Food Stamp Challenge Week 4 – The End?
July 15, 2008 § 3 Comments
David Davenport, President & CEO – Unlike the recent New Yorker cover, sometimes there’s truth in humor.
I stepped on the scale on Monday, and my heart sank. My weight dropped below the lower weight limit set by my doctors. Despite my fevered addiction to peanut butter and Ritz Crackers, I could not keep the weight I needed to continue the Food Stamp Challenge. Unfortunately, I must stop the Challenge. With a total weight loss of 18 pounds, four pounds beyond what my doctors allowed, I know I’m in for some serious discussion at my next doctor’s visit.
Trust me when I say there will be little celebration this evening. I am not happy about this decision; especially since I was a mere four days short of making the entire month.
So how do I feel now? Frankly, a little ashamed. For the past month, I was motivated by the extraordinary strength and courage of the families I met living with food-insecurity. I was inspired by stories of success and struggle from my colleges at Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Meals on Wheels and More as I traveled with them the first week of the challenge. I was uplifted by the many emails, blog comments, and phone calls from friends and concerned community members. I had the council of medical experts at my fingertips. How many food-insecure people have access to this kind of support? But amidst all of this passion and support, I couldn’t finish the job.
To those who have supported me through this endeavor, thank you. Your kind words delivered me this far, and I appreciate every one of them.
Please stay tuned for more. I have much more to say.