Back in January I gave a shout out to the Princeton Club for their Million Pound Challenge. At the end of the post I mentioned that I was going to participate by losing ten pounds. Well the club’s campaign ends this week, and I have reached my goal! Now the Princeton Club will donate one hundred pounds of food to a local food pantry!

Weight loss used to be pretty easy for me. My wife jokes that I could say “Hey I need to lose five pounds.” and it would be gone.  That is not the case anymore. Today it takes more than just thinking about weight loss for me to lose weight.

Here are a few things that helped me drop ten pounds as a Part of the Million Pound Challenge.

Being Part of a Cause: It was helpful for me to know that my weight loss was about more than me. I liked the idea of food being donated to the needy because of my work. There are many different causes – playing with your kids, running a race, or staying alive a few more years. Find a cause that motivates you.

Making a Public Decision: Making the decision to lose ten pounds was an important first step. Sharing that decision publicly was an important second decision.  Yes, there were a few, probably crucial, days when my primary motivator was the fear of telling a person from the blog that I had not reached my goal. Get some accountability.

Becoming Aware of Reality: It is easy to get a rut. What we consider normal might be a root cause of our problems.   I would have never considered myself a sweet tooth – until I gave up sugar for lent this year. The reality is that I was in a rut of eating sugary snacks when I was tired in the afternoon. Do something to show reveal what is real.

Being Intentional about Life: It is liberating to realize that our small choices really make a difference. I have become a moderate calorie counter over the past few months. I do stress about what I eat, but I do hold to a set amount of calories for the day. That calorie level is based on what I want to weigh.  Treat each choice like it matters.

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My family has a membership at an amazing fitness center  in metro Milwaukee. The Princeton Club has an outstanding facility, leading-edge equipment, exciting programs, great staff, and admirable leadership. The entire family fits the description of raving Princeton Club fans.

They could get a Sunday Shout Out post just for being such a fantastic club, but they are at the beginning of new campaign that deserves the full attention of the post, and your participation or replication. The Princeton Club has begun a campaign called the Million Pound Challenge.

Here is the Situation:

People need food and exercise to be healthy.

Some people do not have enough food.

Some people have too much food and/ or not enough exercise.

Here is a Solution:

People pledge a number of pounds that they want to loose, or a number of hours that they want to exercise, over the next five months.

The Princeton Club will donate 10 pounds of food to a local food pantry for every pound lost, or hour exercised, in that time.

Brilliant!!!

I just love this idea. It meets some very real needs in the area, hunger and obesity. It also helps broaden the focus of personal fitness beyond self, which I suspect will make it more  fulfilling.

Please join me in shedding a few pounds and getting some food to those in need. My personal goal is losing 10 pounds by the end of May, which the Princeton Club will turn into 100 pounds of food for a local food pantry!!!

If you live in Madison or Milwaukee, sign up here.

If you live elsewhere, do it on your own or start a similar campaign!