Health & Wellness, STK Style

I’m settled in!

STK has been in its new, storefront location offficially for a month. 

Wow. What FUN that’s been. 

I’ve got lots to say, so grab another cup of coffee or glass of water or whatever your favorite, unsweetened beverage of choice is. 

Many of my readers aren’t on any social media, so I’ll bring them up to speed on all of The Who and The What. 

Yesterday’s post on my Facebook business page:


Over ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE people, kitchens, families, grocery carts, plates….

I can’t even do the math anymore. 

Let’s just say that’s A TON (probably literally) of weight, a whole lot LESS meds and a whole mess of junk food standing still on the grocery store shelves. 


Doug is down ONE HUNDRED POUNDS since last August. 

Ronda is ROCKING it and even though she doesn’t own a scale, it’s completely obvious that she has totally transformed her life, dropping quite a bit of weight and looking healthy at 49! 

Hmmmmm…..that sounds very familiar. 😎

Lisa sent me this text last week:


Amazing. 

Testimonies on every level. 

Chris was a recent referral and after her first 30 days, she lost 20 pounds and FOUR notches on visceral fat (I’ve got that fancy scale that reads all sorts…including your metabolic age 😳). 

Her journey has just begun and I know that GREAT and WONDERFUL things have already happened and will continue to happen. 

I. Love. It. 

2 1/2 years ago I could have never imagined this. 

Those are just a few of my peeps. 

Sue is someone that hired me for two stints of 30 days a few months ago. 

The communication that we had was outstanding and today, she is a new person when it comes to her thinking and doing (food wise). 

So proud. 

Of each and every one. 

You’ve got to WANT IT. 

You’ve got to COMMUNICATE with me. 

You’ve got to LISTEN. 

And you’ve got to DO IT. 

The RIGHT WAY. 

I’ve got radar that hears all within 500 yards of me. 

I can’t help it. 

Them: “I’m on this new diet” 

Me: πŸ™„

Them: “I’m eating zero carbs and the weight is falling off.”

Me: πŸ™„

Them: “My friend is doing Nutrisystem.”

Me: πŸ™„

Them: “I’m doing these special shakes, what do you think?”

Me: πŸ™„

See the pattern?

But. 

I have people reaching out on a consistent basis. They have tried it all and want a REAL lifestyle change. 

I’m your girl. 


So, what about this new place?

It’s super cool. 

Take a peek for yourself. 


I get up every day and am like, “pinch me.”

I’ve worked for other people since 2001ish. 

And I loved the people and the opportunities. 

But I’ve always had in the back of my mind, “if it was my business, I’d do it like this _______.”

Well, Shari Walls, now you do and now you can. 

I am a member of both local Chamber of Commerces (Lapeer and Metamora — actually, my app for the latter was just submitted). 

I’ve joined a local chapter of a networking group, BNI. 

And my GRAND OPENING is slated for July 11th. 


I’ll have lots of great things in store for that day. 

There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

I’ll cry. 

You would too!

Most recently, I introduced a new addition to STK. 


Meet Rachel Fitchett, (with a whole LOT of initials after her name). 

She’s my Functional Medicine Specialist that is now on board with me to work with my people that need further assistance after their kitchen is cleaned up. 

Functional Medicine. 

I have studied it and believe in it 1,000%. 

People, it’s what we are eating and exposing ourselves too that changes EVERYTHING. 

We go in circles with our health:


Rachel and I are not miracle workers….but we are in the business of seeing them happen. 

Together, we make a great team in this area. 

It takes work. It’s takes a solid plan. It takes guidance. And it takes COMMITMENT. 

It won’t work if you don’t have that recipe. 

I’m just so thrilled with the last 20 months of business. 

And I’m SUPER THRILLED with the direction it’s going. 

I set out to save a few kitchens. 

And SavingKitchens is EXACTLY what I’m doing. 

Who is next!?

STK, SavingKitchens & SaveTheKitchens

They are all one in the same and most people recognize them as such. 

But let’s break each one down. 

SaveTheKitchens is my legal business name. It’s from this very blog, which I started in August 2015 to educate people. That’s it. 


Who knew!?

STK became short for that πŸ‘†πŸΌ.  I have this bunch of incredibly awesome (mostly) ladies that are proud to say that they are part of the #stkarmy. 


We have so much fun, by the way, at STK Roundup. 

STK is used often, mostly because it’s quick to type out. 


(I do love using that πŸ‘†πŸΌπŸ™Š). 

And then, SavingKitchens. 

It’s what I’ve branded strongly and now use the most. 

It started out as a title for my first cookbook, that I literally threw together, wondering if I’d sell 40 or so copies. 

Over 500 copies to date have landed on kitchen counters all over the place …


SavingKitchens also ended up on my Jeep and some STK apparel last fall. 


And it’s now going on a sign on the front of my new space. 



Look out Metamora, THIS is what’s happening in our town. 

I say all that to say this:

I don’t mean to confuse people, but I’m sure I do. 

My website is http://www.savethekitchens.com, where you can purchase my cookbooks (I’ve got 2 now), titled SavingKitchens and SavingKitchens2. 

My Facebook business page is SaveTheKitchens and my Facebook group is SavingKitchens. 

Also, my Instagram account is SavingKitchens. 

And now, my storefront will be called SavingKitchens, where you can consult with me, hire me as your personal health/wellness coach and purchase STK cookbooks, shelves of STK approved food, as well as sign up for an educational workshop and attend STK Roundup. 

By the way, I’ll have something super cool on a wall inside that will tell each person as they walk in what I’m about, what I do, am doing and any upcoming events. 

This is soooooo different than what most would expect. 

Because I’m different in many ways and have been from the beginning. 

Someone told me the other day that she believes this new venture will be so successful, especially because I’m actually training people in this lifestyle, not just selling “healthy” food (certainly not questionable food either). 

I. Cannot. Wait. 

I’m placing my orders for goods, many of them are unique and I’m also having custom made shelving, my front counter and an absolutely gorgeous kitchen island to teach and whip up good recipes from. 


Tentatively opening the doors the first weekend in May. 

Recently, having to give out my business name and/or website info to people, a few have mistakenly left of the s at the end of SaveTheKitchens. 

Like this: SaveTheKitchen. 

In correcting them, I point out the fact that I’m not saving A KITCHEN, but MANY KITCHENS, hence the S. 

It’s what I do. 


Oh. One more thing. 

Someone kinda special may make an appearance at my grand opening. 

Here’s a hint. 


Who else has this much fun doing what they love ❀️. 

Mixed Signals

The messages out there today, in TVland and the worldwide web, including social media, are all over the place when it comes to “healthy” or “dieting” or “loosing weight” (that’s commonly misspelled ALL the time…I purposely misspelled it) πŸ€”πŸ™„. 

Which way to go?

What’s the correct way?


Go?

Stop?

Go now?


πŸ‘†πŸΌThose are two of the best visuals for what I’m discussing. 

And you know I like visual when I am speaking or blogging.  

I love social media. 

Well. 

Mostly for my business now. 

I’m all over Facebook. 

Personal (I’ve got three grands to show off). 

My STK business page. 

My STK group. 

But as of early this year, you won’t find me spending anytime in my Facebook newsfeed. 

I just can’t. 

It seems weird. 

I became involved too much in every move everyone was making. 

I miss it. Sometimes. 

But it’s best, I’ve now learned, to keep me focused. 

Sooooooo many mixed signals in there…it began to drive me crazy. 

So I apologize that I miss so much. 

I tell my kids, if you want me to see it, tag me. 

I’m mostly spending time on Instagram. 

I browse there often. 

It’s different than Facebook. 

I have better control over what I see. 

I follow strong Christ followers, because I don’t like mixed signals…especially with that one. 

“I love Jesus” one post and then swearing or bashing others all over the place in the next. 

Hey. I’m not perfect, but I have pretty clear discernment. 

Too much nonsense. 

I follow foodie people, because that’s what I enjoy. 

Duh. 

I also follow conservative people, because that lines up with what and how I think. 

I’m completely NOT political in any of my posts. This culture that we live in is wayyyyy too hostile when it comes to that area. 

So anyway. 

Back to food. 

And to the post. 

What I do and have done πŸ‘‡πŸΌ


I try hard not to send mixed signals in all areas that I just discussed and I’ve worked very hard at branding who and what I am and stand for. 

SavingKitchens. 

People definitely know who I am and what it is that I do. 

Because of this πŸ‘‡πŸΌ


βœ”οΈβœ”οΈβœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

Right!?

Every. Where. I. Go. 

People know this to be true about me. 

Talking to my mom the other day about where I’ve been lately and where I’m headed in STKland, she tells me that in talking with her neighbor about food, I was mentioned. 

Like, in how I’m the food police. 

“Does Shari know that?”

“Don’t tell STK.”

And a few others,

“Don’t let her find out..”

Yesterday, Mr STK and I spent the day with our two oldest sons and their families shopping in Birch Run, which is an outdoor outlet.  

Fun!

(this is Mr STK choosing a new lunchbox) πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ˜‚


We ran into a couple that we all mutually know and when food was brought up, the guy went to explain what he had to eat and then remembered I was standing there, “Well, ummmm….we won’t discuss what I ate..it wasn’t good.”

I just laughed. 

So used to that. 

It’s like I have an STKaura around me at all times. 


Branding success βœ”οΈ

But if you have followed me for any length of time, you already know this to be true. 

I’ll assume that you read my previous post about going big or staying home. 


But what I’m not excited about is again, all of the mixed signals. 

I sometimes give them off and don’t mean to. 

I have worked hard in the last six months to unbrand myself as just a weight loss coach. 

Because I’m so much more than that. 

Oh, I’ve got people losing (see, that’s the correct usage) weight all over the place. 

Let’s face it. We are a very overweight society. 

Most people need to shed a few pounds and that kickstarts the healthy. 

But I’m extremely interested in what is going on on the inside. 

Inflammation

Digestive

Sugar

And on and on. 

I just posted an article on fatty liver disease a few days ago. 

An alarming trend now. 

Too. Much. Sugar. 

http://drhyman.com/blog/2013/09/26/fatty-liver-90-million-americans/

So THIS is where I’m different and have been a huge success. 

I teach and lead people to success, the right way. 

Not by some gimmick. 

Not by some prepackaged foods or shakes. 

Certainly not counting stuff.  

You are what you eat. 

Oprah should stop lying to people and say THAT. 

Because THAT is where it’s at. 

(can someone tag Oprah…she still needs her kitchen saved). 

Back to social media. 

People are hyper concentrated on exercising. 

THAT’S GREAT.  

But, WHAT are you eating?

Many get it wrong, wrong, wrong. 

And then, on lovely Instagram..

People are giving and getting mixed signals. 

Some poor girl is -2 and +2 all of the time and now hasn’t posted in over a month. 

She probably gave up. 

Because SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. 

This was one of her food finds before she disappeared. Makes me sad. 

And, no surprise here:


Blind leading the blind. 

Do you know how many kitchens that I’ve saved, am saving and will be saving!?

The need is great. 

The harvest is ripe. 

And I’m grateful to do what I do. 

One last thing. 

Another gimmicky thing that is pushed in health circles. 

I posted a few days ago about it. 


My doctor friend, one of many of whose opinion I trust and respect, answered: 

That’s the verdict. 

When people meet me and work with me…they soon find out that I’m simple, yet effective. 

That’s why I’m now getting into my new location. 

Because I’ve got πŸ‘‡πŸΌ


And it won’t cause any confusion. 

I’m not “selling” or “pushing” things just to make a few bucks. 

Nope. 

STK

SaveTheKitchens 

SavingKitchens 

aka Shari. And that’s me.  

And if it’s in my new storefront, I’d eat it, read it and or use it. 

Boom. 


 

Go Big or Stay Home

Guess. What. 


That was me two weeks ago, when Mr STK and I decided it was time. 

Time for what?

For SavingKitchens to go big (or stay home?). 

Or is it go home. 

In my case, it would be stay home. 

I’ve been operating my business, with great success, right out of my home. 

100 plus cars have pulled up my long driveway and after an hour or two spent with me, pull away and BAM the person’s life already begins to change. 

I’ve had workshops and my biweekly STK Roundups here as well. 

My neighbors have to wonder what on earth I have going on over here.  

Sometimes I wonder as well. 


Who am I?

As I’ve said 52 trillion times, I am not who I was two and a half years ago. 

Well.  

I’m still Shari, wife of John (his identity has been stripped…he is only known as Mr STK or Papa now πŸ˜†), mother of four (plus) and grandma of three. 

You know the rest of the story. 

This past week, I’ve slept…hardly. 

My mind is in a thousand directions. 

Between my speaking events, workshops and now working on the final details of making this happen…


It’s quite exciting and very nerve wracking. 


See that space on the left?

Picture with me, if you will, a sign in that little peak, that looks kinda sorta like this:


I’ve branded more of that in the past six months than my legal business name, SaveTheKitchens.  

It’s on two cookbooks, the name of my Facebook group and also on my Jeep. 


A week ago, I was shopping in Kroger and soon after arriving back home, I had an email from a local chiropractor. 


Long story, short. 

A few days later, I met with her and her staff to give them a bit of background about myself as well as what this whole SavingKitchens is all about. 

Cool, right!?

So in the past week, I’ve been speaking in several public arenas about STK and am now able to announce the SUPER EXCITING news about its new location coming soon. 

Tonight, I’m here. 

Yep, that’s me on the door. 


I’ve also made friends with a wonderful young couple a few doors down that opened their chiropractic office up just a year ago. 

They are thrilled with what I’m doing and am now about to do. 

One year ago, I walked into the vitamins and herbal supplement store that I’ll now be RIGHT NEXTDOOR to and made great friends with them. 

Who knew!?

They have referred a few people to me already and I see a great relationship between all of us in moving ahead. 

So now the big question that people most want to know is this:

“Just what will your store be like?”

Well.  

A bit different, I hope. 

I’m a bit different. 

Both in my whole approach in helping people as well as how I’ve operated, well everything. 

I mean, SavingKitchens…THAT is kinda different, wouldn’t you agree!?

But it’s WHAT I do. 

Here’s a little clip on what I said about that recently. 

I’ve said this often, I am more service based. 

I help people by educating, assisting, supporting and encouraging. 

All action. 

So, I would like to think that a large part of my new location is in consulting. 

Come see me and a lot happens. 

I say that with great confidence. 

But. 

I have come to learn that when I meet with people, most are not familiar with the foods I’m suggesting, let alone what they look like or how to find them. 

A lightbulb went off quite some time ago. 


Put it all together and you have a small consulting/retail business. 

That’s me. 

I’ve got BIG ideas from what it will look like inside, what inventory that I carry (would you believe a wholesale company FELL into my lap?) as well as the workshops and meetings that can be held there. 

But. 

Here’s the but again. 


All along the way, it’s been extremely important to me to have a balance.  

I have a husband, kids and grands that are more important to me than all of this. 

And trust me when I say that ALL OF THIS is VERY important to me. 

I’ve been able to do all that I do and still make time for my family. 

I want to continue going the path that I’ve been led down.  

I will not be chained to my business. 

There are health food stores that are open early until late. 

That’s not how I’ll operate, at least in the beginning. 

I’m envisioning certain retail hours with consults and workshops by appointment/after hours. 

Make sense?

As I grow, I’ll hire. 

I already see that happening. 

It’s a wonderful time in my life and I’m extremely grateful to do all that I love and make such a difference in people’s lives. 

I gave my heart to the Lord exactly 14 years ago and as I’ve grown in that area of my life, He has now called and equipped me for all of this. 

So. With all of that said, I’ve been a bit busy, making things happen. 

Visiting nearly every local business, spreading the word as I ask for their services (bank, insurance, sign company, furniture store…etc). 

Most all are very intrigued and looking forward to visiting when I’m open. 

Right now, I’m shooting for a May grand opening. 

I need six of me in the meantime. 


In all seriousness, I get up (at the crack of dawn) each day, check off what I can and most often feel pretty accomplished. 

I’ve been called. 

So I’ve been equipped. 

I never dreamt that I would be doing all of this..but He knew all along. 

I woke up at 3am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.  

And because I’ve been pretty sleep deprived this past week, I tossed and turned a bit and thought to myself, “this is such a big scary step…should I really do it!?”

A short while later, I’m sipping my first cup of coffee and THIS nearly leapt off of my iPhone at me from an Instagram post:

Not a One-Size-Fits-All

Hello March!

Spring is upon us. 

And many are setting goals and looking ahead to summer. 

It’s good to have goals. 

I’ve recently set new ones for myself, as I’m fast approaching the last year of my 40’s. 

Gulp. 

But!  I’m healthier now than I was 10 years ago. 

So you may have followed me for a while. 
You know what I do and about how long I’ve been doing it. 

I may have even coached you. 

If I coached you anytime between November 2015 and July 2016, I’m a bit different. 

Even through early fall of 2016. 

Because I’ve coached so many and they are all so different, it’s equipped me to coach people in a significantly stronger approach. 


Many know of what I do, but what I want most people to recognize is that I’m so much more than a one size fits all food template. 

Yes, I start with a 30 day Reset. 

Teaches you the how and why. 

It’s needed to kick your cravings, change your tastebuds and even tackle the emotional attachment to certain foods. 

But I go deeper than that. 

I have for awhile. 

Many, many people are now walking around as living proof. 

A few have recently stayed, “it’s not that hard.”

Well, of course, now. 

They had to be shown. 

They had to be equipped. 

I just finished a follow up consult with someone that was referred to me. 

Kim, her husband and their three teens went through my STK-30DAY. 

They lost a combined total of 61 pounds. 

SIXTY-ONE!

She stated, “Between what you offer as a coach, your cookbook and your meal plans, it all works so well together.”

She is now eager to move forward. 

That’s where I take people. 

No. Going. Back. 

And there continues to be many new people who have been reaching out to me in this new year because of it. 

From a 19 year old to a 73 year old. 

Age doesn’t matter. 

People want to learn a healthy lifestyle. 

I just received material from a functional medicine practitioner to help me better understand the areas that I’m helping people in. 

I’ve come to realize that there is much MORE to what I can do. 

Tweak things for each individual. 

Areas that I will be brushing up my skills:

  • Digestive Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune
  • Weight Loss Struggles
  • Thyroid
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression

I came to realize early on that all of those mentioned above have to do with the food you eat. 

And A LOT happens when you do my 30-Day Reset. 

If you follow me on Facebook, I’ve stated (as well as many people who tag me) that so many are off meds. I’ve got doctors who want to send me their patients for a true nutritional education. 

I’ve had clients hire, rehire and then rehire me again. 

There’s VALUE in what I offer. 

They are proof. 

And then there’s my bi-weekly STK Roundup groups that I offer. 

I’ve tweaked that recently because I am much more than a weight loss program and didn’t want to line myself up with weight watchers meetings and the like. 

These are to further educate, direct and be with like minded people in this #stkarmy that’s been created. 

I’ve worked very hard at my business. 

And it’s paid off. 

But I have done things the right way. 

Took my own healthy journey (of a year at the time), received training and education and then more training and education. 

Putting that into practice with over 100 people. 

It’s very different than someone walking through a 30 day and then trying to coach others. πŸ€”

I love the doors that have been flung open and again, I don’t take that for granted and always point to the one that has called me and equipped me. 

#jesus

He’s called me to be different. 

And there’s the difference. 

What’s Happening

Spring has temporarily shown up here recently. 

Reminds us that soon the sun will be shining more often, we can shed our winter clothing and open windows for that fresh, warmer air. 

Coming into spring is going to be pretty crazy here in STK world. 

January and February have proven to be extremely busy. 

Coaching 1:1, finishing my second cookbook (whew!) and booking special events for March. 

A new door has been opened. And it’s pretty big. 

Not long ago, I threw out that I’d like to get into the corporate world and do wellness events. 

Well. 

Ask and ye shall receive. 

Or is, be careful what you ask for. 


Ha!

I’m super excited about the opportunities before me. 

Back in December, I was contacted by our local branch of the library. 

They wanted to book me to come in March to speak about my business and cookbook. 

It’s now on their calendar and mine. 

Pretty cool, huh!?

And then a few other requests. 

I’ve been asked to be a guest speaker at a local Kiwanis club. 

I’ll be doing a similar presentation about my business and what it means to save kitchens, like what is outlined for the library event. 

Both of those are back to back at the end of March. 

Next Monday, I’ll be at a large insurance company, where I’ve been asked to speak on what healthy meals look like. 

That’s obvious. 

But WHAT is considered healthy as a meal?

How is it prepared?

You know me. 

I love tasty and simple. 

Is that breakfast or dessert?

I’m visual in my presentations, so I’m packing up three meals to have on display as I discuss the ease and nutrition of each. Two will be made on site. 

I’m told that there are about 40 employees signed up, so that will be my largest event to date. 

I’m also offering my workshop, titled, “Saving Your Grocery Cart,” at my church, GateWay Assembly. The first one for 2017 is 3/25. 

Fast forward to May and I’ll be teaching an elective class also at my church, on Wednesday nights for 8 weeks. That one is geared towards young families with children. 

Proper nutrition and exercise for growing young bodies. 

I want the kids involved somehow, so I’ll be working on my layout for that class. 

So, if you need me…you can find me at any of those places. 

I set out to save a few kitchens and am in constant awe of opportunities before me to go slighter bigger as I press onward. 

Need your kitchen saved?

Saving Elizabeth

One late December Sunday, after service at church, Elizabeth approached me and as she grabbed a hold of both of my hands, gently squeezing them, she said this to me, 

“I think I’m ready.”

 
You know me, it took me about 12 seconds to process what she was saying to me. 

And then. 


She was ready for the change in her life to change her life. 

She spoke quietly and said that she had been to the doctors recently and didn’t like what she had heard and that it made her realize that she had to do something about it. 

She thought of me. 

Elizabeth is diabetic. 

I wanted to jump and scream with excitement. 

Instead, I just squeezed her hand back and told her that I was thrilled to show her the way. 

You see, Elizabeth is someone that began asking me small questions a year ago. 

We both served in the nursery together at church and so talk of what I do came up now and again. 

The first question that she had for me was about coconut oil and removing flavored creamer from her coffee. 

I gave her instructions and later she told me that she and her coworker both tried the switch that I had suggested and it was just too difficult. 

I laughed, because I know this all too well. 

I see it all of the time when people try and take those baby steps. 

It usually doesn’t work. 

In March of last year, I felt very impressed to ask someone about ‘starring’ in a video clip or two of mine. 

Prior to that, my ridiculous video clips about saving kitchens, included my daughter. 


But due to both of our new schedules, it wasn’t working when I needed it too. 

To change things up a bit, this person came to mind. 

You all now know him as STK Ken. 

I sent a text to his wife, Liz. 

That’s right. 

Elizabeth is our friend and co-star, Liz, in my video series #savingtheirkitchen. 

I’ll give you a moment. 

I know, right?!

(You can find all of the clips, in order, on my Facebook page STK Ken).  

When I asked her about doing them, it started out as a request for one. 

It was so funny and so well received that we made it into a series. 

Trying to save Ken. 

He can never be saved, because he’s too hilarious. 

Liz was a willing participant as well and I was thrilled that they both accepted my offer, as crazy as it sounded, to continue shooting these scenes. 

We are long overdue for an update. 

Back to Elizabeth, now revealed as Liz. 

Knowing what I now know, I was over the moon excited that she was ready. 

Some evenings after shooting some of the video clips, she would ask me questions. 

She was curious, but not ready. 

I told her that when she was ready, that I would be there for her. 

So. 

We set a time for her to come see me on a Friday night in early January. 

Just as I do with everyone that comes to see me, I explained it all. 

From my own healthy journey which led me to saving about 100 kitchens to date and how it’s done. 

It’s a lot. 

And I know she left excited and a bit overwhelmed. 

But I assured her that this would prove to be one of the best decisions that she would make, for herself. 

She was armed with my full meal plan, which has now been proven to be extremely helpful during the 30 days. 

Ironically, someone else that Liz and I mutually know, had just come to see me and was starting on the same day that she was and they both ran into each other while grocery shopping, with their STK lists. 

This picture was sent to me. 


Let me pause here for a moment. 

I take what I do very seriously. 

I now know the end result for both of them, because they each had their followup with me last week. 

I cry happy tears. 

I’m. So. Thrilled. 

Neither of them look like that now, both on the outside and inside. 

And they were both beautiful to begin with. 

But they are both now glowing and well…we will get to all that. 

Because Liz is diabetic, she tracks her blood sugar levels daily. 

A part of what I do as a health coach, requires my clients to submit a daily food journal to me and hers was to include her sugar readings. 

I knew that this was going to be exciting. 

It should also be noted at this point that she is on Metformin for her diabetes. 

The first couple of days were typical.  Like most who start out, there are a lot of questions as well as great comments about the food. 

I always chuckle. 

I’m not sure what people think they will be eating (grass and seaweed sound familiar?), but I always get texts like this:

“Wow, the banana bowl is so good!”

“That avocado, chicken & apple salad is sooooo good!”

And on and on.  

Liz was no different. 

Even adding that her husband (shhhhhhhh) even liked most of them. 

There were a few bumps here and there for her. 

Not in the way of going off roading (as I call it) but some days she struggled to eat enough due to nausea hitting her pretty hard (we later figured it out). 

I stopped in at her work to drop off a cookbook for a coworker of hers about two weeks in. 

We had a great chat. 

We discussed how great she was feeling (besides the occasional nausea), how her sugar readings were so outstanding and how surprised she was to find that so many of the recipes tasted so good to her. 

When she told me that she loves the blueberry flax bowl AND the berry nut bowl, I was like…

I did not expect that. 

Back last fall when we shot the clip where Ken was at my STK Roundup group, Liz also came over (but wasn’t in the clip, she actually took the video for me) and afterwards, I had her sample what I had made for my group, the berry nut bowl. 

I always have a new creation made right in my kitchen at Roundup, so that the ladies learn either kitchen techniques and/or a new recipe. 

Liz didn’t get all excited about it and later told me that she thought it was pretty drab. 

Because her palette wasn’t changed at that point. 

The berry nut bowl is this lovely thing. 


And again, she now loves it. 

So funny to see how this works, always. 

After texting daily back and forth for the 30 days, we met up for our followup last week. 

Looking at her, you could so tell that she lost weight and had a look of better health on her. 

She was seriously glowing. 

We had the normal chat, where I give further instruction and answer any questions. 

She was down 17 pounds. 

SEVENTEEN. 

And she had just spoken to her nurse practitioner about her nausea earlier in the day. 

Her NP was thrilled to hear of her diet change and told her to cut her Metformin dosage in half. 

In half. 

So she did. 

I stopped in at her work again yesterday when I was in town and we had another lovely chat. 

She was feeling WONDERFUL. 

No more nausea. 

She is so thankful and grateful on many levels at this point. 

Just as I reminded her, once someone is ready and they trust me, I’ll lead them to better health. 

It’s what I do now on a daily basis.  

And the other beauty in the picture, our friend Marilyn, is now 15 pounds lighter and also on her way to better health.  

I. Love. It. 

Both Liz and Marilyn have thanked me numerous times.

Like, so thankful to have bravely taken this life changing step and have someone to lead them and equip them to continue pressing onward. 

In my holistic nutrition class last summer, I had a link to look at a diabetic counseling nutrition format. 


Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. 

In so many ways. 

I’m not a dietician or even a nutritionist. 

Just a little ole certified health coach. 

But I know what works and what doesn’t work. 

I’ve seen it too many times. 

I’ve helped many people who are either prediabetic or diabetic, especially in the last 6-7 months and they’ve had outstanding results. 

I just became aware that a NP in a local doctor’s office is familiar with me, the name of my business and that what I do works. 

Because I’ve now helped a few of her patients and the positives have been incredible. 

That’s incredible to me. 

2017 is bringing bigger opportunities for me to make a difference in so many lives. 

I’ve got upcoming blog posts about many more of them. 

You’ll be so excited. 

I’m excited. 

I’m literally blown away on a daily basis. 

But I know this to be truer more now than ever for me. 


If you’re ready and are tired of trying on your own, reach out to me. 

I am more than confident that I can show you the way. 

Peek Inside

I know. 

I said that I was no longer blogging here. And that I was blogging on my new website. 

I’m all about ease. 

I’m all about comfort. 

This is easy. 

Comfortable. 

Me, with my phone in my hand, typing with my thumbs. 

I’ve been doing that for over two years so it’s hard to switch over to typing at my desk. 

Doesn’t seem to flow as good. 

Oh well. 

If you know me or have followed me for very long, you know that I:

  • Keep it real
  • Change my mind often
  • Do things how I want

That’s how I’ve rolled. 

That’s how I’m continuing to roll. 


That’s the correct way, by the way. 

You’re welcome. 

For those of you that love my blogging humor, you’re getting it today. 

This is what you just experienced now that I’ve said all of that. 


SaveTheKitchens, aka SavingKitchens, aka STK and aka #stkarmy is wildly busy, wildly creating and wildly successful. 

Creating wildly successful healthier people. 

Whether they are on day 12 or day 129, I’ve got this band of people that are on fire for what I do. 

And many are watching and wondering. 

I hear it all of the time. 

Through private messages. 

Texts. 

Emails. 

People grabbing me when they see me. Telling me about where they are at or that they are ready to join this club. 

15 months and 100 people ago, I couldn’t have possibly dreamt this all. 

I was down 50 pounds, learned a completely new lifestyle and was becoming extremely passionate about showing others the way. 

So I thought I would show 5 or 20 people. 

It’s a whole lot more. 

Not just in numbers. 

You hear about doors being opened. 

This is what it looked like in the beginning. 


And because taking that leap of faith and continue walking it out daily, it looks more like this today. 


I can’t possibly put it all into one post. 

I spoke with another health coach in another state the other day, after posting a question in a health coach peer support group, which led to people blowing up my messaging on Facebook.  

I simply asked a question about functional medicine (which I am highly interested in pursuing) and simply stated that I had worked with 100 clients to date. 

People freaked out. 

Which made me freak out. 

I have zero idea what a normal first year in business looks like. 

I have had so many people speak over me about this and I truly believe what they tell me. 

So much of it has happened. 

But it still shocks me. 

I stated this truth, when asked in that group, about my success: I am a Christ follower. 

Isn’t this a spot to insert this. 


Am I right!?

What else is there to say. 

Okay. 

I’ve got lots more to say. 

But that is worth repeating. 

I am a Christ follower. 

Not a Christian. 

5,000,000 people claim that. 

And trust me when I say this, there’s a difference. 

I follow Him. 

He leads me. 

Repeat. 

So this 2017. 

What’s going on? What’s up ahead?

I’ll share some bits. 

Grab that cup of coffee. 

I’ll wait. 


I knew January would be BUSY. 

It’s January. 

All of the New Years resolutions, diet commercials and gym memberships…they all come out in full force. 

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. 


But is it effective?

One thing I have learned and now teach people:

Diets don’t work. 

Oh, you can lose weight by restricting your calories or counting points, but it’s not going to benefit you in the long term. 


You slowwwwwwww your metabolism 

right. down. to. a. crawl. 

What are you eating?

Proper fuel?

Or frankenfoods?

Someone just told me that they bring their breakfast to work often. 

It’s their first 30 days with me. 

They have this beautiful abundance of food. 

Their coworker is dieting, so their food is very little and zero nutrition and true satisfaction. 

But their coworker also has to want a true lifestyle change. So until then, they will continue eating less. And burn out their metabolism in the process. 

Eventually. 

This will happen. 

It always does. 


Okay. 

Back to business. 

January. 

It’s coming to a close and I’m walking the line of being both mentally exhausted and super charged excited for what’s ahead. 

I’m currently coaching 23 people. 

I’ve got 4 people finishing up their first 30 days with me this week. 

When that finishes, I always have them come visit for a follow up. 

And it’s always good. 

I wish you could be a fly on the wall. 


Daily. 

SavingKitchens and completely transforming lives. 

So 1:1 coaching is my specialty. For sure. 

I’ve had people rehire me multiple times. 

They love having someone on the other end to communicate with. 

I have STK Roundup in my home every other week.  

I launched that last August and have a group of people that regularly attend. 

They leave here refreshed, a bit more educated and excited. 

So I keep offering it and am working on sharpening it as we speak. 

I started private paid Facebook groups back in the fall. 

I operated three separate ones in January. 

February is hours away and I am still trying to figure out the direction for that. 

I have this assistant now. Her name is Sara, and I am depending on her for most of my feedback and helping me brainstorm. 

She knows me very well and what my vision is. So I trust her to speak in a way to me to help keep my focus and vision sharp for STK. 

What I’ve learned from these online groups:

People most often still need more. 

And by more, it’s 1:1 coaching. 

That’s where the accountability and having that go-to coach to answer questions and continue guiding and teaching comes into play. 

There’s value there. 

It seemed that people were benefiting, slightly. 

I’m gauging it by the usage and in two of the groups, there wasn’t any back and forth. Just me sending my motivation, encouragement…etc. 

I had it freely to ask questions, post whatever and for the most part, it didn’t get used like that. 

And I know why. 

Because it’s a group

People aren’t going to share, for the most part, in a group versus what they truly need and that’s the 1:1. 

So that has become clearer to me. 

Be patient as I try and make sure the direction for February. 

Sara reminded me yesterday, while she was here working, that I already offer meal plans. And we gather here at Roundup to get questions asked and so on. 

It definitely has me redirecting a bit. 

I did come up with what I thought was a brilliant plan. 

Did you see it?



I’m leaning towards that as my February private paid group. 

It’s going to be awesome and very real and most likely relatable for so many. 

I’ll be sharing teasers in SavingKitchens as to what is going on daily. 

But you’ll have to join the private group to see it all. 

And I’ll be sharing it ALL. 

I have 200 new copies of my original cookbook, SavingKitchens, on hand now. 

They had been on backorder. 

My next cookbook, SavingKitchens2, is still in progress. 

Please be patient with me on that one. 

I rushed the first one and do not want to do that with this one. 

It’s coming. I promise. 

I am wanting to break into the workplace more. 

SavingKitchens in the Workplace has a ton of potential. 

Let me come and speak to your employees or coworkers about what it takes to truly leap into a healthier lifestyle. 

Most businesses have a wellness budget. 

They want their employees healthy. 

It saves them money in the long run. 

I already have interested parties. 


Right!?

I’m offering workshops again. 

I have had many requests so look for those coming soon. 

Saving Your Grocery Cart is my original one. 

I’m revamping it a bit, but it basically gets you started with knowing a bit more about label reading and what exactly is in the foods that you are putting in your cart, which goes into your kitchen and ultimately ends up on your plate. 

The newest one is Traffic Light Eating. 

Teaching young families and children about proper nutrition. 

I’m super visual so it will include foods and hands on activities to reveal green, yellow and red light foods. 

Two kinda cool things are also on my calendar for March. 

Okay, super duper cool things. 😎

I’ve been invited to speak at a local Kiwanis club about what I do. That will be fun!

The very next day, I’ll be at my local library, where I’ve been asked to also speak and do a book signing, per se.  If you are local, look for info that the library will be promoting about that. 

I mean, seriously. 

Isn’t it wildly crazy and fun!?
And last, but not at all in the least, Mr STK and I are prayerfully putting in an offer on that building I shared with you last fall. 


I’ve got a HUGE vision for that. 

It’s more than a store. 

So much more. 

It’s thrilling and exciting. 

Lives will continue to be touched and changed. 

Not in a new-age way, which you see often in some of these health stores. 

Nope. Not in my store. 

There will be this light. 

People from miles away will see it and they will come. 


Isn’t that marvelous. 

If it’s His will. 


So that’s it in a nutshell.

Thanks for stopping by!

Because of Her (and so many others)

I didn’t think I would be posting on this blog now that I have my new one tied into my Shopify website. 

And I just blogged yesterday. 

But. 

This. 

It’s from screenshots on my phone and it’s something that gave me one of those pause and cry moments. 

This. 

It’s WHY I do what I do. 

I have a private Facebook group, STKarmyAdvanced, that launched this month. 

This post took place this morning. 






I’m not just some weight loss coach. 

I’m not into counting calories or drinking shakes or even following some latest and greatest fad. 

I’m teaching people HOW to read labels, HOW to shop and cook, HOW to live a healthier life and HOW to stay the course. 

It’s WHY I believe a consult has value. 

It’s WHY I believe that by me guiding you through a solid 30 days impacts you more than going it alone. 

It’s WHY I offer private Facebook groups, my STK Roundup support groups and WHY people hire me for multiple rounds of 30 days. 

It changes people. 

I was changed. 

I understand. 

That’s HOW I do it. 

I have many like Maureen. 

It keeps me going. 

I’m so proud of her. 

And I’m excited for those that are now on their way or in the lineup. 

We are in a series at church called, “But for God”. 

Truly. 

But for God. 

SavingKitchens, This Yearο»Ώ

Happy New Year!

I’ve got so much to say. 

I know, I always do. 


Ha!

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that there is so much happening in STK world. 

That’s SaveTheKitchens, by the way. 

It’s the legal name of my business, but I’m becoming more known for SavingKitchens. 

It’s my brand. 

It’s my mission. 

And I’m doing it. 

So many out there are walking billboards and testimonies to what I do. 

My last blog post was about how people are doing it backwards. 

Diet mentality. 

There is so much to this. 

Can you do it alone?

A few have. 

But the ones who climb on board are truly educated, supported and guided. 

Which makes it all work. 

They get it. 

Someone who has been on this journey since last summer sent me this text last weekend. 


Since August, he is down 70 lbs. 

That’s right. 

Seventy. 

Oh, you can sip shakes and count calories and even count points and lose weight. 

Oprah says so. 

It must be true. 


But. You. Aren’t. Getting. Healthy. 

And. You’ll. Gain. It. All. Back. 

Eventually. 

What. Are. You. Eating. 

Are you eating the right foods?

Are you eating enough food?

Do you know what’s IN your food?

Do you know what it’s DOING to your body?

Sugar still a problem?

Cravings?

Are you drinking enough water?

How’s your cholesterol?

So. Much. To. This. 

I’m not a weight loss coach. 

I coach people into learning what I now know. 

I don’t claim to know it all. 

But. 

I know a lot. 

People sense that almost immediately when they sit down with me at a consult. 

Which, by the way, is about two hours. 

Yes. 

Two hours. 

“You mean to tell me that you are willing to spend that much time with me to get things started?” you ask. 

You bet. 

It’s a necessity. 

And I hear all of the time how different my approach is. 

From beginning to … well, there is no end. 

Once I’m your coach, I’m always your coach. 

Because I care. 

I don’t push myself on anyone. 

There are many who ask me here and there, about my services. 

And then they disappear for awhile. 

My job is to focus on who is before me. 

I’ve been hearing and feeling so much, ‘you cannot possibly save every kitchen all at once.’

True statement. 

So I rest in that He sends me the right people at the right time. 

I’ve learned a ton over the course of the last year. 

And the people that are in my arena right now are benefiting hugely from it. 

January is here. 

I knew that I would be BUSY. 

That’s an understatement. 

I get up everyday, give thanks, ask for guidance and am excited to do what it is that I do. 

Yesterday during service at church, my Pastor said something that I clearly heard last week. 

“God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.”

I might not have seen this as it is now, from the beginning. 

I couldn’t quite possibly. 

I probably would’ve ran!


But He has given me vision. 

And I’ve listened to Him at every step. 

The old Shari would’ve scrambled around and said yes to everything at once. 

I’ve learned a lot in my walk with Christ. 

And it has brought me to here. 

I’ve got a lot of things in place. 

Most I’ve seen months ago but haven’t put into place until. 

I knew that I knew it was time. 

I passed on opportunities put before me. 

Some were large. 

I knew it wasn’t time. 

I wanted a support group of some sort, to continue supporting people…last February. 

I didn’t put it in place until August. 

I didn’t really want to do a cookbook. 

Meal planning was a lot of work. 

But I have both. 

And it helps equip people in a way that I could never have imagined. 

He has given me so much and I can see the why and how. 

People tell me I’m different. 

I’m passionate. 

I’m relatable. 

And on and on. 

And I always point to Him. 

Because this is not all me. 

I knew that I would be doing online group coaching, as another way to offer continued support. 

I ran a pilot group through 8 weeks, beginning in November. 

It lead me to three individual private groups that began this month. 

I’m hearing a lot of positive feedback 

I have to put these things in place. 

It’s more than just 1:1 coaching. 

It’s more than just food. 

It’s a way of life. 

I just texted someone new this today. 

And it even stuck out to me. 


Bingo. 

But people feel a bit more confident when they know they are not alone. 

Currently, I’m coaching 10 1:1. 

4 just started today. 

I’ve got 10 new consults scheduled between now and 1/19. 

I’ve got 6 in my STKarmyBootCamp+Jesus private group. 

I’ve got 10 in my STKarmyAdvamced private online group. 

And 15 in my STKarmyMealPlanning private online group. 

These are added benefits. 

My STK Roundup group typically has 6-12 people that look so forward to coming to my house every two weeks. 

It’s not open to the public. 

It’s only offered if I’ve coached you personally. 

It worth it if you hire me, I promise. 


That. Is truth. 

It’s been told, shown and proven to me every day. 

I receive texts and messages almost daily, asking if they can come see me the next day. 

I’m booked out until 1/19. 

And truly, at this point, I’m not booking anyone until 1/23. 

You say, “Shari, how do you handle it all?”

With His leading. 100%. 

Oh. 

And I hired Sara, as my assistant. 


Schedule your consult today. 

You’ll be so glad you did. 

And check out my new website!

http://www.savethekitchens.com

Thanks for stopping by.