Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge- Shelly Week 1

/, Shelly’s Eat to Live Journey/Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge- Shelly Week 1

I weighed 166 this morning! That’s 7.8 pounds down in less than one week! I know it’s mostly water weight, but I’ll take it nonetheless. I’ve been eating 100% ETL for five days now and in addition to the weight loss I definitely feel better. Less foggy in the mornings, sleeping better, my heart rate has decreased and I’ve been hiking and doing Pilates every day.


I like to have a routine and keep things simple especially in regard to my eating and exercise. I hike 3 to 4 miles every day and I do Pilates almost every day. I’ve never been a big breakfast eater and because of my exercise schedule, I usually can’t eat anything until around noon each day. So I’ve come up with a plan that works great for me. I make a big batch of soup with lots of veggies, beans, mushrooms and onions in it each week. Then for my noon meal I have a big smoothie with kale, spinach, berries, a banana, chia and flax seeds. It’s big and fills me up. Around 3:00 or so I eat a big bowl of cut veggies. For dinner I eat a salad and a big bowl of the soup, with fruit for dessert if I’m hungry. I’ll change it up a bit on the weekend subbing brunch with water sautéed veggies and black beans in a tortilla. It may sound boring to eat the same thing every day, but it works for me and I get my GBOMBS in every day. This way of eating keeps my focus off food and on being healthy and active.


I haven’t had any detox symptoms this week. I feel more energetic and less bloated. I have to admit that yesterday I was angry and felt angry almost all day. I was mad because here I am in weight loss mode again. After maintaining my original weight loss for almost eight years I had to lose weight again and it pissed me off! I was mad that I needed to watch what I eat so carefully, and give up things I enjoy, like an evening cocktail and eating out with my husband. But in the long run, it’s what I need and want to do, because I feel so much better at a lower weight. I can look back on the last several months and see how I let too many cocktails and too many restaurant meals in and it was the start of a slippery slope which I do not want to go down! So today, I’m okay and happy with where things are and am ready to keep eating ETL and watching the scale go down!


Photo is of me in my skinny jeans, the ones I can wear when I’m 150. They are super tight and  I’m looking forward to having them fit and look better!

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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  1. Elisha, CNC January 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Looking amazing Shelly!!!! What an outstanding WEEK !!!! It’s amazing what’s possible in 7 days, isn’t it??

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