Shoeaholic No More



August 2014



Paleo Challenge

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If you are looking to get healthy while on a budget, the paleo challenge may be right for you!When the summer first started, my capris were so loose that I had to pull them up constantly (but they don’t have belt-loops so what’s a girl to do?). Which I was excited about, but I didn’t want to rush out and buy new ones because I’m still on a strict budget to try to dig my way out of my mountain of debt.

Now, I’m so glad I didn’t buy capris a size smaller! My dress capris are getting somewhat snug, not to the busting open point like they were at this time last summer. But they are certainly tighter than they were in May when I first dug them out of the closet. And my denim capris have been held shut by a ponytail holder the last couple times I wore them. (Don’t judge!)

The worst part about this depressing situation is that my dress pants are smaller than my dress capris. 🙁

I know I’ll have to get my pants back out here soon and I don’t want to be faced with a horrible situation: go pants-less or buy new (bigger) pants.

What to Do?

I wouldn’t have this problem at all, but I had so much success on Paleo last fall that I had to buy smaller dress pants last year, plus mine were about 4 years old and getting very worn looking.

Okay-okay, if I’m being honest, I could have also avoided this situation by not stuffing my face full of delicious (aka fattening) foods all spring and summer. I’ve also had a hard time getting all my workouts in the last couple weeks since I’ve been out-of-town at least 5 out of the last 12 workdays.

Luckily for my pants situation, my Crossfit box just announced a Paleo challenge taking place during the month of September. (If you don’t know what Paleo is, google it! You’ll find about 1,000,000 results. And yes, there are a lot of discrepancies about truly is Paleo and what isn’t.)

Talk about perfect timing! This time it’s a partner Paleo challenge and I’ll be working with a girl I went to HS with. My parents are also doing the challenge, so that should also help me stay accountable. But, my brother isn’t. (He’s lame.)

How will this challenge affect my food budget?

I don’t know yet. I’m hoping I don’t have to go too far over my budgeted grocery amount for the month, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Eating Paleo basically requires eating nothing but meat, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Nothing with preservatives, sugar or fake sugar, and nothing processed. These types of foods do tend to be a bit more expensive, plus in order to get enough protein and energy, my meat consumption will be increasing, and we all know meat is the most expensive part of the meal.

Fortunately, because my brother isn’t participating, I can still feed my non-Paleo food from my pantry and freezer to him for lunch, which should cut down on the increased costs of eating raw/whole foods during the challenge at least a little bit.

The upside of this challenge is that even if I go over my food budget a little, at least I won’t have to buy new (bigger) pants! I’d call that a win!

Have you ever done a Paleo challenge or tried out the Paleo lifestyle?

If you are looking to get healthy while on a budget, the paleo challenge may be right for you!

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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