10-Week Challenge Results (Jessica Ketola)

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 Jessica Ketola, a mother, a nonprofit director, a musical talent, a kickboxer, a fitness inspiration and an overall great person. Seriously, Jessica is kicking ass and taking names…

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So when it came to Jessica’s performance during the 10-week challenge (fall 2015) it was no surprise that she kicked ass again. In fact, Jessica lost 17-lbs and 30 inches in just 10-weeks!!! In addition to the inches and weight lost, Jessica also improved all aspects of the fitness test improving her max pushups (in 2-mins) by 4, her max goblet squat (in 2-mins) by 17, her max sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 5,  and her pull-ups by 4.

 

To learn more about Jessica’s 10-week journey, read below.

 

10-week Transformation

10-week Transformation

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

I am the Executive Director of a small local nonprofit, Turning Point, working to help inspire and catalyze ordinary citizens and neighbors to invest in building a strong community, creating a fabric of care in our neighborhoods. We run an afterschool tutoring program, summer day camps, provide healthy snacks, free summer lunches and weekend backpacks for kids at risk of hunger, and cultivate a giving garden that donates fresh, organic vegetables to the HopeLink food bank. I love my job and am a big believer in the idea that if we all offer our gifts to the community, there will be more than enough.

Do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies are keeping up with my four kids, kickboxing, hiking, cooking, hosting parties and days all to myself. 

I am also an artist-singer-songwriter and I enjoy singing, writing, playing piano, and performing. Several years ago, I did a fan-funded project, releasing my debut album. This was after a rockstar moment I had singing with Sting at the Gorge a few years earlier (I know, long story – www.jessicaketola.com) which inspired me to pursue my music. It remains a constant challenge to make time to create and to play, but is a vital part of what brings me joy.

Jessica with Sting!

Jessica with Sting!

 

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

I did the challenge last fall and LOVED it – though it was definitely not easy and required discipline and perseverance every day. I felt I needed the push to continue pursuing my health and fitness goals, so signed myself up again!

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

Jessica (center) at the yoga challenge takeover class

Jessica (center) at the yoga challenge takeover class

There was so many favorites. This challenge superseded the one before. I loved the increased accountability, the support of the other challengers in the takeover classes and facebook group, and the meal plan! It was the best challenge yet!

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

For me, it was a couple of “potential” setbacks. We unexpectedly had to take a trip to Montana to move my husband’s grandma into a retirement home. And so had to travel and eat out in a very stressful situation for 5 days. Not too long after our return, I was taken down with a nasty virus which completely knocked me out from working out for almost an entire week. I rarely get sick or miss work, so this was very disappointing. However, I was proud of myself as I didn’t let it give me any excuses to quit or settle. I flexed with the things outside of my control and made a plan to stay on track with my food and still get in all 50 workouts. 

Jessica working out and giving back to the community

Jessica working out and giving back to the community

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

The entire CKO / 2.0 community! I see people working hard, fighting to change their lives, getting stronger and more fit every day and it inspires me. I purposefully put myself in classes and around people that are stronger and more fit (which is truthfully not that hard to do ) hoping that someday I too will be like them. 

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

I think keeping motivated, keeping on track, staying consistent is a challenge. I have lost significant weight multiple times in my life but have gained it back. I know I have made so many lifestyle changes over the past two years but it is easy to slip back into bad habits.

Jessica at a 6am challenge take over kickboxing class

Jessica at a 6am challenge take over kickboxing class

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

DO IT!! If you are ready for change, it will absolutely change your life!

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

You are doing it! I brag about “my gym” all the time. You guys have created a place of acceptance, community, and challenge – which is a pretty rare thing. Just changing people’s lives one day at a time! NBD.

Jessica at the 2014 ugly sweater Kickboxing class

Jessica at the 2014 ugly sweater Kickboxing class

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)! 

Two and a half years ago, I found my weight peaked at an all time high. I was absolutely miserable and felt defeated after just previously losing weight and vowing I would never put it back on — but with high stress, a new medication, low thyroid and failing to prioritize my exercise and food, here I was again. I felt so discouraged and some shame – but the only way forward was through the pain. And so I signed up at CKO in January of 2014 and began eating a whole foods Paleo diet. I was so out of shape, I couldn’t get through a class but I kept showing up and I lost 30 pounds in the first 6 months. In Fall of 2014 I did my first 10 week challenge and it pushed me out of my long plateau and I lost another 17. I was thrilled! I kept up the workouts, kept up the healthy eating and was able to maintain and even lose a few more pounds. This summer was brutal and I found myself struggling to stay on track, especially with my food and the scale began to creep up.  And so I signed myself up for the Fall Challenge again and I couldn’t be happier with the results! I have now lost a total of 60 pounds and I am absolutely committed to continuing the journey!

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Congratulations Jessica for all the success you have had during your fitness/life journey. You are a big inspiration to many in our fitness community (CKO and 2.0). Keep doing what you are doing!

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10-Week Challenge Results (Kristin Hingtgen)

Check out this testimonial from recent 10-week Challenge graduate Kristin Hingtgen:

I think before this challenge the biggest decision for me was really understanding that I am in charge of my health and I can control how healthy I am. It always seemed like it was something that was decided for me. The hardest thing for me was just deciding to do it and promise to myself that I will commit 100%. I did and it was life changing. I think the biggest thing for me was learning about how to properly fuel my body. I wasn’t eating nearly enough, I wasn’t eating enough protein or healthy fats. I’ve always limited my food intake but I was encouraged to eat more! I was just eating foods that were going to give me fuel rather than drag me down. 
After 70 days of consistency and 50 workouts- I am a new, better version of me! I’ve lost just over 20lbs, 25 total inches and have gotten way stronger! 
This is not the end, just the kickoff of my new, healthy lifestyle and I feel excited for what’s to come!
I can honestly say that this was one of the best experiences of my life. 
Congratulations Kristin, your 10-week challenge results amazing!

 

10-Week Challenge Results (Julie Kurpewski)

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 Julie Kurpewski, a long time CKO and 2.0 member, a 10-week challenge alumni, and a graduate of the most recent 10-week challenge…

During this last 10-week challenge Julie lost a total of 10.5-inches and 7lbs! In addition to the inches and weight lost, Julie also improved all aspects of the fitness test improving her max pushups (in 2-mins) by 12, her max goblet squat (in 2-mins) by 22, and her max sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 6.

Check out Julie’s first 10-week challenge here.

To see Julie’s 70-day transformation watch the video below:

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

I am an Information Systems project manager at Costco corporate.

Do you have any hobbies?

I like to hang out with friends, see movies, play with my dogs & lately my biggest hobby is working out at 2.0 & CKO.

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

I learned about the 10 week challenge initially Fall 2014. It was an easy decision for me to sign up because I had experienced success in the past. This fall’s session marks my third time doing the challenge and each time I participate I find that I learn more & gain more strength.

Working the battle ropes

Working the battle ropes

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

This challenge was probably the best one that I’ve participated in. I really appreciated the menus & shopping list that were provided on a weekly basis. This offered a lot of new ideas that I can add into my regular meal plans. I liked the accountability that it provided to me. The daily food logs in My Fitness Pal, checking in for each workout on social media & finally the daily selfies. This helped me stay focused. Finally, the best part was how everyone participating bonded and encouraged each other. This is the closest I’ve gotten to many of the other participants. To the point that many of them have become friends.

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

The hardest part for me is still making sure that I have my food prep complete. To combat this, I try to dedicate Sunday’s as my prep day & make enough food for the week.

Working the bag at CKO Seattle

Working the bag at CKO Seattle

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

Working out has now become a lifestyle for me. I enjoy the classes & the challenges each provide to me. Finally, the people that are part of the gym are great. It’s not uncommon that someone is encouraging you to push harder. It helps you get more energized & feel more confident in your abilities.

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

As mentioned above, food prep is my challenge. I admit, cooking is not my most favorite thing to do. If I dedicate a specific day to get everything set up I find that I’m much more successful.

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

My advise to someone would be to do the challenge. Yes, it’s a challenge, but seeing it through gives you such a sense of accomplishment. If you follow the plan, successes will follow.

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

This was my third 10 week challenge with CKO/2.0. This one was different because it offered a higher level of accountability to us. We were supposed to log our meals & take selfies daily & post our workouts on social media. One the things I enjoyed the most was the opportunity to do community service. I hope CKO/2.0 offers to do this more often even outside of the 10 week challenge.

Julie (front) at the 10-week challenge community event

Julie (front) at the 10-week challenge community event

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

Now that I’m a member of both CKO & 2.0 I believe that participating in the workout offerings can assist me in not only getting stronger and faster but will get me to my true potential.

Julie (front, 3rd from left) at bootcamp

Julie (front, 3rd from left) at bootcamp

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)! Outside of getting stronger, there were noticeable changes in how I fit into my clothes. To me, this shows that I’ve made progress & I find this very exciting.

I would like to thank all the CKO/2.0 staff for their support and encouragement. You all have continued to make this journey a positive experience.

Congratulations Julie on your most recent 10-week journey! Your consistency and dedication is an inspiration to not only the CKO/2.0 staff members but also the members!