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.