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Old 06-28-2012, 08:05 AM
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Thanks Tippingpoint, I'll check that out.
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10 miles on the bike for me.

That's it, folks. Have a Great Day!
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Did an hour of squash last night and an 8k run today after work - trying to incorporate a bit more "Chi" into my stride...felt pretty good.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:43 AM
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Where is everybody?

Eight months for me today! Can't believe it. Exercise has definitely played a BIG role in my success so far. And all you folks.

I watched a bunch of chi running videos on youtube last night-I'm going to give it a whirl. Why not?

Going home for Canada Day long weekend, bringing my running shoes

Have a lovely weekend everybody!!!
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:21 AM
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Tipping: Nice work out!

InP: CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy that long run....breathe in sobriety!

I read Chi Running. Good read.

3 miles here.

Dang quiet in here as well.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:58 PM
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InParticular - Congratulations on the 8 months.

Coffee - Nice 3

Oh so slowly starting to feel better and more believing in me. Still have thoughts about starting to drink. To just, as I did before, run away from problems and drink and not think. But I have tried this and it does not work for long and problems just get bigger.

Weather changed for the better, so yesterday 21 km bicycle ride and today 26 km ride. Stopped at half point at the beach to read a book. Beautiful son, remote place so few people, the sound of waves, good read. Unfortunately phone call from the ***** bank put a stop to the idylla.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by InParticular View Post
Where is everybody?

Eight months for me today! Can't believe it. Exercise has definitely played a BIG role in my success so far. And all you folks.

I watched a bunch of chi running videos on youtube last night-I'm going to give it a whirl. Why not?

Going home for Canada Day long weekend, bringing my running shoes

Have a lovely weekend everybody!!!
That's great! I'll have to check out those videos...I've just been reading the book but I think I could benefit from some visual cues. The bio-mechanics of it make a lot of sense to me. I'm going to keep working on it as I train and see how it goes.

Happy Canada Day!!!
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Hi All,

I have decided to take the summer off of technology and try to find peace in other things. I want to come back again soon and didn't want anyone to think that I walked out of the doors never to be seen again. its part of my new program to rebuild both body and mind in a way I think will be most likely to result in a new and better self. I cannot thank everyone enough for the support given here and I wish everyone well. I am still on Higdons marathon plan and he is kicking my ..... I have also taken a break from facebook and things like that. 8 weeks with no internet other than a possible check of the weather. I want to write letters again. I will see everyone in the fall, unless I regress and need help. I will never hesitate to come here for help when needed because you are all so understanding. With iced tea in my hand, I cheers to all a great summer, and see you in a couple of months.

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:47 AM
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Niceeeeee 8 months Inparticular! And nice work-outs, Inparticular, coffee and Tipping, our chi-masters

Piotr, Good to hear that you are feeling better. Also some very respectable distances on the bicycle, those nature rides are the best! Too bad about the bank phone call. Pfff, I finally got out of a bad financial situation, but the last couple years money troubles have given me my first gray hairs.

Wonderful, good luck and all the best in recovery!

Hi David, nice workouts!

Awesome workout as always Uncle, good to hear your back is feeling better.

And tom, thanks for your words, it means a lot to me!

Since the Jan Janssen classic, I have been in a work-out/work flow, between 3 and 6 hours work a day, also short 20-25 km bike rides every second day. Daily stretching and some flexibility work-outs. It's paying off, as I almost lost my pants during my mail run It turns out I lost another 3 cm (1 inch) in my waist. Sigh had to buy 2-3 new pants and a new belt.

Tomorrow I am going to ride the same route as the 65km route I did last week, but in a slower pace, preparing for the next race on 8th of July. Also the Tour of France started today, so this will only fuel my enthusiasm even more

It may sound like I am in happy land, but I keep thinking about alcohol every day. My (social) anxiety is back too. Over 8 months in recovery, I thought this would get better. This makes me depressive, but even better, it makes me angry. And anger fuels my work-outs. Even if my life has to be a daily constant battle, I am more than happy to take up the gloves and fight the beast every single day, instead of giving up and relapse, this time perhaps for good.

Keep it up gang, keep the earth spinning!
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:49 PM
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Inparticular, what a day you had the other evening running with your dog. And congratulations on 8 months sobriety! You're a miracle.

David, good job with the weights and cardio. Yes I have tried stability ball squats. Great exercise.

Ghostly, good job with the snatches.

R4R, good job. Just keep trying. Keep your head down, run forward, and eventually you'll jump right on the track of sobriety + running.

Coffeenut, good job with 10 miles biking and 3 miles swimming.

Tippingpoint, good job with squash and 8k run.

Piotr, good job with the 21 and 26 km bike ride. Sorry to hear about that bank call.

Wonderfullife, good luck with your Summer adventure. Hope to hear from you by the Fall.

Geralt, congrats on the weight loss and improving financial situation. Good job using that disappointment to fuel your workouts.

I have the week off of work this coming week. I went swimming last night. Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm going to a local campground about a half hour away by car and setting up our tent and camping with my two sons for one night.

My tent is 17 ft x 10 ft and 6 ft high and sleeps 8. So it's big enough for us three big guys. I also have air mattresses for better comfort. My wife doesn't like to camp. And that's okay as it's definitely not for everyone. Besides, she's looking forward to alone time for herself.

Then next Friday (July 6) I'm going camping again for two nights in our tent (Fri & Sat) with my two sons. Only this time we'll be going camping at a campground about 2 1/2 hours away by car at the tip of the thumb area of Michigan right on Lake Huron. Never been to this one. I'll be meeting an AA friend and his wife and son up there who goes there several times a year and we'll be hooking up for some swimming, dinner, bonfires...I'm really looking forward to this one.

I only get one week off a year. So I must make the best of it and have as much sober fun as I can. Plus Michigan Summers are short. Cause once this week's over, it's back to work, back to the same old routine, back to the same old crap. I've got the rest of the year to lift weights and run. So as of now I'm probably going to put my workouts on hold this week unless I feel I have to get a workout in. Please forgive me.

Then yesterday I went out and bought some cigars and smoked two last night in my back yard. I'm not a regular cigar smoker. But I go through this weird thing every year at about this time. For some reason I crave smoking cigars and just want to get loose and live it up. But thank God I'm sober.

But please keep on kicking it and keeping this thread going with good workouts! I'll still keep in touch and will definitely be back to working out.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:51 PM
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Geralt - congrats on all your exercise/work routines and the weight loss. Due to lack of exercise and eating way too much chocolate i have gained some weight. Not a pleasant thing if before an AA meeting someone who hasn't seen me in a while mentions this

Uncle - sounds like a great vacation plan. Hope you enjoy it - its great to spend time with the kids

Rain showers, thunder and colder weather today, so no bike ride.
Had a HUGE craving for alcohol today. Started to look up booze at the internet page of a store which I used sometimes for deliveries. Found out that due to new regulations they do not deliver alcohol anymore, took this as a sign - what the F*** am I thinking of doing - I cannot drink moderately and will start binge drinking very soon and all the reasons why I stopped will be there again in full force.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:43 PM
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Congrats on 8 months InP! Awesome job...and it has been great to read bout your journey.

Wonder - Well...not sure if you'll even see this so I'll just sayh good luck and check back when you can.

Geralt - I get what you mean about thinking bout the alcohol. Just think bout all the accomplishments you have made since stopping, and think bout how that wouldn't have happened with the alcohol in your life. You are doin such a great job.

Piotr - Wow man...sounds like the temptations strong with you too. Must be something going around. What I wrote for Geralt goes for you too, but you kinda beat me to it anyway and I totally get what ya mean.

Well...I had a really busy few days. Kinda unexpected. Many of you musta as well cuz things here slowed down.

Today I did some squats and other things. Was actually an insane work out...especially after the week I had. One of the hardest of my life.

Hope everyone is well.
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Hallelujah, I woke up today feeling back to my old self. I was out the door at 0630 and got in a three mile run. I must say that I felt really weak after two weeks of illness.

Glad to be back and excercising/posting more.

The dogs are awesome! Except for all this hair!
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Well, I was doing something wrong on my Chi Run the other night...calf muscles were very sore the next day...went back to the drawing board and did some more reading and watched those videos on youtube.

Got up bright and early and did my 14.5k long run today...it went very well. I was feeling that I was much better with my Chi form but right at the end I was getting some leg fatigue - not sure if it was residual issues from the other run or if I'm still engaging my calf muscles too much.

Overall though the run was good...ran a 5 min per km pace throughout and finished in 1:13.
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Tipping: Those videos really do help. Hope you can benefit from them.

Piotr: Yep, no liqour deliveries would be a huge sign! I remember when I first quit, I read somewhere to equate the taste of alcohol to something you wouldn't drink. So I used peroxide. To this day, I'm sure beer tastes just like peroxide.

Wonder: Have a great summer....and thanks for letting us know. We look forward to a report in the fall!

Geralt: Hurray for new pants! And...8 months is awesome! And, it's still pretty early in sobriety, really. Keep coming here....keep reading.....and stay sober!

Ghost: I surely do hope next week is the BEST week ever. Really.

Tres: You're baaaaaaaaaack! Yay!

3 mile walk with the hubby today. It's hotter than a .......well, it's hot.

Have a GREAT weekend!
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Coffee - nice walk. Have not heard about equating alcohol to some other taste. Thanks. Still trying to think of a terrible substance I would not touch that would work for me.

Tres - good run. I envy your ability to wake up early and go out. I have to keep working on this.

Ghost - congrats on your insane workout

Went to a morning AA speaker meeting. Really worked for me - made me realize how much I can lose, things I now take for granted, but which I could not do when I drank - walks, bicycle and blade rides and most important waking up in the morning and not feeling like total sh**

Long walk on the beach.

Weekly walking distance - 42 km
Bicycle challenge 256/1000 km
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Slept in till 0700, Then its too dang humid to run. So I did a kettlebell workout by the pool. Turned the an on me. I think I am going to be sore tomorrow. I did lots of squats.

I feel I have lost ground in my strength...just gotta give myself time and keep at it. I am bummed, I cantswim at the usual pool because of the billion kids on the summer swim team. No room for the adults. I may have to join the gym with hubby. Hewontbe going for a while because he broke his left big toe playing racquetball last Thursday.

I'm impressed with you all and your long runs and bike rides. I wish I had more time...maybe I do, just don't want to carve it out of my schedule.
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Good points, Piotr - today is day 1 for me. I'm going to do it.
May run a little in the morning... gotta see how I feel - which probably won't be very well for the next few days.

I'm coming back though.... have some hope again.
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Piotr: Yep. Easy to forget what we lose when we're drunk. I like your list.

Tres: It's gonna take awhile to get your strength back! Go easy on yourself.

R4R: So glad you are here.

10 miles on the bike for me. That's it....have a Great Day!
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Glad to report that my calf muscle soreness is prett much gone today. This is good news for my Chi Running efforts.

I went out again this morning and did a nice easy 5.5k to loosen things up after the long run I did yesterday. Starting to really connect with this new running technique.
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