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