2017 Region 5 Winner: Kim Kalajian
Here I am, days before I turn 51, starting yet another journey on my road to becoming healthy. What will be different this time?
This journey feels different because of NEM. This is the first time I am accountable to so many people and my first attempt at using a fitness calendar. I’m very excited!
This past year, I thought – this is middle age: overweight, flabby arms, gray hair, and a few wrinkles. I came to some acceptance of this.
Then we moved to Chicago to be near my daughter. It was then that she convinced me to join Facebook and NEM. I agreed, but wasn’t sure this group was for me. My first thoughts were, “I’m not sure I fit in; you are all young mothers, I’m a grandmother!” Well, come to find out, I do fit in! Not only am I a grandmother, but a mother to my daughters who still need me to set an example of loving yourself enough to be healthy.
I have gone up and down in weight, tried many different diets, and bought many different gimmicks sure to help me look the way I did thirty years ago. This time I am trying something new: MyFitnessPal, watching macros, exercising more, and participating in NEM workouts and online. I have read many success stories that give me inspiration and convince me that I can succeed this time.
In 2006, all four of my immediate family members were diagnosed with breast cancer and I feared that I was next. I did the genetic testing and found out that I didn’t carry the abnormal gene. The day I found out was the day my grandson was born; what a joyous day that was! I was so afraid that my daughters and grandchildren may carry the gene through my bloodline. Finding out that I did not carry any known gene was relieving to say the least; however, my doctor told me that I still had familial risk. She asked,
“Do you drink?”
“No, I quit 22 years ago.”
“Do you smoke?”
“Nope, I quit 13 years ago.”
“Okay, so now we have to look at your weight…”
Overweight and in the obese category on the BMI chart! I have made efforts to lose weight, but have not been successful. This is my last cancer risk I need to overcome.
I want to be here for my children and grandchildren. I want to live a long and healthy life. I am worth every bit of effort it takes to achieve my goals and maintain them! I can’t say that I will never have cancer in my life, but I can say that I have tried my best to prevent it.
What a journey! I started these 12 weeks with a goal of losing 25 pounds, and I lost 27.4! I have tried new ways to exercise (Zumba and HIIT workouts!), built muscle, and feel better about my body than I have in years!
Congrats to our Region 5 pot challenge winner, Kim Kalajian for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! Region 5 consists of Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin! 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 regional winner! You have $280 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!