Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lose It For Animals!

Like many people, one of my resolutions is to lose weight. I also have "Reach My Goal Weight" as one of the items on my 101 things in 1001 days list. Lucky for me, I've stumbled upon a way to motivate me a lot more than vanity, or the fear of not fitting into my show clothes!

It's called Lose It For Animals. Horses Plus Humane Society in California has put together a fabulous program that is the closest thing to surgically excising the fat off me and putting it on my horses as will ever be possible.

Here's how it works: I have pledged to lose 35 pounds. For every pound lost, my sponsor(s) will donate a set dollar amount. Once I reach my goal weight, the sponsor will donate the pledged funds directly to Horses Plus Humane Society. It can be $.50 or $5.00 per pound--anything helps!

This program helps in so many ways! First, it helps Horses Plus Humane Society help more horses in need. Second, it motivates me because as most people know, I'm a lot more passionate about helping horses than minimizing my own waistline. This puts much-needed pressure on me to stay on track with my dieting because I know if I fail, I not only let myself down, but the horses as well. Third, it will help Paula...

Poor, poor Paula begs of you to please help her owner lose weight. She's tired of carrying around tub-o.

And last, but not least, Sophie also begs you to help make her owner smaller. She's tired of me taking up too much of the bed.

So, Sophie's big, brown, pleading eyes finally go to you and you'd like to be a sponsor. All you do is post a comment, or email me privately at rosevalleyranch@yahoo.com and let me know how much you'd like to sponsor me per pound. When I reach my goal weight, I'll notify all my sponsors and you can send the contribution directly to Horses Plus through their website.

I am also looking into some sort of countdown for my sidebar so you can help keep track of my weight loss with me!

Currently, my sponsors are:
Me (had to get the ball rolling :).......$2/pound
Frederic Gutknecht............................$1/pound
Shannon Mazourek.............................$1.50/pound
Vicki Morgan.......................................$1/pound
(Thank you!!!!!)

In addition to this great program, Horses Plus also received a terrific challenge from All Road Sat. For every person who goes vegan for a week (up to 100), All Road Sat will donate $20.11 to the organization. I attempted to start mine last Friday but it didn't work out with visitors in town, so I'm starting today. It's tough to go vegan in an area where the cattle population outnumbers the human population, but I'm going to do my best for the horses! If you'd like to do the challenge, please contact Horses Plus and let them know you're up for the challenge!

#25 on my 101 things in 1001 days list is "Be a vegetarian for a week," so this will help me cross that off my list as well (and go a little above and beyond--I can't believe I'm going to go a week without CHEESE!!), so this challenge is yet another win/win!

Now, the pressure is on! Weigh-in was this morning and it's not pretty, my friends. Time for me to put down the ho-ho's and pick up some dumb bells (sounds a lot like high school, doesn't it?)!


Nicole said...

Wow I definitely couldn't be a Vegan... maybe go without meat for a week but that's it. Wow! You go girl!

Jessie McCandless said...

It's been difficult, but I was making it harder than I had to--I thought I couldn't have bread! LOL Bread is a go, so that will help a lot. I can live off of PB&J if I have to :)

Annette said...

Good luck on your weight goal! I'd like to drop 10 lbs myself. I tell myself that it isn't fair to Jackson - working on keeping him fit while I reach for another helping of bread and cheese (huge weaknesses for me).

Jessie McCandless said...

Thank you, Annette. I should have done it a long time ago, but easier said than done, right?

smazourek said...

I'll sponsor you, $1.50 a pound sound good?

Sorry but I can't go vegan for a week, vegetarian sure, but not vegan. I need my dairy products! I also enjoy eating things made with eggs, like cookies and key lime pie.

Whoops, hope I didn't set you back there ;)

Jessie McCandless said...

Thank you so much Shannon!! That would be wonderful!

Ugh, the second day of being a vegan in central Kansas is slowly becoming hell on earth. I'm like you, I could definitely go vegetarian, but no cheese, eggs, or milk is really killing me. And no worries--I was set back a long time ago! LOL But, I lost 4 pounds already, so not having anything available for me to eat seems to be working pretty well! LOL