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  • There has been kind a weird thing about moving to a village in Maine - the winter is a very busy time. Summer is absolutely frenetic with the tourists and summer people, but in the winter there are so many activities that one could be out and about all of the time. I could sing in a choir every night, see a film, go to book club, make Red Cross packages, cook lunch for shut-ins...you get the idea. Lots of winter sports here too, as you might imagine. I have snowshoes, a favorite of a couple of my friends. Thinking about cross country skis. Of course I can't do very much as I am gainfully employed, thank heavens for that.

    But I hopeyou have a great winter and being primal will help with everything from dealing with darkness and the inevitable bad things like theft, and continued weight loss. Imagine all the great new clothes you will be able to have next summer! Does this only work for females?
    Last edited by Siobhan; 12-05-2012, 07:01 PM.
    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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    • LOL! For the most part, yes. Men do want to feel good in their clothes though. "Imagine wearing a polo shirt with no gut hanging over your belt!" That will do it. "Imagine your six-pack. Imagine your biceps." That does it pretty well too.

      I think "Northerners" (because North is relative) have learned how to deal with winter. And even a couple of centuries ago, it was by doing all the things they didn't have time to do in the summer, with all its agricultural chores keeping them going. So they did their crafts and sang in their choirs and had their socials. Excellent strategy, all in all.

      I have cross-country skis in the basement. I have used them only a handful of times. Persuaded my then-fiance to buy some too so we could have an activity together. We went once. Then an ice storm coated all the snow with a thick layer of ice, and we never got another decent snowfall. The next year we were married, and I was pregnant. We never used them again. I have no idea what happened to my boots, and if I bought some now, I would probably find out that they were unusable with my ancient new skis. *sigh*
      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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      • Yes, I like to feel good in my clothes. I still have more of a keg than a six pack...

        It seems like I'm okay up to Christmas, busy with Holiday Nonsense. It's January and February that are hardest. Fitting activities in that require regular commitments (like theater or Choir) are hard because of my travel schedules. Drawing classes are okay because the only one who suffers from my absense is me.

        I also have a couple of pairs of Cross-country skis, also purchased with different significant others... It must be a thing. Last year I was in too poor a shape to do much, this year it will be better as long as we get good snow.

        SWMBO goes up to Maine every year near Christmas to ski with her SIL. I would rather stab my face with a table fork repeatedly and then plunge my bloody face into rubbing alcohol then dry it off by setting a match to it than to spend even one day with her SIL.

        So I don't go.

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

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        • Wow, I'm going to stay away from Sugarloaf when SIL is there! I have a BIL like that. I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than spend a day with him.

          I think a lot of people buy X-country skis and use them maybe once. I can probably pick up a good not-very-used pair. I actually bought the snowshoes for the actual practical reason that we do occasionally get snowed in here and they can come in handy. After our minor hurricane Sandy incident, I want to be able to make it down our road to the main road at least. I am the only person on our 'compound' with a cell phone, believe it or not - these folks are very old-fashioned - and it was the only working phone for five days. My new car luckily has a plug-in that charges a cell phone whether or not the car is on, very nice.
          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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          • That charger is a great idea. SWMBO's iPad was the only way she could get on the net while I was living the good life in Minnesota during the storm. She has a charger thingy for the car that fits into the cigarette lighter, but the car has to be running for it to work.

            We got one of those little radios that you crank and it is supposed to be able to charge a phone. Here's how it works, you simply plug the phone charging cord with a USB connector into the radio's port, then with one hand you hold the radio, with your other hand you crank like a maniac for a long time.

            Then with your third and forth hands you can pick up and operate your phone. Or you can try to enlist your seven year old boy to do the cranking, or the phone operating. With any luck you will be able to just about charge the phone enough to make a single call to your significant other who went to Minnesota leaving you to fend for yourself in the dark and scream at him.

            I suppose I will need to donate to public radio so I can get a better cranky radio charger to avoid a cranky SWMBO.
            Height: 5' 10"
            Starting Weight: 292
            Starting Primal Weight: 275
            Current weight: 224
            Goal weight: 172
            Body Fat 30.5

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            • ROFL!!! I've got one of those radios too. Never really used it. I'll have to see if it has the right kind of port.

              I bought it because hubby had been saying how important it was to have one. Cashed in quite a few points on a reward program to do so. And then he looked at me all perplexed, like, what did you buy this for? Because you said you wanted one. I did? Brother. Lot of perfectly good points down the drain. Oh well, I am prepared for the next disaster. I have to admit, knowing it might be able to charge my phone makes me feel better about the darn thing.
              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 have one of those radios, I listen to the weatherband fairly often. It has a solar charger on top, so it sits on the windowsill and gets turned on when I am washing dishing, etc. I haven't actually tried to charge the phone with it, but I imagine it could be done if I had to. Everyone here on my road has phone service through Time Warner, which is the very first thing to go down in any type of weather. You would think with all the elderly folks someone might think to get a tracphone or pay-as-you-go or something. (Money is not a problem for these people.) If I did have a landline, I would get bare-bones service and have a regular old-fashioned phone with a cord for use in emergencies, as cordless phones need electricity. Okay, I'm rambling now, I'll stop.
                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... The weather in Connecticut (at least on the shoreline) is soupy gray. It's kind of warmish too, not especially seasonal. The weekend was fun. My eldest boy is helping our cousins (for folding money), to do some painting. Since it's a trade I've worked in during younger days, I went to get him started and spent Saturday doing that. It was nice working with him.

                  Sunday was a rainy day and we spent it home. SWMBO is gone this morning to Colorado for a week-long conference so I'm Mom and Dad. Good news is that my eating had moderated and I'm back on track. If the weather improves I'll walk during lunchtime. I can't walk in the AM because I won't leave the boy alone in the house, but SWMBO is back Friday night late, and then I can get back to it in the mornings. Fog has rolled into the world around me, but my fog has lifted a bit. :-)
                  Height: 5' 10"
                  Starting Weight: 292
                  Starting Primal Weight: 275
                  Current weight: 224
                  Goal weight: 172
                  Body Fat 30.5

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                  • I am glad you are seeing your way through. I have no doubt you will persevere and get through this. It's nice to be back on the right eating track, isn't it?
                    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
                      Ugh... The weather in Connecticut (at least on the shoreline) is soupy gray. It's kind of warmish too, not especially seasonal. The weekend was fun. My eldest boy is helping our cousins (for folding money), to do some painting. Since it's a trade I've worked in during younger days, I went to get him started and spent Saturday doing that. It was nice working with him.

                      Sunday was a rainy day and we spent it home. SWMBO is gone this morning to Colorado for a week-long conference so I'm Mom and Dad. Good news is that my eating had moderated and I'm back on track. If the weather improves I'll walk during lunchtime. I can't walk in the AM because I won't leave the boy alone in the house, but SWMBO is back Friday night late, and then I can get back to it in the mornings. Fog has rolled into the world around me, but my fog has lifted a bit. :-)
                      So glad you are feeling better. Sometimes we just have to soldier our way through the grey weather, literal or emotional, until the sun comes out again.
                      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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                      • The day has been spent in shock and sadness at what happened in Newtown. I ate some food I didn't taste it. SWMBO is coming home later. Tonight I spent playing with Boy, relieved that he wasn't in Newtown, that he is alive, trying to make some sense of it all and utterly failing.

                        Most of the day I spent imagining the horror that those children and all of their parents must have felt, then shaking my head, cycling between sadness and anger until it became too much for me.

                        Newtown is 40 minutes away from here. I felt this exact same way on 9-11-2001.

                        Hug those you love, tight.
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Starting Weight: 292
                        Starting Primal Weight: 275
                        Current weight: 224
                        Goal weight: 172
                        Body Fat 30.5

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                        • I'm so glad you checked in, I was thinking of you and was a bit worried. I didn't know how far away you are from Newtown. I wish I had something really wise and helpful to say, but I don't. Just that I am thinking about you and all those who are suffering because of this.
                          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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                          • Just horrifying stuff today! SO VERY glad that you and your son were not involved. I immediately thought of you when the whole thing came up. I have been out of it today after hearing the news ... was supposed to be baking for the kids birthday party tomorrow, couldn't keep my mind off what had happened and managed to wreck one cake completely and then forgot a few ingredients for the frosting on the cake that turned out ok - and only realised after I had frosted it already. Can't bring myself to get worked up about it - not when people are suffering so deeply. Tried to figure out how to tell my kids about it, we don't have TV and I want them prepared in case they hear about it in another way - carefully told them, but how to explain something that evil to innocent children? Kept it real basic and simple and unspecific and we prayed together. DS said he felt like he wanted a gun so he could go and protect the kids too....
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • Whew,

                              I still am in shock...

                              I hear about tragedy every day, we all do. People killed in Iraq, Afganistan, Syria, horrible inexplicable events all over the world, but this one has really gotten to me. Maybe it's because I live close by, maybe because I have a child the same age and can't blink away the horror-filled images in my mind, but I'm shaken up badly. Everybody I know is safe, this was not the case on 9-11-2001. But somehow I feel more connected to this tragedy.

                              I am going to shut off my computer and step away from social media for a bit. I just need to order the thoughts in my head and I find I am compulsively checking news, Twitter, Facebook and everything too much. It's too upsetting to me.

                              I don't know when I'll be back, but if it's not before the holidays, Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate to all. I'm sure I'll be back here next year ready for some resolutions.

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

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                              • Good for you, David, take care of yourself and your loved ones! Happy holidays to you!
                                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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