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Michelle Cronk has recently lost 170 lbs. Join her as she shows you how to cook, eat, move and think your way to a Fresh Start!!

A Little Background Info:

My name is Michelle Cronk and yes, it’s true, I used to weigh 300 pounds. It took 15 long years to lose 170 of those pounds but they are gone for good. I didn’t really need them. They were only in the way and it was past time to let them go.

I learned a lot during those 15 years, a lot about food, nutrition, food politics, cooking, gardening and exercise. I learned, that like most things in life, losing weight has a strong mind/body connection. Turned out that changing my thoughts was just as important to my success as changing my diet. The best thing I learned? I learned to laugh. Life is meant to be enjoyed, no matter your size.

What is Let’s Start Fresh?

As my life began to change, I dreamed of helping others with their goals. I may not have all the answers but if I can prevent a few tears in the world by sharing what worked for me, then this adventure was worth it. There are many things to share but perhaps one of the most important is a simple concept I learned to embrace: Today is a new day. It might sound overly simplistic but it’s true. Yesterday is finished and cannot be changed, no matter how many tears are shed. Yesterday is over, so you might as well take a deep breath, forgive yourself and move on. But while yesterday is over and cannot be changed, today is a new day, a day perfect for a new start! That philosophy is the basis for Let’s Start Fresh, a company formed to share all the tips, tricks and information gained over the past 15 years.

Through Let’s Start Fresh, I began giving speeches around New York City to any group who would have me. My audiences have been filled with folks craving practical advice. They want to know how I lost the weight, what to eat, where to find quality ingredients, recipes that taste good and don’t take a week to make. They love stories about hidden ingredients in their food, what their grocery store produce goes through before it gets to them, what is not on their food labels, as well as what is. They ask all kinds of questions about fun ways to get moving and they listen intently when the conversation turns to why we gain weight to begin with.

Why Start a New Lifestyle Webseries?

I adore speaking with people about losing weight. I love being a role model and giving folks hope that they too can make major changes in their lives. Sometimes that’s all it takes, a role model, someone who has walked in your shoes. Reaching people through public speaking has been wonderful and I can’t wait to do more. But finding a way to reach a much wider and larger audience has become important. A lifestyle webseries for Let’s Start Fresh, offering practical advice, many stories, a lot of cooking and a whole lot of laughs, seemed like the logical next step. 

What Will the LSF Webseries Bring?

We plan to bring you episodes that are fun and practical. We will cook with local chefs and at home; visit farmer’s markets, food markets, farms and local food producers; explore the local food movement and learn why it’s good for us; learn how to eat in a restaurant; garden with the experts (both in the city and out); learn how to read food labels and take our knowledge to the local grocery store; do great work-outs in a local park; go dancing, kayaking, bowling, biking, hiking and any other kind of fun that gets us moving. On some episodes we will learn to reward ourselves for our progress. We will have episodes devoted to make-over’s and tips on how to restock clothes closets inexpensively. After going from a size 24 to a size 2, I have many suggestions!!

Kickstarter, We Love You!!

Bringing our project to Kickstarter made perfect sense and we are so excited!! We’re looking forward to making new friends and we can't wait to get feedback and comments from the Kickstarter community. If you decide this is a worthwhile project and choose to support us, you will receive our undying love and loyalty, plus a cool reward. We’ve had a lot of fun putting the rewards together. It’s become a family project. My mother, Lois Cronk, is making gorgeous wine bags from lush recycled fabrics (velvets, brocades, silks), perfect for wrapping up those hard-to-hide bottles of vino. These wine bags are a limited edition and will only be produced for this project. Several rewards are small batch, artisanal specialties from my kitchen, including salad dressings, sundae sauces and specialty cocktail syrups. We’ve included opportunities for personal consults, sponsorship opportunities, speaking engagements and dinner for you and your friends. And if you decide you really believe in us, we will create an episode of Let’s Start Fresh around you.

Limited Edition Wine Bags by Lois Cronk

Show Us Love and We'll Show it Right Back!!

One of our goals for this project is to make new friends. We're all about building communities and hope you'll join ours. So, if you believe in this project and would like to help spread the word about Let's Start Fresh, please consider liking, following or subscribing to us. It doesn't cost a penny!! If you follow us, we promise to follow you and your projects too. 

        Like us on Facebook!!

        Subscribe to us on Youtube!!

        Follow us on Twitter!!

        Follow us on Pinterest!!

Where Will the Money Go?

Any funding we receive from Kickstarter will go towards bringing you as many episodes of Let’s Start Fresh as possible. Each episode costs approximately $1000 to produce. If we reach our goal of $6000, we will be able to bring you six new episodes. If we surpass our goal, we will bring you even more episodes plus replace and upgrade our aging equipment (cameras, tripods, mics, computers).

Who is Let's Start Fresh?

While I may know a thing or two about losing weight, making a video was another story. Fortunately, I have friends with skills who believed in me and this project. 

Let's Start Fresh has expanded to include good friends Tameeka Ballance, Chris Cortes, Ilene Robinette, Steve Ernenwein and Jessica Bennett, to create the Let’s Start Fresh webseries. Tameeka is the host of her own Youtube webseries, TameekaTime. Her Youtube channel, TameekaB, features videos she has shot and edited for other people. In her spare time, Tameeka is a  videographer, editor, foodie and an overall great person. Fortunately for me and this project, Tameeka introduced me to internationally renowned graffiti and graphic artist, Chris Cortes of CortesNYC and CortesCreates. Chris came on board, adding his skills as cameraman, editor, graphic artist and most importantly, video shoot therapist. Additional graphics and therapy sessions have been provided by good friend and longtime illustrator/graphic artist, Ilene Robinette of Steven Edsey and Sons in Chicago. Music was provided by producer Steve Ernenwein and much needed make-up lessons were supplied by the lovely actress, Jessica Bennett. This project would not have happened without them and I will be forever grateful for their hard work, support, knowledge and creativity.

Thank you Kickstarter community for giving us a shot!!

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    LET'S START FRESH YUMMY THANK YOU: We will email you Michelle's famous Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe, Michelle will personally call you to say thank you and you will be listed as a sponsor on the Let’s Start Fresh website.

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    LET'S START FRESH RESOURCE LIST: We will email you the LSF NYC RESOURCE LIST full of all kinds of information to help you make your own fresh start. You will discover food stores, food markets, food coops, farms, CSA's, events and restaurants all over the 5 boroughs. Great for visitors too but if you have no plans to be in NYC, the list also has books, cookbooks, movies, websites, apps and online professional help. It's a constantly evolving list that will be emailed quarterly to our email list. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing and Recipe!!

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    LET'S START FRESH RECIPES: Set/9 Original Recipes, emailed to you. Includes: Salad Dressings, Salads and Spiced Cocktail Syrups. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing and LSF NYC Resource List!!

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    LET'S START FRESH WINE BAG by Lois Cronk. Handmade using lush, recycled fabrics. Perfect for hiding hard to wrap bottles, these bags are a limited edition that will only be produced for this project. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List and LSF Recipes as stated above. Please add $5 for international shipping. Please note: if we get a huge number of orders, delivery may be delayed due to this item being handmade.

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    LET'S START FRESH CHOOSE YOUR FOOD!! One 8 oz Jar of any of our homemade treats. Your Choice: Cocktail Syrups, Salad Dressings or Preserves. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes and the LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, as stated above. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    LET'S START FRESH COCKTAIL SYRUPS: Spiced Apple Syrup, Spiced Pear Syrup, Spiced Berry Syrup. S/3 8 oz jars, all handmade in small batches by Michelle, guaranteed to turn you into a master mixologist! Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes and the LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH SALAD DRESSINGS: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lemon Vinaigrette, Carrot Ginger. Set/3 8 oz jars, all handmade in small batches by Michelle. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, the LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag and LSF Cocktail Syrups, as stated above. Please add $40 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH PRESERVES: Applesauce, Pear Butter, Tomato Chutney. Set/3 8 oz jars, all handmade in small batches by Michelle. Plus LSF Thank you, Sponsor listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, and LSF Salad Dressings, as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH SUNDAE SAUCE COLLECTION: Every now and then you just need a decadent treat! Made with all organic ingredients, our Hot Fudge, Salted Caramel and Butterscotch sauces are sure to bring a smile! Perfect for gift giving as well. Set/3 8 oz jars, all handmade in small batches by Michelle. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings and LSF Preserves, as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH ONE HOUR PERSONAL CONSULT plus FOLLOW UP WITH MICHELLE. Your Choice: A) TELL ME YOUR STORY: We’ll discuss your story and your goals. Together we will choose 3 customized tips tailored to get you started. We will identify 3 areas for additional research. After the consult, Michelle will email you a resource list, full of links and apps to help. Once a month email follow up for 6 months. B) PANTRY EVALUATION: We’ll take a look at what’s in the cupboards; Label reading; Donate, Keep, Throw Away, What to Buy. Once a month email follow up for 6 months. C) FOOD JOURNALING: what info to record, paper vs. internet, sites to use. Once a month email follow up for 6 months. ** NYC area: in person, Out of town: via Skype or travel expenses extra. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings, LSF Preserves, and LSF Sundae Sauces as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH SPEECH, APPEARANCE or SPONSORSHIP: One-hour speech or appearance of your choice plus Q&A. Or, sponsorship of one LSF episode. Your company or group will be featured in a 30 second promo w/ logo at beginning of an episode and a 15 second promo w/ logo at the end of the episode. NYC or CNY area: in person; Out of town: travel expenses extra or via Skype. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings, LSF Preserves, and LSF Sundae Sauces as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH DINNER with MICHELLE: Let Michelle show you what she's talking about: healthy food can taste good and not be boring!! 3 course dinner for 6 prepared & served by Michelle. The menu, beverages & details will be worked out with you. Menu will feature ingredients seasonal, organic and local to your area. Travel expenses extra if outside the NYC or CNY area. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings, LSF Preserves, and LSF Sundae Sauces as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    OUTRAGEOUS LET'S START FRESH APPEARANCE or SPONSORSHIP: 3 One-hour speeches or appearances, Q&A plus giveaways for your audience. Or choose sponsorship of 3 LSF episodes. Your company or group will be featured in a 30 second promo w/ logo at beginning of an episode and a 15 second promo w/ logo at the end of the episode. NYC or CNY area: in person; Out of town: travel expenses extra or via Skype. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings, LSF Preserves, and LSF Sundae Sauces as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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    LET'S START FRESH HERO PACKAGE: CREATE YOUR OWN EPISODE of Let’s Start Fresh. It’s all about you!! Choose your own LSF topic or we can offer suggestions. We will do all the research and writing. Appear with us on the episode (or give this experience to a friend). Receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT for your episode and SPONSORSHIP of 3 additional LSF episodes. 30 second promo with your logo at beginning of episode to promote your business or organization. 15 second promo with your logo at the end of episode. NYC or CNY area: in person; Out of town: travel expenses extra or via Skype. Plus LSF Thank You, Sponsor Listing, LSF NYC Resource List, LSF Recipes, LSF Limited Edition Wine Bag, LSF Cocktail Syrups, LSF Salad Dressings, LSF Preserves, and LSF Sundae Sauces as stated above. Please add $50 for international shipping (the glass jars are heavy).

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