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On 5/20/2018 at 8:55 AM, Lith said:

For most of the last 35 years, I have been a runner.  Couple of years ago, I had to give it up -- just too may aches and pains from the knee down.  Last summer, I took up cycling.  I had been a triathlete back in the 1980s, so I had done quite a bit of cycling in the past.  I dusted off the 30-year old bike and got back out on the road.  Was having a blast until I crashed in August.  4 broken ribs had me laid up for most of September, but I got back on the road again after I healed up.

Then, yesterday, out riding in the morning with 4 other guys.  Foggy morning and it had rained over night, so the roads were still a bit wet in spots.  We got to a railroad crossing that was wet and I went down.  Bruised and a bit of road rash, but the scary part was the concussion.  Yes, I was wearing a helmet.  I don't remember falling, don't know if I hit my head or not.   My friends said it didn't look like my head hit, and there was no sign of impact on the helmet, but considering the way I felt, there had to have been some sort of head trauma.  I remember approaching the RR tracks and then getting up, unsteady on my feet.  I got back on the bike (probably should not have) and had to follow the guys about 20 miles back home.  I had no idea where I was.  Never would have known how to get home if I was riding alone.  And these are roads I ride all of the time.  

After I got home, my wife took me to the ER.  For the second time in less than a year.  CT scan was normal.  ER doc said it was a mild concussion.  If this is what a mild one feels like, I can't imagine what a bad one is like.  I was in a fog all day yesterday.  Could not answer simple questions about my medical history at the ER.  Today, the fog in my head has lifted.  I feel a lot better.  Body is still sore, but the brain seems to be working.

Two trips to the ER in about 9 months: 4 broken ribs, a concussion, multiple bruises and road rash.  Maybe middle aged guys are just not made to be darting around in spandex.  I need to find a safer hobby.  I am thinking drinking beer, watching sports and getting fat might be an option, but I am open to suggestions.

Find your local rock climbing gym and sign up for an intro class.  Enjoy!

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On 5/22/2018 at 11:48 AM, Kleckineau said:

Speaking for myself only of course but about 25 years ago I was  feeling much older than my age and just kinda sluggin through life with diminished energy, stamina and disturbed sleep waking every hour or 2. I consulted with doctors who diagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome and a psychiatrist who told me I was depressed. Long story short after no help from them someone recommended a nutritionist who layed out a diet (no processed foods) and advised me never to sleep more than 5-6 hrs per night with the premise being oversleeping leads to disturbed sleep and fatigue.

In a month I felt like a new person. My energy level returned to normal and I would sleep without waking until my desired wake time. The sleep part took some time to get used to but after awhile I would fall asleep in about a minute at 11pm and wake up without an alarm every day at 4-430am feeling fully rested and that is how it remains today. Probably the best health advice I ever received.

Interesting. For 23 yrs. I worked midnites. My sleep varied averaging  about 5 hrs. a nite. On the weekend I'd tried to "catch up " by over sleeping. When I woke I felt like crap. Slow, lethargic etc. Your post makes sense. Glad you're still doing it and it works.

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On 5/22/2018 at 10:33 AM, RutgersJetFan said:

LOL, I think my wife would say it comes at the expense of her, both literally and figuratively. 

It’s hard to explain, I have a pretty busy mind so I’m always finding ways to squeeze things in and multitask if I can. I listen to music or books when I’m working. Things like sports are easy to keep up with because I can play them in the background while I’m working, and I’m always finding time in my day for training. For me it’s not negotiable. Training, diet and exercise come first on my schedule because I feel it dictates everything in my life, from how I work to how I am as a husband and obviously my energy and sleep. I make a list of what I owe to myself at the beginning of the week and I force myself to find the time; which right now is at least 2 strength workouts, 4 BJJ sessions, 2 boxing, and 2 total hours of mobility and yoga broken up however I want. 

Things fall by the wayside sometimes because I go through periods where I prioritize some things over others based on what my mind is interested in at the time. For example I’m not following comics heavily right now or climbing a ton because fighting and combat sports have been occupying my mind so much the past couple years. But the knowledge is always there, so I guess a lot of it is residual.

One other thing that has helped a lot from a time standpoint is intermittent fasting. Since I’m not tethered to food and meals all day it frees up a lot of time for other stuff. 

You have lots of discipline.  Well done. 

What type of job allows you to listen to books while working?

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On 5/22/2018 at 11:48 AM, Kleckineau said:

Speaking for myself only of course but about 25 years ago I was  feeling much older than my age and just kinda sluggin through life with diminished energy, stamina and disturbed sleep waking every hour or 2. I consulted with doctors who diagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome and a psychiatrist who told me I was depressed. Long story short after no help from them someone recommended a nutritionist who layed out a diet (no processed foods) and advised me never to sleep more than 5-6 hrs per night with the premise being oversleeping leads to disturbed sleep and fatigue.

In a month I felt like a new person. My energy level returned to normal and I would sleep without waking until my desired wake time. The sleep part took some time to get used to but after awhile I would fall asleep in about a minute at 11pm and wake up without an alarm every day at 4-430am feeling fully rested and that is how it remains today. Probably the best health advice I ever received.

What is typical lunches and dinners?

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11 hours ago, batman10023 said:

What is typical lunches and dinners?

Brown rice, steamed vegetables, fish (never farmed) chicken locally sourced no antibiotics, ocasional lean pork. No red meat ever. Rarely eat breads. Lots of salads. I enjoy scrambled eggs not cooked in butter and fruit salads for breakfast. My wife makes some fab home made soups. My only remaining vice is coffee.

May sound bland and boring but its amazing what you get accustomed to and my body never complains. When we vacation and I get off track I can feel negative effects in a few days.

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3 hours ago, Kleckineau said:

Brown rice, steamed vegetables, fish (never farmed) chicken locally sourced no antibiotics, ocasional lean pork. No red meat ever. Rarely eat breads. Lots of salads. I enjoy scrambled eggs not cooked in butter and fruit salads for breakfast. My wife makes some fab home made soups. My only remaining vice is coffee.

May sound bland and boring but its amazing what you get accustomed to and my body never complains. When we vacation and I get off track I can feel negative effects in a few days.

i wonder what would happen to your body if you didn't do the locally sourced chicken.  i doubt this makes a big difference. 

so it took you about a month of eating this way to feel better?  did your wife also agree to this diet?

 

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Probably right about the chicken but cant hurt to avoid the steroids and antibiotics.

Local butcher shop has awesome whole chickens and there really is a taste diff from supermarket.

My wife always ate better than I did so it was not a problem.

Believe me I am not so dogmatic about this that I cant have dinner out with friends or let it get in the way of vacations etc but we shoot for 100% and probably land around 88-90% and thats fine.

PS.... Apologies to OP for the hijack maybe cooking or micro organic farming can be one of your new hobbies?

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im going to put in a vote for real golf

it gets a bad rap but it's about competing against yourself, controlling your emotions etc.

it's also about having a legitimate excuse to be away from your family for 4-5 hours. 

And as tom haverford notes, the clothes are great. 

 

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