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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?

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No Leftover Paleo Chicken Soup

Well, we are almost two weeks post Whole 30 and our family is still sticking to our new paleo life-style pretty well. We have opted for some organic low sugar salad dressing options—mainly so Jeff will still continue to eat salad (he swore off balsamic vinegar and oil completely after having it so much on the Whole 30). So you could say we are all about making healthy compromises right now. For me it is having white potatoes every couple of weeks.

Here is a recipe based on a Paleo chicken soup I found in the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. I tweaked it just a bit to make it a little more family friendly. This soup has become a huge hit! The kids love it and it is a great option for cold, Colorado evenings.  And I love it because I get to use bacon grease! I thought it would be really hard to eat chicken soup without noodles, but you know what, this is so tasty you don’t even miss them. I increased the amount of chicken called for in the original recipe to give it some bulk, so that we feel full after eating it. [Read more...]

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Workout – A quick look at what I’m doing at Ed’s Gym

It was good to get back in the gym this week after our Seattle trip and the cheeseburger experiment. I shot a time lapse of what a hour long workout at Ed’s looks like and shrunk it down to less than 30 seconds. The camera was in the corner, so some of the shots are a little far away, but you’ll still get a feel for it. One of the things I love about Ed’s Gym is that it isn’t about the fancy equipment. There is definitely a minimilast feel. It’s just you, Ed, some simple gear and hard work.

 

Workouts like this four times a week and the nutrition plan Ed has me on have allowed me to lose 23 pounds since Jan 8. I haven’t felt this good in years and can’t wait to see where I am at the 60 day mark.

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On The Road Post Whole 30

We finished up our Whole 30 last Monday and on Wednesday Julie and I had a trip to Seattle for a full day training we were giving for a group of non-profit leaders in the Northwest. We knew it would be a bit of a challenge to keep to our post Whole 30 diet and we packed some snacks to help us out. In our planning, we decided to stick to our diet for the most part, but that after the training we would allow ourselves to have something we hadn’t had for a while.

We had some time after we landed in Seattle before we could check into our hotel so we hopped in the car and headed downtown. We were trying to find a Whole Foods, but the maps app on our iPhone took us to two wrong locations. So we gave up and headed towards the Pike Place Market area. We looked for a restaurant that would be fairly friendly to our diet, but since I don’t like seafood, we didn’t have a lot of luck. We settled on the Hard Rock Cafe – not the first thought you have for healthy food. We both ordered a burger with no bun or cheese and a salad. I’m sure there were some things in there not on our Whole 30 plan, but we finished that on Monday, so we did our best given the circumstances and our level of hunger. [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...]