Monday, August 24, 2009

The A, B, Cs Of Me!!

I'm So Excited to write my first blog! I have tons to say; and I'm ecstatic that I have a forum in which to say it!! I know the title may sound a little strange; but these are the pieces of the puzzle that make! This IS going to be a Health and Wellness Blog! Oh who am I kidding? This Blog is going to deal with a little bit of EVERYTHING!! Today I am going to give a little insight on what gives me my "Monique-ness" In the words of Escape "Lay Back, Kick it, and Enjoy The Ride!! ;-)

Although I feel that my parents "Hung The Moon" (Don't all kids feel that way about their parental units?!?) There was one day, in my younger years, that I almost traded them in for some new ones!! It was the first day of my private pre-school (oh how life was so simple then). I totally had a blast! Playing on the jungle-gym (I try to hold my self on the monkey bars now....Its not pretty), making new friends (its always been my nature to make friends easily), and just being a Happy Go- Lucky 4 year old. As I was enjoying the perks of being a kid (recess, peanut butter & celery, nap time), I noticed that I was just a wee tad different than the other kids! No worries, I was gonna take this up with mommy and daddy when I got home! My mom picked me up from school and asked me how my day went (just thinking about her loving voice makes me smile). I shared with her the events of the day and my "findings" (its the scientist in me, please excuse the word). She listened intently as she always does(masters in Psychology helps). When I was finished with my story, she said we would discuss it as a family once dad got home. Once dad got home we all sat down at the kitchen table for a family"Pow Wow" (This location holds family "Pow Wows" to this day! I told my Mom and dad that I.......(wait for it....) WANTED TO BE WHITE! They didn't miss a beat! They explained to me the Beauty in ALL RACES. They promised me that If I continued to be their daughter...(they led me to believe I had a choice) they would spend the rest of their lives showing me Just How Beautiful I was! 37 years later and they haven't let me down!!! There hasn't been one day that I haven't believed that I AM BEAUTIFUL.....and for that, I am eternally grateful!

So, if I am so happy with the way I am, why all the fitness challenges, steps, and such?!? (I'm glad you asked!) My parents taught me to LOVE THE SKIN I'M IN!! I try my best to Live Life To The Fullest!! Grab the Bull by The Horns and ride for 8 seconds (Man I used to have a major crush on Luke Perry) I rock climb, white water raft, swim (like a fish), play paintball, laser tag, basketball, soccer, Rollerblade, ice skate, ski Diamond runs ( although I stink at snowboarding), you name it, I can do it....or die trying!!! Its the athlete in me (All-American Soccer player in High School) I do all these things at my current weight of 281lbs (and losing). I do what I do, not to fit a size 2...size 8 will be fine ;-) But I do it to get healthy!!! My health is excellent now....No diabetes, Normal Blood Pressure, Excellent Cholesterol! But I know that if I don't lose this weight, all that will change! That's why I am always saying....THE TIME IS NOW!!

I'm going to end with a little story that happened to me the other day in a Chinese Restaurant. I went to lunch with two of my girlfriends (Both weigh at least 100 pounds less than me). As we were chatting and enjoying our lunch, I noticed this lady staring at me (when I would go to Idaho with my ex boyfriend, people would come up to me and ask if they could touch my hair! LOL!). Once she finished her meal, she approached our table. " Please excuse the intrusion. I don't normally do this but I just had to come over and tell you that you are absolutely Beautiful! Your SMILE lights the room and I just wanted you to know that" ..........WHOA!! That Lady made my day ( RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS) The MORAL OF THE STORY is SMILE...even if NO ONE IS WATCHING!! (Heck, you never know.....THEY JUST MIGHT BE!! )


Dr. Mo

The Song My Parents Dedicated To Me When I Graduated From medical School!! I Dedicated this to ALL MY TWITTER FAMILY!!! "I Hope You Dance!!" ://


  1. You are AMAZING! You couldn't have painted a better picture of happiness from within. I totally saw my childhood. I totally saw the support and unconditional love my parents gave me. And as the relationships with my family has changed, you have brought back that kid in me.

    Your words were amazing, I used to have that smile you see in the profile all the live long day, now it comes and go with the stress of life. Starting now my new motto is, "I wanna be like MO"

    You are a light in a world that need more people to shine from the inside out. God has truly blessed you with a gift. Let your light shine girlfriend, and help us all seek our inner happiness!!

  2. You are just awesome! I love your post, but most of all I love your generous spirit. There should be more people like you in this world!

  3. Great post, Dr. Mo! I LOVE it. (It was so nice to read something from you that was longer than 140 characters, LoL!)

    Thank you for sharing that story with us all. Your parents are simply wonderful and raised such a beautiful and loving woman. Hanlie is right, there should be more people like you in this world.

    I love that you don't let your weight stop you from doing anything. I have let my weight stop me for so many years. Reading this post made me realize that needs to change. I need to love the skin I am in.

    Cannot wait to read more posts from you. You are a breath of fresh air!

  4. Monique, I love, love, love this post! This was such a wonderful story. And I wanna play laser tag with you!

  5. Your parents sound absolutely amazing! I can not WAIT to get to know you better!


  6. This is just fantastic! I love hearing about your family and your joy in life. Yay!

  7. Wow! I think my favorite parents (Peggy's) just might have to take a backseat to yours...

  8. Dr. Mo,
    Hello from a fellow Florida blogger... welcome to blogging! I began blogging about a month ago, and LOVE it! There is a wonderful sense of community that comes with it. I can tell you will love it, too. Your enthusiasm radiates with every word.

    Your first post was a joy to read; I look forward to more posts, following you on Twitter, and getting to know you. :o)


  9. Welcome to the blogosphere friend! I am looking forward to much much more. Yay!! Re "asking to touch my hair" check out this short video from my friend and teacher Kamau. I think you will laugh around minute 2:50 (if not sooner!) - and you know, I can FEEL your beautiful smile all the way through cyberspace! oxoxo

  10. Finally the blog I have been waiting for! Even though I feel like I have learned so much about you in the short time that we have been friends, I have this feeling that there is so much more to you and I can't wait to read more of your blog! You are a true friend and a daily inspiration to me! You make me smile each and every day and my life is fuller being your friend! Luv you!!!

  11. Woooot Woooot!!!! Now you have a blog, so happy for this. I loved the post, it says so much about you. God is so good and He it shows in you. Love love love the song!!!!

  12. I absolutely loved everything I just read..welcome to the blog world

  13. What a great introduction to who you are! You truly are just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside. You are paying it forward and are an inspiration already to so many. Continue to be honest with yourself and be proud of your journey! Look forward to hearing about your experiences!