Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

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I often say to my son, You gotta do what you have to do, before you can do what you want to do.

Now, I am usually referring to him doing his homework or chores so he can play with his friends. But I am, in a simple way, training him with some sort of work ethic for mundane task and stating the facts of life that nothing is given.

Everything is earned in one way or another. He might as well learn that now with simple day-to-day routines, because I know in the long run it will translate over into other areas of his life.

You can apply this mantra to any part of life where you need to create some self-discipline. There are things you have to do in order to get the things you want.

Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

Every single human does this daily. But not every person does this the same way. The amount, the time, and the quality of each step shapes pretty much everything we do in our daily lives, as well as our energy level, productivity and our body composition.

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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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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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Before/After


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!

You are waiting…

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Many people ask me about the CK Challenge and many are hesitant to commit. I get it. It’s a large chunk of change that you are investing in a program you haven’t experienced yet. So you do the cheapest route and wait, maybe just buy the CK cookbook. But in reality, you don’t need more healthy recipes, you need a change of heart and mind that only a learned lesson can give you.

I find most people are in this “waiting” period. Is there ever going to be the best time to rearrange your normal habits? Sorry, nope. There is never going to be a time you are “not busy” or “have more time” to devote to the change. Life keeps going and will stay the same no matter what, unless you intervene.

Waiting for the right time to invest in your body and health is the same as saying “I don’t care enough to change right now.” That may be a little harsh, but it’s the honest truth. You will care later in life. I understand sometimes health takes a backseat to other obstacles in our lives, but choosing to eat a plant over a donut has nothing to do with whether or not you had a bad day. And it takes nothing but a choice to choose water over sweet tea at lunch. Small choices add up, so do not think to be “healthy” you have to do everything right. I certainly have made a lot of mistakes, but I count those a lessons learned that made me better in the long run. Personally, I believe it would best to not get a point in your life where you regret not taking care of your health.

You have the chance now, no matter your age. Anyone in any situation can benefit from learning healthy lifestyle habits. There are a lot of “experts” and programs out there that promise results. You can get results doing just about anything. But the real question is, are those going to be short-term results or a long-term lifestyle? The CK Challenge has one goal: to make you self-sufficient and make sure you truly understand a realistic view of health and what you can achieve as a normal-working-everyday-type of person that can’t spend 2 hours a day in the gym or in the kitchen—not a professional athlete or model you see on social media. I believe with all my being everyone should go through the CK Challenge, not for the success of the program, but because I know how it changes people. Truly. Now is your time so don’t let this pass…again.

– Coach Jamie

Pictured above is my (Jamie) March 2011 “before” picture.  Before I started my journey. Before I knew what I know now. Before I even dreamed that one day I could coach someone else to try to be better. I am so proud of this before picture. I only wish I had more pictures to remind me how far I have come.

These are Coach Stephanie’s before and after pictures, 6 months apart, from 5 years ago. Technically, Coach Stephanie was my “first” CK Client before there was ever a Clean Kitchen!

Inspired yet? Sign up for the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

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“I just thought I’d share in my happiness because you are a huge part of helping it happen. I decided to go back to my challenge photo and compare 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.” 

Changing my life, saved my life.

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By Will Easterling

About mid-way through the Clean Kitchen 12 week challenge, it hit me. I realized at that point in time, that Clean Kitchen didn’t just “change” my life in so many positive ways, I began looking at CK as “saving” my life. I began to realize how much this program was going to positively affect the quality of my life and actually help lead to a longer life as well. And by living a longer, healthier life, I thought about how many more great memories I will have now have spending time with my family and doing all the things I love to do. I realized that the nutritional habits we create today not only affect us in the short-term, but they most likely have even greater long-term affects.

“I came to a point where I wanted to make sustainable changes, but I didn’t know how. There are too many “diets” out there promising “this and that” which made the change I desired and needed way too confusing. So for years, I chose to do nothing.”

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Summer 2017 Progress Pictures

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Every 12 week Challenge we see amazing results. But we measure “results” in many different ways. The pictures get a lot of attention and they are nothing short of amazing, but when we hear feedback from our clients (like below), we know we helped change a life for good. And those kind of “results” you do not get to see in a picture or girth measurements.

But you know, we still get incredibly giddy about seeing some incredible transformations in body composition as well!!!!!! Here is a sampling of the Summer 2017 Challenge class. You guys will inspire so many people to take the leap of faith because you did 12 weeks ago. Congrats to all participants!! We can not wait to see how the rest of your journey unfolds. And of course, we will always be there supporting you the entire way!

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

CK Challenge Winner is chosen by CK peers in an anonymous vote of all who turn in progress pictures. The client with the most votes wins $1000!!!

Summer 2017 Clean Kitchen Challenge winner is…

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First place winner of $1000!

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Second Place!

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Third Place!

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The Suck

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By Jamie Page

I have watched countless people start the process only to completely stop right before the real change can happen. And yes, I mean people I have coached personally and there was nothing I could have said or done to get them past the hump. I have also watched hundreds of people wait through “the suck” and come out the other side winning.

We can’t predict how fast progress will come, we can only control how we get there. We tell all our clients who come through the CK 12 Week Challenge in the first month you are fighting against every fad-diet you’ve had results with. You are going against the grain of everything you see in magazines and social media. You have to ignore your friend’s “20 pounds lost in 2 weeks” results with the latest-and-greatest supplement. And it sucks having to trust a process that is so simple you think to yourself, “there is no way this is right.”

But that is just it. It is really so simple. If you can be really consistent with simple, you can have amazing results, and even better an amazing quality of life FOREVER.

But let me tell you 3 reasons why you think it sucks.

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Sound Bites: Month 2

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Month 2 of the Clean Kitchen Challenge is a really important phase for clients. Month 2 is when things really start clicking and clients start trusting the process. We asked clients in a survey, how do you feel your CK experience has gone so far? Here is what they had to say about implementing their new habits and coaching of the 12 Week Challenge.

“I thought the “habits” were too simple to really make a difference. But it works. We haven’t found ourselves unprepared in any situation.”

“I love the speed at which new information is being given. It isn’t overwhelming. I have also found this program easy to follow.”

“I love the four simple habits and that I’m actually doing them. Grocery shopping is fun and meal prepping has changed my life. I no longer stress about what to fix for dinner.”

“…it is becoming second nature now to think before I eat something or buy anything at the grocery. I am pleased with the food prep, planning and no food waste! CK has been encouraging but not micro managing this process.”

“It’s real life. It’s a choice that isn’t made once a day, it’s making the right choices all day long.”

“Even though I may not have always logged by food, I still followed the habits and (progress) shows by the weight loss and my energy level!”

“I’m encouraged that the habits are becoming more automatic for me. I feel like it’s taking less brain power to map out my meals and I love that!”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to understand the process has been. The app has been a great tool. I have a much better understanding of nutrition in general now.”

“It has taught me to make smarter choices and about proper portion sizes. I have found out that many foods I used to eat that I thought were healthy were not what the said they were. Also, I love the support and encouragement from all of the coaches!!! They rock!”

 

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Yes, dudes need CK too.

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It is not surprising that we get majority of women who sign up for Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. But we do have those few brave men who take action. And when they go all in the results are amazing! Check out the beginning story of Justin’s journey. We are so proud of the change and progress you have made, not only physically, but that whole mindset change too!

By Justin Esser

I played sports all through my childhood and into college, and I could generally eat whatever I wanted and still feel and look fit. I never really had a problem with weight, and because of that I guess I thought that I knew enough about what was good or bad for you. Fast-forward 15 years and my mindset about how my body processed food never changed. I mean home-made spaghetti, or pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy have to be better than McDonald’s, right? I didn’t need any help (I thought) – I wasn’t skinny, but I didn’t really think of myself as too fat…

A few years ago I started to notice that all I had the energy to do was go to work, play with the kids for a few minutes when I came home, and then go to bed. My family was getting the short end of the stick and I felt tired and slow all the time. I knew that I could probably do a better job eating a little healthier, but I really just felt like I needed to be more active. I would join a gym and be super dedicated to 2-day per week workouts for every bit of 2 weeks, and then something would derail me. Six months later I would do the same thing – gym, kill it for 2 weeks, and then fall off again.

In January of 2017 I was the heaviest I had ever been at 246 pounds. I was really starting to be embarrassed about how I looked and how clothes fit me, and could really tell that any physical exertion just about required an oxygen tank. I knew I had to make a serious change.

Before I joined Clean Kitchen, I honestly thought it was just a “girl” thing and not many dudes actually signed up for the program. But I wasn’t getting any younger and definitely wasn’t getting any thinner, so I thought I would kinda secretly join Clean Kitchen to lose a little weight and start to get back in shape. I quickly found out that CK was a legit nutritional/educational program created by people who really care about helping others lead a healthier lifestyle, and that literally anyone could benefit from it. CK showed me that I was using the wrong foods to fuel my body, and expecting those foods to do things for me that they just weren’t designed to do.

About the program:

The program is web-based which makes it real easy to follow. You receive daily emails with checklists and lessons full of information, assignments to help you practice the habits, and even though they came to me daily I never felt like there were too many. The coaches do an incredible job of educating you on the fundamentals of nutrition and build your knowledge at a very easy pace over the 12 week program. Coaches are easy to talk to and quick to answer any questions that you have (Kellar was clutch here!).

The best part of the program for me is that it prepares you for the rough days. When you’re busy, don’t feel great, or just want to eat whatever you want to eat – good habits start to kick in and you aren’t as vulnerable to making poor decisions.

I’m pretty analytical and don’t typically do something just because I’m told its good for me. But explain to me why its good, and I’ll do it forever! This program gives you the knowledge and confidence to continue a healthier lifestyle beyond the 12 weeks.

My progress:

I lost 29 pounds and a total of 29.4 inches.