5 More Miles Has Me Feeling Fat and Happy

I’ve been sharing my walking adventures via Facebook (and Twitter, and Reddit, and StumbleUpon), and one of my family members congratulated me on my efforts, and suggested that if I keep it up, the pounds will start coming off. While appreciate the encouragement, this “1000 Miles” project isn’t about losing weight.

First, it’s about helping raise funds to help a little boy named Sasha beat cancer. It’s proven more difficult than I thought to get set up to set up the organization needed to raise the money without running afoul of the tax authorities. The options are, I can just collect funds from everyone via a PayPal “fundraiser”, giving PayPal their five to ten percent cut; I can start and register a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, which will cost about $1,000.00 in legal and government filing fees, and which will take several months; or I can find an existing not-for-profit to act as a fiscal sponsor.

To get started, I’m going to open up the PayPal fundraiser, and work to find a fiscal sponsor. Initially, donors won’t be able to deduct the money they give, and there will be other tax implications, but this will be the fastest way to begin helping Sasha with his treatment expenses. If all goes really well, the 5031(c)(3) option.

For the time being, look for the PayPal Donate Now button on the sidebar of the page. I’ll also be setting up a dedicated Pledge Page where individuals can post their pledges.

So now, let’s get back to the Facebook post, and my other reason for doing this “1000 Miles” project: I’m a fat guy. At 400 lbs, there’s no denying it. And I don’t particularly care to deny it. But what I do want is to dispell the myth that fat people are lazy and stupid. Even fat people get sucked into believing these stereotypes, acting out the role that our image-worshipping culture sets for them.

It is possible to be fat and happy … and healthy. Over the past two years, I’ve steadily increased my activity level. My body has done an excellent job adapting to the challenge: in July of 2010, I could barely walk a mile in one hour every few days. Over the course of a year and a half, I built that one mile to three to five miles several times a week. With this project, I’m trying to get it to every day.

I haven’t lost weight, but I feel more energetic, my life-long asthma has disappeared, and overall I feel more relaxed.

Regardless of weight, getting up and moving can have a tremendous positive impact on person’s health.

So, 37 miles down, 963 miles to go!