RON'S WEIGHT LOSS MIS­SION

Rais­ing money for hospi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

RON Mien­t­jes is aim­ing to lose 25 kilo­grams to raise money for Monto Hospi­tal.

Mr Mien­t­jes, a Monto po­lice of­fi­cer who has been on long service leave since Au­gust and will of­fi­cially re­tire next week, re­cently be­came a mem­ber of the Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary Com­mit­tee.

“With my pre­vi­ous pro­fes­sion, be­ing big and bulky was ob­vi­ously an ad­van­tage,” Mr Mien­t­jes said.

“But I’ve got a different life­style now, I’m much more se­date, more re­laxed and I’m get­ting to the stage where in­stead of keep­ing the pounds off through anx­i­ety and stress, I’m start­ing to put it on.”

Fol­low­ing a trip to the doc­tor, Mr Mien­t­jes and his wife made the de­ci­sion to start los­ing weight over the next six months, start­ing Fe­bru­ary 1, with their fam­ily spon­sor­ing them for each kilo lost.

“We en­cour­age any­one who can to join us, but we don’t want them to do it too quickly; we don’t want peo­ple to binge diet or do it un­healthily,” Mr Mien­t­jes said.

“There are peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to who are con­cerned about their weight but don’t have enough mo­ti­va­tion to tackle the prob­lem.

“This is a way for peo­ple to help the com­mu­nity, help them­selves and raise money for the hospi­tal aux­il­iary.”

Mr Mien­t­jes has al­ready started cut­ting down on beer and soft drink.

He said the main is­sue would be chang­ing his eat­ing habits.

“Be­ing a shift worker, you go to the near­est take-away or service sta­tion and buy the food that’s ready to go,” he said.

“When you’re work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where you’re con­stantly on the go, it’s dif­fi­cult to bal­ance that with go­ing home and cook­ing a nice healthy meal.”

The other big change will be turn­ing down food and drink on so­cial oc­ca­sions.

Phone Mr Mien­t­jes on 0434 332 791 for more in­for­ma­tion on the chal­lenge.

This is a way for peo­ple to help the com­mu­nity, help them­selves and raise money for the hospi­tal aux­il­iary. — Ron Mien­t­jes

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SLIM­MING DOWN: Ron Mien­t­jes in­vites peo­ple to join him on a weight loss and fundrais­ing jour­ney.

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