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Glenn’s Story

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(Glenn has lost over 100 pounds!)

 

My plant-strong journey began with something as innocuous as a seatbelt.  I was headed to Las Vegas for my brother’s wedding via airplane in June 2012. When I sat down in my window seat, I instinctively reached for both ends of my seatbelt and pulled them towards each other.  My heart broke when I could not buckle them together.  Try as I might (and I did), no matter how much strength I could muster, or how much I sucked in my stomach, I could not fasten my seatbelt.

I’m sure many people decide to take their health seriously when they are confronted with an embarrassing moment like that.  I can’t even express how mortified and ashamed I felt when I had to ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extension.  When I returned home from the trip, I dusted off the scale I had bought, but always was too afraid of using and stepped on it.  370.  I weighed 370 pounds.  I had no idea.  Even though I was only 29 years old, did I have high blood pressure?  Did I have Type II Diabetes?  High cholesterol?  How bad was I off physically?

I tried a number of things to lose weight and to try and get healthy, and I had some success initially.  But it wasn’t until I saw Forks Over Knives that I finally understood that being healthy AND trying to get a handle on my weight should go hand in hand.  You see, on the other diet I was trying, I was allowed to eat processed foods rife with things like meat, cheese, milk, eggs, oil and salt.  While the calorie count was somehow low in some of these foods – the food itself was not in the least bit healthy.  Sodium levels were high, there was a ton of fat in them, and a lot of the ingredients of these foods were highly processed and refined.  Forks Over Knives really opened my eyes to the pros of eating a plant-based whole foods diet.  I sought out and read the Engine 2 Diet book.  That same day, I decided to take on the 28 day challenge.

Through Engine 2 and Engine 2 Extra (its coaches and community), I have made some significant progress since that fateful plane trip.  I now weigh 270 pounds.  My total cholesterol is 108. My LDL is in the 50’s.  My triglycerides are 114. My resting heart rate is a lot closer to 60 beats per minute (it used to be closer to 90).  And finally, my blood pressure, while still a somewhat elevated, is still considered in the “normal” range.  I feel healthier, and more importantly, I am a lot wiser about the foods I eat.  I even have managed to wean myself off of drinking sweet tea, my beverage of choice for some 20 years.

This is not the end of my journey.  I find myself still learning about nutrition and how food affects our mood and our health.  I am still a ways off from my ideal weight, too.  I also still struggle with getting in the right amount of exercise and have been known to fall into the “pleasure trap” as Doug Lisle has so aptly described.  But I will get there.  The folks at Engine 2 and E2X have already been invaluable in my pursuit to a healthier lifestyle.  And I thank them immensely for it.

Oh and I just got back from my first trip since my brother’s wedding in June.  The seatbelt fit with room to spare.  How’s that for results?

Engine 2 Extra members, Rip will be interviewing Glenn in May!

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  • Jenny

    Congratulations Glenn! You look great and have made so much progress! I bet you feel a lot better too! :) Keep up the awesome work, and you’ll find an exercise program you like too! So impressed!

  • Noreen

    Well done Glenn! You’re an inspiration.. Keep going.. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/katielynncoleman Katie Coleman

    Great job!!!

  • Megan

    Way to go Glenn!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1613046705 Christie Arnold

    Yay Glenn!!!!! Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Marcia

    Really impressive….congrats!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Singpraisestohim Rachel Burks

    Yes!! I am on day 5 of the 28 day challange,I already feel more energized..I thought how in the world would I survive without sugar,sodas or coffee..But it has been an amazing 5 days I can’t wait to finish the 28 days!! AND I have not craved any fried food or sugar,eating the way God designed us to it somehow changes your palette and appitite!! I LOVE it and Highly recommend it!!

  • daringirl67

    That is amazing! One day at a time!

  • mbarker1969@hotmail.com

    Glenn, I am so proud of you. You are only 29, you are wise to get your eating habits under control now. I am checking this diet out too. I almost waited too long, but I know what ever I have to do , I will. Keep us posted on your progress. Also congrats on the new job. Garry and I visited Hilo a few years ago, next time We will look you and your Dad up.

  • DMc

    Congratulations Glenn. Feels wonderful doesn’t it? I have come to believe, that in my own year long journey, that education is the key. I look forward to Rip’s book & Dr Campbell’s new book, Whole, to hit the stands in a couple of weeks. I also recommend the book, Salt Sugar Fat, by Michael Moss. When you learn what is in processed foods and the marketing ploy that corporations use to hook us on bad, so called food, you will truly think twice about what you put in your mouth. You begin to learn what is truly pleasurable and and what is poison in sheep’s clothing. Best of luck in your continued journey to a long healthy life. DMc

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000512401729 Robin Craig

    Wow reading this makes me feel like I need to be stronger willed and try it. All your health conditions I have too. You look totally amazing. So wish your auntie luck. Im so very proud of you.

  • Sherisse Hartley

    This is so cool, yay Glenn – you are awesome!

  • Stacey Wallace Benefiel

    Good for you! I’m about to start the 28 day challenge and you’re inspiring.

  • Rita K.

    What a terrific accomplishment.

  • http://twitter.com/carstars C Horn

    Great result Glenn. I two have been on the journey for almost 18 months now. I started as a 1 year trial run and now can’t imagine going back to my unhealthy life style.

  • Movies989

    Glen, your story touched my heart. Keep up the great work, you’re doing an awesome job.

  • http://twitter.com/PlantBasedJrny Susan Mapp

    So inspiring!

  • sjm

    Glenn, I have seen your progress and you have inspired me to take charge of my health and diet, too. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/30stmFantasy BZ

    I’m happy for you & glad you were open to learning.
    My FB friends are posting links to fattening recipes that will eventually make
    them sick. Many people live to eat so they don’t want to know what we now
    understand about food.

  • Laurie

    You’re a rock star, Glenn!! Thanks for your inspiring story!! I can’t wait to hear an update in a year!

  • http://www.weightchronicles.com/ Kay Lynn

    Great job and thanks for the inspiration. Forks Over Knives inspired me to switch to a plant-based diet last month. I can’t wait to see the results at my next checkup in June.

  • ldlogic

    Bravo Glenn !!!!!

  • VeganEmily

    Dude, you’re awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maria.blackwell.904 Maria Blackwell

    What an amazing story! Very encouraging, Congratulations Glenn!

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