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  1. I love all your weight loss/fitness advice! I would like to ask your opinion on what you think about all these weight loss programs I hear about with these shakes that you drink. They are all so expensive! Are they worth it? I spent a lot of $ on one that I did for a few months and only lost 3 lbs and gave up. I tried a different one a few months ago and lost nothing. But so many people have results (just not me)! And when you stop, do you just gain the weight back? Just wondering what you think…

    1. Thanks Jane, and great question! In most cases I do not believe in following a plan using shakes or really any other diet plan. You are absolutely right in that they cost a lot and they mostly provide a balanced meal (which you can get through eating your own food). Any weight you lose is just because of the calorie restriction, and when you go off of it you are most likely to gain weight back because you are no longer restricting you diet the same way. Much more on all of this in my book, but in general: I say no to shakes. Diets. Any “plan” that you have to follow to achieve goals.
      Thank you so much for stopping in to comment and I hope you’ll check out the book as it covers much, much more! 😉


  2. The biggest battle can be while working out…..concentrating on what I was able to do vs struggling with what I could not do yet. If that makes sense. It goes back to reframing it in the mind….right? It is by far not an easy fix as we all know. Something I want to make into a daily deliberate action in all areas of my life. 🙂 Thank you for your posts Monica.

    1. Thank you Laura. And yes, the mental battle plays out as well during exercise, in different ways for everyone. But recognizing it, and not being afraid to face it is the start. Well done, and thank you!! Happy New Year!

  3. Angela Obrien says:

    I have definitely been wanting to get back into shape after a rough few months (which led to unhealthy eating and a lot less working out.) So, after reading this post, I did what I think a healthy, fit, intelligent person would do first… I ordered your book! 🙂

    I am looking forward to a healthy and happy 2016 and a permanent change in my attitude, habits, and outlook! Aloha and Mahalo!

    1. Awesome Angela! Wise choice, for sure!! 😉 Thank you for giving the book a try. I truly think you’ll find what you’re looking for there! Please do keep me posted on your progress. Aloha and Happy New Year!

  4. Every time I think of our family lake vacation this summer I get anxious. I don’t want to be the fat girl there. I know this is the missing piece for me. I don’t want to be the fat girl on a diet. I want to be fit and healthy. For life. What does she require of me?

    1. great thoughts, Paige. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work. 😉 and Happy New Year!