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New Lifestyle Goals

I am not going to say much right now about what I am doing.  some of you may  know some will find out.  I dont want to talk about it and Jinx it.  But we will just say I am undergoing improvement.  The following is a list of goals for my future.  I will update the goals as I make progress, once I complete them I will share a story of the improvements.

STRIKEOUT MEANS I HAVE REACHED THE GOAL

  • No Longer Be Considered Morbidly Obese (287lbs.  BMI <40)
  • Have Less Then 100 Lbs To Loose <268LBS
  • No longer Be Considered Obese (221LBS  BMI <30)
  • Have Less Then 50 Lbs To loose <218LBS
  • No Longer Be Considered Overweight (187 Lbs BMI  <25)
  • Reach My Goal Healthy Target Weight of 168 Lbs
  • Be able to Kayak
  • Sit in a chair without worrying about it breaking
  • Not exceed the weight on normal ladders
  • Wear Size 38 or Smaller Pants
  • Fit into 2X
  • Fit into 1X
  • Buy clothes at a normal persons store
  • Be able to run instead of walk
  • No longer have fat pouch in my pants.
  • Have Shoes last longer than 3 months.
  • Have a distinguishable waistline
  • Be able to do normal pushups
  • Be able to do crunches
  • Be Able to Touch toes
  • Get off Blood Pressure medication. (Update Dosage Reduced 75%)
  • Shave my beard because I no longer have Multiple Chins
  • Stop having strange Chest pains and heart palpitations
  • Have the neck pain stop
  • Be Under 300 By December 20 2017
  • Loose 100 from My weight of 420 back in 2015 (Currently down 122)
  • Loose 100 since starting this Life Change (Currently down 83)
  • Loose 50 Lbs Since starting this life change (Currently Down 83) 
  • Feel Comfortable enough to take my shirt off swimming
  • Be able to walk more that ¼ mile without getting winded ( Now walking 5 mi a day)
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Bread less Turkey & Veggie Meatloaf Cups

These are a great Lower Calorie low Carb Version of Meatloaf with a ton of flavor.  I recommend using the 4″ cupcake trays.

1 lb. ground Turkey
4 oz. herb Goat Cheese
1 zucchini 
1 red bell pepper
1 bundle of green onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup baby portabella or brown mushrooms.
2 Farm Fresh or Organic Free range eggs.
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp mixed salt free herb mix of your choice.
3 oz grated fresh Parmesan.

Grind All the veggies with a food Processor and add to ground turkey
Fold In two eggs and both cheeses.
preheat oven to 350 degrees.   in a greased cupcake pan divide the mixture
between the cups, it is OK to mound a little over the top if needed.
Cook for about 1hr 25 min(this is for the 4"  cups)  or until the top is
Golden brown.  Drain off any fat and let them site atleast 10 min
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Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Shrimp, veggies and Goat Cheese

Needed a delicious and healthy alternative to stuffed mushrooms served at restaurants.  They usually float those things in Mozzarella, butter and Alfredo sauce.  While delicious these are amazing.  Made this up on the ride home the other night, stopped at our local sourced foods stand and picked up what I needed.  Results were better then I could of hoped:

4- Whole Large Portabella Mushrooms(Make sure they are intact with no soft spots)

4oz Herb infused goat cheese (organic)

1 red pepper

1 small zucchini

1 bunch of green onions

8oz cooked and peeled shrimp

4tblsp Italian Herb Or Panko Bread Crumbs

1/2c fresh grated Parmesan 

2tblsp Avocado Oil

Take the mushrooms, remove the stems and set them aside for later use.  Use a spoon to carve out the gills to create a bowl shape to the cap.  discard the gill material. Add 1 Tblsp to each mushroom of the goat cheese spreading along the bottom.  Set the caps on a greased cookie sheet and start oven preheating to 400 degrees.

Take the red pepper, zucchini, Green onions, and mushroom stems, finely dice them in a food processor, and mix them in a bowl.  In a skillet on high heat add the avocado oil and the veggies and let them lightly saute.  finely dice the shrimp to match the constancy of the veggies, and set aside.

When the veggies start to steam and give off an aroma, add the shrimp and cook an additional 5 minutes. Take the mixture and divide between the four mushrooms.   Sprinkle 1 Tblsp of bread crumbs on each cap, and then put into the oven

Cook 20 minutes, there should be a golden brown on the breadcrumbs and and crunch to the top of the veggies.  Add 2 tblsp of grated Parmesan to each mushroom.  Cook an additional 5 minutes and then let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  If there are any leftover you may refrigerate them provided you line the top and the bottom of your Tupperware with double layers of paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.

 

 

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Oregon Coast Adventure

Rowan Family

Every once in a while we need to get away.  The Oregon Coast is my paradise on Earth.  I always go there to feel rested and rejuvenated

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Why I am a Trekkie

starfleetWhen it comes to Modern Culture preferences there is nothing with more of a stigma then saying you are a Trekkie.  Mainstreamers will give you crap because to them Trekkies are asthmatic nerds with duck tape on their glasses wearing gold jumpsuits flashing the “Vulcan peace symbol”  at everyone.

For the movie buffs you are ridiculed because the franchise is under budgeted and the acting is terrible (which I cannot argue on this point).  Unless of course you are talking about JJ Abrams flashy new star trek movies with lens flare and floating letters then those are OK.

Nerds will mock you because they feel it doesn’t have the fantasy value of Star wars or Lord of the rings or the Ultimate Drama and gritty suspense of  Battlestar Gallactica(all of which are shows I appreciate).

Star Trek, while at surface level is Fiction, the show is about blending Real Science, Theoretical Science, and Cultural Commentary.  Even back in the sixty’s when William Shatner was running around making out with every alien he could find or shouting his lines really badly Gene Rodenberry was posing the  premise to society that if we were to give up on our prejudices, end the pursuit of personal wealth and work towards common goals , we there would be no limit to the advancement of the human race.  This was radical thinking especially for the 1960s who had just seen the beginning of the civil rights movement.

So before I get into describing what its is to me that makes Star Trek an important part of my personal culture, I should point out a few disclaimers.

1.)     I don’t plan on  putting on the uniform and joining the convention circuit.  While I often contemplate the future, I am firmly grounded in reality.  That and the only Fat people in star trek were Klingons and I don’t want to wear forehead ridges LOL.

2.)   I don’t speak Klingon, While I may be able to say “active the transporter”  or “good Luck”  and a couple other choice phrases I will not be instructing you on how to reformat your computer in Klingon.

3.)   I have two small shelves of star trek memorabilia, not an entire house, so I am not a Trek Hoarder.  I do however have a tribble, which my son likes more than me.

That all being said, here is why I appreciate Star Trek

A template for Societal Change:

It Fosters the idea of a Non-Capitalistic Non Materialistic Society in which the drive of people isn’t the acquisition of wealth, but the betterment of the human race.  When the original series aired they hinted at this but it was more of a pipe dream and not something explained or much realizable.  As The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and the Movies (except JJ Abrams and the last two TNG movies) play out it begins to develop the structure.

The writers cover what society was, and even shows in the near future how things may get worse with another world war or the collapse of the global market, and riots.  Then the discovery of and the implementation of FTL (faster than Light)  Space travel is invented  by Zephran Cochran.  Suddenly a course of events occurs, governments form alliances, and people begin to build for the stars in hopes to join a larger intergalactic community.

Now, I am well aware that this is fiction, but the premise of the catalyst is the same, humans need to become desperate enough to work together for a common cause , and in doing so will advance humanity and shed off monetary systems and dictators, and corruption.  I am aware there may be no life on other planets but I do believe there are other planets that could sustain human life, and I also believe that in our current state in the next couple generations humanity will max out the point in which this planet can sustain its populations.  So humanity must look to the starts and jettisons colonies amount them

Situations in the Universe are explained with science and actual science theory

Now I will be the first to admit that when writers get lazy it is the main deflector that they head for to explain how to get out of a jam.  After all who really knows what it is capable of…All we know is that somehow, its primary goal is to ultrasonically deflect debris while the ship travels at work.  But apparently it also blows up ships, opens rifts to Borg space, creates inherent tetreon beams, and creates subspace radios to the future.  This all being said however star trek covers the gambit of topics from string theory, dark matter, folding space, the periodic table, lifecycles of stars, black holes, you name it if its being debated by physicists, its probably on Star Trek.

What I find fascinating is that a few times by dealing with situations on the shows new scientific theories have been created and some even have become closer to being solved all by the shows drive at asking “what if”.

Invention, Invention, Invention

 

No I don’t think anytime soon we are going to see transporter technology, but that being said look what we already have from the star trek era; communicators, display screens, passers and stun weapons are being developed, voice interactive computing, and NASA has people who spend every moment researching Warp Theory.  We also have a space station, and ae planning for orbital elevators and orbital craft.

Its has been shown that science fiction always sparks creative minds and most new tech can be modeled after some form of sci-fi  from Jules Vern to Isaac Asimov, to Star Trek.

What if Life exists Out There?

If one day a space alien should happen to settle down here on Earth Star Trek has asked just about every question on how we should interact.  Everything from universal translation, respect of different cultures and taking our place in a bigger interplanetary community.  When you think about how big space is I find it absurd to think we are the only intelligent life inhabiting the universe.  In fact I tend to think we may already of been visited.  Thus an explanation for the skyrocketing of technological advance in the last 20 years. But that is a topic for another blog.

 

 

 

 

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My Birth & Childhood

I was Born In Santa Anna, California in 1980 to parents Jane & Paul Rowan.  We Lived in Long beach, California for most of my early years.  We lived in the very most corner region Of Long Beach So our neighborhood cornered 3 other cities.  What had once been built as your average upper middle class suburbia in the 1960’s soon became a hangout spot for drug dealers and thieves from the close by Hawaiian Gardens; where gangs and drug dealing was a common place.  Despite the increased crime and such, my school of Douglas A Newcomb Elementary was just 4 blocks away so every day i would walk to school, not knowing exactly what I was in for. On some occasions I came across people brandishing weapons in there driveway, and I would walk faster.   Most days at the end of my street I would pass by an open window where you would here a parrot say things like “Fuck off”  and other colorful mockings.  it was always an adventure.  And then, there was the ice cream man with his vast assortment of wares, and his lovely musical truck. The warning of your parents and teachers would resonate in your brain that there is probably broken glass or shrapnel in the ice cream, but on the hottest of days you would give in and just take small bites to avoid the potential of glass.

My mother was agoraphobic and my dad still had a job at this time so my parents didn’t do much outside the house growing up, except for going to my grandparents in Anaheim a couple times a month for dinner. Then, once when I was 5 we took a vacation to Yosemite.  It is one of the few things from my childhood I can remember and despite the tourism and crowding and fires that have plagued it in recent days I still very much would like to go back sometime soon.

So with my parents not being much for doing anything, I would use my bike to get around and go exploring.  I was supposed to stay on our block, but with no enforcement  of that I often ventured out quite a bit.  I remember some of my more far off field trips, I took the Los Coyotes River (which inst much  of a river at all more of a spillway with concrete)  the 4 miles to Seal Beach.  On another trip I explored the bus system and headed towards Norwalk, and then rode my bike back through Hawaiian Gardens.  looking back today and knowing what I know I would of never done that for fear of being stabbed, mugged or just plain ran over by a car.  After all it was the heart of Gang Territory in the 1980s.  But being naive and a kid it was just another exploration at the time.

I finally got the realization of my surroundings when I was 8. I went up to the pet store (3 blocks outside my restricted zone at the time)  and while I was walking in a Kid came up and Stole my bike.  I was pretty distraught. It was a BMX stunt bike and a rather nice one my grandparents had bought me. As far as I recall, I never had one as nice again.  After that I chose to primarily hang around home and mope for a while.  My parents had let me have my brothers old circa-de 1970s Schwinn bike that we had turned into a “frankenbike”  made from 3 other donor bikes.  It was 3 speeds and 6 colors.

It was also around this time I began to become aware of our families Economic standing.  Kids would point out in school the “out of date” nature of my 2nd hand clothes, the Kmart special shoes, and the homemade haircuts.  At this age I had also peaked an interest in tropical fish and really wanted an aquarium, but my parents could not afford any of that and a $1.50 bi-Monthly allowance was not going to get me one of those.  during the summers I would sell myself out to do yard work and wash cars.  This is something i had started with my brother when I was 6, but did not end up with an equal share of what was paid.

I think this is a good time to stop and talk about my brother.  Kevin Michael rowan, Was Born in 1971, which made us 9 years apart.  I am not 100% privy to the whole story of his life, but what I know of him comes from what bare minimum contact I had with him, and the stories and Journals my parents left about him.  Kevin was very sickly growing up, he had asthma, eating issues, would pick at his skin, and didn’t do well with other people.  But most of all Kevin had several social disorders.  This was not to say he was not smart.  He had a high vocabulary and probably a high IQ but he used his intelligence for fabrications and manipulations.  When i was younger Kevin was admitted to a center for Children with behavioral issues.  They have a maximum treatment time which he doubled before he was discharged from the program.  After he left there uncured, no psychiatrist would help him, he lived  out the remainder of his teenage years with my grandparents.

So around this time, I thought I would try the yardwork thing again, and do it solo.  It turned out to generate some decent income especially for someone of my age, but it was seasonal and i grew restless.  As fate would have it a realtor had heard I was into the the self employment thing and offered me $40 per distribution to pass out real estate flyers to everyone in our half of the neighborhood.  This turned out great.  At first I had to walk it, but after a couple times I was able to afford a new Huffy 12 speed bike, and eventually I was given the other half of the neighborhood to do as well.  now Making $80 Bi-Monthly.  I was making unheard of money for a kid my age.  I was able to get the aquarium setup I always wanted and get the new things for it regularly.  I was also able to buy some more appropriate attire for my schooling and what not.  But more importantly this setup sort of an entrepreneurial drive in me that would continue to this day.

Overall growing up in LA during this time was memorable.  We had a dozen major earthquakes, The LA riots, and Tommy Lasorda. Although I would never live there again, I hope to sometime soon go back and retrace all the places I had been when I was younger.

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A Quiet Day On the Allyn Waterfront

These photos were taken on the Allyn, WA Pier.

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Here We Go!

Hey Everyone!

Let me start out by saying that I am not professional blogger or photographer for that matter but I enjoy photography, and I feel this is a better arena then Facebook to share my work, and thus people don’t have to be bothered by my posts if they do not wish.

I also have had a lot on my mind about life in general as of late, so even if no one ever reads any of this, at least I got to put my thoughts to words.  One thing you will find none of here…is Computer or Tech articles, that is my business and you can find those articles at http://www.generationd.us, my biggest thing is people don’t know anything about  me other then the fact i fix computers so I hope this will be a medium to share the other percentage of what makes up me.

Thanks for taking the time to take a look!

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