I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this (that’s not true; I realize I’ve mentioned it endlessly), but this blog is not my job. You see, I have a regular ol’ full-time job. One that pays the bills and allows me to send my kids to college and stuff.
And I’m at the end of quarter right now, with a big project that needs to be done. Soon. As in, I’m going to be working both early and late on it for a while.
So I’m going to be posting kinda short stuff, and maybe kinda infrequently for the next week or two. Or three.
That said, there are a few things I wanted to (quickly) mention:
Update on the “Help Andreas Knickman Fight Bone Cancer, Tour Italy with Andy-Freaking-Hampsten” Contest
Yesterday I launched a new contest where, by helping out a teenage boy with bone cancerdon’t need to do that name thing, you can win a tour of Italy with Andy Hampsten, for crying out loud.
So far, more than eighty of you have donated, and you’ve raised around $2000. That’s a good start. But you know, considering this is a contest to tour Italy by bike with a cycling legend as your tour guide, it’s not really what I expected.
So today, I’d like to ask those of you who are participating in the “Let’s Lose Ten Pounds by Christmas” challenge to consider donating $10 to the Andreas Knickman fund, as a sort of optional entry fee. And yes, that $10 definitely is eligible for the big prize — touring with Andy Hampsten (and probably The Runner and me, unless you really don’t want us to come).
Click here to go to Paypal and donate:
Note: Yesterday I asked you, when you donated, to indicate it’s for Andreas Knickman. Several of you commented that you had forgotten to do this, which is totally understandable. Don’t worry about it. All donations to this foundation during the contest period will go toward the contest and will be eligible for the prizes. And The confirmation message you receive will indicate you paid a “Firefighters Fund”. That’s the one! Roy Knickman is a firefighter in Santa Maria, and his unit is behind his kid all the way. Cool?
I’ve Stalled Out
I weighed myself today, and — much to my non-surprise — I have gained a pound since last week, bringing me to 169.4 pounds.
Why have I gained a pound? Well, part of it is that it’s just not easy to lose weight during the Winter, seeing as how my favorite way to lose weight is to go on long bike rides, and it has been a cold, rainy, sleety Fall so far.
The other part of it is that, in order to escape aforementioned cold, rainy, sleety Fall last weekend, The Runner and I got out of town. We went to St. George, UT, where we were able to ride in beautiful, sunny, warm desert country in our brand-spanking-new Fat Cyclist gear for a couple of days. Check me out:
Now check us out:
Please stop noticing how hard I’m sucking in my gut in that picture for a moment, and get a good look at the incredible job Brent and Ryan at Twin Six did in designing everything this year. I swear, it is the best-looking, best-fitting Team Fatty collection there has ever been. In particular, both The Runner and I have been loving the long-sleeve jersey (in women’s too) — it’s a breathable, fleeced fabric I’m wearing pretty much every time I ride right now. I also love the socks: tall and merino wool. I bought six pair and wear them all the time, including when I’m not on my bike.
And, ahem, all Team Fatty gear is for sale and would make delightful Christmas presents.
But anyway, back to my weight. Why would I weigh more after a weekend of riding? Well, it has something to do, I think, with the fact that after I ride, I’m hungry. And when I’m not at home, the only place to eat would be at restaurants.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
But no more excuses. I’ve got six pounds to lose in less than nine days. It won’t be easy, but I swear: I will do it.
And now it’s turn for those of you participating in the Lose Ten Pounds By Christmas challenge to weigh in. Like before, give the following:
1. Your starting weight
2. Your current weight
3. Total amount lost
And then, after you enter your weight, please do something good for a kid who’s fighting hard against bone cancer and donate $10. Here’s the link again:
PS: For those of you wondering about Team Fatty and what we’re going to be doing next year, stay tuned; I’ll be detailing my plans very soon — late this week or early next week, just depending on when I can get time to think it through and write it down.