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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!

Mona.

the new well Fruit Dip

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

 

Living.in.the.real.world…

9 Jul

I am so sorry I have been MIA, the only excuses I have are that I have 5 kids, started a weight loss competition, broke ground for the Blue Slide Project and started a new job (sense the sarcasm? ). On top of that, I am just living life and I am very blessed that I am healthy and on the right path. When I first went into the maintenance phase of my journey I was so terrified to add new things to my diet for fear of gaining weight. I am very thankful for all the support I received, not only from my friends and family but the businesses in the community that partnered with me. To have everyone in my corner even after the weight was lost is amazing. I am not sure how long it would have taken me to trust myself had I not had them. A huge shout out to the Women’s Health Center and the new well for continuing to believe in my success  when I wasn’t able to. Setting the healthy habits along the way have really helped when I become stressed or overwhelmed. In the past I would have definitely turned to food when faced with obstacles. Living in the real world is hard and the easy thing to do is make excuses, but I am confident I have made life long changes. Not only for myself, but for my children and husband, who by the way has lost almost 80 pounds and still going strong. 

I plan on giving back to my community and have decided to take a job at the new well, as a Wellness Consultant. I can see great opportunity to help empower women who have huge giants to conquer. I am excited for this new chapter in my life, and never imagined when I started my journey that I would be here. I am so thankful to God, who has help me create my support system and has never left my side. 

I will end with this, when you are in the valley and see you have a big mountain to climb it is helpful to look back every now and then to see how far you have come. Not to look in the past and dwell on the bad, but looking at the little progress that was made. When your feet are tired and you are not sure how you will continue, look back again and you will see you are higher than you were before and it will give you hope that change is happening. When you are almost to the end, look at your finish line, don’t look back any more just run. By now you are strong, you have changed, you believe you are able to reach the top because now your end is right in front of you. Looking back now will be pointless, you will see no change just flat land. When you reach the top, stand tall and look at your obstacles as steps to get to the top.Be proud of how far you have come and celebrate in your new confidence. Do not let people tell you what you can do, that is up to you to decide. remember, anything is possible!

This is on top of Lower Table Rock, in Oregon.

This is on top of Lower Table Rock, in Oregon.

 

Mona

Psalm 23
Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of theLord
    forever.