Six years ago this month, I weighed 402 pounds.
Six years ago this month, Richard Simmons reached out to me, after meeting me in person only a couple hours before, and offered to help me lose weight.
Six years ago this month, and after 2 or 3 weeks of hemming and hawing, I took Richard up on his offer.
It’s been six long years that I’ve been working hard to get my health under control, and the end result still astounds me: I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off!
Left: Me in 2007. Right: December 2015, at the Hike the Halo race.
I’m so proud of what I’ve been able to do, and excited to keep it up! I have an amazing network of family, friends and supporters, lots of incredible readers of this blog, a thirst for new knowledge and experiences, and a strong drive to push myself and never ever get back to 400+ pounds. That’s a winning recipe.
One of the reasons why I’ve kept off the weight is that since losing it, I’ve become an avid racer. My race of choice are stair races, up the stairwells in skyscrapers. They’re the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and I’m hooked.
I announced last month that I’ve signed up for seven (!) races between now and April, and the time has come to ask for your assistance. All seven races benefit the American Lung Assocation, an awesome organization that I’ve supported since 2012.
Each race has a fundraising minimum that I have to reach in order to participate, and they range from $100-$150. All told, between now and April, I’ll be raising at least $725 for the ALA, and I’m hoping you can help me get a little closer!
The most pressing fundraising need is for Seattle and Portland – those races are next weekend, and I need to raise $100 for the Seattle chapter so I can compete in both. There’s a 40-story building hosting a race in each city (the Rainier Tower in Seattle, and the US Bancorp Tower in Portland), and I’ll be racing up each building FOUR TIMES. That’s 320 total stories! My legs ache just thinking about it, but, you know, in a good way.
[UPDATE! Thanks to some awesome donors, I’ve already reached my goal for Seattle and Portland! Please visit my DONATE page or consider making a donation to another upcoming race, like the ones in Las Vegas and San Diego!]
Visit my DONATE page for information and links for the other races, and how you can contribute to them. I only ask that if you click through to one of my ALA donation pages, and see that I’ve reached my goal for that city, that you pick another race to donate to. All the races benefit the American Lung Association, via their various chapters in each city, so pick a race where I still need some help getting closer to my goal!
I know I ask for help with donations all the time on this blog, and I don’t want to you think that I take this request lightly. As my past donors know, I send thank you messages for every donation, just as soon as I am able, and I’m truly thankful for every donation, no matter the size. Every dollar counts! It’s a thrill to connect an activity I love with a fantastic charitable endeavor. Plus, all my donors get a shout-out in the race recap for the race they donated towards, so, really, it’s only a matter of time before you’re famous.
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!
And, as I enter my sixth year of this weight loss journey…
…Keep it up, David!