Alisa has been a member for nearly 1-year. During this time she has become a member of the Century Club, which means she has done at least 100 classes (page coming soon). She recently completed the 10-week challenge (March 2014 – May 2014) and her results were amazing, losing 11.25-inches off her body! But most importantly, she has also gained an appreciation for investing in herself saying, “It (CKO), has been one of the best gift I’ve given myself ever!
This reminds me of a great quote:
“Invest in yourself first, before you expect others to invest in you!” – Unknown
Read more about Alisa story below:
I’m a Marketing Specialist for Sparling, an electrical, technology, audiovisual, acoustical and lighting design firm.
Do you have any hobbies?
Love to travel, especially to international destinations. I have been known to do some knitting, but haven’t done that for awhile.
How did you first learn of CKO?
I go to Central Market all the time and I remember being intrigued by the CKO sign when it went up, but I didn’t act on it. Then Donald Llamodo and Katy Maynard started talking about CKO and how much they enjoyed it. I thought I don’t know if I want to workout with my co-workers? Well, I noticed their results and they kept up with gentle encouragement and I finally decided to try it in late July 2013. Katy took good care of me that first day bringing extra gloves for me to try, I will always be grateful to her for that. I had lots of fun during my first class and once class was over I chatted with the front desk person giving all the usual excuses about signing up and finally she said “what are you afraid of?” It all kind of hit me why not try it even if you are afraid of failing, I signed up on day one and have not regretted it once since then.
What are some of your fitness goals?
At first I just wanted to do something to get me moving since I sit in front of a computer all day. Then I thought if I work out then I can eat whatever I wanted. Well I was incredibly wrong and after a couple of months of class I wanted more. I saw some great results from those that participated in the Fall 10-week challenge and I was inspired. I’ve done another elimination diet, but it was only for 30 days and the habits did not hold once it was done. I did like the way my body changed once I gave up grains, so I knew I could handle the food choices with the challenge. I’m a person that tends not to have alot of goals, I just jump in and try something if it’s of interest. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s bad. I’m still working on what I want next in my fitness goals.
What is your favorite aspect of CKO?
The classes are always a little different each time, so it keeps my interest and keeps me coming back. I have finally figured out that I like someone telling me what to do for a workout, just don’t make it the same each time. I loose interest so fast if a class is repetitive. Also, CKO keeps my mind active, I like to listen to the instructions and try not to watch so I can keep the flow more consistent. I’m still amazed when I hear one thing and my body does something completely different than what was called out. My all time favorite is strikes on demand, love that sound when everyone is in-sync!
What was the best part about the challenge?
The support and encouragement of the instructors and the team members. Also, the boot camps, it really got me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways I never thought I could accomplish.
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
Making it to 5 classes a week, that was a big challenge that I did not meet. I concentrated on getting to 4 classes and that worked well for me.
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
The instructors and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment when the class is over.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
I don’t want to fall into old habits of rewarding myself with food. I keep telling myself that I’m the one who stayed on track during the 10-week challenge. Nobody, but me made me do it, so it is my choice to continue with the good habits and I will do it!
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? One thing I wish I’d kept better track of my progress from day one and maybe you should give out a card for a person to track their measurements quarterly and/or at year-end. This could be something a person does at home, but is a gentle reminder to start tracking from the beginning.
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)!
Since joining CKO my body had changed dramatically and I so wished I’d kept better track of my progress and measurements from early on. I think I’ve lost about 20lbs since joining CKO and the most eye-opening and proud time for me was at the end of the 10-weeks with 11.25″ gone… forever!
Thank you so much for providing this opportunity, it has been one of the best gift I’ve given myself ever!