Stellar Giveaway: Run For Your Lives Indianapolis Tickets!

This is definitely the highest dollar amount giveaway I’ve ever done, and this one is coming out of my own pocket.

I am giving away two tickets to the 9 a.m. wave of the Indianapolis Run For Your Lives on June 23rd.

Here’s what happened. Tina and I signed up for this race BEFORE she got pregnant.

Pregnant women and zombies don’t mix.

I’m not much of a runner anyway. I keep wanting to be, and someday I will, but for now, my weight is just too much for me to comfortable run. Oh well. It is what it is. I am not using it as an excuse to not be active, because I work out. I just don’t run yet.

Well, that means I have two tickets for Indianapolis that we aren’t going to use. I contacted the race organizers, they said that a ticket transfer was no problem (and offered congrats on our upcoming baby), so here I am.

Two tickets. 9 a.m. Indianapolis Run for Your Lives. June 23rd.

Please note – the wave, date, and location CANNOT BE CHANGED. You are literally going to just be taking our place in the race.

Here’s how you win.

Leave a comment, telling me whether you want one or both tickets.

I’ll select a winner with If the first person selected wants both ticket, then they get both tickets. If they want one, I’ll draw again for another. If that person wants the remaining ticket, they get it. If not, I’ll keep going until I’ve given away the other ticket.

Leave a comment.

Win ticket(s).

That easy.

And as I give these tickets away, I look forward to the day that I can compete in Run For Your Lives.

Contest is open until end of day, May 3rd. Winner will be announced on May 4th (assuming I get the contacts made quickly.) You will have three days to reply to my email to you (if you don’t notice on the blog), and if I don’t hear from you, I’ll keep moving down the list of potential winners.

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A Changing Things Up Weigh-In

The spring semester has started, and things have gotten busy! I have a much easier work schedule this term, and I still love my job, so all is good. Things are just a bit busy.

This morning, I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of my weigh-in. However, I DID weigh-in, and the results, in this Changing Things Up Weigh-In, are…

January 27, 2012
Weight: 373.2
Change from Last Week: -0.4 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -29.6 pounds

It is a loss, albeit a small one.

How is this loss different than the last year? Well, I’ve lost pretty consistently for several weeks now. Last year, I would get exasperated, have a mini-binge (or even just a hearty splurge), and completely eliminate any minor loss.

I’m not quitting. But I am going to change things up to attempt to speed up my weight loss. I’ve got three ideas for how I can do this, and I’m going to try each for three weeks before I go on to a different one. (And obviously, if Idea #1 works, then I will stop there.)

Idea #1 – I’m currently on Weight Watchers, which gives me 49 flex points a week, in addition to my daily points. (I know they aren’t really called flex, but they used to be flex, and old habits die hard.) I tend to eat about 7 extra points a day. As a result, my point intake is pretty much the same, every day.

I have recently read research that shows that variable calories over the course of a week can make a significant impact on weight loss. Rather than eat equal calories over the entire week, I’m going to eat all of my flex on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and eat JUST my daily points Monday thru Thursday.

Idea #2 – If this doesn’t work, then I’ll give up the weekly points altogether and ONLY eat my daily points.

Idea #3 – The old Weight Watchers plan (where I had 34 daily points and 35 weekly points) worked great for me the first time I lost weight. If Idea #1 doesn’t work, then I’m going back to the old Weight Watchers plan with the old point system.

I’ll be honest – I’m a little nervous about trying, but I owe it to myself. Yes, I am losing, but I am losing SO slowly, and a guy my size (370+ pounds) and my age (early 30s) should be able to lose much faster than this. A little experimentation shouldn’t hurt me. I’ll continue to weigh daily and monitor myself.

And ultimately, if I can only continue to lose a pound or less per day, then so what? I’m not going to stop. I figure I need to lose about 190 more pounds. At a pound a week, that can be done in four years. Do I want to be an obese 37 year old or a thin 37 year old? The answer is as simple as that.

Stick with me. I’m staying with it.

And now, two pieces of giveaway news. Last week, I gave away the Eat Smart Scales, and I announced the winner on this page. I heard nothing from the winner, emailed the winner and still heard nothing, so I redid the drawing. If you were the winner, I’m sorry – I made good efforts for a week and unfortunately heard nothing. As a result, the new winner of the EatSmart Scale is Molly Nitka!

And now, the next giveaway! Last Saturday, I held a drawing for MyBlogSpark and General Mills for five boxes of cereal. The entries ended last night at 10 p.m. CST, and I had nine eligible comments. Using, the lucky winner was comment #4!

Congratulations Karin! Please email me your mailing address to

Tomorrow is date night. See you Sunday!

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MyBlogSpark Giveaway: General Mills Cereal

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

As an active member of MyBlogSpark, I periodically get invited to various campaigns to try out healthy foods. In addition to trying out said foods in my home, I also get to host a giveaway and offer one reader the chance to also try those foods.

This time, MyBlogSpark and General Mills provided me with five boxes of cereal!

For a while now, General Mills has been promoting more whole grains in their cereal.

To be quite honest… I don’t eat a great deal of cereal, and when I do, I usually make it myself (recipe coming soon!). However, there have been many busy mornings where I haven’t had time to make myself breakfast or I’m out of my regular cereal, and it would be nice to have something to fall back on.

As a result, when I was given the chance to review (and giveaway) these five boxes of cereal, I was happy to give them a whirl!

I’ll start with the taste. They tasted exactly as I remembered them. No change at all, so that’s a plus.

As far as the ingredient list, I was simultaneously pleased, surprised, and disappointed.

I was pleased that Cheerios are surprisingly clean! I was surprised that Cinnamon Toast Crunch, while admittedly being high in sugar (although whole grains were still the #1 ingredient), did NOT have high fructose corn syrup. And I was disappointed (and surprised again) that Total does! Total cereal, the cereal I would have bet to be the cleanest in the box, had high fructose corn syrup as the third ingredient.

I still advocate a clean diet, but if you read my blog regularly, you may know that I follow a 90% clean/10% don’t-sweat-it diet. I place cereals like these in that 10%. I fully believe that the occasional indulgence is acceptable and appropriate in a healthy diet.

Want the chance to try these five cereal out for yourself? (Full boxes, too. Not the little scrawny single serving ones.)

Giveaway is only open to US residents. (Sorry everyone else!) Entries will be taken until 10 p.m. Central time, January 26th. Winner will be announced at next Friday’s weigh in.

This is going to be a nice and simple giveaway. One shot per person. To enter, just leave a comment here answering this question: “Which of these five General Mills cereals (Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Total, Honey Nut Cheerios) are you most excited to try?”

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A Drop at a Time Weigh-In

This is most definitely a drop at a time weigh-in. This weight is slowly but surely falling off, one drop at a time. I feel like I’m doing everything right, so as long as this weight keeps coming off, I shall not complain. One pound a week is still 52 pounds a year.

January 20, 2012
Weight: 373.6
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -29.2 pounds

Yes, it’s slow, and I continue to try and figure out why my weight loss is so slow. I’m a big dude. I should be able to lose faster.

But at the same time, I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

In the past, I’ve hit 370 and stalled. I do not want to do that again. Let’s keep going ahead!

Short post today, but I do want to announce the winner of the EatSmart Scale! Using, the lucky winner was Entry #4, Sabrina Smith!

Congratulations Sabrina! Come back tomorrow for another (non-scale) giveaway!

And to show a little Link Love… including to myself…

At my food blog, Stellar Eats, I just posted my second pizza of 52 weeks of pizza, a Turkey Taco Pizza!

Skinny Emmie, who I had the pleasure to meet last year at the local Fitbloggin’ meetup in Nashville, posted this week about starting to exercise when you are an “ultra beginner.” I think many of us who started working out as the morbidly obese (or even super morbidly obese) can certainly relate!

And Brooke at Brooke Not on a Diet describes how she is once again finding herself on Weight Watchers, a sentiment to which I, too, can relate.

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Eat Smart Scale Giveaway

I have been using my Eat Smart scale for several months out. I received it as a result of this blog, but it has been a great scale. I’ve loved using it, it’s easy to use (no tap on, no weird weight fluctuations), and it’s extremely accurate.

I was recently given the opportunity to host another giveaway, and that is what I am doing right now.

To win your own scale (check it out on Amazon here, you just need to do any (or all) of the following:

1. Leave a comment, telling me you’d like the scale.
2. Tweet the following: “@EatSmartScale & @stellarpath are giving away a scale” and then come back here and leave a comment stating you did so.
3. Follow me on twitter (@stellarpath) and let me know with a comment here.
4. Follow me (or let me know you already do) on Google Reader or the other RSS reader of your choice. (Obviously, this one is honor system – just leave a comment letting me know.)
5. Like EatSmartScales on facebook.
6. Follow EatSmartScales on twitter.

For all entries, you must leave a separate comment here. I’ll select the winner by Random Number Generator at next Friday. Entries are closed after 10 p.m. Central Time Thursday, January 19th.

Unfortunately, this is only open to my US readers at this time.

Good luck!

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