My journey really started in 2013, when I petted a cow named Anabelle. She had the most beautiful eyelashes I had ever seen. I could no longer deny WHO I was eating, and from that day on meat was out the window. Then in 2014, two of my best friends started hanging out without even inviting me…because they were sure I “would have a headache,” or “be sick.”
What??? No. I was not this person. I was sad and I was angry. I needed a solution.
They say the universe brings you exactly what you need exactly when you need it. That was Eat to Live, for me. The night I decided I was fed up, I was browsing around my Nook Shop and I came across Eat to Live. Wow. Science, you guys…SCIENCE?! After 31 years – all of my girlhood, teenagehood and twenties – spent floundering in a sea of calories, carbs, Atkins and South Beach – I felt like I held the truth in my hands. The simple, straight-up, spelled-out ANSWER. I was excited & empowered. I was also the heaviest I had ever been (by far) at 176 – but, this was never about weight, for me. It was about health. It was about being a person who people saw as healthy and vibrant and up for anything.
Eat to Live is such a complete lifestyle change. There are so many ingredients, tricks, tools and obstacles to figure out as you go. For a few months after reading the book, I started implementing ETL, and I was learning a lot. But, by Spring of 2014, I had my mom on board (we were under the same roof) and we committed to the six-week plan together. Just shy of the completion of our six weeks, we went on family vacation to the Outer Banks, NC. Should I say the rest is history? We felt invincible! We had experienced wild changes – from pounds seeming to literally melt off, to feeling like we had shed concrete shoes and a pervasive brain fog. Well, needless to say, as many ETL-er’s have found – we were totally NOT invincible.
Over the last few years, I have never lost sight of ETL. But, it seems “cheating” is an ever-slippery-slope. One day turns into a week, turns into a few – turns into years of different levels of adherence to what you know is your best life. I am choosing to be grateful for that time instead of being hard on myself. I have learned and conquered so much. I know the ingredients, I know where to shop, I know how to cook these foods, I have some go-to’s, I’ve totally conquered dairy. Now, it’s time to close the gap!
I would say my (biggest) personal final hurdle is planning. The amount of time required to seek recipes, plan meals, account for leftovers, plan for shopping, shop, prep – it’s just a lot to contend with. I want ETL to be a part of my life, not to dominate it. When I came across eattolivedaily.com and saw the Jumpstart program – with the meal plans DONE, the shopping list DONE – I think I actually wiggled! I’m psyched. Take the thinking out of it, I can follow rules. This will also be my first time doing the six-week ETL program with no caffeine and no alcohol. I am absolutely so excited to see how re-committing to this lifestyle and giving it 100% will transform my life over the next six weeks. Let’s do this!