Well – at long last, we have the winners of the 3rd iLoveKickboxing 45-Day Body Transformation Contest!
Not only that – we have snippets of their incredible stories of transformation, overcoming obstacles, and fighting temptation to finish the 45 days strong.
A HUGE congrats to our winners. In this post you’ll find their pictures and stories to help you on your fitness journey, too.
But first: A “sneak peek” at our NEXT contest coming January 1, 2016!! Once again it’s a 45-day body & life changing extravaganza…
Only this time – first place gets $20,000!!
Stay tuned. More info coming soon. For now, let’s talk about our winners.
First, a recap of the contest…
So just to remind you, we judge on 3 fronts:
- 1. Appearance (How dramatic are the before and after photos?)
- 2. Pounds lost
- 3. The story of inner-transformation
Why these 3 categories?
Well, if we only judged on pounds lost, that wouldn’t be fair. Depending on body type, genetics, etc. – everyone has a different amount of pounds they can healthily lose.
So we look at the overall appearance in the before and after photos…
And we look at what the person went through on the inside to achieve their goals.
All three combine to give us our winners.
And speaking of our amazing winners – here they are!!
1st place: Lauren Pluchino: $5,000!!
- – 36 years old
- – 13 pounds lost
Lauren suffered from bad news about both her father’s and grandmother’s health. She realized she was not okay, and needed an outlet to help her regain her zest for life.
She had this to say:
“iLoveKickboxing has completely turned my life around! I am no longer a slave to fatigue, depression, or stress. I go to class weekly with my boyfriend which has totally revived our (especially my) zest for life! I have lost 4 inches off my waist, two inches off each thigh, and amazingly two inches off EACH arm. I’ve lost 13 pounds in a matter of 45 days and have more energy than I can ever remember having. I feel incredible!!”
2nd PLACE: vhanessa lee: $1,000
- – 34 years old
- – 18 pounds lost
Vhanessa is a single mother of 4 kids who also runs two small businesses – and her weight has suffered from a hypoactive thyroid.
She had this to say:
“My breaking point was when we took pictures for our website and my face was so big I didn’t even recognize myself. Then my amazing boyfriend, who loves me big or little, mentioned getting married… all I could think was how awful the pictures would be…
“[After the contest] I wore an outfit the other night I never would have dreamed of fitting into and it made me feel amazing and proud. I have lost over 10 inches from my body and 18 pounds.”
“I am so much stronger and my posture is better than it has been in years. I feel confident in my own skin…something I never thought I would feel again. I love kickboxing!!”
3rd PLACE: Maggie Ankoudinova: $500
- – 17 years old
- – 22 pounds lost
When Maggie told friends she was entering the contest, they laughed at her and said she’d just give up. That fueled her fire even more.
She had this to say:
“I told lots of people I was doing this challenge… I was met with either a “Why?” or people laughing at me and telling me that I’d give up after a week. What these people did not know was that these comments actually provided even more motivation for me. I was determined to prove them wrong…
“I never imagined myself as one of those girls who exercises all the time or eats healthy. But as this challenge went on, I found myself becoming this girl…
“For once in my life, I believe in what I’m doing, I know what I’m doing, and I love what I’m doing, and there’s no way I’m going to give up. And to those people that said I couldn’t do it, I say thank you for giving me the final push in changing my life, and making it the best it’s ever been.”
4th Place: Maria Vazquez: $200
“I now feel amazing, sexy, comfortable in my clothes. And love to look at my fit figure everytime I walk by a mirror 🙂.To date I have lost 16 lb’s. Putting me at 142 lbs. Also losing 3 inches from my waist, 4 inches from my hip’s , 1 inch from my arm’s , an inch from my chest, and 1.5 inces from my thigh’s. My journey will continue as my goal weight is 130 lb’s. Thank you ILKB TEAM.”
5th Place: Vanessa Sweazey: $200
“I can’t remember a time that I have felt this happy and confident… I look forward to getting dressed instead of trying to find something that will cover my rolls,I bought smaller pants and tucked in my shirts…what?!? I lost 19 pounds!!! I see muscle definition, and feel lean, I feel light, emotionally and physically. This challenge reaffirmed to me that it is never to late to take control of your life, one workout at a time…”
6th Place: Anthony Arato: $200
“This challenge has changed my life… In the past 45 days I have lost a total of 20 pounds and I have more energy than I have had in the past 15 years. I tell anyone who will listen about my journey and about all the fantastic people I have had the privilege of training with.”
7th Place: Monique: $100
“45 days ago I started this challenge, I had no idea I would actually stick to it and complete it. I feel amazing, better than I ever have.. Ilovekickboxing has helped me lose 14 pounds in just 45 days! I’ll be 30yrs old next week and I don’t remember feeling this good since high school!”
8th Place: Andrea Fairman: $100
“I felt embarrassed about the way I looked in shorts or a swimming suit… I decided to try iLoveKickboxing instead of spending endless hours running… my fiancé said he could see real differences in my body in that I was much more toned. The pounds started to come off and I wasn’t spending two hours running everyday. I was just going to kickboxing class 2-3 times per week with light exercise on the other days.”
9th Place: Ashley Avila: $100
“Right now I am feeling sore from all those burpees and push ups, but I feel great. I am very proud about sticking through this challenge and pushing myself everyday… My friends always ask, ‘Did you lose weight?’ “
10th Place: Jimmy Tan: $100
“This year, I have completed an Obstacle Course Race and will be doing another one in November 2015. Before coming to ILKB, I would not have even thought about it. Now, I am more energized, stronger and better prepared to tackle those races. I want to thank the whole ILKB family for helping me to be in the best physical shape possible”
A huge Congrats to our winners.
And even those who didn’t get cash prizes: Congrats on giving this contest your all and taking your fitness journey to the next level.
Because if you really tried your best – you can’t lose this contest. After all, you gain so much energy, strength, and confidence in yourself.