It was just like any other Thursday. I had taken my boys to a local bounce around gym and watched them play and followed it up with a typical meat and cheese filled lunch. I had no idea that seeing an old friend would be the beginning of an entirely new lifestyle. As I lugged my kids out of the restaurant and to the car, there stood a beautiful blonde woman, in amazing shape, putting her own children into their car seats right next to us. I didn’t really think much of it at first but then something inside me said, “Take a closer look…” and that’s when I realized that it was, we’ll call her, “Jay”. A friend I hadn’t seen in only a few short months. A friend who DID NOT look this amazing the last time I saw her. My mind raced with questions…
Had it been longer?
What was her son’s name again?
What day was it today anyway?
I immediately called out to her! “Jay!” and she turned to look at me in slow motion, almost the way Heather Locklear turns and looks at Garth in Wayne’s World.
* Que the “Dreamweaver” song here*
“Reyna!” she exclaimed.
Thank God she remembered me.
I blurted out, “You look amazing!” and she politely said, “Thank you”. I stood there with my toddler pulling at my clothing and my six month old screaming bloody murder, wanting and needing to know what she had done but there was just no time. I vaguely remember her posting something on Facebook about living to eat…or loving to eat…I couldn’t remember. I ended the awkward moment by saying, “We should get together soon!” and she agreed. We both finished putting our children in the car… mine were screaming, hers were calm and we went our separate ways.
Driving home I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Why was this bugging me so much?
It had been six months since I had Ryder and I was only 5 pounds away from my goal weight with Weight Watchers
. Something that I had worked SO very hard for. What’s the big deal?
I couldn’t stop obsessing. I HAD to know what she had posted. Miraculously I came home, got the kids settled and began to surf for the posting she’d made.
There… Eat To Live
by Dr. Joel Fuhrman was the book she was reading and the lifestyle she was choosing. Hmm…couldn’t be THAT hard right
? After all, I’m the Queen of living the Weight Watchers
lifestyle. Surely a few tweaks here and there could bring amazing results. It did for Jay.
So, I got my hands on this book and read it in a day. I couldn’t put it down. It was like a curtain had been lifted from my eyes. I thought I knew everything there was to know about diet and weight loss. Not only had I underwent gastric bypass surgery 11 years ago and lost 100 pounds but I had regained almost all of it and lost it again ON MY OWN with Weight Watchers
! All the while I had never really
learned anything about health and wellness. I knew that eating less and moving more were the keys to weight loss success. Calories in and calories out. If I indulged, that was another mile I’d have to run…
I wonder how many miles I had to run THAT day!
My focus had always been on WEIGHT LOSS, not my health. Who cares if your healthy? I wanted to be thin! Skinny! I wanted to eat the occasional crap, poison myself basically, and still feel good and be thin. Oh, the damage that I had done to my body with that kind of mindset…
I decided right then and there that I was going to be what Dr. Fuhrman called a Nutritarian. A person who strives for more micronutrients per calorie in their diet-style. I wanted to tell the world, so I let all my friends know on Facebook. The comments immediately flowed in. One friend in particular recommended that I watch the documentary called FORKS OVER KNIVES
as well as Food Inc
. So that very night my husband and I sat down and watched the documentaries that would change our lives forever. We were both so moved by what we saw that we purchased both DVDs and had my parents and close friends watch them. I even bought a shirt, kids!
Quite a different mindset then in the previous photo don’t you think?
It’s like once you know this information, you want everyone ELSE to know it too! Nothing is the same. You look at everything and everyone differently. That moment marked the beginning of something HUGE. Our journey to Vegan-ism and striving to live a whole foods plant-based diet. Something neither of us ever dreamed we would do in a million years!
I know what your thinking.
“But you had a gastric bypass! You could never get enough protein on a Vegan diet!”
And I say, “Watch me!”
I am creating this blog to share my journey. To inspire and show others that it IS possible to be a Vegan, take your family with you and consume enough protein even AFTER having a Gastric Bypass. Hope you’ll stay tuned and join me as I share recipes, experiences, triumphs and failures.