10-Week Challenge Results (Jeanne Lavery)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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Meet Jeanne Lavery, a single (soccer) mom who works two jobs and still finds time to improve herself! Jeanne has been a member at CKO for just about 10-months (now a member at 2.0 as well) and has lost over 36-lbs, 21 of those pounds coming off during the 10-week challenge! Over the course of the challenge Jeanne started posting the turtle emoji which represented “slow and steady”. I personally love this, because there is no such thing as an overnight success. The key to success is consistency and Jeanne is proof as she strives to make small progress, one day at a time!

"Slow and Steady"

“Slow and Steady”

To learn more about Jeanne’s 10-week Journey, read below:

Left (September 2015) - Right (November 2015)

Left (September 2015) – Right (November 2015)

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

I am in the dental field, working in a private practice, and also for 3M teaching offices how to adapt a digital scanner into their practice.

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At work. (November 2015)

Do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies- Favorite thing is watching my 12 year old play soccer year round. I enjoy cooking, and hanging out with friends and family. Before I joined CKO (12/14), I watched lots of NETFLIX!-now, my TV time has been mostly replaced with hitting the bags, or lifting heavy things!

Favorite new hobby!

New hobby!

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?
I did the last Challenge, Spring 2015- and my main goal that time around was to finish, complete the workouts, and get results. I had injured my knee the first week… So that task alone was hard to even complete, and in the end I did loose some weight/inches and got stronger, but when I looked at the before/after photos, I knew I could have done better.

Spring Challenge (March 2015)

Spring Challenge (Feb 2015)

Food was a huge part of that (challenge), and then after it ended, I didn’t stay on top of my diet at all, and gained some weight back, and lost momentum.

It was hard for me this time around to sign up- being honest, I felt like I didn’t do that well, and felt like I let myself down and didn’t want to re-do it and fail, again. Boy was I wrong.

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?
Man, so many!!!!!! First of all- having the designated “challenge takeover classes” was so great! I got to workout over and over with several Challengers and we soon became a close group, we also started connecting and planning on meeting at other classes, and just reaching out on our group FB page together, inspiring each other and encouraging.

Jeanne is a regular at 2.0's semi-private training

Jeanne is a regular at 2.0’s semi-private training

I really embraced the part about posting publicly on FB, and started a fit Journey page on Instagram. When I posted the “Why” video in the beginning, I could not believe the positive response I received, overwhelming to say the least. Soon I got over the part of me that felt like people would think it was boasting, and I kept doing it with the thought in mind, I’m helping others, which is what I wanted to do.

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

I would say, the food prep, even though it was one of the best aspects of this challenge this time around.. I just finally feel like I have the grocery shopping and dishes done, and then I need to go back out again!- the menu was awesome too, I was able to find some real clutch foods that will stay in the rotation for a long time!

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

I feel my results this time are a reflection of that- not giving up, and the motto I adopted was Slow and Steady wins…I made my mind up, I was determined this time around to see a change at the end, and i did just that .

Putting in work at CKO Seattle

Putting in work at CKO Seattle

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?

I’m not really sure! I guess the biggest thing I struggle with is balance with life… And the gym. I have so many classes I do, and want to do…but I still need to manage my son alone and two jobs… Busy is putting it lightly.

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

Just do it! The support from the staff is amazing, the fellow challengers are all so inspiring, everyone is in it for the same reason- to get to a better version of themselves. Come talk to me or anyone that has finished one, two , three , or four of them!!!! That says a lot that people go back for more! – I’ll be there next time too!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?

I’m all in now, full membership to both clubs. Just keep doing what you’re doing and
my true potential will come… It’s not a race, I’m in it for the long haul.
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)!

Lastly I’d just like to point out- I have done everything, dieted my whole life, gone up and down with weight, and I am now convinced, for ME, that hard work, dedication and consistency is the only way to do this.- No short cuts, no starving myself or any pills, just plain work. I’m happier for it, stronger, agile, and feel amazing, and I’m not done yet!

 

Results

Highest weight (246-lbs) in 2007

Highest weight (246-lbs) in 2007

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Jeanne and her brother – November 2014

Tale of the Tape (10-Week Challenge Resutls)

  • Starting weight December 2014 before joining CKO- 225lbs
  • Starting weight fall challenge – 210.8
  • Final weight fall challenge – 189.7
  • Total loss- 21.1 lbs
  • All over body inches lost – 22.75 inches

Fit test Results (Before/After)

  • 2 min 25lb goblet squats – 36/52 +16
  • 2 min Push ups-30/43 +13
  • 2 min Sit ups-49/63 + 14
September 2015 (left) - November 2015 (right)

September 2015 (left) – November 2015 (right)

Congratulations Jeanne, you have made great progress and you have the warrior mindset! Slow and steady does win the race, so keep doing what you are doing and I look forward to watching you get better every day!

 

 

10-Week Challenge Results (Tanya Faley)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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In a previous blog I mentioned that it is it impossible to have a favorite client because every client is uniquely different. However, as mention in the same blog there is a huge difference between good clients and great clients…

Now if a list of great clients existed Tanya Faley’s name would definitely be on this list. Tanya has been a member of CKO since day one (July 2012). During this time as a CKO Member all Tanya has done is make progress. She has lost weight, built muscle, improved her nutrition and more importantly she has consistently improved her athletic performance. In fact, since joining CKO she has had several PR (personal record) in 5K races, 1/2 Marathons, and Triathlons.

Tanya has done numerous other CKO 10-week challenges and you can read about her previous results below:

 

Left (September 2015) - Right (November 2015)

Left (September 2015) – Right (November 2015)

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

Mother of two teenagers and scheduling coordinator at a dentist office.

Do you have any hobbies?

Singing, running and tennis.

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?

I was notified in am email from CKO. It was an easy decision to sign up!

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

I liked all the accountability-posting, pictures and the challenge takeovers

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What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Logging my food-I really don’t like to do that!

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

As I start to see results, I want to maintain those and continue to get to my goals. I also like challenging myself to be the best I can be.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

I will also have a struggle with food. I love all food and especially things made with bread and sugar. I have seen all the documentaries and read all the research and know it is bad for me, but it still tastes so good. Being in these challenges shows me that I can make it without those foods. I just have to find a way to make it work outside of the challenge. I have no problem working out 7 days a week, but I will not lose any weight or see any visible progress if I don’t eat right, It is how my body must be wired.

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

To absolutely do it if you are serious about making a change. You have to be committed and follow all the instructions to see big gains, but it is totally worth it!

Doing pull-ups at 2.0

Tanya – Doing pull-ups at 2.0

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?

This is my 4th challenge with CKO and this one was the best because we got to connect with other challengers thru postings and challenge take overs. We didn’t feel all alone and had a great support system with Garett, Jessica and Josh checking in on us and Carla checking our food logs. I also loved all the accountability and the friendly competitions for # of workouts. 🙂  The daily photos and workout postings was tedious at times, but kept me focused and on track. The potluck at the end was super cool too!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 

I don’t know what else you guys can do-you do it all so well. Thank you for believing in us, for giving us so many great workout options (any 4:30 AM classes being formed? LOL!) and always encouraging us!!!

Tanya working hard at the community takeover event!

Tanya working hard at the community takeover event!

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)! 

I have consistently run any races after the challenges faster than the time before, so we will see how I do this weekend and in a few months. It is amazing to me that I never used to run, then I was running slow and with lots of fuel (GU and Gatorade) and now I run fairly fast (getting faster each time) and I don’t have to eat anything for a half marathon to make it through. The endurance, stamina, and nutrition training I receive in the challenges has been so vital to my growth as a runner and as a person in every day life. I have more energy to do more things and find other things to do that make me move rather than sitting and watching TV all the time. I am so glad for this gift of improved life I have received. These challenges and kickboxing at CKO have been the best present I could have given to myself. It is an investment for a better me, a better mom, a better wife, a better friend, etc.

Update: Tanya PR'd this 5K race, just 4 days after the challenge ended!

Update: Tanya PR’d this 5K race, just 4 days after the challenge ended!

Congratulations Tanya, you have been (still are) one of the most consistent members we have ever had and your results speak for themselves. I look forward to watching your progress in the future!

10-Week Challenge Results (Amy Colburn)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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Ok, I am just going to come out and say it, losing 32-lbs and 21-inches in just 10-weeks is simply awe-inspiring! I have seen numbers like this before but they usually come from a MLM calorie restriction diet where the participant starves themselves for 60-90 days. Sure these MLM participants “lose weight” but they often lose muscle mass (becoming weaker), and reinforce their unhealthy relationship with food. In other words, not all weight loss is created equal

Meet Amy Colburn – Amy not only lost 32-lbs and 21-inches in just 10-weeks, she also improved her strength, increasing her max push-ups (in 2-minutes) by 18, her max squats (in 2-mins) by 24, and her max sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 13! The best part about all this, Amy made this progress in a healthy and sustainable way!

To learn more about Amy’s 10-week Journey read below:

Left (Sept 2015) - Right (November 2015)

Left (Sept 2015) – Right (November 2015)

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

I am a high school math and science teacher at Everett High School!

Do you have any hobbies?

Besides being a Gym Beast? ha! I spend most of my free time these days rooting for the Hawks and the Cougs. I like to go on hikes, spend time with family and friends, and watch my younger cousins’ sporting events.

Bootcamp at 2.0

Bootcamp at 2.0

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?

I heard about the challenge from the trainers while working out at CKO. I had been a member for a while and had passed up on a couple of other challenge opportunities. I didn’t think I needed the support because in general I (thought I) knew what I needed to do to see results. I went back and forth and finally decided to join just a few days before the challenge started. The hard part was committing to something right at the same time that a new school year started as sometimes things can get a little hectic!

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

The CKO/2.0 Owners and Staff! I was nervous when I signed up that it would be like other challenges or weight loss groups where if you know anything about nutrition you are hearing the people running it talking about the plan and you just think to yourself “this is a bunch of nonsense”. I’d done some research on what we actually should be eating (again…I had the tools, not the motivation) and everything that Garett, Jessica, and Carla said at the kickoff meeting aligned exactly with what I’d read. I knew during the kickoff meeting that this challenge would be a success because it was obvious the people running it aren’t just there to get your money but they really want to help you change your life.

Amy was a regular at 2.0's Kettlebell class

Amy was a regular at 2.0’s Kettlebell class

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Signing up for it.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

Knowing that I am fully capable and deserving of being healthy and comfortable in my own skin.

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Amy (second from left) at the Challenge take over class. Yoga at 2.0!

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

Being afraid of falling quickly off the “bandwagon”. I’m typically an all or nothing kind of person and so the challenge itself was fairly straightforward. The guidelines were clear and I even had a checklist with exactly what I needed to do on a daily basis. Now that I can make my own decisions and having to make a conscious decision on my own to eat well and workout, I struggle with wondering if I am capable of making the right choices but also being able to enjoy life. I know I will not go the rest of my life without a drink or dessert, but being able to make a conscious decision to have that thing and then move on is what I am still working on.

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

DO IT! I don’t think it really matters where you are on your journey, you will get something out of the challenge. I know that what I needed was most definitely not the same as what every other person needed but we all got something good out of the challenge. I knew pretty much all of the information but the challenge helped me put it into motion and see that I was capable of making positive changes. I know other people who were motivated but didn’t necessarily have all the tools they needed. The CKO/2.0 owners and trainers do an excellent job of giving everyone all the information they need and then individualizing support to help each person where they need it.

Amy at the Community Challenge. Help make over 9000 meals for the HUNGRY

Amy (at right) at the Community Challenge. Help make over 9000 meals for the HUNGRY

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?

I’ve tried pretty much everything. What made this challenge different: The food! At the kickoff meeting we were told to cut out sugar AND sugar substitutes for the first 30 days. I truly believe this is what made my challenge so successful. I’m a rule follower but also good at finding loopholes. Even while eating healthy in the past I would have diet soda and things with splenda in it because I figured it didn’t have calories so it didn’t matter. Once I cut those things out I found that I didn’t really crave high carbohydrate foods like I had in the past.

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 

Just keep doing what you guys are doing!

Working hard at CKO

Working hard at CKO

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)! 

Something you might not know about me – I actually had a dream during the 2nd week of the challenge that I ate a glazed donut on accident. It wasn’t until I was almost done with it that I remembered I wasn’t supposed to eat it and I was like NOOOOOOOOO. Luckily I woke up and all was well, but it was weird!

Challenge results

  • 32.4 pounds lost
  • 21 total inches lost
  • Push-ups: from 32 to 50
  • Goblet squat: from 28 to 52
  • Sit-ups: from 50 to 63

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Congratulations Amy! Your 10-week journey is definitely an inspiration and a great testament to healthy “weight loss” practices. This is just the beginning of your journey!