Shape Up! – Week 68

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This is week 68 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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Saturday was such a fun day!  Since it rained all day in Anniston, I went over to Birmingham for some events!  First, I went to the Free Comic Book Day event at Kingdom Comics.  Many people came and the line was very long!  Also, many costumed characters were out.  Seeing many families and kids coming out was special.  The geek and nerd culture has exploded thanks to movies, TV shows, comics, animated shows, and the overall word of mouth about geeks and nerds.  My second event was Celebrate Hoover Day at Spain Park High School.  I got some apple pie and ice cream and took lots of photos and videos.  Everyone had a good time!  I probably did a few miles of walking on Saturday.

Now I really want to talk about this.  Live Below the Line is a challenge for everyday people to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for five days.  It is an initiative of The Global Poverty Project, whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty.   Some people have taken the challenge and learned what it’s like to live on $1.50 a day.  Last week, some anchors from WHNT-TV took the challenge and wrote about it.  It’s a very interesting read!

There are places around the world where people live in extreme poverty.  And you know what, there are people here in America that lives in extreme poverty!  Some adults have been out of work for such a long time and no one will give them a chance to work.  So they might live in horrible living conditions or be homeless.  These people also don’t eat too much at all.  Yes, there are people in America who are food   insecure and might only eat one meal a day.  If these people have kids, they starve as well.  Their only meal might be the school lunch and on weekends or holidays, these kids might not eat anything.

Most people get food stamps or SNAP benefits to help them.  But these benefits only go so far.  Yes, I have been unemployed for 22 months now and I am on food stamps.  I get $200 a month to help with food.  This means on most days I only eat one meal a day during dinner.  Most days I also include a snack like a recipe I made or some breakfast.  I have lived like this for six months now.  When I go out to cover events with pictures and photos, I often do it with an empty stomach.

When you hardly eat anything, you often end up with less energy and you can’t do much or you will get tired.  Most days as I sit here in the apartment, I feel tired and want to sleep.  That’s what happens when you only eat one meal a day.  Some days I only feel like sleeping all day long because my energy is almost zero.  If I did not get food stamps, I would only imagine how things would be.  I would most likely end up going through garbage cans for food.  I encourage all people to do the Live Below the Line challenge and live on $1.50 a day for five days.  You will come out of it as a better person.  In this film titled Living on One Dollar, several students lived in Guatemala during the Summer and lived on one dollar a day.  You need to watch this film!

Learn more about Live Below the Line at:

Learn more about the The Global Poverty Project at:

This is what I ate last week:

Saturday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.

Sunday: Burger, Fries, Sweet Tea.

Monday: Burger, Fries, Sweet Tea.

Tuesday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Wednesday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.

Thursday: Fish and Chips, Sweet Tea, Chocolate Cupcakes.

Friday: Fish and Chips, Sweet Tea, ChocolateCupcakes.

Have a great week everyone!