It was an honor to attend Portland’s Original Iron Chef Competition on behalf of my employer, FamilyCare Health Plans. What a fantastic, first rate event. The food was delicious, the venue was perfect, the auction was lively, and the crowd was diverse – what’s better it was all for good cause. All proceeds support the two LifeWorks NW Children’s Relief Nursery locations in the Portland metro area.
Gabriel Gabreski – A Cena Ristorante
Warm farro salad with chantrelles, roasted beets, kale, and hazelnuts. This was out of this world delicious — the picture does it no JUSTICE
Mirna Attar- Ya Hala
Seared halloumi with carrots and sweet peper melange and pomengranate glace. We could only vote for one, but this easily would’ve been my second place vote!
I’ve been self-employed, out and about in the community; sharing my passion for food and health for the past six years. In August, I accepted a full-time position with an awesome, growing, local health plan. I knew if I ever returned to work for an organization it would have to be at a place where their values lined up with mine. I found that place — FamilyCare Health Plans. They’ve been proving themselves over and over. Today, I was featured in the October Employee Newsletter. You can read more, here >>>
NEW EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Chrisetta Mosley—touching lives in and outside of FamilyCare Chrisetta Mosley joins our Navigation Services team on the front lines of member navigation, fulfilling members’ every need, from changing PCPs to inputting referrals and authorizations. Chrisetta’s first foray into healthcare, however, was back in the ‘90s, when she held several roles at Providence Health & Services here in Portland.
After years in the Seattle marketing scene, Chrisetta has returned to Portland, and has since made a splash as a budding cookbook author. Her journey to local fame began with a realization. “I’ve been overweight my entire life…There comes a time when you just can’t do [it] anymore.” From
then on, her mission was clear: to regain control of her life. Through hard work and determination, Chrisetta lost 170 pounds and recorded her weight loss journey on a blog: Farewell Fatso! But Chrisetta thought, “I can do more than this…maybe there is something else [I am] meant to do.” Chrisetta’s passion for cooking had her creating and photographing healthful dishes at home. The pictures on her blog created a buzz at her local gym, and she was soon compiling the dishes into her first cookbook, Bringing Cooking Back.
The success of her cookbook caught the attention of a professor at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, where Chrisetta was also teaching cooking classes at a local food market. Chrisetta was asked to develop a second cookbook, strictly for students at Clark College. This is now the third year that Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box with Chrisetta Mosley has been a required textbook for Clark’s health students. Chrisetta has been touching lives in and around Portland, and we’re happy she’s here continuing the mission at FamilyCare. Please welcome Chrisetta Mosley to the family.
*NEW EMPLOYEE MEET-AND-GREET CONTEST
The 5th person to introduce him/herself to Chrisetta Mosley will receive a free casual day. Chrisetta will write names on a Meet-and-Greet Contest sheet and present it to Communications once all ten slots are filled. The winner will be notified via email. Chrisetta is on the 13th floor. Let’s give her a warm welcome!
Tuesday night, we had a Get Fit Physical Night led by Sean Overton a Certified Personal Trainer. Sean was great! He led a fun, but challenging workout. I’m so proud of my church family for their enthusiasm and for making our first Get Fit Physical Night a success! Who would’ve ever thought we could have so much fun exercising?! The proof is here in the photos…
It’s time to Get Fit: Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually, and Physically! It’s a way of life!]]>
I typically don’t like to bog you down with all my personal stuff. It is after all personal. But, this year has been extremely difficult for me.
My year started off with me almost dying from sepsis. I was the sickest I’ve EVER been in my life. Then, after taking the yucky antibotics to clear the sepsis, I developed C-Diff which is an infection of the intestines. Great!
On top of all of that, I moved within six weeks of getting out of the hospital. Which meant I was packing and moving while my body was still healing. Oh and I also was wearing (still am wearing) a boot for my severly sprained foot.
There’s more…Just as I was starting to regroup, I had to unexpectedly move again. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
That was the final straw, after living in Washington for 14 years (Seattle for seven and Vancouver for seven) I decided it was time to relocate to my hometown, Portland. While I accomplished a lot in those 14 years, I also seen my share of failure.
I’m glad to say, that after a couple of bumpy months in Portland, my living situation while only temporary, is good and get this I accepted a full-time position with a non-profit health plan (don’t worry I’m still able to do all the other stuff I do!). Now, with a sense of stability and order it’s time to — get back on track.
I was starting to feel like a hypocrite with all my healthy food presentations. Meanwhile, I was eating crappy and not exercising. But, today is a new day and I’ve recommitted myself to living healthy. I don’t like the way I feel or look! So, last night, I prepped my meals for the next couple of days and today to flush the toxins out of my body, I started an all natural detox drink: Filtered water, cucumbers, limes, and watermelon.
Thank God for second and third chances…I’ll keep in touch with my progress.]]>
We whipped up delicious snacks using whole foods:
- Blueberry Kale Banana Smoothies
- Oat Energy Bars
- Brown Bag Popcorn
This event was part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Camas Public Library. Now, that’s super duper cool!]]>
My journey of health, fitness, and weight loss began four years ago. After a battle with depression and an awful period of self-loathing. One afternoon, I was abruptly awakened from one of my sleeping pill induced comas by a nagging voice that loudly told me, “Go outside and take a walk!” I grudgingly followed the order.
The first walks were foggy, but I soon found the walks to be cathartic and began enjoying and looking forward to them. The walks were a time I could think clearly, breathe fresh air, and begin working on my inner and outer self.
At the time, I wrote about my walks on my Facebook page. Many of you would comment on these postings saying, I was “encouraging” and “inspirational.” Your comments encouraged me too. I’ve always loved to write so I decided I would pen my battle with obesity — openly and honestly in a blog, “Farewell Fatso!” It was/is my way of further sharing my story with you and much needed therapy for me.
Oh my, here we are four years later. What a bumpy, amazing road we’ve traveled. I’ve learned so much about myself through this process. I’ve learned so much about the process. Most importantly, the course is not linear. There is no straight, clear path to the finish line. There is no finish line. I take two steps forward and three steps back. Such as life!
I could go on about my failures and successes, but no need — most of you have been here every step of the way with me. I want to take this time to say: THANK YOU for traveling this road with me. THANK YOU for encouraging me. THANK YOU for celebrating me. I’ll even pause to say THANK YOU to those who haven’t celebrated me. THANK YOU to those who have put road blocks in my way. You strengthen me too!
Last, but in no way least, thank God for giving me the strength, courage, and tenacity to fight this battle. It’s long from over, but I know that with His continued guidance I can do anything. I’ll close by saying, this journey has not been about what I’ve LOST, but about EVERYTHING I’ve GAINED.