Archive for April, 2008

Ducks Spring Game

Posted: April 29, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family, sports
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Go Ducks!On Saturday, Grant and I watched the Oregon Ducks in their annual Spring Game.  This was the first football game that Grant has ever been to and he had a great time.  He asked lots of questions… which, to me, showed a lot of interest.  The weather was absolutely perfect, although I did end up with a sun burn on the top of my head (despite sun block and a hat… don’t ask.)

It was great to see that there is some hope for the upcoming season.  Justin Roper, in my opinion, will definitely be the starting QB in the fall, despite to the reports that Costa will be the signal caller for the Ducks.  Blount was awesome as RB, too.  Don’t count the Ducks out next year!

Grant and I had a great time spending Father-Son time watching his first football game.  Thank you, University of Oregon for the fun Spring day!

A Compliment for Grant

Posted: April 29, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family, games, sports
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Today was soccer practice for Grant.  One of the major differences for him this season (as opposed to the previous 3) is that he is now able to keep up with the other kids while running around.  Previously, everyone else would run circles around him.  Now, he runs like he is practically jet propelled!  After practice, his coach came up to us to say that Grant is quite a runner… and then… he said that Grant is a VERY good Goalie!  As a matter of fact, he said that Grant does things as Goalie that he would expect of 5th or 6th graders and he said that he should know because HE is a goalie in an adult league.  Wow!

5 Miles

Posted: April 26, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

I just wanted to quickly share with you that I just ran 5 miles.  Here’s the link:,680855896 .  Cool,  huh?

Chasing the 3500

Posted: April 25, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health, jogging

“Chasing the 3500” is my internal phrase (feel free to use the term, if you like) to describe my weight loss and exercise plan.  This comes from the fact that 1 pound is about equal to 3500 calories.  Why is this important?  Every time that I have a calorie deficit of 3500, this equals 1 more pound less of me!  If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Weight Loss Spreadsheet (on the right column), you’ll notice that over the past couple of weeks I have been closely monitoring my calories (using, link also at right) and it has been taking only a couple of days to lose a pound!  This makes sense because I have been trying to stick to eating 2000 calories and I have been expending between 3500 and 4000 calories.

Today, I ran the RCCL Down & Back (again… link at right).  I find that I really enjoy running now.  I continue to be amazed that 3 miles is easy for me at 6MPH.  Obviously, that would change if I ran faster, though.

Today, my weight was 209.0.  0.3 lost… I think bad mojo is catching up with me and I have delayed reaching my 3500.  Back to work!


Posted: April 23, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health
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Hmmm… I think I got my freebie today when I checked my weight.  The scale said 2o9.3, which is exactly 1 pound less than yesterday.

Here’s the thing… I didn’t eat the best yesterday (I had a mega-portion of Hawaiian BBQ at lunch which included lots of white rice, about a cup of Kahlua Pork and macaroni salad;  plus, for a treat after our hospital walkthrough, we took Grant to DQ for his good behavior during the tour and I had a small M&M Blizzard).

I’m sure I’ll end up regretting/paying for this later…

The good news is I’m now below 210.  I have set a goal on FitDay to be at 200 by 7/1/2008 and it says that: To meet your goal you need to lose about 0.943 lb per week.  This is what I’m excited about… if I keep up my current rate of weight loss, I could be at 200 in less than a month (I lost an entire pound yesterday alone)!  I am excited at the prospect of being 200 before Allie’s birth.

Back to chasing the 3500!

Paper Towel Theory

Posted: April 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health

I  think that I am not alone in wondering when all of the work in the gym is going to start becoming noticeable to others.  Every weekday, I start by sweating, huffing and puffing but I’m not sure if anyone else can tell any difference (with the exception of Natalie, who always says that she “would love me no matter what I looked like”… and my new response is, “well, maybe now you’ll get to love me a little while longer on this planet”).  Anyway, to the point of this post, I have subscribed to Alwyn Cosgrove’s blog via RSS and the other day he shared the Paper Towel Theory (which I will copy/paste below):

This is a pretty good explanation of the visual representation of fat loss that was emailed to me recently (And attributed originally to a “Bob White”). Hope you enjoy it..

Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with 112 paper towels on it. You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your paper towel “Ed”). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed.

For sake of argument, let’s say that Ed wants to lose 28 pounds of fat, so (112/28) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost.

Let’s also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the program.

Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll (“Big Ed”) for comparison.

No noticeable difference! Even at the end of the week!

“This can’t be working for me! This program sucks! “

But, you continue to follow your fat loss program. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Ed, and still notice very little difference.

But Ed is determined! He continues to work hard!

Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Ed again.

Now there’s a big difference!

By the end of the program (112 days), Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Big Ed is still – well, big.

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

While the outside sheet may only cover one layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you four times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same – your perception is just different! And you’ll never see the inside, if you aren’t patient while the outside is coming off!


Great analogy!

Wow, if you’re trying to lose weight, isn’t that motivating?  You’re taking it off right now just as well but you just have to stick with it until you get to the end of the roll when each sheet is VERY noticeable!  As Rob Schneider says, “You can do it!”

It’s Snowing!

Posted: April 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

It is about 30 minutes until Grant’s soccer game and it is snowing!  Last week was sunny and about 85 degrees and this week’s game will be in the snow.  Weird.

Dawg House Jog

Posted: April 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in health, jogging, snow, sports
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I got up this morning and took a jog at The Dawg House (link also in my Fitness links on the right).  This was a pretty nice run around the local Elementary and High School on a fairly newly placed bark chip path.  It is 1 mile per lap and I did 2 laps plus running there and a bit around town to make 30 minutes total running time.  Feels good to get up and active rather than snoozing all morning long.  Oh, I almost forgot… there was a small dusting of SNOW on the ground when I woke up today.  Man, I thought it was supposed to be April…

Jogging–RCCL Down & Back

Posted: April 19, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in jogging
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On Thursday, I went for another jog outside because it was the day that it stopped raining this week.  It was a beautiful morning, although the temp was less than 40 degrees.  It is actually nice to jog when it is chilly out, I think.  I ran what I’ve dubbed the RCCL Down & Back which is in front of the new hospital.  There’s a link to the map in my fitness links on the right… if you’re so inclined.  I definitely am not Mr. Speedy while jogging and I’m pretty sure that I look funny doing it, but I can easily hit 3 miles.  I’m wondering if I should try 5 miles sooner than later…

What a week…

Posted: April 13, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

It’s been a pretty interesting week.

Last weekend, we all worked on Grant’s science fair project that was due on Monday.  We made a battery out of 2 potatoes that ran a small digital clock.  On Thursday, we found that Grant’s project earned second place!  Not bad, huh?

As you have probably read, I have been closely logging my health stats for the past couple of weeks and I have finally seen some results!  It’s not a huge loss, but I started out on Monday weighing in at 215 and was 212.5 on Friday.

Today was Grant’s first soccer game of the Spring season… which you’d know if you looked at the calendar in the previous post.  Grant scored his first-ever goal in a game today.  It was the game’s first and his team’s only goal.  He is finally joining the ranks of the big kids!  Prior to this year, soccer to him was chasing the other kids around and maybe kicking at the ball.  He had fun, but was pretty winded by the end.

See… I told you it was a busy week!  There should also be some pictures in my Flickr gallery on the right.