Every once in a while, Craig surprises me and acts like a typical guy. I know that I talk about the cake baking, manscaping and general metro-ness, but there really is a “manly” side to Craig which helps to balance out the Girl in him.
For example, he single-handedly remodeled our home in New Hampshire. I’m talking, he replaced toilets, vanities and faucets. He laid tile. He rebuilt our entire front steps and created custom cabinets for our living room.
That’s some serious manliness, right?
Craig has always been into exercise. When I was 32 weeks pregnant with Kate, we traveled 10 hours from Memphis to Austin, TX, so he could ride in Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses. Then less than 2 weeks before she was born, he ran in the St. Jude Half Marathon. Now his latest physical endeavors are adventure races, which last 8 hours and include things like mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, swimming and riding a zip line.
Again, a whole lotta man in that.
Unfortunately, the flip side to his fitness is the insanely strict healthy eating.
And… weight watching, too.
Craig is known to get a little “fussy” (shall we say?) about his diet, as well as the scale. Over the years, he’s gone through phases and little “kicks” where he focuses on either adding in a new group of foods or eliminating something from his diet entirely. What he deems an acceptable number looking back at him on the scale fluctuates, too.
Right now his latest food craze is The Paleo Diet, a.k.a The Caveman Diet. It’s based on the belief that it’s best to eat like the cavemen did, and avoid all grains, dairy, beans and sweets.
He’s been following it for a week and a half, but only told me a few days ago. He figured I’d roll my eyes and make fun of him.
For the first time, he’s been journaling this new diet, how he feels, and how this change affects his exercise program.
Personally, I think it’s a bit extreme. We care about eating well and eating real food, but I don’t think cavemen were meant to ride 30 miles every morning, ya know? Over the weekend, he called home because he had hit the proverbial wall on his ride, didn’t have it in him to go any further, and needed me and the girls to come pick up him and his bike from the side of some country road.
The funny part of this? He wants to know if anyone would care to read about his new diet. I think his little “Craig Fan Club” has gone to his head.
I told him if any of the 3 fitness addicts who read my blog want to know more, then maybe he can have special Paleo Project Posts from time to time. But if not? This Paleo Project qualifies as possible blog fodder, and all his moaning and groaning about his stomach hurting and excessive stanky gas that has been created as a result of eating 14 lbs of cauliflower every day, is fair game.
Have you tried any alternative diets? Does your spouse have any strict eating or exercise habits?
How would you feel if your spouse weighed less than you…because mine does!?!