Happy times

Well last night I managed my first game of 5 a sides in almost 5 years.  It is also my first exercise since being diagnosed with ME/CFS almost 18 months ago.

Today as I recover I cast my mind back to my first post about the aches and pains of Football.  I have a smile on my face. I can honestly say that 18 months ago, even 9 months ago, I would never be doing anything like this again.  However I managed the hour and I am raring to go for next week.

I have to put this down 100% to the diet.  Eliminating gluten from my diet has been the best thing I have done.  It has its drawbacks but given how I have been feeling in recent months it gives me the motivation to continue.

All I need now is to get some fitness and to find a place that does takeaway gluten free pizza, surely that’s not too much to ask J

A little respect

On Wednesday night I witnessed one of the worst games of “football” that I have seen for many years.  I am a Rangers fan and I was shocked at the lack of Discipline by the team I support.  I also found the actions of both teams managers a bit of a joke.

However there was one thing about the game that really annoyed me.  Sasa Papac, the Rangers defender headed the ball off the line in the build up to the only goal.  Straight away you could tell that he was in some distress.  He then lay on the ground for a few minutes and was eventually stretchered off the field.  This was met by cheering and waving “cheerio” by the Celtic fans.  As someone who has played American Football for many years, you learn to act humble and show respect when someone gets hurt.  This did happen at the game but as we all know you are judged by the minority and not the majority.

This annoyed me but the following day, the day you expect a bit of banter, was when it really hit home to me the small mindedness of the West of Scotland.  I had a “debate” with someone who had initially mocked the injury, only to remove the joke when the rumours were circulating that he may have broken his neck.  His reply was “When I thought it was just a concussion I put the joke up but when I heard that it may be a broken neck I took it down, that shows respect”  For the record here is what a Concussion is.

I then had the usual chat in work about the game.  I took all the slagging’s I was getting and to be fair I would also have been dishing it out if it was the other way round.  I then brought up the thing that has been irking me for the last few hours.  This then brought out an expression from someone who I believed to be a well-educated, broadminded person “well if it happened, it happened”.  This statement made my face twitch with anger.  It was quickly backtracked into something else but I was too busy shouting my disgust to hear exactly what was said.  This is someone who I would have expected something more from.

Basically Wednesday night and the aftermath has made me embarrassed to be an Old Firm fan,  the views of some on both sides of the divide typify everything that is wrong with Scottish football.  I just hope that I manage to sway my 2 boys to any other sport where respect to other players and match officials are the norm and not unusual

Not just Kids get Active

Lucas has been playing football now for over 2 years.  When he was 2 we took to him Pro Soccer Mini’s at Stamperland Church every Saturday morning.  At Pro Soccer Mini’s he learnt the basics of football, passing, shooting heading and the likes.  It was really good and he seemed to really enjoy it.  However as he was getting slightly older he no longer wanted to do things just as an individual.  He wanted to play football rather than just practise football.  However the difficult part is finding a football team that takes in 4 year olds.
His best friend from nursery had managed to find a team, so when it started back after the Christmas holidays we took him up.  Most football teams are from 5 years up.  This team is for 4-7 year olds and is run by 2 guys who have past the appropriate SFA qualifications to coach at that level.  It also turns out that the secretary of the team is a girl I went to school with.
The first week he went there were 12 kids there, however obviously word had got around and as the weeks went past there were more and more kids turning up.  Then a couple of weeks ago, one of the coaches asked on Facebook if someone could help him out on the Saturday.  With a rush of blood to my head I told him I would do it.  As the week went on I was starting to regret it a little but on the Saturday I turned up with my stuff in a bag as I didn’t want to look like a tool.  So I helped out and I have to admit it was great fun.  I helped out again the following week and I have told them that if they ever need anyone to help then I would be more than happy.
I have done coaching in the past, mainly with American Football and coaching kids is by far the best.  They have much more fun playing sport and they don’t have any backchat either.
The whole experience has taught me one thing; I am very much out of shape

Hectic 2 weeks

Its been a hectic couple of weeks.  I have not had a chance to blog as much as I would want as I have had to study for a MS exam for work.  Anyway not much has been happening.

I did however get sent a t-shirt from Martin @ http://www.tshirtprinting.net/personalised-t-shirts/.  I wore this tshirt when I sat my exam so maybe the monkey on the front was a lucky mascot.

The tshirt itself is heavy and seems to be of decent quality.  Although it has only been washed once the print quality also seems good enough that it will be more than a 1 month wonder. If anyone is looking to get tshirts printed (I am also guessing other clothing) then give Martin @ http://www.tshirtprinting.net/personalised-t-shirts/ a try

More rambles later this week as I have to make up for lost time

The “what to do now”?

In the last couple of weeks two friends from my American Football days have decided that they want to have a break from the game and allow their bodies to rest, within a few minutes of announcing it to others via Facebook the first question that they ask was “What do I do now?”
Well they are lucky that they can choose something to do next, as there are a few people that have to stop playing the game that we love through injury.  As is always the case with people who have played the game for many years it would also be a shame for them to be lost from the game in this country as it could do with the support.  I don’t blame them from cutting all ties though; they are both young enough to get drawn back into the sport when the team needs a couple of “bodies” for training and before you know it you are back kitted up come game day.  Also becoming an official is not for everyone.  They do a fantastic job and it’s a rare sport that when a player gets told something there is very little backchat but you need to have the correct mentality for it and that is not something that everyone can get taught.
So we get onto what I have done next.  Well last year, I did very little.  I had the onset of the illness, coupled with my Dads heart Op.  Also raising 2 children has its own challengesJ.  Now however I am very much into online gaming.  I know what you are thinking, I am in a dark room with a wizards hat on but it’s not quite like that anymore.  I am playing PS3 and Xbox.  Basically this is what I do now as my hobby.  Like every hobby you need to invest some time, effort and money.  The money side of it was aided slightly thanks to following @frugalgaming on twitter.  This in turn got me onto the website www.frugalgaming.co.uk  I used this to get my Hard disk for my Xbox cheap and also other bits and pieces.  At the turn of the year I decided to join the forum and take part in one of their gaming night.  I was expecting a group of guys with the reflexes of a cat and to stand no chance at all.  This turned out not to be the case, well not with them all.  Since then I have taken part in a couple of more nights and really enjoy them.
This might turn out to be another one of my passing whims but for the moment I am at least finding “what to do now”

Gluten Alternatives

“Gluten free Alternatives” or I like to call them “money syphoning food” has something that I have had to look into over the past few months.  Most of this type of food is found in a ¼ of an Aisle in the supermarket; normally beside the bread that you can’t eat (yeah rub my nose in it).  The gluten free bread is probably the biggest rip-off I can imagine.  I know that bread pretty much increases every month and now costs about £1.25 a loaf.  For this you can choose white, brown, multigrain, crust less, the list goes on and you will get about 18 decent slices of bread.  I wish I had that choice, for my £2+ I can get white or brown, tiny sized loafs of bread.  It all tastes like it has made 2 weeks ago.  I know that the only real difference in the making is the flour as www.Susankmann.co.uk has made me a loaf in the bread maker only using Gluten free flour.  So as you can imagine Bread is not something that I am taking any pleasure in eating.  Pasta on the other hand is different.  Supermarkets seem to have actually cared about this.  Ok its twice the price but at least it tastes, looks and cooks like pasta.  However the main thing that I was missing in my diet was sausages.  Yeah you know those things that are made of meat.  Ok we know they have some “padding” but even the 100% beef seem not to be gluten free, does that make these sausages over 100% are they super-sausages?  Well anyway I have managed to find a couple of alternatives.  Asda do both a fresh and Frozen selection of Gluten free sausages, these are displayed as exactly that.  Sainsbury’s are a little different.  I have managed to find them but that is only through picking up every packet and looking at their allergy advice. No this doesn’t make me a sausage handler. Finally are my good friends at M&S.  They maybe have the best selection of all because they try and use non gluten products in as much of their food as they can.  I compliment them for this

So anyway that about sums it up.  There are alternatives out there; the problem is trying to find them.  I wish supermarkets had more food available, I wish food manufactures didn’t load there food with crap but at least some try.

If anyone stubbles over this and want to know what I have found in my list of alternatives then please leave a comment


Its been a while

Hello strangers,

Sorry it has been so long.  I started the blog off with full intentions of keeping it going but I had no real idea on what to do with it once I had started.  I used it initially to reveal to people how I was feeling trying to cope with my CFS/ME but I didn't want it to be all doom and gloom.

I have made it a New Years resolution to get more bloging done as I find it useful to vent out, even if no one else reads it, it will be a good way for me to get things off my chest.

So a brief catchup.  Last July after a particular bad spell of "pay back"  I was doing some research into CFS/ME online and found an interesting statement.  Test have shown that over 50% of people who have been diagnosed with CFS/ME also have a food allergy.  So I decided that I would give it a go and see if there was anything that would help.  The initial 2 week diet cuts out pretty much everything.  Food was made up of a small selection of Veg and Lamb or Chicken.  I had already cut our caffeine and was only drinking water at the time anyway.

After the 2 weeks I was to introduce something back into the diet, you are meant to introduce dairy first but I only eat cheese so I went with wheat.  I had a sandwich for my lunch this was followed, within an hour, by stomach cramps and a trip to the toilet.  I put it down to the change of diet.  That night I had pasta and was again soon making a visit to the toilet.  After a few days it then became clear that I had an intollerance to Gluten.  It then became a job of changing my day to day diet and finding replacements.

Given that I am not as mobile as I once was I am playing PS3 and now Xbox more.  I am mostly playing COD Black Ops with juniouramo.  If anyone reading this wants to add me I am mannny44 on PSN and mannymann44 on XBL

My next post will be about the replacements that I have found from the gluten free range.

Cheers and hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year