How to lose 60-lbs in 2.5 years (The Hannah Piper story)

Meet CKO member Hannah Piper who in just 2.5 years, lost over 60-lbs. In addition to the weight loss, Hannah has found a new love for fitness and is truly embracing her new healthy lifestyle. To learn more about Hannah’s transformation journey, read her testimonial.

60-lbs lighter and looking better than ever!

60-lbs lighter and looking better than ever!

Testimonial by Hannah Piper:

I had been overweight since I was about 13 years old. All through high school and college, I struggled a lot with very poor eating habits paired with hating exercise. Not a good combination! I would half-heartedly attempt to lose weight every once-in-a-while, but by the time I was over 200 pounds, it just seemed like too big of a mountain to climb. I was convinced that I was trying everything I could to lose weight, and nothing was working. In reality, I was putting in almost no effort and setting myself up for complete failure every time. It seems crazy to say this, because I consider myself a pretty smart person – got a 3.9 in high school and graduated college in a very demanding degree program. I did not lack intelligence. However, when it came to fitness and nutrition, I was really clueless. I had no idea the caloric value of the things I was eating, and I was really brainwashed by the “quick-fix” industry that we are in today. I thought that doing a few crunches and eating a few low-fat foods every once in a while would rid me of my 75+ extra pounds. It did not (shocking, I know!). So, that led me to being a 22 year old, 5’7 female weighing in at about 240 pounds. Not a fun place to be. I can vividly recall all the times I would go out with friends, envying them for having perfect bodies and being able to fit into size 2s at the mall. I hated the way I looked but was really convinced that I couldn’t change it.

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Putting in work at CKO Seattle

I moved to Seattle after graduating college to start a job in the aerospace industry. I had always been interested in boxing, and thought that I would check out some local places that offered classes. At this point, I had already started walking daily and trying to eat a little bit healthier (though, admittedly, I still didn’t really know what “healthy” was; instead of eating better… I was just eating less). I found CKO online, and was extremely intimidated. I would click on the website every few days, and try to convince myself not to be scared and to just try it. It took me probably a month to finally bite the bullet and sign up for a trial class. Going in for my tutorial prior to class, I was extremely nervous. I met Garett and he went through the basics with me and a few other newbies. Garett’s face when I tried to roundhouse kick for the first time is something I’ll never forget. He assured me, however, that I would get better in time (and I have!). 🙂 I was exhausted by just the warm-up. I left class that day and immediately called my mom to tell her that it was the hardest workout that I had ever done in my life. But… it was fun. It was something I could see myself doing without getting bored. So, I went back. I signed up for a membership that night and have never looked back. I can very confidently say that taking that trial class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It set into motion a million other micro-choices that have made me a healthier, happier, and more-fulfilled person.

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Hannah (back row, 2nd from left side) Spring 2014 10-week challenge

I continued taking classes, dabbled in some personal training, and eventually signed up for the CKO “10-Week Challenge.” The 10-Week Challenge absolutely changed my life. I learned everything that I had somehow previously missed about nutrition. I learned to read labels, to really be mindful about my food choices, and to question the fad-diet industry that runs rampant in the global discussion about nutrition. In 10 weeks, I lost 17 pounds and gained so much knowledge. In the 2.5 years that I have been with CKO, I have gone from 225 pounds to 165. I never thought it was possible, but it turns out that hard work and consistency really do pay off.

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Hannah’s progress after the 2014, 10-week challenge

I was sidelined most of 2015 with a pretty brutally painful lower back injury that I’m still dealing with today, but I would make it to CKO as much as my body would allow, and I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I still struggle with nutrition; I love sugar and bread and I slip up like most humans. But, I have so many tools at my disposal now, and I know exactly where I can go to get the best, most fun workout that will kickstart my passion for being a healthier me. I owe so much to CKO and I am so incredibly happy that I found this place that has changed my life completely. Thank you!!!

Congratulations Hannah, your transformation journey has been amazing and inspiring. I am so glad that you gave us (CKO Seattle) a try back in August 2013. And, as I promised, your round houses did get better 😉 .

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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!

10-Week Challenge Results (Reinette Arase)

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 Reinette Arase, a true warrior who averaged more than one workout a day during the challenge! Over the course of the 10-weeks, Reinette decreased her need for meal time and night time insulin! In addition, she lost 36.5 inches off her body and increase her fitness test results by:

  • 24 pushups
  • 19 goblet squats
  • 8 situps

Congratulations Reinette, you are now much healthier and a whole lot stronger!

Left (September 2015) - Right (November 2015)

Left (September 2015) – Right (November 2015)

The Reinette Arase Interview

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

I am a resource specialist for Child Care Aware of Washington. It is a state wide call center that helps families find child care  for their young children.

Do you have any hobbies?

Aside from working out…I like to spend time in my craft room creating things.

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

I became a member of CKO at end of August and the announcements were starting to ramp up about the 10 week challenge. I was at first hesitant, then I asked my friend Lynda B (she is the one who also encouraged me to try CKO) about it and she highly encouraged me to go for it! She assured me, it would all be worth it and that it would be life changing. I saw her transformation as well as others and that was all I needed to jump on board.

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Reinette and Lynda on the last day of the challenge

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

Honestly, everything!! It truly encompassed the whole person. From the structure, to the accountability methods, to the nutritional and emotional support and coaching, and awesome classes and motivating trainers. Most of all was the community feeling and support from all of the challenge peeps!! Great bunch of people who cheered for you, encouraged you and we all had similar goals and wanted the best for everyone!

Team CKO Monster 5K

Team CKO Monster 5K

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

For me it was the food plan. Prepping and preparing the meals in advance and of course cooking the meals.  And learning to trust and understand the concept of “eat more”. Also struggling with while learning that sleep and managing stress is hugely important in being successful in adopting a healthy lifestyle change whether you need to lose weight or not.

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

Because I know that it is absolutely what I need , I want to live a long healthy life free from chronic health challenges and for my dad. He had a long struggle with diabetes and complications. I spoke with him 5 years ago on father’s day telling him how I had joined a boot camp and the next time he saw me he wasn’t going to recognize me. Sadly, he passed away one week later…

Also I just really love the feeling of being strong and fit!

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

I’m not gonna lie. It would be patience and negative self-talk. I have come a super long way combating both of those items during the course of this 10 week challenge, but I still have hiccups along the way. I do however notice that I bounce back a lot quicker than in the past.

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

You are worth it! Investing in yourself is a no-brainer… Just Do it!! The rewards are to be reaped!! Once on board gather support! It is the most amazing journey you can embark on! I’m sure anyone of us former challenge peeps would gladly be there to support your decision or answer any questions you might have.

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

What made this challenge different (compared to others) was the high level of organization. The CKO/2.0 challenge was well thought out and well researched. From the kick off, to the structure of all the accountability requirements, to the challenge take overs, to the community challenges, the weekly shopping list, the nutrition planning, to the communication, and the group of awesome trainers involved.

Also, I can’t forget to mention the support I received from both  Jessica and Carla. They were constantly there to answer all of my questions and helped alleviate many of my fears.  Couldn’t have gotten through this without the both of them. Always responsive – all of the time!! This challenge is truly setup for success for the long haul if you are willing to put in the work.

Community Challenge. This was a record breaking night for the amount of food that was provided

Community Challenge. This was a record breaking night for the amount of food that was provided

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

I love the challenge take over classes. Maybe add a class or two that would be just a challenge class. Introverts need a little help. My one regret is that it took me a while to get to know some challenge peeps and some I didn’t get to know at all. Or maybe that’s the way some people preferred it which is cool.

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 only been a member since the end of August and yet I feel like I’ve been here forever. The challenge couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because it allowed me to acclimate myself to a new environment. CKO/2.0 is more than a gym…It is a community of like- minded people who are all there to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.  This community is extremely supportive of one another.

Reinette was a regular at the 5am TABATA class

Reinette was a regular at the 5am TABATA class

I came into this challenge with multitude of health challenges the biggest of which was uncontrolled diabetes of 20+ years. I also was dealing with adult diagnosed ADD. The combination of those 2 had been a daily nightmare to say the least. A week and a half into the challenge with the new food plan – I found myself decreasing my insulin dosage to the point where now I have cut my meal time insulin all together except for periodic adjustments and cut my night time insulin dosage in half.

I was slowly able to learn concepts of food, health, nutrition, and much more that in the past I was never able wrap my brain around. I started to meet many new people and started to feel more comfortable opening up. I felt like I found a home here.

I lost 36.5 inches including 5in in my left arm, 4in in my right arm, 6 1/2in my bust, 4 ž in in my waist, 6 ž in in my hips, 4 ½ in my right leg and 5 in in my left leg.

I increased my 2 minute testing by 24 pushups , 19 goblet squats , 8 sit ups and 43 seconds of dead arm hang.

Congratulation to Reinette and all of the challengers! Reinette is a true testament to what is possible when you commit to the process and trust the program. While her measurable changes are AWESOME- what is so much more powerful and rewarding is the internal, non-tangible changes in emotional health that she was able to make. 

10-Week Challenge results (Michaela Won)

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 Michaela Won, a recent graduate of the CKO/2.0 10-week challenge. In just 10-weeks Michaela lost 18 lbs and 16.5 inches off her body! In addition, Michaela “aced” the fitness test, adding 19 more pushups, 26 more goblet squats, 2 more sit-ups, and 9 more pull-ups using the purple band!

Congratulations Michaela, you results are outstanding!!!

To learn more about Michaela’s 10-week transformation read below:

September 2015 (left) November 2015 (right)

September 2015 (left) November 2015 (right)

The Michaela Won Interview

 

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

I am working as an Airline Specialist for a European Tour Operator.

Do you have any hobbies?

Kickboxing of course! I am also a baseball mom in the spring/summer with lots of tournaments and BBQs. I like hiking year- around and snow-shoeing in the winter. Scrapbooking during rainy season is always fun.

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

I learned about the 10-week challenge through friends at CKO. It was actually perfect timing for me because my oldest son just left home for college and I needed the distraction (call it empty nest syndrome). Besides that, I needed to step up my work out routine to reach my 100 lbs weight loss goal.

Jan 2015 – Just starting her CKO journey.

 

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

My favorite part was meeting so many inspiring people that kept me going. Some of them became real role models for me. The feeling that somebody cares about you made all the difference. I also liked the organized check lists and weekly food plans that kept me on track. The trainers were so supportive and encouraging that they made me want to give it my best.

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What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Posting all my work outs on Facebook was not in my comfort zone. I’d rather do my own thing in silence than sharing everything on such a public site. However I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback I received. There were so many people telling me how inspired they were and to keep going. Most of the time, I didn’t know how to react to these compliments because I was so used to dealing with negativity and road blocks. I guess I just didn’t want people to take my post the wrong way – such as “here she goes again bragging about her work outs”. Being the center of attention is really not my thing.

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

The fear of gaining the weight back. Three years ago I suffered a stroke because of my obesity. It took three month of physical therapy and acupuncture to get my left arm back to normal function. Even today my left side is still weak. I fought hard to get my weight down and I now enjoy doing so many things that I couldn’t even think about before. There is no way I can go back to being overweight and taking the risk of more health issues and not being there for my kids.

2012

2012 – The year of the Stroke

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

Self-confidence has always been an issue for me. My head was filled with a lot of “CAN’Ts” for so many years that even now with all the lost weight I doubt my ability sometimes. That’s why I am so thankful for the people in my life that keep challenging me to try new things, like the Spartan race, 5K’s, difficult hikes, working with weights or rock-climbing. Accomplishing these tasks keeps me motivated and eager to get stronger and do more.

Getting stronger everyday!

Getting stronger everyday!

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

Connect with the other challengers! It made all the difference for me because we encouraged and gave advice to each other and it helped just to talk to somebody that is going through the same thing as you. Also, not to get overwhelmed- I took it one day at a time and gave it the best I could that day. Attitude is everything – pick a good one and stay positive!

Working out can be fun. asfdasf Halloween class)

Working out can be fun. (Halloween class)

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

This was my very first challenge!

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

That’s a tough question – I would say you are already helping us to break free of our “self-imposed” limitations by challenging us to push further. I had several of these “aha” moments during training where I realized that I was way stronger than I thought. I think encouragement is the key.

Spartan finisher! Oct 2015

Spartan finisher! Oct 2015

10-week challenge results:

Starting weight: 183.2 lbs

Finishing weight: 165.2 lbs = 18 lbs lost/ 16.5 inches lost

Push up test: 30 to 49

Goblet squat test: 43 to 69

Sit up test: 54 to 56

Pull up test (purple band): 5 to 14 (aha moment!)