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Food Revolution Day

Just saw this video about the Food Revolution Day on May 19 and wanted to share it with you all.

As you know if you’ve been following this Crazy Idea, our food choices have been huge part of my progress. Our new diet combined with a regular exercise routine has produced some amazing resluts.

I know we haven’t posted here as much lately, but we are still moving forward and should be sending out some new posts about progress in the days to come.

What do you think about the video? I’d also recommend watching Food Inc if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s available on Netflix streaming.

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Running with Gadgets (I left the Scissors in the drawer)

If you know me at all, you know I love my tech gadgets. And as I started to run a couple weeks ago I started looking around for things that would make my runs a little more enjoyable and also help me keep track of distance and times. I didn’t have to look far to find some great tech solutions. Here are a few of my finds so you too can start running with gadgets.

Nike+ GPS

I have an iPhone 4s and my first tech option was to look for some apps that I could just download and that would be easy to use. I found the Nike+ GPS app on iTunes and after a quick review and some Twitter confirmations, I decided it was just what I needed. After creating a profile, it allows me to track my miles, time splits and will keep track of where I run with the GPS mapping option. It syncs with the Nike+ website and even allows me to create goals, set up a training program for anything from a beginning runner (me) to training for a marathon (I’ll get there eventually). I can even connect and compete against my friends.  The app works great and even integrates with iTunes to allow me to listen to a playlist when I run and create power songs to help motivate me when the running gets tough. One of the best features – it works on a treadmill. The GPS function doesn’t do much, but the app does a pretty good job at calculating how far you’ve run, even inside. And if the numbers are a little off (which I’ve found them to be by  a few tenths of a mile), it let’s you calibrate by entering the information manually from the treadmill readings. The interface is pretty easy to use and the information easy to retrieve. [Read more...]

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Finding the Right Running Shoe

Getting Fit for the Right Running Shoe

As I was preparing to start running I talked to several people and stopped by The Colorado Running Company to find out about what I needed to do to find the right running shoe. In the past I would have headed to one of the sporting goods chain stores and found a pair of shoes that fit and been done with it. But Ed wanted me to look at minimalist shoes, and back in January I had met John from the Colorado Running Company when I stopped in to pick up my 26.2 sticker. He suggested that when I was ready to run, I should come back for a fitting. Perfect. So last week I stopped by the store and the search for the right running shoe began. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was a little intimidated. Running was new to me and the staff had a lot of experience, but my hesitation was for naught. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Their goal wasn’t to just get me out the door with the gear I needed, but to take the opportunity to teach me about the gear, how I run and share from their experience. It was fantastic and I learned a lot.

I asked Peter from the store to share a bit about what someone coming in for a shoe fitting should expect. Below is his guide for finding the right running shoe. [Read more...]

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April 1 Update: Ready to Run – Really, It’s not a Joke

Believe it or not, I’m ready to run.

Here’s a quick update on the status of my Crazy Idea from April 1. (I waited until today to post since there wasn’t an April Fools joke in the video).

I’d love to hear about your crazy idea for 2012 and how it’s progressing. Share your story with us in the comments.

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Why You Should Train At Ed’s Gym

I asked Ed to share a little about how Ed’s Gym is different than some of the bigger gyms in the area, what someone new should expect if they were to visit, and why you should train at Ed’s Gym.

Ed pulled out his handy video camera and shot this for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re interested in finding out more or want to try a free training to see if Ed’s Gym is a good fit for you, visit trainateds.com.

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When you eat junk, you feel like junk

When you eat junk, you feel like junk. Pretty simple really, but sometimes I can be a little slow. Since we finished the  Whole 30 we have been primarily sticking with a paleo style diet, but we have tried adding some non-paleo items into our meals to see how we react. Not that we didn’t already have a good idea of how some of the foods would affect us, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.

So we tried them. Bread, mostly in the form of buns is the biggest culprit. Surely that won’t be that bad. Wrong. We’ve tried it in different forms and always get the same result. We enjoy it while we are eating it, but within a matter of a couple hours we feel it. Grumblings in the belly, followed by a total crash. No energy and a desire to go to bed by 8:00 pm. We tried it again on Friday — not sure why honestly. But it was convenient and easy. Same action = same results. We got it. We get it! When you eat junk you feel like junk. Lesson learned – again.

Julie and I have been talking about doing another Whole 30 because we were feeling so much better right after the first one, and because the second one won’t be nearly as hard since we have stuck to a mostly clean diet (except for the few experiments). Anyone want to join us on this next one?

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60 Days – Over 30 pounds and 13 inches

It’s really hard to believe that I am 60 days into this crazy idea I had about getting in shape and making some huge lifestyle changes, but I am. First, a huge thanks to everyone who has helped along the way. Julie and the kids, Ed at Ed’s Gym and everyone who works out there with me, and everyone who has read, commented and shared here on the blog and on all the social media platforms, your support has kept me going on the days I didn’t want to go to the gym and wanted to eat junk.

I’m making progress towards my goals and wanted to give everyone an update on where I am 60 days in. Here is a comparison between day one and today. If you want the 30 day comparison you can find it here.

Waist at umbillicus: Day 1: 48.75, Day 60: 43.75, Difference -5 inches

Hips: Day 1: 42.5, Day 60: 41, Difference -1.5 inches

Chest: Day 1: 47, Day 60: 44.25, Difference -2.75 inches

Around Shoulders: Day 1: 54, Day 60 51.75, Difference -2.25 inches

Mid Thigh: Day 1: 23.25, Day 60: 23, Difference -.25 inches

Bicep: Day 1: 15, Day 60: 14.25, Difference -.75 inches

Neck: Day 1: 17.75, Day 60: 16.75, Difference -1 inch

 

That’s a grand total of 13.5 inches lost in 60 days.

When I stepped on the scales Day 1 I weighed in at 263.8 pounds, today I stepped on the scales and saw the number 232.2. I’ve lost 31.6 pounds in 60 days.

I’m really excited about the progress I’m making – not only are the numbers dropping, but I’m feeling better and better and getting stronger. I’ve almost reached my weight goal to start running. Hopefully, I’ll be there in a couple of weeks.

The rest of the post comes with the same warning as the 30 day update. For those of you who havent’ eaten yet, or will be eating shortly, proceed with caution. I’ve included some before and after pics and I don’t have a shirt on. So if you want to continue, get out those sunglasses again because my tan-less, flabby body may cause irreparable eye and psychological damage. [Read more...]

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Your Job Makes You Fat

I came across this infographic about how your job makes you fat yesterday and thought it was worth sharing based on the journey I’m on with this crazy idea. The time spent at a desk over a period of years and a lack of physical activity  are what led to me getting to the point where I was tired of being out of shape and decided to do something about it. For most people, there’s not a whole lot you can do about being at a desk, and I still spend the better part of my day in front of a computer. However, there is something you can do about the physical activity part. I’m so thankful for Ed’s Gym, and the coaching Ed has provided not only for my fitness, but also for the nutrition piece of my plan. If you’re here in Colorado Springs and your ready to get up and get moving, I can’t recommend Ed’s Gym highly enough. So step away from the keyboard and go do something.

 

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A Number I Haven’t Seen For 12 Years

I’m approaching 60 days into this crazy idea and I can’t wait to do a full update on new measurements and progress. The past few weeks have been a little crazy. Due to travel and sickness I missed several workouts at Ed’s Gym, but this week I have been able to get back into the swing of things. But I’m back in the gym this week and it feels great. I hit a milestone this morning and just had to share it before we hit the 60 day mark. When I stepped on the scales this morning I hit a number I’ve been waiting for. It wasn’t a huge number, but it was a number I hadn’t seen for 12 years. I’m not telling you what that number is – it’s to close to the 60 day mark, but I was really excited. Instead, I want to share a photo I posted on Facebook last week that received a few comments and a photo from last fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you don’t see the changes day to day, and it can get frustrating. When you don’t see the immediate changes you wonder if it is worth it, you wonder if change is really happening. Sometimes it’s nice look back a little further and see the progress. I’m getting close to my goal for 60 days and the target weight I set to start doing some running. It looks like that 5K is getting closer and closer. I need to pick one in the next couple of weeks.

Take a few minutes and look back to last fall and evaluate the progress you’ve made on your 2012 goals. How are you doing? I’d love for you to share your progress in the comments.

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Setback or Slingshot?


I’ve missed every workout this week. I don’t like it. Over the weekend I started getting sick, and it progressively got worse all week causing me to not be able to get to Ed’s Gym at all. It’s a setback in the push to reach my goals. Part of me is really frustrated, thinking I should have tried to push through to get to the gym despite not feeling well. Part of me knows that my body needs the rest and that in the long run, taking time to recover will be better than pushing through and possibly getting sicker. It still doesn’t make it any easier. It does make me more determined to get back at it next week and make up for some lost ground. I choose to use this as a slingshot to propel me toward the goal rather than something to keep me from moving forward.

How do you handle setbacks when they happen to you?