Region 9 Winner: Brittany Marcotte

Congrats to our Region 9 winner, Brittany Marcotte, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally! She has won $352! Region 9 is led by Juanita Verdin and comprises of Nevada, Arizona, California, and Hawaii. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zip code HERE.
Brittany’s story….
“I began developing an unhealthy relationship with food and fitness at a very young age. When I was 12 my parents went through a very painful divorce. It was an incredibly sad time for me, and the only way I found to drown my emotions was with food. I went on my first diet at 12, and proceeded to gain and lose large amounts of weight multiple times per year. When I’m “good” I’m really good, and when I’m “bad” I go off the deep end. It’s either eating perfectly and working out 6 days per week, or making all the wrong food choices (on purpose) and not lifting a finger.
Since having my daughter in December of 2013, I lost all my pregnancy weight, 50 pounds, and then gained all but 3 pounds of it back. Up until September, I have been embarrassed, depressed, tired, and sad. The majority of the thoughts crossing my mind revolved around how to lose the weight and why I couldn’t get motivated to do it. Why did I keep sabotaging my own happiness? What’s wrong with me?
When this Transformation Challenge came up, I decided no more. I cannot keep yo-yoing. I needed to CHOOSE to develop a healthy relationship with food and with fitness. I joined Weight Watchers at the same time as beginning the challenge. I have chosen to surround myself with people with similar and realistic goals. At Weight Watchers I have support from my leader and other members to make healthy choices as often as possible, but not to deprive myself. At NEM I have the support of my leader and other members to push my body as hard as I can to make it feel its best. These moms have been an incredible support system and they make exercise and healthy living so much fun.
There has been a mental shift this go round. I WANT to eat healthy because it is making my body feel stronger. I WANT to attend workouts and go for hikes because I want to play with my children and not watch them sitting on the sidelines. I want to set the best example for my children that health and balance is a critical part to a full and happy life.
The sense of empowerment I have felt in the last 2 months is brand new, and it’s addictive. I am no longer treating myself like the victim. I have forced myself to be honest with myself that I am the only one who can control how healthy or unhealthy I am.
I have 2 beautiful children who need a healthy mom to be there for them as long as possible. There is no way that I am going to let bad food choices and being inactive shave years of time off my life that I can spend with them and my husband. I am done being selfish.”
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