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The During

I was in my hot yoga class the other day and the instructor was encouraging us to do what we could in that moment, it was ok if we couldn’t do the entire pose, just do what we could, right then.

Often when people talk about the after. It’s always before and after, it’s what people are going to do after they lose the weight, it’s the goals they are setting after.

I’m going to wear a sexy dress when I get this weight off.
I’m going to travel after I lose weight.
I’m going to date after I lose weight.
I’m going to learn how to salsa after the weight comes off.
I”m going to look for a new job, when I feel more “confident”.
I’m going to take up a new sport when I’m thinner.
I’m going to take up a new hobby..
I’m going learn how to sail
I’m going to Italy
I’m going to buy a nice suit.
I’m going to run a 5K

I’m going to …. and the list goes on. Something you want to do that you have decided can’t happen until you lose weight.

For a long time this was my life. I had all of these after ideas. I even bought clothes that were going to be for after I got the weight off. I dreamed of the vacations I’d take, the things I’d do.

But the truth is, a lot of time is spent in the during. Who knows how long that will be. But if you are waiting for your after you end up losing out on a lot of life.

One of the things I never imagined I’d be doing before I reached some unknown ideal weight number is working for Engine 2. I debated a lot about that one, maybe I should wait? Maybe I need to “look” like the rest of my team. Thankfully, I didn’t wait. And more so, thankfully I have a pretty great boss who has never made it about that. I also debated if I should be an Engine 2 Retreats speaker, A LOT. One of my first talks I gave I had such a severe panic attack that I couldn’t even stand up through my talk, I had to sit. Since then, I’ve realized I can only do what I can do in that MOMENT. Nothing is going to change in that moment, so I might as well have a blast, and enjoy the moment. I never thought I’d be on the line-up with my heroes doing TWO talks, how crazy is that??

It’s all about the during. All about living the best life I can, and enjoying it, not with some future goal in mind, but just as a human being in the moment.

Whatever you are waiting for, stop waiting. Do what you want to do. Enjoy your life in this moment, because right now your life can be beautiful.

About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.
  • KaleMom

    I went to the NY farm event and you were my absolute favorite speaker! It was the best talk I’ve heard on health. You are real, and the only person who “gets IT” bravo to you. I hope you are at the farm in August, I want to hear your 2nd talk!!!!

  • jcribbs

    Natala, I have a question. I have been looking, but can’t find the answer. Were you at risk for amputation before becoming plant strong? I have a friend that is facing this and would like to introduce him to plant strong lifestyle. If there was someone in the same position, he might be more open to the idea.

    • Natala

      Yes – changing my diet is what saved my leg (well the part they wanted to partially amputate)

  • Terri Jones Cole

    Thank you Natala, you are an inspiration to me!

  • Jean Hayes

    I need to hear this every day! It’s one of the things I’m working on, living for today!