Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shrink For Good Week 1

This past weekend I joined the Shrink for Good challenge over at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jean's site. The idea is to donate a pound of food for every pound you lose between now and October 17th, to your local food bank. I think this is such a fun and worthwhile activity to do to support my community.

Last year when I was still attending Weight Watcher's they had a similar campaign that I participated in. At that time I decided to donate enough food to equal the amount of total weight I had lost thus far instead of just the weight I had lost during the campaign's six week run. It felt GREAT donating almost fifty pounds of food! I went to Sam's Club and bought cases of canned goods and then carried them into my Weight Watcher's meeting. People just looked at me as I kept going back out to my car to get more food. I loved that day!

Anyway, Shrink for Good wants us all to weigh in on Wednesdays, which is today. So, this morning before work I hopped on the scale. I didn't really know what to expect since I was really in middle of my week, and I had just weighed on Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised to see a 1.6 pound loss! That equals 25.6 ounces of food.

I went into my food pantry and picked out a can of refried beans and a box of corn muffin mix to put in my basket for the food bank. The can of beans was 16 ounces and the corn mix is 8.5 ounces for a total of 24.5 ounces of food. I will make up the 1.1 ounce difference next week.

I can't wait to see this basket fill up with food. Not only will it be a reminder of the small contribution I am making to those less fortunate than me, but it will also represent all of the weight that is coming off of my body.


  1. Now that is an awesome challenge!! Good for you.

    Girl, I was just checking out your side bar photos. Holy smokes! You look like a different person now than you did in your before pic.

    One question for you - the Dec 2004 photo....was that a consistant weight for you then? I only ask because my weight only ever went up. I never held it at specific range for a period of time. I am curious how others are picking goal weights.

    But let me leave you with these words: You are looking REAL good!!

  2. that is such an awesome challenge and I love the visual as well.

  3. What a great challenge! Congrats on the loss! I expect your basket will be overflowing when you are done!

  4. I love the idea of donating food for each pound you lose! What a fabulous feeling it must have been for you when you donated all the canned goods for your total weight loss at WW.

    Congrats on losing the 1.6-pounds today! That’s a great start to your challenge. :-)



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