That Horse Looks Kinda, Really Fucking Big

A few weeks ago, a good friend posted something to the effect of “Why does the horse always look so much bigger when you’re trying to get back on it?” on his Facebook page. I “Liked” it as did so many other folks, because, well it’s funny and it’s true.

Somewhere over the past, oh I don’t know, six to seven months, I really fell off the horse.  Perhaps this is evidenced by the fact that I’ve not posted anything on this site since March.  Or perhaps it’s better evidenced by the fact that I didn’t ride my bike for 2 months straight after my MS ride in July.  Or perhaps by the fact that I stopped paying attention to my weight, and ballooned to an all time high of nearly an eighth of a Ton.  (That’s 250 pounds folks).

Or perhaps…

The list of things that I should be doing but haven’t been is as long as the list of things that I should not be doing but have been is short.

Rather than bare my soul with a gut wrenching list of my failures, I’ll just list out some things that I am now working on.

  1. Eating a whole foods diet.  My doctor recommended that I look into the “Paleo Diet” and while I was pretty skeptical of it, after reading the book it seems to make a lot of sense.  I’m trying it out.  Basically, what it has come down to for me is no wheat and no dairy.  It’s a lot of lean animal protein, veggies and fruits.  As Michael Pollan says, “Eat Food, Not too much, Mostly Plants.”
  2. Getting some exercise again.  Last spring I ended up at the doctor’s office and ultimately in 3 months of physical therapy because of lower back pain.  PT did wonders, but I foolishly stopped doing the exercises after PT officially ended.  And so, back pain came back into my life.  Walking, and cycling need to be on the list of things to do.
  3. Acupuncture.  I regularly went to get acupuncture for about 3 years to treat migraine headaches.  Thankfully, I haven’t had many migraines, but I haven’t been going to get acupuncture and I miss it.  Even if I’m not having headaches, 45 minutes of relaxation a week is probably a good thing to add to my routine.
  4. Cutting down on the booze.  This pretty much goes hand in hand with getting a good diet going.  There are so many reasons to cut down.  Lots of unnecessary calories.  Lack of presence.
  5. Reading and writing.  It’s time to start reading again and to start writing again.  Most likely that means putting some stuff on this site.

Yeah, that’s a big horse.  I’m gonna get back on it and if I fall off, well, I’ll get back on it again.

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