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Old 01-02-2018, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Good luck with the move. I just bought a house and had so much stuff it took 3 days to move. Just finished a few hours ago. Two years ago I moved all that stuff from California to Atlanta. It was one of the most stressful times in my life. I did the unpack thing too. Filled up 2 26 semi trailers plus hauled a 20 foot cargo trailer cross country. Quite the adventure
Wow, 2 26 semi trailers + 20 foot cargo trailer! That was a lot of stuff, a total of 72 feet cargo space! And you packed and unpacked things yourself? My hat is off to you.

We are cleaning out the content of a 3,200 sq.ft home after 25 years. We have tried to down size in the last year or so in preparation for our relocation with many trips to the dumpsters, libraries, Salvation Army, charity yard sales etc. There are still a lot more to go.

We want to get rid of at least half of our furniture, 95% of our books and 70% or more of our clothing, shoes, accessories, kitchen items and knick-knacks.

We took two car loads to Salvation Army last week. Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army trucks are scheduled for the next 2 weeks. The piano will go to a friend. Anything not picked up by charities will be offered free on craigslist and free cycle.

We calculated the volume of all the things we want to ship. It came out to be less than 1000 cubic feet or 14' of the Upack trailer. We booked 20' of the 28' trailer and hope to use less and not more of the booked space.

Upack charges us $3800 for 20' trailer and will charge ~$100 more for each additional foot. It comes out to be around $1.4 per cubic foot which is not a lot. However, why pay to ship things which we have not used for years, don't need or don't love?

We will do the packing ourselves but will have two movers to load the heavy items. I booked them for 2 hours. We plan to finish the packing in the next 3-4 weeks. Once it is done, I will know whether my estimation is correct or way too optimistic!

If I was to make a formal resolution this year, it would be to adopt a brand new life style, the uncluttered, Marie Kondo way.

Our new 4,800 sq. ft home will be very zen like. Note that we did not want such a big house. We bought it for the riverfront location and views! There will be some basic pieces of furniture in all the main rooms in the upper level only. Any guests at our home will have to adopt a Japanese seating/sleeping habit in the lower level floor. They can enjoy the sunset over the Owyhee mountain and Snake River on tatami mat/futon or they can stay in a nearby hotel ;-)

It will be so liberating to live with basic, functional items, no clutter, no knick-knacks except few sentimental art pieces! I will see how long that we can keep this 'silent' new year resolution.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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One resolution already falls: watching news and fretting over nuke button tweets comparing sizes of buttons. Told myself not to watch the stuff....
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Pueblo area
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Talk less, listen more.

Maybe this year I will actually test this option for more than 10 minutes. What is the worst thing that can possibly happen if I try to pull this stunt?
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Old 05-04-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I weigh 220lbs. 5'-9" male. I want to permanently lose 20lbs MINIMUM this year. It's not so easy at age 59 anymore, as I have spinal issues (stenosis, cervical and lumbar) and COPD (chronic bronchitis form of it) with asthma. 40lbs loss would be better. I can't run, but I can walk fairly well.

Still, that's less than 1/2lb a week, so I'm hoping I can do it. I'm overly fond of drinking Coca-Cola though, as IMO it actually works BETTER than the newer albuterol asthma inhalers when breathing gets tough.

Put me on notice, and make me stick with it!
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You are now on notice. Just do it. You will be surprised how much better you will feel! Keep us posted on your progress.

My resolution is to remember to write 2018 not 2017.

As of this morning, 5/4/2018, I'm down to 199lbs. Which beats my 20lb minimum I wanted. I got a cold in early April, which went into a horrible case of bronchitis, so I lost almost a whole month of working towards the weight loss goal. Then I lost a lot of stamina, and it took me a bit to build it back up for walking again. Or I would have been at 199lbs end of March

I'm going for another 20lb loss by the end of the year, minimum.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:33 PM
 
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YAY for you, Mike Bear!

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Old 05-05-2018, 04:11 AM
 
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As of this morning, 5/4/2018, I'm down to 199lbs. Which beats my 20lb minimum I wanted. I got a cold in early April, which went into a horrible case of bronchitis, so I lost almost a whole month of working towards the weight loss goal. Then I lost a lot of stamina, and it took me a bit to build it back up for walking again. Or I would have been at 199lbs end of March

I'm going for another 20lb loss by the end of the year, minimum.
That is Great! news!! Thanks for the update. Can you tell a lot of difference in how you feel? Keep going....
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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That is Great! news!! Thanks for the update. Can you tell a lot of difference in how you feel? Keep going....

YES! I definitely have an easier time of breathing, and am no longer so prone to exertional dyspnea (which can be TERRIFYING when it happens, and it was happening too frequently...) That's the biggest change, and it's a good one.

My wife is a bit jealous, as I have already punched a new hole two months ago in making my belt tighter, and I'm about ready to punch yet another one, LOL.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Wouldn't say it was a resolution, but I did want to find a girlfriend. I found someone I love, but she has significant health issues. Go figure.
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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YES! I definitely have an easier time of breathing, and am no longer so prone to exertional dyspnea (which can be TERRIFYING when it happens, and it was happening too frequently...) That's the biggest change, and it's a good one.

My wife is a bit jealous, as I have already punched a new hole two months ago in making my belt tighter, and I'm about ready to punch yet another one, LOL.
Improved health is the best change! Good for you! Tell your wife I know how she feels. The older I get the harder it is to watch my weight but DH can dropped a few pounds by saying he needs to it seems
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