We are in the army now.
The STK Army.
It’s my new hashtag.
I should hashtag rockstar more often. Because that is what I call my army of hugely successful people as of late.
I’ve sent that to many, some on more than one occasion.
Because they are rockstars.
There are so many, but I am trying to keep this blog post to somewhat of a minimum. It’s Saturday and I’ve got lots to do.
So let’s talk about Colleen, Tracy, Maureen, Kelly, Doug and Sara.
I’ve blogged about “the other Sara” in my post One Last Thing.
I’ve also blogged about “the other Tracey” in my post Pick Me, Pick Me!
I have a calendar full of names with consults, start dates, post consults, re-hires and the like.
But I also have a dry erase board to track people and where they are at while on my 30 day challenge.
It helps keep me focused.
I just had six complete their 30 days with me.
I had three new ones start last Monday.
Five are starting this Monday.
With six additional new people anxiously awaiting their appointment with me.
Try keeping all that straight.
And I do.
That’s grocery carts and kitchens being changed. Some on day 5 and some on day 12. Some on day 65! And so on.
Praise The Lord, I continue to manage all of this pretty well.
Speaking of The Lord, I know that He will provide when my circle gets wider. He is showing me that there is a mini version of myself possibly in the making.
I’m watching this person and she sees, hears, tastes, feels and reacts almost identical to me.
You found yourself wondering when my first meme would show up, am I right?
I have many people who are continuing their journey and I see that I’ll also be blogging about them.
Each story inspires others to check this whole saving kitchens thing.
So there will be more up ahead.
Let’s start with Colleen.
She was intrigued when she was reading posts on Facebook about me, as her friend has been highly successful and was gushing all about STK.
SO….she came to me for a consult.
I knew her a bit but really got to know her more through this journey.
But that consult.
We clicked. We related. We laughed our buns off.
I am super transparent and most people like that, making myself very relatable.
As we discussed her current eating habits in comparison to my old ones, once gone wild, it was a match for match for both of us. I even tried one upping her.
It was great laughter and I believe allowed a place of trust and comfort.
My goal in sharing my own story and how it used to be, speaks to others and lets them glimpse into their very own possible future.
I tell people that if I believed in crystal balls (I most certainly do not) and could see in the future, I could most assuredly tell them what day 30 looks like in comparison to days -7 to +7.
Their thinking changes so much.
So Colleen hired me and decided that it was worth the try.
I was her personal health coach, communicating with her daily, for the next 30 days.
She also purchased my dinner meal plans, which she claims made this so much easier for her.
Almost immediately, she got it.
Eat this way, I instructed her.
Do this, I encouraged her.
And “great job”, I congratulated her, as she not only jumped many hurdles successfully, but even managed to do some high jumps.
Because this is no diet.
How are you going to handle stress, going out to eat, parties and the like.
That’s the difference.
Not a quick fix band aid diet.
Drinking shakes and the like, even trying very low carb diets…they do not put you into a successful state of mind. Because neither are sustainable.
Yet I see people try those all of the time.
I can’t make people climb to this side.
But if they choose me and stick with me, their lives will completely change.
I can say that with such confidence now.
But they must be willing.
That’s the difference.
Colleen was willing.
And she is a superstar.
She learned and realized so much about food, her habits and this mindset.
She is a person changed, a kitchen saved.
She encourages others around her (how can you not).
She has lost over 30 pounds and is now down about four pant sizes.
This is all within the last 2 1/2 months.
People continuously go to the gym, nearly killing themselves and without changing their diet, do not even see close to those results.
It’s. What. You. Eat.
I’m ALL for working out. But just as my video star Ken recently experienced, his friend, “Tony Macaroni”, was very wrong in telling him that he could eat whatever he wanted as long as he worked out.
If you haven’t seen my crazy and wildly hilarious video series, go to my business page now and look them up. See also my post #savingtheirkitchen.
Episode eight was shot here the other night.
You’ll have to get caught up to understand this.
But here is stubborn Ken at my support group.
Haha! It’s so fun coming up with those.
Now I’ll share a bit about Tracy.
She was a referral and thought her appointment with me was a week before it actually was, so when she texted me, I squeezed her in earlier because she could hardly contain her excitement over coming to see me.
My reaction, all the time.
Ha! True story.
I am still in awe of this road I’ve been placed on.
I walk it out daily.
So Tracy came over a few days later, on a Saturday.
She almost ran from her car and knocked me over as she came through the doorway.
She is small in stature, a 5 foot-high firecracker.
I loved her immediately.
Do you see the pattern here?
I. Love. People.
I. Love. What. I. Do.
It all goes together.
I think she hired me in her mind before I even explained what I was all about.
30 days later, she came over for her post consult and even though she had many compliments from people about the difference they saw in her, she was a bit nervous to find out what the scale said.
Even I was jumping up and down with her when we calculated it.
I posted this on Facebook about her.
I’m taking her through another 30 days, to solidify this as her lifestyle.
She’s now in the gym, stepping up her game.
She inspires ME.
Next up, is Maureen.
She has a similar story to Sara, from One Last Thing.
She joined my STK Facebook group back some months ago.
She started implementing recipes and tips and doing things on her own.
I ran into her at the grocery store last spring and kiddingly asked if she needed my assistance while shopping.
She politely declined, while describing healthier choices she was making.
I encouraged her to keep it up.
She was on my radar, due to her reaching out to me about my services.
I never forget people and have now realized that they will all most likely come….at the right time.
I told her that she knew where to find me if she changed her mind.
Fast forward to the end of July.
She responded to one of my posts on my Facebook business page.
I was so excited that she was now ready.
And her 30 days were incredible.
She also did as instructed, overcame many hurdles with much success and learned healthier habits when it came to food.
She tags me in posts often on Facebook, letting the world know that STK has made such an impact on her life.
This was yesterday.
It’s HUGE for her AND for most of us. And she killed it.
This was her also, last week, after her post consult with me.
If you’ve read my blog posts, you see a common thread.
My Facebook friends are probably tired of seeing my name tagged in multiple posts, daily.
But it’s all such great inspiration for others.
And it encourages ME greatly.
I too need my encouragement tank filled up, as I give so much of myself in all of this.
Maureen has been coming to my STK Roundup, which is here at my house, every two weeks.
It’s what will help encourage and keep her motivated as she moves forward in her journey.
So happy for her and her kitchen.
Now we will look at Kelly.
Or Kelly M as I have her saved as in my contacts.
Currently, I have THREE Kellys that I am coaching AND I have a daughter in law named Kelly.
Try keeping that straight.
I’m gifted, I tell ya.
Ha! I ❤️ humor.
So Kelly M.
She and I had never met in person, but she joined my STK Facebook group and started becoming interested in this whole healthier life that I am always talking about.
When my cookbooks were announced, she ordered one.
Since she is only two towns away, we set up a time to meet for delivery, back in August.
We both chatted for a few minutes, parked next to each other in our matching charcoal gray Jeep Libertys.
She was excited to get my cookbook and stated, “I really need to start eating healthier. Everything revolves around food and most of it is junk!”
In which I replied, “it’s just food.”
Pretty bold on my part and I kinda was surprised that I would say that to someone that I hardly knew.
I certainly don’t want people thinking I’m a crazy health nut lunatic that eats grass and seaweed, having zero cravings for anything other than that.
Because I’m so not.
But I am so entirely different than I was pre October 2014.
So as we struck up a conversation via messenger, she stated this.
Dare I say that the rest is history?
She was nervous, very nervous, to give up sugar.
Gave up sugar ✔️
She was nervous about taking her own food to gatherings.
Took healthy food to gatherings ✔️
She was nervous about going away for a weekend.
She went away and stayed compliant to the rules ✔️
She was afraid that food would continue to have control over her thoughts.
She overcame those negative thoughts ✔️
And so much more.
I’m so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. In just 30 days.
We met yesterday to get a strategy for what’s up ahead.
I’m assisting her through the next 30 days, which is becoming more typical lately.
People love the guidance, accountability and encouragement. They truly want this as a lifestyle.
Yep. It’s true.
And I’m doing it 15 kitchens at a time.
Used to be 6-8, on average.
My horizon has recently grown.
I stand in awe.
My beautiful friend Elissa, from my post Saving Their Kitchen For Realz, posted this about me yesterday.
See how blessed I am!?
I get confirmations, encouragement and the like constantly.
So I keep going.
Last, but not least, let’s talk about Doug and Sara.
They just sat down with me for their 60 day mark, Thursday night.
They came to me back in August.
They knew that I had something to offer and were interested in finding out more.
At my consults, we discuss a lot.
I share my story and how STK became a business. And what it is that I do exactly.
I have them share their background of any past diets as well as their current eating habits.
Doug is 6’5″ and someone who has struggled with weight most of his adult life. I’ve known him for at least 10 years, if not longer.
We both have attended the same church for many years.
I remember that he lost a significant amount of weight several years ago.
I wasn’t into a healthy lifestyle whatsoever, but I remember telling him how great he looked and to keep it up.
I had no idea what he was doing.
Sadly, like many, over time he gained it back.
It was at the consult that he shared with me how he knows now that he lost weight doing it the wrong way. He had been eating unhealthy and became a slave to the number on the scale.
There are so many like him.
I’ve known Sara, his wife, for many years now as well. They were married a few years after Doug began attending GateWay (our church).
We both serve in the nursery as well as have been in bible study together.
So they both come for a consult and we have a lovely chat about what I’ve been through and where it has taken me.
They have seen and heard a lot, as I’ve touched many kitchens that we mutually know.
They signed up.
Lots of questions in the beginning.
Which is typical.
Sara is a nurse and Doug is a school teacher.
Nurses stations are one of the unhealthiest environments it seems.
Bowls of chocolate and candy, year around.
I’ve heard this often.
It was a huge problem for Sara in the beginning. She would text me for support. And I was right there to encourage and support her.
And she overcame.
I was so proud.
I could so relate. In my own healthy journey, being in the fall, it was incredibly hard some days. My workplace had cider, donuts and bowls of halloweeen candy.
To sit and listen to candy wrappers being unwrapped several times a day can make a person go crazy when they are trying to stay committed to something that will eventually change their life and make them healthier (that was me).
And I did it!
So. I. Understand.
That’s what people love about me as their health coach.
I don’t pretend to be something I’m not.
I had issues to overcome.
And now I have compassion along with a way to encourage, guide and support people along their own journey.
Not long into it, Doug became very aware of his past failures and struggles and could see how this changed his thinking.
He stated many wonderful things that he could now see.
He wanted to break the cycle of early death in his past line of males, for generations back, due to unhealthy lifestyles.
He talks about being around for his two precious daughters as they grow into adulthood someday.
This is what I’m talking about.
It. Sets. People. Free.
On so many levels.
I became excited to hear what Doug had to say when he sent his daily morning texts to me.
And they were always so mind blowing.
I always tell people, the more you communicate with me, the stronger your journey is.
Doug and Sara both are proof of that.
Their kitchen looks very different, together they are over 50 pounds down and have to search for smaller clothes already.
And they love the food.
He has shared his love of many of the recipes from SavingKitchens.
It’s what helps make this successful.
Within the past few weeks, I’ve scheduled two consults with people that were referrals from them.
They both basically stated, “Sara is glowing….there is something to what you do…we want what she has.”
I met with the one couple last night.
They are stoked to get started.
Doug and Sara have made this a lifestyle and are teaching their two young daughters this new way of life.
Doug has broken the chains off and has changed the course of not only his life but that of his daughters and potentially future generations.
I know, right!
I cry often.
Because I care. So deeply.
I set out to save kitchens.
Not really knowing how many.
How or when or where.
Some days, I question…”can I really do this?”
And then immediately remind myself that I am doing this.
Mr STK and I are looking at the possibility of a building not far from our house as a possible STK location.
How cool would that be?
My head spins with ideas.
At the very least, it gives me a glimpse into the future.
Because I know that this is big.
And it will continue to grow.