Skin in the Game – Investing to Fight Childhood Obesity

As I have said, and as the name of my site implies, I am running my weight loss journey like it is a business of mine.  It is the only way I am going to succeed.

One of the things that I have learned in business is that you have to invest yourself into your business in every way that you can.  This includes your time, your talent, and of course your finances.  If you take a business plan to the bank to get a loan, the bank is going to want you to invest some of your own money (usually 20-30%) so that you have incentive to succeed at what you are doing.  You are less likely to just walk away from it if you have something to lose.  This is called, in layman’s terms, having “skin in the game.”

I have been trying to think of a way to put more skin in this game.  I want to raise the stakes so that I have even more incentive to conquer this weight loss endeavor!  The other day it just hit me.


What better way to raise the stakes than to offer the opportunity for someone else benefit from your success?

What are you getting at Hank? Well here it is.

...fighting obesity, one child at a time...

There is a non-profit organization based here in Charleston, called Louie’s Kids, whose mission is to help address and treat childhood obesity.  They target economically disadvantaged kids but they help anyone and everyone that they can.  They encourage education because that is the root of the problem. But as their website says, a 400 or 500 or 600 pound child needs more than education, they need treatment.  Louie’s Kids stands virtually alone as the nation’s only non-profit whose sole mission is to treat obesity, one child at a time.

To invest more and raise the stakes  in my business of losing weight I am committing to donate $5 for every pound that I lose from now until December 15th, 2011 to Louie’s Kids.  My success will benefit more than just myself.  It will benefit disadvantaged kids who need help losing weight as well.  If I fail myself, I will now be failing others.  How is that for incentive?

Please take a moment to look over the Louie’s Kids website.  Also check out their Facebook page here.

I am in this business to lose weight.  I can make it about me all day long.  But how awesome will it be that someone else can benefit from my success.

Help me be successful at this.  Spread the word.  Give encouragement.  Consider making a similar commitment.  Are you confident enough in yourself to put skin in the game?




8 comments to Skin in the Game – Investing to Fight Childhood Obesity

  • Marc Gaskins

    Thats awesome Hank. I will pledge $2/pound through Dec 15th, 2011. Will that make you focus more? Also, anybody else want in on this? Come on people, help Hank help others. Four more people and we can raise $1,000 if Hank hits 100 pounds.

  • Amy Glenn

    I, too, can put in $2/pound, right there with you. It’s something I desperately need to do for myself, and you’re right: helping others in the process will only motivate me more. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  • Mary
    Twitter: oh_mg

    This is awesome. I made my 100 lb. weight loss reward a dollar-per-pound donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository – I found it very humbling that I get to choose every day WHAT to eat and what not to eat, and so many people in this city (children especially) have to choose IF they can eat. This looks like a great organization!

  • Louis Yuhasz
    Twitter: LouisYuhasz

    I’m still humbled by your mission -and that you have chosen our organization to come along with you on this fight for your life. I believe what you are doing is going to inspire a lot of the children we work with and have worked with for 10 years. Louie’s Kids is in memory of my father, “Big Louie.” Dad weighed 550 lbs when he died, too young at 65. I watched for years as he struggled but managed to get to work everyday for 46 years. As he endured years of taunts, jeers and just mean people he taught us, his three kids, that in spite of what you might be called, or how you might be treated it’s important to endure. I’m glad I have these lessons because it’s endurance I assure you that’s kept us in this game for 10 years.
    It’s not easy, the kids we help are the most in need, they’re the kids from Title I schools (50% of Title I school children in the US are overweight or obese). The kids we help have families and communities who unfortunately do not always support their lifestyles -but it’s about empowering them, and for 7 out of 10 it seems to work, those are bad odds when you’re talking about 25 million American children.
    Thank you for your support of our organization and trust we’ll be cheering you on every step of this amazing journey. You inspire me.
    Humbly and sincerely,
    Louis H. Yuhasz-Founder/CEO

  • Joy
    Twitter: Joy Wise

    Hank I saw this on Twitter today. Great job. I will join you and pledge $2 a pound until Dec. 15. Thanks for the inspiration!

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>