How I Transformed My Life

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By Philip McCluskey

As I sit in front of my computer and ponder the last four years of my life, I can hardly believe it was “me” living it. There have been many days that I would find my eyes welling up with happy tears and laughing at this newfound joy and happiness I discovered.

I’ve been overweight my entire life, tried over 30 diets and was always the biggest kid in school. At 400 pounds, I felt I was a victim to an obese father, a broken family and the list goes on. The thought of giving motivational lectures and authoring books on weight loss was so far removed from my reality. The only highlight of my life was my yearly vacation (escape) from work and even that ended up being stressful. But I was soon to find out that the Universe has a funny way of mixing things up a bit.

Four years ago, I switched to a 100% raw vegan lifestyle. Besides the dramatic weight loss, one of the things I discovered birthing in me was a desire to actually LIVE, to really live—like I never had before. I decided to take ideas that had only been in my mind or on paper and create a reality that would line up with them or would enable them to happen in sync. I really let loose here too: I included the girlfriend I always dreamed of, the freedom of traveling around the world and exploring, new friends, new business partners, family, love, life. My goal was to live with as much freedom and love that my heart could handle.

But, where to start?


Trusting in the Universe has been a wonderful learning process. Learning that I manifest the world around me was originally a new concept for me, and I have gained so much from it:

-There is no such thing as coincidence.
-I am a co-creator, not a victim.
-Responsibility is all mine.
-The Universe only has good things for me.
-Be still and know that everything is perfect.

From the moment I began to release the reigns a bit, I found that I was actually able to truly enjoy life for the first time. So, what happened? I began attracting new friends from all over the world. Raw food communities were popping up, and it seemed like support was everywhere. Companies began to contact me and opportunities for adventure began to present themselves. I got to share my story on CBS. People began to ask me to speak all over the world. “What luck,” some might say. Ha, no such thing! It all started with visualization and positive thinking.

Positive Thinking

I came to find that living life everyday with the attitude of having “The Most Amazing Day Ever” presented more than I could ever hope or dream for. I decided not to put my future in a box anymore but rather to be completely open to whatever was to come. Expecting the best in every situation and being in a space of gratitude, no matter what was gifted to me, was a new way of thinking that turned into a new way of manifesting. If we create the world around us with our thoughts and our intentions, why not create it the very best way possible, way beyond the status quo?

Here are a few tools I found that helped me along the way:

1.  Affirmations. Most people have a terrible day because subconsciously they don’t feel they deserve anything good in life, usually due to a lack of self-love. You can reverse that by affirming you love yourself in the mirror daily. I dare you. Do it until you actually believe yourself or until you crack up laughing.

I would tape notes on my mirrors and walls around the house reminding me to do my affirmations, including “I Love Myself,” “I Accept Myself,” and “I Appreciate Myself.”

2.  Creating Your Day. Create your day by writing down exactly how you want your day to go. It’s quite simple and should take less than five or 10 minutes. Don’t be skimpy on the details either. If you are having a problem with a coworker, write down how you would like them to act towards you and see that person as cordial and pleasant. Whatever the situation, see it in your mind and write it down. Get wild here; don’t limit yourself!

3.  Visualization. Spend 30 minutes once a week (or more frequently) and picture your future the way you want it to be. You get to direct your own movie and be the star!

Your goal may be to lose 40 pounds and go to work in a new tailored pinstripe suit. If that is the case, picture yourself as that person: trim, strong, muscular, confident and looking amazing in your new suit. Picture what it feels like when you walk around and interact with people. Feel the emotion of the moment. The emotion and intention are what sets the process of creation in motion.

I have been picturing myself as a trim muscular guy for pretty much my entire life. After losing over 215 pounds from a maximum weight of 400 pounds, I would say I manifested that dream or visualization. It may have taken a little longer than expected, but I’m still learning.

Accepting ourselves, accepting change, being in the moment, and creating with our words, thoughts and intentions is how we shift and transform our bodies, our lives and even our future. We have been taught to look outside ourselves for the answers. We run from guru to guru, from the hottest yoga teacher in India to the latest retreat in Mauritius, always looking, always seeking. Is anything wrong with any of this? Of course not. Just remember the hidden treasure is in an earthen vessel, which is you. You have everything you need inside you already. Yup, everything!

You are empowered to affirm, create and visualize your life to be whatever your heart desires. You always have been.

Philip McCluskey is a motivational speaker, author, and is incredibly passionate about raw foods! Being overweight his entire life, he surpassed morbid obesity and skyrocketed to a max weight of 400 lbs. After switching to a 100% raw vegan diet overnight, he has lost over 215 lbs, completed a 100-day juice fast and a 60-day liquid fast, and is on the fast track to rediscovering his new superhero existence. His recipe book Raw Food, Fast Food can be found at

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28 responses to How I Transformed My Life
  1. Philip’s story is such an inspiration! Although I do not have 215 pounds to lose, I do have some other things to let go of, and many, many things to gain! Glad to read this blog today!

  2. Indu said on May 6, 2010

    Philip, I cant thank u enough for this post nor can I tell u how very badly I needed this!! It’s been a blessing at the right time.. Thank u :)


  3. I adore this post! My husband & I do our very best to live like this. I am going to share this post with everyone I know.

  4. Wow,wow, wow…. Philip, what an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing your empowering journey! It’s amazing how one can create the future by visualization and positive thinking. I need to get better at it myself!
    Hi five to u and keep up this awesome job!

  5. What an upifting post! You made my day!

  6. Penni said on May 6, 2010

    So proud of you & the way your are impacting so many people’s lives. I’m cheering you on, as always!

  7. Philip, you are such an inspiration to so many people (including me)! Keep it up, you are a beautiful soul!

  8. Dear Philip, You know I am so inspired by your life.. You have helped so many people but most vital, you are blooming into your own true life.
    Much love to you my friend
    deb xo

  9. Thank you Philip! I was wondering what was the trigger that got you to finally make such changes in your life. Did you wake up one morning and decided this would be the fist day of a new life for you? Did you have relapse?

  10. Wow…i needed this…exactly now! Thank you so much! God bless you!

  11. this is so inspirational!! you are awesome! thanks for reminding us of the amazing power we hold to change our lives :)

  12. Thank you everyone for you love and support. This community is beautiful. : )

  13. thanks so much for this. although i am always aware that a positive outlook towards life changes just about everything, your specific tools hit dead-on, especially visualization. my god! i feel like i could do just about anything.

  14. Susan said on May 7, 2010

    I needed this as well. I’m having some trouble getting started, getting organized, but I think most of all believing in me, that this time will be different. This article was very helpful.

  15. May we all expand our love and create the life we want too! JAI!!

  16. Philip, I’m so proud of you, and inspired by you. I have followed your journey now for a little over 2 1/2 years, and you have truly grown into this magical, spiritual, and beautiful person. Thank you for continuing to share your journey and for inspiring my life too!

  17. Inspirational!

  18. Philip~
    I could feel all your emotions throughout this sharing of your soul with us.. you are a blessing to all of us in the world. Love, Marina :)

  19. Amazing. Completely.

  20. Lisa said on May 8, 2010

    Your story is wonderful. I am loving it. … raw overnight, huh? I’ve contemplated raw … I’ll have to check out your website. I hope there is more of your story there.

  21. The raw community is indeed a beautiful one, Philip. Although I vacillate between raw and cooked, and have a diet that ranges from healthy to horrid, I keep returning to the community for uplifting messages and support.

  22. Mike said on May 8, 2010

    Awful story. Just kidding. Well done, Philip. I always admire strong spirit. Much respect from Russia.

  23. Phillip,
    Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Love your energy and zest for life!

  24. Hi Philip
    what a beautiful day to discover this post. I ran my first fun run today, in aid of breast cancer research. I ran with 40,000 other woman. It was a hugely personal and important day for me. I decided about a year ago to change things in my life. Feeling empowered is a very beautiful thing. xx

  25. ana said on May 10, 2010

    thanks for sharing your story – and also for your great book! I thought I had enough raw food books but your recipes are great! thanks again!

  26. So wonderful. I am beginning to see this happen for myself. Reading this makes me all the more excited that not necessarily being on a “path” can be the most rewarding of all!

  27. Philip you are an amazing inspiration. Thank you for sharing what makes your life amazing! Keep up the awesome work!

  28. I have been following Philip for some time now…and I have learned very much from him in the sense of eating raw and living life. T|hank you very much.