The Post-Honeymoon Weigh-in

I have not weighed in since September 27th, officially. I do Monday weigh-ins, right? Eh, maybe I do Wednesday weigh-ins. Yeah, this is a Wednesday weigh-in, and I’ll decide fairly soon what day of the week I’ll stick with.

But on September 27th, I weighed 335.8.

Then I got married!

That’s a picture of us doing our first dance. We knew we didn’t want our first dance to just be a simple matter of swaying to some love song, so we learned the rumba and danced our hearts out to Michael Buble’s “Everything.” We even got applause during the song. Sadly, the camcorder was not on at the time, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Oh, and tons of wedding pictures, which I’ll get pretty soon. In fact, as soon as our wedding pictures are in, I’m going to create a webpage all about the wedding, so those of you who want to check out all of the details of one of the best nights of my life will be able to.

I’m also going to start a Travel Blog in a few weeks, in which I’ll detail all about our honeymoon to Antigua and share literally HUNDREDS of pictures. I love to travel, even though I don’t get to do it too often, and it has occurred to me on more than one occasion that it would be a good idea to keep a journal when I travel. The journal should help me remember more details, right? After all, how many trips have I taken where the eventual memories are just a hazy blur of a good time?

But for now, I’ve got a weigh-in to complete.

The Post-Honeymoon Weigh-In

October 20, 2010
Weight: 343.9
Change from Last Weigh-In: +8.4 pounds
Change from All-Time High: -58.9 pounds

You know what? I’ll take it. I weighed in at 354 two days ago. Traveling always makes me retain water, but I’m afraid that the eight pounds is real fat that I gained. I definitely ate way too much food on the honeymoon. But again, no regrets. It’s what I do from here on out that count, not what I did in the past, even if it was just last week.

Lots more to come soon. Mucho thanks to Erin, Molly, and Tara for watching the place while I was away!

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We’re back!

We are back from the paradise known as Antigua. I am SO behind on everything, but it was so worth it. Tons of sun, pool, food (too much food – more on that later, but oy – definitely time to get back on the diet band wagon), drinks, heat, and tons of time with my new wife.

I’ll post tons later – I’ll have wedding pictures, lliterally hundreds of honeymoon pictures, and tons of stories.

But for now, just a quick picture. This is the only cloudy sky we saw there the entire time, and it happened on our very first day on the island. Good omen, don’t you think?

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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.


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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A Where’s My Reset Button? Weigh-In

This is a Where’s My Reset Button Weigh-in.

Yeah, I’m really wishing I could redo the past week, because nothing bad happened and this gain is solely the result of eating food that today I don’t even remember the joy of eating it, just the pain of the gain.

September 27, 2010
Weight – 335.5
Previous Weigh-In – 334.0
Change of +1.5 from last week
All-Time High 402.8
Total Loss -67.3 pounds

As I said yesterday, I was not expecting a loss this week. I can blame it on nothing but poor food choices. Last week was by no means a binge, but I did indulge in a bit more celebrating than I should have, and the scale showed it.

I’m getting married in about eleven days. There will be food at the wedding.

I have a bachelor party in five days. There will be food at the bachelor party.

I am going to Antigua in twelve days. To an all-inclusive resort. There WILL be food at the resort.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a touch worried about weight gain over the next week weeks. I don’t want to come home from my honeymoon weighing 350 pounds, but I’ll be honest – I know that is an honest-to-goodness legitimate risk if I do not watch what I eat at least somewhat.

I do not plan to deprive myself on my honeymoon, but I also do not want to gorge myself just because food is there. I’m going to try and find a nice, simple in-between that I can do… But a part of me also reminds me, “If you were capable of in-betweens, you would never have weighed over 400 pounds.”

Until the morning of my wedding, I am weighing every single day. So every day, there will be at least a short post about my weight. I can’t let this get away from me, and right now, I need the public accountability of recording every single day’s weight. You’ll see how much I lose tomorrow. You’ll see how much I gain the morning after my bachelor party.

So from today, September 27th, thru the day of my wedding, October 8th, I’m going to post my weight. Every day. Without fail. And then I’ll resume weekly weigh-ins on October 18th when I return from my honeymoon.

I am losing this weight, and something as simple as food is not going to stop me.

The workouts will continue. Tonight, we are going to see our trainer for the last session until we return from Antigua. She is going to literally, physically murder me if I gain fifteen pounds on my honeymoon. That’s a bit of incentive.

We’re still training on Couch to 5K, even though we’re going to repeat Week Two for at least a few days.

We’re still going to the gym and lifting weights. Tina is trying to make her arms even more toned for the wedding. (She already has awesome arms.) Thank God I wear a tuxedo jacket.

I’m taking part in a campus “exercise” event on Friday called the Poker Walk. Tina’s doing it with me; we may even incorporate our C25K training into it.

I’m going to weigh less at my wedding than I do today. I’m going to weigh less when I return from Antigua than I do today, because even if I indulge a little, I can still exercise in Antigua. I’m sure there’s an innuendo in there somewhere, but regardless – I will weigh less coming home from Antigua than I do today.

I will weigh less on January 1st than I do today. I refuse to gain the holiday pounds.

I will weigh less on October 8, 2011, than I do today.

I will weigh less. I will be healthier.

I will. It’s either a promise or a threat. Not sure which yet.

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