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Weight Gain After Gallbladder Removal…

30 Apr

Warning, some of what you are about to read might be TMI so read at your own risk!! If I am struggling, I know someone else is and I need help.

About 2 1/2 months ago I had my Gallbladder removed, the doctor said it was one of the worst she had ever seen. Immediately I noticed a change in my body, some people report having diarrhea, where I was the opposite, I couldn’t go at all. I quickly noticed that weight was packing on. In maintenance I had settled between 170- 175, I really wanted to drop another 10 pounds but I wasn’t actively trying. After surgery, 5 pounds was added quickly, I thought it was because I couldn’t use the bathroom. After the first month I was at 10 pounds and now 2 1/2 months later I am 15 pounds heavier.

I went to the doctor because I thought I may be having some hormone issues, they checked me for Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease and blood work came back negative. I am doing everything right, I have less stress, even exercising more and the weight is still going up. This feeling is like no other, I mean I guess I could compare it to a plateau but even then the weight stays the same. I am struggling to stay positive about this, I have worked so hard to get the weight off and keep it off and now nothing I do is working. I know its not about the number on the scale, but when your clothes don’t fit that is too far. I think it would be different if I ate crappy food and constantly ate out, but I don’t. It’s really starting to bum me out!!!

I am not going to say that I have tried it all because I haven’t, as a wellness consultant I help people lose weight for a living. I know exactly from experience how to burn fat and what foods to eat and what time of the day. NONE OF THAT IS WORKING FOR ME!!! Since getting my gallbladder removed my body is having a hard time adjusting, the doctor said it could take up to a year.

I found information on the internet about a few things I can try…

Bile salts are also biologic detergents that enable the body to excrete cholesterol and potentially toxic compounds (eg, bilirubin, drug metabolites). The function of bile salts in the duodenum is to solubilize ingested fat and fat-soluble vitamins, facilitating their digestion and absorption.

I started taking a probiotic but I haven’t seen a change, I am to the point where I will try anything! Suggestions are welcome, please comment below, I know I am not in this alone and I think I am the most frustrated I have ever been.




Homemade granola bars

13 Aug

Homemade granola bars
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup craisens
1/2 chopped almonds
1 scoop protein powder
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. In a medium sauce pan heat honey and peanut butter for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients. Mix with wooded spoon or with clean hands. Spray a 9×8 pan with pam, pour oats mixture in pan. Use a small peice of wax paper and press down the oats until packed well. Cut into squares and put in freezer for about an hour ( I usually leave over night). #homemadegranolabars #granola #cleaneats #healthyrecipes #wellnessislived #wellness


Mona’s quick tips to surviving a holiday weekend…

4 Jul

Remember your goals this weekend! In my own experience and in my type of work, I see people forgetting their goals and totally blowing it because of a holiday. This leads to guilt, shame and can set set you back if you are not careful. If you don’t absolutely love something, don’t eat it! Alot of times we will load our plate with food because that is tradition or it is something  we have always done. Ask yourself this question, how has that worked for me in the past? When going to a BBQ, don’t worry about hurting people’s feelings by not eating their food, after all you have to live with yourself. Offer to bring greens, that way you know you can at least have a burger salad. If you are having a gathering at your house, send temping foods home with family and friends. Make sure you are getting in all veggies and use your fruit as a dessert (here is a recipe for fruit dip, perfect with strawberry’s and apples) fruit dip. Most important,  drink your water!!! Try and not let food run your life, you are in control.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!


the new well Fruit Dip


  • 6oz non-fat light greek yogurt
  • 2 T light cream cheese
  • 1 packet stevia
  • Vanilla extract to taste


  • Set cream cheese out to reach room temperature
  • Mix all ingredients till creamy.


If at first you don’t succeed…

27 Dec

As you know, my son Isaac had surgery two days before Christmas, we left on Sunday night (the 21st) and came home Christmas eve, just in time to enjoy my family. While I was gone, it was easy for me to say no to temptation because I was so determined not to let stress get the best of me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed a few bites of fudge and a sip of Isaac’s hot chocolate but I left feeling accomplished. It was a totally different story when I got home, I made Christmas breakfast (French Toast), I usually make myself an omelet or oatmeal, but this time I ate what everyone else ate. For dinner I made a ham with all the usual sides, I did watch my portion size but had tons of starches. Later I ate a piece of Cinnamon roll, but with all the sugar and starches I had already consumed, I knew it was time to throw in sugar and carb towel.

The next day I woke up with the biggest headache and I felt super tired, my goal for the new year is to cut back on sugar and bread. Those two items make me feel yuck and I just don’t want to do that to myself anymore. During the detox I felt amazing and I am not sure why I let them back in my life, but I did and now I face the consequences. I decided to write this blog because I know that if I woke up to a sugar overdose, someone else did too. I know from past experience that as women we are so critical of ourselves, I know that we show other people grace but forget to show it to ourselves. The words to Aaliyah’s song, “Try again” popped in my head, I hope I can encourage every person who reads this, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again”.

The good news is, tomorrow is a new day. The holiday’s might have bitten you in the butt, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw all your hard work away. Don’t let the guilt of eating off plan one day (two, three or four) cause you fall deeper in the hole. This is not a game to just quit, this journey has a restart button. Brush yourself off and move forward, why? Because your life is worth saving.

This is not a game!

My husband and I at his company Christmas Party

But first, let me take a selfie…

30 Nov

I have a feeling that my friends might be getting annoyed with all my Facebook and Instagram selfies, but before you hid my post let me explain (I say this because of recent comments made to me). For as long as I can remember, I have never liked taking pictures and have felt insecure about my body and looks. One might mistake my confidence now with conceit, but that is not the case. When I look in the mirror, I don’t always see what everyone else sees, it has gotten better over time but insecurity likes to creep its ugly head back in my life. I am human and often mistakes, I am super hard on myself, but I always strive to be better than the person I was the day before. My selfies remind me daily how far I have come, and I look at the only picture I do have of my previous self as reminders of where I do not want to be.

This journey is a struggle, even in maintenance I have had binging episodes, I understand that I will always have a food addiction and I have truly accepted it. What helps me is that I show myself grace daily, dust myself off and start over with the next meal. To be honest, being a wellness consultant I often feel like a hypocrite because I still struggle, but when I think about it, it makes me more relatable. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I had gained 10-13 pounds depending on the day, I let negative self talk keep me from staying where I wanted to be. I am still learning to continue to use my struggles as a learning lesson not as an excuse to stay defeated. I am putting good thing in my body and have completely changed my lifestyle. So even though I have the fear of gaining, I have total trust in myself and the process that I will not let it hold me back from life.

My encouragement to you is to always tell yourself good things. Believe in yourself enough that you never give up, and take lots of selfies!!!

After dropping 4 pant sizes.

After dropping 4 pant sizes.

When I fist started walking.

When I first started walking.

Almost to my goal weight

Almost to my goal weight

Just because:)

Just because:)

Feeling beautiful with my little girl:)

Feeling beautiful with my little girl:)

the new well detox day 8 & 9

18 Nov

I am towards the end of my detox, really today is the last day to take supplements and tomorrow I will be add more variety of foods back into my diet. This is the first detox I have ever done, I have always been afraid because its usually a liquid diet, ain’t nobody got time for that (lol). The way it works is, you have a set food plan for each day, you gradually take away foods on the list, then add them back in towards the end of the week. You drink a shake that gets rid of the metals and environmental toxins and a supplement that adds nutrients back in your body. You are never hungry because you can have unlimited servings of the items set food plan.

For the first in my life I made Salmon and actually enjoyed it, I even convinced my 4 year old that it was chicken and she loved it. I wish I was able to get her  to drink the green smoothie (kale, spinach, apple, pear, ice and water, blended) I made because it was so yummy and good for you, the boys enjoyed it and I plan on making it often. I have not really been on a workout routine since I started working in June. I have the energy and I am making workout a priority! Being a wellness consultant I have to set a good example, not only for my family, but for my clients and friends. This detox has definitely put me in a better spot mentally. After all, anything you ever do in life has nothing to do with your physically ability but how mentally strong you are.

So my question is, what are you waiting for? Not just with this detox, what is holding you back from reaching your weight loss goal? Why wait for tomorrow? Tomorrow never comes, Monday never comes, next week or next month NEVER COME!!!! You just got to wake up an make the choice for today:)

FYI I am on day 9  I am feeling great, after I log off here I am headed to the gym and am planning for a busy day. Please comment below if you have any questions about the detox or need help starting your journey:)


The new well detox, day 5 and 6…

15 Nov

If you do not follow my Saving Mona facebook page I am letting fans know how each day of the detox is going. Yesterday I was so busy with work, and life that is slipped my mind to post. Today I’m on day 6, I am almost done with the detox and I have to say that I truly feel amazing! I have increased energy,  I am sleeping really good, so good I have been up before my alarm, I no longer feel bloated and I do not feel tempted to eat the items I cut out (sugar, caffeine,  bread, dairy, salt, rice). The only side effect I am feeling are the mucle aches and a slight headache (headache could be from concussion), this is because the detox is doing its job. This metabolic reboot is exactly what I hoped for, and I am thankful I made the choice.

For all those who know me, I don’t like wasting money and I am more successful if I am given a challenge. Since I didn’t want to waste the money I paid for this detox system,  I make sure I am following all the rules. I even went to the movies yesterday and wasn’t tempted by the popcorn. So, today I am on day six and it’s the weekend. Weekends are usually tough to get through, but I am super positive I will make it all the way. One of the perks of the detox is weight loss, in 6 days I have gotten rid of 8 pounds of junk!

If you are interested in joining me, message below. If you live put of town, don’t worry, the new well can ship!!!