I wanted to be healthier. That’s it. I just wanted to know what it means be healthier in a way that I could actually keep going for the rest of my life. Mat & Kitchen has officially done that for me! I have to keep emphasizing that I wasn’t trying to lose a ton of weight. Yes, I was at my heaviest – ever. But I thought I was just carrying a few extra pounds, I didn’t consider it outlandish. I would have still considered myself a reasonably healthy person – which I now know was wildly untrue. After this experience, I fully believe that I’m walking proof that active and slim-ish still doesn’t mean ‘healthy’ if you fuel your body with total junk. I seriously didn’t know I had weight to lose and I think that makes this change that much more shocking!
Learning to eat well has been fun, surprisingly easy and really (REALLY) delicious. So much so that I’ve maintained the reset menu more than a week after finishing the actual reset. I’ve never cooked, I’ve never packed lunches, I’ve never read ingredients on boxes. After the first week, I had so much confidence in what I was doing that I thought for sure I was missing something. I couldn’t believe that it was actually this easy. Turns out, it gets even easier.
I’m still on the struggle bus with workouts. I’m just awful at prioritizing them in my schedule. Here’s what’s nuts: even without regular workouts, I’m now at a healthier weight than I ever was when I spent 12 hours a week in the gym. The only thing that has changed is my food.
I lost 20 pounds in 48 days. Everything I’ve ever read says that quick weight loss like that is unhealthy. Everything about how I feel now says that all the things I’ve read before are total crap. I’ve fought acne since middle school – now my face is clear. I was living off of caffeine for survival – now I wake up and start my day without it. I was constantly sluggish and complaining through the day – now I have the energy to wake up, work and even keep going when I get home. My thighs, stomach, face and arms were holding more weight then ever – now they’re the slimmest I’ve looked in the last 5 years.
With Mat & Kitchen, I’ve gone from a near-dangerous sugar binger to thoughtfully eating healthy for every meal. I remember telling Tandy that I was worried about the social aspect – not getting to eat out with friends or go for drinks. I didn’t even have to give that up! I’m just overwhelmingly aware of what goes into the food at my favorite places and what on their menus is something I actually want to eat. I’ve navigated 49 days of healthy eating – through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s no less – without feeling like I gave up anything. I found chocolate that I love more than ever – but I don’t feel like I need to eat it all at once. I found teas, snacks, meals, salads, travel foods and more that all fit my lifestyle – and I’m shocked to be able to say that I really do enjoy eating them. No pasty protein powders or cardboard frozen food here!
That might be the one big difference between Mat & Kitchen and fads I’ve tried in the past. I didn’t feel punished by this program. I didn’t feel like “I’ve been bad” and “couldn’t have” things I really wanted. I felt like I was clearing clutter, letting go of the junk and making room to be educated. And that’s exactly what happened. I’m so excited for what potential this adds to the future. The healthy lifestyle, passion for wellness and a foundation for one day raising a healthy family are all actually within reach – and that’s totally Tandy’s doing. A little bit of my doing…but a whole lot of Tandy’s doing.
Without hesitation, I’d recommend this program to everyone. In fact, I already have. I’m fairly certain 90% of my extended family is really tired of hearing about it. But it works – on seriously magical levels. And it works quickly. If a lifestyle change is what you want and need – this one is going to be one you can keep around for a long time to come. That seems like a pretty great place to start.