2017 Region 7 Winner: Jayne C

 “What would happen if I took care of myself for 3 months?”  I couldn’t stop asking myself after I first heard about the challenge.  I didn’t see the  need to lose weight which lead to lack of motivation to take care of myself.  I put myself to the challenge to live intentionally for 12 weeks. Eating intentionally means having self-control over what I eat.   My diet had been whatever I craved so I cut out foods that didn’t agree with my stomach and focused on fueling my body. Intentional exercise meant having different method.  I enjoy working out but my motivation was squashed when trying to do it with two small children. 
I quickly found that I needed a plan.  I joined a gym with childcare.  I developed a two week rotating menu of clean meals that worked with all of my family’s dietary needs.  I balanced out my macros and avoided eating at night per Maria Kang’s recommendations.  These things proved to help me become successful.  By week eight, I feel better than I ever have, with more energy and a better mood.  The normal bloating was gone and the desire to be active grew. I committed to doing Maria Kang’s belly-ball DVD three times a week for the sake of my poochy stomach.  I am astounded how strengthen the core affected the small areas of life, including how I carry groceries and being able to stand for longer amounts of time.
At the beginning of the challenge, I attended a race where some competitors walked.  It inspired me to try something big, even if I couldn’t do it perfectly.   I signed up for a triathlon and a half marathon.  I had a goal, I made a plan and I worked hard!  There were many frustrating days where other priorities took precedence, but I picked up the next day and kept on going.  I completed both races with a smile on my face, so grateful that I had an able body that I was now using. 
My desire to be intentional seeped into deeper areas of my life.  I was oblivious to my emotional dependence on food until I became disciplined in this area.  My husband’s looming deployment weighs heavy; I am continually tempted to cry over a large bowl of ice-cream.  Saying no to these cravings, I forced myself to take these emotions to God who is able to give me comfort.  Instead walking in self-pity, I took responsibility over how I used my time.  I worked to create boundaries with my children, asking them to wait or play by themselves and in return gave them regular undivided attention. I got up an hour or two before my kids and avoided compulsive phone usage.   I am letting go of the pursuit of an easy life, for a life lived with intention.  God didn’t give me this challenging season of life to be spent sitting on the couch wishing it away. 
Congrats to our Region 7 pot challenge winner, Jayne C, for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 7 consists of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma! 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 regional winner! You have $280 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! 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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