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No Excuse Mom Spotlight: Jessica Turner

No Excuse Mom Spotlight: Jessica Turner
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Name: Jessica Turner
City & State: Eunice, Louisiana
Age: 29
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!

 

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  1. Shantell Ward

    I am very proud of all you have accomplished!! I have got to stop the excuses and transform my body and get my old self back!! I need to be held accountable and be pushed! It’s so easy to say I don’t have time and just be over weight. In reality it’s not because I am so hard on myself and miserable. I often ask myself “what are you doing? Where is the old Shantell that would have never let her weight control me?” I am finding it hard to recognize that person.

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