NEM Region 9 Winner: Bethany Sandoval
Congrats to our Region 9 winner, Bethany Sandoval, for dedicating 12 weeks towards self-improvement both externally and internally and winning $442! Region Four is led by Juanita Verdin and comprises of California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona. Find a local No Excuse Mom meetup near you by entering your city/state or zipcode HERE
I am a work from home mom with two girls ages 4yrs and 16 months. I have struggled with
body image and weight issues since I was young. I tried unhealthy shortcuts, and sometimes, was able
to get a few pounds off but would inevitably put more on than when I started. I have always looked
for an excuse, blaming my genetics, cirucmstances, even hoping for a thyroid problem so a pill would
change me without having to work for it, embarrassing to admit.
In July of 2013, right before giving birth to my youngest, I weighed in at a startling 194lbs. I am
only 5ft tall. I was so uncomfortable in my body and was often discouraged. Around this time, I happened
to see Maria Kang’s controversial “What’s Your Excuse?” photo. Because of my own insecurities,
my first response was defensive. When I read her message however, it sunk in and I finally started taking
responsibility for my choices and making healthy changes. 13 months later, by the end of August,
2014 I had lost 35lbs.
At the beginning of this challenge, I created my fitness calendar (something I had never done)
and was able to SEE that when I tracked my actions (water, food and exercise), I lost weight. When I
chose to “wing it” and didn’t visually track, I would plateau and my motivation slipped. This was a key
thing for me to see and I now try to live more intentionally. This transformation challenge has been
hard. Losing weight has been a difficult and slow process and I still have a ways to go. I still get discouraged, but one of my daily goals that I wrote on my calendar was “think positive”. That has probably
been the biggest accomplishment on this journey. When I was frustrated at myself for making poor
choices, I made a conscious effort to forgive myself quickly and move on. This last 3 months has resulted
in the biggest and most consistent weight loss I have ever had in this short amount of time (with the
exception of having a baby). I lost a total of 12 lbs during this challenge and a good number of inches.
I will continue to live this “No-Excuse” lifestyle. I have arranged to do another 3 month challenge
starting on December 1st. In the past, I would have used the holidays as a free pass to eat whatever
I wanted and skip workouts for the month of December but my goals are more important to me
now. I’m starting to really appreciate this journey. I recognize that if I had been able to suddenly drop
to my goal weight or size like I used to dream about, that i would have been unable to maintain it. This
journey is preparing me daily to be there. So, for the first time in my life, I’m ok with it being a “struggle”
because as I struggle, I know I will grow.