Everybody dreams of making major changes in life. Whether its losing 30 lbs and keeping it off, taking a dream European vacation, building a successful business, getting out of debt, finding the right partner, or getting closer to God, we all want major improvement. (What’s yours?)

*from phlearn.com

So if we all want major change, how come so few actually experience one?

Well the answer is that it’s hard. But not impossible…

Most people give up when it’s hard and retreat back to where life is more comfortable. It’s that simple.

What I Learned So Far Through My Personal Experiment

As some of you know, thirty days ago I began an experiment. I went from being a hardcore American diet kinda person to pure vegetarian for 45 days. People laughed, scoffed, questioned, and some applauded. I didn’t know whether I could do it. And to boot, I’ve had a host of health issues going on for years ranging from annoying allergies to emergency room visits and surgery, that make this change even that much harder to do.

Could someone like me find my way through the limits?

The funny thing is, now virtually everywhere I go people are telling me I look really healthy. I’m on the road to feeling much better. One small step at a time. Yet the change is massive, literally. (If you’re really interested in my specific results part check back on day 45.) Along the way, dozens of people contacted me that they wanted to join in. How many do you think are still with me?

Just a few.

The Secret

Let me give you a secret that I also briefly wrote about in my book. This key is incredibly powerful and it’s helped me soldier on through this amazing and difficult time. This one word is crucial to creating lasting major change in your life.

One word. That makes all the difference…

MOMENTUM.

Before you begin a massive change YOU DON’T YET HAVE ANY OF THIS PRECIOUS STUFF. That’s ok. Nobody does at first. You just need to understand that when you begin, you lack this, and you’ll need it. You’ll need to look for it. You CAN NOT stop before you find it! And when you find some pounce on it and don’t let go!!!

When I started the headaches were awful and I felt terrible. I was confused at the store since I don’t know much about the veggie section or choosing healthy foods. I would meander in the isles and look at labels, going around in circles. When I tried to walk first thing in the morning to “jumpstart” my metabolism – oh boy – I felt like it was three in the morning. Day after day I hung in there believing that one day things would get better.

How could I possibly proceed denying myself the foods I had grown up on? Was it even right to not eat frozen yogurt with the kids to celebrate every small achievement?! (With 4 kids you can imagine how many achievements there are to celebrate.) And what about vacation, and eating out and what people think and, and, and, AND…

Surely this was another silly yo-yo diet.

A Funny Thing Happened

Then a funny thing happened. But first a little perspective… I have worked independently as a business growth consultant for many years. One of the benefits I have come to enjoy is being able to do things at times when others can’t. You see, for me there doesn’t have to be a crowd at the mall if I need to grab a present because I can go at 11 am if I want. I can go to lunch at 10 am and watch the World Cup at 2. I can meet friends for lunch without feeling pressed and go out of town on a Monday.

And so it is with being a vegetarian. If a funny sort of way, as a vegetarian you have to be creative about asking servers what’s possible in the kitchen. You have to look in the nooks and crannies to find what you’re looking for in many ways and places. But I discovered a peculiar thing. … It’s there, I just didn’t know how to see it before. I have come to realize that like going out of town on a Monday when everyone else has to work, being a vegetarian is a bit of an adventure.

As I began to think about the adventure side of this incredibly difficult task, like I said, a funny thing happened. I grabbed a little momentum. Once I pressed through those first few days of walking two miles before breakfast I began enjoying the fact that I was up before most people and feeling just a little better than I did. Once I overcame my coffee dependence and the headache from not having it, I began thinking about how much better my digestion could become.

Once I heard a little idea about how to approach living healthier from a great documentary called Hungry For Change, I grabbed a little more momentum. The idea was simple. Instead of thinking about “oh no I CAN’T have this and I CAN’T have that”, start thinking ” I CAN have this or that, but I don’t want it. And I really don’t!

So here is what I truly want you to get a hold of:

If you stay consistent long enough, in whatever goal you are heading toward, you will cross momentum somewhere along that path. Expect it. Wait for it. Recognize it. Seize it. Roll with it. 

Momentum can help take you through the valley to the other side.

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*republished with permission from Rick Hubbell

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WELCOME…Here is Rick’s story of true events. Sit back and enjoy. The Audio Book is about 10 mins per section. (just click each link below)

The_Fright-1 Intro & Early Years Stuff (skip ahead if you like)
The_Fright-2 Getting to LA
The_Fright-3 The Witch Dance
The_Fright-4 A Life Changing Errand
The_Fright-5 The Friend Who Wouldn’t Leave
The_Fright-6 Paralyzed by Evil
The_Fright-7 Back Inside My Body, Fear Remains
The_Fright-8 Possessed & Freed

(The music is original, copyrighted material written and performed by the author.)

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Bumbling Vegetarian Adventures of A Reluctant Carnivore*photo courtesy of The Generous Garden, Greenville, SC

Why

I am giving myself permission to hijack my own blog. Well not really. To some this surely appears off topic, but it’s really not. You see, quality of life is majorly impacted by quality of health. I should know, because behind the scenes mine has been a problem. Maybe yours has too. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still a fun family of six, involved in a lot and moving forward. But something is amiss! Sub par health hinders me and I know it hinders many of you. So I’m going to discuss how I’m taking it back! I’d love you to join me and you might find a key or two in here if you follow the series.

That’s entirely up to you.

You and I need to be in tune spiritually, mentally, emotionally, AND physically. No I’m not a doctor, health care practitioner, nutritionist and SURELY, DEFINITELY not a cook. So proceed at your own risk which is all yours. Right now I am in the third week of shifting to a completely Vegetarian lifestyle. I am evaluating if this shift can indeed restore my health – and, perhaps, yours too.

You’ll have to be patient with me because there are many things to write and I’m not starting at the beginning. But from the dozens of people already declaring health shifts (publicly & privately) in their own life as a result of what I have begun, I decided to blog on the off chance that it may save someone’s life and/or radically improve the quality of it. Even just one is fine by me. (Is that you, reading, friend? I’m with you!)

What

Today I felt a nudge to do a blog series about my Vegetarian Adventures and decided to call it: S. H. I. F. T. – The Bumbling Vegetarian Adventures of a Reluctant Carnivore. This is part I:

Escaping the System

Escape the system? What system? To really give this Vegetarian thing a go, I mean really SHIFT to Vegetarian, for me a highly committed meat eater, at some point, I have to escape the ‘system.’ Today that’s what I’m thinking about. Today that’s what I’m doing.

Why would a perfectly sane meat-eater attempt such a thing, even entertain the idea? In my circles, it’s kind of a crazy.

The system is my beliefs about health. The system is my emotional connection to wanting to celebrate everything centered around some type of food that is destructive to my health. “Awesome job on your grades kids – let’s get ice cream!” The system is how national industry affects what information I’ve been given that I base my everyday eating habits on.

The system and I have coexisted for decades. Why we’ve managed to expertly navigate our way through every birthday party, meal with friends, both the ups and downs of life, every vacation extravaganza, every buffet, every bag of Doritos and we’re still here! Sorta. Not on all cylinders if you know what I mean.

There is so much more HEALTH to be experienced and I want to have more energy to touch the world. Not the typical premature chronic breakdown that plagues so many people in our lives including me. It’s time to turn things around. So I have decided to do myself and my family a favor, and decided that the system and I need a day of reckoning. This system is not optimizing my health, so I am going to try a new one. I am putting the old system on notice that ‘you are no longer in charge!’ I am. I am moving toward health and so are certain others around me.

Climb aboard the veggie train if you dare!

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