- Maria Kang
- On December 15, 2017
Congrats to our 2nd place No Excuse Mom Leader Winner, Laura Meith of Alameda, CA for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $945 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! If you are interested in becoming a leader, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ! It’s an incredibly rewarding role you play in your community and an awesome way to connect families, build friendships and get/stay healthy.
I’ve been overweight my entire life. When I was 19, I met my husband who loved me unconditionally and exposed me to my new found love of the outdoors. Since then, now nearly 17 year later, I own and operate my own business, Adventures in Daycare. My family, including my gorgeous husband, two incredible boys aged 9 and 5 and our beloved 3 year old coonhound, Maisie, we hike, we camp and never say no. Adventure is our life.
I joined No Excuse Moms about a year and a half ago. I was playing softball, trying to find my niche when a girlfriend introduced me to the group. From the moment I started I knew it was ME. Liz, our local leader, asked me to join on as a leader and I was baffled and touched and encouraged that I had what it took. So I immediately stole all her work outs along with Sara’s and starting emulating them. I was never the nervous type and so with music and endorphins well, it just all worked. I’ve been on work out target with 3-4 work outs a week ever since. I was stronger than ever yet still too heavy. It was my eating choices… that’s where I was struggling.
The 12 week challenge came up and I knew this was my chance. I had absolutely no excuses from actually accepting the challenge. PLUS the chance of winning that sweet cash prize was very inviting. So I signed up. As a leader. And so there was so backing out.
At first I tracked. I wasn’t new at the rodeo so I knew I had to track. Portion control is the hardest. Taking time to plan was tough too. If I shopped without a plan I would not only overspend I would ensure a delivery night or some other slip up. No, Sunday mornings with coffee and my ever-so-supportive husband we would plan our weekly menu.
Eventually my menu became routine. Breakfast is always a protein shake. Lunch is always salad with a protein. And dinner is savory but sensible.
~Two bottles of wine a night. Yes! Because THAT was a problem. This challenge changed that for me. I still have a drink or two but completely under control. Which feels freaking amazing.
~Snacking at night. Small chip bowl turned into two bowls then a few candies. NO. I stopped snacking at all. No snacking this entire challenge. And I learned that I really don’t need it and my body can’t take it. So don’t do it.
~Samples of the kids mac n cheese at lunch or chicken tenders or… just no.
~Fast food. Nope. Just can’t do it. My body feels awful after and for the first time ever I’m realizing and admitting it.
~Going into meals without a plan. And when I’ve found myself without a plan I commit to thinking it through. Will this be satisfying? Will it make me feel good?
~Not being sore. If I’m not feeling a muscle, it’s time to work out. Sweat everyday. If you don’t it becomes harder by the second.
And so to the 12 week challenge, I say this: Thank you. Thank you No Excuse Moms for entering my life and changing it forever. I’ve had the decal on my car for a year. I wear the shirts and the hoodie with pride. I wish I could scream it from the rooftops! NO EXCUSE MOMS! FREE AWESOME WORK OUTS! And the POWER this incredible group brings to my life every single day is such a blessing.
Somewhere around Day 40, I was jogging a 3 mile run. A lady with a kid across the street yelled out, “Go Laura GO!”. I never felt so much love and support from anyone in this world of “gotta shed weight”. A perfect stranger, a gal who was watching my posts and seeing my changes encouraged me along. I am grateful to this group. I am proud to be a part of No Excuse Moms. And I am grateful to have been a leader throughout this challenge.
In 12 weeks I have lost 20 pounds. My tummy has reduced by 3 inches. I can do real push ups. I can burpee like a MF. My legs and back feel better. I have more endurance for the day. I feel so proud of what I’ve accomplished and truly 12 weeks has only skimmed the surface. I can’t wait to see how far this really will take me. My goal is a two piece bathing suit. And for the first time in my life I feel like it’s possible.
Sept 5= 200lb
12 weeks later = 180.2lb
My goal is about 160lb. Stay tuned…. 🙂
Join our upcoming No More Excuses Challenge starting January 15th and ending on Easter HERE!!! For $50 you will not only receive an email consultation with Maria Kang, a 150 workout ebook, No Excuse Mom tank, 12-week accountability calendar and a fitness/nutrition guide, but you will also get a chance to win $1000 worth of money and prizes. Congrats to our leader winner! 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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