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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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If you are here for the first time because you googled Weight Loss, then welcome! I hope you’ll add me to your Google Reader (or facebook) and stay awhile. If you are new, let me warn you – I am a dork. I blog about dorky things. I talk about how the Power Rangers and Freddy Krueger can help me lose weight. I have a three month old son, and pictures of him show up here a LOT.

Just a quick recap about me: I am morbidly obese. I have been my entire life. I currently weigh in the 370s. I’ve been as high as 402.8. I was once down to 250, but I had a bad breakup and gained a lot of weight back and regained a lot of bad habits. I later met the love of my life, we got married, are still very happily married, and we just had our first baby, Moon Pie (and just because some people are now naming their babies ridiculous things, like Hashtag, I should mention that Moon Pie is not his real name but is his “blog nickname,” because I don’t want him to grow up and google himself and discover that Dad posted tons of embarrassing baby pics on him before he could object.)

A little more about me: I’m big into nostalgia. If it happened in the 80s or 90s, I’m probably a big fan. I tie my nostalgia into weight loss and healthy living, and that is going to be a common trend on my blog in 2013.

If you are here to lose weight, let me give you one piece of advice.

Do what works for you. And do what you can live with.

If you are thinking Atkins sounds like the plan for you but you are already lamenting the loss of bread, then don’t do it. If you think Weight Watchers sound perfect but you aren’t sure you can stomach losing $40 a month to go to meetings, then don’t do it.

It must work for you.

I am a Weight Watcher. I know that when I follow the program, I lose weight. I need the meetings, and the program provides a structure that I need. It is what I have chosen.

Choose what ultimately works best for you.

If you are new to losing weight, I really recommend you dive into the world of fitness blogs. The people who write weight loss blogs are, by and large, the friendliest, most supportive internet community I have ever belonged to. Whether you are just a reader or decide to start your own blog (which I recommend, for accountability, and it’s completely free – you don’t have to have a blog with your own domain name), you’ll find tons of support.

And speaking of that support, I am also going to implement a new feature here. There are so many blogs out there that I love to read, and I’m going to share a different one every Tuesday. Since I am so pro-Weight Watchers, I wanted to share my favorite Weight Watcher blog.

It’s called Cats That Look Like Hitler, and it is crammed full of Kitlers, kitties that look like Hitler!

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So if funny photos of cats that look like dictators gets you motiv…

Wait a minute, that’s the wrong link. Let’s try again.

Okay, this is not a WW blog, but the person who writes it follows Weight Watchers and she has done AMAZING. If you are looking for a successful story, then look no further.

Brooke: Not on a Diet is this week’s spotlighted blog.

Brooke writes with humor and grace, and she is very approachable.

Here’s why you should read Brooke… She’s lost more than half her body weight. Seriously. She’s lost over 160 pounds.

She also got married this year, and she (unlike me) is proof positive that not EVERYONE gains weight when they tie the knot.

I could keep talking, but instead, I encourage you to add Brooke’s blog to your reader.

And for those of you just dipping your toes into the fitness blogging world, a great way to stay motivated is to join a community of like-minded people.

Roni Noone (who writes another great blog to add, by the way) is starting a diet bet tomorrow. It’s not too late to sign up. Basically, you pitch $20 into the pot, and if you lose 4% of your starting weight by the end of January, you get to share the post. It’s not winner-take-all, so you aren’t competing with anyone but yourself.

I hope you’ll stick around! I’ll be back tomorrow with my first weigh-in of 2013 (sort of – I go to WW on Saturdays and use that as my weight, but I don’t post it ‘til the following Wednesday).

Happy New Year!

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Window Seat: San Diego Babymoon, Day Three, 05.14.12

Several months ago, I did a weekly series on Stellar Path called The Window Seat, where I talked about my family’s various travels. I abandoned it, around the time that work just got too overwhelming, but I am picking it back up. I had talked about TWO days of our Babymoon to San Diego, (Day One, Day Two), and I am picking this feature back up with Day Three.

This post (along with all of the other San Diego posts that will follow) were actually written while in San Diego. I hope you enjoy this recap of our babymoon! Be warned – this is very photo heavy!

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Breakfast was much the same. Good and very filling. This morning, they had raspberries. I can’t help it – apparently, I’m a fresh fruit dork.

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View as we are leaving the hotel…

Since we had a cruise at 7:00, we decided to save Los Angeles for a day when we didn’t have to be back. We’re planning to go on Thursday; today, we decided to go to Last Exit Mall (aka Las Americanas Mall) about one mile from the Mexican border.

It was a pretty standard outlet mall, and I’m just not a shopper. However, I did get a $500 leather jacket from Wilson’s Leather for $149. I also purposely got one smaller than would fit now, to give me some motivation for weight loss for the winter.

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On our way back, we stopped at Tuna Harbor (very close to the hotel) and ate at the Fish Market. We sat outside, right above the water. It was a little chilly, but the food was amazing! Tina got a lobster roll; I got cod, prawn, and scallops “fish and chips.” It was amazingly good. We may very well go back for dinner some time.

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We also did a bit of exploring around the restaurant. There was an exhibit set up for Bob Hope and a gigantic iconic statue of “the kiss” from WWII.

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After leaving the restaurant, we came back to the hotel and laid out by the pool. A few brave souls tried to swim, but we just enjoyed the sun for about an hour. I got a little pink; Tina got burned. Apparently, pregnant women burn easier than non-pregnant women. Who knew?

I napped, and we went to Hornblower Tours for our Sunset Cruise. This was the only stupid part of the day; we went to the address on our cruise tickets, 1066 North Harbor Drive. We parked about a quarter of a mile away. Well, it turns out that we actually had to walk down to 1800 North Harbor drive to board the ship. Rather than move the car, we walked the difference. The lady at the ticket booth said she didn’t understand why they didn’t print the right address on the ticket voucher and didn’t know how to fix it. (I dunno – maybe a sign on the ticket booth at 1066 that that is NOT where you board the ship. *sigh* Regardless, we got on the ship.)

It was a very fun experience. We were fed a three course meal, salad, steak with potatoes and broccolini, and a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with a cookie crust. We literally just cruised around the harbor, but it was a lot of fun. We also got some amazing photos. It was a three hour tour (snicker), but it felt a little long. By 9 o’clock, we were ready to go. (It went ‘til ten.)

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Still, we had a good time.

We’re both dead tired. Hopefully, we’ll wake up refreshed for a fun day tomorrow at Sea World.

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Christmas 2012 Weigh-In

Oh goodness. What a rocky few weeks it has been.

One piece of advice – if you are trying to lose weight, never try to juggle a newborn, moving into a new house, completing finals (both the ones you are giving AND the ones you are taking), during the holiday season.

I gained.

I didn’t gain as bad as I had feared.

But I gained.

Are those all excuses? Yep. I certainly could have tried harder and accomplished some weight loss goals.

I did not. I’m not dwelling, because it doesn’t impact my worth as a person.

I expected to be in the 380s. Instead, I just got close to the 380s.

December 22, 2012
Weight: 378.0
Change from Highest: -24.8 pounds

I am not a super happy camper about this, but it is what it is, and I cannot change it now. I can only change it moving forward, and that is what I fully intend to do.

I’m (allegedly) going to take a weekly photo after my weigh-in on Saturdays. I’ll admit – I just now decided to do this, so this photo is actually from Christmas night, but I think it might be nice to have a visual record of my changes.

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(I’m also not as grumpy as I look in that photo, I promise. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if my smile changes as I lose weight, too.)

I also had a little food breakthrough today.

We have a new little one in the house for Christmas, so we’re both establishing new traditions and upholding old ones. Not surprisingly, a lot of the traditions (especially the old ones) revolve around food.

We started some new ones this year that aren’t food related. We’re going to get Moon Pie a lego set, at least one book every Christmas, and one geeky science gift (this year, Periodic table wooden blocks).

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I also am going to abolish one old food tradition.

Do you know what little smokies are? They are basically little sausages that are cooked in a mixture of honey, brown sugar, and mustard. If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said they are sinfully delicious.

I made them today.

They were fatty and disgusting. I’m not being all “I only eat healthy food so fatty food is gross.” No, fattening food can be awesome. The sausage gravy I made for breakfast this morning was incredible.

But these… I ate maybe five, and we’re throwing away the rest.

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Even the picture looks gross to me now. Ugh.

I’ve had little smokies at every Christmas for the past twenty years. This tradition is being retired.

Oh, and in blog news, I’ve recently installed Disqus. I’m hoping it’ll make it easier for me to reply to comments and be a better blogger. Please let me know if there are any issues!

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An Open Letter to Three Month Old Moon Pie

Dear Moon Pie,

You are three months old today! A quarter of a year! And most amazingly, you are becoming a little boy.

A month ago, you still felt like a newborn. Today, you are a baby with a personality and a smile that absolutely melts Daddy’s heart. You seem so much bigger! I don’t know where my little baby went, but I still love living with handsome little guy.

You changed homes during this month! We moved out of the house where we brought your home and started our family, and we’ve made this house our new home.

We had our first official family photos taken. (You were adorable.)

This is also the month where you got your first cold and stomach bug. The stomach bug is over, thankfully, but you’ve been sneezing and coughing for a week now. You’re being pretty good about it, but it sure makes Mom and Dad sad to see you wake yourself up coughing.

This is also the month where you got your first round of vaccines. You didn’t like them, but I think you took it better than we (especially Mom) did.

We have Christmas in a few days. Remember how we said we weren’t going to buy many gifts for you because you would just be three months old and not really know what was going on anyway?

Yeah, we didn’t stick to that at all. I’m sure each Christmas will be bigger than the last.

Moon Pie at Three Months

For comparison, Moon Pie at Two Months…

And One Month…

Likes:

Flying like Superman
Pedialyte
Christmas trees
Sitting in the Bumbo (at least for a while)
Being nakey

Dislikes:

Being hot
Not being near Mom

Love,
Mom & Dad

Previous Updates – Two Months
One Month

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An Open Letter to Two Month Old Moon Pie

Dear Moon Pie,

You are two months old today! It’s also Thanksgiving, and it goes without saying that we are so thankful for all the joy you’ve brought to our lives.

It feels like yesterday and forever ago since you were born.

You’ve grown so much! People still say they can’t believe how tiny you are, but I can’t help but remember how truly tiny you were when we were still in the hospital with you.

We love you so much more than I ever thought I could love anyone or anything. Now that I’m your dad, I’m realizing that if my parents loved me even a fraction of as much as I love you, I was loved so much more than I ever realized.

Your personality is really coming out now. I’ll never forget how my heart melted the first time you smiled for me. And now, you’ll practically smile on demand. And your coos! You coo all the time. There is no greater sound than happy baby coos.

This was the month where we took you to Day Care for the first time. This is also the month where we got to take you out of THAT day care and put you in a better day care near where we work. This means Mom will get to come breast feed you on her lunch break, and that’ll be better for the both of you.

This is the month where we learned about the dreaded Purple Period. From six weeks to eight weeks, you were one inconsolable Moon Pie from six p.m. until about bed time. Fortunately, you have definitely calmed down, and you are back to being our happy, smiley baby all the time.

We had your first Halloween in the last month.

Today, we’re having your first Thanksgiving.

And Mom has already dressed you up as a Polar Bear, but given this adorable smile, you seemed to like it.

Moon Pie at Two Months Old

(And for comparison, Moon Pie at One Month Old)

Likes:
Showers
Napping in your boppy
Sitting up (with support)
The song Distance by Christina Perri (we put it on repeat in the car until you go to sleep, because it calms you down faster than anything)
Mom’s silly noises
Your new swing

Dislikes:
Not being fed this very instant!
Tummy time (although you are learning to tolerate it)
Being alone

Upon making this list of dislikes, we’re realizing you’re a pretty happy baby, and for that, too, we are thankful.

Love,
Mom & Dad

P.S. – And because every Open Letter to Moon Pie has to have something a little embarrassing in it, I’ll close with this. When you fart, it sounds like a grown man. Seriously. Thunderous.

Previous Updates – One Month Old Moon Pie

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