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Old 06-06-2011, 01:38 PM
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:52 PM
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DB, .....we're all here to support you. Really glad you came back too !!

TDC, ....that's funny, I had the same thought on the 3 day cycling event in Tifton , Ga.
Ya gotta love folks wanting those T-shirts really bad

Ghostly, you know about those Great Lake fish. Aren't the Muskie and Pike the most sought after. Don't folks eat the Pike. ...or the other way around ?

Jackie, ....damn, your schedule is full !?! It's great you've managed 3 days/week gym workouts !!! Way to stay focused on your recovery.

CONGRATS Coffee !! You mentioned earlier about walking the last 6. I was having a hard time visualizing you doing that at 20.2 !?!

If anyone can trim an hour in 90 days, you can. I'd probably have to visualize some horrific scenario happening if I didn't run fast enough. Stephen King's The Long Walk comes to mind !?!

It was threatening rain when I took off today, so ended up riding the beach. Wicked headwind to start, but it was a great experience. Got to take my helmet off for starters, and listen to music without a care in the world. Granny gear for the soft stuff.

watermelon and cantalope before ; soda cracker at the end
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:44 PM
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Of Course We're here for you DB!

Top - No idea about what fish to eat. I fish maybe once a year. Sounds like you had a nice ride.

Well...even though I was pretty wiped after my "almost" Century ride today, I got to the gym. Did a bunch of different things. Very hot. Good work out.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:06 PM
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DB, we're here, always will be. Jackie, you hang in there too.

Nice ride home, got my floor work in and got out for two miles. I am really really trying to get my daily running back thus keeping the distance doable and consistent. Since it's getting so hot out I came home and took a power nap before heading out.

Tom, I agree in a lot of ways, medals and shorts seem to be a preoccupation with people these days.

Hey Ghostly that is great that you biked up to the store. It all starts somewhere. Oh today I checked out the little gym in my building, there are a bunch of nautilus type lifting machines...they look untouched.
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DB - You aren't the only one. I slipped up putting my sobriety first also this weekend.

Had a good Warrior Dash -- 48:24.... was under half in my age group for Sunday. I still think that's an accomplishment... only because I didn't drink before and made it past my fear of heights and claustriphobia... you don't even know... but want to do it again in September I start physical therapy on my foot next Monday.

Not an excuse or justification. Just something I can be proud of in the midst of stupidy.

Sorry, guys and gals. I really tried to be stronger... until this weekend... then I chose to be selfish. I posted a bit in the October 2011 post.

I don't want to put my running before my sobriety anymore. I'm still going to get ready for the marathon... slowly -- just going to get up in the morning at 5 and run at least a couple miles... walk maybe one. Something's just off-kilter in my life. For me, my life has to revolve around my faith in God. That's who gives me being... who I am. Then if something goes wrong... like I can't run, I still have a base. I need to get back there again.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:50 PM
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Femme: Sure wish you could find some relief. I have read a lot about ART....that could be your answer.

Thanks, Judy....I'm going to give them a try.

Ghost: Glad you got the good work out!

DB: I agree with Ghost....figure out what happened. I am glad that you came here and told us, even if you don't want to talk about it. Things like this help all of us, I think.

Top: You're killing me here....riding on the beach?! Ooooh....The Long Walk....that was a good one! I'm reading his newest one, now. Didn't realize it was a 4 mini books in one before I started. The first one was very good.

Tom: I agree with your thoughts. I think sometimes people try to do too much too quickly. Ya gotta crawl, before you walk.

R4R: I'm glad you had a good Dash! I'm also glad you are coming right back to sobriety. I think that's a hard part of sobriety...it has to come first, before anything else.

GF: "Medals and Shorts" that's a good way to put it!

3 mile walk for me tonight. Sorer than I thought I would be. That just means I'm getting stronger....right?!

Have a Great Evening!
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I think that's a hard part of sobriety...it has to come first, before anything else.

Coffee,
Totally agree ,
Seems like the most elusive part of recovery. Not "doing " something ( like drinking or drugging) is so different from "doing" things in life.
Like interests, hobbies, activities, sports, carreers, relationships,

It's almost antithetical to think of "not doing " something as so much more important than the rest. But so, so true (in the end)


RFR, ...you're so right about questioning the "what if's"
.......as it relates to fitness and sobriety.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:36 PM
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Top: I agree completely.

Alcoholism really does play by it's own rules, doesn't it?
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:23 PM
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R4r and DB...hugs and love. I believe in you both
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I always knew that I was going to stop the insanity and live the rest of my life sober. I just knew that inside of me, but I don't think I was ready until this go around. It took me 4 or 5 trial runs in the past three years where I would go 6 to 8 months sober and then fall into a 6 to 8 week hole. My problem is that the holes kept getting deeper and deeper every time and took more out of me to get out of them. Once I decided that I was done for good, my journey has become very easy.

DB and R4R, as painful as it is to start over, both of you are still here and my wish is that you both find the strength to continue on your sobriety journey and if you need a rope to pull you through, we are all here for you.

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Old 06-07-2011, 04:32 AM
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Dang it, you guys make me cry - in a good way.... now I have to get to work
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I remember sobbing in the morning, "please, just let me stop". Every morning. For years. I just didn't know how. Now, I'm terrified that if I drink again, I won't stop.

I think right now the most important thing is to stay stopped. Don't take it as a moment to keep drinking again for awhile. You've lived that madness.

I hope you guys will stick with us, regardless of what you do. It's a learning journey for all of us.
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Happy Tuesday morning ya'll.
DB & R4R just pick yourself up and dust yourself off just never give up on your desire for sobriety.

Jackie: It's great that you are including a workout in your busy schedule my exercise routine has aided my depression and anxiety issues more than anything I've ever done

Top: "Riding the beach" ahhh that sounds so awesome. I've always said that Dallas would be perfect if it was just on the coast (w/o the humidity of course) I've lived on the east coast, the west coast and the west coast of Fla and I miss the beach!

Ghosty: Way to go towards that century ride!

Got in 45 min elip and 20 TM last night at a fairly slow pace only 3.5 mi on the elip I was just tired as I haven't had a good nights sleep in almost a week and it's catching up to me; I have bouts of insomnia sometimes just 1-2 days other times 1-2 weeks it SUCKS and I've tried everything..
Have a great day all.
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Originally Posted by coffeenut View Post
I remember sobbing in the morning, "please, just let me stop". Every morning. For years. I just didn't know how. Now, I'm terrified that if I drink again, I won't stop.

I think right now the most important thing is to stay stopped. Don't take it as a moment to keep drinking again for awhile. You've lived that madness.

I hope you guys will stick with us, regardless of what you do. It's a learning journey for all of us.
Cof.... my exact sentiment (except for the crying part). I used to drive home from the office, with a few shots under my belly already cause I could not wait, obsessing about the next ones, just screening "STOP, STOP, STOP" to the top of my longs to myself. No more.
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Got a 20 mile fitness bike ride in this morning. Feeling strong.

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Happy Tuesday morning ya'll.
I have plenty of things to be unhappy about and plenty of things to be happy for. I'm choosing to go with happy today. Wishing you all the same too.
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Not gonna lie, the heat makes it pretty damn hard to run outside...

What usually took me half an hour now takes me 45 minutes ugh!
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What usually took me half an hour now takes me 45 minutes ugh!
You could look at it the other way: You used to be able to run for 30 minutes, now you are fit enough to go for 45. In the heat nonetheless.
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Judy: I'm sorry for your insomnia. That has got to be horrible.

Tom: Thanks for your words. It still amazes me when someone has a story exactly like mine. I don't know why...even with all the time that has passed. Maybe that's why SR is so important to me. Lets me know I'm nothing special....we're all on the same road and that helps.

Erik: Heat running is a different beast. Just make sure and stay well hydrated.

Rest day, here.
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Positive thoughts to DB, R4R, and everyone. Thanks for the thoughtful posts friends, so much to think about.

Heat is definitely kicking in here in DC, we'll hit 90+ tomorrow, 100 Thursday. So far I am steady with a daily round trip to work, floor work, and 2 miles. Laying off the stairs as I think that was aggravating the PF.

No races in the near future so I'll concentrate of regaining my consistent running.
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Judy, ...lack of quality rest seems to easily be my biggest problem this past year.

Used to just ignore it, get worn down several days and finally get 7 hours. I'm pretty sure it has to do with my crazy work schedule ....6pm-2am (along with how my activity decreases at the end of my shift)

Still working on an effective solution.

....just recognizing and prioritizing the problem is helping. (ever hopeful !?! )


Was thinking of you guys when I grabbed my dumbbells first thing this morning for 15 minutes. Ended up heading to the lighting store to figure out what the h*ll I'm going to do about the 8' flourescents that've died in the shop. Six of the seven ballasts are shot, so I'm just pulling everything down and starting fresh.

Electrical just confuses me , mostly !?!

Rest day here too
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DB and R4R, sorry to hear about your relapses. I'm also here to support you. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I used to be a chronic relapse prone alcoholic, even while going to AA for many years. I didn't know what to do. While in a treatment center, a counselor recommended I read the book, Staying Sober, A guide for relapse prevention by Terrence T. Gorski and Merlene Miller. Here's where you can get it: Amazon.com: Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention (9780830904594): Terence T. Gorski, Merlene Miller: Books

If you're a chronic relapser as I was, this book is a must to better help you understand the dynamics of relapse and what's going on and how to prevent it. I also want to say that this book doesn't replace AA meetings or the 12 steps or the first 164 pages of the Big Book. It merely complements it. The book Staying Sober also recognizes that it doesn't replace AA or the 12 steps. To this day I mainly do AA, the steps and read 2 pages out of the Big Book every evening before I go to bed. I start with the preface and go to page 164. When I'm done I go right back to the preface and start all over. These are the directions that I try to follow in order to stay sober. I received my 19 year token yesterday at my home group. But in the beginning, the book Staying Sober helped tremendously.

Jackie, I go through similar stuff from time to time...Anxiety, family, work problems. I feel the only thing that is saving me is God and AA. Of course exercise plays a big role also.

Ghostly, I bought one of those Valeo burst resistant 65 cm body balls at Dunham's sporting goods store for $19.99. A dvd comes with it that shows you the exercises to do on the ball. It comes with the air pump and measuring tape so you know how much air to pump into it. It's part of my gym set up in my basement. I just lay down on it horizontally and crunch up about half way while my hands are either behind my head, to my ears, or folded across my chest. I then go to the power rack and put my elbows in that holder while hanging and curl my knees up to my chest (hanging leg raises). Crunches gets more of the upper abs. Hanging leg raises gets the lower abs.

Tuesday evening workout. Squats, deadlifts, shoulders, arms. Ideally it's best to do each of the 3 powerlifts (squat, bench, deadlift) on separate days. Many times I'll combine 2 lifts in the dame day for time purposes as I lift weights 2 times a week. Plus, the squat and deadlift poundages and volume aren't anywhere near what I used to lift. If I was squatting and deadlifting heavy with more volume it would be very difficult to do both on the same day.

Squats: 135 lbs x 5 reps, 225 x 8.

Took my cross training shoes off. It's best to deadlift in low heel shoes such as wrestling shoes or you can deadlift with just your socks or deadlift slippers. You want to be lower to the ground while deadlifting.

Deadlift: 315 x 5.

Shoulders: Dumbbell shoulder press, 70 x 8.

Barbell bicep curls: 115 x 8. Then right to tricep pushdowns, 140 x 8.

Hammer curls: 50 x 8. Then right to tricep pushdowns again, 140 x 8.

Stretched out whole body for 20 minutes.
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