[QUOTE=DCarr10760;995166]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[/QUOTE]
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.
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.
@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.
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.)
[QUOTE=DCarr10760;996030]@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.[/QUOTE]
Ah, gotcha. You're right, that's quite different.
[QUOTE=Siobhan;996095]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.)[/QUOTE]
It doesn't? Rats. But I guess that explains a few things.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Well today my workout will be snow-shovel dead-lifts, 3 sets of 1500 reps...