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Region 6 Winner: Heather Ray

Region 6 Winner: Heather Ray
Maria Kang
  • On December 10, 2016
  • https://www.noexcusemom.com

Today, I am stronger. My life changed because I finally stopped the excuses. I stopped letting food control me and decided to do something for myself. I was depressed. I felt worthless. I stopped dancing and couldn’t even find the energy to be the mommy I should have been. I wasted so much time being angry at myself, seeing my son “give up on me” as I told him I’d come play with him “in a minute”. Sure, I wore a smile on the outside… but I was filled with so much hatred and disgust. I had zero sex drive. Honestly sex hurt and was uncomfortable because of how big I was. I suffered from depression, anxiety, PCOS, hypothyroidism and was borderline diabetic. My hair was falling out in clumps… and I hadn’t had a period in close to 2 years. I was a size 24 and that was tight. I couldn’t wear boots because my calves were too big. My BP was 180/92 and I was on 7 pills a day. I couldn’t breathe and was an insomniac. I couldn’t fit in the desks at school and had to sit down in front in the “disabled” seat. I just purchased a size 52 men’s belt. I couldn’t walk far at the zoo and could barely make hold my son long enough to put him in the grocery cart. That’s horrible, right? Flash forward to today. I just went to the zoo yesterday with my son… and walked 13,000 steps… and my son couldn’t keep up! He sat on my shoulders for about 15 minutes during the lion encounter. The trampoline he got from Santa Clause last year is used almost everyday. We go on walks together. He fell back in love with me… every morning he asks me, “what we gonna play today mama”? The park is a must everyday. I found joy in things I have never noticed. Guess what? I zipped up without any force a pair of knee length boots yesterday… regular not wide! I’ve lost 26.5 pounds, 20 inches, and 4.5 points down on body fat %. My BP was 180/92 and is now 118/76. My lab report no longer says ”

Flash forward to today. I just went to the zoo yesterday with my son… and walked 13,000 steps… and my son couldn’t keep up! He sat on my shoulders for about 15 minutes during the lion encounter. The trampoline he got from Santa Clause last year is used almost everyday. We go on walks together. He fell back in love with me… every morning he asks me, “what we gonna play today mama”? The park is a must everyday. I found joy in things I have never noticed. Guess what? I zipped up without any force a pair of knee length boots yesterday… regular not wide! I’ve lost 26.5 pounds, 20 inches, and 4.5 points down on body fat %. My BP was 180/92 and is now 118/76. My lab report no longer says “pre diabetic”. I eat food for energy and genuinely enjoy the taste now. I’m down 6 dress size and my hair has Started to grow. It went from dull and greasy to shiny and soft. I’m not scared of doing cartwheels anymore. The last time I tried I dislocated my shoulder from the strain of all my weight. I showed my niece how to do one yesterday. I fit into the regular desks at school. I ask for booths at resaurants now instead of tables. I am crazy about sex again. In 3 weeks I graduate and walking across the stage I will be the happiest and strongest I have ever been. Journey isn’t over yall… it’s just the beginning!


Congrats to our Region 6 pot challenge winner, Heather Ray for being an incredible inspiration and following through on our 12 week challenge! You have $220 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! Our No Excuse Moms followed our official NEM program, where they used a fitness calendar, logged in their meals, participated online/in-person and overcame their excuses!

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