Melissa Melbourne participated in CKO Seattle’s the first ever 10-week challenge (September 2012 – November 2012) and while the purpose of the challenge was to “compete” against one’s self, if however, the challenge was a contest where participants competed with each other Melissa would definitely be in the running for biggest transformation! Melissa started at CKO Seattle at the end of July (2012) and her transformation in just 5 short months is one of the best we have seen! Melissa’s story starts a little over two years ago when a broken foot caused her to become inactive thus resulting in weight gain and the associated medical condition that result from being overweight. Melissa’s story is below:
Two years ago at age 36 I weighed 150-lbs and was fairly active participating in Karate on a regular basis. Then unfortunately I broke my foot during a Karate class and was in a cast for 10-months, 8-months of which I could not even walk! Being inactive for nearly a year, while eating whatever I wanted without even realizing the consequences of what junk food can do to your body I gained 40-lbs of fat, weighing in around 190-lbs! Then once my foot healed up I joined the YMCA hoping to lose all the weight I had just gained over the last 10-months. I tried to push myself at the Y but without a structured fitness plan, positive feedback, and nutritional support the results were basically non-existent. Then just about 5-months ago (right before I joined CKO) I got a wake-up call from the doctor after a health test, telling me I was boarder line diabetic and a candidate for a stroke!! The very next day I decided that I was going to change my food intake and get serious about working out!!
That’s when I found CKO Kickboxing and the amazing people to support my lifelong change. After one class at CKO I knew this gym was the “real deal” and I immediately signed for one year and then I immediately went back to the YMCA and canceled my membership without thinking twice. After about a month at CKO I was feeling much stronger and much healthier and just about that time the first 10-week challenge started and again I signed up because I wanted my progress to continue. First, let me tell you that signing up for the 10-week challenge was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The challenge was exactly the “push” I needed to take my fitness to the next level! Garett’s knowledge about healthy eating is second to none and he has really made me think twice about what goes into my stomach!!
In the 5-months since joining CKO Kickboxing I have lost 40lbs and 6.5 inches on my waist!!! I would and do recommend CKO to just about everyone I talk too! Also I am not going to lie, it is a great feeling when people say “wow you look great, have you lost weight? What is your secret?” My answer is always the same! CKO IS MY SECRET! CKO has made my life a 100% better in lots of ways; I am healthier, my attitude about food is much better, and I have improved confidence! I no longer have to SIT ON THE SIDELINES anymore, I am participating in life!! I have already signed both my husband and I up for the next 10-week challenge in January 2013! Let’s do this!!!
I love you guys more then words can express, thanks for saving my life!!
I hope Melissa’s story is as inspiring to you as it is to us! Members like her make our job very rewarding! With that being said I would like encourage everyone to follow in Melissa’s steps and make 2013 the year that you actually stick to your goals! The next 10-week challenge starts January 13, 2013! If you are serious about becoming healthy and much stronger than you could ever imagine, the 10-week challenge is a great place to help “kick start” your new healthier lifestyle. But please do not wait. It has come to my attention that many people want to sign-up but don’t, because they may not be able to make the bootcamp class or that the will be out of town for a week or two during the challenge. Let me say the the stars will never perfectly align or the timing is never right and this is true not only for health and fitness but for life in general. We all are “real people” with families, jobs, bills to pay and pressed for time but if you want something bad enough you will find a way! I guess what I am trying to say is STOP thinking about why you can’t do the challenge and START thinking about why you should do the challenge!!!