Creamy Dill Salmon and Asparagus Fries

My oldest sister got married when I was in middle school. Her husband, Scott, is a cool guy, and he’s the brother I’ve never had but always wanted. When I was 15, they lived in Cinco Ranch in an awesome house, and I went to hang out with Scott for the night. I couldn’t drive, so my parents had to drop me off (always an awesome feeling), and it was just me and him hanging out. Because I couldn’t drive, and my sister took the car to go do whatever it was she had planned that night, Scott and I walked to Randall’s to get stuff for dinner. Keep in mind – I was a chubby 15 year old at the time – walking anywhere was not my favorite thing to do. But he insisted, so we walked, got some stuff to make grilled salmon and veggies, and walked back to his house. I thought I was going to die. He cooked salmon on the grill along with some bell peppers, mushrooms and onions, while I “helped.” And by helped, I mean wiped the sweat that was pouring off my face from the grueling half mile walk. I’ll always remember that salmon – it was the best fish I had ever had. I remember feeling really healthy that day – I walked to the store, ate grilled fish and veggies, and probably had only a little bit of candy.

It’s funny how your perceptions of things change when you look back at them. Here’s a picture of Scott and me from my wedding. He was my best man.

Mark and Scott

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Paleo Update – One Month Later

A month ago, I issued a challenge to myself called the Caveman Challenge – I would eat paleo for an entire month, and see where that got me. You see, I had gotten to the point where I was obsessed with my weight. I would weigh myself every single day, and if it didn’t move down at least a pound EACH day, I would be very upset. If I ever ate anything that I shouldn’t eat, I beat myself up about it. It was bad.

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Paleo Pad Thai

There’s a restaurant on the drag in Austin (Guadalupe street near the UT campus) called Madam Mam’s. It’s always packed, so one day Hope and I decided to walk in and check it out. The menu was overwhelming, to say the least – 10 pages filled with a ton of Asian food we had never even heard of. We thought about leaving, but Hope spotted a dish a couple next to us was eating and asked what it was. They said it was Pad Thai – the only thing they get at Madam Mam’s and they highly recommended it. It looked normal enough so we ordered it, and it’s now one of our favorite dishes in Austin.

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I love a good challenge. 6 pack abs in 6 weeks? Sign me up. 21-day challenge with My Fit Foods? Yes please. Crossfit? Ouch, but sure. That’s why i’m excited to announce a new challenge I’m starting on. I know. I start a lot of challenges and quit half-way through. But I’m making some changes this time around, and I’m hoping it will help me actually see this one to completion.

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12 in ’14: blacklight run AKA let’s take a shortcut AKA fun runs are not for me

it feels like forever since i’ve done an organized run, and for a while i was starting to worry that i skipped a month on accident. but i haven’t, this is just what happens when you do your last organized run at the beginning of the month – a whole month goes by before the next one. i know, i know – i have deep thoughts.


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