I made a deal with dad on August 10. We would each challenge ourselves to eat well, and also include more exercise in our lives. I told him – do this for 30 days and you will notice a difference for sure! He would stay away from processed food, diet pop (or any pop!) and juices. At that time, Dad did no exercise so he committed to start walking and swimming. I decided to try Whole30 again, and commit to at least 4 days at the gym. Our start date was August 11.
I’ve been speaking to dad as the month progressed. He has made improvements, and I’m proud of him for that. He is eating more home-cooked food, and has been for the odd walk. However, 50% of his diet is still based on processed foods and take-out. Also, he rarely drinks water, but instead still chooses juices and pops. He did not go swimming once. It hurt that he didn’t even seem to want to try getting into an exercise routine. He says he is starting to feel better, but did not notice anything significant. I encouraged him to stick with it, and to keep taking baby steps to a healthier lifestyle.
My month started off well, and has actually improved over time. I stuck to Whole30 for 98% of the time – so cannot say I completed it. However, it was still 110% better than my last attempt. I had the odd cafe mocha, slice of cheese and spoonful of yogurt. I also had a single Lindt truffle (my favorite!). But that was it. It wasn’t often, and certainly not daily. I experienced loss of appetite so it was hard to always eat all my meals – and I didn’t always make it. However, overall I’m proud of my progress. The exercise part was easier for me since I was already exercising. I increased my gym workouts, and now I’m even doing the challenge which means I’m exercising every day. I’ve definitely noticed a difference, especially since I started the daily workout challenge. I’m feeling more positive and have a definite spark inside of me!
I’m going to keep working with my dad. I truly worry about his health, and will keep trying to do whatever I can to help him improve himself. I know from experience that people can only improve if they want to improve themselves, but when you love someone you will keep encouraging them and will never ever give up on them (even if you feel frustrated with them!). Change does not happen overnight, especially when you’re a 69 year old man – and even when you’re a 30-something year old female! I’ll keep giving dad ideas to help him improve, and will be that little voice in the back of his head that tells him he can do it. At the same time I’ll lead by example and continue on this health journey to the best health of my life.