There is nothing I love more than sharing inspiring stories of transformation with you.
Though the particular circumstances of each story is different, the core message is the same.
Each and every one of us has the potential to change our lives, radically transform our well-being, take charge of our health, and wake up every day looking and feeling incredible.
It’s never too late. No step is too small. It’s just about deciding to own your well-being and continuing to show up, day in and day out.
Whew, I could go for hours, but before I really launch into a sermon let’s segue shall we?
Today, it is my privilege to introduce you to Bethany and Zane.
As she describes it, Bethany had been on one diet or another for pretty much her whole life. She counted calories, watched portions, skipped meals, but nothing ever stuck. She would eventually cave and go back to her old ways.
She talks about the struggles of being overweight — how little things like tying shoes, getting in and out of the car, climbing a flight of stairs, or crossing legs at a table used to be a challenge.
Finally, in the summer of 2013, she watched a Dr. Fuhrman documentary on PBS about the power of a plant-based lifestyle and everything clicked.
She switched to a plant-based diet and quickly lost 65 lbs.
Her then fiance, now husband, Zane was supportive of the changes that she was making, but he wasn’t yet willing to jump on board.
Finally, on a drive back from Seattle, Bethany asked Zane join her for a 100-day challenge that she was about to embark on, and he agreed. He never looked back and went on to lose over 70 lbs in just six months.
They have since lost a combined total of over 150 lbs! Bethany dropped from a size 18-20 to a 6-8. Zane dropped from a size 38 waist to a size 31.
In addition to the weight loss, they report feeling stronger, more motivated, and positive. They go on mud runs and hikes, and their relationship is better than ever.
I asked Bethany and Zane to share their story, and we dive into some of the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
There are many valuable nuggets in this interview, but I think one of the biggest lessons we can learn from Bethany and Zane is how to change your lifestyle without giving up your social life.
They share how they manage to be social AND stay on track, and Zane has an especially important insight to share on how he got his friends to support him.
Watch the interview and learn:
(1:18) How Bethany and Zane lost a combined total of 150+ lbs, and what convinced them to change their lifestyle.
(9:40) The detox symptoms that Zane experienced and how he moved through them.
(16:40) Bethany’s tips for attending social events (and what she sneaks into movie theaters)
(20:10) The brilliant technique that Zane used to get all of his friends on board with his new lifestyle.
(21:21) The subtly undermining comments that Bethany received, and her tips for getting friends and family on board.
(23:00) Why Bethany and Zane decided to start the Love Chard community and where you can learn more.
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Bethany and Zane’s transformation inspired them to help others by starting the Love Chard Community.
They offer support for the transition into a healthier and happier lifestyle through coaching, pantry and fridge overhauls, offering shopping list and guides, helping you work through obstacles, setting and achieving your goals, exploring new whole foods, and learning how to prepare dishes and create recipes.
Matt Jager is a wellness activist, yogi and co-founder of True Wellth. His life mission is to transform the healthcare and food system in this country, so that every single person has access to the tools and support they need to look and feel their best, control their health, own their happiness and revolutionize their well-being.
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