“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
I received a very cool email recently, and both it and my reply got me thinking about the subject of today’s post. But before I go on, here’s the email:
I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for ages. I just wanted to let
you know how much I enjoy your blog. I find your writing style to be
intelligent, knowledgeable and interesting (not always a combination
you find on the web).
I have gone “primal” over the past few months almost immediately after
first reading about it. It really hit a chord with me straight away,
and whilst I didn’t have that much weight to lose and was already
relatively active, I have found the “primal”diet has given me more
energy and body is slowly becoming more toned.
I have messed around with weights/gym/exercise for 10-15 years but
have never managed to get the size/tone.or definition I wanted but I
get the feeling, like you said in your last post, by keeping it simple
with sprinting/sand bag lifts and a kettle bell( i have just
purchased) I am going to get the results I want, one of my goals is to
I want a 6pack before I am 40 !(which is Feb next year).
So that’s it really, just a letter of appreciation for the effort you
put into your writing and sharing your knowledge with us all.
Very nice. And what follows is my reply, seriously reeking as it does of, I dunno…a kind of, middle-of-a-harried-work-day efficient communication, I guess. It might well have been puked by a robot:
Hey, thanks for the good words, Guy. It really does boil down to simple theories applied [and] practiced in a most intense fashion.
Short and to the point. And nothing at all new here, right? No big revelations, no bombshells. If my diet book is short — eat lots of quality protein, plenty of good fats, a little bit of veggies and greens and maybe some raw dairy — my workout book is even shorter — in and out of the gym in 45 minutes or less, but bust your friggin ass while you’re there — so you’d think my reply was spot-on. And it is, in a sense; the only problem is, I tend to carry this most intense fashion attitude for too long and into just about every other aspect of my life outside of the gym. If something is important enough to show-up on my radar at all, it becomes an object worthy of being dealt with in a most intense fashion. And it’s been my experience that most people who are attracted to the Paleo lifestyle and/or physical culture in general are wired the same way. My point in all of this? We need plenty of programmed down time to be healthy. We need plenty of low-intensity, play-like activities to engage in.
With that in mind, check out this short clip from someone I’ve admired for quite some time. Most folks have probably never heard of him; he’s an author by the name of Alan Weisbecker who I “discovered” after reading the cult classic Cosmic Banditos, many, many years ago. I’ve read all of Alan’s books (I recommend them all), as well as the little communique he puts out every so often by the name of The Down South Prospective. So why am I profiling a surfer-cum-author in a blog dedicated to the proper applications of diet and physical culture? Quite simply, because Alan’s got the “get plenty of low-intensity activity” part of the equation nailed. We’d all do well to follow his lead ; check it out, here.
And here’s another:
Good stuff, a fantastic locale and a hell of a lifestyle. Sign me up.
Have a great weekend everyone. And remember that the “plenty of active play” portion of the equation is every bit as important as the periods of short-duration, high-intensity work. It’s a balance, a yin-yang kind of a thing. And things out-of-balance tend to fly appart at the seams after a while.