NEM Region 3 Winner: Erica Hansen
Congrats to our Region 3 winner, Erica Hansen, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $422! Region three is managed by Barbie Caulder and comprises of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE.
A few of you may know me; you may know me as the “fancy” eater, your “sweaty selfie” sister, or the protein shake mad scientist. I post funny things, important things, and motivating things. I like to brag about my husband who writes motivational phrases on our bathroom mirror. I’m a mother of four children and 10 chickens and just your average, granola, fancy gal. I’m here to tell you about my transformation and how it changed me, in 500 words or less. Let’s do this.
I started the challenge with a mission: lose weight. Lots of it. I was unhappy with my body and it was affecting me and my family. I was in despair mode; you know, when you think nothing will get better so why even try? We were eating poorly and sedentary. Maria Kang had successfully challenged me to change my hydration habits in August, so I figured that the 12 Week Challenge was the next logical step. I put up my fitness calendar, started counting calories and worked out. I was losing weight and feeling better. I still battled with feelings of despair, depression and anxiety, and my compulsive eating was always lurking around the corner waiting for a moment of weakness, but the support and love I felt from my family and the NEM community could always help boost me out of my funk. I consider my challenge to have been a success; I lost a little weight, I got motivated and I am inspired to keep it going. This was more of a transformation of my mind and my soul than my body. I have learned to love my body and give it love, and I know that I need to do it for the rest of my life.
I would like to take this opportunity to give future-me and other women who need it some advice:
1. Be good to yourself. Take moments away to meditate and concentrate on your love for yourself. Take the extra time to dress up your food. Go out and get a new workout outfit. Be fancy! These little things reinforce the idea that you are worth it and cement them in your mind.
2. Take chances. Go to that group workout that you were too shy to attend. Workout at the playground, even if you’re the only one. Run like a kid, dance like no one’s watching and do headstands. You do not look silly; you look like a person who is dedicated to fitness and you may inadvertently inspire someone else.
3. Be positive. Forget the “haters”; don’t think about them, don’t even talk about them. Turn every down moment into an up moment. Surround yourself with positive people. It’s not easy at first, but you’ll find that positivity is absolutely infectious and every moment that you have a smile on your face, you’ll be spreading goodness to others.
Lastly, I would like to thank the amazing NEM community. I love you all. Pinkies up!