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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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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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A Surprising Weigh-In

Why am I making the human equivalent of this face right now?

Because I fully expected to gain this week. We had a late Christmas. I slacked up a bit on the eating front. (Stayed strong with exercise, though. Woo hoo!) I was fully prepared to see a gain of a pound or two.


January 13, 2012
Weight: 374.6
Change from Last Week: -1.0 pounds
Change from Highest: -28.2 pounds

I’ll take it.

I’m a slow loser. I’ve known that for a while, and when I go off on tangents and eat too much, I am just exacerbating the problem. I spend too much time waiting for the other shoe to drop and for me to get on the scale and see an amazing gain.

But then I got to thinking about it – I would rather try hard all week and have again than goof off and KNOW why I gained weight. So I am pledging to do this week right.

My goals for next week:

1. Follow my points (including flex points) to a tee. Journal everything!
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Exercise regularly.

Seems very doable.

And yes, I know that Weight Watchers no longer calls the weekly points Flex Points, but old habits die hard.

In other news, today is Friday the 13th!

If you are a horror fan, like myself, then today is practically a national holiday. I’m very excited that I get to work from home today due to the snow (finally!), and tonight, the missus and I are planning to pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch and watch Jason Voorhees disembowel some stupid teenagers. Good times.

One quick note – I held the vote last week to decide who would get the $100, and there was a tie between two organizations. Therefore, I’ll be giving each $50. The winners are the Elephant Sanctuary and 1500 Sanitary Pads for Ugandan Girls. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Let me also share a few links with you this week.

First of all, I finally made (last weekend) a pizza for my 52 Weeks of Pizza! You can read about it on my food blog Stellar Eats.

Josie at Yum Yucky offers proof that working out gives you swagger.

Kerri O at Fit Views shares a paleo mayonnaise recipe. I’m not quite brave enough yet to tackle making my own mayo, but I really do want to try eventually! It’s got to taste better than the chemical-laden stuff you buy in the stores.

Hanlie at Ordinary Abundance describes why she is a hippie. For what it’s worth, I’m apparently a hippie, too.

Come back tomorrow for a giveaway post!

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Betty Crocker Molasses Cookie Giveaway Winner!

Hey guys. This is a super quick post, announcing the winner of my most recent giveaway for the Betty Crocker Molasses Cookie Giveaway.

Using, our winning entry out of 23 entries is #17!

This comment belonged to Julie L! Congratulations Julie! Please email me at your name and mailing address and I’ll get these sent out to you asap!

Please stay tuned! I plan to host more giveaways!

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