Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weigh In #37

It's been a very busy week and I've pretty much been late to/for everything so far.... So why should the blog be any different, I guess?

Not a whole lot to report on due to the lack of free time. I've been running and keeping up with my nutrition. Working a lot. (startups rule!) And being slack about keeping current on the human trafficking stories and events.

A couple of quick hits:

Go over to End Slavery Now and get on the map!

Join me in supporting with "210 in 2010".

Now, for the progress report. Friday morning's weigh-in was:


Getting closer to knocking out the original goal of 241lbs. And moving on to the new goal of 210lbs.

Please consider helping this year and lending support. Feel free to contact me via email, on facebook, via twitter, or by leaving a comment on this (or any) post on the blog.

Photo courtesy of emlyn.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weigh In #36

Those of you who have been keeping or (or recently catching up) know that the goal I set in September '09 is rapidly coming to an end. It looks like I may have set the bar too low. By the grace of God, instead of taking me until the end of October '10 (60 weeks) to lose 80lbs it looks like I'll probably reach that goal closer to 40 weeks (In June '10 sometime). So, it's time to set a new goal.

A friend of mine, and probably the greatest sailor I know, came up with an idea I really like: Get to 210lbs by the end of 2010. He even came up with a great tag line for it:

210 in 2010 (Two Ten in Twenty Ten)

And of course, I'm still committed to raising funds and awareness for fighting human trafficking. I'll be doing the same fund raising that I have been doing so far until I hit 241lbs (My original 80-60-40 goal). Once I get there, the game is going to change and that's where I'm going to need your help...

Two amazing people (and good friends) have thrown down the gauntlet. They have each pledged $210 towards the cause - but with 2 conditions:
  1. I have to get to 210lbs before Dec 31, 2010.
  2. I have to raise matching funds for each pledge.

I'll be taking care of the first part (losing the weight) but I need help with the second part.
If I can get $210 in pledges, then the first $210 in matching funds will be unlocked. If I can get another $210 in pledges, then the second $210 in matching funds will be committed. That means at least $840 in donations going to in addition to what we've raised so far.

So I ask you, my readers and friends, can you help fight against modern day slavery? Any pledge/donation is worthwhile - nothing is too small or too large. If we can get $420 in pledges, we can double it!

You can pledge a fixed amount, an amount per pound (31 to meet the goal), or any sort of arrangement. Just let me know how you would like to be involved: email me at, message me on facebook, holler at me on twitter (@scbubba), or leave me a comment on this blog (any post will work).

So, in my quest to get smaller while supporting something bigger, I weighed in this morning:


So please help with any amount you can and let me know what you can pledge towards 210 in 2010.

God bless you.
(I'll have another Freedom Friday post next week.)

Photo credit to Filipe Samora.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weigh In #35

I'm a little (OK, a lot) late with Friday's post. Crazy week and weekend but we all made it through! So, stick with me for a little Freedom Friday on a Monday.

Thanks to @27millionslaves on twitter (also known as End Slavery Now), I found their awesome calendar of Anti-Trafficking Events. This calendar has a day-by-day listing of various events that the anti-trafficking community has going on around the world. I was amazed to see all the events on the calendar. I was also a little saddened to see that there were not more on there. But we can help get more events in more places...

Best estimates say that there are more than 27 million people in the bonds of slavery TODAY! That number includes people in just about every country in the world - and, yes, the US is in there too. So there are opportunities in abundance to help fight this global scourge. And the folks at End Slavery Now have stepped up to help us do just that.

Along with the calendar, they have the "New Underground Railroad". The railroad is a way to help people and organizations connect. You can choose what role you can play or search for the type of person or organization you are looking to connect with. It's a great idea for bringing people together for this cause.

Another cool part of the site is the "Take Action" section. In this part of the site you can get tips on what you can do in your every day walk of life to help with the fight. One side of the page has a place to choose a profession or activity that describes yourself. You can then see general suggestions for how to help. The left side of the page is a list of actions you may be interested in and ways to engage.

All in all, End Slavery Now is a great, and growing, site that can help anyone get plugged-in and active in the new abolitionist movement. Go check it out and help end slavery in our lifetime.

On to the weekly info. As I'm getting closer and closer to my original goal of 80lbs I keep thinking about what the next goal should be. Getting to 240lbs was never the stopping point - it was a waypoint. I'm not sure where the end number is yet but I'm going to keep on plugging. So, on Friday I got on the bathroom scale and saw


Still moving. A few more dollars for Definitely feeling better each day...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Weigh In #34

I'm continuing the "Freedom Friday" theme again this week. A couple of weeks ago, I pointed to a fellow named John Burger who works as an abolitionist. He is dedicated to, and working for, the freedom of enslaved people.

John linked to an incredible story about a 61 year old woman in Nepal who has created and runs a "safe house" for those rescued and freed from the sex trafficking going on in her country. The woman, Anuradha Koirala, has an amazing story and, more to the point, and incredible heart for the victims of the sex trade in her community. Go on over to John's site and read more about her or go see what CNN has to say about this amazing woman.

Also, please jump over to John's site and find out ways that you can help fight human trafficking.

On the local front, today was a weigh in day. So I stepped on the scale and saw


Ever closer to the goal. And a few more dollars into the donation bucket for

Check back next week for another Freedom Friday post.

Photo credit to geishaboy500.