2017 Region 4 Winner: Tina Gomez

My name is Clementina Gomez, I am originally from Guatemala but have been
living in Charlotte NC for 3 years, I am an architect and a mom to 2 amazing toddlers.
My story starts as a young girl, when my self-esteem was shattered by my father who
would constantly criticize my body and compared me to other women. I would no longer
look at my body without picking it apart even though I wasn’t even overweight. I have
worked on improving the way I look myself since getting married, but this has been hard
for me. After my daughter was born, my weight went up and down due to complete
changes in lifestyle, moving to a different country, starting over and just beginning the
journey of motherhood.

A year after relocating, my son was born and started getting severe back pains.
Went to several doctors, tried physical therapy and medication but the pain was still
there. Somedays I felt like a zombie because of the drugs and a spectator watching my
life go by. I wasn’t even able to get out of bed without the help of my husband, and after
falling in depression and frustration from feeling like a burden, my weight went up to its
highest at 165. At the beginning of this year, I decided to take back my life and started
eating healthy and doing a limited amount of cardio. I lost a few pounds and felt better
than using medication, so continued moving forward even though it was hard and
painful.

This challenge helped me be consistent and accomplish so many goals. For the
first time I found a workout I enjoy doing (pilates), I understand you have to make the
time every day to exercise and eat well. Waking up a 5:30am every weekday and taking
care of myself before taking care of my family has changed my life. Finally reaching my
goal weight of 145 and dropping even more. I am falling in love with my body for the first
time and feel thankful for what it can do. I am more active with my kids, can hold a long
plank, do 50 push-ups and run (even participated in a 5k with a 37min mark). I can look
in the mirror and feel proud and happy.

Even though I’ve lost 9 pounds and 11.5 inches in the past 12 weeks, my
greatest accomplishment has been the healthy example I’ve given to my family. I no
longer talk about my body or weight in a negative way and have introduced healthy
eating habits. My hope is that by setting this example to my children, they will grow up
loving their bodies and taking care of them. I am sure I could not have gotten this far in
such a short time without the incentive of the challenge, the help from other NEM and
the support of my husband. I am forever grateful!
Congrats to our Region 4 pot challenge winner, Tina Gomez for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 4 consists of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi! Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 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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2017 Region 3 Winner: Courtney Payne

I had excuses, full time student, two kids, deployed husband and 3,000 miles from my family. I decided instead of feeling sorry for myself, I was going to make a change. I started working out more and eating healthier, but I felt like I was still missing something. In August 2017, I set up a doctor’s appointment, to talk about diet and exercise. The lobby was filled with really happy people talking about weight loss. Turns out a bariatric support group was meeting.  After a very short conversation, my doctor asked, “Have you thought about Weight loss Surgery?” I had not! I was shaken and discouraged. I saw a dietitian, who encouraged me to go to a bariatric support group. I talked over the reality and risks of surgery with some close family and friends, everyone asked the same question, “Do you think you can lose the weight, without the surgery?” The women at the bariatric support group asked the same question. At the time it seemed like it would take forever. Almost hopeless. I knew I needed to change to get healthier for my kids, for my husband and for myself.
I had seen the local No excuse Moms at the park, when I would take my daughter for walks, but I had been too intimidated to join. After my Doctors appointment I figured it wasn’t as intimidating as surgery. I was so sore the next day. Worth it!
I knew I needed to keep busy while my husband was deployed. I decided to use the time that he was deployed to start healthier eating habits. Habits that were hard to employ with him home. He said, that I inspired him and he also changed his eating habits. He healthily gained 15 pounds working out more and drinking protein shakes while overseas.
I’ve lost 54 pounds this year and 29 pounds in the last 12 weeks. I’ve lost inches on my thighs, arms, waist and even 1” on my neck. Total inches lost 27 1/4”.  I feel better, my confidence is up and I’m inspiring others to make healthier choices. A year ago, I had given up! I had moment where I thought I will always be the “fat mom”. I will never fit in the clothes my husband buys for me. Bless his heart he underestimates my size. Now I fit in the clothes he has purchased for me and soon they will be too big for me. I shaved a minute off my mile and I can do 20 more sit-ups in a minute than when the challenge started.
Turns out what I was missing was NO EXCUSE MOMS. My leaders have been so encouraging. Lina challenges me and keeps me accountable. The best NSV is that my kids are healthier and have a healthier role model. Excited for my husband to return to see the new me. He’s never seen me this small. I was able to lose the weight without bariatric surgery, no excuses!
Congrats to our Region 3 pot challenge winner, Courtney Payne for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 3 consists of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland! Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 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 2 Winner: Eileen Johnson

Twelve weeks ago, I was an avid excuse-making, face-stuffing, heavy-breathing exercise-avoider. I skirted workouts and managed my stress by eating cans of Stax. I looked like I was heavily pregnant, clothes didn’t fit properly, and I had to grunt to roll on my side in bed. My blood pressure was fine, but my endurance sucked, my hormones were terribly awry, and my uterus was falling out. Not, like, all the way, but my copious abdominal fat was contributing to my mild prolapse.
Back story: I had my kids at ages 18, 21, and 23. I had textbook-perfect pregnancies, easy deliveries, and big babies. I never had problems losing pregnancy weight. My highest pregnant weight was 141 pounds. For comparison, I started off 2017 at 192 lbs. and started the challenge at 180.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. My small intestine had severe autoimmune damage. Before I grew accustomed to a gluten-free diet, all I ate was rice, butter, and Pepsi. In time I learned what I could safely eat, but the inconvenience was my excuse for eating crappy foods. Most GF “replacement” foods–pasta, bread–are made with rice, potato starch, and corn. Safer than gluten, but not conducive to overall good health. At some point, I developed hypothyroidism…then acid reflux…then PCOS, which is where my whacked-out hormones come in. I was taking thryoid meds, heartburn and allergy meds, spironolactone to help control my testosterone (sexy, huh?), and so on, along with vitamins and supplements because Celiac means I’m a Poor Absorber of Nutrients. My doctor said I was headed toward insulin resistance and wanted to add Metformin to my list of medications.
I declined.
I quit soda. I started walking regularly, then running, following the C25k program. My weight loss was exceptionally slow–yeah, turns out that hypothyroidism and PCOS are known for that–but I was undoubtedly getting stronger.
Once I started the 12-week challenge, I noticed huge improvements in my physical capabilities. I did P90x workouts (starting at 15 minutes each and gradually increasing) and my daily activities were suddenly easier. I began loving walking lunges, and my teens cheered me on.
However, my “food baby” was still large and in charge. A third of the way through the challenge I gave in to tracking my macros. I HATE measuring and recording my food, but it’s effective.
In October I decided to try giving up sugar and most grains. Half of them aren’t gluten free anyway, and I figured that fewer insulin spikes would be kinder to my pancreas and maybe keep the Metformin away.
Bingo! Food Baby has all but disappeared. I no longer look pregnant! I eat meat, veggies, cheese, nuts, and eggs, and some fruits. I occasionally have ice cream for a treat, and I refuse to measure it. The more weight I lose, the better I feel exercising. I’m thrilled that I’ve learned to work with my body. I’m “only” down 11.6 pounds, but I feel a billion times better.
I’m making a new motivation poster this weekend. To be continued!

Congrats to our Region 2 pot challenge winner, Eileen Johnson for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 2 consists of New Jersey and New Yorkt! 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 1 Winner: Jennifer Lohmer

My name is Jen.  I am thirty-six years old and mother to one very sweet, very active five year old boy.  I am also a special education teacher.  Between home and school, I have very little time for exercise.  When I get stressed, I tend to reach for caffeine and convenience foods to get my energy up.  When my son was born, I was 37 pounds over weight and I needed to get back in shape.  The No Excuse Mom’s group has helped me to find time for exercise without taking time away from being with my son.  My son and I joined the local No Excuse Mom’s group when he was a toddler so that I could get in some exercise while he was playing with kids his own age.  They taught me that I do not need to be at the gym to get a good workout.  Over the years, I have managed to lose most of the weight but I struggle to keep it off.  During times of stress, I still reach for the unhealthy sugary foods and lots of caffeine.
During the twelve week challenge, I made a commitment to getting the weight back off and keeping it off.  Over the past twelve weeks I have managed to lose fifteen pounds and keep it off.  I have worked hard to stop eating so many sugary foods and drinking lots of iced coffee to get quick energy.  As this challenge ends, I continue to work on self-improvement so that I can continue to keep off the weight and be a better example of health for my son.  The twelve weeks was just the start of focusing on improving my health and keeping the weight off.
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Congrats to our Region 1 pot challenge winner, Jennifer Lohmer for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 1 consists of Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut! 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!

Hilary Downey: Prep and Pep

 Hilary Downey of Conway, Arkansas is a 27-year old wife and mom to two boys, Tom(4) and Ben (2). She has been with No Excuse Mom since it was an itty bitty online group of 400 members (today we have 65,000!) She first found the group when her first child was a newborn baby. Having gained 65lbs she had low energy and wanted to get active again.
“I’ve never been overly healthy in my adult life. In college, I smoked a pack a day, lived off of energy drinks, and ate only fast food. Exercise wasn’t in my vocabulary and I was completely sedentary. When I became pregnant with my first child I had to give up my bad habits, so I traded them for something I was allowed to have – food. I took “eating for two” very literally, remained sedentary, and gained an unnecessary 65 pounds. After my son was born, I knew I had to make a change. I mentioned to someone close to me that I was planning on starting exercise and cleaning up my diet. Their words stick with me to this day. “I just want you to know, so you don’t get your hopes up, your body will never be the same. You will always carry a little extra weight now that you’ve had children. That’s just the way it is. You will have a ‘mom’ body now.” I know this person’s heart and that they had good intentions, but all I felt in that moment was doom. Was I stuck with my new body? Would I always feel tired and have low energy? Was this really my fate? I couldn’t believe that. That’s when I started digging around on Facebook and found the No Excuse Mom group. A quick scroll through the page and I saw women from all different walks of life, at all different stages in their journey, and they were making it happen. I was flooded with progress pictures, testimonies to being able to run with their children and not feel tired, recipes for cooking healthy meals that the whole family enjoyed, and so much more. I had hope. And I knew wishing and hoping wasn’t going to get me anywhere, so I got started right then and there.
I started small. I downloaded a food tracking app, used a calculator to determine how many calories I needed to lose 1-2 pounds a week, and started logging my food. I slowly cleaned up my diet, cooking homemade meals with fresh food, and always taking the approach of having treats in moderation. With exercise, I started with just putting my baby in the stroller and going for walks. During his nap time, I would do home exercise videos. If he woke up, I let him watch me and I would incorporate him into my workout. Eventually I got a jogging stroller and walking turned to running. I convinced my husband to let me build a home gym in the garage and I started my first weight training program and absolutely fell in love. I ran a few 5ks, set new PR’s lifting weights, and over the course of a year, lost all of my baby weight. When I found out I was pregnant with my second, I knew I had to do it right this time. I asked my doctor if I could keep lifting weights and he gave me the okay. I continued to eat mostly healthy while enjoying treats, lifting weights and running through my entire pregnancy, and kept my weight gain to a healthy 30 pounds. After my second was born, I started the process all over again. But this time was different, because now I had people coming to me for advice and this changed my life most of all.
I will never forget the first time someone told me I had inspired them to change their life. I was walking to my mailbox and my neighbor who lived a few houses down was jogging past me in the rain. She stopped and said “I just have to tell you, I see you lifting weights in your garage and running with your baby in the stroller and it motivated me to start running last month. I even have a progress picture!” And she showed it to me. I was completely shocked. I had never even had a conversation with this woman! How could I have inspired her? I was so proud of how hard I had worked and it felt good to see my progress, but nothing in the world compared to the feeling of knowing I had helped someone else change their life. That feeling stuck with me forever. More women started to come to me for advice and I felt honored to share my knowledge with them. In a world full of quick-fixes and bad information, I hoped to be a light into good, solid, scientific information that focused on habits and behavior change that would lead to lasting results.
I spent countless hours in my journey reading scientific literature regarding nutrition and exercise, listening to podcasts from the best in the fitness industry, and studying how to coach women to change their lives for the better. I had built a following on Snapchat (HilaryHogs) by sharing my recipes, tips for meal prepping, fitness information, and tidbits of motivation and pep talks, but I still just saw it as a hobby. I hit a crossroads last year when I had started back to college to finish my Psychology degree and I had decided to become a teacher. It wasn’t my dream career, but it made the most sense for me and my family. I spent many nights tossing and turning, wondering if I was doing the right thing. A series of signs showing me I needed to take the plunge and my mom’s wise words, “If you do what you truly love, you will never work a day in your life” landed me in my advisor’s office and I knew what I had to do. I made the plans to finish my psychology degree while starting my second degree in Dietetics/Nutrition.
Since then, I’ve started my own small business coaching fabulous women on their nutrition and eating habits and am now going through the certification to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I’ve taken on an internship and when I wrap up my degree I will be applying for my Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of helping other women discover their potential and showing them that diet and exercise does not have to be miserable.  At 27, I am starting my dream career, I have found balance between being a mom and wife and making time for myself, and I have a healthy relationship with food and exercise. I am in the best shape of my life, stronger and healthier than ever, and I wear a smaller jean size than I did in high school. They were right. My body has never been the same since having children. I never will have my old body back. But, I don’t want it. I am proud of my new “mom body.”
My best tip to others is to use a habit-based approach and write down weekly goals to keep yourself accountable. A total overhaul of your diet and lifestyle can be overwhelming and cause you to give up before you ever even started. Start small with 1-2 habits at a time, such as having a serving of vegetables with 2 meals a day or cutting your sugary beverage amount in half. Write down your habits/goals at the beginning of each week and check in with them every few days. At the end of the week, reflect back on how you did, what made you successful or what stood in your way, what you can do better next time, etc. Make sure you are setting SMART goals – meaning your goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-based. Once you’ve mastered a habit, move onto a new habit and let your habits build. This may not mean fast results, but it will ensure results that last.”
Keep following her journey here:
Facebook: Hilary Downey
Facebook Group: Prep & Pep
Instagram:HilaryPrepandPep
Snapchat: HilaryHogs

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
 
 

No Excuse Mom: Jennifer Burman

We love finding inspiration on our No Excuse Mom Pages! Here is 22 questions for Jennifer Burman! She is 26 years old, 5’2, 140lbs and lives in San Pedro, CA!

  1. What is your personal history?
    As a kid and through my teens; I was known as a jock. I was a swimmer, I played waterpolo, and I was a cheerleader. But once I joined the military, my fitness declined.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 3 children; a boy 5, a girl 3 and a boy 1.

  1. How much weight have you gained in each pregnancy?
    I gained around 30 lbs with each pregnancy, but was severely overweight with the first two.
  1. Any cravings while pregnant?With each of my pregnancy, I had to have seafood. Oysters, sushi, Cajun shrimp; I loved it all and was lucky I could tolerate it.
  1. When were you at the best shape of your life?
    After my second pregnancy, I got in the best shape of my life; because I thought we were done having children. So when I was surprised with baby #3 I finally got to experience my first fit pregnancy. I ran 10-5ks 3-10ks and 2 triathlons. As well as, weight lifting 4-5x a week until I was 38 Weeks along.
  1. How long did it take to lose the baby weight?
    With my first it took18 months without any real exercise and proper nutrition. With my second, it took about 10 months. I was doing workouts at home and running a lot. With my third, it took about 8-9 months. Because I was so active during this pregnancy, it definitely helped me bounce back sooner.
  1. How long did you wait to start training again?
    With my first, it was around 6 months. With my second, 4 months. With my third, I went for my first run at 2 weeks postpartum. Then actively have been going to the gym at 3 months.
  1. Did you nurse your children?
    Yes, I am still breastfeeding. Continuously have been for the last 5 years. Oldest till he was 3, a year of that was tandem with his sister. And then breastfeed her till she was 2 and I am still breastfeeding my youngest.

9. How many calories do you intake per day?
Currently, I intake around 2300kcal a day.

  1. What was your post-pregnancy training like?
    After my most recent pregnancy  I began with simple at home workouts. Until my son was old enough for the daycare at the YMCA. Then I would go to the gym 5 days a week: legs, back bis, legs, chest tris and shoulders; was my split.
  1. How do you manage training with children?
    Its a lot easier with two kids thats for sure. I’d run with them in the stroller, or pull them on my bike in the trailer. But with three I had to get creative. My oldest can ride his own bike now. So When I run or bike he rides alone side me while I push/pull the other two. As for the gym, I’m happy I found a gym with a day care I really like.
  1. Any advice for other moms?
    1: Drink at least a gallon a water a day. 2:Eat, food is fuel. 3: Heavy weights are a girls best friend 4:It takes time; enjoy the process. 5:Have faith in yourself.
  1. Favorite Quote:
    “You can either find a reason to do it, or an excuse not to.”
  1. Favorite role model
    Ashley Horner, I love that she doesn’t sexualize her self. She’s beautiful and has 3 amazing boys.
  1. Favorite cheat meal:
    Sushi, still sorta healthy; but with a big family its the one splurge we can afford sometimes.
  1. Favorite diet meal:
    Greek yogurt with granola, packs a lot of protein.
  1. Favorite show:
    I currently have an obsession with so many TV shows, but if I had to pick just one; it would have to be Grays Anatomy.
  1. How did you hear about No Excuse Moms:
    I first heard about it after my second baby. To me it means letting all my reasons why, outweigh everything.
  1. What are your current goals?
    I’m currently training for a half marathon. I plan on completing the Spartan Trifecta and a few more triathlons.
  1. Any plans for more kids?
    NO! lol I am so happy with the 3 I have.
  1. What is your website/social media pages:
    www.mrsjennyb.com
    IG: @mrs.jennyb
  1. Any more thoughts for us?
    My last pregnancy, was brought on by a huge surprise. Two days after my husband left for a year long deployment; we found out we were pregnant with baby #3. So staying active, running all my races, going to the gym and doing triathlons was the only thing that kept me sane.

Thanks Jennifer! Join our NEM groups here.


Real Role Models: Tasha Hinesley

“Let’s see, where do I begin? I was pushing close to 300 lbs before I stopped to realize that I was on my way to an early death and I didn’t want my babies watching me slowly eat my life away. I’ve always been overweight and I told myself that’s just the way I was meant to be. But that was just what I told myself because I didn’t want to face the reality that I had no self control. I had to stop going down the self destructive path that I was on. I was miserable and it was written all over my face. I remember crying while praying for God to help me. It was God’s grace that saved me from myself. I started to workout and soon after that I decided to eat “clean” unprocessed foods. I feel better than I ever have in my life. Fitness has become a form of therapy for me. All things truly are possible with God.

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26″ – Tasha
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Tasha Hinesley is 34 and a stay-at-home mom. Her friend, Megan, added her to our No Excuse Mom Facebook group, an inspiring place where I found this amazing testimony and transformation!
To her, being a No Excuse Mom means, that no matter how she feels, she shows up and kills her workouts.Her biggest excuse is being tired but she focuses on how great she will feel after her workouts!
Other fun tidbits:
Favorite exercises: Deadlifts and Squats.
Favorte food: I absolutely love tacos and can eat them every single day.
How long has this journey been?: It’s been 3 years since I’ve started this new lifestyle.
Tips??: Don’t listen to doubts, do what you can, and never compare your journey to someone else’s. It’s not a race but it is your journey so enjoy every moment, the good and the bad.
Follow her here: Facebook and IG @_tasha_marie_
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No Excuse Mom: Chanel Parsons

I started working out with my husband over 6 years ago after we put on a little bit of “love weight” from always dining out together when we first started dating. We bought a home workout video before he graduated college and that’s when my journey began. It wasn’t always consistent and mainly I call it event dieting. We would work out and diet like crazy before we went on vacation or before family events. I didn’t start a consistent habit until I was pregnant with my 3rd son. In Feb 2014 and 12 weeks into the pregnancy I started lifting weights for the first time and fell in love!! Goodbye cardio! I lifted and lifted pretty heavily up to the day I had my baby. Then, 6 days later I started walking again because I just had to be active someway. I missed working out and moving my body. There wasn’t even a thought then about losing the baby weight but it was more of a mental thing. Working out made me feel happy and strong. It was just a few months after this when I heard about your movement and I LOVED the idea!! So I joined my local group and then joined the main page as well! I found a new passion for what I already loved to do because all these women sparked a fire inside me to keep going and push myself to become a better me! I’ve never looked like this. I never dreamed I would look like this either. So I am really shocked at what a mom of 3 can accomplish with just moving 30-45mins daily and some extra veggies instead of snack bars and cheap meal replacement drinks. Last August I became the leader of my local group which really scared me… I didn’t think at first I was good enough to lead the group because I wasn’t always perfect with my diet or workouts. But I quickly realized this isn’t about being perfect… It’s about being real. I’m a real mom and I binge on my kids goldfish crackers sometimes. Or I sneak and have an extra cookie at family dinners. But when Monday hits I’m back to my usual foods I enjoy to eat which are basically as fresh as I can get and my workouts are always done as soon as I wake up to ensure I have no excuses later in the day to skip one.
So basically my diet is lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I make egg whites almost every morning with lots of veggies. Lunches are usually salads with homemade dressings. Snacks are usually fruits or oats with almond butter, sea salt, and coconut sugar cinnamon and ground flax. This is like a dessert for me!! I’ll have shakes when I’m rushed for a meal during the school year. I drink coffee first thing in the morning usually only a cup. Then it’s hot lemon water before my first meal. I swear by this trick! Less bloating and it fills you up too! I almost always have a bite of whatever I fix for my boys lol. It’s such a bad habit. So for dinner I’m always changing things up. Tonight for instance we had spaghetti squash lasagna. Yum! I try to avoid dairy though. I’ll have a serving a week. But sometimes it’s just so good
Other than that I do not restrict myself. I’ve learned that when I did try to restrict myself it gets ugly mentally! I’m not scared of eating carbs like potatoes or grains. Love them but in moderation of course. In my house I do look at ingredients over calories. We do not buy anything with MSG, high fructose corn syrup or nitrites.
So for workouts I create my own daily. I like to work different muscle groups so that’s how I split up my workouts. Legs are something I work on a few times weekly. Problem area!! Some of the equipment I have at home is weights, loop bands, resistance bands, stability balls, ankle weights, med ball, pilates ring, bosu and one of my new favorite pieces of equipment is my picnic table haha. My kids will play and I do all kinds of exercises on that and it’s a great workout. In the summer months I make sure I walk a lot and make the kids walk daily with me too! A few details about me that seems to surprise everyone is that I’ve never ever been to a gym. I work on myself at home. Fav food is burgers. Big juicy greasy ones and I can’t say no to a good homemade brownie lol!
Thank you for sharing Chanel! 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

No Excuse Mom: Heather Reetz

I am 47 years old. I am a musician (singer). A friend, already apart of the No Excuse Mom organization, invited me to join when she saw a Facebook post I had made regarding my weight and asking my friends to help keep me motivated and accountable. Biggest excuses…I am 47, why does it matter? I am married, why does it matter? I realized it does matter. I have 2 beautiful daughters and I want to be a better example to them. I want to be here for them as long as possible and I want to feel as good as I can for as long as I am here and for me! Favorite exercise…recumbent bicycle! I have lower back issues and it is a great cardio workout for those with physical restrictions. Food…all of it and that was the problem. To pick a weight loss favorite, I discovered squash in every variety as a lifesaving food for me! Cutting out pasta is much easier with a delicious substitute. Between pics was 6 months. Tips…don’t get hung up on scales and numbers. Do chart your food intake and calorie burn. Something about seeing it all charted out makes it so much easier to keep on track. Social Media, just Facebook!
To me, being a no excuse mom is not letting your own head, or even the act of parenting get in the way of being a better version of you. – Heather Reetz
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