When you want to live off the grid, you really need to be in good shape. That is one thing I learned in the times I had to take care of my horses in primitive circumstances. Cleaning up the horse manure with a shovel, digging post holes and pounding in posts by hand at times, fixing heavy gates, feeding hay on daily base by hand, hauling water and clean/fill up the water bowl, mowing the lawn, repair fences and so fort. I did not even mention the caring for the vegetable garden and harvest time chores and any other chores that comes with the beautiful but more primitive life style. Anyway....knowing this, I made some changes in my life. I started with eating more healthy foods, preferable organic and gluten free. Lots of vegetables, fruits and less meat. When I eat meat, it will be organic meat. I’m lucky because once a month an organic farmer comes into town. He sells organic vegetables and meat. Beside all the healthy food, I quit smoking too the 2nd of January. (I smoked for 40 years) It’s not that hard anymore but in the beginning it was very difficult. But as it is with everything you want to change, you just have to get used to it. Change bad habits into good habits. I quit using sugar in coffee and tea and that is not easy for someone that has a sweet tooth, but I got used to it and even like it now. Amazing. For the finishing touch: I am going to the gym on an average of 4 times a week. I lost weight and still loosing weight, which is great. I feel better and better every day. I rather be outside and go for a long walk or ride my bicycle, but during our Saskatchewan winter with ice and snow on the roads and extreme cold temperatures at times, it’s a little harder to do. The gym is a great alternative though to overcome these months and keep the muscles in shape. Of course we can not forget our mental condition beside all this physical care. It’s very important to keep the mind at peace. Stress is a killer and a sick maker. So I always try not to worry, stay calm and relaxed, and just have fun in life. Try to go with the flow, think positive and when things don’t go as I had planned I just breath and think of an alternative. Spending time with family and friends and with my animals is what makes me feel wonderful. Laughing is very healthy, so that is what I try to do a lot. I think when it’s time to live on LPine Meadow, I hope to be in great shape and have an amazing happy attitude. So for anyone that has plans to live off the grid: make sure you are in a great physical and mental shape, no matter what age you are. :-)
LPine Meadow's Blog by Saskia
In this blog I will share the process of building a small solar and wind powered cabin and the creating of bird, herb and vegetable and fruit gardens.