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Old 11-10-2014, 05:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A broken ankle and a lost opportunity


My ankle has been weak since I injured it some time ago and when I was walking home through the park yesterday there was a hole in the ground and my foot pretty much went 90 degrees, snapping my ankle.

I'm bandaged up and all right now. I called the gym and told them, they'll have to give my classes to somebody else.

Gutted isn't the word. Plus I'm not looking forward to being on the sofa for the next few months. Going to have to find ways to distract myself. Boredom is the enemy of sobriety.

Anyone got tips for non physically active activities to keep me from going stir crazy?
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh Thomas, I feel so bad for you. As for suggestions for being on tthe couch, reading, video games, netflix etc....

Sorry to hear this but you always seem to have a positiive attitude. Hang on to that while you are waiting to heal.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thomas, I'm sorry about your ankle and the lost opportunity (for now) at the gym. If interested, you can accomplish a lot with dumbells and a chair. Focus on upper body while your ankle heals....it'll take up a little time and be good for you too.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry, Thomas. I injured my foot a little while ago and it was extremely frustrating

Reading, writing, posting on SR, meditating, studying - these are some of the things which helped me xx
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had hip replacement about 4 yrs ago
and that was not fun. There was a
theraphist that came once to help me
exercise properly. Because im stubborn
and want to do things on my own, I got
the workout information and told them
I didn't need them anymore.

Of course they didn't like it, but, for me,
I got what I needed from them which
was the proper helpful information and
did it myself with help from my husband.

My husband worked during the day
and I was determined myself to get
up and move. I used the walker for
a short time when I went to the store
and outside, but I quickly got rid of
it.

I don't like to be weak and don't like
to depend on folks much. Just give me
the information and I'll do the action.

Same thing with recovery. I got all
my information and then followed it
up with action because its my responsibility.

No one is gonna take care of me better
than me, myself and I.

For that I am grateful, blessed, healthy,
and happy in recovery for 24 yrs. taking
care of me.

Stay strong physically, mentally, emotionally
and spiritually in all our affairs one day at a
time.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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maybe it's time to write about your physical endeavor....you know, an action plan of those classes......
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, that sux.

Start a website. Find a dropshipper for some items you like and go in business. Become an affiliate for Amazon and sell stuff on their site. Blog like crazy.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Thomas, I did notice that you said non physical activities, but once when I had a similar situation I had a really hard time until I figured out a good way to get some exercise in. It really helped me sleep better at night too.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi Thomas. You can do some exercise without having to stand or run, etc... Once you can move around without pain, once things begin to heal, you may be able to do some floor work, like for your abs, press ups in a chair, using the arms, some weights for your upper body. If you can negotiate getting in and out of machines at the gym, you can do a circuit of weights, once you can get out an about with crutches.

Go to a physical therapist and they can set you up with a program.

So sorry you broke your ankle!! I hope you heal quickly.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Read Thomas im current reading the chimp paradox by steve peters

the psychologist guy behind liverpool fc, Ronnie O'sullivan, Sir chris hoy

really good book or

Tao of pooh thats a brilliant book
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey Thomasthetank, ouch.

Being laid up like that really does suck, no question. Especially if you were using exercise to help with not drinking. I have no idea what I would do myself other than what I've mentioned below.

I don't know if any culinary activities are of any interest, but that might be something. When I first left my job and I had a lot of free time, I took a big interest in teaching myself both nutrition, as well as food preparation. I began creating my own stuff from using YouTube to learn some of the basics, and it went on from there.

Since you exercise I am guessing that health is a priority, and making your own stuff can really help in the nutritional aspects of your health, not to mention how much money you can save.

I think this is actually a good thing even for people who are not injured; the people who are looking to fill up some time and take their mind off of booze.

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A good investment would be a commercial style wok burner. These can be found on eBay for around $90-$100. They put out 100,000 BTU's and learning to stir-fry food is both very entertaining, as well as a great way to incorporate a diet rich in produce. Just throw whatever into the wok, add some sauce and you're good to go. (I should add that these need to be used outside only)
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Hope all is well Thomas, I broke my ankle before and till this day i have to go light on legs day and not put to much pressure. I would let it heal a bit, head back to the gym and work on your upper body. For the mean time, you could read, meditate, post here while you take time to heal.

Wish you the best.
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Lots of books. I was on crutches all summer with a broken leg. I had to go up or down stairs to even get to a restroom b/c my house is split level. I will say that being on crutches is a workout in and of itself, and my upper body strength did increase a lot.

So sorry.
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Well, that sux.

Start a website. Find a dropshipper for some items you like and go in business. Become an affiliate for Amazon and sell stuff on their site. Blog like crazy.
This for sure - anything that involves making money will keep you super busy. It certainly has for me. Amazon ebay whatever you like. Buy big lots of stuff wholesale and sell it at retail. Will take some learning, a bit of an initial investment, shipping materials, mailers, boxes and cost of goods but this is pretty low in the big scheme of things when the money starts rolling in lol.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:08 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Sorry Thomas, that really sucks. Take care of that ankle and keep SR by your side. Speedy recovery!
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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That's a bummer, TTT; sorry to hear about your ankle.

Ever consider latch-hooking a small rug or wall hanging? Here's a link to a Thomas the Tank rug; it would make a great gift for a child. (It's really not wimpy; it's super easy and will take up lots of time).

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Hey Thomas, I can give you an assignment. It might even lead to the website and business I was talking about.

How does a former alcoholic, of better than 50 years age, go about rebuilding the body, the muscle mass and strength, that he once had. I need coaching.
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Thanks guys, tons of great ideas here.
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Thomas, I'm sorry about your ankle and the lost opportunity (for now) at the gym. If interested, you can accomplish a lot with dumbells and a chair. Focus on upper body while your ankle heals....it'll take up a little time and be good for you too.
Yeah, my upper body needs a little work actually as I've focused on cardio a lot lately.
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This for sure - anything that involves making money will keep you super busy. It certainly has for me. Amazon ebay whatever you like. Buy big lots of stuff wholesale and sell it at retail. Will take some learning, a bit of an initial investment, shipping materials, mailers, boxes and cost of goods but this is pretty low in the big scheme of things when the money starts rolling in lol.
I was actually thinking about getting into this actually. I've started off selling some old games I find at car boot sales as I know a lot about what's valuable. Sold a boxed copy of Banjo-Tooie for over a hundred quid profit.

I was thinking of going into it a bit more but wasn't sure where to start? I've heard the profit margins can be rough.
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