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19 Aug Mike’s Immersion story…

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Today, one of our favorite plant-strong people tells his story about going to the Engine 2 Immersion! Mike is an inspiration!

” I went into the immersion thinking this was the last chance I had to lose weight and become healthy. I wanted to learn about food and nutrition. I needed to change my lifestyle. I didn’t think it was going to be as intense as it was but it was an intense level that was easily manageable.

I was really nervous about going. I was afraid that I couldn’t make this commitment. I was afraid I would fail.  I was afraid I would get all this great information and like always quit after 3 months.

But instead I learned that food is the cure, and that I can eat more of it and never feel guilty of eating so much !  I had a great time, I had been so uncomfortable around people most of my life because of my weight, and at that time I was uncomfortable around people and myself, and I felt no eyes on me, never judged. I felt that Rip and the E2 family wanted to listen to my story, they wanted to help, not categorize me as a statistic and push me to do surgery like Dr’s and nurses.
Now, I have made the change, I am conscious of what is going in my mouth and that is huge for me.
Since my Immersion I have lost over 120lbs or more. I don’t focus on the scale, I focus on the little things that I couldn’t do, and now I can. It makes me push myself more and more everyday, I have found my “drive” my motivation, I lost it and missed it so much. People shouldn’t take that self motivation thing for granted. For people like me you wake up everyday and hope this is the day that I will be motivated, today is the day its going to happen. I have always felt that there is a light switch in your brain and all of a sudden you reach that switch and turn on the self motivation the self love, you won’t understand unless you have been that 4-500lb mass dreaming to be healthy, sad because everybody else is but you just can’t reach the switch. Well that switch is on and it is raging 1,000,000 watts of power baby!!!!!!!!!

I go to an Immersion over and over and over again if I had the opportunity. Every experience is different, not too many people can say that. For those who can go to an Immersion, you take something different back each time you go.

I could go on and on and on. I wish everybody could experience the immersion the way it influenced me and other people who have gone, it is hard to explain, only we know how much it means to us and people need to take advantage of it, but never ever take it for granted.”

Thank you so much for sharing, Mike! We all love you here at the Engine 2 team, thanks for being a part of the family!

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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.

  • Sharon Sevel
    Posted at 11:21h, 22 August

    Rip….love and follow the book….I need to reach your Dad, Caldwell. He saved me
    from a mammogram fiasco in 1990 and now Dr’s want to remove my thyroid.
    I left a message at the Clinic and still waiting.
    Also, my daughter lives on Alta Vista and contracted at Whole Foods…small
    Thanks again for your wonderful book. Sharon Sevel

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