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Old 10-12-2010, 07:27 AM
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Hi all, is everyone here runners or bicyclists? I do most all my exercising in the gym 5-6 days a week but didn't start exercising until almost 3 yrs into sobriety, wish I had started sooner but I was too busy eating chocolate... I started working out this past June and since then I've lost 12 pounds, 11.5 inches (fit back into a size 2!! slacks at 54 yeah me) and my doctor just gave me the go ahead yesterday to quit taking my BP medicine because I don't need it anymore!!
My regular workout
20-25 min eliptical
25-35 min treadmill (all uphill)
30 min weight training

I feel 10-15 years younger than I did 4 months ago life is sweet.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:04 AM
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Hi Judy! I'm just hoping to get back into a size 6 at some point - maybe by Spring!!! Welcome.

Ultra, yeah, I was worried about replacing addictions also a few years ago when I 'quit' drinking.... ahhemmm... but tempered it by actually forcing myself to take a couple days off a week - one in which I totally rested from any exercise/cross-training, etc. Have fun on your run today!!! I'm hoping to get a few miles in tonight, but I have an appointment I have to keep.... we'll see.

Ghostly.... I'm just stunned... way to go!

Have a good Tuesday everyone!
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:50 PM
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Hi Judy! Welcome! People do lots of different things here....which is really cool because you get to learn about different stuff...see what works for different people. Your workout looks awesome.....and scary! It would kick my butt. Congrats on no more BP meds!

Really: Glad to see you again!

A looooooooong walk for me, today. The weather is just gorgeous.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:19 AM
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Four miles very easy last night. All recorded and logged on my Garmin (anybody else use those?). I have my gorgeous little boy today so that's workout enough!! That said I might just do a couple of miles to help me sleep....got to be careful at my advanced age not to invite injury!
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:20 AM
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Too many exclamation marks in that last post. Sorry.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:51 AM
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Ultra - congrats on the 4 miles... I was only able to get on the exercise bike for 20 minutes at lunch yesterday - no running Had an appointment. Oh well, at least I did something.

Plan on kicking out 3-4 miles tonight to round out my first week of sobriety (in a long time). Feeling more anxiety than usual - running helps get out the pent up energy.

Have a fun day today!
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:58 AM
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I miss running, in my 30s and early 40s I ran 3-5 miles most days of the week and it was sheer heaven to me; any problems/issues I had disappeared when I'd get out and run. I never ran for speed and it was probably more of a jog than a run but I loved it. But 10 yrs ago I had back surgery and was told I couldn't run anymore unless I ran on a track and very slowly and that was too boring; then I dislocated both ankles in a car accident 5 yrs ago and they are still very weak but at least on the treadmill even though I don't go at high speed I am able to do the steep incline which helps a lot with weight loss/control.
I got on a bicycle (other than a stationary one) 2 months ago for the first time in probably 40 yrs it was fun until I had to stop or turn around and felt like I was going to fall off and I was afraid that if I did fall my ankles would give out.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:13 AM
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Morning, Judy!

Sounds like you've had a rough way to go with the injuries. But it also sounds like you've persevered through the obstacles - very commendable!

Right now, I wouldn't call it running for me - it's jogging, but I guess it's all in the definition. When I get back to a 9 min mile, then I'll maybe consider myself to be running
I had two injuries this year that sidelined me. The first right before my first half in the Spring (peroneal tendonities left foot)... ran the half anyway. Then it took a good month to heal - the weather got hot so I really couldn't get the running going again except sporadically. Then got depressed and drank more! Which made me want to run even less.
Then I developed some tendon thing on the inside of my right foot about 6 weeks ago... wrapped around my ankle. I did manage to squeeze out another half a few weeks ago - but had to walk some. It's all better now... so NO excuses!

I'd love to get on a 'real' bicycle. I may have a chance in Nov. to purchase one relatively cheap... but then again - November in Ohio doesn't leave many days to ride...
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:30 AM
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R4R: Sounds like you've had your own share of injuries. Congratulations on persevering.

As for the running/jogging thing: as long as you are out there kicking asphalt it's running far as I'm concerned.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for that Ultra.... Encouragement greatly appreciated today. Kind of one of those 'down' days - trying to stay positive.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:47 AM
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Thanks for that Ultra.... Encouragement greatly appreciated today. Kind of one of those 'down' days - trying to stay positive.
We all have those days. And they are always followed by better days.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:44 PM
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Ghostly,
That sounds like it was one hellava workout !
............... And you've got a real way with mathematical symbolism !!!! Love that kind of thing.

Congratulations on the big 6 months lil' brother.

Ultra, joining a running club sounds like a great idea;..... to keep things "in perspective "
You're pretty quick on a bike too !

My work schedule has been a little hectic, ...finally caught up on some much needed rest today. Packed for that BRAG trip tommorrow. Will update when I get back Sun.

Y'all keep on kickin' guys !!!!
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:38 AM
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Ultra: A few miles always helps me sleep better, too.

Really: Coming back from injuries takes time. Take it EASY and SLOW. Better that way than be sidelined again.....jmo!

jamd: Maybe you should be biking more rather than running? I don't know....whatever you decide to do, that is a LOT to come back from!

Top: We want details, and lots of 'em! Have an Awesome Adventure!

Seven easy ones for me last night. Helped the sleep. Have a Great Thursday!
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:48 AM
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Was talking to a co-worker yesterday and we got to talking about me (my favorite subj of course....) and she's known I've been working out and commented on how good I look but more importantly she said that I seem more "alive and engaging" and I am! I spent
40+ years being depressed and drank through a lot of those years when I quit drinking the depression lifted but it wasn't until the last 4 months when I started eating healthy and working out regularly that the depression was replaced with actual happiness! Yes I like the physical effect of working out but the mental/emotional aspect is absolutely priceless! I truly do feel like a new person and I owe 100% of that to working out!
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:53 AM
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[QUOTE=coffeenut;2736873]
Really: Coming back from injuries takes time. Take it EASY and SLOW. Better that way than be sidelined again.....jmo!

Coffeenut - Found that out last night - yep - have to take it easy and slow. Ran just three miles (wanted to do four, but decided I have time to build the endurance back up - pushing might produce more injuries) - so I backed off. Of course the path I was on was easy down and up followed by about a mile of most steep up's - not the best scenario.

Stationary bike at lunch today for about 25 minutes since I have appointments tonight... But supposed to run with a new friend tomorrow evening. I'll consider it a 'fun run' since she's never really ran before....
Saturday morning I'll try for a 5 mile on a track - unless the high school kids are there Want to reacalibrate my nikeplus iPod receiver. I use that for now and I think it's a little off.
I did purchase a log and started it on Monday, so I may switch to the watch. Not sure what works better.

Have a great day everyone.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:26 PM
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Hi there,

Just went for my first walk-slog-jog today. Looking forward to joining this awesomely motivated group

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:41 PM
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Judy: I agree with the mental fitness you wrote of. I've been running almost 10 years....sober the last 2. I gotta say, running is bringing me more mental health now, than it ever has. It's more of a calmness.

Really: Glad you're taking it easy. Every single time I've decided to push a recovery, I regret it. But, it's so hard...the mind is willing, after all!

Murray: Welcome! Glad you are here.

Another rest day here.....well, I worked my tail off at home and work, that should count for something!

Have a GREAT evening!
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:15 PM
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Yeah, I didn't get a chance to run today - so at lunch got on the stationary bike again for 20 minutes.... least I'm doing something. Wouldn't mind doing some other floor exercises also... until I can get inside the rec center. Think I might break down and get a pass for the next few months. On good days I can still run outside and on crappy days, I can go inside and run the almost 1/4 track and do weights and machines. Have yet to try the eliptical... might be a challenge in the near future. Now that my head is finally starting to clear from the 'fog'.....

Have a great night's sleep everyone.... whenever it is you go to sleep
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:32 PM
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Quick hello before bed! I'm looking forward to reading 'getting to know" new thread members soon, good to have ya posting! Super busy week, too many long meetings! So hip probs or not, I haven't worked out.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
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Went for walk-slog-jog #2 today for half an hour with our 9 year old daughter and our dog. Will sloooooowly add more jogging than walking over the next couple weeks...I want to do this injury free!

Just having made the decision and commitment to start exercising has already brightened my outlook on things

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