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!

2018 2nd Place Winner NEM Uvalde, TX Leader: Mayra Vasquez

I’m Mayra Vasquez one of the Uvalde TX leaders

I’m a busy 30 years young, certified personal trainer, & Fitness Instructor at our  local community fitness Center. married with 8 years with 3 children: son 9, daughters 6, and 2 years old.

I leaded San Angelo TX for almost 2 years, which was a great learning experience, powerful motivator for accountability and while I made many great mom friends. 

Moved back to my small hometown and started a chapter in Uvalde,Tx. Jan 2016 and had an easier time promoting the group and having many more successful events for family and moms night out. 

I was prepared to have an even better year for 2018. But obstacles in life happen,

I was in a recent fatal car accident, losing my Mother and Aunt on Christmas night. I ended up 10 days in ICU with a c2 , mandible, sternum, 3 ribs, wrist, 2 lumbar and tail bone fracture ; also punctured intestines which required  surgery and Blood transfusions from loss of blood.

Recently home and Recovering from head to toe, I decide the 12 week challenge was a good start to keep me motivated and positive.  I was back to square one physically and mentally.

I was told countless times my healthy lifestyle not only save my life, but my continual movement helped me heal quickly, no Physical Therapy required. The diet with wearing a neck brace 24/7 and fractured mandible and ,with  a scar on half my torso really  had its moments of despair. Loosing 25lbs of muscle weight really had me worried.  It was also hard to comfort my children.

But life continues and one must strive to be stronger than before. Joint movement and balance was what I worked up to. I was released to go back to work and continue what I love in March 20th with no restrictions almost 12 weeks after the accident. I have slowly added working out with minimum core workouts. The 12 weeks kept me going it help me set a goal and follow through.

Despite the physical and mental scaring, being  able to hug my kids after I healed, I haves never been more grateful for my health than at those moments. I remain strong because I have had and continue to have a strong positive support system throughout my family who raised me, friends and the  No Excuse Mom

2018 3rd Place Winner El Paso, TX NEM Leader: Liz Martinez

Like many of us i started very motivated with the challenge and I started eating clean and following a regular exercise routine using the tools in the challenge handbook. Even if it meant getting up at 5:00am to get my workout in, so the honeymoon stage lasted about 4 weeks!  Way longer than other times after all my motivation throughout is i need to get summer ready.
Then life happened, little by little i started straying away from my goals i started going back to old habits, only to realize the more i didn’t maintain the new habits the more upset i was at myself. However looking back at my before and after from the last NEM leader challenge, I had to really sit and think about where i was and re frame and call my day 1 all over again! As much as I hated that day 1 because it meant I had to start all over, I knew i needed to do it!
So during the last 4 weeks of the challenge I gave it my all!
I surpassed my monthly goal and i refocused. I also have to say that my husband joined me in this journey something I had truly wanted for a long time! I lost a total of 14lbs, I lost inches in one of the most difficult areas my lower belly area and on my arms and legs as well. Down 1 size comfortably and a lot of the bloating has truly decreased. So as this challenge ends i know that my personal challenge is only in the beginning stages it may take a year and it may take several Day1’s all over but one thing i know is that i cant give up and i must persevere on this journey to find the best version of myself as a No Excuse Mom , and as a NEM Leader!

2018 No More Excuses Challenge 3rd Place: Cristine Rottach

My name is Cristine Rottach and I am mommy to my 3 year old son Emmett and my 10 month old twins Jack and Eloise. My before and after pictures are attached. I have been photo documenting my progress since I had my twins and have lots of transformation Tuesday worthy posts.
Due to bilateral palsy in my quadriceps after the birth of my first child in 2014, I battled with mobility and my health. Not only was I desperate to get my body back, I was learning to walk all over again. A year later I was almost back to normal and struggling with my weight. No Excuse Moms of Alameda and its fierce leader Liz Rodriguez saved me and provided a safe place to grow and test my physical boundaries.
At the end of my second pregnancy in May 2017, I was nine months pregnant with twins and pushing 300lbs. My babies weighed 7 lbs. each and within hours of my cesarean, I knew my recovery would be smoother than with my first.
Three weeks postpartum I was back at NEM Alameda Zumba. I slowly began attending workouts, zumba, runs and exercising at home. Having twin infants and caring for my 3 year old was definitely a huge change for me as I went from working full time to being a stay at home mom. No Excuse Moms kept me grounded and motivated. I continued to exercise and create new habits around food. When I began this challenge, I was 7 months postpartum, weighed 221 pounds and had already lost nearly 75 pounds.
At this time I also returned to my favorite thing in the world, tap dancing.I have begun teaching dance again as I feel more confident in my strength, my ability and my appearance. The Alameda NEM leadership has helped me grow since day one back in 2014. They have given me strength when I had none. They have fostered my love for running when I felt slow. Running has become important in my life, as I have completed more 5ks in 2018 than in the last 4 years. No Excuse Moms have mentored me into a new profession. With the guidance of Laura Meith, I plan to open an in home day care in the fall of 2018.
I was successful in this challenge with the support of my local NEM leaders and fellow challengers. The biggest encouragement came from my husband who saw the hard work I was already doing and encouraged me to enter this challenge to keep me reaching towards my goals. I just kept saying I want to win; I want to weigh less than 200 pounds. I haven’t done that, but pretty close. I am pretty competitive and do not enter something unless I plan to bring my A game. I lost 17 pounds and 17 inches overall. I weighed in at 204 pounds at the conclusion of this challenge. Having accountability and a safe space to post pictures, recipes and struggles is invaluable. The biggest challenges for me during my journey have been the need to see results instantly. I know that I need to eat and fuel my body. I never thought that I would lose weight doing that. I know now that the scale is just a number and that my non-scale victories are priceless. Fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes has been a huge non-scale victory. Having the confidence to get back on stage and perform is another non-scale victory this challenge has gifted me. I hope to inspire other moms to make their own health a priority and to feel confident and comfortable exercising at any level or stage. If I can do this, so can you! No more excuses, I have found my reasons!!


2018 No More Excuses Challenge 2nd place: Mary Mingles

The past 12 weeks have been a serious challenge.  Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I have been on a bit of a roller coaster.  When I signed up for this challenge, it was because I decided enough was enough, it is time for a change.  A permanent change.  I refuse to go back.  I haven’t made any drastic cuts, I still eat bread because its so darn tasty.  I still have my morning coffee.  I don’t want my soda anymore.  I have seen the destruction it has caused in my life and in the lives of those I love.  But I also don’t have my ice cream every night.  I don’t need seconds or thirds at my meals.  If I want a snack, it can still be healthy like a few nuts instead of the package.  My will power has become greater than ever.  Never before have I been able to start eating something and stop without finishing it because I had had enough.
I have had some challenges and thought about making some excuses.  I spent an evening in the ER after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the MRI I was having because I have a high risk for breast cancer and am not having my bilateral mastectomy until June.  I call that stress piled onto stress.  Add to that having to dump my breast milk for 3 days because of it.  But while I would typically forget about the diet in those situations, get fast food on the way home and binge for the next few days while I recovered, I didn’t.  I had a single scoop of ice cream with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  It was delicious and since I missed dinner being in the ER it was well within my calories for the day.
For the past few weeks, I have been applying for jobs and am actually going to an interview for a new job about 3000 miles away because my family is planning to move across the country this summer.  Add to all of this, my three children 3 years old and under.  I am so proud of myself for continuing to push to eat right and go to the gym and stop making so many excuses.  When I started in January, I could barely run 30s continuously.  Now I can make a little over 10 minute mile and keep going.  I have never been a runner, but I’ve built up to consistently running at least a mile five days a week.  And that is in addition to attending at least two gym classes a week (Zumba and a mixed cardio/strength class) and using some of the weight machines.  I can now leg press my body weight!
Starting weight: 215
Today’s weight 182
Multiple inches lost
Confidence at new heights!
A colleague told me the other day that I seem a lot happier lately.  And even my high school students have congratulated me on losing weight and looking healthier!

 

2018 No More Excuses Challenge Winner: Robin Kruse

The word “Challenge”….. Is a noun. Definition 1. A call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc. 2. something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc. I found this on Dictionary.com. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my first challenge I’ve been in, I’ve done fitness challenges before but I’ve never completed them. And I’m not going to lie this is my first time doing a No Excuse Mom Challenge…. this is my second time. And this time I completed it! Before when I have told friends or some family members that I’m doing a 8, 10, or 12 week challenge my response usually aren’t that positive. They are the usual…. Haha really? That’s stupid! You just had a baby ( like 2 years ago ) you don’t need to loose any weight, you’ll shed it soon. You’ve got 4 kids what’s the point, you can’t eat that your on a diet! and etc…. or I’ve been half way through a challenge and I see all of these amazing results and I think to myself. Why am I not seeing results like that, oh she’s going to win what’s the point. All of these negative things stopped me from what I wanted to achieve.
For myself being a wife and a mother of 4 active boys. Sometimes it’s easier to throw in the towel. After having my first 3 boys I didn’t have much trouble bouncing back into my “skinny” jeans. I mean I did have to workout, I wasn’t that Lucky to walk out of the hospital with my favorite pair of pants on and wearing a tight fitting shirt. Trust me after gaining 86lbs with my first child I thought that was the hardest to loose that weight and get back in shape. But I was wrong… after I had my 4th BOY (yes I said boy… and no we were not trying for a girl… I would share a drink with my husband and I would get pregnant..) that was the hardest for me to get my motivation back. When I almost thought to myself , I’m married, I have 4 kids, I just don’t complain. My husband loves me, and my kids are healthy! So after I had my baby that’s when I started my NEM challenge and didn’t complete it. I wasn’t patient with myself.
So I went back to my good ole snacks! I really enjoyed having a bowl of ice cream and then a bowl of chips afterwards in the evenings and enjoying whatever show I was into at the time. And my coffee! Oh boy do I love coffee! Especially with creamer and mochas and those specialty drinks from Starbucks! I was drinking so much coffee and eating unhealthy and maybe only 1-2 glasses of water. And this had went on for a while that I was gaining the weight and the 23inches back on that I had lost from my first NEM challenge. And then the kidney stones… oh girl, let me tell you!!! The first time I started getting those pains I was scared! I didn’t know what what happening until I went to the doctors and then told me I had kidney stones. They prescribed medication to help pass thankfully I didn’t feel them or they dissolved! I got better then, I started drinking more coffee again with all those delicious flavors and less water… then went on for almost a year. That’s when I knew I had to do something.
When I decided to take this Challenge on, I wasn’t to much focused on loosing weight, even though I love fitting in my jeans better now and not having the circulation cutting off on my calf’s while I wear skinny jeans. I  just wanted to get healthy again. I wanted to cut my addiction off sugar and decrease my coffee creamer and Starbucks. And start drinking more water. I wanted my motivation back and be more active instead of sitting around on my phone when I could be outside playing games and making memories with my boys. I didn’t tell anyone except for a couple of my supportive BFF’s. I just started doing it! I set all those excuses aside and I kept myself accountable. I didn’t let other people’s accomplishments stop my from what my goals were. Instead I cheered them on! When I made that big step on sharing my 4 week progress, that’s when my motivation really started. I stated sharing to others what I was doing, Even showing my progress to more friends motivated them to get fit also, and then I started a support workout text with my sisters and keeping them accountable! Then at 10weeks I told my husband what was motivating my to workout, and of course he has been loving the results, but what he is most proud of about me is that I wasn’t eating my massive bowl or chips and ice cream EVERY night before bed and then feeling guilty afterwards. Then he was cheering me on!
For my results, I’ve lost 6lbs. 6in. Off my body and I’ve been eating healthier, drinking more water. Limiting my coffee, cutting sugary drinks and sweets. And feeling stronger and more active, and Decreasing my chances of kidney stones. For me, this is just my beginning! (I want a bikini body now!) So don’t let the word “Challenge” scare you or others put down when you mention that word. Only you can decide what you want to do, they are just mumbles in the background and once they see what you’re succeeding, boy! will their jaws drop and you’ll be their smiling! – Robin Kruse

2017 3rd Place Leader Winner: Suzanne Frazier

Congrats to our 3rd place No Excuse Mom Leader Winner, Suzanne Frazier of Sacramento, CA for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $265 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! If you are interested in becoming a leader, email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com ! It’s an incredibly rewarding role you play in your community and an awesome way to connect families, build friendships and get/stay healthy.

With three pregnancies, I feel like I’ve tried every fad diet, pill, and quick-fix available on the internet. Although I did sometimes lose weight, I would ultimately gain it back – plus some. It was a cycle that wrecked havoc on my metabolism and self-esteem. I’ve never considered exercise before because I thought it meant spending hours in the gym. Moms don’t have that kind of spare time. I felt awful about my weight gain and just as bad for not wanting to accept my mom body; but I wanted to change that. Initially, too self-conscience to ever join a gym, I started jogging and followed workout videos at home. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I didn’t give up. As I got stronger and faster, my interest grew; I signed up for my first 5race in 2012 and joined a women’s fitness group. 

It started with a desire to lose a few extra pounds, but I wound up gaining so much more than just weight-loss. I gained knowledge, a passion for wellness, and a desire to help others in their fitness journey; I became a coach in 2016. So important to my emotional well-being, I acquired self-confidence and my self-esteem significantly improved. Today, I want to help change the way people perceive or think a mom’s body should look. Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to feel less than great about yourself just because it is accepted as the norm. I join No Excuse Mom to help empower those self-conscience, complacent, and unhappy moms with the knowledge and support to gain their own strength, build their own confidence, and once and for all, help them to become proud of their mom bodies.

During the challenge, my experience has been a series of emotions and struggle with my eating habits. I’m not perfect nor am I extraordinarily fit. I binged on Halloween candy mid-way because my weight wasn’t dropping like I was hoping. I’ll admit, seeing people’s transformation post on Facebook made me insecure about my own intention and goalsThen, I remembered why I signed up. I wanted to change. had to change my habits and learn to trust the process. So I stopped turning to carbs for comfort, continued to prep healthy meals, and kept with my workouts. With a little discipline, I dropped 4% body fat, gained 4 pounds of lean muscle, and a total loss of 1 pound body weight. Yes, ONE POUND and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I have a firm understanding that if I stop comparing my progress to others and focus on my own accomplishments, my body is capable of some impressive shit! This was the lesson that’s going to help me live a healthier lifestyle beyond the 12 weeks!

Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th 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 Suzanne! You have $315 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!
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2017 2nd Place Leader Winner: Laura Meith

Congrats to our 2nd place No Excuse Mom Leader Winner, Laura Meith of Alameda, CA for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $945 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! If you are interested in becoming a leader, email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com ! It’s an incredibly rewarding role you play in your community and an awesome way to connect families, build friendships and get/stay healthy.
Laura’s Story:

I’ve been overweight my entire life. When I was 19, I met my husband who loved me unconditionally and exposed me to my new found love of the outdoors. Since then, now nearly 17 year later, I own and operate my own business, Adventures in Daycare. My family, including my gorgeous husband, two incredible boys aged 9 and 5 and our beloved 3 year old coonhound, Maisie, we hike, we camp and never say no. Adventure is our life. 
I joined No Excuse Moms about a year and a half ago. I was playing softball, trying to find my niche when a girlfriend introduced me to the group. From the moment I started I knew it was ME. Liz, our local leader, asked me to join on as a leader and I was baffled and touched and encouraged that I had what it took. So I immediately stole all her work outs along with Sara’s and starting emulating them. I was never the nervous type and so with music and endorphins well, it just all worked. I’ve been on work out target with 3-4 work outs a week ever since. I was stronger than ever yet still too heavy. It was my eating choices… that’s where I was struggling. 
The 12 week challenge came up and I knew this was my chance. I had absolutely no excuses from actually accepting the challenge. PLUS the chance of winning that sweet cash prize was very inviting. So I signed up. As a leader. And so there was so backing out. 
At first I tracked. I wasn’t new at the rodeo so I knew I had to track. Portion control is the hardest. Taking time to plan was tough too. If I shopped without a plan I would not only overspend I would ensure a delivery night or some other slip up. No, Sunday mornings with coffee and my ever-so-supportive husband we would plan our weekly menu. 
Eventually my menu became routine. Breakfast is always a protein shake. Lunch is always salad with a protein. And dinner is savory but sensible. 
What changed? 
~Two bottles of wine a night. Yes! Because THAT was a problem. This challenge changed that for me. I still have a drink or two but completely under control. Which feels freaking amazing. 
~Snacking at night. Small chip bowl turned into two bowls then a few candies. NO. I stopped snacking at all. No snacking this entire challenge. And I learned that I really don’t need it and my body can’t take it. So don’t do it. 
~Samples of the kids mac n cheese at lunch or chicken tenders or… just no. 
~Fast food. Nope. Just can’t do it. My body feels awful after and for the first time ever I’m realizing and admitting it. 
~Going into meals without a plan. And when I’ve found myself without a plan I commit to thinking it through. Will this be satisfying? Will it make me feel good?
~Not being sore. If I’m not feeling a muscle, it’s time to work out. Sweat everyday. If you don’t it becomes harder by the second. 
And so to the 12 week challenge, I say this: Thank you. Thank you No Excuse Moms for entering my life and changing it forever. I’ve had the decal on my car for a year. I wear the shirts and the hoodie with pride. I wish I could scream it from the rooftops! NO EXCUSE MOMS! FREE AWESOME WORK OUTS! And the POWER this incredible group brings to my life every single day is such a blessing. 
Somewhere around Day 40, I was jogging a 3 mile run. A lady with a kid across the street yelled out, “Go Laura GO!”. I never felt so much love and support from anyone in this world of “gotta shed weight”. A perfect stranger, a gal who was watching my posts and seeing my changes encouraged me along. I am grateful to this group. I am proud to be a part of No Excuse Moms. And I am grateful to have been a leader throughout this challenge. 
In 12 weeks I have lost 20 pounds. My tummy has reduced by 3 inches. I can do real push ups. I can burpee like a MF. My legs and back feel better. I have more endurance for the day. I feel so proud of what I’ve accomplished and truly 12 weeks has only skimmed the surface. I can’t wait to see how far this really will take me. My goal is a two piece bathing suit. And for the first time in my life I feel like it’s possible. 
Sept 5= 200lb
12 weeks later = 180.2lb
 My goal is about 160lb. Stay tuned…. 🙂

Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th 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 leader winner! 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

 
 

2017 Leader Overall Winners: Laura Harmon and Marley Sewell

Congratulations to Laura Harmon, our No Excuse Mom leader in Ontario, Canada! She has been a committed leader to her group for several years and once co-leaded with Marley Sewell who we also want to acknowledge in this winner post! Laura is sharing $300 of her $2950 prize with Marley! You two are the epitome of leadership, friendship and transformation! If you are interested in becoming a leader, email us at noexcusemoms@gmail.com ! It’s an incredibly rewarding role you play in your community and an awesome way to connect families, build friendships and get/stay healthy.
Laura’s Story:
The 12 week challenge has rekindled the fire I once had with fitness. I have been obese my entire life, topping out around 320lbs. Nearly seven years ago (March 2011) I began my journey when I was having difficulties getting pregnant and knew my weight was likely a huge factor. After dropping 100lbs+ from my highest weight, I was blessed with my first daughter.  Fast-forward to 2017, 3 little girls later, I found myself having gained back just about every pound I lost. I decided I needed to make myself a priority. I started eating better, but physical fitness always fell on the back burner.  As a local leader, I felt like I was failing my ladies. How can I lead when I can’t take care of myself?
I set forth a few simple goals for the challenge.  Drinking more water, pulling out my old wardrobe, losing 20-30lbs, start working out 5-6 days a week and to start running again.  I am thrilled that I was able to meet all these goals I have set for myself.  But I have learned my more in the process.
I have reconnected with friends, and made some amazing new ones who are some of my biggest cheerleaders along the way.  We help keep each other motivated and accountable.  One of my long term goals was running 5k non-stop.  I have tried numerous times to complete the training and always fell short.  With these amazing women by my side, we all have completed the training and have our first 5k race coming up in December.
I have learned to forgive myself – that no one is perfect.  I have been angry with myself for a long time because of the weight I had gained back.  I cannot change what happened, and my girls are worth every pound – I just had to pick myself up and get back on track. I have learned the scale can sometimes be your enemy – and photos and measurements really reflect the best of it. I have learned one little cheat won’t ruin me – as long as I get back on course.
This challenge has shown me that I can be a good leader – that I can motivate people to start their journey.  I have now lost almost all the weight I gained back during my pregnancies and cannot wait to meet my weight loss goals.

Here is Marley Sewell’s story.
It was around the age of 7 I noticed I was on the heavier side and it stayed with me. I’ve always been overweight and felt unwanted because of it. Food has always been there for me, resulting in an endless cycle of me eating more and more, to me getting bigger and bigger. I was a high school dropout at 16 and got involved with drugs and alcohol. I swapped out food for drugs and dropped 100lbs from 17-21 due to using. At 21, I entered rehab and became clean. I had a new life and was happy. I found out I was pregnant a year later and ballooned up again. Since having my girl, I have had a rollercoaster journey. I would work out hard and restrict so much food, I’d give up and binge eat. In 2016, I switched positions at my job. I needed to lose the weight, again. I exercised, ate better and lost 100lbs.
I was feeling great physically. Mentally, I couldn’t handle my new position and had a breakdown. I couldn’t stay in a job I hated so I decided on pursuing school. When I made the decision to go to school, I couldn’t focus on life for fear of the future. I suffered anxiety attacks and depression.  I started turning to food again to stay calm. I’d binge eat, sneak food and I gained 47lbs. There I was, spiraling out of control again. I’d be miserable if I didn’t have a stash of goodies hidden somewhere. School was fast approaching and I was so ashamed that I let myself fall into this rut.
I saw NEM was putting on the challenge. I contemplated a bit before joining, figuring it would be just another failed attempt. Nope. I stuck with it every day. Things got tough when my school went on strike. I wanted to eat everything because it was devastating. Instead of making excuses and drowning myself in ice cream, I used it as a reason to add running to my regimen.  I have worked out every day and challenged myself. I’m proud of the progress I have made and in places that I never considered. Going to the park with my daughter and playing on the climbers! I’m glad  I had her record me along the way so I had proof of how much I’ve grown. I love setting an example by remaining focused. I’m embracing every obstacle that comes my way because it’s those challenges that are shaping me into this new-found spirit. I strive for progress everyday no matter how small. I achieve amazing things when I set my mind to it and I love that I have so much dedication. I’m taking care of myself because I am worth it. I’m worth fighting for and I deserve health and happiness. It’s up to me to shape me and I will continue.  Thanks, NEM.

Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th 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.

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!
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2017 Overall Winner: Laura Froning

Congrats to our Overall Winner of the No Excuse Mom Challenge, Laura Froning for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $4,200 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself!
Read Laura’s Story:
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for years.  Two years ago it got so bad that I stopped caring what I looked like. My husband was always away on travel and food became my companion. I ate when I was tired.  I ate when I was anxious.  I ate when I was sad. I ate when I was bored. The weight began to pile on. I hated myself. I bathed in the dark so that I wouldn’t have to look at my own body in the mirror. I went from an active mom that played with her kids to one that was content watching life pass me by in the sidelines.
This challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. I had to lose some of this weight, but even more importantly, I had to find my why again.  I started off strong, but was of course challenged by life and it’s many obstacles. Dying family. Sick children. Absent husband. When it came to excuses…I could throw out many.   I slipped up many times  with my diet and at times went a week or two with only walks and a quick yoga session as my exercise. In the past this would have triggered the self-hate and disappointment in me. I would have just quit. I was already a failure, right?
Something in me was different this time. I forgave myself. I got up each time after I fell and I kept trying. So maybe I wouldn’t “win”. Maybe I wouldn’t have the after picture that I had envisioned. That was ok. I found myself again during this challenge. I am strong. I will mess up. I will struggle. But I am a fighter. I will keep fighting as I inch towards my ultimate goal of health.
My successes this challenge were that I lost 17.5 pounds. I lost almost 6 inches in my waist alone. I am sleeping better. I’m playing with my kids more. I can look in the mirror again and be proud of myself and what I’m working towards.   Oh and I can see my triceps muscles again. That was a huge accomplishment for me. I plan to continue to treat my body with love and patience as I slowly beat my excuses and work towards health.
Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th 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.

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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!