Do you want abs?

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel." 
Kevin Trudeau

Let's face it - our society  for the most part thinks in terms of sick care rather than wellness. If you're not actively sick, then you're considered well.

But what if there's more to the story?

Last week, I had the pleasure of watching Sergei Boutenko's new documentary, "I Want Abs".  I've known about Sergei ever since I got involved in the raw food movement back in 2008. His mother, Victoria, virtually invented green smoothies. I always looked at their family as a beacon for healthy living.

Fast forward several years, and Sergei had put on about 20 pounds. Faced with being overweight for the first time in his life, he filmed himself over a four-month period as he took the steps necessary to shed the weight and get a six-pack.

During the film, he spoke about how some considered his focus on getting abs to be shallow and self-centered. I love how he showed that getting in amazing shape was actually the opposite - that by truly taking care of himself, he had more energy and ability to help others.

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Sergei's journey reminded me of my own struggles with weight. For decades, I struggled with yo-yo dieting. When I "went raw", I thought all my issues with weight were over for good.

But years later, I was at my heaviest weight ever. Even though I was eating what I thought was a healthy diet, stress, overeating, and not getting enough of the right nutrients led me to pack on the pounds.

It also made me incredibly self-absorbed. I was so busy trying to cover myself and look my best, that I wasn't fully present with people and stayed to myself a lot more. I spent all my time thinking about food when I could've been thinking about so many other worthwhile things.

The experience forced me to take a hard look at the health philosophies I had been adhering to and experiment to see what foods and exercises really worked for my body. Over 2 years, I dropped over 40 pounds and felt like I had a new body.

More importantly, I was confident enough to feel comfortable leaving my house and fully participating in society. Not having to expend energy on making sure I looked acceptable, I had plenty to spend on other people and on creating this company.

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In "I Want Abs", Sergei shows us how consistent lifestyle changes not only sculpt an awesome body, but more importantly, lead to vibrant health and a feeling of finally being at home in one's skin. And he shows us that you don't need a doctorate in nutrition or fitness to get there.
I highly recommend watching this documentary. It's funny, real, and truly inspiring. CLICK TO TWEET

What about you? Have you ever had that wake-up call telling you that you needed to get in shape or lose weight? What path did you take to get there or what obstacles are still holding you back? Please share your experience on our Facebook page...

You're so worth it,
Emily