Chrisetta Mosley keeps inspiring

This summer, The Columbian shared the story of Vancouver resident Chrisetta Mosley – the 39-year-old mother who was “turning childhood obesity upside-down” and had shed more than 150 pounds.

The story generated dozens of comments from Columbian readers. They thanked Chrisetta for sharing her story and encouraged her to keep up the good work.

The most common word readers used to describe Chrisetta: inspiring.

As readers commented about how inspiring Chrisetta was, Chrisetta was online encouraging the readers to keep pursuing their goals, to keep working hard, to never give up.

She was continuing to inspire.

So it certainly shouldn’t surprise anyone that Chrisetta is at it again: She’s still inspiring.

I caught up with Chrisetta on Monday and discovered that she’s busier than ever. Public speaking. Teaching cooking classes. Blogging. Writing a book. Going back to school. She’s doing it all.

Since the story ran in July, Chrisetta has been featured in the Portland Observer and AM Northwest. She’ll also be featured in the newsmagazine of her alma matter, Seattle University, in November.

Chrisetta had two motivational speaking events at Courtyard Village Vancouver. She also has another public event scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Fisher’s Landing Assisted Living.

Chrisetta has also taken her healthy cooking habits public. In September, she taught two cooking classes at Chuck’s Produce & Street Market. In October, she has two more classes scheduled.

The classes, which she’s named “Healthy Cooking 101,” teach people healthy meal options and encourage folks to bring food preparation back into home kitchens rather than restaurants. She also provides recipe cards to each person who attends the class.

“I think that we’ve really lost our way with eating and food, and I think it’s important we start cooking at home again,” she said.

Chrisetta will host “Healthy Cooking 101: Southwest Chicken Soup” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Chuck’s. She’ll then host “Healthy Cooking 101: Roasted Vegetables” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

The classes are free. For more information, visit:

In addition to the public speaking and cooking classes, Chrisetta has gone back to school.

On Monday, she started taking classes in Clark College’s fitness trainer program. Since she already has a bachelor’s degree, Chrisetta expects the program will take her a little over a year to complete.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, Chrisetta is also in the process of co-authoring a book.

Chrisetta is teaming up with author Alexis Mason to pen a book based on Chrisetta’s blog, Farewell Fatso! (

The self-help book, which will be titled “Farewell Fatso,” will expand upon themes in Chrisetta’s blog, such as faith and negative self talk. It will also provide tips and exercises for making positive changes.

The book is set to be released near the first of the new year.

While Chrisetta’s been busy helping motivate and inspire others, she hasn’t forgotten about her own goals.

She still plans to be fit by 40. She wants to get down below 200 pounds – ideally all the way down to 160 – before she turns 40 years old next August.

She’s kept up the exercise routine and continues to work out with her trainer. She’s kept a clean diet, is still losing weight and inches, and has “toned up tremendously.”

“Now that I’ve found myself, I just want to help others,” she said.

So, I’ll be the first to say it this time around: Chrisetta, keep up the phenomenal work and keep on inspiring!

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