Dad's Garage's Kickstarter

The Dreaded “3”

Theatre, Weightloss

Three weeks ago I had a doctor’s appointment. I stepped on the scale there, and the nurse jotted down a sobering number: 301.2.

Sure, I was wearing jeans, and shoes, and my belt … but still. I had never seen a “3” at the beginning of my weight ever. It was a wakeup call.

Two weeks ago I was challenged by my parents to lose weight. They volunteered to donate $10 to Dad’s Garage Theatre’s Kickstarter campaign to buy a new home for every pound I lost.

Today’s scale reckoning: 279.4 pounds. Almost 22 pounds from the scary 301.2, and 15.6 pounds from my weight two weeks ago, the day my parents issues their generous challenge.

Mom, Dad—you’re in for 156$ so far.

Anyone else wanna cheer me on? Make a $15 donation to Dad’s Garage‘s Kickstarter right now!

Next update in a week.

One Week. Ten Pounds. A Hundred Bucks.

Theatre, Weightloss

You may have read that my parents have combined my weight loss efforts and my fundraising efforts. They’ve offered to donate $10 to Dad’s Garage Theatre’s Kickstarter campaign for every pound I lose. The campaign ends Tue, Nov 11 2014.

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Long story short, Dad’s is a ridiculous Atlanta theatre company that I’m part of. We were made homeless last year, but we’ve found a potential forever home. To buy. Of course, not-for-profit theatre organizations tend to have shallow pockets, so we’re getting creative—thus this Kickstarter campaign, which is only part of our multi-tiered fundraising effort.

I’ve already cleared out my kids’ college funds, so now I’m getting creative too. I’ve got about two months to also kickstart my weight loss campaign, and hopefully raise more money for Dad’s.

PROGRESS REPORT

Seven days in. I hit the scales this morning, and have lost 10.4 pounds so far (295.0 to 284.6). Let’s round down and say that Mom and Dad are in for at least $100, barring a total relapse.

My approach this week:

No sweet. Not just no sugar, nothing that tastes sweet, including artificially-sweetened stuff and even fruit. This has really helped me control cravings. Yeah, it’s pretty impossible to completely avoid sugar—I know I’ve ingested plenty this week in the form of salad dressing, bread, and even chicken sausage. I’m just doing the best I can.

No booze. No Friday evening reward beer. No post show improv beer. No “cheers the kids are in bed” celebration. God that was hard, but though I love a good IPA, I recognize that it’s empty calories, and thus not a good choice for weight loss.

No fried. I actually had some baked buffalo chicken wings for lunch last week. Not bad at all.

Intermittent Fasting. The idea here is to ingest all my calories within an eight-hour window each day. So I have breakfast at 7:00 AM, lunch around 1:00 PM, and then I’m done for the day. I did this every day this week. A real lifestyle change, but once you get your head around it it’s not actually that hard.

Next report coming in a week. Wanna help me stay motivated? Donate a few bucks. Stay tuned.

Dad’s Garage Getting Bigger. I’m Getting Smaller.

Theatre, Weightloss

My parents know I have two big-ass goals right now. The first is to lose weight from my big ass. The second is to raise money to help Dad’s Garage Theatre Company purchase a big-ass forever home.

So they gave me a challenge: they’ll donate $10 for every pound I lose.

If you don’t know Dad’s Garage, you should. Founded in 1995, Dad’s is a comedy theatre in Atlanta that brings improv, original scripted comedy, and a lot more to Atlanta and the world. I’ve been performing there since 2000. I’ve improbably been cast in plays and musicals. I’ve written plays and musicals. I cherish it.

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If you don’t know about my weight … well, let’s just say my XXL shirts are getting tight. Time for a change.

Back to Dad’s Garage. In 2013, developers purchased our location from our landlord and knocked it down to make way for a parking deck. (Sounds like an 80s booby comedy, right?)

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Since then we’ve been homeless, performing at 7 Stages Theatre and anywhere else with a stage and a light grid that will have us. We appreciate the kindness of 7 Stages, but we need a space of our own to continue our mission of bringing original comedy to a new generation of theatregoers.

We think we’ve found our forever home. It’s a nondescript church in the fantastic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood in downtown Atlanta.

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Not much to look at, but it had the square footage, parking, environment, and infrastructure we need. And just imagine what it can become.

We’re raising money to buy the place, and a relatively small part of that money needs to come from our plucky Kickstarter campaign. (Please consider donating yourself.) I’ve already dug deep, so when I hit up my parents, they introduced this cockamamie concept. It’s strangely motivating.

I started Sunday 9/14/2014. I have until Tuesday 11/11/2014 to lose as much as I can and convert that into a donation for Dad’s. Keep your eyes on this space for updates, and thanks Mom and Dad!