Kenny Do It AGAIN?

Vater Artist Kenny Livingston (Sugarcult/Good Man Down) is looking to embark on his 2nd Kenny Do It journey this summer, pedaling his beach cruiser accross the United States to deliver a message that is very important to him. Here is the info from Kenny as taken from his Kickstarter page:

My name is Kenny Livingston. At age 45 I can honestly say I have had the great fortune of realizing most of my childhood dreams. As a musician I’ve sold over a million records worldwide, been nominated for a Grammy Award and have traveled the globe many times over. Call it good fortune. Call it tireless pursuit. Chasing down and achieving what most write off as unachievable is a challenge that I have always embraced.

In 2010 I set down my drumsticks to begin work on what I consider to be my greatest undertaking. On July 24th, of that year, I began pedaling a simple beach cruiser bicycle across America to inspire my fellow Americans, through the power of example, in making a commitment to change the way we approach our personal health, nutrition and lifestyle choices. The 76 day (3,600 mile) journey was aptly named “Kenny Do It?” There was no real budget. There was no formal training. It was all fueled by heart and soul. A new path was set. A new chapter begun and a new challenge awaited…

So WHAT… people bike across America all the time…. While this is certainly true, most merely do it to prove to themselves that they can. That wasn’t my mission. Not even close…I did it in front of you and documented it several times daily to show to YOU that YOU can do it. All the while atop a $400 beach cruiser in surf trunks and a t-shirt. It was the common mans journey and an odd yet powerful visual metaphor to drive home the idea that change takes time and commitment. We all have the inner strength to affect change in a big way and while we may not all be Lance Armstrong, we all have our own personal Everest’s out there waiting. That is how Kenny Do It began. Then…it quickly evolved into much more…

  

Kenny Do It 2010 Route 

 

THE GROUNDWORK: During the 2010 pilgrimage I posted over 130 daily inspirational and educational webisodes. These were filmed from the many organic farms, orchards and grass fed ranches I visited to farmers markets, campgrounds and the road itself. Since completing the ride on Oct 7th, 2010, I have been approached by several independent film groups about creating a documentary around that first ride. I have always felt there needed to be more content…. Please take the time to visit www.kennydoit.org to see everything from the 2010 campaign. I would also encourage you to visit my You Tube Channel. 2010 was clearly the groundwork for something much bigger.

 

THE GOAL: I have my sights solidly set on taking the Kenny Do It campaign to the people once again this summer and enhancing the Kenny Do It visual experience with over 60 new health “topic” videos. This will be in addition to the roughly 130 forthcoming 2012 “From The Road” videos that will be posted throughout the journey. All of this new footage, in addition to the 2010 footage, will not only end up being the bulk of the forthcoming documentary, it will live on online for anyone to visit 24-7 for inspiration, information and education about healthy lifestyle choices and daring to dream.

THE FACTS: I have budgeted the 2012 endeavor many times over. This is, once again, a bare bones grass roots effort. The costs are a motor home, fuel, a driver, a videographer/webmaster, production, accommodations (campgrounds), and insurance. The gas and motor home rental alone are over a third of the budget.

THE OUTCOME: This really depends on you. Word of mouth was the most powerful tool in putting Kenny Do It on the map. In the end, there will be no Kenny Do It 2012 or documentary if the word isn’t spread and pledges are not made. I am committed to taking on this grueling physical feat that most half my age wouldn’t attempt, in order to get people to pay attention to the MESSAGE. Kenny Do It is already a channel. It should be a documentary. If you believe in the message that fuels this endeavor please pledge and pass it on. Thank you so much. I hope to see you out on the road.

Kenny Do It AGAIN Kickstarter Site
www.kennydoit.org
Kenny Do It You Tube Channel



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Posted by Chad on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:52 AM

Big Mike Clemons: My Story

Some people look at me now and don’t recognize the smaller, more healthy version of Mike Clemons. Others look REALLY hard as if trying to make sure that I really am “Big Mike” Clemons, the overweight drummer who’s toured with Usher, Israel & New Breed and others! But regardless of the initial looks, the next question is either, “how’d you lose all that weight?” or “are you sick?” While my journey towards a healthier version of my life came from the disciplined exercising and making healthier food choices, truth be told, the catalyst for this journey is that I was sick, but just didn’t know it!

 

I didn’t realize how sick I was until my wife noticed how much I was going to the bathroom. As far as the stereotype goes, some men have a hard time being convinced to go to the doctor; I realized I actually was one of THOSE guys. I ignored the problem and explained away going to the bathroom so much with the rationale, “well I’m drinking more water because I’m thirsty, so of course I’m going to the bathroom more.” But when I really got tired of getting up to go to the bathroom 3-4 times a night, I finally decided to listen to my wife and make the appointment.

I couldn’t believe it when the test results came back…I had Type 2 diabetes! Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause blindness, amputation of toes, feet, and legs, and even death, and I wanted NO part of that! I was like this is for real and I knew it was time for me to make a lifestyle change. In addition to taking my medicine, I started off with small changes to my diet. I ate less pasta, white rice, and for the most part ate less sweets. Apparently I wasn’t taking it seriously enough because when I went back to the doctor a few months later, my blood sugar levels were lower, but still not low enough. Months later I had another visit. I remember feeling horrible that day; light headed, sluggish, and soooooo scared. I said to myself, “ok that's it, I’ve got to do something different!”

That “scared straight” moment was my point of no return. I took it to the next level and did what I was supposed to. I was even more committed to eating right, I started working out and focused on my health and began losing weight and feeling better again. My next visit was better, I was doing well and was so happy. Then one day I ran out of pills and I “decided” I didn’t need them since diet and exercise seemed to being working out JUST fine. That was the wrong move. My blood sugar levels went up again! My doctor broke it down for me and my wife who there supporting me. He said, “if you don't do all you can and take your pills you will just make it worse on yourself.” His words affected me, but the fact that my wife was angry with me changed my life. Once we got home, we had a long hard talk.

She said:

“Listen if you want to die then do that on you own dime. You have a family that loves you and right now you are being selfish to think about yourself and not your wife, kids and other people that love you. You have to be an example to everyone and yourself. It's not our fault that you have this but you can control it if you do what you’re supposed to, so stop it and do what you have to do!”

That’s pretty much the edited version of what she said, but you get the point and so did I! Her words were the “tough love” and reality check I needed. She was right. If I eventually died because of complications from my diabetes, who would support my family, especially considering the fact that I applied for life insurance and was denied because my numbers were so high. It hit me and I realized how much diabetes could really ruin my life and that of my family if I didn’t get it in check. So I did.

Like a drug addict determined to get off drugs, I went cold turkey and stopped doing anything that could keep me from being the healthy husband and father I knew I was supposed to be. I had a boot camp approach and dedicated myself to a “lifestyle” rather than a diet or weight loss plan. I mean I went to the extreme on everything. I worked out at the gym two times a day, ate only brown rice and wheat pasta, if any, and no fried foods. Knowing my personality, the only thing that worked for me was to admit I was too undisciplined not to “cheat“ and eat unhealthy foods; I told myself if I ate anything bad I was going to die. Now for some people, that may have been too much, but I was on a path headed for an early death if I didn’t turn my life around with a quickness, and there would be no life insurance for my family. I had a second chance to change my life and I was going to make sure it worked!

Today I’m healthy, fit and still working on being the best I can be. It's not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change, and I’m VERY happy about how my life has changed. My family is proud of me too. My youngest son likes my muscles and thinks I'm the coolest. I don't force strict eating on my kids, but I give them healthy choices, cut down on things like fast food, and cook more at home where I know the quality of the food and how it‘s prepared. I want them to see healthy habits at home so they can live a healthy life and eventually teach their kids when they get older. My experience has taught them how food and health are connected, and gives new meaning to the phrase “you are what you eat“. Now I eat healthy so I am healthy!

I remember the days when I wasn’t healthy. I was fat. I was uncomfortable. I felt bad about myself emotionally and my body felt like a kind of prison. I know what every fat person goes through, feels, and struggles with. Even with as much career success as I had, deep down I knew I wasn’t living the life I was supposed to be living. If you have never been fat you might not understand, but I do. If you are dealing with obesity like I was, you can overcome it and make a lifestyle change to positively affect the quality of your life forever. It's a choice that ultimately only you, and you alone, must make.

It's a choice I had to make. I didn’t want to feel “sick” anymore or head down a path to an early grave…I didn’t want to make my wife a widow or have my kids have to grow up fatherless. A few years ago I was on that path, but now I'm in MY best shape ever and it feels WONDERFUL. I like me even more now, and want to inspire others who feel like they can’t get fit and live a healthy life. I think God let me learn how fulfilling life can be through this experience, and if you are overweight, I want you to experience that victory too. My life is changed forever and I am happy about it, so remember, the longer you wait to lose weight, the longer your new life is on hold…YOU CAN DO THIS!

-"Big" Mike Clemons 

www.bigmikeclemons.com

  

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