RON'S WEIGHT LOSS MISSION
Raising money for hospital
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
SLIMMING DOWN: Ron Mientjes invites people to join him on a weight loss and fundraising journey.