Monday, March 1, 2010

I have an idea!!!

My sister says that I need to be more clear on what the time frame for this journey is....
The official start date (first weigh-in) is March 8th, and the end date will be June 7th.

I sat down recently to write down a few goals I had for this year. It wasn't a long list, only a few things made the cut this year, but it was one that had some fairly lofty goals on it. Here is a sampling...
  1. Lose weight
  2. Go back to school
  3. Raise money for Monte Blanco water slide
  4. Make a few quilts
  5. Get house organized
  6. Have a yard sale
Nothing earth shaking, but a few of these are big deal things. The weight loss has been on my list since somewhere around 1999, and every year the amount that I'd like to lose has gone up and up and up as my weight has grown. The water slide project is something that weighs heavy on my heart. Monte Blanco is a fantastic camp and conference center located in Tambo, Bolivia...South America...and has done some amazing things in the past couple of years. The camp came with a water slide when they purchased the facilities, but it was constructed without the proper supports, and has cracked and is no longer able to be used. They used it is a huge selling point for the camp, and if the ministries are to continue on there, they are in desperate need of a new one. The cost for that project would be a little over $5,000....something which I definitely can't scrounge out of my couch cushions or back pockets.
So...I was out walking my dog the other morning (in the bitter, freezing, never-ending winter of Western PA) and an idea popped into my head. Here it is....
I am going to do a weight-loss fundraiser. Yep, you read that right. A weigh-loss one. I am going to get people to sponsor me on a per pound basis. For the next three months I am going to track my weight-loss, and at the end of the time, all the money earned would be donated to LATCOM for the Monte Blanco Water Slide Project. Best part, since LATCOM is a non-profit organization, all money donated would be tax deductible. Here's how it might work...
Example A: a person could commit to sponsor me at $1/lb. I lose 30 lbs in the next three months. At the end of the time, they donate $30 towards the MBWSP (Monte Blanco Water Slide Project....gets too hefty to write it out each time!)

I can cap each donation, in case anyone is afraid that I might lose 100 lbs (ahahahhahahaha), or I can accept a one time donation in lieu of the per pound one.

Oh yeah, and anyone else who wanted to work on losing weight could join and get their own sponsors too. And all of that money would also go to the project.

So, who is with me?!

Are you willing to sponsor me on this journey? Want to make a difference in a child's life in Bolivia? Want to jump on board and work on losing weight while making a difference too? Need some extra incentive to get your weight-loss efforts going?

Leave me a comment if:
You are willing to donate a certain amount per pound of weight-loss
You are wanting to make a one time donation towards the MBWSP
You want to join on the weight-loss journey
You are willing to pray for me, anyone else who joins, and the MBWSP

I will try to figure out how to add a paypal thing to this site. In the meantime, you can check out LATCOM.


  1. Well, I don't think I'll be losing much weight in the next three months, but (joking) I could contribute a weight-GAIN campaign! Seriously, Jake and I will probably jump in with a lump sum.

  2. What a great idea Julie! I love you and I will pledge $1/pound. As Felicia would say, "You go girl!"