Okay, so this isn’t about a pretty, hand-made craft. It’s about effort. The first effort. The first REAL effort I have made in an embarrassingly long time.
The first part of my purpose is bald: I’m grossly overweight. The fact of the matter is that I’ve paid lip service to my health for several years. I’ve tried this or that diet halfheartedly, each time saying that I’ve had enough of being the fat one. But when it came right down to the wire, I really haven’t done ANYTHING to change my thinking, my actions or my future. Thankfully, I am still healthy, despite the neglect. Cholesterol is good, blood pressure is good, glucose levels are just where they should be. So this is as good a place as any to start, right?
The second part is where this gets a little muddled: I have a new-found passion — UNICEF. Yes, the organization that aims to help children all around the world. In reading a popular actor’s UNICEF blog (see the previous post, please), I found myself inspired to act. But HOW? I’m a single mom, underemployed and with few contacts. Well, first I donated a little bit of $$ to a fund in this actor’s honor for both my daughter and myself. Next, I signed petitions and re-tweeted posts. Then I talked with close friends about my new focus. Fine, good. But NOW WHAT?? I need to do more. I need to do something directly.
Which leads me to The Challenge: How do I combine what I MUST do with what I feel COMPELLED to do. Aaaah… Mindbender.
It took me a few days but the answer came to me while washing dishes Saturday morning. I could lose weight to end global hunger. Direct action on my part. Nerve wrecking, too, since I’ll be putting my status out there so… publicly. But this is the kind of statement I feel I need to make. As a bonus, if I am as successful as I hope to become, I will be in condition to volunteer directly in the near future. Then I will be able to act even MORE directly!!
SO — what I am proposing is this: 2 “finish lines” this year that are of significance to me and a pledge from myself and my supporters to donate a certain monetary amount per pound lost during that time. The first finish line is May 28, 2013 – my 42nd birthday. The second is November 24, 2013 – my daughter’s 16th birthday. My supporters can choose the amount they wish to donate. I am pledging $1 per pound for myself. I will keep myself in touch by weighing in and blogging about my successes, challenges and progress.
The starting point: 281 lbs. as of 2/1/2013.
Wow. Words escape me. Well, not really. POSITIVE words escape me so I will simply say there is plenty of room to raise cash!
The beginning plan is that I will be paying attention to my servings, drinking more water and getting more movement. Simplistic approach, yes, but YEARS of being on and off various weight loss plans taught me what works for me and what doesn’t. And I know I will be more successful with baby steps. I will be more successful if I am relaxed and adaptable rather than restrictive and regimented.
So, here we go. Wish me luck and feel free to make a supporting pledge as you feel comfortable.