Okay, it's time to come clean. I struggled somewhat during Thanksgiving. Karree did her best Martha Stewart impersonation and prepared the turkey, stuffing, and every other conceivable Thanksgiving dish; and, well...I ate. And then, I ate some more. Then, I took a nap...and got up and ate some more. I certainly wasn't going to offend her after all the effort she put into making a beautiful Thanksgiving feast. And, what would the pilgrims think if I turned my nose at Thanksgiving?
However, lest you think I was a complete slacker, I had prepared somewhat in advance for Thanksgiving. I reminded myself that this is my new lifestyle and that I wasn't going to punish myself, but would instead enjoy Thanksgiving. So, I increased my exercise earlier in the week. I actually ran 27 miles last week, which represents the most miles I've put in since I started my program.
My experience is that I've hit a plateau between 178 and 181 pounds, and I've been bouncing around in that range. But, I've refused to get too frustrated over this as I realize that my body is making some adjustments. And since this is my new lifestyle, I'm not as concerned with the day-to-day as I am with the long term goals I've set for myself.
Now, here's the very exciting news for me: Even after I ate more than I should have, including a few pieces of pumpkin and pecan pie—with whipped cream on one and ice cream on the other—I got on the scale and saw a number I haven't seen in a few decades! I feel great that I ate with the family, but I didn't turn a one-day binge into a three, four, or five-day binge. I got back on MonaVie RVL and kept exercising, and I weigh less than I did the day before Thanksgiving!
So, my message today is that you don't have to be perfect. Life isn't perfect. Nobody is perfect. You're going to eat Thanksgiving dinner, and that's okay. And, you're going to get back on MonaVie RVL and keep doing your daily walking or jogging and continue toward your goal, just like I am.
My goal is to be around 173 or 174 pounds when I leave Florida for Utah on December 15 to enjoy the Christmas season with all of our kids. And yes, I'll be eating some more food over the holidays, probably even some chocolate cake. But that's okay because I'm going to be exercising, drinking my shakes, eating my bars, taking my supplements, and I'm not going to punish myself or beat myself up. I'm going to enjoy Christmas, New Year's, and all other holidays with my family while continuing to get healthy. I have a healthier approach to health than I've ever had.
We're on our way to making MonaVie the healthiest and best company for the world! Let's enjoy this time of the year and do good for one another. Go create some miracles!
—Dallin A. Larsen,
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, MonaVie