Congrats to our 2nd place No Excuse Mom Leader Winner, Laura Meith of Alameda, CA for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $945 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! If you are interested in becoming a leader, email us at email@example.com ! It’s an incredibly rewarding role you play in your community and an awesome way to connect families, build friendships and get/stay healthy.
I’ve been overweight my entire life. When I was 19, I met my husband who loved me unconditionally and exposed me to my new found love of the outdoors. Since then, now nearly 17 year later, I own and operate my own business, Adventures in Daycare. My family, including my gorgeous husband, two incredible boys aged 9 and 5 and our beloved 3 year old coonhound, Maisie, we hike, we camp and never say no. Adventure is our life.
I joined No Excuse Moms about a year and a half ago. I was playing softball, trying to find my niche when a girlfriend introduced me to the group. From the moment I started I knew it was ME. Liz, our local leader, asked me to join on as a leader and I was baffled and touched and encouraged that I had what it took. So I immediately stole all her work outs along with Sara’s and starting emulating them. I was never the nervous type and so with music and endorphins well, it just all worked. I’ve been on work out target with 3-4 work outs a week ever since. I was stronger than ever yet still too heavy. It was my eating choices… that’s where I was struggling.
The 12 week challenge came up and I knew this was my chance. I had absolutely no excuses from actually accepting the challenge. PLUS the chance of winning that sweet cash prize was very inviting. So I signed up. As a leader. And so there was so backing out.
At first I tracked. I wasn’t new at the rodeo so I knew I had to track. Portion control is the hardest. Taking time to plan was tough too. If I shopped without a plan I would not only overspend I would ensure a delivery night or some other slip up. No, Sunday mornings with coffee and my ever-so-supportive husband we would plan our weekly menu.
Eventually my menu became routine. Breakfast is always a protein shake. Lunch is always salad with a protein. And dinner is savory but sensible.
~Two bottles of wine a night. Yes! Because THAT was a problem. This challenge changed that for me. I still have a drink or two but completely under control. Which feels freaking amazing.
~Snacking at night. Small chip bowl turned into two bowls then a few candies. NO. I stopped snacking at all. No snacking this entire challenge. And I learned that I really don’t need it and my body can’t take it. So don’t do it.
~Samples of the kids mac n cheese at lunch or chicken tenders or… just no.
~Fast food. Nope. Just can’t do it. My body feels awful after and for the first time ever I’m realizing and admitting it.
~Going into meals without a plan. And when I’ve found myself without a plan I commit to thinking it through. Will this be satisfying? Will it make me feel good?
~Not being sore. If I’m not feeling a muscle, it’s time to work out. Sweat everyday. If you don’t it becomes harder by the second.
And so to the 12 week challenge, I say this: Thank you. Thank you No Excuse Moms for entering my life and changing it forever. I’ve had the decal on my car for a year. I wear the shirts and the hoodie with pride. I wish I could scream it from the rooftops! NO EXCUSE MOMS! FREE AWESOME WORK OUTS! And the POWER this incredible group brings to my life every single day is such a blessing.
Somewhere around Day 40, I was jogging a 3 mile run. A lady with a kid across the street yelled out, “Go Laura GO!”. I never felt so much love and support from anyone in this world of “gotta shed weight”. A perfect stranger, a gal who was watching my posts and seeing my changes encouraged me along. I am grateful to this group. I am proud to be a part of No Excuse Moms. And I am grateful to have been a leader throughout this challenge.
In 12 weeks I have lost 20 pounds. My tummy has reduced by 3 inches. I can do real push ups. I can burpee like a MF. My legs and back feel better. I have more endurance for the day. I feel so proud of what I’ve accomplished and truly 12 weeks has only skimmed the surface. I can’t wait to see how far this really will take me. My goal is a two piece bathing suit. And for the first time in my life I feel like it’s possible.
Sept 5= 200lb
12 weeks later = 180.2lb
My goal is about 160lb. Stay tuned…. 🙂
Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th and ending on Easter HERE!!! For $50 you will not only receive an email consultation with Maria Kang, a 150 workout ebook, No Excuse Mom tank, 12-week accountability calendar and a fitness/nutrition guide, but you will also get a chance to win $1000 worth of money and prizes. Congrats to our leader winner! Our No Excuse Moms followed our official NEM program, where they used a fitness calendar, logged in their meals, participated online/in-person and overcame their excuses!
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