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  1. Update Well, sorry it took me so long to get back. I found myself extremely busy (mostly work) with little energy left to spend after my day was over. Then there was Saturday, which for some inexplicable reason I was just feeling extremely lazy. I've got theories about the exact whys and wherefores of that but I pretty much just think I needed that rest. Running update: To be very honest this is going much better than I expected it to. Mainly because I weigh a heck of a lot more right now than when I last ran and the effects of that are really showing, just not as much as I expected it to. I had planned to run Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and hit each and every one. Not only am I running I'm finding myself looking forward to doing it, which I really didn't expect for a little while. Over the course of the week I was able to dial back my pace. It's hard learning how to run slower again lol but I was able to dial it into an easy, albeit real slow, pace. So by Sunday I was able to do my run almost entirely in one go. According to my heart rate that was actually quite a bit easier overall than my stop start runs I was doing, although the extreme heat I ran in on Friday might have had something to do with that elevated heart rate. I'm still being cautious but I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep that going over the next couple of weeks.
  2. Hey, yeah chaotic and emotional is certainly one way of putting it. Hey Maigs It's great to see you! Rough day turned into a rough week but it's going well even if I'm struggling to keep up. Yeah, it's a thing. I'm choosing to focus it all onto doing something positive. Hey I'm doing very well but got crazy busy last week. I had a really good weekend thanks. Posting is happening I've not gone anywhere.
  3. Yeah no argument from me, I'm doing it because I think it's the best way to approach it just a little bit of self consciousness for having something so simple. Thanks mate. Better late than never Update: Nothing to declare really. It's been a rough old day with a lot of work stuff happening
  4. Yeah mate, a long time coming Thanks I've been coaching my own running over a number of years and over that time I've figured out simple is better. The big picture is more important than the details and the single most important thing is that you run. I honestly could talk about programming running for hours and hours lol. I'll be sure to check out your challenge. Thanks Lizz. Nothing wrong with a walking challenge. Indeed if I had turned up a couple of months ago I'd be doing the same. That habit of moving is the single most important thing and I lost it for a little bit this year.
  5. Update: Well I did my run I'm actually really happy with how this is going. I ran a few days in March but otherwise that's all for this year. As mentioned my health just dropped off of a cliff edge towards the end of last year and I simply couldn't run. I could barely walk some days and spent a lot of time sleeping and coming back from that hasn't been quick or easy and it's been only a couple of months since I've been able to get some slow build up of activity. I've been putting off starting to run for the last couple of weeks with many excuses but mainly fighting inertia and out of fear that it wouldn't be at all fun. So I'm pleasantly surprised to be having fun with it despite having to build up from essentially scratch. I have a decent amount of experience with this running game and I know what I need to do. I'm running short easy intervals that I'm manipulating over time to get more running and less walking. It's not particularly structured because I find rigid structure to be more of a detriment than helpful in the bigger picture. My overall aim is to just to be able to run my entire four mile loop in one go without forcing anything too much I expect that to take a few weeks but I also don't really have a deadline I'm just reasonably certain that it'll happen within the period of the challenge if I'm consistent. So today's run was actually run 3 and I am happy with the progress so far. Not much else going on for today.
  6. Hey Shaar! It's good to see you It's certainly been rough. I'm glad to be feeling better. Thanks, it's good to be back! Thanks. And very true and I'm not back at square one.I might have to retread some ground but I know how this whole fitness game works far better so I'm confident that I can get where I want with a little persistence. Right now all I want is to regain some of my lost fitness. Hey thanks, it's good to be back. Thanks Lizz. I've really not been talking much to anyone and the longer I'm out of action the harder it is to reach out again. I hope you are doing well. It's been too long My goal is simple and if I can I'll hit them. I really can't stay indoors in the summer. I'm keeping it slow and conservative. Not exactly c25k but similar enough in structure and I've actually been really enjoying it, which is good. A sad fact of my life these days is that I might have days where I simply can't but recognising that as not a failure is important. Thanks, I've missed you too Tank.
  7. Hi It's been quite a while since I really came out of my shell. I was last around in November and at that point my health (due to a chronic illness) simply fell off of a cliff edge and I became extremely ill for an extremely long time. A few months ago I was almost hospitalised with Sepsis but that was thwarted thanks to a cocktail of antibiotics. Since then it's been a slow and steady improvement. Over that time I've gained a bunch of weight and while I'm nowhere near my highest weight it's much more than I'm okay with. I suspect that has a lot to do with the extreme level of inactivity, since my diet hadn't really changed for several years. I've actually been feeling pretty good for the last month or so but I've been fighting with inertia. Over that time however I did a long overdue overhaul of my diet. Eating better is one of the few proactive things I can do to improve my chances of not getting sick but, honestly I only found the will to do so after my appetite started coming back. It's been a weird and hard few weeks. We lost Mr Wills, who was quite simply one of my best friends, last week I lost another close friend (she wasn't from the forums), and a little before that my brother-in-law had a heart attack and was in the icu for several days (he's doing okay, thankfully). So maybe I'm looking at this a bit of a kick in the backside to stop myself from sequestering myself away and start doing stuff to help myself. The challenge. Stupid simple. I've started to run again. I've got a rough plan that I'm following to get myself back into it. I've not really run for the last 7 months (I've done less running this entire year than I would have done on a bad week this time last year). Run every other day. By the end of the challenge I should have phased out all of the walking intervals and it also marks a perfect point to start phasing in different workouts.
  8. Update: A bit of a busy week for me probably because I'm feeling a lot better than I have done. I'm feeling almost normal, which pretty much means that I feel amazing. Never take your health for granted. I'm still too tired. I'm sleeping better than I have in years. I almost never wake up with my alarm but will wake up by myself sometime before it does. Yet excessive amounts of fatigue persist, now I'm perfectly aware right now that I'm borderline anemic and have deficiencies in some very common vitamins. I got a prescription of supplements some of which are many times higher than recommended levels. So that explains that I guess. The pain in my stomach has changed in an interesting way. Not sure to make of it or if what I'm feeling is actually the biopsy of my gut they took. It's very low level pain, even when I'm feeling really sick (which I now know means I have an infection and lots of inflammation) it doesn't hurt much when I'm at rest. Honestly my hip right now is hurting a damned sight more right now. I really don't know how to explain that one. The only thing that makes sense is something like a trapped nerve. If I put pressure on a specific part on the back of my right thigh (about 12 inches below my hip) I'm getting severe shooting pains right through my hip and only then, although there is also a dull ache but that in of itself isn't unusual. I sort of tested this and the only factor seems to be whether or not pressure is being applied to my thigh, and not anything else my legs might be doing. I rolled out my butt and lower back on a foam roller because I've had success in the past with dealing with my achy hip with that. Anyway Goals: Food well, I'm eating. Yesterday was better than today but thankfully I'm able to eat again. I'm even getting hungry at appropriate times. Although we don't have much around for me to eat but we ordered groceries today and that should change tomorrow. Ended up with takeout today. I ran today! My goal when I set out was to 'try and go for a run' but actually it didn't turn out that bad. The minimum for this is around two miles but that just means that if after I hit 1 mile it's not working then I'll make my way home. But it went pretty well. Not amazing but to put things into perspective . Two weeks ago when I did my last two runs my paces clocked in at around 12 minute miles and it felt hard. Today I kept everything super easy but ended up running just a shade over 10 minute miles.
  9. Oh 6 months at least and I didn't get in this week either. I got sucked into a problem on a different system that kind of takes precedence over my new builds. Maigs!! Great to see you too! I've not yet gotten to go catch up with everybody. Hopefully now I'm feeling a little better I'll be spending less of my free time sleeping.
  10. Update: Kinda busy day today as I struggle to catch up with things I've fallen behind on. I feel completely normal today, which means I feel amazing Well almost completely normal. I'm still really tired but I understand that might take a little longer to correct. I really hope feeling okay sticks at least for a while while I make changes to how I eat. On that note I paid particular attention to what I ate today. My fiber levels have been bumped up significantly but ended relatively low. I think this'll be pretty simple to hit once I've had a chance to actually shop. Took a long walk this afternoon. Tomorrow I'm going to be going to the office which gives me a perfect excuse to cycle.
  11. Update: Rather surprisingly for me I feel better today than I have in ages. If I were to guess I think the clear out of my gut has done wonders. It's sort of wonderful to simply feel okay for a change. I ate reasonably well today, paying extra attention to trying to get a little more fibre into my diet. Improvements still need making but improvements are happening. I need to make some calls tomorrow to my doctor to get some follow up stuff done. I did a long walk this morning before playing not 1 but 2 games of dnd. It was a great day.
  12. Thanks, fun fact, russet potatoes are near impossible to find in the UK I actually didn’t know such a thing existed until I’d spent some time in the US. I can find something similar but I have never had anything quite like them. Interestingly, again fwiw, potatoes have been the one solid food that I’ve actually wanted to eat recently. Just this weird potato craving whilst not wanting to eat anything else. But it’s the fibre from what I can gather that is the thing. Conversely, for IBS and IBD, which don’t have associated physical causes, they recommend avoiding high fibre foods to help control the symptoms. If I understand things correctly, and the things at play here seem obvious enough (although sparing everyone from the crappy details) that would have just made things worse. Nonetheless I want to see if I can largely control it with my diet and now that I have a direction I am going to see what helps. Thanks! It feels like I’ve been sick forever. It’s so nice to have a solid answer to explain my symptoms.
  13. Update: Well that's not something I'd recommend but it's done with now. I finally have some answers. Diverticular Disease which in very layman terms that even I can understand is essentially scar tissue that's prone to infection. The more important thing is that it means a complete 180 on all the previous dietary advice I've been given . As in I'm literally meant to be eating the things I've been told to avoid previously. Oh well. I'm not blaming anybody for that, I understand why that advice was given. Also my bloodwork showed some vitamin deficiencies that would explain the extreme amounts of fatigue I've been feeling and maybe even the big depressive crashes I've had recently. This very nicely gives me some good, actionable things that I can do to improve things for myself. Otherwise I'm told things all look pretty healthy. I'm much more okay with everything today than I was yesterday because now I know something. I've got a few follow up appointments and a couple of tests that still need to come back. I might need to go back onto antibiotics again and I'm being prescribed some supplements. Next week I want to come up with an eating plan and start going with it. The day left me pretty wiped out and things are sore. Thanks I do feel good about it. Yes rest. I've been sleeping on and off since I got home.
  14. Thanks Maggie! Hugs are most appreciated. I'm good it's all over and done with now and I actually have some answers finally thankfully nothing too serious.
  15. Update: Well... I think this pretty much sums it up lol. Well so far I'd give the prep day more points than the covid test I stand by my words. This bit just isn't that much different from how things go for me on a lot of days anyway. Cranked up to maximum for sure but in many ways it was actually better than normal. The thing I didn't expect was that I'd be flushing away my body heat so I've been absolutely freezing since early evening.
  16. Yep Thanks Maggie!! Good to see you too Thanks mate. I'd much rather be playing D&D on Saturday for sure.
  17. Update: Couple of really rough days health wise. Especially today, ugh. Keeping myself engaged by focusing on my dnd game when I'm not otherwise working or conked out asleep because I'm always exhausted. I think that there is a direct correlation between eating the exhaustion. I might be wrong but it certainly seems to be the case that I'll just drop after I've eaten. Now if I don't eat I'll get the shakes and start trying to vomit up my empty stomach, so no win really. It'll be interesting to see how things go tomorrow when I'm intentionally fasting. Had my covid test yesterday. I'm not sure it's supposed to do this but it hurt like hell and my nose is still sore from it. Tomorrow isn't going to be fun at all. I'm just complaining about it because it's cathartic for me to do so. Refer to the song Tank posted above! Did some walking for exercise but right now I'm meant to be isolating so probably not much happening until Saturday or Sunday.
  18. Update: Been feeling quite a lot better today but who knows why. I'm no longer in pain, only a little discomfort and the fatigue is gone today. I've been able to eat even if I started my day off with chocolate milk because eww solids but by mid afternoon I was feeling really hungry. I'm getting anxious for the stuff happening this week. Covid test tomorrow. Prep on Friday and then hospital on Saturday. Anxious for a multitude of reasons. I actually got some stuff done today but I've still not been particularly productive. I took a bike ride this afternoon. Keeping things fairly easy.
  19. I'm in! I'll be explaining the whole time thing in detail in the group chat but long story short. Don't sweat it too much.
  20. Thanks mate. They are awful. This is honestly the worst illness I've ever had by a long way.
  21. Update: Oh I really do not feel good today. I just want to complain about it somewhere . I've been in some pain all day long. It's difficult to describe but it's different to the knife like pain that I experienced last year. It's more of a burning sensation deep inside my stomach. The pain I could probably deal with if it wasn't for the extreme levels of fatigue that come with it. It's so, ugh frustrating. One day I can easily run a 10k in well under an hour and the next just walking up the stairs is enough to have me panting and holding on for balance. The good news is I go in for my covid test on Wednesday and assuming that's okay I am in the hospital on Saturday for the date with the camera and with any luck they'll find something. I rather predictably haven't eaten much. I took two bites of a bagel this morning. It took me about 30 minutes between those two bites and after the second one I noped out completely. I think most of my calories today have come from orange juice. I suppose that's not the worst thing in the world. Exercise wise I walked today. About 2 miles or so, very slowly. I've been trying to get my brain together enough to work on some stuff with not too much success.
  22. Oh this is me in a nutshell. And also a problem solver who much prefers blunt dialog to subtlety. Thanks! And me too. I'm constantly surprised by all the new characters popping up.
  23. I love how you solved the pool of acid puzzle by just sticking your arm into it. Simple, brute force, but effective.
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