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Rough Days and Making Decisions

We all have rough days and the decisions we make about how to respond make all the difference.

Pain is never permanent.  - Teresa of Avila

 

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Whole 30 Dinner In A Crock Pot & Julie’s Introduction To The Acorn Squash

We made it through day three of the Whole 30 plan and day two of working out at Ed’s Gym. The gym is kicking my butt. And the kids are starting to feel some of the side effects of cutting all the sugar and carbs out, but are being troopers about trying new foods. We have found that their lunch for school is the most challenging meal because they can’t have anything they were taking before. Julie is being very creative and they are adjusting to no more sandwiches. Both turned down cookies from friends at lunch today – a pretty big deal for a 12 and 14 year old.

Julie is also experimenting with new foods and trying to balance the rest of everyday life with learning new ways of cooking.  Yesterday she had a board meeting in the evening and I had my work-out scheduled for 6:00, which meant neither of us would be here for dinner with the kids and grandma. She decided to try a new recipe from Sarah Fragoso that she found in her Everyday Paleo cookbook. It was a huge hit! The kids were raving about it  and our daughter actually had seconds with me when I got home. Who knew they would love acorn sqaush? They even asked if we could make it again. And who knew that you could make a Whole 30 dinner in a crock pot?

Here’s a short video of Julie as she prepped dinner for last night.

What new food have you tried recently that you didn’t even know existed before?

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Whole 30 Shopping trip with Ed’s Gym

After cleaning out the kitchen on Friday, a trip for some groceries was needed. On Saturday we met Ed at Whole Foods to learn more about what we can eat on the Whole 30 program and to do some shopping. Here’s a peek at our trip.

Ed was a great teacher and we came home with foods we didn’t know existed. We’re excited to finally be started on the adventure.

Here’s a link to the Well Fed cookbook that Ed mentioned. (The recipes are good, but the pages are coming out of the cookbook already). [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Kitchen Clean Out

On Friday Ed from Ed’s Gym and his family came over and we cleaned out our kitchen in preparation for our Whole 30 plan and the kick-off of this crazy idea.  Here’s some video highlights as we empty out the pantry, refrigerator, freezer and cabinets.

Here’s a time lapse video of the whole process in under 2 minutes.

Yesterday we went shopping with Ed to re-stock the pantry and refrigerator and should have a new post up tomorrow.

We’re excited to finally be getting started and we’ve moved the Whole 30 plan start date up to today and the fitness training will start on Monday, 9th.  Thanks for stopping by to check out the blog, we’re excited to have you join us as we make this huge lifestyle change and begin our journey to health.

What would be the hardest thing for you to clean out of your pantry?

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Crazy Goals and Preparing for the Adventure of a Healthy Lifestyle

If you’re going to have a crazy idea, I say make it really crazy.  As I was thinking through this idea of getting healthy in 2012 I wanted to set some big goals for myself, and I wanted to build in some accountability.  I was sitting in Starbucks jotting down some ideas of what it might look like — a change in diet, a rigorous exercise program, a target weight, and to make it really crazy, some challenging events along the way.  And if you know me, you know social media would have to be part of the plan. I want to share my journey because I know I will I need the support of friends and family from around the world to make this insane idea happen. I also want to share it to encourage others to really think about their health and to actively pursue a healthier lifestyle.

So I messaged a new friend, Ed, who owns a gym, and I pitched a crazy idea about him working with an overweight, out-of-shape 42 year old guy and using social media to tell the story. Ed bought into the idea and thus the adventure began.  On Jan. 9 we kick off this crazy idea with a Whole 30 nutrition plan and working out 4 days at week at Ed’s Gym . [Read more...]

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I had this crazy idea …