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About Aonghus

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  1. Whereabouts are you? I might be able to link you up with a few folk.
  2. Glad to have you on here. I have a few friends out in that area. What kind of shields do you tend to do?
  3. Just doing an update after a long hiatus. Life got a bit mental. I got laid off very suddenly (and with it lost my gym membership) and spent a few months just working on things at home and applying for loads of jobs. I managed to maintain my weight right up until the last month of being unemployed where I got frustrated and gained back 8 pounds. I haven't gone up any since there, but I am working again and just signed up for a new gym close to my house. As most of you on here know, having a small child can make it difficult to find time for working out, so the aim
  4. Work has been kind of a nightmare lately so the stress and overload of it has cut down a lot on my workout time. However, I have been continuing to eat sensibly and try to do more physical activities. Latest update. I am down to 175 lbs. Which is just 10 lbs off of my tentative goal. (End goal is 155 lbs without much burly muscle or up to 165 with burly muscle.) So I am making really good progress. Here are some comparison pictures. May compared to September and June compared to September.
  5. Continuing to work at it. Down to 181.8lbs. I have an event coming up this weekend and one of my interim goals when I started losing weight was to be in the 170s by the event. Not 'You have to be 170lbs or you're a failure.' Just, an aim to try and be somewhere within the 170s when the event happens. If I behave myself this week then I should actually reach that goal and I will plan to update people on Monday or Tuesday of next week. I'm feeling good. It has been a rough few weeks. I got really sick for a while and then we had inlaws visiting one right after the other. So I
  6. I decided to formally go ahead and do a battle thread since it seems like I am actually sticking with this fitness stuff. (Touch wood.) I've never been good at online introductions, but I'll do my best. I'm a nerd, obviously. My hobbies are medieval re-enactment (mainly through the SCA,) archaeological experimentation, woodworking, writing, Scottish country dancing and pipe smoking. I also run a podcast on Viking Age History called Norse by Northwest. I'd always been a fairly outdoorsy person with fair fitness, but I moved from Scotland to the US and gained a ton of weight.
  7. I do strength training twice a week right now. Tuesdays and Thursdays. And on the weekend I usually have some sort of hauling to do but nothing set. I'm on the last week of my running program so my aim is that once I have officially completed it I will switch to running on Tuesdays and Thursdays and just keeping it at that twice a week 5k. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will do my strength training so that I can focus on more than just the upper body. (M- Upper body, W- Core and lower back, F-Upper body. The running and dancing I do takes care of the legs for now.) That way
  8. Another fly-by update. Doing pretty well overall. I'm down to 187.4 lbs. The lowest I have been in a long, long time. It has been a wee bit harder to maintain because life has been busy, but I am just trying to make good choices as far as my food and make sure that I am exercising regularly. I don't think I'll hit my massive hope goal of being 165 by August 24th, but I'm good with that. My weight loss has been sensible and I feel like it has been done in a way that I'll be able to maintain it. I'm happier, more energetic and, wonder of wonders, I can tie my shoes without getting out
  9. Quick update. I'm making good progress. From my highest weigh in of the last 12 months at 219lbs down to 191lbs. Here is a comparison pic. Me on June 7th versus me today.
  10. Took my last dose of the Phentermine today. It worked well. The first week was rough but once I got used to it I felt a lot better. It ended up being a good thing that the doctor had put me on it, because I've suffered from bad depression for years, and my anti-depressants were technically working, but I was really lethargic all the time and I could just never get anything done. I was trapped in indecision all the time. Being on the phentermine made me feel like my old self again. so, after a lot of discussion the doc took me off phentermine at the end of the month long prescription an
  11. Continuing to work on things slowly. Down almost 10 lbs over a two week period. Faster than I would normally agree with, but I am being very careful and my doctor is keeping an eye on me. Right now my main goal is to just drop 20lbs overall. If I could do it and keep it off by the end of August that would be great. Working out five days a week. Three days of cardio and two days of weights.
  12. Hey there. They did talk about that. I'm eating a lot live culture of yoghurt and my wife has kombucha that she makes. I don't like it but I will take a couple of shots of that each day. Fresh sauerkraut, too. I was warned that it will probably take some time to replenish everything, but I'll keep at it.
  13. Well, it has been a rough few months since I last logged in. Between having a new baby in the house who is an adorable plague rat and the fact that it has just been a really bad season for illness I got sick over and over and over again with various things. (As did the wife and baby.) I even got a strep infection so bad the doctor described it as one of the worst they'd ever seen and the antibiotics I got put on for it killed it off quickly but wrecked my system. And because of that I ended up with C-diff. (TMI, I know.) I have been trying really hard to eat sensibly and to work out
  14. Accountability post. Did a bunch of upper body weight stuff. Tomorrow will be elliptical and rowing machine. As of the beginning of this week, 200.8 lbs, 35% fat and 32% muscle.
  15. Well, it was an intense few months and I disappeared for a bit. I got what I thought was a bad cold but turned out to be the flu. Shortly after that I got, what my doctor termed as 'One of the worst Strep infections I have ever seen. Seriously, it is bad in there. Really bad.' (This was after two weeks of trying to wait it out and barely being able to swallow.) Right after I got put on antibiotics that just wrecked my system I felt a lot better, but I also got laid off from my job. While I have had other things going on, though, I did manage to maintain my lower weight
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