Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Phase 1

It's not September yet, but school is back in session, which means it's time for some sort of discipline again.

First off is going back to regular exercise. So I got up, had some breakfast, gave the kids a first-day-of-school pep talk ("seize the grade!"), and then went to spin class. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it was a gorgeous morning, so why wasn't I outside on my real bike breathing fresh air, instead of having orders barked at me in a too-dark, too-loud room full of sweaty people? On the other hand, though, I got a decent workout in a much shorter time this way (45 minutes—freaky). And in theory, if I stick with this class, those sweaty people could become my friends.

The other part of Phase 1 is getting off of sugar. I figure that will make any future Paleo eating (note vague wording) less of a shock to my system. Someone else is going to have to finish off that cake. Pringles are technically still legal.

P.S. If you're thinking of doing this with me, read the link in yesterday's post and start Googling Paleo recipes you think you can handle. There's lots of stuff we can still eat, but it's going to take planning. And shopping. And cooking. And creativity. And time. And willpower. And family cooperation. And probably other stuff I haven't thought of.


  1. I used to send my kids off with a cheery "Don't learn too much!" but finally stopped because it is too obnoxious.

  2. One of my standbys is, "Use your powers for good!"

  3. I don't think I can do Paleo all out, either in general or in September (which includes 2 trips out of town for family stuff that will certainly involve among other things CAKE!). But September is otherwise going to be a crackdown month for me on unhealthy eating, and I'd love to hear a recipe or two and share thoughts in comments... I barely cook, I live alone so there's no real reason (microwaved dinners are pretty good these days!), but I do well when I cook chicken breast or lean beef in a very basic marinade and eat it plain with steamed veg....

  4. There's a movement, I think, that can be summed as "eat real food," and I want to move us in that direction just because it makes sense. But, I know you will appreciate this, I made myself two rules recently that are helping me: 1) I am not allowed to eat anything when my children are asleep, and 2) I am not allowed to eat junk food unless I am offering it at the same time to my children. Both have been surprisingly hard to get used to, but also working really well.