SCJ Clean Start Challenge Wrap Up: Crystal Rocks It!
I'm smiling from ear to ear. It's been 12 weeks since I first "met" Crystal - a fellow Southern Belle who was on a mission to be a "hot mommy chef" as a finalist in the 2010 Clean Start challenge. Crystal wanted to lose the rest of her baby weight so that she could get back into her pre-pregnancy clothing and she wanted to learn to cook healthy meals for the good of her family. Having been there myself, I offered advice and support to her when I could, making suggestions like snacking on Hershey's Kisses to satisfy her sweet tooth (but in controlled portions!) in order to stay on track.
Amazingly, the 3 months have flown by and Crystal has done a tremendous job. I've been keeping up with her progress each week, but I just went back and re-watched all 12 of her progress and challenge videos. It's amazing how far she has come in just 12 weeks!
Halfway through the challenge, Crystal met her first goal and she exhuberantly told us, from her closet, that she was dressed from head to toe in pre-pregnancy clothing! Thanks to her determination to cook healthier meals for her family, she and her husband both lost weight! The last 6 weeks allowed Crystal to focus on her primary goal - learning to cook healthy, delicious meals for her family.
Watching her progress along the way has been really amazing - I felt like I was on her journey with her! I'm so impressed with her determination and organization - she has planned out all of the meals for her family, successfully stayed within her food budget and found new ways to cut corners while still purchasing fresh produce (because we all know what is cheapest is not necessarily the healthiest!). I've been so inspired by Crystal that I've actually started doing a lot more cooking myself at home - making our nights of chowing down on Moo Shoo Chicken from the Golden Wok very numbered.
Not only did Crystal rise to her final challenge of cooking an entire meal for about 25 of of friends and family, but she had some very exciting news to share! I was squealing out loud after watching this video, so I wanted to share it here with you!
Congratulations to Crystal and her family! So, are you inspired by Crystal's "Clean Start"? What would you do if you had the support of your family and friends, with everyone rooting for you? Make a clean start for yourself - what's your challenge? Feel free to share it with me in the comments - but don't forget to head over and give Crystal one final vote to win - and you will also be entered for a chance to win $1,000! Voting ends this Friday!