Your Final Number, But Not Mine

Today is November 1, the end of my weight loss challenge to raise money for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  Before I give you the number of pounds I lost I first want to thank all of you who supported me by pledging money, reading the blog, writing comments, posting encouragement on facebook, cheering me on, asking me what I was eating for lunch, working out with me and just generally being the best kind of support I could ever imagine.

I have never had so much fun not eating in my whole life.  Even though I am about to tell you good news I am a little sad it is over.  I am thrilled with the 226 individuals, families and couples who pledged to the campaign, especially the teenagers who surprised me with their generous pledges.  Such self-sacrificing inspired me everyday.  That is what I am going to miss.

See, the campaign may be over as far as how much weight I can lose that people will pay for, but my personal weight loss must go on.  Today I will eat nothing different than I ate yesterday or last week.  I still want to lose at least 35 more pounds.  So the blog will go on and I will continue to chronicle this journey and write recipes.

The only thing that will change is that now I begin the money-collecting phase.  As of today I have pledges totaling about $679 per pound give or take a little depending on how some individuals did on their personal weight loss wagers. I set a crazy goal to try and raise $50,000.  So far I have not met that goal, but I am very hopeful to get close.

The great news is that I surpassed the weight loss goal I predicted and I lost a total of 53 pounds.  Good for you people who pledged I did not pass it by much so your payment is not wildly more than I had forewarned.  A couple of people worried I would game the system by cutting off a limb, having liposuction or just plain starving myself.  I can honestly report I did none of those things.  I did not even weigh-in completely naked just to make the number lower.

Thank you for being there.  Thank you for helping feed hungry people.  Thank you for keeping me laughing.  If you pledged you will be receiving a personalized e-mail giving you your pledge amount and campaign total.  If you did not pledge it is not too late to give.  I have a personalized web page at the Food Bank at, or go to the pledge tab on the blog.

So I toast to you, my benevolent supporters.  I do it with my unsweetened Ice Tea as I go out to the garden to harvest my arugula to have for lunch before I go to the gym…just another day.

6 Comments on “Your Final Number, But Not Mine”

  1. Laura Gold says:

    Congrats Dana. You look fabulous dahling!!!!!

  2. Anna Ho says:

    wow, wow, wow. Go Dana!!! So proud of you and what a difference. sorry to miss MJ yesterday, life is a bit crazy. Anna

    Anna Ho P.O. Box 51215 Durham, NC 27717 919-490-8484

  3. Katherine Harper says:

    You are a great role model! Congrats on all of your hard work-

  4. Frances Dowell says:

    Congratulations, Dana! You look great and I bet you feel great! Proud of you!

  5. susan m. ketch says:

    You are an amazing fundraiser and a remarkable woman! Congrats!

  6. Kim Crawford says:

    You look amazing! And, I’m sure you feel amazing too! I know that you have been, and still are an inspirational to many, many people. You are a testament that it can indeed be done! I’ve always said, weight loss is 99% mental and 1% physical. And, how wonderful that you are helping others while helping yourself. What a great idea!

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