So how am I feeling at the moment, what’s happening and how’ve I got to this spot.
Well after the shocker of a week last week I’m beginning to feel good again, so how’s that all happened.
I think last week was a bit of a wake up call for me, a weekend of really going for it at a festival and my body just let me down. There’s no way that I thought that just a couple of days of hitting booze, fags and tiring activities would really get to me so thoroughly. I think the main shock was thinking that I’d finally done it one too many times. I thought after my runs and with the tight feeling I had in my chest that smoking had finally caught up to me and I was nudging the door of lifelong unfitness or something a bit more serious.
I really had a feeling on one run that this could be potentially my last run, that it might be downhill from now on. I thought as I spluttered along that although I’m not a great fan of actually running that it was something magical plodding along in the morning air with the sea at your side and should it all go tits up then I’d really miss it.
Still here I am today after a really good run yesterday, so what’s gone right.
I reckon that the smoking was really pretty seriously bad for me last week and coupled with a bit of a background infection I’ve taken ages to shake the smoking related ailments and the quite spectacular sudden impact on my lungs, airways and circulation. I really think that smoking should be considered a fatal exercise in future, it’s not something I can dabble with again, if I take up smoking in any shape or form I have to prepare for that day of not being able to run again and I have to realise that it’ll take me at least five days to shake the effects even if I only have a couple of tabs.
I thnk that time has taken the edge off the smoking effects, but only time will tell if they’ve gone for good and keeping everything crossed that they’ll not come bubbling to the surface again in later life.
I think that my new pill regime of Glucosamine and Chondroitin plus Omega 3 and mult-vits and Vitamin E has done some good work in clearing up my post run aches and pains and maybe even lubricating my limbs and joints.
I think that giving up booze for a week (apart from 2 cans of beer one night) has made an impact on my mental health (no longer any problems with that nervousness I sometimes get after a weekend binge) and it might be making an impact on my waistline but that’ll come out in my next measurements.
I’m also starting to thoroughly clean my teeth and they are feeling great, no longer any little aches and pains in them I now find that gargling with cold water no longer has me hanging from the ceiling by my fingernails.
My skin is still a shadow of its former self, my neck is beginning to get that scrawny Cliff Richard look and I’m hoping that now I’ve reigned in the smoking, that I’m getting fit, that I’m having new pills and potions and that I’m off the booze that hopefully that’ll disappear, but if not then I’m going to have to come up with some new plans.
I do have lots of new ideas and I’ll be implementing them as I get along with my existing plans.
Basically I’m getting my stamina sorted first, shuffle in a bit of weight loss, get down to a mean and lean weight and then start adding some lean muscle to athletically bulk out. Add to this some wonder pills and potions and I’m on track for that cover of Men’s Health 🙂
And no smoking, no smoking, no smoking repeat… no smoking