Monday, March 28, 2011

A personal update: I got Engaged!

So I realize this post isn't training/nutrition related (so I apologize to those who don't know me personally) but I wanted to share something very special that happened over the weekend.  Since I can't make a personal call to all of my family and friends, I thought this would be the best way to share what happened.  

On Saturday morning, I became engaged to the love of my life: Kelsey.

The proposal was a very exciting (and epic) process for everyone involved, so I thought I'd share the details. 

Basically, there's a website Kelsey reads everyday, so I wanted to initiate the proposal through that.  It's Tony Gentilcore's website, and for those of you not involved in strength training, he's basically the Luke Skywalker of the training world.  The man is a Jedi when it comes to training people.

Seriously though, I don't think many people outside the training industry can really appreciate this, but let's put it this way:

If you loved tennis, it would be the equivalent of Roger Federer grabbing your attention on the internet.

So I had Tony (after he graciously agreed to help me out) initiate the proposal through his website.  I filmed a video of myself - at the spot I'd be waiting to actually propose - and Tony embedded the video into his blog.  You can see it here (it's on the second half of the post).

The first part of the proposal on Tony Gentilcore's website

Note: Tony also followed up with a blog post today on what happened from his end of the spectrum, so you can read that HERE.  He's a more entertaining writer than I am, so I encourage you to check it out:

Tony Gentilcore's follow-up to the proposal

I knew Kelsey would be arriving at SAPT (where I work) to get in a training session on Saturday morning, so I had Chris (the strength coach I work with) tell her that she had to go into his office and take a look at Tony's blog post for the day.  Chris grabbed a camera and started filming Kelsey after she saw me on Tony's website and started quickly packing up to go meet me:

Once she arrived at the site I was waiting, I dropped to a knee (after saying a few words, of course) and asked her to marry me.  I had a photographer waiting at the site.

Long story short, she said yes!!

The Honeymoon

I am EXTREMELY fortunate to have a fiancee that enjoys strength training as much as much as I do.  As such, we'll be heading up to Cressey Performance (in the Boston area) for our Honeymoon to train there for the week!  In case you all don't know what this place is, they're basically the shiz (yes, I used that word) when it comes to training people.  The staff (Tony is one of them) is a group of really personable, intelligent, and caring people, so Kelsey and I are THRILLED to spend a lot of time during our Honeymoon at the facility to train, and talk some shop.

Here is a video of the facility in action:

Cressey Performance Promo Video Trailer from Lasting Memories Videotaping on Vimeo.

Yeah, A LOT of people have made fun of us for not going somewhere "tropical" for our Honeymoon.  But honestly, Kelsey and I will have WAY more fun in Boston - training and hanging out at Cressey Performance - than we would if we went to an island to lay down on the beach for a week.

And men in the crowd: you have to admit you're jealous I have a fiancee who is willing to do this with me!

Anyway, there it is!  Again, I apologize to those who don't know me (and don't care about my personal life), but I thought this would be the best way to share what happened with those that I wasn't able to make a phone call to. 

Thanks for reading, and a HUGE Thank You to all our friends and family that have supported us thus far.  We couldn't have done it without you, and we'll continue to need you throughout the craziness of engagement/marriage :)

I'll be back with some more training/nutrition-related posts soon.


Anonymous said...

So awesome man!!! I loved the way you went about the whole thing and the honeymoon is so sweet! I wish you two the best :-)

-Brian E

Kelsey said...


Liz Wood said...

Steve!!! We are sooo excited for you two!! I don't know Kelsey too well, but she looks so ecstatic to be getting engaged to you in the video...and every girl and guy deserves to feel that way about their betrothed. Thanks for sharing such a joyful moment on the blog world with us. Spence and I are praying for you and we are sooo happy for you both.

Eyes up,
Liz and Spence Wood

Niel K. Patel said...

Stevo, you're smoother than a lunge slide board.


Stevo said...

Brian: Thanks man!! It's great to hear from you.

Kelsey: <3

Liz: Thank you! I really appreciate the prayers from you and Spence...we can use them!

Niel: Haha I love the reference, thanks man.

Belzer said...

So happy for you! What an epic proposal too :D

Keep in touch.

Dan Hogarty said...

Congratulations, Stevo and Kelsey!

Anonymous said...

Stevo & Kelsey -

So y'all will be headed to Boston for your honeymoon....Great idea following your dreams and teaming with the master fitness guru! Will you be spending more time in the gym or back at the hotel room? Decisions, Decisions, Decisions....probably equal, as one prepares you for the other and vice versa...Ha Ha Ha. In any event, better remember to take several bags of that special protein pancake powder with you cuz you're going to need it. Congrats! We love you -

Mom & Dad ><>

Anonymous said...

You're engaged????? Congrats!!!!


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