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  • I like the house well enough and the property. What I don't really care for is how small the lot is, about 0.2 Acres with neighbors on all sides. When I am washing dishes, I can clearly see what program is on my neighbor's ginormous TV. Sweet as she is, SWMBO somehow makes it her business to piss-off all of the neighbors, one by one, in every place where she has lived, at least that I've been witness to. It's bizarre, really, she likes to live near the beach where you are guaranteed to have close neighbors, but resents having neighbors. I've always tried to get along with neighbors, but things are tense here because of various disputes we have had over the years, that I'd have worked harder to avoid. It makes it less comfortable for me.

    I like woods or better, farmland. For what we paid for this house we could've bought 25 Acres with a recently restored and beautiful farmhouse with a big barn up in the meadows, North of Rt. 1. With no neighbors in sight. But she wouldn't have been happy there and it wasn't important enough to me to risk that sort of unhappiness.

    But the house is paid for, and worth well more than we bought it for, so when it does come time to move, for whatever reason, we'll have options.

    One thing these recent storms have done, is to make me rethink the value of having beautiful trees within striking distance of the house and power lines. Ours (all but two) have now been removed as result of last year's storms of the century). I'm sad that they're gone, because they were beautiful. But I have to imagine that were they still here, the damage to our house would be far worse.
    Height: 5' 10"
    Starting Weight: 292
    Starting Primal Weight: 275
    Current weight: 224
    Goal weight: 172
    Body Fat 30.5

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    • It is always hard when people want different things. I had a similar situation in my marriage years ago, but it was the opposite situation - I couldn't be happy living so closely to other people, having lots of ridiculous homeowner association rules. But the spouse loved the place. I wanted my own yard, however small, and no stupid rules. I can deal with rules, but not stupid ones.

      Anyway, your place sounds lovely. My landlord has removed all the trees near the house...except for the one that fell...
      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • It's a nice old house, a Dutch Colonial, built in 1938. We really lucked out in getting it. I've done a bunch of renovation (in my past lives I was both a painter and a carpenter) which were badly needed and the reason the house was inexpensive). SWMBO is a gifted gardener and has beautified the property. If it weren't for our poor relationships with the neighbors it would be a great place to live.

        When we got it, I assumed we'd fix it up and then sell it and find something else. But then Boy came along, and then SWMBO was laid off, then the economy collapsed. At 52, I've sort of run out of steam to do major renovations, so moving to another fixer-upper is pretty much out of the question. I've reconciled myself to staying here mostly, but three major storms in the past two years has soured me. Of course last year's freak snowstorm would've affected me no matter how close to the coast I was, but Irene and Sandy wouldn't have been such an issue if our elevation was 150' ASL instead of 20' ASL.

        I do believe in global warming, I do believe the recent increase in storm activity is linked to climate change and rising sea levels, and I do believe this will be the trend for the future. So it's prudent to make preparations now or to move inland, or both.

        Life is returning to normal here, I went to the grocery store yesterday to resupply and I wasn't the only one. The store was packed with folks, many of whom were still without power, and were trading horror stories. The store was also filled with suppliers, restocking shelves with fresh goods. Everybody was pleasant and friendly, it was really nice.

        I had a good primal day, mostly using up food that was on the verge of going bad. I had cleared the upstairs freezer of food and filled it with ice, so it kept most everything, even in the refridgerator, passably cool, we really lost very little.

        Today Middle Boy and Eldest Boy, from my first litter all come to visit with us at the Outlaws for dinner. It will be good to see everybody. Of course they will be having lasagna...sigh.. I actually didn't even care all that much for lasagna before going Primal. So I'll eat a big lunch and have the smallest socially appropriate serving.

        It's the first really cold morning. I feel bad for all of the folks suffering in NY/NJ/LI, but it is a beautiful day here.

        DC
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • We have a natural gas generator that will run all of the important stuff if another Ike hits our area. We had the pad and line run when we built then added the generator before hurricane season. May never need it, but its nice knowing its there. I highly recommend one. Watching the news, I've made a note to self to start collecting empty gas containers to fill if it looks like something is coming our way. I stock a storm box at the start of the season, then we empty it when the season is over.
          Female 55
          Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
          Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

          With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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          • I'll be interested to see if, after a year of primal, you feel the same about tackling renovations. A primal 53 may have more steam than a non-primal 51.

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            • Originally posted by DCarr10760 View Post
              Today Middle Boy and Eldest Boy, from my first litter all come to visit with us at the Outlaws for dinner. It will be good to see everybody. Of course they will be having lasagna...sigh.. I actually didn't even care all that much for lasagna before going Primal. So I'll eat a big lunch and have the smallest socially appropriate serving.DC
              Can't you just inform the Outlaws that pasta is out for you? Mine have taken it quite nicely, even if they're Italian. I just nuke a sweet potato when I'm at their place and put the tomato sauce on top. It can't be that difficult for them to prepare a pasta with a separate sauce, or a meat and potatoes and veggies kind of meal. I never ask my MIL to do anything special, I just say that I'm not eating any grain products and just skip things that don't work. I do miss her canneloni though. They are to die for.
              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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              • I just caught up on your posts and spent some time thinking of those who have no home tonight - or power, or heat, or water. I have just built a nice fire in the woodstove and made several trips to the woodpile to stock up my indoor bin. This is one of my favorite chores. I guess it is kind of primal. I like that I am burning reclaimed wood that was in the water and was hauled out and dried. It is oak and maple from two huge trees that fell in the ocean three years ago. I'm trying not to feel guilty, but what good does that do? I am thankful for what I have, more thankful than usual.
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • @Siobhan, I feel exactly the same way.

                  @Judg, This was somewhat of a different situation, they had their power restored only midday Friday and lost all the food they had in both freezers and fridge. We joke that this is the only way they ever clean out their fridge! So pickings were slim and in all honesty they just didn't have the energy to do up a big meal. I did as suggested and brought over a chicken breast to cook for myself and ate the lasagna as a side dish, avoiding the pasta and just eating the cheese, sauce, and meat. It worked out alright.

                  Both my older boys (24 and 21) were there. Boy (7) loves his older bros, who we rarely see, and he was in heaven, so nice to see. We all had a good time.

                  Well it's back to work today, hoping it will be busy so I can just dive back into it all. This week with the storm, the travel and the trade show has been sort of surreal. Now comes the election! I want things to get back to normal.

                  @ Pedidoc, in an odd way, being healthier and Primal is sort of responsible for the the way I feel about not wanting to work on major home renovations so much any more. I guess I misspoke, it's not that I don't have the energy (I do now), its that I want to spend my energy having more fun, being with friends and loved ones, hiking and traveling, rather than building walls and roofing.

                  Having worked hard my whole life and saved some money, I can afford to hire out some of the things that I would've done myself at a younger age. But to take on a large fixer-upper is no longer appealing to me. Of course, if I found the right place and SWMBO was on board and enthusiastic about it, I would likely change my mind. She and I have been talking more about moving, since the storm.

                  She has relatives that have a beach condo on the Jersey Shore, in Mantoloking, NJ who lost their home entirely. They are okay, because they have a second home inland and weathered the storm there, but SWMBO was badly shaken-up by the news. So I know she's thinking.

                  We certainly do not have the means to buy a second home. But the storms have changed her way of thinking and I think that's a good thing, long-term.

                  DC
                  Height: 5' 10"
                  Starting Weight: 292
                  Starting Primal Weight: 275
                  Current weight: 224
                  Goal weight: 172
                  Body Fat 30.5

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                  • This is a new week and it has already started out better than the last - I am also ready to dive in and get some things done. In all the fuss last week I actually resolved a couple of issues that had been hanging over my head (boring stuff, not worth mentioning) and I feel ready to re-enter normal life rather than fighting an intense desire to turn off the phone and pull the covers over my head. (That never actually works, btw.)
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • Originally posted by DCarr10760 View Post
                      @Judg, This was somewhat of a different situation, they had their power restored only midday Friday and lost all the food they had in both freezers and fridge. We joke that this is the only way they ever clean out their fridge! So pickings were slim and in all honesty they just didn't have the energy to do up a big meal. I did as suggested and brought over a chicken breast to cook for myself and ate the lasagna as a side dish, avoiding the pasta and just eating the cheese, sauce, and meat. It worked out alright.
                      Ah, gotcha. You're right, that's quite different.

                      Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                      This is a new week and it has already started out better than the last - I am also ready to dive in and get some things done. In all the fuss last week I actually resolved a couple of issues that had been hanging over my head (boring stuff, not worth mentioning) and I feel ready to re-enter normal life rather than fighting an intense desire to turn off the phone and pull the covers over my head. (That never actually works, btw.)
                      It doesn't? Rats. But I guess that explains a few things.
                      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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                      • Mmmm last night I put some pork in the slow cooker and had some nice pulled pork for breakfast. My weight hasn't changed much, up or down, for the past few weeks. I guess I'm in a holding pattern for awhile. I did my calorie totals yesterday and was just over 2000. I'm keeping my carbs under 100 gr. a day and would like to think that I'd be losing a bit. But I'm not.

                        I'm also not really doing any exercise at all. Other than excercising my Constitutional right to vote, this morning, I haven't really exercised any other part of me since before the storm. I am finding it hard to be motivated. All of my life, well at least since having children, my oldest is 24, I woke up early and walked. The time to do this was taken from my time to sleep. As a result I've gotten only 5 - 6 hours of sleep most nights for a very long time.

                        I go to bed early, 9:00 - 9:30 most nights and read a little, lights are out typically by 10:30. But lately I've been getting up at 6:00 or 6:30, so have been getting up to eight full hours of sleep. This change has been purposeful as per Primal Guidelines but has come at the expense of regular exercise.

                        I really do have the diet pretty well down and am no longer in fear of backsliding and gaining back a lot of weight. But I have to work harder at doing more regular exercise. I haven't really figured out how to do this without robbing myself of sleep. But "I'm workin' on it!"
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Starting Weight: 292
                        Starting Primal Weight: 275
                        Current weight: 224
                        Goal weight: 172
                        Body Fat 30.5

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                        • You'll find a way. Any possibility of walking at lunch time? All the little things like taking the stairs, parking at the far end of the lot, add up in the long run too.

                          And I like to put on peppy music and dance hard for a while. Of course, I am usually alone to do that so I can literally dance like nobody's watching. Or perhaps a treadmill in front of the TV? Any errands you can run within walking distance? Talk SWMBO into taking walks with you? Just brainstorming here, in very random order. I hope something in there is usable for you.
                          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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                          • I know what you mean - it is really hard to carve out time for exercise. My swimming, for example, has come at the expense of other things, like chores, cleaning, etc. There have been a few times when I was heading out the door with my gym bag and turned around and came back, drawn inexorably by guilt. So much nicer to get in the water and pretend I am fish or a submarine.
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • Ugh... Somebody stayed up too late watching the election returns and is a zombie this morning. A contented zombie, but a zombie none-the-less.

                              Dinner last night was fajita stuff that SWMBO brought home from a lunch-program that she did that was under-attended. I skipped the tortillas and just ate the steak. Not grass fed, but tasty. Still my tummy discussed the situation loudly all evening. I haven't weighed myself this week, I feel a bit lighter and I have some size 38 pants that I am fitting into nicely. Dunno if I am lighter actually, but something is changing.

                              I haven't discussed the exercise issue yet with SWMBO, but I think I may start going to the YMCA (we have a family membership there already) three mornings a week. I would have to leave before she and Boy wake up and would shower and leave there for work. This would require her to get herself up, and get Boy ready for school without my help. I'm not sure she will agree to this, but we will see. Can't hurt asking.

                              @Judge, walking during my lunch hour is very possible, I do it in fits and spurts already, but on average, probably less than one day a week.

                              I could exercise in the evenings, but have read that elevating ones body temperature close to bedtime interferes with sleep. My sleeping is so much better I really don't want to mess with it. Plus which, I am generally tired, distracted and want to spend time with the family then. Morning is much better for me, I just need to find an hour regularly.
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • Well today my workout will be snow-shovel dead-lifts, 3 sets of 1500 reps...
                                Height: 5' 10"
                                Starting Weight: 292
                                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                                Current weight: 224
                                Goal weight: 172
                                Body Fat 30.5

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