Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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28/11/2012 at 16:15

Just never watched it as I don't like Sly Stallone, or even boxing really.  Yeah, I know, I've just started doing it, and it probably sounds stupid, but I just find there's a big difference between doing something and watching it!  I loathe football, won't have it on in the house, but if you chucked me on a field and gave me a ball to kick around I'd love it!

29/11/2012 at 14:45

Great going AG - I could never run with a hangover either but then my hangovers lasted at least two days, up to 4 sometimes   Hope the Mrs enjoys her surprise.  

I'm the same as you TST when it comes to watching sport - especially cricket but love to have a bash around playing it   Hope it all went well with the counsellor yesterday.   Glad you enjoyed running club - I've got a large vest too 

I'm planning to leave the house before 6.30am Cinders and I'll be running around the lake - no pavement or lights anywhere.  I've got lots of batteries, hubby bought a box home from work for me.


29/11/2012 at 20:44

Having been woken by the seagulls at 6 this morning I now know how dark it is now so you'll def be needing that torch!  I was so disappointed.  It was so dark I thought it must only have been about 4am!

Hope you got on ok with the counsellor TST.

Gritters were out again, got stuck behind one!


30/11/2012 at 13:03

Afternoon everyone  

Running club was fab SL, didn't want to reply fully in the album as I promised no running stuff in there!  Although did mean to respond   We did hills and I really wasn't sure how it would go, but the hill kind of starts off gentle and gets more or a hill as you go up it, so I thought if it came to the worst then I could just go up and down the bottom bit!  Managed to do the section which went 2/3 of the way up so was pleased with that and did make it to the top once at the end, although slowed right down to a little job, but just wanted to know I'd done it.  Knee was a bit niggly on and off during the session, but that's to be expected as I did just over three miles without any walking really, although I wasn't pushing it uphill and was taking it very easy on the way down.  Was just so good to go back though and lovely to see everyone, and now I'm the proud owner of my first ever club vest   It may well be a size 40, but if I ever lose the weight then I'll be able to get a top on underneath it if it's cold!

Counselling was ok, am going to keep a diary rather than try and fill in the forms she gave me as I can't identify triggers easily (everything in my head is bad most of the time) and am not good at putting down the unhelpful thoughts as little facts, I just tend to ramble on   So I'm going to do a diary, which may also help pinpoint if something is causing the massive crashes and highs I get, and then we will look at how I can draw the facts out of that which need to go on the sheet.  Still have a very long way to go I think!

Hope your run goes well tomorrow SL   How's your cough Cinders, have you been out yet?

Won't be around over the weekend, have friends coming for my celebration run tomorrow, then an engagement party Saturday night although we're just going early and for a little while.  Sunday morning is swimming then pole dancing with the friend that is staying for the weekend and a big old roast chicken before she heads back home.  Going to be knackered by the end of it!!

Oh, and they put me in the ring at boxing last night, was really funny as I was rubbish!  Think he wanted to make sure we know what the boxing bit is all about as I wasn't expecting to be sparring that soon.  It's tiring as you move a lot and mentally very hard work trying to process that you have to hit them as well as trying to defend.  Gonna take a while and I'm not sure I'll be any good at it, but we're having fun and that's all that counts

Have a lovely weekend everyone

01/12/2012 at 16:51

14 miles round Bewl Water this morning - it was still minus two when I left home so I wrapped up warm and was fine.  Mostly is was icy crunchy underfoot but sometimes it was muddy where the sun had thawed it or my foot went through the ice so it was up to the ankle in freezing icy mud - brrrrrrr.  Crowborough 10k tomorrow and it's not forecast to be any warmer.................

01/12/2012 at 17:57

Have a good run tomorrow SL   Certainly has chilled down somewhat, brrrrrr. 

02/12/2012 at 09:30
Morning - and what an absolutely beautiful one it is here too!

Just done a 3 mile run with the frost crunching underfoot and the sun bouncing off the brilliant wintery white dunes...amazing!

It was my first run in more than a month but things, on the whole are good. After a booze-free late September and October, I had one bad week at the start of November but have put it behind me - all I've had is one pint of Guinness at football in over three weeks.

So how are you all doing?

SL - your mileage and intensity looks amazing...I don't know how you do it but being booze free and eating so well obviously helps! Good luck in the 10k this morning.

TST - it looks like your training is going really well too. I also think your approach to counselling looks like one that will pay dividends in the long run. I hope your weekend of celebratory running, swimming and pole dancing is going well! It'll soon be time to round it off with the roast, and well-deserved it will be too!

AG - I love Rocky too - it might not be too high-brow but I've been known to watch the whole box set in a couple of sittings - 1,2 and 3 are great but then it does get a bit cheesy, especially when they try to tackle global issues like the Cold War! Good luck with the proposal in Bruges - I really hope you return with good news!

Sinbad - I hope your plans to drink less are going well - your running certainly seems to be improving from what you've been posting. The Christmas period can be really tough when cutting down on drinking and some good winter running helps loads - it's certainly a big part of my plan. I love a Christmas morning run and I want to be fit enough for a comfortable 3-4 miles this year so that's my incentive.

I might have missed a congratulations to uncle yeo, a happy birthday to HTF and just a general hello to Cinders and anyone else who is looking in!
02/12/2012 at 18:50

Evening Apps, always lovely to hear from you, you must try and post on here a bit more regularly   Sounds like you're doing well and staying on the path to health 

I saw your photos and certificate of fb TST, it seems like it was a great success.  You're going to be a force to be reckoned with soon - I've got a mental picture of you charging round a boxing ring then getting on down with some pole dancing but still dressed in pink boxing gloves and bunny ears   

Did you get out for a run this weekend Cinders - or even in for a run on the dreadmill??? 

Yeo, how did the concert go, were you still singing 'Hallelujah' at the end of it 

The 10k went much better than expected - I was expecting it to feel tough and it did. I swear that hill gets steeper every year - and you have to do it twice   I also think it's tougher than the hill in the T.Wells 1/2m, I can normally run all the way up that for the whole mile but I've never managed to get up this one......that sounds like a new goal for me   I'm really chuffed with the time  - 1:08, that's mega fast for me especially after yesterday's 14 miles  I suppose it will count as a post 50 pb 

03/12/2012 at 11:42

Hi All,

Sorry I not been in, last week was tough I went out 3 times not good.

TST keep up with the counselling, it takes time but can help.

SL awesome runnning, I hope to catch you up eventually.

AG I'm positive your romatic trip will run smoothly

Cindrs, hows it going?

Apparition thanks for that.

The medal from the prostate cancer fun run is a good one, its got a moustache across europe, with little runners going across the moustache, someones really thought about that medal.

I had a blazing row with my mother. She started preeching to me about how well a paralimpyan was doing, and comparing it with my unseen disability and pts, I had thought she really understood, apparently not, I have never stopped trying yet she preceeded to lecture me. No thanks.

I went out for a gentle jog this morning, and will be out Tuesday morning to. But i will be having a few beers as its his 40th tomorrow, and although planning a cheap night with friends Wed and one for the more expensive night Friday, he wasn't going to go out on the actual day, you can't have that on his actual 40th. It won't be all day, as he has a pool comp that day to, but i'm determined to have him at least a little tipsy.

Hope your all okay?

Edited: 03/12/2012 at 11:46
03/12/2012 at 15:20

Hello Chaps and Chapettes

Weekend in Bruges went well. I left with a girlfriend and came back with a fiancee

(can't remember if it's fiance or fiancee, and I think there's an accent in there somewhere too, but nevermind).

So haven't run since Wednesday evening, planning on running home tonight. Thankfully didn't drink much over the weekend, and was a really chilled, relaxing weekend, so feel fresh today. My beloved stats show I drank less in Nov than any month in the last half a year, so that's good. Must now navigate the glut of xmas parties without getting sooo boozed up that my running is badly affected, as I'll be starting my 18 week Manchester Marathon training on xmas eve

Sunluvva, well done on your post 50 PB

Sinbad, I had a bit of a rocky relationship with my mother. I know how draining it can be when you're not getting support from someone you should be able to expect it from. But chin up, it is what it is, accept that she might never get it, and make the best of the relationship as you can. I'm not in a position to advise anyone on relationships with parents, but try not to let it anyone grind you down, even your own mum.

Apparition, i envy your frosty run, I actually really enjoy being out in the freezing cold running. Since I always massively overheat anyway when I run, I find running in the cold quite comfortable. One of my favourite ever runs was a long run through Hyde Park in the snow about 2 or 3 winters ago. Apart from the occassional near slip it's really beautiful being outside in that weather, so long as the wind and rain keep away.

03/12/2012 at 16:00

Hi All,

Thanks for that AG great news about the fioncee (however the way its spelt)/


03/12/2012 at 17:03

Congratulations AG and Mrs AG to be   It's fiancee for a girl with an acute jobby over the first e  

Sinbad, must have been the weekend for it.  I had words with my mum as I'd unintentionally upset her.  She got the wrong end of the stick over something regarding Christmas.

Great running SL, fab new post 50 PB

Good running too Apps

No didn't run this weekend SL, too tired as usual.  Must get it sorted but how to get more energy???  Didn't fancy the cold either, brrrrr!

Edited: 03/12/2012 at 17:04
03/12/2012 at 22:23

Congratulations AG and Mrs AG to be   With the cost of weddings spiralling upwards you might want to start calling the fiancee 'financee' 

Cinders, you've got a juicer haven't you?   Start the day with a big green juice, at least a pint and you'll soon find you've got more energy.  Try not to have the same greens everyday - you could have spinach, kale, cabbage, celery, cucumber, pak choi etc - anything, you'll soon feel livlier if you get some green stuff in you (  not  )

This link should should be photos of Bewl Water on Saturday morning - it was minus 2 degrees when I set off.  The sun melted the frost in the open areas but anywhere shaded was still thick ice when I finished.

Edited: 03/12/2012 at 22:25
03/12/2012 at 22:27

The link works if you copy and paste it.


03/12/2012 at 22:31
Thanks SL. Will try

They are fab pics
05/12/2012 at 07:01

Congratulations on your engagement AG.

Snowing here in Norff London this morning - ugh!  Went to a new physio last night - a real "hands on" lady who didn't just hook me up to an ultrasound.  I have strained my medio collateral ligagment in my left knee.  Partly caused by the fact that I'm hyperflexible and a great deal down to the fact that I've got tight calves and hamstrings.  She also said that I need to strengthen my glutes and one of my quads isn't working properly.  All in all I felt ready for the knackers yard when I came out.  Good news is that I can still run so long as I don't get any real pain and can if I want to use one of those open knee supports.  On with the stretching then!

05/12/2012 at 10:23

Ouch trigger, glad you're getting it sorted though

No snow here, just heavy rain/sleet.  Very grim out and almost felt sorry for the limping fox that ran down the road an hour ago. 

Day off today so off out to find Thomas a replacement Christmas light and maybe a run later when dodgy tum settled.


06/12/2012 at 14:29

Hi All,

thanks Cinders, I have got to stage where I don't want to see her for some time now. I know she's 82 but I don't know how to get angry without upsetting her, and so on thats part of my pts, it just comes out all wrong, not just with family.

Trigger2 at least this new physio is getting to grips with what going wrong for you, let's hope things continue to improve for you.

SL wish i could get into eating more greens, your diet sounds well healthy.

Enjoy looking for for the Christmas light Cinders. Hope you get  out for a run, your Braver than me.

It's just started rainiing here, and din't  want to go for run this morning, so I my food shopping done instead. I have finally recovered from my mates 40th booe up, and hopefully get back into proper training. I hope to  do a long 10k run walk in Friday morning, then do another 3 mixed shorter runs as is mentioned in Hal Higdon routine.

I got a letter frrom the benifts office Wednesday, the good news is that I'm being mooved onto the new Employment Support Allowance from the old incapacity Benifit. But i have to start to see a jobs adviser  about my illness as they call it (pts), and my disability and help find ways to get back into work and I guess stay there.

Although I'm apprehensive about this I'm trying to keep level headed and see what they have to say. I would be well pleased if the help me get onn with a job with people person job or move forward with my psychology career. I would hate it if they put me back into factory work or cleaniing. I have tried these typres of jobs before, and been sacked or I jump before they sack me. Tha's my worst fear. To try and put it in a nut shell. I only have an IQ level of 50  out of a 100 on the left hand side of the brain. But on the right I have an IQ level of 70 out of 100. My skills are in problem solving. I have helped so many people to get over their problems, etc and yet struggle with my own. Its why I hhave gone into psychology in the first place.

Hope that's not too long? And I hope your all okay?


07/12/2012 at 12:42

hopefully you got out for your 10k this morning Sinbad. Weather is a bit grim where I am, but looking like it might be cold and clear this weekend. If all goes well this shoudl be my first 40mile week. I did 9 miles home Mon and Thurs, 5 miles in Tues and today, so 28 so far. Planning on a parkrun tomorrow morning, then a 10 mile slow jog either sat afternoon or sunday. The missus is working this weekend and all i need to do is some laundy, get a xmas tree and watch a bit of telly.

meeting some mates tonight with my gf, managed to keep it from them about the engagement since we'd planned on seeing them tonight. hopefulyl won't be heavily boozy as I might then miss the parkrun in the moming.

Haven't drunk since the weekend in Bruges, didn't sup all that much there to be honest, as my gf is not a big drinker, which keeps me in check. This means i'm up to about 6 units for Dec so far. Next week looks a bit messy with a number of xmas drinks and a mates birthday, but hopefully i can keep myself from letting go too much and suffering any painful hangovers

Good luck with everyones running this weekend. if it's cold and icy where you are, watch your step and stay safe

07/12/2012 at 12:49

AG - dont call your fiancee your girlfriend as I suspect she might not be too happy

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