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Ten Things I Learned: #1 Setting Goals for Success and Failure

Setting Goals

I’m Competitive

I’m competitive, very competitive. Some of you reading this, if you know me, chuckled a little and thought that was probably an understatement. I like to win. And because of that tend to only do things I’m good at. This is something I’m working on.  But, truth be told, I tend to find I really like to do things that involve competing in some form. Board games, cards, fantasy football, and driving carpool all provide opportunities to win. Yes, you can win at carpool and the drive there. What’s the big deal if everyone else in the “game” doesn’t even know that it’s a game?

Setting Goals

Anyway, back to the Crazy Idea. Last year as I was thinking up this crazy idea I knew that in order to stay motivated I would need to set some goals, some crazy goals. Goals like losing 70 pounds and running a marathon. Goals that would push me hard and be difficult to reach.

As the year progressed I realized that I hadn’t done the best job of setting goals, they weren’t S.M.A.R.T. goals. Sure they were specific, measurable, actionable and time-bound, but they weren’t realistic. I wasn’t a runner and when I tried to run, my knees wanted nothing to do with it. So I had to re-evaluate a bit and decide that a marathon or even a half-marathon just want going to happen. We changed my training up to focus more on strength training rather than on reaching running goals. This in turn affected my weight loss as I added muscle and lost fat. So in the end, I didn’t reach my goal of a marathon or of losing 70 pounds (though I believe I did come close to that in fat loss, but the muscle gain off-set the total weight loss). [Read more...]

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Ten Things I Learned: #3 Even the Lone Ranger Had Tonto

Even The Lone Ranger Had Tonto

 

We live in a world where making it “on your own” is rewarded, even glorified. But when it comes to making huge life changes, going it alone is hard, if not near impossible. Everyone needs support, shoot, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Looking back over the past year, I can’t even begin to imagine how I would have done it alone. If I was left to face it all by myself, I’m not sure I would have stuck with it to be honest.

Family Support

Without the support of Julie and the kids I would have been nearly impossible to complete the Whole 30 or stick with a Paleo diet. They not only did it with me, but were encouraging along the way. Sure, they weren’t always excited about our limited food choices, but they never lost sight of the big picture and didn’t complain much. If you’re going to make a drastic diet change like I did, you’ve got to get those closest to you behind the vision. [Read more...]

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Kicking Off 2013 – Whole 30 Style

Today we’re taking a break from the “10 Things I Learned” series to give you an update on how 2012 ended and how we are moving forward in 2013.

In 2012 we have had some highs…

Jeff & Julie Highs

And we have had some lows…

Jeff and Julie Lows

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a roller coaster where our nutrition and work out schedule was concerned.

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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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Ten Things I Learned – #10 You Can Do Anything For 30 Days

You Can Do Anything For 30 Days

Back in January when I started the Crazy Idea I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did know that the hardest part would not be the exercise. Sure, that would present its own challenges, but I knew what to expect – sore muscles and all. No, the biggest challenge would be the Whole 30 that Ed wanted us to do. 30 days of fruit, vegetables and meat. 30 days of no sugar, no bread, no squirt cheese and no deep fryer.

Here’s the video of the kitchen clean out Ed did.

Working out was just something new to add to the routine. But the Whole 30 was different. It required some major lifestyle changes and it effected the whole family. And it was more than just eating different food. It challenged me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

There were times I wasn’t sure I could, or that I even wanted to finish it, like this day. [Read more...]

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It’s Been 11 Crazy Months – A Crazy Idea Update (Video)

I can’t believe it has been 11 months already, and those 11 months have had their crazy ups and downs, life changes and challenges. And though it’s been a while since we updated the blog, I wanted to share where we are as we wrap up the year of this crazy idea.

 

Crazy Idea Update – 11 Months

We would love to hear how your crazy idea is going in the comments.

 

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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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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...]