NEM Region 11 Winners: Canada and New Zealand
We have TWO international winners from Region 11, hailing from Canada and New Zealand. This exciting region,covers the globe including the countries of Ireland, Poland, Australia, South Africa and Puerto Rico. Our International regions is led by Leslee-Ann Martell and Paulette Go (who manages Asia). Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE
Chantagne Mildenberger of Canada’s story:
Before the 12 Week Challenge I was in a complete slump. I was dealing with a 3 year depression, two toddlers close in age, and was just misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia for over a year. I gained weight from eating my feelings and the unnecessary medication I was on. My marriage was falling apart and I truly hated myself. The 12 week challenge gave me the motivation to start loving me, and that’s exactly what I did.
I started by kicking my soda addiction by replacing the 6-10 cans a day with water. I replaced all processed food with clean eating. It did not just benefit me, but my husband also lost 17lbs just by eating the healthy food I was making. My exercises consisted of cardio 5 times a week, and heavy lifting 3-4 times a week. I am especially proud of my 348lbs leg presses and 180lbs squats!
My journey did not always come easy. Four weeks in, I went to the dentist only to learn that I have an agressive decaying of my teeth, which was caused from the antidepressants I was put on. Fourteen of my teeth would need to be removed, and a few days later I had the first 4 done. For 3 weeks I couldn’t exercise and my eating almost came to a hault. I then began a new weekend job as a coke cola merchandiser; ironic I know. Due to an injured employee, I started doing this full time. My daily schedule included dayhome from 730-430, then work from 430-11pm. My new job consisted of heavy lifting and pulling heavy pallets long distances, so needless to say I was definetely getting a workout. Through this process I earned some rather beautiful bruises. For the 12 Week Challenge I wanted to cover them , but with support of NEM, friends and family I wear them with pride knowing it was from my hard work and dedication that I had to help support my family.
There have been tears and frustration with the obstacles that I have encountered but it made me a stronger and more driven woman. From losing 31 pounds and 25 inches I have proven to myself that I can do it and with no excuses. I have learned to love myself, and in turn my marriage has never been better. And for the first time ever I was able to feel confident in a bikini! Although my family and friends were extremely supportive, my biggest motivator is a good friend of mine, Jeana. She herself has lost a tremendous amount of weight, and to have someone who is so driven and motivated made her the perfect person to keep me accountable.
This 12 week challenge may be over, but my journey isn’t over yet. There are still goals I want to accomplish that I know I will. And how do I know? Because I’m a NO EXCUSE MOM, and proud of it!
Jillian Woolner of New Zealand’s story:
My entry into the 12 week transformation and my introduction to the NEM movement began with a text message from a dear friend of mine. I’d mentioned to her several times over the preceding months that I was feeling flat, tired and that I’d lost my ‘mojo’. She is a great believer in healthy living, clean eating, exercise and a positive frame of mind. I have always envied her amazing outlook on life. She suggested I join the New Zealand NEM group and that there was a 12 week transformation challenge starting.
I went online to see what it involved. I had a strange nervous feeling in my tummy, but there was something else. I felt excited. I hadn’t felt like this in a long time. I am a naturally competitive person, and the idea of a challenge really appealed to me. I have previously been very sporty in my younger years, and longed for that feeling of empowerment and strength that being fit and healthy gives you. I knew I had to do it.
Our NEM group is run by a fantastic lady called Roslyn Ryan (Roz). We meet on Friday and Sunday mornings where Roz donates her time and guides us in a workout at some local stairs. I am now utterly addicted to stair running ( I would never have imagined myself saying that!). The support I have gained from the group has been humbling. From meal ideas, workout tips to sleepless night sympathy, there is always someone to give you the boost you need.
My biggest ‘excuse’ for not working out previously had been not having enough time. Being a stay at home Mum, working part-time, and with a husband that travels for work, it seemed impossible. During the 12 week challenge, I had to get inventive and workout whenever I could. In the first week of the challenge, I bought a 2nd hand double buggy so I could go for walks with my two youngest. I would arrange to meet my oldest son at the park after school and take the double buggy and walk/run as many laps as I could around the park. The best thing was, the little kids loved it! I did online workouts during their nap times, and did strength training while they played outside. Working out is now part of my routine, I love it.
It may have started out as a 12 week challenge, but as I approach the end, I know it’s not the end. This is only the beginning. I’ve got my mojo back!