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Let’s just lay it all out on the table, shall we? This summer has not been a banner season for me and my weight loss efforts. I have no one to blame but myself of course. I’ve slacked with reckless abandon; a devil-may-care attitude to match my good-Lord-look-at-that-ass physique. Yes people, we’ve been down this road before. Heck, they should name the darn street after me.
That is why I’m so happy that Weight Watchers (you know, the program that works well for me when I actually, you know, DO IT) is bringing back it’s Lose For Good campaign. You may recall my posts from last year about this effort that teams those who eat too much (uh, me) with organizations helping families and children who don’t have enough to eat. Last year, a million dollars was donated because members like me got busy and dropped pounds – FOUR MILLION POUNDS. That is mighty busy.
For every pound I lost, Weight Watchers donated the equivalent to hungry people here in the United States and worldwide. Not a bad deal for something I should be doing any way. This campaign really motivated me last year and I had my best weight loss results ever in the program. I’m hoping for a repeat performance.
This year promises to be bigger and better with even more good gettin’ done. One new thing? Oh, a little Lose For Good ambassador by the name of Jenny McCarthy. Jenny, as many of you know, is a walking, talking, and hawt! Weight Watchers success story and she is spreading the word far and wide.
In the United States alone, one in six children is at risk of hunger. That means 12 million American kids have limited access to nutritious foods, which exposes them to a host of other problems like impeded development, poor mental health and greater susceptibility to obesity. 24,000 people die each day due to hunger and hunger-related causes. These alarming numbers have grown by over 40% since 2000 and are predicted to increase even more due to the economic downturn.
(Information courtesy of Weight Watchers)
This year’s program kicked off yesterday (August 30th) and will run through October 17th. I’ll be posting about it each week as it runs: my progress, more information on the good that was done with last year’s campaign, and as an added bonus – MY HUSBAND’S progress.
Doug has been concerned since he was laid off about those Mr. Mom pounds adding up. A month ago, Doug was doing a rather physical job without access a pantry full of snacks. Now that he is at home with P three days a week – it can get out of hand fast. So after some prodding and couple months of free meetings courtesy of the amazing people at Weight Watchers, he has agreed to jump on the bandwagon and LOSE FOR GOOD with me! We’ll hit our first meeting tomorrow and I’m so excited to be doing this together – we might even borrow from the supa-tastic Esther (aka Faint Starlight) and vlog a little along the way! Stay tuned!
So if you are carrying around some extra pounds and want to get started on a program that works, look into Weight Watchers – there is no better time than now. LOSE FOR GOOD – YOUR GOOD and THEIR GOOD!
and tomorrow…and tomorrow….
In the meantime:
I could eat her some days she is so darn cute!
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One would think that post-Blogher, after a weekend surrounded by the best bloggers, the wittiest women…I would be ripe with ideas, filled to the brim with the need to express myself and my thoughts. Perhaps post a Blogher recap or rub my swag right in your noses.
One would think.
But this blog and the blogosphere is far from my thoughts these days. Doug was let go from his job the Tuesday before I left for Chicago. While I was able to leave those troubles in Cincinnati last weekend, they are all-consuming now that he’s gone through his first week of wondering and worrying.
Of course, we’re not alone, there are families everywhere going through this. We have our home, I have my job, we’re healthy and full of love – stuck with each other no matter what. We’re in better shape than many, so its hard to complain. But when its your family, your child, your step-children, your husband. Casualties of a crappy economy and the uncertainty.
Uncertainty – that’s what gets ya. What keeps you up at night.
Don’t worry, this is my happy place – it will not become a constant woe is me space you avoid like the crazy lady at the supermarket. I just wanted you to know what’s going on and if I seem distracted from time to time, its not you, its me.