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Molly’s Guest Post: The Life Changing Journey

Molly from Fluffy Girl is one of my newer blog finds, and she’s an amazing person to follow. She’s already lost almost forty pounds, she’s already ran two 5Ks, (three by the time this is published), and she’s an inspiration. When I asked her to do a guest post for me, she initially wasn’t sure what she wanted to write about. I literally told her the sky was the limit, and I suggested writing about what led her onto this journey. Without further ado…

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First off, let me thank Jeremy for letting me take over his blog for a bit. I have never done a guest post before, so this is new to me. I am still somewhat a “noob” at blogging. So, without further a due, here we go!

College! Woooohoooo! Parties. Drinking. No parents. New friends. Boys. Fresh start. Waking up at noon. No Friday classes. Freedom. Did I mention parties! I went off to college at a whopping 215 Lbs. I thought college was going to be a blast. Everyone LOVES college right? Wrong. Freshman year had to be the worst experience for me. 1- My roommate was disgusting (ended up moving out w/o her knowing) 2- home sick 3-ate horrible food/drank a lot 4-Gained weight. Second semester turned out better and then all of a sudden it’s the summer. Then it turned into sophomore year. Sophomore year I was 225 Lbs. I was still eating and drinking horrible food and beer (i.e. Keystone). I knew I should back down but it tasted so good. I knew I was out of shape because walking up a flight of stairs, I was literally panting and out of breath. Like I said, the food tasted better, plus I would have to walk to go to the gym. Too far. (Proceed to shove Toppers pizza in mouth)But, now I was on Accutane, a lot of emotional changes occurred. Then my grandma died. Then my back got f*cked up. Then I decided I was switching majors and coming back home to go to a local tech school. Then I had to tell the friends that I made that I was going to be leaving them. One big, ugly emotional roller coaster. I stepped on the scale one last time at college and it said 230. FML. I was at the lowest point in my life. Physically, mentally and emotionally.

If you looked at my family, all my siblings are good looking. All the girls would ask if my brother’s were models. All the guys asked if my sister had a boy friend. “Hey Molly, your sister is HOT!” What do I say to that? “uhh thanks?” I hated going shopping with my sister because she could go into any store and buy something in the xs section but at other times she had to *sigh* go into the small section. My arm couldn’t even fit into the small section. I had to pick and choose my stores and look to see if they had a XXL section. I got so frustrated I would leave the stores almost in tears. I remember looking at a picture right before I left college for good and my face looked bloated. I knew I had to make a change.

On December 19, 2009 I stepped on a scale at my YMCA and it said, 231Lbs. I looked up at the reflection in the mirror and knew I should NOT be 231Lbs. When people look at me, they see fat. What they didn’t know is who I really was, hiding in the fat suit. I played sports all my life and still do. I was a 3 time state qualifier in track and field (shot put and discus) and I have played basketball- elementary, middle, high school and AAU. I was the state free-throw champion of Wisconsin. I was named Most Valuable Senior female athlete in high school. I lifted competitively since 7th grade. Can you name another “fat” girl who can back squat 315 pounds?

But nobody would ever expect this overweight, 20 year old college girl was capable of so much and more. I remember looking back at myself in that mirror and saying, “I will NEVER be 231Lbs again”. From then on I dedicated myself to getting in better shape. Now, let me tell you- if you are one of those people who is like, “maybe I’ll try and start to lose weight today”, that attitude will not get you far in the weight loss world. You have to be committed 100%. You will have great days and you will have shitty days. You will have days where you think you got hit by a semi-truck and you will have days where you feel amazing. No matter what day you are having, keep on moving.

As of right now I am down 38 pounds. I fluctuate in the 190’s right now. Btw, seeing a 1 as the first number on the scale is such a good feeling! You may not think that is a lot, but it is enough to change me and my attitude towards life. I now fit into a size MEDIUM t-shirt. I have ran two 5k’s, my fastest 5k time is 28:01. Hell yeah! I am going to be running my third 5k on 10/10/10. I have dropped down from a size 19 pants to a size 14. I love going shopping and I am enjoying a lot more things in my life. I know its cliché but losing weight changes your life physically, mentally and emotionally. You can bet your sweet ass I still have shitty days and good days just like everyone else. I still struggle with food and working out. But this journey is something that I will be on the rest of my life. There is no secret to losing weight and becoming healthier. It’s a lifestyle that you have to want to live.

So for all of you who are reading this that are trying to decided if you want to start your life changing journey, what are you waiting for?

Just.Keep.Moving.
Molly Nitka aka Fluffygirl

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Erin’s Guest Post: Peach Crisp & Wedding Bells

Hey guys; at the time you are reading this, I am now a married man. Yay me! 🙂 And while I probably won’t get to look at this blog again until I return from our honeymoon in a week, I didn’t want it to be dead quiet around here, so I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to fill in for me. Erin’s blog is probably one of the very first weight loss blogs I started reading late last year. In the past year, she’s become a great friend, and I am honored to have her write here at Stellar Path.

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First of all, I’d like to thank Jeremy for asking me to guest post while he’s away gettin’ hitched! I’m so honored Jeremy asked me to rob his blog for a day! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you & Tina!

From the bottom of my heart, MANY CONGRATULATIONS, Jeremy & Tina! May your marriage be ever-blessed. May the good times overpower the tough times. May you cherish the good times. May you have the strength and tenacity to endure the tough times. May your love for each other always grow and mature. In short, I’ll stop being a sap and say: I hope you’re ready. You’re gonna be stuck together for a long time! (I kid, I kid.) 🙂

Before I get to the sweet stuff this blog post is made of, I want to share the chorus from a song. I’m not a huge country fan, but every time I hear this song, I’m reminded of what love is all about…thanks to Lee Brice, I’m reminded to “LOVE LIKE CRAZY.” The chorus gets me every time; it’s such a powerful message:

Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

Can I get an Amen?! Love like crazy, you guys. Ok, the rest of you (haha). If you don’t know me or my blog, I’m Erin from Erin Takes Control (waves “hi”). Pull up a chair…that was the longest introduction I’ve ever produced, I’m sure…sorry about that. I’m a sap for weddings!!!

While Jeremy’s away, I’ve decided to share with you an incredibly easy and freakin’ delish peach crisp. It’s so simple; I can prepare all the ingredients, bake it, do the dishes and put them away within an hour. I know that Jeremy & Tina love to cook. I decided I would share my recipe with you in celebration of their marriage.

Erin’s Super-Quick Peach Crisp

• ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
• ½ cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ cup cold butter (unsalted or salted, either one works)
• Dash salt (if you use salted butter, this is optional)
• 5 cups diced fresh peaches

Place oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. If you don’t have a butter-cutter (that’s a technical term) use the back of a fork. If you use a fork, the butter will need to soften (SLIGHTLY). I just micro for 10 seconds if I don’t want to dirty the butter-cutter, but don’t let it get too soft or you will ruin the crumble!!! Once the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, resist the urge to eat some of the mixture (it’s soooo good! Don’t ask me how I know that. Really. Don’t ask.).

Place peaches in a 9×9 glass baking dish (I used Pyrex) and spread them out into a single layer. If you have enough dices for more than one layer, make sure they are layered evenly. Top with crumble mixture and spread it around so it evenly tops the peaches.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The crisp is done when the already brown crumbs turn golden and begin to caramelize. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with or without vanilla ice cream.

TA DA!!!!!!

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I’m Getting Married!

I’m getting married tomorrow.

Holy crap.

I literally thought this day would never come.

Before I met Tina, I was pretty much positive that I would end up alone, and I had just figured out that I could, in fact, be happy alone when I met her. Now, I wouldn’t want to think about doing anything without her.

She’s the love of my life. She’s my best friend. I want to travel the world with her. I want to have babies with her. I want to grow old with her.

October 8, 2010 is the day I marry my best friend, and I can’t wait.

I’ll be gone for the next week, but there are going to be some awesome guest posters (thanks Erin, Tara, and Molly who graciously agreed to post for me while I’m gone). I’ll be back on October 17th, and I’ll be sure to have tons of pictures and video of the wedding.

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