2019 Region 2 Winner: Polina Shuminsky

Congrats to our Region 2 pot challenge winner, Polina Shuminsky for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 2 consists New Jersey and New York!

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!

This summer my sweet four-year-old daughter said to me: “mama, why do you look different than other moms?”  “How different?”, I asked. She paused before answering. Even at the age of 4, I could tell she was trying to put it delicately: “you are… mmmm… a little wider…”, she went on gesturing with her little hands… I can’t say that this exchange was a wake-up call, but it definitely was the last straw. I had to stop trying to lose weight and just do it already!

Have I done it? No, but I am confident I am on my way. The main challenge was to figure out why, all the excuses put aside (2 little kids, a teaching job, working towards a PhD, helping aging parents), was I not losing weight. I eat and drink the right things, so I thought there wasn’t much I could cut out. I exercise daily. The scientist in me needed to figure this out! I read (well, actually listened to, during my daily powerwalks) to Jillian Michaels’ book “Slim for Life.” Bingo! Three culprits surfaced: I eat too much of the right food, I do not exercise the right way AND I do not get enough sleep. I spent the rest of the 12-week challenge tackling these three problems.

I started with the lack of sleep, as I now understood that my initial weight gain and consequent lack of weight loss were the products of it—my body doesn’t burn enough fat AND I my snacking is out of control late at night. I realized that the issue goes deeper than I expected. Not only this was a bad habit, but going to sleep late was the result of being disorganized during the day, so that I needed to stay up late and try to finish things up (or more like stress about being behind on things and too tired to be productive). I turned to yet another great book: “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy, that helped me tremendously with getting things done on time and becoming more productive and in turn being able to go to sleep earlier.

The next challenge was to get my caloric intake under control. I now track my calories daily and have gotten into a good rhythm with it. I also started using step counter and it keeps me motivated about moving more. Today is black Friday and I’m on a hunt for a good Spin Bike. I used to do spinning at a gym but would like to have the flexibility of doing it at home by using one of the spinning app classes.

I know that my physique did not undergo a dramatic change during this challenge, however my knowledge, attitude and psychic did. I am so grateful for the push it gave me to be on my way of keeping the promise I gave my daughter to be “less wide” and have more energy to play with her and her brother.