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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:27 pm

Well, I guess since I know this forum isn't going anywhere I will keep a journal. I just didn't have the heart to put all that energy into something that I wasn't sure was going to last "over there".

The title of my journal - I chose this because it is the ultimate definition of my life. I'm a reader and researcher by heart. Point is, as with many subjects, intellectually I understand the concepts and premises of the Primal/Paleo way. I understand the science behind it. I understand what to eat, when to eat, how to eat. I know that exercise is good for me and that stress is a detriment. The problem lies in the application.....

It is one thing to KNOW something and quite another to apply it on a consistent basis. I would say I am a 70/30 primal person. All of my food is real food. I don't eat fast food, I don't eat boxed food, etc. But it's the occasional rice, the GF gnocchi, etc that creeps in that sways me. And this is why a forum is so important to me - it is a place to hang with like-minded peeps and be reminded why it is I do this primal thing!

I've been GF since 2013 and mostly primal since then as well. I do it because I feel better. Period.

Anyway, this is me.....

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Post by Lovebird on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:47 pm

Welcome to the lovely world of journaling, Ontario!

Looking forward to your adventures. Wink
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:55 pm

So, today....I woke up to knee high snow. Gah! Have I ever mentioned how much I hate snow? I would like to sit down my ancestors and ask them why the heck they decided to homestead in Canada - the snowbelt no less! Evil or Very Mad
So I started my day shoveling off my deck and making a path in the backyard for my Chihuahua. She's also not a fan. She is Mexican, after all. Laughing

Then hubby started shoveling out the driveway. I pitched in and we got him out of the house and off to work. I stayed home this morning (we both work in his office) because we knew it would be dead at the office. It was. It seems everyone else was digging out as well. No school today - it was declared a snow day.

And now I sit in the office looking out the window at the additional 10-15 centimeters (6 inches) we are to get in the next few hours.

Ugh....how long until April? pale

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Post by Rig D on Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:05 pm

I will enjoy your journal. I share your feelings on snow. Perhaps your ancestors were simply uninformed on the weather issue. My original ancestor came from Aberdeen Scotland in the 1700's, initially was in Pennsylvania, then settled in the wilderness of southern South Carolina. I grew up in the Florida panhandle, N.Carolina, and Georgia, so winter was sparse in snow. I never liked it. I liked the NC/Ga freezing rain even less. I'm like the one time weatherman in Key West "The only white I want to see is the sand on the beach." Here in Dayton,OH they used to use the motto "It's great'n Dayton". Well, it's not close to great, but it is much better than Deee-troit, which seemed to have the worst of absolutely everything during my 3 long years there. It was the worst decade I ever spent anywhere.
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Post by Meant2Move on Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:31 pm

And on the other end of the spectrum, I am just about green with envy that you have all that snow and don't want it whilst I am super keen and have none. NONE!

Look forward to reading your journal.
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Post by Greensprout on Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:25 pm

Agreed on the snow annoyance.  My originally Eastern European dependents chose northern Alberta to settle... Shocked . We don’t have too much snow on the prairies yet, but wavering temperatures. Good reason we plan to settle on the west coast for retirement in the next couple of years.

Nice to see you starting a journal here.
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Post by Pedidoc on Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:57 pm

I like how we had our snow. Light dusting on trees with leaves and green lawns. Gone by noon. Welcome to the wonderful world of journaling!
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Post by Annieh on Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:38 am

I love snow, but that's because I get to visit it without having to live in it.

At last you started your own journal, after setting everything up so we would all have one.

70/30 is not bad, but that extra 10% or so will be worth it - I am speaking to myself here too.
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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:46 am

I can agree 100% with just about everything you said, knowing, understand and applying all different animals, and I am in one state or another most of the time. Last year was a very good application year. Now I'm in waiver mode and need to get back to application and fast.

Snow, M2M I will gladly pack up what I have and send it to you. You can keep it, and I'll keep the pipelne open and instruct it due west, straight to your door. Smile It's snowing as i type, lightly, but snowing.

DD has to drive home from further north today and it concerns me, she will travel through some areas that can get really bad, really quick.

It will be fun to follow your journal Onterio.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:35 pm

Thursday is always my Friday so I only have about 4.5 hours left to my week. It's still snowing. Evil or Very Mad This weekend we have to drop our son at Scout camp and then we are off to see fake Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. They're tribute artists. It should be a good show, though.

I'm achy in places I didn't know I had after using some much forgotten muscles shoveling snow yesterday. I really need to remember to get adjusted before I leave work today.

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Post by tomi1000 on Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:15 pm

Hello - is it you we have to thank for setting up this gathering place?

Weather - I do hate winter. I'm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. With an elevation of about 700 feet - we see little snow, lots of rain and cloudiness, and basically pretty boring weather. Every winter we hope for a snowfall, but are usually disappointed.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:46 pm

tomi1000 wrote:
 Every winter we hope for a snowfall, but are usually disappointed.  

Bring your shovel and a dump truck. You can have all the snow you want from our property.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:25 pm

Hi Ontario,

Haven't thanked you for putting forth the effort to find MDAers a new home. Appreciate the new set-up and nice to see the gathering. Thanks for this! :]

Weather is schitzo here in S. Cal. Plus the horrific round of fires all around us adding to bad air quality. Quite warm in day and cold by evening. I have no real sense of changing seasons as snow country folks, do, but, appreciate the extra hard work that winter brings for you.
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Post by Glass Full of Air on Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:07 am

Can I put in a request for some snow too? I grew up in Maine and absolutely love snow, cold, winter, all of it. Now I'm living in Florida due to family things, and I can't abide it being in the 70s a week before Christmas!

As for the rest of it, I'm definitely with you. I love understanding how things work. I love digging into the research, but application can be harder. I'm probably around 70/30 right now too, and working to get that other 10%.

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Post by Rig D on Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:22 am

If you are in S.Florida, GFA, you should at least find some humor in observing the great variety of way out of date winter coats that you will see on the days when it is bitter cold, say in the low 50's or gasp, 40's. All the Yankees who've moved south never buy a new winter coat, they just hang on to whatever they had when they moved south.
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Post by ONTARIO on Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:42 pm

Grok never had to deal with Christmas. What a lucky guy!

Ugh...Christmas. Evil or Very Mad  Now, before y'all think I am evil-incarnate let me explain.....

I honestly think I would have loved Christmas a hundred years ago. You know, when you got an orange and a penny and maybe a peppermint stick in your stocking. And then it was about food and family. Yeah, THAT I could get behind. But now? Ugh, ugh, ugh.....

The stores are total chaos. The traffic is insane. And NO ONE is in a good mood because of it. It's so counter-intuitive......

My hubby is a Chiropractor. Stress causes subluxation (go look that one up if you don't know what I am referring to). Did you know that December, and the week before Christmas, particularly, is the busiest week of the year? People are STRESSED out. I mean, really, really stressed. It's insanity. Pure insanity.

Hey, everyone, let's make up a holiday where we celebrate the almighty God and while doing so totally make it about anything BUT the baby Jesus and instead run ourselves ragged and stress ourselves out spending money and time on crap that we give to people who don't really want/need what we stressed out to give them.

Yep, sounds like a plan...... Rolling Eyes

Disclaimer:  I am not a Christian. I was raised in a Christian household, went to Sunday school every week. Hubby's family is also Christian. If I HAD to put a label on myself I would say I was a Buddhist. I DO believe there was a dude named Jesus who probably spent a lot of time doing for others and became something that fables were written. And I'm pretty sure THAT GUY wouldn't want us all in the state we find ourselves every December.

I swear I'm gonna opt out one day when my kids are grown. I LOVE the family and food and gathering part. But the rest of it.......NOPE!

And that is my rant for the season. santa

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Post by Rig D on Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:04 pm

I occasionally see/hear someone complaining about Christian Christmas and they almost always refer to Santa, the gifting binge, and other related things. As a Christian, it really annoys me.

Back in the olden days of my youth Christmas was actually still defined as a Christian celebration of Jesus' birth. Yeah, I know he was no doubt not born on 12/25, nobody really knows when, and just after the solstice is a as good a time as any to celebrate. While the trend had started, Christmas hadn't been totally taken over by Christmas trees, Santa Claus(thanks, Coca Cola), and shop till you drop, starting on Black Friday, which originally was the day most retailers could celebrate moving into the profit vs loss column for the year, not the official kick off day for Christmas shopping.

This year, we've passed on to most of our family an alternative gift request from an organization our church supports: In lieu of buying Christmas gifts for us, donate money to a charity organization that digs water wells in third world countries where available drinking water is in very short supply. A much more Christian use of cash than another gift under our "holiday" tree.
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Post by ONTARIO on Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:25 pm

Rig D wrote:
Back in the olden days of my youth Christmas was actually still defined as a Christian celebration of Jesus' birth. Yeah, I know he was no doubt not born on 12/25, nobody really knows when, and just after the solstice is a as good a time as any to celebrate. While the trend had started, Christmas hadn't been totally taken over by Christmas trees, Santa Claus(thanks, Coca Cola), and shop till you drop, starting on Black Friday, which originally was the day most retailers could celebrate moving into the profit vs loss column for the year, not the official kick off day for Christmas shopping.

I agree. When I was young we actually went to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas was a day about Christ. Sure, there were gifts but nothing like the commercialism we see today. I just about fell over when I walked into Lowe's mid-October and saw Christmas tree displays. Really?

This year, we've passed on to most of our family an alternative gift request from an organization our church supports: In lieu of buying Christmas gifts for us, donate money to a charity organization that digs water wells in third world countries where available drinking water is in very short supply. A much more Christian use of cash than another gift under our "holiday" tree.

Again, agreed. I have actually done this a number of times in the past. My favourite year was when we bought everyone a goat. For every gift we bought a goat for a family in need in various countries.

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Post by perennialpam on Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:25 pm

Two great ideas Ontario and RigD.

I agree about the waste of $ and time spent shopping when it could be spent WITH your family or someone who needs some help.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:57 pm

Ditto PPam.

I have to plan and check timing to get out and run errands. I actually find it stressful just looking for parking during this time.
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Post by Annieh on Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:43 pm

agreed on the parking. i have been using my injury as excuse to let my dd drive me, and catching the bus. improves the shopping experience no end.

i still like giving gifts. they are not expensive, but it is fun trying to find the thing that each person will like.
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:29 am

I just thought this was really funny for some reason. So, if you need a pick-me-up today.............. Laughing




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Post by perennialpam on Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:33 am

Good one Ontario!
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Post by Annieh on Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:59 pm

ha ha
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:31 pm

Every year as December comes to a close I announce my New Year's resolution. Now, I don't do the usual resolution  type stuff. It's always something personal that not only strives to make ME a better person but to try and help the world as well. And I find that when I practice something for an entire year it actually becomes habit. I have certainly benefited over the years from these resolutions.

It's hard to explain....I hope anyone reading understand what I mean by these types of resolutions.

Anyway, I have been going back and forth on 2018 as I wasn't completely sure I could commit to the resolution I had in my mind. But then I realized I don't have to be perfect. This is about improving one's self - about being better than I was last year. So, here it goes....

2018 is my year of Maitri - Loving Kindness. Of course I have been aware of this concept for a long time. I have studied Buddhism for years. But, just like my diary title of "The Primal Intellectual", sometimes knowing and doing are two different things. Intellectually I understand the concept and the purpose of Loving Kindness but it's very hard in some circumstances. I often find myself having to stop and ground myself before losing it in situations where I am in a hurry or the "other" person is being inconsiderate, etc. - which, by the way, I understand is my own ego at play. Hey, what can I say, I'm far from perfect. Neutral

So, such is my goal this upcoming year.....to not get hooked and practice Maitri in ALL situations.

I've been meditating more lately so that should definitely help in my goal.

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