Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 MO State Arm Wrestling Championships!

September has not been a good month for training.  I had strep on 9-5, finished the antibiotics on 9-15, and started new antibiotics for sinus infection on 9-20 and I'm pretty sure I woke up with pink eye today.  Regardless, I'd been cutting weight and training for months and I would not be denied.

Here's my first match with John Grant out of MN.  I injured my shoulder this very first match and had to withdraw.  After all I'd went through just to pull today, I was not happy to say the least and was beyond fired up when we got to the left handed division

Here's my first match lefty.

My boys Julio and John did really well and so did Matt but we must have missed Matt's matches.  Here's Julio's first tournament victory EVER!!!! Yeah!! The guy he's pulling is Austin Acree, another grip bud of mine and one heck of a nice guy.

Here's John being John and doing his favorite move...the Defensive Hook. I think this stems from the way we train with me being handicapped with a bunch of bands and him holding me and let them kick in and then hitting me when I wear out. John is tough in that D-hook

This is Ryan Clark and Eric Brown.  Ryan has placed as high as 4th in WAF and regularly gets invited to big money events like the UAL and Arm Wars series that's held overseas.  Eric is just a freak of nature.  He won the national title at 100kg in 2009 on 3 days notice; decided he was going on Wednesday, cut 20+#, and pulled on Saturday.  The guy he beat...Dave Chaffee, also known as the 2010 110kg WAF Champ.  Eric tore his arm up in 2009 and hasn't been on the table since.  He was just going to coach his friend but couldn't resist the urge to pull when he got there...oh and he worked out for 3 hours prior to coming because he wasn't going to pull but like Eric says "no excuses!".  I hope this loss is what he needed to get him back into it. 

This is Ryan Clark and Steven Green.  As I've already said, Ryan is an elite puller.  Steven is right there as well. He has tremendous side pressure, a great hand, and he benches 445#, probably a result of his volleyball size delts.  There was A LOT of horsepower on the table for this match. In the overalls, they actually broke the table/set-up as the table came unbolted/ripped through the plywood!!

Here's Josh Handeland and John Klaus.  Josh took 2nd at Nats this year in 154# and his hook is no joke.  His endurance is insane and he beat me several times lefty afterwards in the King of the Table format.

Here's the 90kg, LH finals with Stuart and myself.  I missed the go again but my hand was feeling really good and I was able to just clamp and bring him back. Stuart was looking strong yesterday and I knew I'd have my hands full.

Overall, it was a blast and thanks to Paul and Sheri for taping it!  Looks like we're going to get some big practices together here in a couple of weeks and I know working my go's will be my first priority. 2011 LH, 90kg, MO State Champ PTL!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Peoples' Dietitian's Lentil Soup

I've tweaked the Lentil Soup recipe from the Hunger Challenge and this is freaking amazing. 

2 16oz bags of lentils
12 cups of water
1 jar of RS Wylers chicken broth cubes
2 yellow onions: chopped
1 bag of carrots: sliced into coins
2 links of turkey polish sausage
2 hamhocks for flavor
Get liberal with the cinnamon shaker
Bring to a boil until lentils get softish, then cook on low until desired texture/flavor is reached

Loaded with fiber: check!
Loaded with protein: check!
Cheap: check!
Easy to make: check!
-Guess that means there is no room for your excuses not to try it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Hunger Challenge

September is hunger action month and one of the ways we at  Food Outreach raise awareness is by trying to eat on $29.00 for a week.  This figure represents the amount of food stamps or supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) our average client gets.  This will be my third year doing the challenge and I can't say that I'm looking forward to it but it's really nothing compared to what our clients face.  For example, I'm not fighting HIV or Cancer and the multitude of side effects that accompanies the treatments for both.  I have my own vehicle (try doing public transportation with nausea and diarrhea <two common side effects>). I have an MBA and I'm an RD; if there's anything I should be able to do, it's plan a grocery budget. Most importantly, I have an end date in sight.  The hardest part of the whole challenge is the amount of mental energy you have to put into meal planning, budgeting, and preparation and all in fear of running out of food. Food doesn't consume my life but for those seven days it does. I can't imagine how different life would be if it was like that everyday.

Learning Opportunities

One of the reasons that I chose to start participating in the challenge was so that I could put myself in my clients' shoes, if only for a week, so I would have better perspective on how to serve them as an RD.  For example, buying in bulk is largely a myth. For one, they don't really have the purchasing power to do so.  It's akin to Warren Buffett telling you to buy 25,000 shares of XYZ company because it's going to take off.  Secondly, let's say they can afford some bulk shopping; how are they going to carry it all back on the bus?  Interestingly enough, I've also found that dairy is hands-down the most difficult food group to satisfy on the $29.00. Don't get me wrong, I know there are plenty of other sources of calcium. but at the same time I feel obligated to at least try when the new "my plate" is pushing it on the unknowing public.  This year my focus is going to be to incorporate more beans and grains.  I'm pushing for a more plant based menu at Food Outreach.  I really want to sink my teeth into this topic and get some intensity on various dishes so I can make better decisions when it comes to altering our menu.

This blog will be on hiatus from 9-6 to 9-13-11 but I'll be typing away over at The Food Outreach Blog  I'd love it if you would join us.  You don't have to live in St. Louis to participate and we'd appreciate any type of help you can give us with this project.  Please check out this site if you're interested

Hope to see you all on the the Food Outreach Blog


Saturday, September 3, 2011

And...Gary Taubes Gets Beat Down Again!

 I just never get tired of watching the pros pick apart the trashy tome that is Good Calories, Bad Calories.  This post is simply to draw attention to the excellent job  Dr. Stephan Guyenet does in a recent blog entry.  I'm a big fan of Dr. Guyenet's blog and I'll be watching this one closely.  Well I better get off here, I can feel my insulin levels creeping up and that can mean only one thing...I'm storing carbs as fat!!!!!

The Road to the 2011 90kg Missouri State Arm Wrestling Title: 8-31-9-2-11


What went in

B: none, not really hungry, thinking I might be getting sick. 1 L of water, 2 double strength fish oil caps, 2000 IU Vit D, 1 MVI

L: 2 bowls of chili with extra onions and cheese

D: 2 Mcdoubles on one bun, 1 diet dew, 1 L of water, 2 double strength fish oil caps, 2000 IU Vit D


B: 1 EAS Myoplex shake, 1 liter of water, 2 double strength fish oil caps, 2000 IU Vit D, 1MVI

L: 4 turkey sausage patties, 1/2 plate of scrambled eggs with ketchup

Preworkout energy drink from the lift-a-thon

Post-workout/D: 2 EAS Myoplex shakes


Had another great practice! Starting to get more familiar with that anti-hook move and got a couple good hits in with it.  Was definitely feeling sick so I skipped all the usual post-practice grip and wrist stuff but I did manage to CCS a new #3 after a full practice so I guess the ol' ISG is working LOL.  The weight has been interesting.  I was close to 206# on Monday, was 211 and some change at the start of practice and 208 about halfway through.  I'm 208 today.  I've noticed at the slightest sign of physical exertion I start sweating so I'm thinking I'm just holding a lot of water


B: 1 EAS Myoplex shake, 1 liter of water, 2 double strength fish oil caps, 2000 IU Vit D, 1MVI.  Definitely sick.

L: 3-4 turkey sausage patties, 1/2 plate of potatoes, bowl of fruit cocktail

D: small PB&J, 1 Liter of water, a bunch of Nyquil, Mucinex, and it's off to bed at 4:40 pm on a Friday night; AWESOME.