No Excuse Mom Spotlight: Jessica Turner
Name: Jessica Turner
City & State: Eunice, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married to Trey Turner
What do you do for work? I work part time as a veterinarian (approximately 26 hours a week). I also recently started with sharing my story and becoming a health and fitness coach.
# of children and their ages: 9 month old identical twin girls, Adalynn and Annabelle
Transformation Story: About 4 years ago, I discovered my love for fitness when I became very involved with a local group, Training Wheel Personal Training. Before I knew it, I was working out with them 3 days a week and running almost every day. I relied heavily on physical activity for my mental and physical wellbeing. This was around the same time that I first came across Maria’s story and her no excuse mantra.
It was a total shocked when my husband and I found out we were expecting twins. I remember thinking “I will never get my body back!” I was determined to stay active until the girls arrived but instead had a very difficult pregnancy which forced me to be on strict bed rest and had me in and out of the hospital. Once the girls arrived, I was ecstatic but completely overwhelmed! I often felt like I was drowning and my unhappiness with my body only added to my struggles. It wasn’t until my doctor, who had become a friend, gave me some tough love and told me I needed stop making excuses and do something for me. She knew how important health and fitness was to me prior to my pregnancy and told me I needed to find a way to make it work. The next day I agreed to participate in an online fitness group. After completing their program, I saw a little glimpse of the old me. Not only am I back to my pre-pregnancy weight now, I am the happiest I have ever been! I am now able to enjoy my baby girls and be the wife and mother I always longed to be. I want everyone to know that anything is possible once you get past your own excuses and just go for it!
Favorite food: I love sweet potatoes and have become obsessed with sweet potato pancakes. I make a quadruple batch every Tuesday morning to last me for the week.
Favorite exercise: I LOVE core work. Any variation of a plank is great in my opinion!
How has No Excuse Mom inspired/changed your life? Shortly after I learned I was expecting twins, I remember seeing a picture of a twin mom on Maria’s facebook page. Her twins were not very old, and she looked fabulous! I got so excited that I ran to show my husband and said “See! Maybe I will be able to get back in shape afterwards!” It was such an inspiration to know that it can be done and I never forgot about that. It’s so easy to use having multiples or having a job (or both!) as an excuse to not make time for exercise and healthy eating. Anything is possible, and Maria reminds me of that everyday! No Excuses!