Archive for September, 2008

Kickers Win 1st

Posted: September 29, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

The Fall 2008 season of YMCA soccer started out well for Grant’s team.  The Kickers won their first game by a score of 1-0.  I hope to get some pictures uploaded soon, so stay tuned!

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Fall Soccer Starts

Posted: September 26, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family
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We got a call on Monday that soccer practice started on Tuesday and we will have a game this Saturday.  It feels like we’ve been scrambling since.

Anyway, here is a link to this year’s schedule, we’re the black team and our name is the Kickers.

Hope to see you at the game!

http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=mcsnl9v8gc5kpik2e908mfcmic%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

Nation of Gamblers

Posted: September 22, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in economy
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Are we a nation of gamblers betting that the bail out by the Fed is going to bring things back on track so that we can continue gambling?

I have just read an article, found at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JI23Dj06.html , suggesting just this.  In the past couple of weeks, I continue to ask myself (and those around me) what our government is doing with MY money bailing out these companies that have made such bad decisions.  I have not heard many good responses, but the quote below suggests the strongest model of the reality that I’ve seen yet.

Think of America as a town with one casino, in which the only economic activity is gambling. Most people lose, but the casino keeps lending them more money to play. Eventually, of course, the casino must go bankrupt. At this point, the townspeople people vote to tax themselves in order to bail out the casino. Collectively, the gamblers cannot help but lose; individually they nonetheless hope to win their way out of the hole.
Americans are so deep in the hole that they might as well keep putting borrowed quarters into the one-armed bandit. They have hardly saved anything for the past 10 years. Instead, they counted on capital gains to replace the retirement savings they never put aside, first in tech stocks, then in houses. That hasn’t worked out. The S&P 500 Index of American equities today is worth what it was in 1997, after adjusting for inflation (and a pensioner who sells stock purchased in 1997 will pay a 20% capital gains tax on an illusory inflationary gain of 40%). Home prices doubled between 1997 and 2007 before falling by more than 20%, with no floor in sight.

What are your thoughts after reading this excerpt &/or full article?  Anybody care to share some thoughts on why this bail out is a good thing for us?

Thank You, Family

Posted: September 22, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family
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I wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone for braving Chuck E. Cheese with us last night to celebrate Grant’s Birthday.  He had a great time!  Me?  I think I’m still recovering!  I felt a little shell shocked walking out of the restaurant.  I always forget how CRAZY that place is.  I hope you had a good, exciting time!

Happy Birthday, Grant

Posted: September 18, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in family
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Today is Grant’s 6th Birthday!  I cannot believe that he is now 6.  In 10 years he will be driving.  This fall will be his 5th soccer season.

Where does the time go? 

It is times like these that make me wonder how well I manage my time here on this planet.  Am I doing everything I can to raise Grant right?  Is his childhood all that it can be?

I know it is impossible for anyone to be the perfect parent but I do think it is important to strive for being the best you can be.  It is difficult but necessary to search for your faults, to see them for what they are and to make plans to change them or to at least minimize them. 

This has been one of the factors leading me in my weightloss.  I saw that I was unable to do what I wanted to do with Grant.  I also was sitting idle as my health was slowly deteriorating.  I did not want to die a little each day.  I want to do all that I can and all that I must to enjoy my life and my family as much as I possibly can each and every day.  Eating a bag of veggies instead of a hamburger for lunch seems to be a small price to pay for another day with my guys.

Anyway, I digress from the original purpose of the post…

For Birthdays, our tradition has been to have a celebratory family dinner of the birthday person’s choosing.  (I like to choose Thai or something out of the ordinary…)  Anytime Grant gets to choose a meal it is always, “Pancakes and eggs and syrup”.  So, it wasn’t a big surprised when we asked him what he wanted to do for his Birthday Dinner, he responded, “IHOP”.  Nor when he changed is mind to Sherri’s. 

But, you are all going to chuckle when you hear what his final decision was. 

“I want to go to McDonald’s… in Cottage Grove, with the big slide… and I want a Kid’s Meal!” was his final answer. 

Of all the places to go, my son chooses McDonald’s on his special night.  Too funny.

The BIG 5-0

Posted: September 16, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in fitness, health
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I hit another milestone today.

No, I didn’t turn 50 years old…  The title gave it away, didn’t it?  

Yes, I have now lost 50 pounds since my heaviest point, weighing in at 226 last November!  I was 176 this morning, even after creamy green chile enchiladas and carrot cake at my Mom’s house last night.  It has taken 2 weeks to lose .3 of a pound because I have been purposefully adding calories back in to my diet.  

I am now at a place where I can be comfortable with my health and weight.  I am definitely going to continue to run and lift and eat properly, but I think a change that I will make will be that I am going to eat when I’m hungry and be very careful about not eating when I am not hungry.  It sounds easy, but I struggle with it at each meal.  Plain and simple, I enjoy eating.  I have found in the past couple of weeks, though, that if I dish out a reasonable portion but make myself wait a couple of minutes after I inhale it, I do tend to be full.  More succintly… I need to take a moment before going for a second helping.

Following this model, I still hope to lose some more belly fat, but it won’t be the major focus that it has been.  I think of this as a transition period, where I will learn the balance necessary to maintain my prize and to also relax a bit and enjoy the benefits.

I will try to quietly lead by example to show those in my circle of influence the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, yet try not to be so pushy that eyeballs roll the moment I leave the room.  

Feel free to ask me if you have questions about how I lost 50 pounds, as you can tell by looking at my blog, I am not shy with the juicy details!

Yumm Bowls

Posted: September 15, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Here, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, there are a chain of restaurants called Cafe Yumm!  If you have never heard of them, they serve an all organic bowl of nutritional goodness featuring beans and rice and at the heart of it is a concoction of ingredients collectively called “Yumm Sauce”.  It is an awesome choice for lunch, as opposed to greasy fast food, since I am now trying to watch what I eat a little better.

The other GREAT thing about Cafe Yumm is that the ingredients are simple enough to be reproduced at home and last week, we did so.  Since it was a hit at my house, I wanted to share with you how to make Yumm Bowls at your house!

The first thing we did was to throw some brown rice into the rice cooker.  Not sure why, but brown rice is supposed to be better (nutritionally) for you.  Next, we opened a can (hehehe) of black beans and nuked them.  The next topping is grated cheddar cheese.  Next, for me, comes a couple-few tablespoons of Yumm Sauce.  If you are blessed to live near Track Town USA, Eugene, then getting saucy is as easy as stopping by Cafe Yumm and buying a jar of the stuff.  However, if you are a DIYer, you can make your own Yumm Sauce by following the recipe, here.  Finally, we finished our bowls with toppings, such as: fresh homemade salsa, lowfat sour cream, sliced black olives and avocado wedges.

Yum, Baby, very yum!