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May 17, 2011

Lose for MORE Challenge Winner—Julian Edwards

Congratulations to Blue Diamond Executive Julian Edwards from Irvine, California, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Julian 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 he had to say on winning the challenge, his experience with MonaVie RVL, and more...

My Lifelong Battle with Weight Loss
"It seems as though I have been fighting the battle of the bulge most of my life. The first diet I can remember doing was the infamous grapefruit diet, which I was introduced to at the tender age of 10. (To this day, I won't touch a grapefruit.) In my formative years, I was hoodwinked by a babysitter into believing I must always clean my plate in consideration of the starving children in the world. Adding to the problem of overeating, she beguiled me into napping instead of playing like a normal, active toddler. So, there went the exercise. These bad habits continued into my adolescence when I was dubbed 'big-boned' as I began to resemble the Pillsbury Doughboy.

"The summer prior to my freshman year of high school, I tipped the scales at a whopping 200 pounds! I decided to play football because I was bigger than the rest of the kids. How much bigger you ask? Well, I wasn't able to play Pop Warner football because I would have been grouped by weight category with kids five years my senior. As I continued with my football career through high school and college, I inherited what I will dub the 'offensive lineman syndrome.' I ate what I wanted, but because I was involved in athletics my weight never got out of control. Unfortunately, as my days on the gridiron came to a close, I continued the same eating patterns. And, as the demands of life began to 'weigh down' on me, the pounds just kept accumulating. I can't remember weighing less than 270 pounds in my 30s; and, in my 40s, I hit the inauspicious benchmark of 280 pounds!

"Because I have struggled with my weight issues throughout my life, I've tried a multitude of diets that run the gamut from the aforementioned grapefruit diet to super-cleanse diets. Like most people, I ended up frustrated and miserable. Inevitably, I'd throw in the towel and go back to my old eating habits. I like to eat; in fact, I'm passionate about food, so I've been on a roller coaster ride of emotions all my life. But, now that I've been using MonaVie RVL and received an amazing education on how our bodies work and what they need to work efficiently, I've been able to make a drastic lifestyle change. Now, I ask myself every day, 'Am I eating to live or living to eat?'

My Decision to Join the Lose for MORE Challenge
"During a routine visit to the doctor in October 2010, I was stunned when I weighed in at 280 pounds, the heaviest I've been in my 44 years. A blood panel caused my doctor to have some serious concerns about my health, including obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. Although I would work out at the gym, it just wasn't enough to make up for years of neglecting my health. Eventually, it all catches up with you.

"When I first heard about MonaVie RVL, I realized this would be my opportunity to get my health back. I began using the RVL products on November 2, 2010, and stayed on track for the full 12 weeks. By January 25, 2011, I was 30 pounds lighter and feeling pretty good about my weight loss. Around that time, I attended the MonaVie RVL City Tour meeting in Anaheim, California, and heard Jeff Graham talk about the Lose for MORE Challenge. At that point, I decided to reset my goal to see what was possible. I made a commitment to lose an additional 30 pounds to help the kids in Brazil. I had no idea that within the next 12 weeks, I would completely transform my body.

"I have to admit that one of the hardest things for me to do during this challenge was to take off my shirt in front of someone. I hadn't done that in over 15 years, so when the first picture was taken in November 2010, it was like facing the bully that had been beating you up and taking your lunch money. I've continued to do this every day for the last 193 days. Whew!

"Losing 30 pounds within the first 12 weeks gave me such a great sense of accomplishment. I knew I was on to something amazing. I think that my success with MonaVie RVL is due to the simplicity of the process: shake, bar, shake, bar, chicken breast, and green vegetable. The only thing I have to consider is what flavor marinade to use on the chicken breast. It just feels right, and I've regained control over my eating habits.

The Metaphorical Icing on the Cake
"The shakes and bars are really delicious, so it's easy to stay with this remarkably simple and satisfying program. Believe me, I've had a lot of meal replacements and shakes over the years and MonaVie is by far the best, hands down! MonaVie RVL leaves me feeling full and content with no letdown between meals.

"Updating my progress weekly helps me stay focused because knowing that I have to submit my weight loss each week is just the incentive I need. I have achieved my personal goals through a daily routine that begins with a workout at a gym from 4 to 6 a.m. I have my first shake at 7:30 a.m., followed by a snack bar and dietary supplement at 10:30 a.m. My afternoon meal consists of a shake at 1 p.m. and a bar and dietary supplement at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. is usually grilled chicken breast and a green vegetable.

"With the help of MonaVie RVL products and the motivation of the Lose for MORE Challenge, I am already a true winner. How many people can sincerely say they feel better today and are happier with their bodies than they were when they were 20 years old? Not many, but I can! Now my physical appearance matches how I have always felt on the inside—young and full of energy."

May 2, 2011

Lose for MORE Challenge Winner—Stephanie Cook

Congratulations to Gold Executive Stephanie Cook from Incline Village, Nevada, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Stephanie 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…

My journey started when I was born.
"My journey of a thousand pounds started when I was born. When I reflect on my youth, I remember all of the pain that my extra weight brought me—the teasing, ridiculing, name-calling, and physical and mental abuse. This has followed me into my adult life. I have always struggled with the physical ramifications of being obese, but the mental punishment that I have put myself through has been far worse. As of today, I have lost a total of 88 pounds with MonaVie RVL, and I can't help but feel extremely emotional when I think about where I have been and where I am now.

"I started my first diet when I was 19 years old, which means I have been dieting for more than half of my life! I remember each diet I have been on as if they are my children. My first diet was a pre-packaged food diet. I would get my entire week of food and my desserts would be gone within two days. So, not very successful was my first endeavor. I went on to have more failures with vitamin injections, hormone injections, a cabbage-soup diet, a blood-type diet, a grapefruit diet, an all-vegetable and fruit diet, a cleansing diet, healthy eating, extreme exercise and many more, including starvation, bulimia, and gastric bypass surgery.

"These plans have all failed me, which caused me to fail on myself. I have had a serious bout with depression and had all but given up on life and was waiting for my time to come. My life was about nothing. My wonderful husband, who has been by my side for over seven years, couldn't do anything to 'fix' me and was very scared for my physical and mental health.

I drove nearly nine hours one way...I did not want to wait for RVL.
"I remember the day I heard that MonaVie RVL was coming. I actually felt hope and excitement that something would actually work for me. I never knew how very true this would be. MonaVie RVL was made available on November 2, 2010. I ordered my one-month supply, and on November 3, I drove nearly nine hours one way to MonaVie's distribution center in Ontario, California. I did not want to wait for RVL to be shipped to me. On November 4, I started the MonaVie RVL program, and my life has forever been changed!

"My husband likes to say that MonaVie has given him his wife back. When we got married, I was at my heaviest weight. It has been his dream to carry me over the threshold, and I want to make that dream come true for him. We wonder how many other lives can be saved by the products of MonaVie, by the leadership of MonaVie, and by the inspiration of MonaVie.

The Lose for MORE Challenge and Stephanie's Daily Routine
"The MonaVie RVL program has made the Lose for MORE Challenge so much fun! The convenience of taking my breakfast, lunch, and snacks with me throughout my day makes my days worry-free. Just open up a water bottle or a snack bar, and voila: success at hand! Also, the challenge provides the much-needed accountability that I knew I would need to keep going each and every day. Knowing that I would have to log in my weight and inches as well as submit a picture every week ensured that I took the everyday steps necessary to keep inching down toward my goals.

"My normal day consists of a RVL shake for breakfast, half of a snack bar with a RVL dietary supplement for my morning snack, a shake for lunch, the other half of my snack bar and another supplement in the afternoon, and a fabulous low-calorie meal for dinner. I love to play around with my favorite recipes and make them RVL friendly. Cooking with different spices and experimenting with different ingredients has given me a love for home-cooked, low-calorie foods that beat eating out any day. I love my chocolate shakes every day. My favorite chocolate shake recipe is three ounces of water, three ounces of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, a scoop of RVL, and ice. It's yummylicious!

I am looking forward to the rest of my new life!
"Because I know the struggles and pain of being overweight and obese, I have vowed to make it my mission to tell every single person that will listen to me about MonaVie RVL. I have something absolutely wonderful that fits into my new lifestyle. For the first time in my life, I am thinking with the end in mind (as Jeff Graham likes to say). I have never been able to do that with my physical journey because I have never been successful. I have never been an ideal weight in my entire adult life; and, for the first time not only do I know that I will reach that ideal weight, but I will do it healthily—mind, body, and spirit. I imagine that I will be down more than 100 pounds by the time the 'Imagine' Convention rolls around in June. I am looking forward to the rest of my new life! Thank you, MonaVie, for allowing me to dream again. I will be forever grateful to you all for the more meaningful life that I am now living."

May 2, 2011

Lose for MORE Challenge Winner—Mark Dodson

Congratulations to Star 1,000 Mark Dodson from Cortland, Ohio, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Mark 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 he had to say on winning the challenge, his experience with MonaVie RVL, and more…

This blessing could not have come at a better time.
"Being a winner in the Lose for MORE Challenge was a pipe dream for me. I never considered myself to be a real candidate. When I received the call that I had won, I was speechless. The timing was truly a blessing from God. My mother very recently passed on April 21. My family is very close, and the loss of my mother was devastating. We encouraged my father to move in with us so he could be closer to the family. My in-laws also live with us. Their health has been compromised with cancer, and they are currently undergoing treatment. My wife and I have been moving money around to manage our finances, and this blessing could not have come at a better time. My wife and I are committed to contributing 10 percent to the MORE Project.

A promise to make 2011 a wonderful year.
"When I was 35 years old, I weighed approximately 175 pounds and wore a 32 pant size. I enjoyed working out and staying healthy by exercising and eating right. At the age of 51, my priorities have changed with a growing family and a new career. My weight has not been a focal point as it has been in the past. I have been working midnight turn for the last 10 years and have developed poor eating habits. I managed to keep my weight around 230 pounds and wore size 38 pants. I accepted the fact that I was getting older and this was a natural process. However, at the end of 2010, I weighed 240 pounds and felt terrible.

"My blood pressure was up, my knees ached, and I started wearing size 42 pants. I knew inside that I was working myself to an early grave. I tried to eat right but did not sustain a healthy diet. My beautiful wife, Cheri, is thin and fit. I knew my weight was not very attractive, but she still loved me because she knew the man inside. My children are active and play soccer, but all I could do was watch. This was a very lonely feeling. My wife and I made a toast on New Year's Eve promising that 2011 was going to be a wonderful year.

Taking my life back with MonaVie RVL
"In January 2011, my friend and sponsor, Paula Lazzari, took me to a MonaVie event in Orlando. It was at this event that I made a pledge to take my life back and to get my health under control with MonaVie RVL.

"The MonaVie RVL products are amazing. The shakes taste wonderful and are very filling. They curb my appetite, and I know I am getting the proper vitamins and minerals. I have been taking two servings a day—one when I get home from work in the morning and a second before I leave for work each night. I eat a sensible meal for lunch and work out for at least one hour each day. By utilizing the weekly weight-loss charts and photos on www.monaviervl.com, I could see real results. My confidence grew and the look on my wife's face was priceless. I have been approached by employees at work asking how I was losing so much weight. This is a great opportunity to share the MonaVie product line and opportunity. I am no longer embarrassed by my body. I have lost more than 40 pounds, and I plan to lose another 15 pounds to reach my goal weight of 180 pounds. I feel great today and look forward to playing golf, camping, and enjoying family activities again.

"I have experienced success, sorrow, and blessings. I know God is working in my life. I want to thank all my friends from MonaVie for their support and prayers. The first four months of 2011 have been so very rewarding thanks to MonaVie and the support from my upline. This has truly been a life-changing experience."

May 2, 2011

The MORE Project Gala—Friday, June 10, 7–10 p.m., Salt Palace Convention Center

Join us for a delicious feast and stunning Brazilian entertainment in support of the MORE Project on Friday, June 10. It's all part of the festivities at the International "Imagine" Convention! The event goes from 7 to 10 p.m., and will feature the MORE Project Awards and a live auction. Admission is US$150 per person, or US$1,500 for a Copacabana Table (seats 10 people). All proceeds go to benefit The MORE Project Brazil. Formal wear with a tropical twist is encouraged.

Reserve Your Seats Today!
You can reserve your seats when you register for Convention by clicking here. If you've already registered for Convention and would like to purchase tickets to the MORE Project Gala, simply click here to edit your registration information. You will need your email address and Convention registration confirmation number.

Jan 18, 2011

Learn What’s in Store for MonaVie in 2011 on the January Organizational Call Replay

Click here if you missed the first North America Organizational Call of 2011, or if you’d just like to listen to it again!

Founder, Chairman, and CEO Dallin A. Larsen joined the call to discuss his top 10 reason why MonaVie remains the best opportunity in the world, the new Growth Bonus, and what he calls “the best product ever created”—MonaVie RVL. Also on the call:

  • Senior Vice President Jeff Graham previews what to expect when you attend one of our RVL City Meetings in the months of January and February.
  • Jeff also encourages you to visit www.monaviervl.com to join the Lose for MORE Challenge.
  • Gold Executive Stephanie Cook shares how she’s lost 59 lbs. so far with MonaVie RVL.
  • Gold Executive Dan Healy tells how his business has grown and his body has shrunk by 52 lbs. with MonaVie RVL.

“Life is precious, and it’s time we not take it for granted. Let’s do something positive for our families in 2011 and beyond.” —Dallin A. Larsen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Jan 10, 2011

Lose for MORE: Your Loss is Their Gain

When you join the Lose for MORE Challenge, you will change your life while changing the life of a child in need.

Here’s how it works:

  • To get started, click here to begin a 12-week MonaVie RVL weight management program.
  • After logging in, submit a date-stamped “before” picture.
  • Pledge to donate $1 to The MORE Project for every pound you lose.
  • Track your weight loss on www.monaviervl.com every week for 12 weeks.
  • After the 12 weeks is over, login to www.monaviervl.com and tell us your success story, submit your date-stamped “after” photo, and complete your pledge.

You Could Win US$5,000 by Participating in the Lose for MORE Challenge!
Every month, from March until June, one male and one female participant who has completed the 12-week program will win 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.

MonaVie will Match Your Pledge Dollar-For-Dollar
Your contribution to The MORE Project will have a lasting impact on children living in extreme poverty in Brazil, as MonaVie will match your pledge dollar-for-dollar. Your contributions will increase as quickly as your waist size decreases!

Up to the challenge? Then, set up your AutoShip profile to include MonaVie RVL products, and take the pledge today.

Click here for more details and challenge rules.

Aug 31, 2010

MORE Project Canada Officially Launches at Canada Regional

We are pleased to announce the establishment of MORE Project Canada!

MORE Project Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in extreme poverty in Brazil by tapping into the innate hope and dignity present in all human beings.

How can I contribute to MORE Project Canada?
To learn how you can get involved, please visit www.themoreproject.org. We appreciate your personal gifts and creative fundraising initiatives. Whether you’d like to give a personal gift or are raising money for MORE Project Canada at your meetings, please send your contributions to:

MORE Project Canada
c/o Marina Didyk
3791 Murphy Street
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7V6
(604) 556-1314

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