Hi there She-Groks. Just wanted to stop in and say hello. I've been lurking here and there, even started a journal on another site. But I keep coming back here.
I've lost 54 pounds since January, still losing about a pound a week with Primal and IF. I consider myself lucky to be able to harvest local fish, game and berries. Primal is a no brainer for me, I'm just glad I was able to be open to this way of thinking. I'm coming out the other side of years of pain, depression and weight gain. I'm 48, 2 years post hip replacement, post menopausal (early due to pain and stress, I think) and interested in doing all I can to improve my health. I have arthritis in most of my joints due to SAD, family history, overweight and overuse. My pain levels have decreased greatly, my goal is to never have another joint replacement surgery. I bike for exercise because I can't do most of the things I would prefer do be doing.
I gain a lot of motivation and knowledge from MDA and am thankful for threads like this. Best of continued success to your all.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.
And in case anyone gets their panties in a wad, yes I do know how hot/cold it can get "in nature". I work outside in the desert, which is known for its extreme swings in temperature.
Yeah its pretty special. For my work we are planning a walking relay from the beginning to the end of this walkway, so it was my job on the weekend to figure out the approximate times between each relay point for planning. Its a hard job........
Has anyone else had this problem? I had forgotten all about it until now, and now that I remembered ... I really want it! Maybe if I sent a SASE to the business address, he'd print it. How big is it? Would a standard business envelope do? Or should I send a manila envelope.
I'll be honest, when DS was a baby, we did a lot of hiking, but I also did a lot of mall walking.
He was born in August, and throughout the fall, I would take us out on nice long hikes. My day was pretty much drive DH to work, grab some breakfast and breastfeed him, and then wrap him up and we'd go out on a nice hike in Valley Forge park. I'd have packed lunch, nurse him again (he was on demand fed anyway), he'd have a nap (we both usually would), and then I'd go for another little walk and go pick up DH, and then go and teach a yoga class.
By the time we hit December and January, though, the temperatures were very cold. Yes, I had enough 'gear' for us, and I would still go outside for at least 2 hrs a day, but the reality is that it was hard to hike in those temperatures with the baby and know that he was safe and sound. it worried me. Maybe it shouldn't have.
So, I relied on the local mall. I could get in the milage that was good for us, and it kept us occupied and healthy. The shop keepers got to know us, and one of them let us use her office in the back as a nursing and napping place. She even brought in an air mattress (so nice of her). It was great.
I met a lot of people too -- mostly seniors -- and by the time we hit april, DS was crawling a lot as well. So, our mall walking involved him getting a move-on, too. people loved it. It snows from late Jan through March, so it was much easier to just be in the mall and enjoy our time together out and about. A couple of the local malls also had playgrounds, where he really learned a lot kinesthetically. He was climbing stairs and using slides before he was 8 months old -- on his own. He was quite capable then. Other mothers thought I was nuts. But this is still not unusual.
I remember that time really fondly, and I don't think it's that bad of an option for people when you are in certain circumstances. It is a little community, and the seniors in that mall actually did a lot of nifty fundraisers -- like "walking to california" as a mileage marker and raising money for charity in the doing. It was a pretty big deal, actually, and the mall supported it.
So, while I acknowledge the reality of wanting to stay away from there for any number of reasons (all good), there might be a time and place for it. I found a community there for my son and I, and it was really nice.