2018 Leader Winner: Alanna Butterfield

Congrats to our NEM Leader from Lexington, Kentucky for being one of three NEM Leaders who won our 2018 Pot Leader Challenge! You have $1,050 extra spending money!!! Thank you for inspiring us!
Alanna’s story:
In March 2015, I became a local NEM leader for the first time. Prior to that, I had dropped around 40lbs, completed my first race (a 1 miler with my son), and worked my way up to a half-marathon. I was a part of an avid running group comprised of moms, many of which attended my first group meetups on a regular basis. In my mind, I was the role model that I wanted to be for my 2 boys – “supermom” who would bike both of them to their homeschool co-op and squeeze in every minute possible to lift weights or push my way through a full body kettle bell routine. Health was a priority, because without it, it weakens our full potential.
Slowly, group attendance dropped and I took it personally. Eventually, just my boys and I attended the meetups and I focused on training for the handful of half-marathons that I had signed up for.
Then, I became pregnant with my third child. My efforts with the NEM Lexington group came to a halt and I focused on preparing my body to complete my first full marathon. On one hand, I was excited to say that I had completed something so amazing (at four months pregnant no less!), but on the other, I felt like a failure.
I wanted so much to be that healthy and inspiring person, but I let the excuses get in the way. After the birth of son, I weighed a whopping 188+ lbs leaving the hospital, which was quite a bit given my 5’2″ height. I was devastated. Never in my life had I ever weighed that much. I never felt fully rested, my gut was in very poor health, I became very depressed, and often cried for no reason. After a series of attempts at trying to drastically cut calories (which proved to be quite unsuccessful while breastfeeding), I became even more irritable and would turn to unhealthy food choices to satisfy my hunger and intense cravings. I honestly would not want to know how much money was spent on Chik-Fil-A during this time.
Early in 2018, my husband and I started doing the Keto diet and in May I joined Maria Kang’s Diet Bet with the goal of losing 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. With sticking to the diet, I lost 7.4lbs and won the bet. However, I had regained that weight back and was “stuck” in the 170’s again.
When I heard of the 12 week challenge back in July, I toyed with the idea of reviving the NEM Lexington group, mostly to motivate myself. However, I remembered why I had wanted to become a group leader in the first place. I wanted to inspire other moms not to settle for mediocrity and to be the best, happy, healthy version of herself. Being a mom is incredibly tough, and many of us have little energy to “make it through the day”. I knew that not having time to workout was a lie, I had already proved it to myself before. I ditched the Keto diet and focused on simply eating as “clean” as possible, adding more veggies, limit sugar, and did not beat myself up if I decided to have some wine, chocolate, or fruit (because you can really have them on a low-carb diet).
It was TERRIFYING to restore my image as a group leader, because I had felt like had failed my wonderful group of ladies and I honestly thought that they would not take me seriously again, especially since I was far from fit . I was so nervous for the first meetup and even hoped that the one mom that said that she would be there, wouldn’t show, but she did. I struggled to complete the workout and we both agreed to “walk it out.” That was the first and last meetup that she attended. My heart hurt, maybe I was not cut out to be a “leader”. All other meetups were just my toddler and I. I never thought that that time was wasted though, because I used it to reflect on my vision for the group while burning some calories.
I didn’t give up. I wanted to inspire others, because our lives our too short to live in a “comfort zone” that denies us from achieving our best. I was not comfortable living the rest of my life hidden under leggings and baggy shirts because the thought of wearing any other outfit in my closet drove me to tears.
On October 20th, I finished my first half-marathon even though my legs seemed to scream at me the entire time. Many times, I broke down crying…for various reasons. Most of which stemmed from one of the real reasons that I started running in the first place…to help deal with past issues of inferiority and sexual abuse. I wanted to stop many times, and at one point I felt like I could not breathe and just stood in the road with tears rolling down my face. After taking a deep breath, cranking up the music, and pulling my pony tail tighter, I convinced myself that I was strong and that there was no one else on Earth that I had to prove that to. During the last half mile, I texted my husband and told him that I was in an incredible amount of pain. He asked if I needed someone to pick me up and I responded “I am not giving up.”
I continue to post small challenges in the Lexington group, host meetups, create workouts, and do my best to reveal to the other moms that I am not perfect, nor do I need to be…I just need to BE there for them and help them achieve their goals. I am not one who needs to thrive on compliments, but the greatest joy (besides FINALLY breaking that 170lb weight-loss plateau) in this 12 week journey is hearing from others how my confidence and ambition has inspired them in some way.

2018 Leader Winner: Lina Harris

Congrats to our NEM Leader from Fort Meade, Maryland for being one of three NEM Leaders who won our 2018 Pot Leader Challenge! You have $1,050 extra spending money!!! Thank you for inspiring us!
Lina’s Story:
I am 33 years old, married for 15 years, and a mother of 4 handsome boys. My hobbies fitness wise is running and weight training, but life happens and I try to jump back in. My hardest part is the food, eating healthy…I’m always try to eat small portions, more veggies and fruits, no sugar unless it’s wine!  I was struggling with my weight my whole life; giving birth to my baby’s I gained to 200lbs, after my second I lost it all and even more I was 125lbs, during those pass 4 years I gained 20lbs. I was all over the place with my weight and never really settled into the norm. I don’t know when, but at some point in my life it hit me; I had to do something for myself, about myself, to improve myself. So I turned to fitness!.                     
I never thought I would turn into a fitness freak, yet alone a runner. I always wanted to be a runner, but I never put any effort into it during my teen years.  I believe coming to the U.S. and becoming a military wife, and a mother helped motivate me to get into shape and live a healthy lifestyle. My passion for running and fitness grew more and more. No Excuse Moms helped me take my motivation and dedication to the next level, and now I can pass that feeling on to others and share the experience together with other mothers.
I only lost 7lbs in those 12 week pot challenge, I did so well… mid October I received a bad phone call, that my dad is in the hospital, story short; I flew down to Germany, sadly my dad passed away a week after, I lost my motivation for about 3 week, i was depressed it’s the worst feeling, not being there for my family is so hard! I didn’t do no fitness related activity, not eating healthy as I would like.It was hard to get back into it! I knew I had to pick myself up and keep my head high, surround myself with the best motivated ladies, my loved once! A month prior the 12 week challenge, I was gonna give up, this was my 3rd challenge I signed up and never finish and this time I told myself I got this, finish the challenge strong!
So here I am, I am more confident, my goals in the future is to just stay active lifestyle gain muscle, eat rainbows! Run some stress away!
Last week, I were running and i see myself in the reflection in the window, thought to myself it’s just me against myself! Only I can push myself to the limits! I am my own motivation, I can and I will!  It’s never gonna feel easy, or be easy, the best way is to just do it! At the end it will pay off!
 

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!!!

 

2018 Region 13 Winner: Paula Bulejova

Congrats to our Region 13  pot challenge winner, Paula Bulejova for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 13 consists of Europe! 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!

My name is Paula and I am mom of 3 (10, 9 and 2.5 years old)

I have to confess that I had to change this story, because last week it was different. I didn’t know someone could become more positive in such a short time, but I am really happy it is possible. In the previous version were sentences like I couldn’t, I don’t have strong will and how I had to start from the beginning, because I failed. But….as we say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger….one of my close friends helped me understand, that I am really strong and I just don’t give up. The funny thing is that I somebody had to point this out to me to realize. I joined this challenge because I wanted to change, shape up and lose some weight. This didn’t happen the way I wanted, but my arms are stronger, firmer and I have great legs 🙂 I was so motivated after the Diet bet, where we were suppose to lose 4% of our body-weight in a month, because I won too 😀 I joined No Excuse Mom group 1.5 year ago, but was just watching the life of the group, how they workout, support each other and are just fine (really, they looked like this on the pictures). I couldn’t join the meet-ups due to my daughters activities, but after 2-3 months things sorted out and I attended 1st meet-up. These ladies are great and my big motivation. I learned from them how to do sourdough bread, banana pancakes,eat healthier and workout regularly. Every Friday I go to our meet-up 2km away from our house, either on a bicycle or just with a stroller and my little man The two of us usually highlight the NEM photos :). I have two trainings for moms, one Zumba class and parents cheerleader training a week. As an adult cheerleaders team we won 3 golden medals. I joined cheerleaders thanks to my daughter who has many medals including some from European or World championship. This gives me 5 days of training a week. Exercising is part of my life and I love the feeling after good workout. I love spending time with my family, they support me, especially my husband who is my ally and who pushes me further to healthier lifestyle and sport I got an offer from Pavla (our NEM leader) to create a second group in the town in my neighborhood and I had my 1st meet-up and got a great response. To be honest, I prefer working out outdoor more than in a gym. And morning workouts give me more energy and I feel much better. I am grateful for Pavla, that she believes in me and I am looking forward our cooperation, support and motivation.




 

2018 Region 11 Winner: Sandra Hamilton

Congrats to our Region 11 pot challenge winner, Sandra Hamilton for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 11 consists of Canada! 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! 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!
While you will only see that I lost about 2lbs, and a few inches, I feel like the 12 week challenge was a success. I’m fighting a thyroid issue and a hormonal issue.  This coming week I’ll be headed to the doctor for an injection to put me in a temporary menopause at the age of 38.  This challenge was my way of preparing myself for the changes that my body is going to go through over the next 3-4 months once I get my injection.  From there we will be able to determine whether i need a hysterectomy. 
This challenge to me was about establishing a routine.  A routine of putting importance on my needs and not just that of my 2 boys and husband.  I needed something to jumpstart my daily fitness, and to think about what I was putting into my body.  I wanted to change my mind set to encourage fitness as a way to lose some weight (or maintain as right now my body is fighting against any weight loss).  I wanted to incorporate more meditation to add balance and some calm to my very busy life.  Sundays became an active fitness  day with walks on a trail or yoga.  
When I was posting my workouts in the local group it was a way to motivate myself to move and encourage others to move.  I almost felt guilty if I didn’t get that workout posted!   I’m excited to be part of the group, to encourage others with my story, and to add workouts for those that might work during the week and can’t always make the daytime free workout.  
Moving forward I’m scared of the future.  I’m scared of my body still fighting against me.  But I feel like I’m more prepared now than I was at the beginning of this challenge.  I’ve taken the last 3 months to mentally get ready for this next step, establish a workout routine that works for me and my body (M- upper body, T – cardio, W – lower body, TH – cardio, Fri – day off, S – strength & cardio, Sun – active rest day).  I have a three year old and a 16 year old, and I’m so glad they both see me living a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes my pre-schooler even joined in!  I’m ready to face this next challenge and to face it with the support and accountability of my local group.  
I may not be able to lose a ton of weight, but I feel healthy by putting the right foods in my body.  Feeding it to fuel it!  And by getting my heart rate up and challenging my muscles.  So here is to the next 3 months
 

2018 Region 10 Winner: Natalie Kohn

Congrats to our Region 10 pot challenge winner, Natalie Kohn for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 10 consists of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska! 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 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!
My fitness journey started out quite drastic this year. The rock bottom moment hit me when I was lying in a hospital bed alone back in July. I had potentially fatal pancreatitis, brought on by severe gall bladder attacks. My husband was out of the country for work, and I was left alone with our five sons; one of them being a newborn! It ended in an emergency surgery to remove my gall bladder.
I was obese and seriously unhealthy. I had completely given up on ever losing weight. I was so addicted to sugar it was like a drug to me.
Then the No Excuse Mom POT challenge popped up. I almost didn’t sign up…. Thankfully at the last minute I decided to give it a shot – I had nothing to lose and the accountability would be worth it!
I started by focusing on my diet for the first two weeks. I SLOWLY eased into daily hour walks and strength training 4 times a week at home. I would strap my baby to my chest and do loops at our local park.  I didn’t want a quick fix, I wanted to completely overhaul my lifestyle and find things that I loved and that I could incorporate into my daily life.  I then began counting macros. I was always hesitant to try this, but I knew it was the answer to my eating problems. I went from being terrified of carbs to eating a healthy higher carb diet and losing weight while maintaining my milk supply for my nursing baby! WIN!
I have been running a workout group for my family and friends for some years now, but had taken an extended break through my pregnancy. I logged back into my group and started a 30 day workout challenge and invited my family and friends to join me…AND THEY DID! A group of 10 ladies joined me and we worked out together, walked together, and I helped inspire them to start working on their health along with me. One of the most motivating things said to me multiple times during this challenge was “You have inspired me to work out and get healthy too!”
Setting new goals to propel myself forward; I plan on having a retro pinup photo-shoot in May 2019 to celebrate my 30th birthday, our 10 year wedding anniversary, and the one year birthday of our youngest son. I am also saving money to become a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, and live my passion!
NO MORE SUGAR CRAVINGS. I only drink my coffee black now!  Workouts and walks 5 times a week. Healthy diet. 25 lbs and 21.25 inches gone from around my body! Loving my new body and ROCKING it! I proved to myself just what I am capable of!  I’m on FIRE and WILL smash every single goal I have set for myself! I am a PROUD No Excuse Mom for life!




 

2018 Region 6 Winner: Carissa Fonseca

Congrats to our Region 6 pot challenge winner, Carissa Fonseca for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 6 consists of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana! 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!


Hi! I’m Carissa, mom to 4 year old boy/girl twins and step mom to my 12 year old son. I am a stay at home mom and have been struggling with my identity since the twins turned 2. Redefining who I am with kids is no walk in the park!


I’ve always been slightly bigger since childhood and my family always made it a point to point it out to me at a young age. I finally stopped caring about what they said about/to me and ended up gaining enough to throw me into the morbidly obese range. I used to binge eat and definitely used food to fill in the areas of my life that I did not understand.

For the last 1 and 1/2 years I have tried taking my health a little more seriously, trying many different ways to get the weight off with very little to no success. This has lead me down the path of being a big time yoyo dieter. I have tried 21 day fix (gained weight after two rounds), calorie counted (lost weight but got burnt out on weighing every little piece of food-no workout ), keto (first time I lost weight- no tracking and no workout,  the second time I gained weight-strict tracking and worked out 5X/week). I always ended up stopping any routine 4 to 6 weeks after I stared because I become so discouraged by the scale. So, this time around, I wanted to focus on my non scale victories. I planned to run a 5K in October, make some PR’s (in deadlifting, hip thrusts, bench pressing, and push ups), and take time to care for myself once a month. That could mean a massage, a mani/pedi, a yoga class, just something relaxing and only for me. Sure having the number on the scale move down would be fantastic but in past experiences, it becomes obsessive and ultimately, not healthy for me. I am going to focus on fueling my body with healthy foods (that it’s not reactive to) and look forward to feeling strong, week by week with every workout I do. I’m ready….

And boy was I! This has been one of most successful 12 weeks I have ever had. Not only did I run my first 5K race, I have been able to run a 5K at least once a week since then. I definitely hit some new PR’s AND I managed to make time for ME. I’m feeling stronger and honestly more conscious of food choices. I have recently developed sensitivity to several foods that I have always consumed, which has been such a learning curve but it has been worth it. My body is slowly improving (health wise) and allowing me to be successful with all of the challenges I throw at it. I’m not ready to give up. This challenge just kick started something great in my life and I am beyond ready to continue following this journey.

 

2018 Region 5 Winner: Jennifer Crotty

Congrats to our Region 5 pot challenge winner, Jennifer Crotty for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 5 consists of Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin! 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!

Hooray for the completion date!! I have never actually finished a full 90 day challenge before so the sheer fact that I completed this entirely, and really stuck to a plan has me in tears today! I’m so proud of my myself!!
My starting weight was 167 and my goal was simply just to fit back into my clothes again, I was steadily gaining weight, nothing was fitting, I was unhappy with my physical lack of ability and never felt good.

I have dieted before but never really limited carbs and sugars to the extent where I saw any results. Well this challenge I was serious and dedicated myself to the eating plan to a “T”, I worked out 2-3 times a week.

My first week of limiting carbs and sugars and eating really healthy was so hard, but truly the most eye opening part of the experience! In addition to feeling better my migraines stopped, the bloating and constant feeling of needing sugar stopped…I felt clear headed and had energy all day long!! My scale didn’t move hardly at all which was discouraging but I stuck to it because I felt amazing!
The rest of the month was filled with highs and lows and the initial lack of weight loss finally kicked in around week 4, I started noticing my clothes fitting again, a renewed confidence in myself and so proud that I was actually committing to a way of life that felt amazing!!

I never in a million years thought I could cut some of those habits out of my diet, never! I’ve debunked the sugar addiction that has controlled my eating habits for so long, that alone feels incredible.

I’m finishing this challenge today enjoying the best thanksgiving ever, and so proud that I did it! Crying happy tears to announce that I have lost a total of 13 lbs and 18 inches overall!! I’ve dropped a size and a half and can officially go shopping in my closet again!! Yay!!

Thank you all for the continued motivation , without the added motivation of this group I don’t think I would have pushed myself as much to stick with it!!
Here’s to starting the new year with a renewed sense of self!

 

2018 Region 4 Winner: Frieda Banning

Congrats to our Region 4 pot challenge winner, Frieda Banning for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 4 consists of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi! 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!
After two years of fear, fear of leaving the couch, fear of leaving the house, fear for our daughter’s life, fear she will be sick and taken to the hospital over and over again, being mad and irritated every day, not having fun, not loving myself, and living the best life, I discovered NEM of Fort Campbell. I quickly learnt that, I needed to be healthy and active in order to take care of our kids Especially our fragile daughter. So I decided to take care of ME! I worked out with my group, I did home exercise, I ate well and joined the 12 weeks challenge. I feel happy, less fear of our daughter getting sick ( there are things we have no control of ), loving myself again, Playing and laughing with my daughters. Gosh, What an amazing feeling. 
I love this quote “Everyone has problems in life. But the most important thing in life is to love yourself”.  You can’t love others more than yourself!! Cheers ? to a healthy happy life. 
Thanks to everyone in the NEM group especially my Fort Campbell group.




 

2018 Region 3 Winner: Lizbeth Miranda

Congrats to our Region 3 pot challenge winner, Lizbeth Miranda for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 3 consists of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland! 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!
My name is Lizbeth and I’m 38 years old. I’m a stay at home mom to a 5-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I also love to eat. I joined this challenge to motivate me to do different…and I have. I want to be healthy for my family and feel good about myself and set a good example for my kids.
I seem to always make excuses for my weight gain, “it’s my knee”, or “it’s just one more cookie”, or “my c-section still hurts”, or “I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome “. All these excuses ended up with me gaining all this extra weight. I was tired of my clothes not fitting me or covering up because I didn’t want my husband to look at me. Even though we’ve been married for 15 years and he has seen me through very very thick to not so very thin…I would look at the mirror and feel disgusted with myself but that was never the case for him. He’s one of the reasons why I joined the challenge, I wanted to feel sexy for him and love myself again. He is my number 1 motivator, always encouraging me that I can do anything and that I am stronger than I think when I wanted to give up.
One of the goals I wanted to accomplish besides losing weight, was to run a mile without stopping. I am now able to do it with a time of 12:35. It may not be a fast time but it’s an accomplishment for me and I hope to improve on that time as I continue on my weight loss journey.
I also wanted to give a huge thank you to the No Excuse Mom Fort Meade group, its leaders and members, who encouraged and motivated me to do different. I wouldn’t have come this far without them as well.
Now that the 12 weeks are coming to an end, I feel good of what I have accomplished. I have lost 20 lbs., I have more confidence and energy now. I am much stronger, happier, and motivated to keep the changes I have made to my lifestyle beyond the 12 weeks. My all-time goal will be to get down to a healthy weight range. After learning about myself these past 12 weeks and what I am capable of, I know I will be able to achieve that goal. No more Excuses!