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20 Lunch Box Ideas for Paleo Kids

A couple  weeks ago I posted about how our family was preparing for back to school paleo style. Many of you messaged me about specific ideas for your kid’s lunches. Like I mentioned in the earlier post, eating paleo is weird. It is not mainstream. Convience and processed foods have taken over the school lunch, I know because I was guilty of this for years. You can check out what this looked like where I talked about how last school year how lunch changed in our family when Jeff got all crazy.

So in an effort to help some moms and dads out there looking for healthier options for your kiddo’s lunch here are 20 lunch box ideas for Paleo kids. [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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Back To School Paleo Style

This time of year is always challenging. On top of all the clothes shopping and supply buying, going back to school Paleo style presents it’s own unique pitfalls.

Since Jeff had his Crazy Idea and we changed our whole lives last January, one thing that has been remained constant is our dedication to eating healthier as a family.

Right now I would say we eat paleo 95% of the time. Even more this month, since Jeff is doing a 2nd Whole 30 and I am trying my best to support him.

As we approached back to school with our kids, we needed to have a plan. Here are some tips we have come up with to keep your family on track as the busy fall days begin.

1. Plan your meals, plan your meals, plan your meals. This time of year is easy to throw your hands up and say, lets get McDonald’s or pizza tonight. If you plan your meals, hopefully you’ll resist this tempation. For us this week it looked like this….

I cut up all of my veggies for a roast I was fixing in the crock pot this week. I also thawed out all of my meat for the week, and physically wrote down what we were having for dinner each evening. [Read more...]

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Beef, It’s What’s is for Dinner on this Whole 30!

This week I fixed this fantastic recipe for a steak cilantro lime marinade for the family. Jeff found it on Chow Stalker. We fell in love with it.

I did make a few modifications you should note.

I used a tri-tip rather than a flank steak, and I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 degrees for 90 minutes. Yum yum.

I served it with grilled zucchinis (just brush with olive oil and Italian seasoning and put on the grill) and…

sweet potato fries that I made by shaking them in this mix in a ziplock bag:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of cumin (OK maybe I sometimes use more)
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt

I have tried many different versions of sweet potatoes fries from various paleo web sites and cook books. This one I came up with myself through trial and error. It is by far my favorite.

Here is a picture before they went in the oven.

I cooked the sweet potato fries at 450 degrees for 1 hour (turning them over once 1/2 through). If they weren’t cooking in the stove, with the steak I am sure they would not have taken this long.

So that is just some of the food we have been eating on this Whole 30.

Aren’t you jealous?

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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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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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Summertime Meal Paleo Style – Kabobs

Hey here is a crazy idea for a Summertime meal Paleo style. It’s perfect for a quick dinner. It’s totally paleo. It’s yummy and easy breezy for summer nights.

We had some friends over last week, and I concocted this idea for kabobs that is a little less expensive version than using steak. You use meatballs instead. I also used zucchini, something I hadn’t tried before. They came out delicious, and the kids loved them. You should totally try them.

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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.

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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...]