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No Excuse Mom | October 13, 2019

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2018 No More Excuses Challenge 2nd place: Mary Mingles

2018 No More Excuses Challenge 2nd place: Mary Mingles
Maria Kang
  • On May 10, 2018

The past 12 weeks have been a serious challenge.  Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I have been on a bit of a roller coaster.  When I signed up for this challenge, it was because I decided enough was enough, it is time for a change.  A permanent change.  I refuse to go back.  I haven’t made any drastic cuts, I still eat bread because its so darn tasty.  I still have my morning coffee.  I don’t want my soda anymore.  I have seen the destruction it has caused in my life and in the lives of those I love.  But I also don’t have my ice cream every night.  I don’t need seconds or thirds at my meals.  If I want a snack, it can still be healthy like a few nuts instead of the package.  My will power has become greater than ever.  Never before have I been able to start eating something and stop without finishing it because I had had enough.

I have had some challenges and thought about making some excuses.  I spent an evening in the ER after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the MRI I was having because I have a high risk for breast cancer and am not having my bilateral mastectomy until June.  I call that stress piled onto stress.  Add to that having to dump my breast milk for 3 days because of it.  But while I would typically forget about the diet in those situations, get fast food on the way home and binge for the next few days while I recovered, I didn’t.  I had a single scoop of ice cream with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  It was delicious and since I missed dinner being in the ER it was well within my calories for the day.

For the past few weeks, I have been applying for jobs and am actually going to an interview for a new job about 3000 miles away because my family is planning to move across the country this summer.  Add to all of this, my three children 3 years old and under.  I am so proud of myself for continuing to push to eat right and go to the gym and stop making so many excuses.  When I started in January, I could barely run 30s continuously.  Now I can make a little over 10 minute mile and keep going.  I have never been a runner, but I’ve built up to consistently running at least a mile five days a week.  And that is in addition to attending at least two gym classes a week (Zumba and a mixed cardio/strength class) and using some of the weight machines.  I can now leg press my body weight!

Starting weight: 215

Today’s weight 182

Multiple inches lost

Confidence at new heights!

A colleague told me the other day that I seem a lot happier lately.  And even my high school students have congratulated me on losing weight and looking healthier!



  1. Kim Kalajian

    Congratulations! Way to stay strong and focused on the challenge when you face so many challenges yourself! You look great! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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