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!

2017 Region 15 Winner: Sarah H

I’m Sarah, stay at home mum to two beautiful boys, now 3 ½ and about to turn 1. This year has been a tough one for me personally. Shortly before the challenge came about, I had a bit of a bombshell dropped on me that shook my reality to the core, it’s something very personal that I would rather not be in the public domain, but let’s just say that eating chocolate and bingeing on Netflix every opportunity I got was becoming my norm to cope and get through the days.

So when the challenge came up, I realised that I need to channel all the emotional anguish I was feeling into something positive, something for me, something selfish for once. I had for years put my kids first, and my husband first, and so I realised I had to start to binge on ‘self-care’ or I wouldn’t be able to be the mum I want to be and manage my own mental wellbeing first so I can support my kids.

Fitness has now become a part of my life. I have found again my love of running…it is healing for the soul (my soul at least), just me, alone on the road, no responsibilities or cares in that moment, just the sound of my breathing, my steps and nature all around. It’s almost my form of mindfulness and clears my head when I’m not feeling like I can cope. And climbing that mountain (Hakarimata’s) gives me a feeling of accomplishment like no other. I honestly do feel stronger, I have more energy and I love that fitness and getting outdoors is something I am now role modelling for my boys. And I feel in some ways as a person again on my own accord as I think I lost myself somewhere in amongst the joy and all encompassing love of being a mum.

Although other aspects of my life still aren’t great, I am feeling great about myself right now. I am smashing goals. I am enjoying life and the freedom that exercising makes me feel like I have, even carrying my 1yr old up a mountain because ‘no excuses!’ The 6km run I did in the weekend was not the longest I have done, but I realised it’s the longest NON STOP run I have ever in my life completed, as I used to do longer ones, but blooming WALK lots of it.

In terms of food, I have settled into a happy medium where I am more mindful of what I eat, and have learnt how to make small changes to be healthier, but when I decide to chow down on a bowl of fries, or a glass of wine over dinner with a friend, I sure as hell don’t feel guilty about it, I just work that much harder to make up for it at the next workout which isn’t ever far away!
I honestly have forgotten a few times that I am doing this challenge, as the new way of being has just been ingrained in my everyday life. I am only a few kg’s down, but have lost approx. 6cm’s of pure fat from around my hips. Still more to go, but I am so very happy with that!
 
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me something to hold onto during a rough patch of life, and for encouraging and inspiring me to be a better stronger fitter healthier me, who is actually happier for it. Thank you Ros, Paula and Erin. Xoxo 
Congrats to our Region 15 pot challenge winner, Sarah H.  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 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 13 Winner: Lenka Tomascova

Hello, my name is Lenka and I am 35 years old mom of two sons. My older one is 16 and younger 2 years old, so I am currently on parental leave. I started exercising in January 2017 because I couldn’t fit into my favorite clothes anymore. I was never too fat, I think my maximal weight was 60kg per my height 158cm. I didn’t feel good in this body and wanted to get leaner. My goal weight is 50kg. I want to reach it by exercising and healthy eating and this challenge taught me both. I used to workout twice or three times a week and mostly my abs because this was my problem area, but I didn’t change my eating.
After two months I found a post from Pavla Jurasek inviting to No Excuse Mom group and mentioning that it’s possible to workout with kids. This was something I was looking for. Pavla is motivating us, creating challenges and organizing workouts, she’s my mentor and supporter.
I joined this challenge because I am a food lover and I used to eat everything what I could find especially during evenings. This became a habit and I wanted to get rid of it. With this challenge everything changed. I removed this habit and completely changed my eating. It is not perfect, but it’s on a good way. I wanted to workout more ,even before this challenge, but due to a lot of responsibilities around the house, garden, my kids and husband I didn’t have enough time. I used to fall into bed from exhaustion in the evening. I was curious if this is going to change too and I have to be honest, I had my doubts. Now I have to say everything is possible even with all those obligations and if you really want, you can do anything.

Exercising during this challenge became a part of my life and I love the feeling when I go workout, even to the next room. I am going to relax, because I can completely switch off and focus on my training. And the feeling after training is priceless, you know what I mean 😉 I even started to attend a jumping class once a week with my friend. Before this challenge I was mostly home since the birth of my second son, so I really enjoy this time. 
I can’t forget to mention my amazing husband because he supports me on this journey and helps me with kids. Without him I couldn’t do all. I even motivated my older son and now my hubby too to start exercising.Even though I have Baker’s cyst on my left leg and it is recommended not to put too much pressure on it, like working out, it didn’t stop me and I am still training. I am using supports, bandages and gels.
Because of this challenge I found a new purpose in my life, new interests and I feel happier, healthier, satisfied and more beautiful.
Congrats to our Region 13 pot challenge winner, Lenka Tomascova, for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 13 consists of the countries in Europe! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 11 Winner: Alison Drover

An examination of the walls in my house one day, trying to decide on paint colours, gave me a rude awakening. Of all the photos hanging on the walls, there were virtually no pictures of me. A few family snaps taken from far away, but no formal family portraits. Nothing. I was almost 43 years old, and had somehow given up on myself. In erasing myself from the walls of my house, I was erasing who I could actually be.
I found the NEM group in 2016, when I did my first ever 12-week challenge. That challenge gave me a sense of self back, and feeling of accomplishment. At that time, I was feeling really low. I was lost – lost in my own life. Huge workload at a busy career, chasing two active kids, struggling to find partner time with my husband. I was overwhelmed with anxiety, depression and stress. I was wading into my 40’s and struggling to maintain the health and fitness of my 30’s. The 12-week Challenge was my way of proving that ‘I still had it”. It also brought me the NEM main Facebook group and my closest local group – the NEM Hamilton Facebook group led by the amazing Lise-Anne Fillion. I dropped 12 pounds and multiple inches, got stronger, and felt accomplished.
Post-challenge, something changed. I was exhausted and generally unwell. I was gaining weight and feeling awful. I let this go on for far too long, and finally blood tests confirmed Hashimoto’s disease – an autoimmune disorder that makes your thyroid practically stop working. And causes weight gain, low energy, anxiety, and a host of other things. So at least I had a reason for my state. But not an excuse.
One day, Maria Kang made a post that really hit me:
You don’t know what you’re made of until you dig real deep into your soul and unearth the infinite being that existed before the kids, the marriage, the work, the obligations and the ultimate stress we impose on ourselves. Wherever you are today, after you have read this – that moment has passed, it’s history! It’s gone. Every minute passed is a moment that will never happen again. YOU can change the direction of your future once you stop looking back and start looking forward.
So I joined the 2017 NEM Challenge – remembering how good it had been for me previously. In spite of the health issues – the slow weight loss and low energy of Hashimotos – I could control my direction. In spite of the extra work stress – including two 1-week long work trips that took me away from my regular routine – I could control my direction. In spite of my kids’ hectic schedules – I could control my direction.
I worked so hard – and even had a final hurdle thrown at me in the form of a kidney stone in the final 3 weeks of the challenge – I kept going. Not only did I keep going, but I found a love for running again, joined a 5 KM running clinic, registered for a 5 KM race for December 30th, and got myself re-certified as a fitness instructor – something I had put off because of my lack of confidence.
11 pounds, 19 inches overall, a boat load of confidence, and a brand new beautiful family photo hanging in my living room.
Congrats to our Region 11 pot challenge winner, Alison Drover for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 11 consists of the cities in Canada! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 10 Winner: Jessica Wiltse

Every woman, no matter her age, must face her reflection. Staring at it while it stares back. Turning around, what’s the mirror going to say today? Today my reflection is saying, “Well hey girl! Look at what you did! You are so awesome and beautiful! Stare a little longer and believe it. You did this! You took care of you!”
I’m Jessica, partner in crime to my husband Richard and mother to our sweet 2 year old Ethan. I love my little family, but like anyone, we have had our hardships and heartaches. I want to share a couple trials I experienced this year and how the 12 week challenge has helped me overcome my excuses.
Early in the year, someone made a fake dating profile with my photos. The profile said that I was looking to cheat. I found the fake being passed around Facebook. Hundreds of comments were made about my photos. “Going to need a heavy fishing line to reel in this orca”, along with many horrible explicit names were directed at my images. Photos I felt pretty in. Photos that I loved of myself! I started believing what they were saying about me! If they thought I was so freaking fat and ugly, then I was just going to make myself that way! So, ate whatever was in the house. I didn’t care about my body or my health anymore.
A couple of months went by and we decided to grow our family. I ate good. Exercised. Was taking my vitamins. Doing everything I could to host another special baby while they grow. And it worked! I was back on track. We were blessed for a few short weeks. But something happened, and we lost it on Mother’s Day. Once again, I didn’t care anymore. I turned to food for comfort. Started gaining weight, sleeping poorly, feeling blah every day, and feeling guilty because I already had a perfect child that I should be grateful for that still needed my attention. I would wake up and count down the hours till I could go to bed again. I hated the woman staring back at me in the mirror.
I had to decide for myself that I NEEDED to get back on track. I needed it, and so did my family. Yay for the NEM 12 week challenge! I thought that by being in competition with other women like myself would motivate me more. It has! During these past 12 weeks I’ve loved the online support from friends, some I haven’t even met yet! I love the recipe sharing. I finally feel better about myself again! I’ve learned that no matter what unexpected crappy things life can throw at me, I can always get back on track. My biggest transformation is internal. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. So, myself, along with all these ladies that have taken this challenge and completed it, WE ARE WINNERS! We are awesome No Excuse Moms!
Congrats to our Region 10 pot challenge winner, Jessica Wiltse 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 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 9 Winner: Rachel Hokunani

Isn’t it funny how 12 weeks can simultaneously drag on and go by in the blink of an eye? I have changed not only physically, I lost 16.6 lbs and 18 inches, I have gained a new appreciation of what I am capable of mentally as well.
You see, this was not my first NEM 12 week challenge I joined. I actually signed up in 2015 but never finished the challenge. I joked for years that I was on the, “I’ll start tomorrow” diet. I let my challenges become my excuses. I am a busy mom of 3 boys, we homeschool, I’m a military wife, and the big one… our middle son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. When you have a child with a life threatening illness everything else falls off the radar. We are the lucky ones though and are so thankful that our 5 year old is thriving despite his tumor.
When I saw this challenge I decided to put my excuses to the side and thrive despite them! My husband is an active duty U.S. Marine and left on a deployment overseas shortly before this challenge began. I knew pouring myself into my workouts and maintaining a routine would be great for my physical and mental health. I had to be strong for our children as all the parenting and household duties were now on my shoulders.
I began by changing my diet. I stopped fueling my body with soda and fast food. I started to incorporate more fruits, veggies, good carbs, and healthy protein sources. I tracked what I ate. I read the No Excuse Diet book, listened to the advice from the NEM professionals, and researched healthy foods. I found what worked for my body and am continuing to see results despite a few bumps, or a few pieces of Halloween candy. I no longer worry about eating perfectly all the time but think about making the best choices.
I made the commitment to go to the gym as much as possible, often 6 days a week and to attend the weekly NEM park workouts. I actually look forward to working out now.
I have also gained new friendships and felt the support of like minded women both online in the No Excuse Moms Facebook group and also more recently in person through our newly formed Oceanside NEM group. The sense of community and knowing I am not alone in this journey has been so heartwarming and empowering.
As the weight and inches came off I noticed a change within myself. I discovered I no longer cringed when trying on clothes and the tears I cried had nothing to do with the reflection staring back at me in the mirror. I smile a lot (smiling is my favorite) and that hasn’t changed but I no longer place a child in front of me in photos. I can stand with pride in my accomplishments with my boys by my side.
Congrats to our Region 9 pot challenge winner, Rachel Hokunani for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 9 consists of Nevada, Arizona, California and Hawaii! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 8 Winner: Victoria Jean

My transformation looks a bit different than most. You see, I’ve never “looked” like I had weight problems. I think people assume I’ve always been thin and never worried about my weight. This is partly true- I’ve always been thin. The part that’s untrue is the fact that I’ve ALWAYS worried about my weight. Growing up I didn’t have many positive role models and somewhere along the road my brain translated skinny = pretty. I didn’t understand how to be healthy or even how to cook for myself, this combination went downhill fast during college. Daily I would eat cookie dough for breakfast and then to “cancel it out” i’d run for 10 miles. This is how I told myself I’d stay skinny. I didn’t know how to nourish my body and I’d go months without eating a proper meal. The things I put in my body were terrible- cookie dough for breakfast, skip lunch everyday and eat more junk for dinner. I didn’t eat vegetables or drink water but I told myself as long as I kept running I’d stay thin. So I ran.
Everyday I’d push myself farther than the day before. At one point I made it my goal to run a half marathon everyday for a week. A week! 13 miles everyday for 7 straight days. I’d give myself ridiculous goals like this often. I didn’t know how bad this was affecting me- I wasn’t putting anything nutritious into my body EVER and demanding 10+ running miles daily. I was obsessed. I was so mean to my body, I really thought I was taking care of it by exercising everyday but I was causing more harm than good and if I were to continue down that road I could have caused some serious long term damage. I finally learned how to eat, I know this sounds silly but I really didn’t know how to nourish myself.
I used to think I knew how to cook but every dish I made was smothered in cheese and swimming in butter, now I cook healthy meals everyday for my family. I weigh 20lbs more than in my “before” picture but I look and feel better. I have a healthy relationship with food and I don’t let myself obsess over exercise anymore. Most importantly I’m happy! I teach my kids the importance of balance. They see me exercise and they love to join in, but we also love to bake cookies. They are well rounded kids who LOVE their veggies! I practice being a positive role model every single day.

 
I included a “before” picture of me before this challenge, just to show the hard road this transformation has truly been. It’s been a transformation not only of my body but of my mind as well.
 
“And I said to my body, softly, “I want to be your friend”. It took a long breath and replied “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this”. -Nayyirah Waheed
Congrats to our Region 8 pot challenge winner, Victoria Jean, for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 8 consists of Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 7 Winner: Jayne C

 “What would happen if I took care of myself for 3 months?”  I couldn’t stop asking myself after I first heard about the challenge.  I didn’t see the  need to lose weight which lead to lack of motivation to take care of myself.  I put myself to the challenge to live intentionally for 12 weeks. Eating intentionally means having self-control over what I eat.   My diet had been whatever I craved so I cut out foods that didn’t agree with my stomach and focused on fueling my body. Intentional exercise meant having different method.  I enjoy working out but my motivation was squashed when trying to do it with two small children. 
I quickly found that I needed a plan.  I joined a gym with childcare.  I developed a two week rotating menu of clean meals that worked with all of my family’s dietary needs.  I balanced out my macros and avoided eating at night per Maria Kang’s recommendations.  These things proved to help me become successful.  By week eight, I feel better than I ever have, with more energy and a better mood.  The normal bloating was gone and the desire to be active grew. I committed to doing Maria Kang’s belly-ball DVD three times a week for the sake of my poochy stomach.  I am astounded how strengthen the core affected the small areas of life, including how I carry groceries and being able to stand for longer amounts of time.
At the beginning of the challenge, I attended a race where some competitors walked.  It inspired me to try something big, even if I couldn’t do it perfectly.   I signed up for a triathlon and a half marathon.  I had a goal, I made a plan and I worked hard!  There were many frustrating days where other priorities took precedence, but I picked up the next day and kept on going.  I completed both races with a smile on my face, so grateful that I had an able body that I was now using. 
My desire to be intentional seeped into deeper areas of my life.  I was oblivious to my emotional dependence on food until I became disciplined in this area.  My husband’s looming deployment weighs heavy; I am continually tempted to cry over a large bowl of ice-cream.  Saying no to these cravings, I forced myself to take these emotions to God who is able to give me comfort.  Instead walking in self-pity, I took responsibility over how I used my time.  I worked to create boundaries with my children, asking them to wait or play by themselves and in return gave them regular undivided attention. I got up an hour or two before my kids and avoided compulsive phone usage.   I am letting go of the pursuit of an easy life, for a life lived with intention.  God didn’t give me this challenging season of life to be spent sitting on the couch wishing it away. 
Congrats to our Region 7 pot challenge winner, Jayne C, for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 7 consists of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

 
 
 

2017 Region 6 Winner: Monica Sosa

Weight loss has been my goal in life but when I signed up for the 12-week challenge I decided I want to live a well healthy and balanced lifestyle .  Hi, everyone my name is Monica Sosa –Pena (aka) Monster Mo in the gym, I’m a mother of 3 beautiful  daughter’ and married to a wonderful man . I worked a full time job and have a great family support team. I started this journey at 178 pounds after giving birth to my last child at the age of 38 I gained 55 pounds. I feared not being able to get the weight off since I was normally a big girl weighing 255 at the age of 27.  I have to say this challenge has really made me push myself to a level of learning and understanding balance in my life and food.  Today, I can actually say I feel wonderful and no longer have fears of putting back the weight! With this journey I discovered that my health and wellness is at its best it has ever been, before I was afraid of picking up a weight scared to see the scale go up  again, but I decide to give it a shot in this 12-weeks and I have to say that I’m at my smallest size that I have ever been in my life yes, this once size 26 is now a size 4 and it feels great!
I have lost the weight before getting ready to compete in a NPC show, and followed the diet and all the guidelines cut sodium, cutting diary, carb cycling, and water depletion, which is not the easiest, and not the healthiest way to live and everyday lifestyle. On this challenge I wanted to learn to live an everyday way of living and not to the extreme in the way of dieting I wanted to enjoy my days not feeling guilty to have a cheat meal once a week. Here I am proud to say it’s all about proper choices, and it’s ok if you don’t make it to the gym, find other options, like staying on point with your meals.  During this challenge I also realized that part of my weight had to deal with the stressful full-time job I had, so me and my husband decided to change my career on October 1,and became a full-time mom to my toddler who is 4,and i can honestly say it was my best decision made with support from my spouse .
As this challenge was coming to an end I was really happy with the changes I had made. I didn’t do the super strict dieting I had done in the past for contest preparation. I was able to reach my goals by eating diary, having cheat meals, eating out at restaurants once a week, I was able to still eat the chips at Mexican restaurants. I didn’t have to eat fish every freaking day and every freaking meal! I didn’t have to restrict my sodium intake. I learned how to live and balance my life and diet like an everyday mom.
I lost 30  pounds, following Maria’s guidelines on doing fasted cardio every three to four days  ,drinking a gallon of water, and having my Nem Leader always checking on us, and her involvement with each and every one was so motivating  she was the  absolute  best in reminding us daily  in the am  with reminders, which kept  me on track  throughout this journey.  I have to say these woman in my group are all amazing ladies, it was so amazing  to meet them. The 12 week challenge poster is such a great tool, planning to keep making them for every 3 months to keep on moving forward, and not to fall back to old habits! Trust the process, and believe in yourself!  With this 12 weeks I have learned to balance my lifestyles , Here I’m 42 and healthy, able to run and play with my children, even though this is the beginning, I’m not turning back, Eating  to live.
Congrats to our Region 6 pot challenge winner, Monica Sosa, 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 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!
Join our Facebook group or find a free workout community near you!

2017 Region 5 Winner: Kim Kalajian

Kim’s Diary
9/5
Here I am, days before I turn 51, starting yet another journey on my road to becoming healthy.  What will be different this time?

This journey feels different because of NEM.  This is the first time I am accountable to so many people and my first attempt at using a fitness calendar.  I’m very excited!
10/1
This past year, I thought – this is middle age: overweight, flabby arms, gray hair, and a few wrinkles.  I came to some acceptance of this.

Then we moved to Chicago to be near my daughter.  It was then that she convinced me to join Facebook and NEM.  I agreed, but wasn’t sure this group was for me.  My first thoughts were, “I’m not sure I fit in; you are all young mothers, I’m a grandmother!”  Well, come to find out, I do fit in!  Not only am I a grandmother, but a mother to my daughters who still need me to set an example of loving yourself enough to be healthy.
I have gone up and down in weight, tried many different diets, and bought many different gimmicks sure to help me look the way I did thirty years ago.  This time I am trying something new: MyFitnessPal, watching macros, exercising more, and participating in NEM workouts and online.  I have read many success stories that give me inspiration and convince me that I can succeed this time.
10/29
In 2006, all four of my immediate family members were diagnosed with breast cancer and I feared that I was next.  I did the genetic testing and found out that I didn’t carry the abnormal gene.  The day I found out was the day my grandson was born; what a joyous day that was!  I was so afraid that my daughters and grandchildren may carry the gene through my bloodline.  Finding out that I did not carry any known gene was relieving to say the least; however, my doctor told me that I still had familial risk.  She asked,

“Do you drink?”
“No, I quit 22 years ago.”
“Do you smoke?”
“Nope, I quit 13 years ago.”
“Okay, so now we have to look at your weight…”
Overweight and in the obese category on the BMI chart!  I have made efforts to lose weight, but have not been successful.  This is my last cancer risk I need to overcome.
I want to be here for my children and grandchildren.  I want to live a long and healthy life.  I am worth every bit of effort it takes to achieve my goals and maintain them!  I can’t say that I will never have cancer in my life, but I can say that I have tried my best to prevent it.
11/22
What a journey! I started these 12 weeks with a goal of losing 25 pounds, and I lost 27.4! I have tried new ways to exercise (Zumba and HIIT workouts!), built muscle, and feel better about my body than I have in years!

Congrats to our Region 5 pot challenge winner, Kim Kalajian 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 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 regional winner! You have $280 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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