Region 4 Winner: Jennifer Aranda

Congrats to our Region Four 2015 Transformation winner, Jennifer Aranda, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally! She has won $352! Region 4 is led by Jasmine Clark and comprises of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zip code HERE.
Jennifer’s story…
“My name is Jennifer Aranda and I am a 35 year old single mother of 3 children, ages 10, 8, and 21 months. I have struggled with my weight since I was a kid and I can always remember feeling self conscious and insecure about my body. Even members of my family would make comments about me being too fat or eating too much. I believe it was all my insecurities that led me into a somewhat promiscuous lifestyle in my mid to late teens and early twenties. I wanted to feel loved and validated by a man because I didn’t feel it from my own heart. It wasn’t until I was about 21 that I finally discovered exercise and healthy eating.
I was 170 lbs on a 5’1″ frame, and I was ready for a change. I lost over 30 pounds and I was so excited about my weight loss that it drove me to take courses at a local community college to become a personal trainer. My body had changed, but the inside of me hadn’t had a chance to catch up yet. My heart and mind were still insecure and I ended up meeting and marrying an emotionally abusive man less than a year after my transformation. He had made me feel that because of my sexual past that no one else would ever want me. I bought into that lie and we were together for 5 years, having two children together. He was not supportive of my love for fitness and even accused me of cheating on him whenever I went to the gym to workout. He once told me not to set my goals too high when I shared with him my desire to run a half marathon. Not only was he emotionally and verbally abusive but I ended up finding out that he was sexually abusing our daughter who was only 4 years old at the time I found out. I went through a 3 year court battle with him and it finally resulted in a divorce, him signing away his parental rights, and pleading guilty to a lesser charge. During that time, and afterwards I turned to fitness again as a way to deal with the stress and anxiety I felt.
I was having panic attacks from anxiety but I refused medication from the doctor and exercised instead. I ran a half marathon in 2009, a full marathon in 2010 and a tough mudder in 2012. In 2012, I met the man that I’m going through a divorce from now. Apparently I’m a slow lesson learner because he turned out to be a raging alcoholic and even more emotionally and verbally abusive than the first husband. I became pregnant with my 3rd child and my fitness journey took a back seat to my relationship/marriage with him because he was jealous of any time I wanted to spend running or working out. Instead my days were spent crying and fighting with him while he was intoxicated. Anyway I know you’re probably wondering what this has to do with this contest or my fitness journey but to me it has everything to do with it. I feel like I’m finally awake! My current husband and I had been separated for 6 months when I read about the 12-week Body Transformation Contest.
I knew I had to do it! I knew that I had to do something for myself again. Not only for myself, but for my children. I needed to get myself back into a better state of mind and begin loving myself so that I could also demonstrate my love for them better. It definitely wasn’t easy, in fact I could have used plenty of “excuses”. I have a full time job working 3rd shift at a manufacturing plant, 3 kids to take care by myself, and a non existent budget. I am happy with my physical results from the contest but even more happy with my emotional results as I have also spent these weeks speaking positive things into myself and about what I deserve in a man, and in this life, as a child of the King of Kings. I am worth something and I will act like it. I will take care of my body and my soul and will never allow another man to devalue me. This might be the end of this 12 week contest but it’s just the beginning for me! Thanks for hearing my story.”
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