About Me

Buffalo, New York
Approximately 100 Million Americans are obese, and I am one of them. Now that I'm married with two young children, I'm starting to take my health more seriously. But while I've been converting steaks and chicken wings into love-handles and a gut, close to a Billion People Worldwide have been going hungry... What if we could do something about both problems?
I've started this blog to chronicle my own weight-loss and efforts to raise money and awareness to battle global hunger. If weight is an issue for you, I hope you'll join me; and if it's not, I hope you'll support me or someone like me as we work to lose weight so others can gain it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

One Month Later

How the time flies! Donations are still trickling so I don't have a final tally yet, but I'm still optimistic that we may break the $6,000.00 mark! I have heard back from some of the people who were inspired to take action. Seven other people decided to lose weight, and lost a total of 145 pounds! Most of them did it publicly and raised awareness about hunger issues in the US and around the world, and a couple of them raised money and will be providing nearly 1,000 additional meals!

We also recently got some publicity in "The Advocate," a United Methodist newspaper in New York State, and I'm hopeful that more people might be inspired to continue this work In fact, I've already spoken to a pastor in the Finger Lakes area who's thinking about doing it =)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Official Final Weight

I probably shouldn't say "final"- there's so much finality to that... I just came from my doctor's where I got my last official weight for the Redistribution of Weight (for now, at least). When I first started I tried to post a video of my doctor saying how much I weighed- it didn't really work so this time I'm going to try posting a picture of the scale, hopefully you'll be able to read it. Here's the results:

Start Date: Wednesday, February 16th (2011)
Starting Weight: 369 pounds

Finish Date: Wednesday, August 17th (2011)
Final Weight: 287 pounds

Total Change in Six Months: lost 82 pounds!

It'll take a couple weeks to figure out how much money has actually been raised, but even with some people cashing out early I think we may have broken $6,000.00! I'll do a follow-up post with the financial update as soon as I can, and I'll try to do an update on wider impact even sooner :)

Here's the 'proof' picture:

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Only 4 More Days

I can't believe that there are only 4 more days left! I'm not going to bother with the numbers right now- I'll have an official weight in four days and its going to take some work to figure out what the final total on money raised will be.

My attempt at a cleanse was... not good. I was planning to do it for 2 weeks but I got headaches all the time and less than a week in I started getting lightheaded a lot and almost fainting every time I stood up. I finished one week (without experiencing noticeable benefits) and then was sick for several days as I transitioned back real food- and, just to add insult to injury, I'm pretty sure I actually gained a pound or two throughout the ordeal. I'm planning on continuing to eat healthier beyond these 6 months, but I probably won't ever try doing that again.

Well, be sure to check back on the 17th for the "official final weigh-in" update and I'll post a final "money raised" update as soon as possible!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

T-Minus 13 Days...

Wow, I can't believe there are less than two weeks left! Oh, and sorry- I just realized that I didn't post anything last week. The last two weeks haven't been super successful but I'm doing a cleanse thing right now and, if it works, I might have an impressive week next week? Here's where we're at right now:

My Current Weight: 293 pounds
Change Since Last Update: lost 3 pounds
Total Change: lost 76 pounds

My Current Pledges: $82.75 per pound
Amount Raised: $6,289.00 (over 24,000 meals)!!!

I think that if I lose 2 more pounds we'll break the 25,000 meal mark! Well, I guess that might not be entirely accurate- I'll have to figure out how many people are/have cashed out early... then I'll just have to lose some more to make sure that we get there :)

I have an official update too! Janet Garrison from Trinity UMC on Grand Island raised $6 per pound in pledges from her close friends and family and lost 22 pounds in 3 months. That may not sound like a lot when its posted right after a bigger more widespread update but Jan feels better, was able to get out some clothes that hadn't fit in a while, and will provide more than 500 meals to starving people! I think its a beautiful illustration of how one person can very simply (and pretty easily) have a big impact- 500 meals! If you're reading this I hope that might inspire you to do something too...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Official 5 Month Update

I just got home from seeing my doctor and the news was pretty good! Here is the official update:

My Current Weight: 296 pounds
Change Since Last Update: lost 6 pounds
Total Change: lost 73 pounds

My Current Pledges: $82.75 per pound
Amount Raised: $6,040.75 (over 23,000 meals)!!!

So I've officially reached my original goal of 70 lbs., a month early! I gave people the option to cash out early if they want/need to, so from here out calculating the amount raised may be a little complicated as I figure out who will be paying now and who will continue their pledges. The amount raised will get a little bump when I do a more accurate count too- two people made pledges with incentives for hitting my goal and I have one small bonus gift to add in.

The best part is that the impact has spread. In addition to the others mentioned last week, I talked to a woman who collected pledges and lost 20 pounds! I've also heard about several more who were thinking about getting involved, so hopefully I'll have a few more updates in the next couple weeks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Week 21

My official 5 month weigh-in is one week from today! I don't want to count my pounds before they're shed, but there is an excellent chance I will have met my 6 month goal by then :)

My Current Weight: 302 pounds
Change Since Last Update: lost 4 pounds
Total Change: lost 67 pounds

My Current Pledges: $82.75 per pound
Amount Raised: $5,544.25 (over 21,000 meals)!!!

So I only need to lose 3 pounds in the next 7 days to hit my 70 lb. goal a month early. I'm pretty excited about that. I'm also excited to be able to share a couple updates about other impact: one person who was inspired to get healthy hit his goal of losing 30 pounds in 3 months; another collected pledges from friends and family and has lost 20 pounds (of her target 30) with about a month to go.

I'll try to get a few more updates from others in the next week or so, and look for my official 5 month weight on the 20th!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Week 20 Update

Its hard to believe that its been twenty weeks already! June was a bit of a rough patch but I'm back on track with my weekly posts and still losing weight. Here's where we're at now:

My Current Weight: 306 pounds
Change Since Last Update: lost 1 pound :(
Total Change: lost 63 pounds

My Current Pledges: $82.75 per pound
Amount Raised: over $5,000 (almost 20,000 meals)!!!

So, losing weight at a regular pace is for the birds. After 20 weeks, I'm averaging just over 3 pounds lost per week- which is pretty good, though it would have been better if it weren't for the occasional week where I gained weight. Either way, 1 pound in a week is kind of disappointing. Its an inopportune time too because I just announced (last Sunday, in church) that I expected to reach my original goal (of losing 70 lbs.) a month early, and that people could cash out after my July 20th weigh-in if they need to...

The good news is that I have 12 days til then and only 7 more pounds to lose. As long as I stick to my diet and get a little more exercise I should be alright.