If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.
Meet Dana Panteleeff, a mom, a wife, a Chief Operating Officer, a 10-week challenge success story, and Commander-in-Chief of “Operation Badass”! During the challenge Dana lost 14-lbs and 15-inches! To hear more about her challenge read the interview below.
The Dana Panteleeff interview
March 2016 – May 2016
Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?
I am mom to two kids who are more amazing than they yet realize (currently 12 and 15), and married almost 19 years (*gasp* where does the time go!) to my loudest cheerleader. My day job is Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Bloodworks Research Institute (Puget Sound Blood Center rebranded as Bloodworks about a year an a half ago…. Our Research Institute’s scientists are learning more each day about the inner-workings of the bleeding/clotting system, the immunology related to transfusions, attempting to extend the shelf life of blood products, and many other things).
Do you have any hobbies?
I love gardening and cooking — to the extent I can combine the two, all the better! I also enjoy watching my son’s soccer games and sometimes dabble in paper crafts and knitting.
Dana at 2.0 next level fitness
How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?
I had heard and seen of the success of others at the gym, especially Jeanne Lavery. By the time I signed up, I had committed to a shift in lifestyle, so less “hard decision” to sign up and more excited about living into the structure of the challenge to see what might happen.
What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?
My family and coworkers know that I. heart. checklists. So as dorky as it sounds, I found enjoyment in checking boxes off the worksheet as we worked through the challenge….(and, I really mean that in a sense of appreciating having a tool to utilize to track progress and the visual of the accumulating accomplishment as opposed to a “check the box” mentality).
The supportive camaraderie of the fellow challengers was also really fun. Someone is sick/injured/something derailed the plan — how can we help? You just deadlifted 200+ pounds? holy crap, you rock! The community (especially the trainers) meet an individual wherever s/he is at and supports whatever s/he is trying to accomplish. Teamwork at its finest is really fun. (!)
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
Food planning as a family. Our 15 year old is vegan, our 12 year old revolves around a competitive soccer schedule (each of which a lifestyle of its own!), the husband trains for his mountaineering practice, my work hours can be extended, and, we highly value family dinners. We didn’t always solve that equation, but we often did, and even if we weren’t eating the same things, we still created time together to enjoy meals and talk about whatever was important at the time (which sometimes involved talking about why we each chose what we were eating and respecting the choices of others).
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
Confidence that I’m investing time in something that is worth it to me and to those with whom I live and love. I continually evaluate how I use my time, and finding another hour in the day isn’t easy. One approach I’m finding particularly useful is to pick a mantra that works for personal and professional reasons to use during the workout — helps create a mindset that I’m being double efficient with my time rather than cutting other things I short. “Operation: Badass — Fight for change and shed the excess” has helped me walk through the door and push myself during workouts, and, has shown up in many ways as I make decisions for myself or at work, and, I’m not feeling tempted to feel guilty about how I use that hour. The family comments that I seem more calm, the measurements during the challenge reinforce personal progress, and the changes at work are starting to show promise. That’s powerful fuel for boosting confidence that the time investment is worth it!
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
In general, I tend to be pretty hard on myself and can be impatient with pace of progress. So, I’m working on being kinder to myself without feeling like I’m making excuses. For example, I missed improving on sit-ups by 2. Did I think to myself that perhaps the car accident I was in a couple days prior might have something to do with that? Sure – totally reasonable, my back was hurting. Did I also question myself about if/whether I was just making an excuse and perhaps could have tried harder? Of course I did. Did I then get frustrated that I was even having this conversation with myself? Yup. We’ve all been there 🙂 I’m working on really embracing “Always happy, never satisfied…” especially the first half; the second half is easier for me.
What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?
Do it! You’ll surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.
Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?
Last fall, I participated in a 21-day habit hack through CKO, with the intent of challenging my suspected addiction to carbs. The 10 week challenge helped solidify habits that were seeded during that challenge.
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?
Keep doing what you’re doing!
Team CKO/2.0 rocks. (!!)
Here are the beginning / end measurements:
- Pushups (in 2 mins) 41 / 54
- Sit ups (in 2 mins) 55 / 54
- Goblet Squats (in 2 mins) 54 / 68
- Bar Hang 30 / 61 (Seconds)
- Pounds lost: 14
- Inches lost: 15, including 5 from waist and 4 from hips
Not measured as part of the challenge, but blood pressure is down to 125/75 and resting heart rate to 60.