Region 2 Winner: Jana Czechicik

My name is Jana, and I’m a 35 year young, mommy of a two wonderful boys, full time student, working 60 hours a week in high stress job, soccer team manager and loud cheerleader mom LOL. I decided to join NEM challenge last year and gave up half way through, but this year everything was different. I joined for two different reasons. Most importantly for myself like many of us I have put myself on the back burner and my boys were priority for me.  I was never very athletic and was unhealthy and  heavy but never as much as I did after my two pregnancies and one rainbow baby. Depression took over and I couldn’t dig out of it on my own, food helped me deal with my feelings. Turning point was when I realized that my “baby weight” as I called it foolishly, has been with me for 6 years and I could no longer pull up my “fat jeans” pass my knees. Secondly I needed to this for my boys I felt like I need step it up and be good example. I wanted them to see their mom healthy, confident, and happy!
I  didn’t drastically change anything, because I knew that I have previously failed being overwhelmed with all changes at once. I slowly changed a lot of things, setting up small challenges for each week. My diet – avoiding fast food, no soda & replacing it with gallons of water, taking out processed sugar was the hardest since I love all yummy treats. I learned to love apples & fruit, and I worked on improving my portion control.
I changed my lifestyle waking up early to walk at first than even jogging for 10 minutes at a time, when cold weather arrived or I could leave my boys I hit youtube videos for some free cardio and Vanessa workouts. I  also changed my attitude.  Did I come across times when I became discouraged? totally YES!  Did I want to hit snooze on the alarm?…YES! Did I reach for some candy sometimes and indulged on pizza at a party? YES!  But I came back to healthy eating with my next meal and continued to find time to workout.When I had tough days I found great support, motivation and inspiration on our NEM page.
I started this challenge not liking myself very much and my first goal was to love myself more.  Our NEM page has made me feel comfortable to share my personal journey,  I never felt looked down upon and everyone has been so helpful & encouraging. This isn’t the end for me,it’s only the beginning. I’m determined and still going!  I am a winner no matter what, I will beat the unhealthy me, the obese me, the no energy couch potato me!  I have become healthier & happier within myself and  have been able to show my boys that hard work will lead to success! I put my scale in a time out for the entire challenge, because weight doesn’t define me. I feel healthier, energized, happier and it also helps that my clothes are loose and skin glows! I worked hard but couldn’t have done it without all my NEMs!

Congrats to our Region 2 pot challenge winner, Jana Czechicik for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $220 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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