Traci Massey beat cancer. Then she beat any excuse to give up on her health. She joined Versus in October 2015, and the CK 12 Week Challenge Summer 2016. Now a year later she not only completely restored her body, but has a brand new outlook on life. Check out her story told by Traci herself!
If you have been wanting to take back your health, now is your chance. Click here for information on the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge!
Traci Massey Blood work in 2014, before Versus and CK, and then again in January 2017.
2014 Total cholesterol : 245
2017 Total Cholesterol: 206
(LDL, HDL, VLDL)
2014 LDL: 158
2017 LDL: 135
2014 HDL: 72
2017 HDL: 61
2014 Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy: 32
2017 Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy: 58.1
This is my story of where I started at Versus and ended up in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. An honest account of what I thought I was getting into only to realize it was the complete opposite of all my assumptions.
By Julie Kitchens, Fall 2016 Challenge Winner
I’m an overachiever by nature. More often than not if I set my mind to do something it will get done and it will be done well. I can say that about most everything in my life except weight loss. Weight loss was always the one thing out of reach. The one thing that was most likely impossible. When I look back on how I actually got to this conclusion I think it comes from a lifetime of failed weight loss endeavors. Failed diets and failed fitness routines and failed self-talk ….Lots of FAILURE.
Tolstoy is quoted for saying, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
What sucks (for lack of a better word), is that I have the patience of a toddler and time is the only thing I always need more of. Or, so I thought.
I’ve been a member of Versus Strength and Conditioning for four years. I’ve also participated in the “I Am Versus” challenge twice. I say all of that to say … I was convinced I knew everything I needed to know about eating clean and sticking with the habits.
But I was wrong. Really, really wrong.
It didn’t matter how much I “knew.” What mattered most was action. And to be very clear, my daily actions were a grave miss for the most part.
“I couldn’t believe this way of eating was in any way going to help me reach my goals. This was unlike any ‘diet’ I had ever tried before and literally just didn’t make sense.”
by Traci Massey
I think I have tried every diet under the sun. It seems like I have been on a diet of some sort my entire life (whether I needed to be or not). You’ve heard the saying, “I only exercise because I love food.” That’s pretty much me…my life…except I never really exercised. I would eat and then diet and then eat and gain weight again and diet again.
In February 2010 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. I’m now 6 years out and cancer free, but something changed after my treatments. I didn’t care about dieting any more. I continued to eat what I wanted and did very little exercise. You would think I would have become a health nut and worked hard to be healthy after enduring 6 months of harsh cancer treatments, but I did the opposite. I just kind of gave up and did what I wanted to do and ate whatever I wanted to eat.
We had an amazing group of people in the Summer 2016 Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. The progress picture vote was SO HARD with so many amazing pictures of progress. Featured below are our winners and a gallery full of of the amazing body transformations that happened in just 12 Weeks!
This program is about teaching you the critical steps to get your results and keep making progress. It’s not a meal plan, it’s not a “diet” program, and it’s definitely not something that is meant to last only 12 weeks. Our clients realize we are preparing them for week 13 and beyond.
We understand how daunting “getting in shape” can seem. But you have to start. Start with one simple step, change one simple habit and watch each step build upon the next. This is how we work in the 12 Week Challenge. We teach you how to build a healthy life that can be simple, not complicated. Just take a look at these results. They speak for themselves. These are real people, who had real obsticles, and made small daily changes that added up to big results. Find out more about the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!
Journey is the word I like to use when it comes to attaining your fitness goals. It helps me not to get discouraged if I’m not where I want to be. It keeps me centered in the reality that my goals, while they are completely attainable, will require some patience, focus, and remembering that there is no quick fix that produces long term, maintainable fitness goals.
A little back story first. For those of you that don’t know I am a coach at Versus. I also grew up the chubby kid in my friend group. My friends were my friends and we were tight, but I did get picked on from time to time for being the chubby guy in the group. It also didn’t help that I sweat all the time. And honestly over time, not that I blame them, it put little insecurities into my head about my appearance. I always the kid who always wore a shirt at the beach or at the pool, dreaded the ole “shirts versus skins”, it also made me a little shy. Yep I was that guy.
How you built an unhealthy relationship with food.
By Jamie Page
I will start this article by saying trying to lose weight sucks. Plain and simple, there is nothing peachy about it. It takes hard work and consistency. The more I learn about nutrition, the more “complicated” it can seem and you can lose sight of what really matters. So I understand the more you read about opposing diets, the more confused you will be about which path to take. If you do not take anything else from this article let it be this: Eat more whole foods than you eat processed foods and move more. This is the only path to real-feel-good-long-lasting-health. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a liar.
As a coach, I meet a lot of people who have unhealthy relationships with food. They may not realize it, but this has been built over years of being told to “eat less and lose more”. There is a fear of “doing it wrong” or fear of not eating the “right” foods. For example, if you think eating “too much fruit” is a bad thing, you might have some confusion on what eating healthy really is.(You may have said, “Aren’t bananas super high in sugar?”) Fruits are plants. Plants are good for you. Eat the plant! Once you get in the habit of choosing more plants, then you can get technical about having “too much fruit” or whether or not you should cut back on banana consumption. Though, I love bananas and eat one pretty much every single day, and they are great for you.
There is no right or wrong way if you stick with the basics and real food.
Your body was designed to feel awesome. But, you lose weight by making yourself miserable. Then you just put the weight back on twice as fast. It is a vicious cycle that creates a very unhealthy relationship with food!