NEM Region 6 Winner: Idalia Harvey
Congrats to our Region 6 winner, Idalia Harvey, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $442! Region Six is led by Veronica Davila and comprises of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE.
My name is Idalia. I am a wife and a mom of 3 kids. An 8 year old girl, a 4 and a 2 years old boys. I am 38 years old. I really got tired of having extra weight and a sedentary life full of excuses. After having my last baby I was really out of shape and I had 20 extra pounds in my body that made me look like if I was still pregnant. It really helped me the first time I saw Maria Kang picture with 3 boys and a fit body. It made me think that if she can then I can! At first it seem easy I started doing exercise but after some time I was always finding excuses for not doing exercise and also is not easy to try to eat healthy most of the time.
Doing this contest gave me new motivation! I really want to be healthy and strong for my family and also for myself I want to prove myself that I can do it! That I have strength and willpower!. I am a graphic designer and photographer but that part of my life is been on hold since I had my last baby. Before him I was working a lot from home. I am blessed to have a good husband he works hard and helps me a lot taking care of the kids. Prior to our meeting I came from Mexico and lived in Europe briefly where I thought I had found the love of my life. After three years as a single mother, I met my now-husband and have a beautiful 8 year old stepdaughter, a 12 year old niece who lives with us and two dogs. Now I’ve been living in the U.S. for 9 years!
I’ve thought about not challenging myself or ‘putting myself out there’ but I realize I’m just competing against the giants in my mind! I got tired of just wishing! Is good to see other inspirational people but if we just stay looking and don’t get up and don’t start moving we never going to change. I am not done! I want to start running to participate on races like 5k, 10k, and why not; maybe a marathon in the future! this is a new lifestyle, it make me feel good, It make me feel alive! I believe we all woman have very strong minds but we need to believe it! We need to have faith! My favorite bible verse is I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.