Ship’s Log–September 9th


Thing 1 and I decided to go all out on our short run this afternoon. We were 4 seconds short of our best time ever for that distance, which is AWESOME NEWS. If my body can handle that level of pushing two days after a long run, maybe there is still hope for meeting my goal in the upcoming race. I think Thing 1 was revved up because she has decided to join her new high school’s cross country team and will start practicing with them as soon as we get all the paperwork in.

Thing 2 has also joined a team. He began practicing with his school’s cross country team yesterday, and I think he’s going to be one of their stars by the time he reached 8th grade. My mad plan to run myself in the ground in an effort to inspire my children to take up running for their own health has worked.

That’s the good news.

The “bad” news is that Thing 2’s blood work came back less than perfect. Despite being fed a vegan diet at home, eating dairy only outside of the house, and never eating meat at all, the little guy had borderline high cholesterol. Muther ducker. His doctor recommended that we cut down on cheese and red meat…gee, thanks. When I pointed out that he’s already mostly vegan and only has cheese a few times a month, if that, she suggested adding flax seed to his diet. She also suggested that this may be a genetic thing, since there is so little cholesterol in his diet.

So the food I’m preparing and serving is going to need to be tweaked a bit to help him. He’s no longer going to have free rein to eat more sugar and fat than the rest of us, just because he’s skinny (he is, though…he can still squeeze into toddler sized clothing if he wants to). There’s going to be a greater emphasis on cholesterol lowering foods, like oatmeal, flax seed, beans, nuts, and olive oil. Basically, what we should be eating anyway without all the cheating that’s been going on.

Distance to goal weight: 20.8 My weight has been constant the last three days, so now I’m wondering if my scale has broken.


  • Morning: 1 mile stroll in the park
  • Afternoon: 3.1 mile at near full speed. 


  • Whole wheat pancakes made with protein powder, topped with local strawberries and maple syrup
  • Coffee with vanilla stevia and almond milk


  • Red cabbage sautéed with shiitake, chickpeas, tempeh, sriracha and balsamic vinegar
  • Wasa crackers with cashew cheese and cucumber slices
  • Raw vegan freezer fudge

Afternoon Snack:

  • Coffee with pumpkin pie spice, vanilla stevia, and almond milk
  • Apple with peanut butter


  • Massive salad: red leaf, romain, red cabbage, red onion, carrot, cucumber, tomatoes, vegan “chicken” and ginger miso tahini dressing

Late Night:

  • Wasa crackers with cashew cheese
  • Handful of granola
  • Harvest Ale

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