I think one of the reasons that we find it hard to stick to one path is the sheer amount of information that we’re bombarded with each day… some of it supports our decisions but much of it doesn’t and places that seed of doubt in our mind…
This morning i heard about the “latest” research into weight loss which supports the theory that we should lose weight quickly in order to see fast results & the motivation that comes from that. Here’s a link for anyone who is interested ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11164914/Crash-dieting-more-effective-that-gradual-weight-loss-study-suggests.html )
I know the research serves a particular purpose, and hey, i’ve had great results with that type of hard core approach in the past - for a short time at least. But there comes a time when you just tire of the dissatisfaction with yourself that leads to that kind of extreme approach. Putting yourself through that process is tough - it messes with your mind & your body in all kinds of ways. That’s why i’ve turned away from it now, that’s why i prefer to nourish my body & my spirit with gentle plant based foods. I believe that is the way of the future, both for the health of our bodies and the health of our planet.
But… it’s tough when you’re surrounded by such conflicting messages, such information overload… simply choosing a long term path and sticking with it is a challenge, especially in a society which offers instant gratification in almost everything…
My choice though is to recognise the flaws in that previous research and let it go, and instead to focus on this “Nurture Your Health Forum”; a series of free information sessions about wellness & plant based nutrition - i’m quite excited to find out what we will hear over the next few days from the leading speakers in the field: http://www.nurtureyourhealthforum.com/?utm_campaign=NYHF-10-14&utm_source=Jeff%20Novick&utm_medium=email
Thank you for existing.
perfectlyscrumptious, darkinternalthoughts and palatine I expect big things to happen when I get my butt back over to your neck of the world.
Consider it done! I saw this clip earlier today and had a conversation with my 7 year old about it. She thinks it would be embarrassing; I think it would be a hoot!
You’ll all be needing to get to PERTH for the train parties!! Coz hey, we dance on the train all the time ;)
Today - yes just one day in - i’m already struggling with the concept of just changing ONE thing. My dastardly mind is already trying to undermine that very simple & sensible concept… ‘just changing one thing isn’t going to make any difference’ it says… ‘what about all the other things you want to do’ it says… “have you even chosen the right thing anyway?' it says, 'you’re doing x, but what about y & z?’
Of course, having left over birthday cake to deal with isn’t helping the cause, but i just find it interesting how difficult it is to convince yourself that you’ve made the right decision… we often think that we need to convince others that we’re taking the right course of action, but often, the hardest thing is to make a decision and stick to it for no one else but ourselves…
To be honest, no one else really gives a shit! Either do it, or don’t don’t do it. But just shut up about it, lol…
(*whispers in my head* but wouldn’t it be better to change EVERYTHING now… that would give much more effective results…)
Love is simple
Don’t look at the grass on the other side. The one you’re standing on right now was green once, remember? Someone is probably standing on that other side right now looking for greener grass somewhere else. What’s that telling you?
We complicate things when it comes to love. And we tend to flower up that shit like everything should be a Disney fairytale. I’m guilty of writing about it in that way myself and I do get sucked into the romantic side of it now and then. What can I say, I’m a fool and I’m too soft. I blame my old man, he’s worse than me. But I get these moments of clarity, I have to admit usually induced by too much wine around the time when one day turns into the next, when it all clicks. But it shouldn’t be that complicated at all. It’s actually pretty damn simple if you pull all the layers of bullshit away.
Believe it or not, that damn love thing is best when it’s a two way street. Stating the obvious, I know, and yet how often is that not the case? Both need to be committed, to the relationship not a mental institution, or it all ends up in pain one way or another. And these days, who the fuck needs more pain in their lives?
So what’s the moral of this useless bit of drivel? Love the shit out of the person you’ve decided to be with or get the fuck out. It’s black or it’s white. No damn grey areas. Decide now, and then live with your decision without regrets. Because regrets will eat at you until the point where you’re too broken to ever fully recover.
Love is simple, people make it complicated…
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Thank you so much for all the positive messages about my post on change (and all the birthday wishes!). I do realise that my blog has never really been a “journal” before, and this is different to the things i usually post, but as always, that process of simply putting something “out there” does seem to help with turning words into action… and i believe that will be the case here…
So on this first day of my new birth year, the first permanent change i need to make is to fundamentally improve the quality of my food choices. Those who know me, will know that i’m already a vegan, and as such i DON’T eat bacon & burgers & cheese & such things… everything i eat now is plant based, but i’m feeling as though that isn’t enough. Just because a food doesn’t contain animal products doesn’t mean it’s healthy… in fact i’ve become quite the expert in finding unhealthy “cheats”, and that’s now what i need to cut out. Processed vegan foods need to go, as do carbs made from white flour, processed oils, high fat & high sugar foods…
When i first became vegan, my choices were very healthy, mainly unprocessed, whole plant based foods… and i thrived and felt amazing on that… but over time i’ve let that slip & now i’m genuinely feeling worse for it… sluggish & tired & struggling to keep weight off… and so, the first fundamental change i need to make is quite simply going back to basics - whole plant based foods, low fat & as unprocessed as possible.
First change - simple. I’m not overcomplicating things by making this a major lifestyle overhaul right now. Just concentrating on this one change each and every day for the next month… and only once making healthy choices has become a new habit, then i’ll introduce a new habit… one gradual step at a time for permanent change…
(And please forgive my posting of endless pictures of kale!!)
Warm Sautéed Grapes, Autumn Kale Edamame Salad w/Shiso Vinaigrette | Dolly & Oatmeal on We Heart It.
Monday, 13 Oct 2014
Self-discipline, training, persevering through a dry or slow period, and working quietly or in meager circumstances are themes in this time period. You have the ability and stamina to concentrate, to work carefully and thoroughly, and to accomplish something modest, yet of real practical value and substance now.
There’s much in this for me right now… refocusing my emotional energy into something quiet & solid…