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4 Months of Craziness – Time for Another Update

I can’t believe that it has been 4 months of craziness since we started this thing. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and while not every minute has been fun, I can say that overall the experience has been a blast. A huge shout out and thanks to Ed from Ed’s Gym for all he has done to push me and keep me moving forward. Big thanks also to Julie and the kiddos for the motivation and support and for putting up with some of the not-so-stellar days. And to everyone reading the blog and engaging on Facebook and Twitter. So many of you have shared encouraging words and your own updates. It’s been great knowing that some of you are also taking on your own crazy ideas.

So, here’s the down and dirty. A report on the progress since Jan 8.  (You can also check out the 30 day and 60 day comparisons)

Waist at umbillicus: Day 1: 48.75, Day 120: 40.5, Difference -8.25 inches

Hips: Day 1: 42.5, Day 120: 41.5, Difference -1 inches

Chest: Day 1: 47, Day 120: 42.75, Difference -4.25 inches

Around Shoulders: Day 1: 54, Day 120: 48.5, Difference -5.5 inches

Mid Thigh: Day 1: 23.25, Day 120: 23, Difference -.25 inches

Bicep: Day 1: 15, Day 120: 13.5, Difference -1.5 inches

Neck: Day 1: 17.75, Day 120: 16.25, Difference -1.5 inch

That’s a grand total of 22 inches lost in 120 days.

When I stepped on the scales Day 1 I weighed in at 263.8 pounds, today I stepped on the scales and weighed in at 223.4. I’ve lost 40.4 pounds in 120 days.

I can’t believe how much better I’m feeling and how much more energy I have. As I mentioned last week in a post, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a plateau with the weight loss. Time to keep my eyes on the long term goals and keep at it.

The rest of the post comes with the same warning as the previous updates. For those of you who haven’t 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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The Craziness Continues – An Update on Jeff’s Crazy Idea

Hi everyone! Just a quick video update as we approach the four month marker for my crazy idea. Check out the video to find out about the 120 day update, our Paleo diet, my frustation with hitting a plateau, running adjustments, another Whole 30, and what to expect in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by Jeff’s Crazy Idea today. I would love for you to share your thoughts and any updates on your crazy idea in the comments below.

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Paleo Breakfast Burritos

After my last post I got several questions about the sausage.

What in the world Julie do you use all of that sausage for?

Remember, thanks to Jeff’s Crazy Idea, we actually eat a hot breakfast everyday. No more cold cereal for the kids. No more bagels, toast or muffins.

Paleo breakfast burritos are one of my favorite meals to fix. Before being introduced to Ed’s Gym and eating paleo, we would make breakfast burritos on the weekends. Now we have them all the time breakfast or dinner, minus the flour tortillas

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Grocery Shopping Has Changed Since Going Paleo

People ask us all the time what has been the biggest change since Jeff got all crazy back in January. Honestly? Everything.

But one thing specifically that I didn’t notice overnight, that has become a major shift for our family is how we do grocery shopping. Prior to Jeff’s Crazy Idea, I shopped regularly at Wal-Mart (don’t hate, it was fast and economical).

I still shop at Wal-Mart for household items, but rarely if ever for food. Here’s why—almost everything we eat is organic, fresh and goes bad in about a week. So we shop at Costo. Every week. This week Jeff was even offered the Executive Membership because we are there so much. Yay for rewards programs!!

Here is just a sample of some of the consistent items we pick up on a regular weekly grocery shopping trip to feed our family of 5 (Jeff, Julie, our 14 year old son, 12 year old daughter, and Grandma Freda who is 89): [Read more...]

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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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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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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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Finished the Whole 30 – 30 Days, 20 Pounds and 9 Inches

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I can’t believe we did it! We made it through the first month of this Crazy Idea, our family just finished the Whole 30, and I survived my first month at Ed’s Gym. I actually did more than survive and am starting to see some results. Last night Ed took my measurements again and this morning I got on the scales to see how much weight I had lost.  Day one I weighed in at 263.8. This morning 243.6. For a total of 20.2 pounds. Needless to say I was pretty excited.  Here are the before and after measurements:

Waist at umbilicus: Before-48.75, After 46.5, Difference-2.25 inches

Hips: Before- 42.5, After 41.5, Difference- 1 inch

Chest: Before-47, After 45.75, Difference- 1.25 inches

Around Shoulders: Before-54, After-51, Difference- 3 inches

Bicep: Before-15, After-14, Difference- 1 inch

Neck: Before- 17.75, After- 16.75, Difference- 1 inch

For a grand total of 9.5 inches (10 if you round up and that would have looked much better in the title)

So I’m pretty happy with the results of the first month. The rest of this post comes with a warning for those who haven’t 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 your sunglasses as my tan-less, flabby body may cause irreparable eye and psychological damage. [Read more...]

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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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