Debt.. Debt Never Changes...
We are all completely floored and amazed by the amount of attention this is receiving, and by the incredible generosity being shown to our friend. Words cannot express our gratitude to each and every one of you who have shared this story, or sent well-wishes, or given your own caps to help. Very special thanks, of course, to Mr. Pete Hines for his astonishing gift; it resulted in several grown folks crying at work as we reached the funding goal!
This goal, while ambitious, is really just the tip of the iceberg. The amount that will be owed in medical bills is unknown at this point. However, considering EMS transport, scans, x-rays, surgery, and a few nights in the hospital, it is safe to say that costs will be high -- even before any follow-up treatment or therapy.
There is a common misconception that Ben would be able to "sue for damages." While technically true, it would be fruitless in this instance. The driver had no insurance, and no discernable assets. With that, any judgment awarded by a court would be meaningless, since you can't get compensation from someone who doesn't have it to give. That is why we are doing this -- not to enrich, but to simply make our friend whole. To ensure that he is not made destitute by a freak accident, and to make certain that he can receive the care he needs to get back in action.
To that end, we will be keeping this open to allow additonal donations. Please keep sharing this story, and keep pulling for Ben. It means so much to him, and to all of his friends, that you care. Again, thanks to everyone who has made this possible! We are truly indebted to you all. Because debt...debt never changes...
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- The weight is still off. While I could probably aim for lower, I'm looking and feeling the way I prefer (mostly), so I'm cool for right now.
- I'm in training for my fourth century ride, scheduled for the week after my 34th birthday.
- I've made a few YouTube videos on cooking, and perhaps if Life ever slows down enough, I'll try my hand at a few more. :)
- The Happy Herbivore, one of my favorite plant based cooks, featured me in as an Herbie of the Week, and followed up with a 'Where are They Now?' aritcle about a year later.
- My health numbers are all spectacular: vitamin levels, blood sugar, A1C, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.
- I've started a Facebook Group called, 'Plants and Rants', which has over 50 members, that supports those of us who eat this way and like to let off some steam every once in a while.
I can't encourage you enough, if you can, to give this a shot. I'm here for anyone who wants more info.
.....and, we are live. Check out the review Eclectic Agenda gave our ticketing software, Crowded Fire:
Alex R.M. Turner and Jennifer Edwards (Ed) from Janda Tech, LLC have developed a unique ticketing software system that allows me to avoid using awkward 3rd party sites whose creators have never felt Funkworks Bass go WUB WUB and wouldn't even know their goggles from their Vix inhalers or how to find the toilets again.
If you want those kinda n00bs, like th...e ones over at Stubnub and Eventbites taking cream off the top without even liking the milk, and pooping on themselves just a dozen feet away from the porta potties, well be my guest.
Personally, I'm not having it.
Being able to work directly with the people who will be overseeing the ticket sales for my event is only made that much better by the fact they they are as excited to attend it as I am. Feel free to send them a message about any kind of event you're thinking of planning and you'll meet two friendly, intelligent people who know what they're doing and can't wait to see your headliner.
We hope to see you there; should be a great party!
"I know what I want to be, I know what I want to be!" the Little Soul announced with great excitement. "I want to be the part of special called 'forgiving'. Isn't it special to be forgiving?"
"Always remember," God had smiled, "I have sent you nothing but angels."
It's been a year since I started this whole foods, plant based experiment in earnest.
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My heart is full of gratitude. Beyond being healthy, happy, and being closer to the weight I'd like to be, I feel empowered by this experience. It was and continues to be a powerful lesson in the ability to manifest one's own reality, to take control of outcomes, and live an actualized life. And if any of that rubs off even a little bit on others, then I feel like perhaps I've left the earth a little better than I found it.
Last week's weight: 174.0
Current weight: 170.4
This week's loss: -3.6
Total loss: 58.4
STG: 170 (a loss of 58.8) ACHIEVED OR CLOSE ENOUGH OMG
Third short term weight loss goal achieved!
My year anniversary of being on a Whole Foods Plant Based diet is on Sunday, and I'm in a bit of a hurry this morning, so more and pictures later!
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It can be intimidating at first, but it IS possible to be a healthy cheapskate, if you know where to look.
Last week's weight: 180.6
Current weight: 175.0
This week's loss: -5.6
Total loss: 53.6
I checked it four times, because I didn't believe it. I knew I had lost weight this week, and I was feeling pretty good about the weigh in, but dang!
This week has been an exercise in how to eat out and over at others' homes, in and around social engagements. Guess I succeeded. There was veggie sushi, pho, veggie chili at A and F's place, and then last night. Last night I went to spin class at the gym because it rained and I couldn't commute. In between work and the gym I looked in my fridge for a quick snack and snagged most of a pack of crimini mushrooms. This, incidentally, might have been the moment I realized how far from 'normal' my diet has become, that raw dry mushrooms were a delicious snack. Anyway, after spin I was off to burner costume/craft night, and swung by home to pick up yarn and grab something to eat. All my popcorn research paid off, because I was able to pop some really quickly, and add some agave nectar to it to make it 'kettle corn' (video coming soon to a youtube channel near you) and boost the calorie content a bit. I also snagged an apple. Fast food at its tastiest.
As far as slip-ups, I don't think there were any this week. Alcohol is still being consumed, but as always, my standing rule with booze is that if I'm still losing weight (and not in training for a specific event) then moderate consumption is fine.
My body is going through another shape change, this time around my middle (as opposed to last time there was a big shift after Burning Man, where all the weight seemed to shed from my upper body and face). I was crocheting last night at craft night and looked down at my middle and realized there was....less of me. I had room for more yarn in my lap. heh. It was just weird, because its not how I've looked, EVER, as an adult. My size 14 jeans are starting to become too large, and when I put my hands on my hips I'm not nearly as...squishy. ;) This dysmorphic thing is such a trip.
And just because I haven't done it in a while, here's some PICZ OF FUD OMG111!!!!!!!!!
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Tasks to complete to move forward on blog project:
- Make a new YouTube video, post it. Polenta and salad is the leading candidate right now.
- Clean up my channel so it’s only the food stuff, and move my uke and helicopter videos to another channel.
- Research blog hosting options that will easily allow me to integrate my video stuff.
- Give some thought to what I want the focus of the blog to be about. Cooking/Food? Total life wellness? My own personal story? All of these?
- Create a schedule for working on the blog, making videos, and writing. I’m thinking Wednesdays, since that seems to be the least utilized of all the weekdays for burner-related social time.
- Look into reasonably priced, reasonably good video editing software.
Okay I think that’s enough for now. :)
I forgot that I had used my hand blender to chop cilantro last night.
It gave the ice cream an interesting flavor, but not bad. Not bad at all.