New Grill, New Attitude

Big developments in our household this weekend as my husband and I welcomed a brand new baby grill to the family! She is roughly 75 lbs (give or take a few), 61″ long and has a beautiful stainless steel completion.

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The proud father of a baby grill (the husband) & Sir Mac N Cheese (the dog)

After a grueling day in the sun my husband finally got the new grill all set up today! We have been looking forward to being able to grill out since we bought our house last fall! So of course we couldn’t wait a moment longer and decided to grill up some sausage and shrimp to have with some red beans and rice tonight!

One of our favorite gluten-free, dairy free “quick” recipes is cooking up a protein of our choice (usually shrimp and some sort of smoked sausage or chicken) and mixing it with some seasoned rice and beans. Delicious, filling and low effort! Those are three things that I often require by the time dinner rolls around.

With MS my energy levels definitely suffer. I need a lot more sleep than the average person. I also have sudden and sometimes severe issues if I push myself too hard and stay up too late/don’t get enough sleep. I have learned not to be ashamed of the fact that I am an adult woman who needs a nap every day. It’s just part of my “new normal”. I need to listen to my body and when it is tired, or hot, or dehydrated or hungry I need to make it a priority to give my body what it is asking for. Which is easier said than done.

Think about all of the times you skipped breakfast because you were running late to work, or stayed up until 2am binge watching Netflix when you know you need to be at an appointment at 9am the next day? How about when you look back at your day and realize that you have barely drank 3 glasses of water let alone the 8+ our bodies need to function fully!

It’s so easy to ignore what our bodies are telling us and put them second to our busy lives, jobs and desires! But we have to remember to thank our bodies and treat them nicely! We only have the one, so be kind to it! Eat those veggies, drink the glass of water and take that nap!

I am noticing that my anxiety levels have gone down quite a bit over the past month or so. It could be a new medication that I started (CBD) that is thought to help with PTSD and the anxiety that comes along with it. It could also be that summer is in full swing so I am getting out of the house more and soaking up a lot of vitamin D! It could be that I am making some progress in my efforts to practice mindfulness and meditation. Personally, I think it is all of them combined!

As much as this diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis rocked mine and my husbands world, it does feel like the ground is starting to stop shaking. We are learning our new normal and discovering each day the little changes and things that we can do to make our hurdles a little smaller and our daily lives a little more joyful!

We spent the weekend getting some things done around the house (such as giving birth…I mean assembling our new grill), running errands, and enjoying some much-needed relaxation time together.

I learned how to the mow the lawn. I am mildly afraid of the lawn mower and the power that it wields, but I am wildly proud of the finely manicured lawn I produced all on my own!

(minor assistance from husband was required)

So as I sit here as my husband grills up some shrimp, my dog patrols the boarders of our lawn and I gaze out admiring my finely mowed grass I am again touched with gratitude. Gratitude for this lovely little life I call my own! I hope you all have something that tonight you can be grateful for as well!

-A

 

 

 

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