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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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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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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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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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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.