August of this year, a few thousand iLoveKickboxing members eagerly signed up for the 2nd Annual 45-Day Body Transformation Contest. Some were motivated by the 1st place prize of $5,000. Others simply needed the extra accountability and encouragement to finally reach their goals.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this contest is that in the hundreds of stories we read… the money was actually barely mentioned. People wanted CHANGE more than anything else. This contest was a symbol of hope and inspiration for them to finally achieve that change.
This made us proud and thankful of all of you. You guys get it: This is about changing your life more than anything. While the money is nice, money comes and goes. But your health, and how you feel about yourself, are forever.
A few notes on how the winners were picked:
While weight loss and how “dramatic” the before / after photos are certainly played a part, these were NOT the deciding factors. Some people show results much more dramatically than others, so judging on this alone simply isn’t fair.
That’s why we took into account the full picture: physical results AND mental / emotional transformation. Each of the winners below experienced powerful obstacles, and their stories of overcoming those obstacles are the true gems of this contest.
Without further ado, we introduce you to our 10 winners of the 2014 iLoveKickboxing 45-Day Body Transformation Contest!
1st Place: Michael W. Mitchell ($5,000!)
Before: 232 lbs.
After: 195 lbs.
Weight lost: 37 lbs.
“I thought I was just growing older: aches down to my bones, no energy. I thought, ‘If this is growing older, you can have it.’ Then it got worse. During a year of medical tests while they were figuring it out, I was instructed to sit on my couch lest I have a stroke. My weight ballooned. I ducked all social events. Finally, I was diagnosed: Graves disease. Good news, it’s treatable.
“… almost hopeless I Googled ‘kickboxing’ and up popped iLoveKickboxing’s 45-day challenge. I ran down and signed up. Best decision of my life.
“I have lost 37 pounds in 45 days while gaining muscle and endurance. I recognize myself again. I can look in a mirror now without wincing. I feel great! If this is what getting older feels like, I can kick its butt. I sincerely thank you, iLoveKickboxing.”
2nd Place: Cherie Aguinaga ($1,000!)
Before: 168 lbs
After: 150 lbs
Weight lost: 18 lbs
“I decided I had to do something! I had to say goodbye to 173 lbs. forever; not just the weight, but everything it encompassed: the high cholesterol, the self-loathing, eating as a hobby. I found out about the 45-day transformation challenge. The challenge represented hope for me… a chance to change my life publicly, competitively, and with support. I was not going to pass it up.
“For me, the weight loss was secondary. What I needed really was an outlet besides drinking and food. I needed something that made me feel accomplished like teaching used to. I needed a place where I felt a sense of camaraderie like I used to feel in New Orleans and at work. I needed a hobby that allowed me to have time for myself and be a great mom and wife at the same time. I needed someone to push me harder when I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
“I worked through injury and illness, and I will continue to do so because I have the iLoveKickboxing fever. This is the path for me now, and I can’t wait to follow it further.”
3rd Place: Eddie Rogan ($500!)
Before: 215 lbs
After: 184 lbs
Weight lost: 31 lbs
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for not just doing this contest, but for hiring the people that you hire, to push people beyond their boundaries, and do so in a way where they love to come back and get abused!
“My great accomplishments in life outside my kids don’t stack very high. But today as I write this letter, 45 days after accepting your challenge, I am OVER 31 pounds lighter, and reached my goal of “locating an Ab”!!!!!!! That is one crazy accomplishment, that I have picture and video proof of!!!!!!!!”
4th Place: Marivi Johnson ($200!)
iLoveKickboxing Gig Harbor
Before: 174 lbs
After: 154 lbs
Weight lost: 20 lbs
“I WAS STUCK! I was determined to lose the baby weight after my second child. I weighed 220 lbs. while pregnant and 202 lbs. post-partum. I joined ILKB in November of last year. I lost weight and gained muscle but was stuck at 175 lbs. for quite some time. In August, when the challenge began, I weighed 174.4 lbs.
“I achieved my goal weight of 154lbs! And I lost 4 ¼” on the smallest part of my waist, 4 ¾” on the widest part of my hips, 5” on my bust, 1 1/2” on my thighs, and 1” on my arms.
“I now believe even more that I can accomplish whatever I set out to do. The idea of “I can’t” is just that, an idea. It has no meaning. Instead, I now feel my goals are achievable. What I focus on now is how I’m going to achieve my goals.
“Thanks again to everyone at the iLoveKickboxing family in Gig Harbor, WA. Thank YOU guys for this amazing work out.”
5th Place: Kamil Dabrowski ($200!)
iLoveKickboxing Glen Cove
Before: 195 lbs
After: 169 lbs
Weight lost: 26 lbs
“I have dreamt about a six pack since I can remember, but nothing was working for me.
“When I started my weight was 195lbs. The numbers on the scale were jumping like crazy. One day more, one day less, some days the same. Through these moments I had to be strong. They’re just numbers. As long as I could see my body change I was OK with numbers. Well, my last day scale showed me 169.4 lbs.
“WOOOOOOWWW!!!!!! That’s an amazing feeling for me. I started screaming through the whole house, ‘I got a six pack, I got a six pack!’
“My dreams came true!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH WHOLE ILKB TEAM FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!!!”
6th Place: Kristopher Eisner ($200!)
Before: 216 lbs
After: 181 lbs
Weight lost: 35 lbs
7th Place: Mike Spindle ($100!)
Before: 220 lbs
After: 200 lbs
Weight lost: 20 lbs
8th Place: Jessica Nachtigall ($100!)
Before: 171 lbs
After: 155 lbs
Weight lost: 16 lbs
9th Place: Amanda Aldana ($100!)
Before: 225 lbs
After: 202 lbs
Weight lost: 23 lbs
10 Place: Na Koo ($100!)
Before: 233 lbs
After: 204 lbs
Weight lost: 29 lbs
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