2018 Region 15 Winner: Melanie Gjaltema

Congrats to our Region 15 pot challenge winner, Melanie Gjaltema for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 15 consists of New Zealand and Australia! Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 28th 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 $210 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! Many of 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!
I have to admit I wasn’t one of the first to put my hand up when the 12 week
challenge was announced. Sharing regular photos of me, in very little clothing and cutting back on my unhealthy food choices did not appeal one bit! However two good friends were keen to give it a go, so I thought if I’m ever going to do it, now is the time. My story really begins last December, when I injured my hand at a Bootcamp. Suddenly: no more Bootcamp. I could of course still run, however my motivation started to wane, and over the months unhealthy food choices slowly started creeping in, almost under the radar.
In May, as part of our family’s commitment to Fostering, we took a 5 month old
baby into our home. Whilst this is something I and my family very much wanted to do, having a baby
in the house again, as well as my own four children and a part-time job left very little time and energy for exercise. Having said this, baby and I did go along to a few No Excuse Mom’s group
workout sessions, which we both enjoyed. Two weeks after starting on the 12 week challenge baby left us to go to a long-term care situation. Whilst sad for us, it was a positive thing for baby, and
suddenly freed up a lot more time for me.
My hand injury was still troubling me when a friend encouraged me to try out a
timed 5km run with her. I nervously accepted, not really expecting to run the whole 5km’s, but aiming to do my absolute best. Well I completed the run – non-stop! I was ecstatic at the fact that I had just run my first ever 5km’s, without stopping, at the age of 47!! This gave me the confidence boost to start running regularly – 3, 4 or 5 times a week.
My main goal at the start of this Challenge was to improve my fitness.
As the weeks went by I got into an exercise pattern, and naturally started
waking up earlier, ready to start running. I was enjoying it, and with the help of
friends was improving. Another goal of mine was to eat healthier – this meant no more biscuits or chips, and a lot more carrot sticks and hummus! This went surprisingly better than I expected. After the first couple of weeks I didn’t feel like I was denying myself anything and got into some good habits. So now we are at the end of our 12 week challenge. Have I improved my fitness? Yes! To date I have completed four timed 5km runs, beating my previous time on
each run.
Was the 12 week challenge worth it? Definitely! Support and encouragement
from both my friends and family has been amazing. They really have helped me
to make the changes and improvements in my health and fitness journey.
From here I am planning on maintaining a regular running schedule, and to
continue with healthy, satisfying meals. No More Excuses!!!