10-Week Challenge Results (Hazim Ghanim)

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

==========================================================================================

Meet Hazim Ghanim 10-week challenge alumni (read about his first challenge), who has been with CKO/2.0 for just over 1.5 years. Over the course of this fitness journey Hazim has had many great successes! He has lost over 35-lbs, completed a CINCO, completed 40-in-40 (4o workouts in 40 days), completed the Spartan Race, and improved his diet…

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

By day I am a stress engineer.

Do you have any hobbies?

I am mostly a home body, I enjoy small projects around the home (right now I am looking at home automation).  I roast my own coffee.

Spartan Strong!

Spartan Strong!

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

This is my second 10-week challenge, I originally found out about the challenge through my wife, Viridiana. 

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

Having a movie night with Q&A afterwards was great! It was nice to discuss and hear everything challengers had to say.

Hazim and his wife Vir

Hazim and his wife Viridiana

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

This time around I tried pushing myself well beyond 5 workouts a week, and I do not think I achieved this to the best of my ability.

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

Knowing what I came from, and the changes I have already made, getting the compliments from people and my wife, these things keep me coming back.

Bootcamp at 2.0 Next Level Fitness

Bootcamp at 2.0 Next Level Fitness

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

I still struggle with having the mindset to push myself. Sometimes I find myself rushing through a workout, and not giving it my all, or not taking my body to failure.

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

Believe in yourself, when you do the 10 week challenge you are gambling on yourself, it should be the easiest decision for you to make.  When I first heard about the 10 week, I thought to myself “I could just do that myself” but it is so much easier having a group of challengers going through the same struggles as you, helping you change your mindset.

20151026201917

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

I have done the 40 in 40 and ‘Cinco’.  Those challenges were great, the difference is having people to rely on.  A community online you can talk to, and relate to.  You’re not on your own.

Working hard at CKO

Working hard at CKO

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

Funny enough, having the camera in class, someone taking pictures, makes me try harder, if even for that moment, but at the end I usually think to myself that was more that I thought I could do.

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)! 

Since starting CKO I have done the 40 in 40, Cinco, and 2 – 10 week challenges, in all I have lost 35lb (16% weight) and changed my diet for good.  It is the most amazing feeling to eat well, and deliciously.

haz2

Advertisements

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.

==========================================================================================

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…

ec4fb-10903635_768177126595378_663984274_n.jpg

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!

10828092_672448116207486_6926216393643802285_o

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!

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.

==========================================================================================

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.

12080392_995609763814964_492740014892011389_o

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!

10-Week Challenge Results (Amber Casali)

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

==========================================================================================

Meet Amber Casali a writer and editor who joined the 10-week challenge as a way to take her fitness to the next level…

In the spring of 2016 Amber plans on doing a lot, and I mean A LOT, of hiking, because she is planning on writing a hiking guide book. Anyone who has done any amount of hiking knows that it (hiking) requires a lot of stamina and overall strength. So Amber joined the CKO/2.0 10-week challenge to establish the necessary fitness foundation she will need to take on the countless hiking trails. In addition to the hiking, Amber is looking to do a half-ironman in the near future which is 70.3 miles of swimming, biking, and running.

To learn more about Amber’s 10-week challenge read below:

Amber (bootcamp 2.0)

Amber (bootcamp 2.0)

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

Technology marketing writer and editor

Do you have any hobbies?

Hiking, swimming, gardening

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

I heard about it through the CKO Facebook page. It was a hard decision because I wanted to make sure I would have the time to do every aspect of the challenge and really be committed.

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

How cut and dry things were. I didn’t have to spend any mental energy wondering what to eat or when/how to work out. Having a program with a bunch of guidelines was like setting a big fitness train into motion, and I just had to jump on.

Amber (bottom , second from right)

Amber (bottom , second from right)

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

The hardest part was finding ways to stick to the food side of the challenge in social settings, such as eating dinner with vegetarian friends, or going to a pizza and beer work event.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
Knowing I’ll have fun working out and feel great afterward.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
How to have more of a social life. During the week, between cooking meals and working out after work, I don’t see friends as much as I used to.
What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?
Just do it– it will never be easier to meet your fitness goals than in this type of setting with clear guidelines and tons of support.
12195128_1005958619446745_2102467114033916631_o

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)!

This has been an incredibly positive experience and I think it will have a long-term effect on my eating habits. It has given me a solid jumping off point for future fitness goals– I’m thinking about doing more rock climbing and possibly training for a half Ironman next year. And to share some big news: I’m going to be writing a hiking guidebook and wanted a way to get in better shape in the off season as I am going to be doing a bunch of hiking research in 2016. I feel stronger and faster, and I’m excited to maintain this level of fitness until I can hit the trails in the spring.
Congratulations Amber on completing the 10-week challenge. We have no doubt that you will be ready to take on all your new adventures in 2016!

10-Week Challenge Results (Lynda Beddall)

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

==========================================================================================

If we had a list of amazing members Lynda Beddall would definitely be on said list! She has been with both CKO and 2.0 from their beginnings, and she is amazing because she never complains or makes excuses, she just works hard! It’s AWESOME! And the results speak for themselves…

(Check out Lynda’s 2014 challenge results: Lynda’s 2014 10-week challenge results)

12047003_10208179542514946_2555134213631681531_n

Lynda (3rd from left) –Has no time for sleep. She will “sleep when she is dead”

Lynda has had amazing success over the last several years and this last 10-weeks challenge was no exception. Over the course of the 10-weeks Lynda lost 24.5-inches and 9-lbs! She also increased her pushups (in 2-mins) by 11, her goblet squat (in 2-mins) by 13, her sit-ups (in 2-min) by 8, and her pull-ups (using the blue band) by 5!

In addition to all this, I believe Lynda, also has, the best time management skills in the entire world! She is a mother of 5, works a full time job, play’s soccer and softball, competes in mud runs, and still workouts out (at one of our gyms) nearly everyday! It is amazing!

Check out Lynda’s story below.

lynda b and a

Besides being a Gym Beast, what is your day job?
I’m a property management accountant Monday thru Friday but most importantly I’m a mother to 5 amazing kids and wife to the most amazing man I know!

Lynday post baby # 4 and right after an Achilles rupture!

Lynda post recovery of an Achilles rupture (around 2013)!

Do you have any hobbies?
Besides hitting the gym 5-6 times a week I also play indoor and outdoor soccer and when the Seattle weather permits I like to play softball! Otherwise I’m honestly pretty low key… I love relaxing and being home with the fam!

 2012 Restarting her fitness journey after baby #4!

Mud Run!!! 2012 Restarting her fitness journey after baby #4!

 

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up? I’ve been a member of CKO since they opened so this was actually my 3rd time conquering the 10-week challenge! Each time I learn something new to add to my arsenal of healthy tricks, and each time I’ve had amazing results! Next for me is to keep on track during the holiday season and not get side tracked with life and loose sight of how far I’ve come! It’s a lot harder to keep it up when you don’t have the accountability of the trainers and nutritionist keeping you focused… This challenge is structured to get started on your journey, and it’s hard work but let’s face it — life is always gonna get in the way from time to time so you have to decide, how bad do you want it?!

10854177_675609109224720_3793806126461209853_o

Jan 2014

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?
Its hands down the community!! The group of people you meet during this challenge always astonishes me and I’m no newbie at this… You meet so many different people who are fighting the same fight as you. Pushing towards the same goals and supporting each other thru every step of the journey, and that is priceless!

What was the hardest part about the challenge?
Food!!! Restructuring your brain to relearn everything you’ve been taught… Like i said, I’ve done this challenge multiple times and every time I’m reminded why this program works. There’s no shortcuts to nutrition, either you stick to the program OR you don’t and you DON’T see the results.

Fastest time of the day! (2.0 Circuit Training)

“Momma B” — Fastest time of the day! (2.0 Circuit Training)

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? My family… I want to be a strong role model to my kids, especially my daughters. I want them to see that hard work will get you further than shortcuts and that there’s no substitute for drive and determination. I want to be around to see them conquer their own obstacles in life with the same mindset! Most importantly want to be able to grow old with my husband, and you can’t do that if you don’t take care of yourself. He absolutely deserves to have the best version of me in his life, cause let’s be honest he helped me create this person… He’s always been my biggest supporter. Never allowing me to self sabotage or throw the scale thru the window!! Haha!! No seriously, life is too short as it is and I intend to not make it any shorter!

Check out Lynda’s 70-day (10-week) “selfie transformation”.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? Food!!! I could use the excuse, I love food too much but that’s been explained to me SO MANY times as not a valid excuses 😉 You can love food and still make the right choices of things to eat. You truly have to grasp that fact that this IS A LIFESTYLE… It’s not the end of the world if you dabble into the badlands (with food) but you CANNOT allowing yourself to live there!

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge? Do it… Not just for yourself but your your family, cause this challenge will change your life. It a whole new world when you open your mind and heart to what you can accomplish in 10 weeks! The sky truly is the limit…

Namaste!

Namaste!

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different? Like i said before I’ve done this challenge 2xs prior but this time was definitely different. There was more accountability with the tracking the workouts and the daily photos and weekly weigh ins, which I’ll be honest was a pain in the ass at times, but it without a doubt kept me on track. There were also weekly meal plans! I was SOOOOO EXCITED about the meal plans that Jessica created for us… It helped me remember the serving sizes that are acceptable when you’re eating the right things and that you can eat great food and not feel restricted! My mantra this challenge was Athletes Eat and Train — They don’t diet and exercise! For me this means more than just what it says… I truly feel like an Athlete after this challenge! I’m WAAAAAY stronger, toner, and faster than yesterday and I plan to continue this journey because I believe in myself! I AM AN ATHLETE!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? This is a hard one cause I truly believe you’ve done an amazing job at creating a program that works… Please continue to keep bringing the fire and passion to everything that you do at your gyms. You truly are changing lives and I can’t stress that enough. For me personally keep challenging me to get better at everything I do, EVEN if you know I hate doing it… That normally means that I need it the most!

Kettlebells, soccer, softball,Kickboxing, Bootcamp, is there anything Lynda can't do?

Kettlebells, soccer, softball,Kickboxing, Bootcamp, is there anything Lynda can’t do?

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 may seem like this comes easy to me but I’ve ALWAYS struggled with my weight and being healthy. Most people DON’T know that once stood at 5’0 and 200 lbs! This transformation did NOT happen overnight and has taken me about 10 yrs to get to where I am today… This challenge has brought me to the best shape of my life. I may not be at my lowest weight but I honestly don’t believe that the scale can truly measure ones accomplishments! I’m able to lift more than I’ve ever been able to before! I can do more push ups ON MY TOES than I ever could’ve imagined and can actually do pull ups without a band! I never envisioned these accomplishments for myself because prior to coming to CKO and 2.0 my only gauge of fitness was the scale… I now know that this can’t be measured by just that and THAT my friends is a TRUE accomplishment!!!

Having fun!

Halloween 2015 – -Having fun!

I am a firm believe in the phrase “if it is important to you, you will make time” and Lynda is living proof; if we want it bad enough, we will find a way! Congratulations Lynda, your work ethic and time management skills are amazing and highly motivational. Keep doing what you are doing!

10-Week Challenge Results (Cassie Pate)

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

==========================================================================================

Are you ready for another amazing 10-week transformation?

Meet Cassie Pate who, in just 10 short weeks, lost 32 inches off her body, nearly 7 of those inches were off her waist! In addition to the inches Cassie also lost 22-lbs! But Cassie, did more than just lose, she also gained. She gained strength improving her pushups (in 2-mins) by 28, her squats (in 2-mins) by 29, sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 21, and increased her max dead hang by 17-secs. Not only did Cassie gain strength, she has also gained confidence!

To learn more about Cassie’s 10-week journey read the interview below:

September 2015 (Left) - November 2015 (right)

September 2015 (Left) – November 2015 (right)

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

I work at a Cafe, which can be really challenging when you are trying to eat healthy, because I am surrounded by pastries and sugary drinks all day long!

Do you have any hobbies?

Um, is Netflix a hobby? Just Kidding, while I do like to occasionally binge-watch tv shows, I also LOVE to read, and spend time with my family and dog.

Putting in work at CKO Seattle

Putting in work at CKO Seattle

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

I had been an uncommitted member to both 2.0 and CKO in the past, and although I enjoyed the workouts, I lacked the motivation to get myself to the gym more than once a week. I was actually on the verge of trying some more radical weight loss options, when my Dad told me about the Ten Week Challenge and I decided to give it a shot, and oh my goodness I am so glad I did!

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  

My favorite aspects of the challenge was the encouragement I got from all of my fellow challengers, the general feeling of camaraderie between everyone was outstanding! I also loved the support and and advice I received from Carla about my diet.

Bootcamp at 2.0. Cassies (far left)

Bootcamp at 2.0. Cassie (far left)

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

For me the hardest part of the challenge was sharing what I was doing with other people. Whenever I had tried to lose weight in the past, I had always kept it a secret just in case I failed. I found that when I shared my efforts at weight loss with others, not only was I SO encouraged, but my story encouraged others as well!

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

My biggest motivation is having the best, and most fulfilled life I possibly can. I have been held back by my weight in so many ways. I have let it be my excuse for not grasping so many opportunities, and I don’t want it to be my crutch anymore. Garett and Jessica like to say “choose your hard”; yes, exercising and eating right, can be hard, but being overweight and unhealthy, is so much harder.

Cassie with her Family members at CKO

Cassie with her Family members at CKO

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

Learning how to eat healthy is going to be a long journey for me, because I have eaten so unhealthy my whole life. I am slowly training my body to crave the right things, and save the wrong things for the occasional treat.

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

Do it! I have tried numerous different fitness, and weight-loss options, but the accountability and encouragement you receive during the Ten Week Challenge can’t be beat!

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

I haven’t tried other challenges, but I have tried other weight-loss programs, and one thing that is different with the Ten Week Challenge is the level of accountability. In this challenge fellow challengers are always asking about how your challenge is going and it is just really encouraging.

Bootcamp

2.0 Bootcamp – – Cassie (bottom right)

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

NOTHING! Y’all are great!

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)! 

Cassie at 2.0

Cassie at 2.0

Before the Ten Week Challenge I was stuck in a MAJOR fitness rut.  I liked working out, but lacked consistency, and I had just about completely given up trying to eat healthy because I was so frustrated. The Ten week challenge changed my life in SO. MANY. WAYS. Not only did I lose an incredible amount of weight and inches, but I also gained a lot of good habits, and for me that is the most valuable thing I received. I have made working out a habit, and have adjusted to eating real food with actual nutritional value, (cheddar bagels and pizza are rare treats nowadays). I have gained so much confidence in myself not only because of what I have achieved, but also because of the incredibly encouraging words of my fellow challengers and the CKO/2.0 staff. While the Ten Week Challenge was indeed challenging, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Congratulations Cassie, your 10-week transformation is amazing and inspiring! You have the work ethic and all the tools to continue this fitness journey and I look forward to watching your progress!