Dieting for a cause doesn’t stop there
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.