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Farmer’s Market Virgins

Friends, we are turning into hippies. Bonified Colorado Hippies. All of this eating healthy, organic food has left me wondering sometimes who the heck we have turned into since January. Jeff wasn’t the only one who has gone crazy. It has now crept into our whole family.

Just to prove it to you, our daughter turned down a box a Milk Duds at youth group last week. This shows you how far the insanity reaches. Our once little sugar addict, turned down candy. FROM CHURCH.

This month we took it to a whole new level. We went to the local farmer’s market. Don’t laugh. This is a world we had no clue about until recently. And boy were we missing out!

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14,000 Reasons This Idea Was Crazy

This weekend I experienced 14,000 reasons this idea was crazy!

Robert, Bekah, Julie and I as we start the Mt. Bierstadt climb

This past weekend Julie talked me into joining her and Bekah as they climbed Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorado’s 14ers (there are 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 ft above sea level). Julie had climbed Pikes Peak last month and apparently got hooked. She had been planning this trek with Bekah for a couple of weeks. I on the other hand had no intention of joining them. But one day, toward the end of last week, I expressed my concern about them going it alone and all of a sudden I was part of the expedition. And once I was signed up, Bekah’s husband Robert was the next victim. [Read more...]

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Back To School Paleo Style

This time of year is always challenging. On top of all the clothes shopping and supply buying, going back to school Paleo style presents it’s own unique pitfalls.

Since Jeff had his Crazy Idea and we changed our whole lives last January, one thing that has been remained constant is our dedication to eating healthier as a family.

Right now I would say we eat paleo 95% of the time. Even more this month, since Jeff is doing a 2nd Whole 30 and I am trying my best to support him.

As we approached back to school with our kids, we needed to have a plan. Here are some tips we have come up with to keep your family on track as the busy fall days begin.

1. Plan your meals, plan your meals, plan your meals. This time of year is easy to throw your hands up and say, lets get McDonald’s or pizza tonight. If you plan your meals, hopefully you’ll resist this tempation. For us this week it looked like this….

I cut up all of my veggies for a roast I was fixing in the crock pot this week. I also thawed out all of my meat for the week, and physically wrote down what we were having for dinner each evening. [Read more...]

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Crazy Idea on Vacation

Julie and I just returned from a few days vacation celebrating our 18th Anniversary and I thought it would be good to share a bit about how we planned our vacation meals around my crazy idea.

Do you plan out your meals for vacation, or do you wing it?

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Pikes Peak – Reaching The Summit

I made it!!!

Summit of Pikes Peak

Rocky Mountain High – Reaching The Summit

I told you guys last week about the crazy idea I had of climbing Pikes Peak for the first time. This weekend marked our family’s fifteenth year of living in Colorado Springs and so I was excited and  to finally have crossed this dream off my list. Since I made it to the summit, I’ve been asked all kinds of questions about the trek. I’m not giving advice, but  here are some question and answers pertaining to my experience: [Read more...]

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Hiking Pikes Peak – Julie’s Crazy Idea!

Julie is hiking Pikes Peak

It turns out that where the Abel family is concerned, Jeff is not the only one allowed to be crazy. This Friday I am fulfilling a fifteen year dream. A dream I’ve had since moving to CO. I’m hiking Pikes Peak, my first fourteener, as they like to say in CO. [Read more...]

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Crazy Idea 6 Month Update

I really can’t believe it has been six months since we started this crazy idea. Some days it feels like it was just last week and some days it seems like it was so long ago. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m feeling better than I have in years. I can’t believe the difference in my energy level and how my body has changed (photos below). I’m still working out 4 days a week at Ed’s Gym – though some weeks it has only been 2 days due to travel and conferences and such.

As for our diet, we’ve stayed pretty much with a Paleo style diet – though we have added in a few cheats such as an occasional Nutella snack or corn based product.  We are still eating insane amounts of fruits and eggs and after six months show no signs of getting tired of those.  [Read more...]

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Hitting The Weights

Weights at Ed's Gym

Hitting the Weights

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and given an update on the progress of my crazy idea. A lot has happened since the last post, crazy wildfires here in Colorado Springs, the busy-ness of summer, life. Today I wanted to give you a glimpse at how my workouts have changed the last few weeks. The biggest part of that change is hitting the weights a little harder.  Here’s a rundown of what the past few workouts at Ed’s Gym have looked like for me. [Read more...]

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Flying – An Unexpected Upgrade

On Sunday Julie and I headed to the airport for a flight to Oregon for the week to do some consulting. As we boarded the plane and settled in we were greeted with an unexpected upgrade. No, it wasn’t a bump to first class, or business class, but we were greeted with extra space and it kind of felt like an upgrade. It’s amazing how much more room there is in an airline seat when you weigh 45 pounds less. I’m not sure who enjoyed the space more, me or Julie, but it was the most comfortable flight I’ve been on in years.

So, if you travel a lot, or just fly occasionally and struggle with fitting into the cramped seats on a plane, why not give yourself an upgrade. Start eating better and get to a gym, you’ll love the unexpected benefits that come along with it.

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What does a session at Ed’s Gym look like?

 

Some of you have asked “What does a session at Ed’s Gym look like?” So today, I’m sharing my workout schedule for this week.

Each workout begins with a warm-up period that looks something like this.

Warm-Up

5-10 minutes of self-myofascial release
50 Criss-Cross Jumping Jacks
Band Pull Aparts 25/25
Hip-Opener 30/30 seconds
Hindu Push-Ups X8
Shoulder Slides Against Wall X12
Fire Hydrants 10/10 each leg
Hip Thrusts w/ Reach 8/8
Ankle Mobility (Knee to Wall) 15/15
Knee Pull Ups To Chest 10/10
High Kicks 10/10

After the warm up, we move into the workout for the day. Here are some examples of what we’ve been doing this week. The difficulty of each exercise is crafted to the individual’s ability. [Read more...]