By Patrick Mohan
Tell us a little bit about why you're raising money.
TFK is the reason why I was able to run the NYC Marathon (that's a story in itself) along with the NYC Half-Marathon (coolest race, evah!). If you're in NYC and looking for a way to get into the NYC Marathon, TFK will help you prepare for the race all while helping an awesome cause.Team for Kids is a committed group of adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR's Youth and Community Services programs while training for major endurance events. The funds they raise provide free or low-cost health and fitness programs to kids who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activity. These programs serve more than 130,000 children each year in more than 600 schools and community centers in New York City, across the nation, and around the world.
Well, that’s what I'm going to do. So now I’m trying to decide the fate of the remaining 2/3 of whatever I raise. I’m thinking donating 1/3 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through donations to athletes training with Team in Training, the LLS's fundraising arm.
The other 1/3? Here are a few of the organizations that I am considering:
- Making loans through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/)
- The Robin Hood Foundation (http://www.robinhood.org/)
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) (http://jdrf.org/)
The person that will be most proud of me for reaching my weight loss goal will be ______________.
In no, OK, some particular order:
1a. Meg (my wife)
1b. Mom and Dad
1c. Dave and MP
2. My friends and family that believed in me
3. My old clothes (OK, so they're not technically a person, but they've missed me)
4. My tennis shoes
Give us the title for your soon-to-be released weight loss success story. (Example: "I Drop-kicked My Waistline" or "Take That Fat!" or "I TCAP'ed, I Lost, I Conquered")
I pledge ____ minutes of physical activity every day in order to help me reach my goal.
Do you have a website/blog/social media where your supporters can follow your campaign?
Today is Labor Day, which means I'm in the final stretch. Less than 3 weeks to go.
What does that mean? Well, it means it's time to step it up! Actually, I must say that I'm pretty proud of where I am so far. Will that number improve by the time the clock strikes midnight? I think so.
Getting ready for a race is never easy and, for some reason, it seems like it starts to rain every time I head out there to get a few miles in. Not a big deal. As far as I can remember, I've run in basically every kind of weather, so just getting out there is half the battle.
If you're still thinking about making a pledge for my campaign, it's not too late. Just check out the website here:
Thanks again to everyone for their support. This has been a pretty cool experience and I'm looking forward to where it will take me as September rolls along.
When you’re trying to lose weight, there usually comes a week that makes you want to walk away for all of the wrong reasons. It’s a week where you watch what you eat and exercise, but when you step on the scale, the numbers just don’t add up.
This was that week. I stepped on the scale and…I was down .6 pounds. Yup, that’s a decimal. It felt like I’d wind up down much more than that, but it is what it is. My folks always say, “Well, you’re heading in the right direction.” While their optimistic view is correct, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m a little more than 2 days away from the halfway point and I’m only down 11.4 pounds, short of where I need to be.
Am I giving up? Am I packing it in?
What would Bluto Blutarsky say?
Of course I’m not quitting. I’ll just put this week behind me and step it up even more this week.
It’s hard to believe that 35 days have come and gone, but so far, I’d like to think that this whole experiment has been a success thus far.
This week, I dropped another 2 lbs. Brings the total to 10.8 lbs in 5 weeks. Can’t really complain. It’s 10.8 pounds more than I would have lost if I didn’t start this. As my dad always says, “At least you’re going in the right direction.” I know August is going to present a challenge, particularly with a trip at the end of the month, so I’ll have to make sure that I make progress early just in case the end of the month turns out to be an obstacle course.
The Good: 2 pounds. It’s never easy to lose weight, so any number is a good number. Down over 10 pounds is great start. Also proud of Lisa Russell for taking the plunge. Glad to help someone else reach their weight-loss goals.
The Bad: The occasional summer BBQ can be a minefield.
The Ugly: The lull in my fundraising. I need to record another video and send out an email update to everyone. Anyone out there have any ideas?
Looking forward to Week 6.
Again, just in case you missed it, here is the link for my campaign:
4 weeks down…another 1.2 pounds down. Brings the total to 8.8 pounds in those 4 weeks, which is 8.8 pounds more than what I probably would have lost if I didn’t start this whole thing.
I’ll write more later, but we’re getting there. It just takes time. I’m thinking the next almost 9 weeks (62 days left) will be the true test. It’s time to crank up the workouts.
I really can’t complain about my performance as far as Weight Watchers goes. WW is easy, I’ve done it a thousand times before, and it’s juts a matter of keeping track of what you eat. The E-Tools make things pretty easy.
Thanks again for all of your support. If you’re reading this and wondering what the heck I’m talking about, check out my campaign: http://10centsapound.com/campaign/detail/1614.
OK, so like I said earlier in the week, my plan was to weigh in on Friday to get back on track with my schedule. How’d things go yesterday morning?
1.2 lbs. down.
Any negative number right now is a positive and I’m at 7.6 lbs over 3 weeks, so there is a lot to be happy about. Also, from a Weight Watchers perspective, I didn’t even have to dip into the additional weekly points, which is a pretty big deal. I’m staying within range and things have been pretty easy when it comes to points.
On the other hand, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Sticking to a workout schedule is key. Next week, my goal will be 60 minutes of exercise at least 5 days. No matter what. No excuses!
Plan and simple. It’s time to step it up.
I’m not disappointed, just trying to get better.
Tomorrow marks 2 weeks from the "unofficial" start of my campaign (I started on a Friday, launched my campaign on a Saturday, and the 90 days actually started running on a Sunday). I'm really proud of how things have gone so far. It has been a lot of work. Some good, some bad, and some ugly. Tomorrow's weigh-in might not be the number I want, but that's only because I gorged on the 4th of July. I did an "unofficial" weigh-in this morning and the hard work is definitely starting to pay dividends. I'm looking forward to where the next 75+ days will take me.
In even more exciting news, I've decided to donate 100% of what I raise to charity. It's just a matter of which charities and I'll need help deciding that over the next few weeks. Maybe I'll add a poll or some other way to decide. In the meantime, I hope you've had a chance to check out my blog. If you haven't, here is the link:
My campaign has officially launched! Let's see what we can do in 90 days.
Since we live in a social media world these days, I'm also writing a blog to help document this crazy ride, so make sure to check it out: http://2xltoxl.tumblr.com/.
As clichéd as it sounds, this is not a sprint, it's a marathon. My goal is 30 pounds in 90 days. Sure, that's more than the "recommended" weekly weight loss, but I also know that I have a lot to lose and everything to gain. With a lot of hard work and help from everyone out there, I know I can do it.
Lifetime dieter looking to break through the wall on the way to a permanent change. Check out my blog tracking my progress, struggles, and this whole crazy journey: http://2xltoxl.tumblr.com/