Oy vey – it is late in the day and we are all exhausted, but I have to share a quick post about tonight. I dragged my kids to the mall (tough life, I know) to see Sarah, The Paleo Mom, and Stacy of Paleo Parents on their “The Paleo View” book tour.
Sadly, this is the best I could do for a photo between chasing the toddler and answering the grade schooler’s questions about why we were there doing “boring adult stuff.” I didn’t even get a chance to have my picture taken with the ladies, since I had to
bribe placate the little girl with waaay more screen time than she normally gets so that I could listen. The teens were content to wander around the mall, in the time-honored tradition of teenagers staring at the other teenagers who were also wandering aimlessly around the mall.
On the other hand, I did manage to secure this bit of awesomeness:
…which I literally caught in one hand while squatting and holding my nursing toddler with the other. Whatever athletic feats may be accomplished in the future will pale in significance next to this one. The mic has been dropped.
But I digress. Back to the book signing.
Both Stacy and Sarah talked about their paleo journeys, and how they have both lost tremendous amounts of weight, and how — more importantly — they have also gained health along the way. I was particularly inspired by Sarah’s comment about finally figuring out that “thin” and “healthy” are two separate things. That really resonated with me; I used to conflate those two things as well.
There was a good long Q&A, during which both ladies really emphasized the importance of sleep and stress reduction in our quest for better health as well as weight loss. They also talked about going paleo with kids — a big part of why Stacy and her husband Matt chose to write Real Life Paleo* (you can see my review here), and how the 80/20 rule works for them.
Finally, I bought myself a copy of The Paleo Approach*. It was full price, which was a bit of an ouch — but I wanted to support the store hosting the event, and get my book signed. (I have read the book already; my review of it is here.). I even got to skip ahead in line, since I had the tot with me — so kind of them, considering we were out quite a bit past the little one’s bed time. I even got a hug from Sarah, which made my night complete.
In short, it was a lovely evening and I’m so glad I was able to attend. I highly recommend taking the time if they are ever in your neck of the woods. Both Stacy and Sarah were so warm and genuine, it was a real pleasure to see them in person.
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