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The Craziness Continues – An Update on Jeff’s Crazy Idea

Hi everyone! Just a quick video update as we approach the four month marker for my crazy idea. Check out the video to find out about the 120 day update, our Paleo diet, my frustation with hitting a plateau, running adjustments, another Whole 30, and what to expect in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by Jeff’s Crazy Idea today. I would love for you to share your thoughts and any updates on your crazy idea in the comments below.

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Paleo Breakfast Burritos

After my last post I got several questions about the sausage.

What in the world Julie do you use all of that sausage for?

Remember, thanks to Jeff’s Crazy Idea, we actually eat a hot breakfast everyday. No more cold cereal for the kids. No more bagels, toast or muffins.

Paleo breakfast burritos are one of my favorite meals to fix. Before being introduced to Ed’s Gym and eating paleo, we would make breakfast burritos on the weekends. Now we have them all the time breakfast or dinner, minus the flour tortillas

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Where Did My Allergies Go?

We are right in the middle of spring allergy season and after three months of eating a pretty exclusive paleo diet and one thing is missing for me…

The sneezing.

I have been plagued with terrible seasonal and environmental allergies—My.Whole.Life. My childhood was filled with allergy shots, skin prick tests, doctor visits and Kleenex.

I started to notice a major change one week into the Whole 30.

I could breathe.

Eliminating dairy, gluten and highly processed foods from my diet has also eliminated my allergies. What took Jeff so long to get crazy? Who knew that his crazy idea would make me feel so much better as well?

I am still cautiously optimistic heading into grass season—my biggest allergen. We will see. But I told you I would keep you posted.

I know so many folks that battle with the sniffing, sneezing, and dripping of allergies. Seriously, try eating Paleo for 30 days . You can always go back to how you were eating before. But the energy explosion and health benefits you get from an allergy free life will make it hard to go back.

I promise.

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April 1 Update: Ready to Run – Really, It’s not a Joke

Believe it or not, I’m ready to run.

Here’s a quick update on the status of my Crazy Idea from April 1. (I waited until today to post since there wasn’t an April Fools joke in the video).

I’d love to hear about your crazy idea for 2012 and how it’s progressing. Share your story with us in the comments.

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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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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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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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Whole 30 Super Bowl Munchies

Decided on this Mexi-Taco salad for our Whole 30 Super Bowl snack.

What’s in your belly tonight?