It’s Monday again which means it’s time for FMM, and this week’s question is simple though it may require a bit of thought (and homework.) No…I won’t be quizzing you later, but I want you to think about something that has been on my mind recently. This month marks the beginning of the Lose For Good Campaign in which Weight Watchers will donate up to one million dollars toward the fight against hunger. And while looking back at the post I wrote about it last year makes me sad in some ways, I’m ready to do my part to combat hunger. And I’m going to call on you to help me do it.
My plan is to donate the amount of weight I’ve lost in food over the next several weeks which seems to have become my yearly tradition. And while it will be harder this year, I think it’s just as important now as it’s ever been. My weight hasn’t changed much, but over 100 pounds of food will still be quite heavy for me! I guess it’s time to do the math so I can figure out the exact number for my donation. We’ll see how much I can fit in the trunk of my Prius in the coming weeks too!
So in the spirit of Lose For Good, instead of the usual post about ourselves this week, I’d like to ask you to give to someone who needs it. Most of us don’t have to worry about our next meal, but there are plenty of people in this nation and around the world that worry about it everyday. And while I don’t have an extra million dollars to spare, I do have canned food and other nonperishable item that I could donate to a local food bank or church or to someone in need. (Finding a place to donate is as simple as doing a google search!) I haven’t always put myself before others. In fact, I rarely do, but this is my chance to change that. And I’m asking you to be a part of that change too. It’s not about whether you count points or calories or none of the above. And there’s no prize or reward for participating…This time, it’s just about people.
FMM: Creating Change
Here are the details…(I’m making this up as I go so feel free to make suggestions.) To my wonderful friends and lovely FMM regulars, I’m asking that you write a quick post today about your plans to donate food to a local food bank or church or charitable organization in your area during the month of September. (You can even copy this paragraph for your own post if you want to.) Maybe you plan to donate 10 cans of beans or 5 packs of spaghetti or one jar of peanut butter. Or maybe you’ll make a cash donation or volunteer. You don’t have to get fancy or expensive. Just give as much as you can, and be proud of yourself for making a difference. Then, like usual, post a link here about your plans to donate for change. And if someone leaves a comment on your blog about their plans to donate food or money to the hungry, leave another comment here at www.alltheweigh.com letting me know. And when you’ve gathered your donation, you can e-mail a photo of yourself and your goods so you can be featured on my blog.
Here’s a look at last year’s photo of my donation at my old Weight Watchers meeting in New York. It’s hard to face the fact that I look practically the same (okay, so my hair looked better there. I miss you Momotaro!) But I can’t change the past. All I can do is continue trying to move forward, and I believe my new meeting will help me accomplish that!) And one last thing…If you squint, you can see me in a photo with my leader and receptionist from the year before. I donated 47 pounds of food because at that point, you guessed it…I had lost 47 pounds.
This is really important to me. No one asked me to do it, but it’s on my heart so I’m asking you. I know that those of you reading this now have hearts of gold. And I know that because of the encouragement and support you show me everyday. So let’s take a little time to support and encourage folks who need it more than I do. We may not be able to change the entire world, but we can make the day better for someone in need. So what do you think? Who’s with me?
**Don’t forget to come back and share your link, and have a happy Monday!**