Region 5 Winner: Nicole Morris
My name is Nicole and I am a 32 year old mother of 3 beautiful little girls (6, 4, 21months). I have always been the big girl, but sports and a love of being active kept me healthy. As adulthood threw me curves (3 unplanned c sections, unable to breastfeed, relocating for my husband’s job, becoming a stay at home mom after a much success in my career, marital stress), I began to turn to food for stress, boredom, and to drown my emotions. I packed on weight and lived in a state of denial for years.
Then I found NEM and thought, great! I signed up for the challenge last fall and then wasted that opportunity for a lifestyle change. I truly didn’t believe anything was wrong with me! Then I found the before photos from last year…wow. It made me sad to think I had seen nothing wrong. My girls deserve a better role model. I deserve a better me! My husband bought me a fitbit for Christmas 2015 and I began my new life January 1st at a whopping 292.2 pounds! Using the guidelines set up by Maria, I lost over 60 pounds in 6 months! I found a love of running. I found new energy. I found a love for myself. I found happiness.
Queue the plateau and the frustration. At no better time, the NEM 2016 challenge began accepting applications. This was my opportunity to redeem myself. To show that I HAD learned from my past and that I am determined to be healthy today and every day. I have worked hard over the last 12 weeks to prove to myself that I can do this and can’t believe the progress I’ve made. I have shattered my 1 mile run PR (from 12:20 to 9:58), increased my PR distance from 2.25 miles to over 5 miles, lost weight and inches all over, and feel so much better about myself. I accomplished this all while being treated by a physical therapist for severe abdominal separation that had led to extreme pain in my hip and leg. I literally have had NO EXCUSES this time around. Even when I was frustrated with the lack of participation and motivation on my local NEM Facebook group (we’re talking crickets chirping!), I found other ways to celebrate my success. An excuse is an opportunity to persevere and I feel that I have proven my worth to myself. I hope the leaders at NEM can see the same!
I am including ALL of my progress photos for effect. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to prove to myself and to all of you that I am successful. For that I am forever grateful!