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    Howdy all, hope you're all rocking out. I got serious about the primal lifestyle in January 2012. It's been a great year...lost 36 pounds, gained friends, mended relationships, got stronger and happier. Having said all that, I am a little bummed of late. One of my goals was a sixpack (abs) for my 38th Bday. I am staring that date in the face and I don't think I can shed that last LITTLE bit of belly fat in time. Sooo close. Gone from 6'1" 208lbs, to 172 and there is still a tiny bit of fat. Overall, though, body composition has dramatically improved. I know, be happy with what I have achieved, but still...

    I have been cranking pushups, pullups, planks, bodyweight squats and trailrunning and surfing (does paddling out count as sprints? ) I have avoided track sprints due to some ankle injuries in the past...yeah, yeah excuses

    But as the Winter approaches, I find myself in need of larger motivation. I have always been prone to some Seasonal Affective Disorder and find myself getting depressed in the long cold gray months. I have started a high-quality vitamin D supplement and am trying to stay active, but it is hard with sleet, slush and snow. I run a farm so spend hundreds of hours outdoors in the spring summer and fall, in the winter, this Grok just wants to hibernate. I don't want to lose the gains I've made, but, even on this beautiful late fall day, I can feel the weight of Winter starting to bear down on me... Last Winter was great because weight was literally falling off. Without the dramatic improvements to look forward too, I need to find new inspiration. Help me MDA, you're my only hope!
    Last edited by MeatMaker; 11-12-2012, 06:50 AM.

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    I recommend moving south for the winter. I live in Houston and nobody has the Season Affective Disorder you describe.
    http://meatsleeprepeat.com/
    http://ternioncrossfit.com/

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    • #3
      How're those summers treating you? No need for a sauna, eh?

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      • #4
        i tend to eat very seasonally, so i embrace the change in produce, etc. i also change up my workouts (more heavy lifting and less outdoor cardio), and i look forward to hunting season and skiing, which are 2 of my favorite activities. find things that you can enjoy doing all winter, rather than just wanting to spend your free time hibernating.

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        • #5
          Do you have one of those sunlight lamps? Are you using it? Along with the actual vit D, I think the mental boost of light versus gloom, is important.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MeatMaker View Post
            But as the Winter approaches, I find myself in need of larger motivation. I have always been prone to some Seasonal Affective Disorder and find myself getting depressed in the long cold gray months. I have started a high-quality vitamin D supplement and am trying to stay active, but it is hard with sleet, slush and snow. I run a farm so spend hundreds of hours outdoors in the spring summer and fall, in the winter, this Grok just wants to hibernate. I don't want to lose the gains I've made, but, even on this beautiful late fall day, I can feel the weight of Winter starting to bear down on me... Last Winter was great because weight was literally falling off. Without the dramatic improvements to look forward too, I need to find new inspiration. Help me MDA, you're my only hope!
            I had to find a way to make friends with winter also. I live way up in northern Alaska where sunlight is all but gone for 3 months and temps hit -60.

            Mark Sisson has written a lot on Winter Play, but for me, it means driving with heat barely on, only wearing a light jacket for quick outdoor trips, and getting outdoors every day when the sun is up.

            I take 10,000IU Vit D3 as my only supplement and eat lots of seafood through the winter. I also try to avoid seasonal summer fruits and only eat things that would be available in winter--meat, nuts, potatoes, rice, etc... I try real hard not to eat sugary fruits, cheese and cut back on eggs and greens.

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            • #7
              My main way to love winter is find an activity that NEEDS the cold/snow. Then you want it! I like to go snowshoeing (Yay snow!) and ice climbing (yeah coldness!). I also work outside a couple days a week so at least that forces me to be out some every week regardless.

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              • #8
                Find a mate and have lots of sex.
                Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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                • #9
                  Winning!

                  Originally posted by jojohaligo View Post
                  Find a mate and have lots of sex.
                  Health is Wealth!

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