2019 Region 1 Winner: Heather Bettencourt

Congrats to our Region 1 pot challenge winner, Heather Bettencourt for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 1 consists Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut!

Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 20th and ending on Easter HERE!!! For $50 you will not only receive an email consultation with Maria Kang, a 200-workout ebook, No Excuse Mom tank, 12-week accountability journal 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 $145 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!

Be inspired by her story here!

My name is Heather and I am 44 years old.  I am the mom of two amazing boys.  I have struggled with my weight most of my life.  Since having children and having so many more responsibilities, my weight has been even more of a struggle.  I have difficulty balancing the needs of my family and working, and as a result, taking care of myself is often the lowest priority.    I often feel stressed and sometimes overwhelmed.   Over the past several years, I have been working on making more time for myself to focus on my nutrition and exercise.  I have also been working on changing my mindset, because I know it plays a big role in limiting me from making more progress on my journey to better health.  I often feel frustrated with myself for what seems like very little “visible” progress over the past several years.  I have been eating relatively healthy, but I have not been losing any weight overall.  I haven’t been gaining weight either, which I know would be very easy for me to do.  I have known that I should track what I was eating, but I have not been consistent with doing it.  Over the course of this challenge, I have improved so much in tracking my foods using an app on my phone and I have consistently tracked all my food eaten over the past few weeks.  Tracking has made me more conscious of what I am eating, and I am making better choices that are helping me lose weight.

I am also making more of an effort to make the time for exercise.  Over the course of this challenge, I was able to exercise 2-4 times most weeks, which is an improvement for me.  Some of the exercise that I have been doing has included yoga, barre classes, walking, and weight training and cardio at the gym.  I am still trying to figure out what works best for me in my schedule and what works for my body and some of my chronic injuries.  I have been a part of No Excuse Moms for at least 4 years.  I enjoy working out with other people and I try to attend as many of the Sunday meetups as I can.  I also have been participating in the challenges in my local NEM Facebook group.  I really appreciate the support of all the other moms in the group.

This challenge has helped me focus more on myself and I have made positive changes.   I am spending more time on planning and prepping my meals, tracking what I am eating, and I am making better food choices overall.   I want to continue to be a good example for my boys and teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle.  I am excited about the progress I have made, and I hope to continue to make myself more of a priority in my busy life.