many kids you have or how little time you think you have. The power rests within yourself to enact any change in your life you desire. And I can say this because I have seen it happen in myself and countless others.

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Rip Esselstyn

As a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department, he helped people and saved lives. As a friend to other firefighters, he transformed the way Austin ’s Engine 2 firehouse ate in order to save a firefighting brother’s health. Now, as the author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip is teaching people the irrefutable connection between what they put in their mouths and their ability to reach their ideal weight and their ideal health.

  • Jim
    Posted at 23:05h, 04 August

    This sounds like me. At 41, I was a mess. When I got married 19 years ago I weighed 165 pounds at 6’1″ tall, and ate whatever I wanted. I grew up on a meat and potatoes diet, and it only got worse as I got older. In my 20’s, a typical breakfast was a package of Twinkies, a bag of chips, and a Dr. Pepper. At one point I tipped the scales at 251 pounds. At 41 years old and 234 pounds, I found myself feeling very much like Rich Roll. Then I found The Engine 2 Diet Book. Something clicked and I was determined to make a life change for the better. A little over 3 weeks ago I started the Engine 2 Program. On July 10th, 2009, I ate my very first bowl of salad in 41 years. It had different kinds of lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots, black olives, and other things that I had refused to eat in the past. So far, I have lost 18 pounds and counting, with more energy every day. I’m taking it 28 days at a time, and looking forward to more outstanding results in August. Thank you for the Engine 2 Diet!

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