3 interactive health projects: weight loss, women’s health and body image

sunny image james jordan on flickrhey, friends … just a quick note today, to tell you about three interesting health interactive health projects here in the blogosphere (btw, that’s where blogospherians hang out, as anthony informed me the other day).

  1. the first one ends on february 4 so you better run. you could win a $50 gift certificate at target. all you have to do is leave a comment about 5 things you’d like to do this year for your physical or mental health. for women only, sorry!
  2. okay, now let’s move over to a guy. patrick weighs 500lb. he wants to lose a lot of this, partly because it might help him and his wife have a child that they desperately want. this is a project where you give something. how can we support patrick? blogging mogul john chow has decided to give him $1 per pound for the first 100 pounds he loses, and $2 per pound afterwards. john himself strikes quite a slim pose (how does he to that with all the hamburger eating???) but as we all know, his wallet is pretty fat. i can’t compete with that so i’ll have to think of how i’ll support patrick my own unique way.
  3. at breaking the mirror there is a contest about body image. what do you like about your body? definitely for both men and women. you have the chance to win a book.

that’s it for today. i’m off the computer in a minute. it’s nice and sunny outside, and my daughter, my grandson and i are going out for a walk. talk to you soon!

(this post was included in the dieting and health carnival at middle age shed)

17 thoughts on “3 interactive health projects: weight loss, women’s health and body image

  1. Patrick Curl: Help me lose 300 LBS

    Hey, I can definitely relate to being poor, and not having much to donate $600 to the cause, like mr Chow.

    I’m actually grateful for posts like yours, as just making people aware is supporting me, it adds subscribers, and that might help increase my ‘conversation power’ with companies like 24-hour fitness or golds gym(I’m trying to get a free gym membership to help out my plan.)…

    The money John is offering is great, but mentioning my site on his blog normally is worth $400+ so I’m pretty excited, right now I’m working on building awareness, and hopefully that will lead to some good sponsorships.

    As far as money goes, I’d be really happy if I could get 1000 people each to donate $5 per 100 LBs … if 1000 people offer that, then I’ve got $15,000 after I lose 300.

    Perhaps if everyone who gives $5 could get just 2 more people to volunteer $5. That would be cool (Part of this is also a marketing experiment, as well as an experiment in fundraising, etc.. I’m curious to see where it goes…and if I can be successful.)

    Patrick Curl: Help me lose 300 LBS’s last blog post..What is this blog about?

  2. isabella mori

    hi patrick. well, i wouldn’t quite call myself poor … at any rate, here’s a question: what are you planning to do with the money? what’s your “pitch”? why would someone who, say, is already donating quite a bit of money to things like foster parents, amnesty international or susan reynold’s fabulous breast cancer project also contribute to your project?

    ok … you have the floor … 🙂

  3. Patrick Curl: Help me lose 300 LBS

    1st: Your donation will help motivate me to reach my goal weight.
    2nd: 25% will be going to the American Diabetes Association – per a suggestion by a commenter on johnChow.com
    3rd: It will help us get out of debt and possibly be able to buy our first home.
    4th: Getting out of debt will make it easier for us to raise a family, we are currently working on getting licensed for foster care, and are about 90% finished with that, we are trying to foster-to-adopt.
    5th: I’d like to eventually start a green business, to help the environment.

    Patrick Curl: Help me lose 300 LBS’s last blog post..Thanks for the shoutout from MoriTherapy.com

  4. Marc Olmsted

    I would send him to Overeaters Anonymous. The weight is not the problem, it’s the symptom. The problem is an addiction to overeating, and he needs to deal with that. If he loses the weight without dealing with the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of the disease, he will regain it and it could kill him.

  5. Nancy

    I have a big grin on my face: only in the states! It’s the best of the usa – bold, gutsy, entrepreneurial.

    A couple points:
    1. Transparency is critical. No offense, Patrick, but for all I know you’re a totally scrawny dude who put up a fake picture and is getting a really great, fun scam going.
    2. Transparency is critical. Again. If people are donating, you will need to post some reasonably convincing evidence that you have indeed lost the weight.
    Other than that, all the more power to you.

    Nancy’s last blog post..Monday-personal practice, ps. re: weightloss and charity

  6. marian

    wow..this is just too ‘american’ for me!
    i am overweight and i just forked out $600+ to fix my car..any offers? and i could have used some help in paying for my orthotics and my new glasses a few months back too.
    in the big picture..if patrick was supposed to have a baby..he would have one, harsh as this sounds.
    also..why so desperate for a baby when you obviously have a lot of work to do on yourself first. having a baby when one has not addressed their issues (that got them to that weight) will not be a good thing for the child.
    sorry, patrick, you are my brother on this obesity walk but i will not give you a dime.
    on the other hand, feel free to send me some cash next time i say no to some pastry!
    just joking.
    but if you ever check out the 12 steps of recovery, i would be happy to walk through those with you.

  7. isabella mori

    so – what do you think of this feedback, patrick? it’s funny, i certainly didn’t think there would be all these “american” comments 🙂

    ok, here’s what i think right now:

    it’s great, wonderful that you want to lose weight.

    i’d like to help you.

    we’re community. community is built on reciprocity. i give you something, you give me something, we help each other. and we also want to have a sense that the person we’re helping is doing all they can to help themselves.

    now it looks like you could use help with losing weight. you’ve probably tried all kinds of things already and they haven’t worked (maybe blog about that?).

    what i don’t get is why you need help getting money. what does your weight have to do with the money? (it’s not a rhetorial question, i’m actually interested)

    i’m not trying to be confrontational here, just explaining why you haven’t “sold” me on giving you money.

    you HAVE sold me on wanting to help you lose weight.

  8. Jan Karlsbjerg

    OK, here’s a follow-up:

    I also wouldn’t contribute if Patrick was running one of the (for North America) usual charity schemes: Somebody volunteers to do something for fun and self-promotion and (oddly) this activity is linked up with other people giving money to a third party institution or cause. “Run for the Cure”, “24 hour blogathon for charity X”, etc. etc.

    This idea of “doing X for charity” is something I’ve only encountered in North America — and I hadn’t noticed any distinction between Canada and the US on this topic.

    In general I don’t give money to charities.

    There, I said it. Let the condemnation rain down over me (those who know me will know that I won’t care).

    I’m not wholly uncharitable. I sometimes give stuff away that I don’t need myself. Last winter I gave away a duvet to a local charity through my work place. They were collecting clothes for homeless people in Burnaby, I didn’t need the duvet, and I knew it would be of great use to a street person (we were getting rid of it because it was too warm).

    I grew up in a welfare society. A society that worked. People paid a lot of taxes and in return, the state did a good job of taking care of people. It supports the poor, it guarantees that parents can get a spot in a daycare for their kids, it provides free health care and education to its citizens (it’s not a healthy society where only the moneyed can afford to take an education or be healthy).

    To me, that’s how a society should work.

    The folks from charity X may say that they’re covering the holes. I say that they’re supporting a broken model of a society where large holes are allowed to exist, because “charities will pick up the slack”.

    If you have the power to vote in the country where you live (unfortunately I don’t), vote to get the holes plugged.

    Jan Karlsbjerg’s last blog post..From the fashion world: The ugly-suit

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  10. 12 hour yeast infection

    In some ways, I envy Patrick – it’s one of the rare occasions where someone is paying someone to BE healthy!!!

    I’d love it if someone paid me to workout and eat right! Maybe I should start a blog listing my dialy problems and have people donate money to help my family and I be healthy….but then it would just make me feel like I was living off people which is not my cup of tea. Okay, this has turned into a much longer reply than it was meant to be 🙂 I shall shut up now.

  11. Mike Goji

    That’s a very odd way to motivate yourself or others to help you lose weight.

    Perhaps you should buy a mini exercise bike and bike at home when you watch tv or do things on your computer.

    Mike Goji’s last blog post..Had to fix car

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