If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.
Meet Tammi Adams a wife, a mother, an operations consultant and a 10-week challenge success story! During the 10-week challenge Tammi lost 11.25 inches, 15 pounds including a 7% reduction in body fat and improved all aspects of her fitness test! However, Tammi’s biggest success during the challenge, that Black Dress!
To hear all about Tammi’s journey read her interview below:
The Tammi Adams interview
Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?
I work as an Operations Consultant for a major cell phone company. I evaluate customer service processes and policies to see how they effect customers and employees and then try to make them better. It’s a lot of time in email, conference calls and listening to customer service calls. I’m one of the people listening in for quality and training purposes. It’s very glamorous…okay, not really.
Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies include keeping up with a 4 year old, learning to sew and cooking around food allergies.
How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?
I learned about the challenge from attending CKO. I actually struggled with the decision to sign up a little bit. My husband was the one that really encouraged me to go for it. We talked about the commitment and strategized what it would take for me to complete it.
What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?
I have two favorites. The first is going to the classes at 2.0. Going to those or trying them out is not something I would’ve done had it not been for the challenge. I really enjoyed the Semis, boot camp and Yoga. I’m looking forward to adding Tabata and Kettlebells to the mix. CKO and 2.0 are such an amazing combination. The biggest struggle now is which class do I take today?
The second thing was being strongly encouraged to do things that I really didn’t want to do but in hindsight I’m so glad I did them. Daily photos and food logging. The level of awareness created by those two daily actions was phenomenal. I gained so much insight through tracking and inspecting.
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
In the first few weeks of the challenge I really cut calories and tried to get immediate results. Being extreme backfired on me in every way. I felt terrible, I was often hungry, grumpy, unfocused, not losing weight, tired, on and on. Once I added a few hundred extra calories to my daily goal everything fell into place. I started losing weight, workouts improved, my ability to function improved. I had to let go of all the indoctrinated “weight loss” advice and just do what felt right. I needed to embrace that this isn’t a race, I still want to be fit, healthy and strong after the challenge. I needed to figure out strategy for the long term more than anything else. The hardest part was letting go of weight loss baggage.
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
- The workouts are motivation. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I do something I wasn’t sure I could do or I get the form right even if its just one rep, hitting the bag a little harder or faster than before, doing the non-modified version of an exercise because I’m strong enough to do it now…Each workout is a self esteem booster.
- Strong bones. Nobody wants Osteoporosis.
- My husband and son are sources of motivation. I love it when my son sees me being strong and active. I feel like that is something that will stay with him for the rest of his life and positively influence his perception of me and other women in the world.
- The women I work with are amazing. We have daily conversations about how much we lifted, the mileage that we ran, tire flips, healthy recipes and of course cheat foods. Everyone is doing their own thing but we get to come together and celebrate it. I could list several other sources of motivation but the support I get from my family, friends and the members of CKO / 2.0 are the biggies.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
The idea that eating more is actually better for me. I feel an emotional pull to reduce calories and then remind myself of how counterproductive it was when I did that for a few weeks. Food logging has been the best tool to help me balance out what I’m eating throughout the day.
What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?
Really participate and trust the process. If you’re struggling talk to somebody! Garett, Jessica, Carla, Josh are REALLY supportive and have been through this a time or two, they can probably spot trouble areas and help you work through them without judgment.
Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?
I did a 90 day challenge at my previous gym. It was contest based and I came in 2nd! I temporarily lost a lot of weight BUT I didn’t have any strategies for being healthier or stronger long term. After I injured my foot and could no longer run I regained most of the weight. Most of us have weight loss as a goal but that was never the end game of the 10 week challenge and I really liked that.
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?
I’m excited to see what my true potential is so I’m going to keep taking classes, challenges and all the help I can get from the terrific staff at CKO and 2.0
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you!
I found it really helpful to track my workouts with Facebook and the check ins. That was an easy method for me. I didn’t anticipate that it would inspire anyone but I talked to people every week about what I was doing, why 50?, the results I was seeing, did I like it etc. It was a really good feeling to know I had a direct positive influence on others.
One last success that I have to mention because its been 10 years in the making is “The Dress”. I bought a dress after my husband I were married, a classic Little Black Dress. It was a big deal because I’m so tall and dresses rarely fit me at the waist. It was a little tight but I thought “hey, I’ve been losing weight for the wedding, I can take off another 5-10 pounds” Well that last 5-10 pounds never happened but I really liked this dress so I kept it. I even hung it up where I could see it every time I went to my closet. Over the course of the 10 years I got close to wearing it twice. On the last day of the challenge I tried it on again wondering if I was close enough to fitting into it that maybe, just maybe, I could wear it to the big fancy corporate event in Chicago at the end of June. IT FIT! I am so excited to finally take the tags off and rock that dress!