Region 5 Winner: Melanie Martin!

Congrats to our Region 5 pot challenge winner, Melanie Martin for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 5 consists of Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin!

Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 20th and ending on Easter HERE!!! For $50 you will not only receive an email consultation with Maria Kang, a 200-workout ebook, No Excuse Mom tank, 12-week accountability journal and a fitness/nutrition guide, but you will also get a chance to win $1000 worth of money and prizes.

Congrats to our regional winner! You have $145 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! Many of 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!

Be Inspired by her story here!

I debated joining the NEM 12-week challenge. Shortly before the challenge began, my 10-year-old daughter came to me calling herself “fat.” At the time, I was obsessed about weighing myself daily. The number I saw dictated how I felt about myself. I would punish myself with negative self-talk and poor self-care. As much as I tried to limit how much I allowed my daughters to hear, it was clear to me that my actions, words and behaviors were having an impact.

Weight is something I have struggled with for many years. I have spent years with an unhealthy relationship with food and the scale. When I have lost weight, I constantly obsessed over what foods I could eat and how much. It took over my thinking and a significant amount of mental energy. During the last three-and-a-half years, I gained a substantial amount of weight back following an extreme weight loss. A miscarriage in May 2016 was the start of the weight gain as my body struggled to manage the hormone changes and I grieved. I was blessed with two healthy babies following the miscarriage. I love my children and feel honored to have given my body to create them and nourish them through breastfeeding, but it has been hard on me physically.

I started the 12-week challenge knowing I needed to break up with the scale and find a different way to focus on health and wellness. I knew I needed to stop punishing myself with negative self-talk and poor self-care when I didn’t eat well or didn’t like the number I saw on the scale. I cannot say it was easy but I do believe I made significant progress toward these goals. I stopped weighing myself daily. I focused on being understanding of where I was every day in regards to life and what was reasonable to expect from myself. I stopped punishing myself and let go of the guilt if I were to binge on candy one evening or choose to catch up on sleep instead of waking at 5 a.m. to exercise. I started to consider how I could make health work within my current life and circumstances. I started to recognize that I am enough and what I am doing on a daily basis is enough right now.

Along the way, I faced challenges and changes. These led to me reconfiguring how I was living each day. If I couldn’t exercise, I made sure I was more active in daily living. I always made sure to get in plenty of water and healthy foods even if I ate more sugar than maybe I should have. I only weighed myself monthly. I stopped referring to myself as “fat” and defined health as much more than a number. As a result, I felt better about my life and myself. Ultimately the numbers did change – 15.4 pounds on the scale and 11.5 inches overall. These 12 weeks were only the beginning of creating a new me …