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Challenging myself for Mental Health

It's time I put some of my considerable weight to good use

Challenging myself for Mental Health
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This project will receive all pledges made by midnight, Sat 12 Aug 2017

So, what's this all about?

I'm Jonathan. Most of you will know me. I'm the founder of Hubbub, and I am a nonprofit fundraising geek.

However, I'm also now pretty fat. As of April 1st 2017 I weigh 122.0kg. This is a bit much, really. I used to have a very athletic build, and my (extremely) healthy weight is between 90kg and 95kg. God it's been a long time since I've been anywhere near that.

A combination of stress, inactivity, alcohol and laziness has gradually made me fat.

So?

Well, I'm getting married this year, and I'd also like to make sure I stick around long enough to play with my kids, and also to enjoy my old age with my beautiful soon to be wife.

So, this is my public commitment to lose weight and get to 95kg.

Isn't crowdfunding it a bit self-involved?

Probably, but I'm doing it for me, and I know myself. I'm a competitive type, and I know that I'll need this public commitment and motivation to get there. Those of you who know me will know that too.

And I run a crowdfunding business.

And I like raising money for charity.

So, if you don't like it, don't give. :)

Right, fine, now what?

This is where you come in, and it's pretty simple. I commit to get to 95kg by August 12th (my wedding date). That's 27kg in 133 days, or as I like to think of it, about 200g a day. You sponsor me to get there. If I get there, your gift will be processed and passed to MQ. If I don't, you won't be charged at all. So it's kind of all on me. Be generous, and put the pressure on.

The money will go to MQ, a mental health research charity I think is doing incredible work. If you would rather it went elsewhere, then by all means make a donation elsewhere, but please tell me so I can add it to the total raised.

I'll keep you posted on progress.

Finally, thank you - you are amazing!


Weighing In - Jonathan May
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1 month ago

It's been a tricky week and a half since I tore my hamstring, as it's meant very little exercise has been possible. However, after a week away in Germany at the table football World Cup (stood up 10+ hours a day with a half hour walk to and from the venue every day), and managing largely to stick to lack of alcohol and lack of unnecessary junk I've dropped another few kg. Down to 116.4kg, still a bit ahead of schedule, and the hamstring is almost ready for some light jogging.

Thank you all again for keeping me motivated and helping me keep up the momentum.

I'm going to do this.

1 month, 2 weeks ago

Well, week one down, and almost 4kg is gone. Roughly the same weight as an adult mongoose. When I'm done, I'll have lost the same weight as a roe deer.

Thank you all so much for your pledges. It means a huge amount to me and to MQ, and it will keep the pressure on not to let up.

There have been a few blips this week - and some interesting observations. Firstly, unless I eat breakfast, I don't tend to lose weight the following day. Very small sample size so far, but with otherwise the same diet, same exercise pattern, if I don't eat breakfast, I come out roughly the same weight - and with breakfast, I lose 400g+. I'm sure there are good reasons behind this, but in the meantime I'll just make sure to keep eating breakfast.

On Saturday, I tore a hamstring, so that'll be a small setback which reduces some of my ability to exercise... 2-3 weeks or so before that'll be fixed. But it won't stop me.

This week I travel to Hamburg for the table football World Cup (from Tuesday night through to Sunday). 5 days on my feet competing in an international competition is likely to do me some good - it's hardly exercise for fit people, but when you're as unfit as I am I expect it to help. Wish me luck!

Once again, you're all amazing and you inspire me to keep going. Keep telling people about this. Thank you again - I really appreciate it. :)

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20 Apr 2017
Christina Pashialis

Good luck Jon - great progress already! I'm sure you're going to smash your goal :D

20 Apr 2017
Tom Sellers

Well done JM keep going!

7 Apr 2017
Thomas Burdett

Best of luck, Jon. Let's hope you're better at this than you ever were at table football.

7 Apr 2017
Simon Pennington

Hey big guy! Good luck with all this (Don't change too much!) I know the guys at MQ, it's a great cause to support.

6 Apr 2017
Kerry

Great progress so far! Good luck!

4 Apr 2017
Rachel Hall

No going back now ;-) Good luck!

3 Apr 2017
Andy Davis

I have full faith that you'll achieve your goal!

3 Apr 2017
Sknox81

Good luck!!

3 Apr 2017
Craig Pollard

Good work Jonathan. £1 for each percent... very happy to add to this if you lose more... there's another £78 there to be made ;)

2 Apr 2017
Sharon Barraclough

£ for every lb! Well done you and looking forward to seeing the progress as I know you'll do it with your determination

2 Apr 2017
Alain And Sarah Michelotti

Good luck, Jonathan. A worthwhile cause. Alain & Sarah

2 Apr 2017
Duncan Knox

Go smash it! Love Julia and Duncan x

2 Apr 2017
Duncan Knox

Public MyFitnessPal weight loss graph daily updates needed!

Duncan Knox

generated 118 clicks, donated £250.00, and caused 3 donations totalling £171.00

Tom Sellers

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