Our theme for the 2019 Cycle Life Challenge is TREATS – those small indulgences that make life just that little bit more pleasurable. Our choice theme came about in a few ways:
- I have been on a very strict anti-inflammatory diet since late last August. I have had no red meat, dairy, wheat, alcohol, junk food or foods with added sugar in that time. I have focused on anti-inflammatory foods and jacked up my intake of Omega 3s, nuts, seeds, leafy greens and brightly-coloured veggies. The diet hasn’t done all that much for my fatigue, but it has done absolutely marvelous things for my brain problems. The brain fog is all but gone, my short-term memory has returned and I can do difficult thinking and reasoning again. HOWEVER, a life without an occasional treat is not really a life. While I will continue with my diet in a slightly less-restricted form for the foreseeable future, I do plan on having a treat here and there as I ease into a Mediterranean diet.
- It was the hottest summer overall, and hottest January and February, on record. The Climate Council dubbed it “the angriest summer”. It was the most miserable summer of my life. More than 200 records were broken in 90 days and records were broken by huge amounts, not just a degree or two. And… I don’t have air-conditioning. But I do have temperature regulation issues because of my screwed-up neurological system. So for 2.5 months, I had tremendous difficulty not overheating in the nights and evenings or when not at work. If you’ve ever gotten overheated, you will know that feeling of nausea that occurs. Well, I just had 2.5 months of feeling faint and like I was going to puke. EVERY F***ING DAY. It was if my body was saying, “oh, the fatigue isn’t enough to make you feel like crap, here, have this on top of that”! Consequently, I had very little appetite over summer and certainly wasn’t going in search of treats. But the weather shows some signs of cooling off, so I’m ready to eat things again!
- I seem to be collecting a rather long list of woes at the moment. I know we all have woes, and my woes are all first-world woes… but they seem to be clustering rather mightily at the moment. I am not sure what I have done in a past life, but boy have I been paying for it for the past couple years! So when life gives you a whole bunch of lemons, you make yourself lemonade, or at least go find a little indulgence here or there that makes you smile for a moment or two.
So let’s go in search of treats! Here is our video introduction, recorded after our first ride.
It was a hot and somewhat sticky day. Eventually the clouds came in, the wind picked up and we got about 26 seconds of rain. But, most importantly, it dropped the temperature from 33C to 22C in about 15 minutes. Aaaahhhh…. Time to go for a ride!
We just did one of our local 20 km loops out through the vineyards and along the river, stopping by the IGA on the way home for sale items and our first treats!