2019 1st Place Leader Winner: Karla Lloyd

Congrats to our Leaders who all did an incredible job in transforming themselves internally and externally these past 12 weeks. We appreciate your efforts to lead by example! The judging process was not easy as everyone who challenged and competed their 12 week journey are winners!
Our leader winner takes home $300, second place receives $200 and third place receives $100!
This year’s 1st Place Winner is Karla Llyod, our No Excuse Mom leader in Delaware, Ohio! Congrats Karla! ThisHer Story:
All of us have a unique journey and joined this challenge in hopes to accomplish different things. For me personally, these past 3 months have been life changing. I was in a very dark place mentally and hated myself and had so much self doubt. I allowed myself to let someone else make me feel like I was not worthy or good enough and it really took a long time to get over it.
Looking back on this now, I wonder why it is that I let this person control my thoughts in such a way. I was completely miserable in this relationship but yet thought I wanted it more than anything. I tried hanging on desperately to this person, thinking that if he didn’t want to be with me then it must be that I am unattractive, old and unwanted. I started noticing the lines on my face more and hating them. Even considered botox or fillers (which I have not done, but did try a few chemical peels and microneedling). I noticed my stretch marks more and hated to look in the mirror at myself.
This journey for me has not been so much about losing weight as it has been about loving myself and pushing myself to be a better person. Motivating others has always helped me stay motivated myself and being a part of this group and challenge has done just that. I have seen both my mind and body transform in just such a short time. I have not allowed myself to look at my before pictures until just this morning and I am absolutely amazed and proud. I am in such a brighter and happier place than I have been in a very long time. I have let go of my demons and focused on myself and my health and it is paying off. I know now where I want to go and where I want to be and that is right now, in this moment, in the beautiful machine that God has given me.
After all, if we don’t fight for ourselves and love ourselves then this life is for nothing. I am looking up to the future and even still in my 40’s I am gonna embrace the 50’s when I get there with a stronger mind, stronger body and stronger soul. I am after all who I am and must do what I can to stay healthy both mentally and physically. I still have a lot to work on, making better food choices on the weekends when I am out running errands. The weekends seem to be hard on most of us. I did have a few weekend binges with the pity ice cream along the way, but have been better about stopping and thinking before I get started, because all it takes is one bite! This is not a journey that ends here for me. I have a long way to go and now that I believe in myself and can see first hand what these changes can do for me, I will continue with the process. I still have my 3 month calendar that I am using to keep track of each workout. I have been very good about writing everything down and tracking my food. I plan on continuing this process even though this challenge is over. This is just the beginning for me! I am proud of all the women and momma’s who took this challenge and am inspired by every single one of them. Thank you NEM!!!