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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:22

Every meeting has it's own distinct 'flavour'.  And after a while in A.A. people find we have quite a few different viewpoints on recovery, so certain types of people tend to gravitate towards certain kinds of meetings.  And all of that is cool; I'm pretty ecumenical about this stuff myself.

One thing that springs to mind is that when an A.A. meeting has someone brand new there, members will often share about the tough times they experienced in the hope that the newcomer identifies with them (identification is pretty important in A.A..  For example we never tell anyone they're an alcoholic, we just share our stuff, and hope the newcomer identifies as one of us).  So that could've been the reason for the depressing shares.  But that should've been tempered with some some hope too.

Some folk - mostly in the cities where there's meetings on all the time - ask newcomers to try to go to 90 meetings in 90 days.  And whilst I'm not a fan of that, I can see the benefit in that it would encourage someone to go to at least fifteen different meetings, so they can get a good taste of what's on offer.

Ours is not depressing though; we've a good bunch of lively characters.  

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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 15:48

Just entered the Cardiff half marathon with Mrs Easy.  We'll be running it with a young lad who got 18 months sober, then when life wasn't matching his expectations, he went out and drank for 9 weeks straight, ending up in hospital three times and a police cell once (prior to which the police gave him quite a kicking).  That's pretty good going I reckon for 9 weeks.

Anyway, he missed about 9 weeks worth of training, so he'll be happy to just get around; it'll be his third half marathon.

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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 15:33

Thanks, Ric, and well done on kicking the smokes and losing the weight.

some of the meetings in your area (particularly towards Newport) can be a bit dark.  If you ever want to go to an upbeat meeting, give my A.A. homegroup a visit; we meet up on Tuesday evening in Chepstow community hospital at 8.00 pm.  We're dead easy to find - it's just a few minutes from that bridge you ran over - and we're an upbeat group.

I know a few long time sober alkies who drank again (like Robin Williams did after 20 years sober), so I think mixing with a like-minded group of folks in recovery is important.  And it can be fun too.

I rarely miss my A.A. homegroup meeting (they're like my 2nd family) and we're a friendly lot.  We've a few runners there too.  Two of us ran marathons last year and another ran a few half-marathons (he also kicked the smokes).

Did I say I like chocolate bourbons?

help! -beginner, nutrition, half marathon

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 13:09

Hi Jeanette, the half marathon and losing weight thing sounds great; I'm also running the Cardiff Half; but what are the exact fitness requirements for the army?

I remember a lot of the female soldiers used to struggle with the upper body exercises required to pass an annual PFA.

Running is great and should be the foundation of your training, but maybe have a look at Insanity or something similar too.

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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:58

Hi Ric, yes, I ran the Severn Bridge Half; I didn't get even anywhere like a decent time though.  It's what I deserved for having ran very little in the past few months.  Mrs Easy got a good 1hr 37 mins and she spent the first five months of this year injured.  Some folk make me want to puke!!!

Where are you based, Ric?

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Posted: 25/08/2014 at 13:58
sinbad113 wrote (see)

I agree I saw a friend two days before before he died from alcohol dependency, its Ontrak that uses this term.


My doctor used the term 'alcohol dependant' with regards to myself.  I remember thinking (and I promise this is true), "Well thank God I'm not an alcoholic yet!"  You see I thought someone who was 'alcohol dependant' wasn't as bad as an alcoholic.

I make myself smile sometimes.

And a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.

Sorry about your friend Sinbad.  A lady I know who had numerous mental health problems and alcoholism (it all goes hand-in-hand) killed herself last week by hanging (not long after Robbin Williams hung himself).  She had a ten year old son and an older grown-up daughter.  We knew this lady well too.  It was very sad too.

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Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:36
sinbad113 wrote (see)

I know you two prefer BWF  AA, but having a psychology degree I'm more into the science side of things, no offence gents.

We have a psychiatrist at my homegroup (I'm his sponsor too).  He has three degrees, one in psychiatry, one in child psychiatry, and one in counselling; he's currently studying for his masters.

Before A.A. he knew an awful lot about the human psychiatry, but he didn't know how to stop drinking and stay stopped.  Alcoholism isn't an intellectual problem; I know some pretty smart alkies (we also have a jumbo jet pilot at my homegroup).


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Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:20

Well done on the three-years, BWF.  That's pretty amazing for people like us who often struggled to get through 24 hours without drinking.

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 07:59

Hi Juglula!  I think some form of exercise in recovery is a really positive thing to do too.

I was co-erced into running what ended up as 14.5 miles on Saturday with members of the running club.  We were reccying the Seven Bridge Half Marathon.

Well it's been months since I've ran that far and I think I over trained and stressed my body.  I ended up with the trots (sorry if that's too much info) and when I moved from sitting down I got a thumping headache.

I was fine the following day though, and at least I know I can do the distance.

advice on which is best?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 08:29

Brett, you left the army in 1992; just out of interest what were you issued to run in when you joined up?  I joined the army in 1986 and we were issued boots and black plimsols, which were knowns as our 'slaps' (from the sound they made on the tarmac as we ran).  

I never had any problems then.  A bit later we were issued with Silver Shadows - green ones - and I used those for a long time.  Again no problems.

I have a £40 rule where I don't run in running shoes that cost more than that.  Fairly recently Mrs Easy and myself ran the Gower Coastal Marathon and it was interesting to see people falling out along the way with feet problems wearing Inov8s and Salamons, when my £34 Addidas off-roaders were great.

Good running form is what's important, in my experience, rather than over-engineered running shoes, which may actually cause problems, rather than solve them.

I'm currently running in £15 Crivits from Lidls and I love them.  It's a shame I didn't get a bunch of them, but I will the next time they're in stock.

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