Region 5 Winner: Nicole Morris

My name is Nicole and I am a 32 year old mother of 3 beautiful little girls (6, 4, 21months).  I have always been the big girl, but sports and a love of being active kept me healthy.  As adulthood threw me curves (3 unplanned c sections, unable to breastfeed, relocating for my husband’s job, becoming a stay at home mom after a much success in my career, marital stress),   I began to turn to food for stress, boredom, and to drown my emotions.  I packed on weight and lived in a state of denial for years.
Then I found NEM and thought, great!  I signed up for the challenge last fall and then wasted that opportunity for a lifestyle change.  I truly didn’t believe anything was wrong with me!  Then I found the before photos from last year…wow.  It made me sad to think I had seen nothing wrong.  My girls deserve a better role model.  I deserve a better me!  My husband bought me a fitbit for Christmas 2015 and I began my new life January 1st at a whopping 292.2 pounds!  Using the guidelines set up by Maria, I lost over 60 pounds in 6 months!  I found a love of running.  I found new energy.  I found a love for myself.  I found happiness.
Queue the plateau and the frustration.  At no better time, the NEM 2016 challenge began accepting applications.  This was my opportunity to redeem myself.  To show that I HAD learned from my past and that I am determined to be healthy today and every day.  I have worked hard over the last 12 weeks to prove to myself that I can do this and can’t believe the progress I’ve made.  I have shattered my 1 mile run PR (from 12:20 to 9:58), increased my PR distance from 2.25 miles to over 5 miles, lost weight and inches all over, and feel so much better about myself.  I accomplished this all while being treated by a physical therapist for severe abdominal separation that had led to extreme pain in my hip and leg.  I literally have had NO EXCUSES this time around.  Even when I was frustrated with the lack of participation and motivation on my local NEM Facebook group (we’re talking crickets chirping!), I found other ways to celebrate my success.  An excuse is an opportunity to persevere and I feel that I have proven my worth to myself.  I hope the leaders at NEM can see the same!
I am including ALL of my progress photos for effect.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to prove to myself and to all of you that I am successful.  For that I am forever grateful!

Congrats to our Region 5  pot challenge winner, Nicole Morris 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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