You’ve seen the funny videos that I’ve been throwing out there. You know the ones.
The hilarious guy that does not want to do this whole healthy lifestyle. But his wife does. So he reluctantly goes along with it. And puts up quite a sassy fight.
I’ve hash tagged those videos #savingtheirkitchen.
In reality, I’ve saved many kitchens. And it continues.
I was hired by a couple that I know through church, Tim & Elissa, back in late March.
We sat down for our initial consult and they expressed their concern with their health. Their weight, their energy levels (nearly non-existent) and how they wanted to truly learn how to eat healthier.
They both had turned sixty and are raising their great-grandchildren, ages 2, 3 1/2 and 4 1/2.
That is no easy feat.
But it was a huge motivator for them to make the decision to look into what STK was really all about.
They admitted that they had been on every diet under the sun over the course of the last 30+ years.
They now wanted a true lifestyle change.
And I was about the show them.
Before I go any further, this is something Elissa kept saying to her husband at the initial consult and I knew that her thinking would change during the process, “this is a diet that we are on for only 30 days…”
Because that is what she was used to doing. Diets. For a set time.
And after meeting with them last night, I was absolutely correct. She learned a whole new way of life in the kitchen. In the grocery store.
She said one of my own now famous lines, “I am so proud of my cart while in the grocery store.”
That alone made my want to cry.
This is what happens.
Time and time and time again.
Kitchen after kitchen after kitchen.
But there is a whole lot more.
They both agreed that getting started seemed a bit overwhelming. And that the first two weeks was challenging.
Elissa stated, “once you get past the first two weeks, it’s like a rollercoaster going up the hill and then you go down and smooth sail.”
That’s when they noticed the beginning of the benefits.
Did I tell you that they are raising their great-grandkids!? Who are all preschool age and younger.
So that, my friends, was a huge benefit.
And they don’t take that lightly.
After the first thirty days, Tim was down 30 pounds. Elissa, down 11.
I met with them at the end of that thirty days, as I do with each client.
They were singing the praises of STK and my services. They wanted to hire me again for the next thirty days.
For the accountability. Which is another huge need for most people.
For the tips and encouragement.
And also for meal planning.
I gave them weekly dinner menus that included the recipes and list to take to the grocery store.
It’s been a great second half of their two month process. They have found recipes that they love and will continue making.
And feeding their sweet wee ones.
Elissa and I paused for a moment at her kitchen table and shared a “bless our socks off moment” together when we discussed how that is so extremely important to her.
Teaching these children at such a young age of the importance of eating healthy.
Less sugar = better attention span and better behavior.
We all know this. But to actually become aware of the sugar content all around us, become familiar with the hidden names for sugar, so as to read the labels properly and be able to really grocery shop and cook properly.
You know, like our great grandparents did.
Going back to basics!
We have had a slow fade to this now very fast paced life.
We are too busy and therefore reach for familiar, quick (and often without nutrition) items at the grocery store. Or heaven forbid, drive thru.
She sent me a text a few weeks ago that basically stated, “this is no diet, we are eating a lot of real food!”
Yes. That is correct.
They have shared so many wonderful changes. But this one is really big and brings her to near tears each time we declare the victory.
Tim was severely addicted to diet pop. He drank more than I could’ve ever imagined on a daily basis.
After more than THIRTY YEARS.
His beverage of choice now: water.
And lots of it.
He noticed a huge difference in his belly almost immediately after giving that up.
Isn’t that something.
Diet pop does not benefit you in any way, shape or form.
It does just the opposite.
And his addiction to it is GONE (not sure if you caught that).
My daughter Rachel and I shot these little clips last summer and fall. Here is one we did on diet pop. I am always trying to make a point.
And I’ve been very successful in doing so.
Tim also has noticed no more edema, which was severe. No more aches and pains (inflammation). Blood pressure great. He is much farther away from the steering wheel, both in his vehicle and his tractor.
These are all big deals. Noticable changes.
Because of food.
Let me stop for a moment and declare this:
These results all have to do with food. And nothing else.
No shakes. No powder packets. No nothing extra.
Just a kitchen “saved”.
Elissa’s face lit up when after a few minutes of us chatting, I told her how I saw changes in her, both her weight loss and her skin! I see a huge difference.
Her blood pressure and sugar levels are all normal. She was once on Metformin. Her doctor says it’s no longer needed and to keep doing what it is that she is doing.
She is amazed at the energy she now has. And she needs it!
She said that she now understands my mission.
She told me words that I hope to hear from each person after the process (and I always do), “I look at food so differently.”
Both Tim and Elissa went on and on how about valuable it was to have me as their health coach.
Someone who was always there, cheering them on. Giving them not only encouragement, but great advice, tips etc.
One thing that Elissa will still need to work on is her water intake.
While Tim is busy chugging his water daily, I had to send out reminders to her often.
But again, wow with the transformations.
Their total weight loss in eight weeks: Tim 40, Elissa 17.
I am all about saving kitchens. Your kitchen.
When. You. Are. Ready.
Because when you are, I’ve got this toolbox, one that is so full, and together we clean out and fix what is wrong.
Before you know it, you are proudly walking through the grocery store with a cart that looks amazing. Completely different than before.
And you feel amazing.
Tim and Elissa are now off on their own. I believe they are fully equipped.
I have set a few things in motion to keep them slightly accountable to me still.
I told her that I’m in it for the long haul, both for myself and the kitchens that I save.
They’ve both worked so hard, there is no going back.
And I’m thrilled to have been a part.
And to continue seeing their success.
Here is a clip from last night.
So cute. And so them.
Here is to their continued success!
Elissa would tell you, “Do this! It’s truly so rewarding. ”
I have two new kitchens that I visited this week, to save.
Two people who are just getting started with their eye opening journey. I’ve given them the first bit of info to begin.
I love it!