Region 5 Winner: Andrea Iseman

Congrats to our Region 5 winner, Andrea Iseman, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally! She has won $352! Region 5 is led by Ashley Gentile and comprises of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zip code HERE.
Andrea’s story…
“My success story can be summed up in one word, confidence. To me, confidence improves everything in life, and somewhere along the way I lost mine.
Growing up I was athletic, in all honors classes, had a great group of friends and a wonderful family. It was the recipe for high self-esteem and confidence. I received a full ride volleyball scholarship and continued being fit and strong throughout college. After college I had a great career, advancing through my company for 10 years then being recruited to a prestigious investment company. I was also married to a wonderful man. Everything was going my way. My confidence was high.
After 6 knee surgeries throughout my 20’s and early 30’s, I began to gain weight. Then follow it up with three beautiful babies (2011, 2013, and 2014) and an appendectomy (2011). I was heavy and had severe diastasis recti causing me to look 9 months pregnant for over a year after my youngest was born. Having people ask if I was pregnant when I was not demoralized my self-esteem. My once stylish wardrobe had been replaced with baggy clothes to try and hide my body. My confidence level was at an all-time low.
I want my children to have the same confidence and high self-esteem I had growing up. Too many children lack this. I wasn’t setting the example I had planned for them. I needed to take action, but the excuses continued to grow. My job was stressful with a ridiculous commute. My youngest wasn’t sleeping at night. I was exhausted. In February 2015, my husband and I decided it was time for me to quit working, the stress, commute, and the long hours away from my family wasn’t worth it.
My friends from NEM urged me to join the workouts, but again I had excuses. I was still exhausted, my youngest still not sleeping at night. I was worried it would be difficult to workout with my youngest child. I had diastasis, so I was limited on the workout moves. When the 12 week challenge was announced I decided to squash all the excuses. Competition ignited my motivation. Exercise fueled my energy. All my children had a great time at the workouts, and I made modifications to be DR friendly. In addition to the NEM workouts I began to eat clean and workout at home. These were all easy, sustainable changes. Changes that will continue far beyond this challenge. Changes that have changed my life for the better.
The past 12 weeks I’ve shed 29.5 lbs and, most exciting, 10.5 inches (yes, ten!) in my waist. I have also lost a total of 29.5 inches from my arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, and calves. My confidence is high, energy levels are up and am much happier. Most important, I am a better mom, wife and person, it has reinvigorated me, I’ve found myself again and I love it. This is all thanks to NEM! Thank you ladies!”
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