1000 Miles

My name is Curtis Oden. Today is my thirty-fifth birthday. I weigh 407 pounds. Today, I making a commitment to myself,my family, and my friends. I will walk one thousand miles this year.

I am not doing this to loose weight.

I am doing this to continue the trend I’ve been on for the past year: I’ve walked more and exercised more in the past year than I did in the previous fifteen. My weight remains at around 400 lbs, but I have more energy, my lifelong asthma has diminished to the point where I use a rescue inhaler ever six months rather than every six hours, I’m able to play more actively with my daughter, and I’m able to enjoy life more by getting out and experiencing it.

One thousand miles is a pretty steep goal. I’m guesstimating that I walked five hundred miles last year without paying too much attention to it.

This year, I think 1000 miles is challenging but doable. Of course, I’m going to need help from my friends and family. There’s a couple of ways you can help:

  1. Walk with me. There’s no reason why we can’t do this together and encourage eachother.
  2. Make a pledge to on of my “mini-goals”. In the weeks to come, I’ll share a few milestones (ie 100 miles, 250 miles,etc) that you can pledge on. I’ll have one or two charities set up via Crowdrise so you can pay up as I blast through those goals.
  3. A big part of my motivation is to help my friend Sasha, a four-year-old boy who is battling lukemia for mor than a year. I’ll be setting up a fund to help cover his treatment costs. The fund will have with special milestones and events.
  4. Please be considerate to people of size, and share this site with them. Most obese people aren’t fat because they are lazy, but it is damn hard to overcome that inertia. If I hadn’t gotten past my asthma, it would be difficult for me to commit to one tenth if this. I want to dispel the stereotype that obese people are lazy and have an unhealthy lifestyle.

Here we go…

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