Congrats to our Region 10 winner, Carrie DiCarlo, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $442! Region ten is led by Sarah Floyd and comprises of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE.
What a ride this challenge has been! I have learned more about myself I in the last twelve weeks than I ever could have anticipated. I have learned that I can do things I would have never attempted if it hadn’t been for this challenge. I have learned that I have weaknesses. I have learned that I have to live with the intention of being positive every day; that happiness doesn’t just happen, but is something that you create. I have learned how to be more conscious of my words and actions regarding my own body, and therefore, I have learned how to be a better mother. This twelve week challenge has challenged me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have become a better person in all areas of my life because for twelve weeks I have made myself a priority.
I have always been a fairly fit person, but I’ve never felt really good about my body. I have been self-conscious of my body since I was in elementary school and my best friend told me we couldn’t share clothes because I would stretch hers out. As I moved through my adolescent years I was very unsatisfied with my body. I tried different diets with my family including counting calories when I was in middle school. I did not have a family that cultivated a strong positive body image. The women in my life were constantly talking about how much fat they had, pointing out all of their imperfections, and yo-yo dieting. Changing my attitude about my body has been a battle, but I push on because I want to be the best role model I can be for my daughter.
I still struggle every day with body image issues. There is always something wrong! But, this challenge has put me in a position to learn more about my strengths than my weaknesses; more about what I can do than what I cannot do. My goal in this challenge was to cut body fat and build muscle. To achieve my goals I had to balance my family life, my job, and my workouts. I had to make sacrifices to obtain time for it all. As the bread winner I am already out of the home a lot. Sometimes I was able to work out on my lunch break, some nights I had to go after we put our daughter to bed. But this time I wasn’t letting these obstacles become barriers. I made the time for myself, and it felt good. This is when I began to see myself in a different light. This is when I looked in the mirror and became giddy over seeing my muscles and thought, “Hey! I’m strong!”
I have lost six pounds, just under ten inches, and a detrimental self-image. I have gained just under two inches in my arms (gains!), a renewed passion for fitness and nutrition, and the confidence that comes with knowing I am capable of more than I know.