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The Giving Back Corporation and the LA Marathon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Just a quick post today to address a good cause.

As you may or may not know, I am a HUGE horror fan. My favorite series… A Nightmare on Elm Street.

One of the stars of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Ken Sagoes, has started a 501c(3) called the Giving Back Corporation that serves to help inner city youth and disadvantaged children with educational and life needs.

Ken Sagoes (who played Kincaid in ANOES3) is walking in the L.A. Marathon tomorrow, and he is doing it to raise money for his organization.

If you have it in your budget, this would be a fantastic cause to support. You can pledge as little as $6.50. Every little bit helps!

In fact, for every person who pledges $1 per mile (for a total donation of $26), Ken will send an autographed 8×10. The fact that I can support a charity AND get a signed photo from one of my favorite horror stars is awesome. Just go to http://www.gbc-givingbackcorporation.com/ to make a donation. Also, Ken is going to randomly draw out 26 names of people who donate money and give them a call tomorrow while he is walking the marathon. Some of his fellow stars from ANOES3 are supporting him as well. Check out the video below for more info!

Oh, and just a little bit of horror info… Kincaid is the first black dude to survive a major horror picture. Seriously.

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Window Seat: Antigua Honeymoon, Day Five, 10.13.10

For those of you wondering why I randomly have a detailed post (that is VERY picture-heavy) of our honeymoon over 18 months ago, it is because I am slowly merging all of my blogs together. Some posts are just dying, but my honeymoon posts are too special for me to do that. So, if you are not interested in living vicariously through my visit to Antigua in 2010, feel free to come back later. But if you want to check out what we were doing on the 5th day of our honeymoon, please, read ahead!

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Oh, we are getting so close to the end of the honeymoon! That is just entirely too sad. But we’re still having fun, and I’m going to enjoy the next three full days as much as I can.

We had our breakfast “in bed” this morning. Technically, we had ours on balcony, but it was still nice, getting to eat a very light (read: skimpy) continental breakfast as we looked at our ocean view. We’re still hungry, though, so we’re going out to Bayside to eat a bit more here very shortly.

Various views from our balcony, albeit some with a telephoto lens…

Today is going to be a big rest day. We’re saving the pool for later tonight, as Tina is pretty burnt, and we don’t want it to be worse before our excursion to Bird Island tomorrow.

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A few pictures on our trek to our second breakfast…

Breakfast at Bayside was pretty standard for here. They did have some breakfast burritos, and Tina got some type of almond biscuit that she enjoyed.

The birds have been having a lot of fun with the toast that we left on the balcony after our breakfast. It’s no wonder that the birds here are so unafraid of humans. If I was a bird on Antigua, I’d probably hang out near Sandals, too.

The bird on our balcony…

And another bird at Bayside…

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Tie dying shirts was so much fun! There were more couples doing it than I would have guessed, based on the low turnout at bracelet making. There were only two colors, green and a purplish-reddish-pink color. They gave us pretty minimal directions, with their philosophy being “Every mistake is a new work of art.”

Some of the shirt designs turned out pretty neat. Tina wasn’t that pleased with hers, but I thought it was awesome. The guys doing the dipping said they had never seen a shirt come out like hers, with one color on the front and one color on the back. I think that makes it uniquely cool.

I was hungry, Tina not so much, so we stopped at Bella Pizzeria to grab some pizzas. This time, we ordered a margherita (which here is basically a cheese pizza) and the Calabrese pizza with ground beef.

Waiting for pizza…

While we were waiting, I went to the bar and got us two Miami Vice. I also got a small bag of popcorn, in case the alcohol hit hard, as it often does here. I’m such a light weight.

And the pizza…

The light-headedness waited until I got back to the room, but yeah, it hit. I’m starting to not like alcohol. Why can’t they just serve frozen blended smoothies here? I’d sign up for that. But in between a few slices of pizza, I ate the popcorn, and a few minutes later, the iron-stomach-effect of the alcohol had worn off.

We’re going to rest for a bit before we head to Bayside for the Italian Buffet at lunch. We only had a few slices of pizza, but we’ll definitely eat it later. This will be my late night snack instead of Cricketer’s.

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Pics from around the resort…

Time spent relaxing in a hammock…

Including a shot of Tina’s wedding rings…

And one of the many beach weddings taking place here…

And the bride’s flowers…

I don’t think the themed buffets at Bayside for lunch are executed exactly the way they are written. Today was supposed to be Italian, and while the food was quite good, I would not call it Italian in any way at all. There was the Panini station again, a salad bar, desserts, and some different meats, including a cajun beef stew that was really good and some type of chicken. Again, all good food, but not Italian.

While we were waiting for our room to be cleaned, we played a gigantic game of chess. Tina had never played before, so I taught her how. She ended up winning; I knocked my king over in a sign of defeat.

We’re heading to the pool in a few hours to watch the sunset, have a drink or two before the swim up bar closes, and swim ’til our 9:15 at Kimono’s.

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Yeah, we only swam for about an hour, tops. Once the swim up bar closed down, the pool cleared out fast. We went down around 5:15 so we could get some pizza (we ended up eating our late night pizza after I recovered from a quick nap) and a few drinks. I drank a Chocolate Monkey and a Banana Sip Sop; Tina got a Chocolate Monkey, and she asked for something frozen and peachy. The bartender gave her something with blue curacao and lots of peachy frozen goodness in a martini glass. No pictures, because by the time we traversed across the pool to our chairs, it had already melted and was no longer as pretty.

We did enjoy swimming briefly in the pool after dark, which was still quite warm from the hot sun all day, and we also spent some time in the supremely hot whirlpool. We’re retiring to the room now to rest a bit before our reservation at Kimono’s.

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Kimono’s was so much fun! It was teppanyaki style, and we were seated with four other couples, so in the interest of not being obnoxious with my camera (and the fact that the food presentation wasn’t as important as the show itself), there are basically no pictures.

Okay, a few, including one of beer, but no food…

We all ordered an appetizer. I got ahi tuna, which was crazy spicy, and Tina got tiger prawn shrimp cocktail, which was excellent! Shrimp everything here has been delicious. I must remember, from now on, if shrimp is an option, that’s what I’m getting. I also ordered a salad, which came with some type of fruit vinaigrette. The salad was just okay. Tina got miso soup, which she enjoyed (but I thought was too strong.)

The chef, who was a black Antiguan, told us he was Japanese and joked with us during the entire meal. It was a great evening. We were served salmon first, then shrimp, then steak, and then chicken. All were excellent, and each was a different sauce. My favorite? Can you guess? Shrimp.

Dessert for us was apple fritters, which were just okay.

One of the best parts of the evening was getting to sit with other couples and just talk. We met some very nice people (whose names we did not get) from Philadelphia and Boston. We were seriously there talking about just whatever until 11:30. It was a great night.

Bird’s Island tomorrow! I can’t wait!

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Wishing Weigh-In

I wish I could say that this week’s weigh-in was awesome.

I wish I could rub my magic genie lamp and fix everything.

I can’t.

March 12, 2012
Weight: 374.4
Change from Last Week: +4.3 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -28.4 pounds

I can’t.

I know why I gained weight this week. I will do the opposite of what I did this week to lose it.

As you may know if you read my last post, my wife and I are having a baby. We just finished our first trimester, and this is the week that we officially told everyone other than our parents.

As a result, we did a LOT of celebrating this week as we went out with various friends to enjoy our good news.

And unfortunately, I still don’t know how to celebrate without eating food.

In the past week, I have had sushi, Italian, pizza, and a Chinese buffet. (And yes, I do realize that some of my weight gain IS water retention. I truly didn’t eat 14,000 extra calories this week.)

Oh, I’ve still been exercising.

However, it is VERY easy to outeat any level of exercise. In fifteen minutes, I could outeat a Biggest Loser-style workout. And I know this.

I know everything I did wrong.

I’m not making excuses. I’m not looking for answers.

I do fear my self-sabotage.

For those of you who are close to me (and even if you aren’t but are willing), I ask a favor.

If I don’t post a loss next week, call me on it.

I know what to do.

I’m going to do it.

After all, it’s not just me anymore. I’m going to be a dad. I have to live a long life to take care of my little one.

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My Huge News

I have some pretty big news to share.

Tina and I made a movie trailer! It’s horror themed, but I really don’t think it’s that scary. It’s fairly short, only about three and a half minutes.

Jeremy and Tina’s Movie Trailer from Jeremy Logsdon on Vimeo.

Okay, if you aren’t up for watching the video, that’s cool. I’ll just tell you my big news.

I’m going to be a dad. Tina is pregnant.

I am THRILLED beyond words! It’s our first baby, and we are already over the moon. I’m sorry to say that Stellar Path may have lots of baby news on it for the next six months. We waited until the first trimester was over to tell people, and let me tell you, waiting to tell was HARD. But we’ve had our first ultrasound, and so far, everything looks fine.

This is our Las Vegas baby. This may be TMI, and I apologize if it is, but Moon Pie (our chosen nickname for the baby) was conceived in Vegas. Tina and I had just begun to try and start our family in November, and on our last day in Vegas, we saw a onesie in a shop. Fully aware that it took most couples several months to conceive, we both just had a very good feeling about our second attempt month.

On January 3rd, Tina told me she had a late Christmas present for me. I opened the package, and in addition to a pee stick wrapped in a ziplock baggie, I was given a pink First Christmas stocking that we accidentally stole during our first Christmas and a blue Star Trek onesie. She took eight more pregnancy tests over the next few days. All were positive.

Oh, and if you are a Trekkie, I don’t have to explain this, but if you aren’t… Blue isn’t me hoping for a boy. I just want a healthy baby; I don’t care what it is. On Star Trek, blue is the color of the sciences, and we’re planning for our little bundle of joy to be a scientist or doctor. 🙂

And I should probably explain the stolen stocking. During our first Christmas together in 2008, we went to Hobby Lobby and picked out our stockings. When we opened our stockings much later, that little pink baby stocking was in the toe of my stocking. One mild heart attack later and Tina assured me she had no idea that the baby stocking was there, and we realized that it had been placed in the big stocking and we stole it. Whoops! However, we took it back to Hobby Lobby and they just told us to keep it, so we have a 2008 Baby’s First Christmas stocking.

But stolen stockings aside, we are having a baby. Moon Pie’s due date is September 15th. I’m obviously not shy about sharing either my or Tina’s name on the blog, but we are going to keep Moon Pie’s real name secret until he or she is born. Obviously, we don’t even know yet if we are having a boy Moon Pie or a girl Moon Pie, but regardless, we’ll share his or her name when he or she is born.

We’re having a baby!

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A Nerd Fitness Six Week Challenge Weigh-In

My weigh-ins jump all over the place. I’m just not very consistent that way, but I am consistent in that I weigh in roughly once per week. For the next six weeks, at least, I am weighing in on Mondays because I am going to take part in the Nerd Fitness Six Week Challenge. Since today is the first day and it ends on April 16th, I’m switching to Mondays.

If you don’t know what Nerd Fitness is, well… it’s basically a fitness/health/level up your life blog for nerds. I know of no other way to describe it. Plus, Steve (the owner/author/dude in charge) has six-pack abs, and I think I have a man crush. (Is that weird? Sorry. But not really.)

To participate, go here for more info.

First up, my complete measurements, along with two Myspace-esque hold-the-camera-at-the-mirror photos. (I hate doing those, a lot, but I want a photo visual to compare before and after, and Tina left for work. [I have no work because it’s spring break!])

They aren’t flattering, but they are me, right now. Unshaved, unshowered, and a little funky from just cleaning out the garage.

And these are my stats, along with body measurements, some of which were very, very, shockingly eye-opening. It’s funny; you see that body every day in the mirror, but until you actually wrap a tape measure around your stomach… it just doesn’t have the same impact. I am definitely looking forward to that number going down.

Weight: 370.3
Change from Last Thursday: -1.3 pounds
Change from Highest: -32.0 pounds
Waist: 54”
Stomach: 65 ¼”
Chest: 54 ½”
R. Thigh: 33”
R. Calf: 19 ½”
R. Bicep: 18 ½”

The calf may reduce some, but not much. My calves are pretty solid. The rest of the numbers will drop. I have big arms, but there is definitely some flab on there I need to lose, too.

Part of the Six Week Challenge is picking two to three diet goals, fitness goals, and Level Up Your Life goals. Here are mine.

Diet

Eat at least seven fruit and veggie servings every day. (Seriously – I struggle hard with this.)

Track all foods that I eat. (For the most part, I do well here, but I want to keep this a goal so I remember to do so.)
Have a protein-based snack every day, instead of reaching for carbs. (I’m thinking a few hard-boiled egg whites every day at two p.m. might get me through the afternoon slump better than a candy bar.)

Fitness

Run a 5K, regardless of time. (I’ve struggled with running for a long time. I want to yet I don’t, because it is hard on my body. Well, I recently discovered something that, for me, seems to be working. I jog in place to train, and I limit my outdoor runs to once per week. So far, I’m doing great on this plan. No feet or joint pain, and my cardio endurance, even jogging in place, is significantly growing. Let’s see. And if for some reason I end up being unable to run, I’ll count this a victory even if I just walk the 5K.)

Stretch after every workout.

Decrease waist size by 3”. (I know we shouldn’t use numbers for time-based goals, but I feel this is very attainable.)

Level Up Life

Pay off last remaining credit card debt. (Very doable. Should happen in next two months. I want to see it happen in the next six weeks.)

Write 15,000 words on my young adult novel. (At the end of the day, I am often very tired and after I get my exercise in, the idea of sitting at the computer and writing doesn’t always appeal to me. However, if I want to finish my book (and I do), I need to do this!)

So, those are my goals. If you want to participate, you have until March 7th to sign up.

Here’s hoping it works! Today is a brand new day. I’m making it mine.

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