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  • He drives a dirt track IMCA modified. Here's a pic:

    Tyler 2012.jpg

    Since it's a copyrighted picture, I have to give props to Chris Damitz from Chris Damitz Photography in Davenport, Iowa... blah blah blah Chris Damitz Photography

    It's essentially a Ford. It's got a Ford front end and a Ford motor, but as you can see, looks nothing like any Ford you've ever seen. All mods look the same, but if you run a Ford motor, certain front end parts have to also be Ford, etc. Rules, rules, rules.

    This year hasn't been a very good year at all. We've wrecked it once or twice already this year, broke a ball joint that took out two tie rods, 2 shocks and 2 A-frames. It was a $600 fix... The wreck took out the entire rear body frame (bent it toward the driver's side by 4 inches) and killed a fuel cell. That was also a $600 fix. And now since he's hit his head twice while wearing his helmet (the roll cage in this car is too short for him - which is totally unsafe, by the way - if you look, you can see the bars in this picture. One goes at a downward slant away from his body behind his helmet and the top of it connects to a bar that runs just along the top of his head. They mounted a steel plate on top of the bars in case he rolls to keep his head inside the bars if he rolls...) we need to buy a new helmet, which is $450... since the helmet's not cracked or showing any wear, we're still using it, but next time it might crack. FIL has placed "roll bar padding" (think swimming noodles for kids) over the bar so DH doesn't knock himself silly on it again.

    Yeah, racing is awesome - at raising your anxiety level!! But, it's what he loves.
    Last edited by jenn26point2; 06-15-2012, 10:52 AM.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Dude, that is badass. Not all the badstuff that happened, but the racing. Quite the adventure I am sure. BTW no arm frying allowed, though I have to say the image of you cooking your own arm in coconut oil was rather amusing.

      Oh, and congrats on 200. I am in my office doing my Homer impression. For reals...

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      • he's been racing for something like 14 years. he started out in a "two man" car that had one person controlling the steering and another person doing the gas/brake. It was a hilariously fun class to watch but no one runs them anymore. Then he moved up to the "bomber" class - think 85 style monte carlos that are all beat up. then he moved up to the street stock class - think 85 monte that's NOT beat up and goes way faster. Then he moved to modified. His first year in modified, he won 10 races with his big badass Ford motor. So he moved up to a higher level modified class, got schooled and moved back down to the first modified class to get schooled again. We're having a lot of problems getting the car to hook up, handle right, operate right, etc, and it's frustrating/depressing/embarrassing after watching him kick ass the first year. But, they'll get it dialed in and it'll be fast again - however it might not be this year since the season is half over.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Oh, and it only took 8 years of nagging at him to FINALLY do purple and orange! Everyone who's seen the car loves the flat black with the black numbers. he did it a few years ago and we all wanted him to go back. Finally, this year he listened and designed black on flat black with purple and orange. I love it. It's sexy! lol

          And he's STUCK with this color scheme for a few years b/c we just spent $545 on a black, purple and orange fire suit for him to wear. hehehehehe (which he can't wear b/c it's too big and we have to get it altered... )
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • You must smiling big with that 200!!!!

            I think I'd freak if my husband did something like........... you're a brave woman!
            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
            2. Eat to heal
            3. Move to live
            4. Embrace today
            5. Live with intention
            6. Respect my body
            7. Cultivate joy
            8. Find my passion
            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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            • Tomi, it took me a LONG time to not be a nervous wreck when he was on the track. I could FEEL my blood pressure elevate. But recently I've been very calm (primal??) and not as nervous about his safety. I know he's a good driver and can maneuver his car and he's usually good enough at avoid the idiots who can't.

              Except, last weekend our racing community lost a driver at a track not 45 minutes from our house. DH used to race against him last year. The driver lost control of his car and got t-boned at full speed. He died that night from internal injuries (have heard bleeding, have heard he broke his neck, have heard he was crushed by his belts b/c he mounted them in the wrong place, have heard he was crushed by the roll cage as it collapsed around him - do not know the real truth other than he's gone). That made it difficult to feel confident in DH's safety, but I know my FIL and know how well he checks the car over before DH gets in it. FIL is a professional welder so he inspects every single weld weekly for weakness and has built a good strong car around DH and has assured me that the car will not fail him. He also wears a HANS device to protect his head and neck (this became a requirement in NASCAR after Dale Earnhardt Sr. died) - it tethers his head so it can't snap forward or side to side if he's in a wreck, does not protect against concussion though.

              Anyhow, truth be told, he's safer in the race car than he is in our truck or either of our cars given the 5 point harness, HANS device, fire suit, helmet, and roll bar system. What happened with the guy last weekend was a freak accident, I guess. He had to have done something wrong - mounted something incorrectly, didn't protect his neck, bad welds, something because the cars are designed to protect the drivers.

              Anyhow, like I said, I used to be a nervous wreck, but I've calmed down significantly, especially this year. Maybe because my anxiety is pretty much gone b/c of primal???
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • Wow - I knew they were well protected but had never had it explained that way. I won't cringe so much when watching racing on TV now! Glad you hear he's relatively safe - and that you are okay with it all.

                Isn't it amazing what changing the diet can do for a body? I mean - from simple things like clearing up acne - to major things like alleviating anxiety --- and everything in between. So when I eat something that I KNOW is going to be counterproductive I get so mad at myself!!!! And the only reason I put them in my mouth is because .......... they TASTE good! AAARRRGGG! Stupid girl!

                I guess like everything else - its a learning curve. Two steps forward one step back. We'll get there! to that sweet spot when the bad stuff no longer has a hold on us. Thats why I come to this forum so many times a day --- for the support and encouragement. Hopefully I can give a little - as I recieve a LOT!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • Congrats on 200! That's so exciting.
                  Went Primal on 1st April 2012

                  Since beginning Primal:
                  - The stomach cramps I'd been having have vanished.
                  - People comment that my skin is glowing.
                  - I enjoy getting out of bed (most of the time)
                  - I'm so excited by food.

                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread52255.html

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                  • Thank you his_chick!

                    Tomi, you provide a LOT of support. That's why I keep going back to your journal.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Check it out! Check it out! I broke the 200's!!!

                      Scale said 199 morning! Stepped off and on about 30 times before I finally accepted it.

                      Thank you Primal Blueprint and Whole 30!!!
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Congrats!!!
                        Depression Lies

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                        • Jenn, that is beyond cool! I remember how incredibly happy I was to see that 2 disappear after 20 years of living with it. And that's when I discovered I had bones in my shoulder... LOL!

                          On the savings front, once your fridge, etc. is paid off, you could check with your bank if there's a way of getting an automatic withdrawal in place to go straight into a mutual fund or guaranteed investment certificates (or whatever you call them in the States). Your banking system is so different in the States, I'm not sure what the options are. The goal is to make the savings automatic, to reduce the dependence on a conscious decision every month. If you time it to come out right after paychecks and stop doing discretionary purchases on credit, that could be very helpful.

                          Still and all, it's nice to see that you're making good progress in so many ways. Keep it up!
                          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                          - Lewis Mumford

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                          • Oh!!!!! how exciting! 199 is a wonderful number! Keep up the great work! SOOOOO proud of you!
                            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                            2. Eat to heal
                            3. Move to live
                            4. Embrace today
                            5. Live with intention
                            6. Respect my body
                            7. Cultivate joy
                            8. Find my passion
                            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                            • Way to go jenn!!!! woohoow
                              My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                              My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                              Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                              Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                              • 198 yesterday and today.

                                Earlier this year, my goal was to reach 183 and my reward would be reentering half marathon training. There is a half marathon at the end of September I would like to retackle as I did poorly on it last year, but I don't think I'll reach 183 in time. I would need to start training July 1. I think maybe I'll skip it this year. Quite honestly, I don't really miss running. I mean, I do, but yet I don't. I guess if/when I start running again, I'll stick to small goals - 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k... that's what I did in the beginning (in 2007) and then eventually I wanted to go bigger and longer. I do enjoy a nice 5-6 mile run periodically. I miss running 5 miles over lunch. Who knows... maybe I'll be back to running again before the new year rolls around.

                                I quit running b/c I wasn't strong enough. I was constantly injured. I started out my injury tour in November 2010 as I was training for a half marathon. I developed a post-tibial tendinitis which feels like horrid shin splits/stress fractures. I went through a LOT of physical therapy and ART treatments to be able to keep running. Finally, that went away and the sciatic pain started up. The sciatic pretty much controlled me the rest of 2011, which is why I gave up the running in 2012. I vowed to get stronger and leaner before starting any kind of training again. I've done 6 half marathons and a 20k (which is 12.4 miles - might as well be a half marathon) and was injured or recovering from injury for all of them. There was one that I wasn't injured for, but I wasn't trained well so I didn't perform well after mile 10, so while I had a 15 minute PR (personal record), I wasn't pleased with my performance.

                                Running, or rather training, had become a chore and not something I enjoyed. I HAD to run instead of WANTING to run.

                                I think next time I start running again, I'll start out small - 5k goals - wearing barefoot runners. Do it right this time around. Weigh less, have stronger muscles, and use the right footwear. No more heel drop throwing off my gait! No more pronation control.

                                But first... I have to remove the rest of this weight and get strong. That is the goal for 2012. Get strong and lose weight (well, fat, actually). I'm well on my way to the fat loss part of it... now I just have to get this stupid rib healed so I can start LHT again!
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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