CKO Success Story (Kim Schaaf)

I absolutely love Kim’s story, it is what our gym is all about and it’s stories like hers, that remind me why I love to do what I do!
Kim talks about being angry the first time she walked into the gym, how sugar is more addictive than alcohol/drugs and how her cholesterol is normal for the first time in 20-years! Check it out, you will be glad you did! 🙂
10 weeks! March 2014 - May 2014

10 weeks! March 2014 – May 2014

Kim Schaaf interview:
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 
I actually work two jobs. My day job is working as Admin Assist at Pacific Rehabilitation Centers Pain Program in Everett. My passion job is educating and empowering women to know their breasts and to be advocates for themselves through a non profit organization Check your Boobies. Checkyourboobies.org – have a party they are free and fun! When I am out of town for a week or so at a time I am at colleges teaching the young women and men about early detection methods for breast and testicular cancer! 
 
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to sew, read, bike ride and kayak. Would love to make traveling a hobby some day! Oh and I love babies and toddlers! 
Check your boobies
 
How did you first learn of CKO?
Tracy Gallagher posted an invitation to a free kickboxing class in October 2013 through Meetup.com. I knew I needed to lose weight and first signed up to go with my daughter cause I thought it would be fun….ha….I didn’t realize it would be so hard. My trial class was a true eye opener for me – I couldn’t get up off the floor without help, I thought i was going to pass out before we even got through the warm ups. I went home afterwards and slept for 4 hours. I didn’t join right away because I didn’t think I could do it – I was too out of shape! Then I got an email from CKO about their Black Friday special and for some reason unknown to me I signed up and started the next day! On January 1st I declared 2014 as the year all about me! I did the 40 in 40 challenge and then committed to the 10 week challenge and haven’t looked back since! 
What are some of your fitness goals?
I didn’t really have any fitness goals at first other than just to lose 50 pounds overnight…..that did not happen! However my first goal was to be able to get up off the floor without help, then I wanted to be able to do at least one sit up, then one push up. I want to continue to get stronger and reshape my body. My current fitness goal is to be able to do a 100 mile bike ride in Solvang one day – I want to be fit enough and healthy enough to do the things I want to do and enjoy them – to get old and be active until my last day on earth. By December 31, 2014 I want to be off all my medications. 
Kim and her daughter (front) Oct 2013. Kim's first class at CKO

Kim and her daughter (front) Oct 2013. Kim’s first class at CKO

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?  
Wow this is hard to answer, everything! The first thing I guess I fell in love with is that I could work out for 1 hour and burn almost 1000 calories – so when I left I KNEW I had worked out and it felt like I was doing something other than struggling through a treadmill walk that only burned 200 calories. What I very quickly learned to really appreciate and love is the people, Garett and Jessica have done an amazing job of making CKO the most welcoming and encouraging place I have ever been to, the members are all quick to say hello and to encourage each other and push each other to be their best. Other gyms I’ve gone to (mind you only a few times each time I joined!) did not have that same feeling. And the inspirational stories from other members – when I read them and see where they have come from and what obstacles they have overcome and are still overcoming I am in awe and I know I can do it too. 
What was the best part about the challenge?
CKO has changed my life, when I first started in December I don’t know that I could have done the 10 week challenge, just exercising was such a big change for me. After exercising a couple months and not losing weight the way I thought I should I was ready to take it to the next level.  The best part of the challenge was knowing you were doing this with other people who had similar goals, the commitment to 4-5 workouts a week and for the first time in my life giving up sugar! I learned I could do things and my body could do things I never in my life thought possible. 
 
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
No sugar – giving up sugar was harder than anything else I have ever done, and that is saying a lot. At one time (24 years ago) I gave up drugs/alcohol and that was easier than giving up chocolate/sugar. I was a die hard sugar addict and my reputation was based on it – my whole life centered around it. I joked with patients about bringing me chocolate, I spent at least 30 dollars on bags of candy to have at my desk every week, not a day went by that I didn’t eat at least a half pound of candy. Learning new ways to interact with people that didn’t involve candy was hard – telling someone they could bribe you by bringing you an orange just doesn’t have the same feel!
Kim December 14, 2013

Kim December 14, 2013

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
Truly feeling great for the first time in my life – having energy all day and coming in those doors and finding I can do something I never could before. Seeing other members and the accomplishments they are making. I would list the names of all the people that inspire me at CKO but it would end up being everyone probably! My first inspiration was the story I read about Tanya – I felt like I could relate to her and her story gave me the hope I needed to keep showing up.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 
The scale – I want it to move still and find I can get anxious when I step on it and it doesn’t show what I want it to. Focusing on all the things I can do now that I couldn’t do before and seeing that I have made great strides and that what matters is my health and how I look and feel in my clothes and not just on what the scale says!
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 
I can’t think of anything really. You offer everything I need and more. I suppose having a one month check in after the 10 week challenge would be a nice extra to see how we are doing with staying on track. Letting me put my name on my bag so I can always have it available when I come in! haha. 
 
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)! 
When I came in the doors to CKO for the first time I was very very angry. I knew I had to get the weight off and had just learned that I now had a heart condition that really could only get better by exercising. This was in addition to already having high blood pressure and high cholesterol for the past 20 years. I had invested a lot of time and energy into being an anti exercise – true exercise hater my entire life and having to ‘give in’ to doing it really made me mad. I didn’t like that I couldn’t just do anything I wanted and be fit and trim, and in the past, even with being out of shape, if I wanted to ride my bike I could – I would get tired easier but I could still push through it, last summer I couldn’t do it because I literally couldn’t breath.  
Kim

Improving every day!

I was so angry for knowing for years what I needed to do to prevent a heart problem but didn’t do it anyway because it was too hard, too slow, too boring and I didn’t have the time. I was depressed and really felt like I couldn’t do anything that would really make a difference. Boy was I wrong in so many ways. 
Last September the heart doctor wanted me to go on Statins (a cholesterol lowering medicine) I resisted but ended up taking them for one week, and during that week I felt like my bones were screaming, so I stopped them. He told me to take some other things and I didn’t do it – for the first time in my life I didn’t want to take a pill to make it better – instead I chose to exercise. My numbers say it all! In September my total cholesterol was 264, in February after exercising for two months my number was down to 242, in May at the end of the 10 week challenge all of my numbers were within normal limits! Total cholesterol was 197 – first time in over 20 years I have had normal numbers!!! 
Something else that is important to me to share is how CKO has helped me change my thinking – I have actually become one of ‘those people’ who knows the benefits of exercising regularly. Because of the energy and motivation at CKO, I have for the first time stuck with exercise long enough to actually see and feel the benefits. I understand why my husband exercises as a way of life and that he just does it regardless of whether he feels like it or not – because it does help with mood, energy and attitude. I expect to wake up feeling good now and when I don’t that is the exception and not the rule – and I usually find that its because I haven’t’ been to CKO in a couple days!

 One last thing to share (sorry I know this is becoming a book!) – my husband LOVES the results! And here is the being on the Oscars part…I want to thank everyone for helping me to overcome obstacles that would have had me quitting any other time. The support I had from my family, friends, CKO members and co workers was amazing and still is amazing. I feel like a very very lucky lady! And as Garett says, “The more you sweat the luckier you get”! Bring on the sweat!

Kim quote

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