NEM Region 1 winner: Lindsay Ahearn
Congrats to our Region 1 winner, Lindsay Ahearn for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $442! Region one is led by Jennifer Dillon and comprises of Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE.
“My journey to health and happiness started a long time ago. I was 22, overweight and unhappy with myself. I decided to take charge of my body, and I lost 70 pounds over the course of two years by adopting a healthy diet and embracing a love of running. When I found out I was pregnant last December, all the same fears came creeping back. What if I gain too much weight? What if I can’t lose it after? What if I can’t make time to exercise? I tried very hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle for my baby, but by my 8th month, I had gained the 70 pounds I had once lost, and found myself back where I started. A month postpartum, I stepped on the scale, and although I had lost nearly 40 pounds, I knew there was work to be done. I have this new little person relying on me to be there for him, and I intend to do that the best I can.
I was cleared to exercise right around the time I heard about the “No Excuse Moms Transformation Challenge.” This was the perfect motivation for me. I had adopted a healthier diet the day after I left the hospital, but I knew exercise was something that wouldn’t come back as quickly for me. I started walking with Tyler in his stroller around our neighborhood, so by 6 weeks postpartum I was able to start jogging. My family was a great support system for me, as my sister and mother would volunteer to watch Tyler so I could go for a run a few times per week. I always knew, though, no matter how many times I was able to get out each week, I would be able to circle back with our NEM group each Sunday morning and get remotivated.
Our group leader, Jenn, did a great job organizing each week, and bringing new types of exercises for us to do. Weight training has never been something I was good at, or was even motivated to do, so it was great to have a time allotted each week to do these things. As a group, we ran three different 5k races, and had a great time doing it!
Being back at work has been difficult. The first month I was feeling discouraged, because I was not able to get in these workouts, then I remembered… NO EXCUSES! I have been making time during my lunch hour to get in a run, and I joined a women’s gym in my area which focuses on weight training at each visit. I’ve been keeping to this routine now for two weeks, and I already feel better. After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is leave my son behind to hit the gym. I know this will be worth it though, as he will have the best version of his mom possible growing up.”