I recently asked Dechelle Damian from NYC to share her story with my readers. This is what she wrote:
I was introduced to Elijah through a great friend, Lisa Skye Hain. Lisa had been sending these emails on a program that she was doing and how awesome Elijah was, etc. It looked interesting but I always had an excuse of why now wasn't the right time. At that point in my life, I was feeling pretty crappy physically. Although I had lost some weight after having my daughter a few years back, I was still pushing close to 200lbs. I wasn't eating anywhere near a healthy diet and was feeling pretty gross most of the time. Unhappy with my body, unhappy with the constant heavy feeling in my stomach and probably crankier than I should have been. I was also at a point of being really unhappy with myself and my willpower and nervous of what my future would be. I had a then, 2 1/2 year old daughter and I was pushing 43.
Lisa's email graced my inbox again March of last year. I decided to finally give Vibrant Living a go and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have tried most "diets" you can think of and have had success with some, but it's never lasted. I always managed to gain the weight back and more and then ultimately felt worse than I did when I started. I didn't even start this program to lose weight, I just wanted to feel better. The weight loss has been an added bonus.
I believe this program works because you can eat. You can eat delicious food ALL the time and feel good about what you are putting into your body. Even though some things were hard to cut out initially, I haven't felt like i'm missing out on anything. I've been able to find a great balance between eating clean and indulging when I feel like it. And Elijah is with you every step of the way. She offers so many tools (including a wonderful FB group) to support you that it's hard to fail. And that's the beauty. There is no failure. You do what you can because every change is positive no matter how small.
Since doing the first 28 day program, I have lost 42 lbs and have successfully kept it off for over a year. I was dealing with a very painful heel spur in my left foot that had me crying every day when I had to step on it. I haven't felt any pain since the 2nd week of the program back in 2014. I've battled arthritis in my knees for over 15 years and the pain has significantly reduced and some of the definition has come back in my knees.
I will never be able to fully express to Elijah what an impact she has had in my life and how indebted I feel to her. I am empowered with knowledge about my body and about the choices I make for myself and my family in a way that I never thought I would.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Elijah.