2019 No Excuses Pot Challenge

Are you ready for some serious motivation???
On September 3 we are beginning our 7th annual international pot transformation contest with all our No Excuse Moms! For 12 weeks, we are asking you to eat healthily, get active and be purposeful in your daily intentions. This was created to connect us as No Excuse Moms, motivate us before the holidays and transform us in a limited period of time. Contest Ends November 28th  *all pictures are due by that date, which lands on Thanksgiving! For the last several years we have given over 100 winners thousands in pot money!
If you lose a healthy average of 1-2lbs/week for the next 12 weeks, you will be 12-25lbs lighter in 12 weeks! If you are heavily overweight, you will lose more weight. Click here to submit payment and receive an application via email.
Here are our guidelines, (these are NOT set in stone):
1. Drink only water, black coffee/tea
2. Eat balanced meals comprising of 30% lean protein, 30% healthy fats, 30% carbohydrates. The last 10% goes towards a small treat or protein/fat (for rest days) or carbohydrates (for training days).
3. Track your calories. If you are trying training for weight loss, lower your intake by 300 calories every few weeks.
4. Enjoy 1-2 treat meals a week.
5. Perform cardio 4 times a week for 20-30 minutes. (the shorter your cardio time the more intense it should be).
6. Perform strength training 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes.
7. Stretch daily.
8. Take a Selfie monthly (in workout clothes/swimsuit)
9. Participate and connect with your local NEM group either online or in person.
10. Identify your Target Heart Rate: 220-age * 60-85% =
11. Create a 12-week Fitness Calendar. For tips and downloadable calender click here.
12. Find accountability partners: Mentor (group leader), Supporter (friend) and Follower (someone you can guide). Find your regional leader here.
13. Be a member of our online NEM Facebook group
Contest Rules:
1. $30 opt-in payment to place into the pot. No Refunds.
2. All application will be emailed after payment is received and must be submitted by September 15th to your regional manager or online manager.
3. Submit before and after pics and story by November 22nd
4. Must connect with closest NEM group (via online or in person). Identify your local leader.
5. Must follow NEM guidelines. No extreme dieting, diet pills, detox plans allowed.
6. Time Stamp your photos with a magazine, newspaper or app. Before photos can be taken as early as Sept 1st.
Winners will be judged by Maria Kang and a NEM panel.
Criteria will be based upon:
40% Transformation
30% Personal Story
30% Participation
The pot money will be divided between 19 winners:
1. FIFTEEN Regional winners (including our Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, NZ/Australia and Latin America NEMs)
2. ONE National winner
3. THREE NEM admin/leaders
The way we will divide prize money will be:
30% NEM Winner
30% NEM Admin/leader Winner
30% NEM Regional Winners
10% Misc Fees and NEM Charity Bucket (everything will be accounted for and transparent for everyone to see)
For Example, if we have 500 entries this will be the breakdown:
$10,000 POT MONEY
$3000 Overall NEM winner
$1000 each for NEM Admin/leader winner
$200 (15 Regions: $3000) Regional leader
Leftover is $1000 which will go towards any paypal fees and the NEM charity bucket (i.e. insurance/web costs)
Important Dates
Start Date: September 3
Last date to join: September 15th
Pot Announcement: September 25th
End Date: November 28th (Thanksgiving!)
Winners Announced: December 20th
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>
FAQ:
1. Do I need to count calories?
No. We provided a general guideline for those who want to know how to get started.
2. How do you define Detox?
We don’t recommend any program that allows less than 1200 calories/day. This was a general term used to avoid quick fix dieting. (which is detrimental in the long term)
3. I am pregnant, can I still join?
YES! To be fair, you can either use a before picture at the same time you were pregnant prior (if this is your second child) to demonstrate a healthier pregnancy. If this is your first time, please just provide your most recent picture. (BTW: we’ve had a pregnant mom grace the pages of our swimsuit calendar)
4. Can I use a ‘before’ picture that was taken earlier this year?
Please provide the picture taken in August/Sept 2017. Please submit two photos. One holding a daily newspaper and one without. You can also include a picture taken prior but it will not be used in the final judging.
5. Do I need to be a mom?
No! Stepmoms, grandmothers, mom of doggies…are all able to join!
6. Do I HAVE to join a local group?
Yes – you can either create your own (if there is no one next to you) or join the closest group either online or in person (Click here to fill out our online group leader application). The reason why this is required is to align you with positive people and create lasting, healthy friendships. The number one way to become successful is to be a part of a community that keeps you accountable. Click here for the list of all our groups!
7. Will I know the total pot money?
Yes! On Sep 15th we will announce how many people have entered and what is up for grabs! We will also announce pot updates the weeks leading up.
8. What does participation entail?
Posting online, commenting and supporting other participants, attending meetups and/or hash-tagging on social media streams. Our official hashtags are: #noexcusemom #nem2019 or #nem__local group city
If you do not live near a local NEM group, join your nearest location by searching Facebook or our online locations page here.
9. There is no leader near me and I’m interested in becoming one. How do I get started?
Email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com or fill our online application HERE.
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>
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Here are some of our winners from last year! CLICK to Read!
Region 1: Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut
Region 2: New York, New Jersey
Region 3: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland
Region 4::Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi
Region 5: Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin
Region 6: Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana
Region 7: Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Region 8: Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado
Region 9: California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada
Region 10: Oregon, Washington
Region 11: Canada
Region 13: Europe
Region 15: NZ/Australia
OVERALL AND LEADER WINNERS!!!!
3k Overall Winner: Yizel Little
1k Leader Winner: Lina Harris
1k Leader Winner: Alanna Butterfield
1k Leader Winner Pavla Jurasek

5k/10k Training Programs!

It’s that time of year! Our annual 5k/10k virtual race is ON. If you ever find running to be difficult or you just one a cool wooden medal to add to your collection of running bling, then THIS is the race for you! You can do it at home, at the gym or in the park! What matters most is you commit to running and follow through on your program so you come out stronger, faster and healthier in 4 weeks!
For $35 you will receive a wooden medal, training programs, a purple drifit tank top and a downloadable bib! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO JOIN!!! 
 

Join your local NEM community to get downloadable links to our training programs! Links are also included in your order!

Custom wooden Run for a Reason Medal will be mailed early May

Downloadable Bib! You can run anywhere! On your treadmill, in the park or at the gym!

Dri-fit, deep purple, NER tank!

What Led Me To Joining No Excuse Mom

I think too often we forget where we started.
My fitness journey began when I was a child. I was in just about every sport you could imagine, from cheer leading, volleyball and basketball. Ultimately I settled with track and cross-country.
I joined the military at nineteen, after a semester of college. Maintaining a certain level of physical fitness in the Air Force wasn’t a challenge for me. The challenge came after separating.
I separated after seven years of active duty, as a single parent of two. After the birth of my daughter, postpartum depression had set in. So there I was with a preschooler and a newborn, with no support system as my immediate family resided out of state.

My kids I had while serving 7yrs. active duty Air Force

I longed for a sense of belonging, not knowing my place as a civilian. I chose to use my GI Bill and go to school full time. Now I’m a veteran, full-time student, single mother of two.
I dedicated all my time to my studies, striving to be the best mother I could for my kids but it wasn’t easy. I felt alone, being older than most in college, single with two kids. I needed to find balance in what had felt like a chaotic time in my life, unsure of how to juggle it all.
My first Veteran’s Day Parade as a prior service member.

It was the summer of 2018 when I was introduced to No Excuse Mom through my neighbor; who had just started holding meet-ups in the same location her husband taught my son’s martial arts. When I was approached by another leader about leading workouts, I was ecstatic. I started holding my own workouts in the park on Saturday mornings, creating bonds and fitness goals with other mamas.
I began engaging more online, realizing we are more alike than we are different. As a single mother, I feared the judgments I would receive. Initially I viewed No Excuse Mom as a group for married stay at home moms, and wanted no part of it. When I began attending meetups, and began engaging with members who attended mine I was surprisingly mistaken.
There’s more support with a group of women looking to better themselves, not only for themselves, but their children as well. What I found after separating from the Air Force was a new sense of belonging. I discovered a way to create change in the world, looking to empower and support one another while doing the hardest job in the world, motherhood.
It renewed a sense of confidence in me and opened myself up to more opportunities, allowing me to touch more lives through the power of health and wellness. You can channel all your energy into your job, getting an education, or your children, but in order to be well-rounded you can’t forget about yourself. When one challenges themselves physically, it allows one to be mentally and emotionally fit as well too.
I needed to be in a workout routine, pushing my body to new levels in order to deal with life’s stressors. As mothers it’s important we focus on becoming the best versions of ourselves.
What better way to do it, than with the help of other mothers with the same goal in mind?
Bio:
I’m a 28 yr. old USAF veteran single mother of two. I have my AA in communications, and am pursuing my BA in journalism at Sac State. I write for The State Hornet, and am a co-leader for No Excuse Mom. They say it takes a village, sometimes all that entails is a group of women committed to bettering themselves through a healthy lifestyle. After all, health starts at home.
https://statehornet.com
ashtonsnewsandreviewblog.wordpress.com

ashton.wright90@gmail.com

2018 Annual NEM Money Pot Challenge

Are you ready for some serious motivation???
On September 4 we are beginning our 6th annual international pot transformation contest with all our No Excuse Moms! For 12 weeks, we are asking you to eat healthy, get active and be purposeful in your daily intentions. This was created to connect us as No Excuse Moms, motivate us before the holidays and transform us in a limited period of time. Contest Ends November 22nd *all pictures are due by that date, which lands on Thanksgiving! For the last several years we have given over 100 winners  thousands in pot money!
If you lose a healthy average of 1-2lbs/week for the next 12 weeks, you will be 12-25lbs lighter in 12 weeks! If you are heavily overweight, you will lose more weight. Click here to submit payment and receive an application via email.
We have a new partnership with Designer Protein, who is sponsoring this contest and will be adding incentives throughout the next 12 weeks. You can purchase at most Vitamin/Nutrition/Supplement stores and Target! Use the code NEM20 for 30% off their website HERE and follow them on Instagram here!
Our Guidelines are based upon Maria Kang’s book, The No More Excuses Diet, which is also the book that launched our Facebook group page. It is available at all book retailers and is currently on sale via Amazon here.
Guidelines (these are NOT set in stone):
1. Drink only water, black coffee/tea
2. Eat balanced meals comprising of 30% lean protein, 30% healthy fats, 30% carbohydrates. The last 10% goes towards a small treat or protein/fat (for rest days) or carbohydrates (for training days).
3. Track your calories. If you are trying training for weight loss, lower your intake by 300 calories every few weeks.
4. Enjoy 1-2 treat meals a week.
5. Perform cardio 4 times a week for 20-30 minutes. (the shorter your cardio time the more intense it should be).
6. Perform strength training 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes.
7. Stretch daily.
8. Take a Selfie monthly (in workout clothes/swimsuit)
9. Participate and connect with your local NEM group either online or in person.
10. Identify your Target Heart Rate: 220-age * 60-85% =
11. Create a 12-week Fitness Calendar. For tips and downloadable calender click here.
12. Find accountability partners: Mentor (group leader), Supporter (friend) and Follower (someone you can guide). Find your regional leader here.
13. Be a member of our online NEM Facebook group
Contest Rules:
1. $30 opt-in payment to place into the pot. No Refunds.
2. All application will be emailed after payment is received and must be submitted by September 15th to your regional manager or online manager.
3. Submit before and after pics and story by November 22nd
4. Must connect with closest NEM group (via online or in person). Identify your local leader.
5. Must follow NEM guidelines. No extreme dieting, diet pills, detox plans allowed.
6. Time Stamp your photos with a magazine, newspaper or app. Before photos can be taken as early as Sept 1st.
Winners will be judged by Maria Kang and a NEM panel.
Criteria will be based upon:
40% Transformation
30% Personal Story
30% Participation
The pot money will be divided between 19 winners:
1. FIFTEEN Regional winners (including our Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, NZ/Australia and Latin America NEMs)
2. ONE National winner
3. THREE NEM admin/leaders
The way we will divide prize money will be:
30% NEM Winner
30% NEM Admin/leader Winner
30% NEM Regional Winners
10% Misc Fees and NEM Charity Bucket (everything will be accounted for and transparent for everyone to see)
For Example, if we have 500 entries this will be the breakdown:
$10,000 POT MONEY
$3000 Overall NEM winner
$1000 each for NEM Admin/leader winner
$200 (15 Regions: $3000) Regional leader
Leftover is $1000 which will go towards any paypal fees and the NEM charity bucket (i.e. insurance/web costs)
Important Dates
Start Date: September 4
Last date to join: September 15th
Pot Announcement: September 25th
End Date: November 22nd (Thanksgiving!)
Winners Announced: December 15th
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>
FAQ:
1. Do I need to count calories?
No. We provided a general guideline for those who want to know how to get started.
2. How do you define Detox?
We don’t recommend any program that allows less than 1200 calories/day. This was a general term used to avoid quick fix dieting. (which is detrimental in the long term)
3. I am pregnant, can I still join?
YES! To be fair, you can either use a before picture at the same time you were pregnant prior (if this is your second child) to demonstrate a healthier pregnancy. If this is your first time, please just provide your most recent picture. (BTW: we’ve had a pregnant mom grace the pages of our swimsuit calendar)
4. Can I use a ‘before’ picture that was taken earlier this year?
Please provide the picture taken in August/Sept 2017. Please submit two photos. One holding a daily newspaper and one without. You can also include a picture taken prior but it will not be used in the final judging.
5. Do I need to be a mom?
No! Stepmoms, grandmothers, mom of doggies…are all able to join!
6. Do I HAVE to join a local group?
Yes – you can either create your own (if there is no one next to you) or join the closest group either online or in person (Click here to fill out our online group leader application). The reason why this is required is to align you with positive people and create lasting, healthy friendships. The number one way to become successful is to be a part of a community that keeps you accountable. Click here for the list of all our groups!
7. Will I know the total pot money?
Yes! On Sep 15th we will announce how many people have entered and what is up for grabs! We will also announce pot updates the weeks leading up.
8. What does participation entail?
Posting online, commenting and supporting other participants, attending meetups and/or hash-tagging on social media streams. Our official hashtags are: #noexcusemom #nem2018 #designerprotein or #nem__local group city .
If you do not live near a local NEM group, join your nearest location by searching Facebook or our online locations page here.
9. There is no leader near me and I’m interested in becoming one. How do I get started?
Email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com or fill our online application HERE.
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>
<<<CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW>>>

Here are some of our winners from last year! CLICK to Read!

Region 1: Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut
Region 2: New York, New Jersey
Region 3:  Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland
Region 4::Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi
Region 5: Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin
Region 6: Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana
Region 7: Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Region 8: Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado
Region 9: California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada
Region 10: Oregon, Washington
Region 11: Canada
Region 13: Europe
Region 15: NZ/Australia
Overall Winner! $4,200
Overall Leader Winners $4,200!

How I Found My Excuses

From 2016 to 2018: My excuses gained strength over 18 months and I gained about 30 lbs.

Being a No Excuse Mom means different things to different people. For many, it signifies the transition they made while dropping their excuses as to why their health, and themselves as a whole, weren’t a priority in their lives. For others it is solidifying the healthy habits they have already established into their lifestyle. The common thread for No Excuse Mom is making us, as mothers, a priority because when you take care of yourself you can better take care of the precious ones in your life.

Personally, I fell into the latter category when I became a member of the NEM tribe. I was a stay at home mom first and foremost plus a part-time personal trainer. Health and fitness have been a big part of my life ever since high school when was a dancer.  Marrying young, I lost a bit of that passion as I navigated military spouse life but it quickly rekindled when I had my daughter in 2007. I was so in awe of the amazing feat my body had accomplished, creating this beautiful child and nourishing her for the first few months of her life. I made it a priority to take care of my body with healthy food choices and lots of movement through traditional gym workouts, yoga, and dancing (I still teach). I was blessed with my son in 2013, shortly after gaining an ACE Personal Trainer Certification and was absolutely thrilled to become part of the No Excuse Mom movement in 2014 after discovering Maria Kang on Instagram. It was a perfect fit for my lifestyle and passions! I established the still strong NEM local group at Fort Meade, Maryland and soon took on the role of Region III Manager. It was a wonderful time in my life that awarded me amazing experiences, friendships, and memories.
My life then took a complete derailment in the spring of 2016 when my husband of 11 years told me he was leaving. As you can imagine, I was sent reeling as my life seemingly crashed down around me. I made the decision to step away from Facebook for various reasons, which is the main communication mechanism for the No Excuse Mom community. Eventually, and with much heartbreak, I stepped back from the organization completely and stopped personal training so I could start earning a steady income at a 9 to 5 job.

                This is when the excuses started building.

It is commonplace for the members of No Excuse Mom to celebrate how they “lost their excuses” on their health journey, and for obvious reasons. Sharing ones triumphs is a great motivator to others on similar paths! But I now recognize that by traveling that road backwards, in a sense, I have the opportunity to analyze how these excuses take hold in the first place. My hope is that this knowledge will serve to add another layer of insight for those starting their fitness journeys AND prevent those who have made those huge strides worth applauding from having relapses and repeating the same mistakes.

Excuse #1: My physical health is not a priority.

At the core of No Excuse Mom is the idea that your well-being influences the well-being of your family, friends, and community. After all, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you best take care of others? After I separated from my husband my main focus was re-stabilizing my life while simultaneously shielding my children from the immense pain I was feeling.  I was entrenched in job hunting, setting up childcare for my youngest, and then shifting my lifestyle from a stay at home mom to a working mom. While I had periods of hyper focus, they were often interrupted by severe depressive thoughts and apathy. I was often so burned out that I no longer cared what I ate. I overate unhealthy foods as a coping mechanism. I didn’t see my workouts and nutrition as something worthwhile because there were so many stressors in my life. I was in therapy each week and was only concentrating on my mental and emotional health.
In hindsight, regular exercise would have been a fantastic way to manage the dark thoughts and anxiety that ran rampant through my brain and the pizza and cookies did nothing to combat my constant fatigue. Had I used the tools that I preached to my clients I would have been much better off. While my mental health and the logistics of shifting to a single mom were important, my physical health was important too. It all ties together in a symbiotic relationship and neglecting one part only hinders the others.

Before: Life as a SAHM, part time personal trainer, and NEM Leader meant my health and fitness were a big priority.

 

Excuse #2: The weight I am gaining isn’t that big of a deal.

In the grand scheme of things, gaining a few extra pounds on my then lean physique was totally fine. I stayed in a healthy weight and body composition range for about a year, but during that time I was slowly gaining body fat by overeating and atrophying my hard earned muscle due to lack of exercise. By the time my clothes were starting to get snug, I was too comfortable with “treating” myself to sweets and overeating at dinner. That was my new normal because I had given myself slack for so long. I am all about splurging in moderation, I actually think it is a very healthy practice, but moderation slipped into daily overindulgence without my even realizing. It is very difficult to retrain habitual thinking and it wasn’t until I was 30 pounds heavier and near the “overweight” BMI range that I started to make serious changes. We all have seasons in life and I don’t beat myself up for gaining some weight, but turning a blind eye for too long will eventually lead to big issues.

Excuse #3: I don’t have enough time.

This is a big excuse for everyone. We live in a fast paced world and most moms are pulled in fifteen different directions. Between working three jobs, keeping up with extracurricular activities for the kids, and the time suck that is East coast traffic, I didn’t see how I could possibly fit in time to work out and/or meal prep. The fact of the matter is that if something is a priority you will find a way to squeeze it in. I reprioritized and now I hit the gym in the morning before work on weeks that I don’t have my kids, leaving the evenings free for errands, social engagements, or another job haha! I make extra portions of anything I cook for a healthy lunch the next day or another quick dinner on busy weeknights. Sometimes I have to buck up and meal prep at 9:30 at night, but I know I will otherwise spend just as much time scrambling to make something later while adding to my big ole’ bucket of stress. Making time to exercise also gives me more energy, essentially adding another productive hour to my evening to clean or simply decompress after the kids are in bed.

Current: Now that I have settled into my life as a divorced working mom I have slowly gotten back on track on my health and fitness journey.

Excuse #4: I just need to get through this week and then I will start exercising and clean up my diet.

Each week seemed to bring struggles whether it was fighting with my ex or just dealing with the day to day stress of being a mom fresh to full time work. For 18 months I kept telling myself that it would be better next week and I would start out that Monday on the right foot, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that “next week” doesn’t hold that magic we are hoping for. Life never stops and neither do the stresses, deadlines, and lovely surprises like flat tires or sickness. I will ALWAYS have a full plate each week. Some times of the year will be fuller than others (holidays, dance recital season, traveling), but motivation isn’t dependent on the calendar. You can start working on yourself wherever you are in life, no matter the circumstances. The intensity of the effort and subsequent changes may ebb and flow but positive change is still positive change, no matter the size. I plan to start school in the summer or fall, and I know it will be rough to keep up on my health journey, but in the end I will be much better off continuing the hard work than putting it on the back burner until the end of the term.

Do any of these excuses sound familiar?
What other ones might you add from your personal experience?
Comment below and share your thoughts!

Annual 30-Day Water Challenge 2018 BEGINS!

It is that time of year…when the heat is rising, the sun is glaring and your body needs more fluid! This time, is the best time to focus on your water intake. Not only is water essential for your livelihood, it’s also important for digestion, skin, circulation and energy. If you find yourself drinking too many caffeinated drinks, alcoholic beverages or sodas – then THIS challenge is for you. Firstly, all the drinks mentioned dehydrate your body! When you drink liquids containing alcohol or caffeine, it acts as a diuretic in your system, literally promoting water to leave your system! One of the best things you can do to improve cell health, is to fill it up generously with water!
So let’s focus on water!
In the past we focused on drinking one gallon of water a day (not all at once as it can be life threatening!) One gallon is essentially 128 ounces, which for many who are active or over 200lbs, this is a perfect amount. This time around, we are asking people to just drink half their body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200lbs, focus on drinking at least 100oz minimum. If you are 150lbs, drink 75koz! You get the equation.
Now, if you want to drink more, go for it. When you are active or outside often, you absolutely need to drink more water. The focus is to make sure you’re hydrated and limit the consumption of calorie-filled beverages. During the summer time it is easy to grab an icee, a cold frappucino or a fruit smoothie. What people don’t realize is that those drinks contain hundreds of calories and too much sugar. Let’s focus on drinking water, cleansing our system and losing some unwanted weight.
If you are joining, post this image below, use the hashtag #nemwaterchallenge and keep in mind that every post equals one raffle ticket. We will pull the winner(s) at the end. Prize TBD! Good Luck and Happy July!
Check out the success stories from our past Water Challenge!

2018 No More Excuses Challenge

Join our annual No More Excuses Challenge and motivate yourself to get into your best shape in 2018!! You will receive guidance from Maria Kang, as well as a nutrition and exercise guide, 12 week accountability calendar, 200-Workouts Ebook and special pink NEM tank!
**tank and calendar will be mailed out in February. CLICK HERE to REGISTER!!!

Fitness Role Model Wendy Green

My name is Wendy Green, I am 40 years old and I live in the beautiful Union, South Carolina. I have four children all ranging from ages 7 to 23.

I discovered No Excuse Moms a few years ago when I was watching the Today Show and they had been discussing Maria’s NEM picture. I was shocked to see how she had 3 little boys but instead of using that as an excuse not to take care of herself, she made it a reason. I LOVED it!!
My usual workout routine involves at home weight training sessions 5-6 days a week using the ‘Body Beast’ program by Sagi Kaliv. I also do obstacle course race training coached by Yancy Culp 3-4 times a week. The obstacle course training includes:

  • running
  • sprints
  • heavy carries
  • hill work
  • burpees
  • pull-ups
  • tire flips
  • weighted drags
  • dead hangs
  • pull-ups

My best fit Mom tips are to drink LOTS and LOTS of water! There are so many overall benefits! My rule of thumb is a minimum of half of body weight in ounces of water (ex. 140 lb person needs at least 70 oz water daily) more when training and sweating.

  • View it as adding years to your life versus taking them away
  • Don’t change everything at once….baby steps in healthy lifestyle changes will last longer and equal giant leaps a year from now.
  • Start by making healthy food choices, the physical. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

I wasn’t an athlete or involved in sports growing up. My parents believed in working. At 10 I got my first job at a local restaurant. This instilled a hard work ethic mentality in me and I matured much faster because of the responsibility I held.
As a teenager I enjoyed following along with workout videos…remember Tae Bo?!?! LOL!! I had come to terms that my body wasn’t made for running or being an athlete but I enjoyed being active and walking.
I became more serious about living a healthy lifestyle after having my 3rd child. I suffered severe depression and it took me to very dark places. It was so traumatic, I was coming to the point where I was planning my own suicide. My doctor was insisting that I start taking medication, but something inside me knew if I changed the food I was eating, began to exercise, focused on the positive and started putting myself higher on the priority list of self care, I would feel better. Slowly but surely through this trial and error process, I began to see positive change in myself. I started with eating wholesome homemade meals, drinking LOTS of water, educating myself on healthy foods and becoming more active with my children. We’d even use the kids as “weights” for exercises. Then I began walking in the afternoons as a stress reliever. One day I decided to start jogging, which wasn’t very far, but each time I would set goals to go a little farther. I set mailboxes, trees, light poles, even trash on the side of the road as my finish line. Even if it was just 5 steps more than the day before I was excited because I was making progress! When I signed up for my first 5k, I couldn’t imagine running 3.1 miles without stopping! Now I’ve doe many 5k’s, 12 marathons, and 1 Ultra! I still can’t believe it!
In 2015 I was introduced to Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) when a group of friends asked me to join them for a Spartan Sprint. When I completed that race the ‘warrior’ in me woke up and felt alive for the first time in a long time! Since then I’ve gotten more serious in eating food as fuel and viewing working out as training. The last 2 years competing in OCR, I’ve ran elite and still get butterflies at the start line. This past April I was fortunate to have a 3rd place podium finish for Female Masters Elite at the Ft Benning Spartan Sprint and just recently came in 10th for Female Masters Elite at the Asheville Spartan Super!
I can truly say now that I feel better at 40 than I did at 20! I choose to live this lifestyle because well, it just makes ya feel good! Most importantly, I can be the wife and mother I need to be for many years to come! It all started with, ‘No Excuses!’
 
Thank you, Wendy Green, for sharing your amazing story and for being an inspiring model for your local community!
 
Join our No Excuse Mom group online or find your local community now! Do you have a motivational story? Please send us an email at noexcusemoms@gmail.com
 
 

Annual 2017 Pot Challenge

Are you ready for some serious motivation???
On September 5 we are beginning our 4th annual international pot transformation contest with all our No Excuse Moms! For 12 weeks, we are asking you to eat healthy, get active and be purposeful in your daily intentions. This was created to connect us as No Excuse Moms, motivate us before the holidays and transform us in a limited period of time. Contest Ends November 23rd *all pictures are due by that date, which lands on Thanksgiving! For the last several years we have given 68 winners hundreds and thousands of pot money!
If you lose a healthy average of 1-2lbs/week for the next 12 weeks, you will be 12-25lbs lighter in 12 weeks! If you are heavily overweight, you will lose more weight. Click here to submit payment and receive an application via email.
We have a new partnership with Designer Protein, who is sponsoring this contest and will be adding incentives throughout the next 12 weeks. You can purchase at most Vitamin/Nutrition/Supplement stores and Target! Use the code NEM20 for 20% off their website HERE and follow them on Instagram here!
Our Guidelines are based upon Maria Kang’s book, The No More Excuses Diet, which is also the book that launched our Facebook group page. It is available at all book retailers and is currently on sale via Amazon here.
Guidelines (these are NOT set in stone):
1. Drink only water, black coffee/tea
2. Eat balanced meals comprising of 30% lean protein, 30% healthy fats, 30% carbohydrates. The last 10% goes towards a small treat or protein/fat (for rest days) or carbohydrates (for training days).
3. Track your calories. If you are trying training for weight loss, lower your intake by 300 calories every few weeks.
4. Enjoy 1-2 treat meals a week.
5. Perform cardio 4 times a week for 20-30 minutes. (the shorter your cardio time the more intense it should be).
6. Perform strength training 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes.
7. Stretch daily.
8. Take a Selfie monthly (in workout clothes/swimsuit)
9. Participate and connect with your local NEM group either online or in person.
10. Identify your Target Heart Rate: 220-age * 60-85% =
11. Create a 12-week Fitness Calendar. For tips and downloadable calender click here.
12. Find accountability partners: Mentor (group leader), Supporter (friend) and Follower (someone you can guide). Find your regional leader here.
13. Be a member of our online NEM Facebook group
Contest Rules:
1. $25 opt-in payment to place into the pot. No Refunds.
2. All application will be emailed after payment is received and must be submitted by September 15th to your regional manager or online manager.
3. Submit before and after pics and story by November 23rd
4. Must connect with closest NEM group (via online or in person). Identify your local leader.
5. Must follow NEM guidelines. No extreme dieting, diet pills, detox plans allowed.
6. Time Stamp your photos with a magazine, newspaper or app. Before photos can be taken as early as Sept 1st.
Winners will be judged by Maria Kang and a NEM panel.
Criteria will be based upon:
40% Transformation
30% Personal Story
30% Participation
The pot money will be divided between 17 winners:
1. FIFTEEN Regional winners (including our Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, NZ/Australia and Latin America NEMs)
2. ONE National winner
3. ONE NEM admin/leader
The way we will divide prize money will be:
30% NEM Winner
30% NEM Admin/leader Winner
30% NEM Regional Winners
10% Misc Fees and NEM Charity Bucket (everything will be accounted for and transparent for everyone to see)
For Example, if we have 500 entries this will be the breakdown:
$10,000 POT MONEY
$3000 Overall NEM winner
$3000 NEM Admin/leader winner
$200 (15 Regions: $3000) Regional leader
Leftover is $1000 which will go towards any paypal fees and the NEM charity bucket (i.e. sponsorship races)
Important Dates
Start Date: September 5
Last date to join: September 15th
Pot Announcement: September 25th
End Date: November 23rd (Thanksgiving!)
Winners Announced: December 15th
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FAQ:
1. Do I need to count calories?
No. We provided a general guideline for those who want to know how to get started.
2. How do you define Detox?
We don’t recommend any program that allows less than 1200 calories/day. This was a general term used to avoid quick fix dieting. (which is detrimental in the long term)
3. I am pregnant, can I still join?
YES! To be fair, you can either use a before picture at the same time you were pregnant prior (if this is your second child) to demonstrate a healthier pregnancy. If this is your first time, please just provide your most recent picture. (BTW: we’ve had a pregnant mom grace the pages of our swimsuit calendar)
4. Can I use a ‘before’ picture that was taken earlier this year?
Please provide the picture taken in August/Sept 2017. Please submit two photos. One holding a daily newspaper and one without. You can also include a picture taken prior but it will not be used in the final judging.
5. Do I need to be a mom?
No! Stepmoms, grandmothers, mom of doggies…are all able to join!
6. Do I HAVE to join a local group?
Yes – you can either create your own (if there is no one next to you) or join the closest group either online or in person (Click here to fill out our online group leader application). The reason why this is required is to align you with positive people and create lasting, healthy friendships. The number one way to become successful is to be a part of a community that keeps you accountable. Click here for the list of all our groups!
7. Will I know the total pot money?
Yes! On Sep 15th we will announce how many people have entered and what is up for grabs! We will also announce pot updates the weeks leading up.
8. What does participation entail?
Posting online, commenting and supporting other participants, attending meetups and/or hasthtagging on social media streams. Our official hashtags are: #noexcusemom #nem2017 #designerprotein – If you do not live near a local NEM group, join your nearest location by searching Facebook or our online locations page here.
9. There is no leader near me and I’m interested in becoming one. How do I get started?
Email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com or fill our online application HERE.
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Here are some of our winners from last year! Click their name to read their story!

Overall Winner: Krista Roberts


Overall NEM Leader Winner: Lisa Saci

Region 2: Jana Czechicik


Region 3: Darcel Carter


Region 4: Elizabeth Ramirez


Region 5: Nicole Morris


Region 6: Heather Ray


Region 7: Janessa Dillinger


Region 9: Emerald Rubio


Region 15: Laura Monahan

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NEM Leader Transformation Winner: Kristi Queen of Culpeper, VA

My name is Kristi Queen and I am a leader of the Culpeper, Virginia No Excuse Mom group. When I started this 12 Week Challenge, it was not only a challenge for a change in myself, but a challenge to prove to my NEM girls that there are NO excuses!
During this challenge, I’ve battled new diagnostics of depression and anxiety, I started new medication that is known for weight gain, I started a new job, I had a breast cancer scare with multiple doctor visits and biopsies, I got engaged and have been wedding planning all on top of being a mommy to my three year old daughter. Add in to that that I jumped into this challenge with no gym membership, no shakes or programs, and no fancy home equipment. Determination was my key accessory. So, with my meal plans, dumbbells, and trusty water bottle, I set off to prove that changes are made with a determined mind.
My goals on this journey were to eat breakfast every day, drink 70 oz of water daily, exercise 5 times a week, limit my sugar consumption, and add strength/muscle. I did a lot of meal planning, tracked what I ate, and tracked every day I exercised to keep me accountable. Of course I had hiccups along the way, but with motivation from my family and NEM group, I did not let those bumps set me off-track.
My biggest struggle during this challenge was the scale. I really had to learn to practice what I preach as far as not relying on numbers on the evil contraption to show my progress! I limited my trips to scale and truly focused on my nonscale victories. I have lost TWO pant sizes, FIVE inches off my waist, THREE inches off my hips, an inch off each thigh, and a grand total of THREE pounds lost. Yes, only three measly pounds off the scale. But more importantly, I have GAINED muscle, definition, stamina, strength, confidence, and respect for myself for sticking through the 12 weeks and making a change! It was a true eye-opener of what my body could accomplish regardless of what the scale says. I am on a journey to be STRONG and treat my body right. I am not letting the scale hold me back.
I am walking away from this challenge with much more love and respect for myself and my body. I have fought every hiccup and obstacle against me and came out stronger both physically and mentally. I hope that my accomplishments will help other NEM ladies know that you do not need expensive programs, a gym membership, or a ton of free time to make a change. If it is a priority, you can and will make it happen.