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Window Seat: Antigua Honeymoon, Day 3, 10.11.10

I have decided to consolidate all of my blogs, mostly because I can’t keep up with them. On one of my rarely updated Travel Blogs “The Window Seat,” I had some really nice posts about our honeymoon over a year and a half ago. I don’t want to lose those, so I am slowly migrating those posts here. This is the post for Day Three.

This is copied and pasted exactly as it was written in Antigua, back in October of 2010.

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This morning was the prettiest morning we’ve had yet while we’ve been here. The sky was a perfect blue and there wasn’t a cloud in it.

View from the 5th floor…

Sister Island, off in the distance…

More views of the resort…

The elevator ride down…

The various sights on the way to breakfast…

The sign for the outdoor pizzeria…

An Antiguan snail…

This was above the swim-up bar by the pool…

Where many activities, including bracelet making, are held…

We went to Mario’s for breakfast this morning. It was largely the same buffet as they had at Bayside, although there were grilled tomatoes with mozzarella, eggs benedict, quiche, and pancakes available in addition to the rest.

I ended up getting four plates this morning, although in my defense, they weren’t all crammed full and I didn’t completely polish off ANY plate. And yes, I most definitely LOVE passion fruit! I’m not sure I entirely care for the pancake syrup they have here; there is some spice in it, perhaps nutmeg or allspice or something similar, that I’m just not that fond of. It was better on the french toast than the pancakes, so I’ll probably stick to french toast while I’m here.

The tables in Mario’s…

The ceiling in Mario’s…

More inside Mario’s…

And the food at Mario’s…

We have definitely decided we’re going to go to Bayside for breakfast from here on out, just because it’s basically the same food and we’d rather eat by the ocean than in a restaurant.

As part of being on a honeymoon, we also get a “breakfast in bed,” which I thinks amounts to room service. We stopped by this morning and signed up for it; it’s a continental breakfast, so we may end up going out for a hot breakfast that morning, too. We’re doing it on Wednesday.

Views from around the resort…

“Lee-zard!”

Flowers from around the resort…

The restaurant Barefoot by the Sea…

The pool, from a distance…

The back of the swim-up bar…

More pool pictures…

We went down to the beach this morning and tried one of the water bikes. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I expected it to be (and they actually had a life jacket that fit me – shocker!), but it was definitely a workout. My legs and lungs were burning by the time we were done. I was amazed at how difficult it was! That was definitely some cardio for the day. Best yet, we also found three sea shells! There were so many people out, I didn’t really expect to find any, but we did. Tina is planning some type of Christmas ornament with them.

More beach pictures…

After hosing off in the outdoor shower, we reapplied sunscreen (we should have brought more – we’ll definitely run out before we’re done here, and it’s crazy expensive in the resort shops) and hit the pool to cool off. We also killed time lounging in the water until the swim-up bar opened. Several people were doing the same thing. We were like vultures for alcohol. My drinking plans for today were to stay more hydrated with water (which I did) and limit myself to one drink at a time (which I also did). Tina got something called a Banana Sip Sop, which was pink and fruity, while I got another Chocolate Monkey. After that, I was done drinking until after lunch. No “I hate alcohol – I want to barf and why won’t my eyes focus!” sensations this time, so this is the way to go.

Then we relaxed in the shade on some lounge chairs for an hour or so and read our books. We’re about to go hit Bayside again for the Mexican Buffet they have on Mondays, and then we’ll swing by Bella Napoli, get some pizzas, head back to the room, and crash for the hottest part of the day before we head out for the evening! No concrete plans tonight; it’s nice not having to keep checking the time!

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We made it to Bayside a few minutes before they opened for the buffet, so we stopped at the nearby bar and ordered some drinks. I got a Blue Lagoon and Tina got something called Gentle Kisses. Both were delicious, although with so much sun and not enough water, I did get a little wobbly headed.

While we were drinking, some dude on the beach was trying to get me to buy an excursion package from him. That’s my biggest complaint about this place; there are too many outside vendors on the beach to bug us. I had to tell him twice I wasn’t interested. I’m interested in excursions, but I’m only going to do them through Sandals. For all I know, he operates a White Slave Trading Ring, and Tina and I would find ourselves sold into captivity.

The buffet was quite nice, although I apparently do not know what Authentic Mexican is. I wasn’t expecting Taco Bell cuisine or even El Mazatlan food, but it definitely wasn’t what we got. Delicious and no complaints, but not what we were expecting.

First plate was a few different types of meat, along with a delicious fish fillet, and some mashed potatoes. There was also a pasta bar, where you pick your pasta and what you want in it and what sauce, and they whip it up right then. Very tasty. I got bow tie pasta, chicken, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, onions, and some type of tomato sauce, sprinkled with fresh parmesan. Delicioso!

Third plate was a panini, because they had a make-your-own panini bar! I had to do it, just for the spectacle of it alone. Fourth was shared dessert with Tina, and fifth was a bite of pound cake, marshmallows, and blueberries dipped in a white chocolate fountain. (Milk or dark would have been even better.)

Views from our table…

We ended up stuffed. No extra pizza today. We’re heading back to the room for a power nap in the hottest part of the day. We were both drenched with sweat by the time we got back. (Granted, I was drenched with sweat by the time we got to the lobby on the elevator ride down, but still…) It’s fricking hot today! I just cranked the AC down to 68, and we’re about to relax indoors for a bit. We still have tons of time left here, and we see no need to rush ourselves.

We also ended up playing a game of pool at Cricketer’s while we were waiting for our room to be cleaned. We both pretty well sucked, but technically, I won. Yay me!

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At five o’clock, there was a manager’s cocktail hour. Not entirely sure what that was, but we decided to go down.

The Entertainment Board, which lists all Sandals activities, such as the cocktail hour…

Basically, several guests gathered, all of the managers were there to mingle, and we were served various cocktails and hors dorves. We spent the hour with a very nice woman named Anne, who was the Manager of Public Relations. She was a fascinating person; she was originally from Canada, although I believe she said her mother was originally from Antigua, and she just saw the advertisement for the manager’s position, applied, got the job, and moved. She’s only been here for four months. She was a lot of fun to spend time with and told us a great deal about life here in Antigua. (She also finally confirmed how to pronounce it – the locals call it Anti-Ga, with a hard G, rather than Anti-gwa, so we’re going with the local pronunciation.)

Near the end, they asked for all of the newlywed husbands to come up front. I assumed they were going to do some sort of newlywed game, and Tina insisted I go. What the hey, right? Why not? Well, they were doing a game, but it wasn’t an “answer questions about your spouse” game.

It was a dance contest.

Yikes. If you know me, you know I have NO rhythm.

But you know what, I decided, when my turn came, I am on vacation with people I will never see again, so I got out there and gave it my best. I’ll point out that my best was AWFUL, but it was fun, people cheered (although people did cheer for everyone), and it was fun. And not nearly as embarrassing as I would have guessed, because really – when will I ever see ANY of these people again?

The lady laughing is Esther, who helped us set up our excursions. Very nice lady. Every time she saw us on the resort, she cried out, “My favorite couple, the Longmans!” Granted, our last name is Logsdon, but it was still extremely nice. I know she isn’t laughing at me dancing in this picture…

…but she might be laughing at me out of sight in this picture… and for once, I am not sorry a picture turned out extremely dark… (see full if you want to get a faint glimpse of me making a fool of myself)

After the contest was over, we found out that the winner won a cabana rental for the day, which costs $99. I really wish I had tried harder when I found that out. The winner (and those who got the loudest applause) were those who were the most risque. Maybe if I had stripped off my shirt and slung it around my head I would have won? But that might have made me a whore, so perhaps it’s best that I didn’t do that. (Note to those who don’t know me: I would NEVER have done that. I’m almost too modest to even take my shirt off at the pool. Although I am doing that here, because I’ve seen guys who were crazy fit with eight-pack abs and guys with bigger guts than me and way paler.)

We also got a 10% off coupon for the resort shop, so we chose tonight to buy our souvenirs. I got a little frog for my office, a Christmas ornament for our tree, a cap and t-shirt for me, a shirt and bracelet for Tina, and a big metal lizard for the house. Every time we see a lizard here, one of us cries out, “Lee-zard!” It just seemed like it would be a good addition to our house.

Postcards were also bought for our parents, along with stamps. It costs thirty-five cents to mail a letter to America from here. How ridiculous is that? I have to pay forty-four cents at home to mail my water bill three miles down the road! We’re also sending ourselves a postcard, because we’re huge dorks like that.

We are, once again, doing two dinners. We went to Barefoot as they are seafood themed, and where could we get better seafood than on an island? Every single time we have gotten shrimp, it has been amazing! We got a grilled shrimp appetizer, and once again, it was amazing. They also served us bread with some type of herbed butter – also quite yummy.

The main course was, for Tina, a Seafood Sampler, which consisted of mussels, scallops, calamari, and shrimp, all grilled. I tried a bite of the calamari and mussels, and they were pretty good. I can only imagine the scallops and shrimp were equally amazing.

Alas, I wish I had gotten the spiny lobster. I ordered the Blue Marlin, because I’ve never had it. It was okay (and the rice bed it was served on was the best rice I have ever had). The tempura veggies that came with it were also quite good. The fish itself was a pretty healthy serving, but it was too fishy tasting, if that makes sense. Honestly, it was the fishiest fish I’ve ever fished. Er, eaten. Definitely gonna stick with shellfish from here on out, because I think I’m just more of a shellfish fan than fish fan.

There is a fire show at the Beachside BBQ at Bayside, and we are going to that at nine. And yes, we’re probably going to eat again. Don’t judge me!

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Yeah, the fire show didn’t happen. We were there. We were there from 8:50 to 9:40, but there was no fire show. Not sure why, either. That kinda sucks, because we were really looking forward to it.

Buffet was good food, as always. I got jerk chicken, pork, some mac and cheese (that was crazy spicy), and half of a baked potato with some butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. Very good. I went small servings and didn’t clean off my plate, because we weren’t really that hungry. I definitely got dessert, too. There was a chocolate mousse, shaped like a pyramid with a cherry on top, that was delicious.

And a few more pictures taken at night on the way back to our room…

And lastly, a short video recorded on the way back to the room to preserve the very unusual nature sounds you’d hear as you walk about at night…

It’s funny how a long day of doing nothing can tire you out. We are retired for the night. Our wake up call is placed and the Do Not Disturb light is lit.

Great end to a great day.

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A Return to Vlogging Weigh-In

Short post today, folks. I recorded a vlog.

I haven’t done them in a while, probably because I felt like I didn’t have anything worth sharing. Well… I’m doing okay, so I think I do.

September 16, 2011
Weight: 371.8
Change from Last Week: -2.2 pounds
Change from Highest: -31.0 pounds
Weight: 53”
Change of 1” since 9-2-11

I’m going to stop measuring my waist weekly, but I am thrilled to see it dropped another half inch!

I say more in the video, but basically, Weight Watchers is working, exercise is going great… life is just generally awesome right now, and the weight loss is icing.

Don’t forget about my Betty Crocker giveaway that ends next Wednesday!

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A Professor Trelawney Weigh-in

I have followed Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program for the last week. I ate tons of fruits and veggies, but I’ll also admit I had some processed foods as well. I got in plenty of exercise, including three different Zumba classes.

How did I fare?

I weighed in on January 9, 2011, at 360.7, which is 1.5 pounds less than last Sunday! Woo hoo!

January 9, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 362.2
Today’s Weight: 360.7
Change from All-Time High: 42.1 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.5 pounds

I am also going to take a few body measurements so I can report on those changes as they occur as well.

Chest: 53 1/2″
Stomach: 62 1/4″
Bicep: 17″

It is a little jarring to realize that my stomach is wider around than some people are tall. That is a truly honest measurement, because I purposefully “let it out.” I didn’t suck it in like I do most of the time. I can’t wait until it is smaller around than 5 feet. I probably won’t record my inches every weigh-in, but I definitely want a record of them so I can see them change.

Regardless, I am happy today, because I weigh less today than I did on January 2nd!

I am dubbing January 9th’s weigh-in a Professor Trelawney Weigh-in!

Why Professor Trelawney? Well let me explain.

I’m a HUGE Harry Potter geek. Seriously, absolutely, completely love the entire series. One of my probably unattainable goals in life is to be the next J.K. Rowling. No, I don’t want to be a blonde Scottish woman, but I do want to have created an elaborate, magical world with in-depth rules.

In Harry Potter, there is a divination teacher named Professor Trelawney. She is the direct descendant of a famous seer, but sadly, Professor Trelawney’s skills in the area of divination are quite limited. She just isn’t very good. She’s only made a tiny handful of true predictions, and she goes into a trance when she made those, so she doesn’t even remember them.

Just the same, she reads tea leaves, keeps detailed dream journals, and looks into crystal balls like it’s no one’s business. It’s even her career! So even though it does her no good whatsoever, she is always consulting her various mediums to see how the future is going.

I’m equating crystal balls with getting on the scale every day. I’ve done it for the majority of my “dieting” life. I’m always trying to see the future of my weight loss efforts, even just one day in. This week, I didn’t. Here’s the difference it made.

1.5 pounds of weight loss and a much better attitude.

In the past, I’ve weighed daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and seen my weight fluctuate. When you see your weight change sometimes five or six pounds in a single day, a loss of 1.5 pounds in a week seems worthless. But you know what 1.5 pounds every week means? It means that in a year, I’ll weigh 78 pounds less. That’s amazing. But if I weigh every day, then I’ll get discouraged, and I’ll just quit. Because while it’s exciting to see the scale drop eight pounds suddenly, it is very discouraging to watch the scale leap eight pounds when you know you did everything right.

For me, that needless self-inflicted discouragement can lead me to jump off program and my weight will keep going up.

For the rest of my life, unless a doctor orders me to do so otherwise, I am never going to weigh in every day.

I am going to set a weekly weight loss goal of three pounds for next week. I’m still aiming for 350 by my first February weigh-in, and while that may be tough, I’m going to keep shooting for it. Three pounds is a tough goal but it’s not impossible. And you know what? Even if I don’t lose but one pound next week, I’m still going to celebrate.

Oh, and in between shooting the video and writing this blog post, I ran out and bought my lottery tickets for weight loss. For every pound I lose, I buy a $1 scratcher. I won a free ticket, but that free ticket was a loser, so I came out with no extra Vegas money this week.

And as always, my video blog for the week.

What weight loss plans do you have for the next week?

P.S. – More posts in my gym etiquette series coming soon!

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A Warp Zone Weigh-In

Happy 2011! So, have you gotten in your two workouts yet? Have your meals been stellar?

I can honestly say that yes, I have gotten in two workouts, and while my meals could have been healthier, I am at least still happily on program.

Sunday is my new weigh-in day. How did I fare?

Well, I’m dubbing this week a Warp Zone Weigh-In.

Wanna know why?

‘Cause my weight went from 364.2 to 362.2! Over the past week, I have last two pounds, and I am considering that an ultra-huge, colossal victory. Permit me to get a bit geeky on you. You know how in Super Mario Brothers you can sometimes find warp tubes and they take you to the warp zone and you’re able to skip ahead worlds?

Well, I did that this week. Instead of waiting until January 1st like I have done so many years in the past, I decided to get on program December 26th to undo the holiday damage. Instead of putting on what could have been a LOT of weight, I chose to take a warp zone and I emerged January 1st two pounds lighter instead of two (or five… or ten) pounds heavier. Yay me!

I have recorded a video blog, as I promised I would do. I promise, these won’t all be done in the car, but I had a few minutes to myself while on the way to the gym so that’s when I did it.

I am really excited about the upcoming week. Because I work at a college, I’ve had the last two weeks off for Christmas. I’ve NEVER had two weeks off from work since I was a teacher in the public school system, so this was a pretty frickin’ sweet break. Still, I think I’m excited about going back to work. And even more than that, I think I’m excited about tearing it up at Weight Watchers again. This weigh-in may be a bit higher than I’d like, and that’s okay, because I did a LOT of damage over Christmas. It doesn’t matter, though, because I am repairing that damage.

I look forward to feeling myself get stronger with every workout I do. I look forward to feeling more flexible with every minute of yoga that I do. I look forward to getting healthier with every healthy food I put in my body.

As I go through the month of January, I plan to post regularly on various things (next post will be my experience in sprouting sprouts!), and I’m sure you’ll see me make mention of my resolutions. Since I plan to check up on them all year, I’m going to make a page here at Stellar Path JUST for my resolutions. If you’d like to check it out, just read this on my webpage and go to the top menu bar. If you are reading this on Google reader or some other blog reading tool, then you can check it out here.

I may mention these a LOT this year, but I want to stay motivated and on fire for these resolutions.

My Goals page will also probably get a lot of attention, and I’ll be sure to mention here whenever I change it. Just today, I added my section of Unlikely Goals. These are goals that, while I’d LOVE to get to do it, it just isn’t likely. For instance, I want to walk on the moon. It isn’t impossible. It’s not like I’m saying I want to travel in time. We have the technology to walk on the moon. It’s just that it is EXTREMELY unlikely that I will ever get to do so. Still, as I think of unlikely things I want to do, I’m sure I’ll add to the list.

Anyway, my reason for mention My Goals is that I’ve come a step closer to accomplishing one of my goals this year. I mentioned this in the video briefly. Tina and I want to find a church to join. We’re having a hard time finding what we want, and to be quite honest, in our frustration at not finding the church we wanted, we basically stopped trying for a while. A few days ago, we both agreed to try a new church near us called First Baptist. We loved it. We felt welcomed without being smothered and we enjoyed the pastor and felt he had a great message. Obviously, we aren’t going to join right away. We both want to attend for a pretty good while before we join, but being members of a church is something that is important to us and I’m very pleased that we’ve found a church that, at the very least, we are home in right now.

Oh, and one last thing. I have added a Facebook Badge up above. I’ve given SO much personal information about myself on this webpage, there really isn’t much point in having a Facebook page for Stellar Path any longer. To be perfectly honest, I have many more blogger friends on my personal Facebook than my page’s Facebook. So, if you’d like to follow(stalk) me in my personal life and catch up with my latest webpage updates, please, check me out! You can find my Facebook page here or click the badge in the upper left of my webpage.

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Week One: A Kick Off Weigh-in

This is a Kick Off Weigh-in!

At my first campus meeting on Tuesday, I weighed in at 353.6. I plan to always wear the same thing so that my weight change is true weight and not based on clothing.

I’m going to TRY and post every Tuesday, but that won’t always happen. For instance, it didn’t happen last night because I was so busy with the final week of school before final exams. Even as the teacher, we are definitely busy. (Maybe especially as the teacher. Students have a handful of teachers. I have almost 150 students, mostly college freshmen.) But I am posting today, so you can expect to see a weigh-in from me every Tuesday or Wednesday. There will be a few exceptions over the holidays, as my weigh-in will change for two weeks. Over Christmas break, WKU completely shuts down, so I’ll be weighing in at an alternate community meeting. It may or may not be Tuesday, but I will definitely be weighing in.

(Oh, and speaking of the holidays, if you are reading this in Google Reader, please hop on over to my actual blog so you can see my new festive Christmas theme!)

I’ll also attempt to record a video for each weigh-in. This morning, before I left my house, I put my camcorder on the dashboard of my car and recorded a video as I drove to work. (Ignore the fact that I didn’t look at the camera – I don’t want to have a wreck, after all). Just a quick cursory video.

Nothing too big to say as I’ve just started, but I can say again that I am very excited about Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program, and I’m hopeful this will be the tool that helps me regain control of my eating.

And lastly, every time I weigh in, I’ll add links to the posts I’ve made to my other blogs!

So this week, I’m going to share all of my Honeymoon posts! I have started a travel blog, The Window Seat. It was created because I’ve decided to start journaling all of my trips. Before, I would take a few photos, and over time, that would be the only memories I’d have left. For the honeymoon, I actually wrote a journal entry of sorts while on the trip that I combined with TONS of pictures (and a few videos) of the trip. Even now, almost two months later, reading over it really brings the entire trip rushing back. Warning – you will see me poolside and shirtless (and putting sunscreen on my face) in one pic. You will also see tons of photos of food.

Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight

I’ve also put a few more recipes up at my cooking blog, 1000 Meals.

Three of my recipes:
Sausage Gravy
Breakfast Pizza
Mug Blondie

I plan to post again on Friday. I’ll share some type of weight loss tip. Not sure what it will be yet, but I’ll see you then!

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