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May 17, 2011

Lose for MORE Challenge Winner—Glenna Lynch

Congratulations to Ruby Executive Glenna Lynch from Castlegar, B.C., Canada, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Glenna receives US$5,000, a trip to Utah for a dream makeover and photo/video shoot, two preferred seating tickets to the 2011 MonaVie International Convention, and lunch with Senior Vice President Jeff Graham. Here's what she had to say on winning the challenge, her experience with MonaVie RVL, and more…

"I wanted to be the mom, wife, and person, I knew I was inside."
"Psalms 1:3 ‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.'

"I begin my story with this verse because I believe we are all such trees. We all have our own struggles and trials in life that shape us into who we are. Those hard times we walk through are a pruning so that we will be fruitful in our lives. We bear fruit of those trials so that someday someone else who walks through a similar place in life can eat of that fruit and be supported through their struggles.

"My struggle with weight gain begins with such a trial. At the age of eight, I suffered physical trauma that shaped me. I began to eat because although I had very little control in life, I could control what I put in my mouth. I had made a subconscious decision that if I was not attractive then these things wouldn't happen to me. It was not until much later in life that I realized that I had made this decision, and I have struggled with my weight ever since. I've tried so many different weight-loss schemes, including a variety of weight-loss pills, cleanses, pre-packaged meal plans, drops, and many more. Although I would lose weight, I would ultimately gain it back because these programs were too hard to maintain.

"As I got older I became so exhausted and overwhelmed by work and life and was finally brought to reality when my five-year-old daughter said to me, ‘Mommy, you don't play with me very much.' I realized I was too tired to play. Carrying an extra 50, 75, and 100 pounds with you in everything you do in life is a lot of work. I thought back on one of the pearls of wisdom that I once heard a motivational speaker share, which was ‘The actions you take today dictate where you will be in three months. Decide where you want to go and take the actions today to obtain that goal.' I decided I would take the Lose for MORE Challenge because I needed to take action that day. If it worked, then I could also bring financial blessings to some beautiful kids. I didn't want to be fat and tired anymore! I wanted to be the mom, wife, and person I knew I was inside. I was no longer going to let my extra weight hold me back from playing and enjoying life.

MonaVie RVL—A Maintainable Lifestyle Change
"I will not lie and say I was totally convinced MonaVie RVL would work. I was really skeptical, as I had tried so many times before and failed because I couldn't continue my lifestyle changes. I was so happy to find that at the end of my 12 weeks in the Lose for MORE Challenge, I still craved my shakes and bars. I want to continue to put MonaVie RVL in my body because I feel so energized and motivated when I consume the products. What's more is that I don't crave junk food. This is a lifestyle change I can happily maintain.

"One of the greatest challenges I face is making right decisions on food choices. When I quit smoking, I could simply quit and be done; but, I will have to eat for the rest of my life, so it takes a lot of planning to make healthy meal and snack choices. The MonaVie RVL program makes that part easy by taking away the guesswork: I drink RVL shakes for breakfast and lunch and a RVL dietary supplement and snack bar in between. Dinner is always a sensible choice. My favorite way to make the shakes is to blend it with almond milk and ice. If I get hungry, I add a fruit to my snack or some plain yogurt. I work 12-hour shifts, and MonaVie RVL is very simple to integrate into different sleeping and eating schedules.

"MonaVie never ceases to amaze me with their well-thought-out strategies. The easy online program kept me accountable to weigh in, take my measurements, and log my activities. My favorite recipe online is the zucchini lasagna. So tasty! One exciting thing I gained is the desire to exercise and be active again. I walk between five and seven kilometres, five days a week.

Choose This Day to Be Healthy
"I have learned that taking time away from work and family to get healthy is a huge gift to everyone you love. I am important, and I'm the only one who can make healthy choices to live a longer, more fulfilled life. This life is a journey. I believe it is the only one I get, and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. We will all arrive at a destination, but it is the choices we make today that define that destination. Maybe you related to my story, and maybe you didn't; but, choose this day to be healthy. Value yourself enough to make decisions that will lead you to the destination you desire. For me, I am going to learn to play again!

"Thank you, MonaVie, for your great generosity. I am overwhelmed by being a Lose for MORE winner. I have not yet decided what I will do with this gift, but be assured that as you have blessed me, I will be a blessing to others. All glory and honor to Jesus Christ. I am merely a vessel."

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