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March 02, 2008

And in the Darkness, Bind Them

This actually happened last month...and I keep forgetting to write about it.  Back when I made the smartest decision of my life and married my lovely wife, I started wearing a claddagh ring as my wedding band. 

For those of you that don't know what the claddagh is...


The hands, heart, and crown symbolize friendship, love, and loyalty, respectively.

About 5 years ago, I took my ring off for the last time....and it nearly didn't come off.  We thought we were going to have to cut it off.  You see, I'd gained so much weight that even my fingers were getting fat.  I kept hoping I would be able to wear it again...but I just got heavier and heavier....it wasn't going to happen.

So about 3 years ago we went out and found a replacement ring.  It was a different style but had the claddagh symbol on it all the way around the ring.

Then the weight loss started....

I was talking expressively one day and my new ring slid off my finger and made a loud PING when it collided with the floor.  I think I even wrote about it in the blog.

But I hadn't lost enough weight to be able to fit back into my old ring.  Again, I was ring-less. 

Time went on and I really stopped thinking about it.  Then I realized that I was down to the weight I was at when Heather and I first met.  I wondered...would it fit now?

The ring, now tarnished from years of just sitting on my desk, slid on effortlessly.  Later I wondered about the differences in sizes between the two rings.  On a whim I held them up together and found that the first ring could fit through the second....the sizes were that different....

Progress Report

I finally weighed in again.  And check it out... 219 pounds. 

I went to the doctor this morning about my shin.  The good news is that it does not seem to be a stress fracture.  The bad news is that I need to stay off the treadmill for while...about a month.  So biking is okay....elliptical is okay...swimming is okay.

But no running, walking, jumping jacks, jump rope...you get the idea.

I can work with that.  Unlike the other times I've had injuries...I'm NOT letting this derail me.  I know plenty of other exercises I can do to make up for what I'm temporally not allowed to do. 

NOTE:  The doctor I went to is REALLY good with sports injuries...but his bedside manner is a little harsh...


Glad he's not my urologist....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can so relate I too have lost my wedding band 2 x's now. 1 from the wedding 11.5 years ago and even the one from 1.5 years ago. I try puttin the one from 1.5 years ago every month but no luck yet. Congrats and I will report to you when I get to put my ring back on.

Your Friend

March 3, 2008 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's terrific about your ring and bravo once again on your progress. I too had a set of rings my sweetie gave me when we got together that I couldn't wear. I can wear them now although they are loose. Anyway..well done! (yow..is that a real dog?)lollipop62

March 4, 2008 at 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You must feel great about your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

March 10, 2008 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Wait. What? said...

Congrats on your success! I am not wearing my wedding band atm because it flys off in the pool or slips off at the office - I need to have it resized - but I will wait until I am finally down to my goal and then I will resize it for good! I found your site from Spark - I blog a bit as well here and there I will add ya to my site and visit now and again!

March 11, 2008 at 10:11 AM  

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