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Old 01-05-2011, 06:31 AM
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Hi all, after pigging out on all things chocolate over the holidays I'm trying to get my diet back in control...I gained 3 pounds which doesn't sound like a lot but on me it is and it all goes to the middle and makes me uncomfortable. I was only going to the gym 3 times a week and now I'm trying to kick it back up to 4-5 times a week, I went on Sunday and did 35 min on eliptical/25 min treadmill/30 min weights and I felt great but my arms ached all night; then Monday I just did the eliptical and treadmill and felt good but when I got up Tues I nearly passed out in the shower--not sure if they are connected or if it's just from the poor diet. I'm trying to stay away from sweets but I have chocolate cravings worse than any alcohol cravings I ever had so it's a battle. I also wasn't eating much fruit the last 2 weeks so I'm trying to get on my daily fruit plate for breakfast. My gym is busier this week too but at the time of day I go there were generally only 5-6 people there anyhow so now there are maybe 10 there so it's not too bad. I would really like a work out buddy! I have 2 neighbors as well as 2 co-workers who belong to my gym and I've been trying for 6 months to get any of them to go regularly and every one of them joins me once or twice then they stop going...plus most of them just like attending the exercise classes and that's not my thing oh well...
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:41 AM
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Top....congratson 9 months! Way to go!

Judy...be careful about that passing out in the shower thing...that's kind of scary its funny...I love the classes at the gym, but the ones I like are in the middle of the day for the stay at home Moms so I can never make it.

Hi Stewart! Good to see you!
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:42 AM
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The classes look like fun but in the one's I tried there was a lot of standing and standing still causes me back or ankle or foot pain (or all 3) and when there's dance type moves involved I just don't seem to follow directions well...so I'm better at doing my own routine
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Hey Top -- Fine job on the 9 months! WOW! And on the workouts - cool how you can take the stuff to work with you - and a hot-tub to boot...

Judy - Don't get too down on yourself... most of us had a little bit of a setback in one way or another during the holidays on eating or physical stuff (getting sick, etc). You're getting back in the swing of things, so that's terrific! I know that I felt like I was about to pass out last night after my last squat with my personal trainer - I was pushing it a little too hard... landed on my butt for the effort :^) But I think I needed a bit more on the carbs during the day... good carbs, that is!

Coffee - I think exercise helped me tremendously with the early stages... got the endorphins going and all that stuff. It's sort of a good 'high' for me... if I can put it that way - and knowing that I'm doing something good for my body helps a lot too. The perseverance, discipline and determination on exercising and running affects how I look at life and other situations in my life in general. So, I guess it's physical, psychological, emotional and I'll even throw in spiritual (for me). Wow, was that a ramble.. or what?

Thanks for checking in Stewart - hard to keep up with this thread sometimes!

Have a great day (or night) everyone!
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:28 PM
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Hi Sarah welcome aboard. I've always had to deal with SAD as well, I've found this year the symptoms are much milder and I credit going to the gym at least 3 times a week, I'm counting the days until daylight savings time begins (67 days to go, I think it begins March 13 but I could be wrong)
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Was out tonight, was one of those nights where you just feel like your legs weigh 1000 lbs each but I think when you push on even if the whole thing sucks it's still worthwile after. Ive found in those moods its best to run to podcasts or very slow melancholie music, anything upbeats just tries to force my body into something its not up for!

This thread is hard to keep up with but its amazing, It's a great beacon of positivity somewhere to forget everything else for a few minutes! Which is why ive been lurking, I was struggling in my own personal situation and I needed to take some time to try and clear my head before I felt I could come back and make a positive contribution again.
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Originally Posted by coffeenut View Post
I'm just sitting here thinking....would love to see a study on the effects of exercise on early sobriety. In my head....it saved my life. But I wonder if people who exercise have 'different' withdrawl/recovery? Don't know
Hi Coffee,

I don't know about withdrawal, but I think it sure helps with recovery. In my case I look forward to my workouts every morning and drinking would definitely interfere with that.

One thing I was thinking about a few days is that many times I would drink because I just wanted to "turn my engines off". My mind is always going in 20 different directions at the same time. Many times I just wanted to sit in front of the computer and "vegetate" for awhile without having to think about anything, and alcohol would let me do that.

I think I replaced that with exercise. When I go out first thing in the morning for an hour or two I do the same: "turn my (mental) engines off". The only difference is the time of day, and the way I feel and look afterward. I just love to "zone" out on a workout. I don't allow myself to deal with anything but my self when out on the road.
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Congrats on the 9 months, TOP. I seemed to have missed that one. You have a hot tub and pool at work? You must work in a hotel, or gym.
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My diet consists of mainly fruits, veggies,whole grains, trying hard to avoid sugar!! I'm also trying very hard to cut out dairy and for some reason having a hard time..(replacing it with rice milk)
Hi Sarah, welcome.

I am not an expert by any means, but all the gurus I follow really push protein these days. They advice to consume a bit of protein with every meal.

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I am also juicing again, veggies mainly and walking 4-5 days a week about an hour or more at a time.
Love to walk too. When I am not bike riding I do at least an hour's walk every day.
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Hi Sarah, welcome aboard!

Stewart - are they following the cricket up North?
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Tom - I'm bake on the bike this weekend. My running mileage is about 40 a week now but I need a few days off so's not to tempt injury. I'm thinking it's gonna hurt using those dormant leg muscles!
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Hi Stewart...if you feel like you can't contribute positively you can always just post "man...I'm in a crappy mood"...that way we will know what's up

Hi sarah and welcome!

Judy...the classes I enjoy are the dance classes...at least once I decided I didn't care if I was making an idiot of myself.

Was up all last night with a sick dog...so just going to do a 2 mile walk tonight and early to bed....yawn!
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"Bake on the bike" ??
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Congrats are in order before anything else: Topspin and R4R, amazing and inspiring, keep going forward!

Boy I tell ya I wish I could get some more veggies into my diet and get some of the sugar out. I'll follow the suggestions here in the thread. LaFemme, I'm with you on the yawn...felt pooped today. Still biking to work everyday but today I found it impossible to change and go back out for my 2m run. Did do my medicine ball routine so all was not lost. Also, my Saturday training group finally resumes on Saturday so should get at least a good long run in.
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504 Gateway time out message was in this box....so I clicked back and then back in....so don't know if this is gonna roll or not...but I'll give it a whirl!

Hi Sara! Welcome and good luck in your weight loss quest. Lots of us are trying to get our eating on check. What made sense to me, was when Top said if you quit eating sugar, you get to eat a whole lot of other food and never worry about dieting.

I'm trying to remember that as I chew my arm off! Sheeeeeeeeeeesh....I'm eating a lot but I just think I"m starving! Somebody toss me a Snicker Bar!

Work is overwhelming....today and tomorrow for sure....so I'll take 'em as rest days....hit it Friday.

Hope everyone is well....and stepping away from the sugar!
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But I wonder if people who exercise have 'different' withdrawl/recovery?
Good question , Coffee !


I'm tempted to think everyone (in or out of recovery) ...must experience some positive things from active lifestyles.
My personal beliefs about the indisoluble connection between "mind" and "body" makes it critical for me to pay as much attention my "body's" health as possible.
Strong healthy body = strong healthy mind, .....and all that stuff !?!


Both were in such terrible shape back in April.

Tom,
You're right , I work (solo) the late , late shift at an ocean resort here on the Carolina coast. Departure from my "career's" work; ...but enjoying it more and more since I quit guk, guk, gukking poison every night.
upside is; the low-pressure and have 7 days to do "what needs to be done"
ref P.H. Companion " powdermilk bisquits " lo
downside is; .... trying to get enough sleep on a weekly basis.

Day off today, ....from working out. Keep getting these pre-sickness twinges of achiness.
Feeling pretty good right this second though ; ...just finished a big bowl of brown rice and "greens" topped with some raw sweet onion and one of those homemade chutneys I keep experimenting with. i swear, it's getting outta hand !?! Must have 7 different jars in the fridge ! lo


I always eat fruit at the sink, usually while I'm cooking. Does anyone else eat all (or most) of their fruit like that ?


Don't mean to sound melodramatic, ...but was thinking today ; .....just how lucky I am to not be living the way i used to. A real "season of hell"

Just feel so grateful.

Any crap I may run into seems insignificant
.....when I thnk of it, that way.
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LoL Coffee,
you always crack me up !!

Sarah ,
welcome to this thread, ......your diet sounds pretty darn clean !?!
i used to nix the dairy thing years ago, but trying my best to "moderate" with all those (yet untried, even) ...cheeses out there.
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Hey Top! Homemade chutney?!?!...we might need a recipe exchange soon that sounds good!
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Someone needs to explain chutney to me. Yes, I could google but I prefer the human touch.

Nice post, Top. I agree.
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It's been said but wow! This Thread is crazy! Good though.

Top - Congrats on 9 months! I eat most my fruit by the sink. Just wash it off and throw it in my mouth.

LF - How is the dog? I like when you write about that haunted place.

R4R - Congrats on 90 days!

Sarah - Welcome! I'm tryin to drop fat. Have success when I focus on protein, veggies and fruit. Try to avoid sugar, processed foods and grains. I write about this more than anyone on here cares to read, but I drink coconut milk. I avoid dairy.

Coffee - Good luck giving up sugar. You know...I don't even miss soda. Think if you give it some time you can get used to it...and find other things you like as much.

I got a later night work out in. Finished with 20 minutes trainer, 100 squats, 100 push ups, ab exercises, bridges and stretching. 50 pull ups / hand stand push ups on the Totalbody with resistance.

Hope y'all are doin well.
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I was going to ask about the coconut "milk", but it was easier to look it up. Here it is thanks to Wikipedia:

Coconut milk is a sweet, milky white cooking base derived from the meat of a mature coconut. The colour and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content and sugars. The term coconut milk also refers to coconut water (coconut juice), which is the naturally-occurring liquid found inside the hollow coconut.

Love to eat coconut meat with lime juice and very hot chili powder.
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