Found Ghost

We were watching some videos of various dogs and kennels in the area when Pauline found this gem.

It is a video of Ghost before we adopted him. I hope they never take it down :)

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.

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

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

Cacao Goji Superfood [2 Points]

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

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!

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

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

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.

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]

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.

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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