Dear MonaVie Family,
When I was in the 9th grade, I wrestled at 98 pounds. When I graduated from High School in 1977, I weighed roughly 135 pounds. Since that time, my weight has continued going up each and every year it seems. At my peak, I weighed 220 pounds! Sometimes it's not until you see a picture of yourself that you realize how much you've changed. I used to own weight loss franchises so I've been around weight loss programs for years and years; but, that still didn't seem to help me. The older I'm getting, it just seems as though it's harder for me to muster up the courage and energy to start another attempt at getting more fit.
My motivation for losing some weight (but more importantly, getting more healthy), is so that I can hopefully remain more active over the next 20-plus years in order to enjoy, with Karree, being involved in Boo and Dane's youth. They are now 5 and 6 years old and I don't want to be an old man when my two youngest reach teenage years. I need to be able to still frighten my girl's boyfriends! :)
In September, we were all reminded how precious life is and how it can be taken from us at any moment. The week I returned from giving the eulogy at Darrell Utterbach's funeral, I decided that it was time to take more personal time on improving my health and make it a higher priority.
I've tried doing this before and I generally get burned out after a few weeks, so I really need to be incredibly disciplined. As you all know, I travel a lot and I've made that an excuse for years and years as to why I just can't get in very good shape. I'm not going to use that as an excuse anymore. I've now decided that at 51 years of age, I deserve to invest in myself and in my health instead of giving it away all the time.
With that, here are my goals, and I hope you'll set some goals of your own:
Starting Weight: 198 pounds
Goal weight: 169 pounds.
(I haven't weighed that little since I was probably 27 years old.)
I want to get on a scale on January 5, as we introduce RVL, and weigh in at 169 pounds. To do this, I'll have to be disciplined through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays! This will be an enormously tough test for me, as I love to eat good food and I love chocolate. In addition to following my RVL program, my goal is to run or walk 20 miles each week.
Part of living a more meaningful life is having a healthy mind and body to experience life so richly. I know that if I can do it, you can too! Let's make MonaVie the healthiest AND best company FOR the world! I'm doing this as a gift to my wife, to myself, and to my kids. Hopefully, that will be enough motivation to keep me going and turn away from the Snickers at Halloween. No problem, I'll just reach for another MonaVie Chocolate Bar! Seriously, they're insanely good.
Let's all get healthy together!
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, MonaVie