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Adaptation and A Challenge

Friday, August 10, 2012

I missed my swim this morning, which actually made me quite angry. I never realized how much I love my swims until this morning, but I overslept due to some issues we had to deal with last night (a sort of "family meeting" if you will) and there are always ways of adapting. (Don't I know better than anyone?) I think what I'll do is swap today and tomorrow's workouts. Walk tonight during football practice and swim tomorrow morning. It will mean a meaningless drive to the city on a day I should be off, but maybe I can work that in my favor and get some shopping in at the local market to find some fresh fruits and vegetables for the week.

Last night's family meeting resulted in a challenge to go completely Paleo for the next 15 days for the sake of everyone in my family. Hubs has informed me that he is eliminating refined sugars from his diet. My youngest needs to eliminate dairy products. My oldest already doesn't drink cow's milk because it causes issues. And me? Well, I'm just now starting to notice issues arising when I divert from the Paleo diet now and again. For the past few days when I let some things slip, my stomach issues have returned.

Most people do "The Whole 30" and do 30 days straight...and I'd love to adopt that plan, but I know myself and my family better than anyone else. We have a hard time with long-term goals. Short term is often better for us. 15 days. 1/2 the time suggested. No milk. No cheese. No dairy of any form. No refined sugars. Meats, vegetables, and fruits with plenty of spices. I'm also going to buy some tea and switch out my coffee each morning for tea with a splash of almond milk and a natural sweetner of some sort.

And, remember, I have to do all this on a strict budget as Hubs and I have started a plan to begin building our savings account, pay off some old debts, and get ourselves to a more comfortable spot so we might be able to consider actually buying one of those houses in town that we've been eyeing.

You can read more in-depth about our reasons for this challenge and things that changed my mind (or rather solidified my ideas) in my other blog:
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  • no profile photo CD10795864
    Nice to see that degree of family solidarity!

    Good luck!

    3190 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Read your other blog too - wow, you do have a lot going on. I think it's awesome though, that you're going to do the paleo thing as a family - that will make it a lot easier, hopefully, when you can all support each other. Good luck and keep us posted!
    3190 days ago
    Good luck! Paleo doesn't work for me, but if it works for you that's wonderful!
    3190 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    So jealous and excited for you! After my doctor appointment Monday, I can't wait to get back to Paleo. I am glad you guys are doing it as a family. That is always the hardest part, getting everyone on board. You can do this!!!
    3190 days ago
    I read both blogs and can't wait to hear the outcome. I sure hope this is the answer for your 10 year old. Assuming it does make the difference, I don't think you will have much trouble convincing him to watch what he eat.s

    3190 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Sounds like a healthy plan for everybody, I hope it works well.
    3190 days ago
    3190 days ago
    Adaptation is good...
    3190 days ago
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