NEM Region 5 Winner: Melanie Lude
Congrats to our Region 5 winner, Melanie Lude, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $442! Region Five is led by Katie Myers and comprises of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE.
My first negative relationship with food was when I was 8 years old. My family would go to ‘all you can eat’ restaurants multiple times weekly. We would have contests to see who could eat the most food in one sitting. Looking back, I see how disgusting the reality of it was. From then on, I was always the “fat girl”.
I started my first diet in middle school when my mom tried to help me do something about my weight. The bad thing, she triggered me on my very first fad diet. She started me on Atkins and I took it to the extreme, eating less than 5 carbs a day and trying to sweat off my weight by soaking in a hot bath tub.
I have tried and been on just about every fad diet you can think of, juice cleanses, 3 day diet, flat belly diet, Atkins, 7 day diet, and so on. Every time, I gained the weight back. I was also an avid Monday diet starter, I would have to re-start every week because I couldn’t stick to the demands of the fad diet. The worst part about constantly doing a fad diet, was that I always expect fast results. Losing 5lbs in one week or more wasn’t uncommon for me.
Finally I decided, in my adult years, that slow and steady is the best way. I KNEW that it was a lifestyle change, not just a diet, but I still couldn’t keep myself motivated past a couple weeks. Working so hard for a month and only losing 4-6lbs was frustrating, so I would always give up!
This transformation challenge was perfect timing, to say the least. Two weeks before I saw the entry information, I had decided to finally do this lifestyle change and change it for GOOD. I went to see my doc and was told that I was 35% body fat, 160 (high) cholesterol, high sugar, and was officially considered obese! I was devastated! Even though I had decided that I was going to change my life right then, I decided to enter the contest anyway. My dad and my aunt both have developed type 2 diabetes as overweight adults and I REFUSE to join them!
The most important thing about this life change is the chance to raise my kids in a healthy way. Teaching them the importance of keeping active and making conscious food choices is a vital lesson to learn at a young age.
This contest, for me, has been amazing. I have learned that there is no short term diet that is going to help for any long term goals. I have NEVER been able to keep a change this long and my mental health is changing in a positive way every day! I’m finally in it for the long haul and I can’t wait to finally see myself reach my ultimate goal!
Food is fuel! I’ve learned to eat to live, not live to eat!