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Old 03-06-2018, 03:40 PM
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Todd, that's awesome you had such a great workout. It's really fun when you have those superman days. Coach mentioned it yesterday that sometimes we will randomly have an awesome work out and its not really following rhyme or reason. We need to be grateful for those! Because some of them are really tough.

Mindful, your hike sounds amazing. Beautiful. Great way to balance out gym time. I've been wanting to do the same with my youngest, maybe up in the auburn area which is not far from us at all, now you're giving me ideas!

Gonna, good luck with the snow!!

Ringo, I appreciate just how much people are helped by AA and I respect that we all have our own path, but I kind of felt like mindful did. Not just the word God but also the rules about needing to do the steps. At the time when I was going to meetings, it took everything I had just to go to meetings. I was exhausted, working, keeping an exercise program and taking care of a family of five. Going out to a meeting and doing the work felt like a double whammy, not only did I have to actually get sober or die, but I had what looked like another job. I knew I'd rebel. Then I was afraid of what rebelling from AA might look like. I was afraid it might mean drinking, and I was determined as hell to never go back to drinking.so I just didn't go but kept my determination.

My only regret is the social aspect and how it feels like group therapy, I don't know anyone like me in our lives, with the kind of problem I have that absolutely without question requires sobriety. Its isolating and I know at AA I wouldn't feel as isolated. The last time i went people believed me that I was sober for a couple months with no sponsor but they all looked at me like I was about to relapse when I am anything but close to a relapse, then or now. Anyway I wish there was an easier solution for me to have more support, just to have it, not because I believe I need it to stay sober. Sober recovery does help but you guys are the only real sober alcoholics that I know.
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Hola all! Today was my Leg day. I donít know about endorphins, but Iím always very happy once my squats are over and done with! Theyíre really not all that bad once I get started and Iím finally back to doing the weight I used to before I lightened the loads to get my form better.
I think Iím going to just make Wednesday my rest day every week for now. Take care all!
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I have nothing to add about the different paths to sobriety with regard to techniques such as RR or AA. I felt I had a problem and just stopped. Fortunately for me that was all it took.

The snow must have started later than forecasted because there was only an inch on the ground when I woke up at 4:30 and I went to the gym as I normally would. Four circuits of:

Kb one arm swings
Db two point rows
Pushups
Jump squats on a riser
Up downs

That was followed by three circuits of:

Prowler pushes
Speed skating sprints
Ball pushes
Bear crawls
Lateral sprints

I'm still forecasted to get between 8 and 12 inches of heavy snow so my exercise for the day is far from done.
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I get so inspired reading all posts. I do a mix of machines and free weights depending on the muscle group. If pressed for time or not feeling all that great, I'll stick to machines.

I'm 60 and have exercised almost regularly since 18 when I joined the Army. Don't want to bore you listing all the various regimens over the years. Varying the routines (and now doing what is age appropriate--darn, I don't like that but accept it) has helped tremendously with keeping at it for 41 years--yikes! (2005 was a severe clinical depression, didn't exercise much until Dec '05.)

Zumba at noon; delts/back/pecs at 3p.
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Ringo, as someone who will turn 60 in 2 months I understand your "age appropriate" comment and while just like you I presently couldn't compete with the 25 year old version of me the important take away is that we're still doing "it" to the best of our abilities.
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Hola all and happy hump day! Todays my new rest day, but I wanted to share my two year sobriety date here where I feel like I get the most support on SR. Two years is plural, so I can brag about being sober for years now! I never did AA or anything besides SR after I got out my 30 stint in rehab. In my opinion, just being out of my environment for 30 days was of tremendous help in breaking the rut I was in. When I returned home, the real cravings returned. Lots of white knuckle moments. Exercising every day for me was essential in reducing idle time and helping me get to sleep to avoid a relapse.
Anyways, even though it's a rest day of sorts, I think I'll do an ab workout. Probably will be crazy sore from it.
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Congratulations Upstairs!
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Upstairs--congrats, man. Two years is way awesome. Definitely leverage that 'I've been sober for years now' for all it's worth. You've earned it

Happy Wednesday sober friends,

Back and Bi's today:

8x lat pulldowns
4 each arm dbl rows
4x straight bar curls
4x each arm concentration curls
4x hammer curls
3x 21's curls
Core (planks, chair leg lifts)

So no-frills high-efficiency routine today. Lotsa sweat included. Can't complain.
Good vibes aplenty given the pace and a few compliments (2 about chest and arm cut/size...1 of those from my daughter though and also my new glasses frames). Got to talk with another of the regulars; although I haven't shown (or had) interest I found out she was married--even though she never wears a ring. Argh...little frustrating when you can't tell I must say! Anyway, good results overall today.

Tomorrow's legs and might have to swallow my pride and consider easing into squats---the ego destruction (I'll have to use some lighter weight) will ensue

Realized I'm gonna need to revisit one of my New Year's resolutions and start blogging again. I really need to engage that and be completely intentional. I have a lot to say (I know, big shocker...) and these threads just aren't frankly the appropriate venue.

So...might not be a daily visitor but will continue on the Road just the same

Take care good peeps.

T.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:53 PM
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Upstairs, major congratulations on your two years. No wonder you are lifting the big guns. Two years is huge. Honestly, it seems so far away for me, even though I know ill get there. So congrats!!

Todd, why wouldn't it be appropriate here? I think you'd get more feedback here. Maybe that's what you're hoping to avoid, lol. About the ring, I don't wear one either. Just today a patient said to me "we need to get you a friend, I see you aren't wearing a ring." I explained that washing my hands 20 times for work doesn't lend itself to rings. But I agree its confusing for people. Good job on your cut guns.

long slog today. Running plus 40 box jumps, 60 kb swings, 80 sit ups, 20 pushups. My leg was bothering me again after about half the running which was disappointing. I kind of knew it would. He had us do 100 jumping Jacks and 200 ropes before the running and I figured it would be too much for the calf. I can feel it pulling down by the Achilles so I think its just something I'm going to have to live with. Seems cardio has always caused some sort of injury for me eventually. The weightlifting is going great though. Body feels great with weights and my kb swings are now at 35 which I was happy with.

Hope all are well.
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AA has no monopoly on recovery, that' for sure! I respect and appreciate however one chooses to grow and be healthy.

Congrats on two years, Upstairs. Being able to say 'years' is fun. Just as fun as being able to say 'decades' (me!). All done one day at a time.

GC, yesterday at Zumba, someone new to the class (overwieght/out of shape) not really much younger than me, told me it's about time she start exercising cuz she doesn't want to be in bad shape when she's 60. I couldn't help myself--I told her I was 60. We had a good chuckle.

Yoga at noon.
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I'd read your blog Toddman. I think you're an awesome writer.
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Todd, congrats on the compliments.

Ringo, it's nice to be on our side of the fitness equation, right? Of course we also know how much work it takes.

We wound up getting 14 inches of heavy snow. I spent about 2 hours dealing with it yesterday and another 2 hours this morning. That, folks, was my exercise for the day.

After my fun with the snow this morning I then spent over 2 hours in a dentist's chair having a crown put in as well another minor procedure. Shoveling and the dentist, all in one morning. I believe that's called living on the wild side.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:18 PM
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AA has no monopoly on recovery, that' for sure! I respect and appreciate however one chooses to grow and be healthy.
Amen to that. It's a great tool when it fits and works though.

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I'd read your blog Toddman. I think you're an awesome writer.
Todd, do you have a link to your blog?

Ten months sober tomorrow. Went downtown to the gym yesterday but got sidetracked by Macy's, and got two designer suits on sale for $350. Much needed. After retail therapy I went for a quick bite and then Floyd's Barbershop for a #1 buzzcut head shave. I REALLY am embracing my not-so-inner Daddy. Hair is starting to grow back, once it thickens I can go back to a very stylish faux-hawk. After all this I went home and cooked murgh mahkni, a/k/a Indian butter chicken in the Instant Pot, followed by a batch of yogurt that's going into the strainer before I head off to the gym for chest/triceps that I skipped yesterday.

Having issues with my foot, going to see the ortho doc/surgeon on Tuesday.....halladus rigidus, bone spurs, arthritis. Will go hiking tomorrow as I may have to take a long hiatus. Also having increasing pain at the base of my right thumb, so am laying off exercises that seem to aggravate it. No wrist curls for sure, no dips which put pressure right on the pain (I already do three tricep moves anyway), dumbbell curls rather than barbell. I think I may need to put off my compound lift training until I see a doc for THIS joint pain.

Aging sux azz.

Have put on a few pounds and will work them off, and continue to keep my muscle gains, if not add to them, while I lose some fat. I've got about 10# of fat to go, having lost about 35-40 in the past 5 months. Yay keto and exercise! Hoping any breaks I may have to take will be partial and short lived.

Good work all!!! Let's keep this up! Both sobriety and the quest for hardbodies and health!
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I think I'm gonna spring for that new wheelset for my bike. It's long overdue! Anyone who rides knows what kind of money can be plowed into a simple bicycle!!
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Hola all! Congrats on ten months MindfulMan! I hope you recover quickly from your health issues. And sounds like Gonnachange had a trying day. Thatís some serious shoveling time you put in!

On to my exercise for the day, which was Chest & Triceps. Ugh. Despite being way weaker than last time, I felt ok and overall I had a good workout. Canít be at my best every session. I keep at it, Iíll get stronger eventually! Tomorrowís routine is Back & Biceps.
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Yo, Mindful-

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Todd, do you have a link to your blog?
It'll be the blog here until I get one 'cloned' from an older blogspot (yeah, it's THAT old) account. I believe you can link to it from my username or my profile.

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Ten months sober tomorrow.
That really rocks, dude. You've shown a lot of strength, wisdom and resolve. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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Aging sux azz.
Ya...definitely in the chronological sense I'm certainly not as resilient as I used to be. Trying to get my hairstyle down also (was clean shaven up top w/goatee for years) and it's been an interesting experiment to say the least. The magical formula here has been disguising the obvious recession with an aggressive fade (think high-and-tight) for symmetry along the said goatee. And wardrobe reboot is indeed nigh for me...seems like my wallet's gonna lose some weight as well! Good times.

DD-Thanks, bro. I enjoy reading your posts as well. I'll return the favor with your blog mon

Gonna-thought about ya when I saw news about the Nor'easter part II. Sounds like you weathered it well and even got in a dentist's visit...wait, 2 hours? Probably wished the snow would've shut them down

Ringo--LOL, don't ya just love it when people make comments like that about age? It's harder on them when they realize that others do the aging thing well!

Steve--awesome, man. I've got a mountain bike that I will definitely need to get dusted off when the weather starts permitting.

Sassy--I've been jogging a bit more for cardio and my knees and shins have been complaining so I feel ya. Since the calf pain seems to be recurrent have you thought about going to see a PT? I'm probably going to need to look into a better pair of running shoes (I wear cross trainers now because I just don't do a lot of running) but will be getting in a bit more stationary (and not stationary) bike going forward.
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Ohgodohgodohgodohgodohgod...

Slammed the chest , tris and abs today. Exhausted creaky and sore. Added 15 pounds to my dumbbell press and five to my bench flyers. High and low cables 5x each. Machine seated press. Assisted dips (figured out a way not to hurt the wrist), skull crushers, tricep pulldowns, tri machine, ab machine heavy for 8 sets and the oblique machine for same.

Help me.

Finished the homemade Greek yogurt after stopping at Trader Joe’s and the grocery store. Forgot the heavy cream so the keto instant pot chocolate cheesecake will have to wait.

Long steep hike tomorrow and then a play in the evening.
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Mindful, congrats on ten months.

Surprisingly I'm not sore at all from my two shoveling adventures and I'm sure that is the outcome of being active year round. Moving iron, running, and cycling are all good for me for many reasons, some of them aesthetic, but there's also the functional side; I can shovel snow for a long time without worrying about a heart attack or being crippled from soreness afterward and on a more frequent basis I can tell the bagger at the supermarket to put some more in the bag because I can handle it. :-)

For today I'm sticking with my normal routine of Fridays being a dedicated rest day; you can be sure I'll be at the gym tomorrow AM and am planning on going for a short run afterward.

Keep at it friends!
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Some of you guys and gals (Sassy) really hit it hard. Brings back great memories for me. But alas, I live in the present which is darn good!

Steve, Welcome or welcome back. I recently got a new (to me) bike. Guy was selling his ex's bike that was taking up room at his place for three years. Got a real good deal on what is definitely an upgrade to the dinosaur I was using.

Yoga was kick butt yesterday. Had me breathing hard and sweating. I love it.

Pretty sure I can arrange to work-out at lunch time today: bicep/tricep.

Have a great weekend all!
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Some of you guys and gals (Sassy) really hit it hard. Brings back great memories for me. But alas, I live in the present which is darn good!

Steve, Welcome or welcome back. I recently got a new (to me) bike. Guy was selling his ex's bike that was taking up room at his place for three years. Got a real good deal on what is definitely an upgrade to the dinosaur I was using.

Yoga was kick butt yesterday. Had me breathing hard and sweating. I love it.

Pretty sure I can arrange to work-out at lunch time today: bicep/tricep.

Have a great weekend all!
being new in sobriety, hitting it hard for me us purposeful. It is part of my addiction, I think which is why I am in love with cross fit as well as kind of wary of it. The way I feel afterward is so similar to drinking 5-6 drinks it is almost eerie, but there is no hangover, no regret, no life wasted, and if I do it in a smart way i get stronger.

My body really can't overdo. When I feel any pain at all, which of course I do with those workouts, I take a full 48 hours off. The pain freaks me out because I know what it means if I exercise through it.

It means I do about 3 a week only. On a good week, 4. Never more than that.

I'm finding that I'm burying myself into work also. Tons and tons of work. Sometimes I do think AA would be good for me. I probably still won't do it, but when I feel bad and my mind spins with things and keeps me awake at night, I tend to do even more instead of slowing down, because it all distracts me so much.

Anyway that's not The point of this thread. I'm going to work out today. Still a bit sore but not like yesterday!

Want to remind the guys here to take their rest days. Also...a gentle reminder that looks really aren't everything, and a lot of the time, they aren't much at all when it comes to attraction. Confidence. Happiness. Cleverness. Kindness. Compassion you can see and feel in a person. Comfort with who they are. Not trying too hard because they don't need to...these are all universally sexy qualities. I personally like to enjoy what I see in the mirror, but I doubt it goes that far, far more extroverted people with better social skills do better than me attracting people, both men and women.

My husband is overweight, balding, and a bit plain, but he is seriously sexy, and he attracts women like bees to a flower. They flock to him at work. You have to ask why? It's because he literally doesn't give a ****, he says exactly what's on his mind, he is off the cuff with humor and he gives an air of always being in charge. Just always being the "main man." So then he is. Of course, his wife is cute also so people wonder what else he's got, lol. Interesting stuff, social dynamics.
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