Di­et­ing for a cause doesn’t stop there

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

HIS weight loss chal­lenge to raise money for the Monto Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary may be over, but the jour­ney is still on­go­ing for Ron Mien­t­jes.

The ex-po­lice of­fi­cer had his fi­nal weigh-in on Mon­day, clock­ing in at a loss of 10.1kg over six months, while his wife Jeanette lost 5kg.

A re­spectable amount, though quite far off from the 25kg orig­i­nally in­tended, Ron said.

“It wasn’t what I an­tic­i­pated, but it went off very slowly, I didn’t want to go too hard, too fast or have any is­sues from rapid weight loss,” he said.

“When I look back at it

❝ I feel 10.1 is pretty good, it’s changed a lot of things for the bet­ter. — Ron Mien­t­jes

now, I feel 10.1 is pretty good, it’s changed a lot of things for the bet­ter.”

Fol­low­ing his doc­tor’s ad­vice, the 25kg tar­get was brought down to a more man­age­able 15kg.

Ron and Jeanette raised $240 for the Monto Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary, and will con­tinue los­ing weight now the char­ity por­tion of it is over.

A big part of the weight loss process was cut­ting out the quick and easy snack­ing that be­came a habit back when Ron was work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“I’ve started walk­ing a lot more, mod­i­fied my eat­ing be­hav­iours by tak­ing the health­ier op­tion, which un­for­tu­nately seems to be the dearer op­tion,” he said.

“The junk food is a lot cheaper, a lot eas­ier so I’ve just had to get away from that ‘give it to me now and I’ll go’ at­ti­tude.”

There were a num­ber of lit­tle ways to make the weight loss more man­age­able, such as cut­ting out al­co­hol and con­stant snack food while on the road.

Ron’s new job as li­ai­son for do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion Edon Place has kept him busy through­out his weight loss pro­gram.

“I’m do­ing about 700-800km a week, and if I feel I’ve got to buy some­thing at the servo, I just go for a bot­tle of wa­ter or sand­wich,” he said.

FEEL­ING GOOD: A more ac­tive life­style and fewer snacks has help Ron Mien­t­jes com­plete his weight loss chal­lenge, though there is still more to do. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Ron be­gan his jour­ney to raise money for Monto Hos­pi­tal.

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