My motivation was a Doctor visit. My cholesterol and blood pressure was high, I was over weight, and I had gout. I decided to to try and correct the problems with diet and exercise. I started walking every day, lifting weights three times a week, take my daughter skating once a week for three hours, and joined a hiking club. At first I limited myself to one serving of chicken or fish once a week then I noticed I was forgetting to eat any meat and didn't miss it so I just went vegetarian.
Now it is two and a half years later and I am a total vegetarian, no meat, eggs, or dairy. I have lost 50 pounds and my weight is holding steady. I love my new diet and have never felt better. I have not had a gout attack since I cut back on meat and my cholesterol and high blood pressure are down.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke