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2015 12-week Transformation Pot Contest

2015 12-week Transformation Pot Contest
Maria Kang
  • On August 10, 2015

On August 31st we are beginning our 2nd annual international pot transformation contest with all our No Excuse Moms! For 12 weeks, we are asking you to eat healthy, get active and be purposeful in your daily intentions. This was created to connect us as No Excuse Moms, motivate us before the holidays and transform us in a limited period of time. Contest Ends November 26th *all pictures are due by that date, which lands on Thanksgiving!

If you lose a healthy average of 1-2lbs/week for the next 12 weeks, you will be 12-25lbs lighter in 12 weeks! If you are heavily overweight, you will lose more weight. Click here to submit payment and receive an application via email.

Our Guidelines are based upon Maria Kang’s book, The No More Excuses Diet, which is also the book that launched our Facebook group page. It is available at all book retailers and is currently on sale via Amazon for $14 here.

1. Drink only water, black coffee/tea
2. Eat balanced meals comprising of 30% lean protein, 30% healthy fats, 30% carbohydrates. The last 10% goes towards a small treat or protein/fat (for rest days) or carbohydrates (for training days).
3. Track your calories. If you are trying training for weight loss, lower your intake by 300 calories every few weeks.
4. Enjoy 1-2 treat meals a week.
5. Perform cardio 4 times a week for 20-30 minutes. (the shorter your cardio time the more intense it should be).
6. Perform strength training 3 times a week for 30-40 minutes.
7. Stretch daily.
8. Take a Selfie monthly (in workout clothes/swimsuit)
9. Participate and connect with your local NEM group either online or in person.
10. Identify your Target Heart Rate: 220-age * 60-85% =
11. Create a 12-week Fitness Calendar. For tips and downloadable calender click here.
12. Find accountability partners: Mentor (group leader), Supporter (friend) and Follower (someone you can guide). Find your regional leader here.
13. Be a member of our online NEM Facebook group

Contest Rules:
1. $20 opt-in payment to place into the pot.
2. All application will be emailed after payment is received and must be submitted by September 10th to your regional manager or online manager.
3. Submit before and after pics and story by November 26th
4. Must connect with closest NEM group (via online or in person). Identify your local leader.
5. Must follow NEM guidelines. No extreme dieting, diet pills, detox plans allowed.

Winners will be judged by Maria Kang and a NEM panel.
Criteria will be based upon:
40% Transformation
30% Personal Story
30% Participation

The pot money will be divided between 17 winners:
1. FIFTEEN Regional winners (including our Canada, Europe, Asia, NZ/Australia and Latin America NEMs)
2. ONE National winner
3. ONE NEM admin/leader

The way we will divide prize money will be:
30% NEM Winner
30% NEM Admin/leader Winner
30% NEM Regional Winners
10% Misc Fees and NEM Charity Bucket (everything will be accounted for and transparent for everyone to see)

For Example, if we have 500 entries this will be the breakdown:
$10,000 POT MONEY
$3000 Overall NEM winner
$3000 NEM Admin/leader winner
$200 (15 Regions: $3000) Regional leader
Leftover is $1000 which will go towards any paypal fees and the NEM charity bucket (i.e. sponsorship races)

Important Dates
Start Date: August 31st
Last date to join: September 10th
Pot Announcement: September 15th
End Date: November 26th (Thanksgiving!)
Winners Announced: December 10th


1. Do I need to count calories?
No. We provided a general guideline for those who want to know how to get started.

2. How do you define Detox?
We don’t recommend any program that allows less than 1200 calories/day. This was a general term used to avoid quick fix dieting. (which is detrimental in the long term)

3. I am pregnant, can I still join?
YES! To be fair, you can either use a before picture at the same time you were pregnant prior (if this is your second child) to demonstrate a healthier pregnancy. If this is your first time, please just provide your most recent picture. (BTW: we’ve had a pregnant mom grace the pages of our swimsuit calendar)

4. Can I use a ‘before’ picture that was taken earlier this year?
Please provide the picture taken this month (August 2015). Please submit two photos. One holding a daily newspaper and one without. You can also include a picture taken prior but it will not be used in the final judging.

5. Do I need to be a mom?
No! Stepmoms, grandmothers, mom of doggies…are all able to join!

6. Do I HAVE to join a local group?
Yes – you can either create your own (if there is no one next to you) or join the closest group either online or in person. The reason why this is required is to align you with positive people and create lasting, healthy friendships.

7. Will I know the total pot money?
Yes! On Sep 15th we will announce how many people have entered and what is up for grabs! We will also announce pot updates the weeks leading up.

8. What does participation entail?
Posting online, commenting and supporting other participants, attending meetups and/or hasthtagging on social media streams. If you do not live near a local NEM group, join your nearest location by searching Facebook or our online locations page here.

9. There is no leader near me and I’m interested in becoming one. How do I get started?
Email us at


  1. Lien

    I’m already on a 1200-1500 calorie plan for eating and plan on exercising 30-60 min cardio everyday and adding some lifting 3x a week. Is that considered extreme dieting?

  2. Alison

    I’m looking for an online group to join (there is no local group where I live in Canada) and cannot find one. I am interested in the challenge. Is there a Canadian online group?

    • Yes, please contact your Regional Manager, Leslee Ann Martell. Her email is on the website

  3. Olga

    Hi! My name is Olga, I’m from Moscow, Russia. I’m following your page and you are a great inspiration. I thought about participating somehow, but not sure if it’s really possible, since I’m so far away, and personal participation I vital. Maria, what should I do??? is there a way for me to participate????

  4. Aixa

    Maria, I would LOVE to participate. I am currently 7 wks postpartum and scheduled to have spinal surgery at the end of the month. I will be restricted for a couple of weeks. Due to my medical procedure and not being able to weight lift will I be automatically disqualified?

    • Yes you can. You are scored by story, transformation and participation.

      • Aixa

        Thank you for your quick response.

      • Aixa

        I don’t see anywhere what the dress code should be for the before/after pictures (workout clothes, bikini)?
        Did I miss it?

        • No dress code. It is your preference.

          • Aixa

            Thank you, Maria!

  5. Tammy Grigg

    Hi, I have signed up for the challenge but I think I entered the wrong email address & have not received payment confirmation or application forms. Can you please confirm if you have received my entry?

  6. Mary

    The contest is international, are there any Australian support groups?

  7. Laarni

    Are supplements like Branch Chain Amino Acids ok to take?

  8. Robbin

    I apologize if I missed this somewhere, but are workouts provided/available?

    • Robbin

      Just kidding I found it! 😉

  9. Jamie

    I live in Tucson, Az. Who would I contact?

  10. Maria

    i am currently on medifast, I do the 4/2 plan where I do 4 of their meals and two green and lean meals. Can I join the challenge? Does that count as extreme dieting?

    • You can still join. That doesn’t sound extreme

  11. Jessi Wermager

    I emailed my local group leader awhile back, but never heard back from her. I’m in Missoula, MT. Is there not a local NEM Group here anymore? Thanks.

  12. Tamara

    Hi Maria! I am from Cyprus how can I participate?

  13. Žemyna

    Hi, I am from Ireland whom I should to contact if I would like tp join? Also one more question do I have to join gym or workouts would be provided?


  14. Jacqueline Azbell

    I want to participate, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to follow all of the guidelines. Do I have to do strength training? What if I don’t follow the diet as indicated? My plan is to simply count calories and do cardio. I live in Illinois and I don’t know who would be my leader, if I’m allowed to participate. Thanks!

  15. Quntina


  16. meraluna

    i just join 12wk challenge and the filing of application & submission is make me feel confuse,
    how to get these following individual: application form, chart & the waiver forms..
    thanks a lot..
    i already download “transformation-application” but can find the individual page so i can print out too

  17. Hi!
    I use essential oils internally and externally, is that allowed or automatically disqualifies me?

  18. Janette

    Is there a group on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo specifically? If not who would be my nearest nem group?

  19. Latifah

    I just paid! Hook me up if you guys close to Gainesville, VA. I could use some “accountable” workout buddies on this journey! ( Thanks!:-) Tipah

  20. leslie

    Is there a NEM contact in Las Vegas?

  21. alma ventura

    where on this site do we post our pictures? or do we?

  22. Jennifer

    Is it to late to sign up for the 12 week transformation contest? I would really like to join!

    • Jennifer

      No sure of my orignal post was seen. Is it too late to sign up for the 12 week transformation contest?

  23. Hannah

    This sounds really interesting! Are the above things all guidelines? Or, if I don’t follow one, would I be disqualified? (We have a wine tasting party scheduled forms husband’s birthday in November, for example.) I just want to figure out if it would be worth it to join or not. Some sort of external motivator is what I need right now!

  24. Jennifer

    Silly me, never mind! I found the link! So exciting!!!

  25. Sonia Florez

    Hi, I paid for the challenge on 9/1/15 but never received the application. I also don’t remember having to create an account so I’m not sure how to get the application. Please can you email it to me?
    thank you!

  26. Aixa


    The last day to enter is today, the 10th of September; however, it states above to take a picture August 2015. Is it too late to use a newspaper dated w/ yesterday’s date?

    • You can use any newspaper date before or after two weeks of Sept 10

      • The exisptree shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

  27. Vilma

    I’m from Long Island NY and joining the challenge now! is it too late to submit the before pics?

    • No, it’s not. You have three more hours.

  28. Amy


    I just paid for my fees today September 10, but the receipt is showing September 11.

    Will I still be able to join? If so, I will need an application.

    • yes.

      • Amy

        how to I obtain an application?

  29. Danielle

    Is it to late to joing?

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