Digging 1,000,000 Pounds of Dirt Challenge
1,000,000 POUNDS OF DIRT


A Project to Help Demonstrate
The Outrageous Amounts of Energy I Have On A
"Raw Food Diet"


I worked on this project when it was over 100 degrees and when it was below 0 degrees, and I enjoyed the challenges that came with the changes in weather rather than looking at them as reasons that I couldn't work on this project.

There was a really big dead tree in my yard, so I thought that it would be fun to dig a big grave for it. (After the tree was cut into pieces that I could actually lift or roll.)

I also want to mention that throwing all the logs into the hole was one of the funnest workouts I've ever had!

If you live in the city, don't bother spending $20 on a "Pull-Up Bar" that you install above a door in your house. Just go outside, dig up your city water pipes, and use them as pull-up bars instead!

Actually, forget that I said that.


Going deep

Another pipe that I found deep underground.


This big hole resulted in some unexpected company.


I guess that digging big holes in your backyard can be viewed as "suspicious behavior".

A "Channel 10 New" helicopter showed up at my house while I was digging this big hole, and it hovered over me for at least 30 minutes.

The pilot circled the hole several times while looking right at me, and he was also yelling into a headset and looked upset.

I just waved and kept on digging :)

Well, well, well,
I dug a well without even trying to!

My intention with this hole was to simply dig the deepest hole that I could, and it honestly never even occurred to me that I could hit water by doing so.

But once the hole started to get really deep, I noticed that the dirt was starting to have some moisture to it, and as I continued digging deeper, I eventually found myself standing in a small puddle of water. So I kept digging until the water was up to my ankles, then my knees, and eventually my waist!

When I was digging in the waist-high water, I kept getting this really eerie feeling that the ground below me was going to collapse at any moment, and that I was going to fall into some kind of underground river. (That might sound silly, but I actually kept a rope tied around my waist just to help set my mind at ease about it.)

It's also kind of nice to know that if I ever don't have running water, I could dig a well.


By now, my neighbors were probably all convinced that I was digging "graves" in my backyard, and this small "grave" was the last hole that I dug.

And before I covered this last "grave" back up with dirt, I decided to use it to bury a big box containing all of the old pictures of me that I could find, as well as all of my old journals, and some other things from my past that I wanted to let go of now that I was becoming such a new person thanks to this diet, and now that my old and limiting beliefs were no longer serving me.


According to the "National Institute of Standards and Technology", 1 cubic foot of dirt weighs 120 pounds. I dug and measured dozens of holes during this project, and they collectively totaled 10,000 cubic feet, which would put me over 1,000,000 pounds. (Plus, I had to fill all of the holes back up after I dug them, which means that I technically had to dig all of the dirt twice.) So I feel pretty confident in saying that I dug 1,000,000 pounds of dirt.

Digging all these holes was hard work, and now that this project is finally over, I feel like I am finally ready for a long and well-deserved rest.


A total of 4 shovels and 1 rake broke on me while working on this project.

All of the rocks that I dug up during this project.

I decided to use the rocks to make a border around the land that I did this project, and I'm happy to say that what for many years had been an empty backyard will now be an organic vegetable garden.

"Prehistoric Pet Rock"

Heart shaped rocks that I dug up.

So what was the point of digging 1,000,000 pounds of dirt?

There were certainly a lot of physical benefits that I received from doing this project, such as getting lots of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine.

I also had a lot of fun doing this, and am seriously wondering how on Earth "digging" hasn't become a sport in some way.

And now that I have done something like this, I know that I can certainly handle much smaller challenges that come my way.

But I didn't do this project for any of these reasons, and digging 1,000,000 pounds of dirt wasn't the real goal of this project...

This project was all about "Love".

If someone out there sees these images and feels inspired to exercise, or to start their own garden, or to simply buy some grapes the next time they go grocery shopping, then I put this extra energy that I have been raving about to good use, and I accomplished what I wanted to with this project.

This diet has done amazing things for me, and it has helped me to realize that every one of us has the potential to change the world for the better, and now that I realize this, I'm going for it!