Our NEM administration team comprises of regional managers, local leaders, industry experts and online admins. Our winner for our Fall 12-week challenge is Donisa Harris! She is a dedicated local leader of Region IV and has won $4,465!
Wishes do come true and I turned mine into a reality. The first 20 years of my life were spent feeling inadequate, weak and ugly. I use to wish I was skinny and beautiful so other people would like me. I’d question God why he made me this way and sadly many times I acted hateful because I felt like I couldn’t do anything about it. In 1992, my childhood was cut short and I was forced into a refugee camp because of the Bosnian war that tore my country apart.
I went from eating farmed goods and blackberries I found growing wildly to starving for 12 days and clenching for my life in the woods. They found me just in time before it was too late and was lucky enough to receive treatment for suffering malnutrition twice by age 9. For 5 years, our food supply was at the mercy of other people’s hands. Powdered milk and bread was a daily meal. I used to be one of those kids that would stand near the soldiers begging for food and sometimes get lucky and get an orange but other times they’d give us cigarettes instead. We managed to survive long enough for Red Cross to intervene and legally transfer us to America. We arrived to U.S. without a word of English and empty pockets. Lutheran Services provided us with food stamps and we were introduced to the American foods. We started to eat for the first time and couldn’t stop.
Psychologically, I couldn’t stand seeing food go to waste so I’d literally lick my plate. My relationship with food became toxic and it carried into my adulthood. I was an impressionable girl who watched TV commercials and magazines and thought this is what is desired, thin and pretty girl. As years went by I got heavier and remained unhappy but never knew exactly how to help myself. Sadly, It wasn’t until I became a mother that I learned what I’ve missed all those years- my true value. Motherhood gifted me self-love, confidence and wisdom. I still struggled with matching my outer shell with my personality but I had the will power and that’s what kept me searching for answers. Then, I came across NEM group and my life flipped 180 degrees. I started at 199lbs and currently weigh 185lbs. While I lost pounds and inches (15lbs and 17 inches), I gained lasting friendships with moms like me. Through the 12 week challenge I learned to overcome obstacles, to lead and motivate others, persistence and understanding. My biggest motivation came from knowing my kids are watching and telling me “great job mama! You’re doing great!” For me it became more than just losing weight, its about setting an example for my kids how to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. I have been transformed physically and mentally into a No Excuse Mom and I will never look back again.