Monique’s 22 Days Success Story
This person participated in a 22 Days Vegan Challenge, in this specific case, the program outlined in The 22-Day Revolution book. The 22-Day Revolution consists of 22 days of carefully planned meal plans and recipes along with 30 minutes of exercise each day. While this consumer actually experienced the results below, individual results may vary based on starting weight, diet and exercise implemented during the course of a 22 Days Vegan Challenge. Monique heard about The 22-Day Revolution on Good Morning America and she decided to give it a try. Not only did she lose 13 pounds, she also saw other health improvements that have given her the encouragement to keep up with a healthy plant-based diet. Read more about Monique’s Success Story.
22 Days Nutrition: Tell us about yourself and why you chose to try a 22 Days Vegan Challenge.
Monique L.: I am single, no kids but I do have a dog. I work full time as an Operations Manager for the #1 shoe and apparel company in the world. Currently, I live in Memphis but born and raised in Dallas, TX. My life can be extremely busy with the demands of the career. I have always struggled with my weight, up and down, which I wanted to balance out naturally and I felt The 22-Day Revolution would help me with that. In conjunction with weight loss, I was looking at the long-term health benefits such as lower blood pressure and diabetes risk, as well as improved mental health and clarity. I tried a vegan lifestyle once before when Beyoncé first announced she did it for 22 days, and I loved the way my body felt when I completed the challenge, however I didn’t maintain the lifestyle. I was happy to hear and discover there was a book that gave recipes, day to day steps and motivation, which has helped me be successful and make this a lifestyle change long term.
22DN: How has following a 22 Days Vegan Challenge impacted your life?
ML: The 22-Day Revolution has impacted my life tremendously! I find myself happier, stress free, better sleep, increased energy, and it has helped me be more conscious of what I eat and portion sizes.
22DN: What health improvements have you experiences since your 22 Days Vegan Challenge?
ML: During my 22-Day Revolution, I lost 13 pounds and have seen a major improvement with the lowering of my blood pressure. High blood pressure runs in my family and I was recently placed back on blood pressure medication due to it consistently hovering around 142/106 (no meds) and 136/95 (with meds). When I went for my check-up during my last week of my 22-Day Revolution, my blood pressure was 127/73! In conjunction with my blood pressure decreasing I, as well as those who are around me daily, noticed a huge difference in my mental clarity, stress management, overall happiness, clearer/tighter skin, and increased energy levels.
22DN: What words of encouragement do you have for others who are getting started or are considering a 22 Days Vegan Challenge?
ML: Really know “WHY” you are doing this and consistently remind yourself of that when times get challenging. For instance, yes of course I wanted to lose weight, however I had to keep telling myself this is for my overall long term health and a happier me. There were a few days when I didn’t see any weight loss and if I didn’t keep reminding myself of my ultimate goal I would have fallen back into my old ways. Food prep is key!! Take the time to prep your meals daily - it makes a huge difference in how successful you will be. What also helped me stay motivated and focused was my social media. I am a very private person when it comes to posting certain things about my life on social media due to my profession and I just do not prefer everyone to know my business, however, for some reason I decide to post everything on my 22-Day Revolution. To my surprise I had so much support and motivation, which I didn’t expect and it helped me stay focused. I motivated at least 10 people to start the revolution and change their eating habits. So with that, have a great support system to help you stay focused! Thank you Monique for sharing your Success Story with us! If you’d like to share your Success Story with us, we’d love to hear from you! Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’d like to share your story.