What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby maurits » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:24 pm

clouds wrote:
So, you have a lot of fun ahead of you, skies are the limit if your own house is in order!


truly thank you clouds for sharing your personal experience, strength and hope!
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Tosh » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:20 am

I've just done the first session of a fitness program called Insanity; it's fairly well known in some circles. Mrs Tosh loves this because it's on DVD and the chief fitness guru is a ripped bloke called Shaun T (not a member of the fellowship, despite his name). She likes it for the letch value. :lol:

Anyway, for those old enough to remember, it's nothing like those keep fit vids that Cindy Crawford used to do.

I wouldn't say I enjoyed doing it, but I enjoyed finishing it, and just lying on my dining room floor - flat out - and 'meditating' for ten minutes.

I feel like jelly now.
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Niagara » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:32 am

oooh I was looking at that tosh...it's, erm, intense :shock: . But I have to say, I'm right there with Mrs Tosh ;)

I had the cindy crawford vid! :lol:

I also have the billy blanks Tae bo (collection). Seemed like a great idea at the time. Ten minutes in, I was a goner, and there's this old lady (think 80+) keeping right up with it. Shame, just isn't descriptive enough.
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Tosh » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:48 am

Niagara wrote:Ten minutes in, I was a goner, and there's this old lady (think 80+) keeping right up with it. Shame, just isn't descriptive enough.


I know some extremely fit older people. Last year I did the Brecon Beacons Fell Running Weekend; two back-to-back fell races, running around the mountains.

I felt well out of my depth there; everyone looked like a gazelle. Anyway, at my first race which was straight up and down South Wales's highest mountain, I saw a little old lady preparing to race and I thought "Well at least I'm not going to come last!" :lol:

Yep; early on as I'm dying on the climb in the baking sun, she just eases past me, taking all my macho self esteem with her.

I didn't come last, mind. :?

So are you going to do Insanity? It is pretty hard going; this is my 2nd time around it.
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Niagara » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:08 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I'd love to do insanity.....but not yet :lol:

I've lost over 3st in the last 9 months or so. I've got about a half of that again to be a healthy weight. I tried running, but ended up with back, knee and shoulder issues, plus a lovely case of plantar fascitis. For now, brisk walking is helping with the weight loss, fitness levels and building up some strength. My blood pressure is back to normal now :)

years of my daily exercise being stumbling to the fridge and back has left me badly weak....I'd probably fall apart if I tried that insanity with my current fitness level :lol: Niagara limbs and body parts all over the floor where the rusty joints gave up the ghost ;)

Swimming would be ideal....but I swim like a brick. :oops:

Happy to eat popcorn and watch you do it though. I'll cheer you on from the sidelines :lol:
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Tosh » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:06 am

Hey, well done on the weight loss; for our American cousins (who don't do stones) that's 42lbs and I think that's amazing. I've had a touch of plantar faciatis too; not much fun in the mornings that is. :lol:

What most people do when they start running is they do too much too fast and end up demoralised and injured. If you're still interested, have a google for a 'Couch to 5k' program. I did one with my daughter; there's lots of walking in there mixed up with a little bit of running and it builds you up very gently. The basic premise is, if you can walk 1 mile, you're fit enough to start a couch to 5k program.

And then do a 5k parkrun; they're free and they're ran all over the UK (and in many parts of the world too). And then look for a 10k program. Then a half marathon, then a full marathon! Get sober, run a marathon; it's a cliche I did. :lol:

When I put the drink down, my problem wasn't really my weight (it was a bit), it was years of heavy smoking and drinking had left me with the cardio-vascular system of a 90 year old. It took a while, but I've never felt healthier.
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby ezdzit247 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:52 pm

Tosh wrote:.... I saw a little old lady preparing to race and I thought "Well at least I'm not going to come last!" :lol:

Yep; early on as I'm dying on the climb in the baking sun, she just eases past me, taking all my macho self esteem with her..."


:lol: Thanks for the chuckle!!!
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Tosh » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:45 pm

I helped run a water station today for a 10k road running race; it was good fun apart from I ended up with all the heavy lifting jobs (25 litre water barrels aren't light). This was the team:

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Just look at them, undressing me with their eyes. They think I don't know what they're doing, but it's ruddy obvious! :lol:

And it was nice to watch people flogging themselves around in the heavy rain too:

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Though my dog wasn't impressed:

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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Niagara » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:35 pm

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Just a couple of doodles. Working on an oil painting at the mo :)
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby avaneesh912 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:56 pm

WOW. Mind Blowing.
Show him, from your own experience, how the peculiar mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power (Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Brock » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:23 pm

I agree very very good, great talent there Niagara.
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Tosh » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:09 pm

Niagara wrote:Just a couple of doodles. Working on an oil painting at the mo :)


Doodles? :lol:

They're brilliant. Are you self taught or have you attended classes?
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby Niagara » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:05 am

Classes waaaay back at school, but pretty much self taught otherwise. Youtube vids help out if I can't get something to look 'just so'. Usually there's someone out there who knows how to :)
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby clouds » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:36 am

You should go to Art School, you wuld love it. I did. :D
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Re: What do you enjoy doing in sobriety?

Postby france11563 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:08 pm

I now have more time to practice guitar, and can knit in the evenings now that I'm not drinking all night! It feels really good, and a little bit scary. I am experiencing myself for the first time in a long time.
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