Leopoldo / Haglund Memorial Wrestling Invitational

Headed to Mound, MN for wrestling tournament where Gage got to wrestle varsity for the first time in 2014.

Gage was lucky enough to draw the number one ranked wrestler at 152 MN AA. Tough draw, but he bravely went out and did his best. Unfortunately there was no major upset, but he wrestled well. Gage lost by fall late in the first period to Mack Short of Simley.

His second match he faired much better winning by fall midway through the first period against Air Chaisattayarak of St. Croix Lutheran.

The last match was best wth Gage wrestling a strong 152 pound senior Cole Anderly from Westonka-Mounds for 5th place.

In the end Gage improved to a 3-1 record on varsity.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

It has been some time since I have posted. I have been meaning to write a few beer reviews and post some more about the diet, but haven’t had the time between projects.

The house is a mess and I have to have the truck packed and ready to go in about two and a half hours so this will be a short post.

Last night Pauline and I became old as we were not cool enough to hang out with for the fireworks. Dayton and Gage both went with their friends to the park to watch the show. Senior wasn’t feeling it I guess and declined to go with us.

The walk to the park isn’t to far down the trail, but it was hot and muggy (the type of night where you can feel the wet air in your lungs). We go to the park about an hour before the show just as it started filling up. We were at the park just north of where they launch the fireworks.

We found a nice spot by a tree and tried to cool down in our chairs. There was a light breeze where we were that helped, but when you felt it, it just made you long for more. The fireworks started after 10:00 pm and it felt kind of odd just being Pauline and I there, but also was kind of nice. I guess this might just be how we celebrate things if Kobe really does move out some day.

Anyway, the fireworks were great and the finale was absolutely awesome (see the clip on the page). After the show we stumbled through the dark path home (I could still see the path well enough, but Pauline was more afraid of the things we couldn’t see).

Coming into the house was a shock to the system as the air was cool and dry. Gage got dropped off by Dayton a little later and then soon left again for the night and Dayton straggled in before midnight grumpy still about her day at work.

I hope I never forget nights like last night though. Pauline and I talked about how great a night it was there. We both agreed that the only thing that could have made it better is if we lived closer to the lake.

Update on the “No Meat” challenge

It has been almost two weeks since I have had some meat and I am still alive.

Going with out meat for two weeks has not been real tough actually. It is the dairy products that I really miss. Greek yogurt and cheese the most.

Eggs have been the other item I miss more then meat. But we are learning to find good substitutes. My favorite substitute, that I might just keep is almond milk for milk. It has good flavor and some better health benefits.

I have been battling with some type of yeast/bacterial issue the last few days. It makes me curious if it is part in due to missing some of those “good” bacteria that you get with dairy. The sore throat never made me miserable, but apparently the halitosis has been pretty bad for all those within a breathes distance from me (sorry friends).

With another two weeks to go, I can see a future with better nutritional choices ahead of me. I don’t plan on giving up meat all together, but I am not afraid now to go a day (or several days for that matter) without eating it. I also have a new palette that enjoys things like broccoli, eggplant, asparagus, cucumbers that aren’t pickles, and zucchini.

Gone are the days were I made most things in a box and instead I plan on making a lot more from scratch with the new blender and food processor.

Finally, I have to note that after two weeks I am close to have losing 10 pounds which is pretty amazing. The lose is only somewhat related to not eating meat. It is very much the result of carefully watching calories and getting some exercise.

June 14, 2012

Dinner for the night


Dinner of falafel with Tofu and stir fry

Just want to make a note to everyone that if you are on a vegan diet, Buffalo Wild Wings is no place for you. Thankfully this diet is only temporary.

Breakfast
Pumpkin Raisin Crunch [5 Points]
Almond Milk [0 Points]
Coffee [0 Points]

Lunch
Spinach Artichoke with Pita Chips [14 Points]
Carrots and Celery [0 Points]

Snack
Cacao Goji Superfood [2 Points]

Exercise
35 minutes on the treadmill and ran 2.61 miles while burning 538 calories.

Dinner
Falafel [6 Points]
Tofu and stir fry [2 Points]

June 12, 2012

Started the day off right today with some cereal. Wasn’t paying attention when I poured it though and had probably two servings in the bowl. Put half back so bowl was about 1/3 full and then added about a half a cup of almond milk. Delicious!

Breakfast
Pumpkin Raisin Crunch [5 Points]
Almond Milk [0 Points]

Lunch
2 Falafel [3 Points]
Hummus [2 Points]
Pita [2 Points]
Rice [6 Points]
Spinach [2 Points]

Snack
Cacao Goji Superfood [2 Points]
Sunflower Seeds [6 Points]

Eastview vs Rosemount

Eastview vs Rosemount

Good full day of work. Took off in time to pick up Gage and take him to the game. Was a fantastic day to watch the team go up against a not so good Rosemount. It wasn’t meant to be for the Lightning as it was a pitchers dual and the Lighting came up a run short (1-2).

Gage pitched a good four innings, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit, 4 walks and 3K’s. His team mate John came in and pitched well walking a pair and striking out a pair, but holding the Rosemount team to the two runs. They did their best against a really good Rosemount pitcher. They were making contact with the ball, but they were hitting the ball right to the defense.

Dinner
Grilled Asparagus [0 Points]
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms [2 Points]
Grilled Red Bell Pepper sliced [0 Points]
Grilled Eggplant [0 Points]
Grilled Zucchini w/Skin sliced [0 Points]
Grilled Mango [2 Points]
Mamma Chia Mango Orange [1 Points]

Snack
Chia Kombucha [2 Points] (not really fond of this)

June 11, 2012

Starting new diet, but didn’t have the common sense to sit down and plan meals for the week.

Left work without breakfast. I had planned on at least eating the organic cereal I bought, but no almond milk (except the chocolate). Ended up leaving with just a large glass of coffee.

Breakfast
16oz. cup of coffee – [0 Points]

Snack (late night)
Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend [2 Points]
Momma Chia- Coconut Mango [2 Points]

This Harvest Grains Blend is really good, but Pauline made it with just plain water. I think it would have been better with some vegetable stock instead.

Lunch plans were not much different. Also didn’t help that every damn item of work needed to be completed over the lunch hour. I decided to just get out of the office about 2:20 pm and just drove. Came upon the Falafel King and decided to see what they had inside.

The menu was’t to big, and I didn’t really have time to look through the ingredients, so I went with what I thought would be the best meal available which was the Veggie Combo. The meal included hummus, spinach pie, King salad and falafel with tahini dressing. No idea about the nutritional value as I could not find them later online.

Veggie Combo

Veggie Combo

The meal tasted good, but I don’t think it was as healthy as I thought it would be. The falafel seemed just a tad greasy and I know the brocoli and egg plant were deep fried (and delicious). The hummus had good flavor, but the consistency was just a bit to smooth. The King salad was a nice tangy mixture of what looked like cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro and a salty pickle like dressing. The falafel and spinach pie were both good, but I had much better at The Black Sea Restaurant on the other side of St Paul. The brocoli and egg plant were the best part. They had a light seasoning to them and the texture was fantastic. It was by far the best part of the meal.

Lunch and Dinner
Pita, hummus, King salad, spinach pie and 2 falafel [10 Points]

Overall the meal was better then average and I would likely go there again. I think once I get more familiar with the menu, I might find the right combination of eats for this diet.

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Experiment in Nutrition

Today starts a new bold and aggressive experiment. For a month am going to try to give up meat, dairy and highly processed foods.

This is not going to be a permanent change, but a 30 day experiment into nutrition and human will.

Having lost over 40 pounds between 2010 and 2011, I was doing well with diet and exercise, but everything went awry in July of last year. I would like to give a lot of excuses about the emotional burden of the death and near death of a family member, the stress of purchasing a home over six months period and the responsibilities of family, but they all are just excuses.

If anything those were all motivation to continue to diet and exercise. The truth was I found comfort from food and the more weight I put on the harder it became to exercise.

Another goal was set last month and exercise was once again introduced into the schedule, but there have been some problems with losing weight still. Healthy food is being ate, but so too is a fair amount of unhealthy food.

Farmers Market Enchilada

Farmers Market Enchilada

So what does a bad diet have to do with eliminating meat, dairy and highly processed foods? These seem to be all of my “comfort foods”. As I have gotten older I found I enjoy more vegetables then I ever enjoyed before, but there is not much “comfort” in a bag of carrots. There is a whole lot of good feeling in cheese burger and fries.

I also watched a documentary “Forks Over Knives” that had some good information about what a whole food plant based diet and the health benefits that come with it. I read some criticism of the movie that it propaganda for a vegan diet, but my interpretation was it was encouraging a whole food plant based diet to replace the current high animal protein diet (The Western Diet). More importantly to me though, is the conscious removal highly processed foods, which I believe are a large cause for obesity.

My goal is to go 30 days without eating meat, dairy and highly processed foods. I plan to continue the exercise schedule and if all goes well increase it. If all goes as planned, I want to be able to set an example to my family (wife, children and father) that eating healthy has many good effects. I want my father to understand his self destructive eating habits are not helping him take full advantage of his “second chance”.

So today begins the 30 day journey into a drastic change with my diet, but hopefully the beginning of a healthier husband, father and son.

Let the experiment begin (going to post some pictures of some of the food we create).

Lazy Weekend

Wood Duck in the backyard

Wood Duck in the backyard

Lots of tasks planned for this weekend, but little is getting done.

Saturday started early with a trip to the High School to help work with the Freestyle Wrestling tournament. Really starting to enjoy the new people we are meeting and the group of parents in the Wrestling Boosters club have been fantastic. Feel bad that we didn’t get involved sooner, but already plan to be much more involved next year.

The tournament ended before 3:00 pm and after we came home, I had to go take a nap. Four hours later, I realized it was getting dark and I had slept the better part of the afternoon away. It felt good, but also felt a little guilty. I was able to coerce Pauline down the the basement to watch the Roku. She wasn’t a fan of the documentary I found, but was able to get her to come back to watch Louis C.K. stand up.

We were kicked out of the basement by Dayton and her friends later and retired to the bedroom. With temperatures aiming to the high 70’s we had made plans to enjoy coffee on the deck. We both woke up before 7:30 and were sorely disappointed that it was COLD outside. Coffee by the window was the order for the morning.

It was really to bad we didn’t have a nicer day out. We usually have a Mallard and his mate that visit the backyard. I was awaken by the quacking outside the window, but it wasn’t the usual suspect this morning. It happened to be a new visitor, a Wood Duck. I was able to snap a few pictures before the memory card was full. Of course a few minutes later the mate appeared, but I wasn’t able to get a photo.

Time to make some waffles and get the family going this morning.

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