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Ten Things I Learned: #2 Make A New Plan, Stan

Yes, yes I did quote Saint Paul Simon in the blog post title. And as I type this Julie pointed out by doing so I just dated myself. But I’m okay with that.

But as Mr. Simon suggests, it’s time to make a new plan, a plan for your new healthy lifestyle. That’s the number two thing I learned from this crazy idea – healthy requires a plan, especially at my age. I once was healthy, naturally, or so I thought. Truth was, I ate junk, but was active enough I looked and felt healthy. But nature ran it’s course. And I did nothing to combat it. The extent of my plan was to not think about it and go along for the ride. After all, it was natural, right! Why fight it?

But last year I decided if I wanted a different course for my life I had to have a plan. I had to know where I wanted to be and how to get there. You wouldn’t just jump in my car and take off for a new destination having no map (see how I dated myself again there). You would figure out the best route and how long it would take to get there. So it is with your health.

As you approach 2013 what is your plan? If you’re like I was ,you may not even know where to begin. That’s why I asked Ed from Ed’s Gym to help not only with the map, but to jump in the car and go along for the ride.

So, three questions for you.

Where are you now? Where to you want to go? What do you need to do to get there?

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Ten Things I Learned – #5 The Secret To Losing Weight

One of the things I learned during this Crazy Idea is that there is a secret to losing weight. I know for many of you this is going to come as a huge shock, so brace yourselves.

The Secret to Losing Weight

The secret to losing weight

The secret to losing weight is eating better and exercising. That’s it. Shocking, I know.

As I’ve changed my diet and I eat less junk I feel better and have more energy. When I feel better and have more energy I feel like exercising more. When I exercise more I burn more calories than I eat and I lose weight.

Pretty simple – yet not so easy to do. It involves changing habits, it involves emotional connections with food and it involves getting off the couch and moving.

But if you really want to lose weight there are no more excuses. Go eat a salad and take a walk for starters.

 

 

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Ten Things I Learned: #6 I Could Do Things I Only Dreamed About

So I already told you how Jeff’s Crazy Idea taught me in 2012 that eating healthy was expensive but worth it. But if you would have told me that getting our family on a nutritional plan would help me achieve a life long dream of hiking Pikes Peak I would have told you that you were crazy.

Summit of Pikes Peak

But I did it. I hiked that mound of dirt and rock that  I looked at for 15 years. And after climbing Pikes Peak I decided I wanted more. I hiked another 14er, Mount Bierstadt , only two weeks later. This time with the help of Jeff and our friends Bob and Bekah. I was becoming a mountain mama! [Read more...]

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Ten Things I Learned – #8 There Is Still An Athlete In My Mind

I grew up playing sports

I grew up playing sports – all the time. Football with the neighborhood kids, shooting hoops for hours on end, I even tried baseball for a while and managed to find a spot on the tennis team at one point. From 4th grade through high school I played basketball in competitive leagues and for my school (and I am old enough to have played in the short-shorts era). While I might not have been great one, I was an athlete.

The athlete in my mind

Where did that athlete go?

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Ten Things I Learned: #9 Healthy Becomes A Habit

Healthy Becomes A Habit

Healthy Habits

I had never thought about health as a habit. Smoking was a habit, biting your nails was a habit, but health? Than shortly after we ended the Whole 30 (and I figured out you can do anything for 30 days), I discovered that eating healthy had become a habit. It wasn’t something I obsessed thought about, it was just something we did. It had become our lifestyle, not something we went out of our way to do.

Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Experts say it takes anywhere from 30-60 days to develop a new habit. For it to be ingrained in your routine and become part of your lifestyle. We found that for us it was about 45-50 days of eating healthy. After that, we didn’t think about it as much. It wasn’t weird to go shopping and skip over all the junk. The cravings were gone, and it was the rare exception when we ate something that wasn’t Paleo. This was a huge change from the deep-fried, fast food, high carb diet we were used to. [Read more...]

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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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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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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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Fitness for Father’s Day

Nothing says you love dad like giving him fitness for Father’s Day

It’s been a little while since we’ve updated the blog but wanted to take a second to let you know about a Father’s Day deal that Ed from Ed’s Gym is offering right now. If you haven’t found that perfect gift for dad, I can’t recommend this highly enough. We even did a little video for Ed to help promote this special.  Check it out and give Ed a call. Tell him you have this Crazy Idea!

 

 

 

 

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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...]