New Diabetes Fund Raiser Challenge

OMG… I wish!!!  But this is not the healthy
carrot needed to lose the next 60 pounds!

** UPDATED 9/13/2012 – 11:00 AM CST **

Greetings and thanks for stopping by! I wanted to give you an update and pass along some news. Right after the weight loss challenge I celebrated and ate about 3500 delicious calories spread throughout the day. I also walked for a half hour and then rode the bike 41.8 miles… and still lost weight for the day. How can a person not stick to this lifestyle with that kind of momentum?

In contemplating how to lose the next 60 pounds it seemed like some kind of a “carrot” was needed… There has to be some compelling reason to keep riding, blogging, and pushing the body. Money works – we learned that. But at the same time it would not be right (in my mind) to ask people to donate to the effort just to line my pockets. But to raise funds for a charity would be a worthwhile endeavor!

So here is the announcement… I’m going to raise $605.00 by the end of December, 2013 for the American Diabetes Association while losing another 60.5 pounds.

Initially I was going to try and raise some money via donations and share most of it with a charity. I’ve decided to up the ante a little.

Between now and December of 2013, 100% all of the Van Trekker blog donations will be used to raise $605.00 for the American Diabetes Association or I will PAY IT MYSELF!

A running total will be kept on the blog. Each time a donation is received it will get sent to the American Diabetes Association right away. Please let me know if you would like your name listed on the blog…

Now THAT is an incentive. Not only do I have to lose more darn weight but if I don’t work up some donations, I have to cough up all that money too!

I have also decided to give up carrot cake for a year. It’s something I friggin’ love! The next slice comes the day the scale reads 220.5 pounds (down another 60.5)

Like I have said before, the kind words and comments along the way have been a huge inspiration!

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers, any other kind souls who might wish to help in this effort. It’s a leap of faith. I know we can do this though.

Just a sidenote… Back in the late 1980s I rode on bike tours including the MS-150 ride for Multiple Sclerosis. Funds were raised for those events and they were a great motivator. If you raise money then a person makes darn sure he or she does the ride! The only greater motivator is if I don’t stay on top of things and the bucks have to come out of my own pocket!

Take care and thanks for reading! There is another post coming this weekend. I’m meeting with my sister to cash in on the last challenge (pictures to follow!) and find some good barbecue (and NO carrot cake). Of course, there is an Anytime Fitness gym nearby!

As always, thanks for reading. Please spread the word. Let’s see where we can take this thing. The sky is the limit… No, let’s make that the stars… and we’ll “make it so.”

Enjoy your day!

Bradford, aka “The Six Hundred Five Dollar Man”

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

5 Responses to New Diabetes Fund Raiser Challenge

  1. Hi Brad, Glad we could help. We think you are doing a fantastic job with your goal, and the charity is a good choice. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Brad says:

    Thanks John! I just had a call from the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. They want to meet me and see how we can get this thing rolling. That’s encouraging.

    Thanks again!


  3. Hey Brad

    GREAT JOB….. take it a little easy and go slow and steady, not more then 1 lbs per week is a nice pace, that also gives your skin some time to shrink, also DO NOT go under 2000 cal per day. I did 75 lbs once in 90 days by walking 4 hours per day & eating 2000 cal daily. But it was a full time JOB…. now 12 years latter its a little harder. I also counted every cal I put in my mouth & the exercise I expended.
    I was able to calculate my exact weight mathematically within my actual weight on the scales when done within 1/4 lbs.

    SHORT STORY just for example lets say your body has 50 Lbs of muscle mass. That is what actually burns the calories. Only your muscle mass uses calories. Now when you starve yourself lets say 1500 cal ….. the missing 500 in consumed by burning your bodies muscle mass, muscles, your heart, liver etc are also all included. So lets say you do that for 30 days x 500 Cal = 15,000 calories , then divide by 3500 cal for each pound of fat = 4.3 lbs lost muscle mass.

    YOUR new body mass is now 45.7 Lbs – so you now only need 1800 calories per day……
    this is the reason why when people quit a diet, go back to eating 2000 cal they now gain the weight faster & get even fatter then when they started. You can loose fat by walking or biking BUT YOU ONLY GAIN MUSCLE MASS BY WEIGHT TRAINING !!!

    As men get past 30 or 40 ? I forgot which we normally loose 2% yearly in muscle mass,
    thats 2% of what we now have left, not the same 2% of what we had at age 30.

    If you have ever seen studies of 80 year old in walkers ….with weight training they mostly 80% can start walking again…

    One day I can explain this to you in greater detail, maybe over the phone, as I am a bad & slow typist

    But again great JOB !!!

  4. Brad says:

    I agree that one of the best things you can do is do some weight lifting to help keep the muscle mass up. It is sort of like investing money – it’s works for you all the time. Muscle takes up less space, too.

    I lift for the upper body but don’t do as much with the legs – they are pretty solid. You are spot on with the pace you mentioned about the weight loss. Intially I dropped a lot but it did slow down a lot and the slower pace is a good thing. It is remarkable how the skin is tightening back up… another benefit to lifting!

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