10 Week Challenge Results (Jessica Ketola) part 3

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 weight lifter, a fitness inspiration and an overall great person. In addition to all this Jessica, is also a 3 time graduate of the 10-week challenge. Each challenge provides unique learning experiences and during this challenge Jessica learned that our “simple” fitness plans are not always so simple

However despite all the twists and turns of her journey she still managed to find time to workout.

To hear about Jessica’s experience read the interview below.

March 2016 - May 2016

March 2016 – May 2016

The Jessica Ketola Interview

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

Executive Director for a local nonprofit, Turning Point, that serves at-risk youth and low-income families in the neighborhood
Do you have any hobbies?
Not really. Raising four kids has kind of been my hobby over the last 20 years — but I do enjoy cooking, entertaining, enjoying family, friends and strangers, and laughing, dancing and drinking wine. After which I love to indulge myself in a good book, a hike, a spa day, or some delicious silence and solitude.
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Being strong is our right! Jessica working towards completing the CINCO

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?
This was my third challenge (read about the other two here and here). CKO has been life-changing for me and I wanted the extra push that the challenges provide to keep me working hard, growing and testing my limits.
What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?  
I loved the Semi-Private Training. During the last challenge, I discovered that I really liked strength training and so this time I took full advantage and improved my strength all around.
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
They say the journey is never a straight line but a bumpy, twisty journey and this time, I found that to be ever so true. My dear friend, pastor and colleague was diagnosed with a heart attack and congestive heart failure that is very serious. After which my husband was rushed to the hospital and we were told he was having a heart attack. Fortunately for us, he was NOT having a heart attack but pericarditis (inflammation of the heart sac) but after a rocky night where he flatlined and they had to resuscitate him and two nights in the hospital, our family was pretty rocked. Add to that, taking on the lead responsibility of our church in addition to everything I was currently doing which was already too much, you get one of the most stressful months I have been fortunate to live through. So, I may or may not have eaten a whole MOD gluten free pizza one night in the hospital and I certainly began to give myself allowances of wine and chocolate. But I didn’t quit. I traveled a whole week away and still got my 50 workouts in!
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Jessica (bottom left) after a very intense bootcamp

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
You guys do! This gym is my happy place. Garett and Jessica, all the staff and just some really great people who are all pushing themselves to become the best versions of themselves.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
Self-acceptance and maintaining fitness and health in balance with the occasional indulgences and stress of everyday life.
I am CKO
What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?
Do it! It will change your life!
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 
I think you are doing it. Thank you!
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you.
 
The last couple challenges I have seen dramatic results. This time, being closer to my ideal weight, my gains were much smaller. And yet, I made gains. I lost inches. I lost pounds. I lost fat. I built muscle. And I got stronger. My fitness improved across the board. One of my goals was to work on the emotional side of the challenge, and I feel I made some good progress there as well. And so all in all, I am proud of myself even if I didn’t “arrive.” The more I journey, the more I realize that there is no arrival destination. We all just keep progressing, growing, learning and evolving. So here’s to the journey! 
September 2014 - November 2014

September 2014 – November 2014 (Jessica after her first 10-week challenge

10 Week Challenge Results (Lynda Beddall) #4

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 Lynda Beddall, a mother or 5, a bookkeeper, a wife, an athlete, a role model, and a certified BADASS. If anyone on the planet could use the excuse “I don’t have enough time” it would be Lynda, however despite have one of the most insane schedules she manages to excel at whatever she pursues.

Thank you Lynda for being a great example of the philosophy; “if it is important, you will make time”! You work ethic is nothing short of inspirational!!!

To hear more about her challenge read her interview below.

March 2016 - May 2016

March 2016 – May 2016

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

I’m a bookkeeper for a property management company who also happens to be a super mom to 5 awesome kids and wife to the most amazing man in the WORLD.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love playing soccer, softball, mud runs, relaxing with the fam and shockingly gardening!

Lynda (middle) Having just completed the Spartan!

Lynda (middle) Having just completed the Spartan!

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

This is actually my 4th time conquering the 10 week challenge (read about other challenges here and here). Each time I’ve learned something new to add to my arsenal of tricks to keep this challenge going in real life! This has never been a tough decision for me. I always want to learn how to get stronger and smarted thru my fitness journey. -Alway Happy Never Satisfied, right?

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

I’ve said it each time and it’s still 100% true for me… It’s the community that this 10 week challenge creates. Its such an amazing bonding experience knowing that you’re pushing towards the same goals as your team. It’s truly makes the whole experience worth it.

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Lynda working hard at CKO

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Balance, Balance, Balance… Every time I think I’ve “got it down” something else comes into play. The very first challenge I completed the hard part was the workouts… The second and third challenge the difficult part was eating clean, and this time I thought I’d have everything down to a science but surprisingly I am still learning about balance… Eat the right amounts of carbs and protein but also making sure I’m getting enough sleep! Something I never realized would
play such a factor in my results. You think, huh… Sleep — something so easy to control right? Well, as a mother of 5 my schedule fluctuates so much with bedtimes, evening / morning workouts, sports, and etc. So this challenge has brought me to realize that it’s a process and I will have to continue to learn and evolve into the best me possible by taking everything I’ve learned and making it benefit me in my real day to day life.

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

My family has always been and will continue to be my “why” I push myself. I want to show my kids that working hard is the only way to get what you want in life, and to see how beautiful your life can be when you’re happy and healthy.

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Lynda during Semi-private training at 2.0

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

The scale… I HATE that freaken scale. This challenge was definitely a reminder to me how much I battle with the weigh in process. We’ve been told our whole lives that’s the best way to measure yourself is by your weight and what’s “normal” or “healthy” for our height. Well, damn it I will not allow one form of measurement be the judge of how hard I bust my butt in the gym and how hard I’ve worked in the kitchen to avoid and refrain from eating, x y or z… I will probably always struggle with this but the scale doesn’t know how much stronger I am now then I used to be, or how much better my clothes fit. So this one is a mental game that I will have to continue to work on.

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Beast mode!

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

I would recommend anyone to do it and believe in yourself. You will be given the tools to make it work — you just have to do it and trust the process.

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

Yes, this is my 4th challenge with CKO / 2pt0. This challenge was different for me this time because it helped me realize that I’m not just in this to be skinny or lose X amount of lbs. I’m in this lifestyle to live a full life of badassery! I was made for this… I love it and want to continue to take stride to be the best badass version of myself!

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Getting her “Katniss” on, doing the bow and arrow stretch

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

Just to continue providing a well rounded program that includes not just the workouts but the nutrition and community aspects. I truly feel that it helps set us up for success.

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you!

I’m pretty much an open book… For those who know me, know I’ve struggled with fitness my whole life. I’ve never been the strongest or the fastest, but I’ve never allowed that to stop me. I was once almost 200 lbs and was horribly depressed with my life, my body and my mental state… I’ve had many detours on my path to fitness, with pregnancies, injuries and healthy issues. Its very hard to admit but I honestly struggle to stay on track and I’m VERY hard on myself when I hit a bump in the road. The saying, “you are your hardest critic” couldn’t be more true for me… It can extremely destructive to my progress to the point where I have to remind myself of my “why” and regroup. I constantly tell myself, You Can Do This… Doubting yourself isn’t going to make it any easier… Believing WILL!

Shame on you! (Podcast episode 7)

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There is a lot of shaming going on, is this because of the anonymity of the Internet or is this a self reflection of low self-confidence? In this episode Garett and Jessica discuss the latest fit shaming article and then Jessica yells at Garett for being a “shame-er” of low self-confidence. Also kids in the gym, yes or no? Should the gym be your alone time? What about girls becoming bulky? Both Garett and Jessica hope to finally put an end to this ridiculous myth? What about those superbowl commercials, or better yet what do the movies that were promoted during the SuperBowl say about us as a society?

Check out this episode!