Ok, let me warn you… Today’s rant will be messy and all over the place, so try to keep up! 😉
First off: To my apartment building- With my renewed love of cooking, I make a crap load of dishes… and while it was fun as a child to “pretend” to wash dishes in the bath, now that I’m all grown up, I’d really prefer to do them in my kitchen sink (without the tap providing a random geizer effect leaving the cupboards and everything else dripping when Ange and I should be rushing out the door to hockey).
Speaking of which, last night was the end of another season in Downsview with a great group of girls 🙂 We didn’t always win, but always managed to have a good time which is really ok too… Although considering our goalie is also my girlfriend, I probably shouldn’t say that. :-p It would be nice if we could put the ball in the net a bit more frequently to take a bit of the pressure off her!
Ok, here comes the real reason for my rant. I considered a mini-disclaimer on this one, as I really hope everyone will realize this is nothing more than my opinion and not meant to offend… But then I realized, I’m entitled to my opinion and if you don’t agree, or don’t like it… That’s up to you!
YOU are the only one who can make the decision to put forth the effort to change your life. If presented with a concept that may improve your health, and life as a whole, lots of people seem to shy away from the opportunity as it may be too hard, they may be too busy, it may just not be the right time, they feel they may not get the support they need from friends and family, etc. So many excuses, but really, why set yourself up for failure before giving yourself a fair chance? When health is concerned, my view is really pretty straightforward. Making changes to your lifestyle, be it your relationship with food, your exercise capacity, your job, or really anything that impacts your health, it’s not going to be easy. But it’s not impossible either. You have a choice. I have shared the experiences I ‘ve had with my recent venture with friends and family to mixed levels of reaction as I expected. Some people have joined me in my excitement, while others have simply expressed that they wish they could find the time, or energy, or whatever, to make a change in their lives too. YOU have the choice. There will be things you can’t choose. I didn’t choose MS. Yet, when I was presented with that “idea”, I couldn’t exactly say “hmmm… this just isn’t a good time…” When it is a choice, you are the only one to blame if you can’t put in the effort to make the best one you could…
So, 32 days ago I started my own little 30 day challenge of the whole Paleo/Primal Blueprint lifestyle (not sure what to call it as I like the concepts of “whole life” which come with the Primal part, but I get most of my recipes and meal ideas from a Paleo site) and I have to say it’s gotten me really excited. For the first time in ages, I know what it’s like to feel great. AND most of the time! The fatigue that comes along with MS is minimal, and my brain is less fuzzy than it has been. While this all could be coincidence, i’ll take it! After years of random diet, nutrition, and fitness attempts, this is the first concept I’ve found which encompasses life as a whole. It’s also the first time I’ve felt like, “I can do this. This is a lifestyle tweak I can make to improve my life… For good!”. I did my research. I tried it out. And it’s got me amped up to share this with friends and family. This was the hardest part! I don’t want to come across as a “cult-like” leader, just want to give the people I care about the opportunity to improve their lives too! Interested? Best resource for the Primal Blueprint is marksdailyapple.com. There is also a link I posted earlier today which explains “What is Paleo” in terms that actually make sense!
Well… I’m done ranting for now… if you are still reading, and aren’t thinking to yourself “Where the hell is the button to “un-friend” this nut??!!”, thank you. 🙂 I hope something in my rambling has inspired you on some level…