Flirty Girl Challenge Kick Off!

by Greg on July 31, 2009

The day has come. My Flirty Girl Fitness kit arrived in the mail, the video camera is here (thank you MomDot.com and MomTV.com!!), and I am ready to shake this booty!

If you who are completely clueless about what the heck I’m doing, you can visit my Flirty Girl Fitness Challenge page to get up to speed.
 

Part One: Introduction & Weigh-In

I’ve created TWO Versions to choose from. One is 8:26 and the other is 4:24 (no Flirty Girl Kit intro).


 

To recap, for those who are like me and always seek shortcuts, I originally hoped to raise $250 for my Sweet Dreams Fund which benefits those escaping domestic violence.

My wife convinced me to change it to $500 and I reluctantly gave in. I figured it would take a few weeks but when our close friends, Dan & Jane Polhamus, saw that we were $120 away from meeting our goal? They donated the remainder. Click here to read why this blew us away.

Contributions kept coming and I decided to honor a joke I had made where I promised to do a feather boa workout if we raised $1,000 before I started the program.

Not ONE HOUR before this deadline, Gena from The Morris Bunch Blog donated the remaining $100 we needed to hit that goal. This woman was determined to see me use that boa! I can say with full confidence that she’ll regret it.

We are absolutely floored by the outpouring of support and all the wonderfully kind words over the past few weeks. I thought we’d struggle to raise $250 by the time I was ready to start and the people listed at the bottom of this page helped us quadruple that goal. I feel blessed and with the funds raised thus far, more than 140 Sweet Dream packs can now be purchased. That is unbelievable.

Flirty Girl Fitness Challenge Contributors

I want to thank all of the following people and businesses who collectively helped us raise $1,070 through the Flirty Girl Fitness Challenge. If anyone on this list would prefer that I link to them or use a different name, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll take care of it immediately.

HUGE Thank You’s! (sorted in reverse order of donation date)
Confessions From Household Six
Living My Charmed Life
The Morris Bunch Blog
Hibiscus Creative
Brandy Hannusch
John Haralambis
Mindee Doney
Jim & Jena Cherry
BoogieWipes.com
Andrea Dowling
Eileen Ordinetz
Marci Eakin
Daniel & Jane Polhamus
Heidi Barnes
Patricia Sarcona
Rebecca Nelson
Brian & Lori Powell
Matthew Heller
Yohannes Gebreselassie
Melissa Shera
Sandra Hatfield
Janice Morse
Jacki Hess
Sandra Johnson
Jerry DuBrava
Matthew & Rebecca Saros
Moomette’s Magnificents
Christine Cugno
Amanda Griffiths
Daryl & Laura Rieks
The Shopping Mama
Brian & Shannon Turrentine
Envision Ultrasound
Life Starring Ellie and Eve
Dawn Langdon

 A Special Note to Dan & Jan Polhamus

Absolutely every donation I received for the Sweet Dreams Fund was a touching and generous gesture. The reason I wanted to write a special note to Dan and Jane is because even though their daughter has been courageously fighting a rare form of cancer for 2 1/2 years, and even with the financial demands this kind of fight brings, they didn’t hesitate to contribute the remainder of my $500 goal when they learned we were only $120 away. I was floored and called immediately to make certain that this was something they could do and wanted to do.

This family has endured countless trips to the children’s hospital for treatment, unimaginable sadness as they watch their daughter fight, and repeated let-downs as the cancer fought to survive. Even with this, they felt so blessed by the outpouring of support that they had received, that they felt compelled to return it in some fashion.

I have known Dan for nearly 25 years and this family is bound like few others I’ve seen. Their 3-year old daughter Rachel is an absolutely adorable and vibrant little girl, and I fully attribute this to the family network she has surrounding her.

Just today, July 30, 2009, we learned that Rachel is cancer free. After 2 1/2 years this little girl is cancer free!!!! We have been following her story on her family’s personal web journal at Caring Bridge and I promised Dan & Jane that I would share the link to this wonderful website. Here, families who are going through difficult times can have one outlet to share photos, news, and more so that friends and family can stay updated.

It’s an amazing story and you can read more about Rachel at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rachelpolhamus and more about Caring Bridge at http://www.caringbridge.org.

With that, I’m happy to kick off the Flirty Girl Fitness Challenge and you’ll see daily updates until I manage to lose 5 pounds on the program. I can’t promise you’ll want to watch all of the webisodes but they’ll be there if you’re brave enough.

Thank you again for all the support, the comments, and for spreading the word. I appreciate all of you…contributors, blabbermouths, and readers alike!

{ 13 comments }

Heather Z July 31, 2009 at 3:22 am

I love you for doing this!!!

Gena Morris July 31, 2009 at 3:23 am

Greg I so will NOT regret that last contribution! I can't wait!!

Elizabeth July 31, 2009 at 4:06 am

OMG your feet are gigantic.

Beccie July 31, 2009 at 4:18 am

You are a very brave soul. We are proud and waiting for the results! BTW, hair flipping, will you be adorning a wig for this?

P.S. Please don't pull a hammy!

Casey July 31, 2009 at 4:48 am

OMG I love it!! The boa is just the icing on the cake I tell ya!

Can't wait for the updates!!

Firefly July 31, 2009 at 6:06 am

Oh this is going to be GOOD LOL Love the video and your little girl is ADORABLE!!!

Telling Dad July 31, 2009 at 6:19 am

@Elizabeth – Please reference my nightmare piece.

@Casey – You and my wife both.

@Firefly – I can't promise it will be "good", lol, but I do agree with your thoughts on Kamryn. Thank you! 🙂

Oh, and for the record, I weighed myself late last night and again this morning. 237.5 again. I am really confused.

Preston July 31, 2009 at 6:59 am

Congratulations! Keep at it.

Rhea@mommy23monkeys July 31, 2009 at 7:32 am

I can't wait to see this tomorrow.

I *heart* Heather!! She must have so much fun being married to you! 🙂

Brandy July 31, 2009 at 10:14 am

The weight lost were from your toes over the edge lol. Get them toes on there and I bet you will weigh what you thought you did. OH and I have a Hannah Montana wig you can borrow LOL

Sandy July 31, 2009 at 10:24 am

Awesome Greg! I can't wait to see more!

This Mom Erin July 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

This is going to be awesome! Aside from the controversy… I was cracking up the whole time. I loved Heather's interaction too, lmao. Oh, and where did you get that scale from? I think it shrunk.

Stefanie August 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm

This is so wonderful! I hope you get to $1000 very soon! Off to tweet and donate! 🙂

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