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Deal with dad


Taken by @Foxy_O in San Diego, California

I don’t speak with my dad much. It’s not because I don’t love him or care for him. It’s just that we really don’t have a lot in common. I don’t usually have a lot to say to him. I have a very close relationship with my mum, and speak to her a few times a week – sometimes a quick call, and sometimes a long call. Yesterday it was a long call.  Oh, I should mention my parents do not live in Canada. 🙂

We spoke about dad’s health, and an operation he has chosen to do. Without going into too much detail – the operation is on his spine.  He doesn’t have to do it, but he wants to do it.  There are possible benefits, but also risks involved.  There may be no improvement on his condition.  He could lose the ability to walk.

Dad’s diet is terrible, and that he doesn’t move a lot, let alone exercise. I’m not a doctor and I don’t know if his condition can be improved by a better diet and exercise. I have researched and read a lot about health over the years. I know for sure that it couldn’t hurt. Hell, I know that without the research.  I spoke to my dad for a long time yesterday. I explained to him my concerns, and that I worry. I want him to have the best life he can have. I made it clear that he can’t do that if he doesn’t help himself.  I have had this conversation with dad many times in the past.  It always ends the same.  He says he will change, but the very next day he is back to his old habits.  I wanted this time to be different.  I wanted to show him my support the best way I know how.

I made him a deal.

30 days of eating well – eating whole, non-processed foods, together with walking and swimming.  Drinking no pop, only water. I said that if he agrees to that then I will stick to my plan 100%. For me, that means completing Whole30 again, and going to the gym at least 4 times a week. My current diet is good, but not great. I’ve slipped into a 80/20 routine, and I haven’t been as regular at the gym. I have tried doing Whole30 a second time, but just haven’t been able to pull it off. However, I cannot and will not lie to my dad.

My dad agreed, and my mum even jumped in. The start date is today, August 11.

So this is it. A challenge for myself and my dad, and even mum.  I will report on this in 30 days!


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

10 thoughts on “Deal with dad

  1. Good luck to you both, I look forward to reading about your progress, and congrats for convincing your dad to try something new!

  2. You can do it! I’m doing a 30 day Paleo reset as well–and started on August 11th! I hope the both of us can see some progress the next 30 days, and good luck! I’m not doing too bad so far!

    • Thanks for the support! Wow, we started on the same day – best of luck to you too 🙂 I’m glad to hear it’s going well. I’m doing well too. Unfortunately, I’ve come down with ‘almost’ walking pneumonia. I’m taking lots of rest, and do not have a very big appetite. It’s working in my favour somewhat (because I have no desire to eat food, let alone ‘bad’ food!), but I also know I should probably be eating more. I’m hoping I’ll be better soon – fingers crossed.

      • Think about your favorite comfort food. Now figure out how you can make it within the restrictions you are under at the moment. Or look up a recipe for it! It will help you eat more and it will up your desire to stick with it. I caught a cold for a bit during mine and all I wanted was comfort b food. It’s not pneumonia but I know where you are coming from!

      • Thanks for the support & ideas! I love mash potatoes, and did make cauliflower mash a few days ago. Turned out really well – recipe coming up soon! Thankfully I’m not having trouble in the sense I’m eating the wrong foods, just not enough of the right foods. We can do this 🙂

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