The Missing Piece

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By Louise Fairbanks

I have worked out and taken Advocare supplements for years.  Before my Clean Kitchen Challenge, I also thought I was doing all the “right things” with my nutrition. Even though I had great results I wasn’t where I thought I should be. I figured “this is what I’m supposed to look like” and felt like maintaining it was all I had left.

I heard about the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge but thought it wasn’t for me. In my mind I already worked out, took supplements, and ate good enough. My husband encouraged me to sign up for the summer session thinking maybe I’d learn something. I’m so glad he did because I had a lot to learn!  I was amazed at how easy it was to implement good eating habits. On a recent vacation I ate poorly the first couple days. I woke up the next morning and decided it was a new day and I needed to start fresh. I started eating the Clean Kitchen way and immediately felt the difference. You see it’s not just how you look but how you feel!

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My body composition has changed so much in just 12 weeks, even though I only lost 5 pounds! More proof the number on the scale is just a number. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 3, 6, and even 12 months.

Exercise and supplements have always been a part of my life, but good nutrition was the final piece. You can kill your self in the gym every day, but if you go home and eat junk you can ruin everything you worked your tail off for!  And I learned not-eating is just as bad.

No matter what your goals are – fat loss, muscle gain, general health—Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge is an amazing tool that can set you on the path for life.

Are you willing to learn? Register for the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Continued Results

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“I just thought I’d share in my happiness because you are a huge part of helping it happen. Looking at everyone’s progress pictures from the recent challenge made me want to compare my then and now and see how much I have changed. I have continued to take pictures, because the scale is not my friend, ha, but I usually just compare to the most recent photo. I decided to go back to my CK challenge photo this time and I was shocked! Thank you for helping change my life and so many others! I’m a year and a half out from my challenge and continuing to see results.”

Where will you be in 6 months…a year…two years? Are you ready to start now? Register for  the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Nothing to lose…

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By Christy Street 

I signed up for the Winter 2017 Clean Kitchen challenge after my aunt invited me to a Clean Kitchen cooking demonstration. Honestly, I was not convinced that I could “do” Clean Kitchen with all the “it must taste good,” healthy alternatives and eat your “plants” 4-8 times per day talk from two extremely fit, beautiful women in pristine white shirts. 

However, I had gotten to a point in my life where I felt like I had nothing to lose. I hated looking at myself, especially in pictures. I hated how hard it was for me to get around. I could barely walk up the small flight of stairs at work without getting winded. I constantly battled guilt for feeling sorry for myself and believing I should just be grateful. I have so many things to be grateful for – a loving husband, two beautiful girls, a supportive family, good friends and co-workers, a great job, health, home, etc. But, I wasn’t happy, and I found myself trying to minimize who I was in every way possible, and I hated that most of all. 

So, with a little skepticism, I took the plunge into the 12-week program.

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Lindsay Wright

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By Lindsay Wright

I have never been healthy.

In my 20s, the scale was in my favor, despite my diet of fast food, frozen food, cereal, and sugar. I only ate once or twice a day, only drank diet coke or sugar filled lattes, and waiting tables was my only exercise. When I stopped waiting tables, my diet remained the same and I became quite sedentary, so as I got older, naturally the numbers on the scale crept up. After my daughter was born, I said I’d start cooking meals when she was old enough to eat what we eat. That time came, and I was managing to feed my child a healthy, well-balanced diet of plants, protein, carbs, a multivitamin, and water; but I was still eating (or not eating) like I always had. I did manage to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight with this method, but that was still borderline overweight.

I didn’t need to be told what I should/shouldn’t be eating. I knew six slices of Texas cheese toast for “dinner” and then cupcakes (yes, plural) before bed, was not appropriate. I was already feeding my daughter a healthy diet, I just had to do the same for myself. I needed to let go of my excuses about how busy I was, and I needed support fitting meal prepping and eating into my schedule. That’s exactly what the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge did. 

The first week of Clean Kitchen was probably the most enlightening for me, as they asked we not change anything yet, but we had to log our food for the week. When I looked at my log at the end of the week, I hadn’t eaten a plant that wasn’t on a fast food sandwich, and only drank 32oz of plain water total, the entire 7 days. Not to mention the embarrassment of my coach seeing my log consisting of only vending machine finds, corn bread, pizza, and cereal. 

At first I questioned how I was going to survive the Clean Kitchen 12 Weeks. My excuse was always that I didn’t have time, and this program wasn’t going to give me more time in my day. But CK started off slow, so the changes were manageable. They gave me the tools to rearrange my time and forced me to be honest with myself about my time limitations.

I still “don’t have time” during the week, but my weekends look much different now than they did before CK to compensate for that. I do my large grocery shopping trip and meal prep on either Saturday or Sunday, because no matter how great my intensions are, I’m not going to put a pan of veggies in the oven to roast after work. Meal prep for me also has to include washing and cutting veggies or fruit, because again, I’m not going to eat a bell pepper whole, and if I have to take the time to cut and de-seed it before I eat it, I’m just going to avoid it. I still work full time, leave the house at 7:00am, get home at 6:00pm, and have my daughter in bed by 8:00…but now, I just have to heat up whatever we’re having for dinner that night, and dinner is served in less than 5 minutes. That’s even less time then I used to spend in the drive thru on the way home. 

I didn’t expect to lose much weight during CK. I had been restricting calories for years and the scale never moved. But in 12 weeks I lost 22lbs, dropped 4 dress sizes, and am getting healthier everyday…just by eating the right foods every 4 hours, drinking water, and being active.

After CK ended, I saw a quote and it has stuck with me,

“Be stronger than your excuses.”

That one phrase sums up my Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge experience. Are you going to be stronger than your excuse?

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Courtney Turner

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By Courtney Turner

“You could win $1000…” I told myself as I coughed up the $250 to sign up for the Clean Kitchen Challenge. Not that I actually expected to win! It seemed like such a big investment at the time, but I can honestly say that what I gained from the program was priceless. I had recently started working out at Versus Strength & Conditioning when registration opened for the 2018 Winter Challenge. I had just given birth to my second child and was dealing with some mild postpartum depression. I was exhausted, fat, and feeling hopeless. I needed something, and that something turned out to be Versus and Clean Kitchen.

One of the first assignments in the CK program was to identify my “WHY”. Well, I wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself. But I’ve always wanted that. That had never been strong enough motivation for me to make a long term change. I needed to dig deeper. Yes, I wanted to be successful for myself, but what I realized was that ultimately I wanted it for my family. I wanted to have the energy to enjoy my kids; I wanted to live a long, healthy life so I could watch them grow up; and I wanted to be able to set an example for them so that they could lead healthy lives. That is what makes CK unlike any “diet” program out there. It’s not a meal plan or some quick weight loss gimmick. They make you dig deeper because they know that’s where the real change has to happen (not just in your waistline).

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With the support of my coaches and the CK community, I did win the challenge. But more importantly, I won a lot of mental battles throughout those 12 weeks – against negative self-talk, emotional food cravings, and all my old excuses. The winter challenge may be over, but thanks to Clean Kitchen I am prepared to win those battles every day. I am in the best shape of my life, physically and mentally, and it’s only going to keep getting better!

*Just a side note for anyone thinking, “There’s no way I can do this program because I’m a picky eater.” Yes, you can! Before CK, I had the palate of a toddler. My diet was full of processed/fast food. I NEVER ate vegetables. I kid you not, the first thing I did after signing up for the challenge was Google tips for making vegetables taste better. I read articles like, “How to trick your toddler into eating veggies.” It was sad. Fast forward to today, I’m eating SIX servings of vegetables a day and I only make bad faces sometimes.

The next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge begins soon!! Register here.

 

Rebecca Bennett

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By Rebecca Bennett

This year, I turned 35 years old. I was at the lowest point I had been in my life in terms of my health. I knew something had to change, but I didn’t know what to do. In the depths of despair, I went to see a doctor for weight loss. Eat this, don’t eat that, take this pill, and come back in a month. I KNEW there had to be a better way.

I have struggled with weight most of my adult life. I have tried a little bit of everything in the past – calorie counting, counting points, fad “diets.” I would have some success with these methods, but it was nothing that I could stick with long term.

I have friends at work that have done the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge and live the CK way of life. They encouraged me to sign up for Clean Kitchen and just do it. Without giving myself time to think too much about it or talk myself out of it, I enrolled for the Winter 2018 challenge.
The past 12 weeks have gone by so fast for me. This program is designed for anyone to be successful. I’m not sure how they’ve done it, but the daily lessons are timed perfectly. You get what you need when you need it. I also had a great coach who guided me, coached me, encouraged me, and helped me see the positive – even when I didn’t want to.
As a result of my CK experience, I lost a total of 18 pounds and 23.75 inches. It has been amazing to see the changes that happen simply from changing what goes in my body. I went from feeding my body garbage to feeding my body the things that it needs to function better. I have a whole new perspective on food. And the best part was that I didn’t go hungry at all. As a matter of fact, I have been eating more food than I used to. It’s just wholesome, healthy food. No gimmicks, no pills, no counting anything – just simple habits that are easy to integrate in to day to day life.
In addition to the physical changes on the outside, my blood pressure is lower, my lipid panel has improved greatly, and my glucose levels are better than what they were.
Although the 12 weeks are over, I’m already enrolled in the Clean Kitchen 2.0 program and I have signed up for a Versus boot camp. I lost a lot during the 12 week program, but gained so much more! I am excited to see where the next phase leads. I like to tell people that if I can do this, anyone can! It has been life changing.
My journey isn’t over yet, it’s only just beginning. Are you ready to begin your journey? Check out the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge details and sign up!

Jeff Anderton 

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By Jeff Anderton 

On January 3rd, I went to my doctor for my annual wellness visit. I topped 300 pounds for the first time in my life. All of my bloodwork was at dangerous levels. I knew I had to change something. All the more with a 4-1/2-year-old son at home and a daughter on the way. My doctor mentioned Clean Kitchen to me and I was intrigued. That was 31 pounds ago. That amazing fact is made even more incredible by that fact that my wife and I welcomed our second child in the middle of this twelve-week challenge. 

I thought I was going to learn how to eat better, but I learned so much more than that. I learned a whole new paradigm about food, eating, and my body. I learned how to keep it simple with the habits. I learned tips to make eating well doable in the midst of a busy season of life. My coach helped me to look at my eating without shame, but always looking for victories and for what can be improved. I learned to understand what my body was telling me about what I needed to eat or drink.

I learned that being level 2 (eating the best I can) was always my goal, but that level 1 (eating healthy and fulfilling my habits) was still a great way to eat and live. Amidst the craziness of our second child, with people bringing us food and sweets, I managed to maintain my habits and some progress, even though it slowed. As the craziness of the new baby has stabilized, I am moving back to level 2 and making faster progress again. I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved and I am thankful for everything that Clean Kitchen has done to help me become a better and healthier man. I cannot wait to see how far I will go before my next wellness visit next January.

Learn more about the upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here.

Belinda Teston: The Slump

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By Belinda Teston

I was in a perpetual slump.  I worked out at Versus Strength & Conditioning at least 3 times a week and I had heard about Clean Kitchen program, but lacked confidence in my ability to actually do it.  I have done gym challenges where I would lose weight but then sadly, gained it back slowly. I did not realize that I was sabatoging my own progress by not really changing what counts…my habits.

My fast-food ritual of eating made me feel sane in this crazy world.  I had become comfortable with my unhealthy eating habits. These eating habits had developed by convenience and stress, which in-turn, caused my excess body fat to go up and my self-confidence dropped. I would rationalize my reasons for overeating.  Pigging-out was a way to self-medicate my tension. I felt like I needed these foods and that I deserved to eat these foods even though I knew they were doing to me.

Then Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge absolutely changed my life. 

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Chelsey Everett: Enlightenment

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By Chelsey Everett

Years of emotional eating, anxiety, and depression combined with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome led to me being over twice what a normal weight for my height and age should be. I was always a bigger kid, I had kind of accepted that; but when my mom passed away from complications of diabetes and heart disease, food immediately became my comfort and my shield.

My life before Clean Kitchen

 What I thought was a total breakdown in 2014, ended up being a breakthrough. I was getting up at 3:30 in the morning to go to the gym, taking my dad to work, going to work as a graduate assistant, then going to work a part time job. After a full day, I would go pick my dad up, and then complete graduate school work until at least midnight. This was my normal Monday through Friday schedule, which caused intense stress. Because of all this stress, I started having panic attacks, complete with chest pains, heart palpitations, dizziness, and pain in my arms; I thought I was having a heart attack.

I ended up in the emergency room twice because of a panic attack only to be told I was fine and given Xanax to calm down. I never knew if the next panic attack I had would really be a heart attack. My diet definitely wasn’t helping. I was usually skipping breakfast or grabbing something from a drive thru. I almost always worked through lunch only to hit up another drive thru after work or just eat entirely too much at dinner.

I realized I was not even 24 years old and too young to feel this way. I was only 10 years younger than my mom was when she passed away and I knew I couldn’t continue to live like that. I thought that maybe I just needed a different workout routine.

I hired a personal trainer and started working out 3-4 times a week. My trainer was beyond phenomenal. I thought I should be able to eat what I want and workout and be fine, right? So wrong. I never lost a pound… and I was pissed. I became severely depressed causing me not to care about school work or either of my jobs. I would only allow myself one meal a day and, while I lost weight, I felt terrible. My hair was falling out, I wasn’t sleeping, I was still constantly anxious and I was honestly tired of trying. I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know what that something was.

I found Clean Kitchen and everything changed.

After months of trying almost everything under the sun, Clean Kitchen entered my life and completely changed my view on food, weight loss, and living a healthy lifestyle. The program taught me to use food is fuel and not therapy. It taught me that I can be that person who cooks meals at home that are not only healthy, but also taste delicious; that I can be the person who brings a lunch to work every day instead of eating out; and that I can be the person who makes better choices because they care about their health and want to live a long, healthy life. Clean Kitchen taught me that eating healthy is easier when you can say “I don’t want that” instead of “I can’t have it.” The 12 Week program isn’t about deprivation at all. It is about enlightenment. The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge teaches you how to plan and prepare for normal life situations. Whether you’re working late, have an event come up, or just don’t feel like cooking.

In 12 weeks, I lost 43 lbs. and over 40 inches, but I gained so much more. If you are on the fence about doing something, do THIS. You will have a completely changed outlook for the rest of you life!

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4 Reasons why you should do Clean Kitchen

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By Felicia Johnson

Sluggish. Moody. Sleepless. Bloated. Quickly expanding.

These are some of the words I would use to describe me before the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. Yet, the most accurate word that truly pinpoints my life at that point is “frustrated.”

I was frustrated with myself for knowing alot of what to do but still unable to get back on track.

I was frustrated by the cycle of feeling too sluggish to prep or cook, grabbing a bite to eat from wherever, and then crashing and burning, just to continue the same cycle the next day.

I was frustrated with the scale. It just kept moving upward. It was so unbelievable that I seriously contemplated purchasing a new one…just in case mine was off a little or a lot.

Mostly, I was frustrated with me because the person I saw in the mirror each day was inconsistent with the knowledge I had or the lifestyle I completely believed in. The incongruency bothered, even embarrassed me. Yet, with all of my knowledge and desires, I could not seem to get back on track. My life was out of control, and so was my weight.

I needed something. I did not need a pipe dream, gimmick, or fancy slogan that was thought up to make money. I did not need a get-skinny-quick scheme. I did not need a pill or a potion that had been cooked up in a lab, something I would always have to keep buying to feel “extra normal.”

None of those things was to be part of my story. I needed something real, something I could sustain, and something that aligned with my core beliefs about health, although I was anything but a picture of health at that moment.

After researching Clean Kitchen, I felt that it aligned with what I believed in, and the pictures of past participants boasted great weight loss. With nothing to lose but a few rolls, I was all in. I was most optimistic about the weight loss at first, but after internalizing CK’s core concepts, it became clear to me that this would be more than a weight loss venture. Clean Kitchen was not a program. It was a lifestyle of change and maintenance, restoring me back to a place where I honored the fact that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.

While I must admit, I went into Clean Kitchen for one reason, to lose weight, I gained so much more. I had foolishly wrecked my body prior to CK, and this vessel needed to heal..the right way. What I gained in the first few months confirmed that CK was the right choice for me and that I was changing from the inside out. My eyes were brighter. My skin was more youthful. I honestly felt better than I had felt in YEARS! I was sleeping through the night, and my sugar cravings were gone.

I was no longer just surviving; I was thriving.

Eventually, I recognized some external mile markers that were the result of all the changes that had been taking place under the surface, changes that were hidden from me at first: feeling good enough to get back into the gym, the first day I ran and realized there was no longer a belly jiggle, wearing a dress that I had not been able to wear comfortably in two years, measuring a 14-inch loss, and having my husband say, “When I wrap my arms around your waist, the difference is noticeable.” Broccoli points for him!

Four aspects that set Clean Kitchen apart from every other program I either tried or looked into; and cause me to recommend it above all else.

1: CK’s focus was not on calorie restriction or quantity of food but more on quality. Just eat real food. The real food that I am now consistently eating has given me real life, a life I feel good enough to live now.

2: There’s no generic meal plan I was held to. So, I never got bored of eating the same old thing. We were taught not just the “what” of eating but the “why,” and once I understood the why, it was easy for me to comply.

3: The CK program is well-organized and put together in a way that is sensible and avoids overload. You get the information in a layered manner so that it really solidifies the foundation and then builds strategically from there.

4: The most distinguishable aspect of Clean Kitchen is the coaching. Hands down! It makes all the difference. The coaches truly understand nutrition and how all the aspects of nutrition work together to give you the body that is a picture of health, a body that shows you are grateful for life and that you get to live your life in that body. These coaches were there for so much more than just accountability. They constantly encouraged me, helped me when it seemed as if the scale had gotten stuck, and helped me tweak various aspects to get even greater results. Important to me was the fact that they each lived what they were teaching. I could see it in their eyes, hear it in their inflection, and sense it in their passion that they wanted me to be successful. I felt that I was more than a dollar sign. I was their mission, and it showed in every interaction, every e-mail, and every high-five! They set me up to be successful beyond a program, and although Clean Kitchen, the program, has ended for me, Clean Kitchen, the lifestyle is still in effect.

Thanks, Clean Kitchen and our coaches. I honestly believe that when I chose those 12 weeks, I chose life, and my life is filled with gratitude for what you did for me.

 

Check out details on the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

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