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  • DorothyMH
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    I hope you’re doing okay!

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  • TheLibrarian
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    Wish you a great start into your weekend you great welsh dragon. Enjoy some autumn vibes.

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  • NancyTree
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    Hey there how are you doing?

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  • Colin
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    Thank you Dorothy and thank you Gray Lynx!

    A similar pattern yesterday: a shortish cycle then a 21 mile walk. Lovely!

    This morning a short run (maybe just 2 or 3k) and then a swim of 250m. Very nice too!

    I am due a strength exercise which I couldn't manage last night today.

    Tomorrow I am going to Elland Road to watch Leeds United's first top-flight home game since 2004! Very exciting - and expensive and complicated, but that's the price we pay! - but I won't be able to do my combat workout so I'll need to do that on Sunday, along with a run, I hope.

    We'll see. I'm wary of burning out, but enjoying the walking very much.

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  • DorothyMH
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    Colin, just from reading your posts, it looks like you’re doing fantastic with your activity. I know it’s hard and anxiety is always an issue. But, finding new ways to pique your interest in actively moving (as in exercise) is a positive solution, and you seem driven to that. I enjoy reading your posts, as you are honest with how you’re feeling, and the steps you take to improve are really inspiring. Keep it up!

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  • TheGrayLynx
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    Yea those mini circuits are a fun way to get some move on, and also i really apperciate his technique videos, very instructive Also i think branding the workouts as boxing themed are a great way to get more people doing them and make them "cooler" and as such more appealing.

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  • Colin
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    Did this this morning for HIIT day:



    Doable but tough for me. I like this guy's channel and I enjoy combat- and boxing-related exercise, I think for mental health-related reasons.

    My diet isn't what it might be. My partner is away at the moment, and until the end of next week. This is always a challenge for me. It's another reason why I've been going out, and I'm trying to do as much as I can to have some real-life social contacts. I've been bingeing on biscuits and crisps a little. I'm doing a lot of exercise so it's not really impacting me physically at the moment. In fact, sometimes I feel really full of energy, but I'm not sure I'm getting that energy in the best way.

    This was fun. A walk later. On we go.

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  • Colin
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    Thank you, MamaT, mavie (nice to meet you!), Librarian and Nancy!

    I just got a too-busy response from the first counsellor I contacted. I will try again today.

    I didn't make it to taiji. I sort of knew I wouldn't as soon as I started talking about it as a challenge. It's not a terrible thing I guess. We're in a bit of a weird place with Covid here now. Basically, we're "living with it". Because lots of people have been vaccinated fewer people are getting seriously ill but in a lot of the UK life has gone pretty much back to "normal" (that's not quite the same here in Wales). I feel great in a lot of ways; in very good health, but I do have this "clinically extremely vulnerable" tag on me and I don't quite know how to deal with it. Public health authorities have sent me a letter to say, "be careful" but I'm not quite sure how to do that. It's not an easy situation - though I know I am very lucky. This weekend I'm due to go to the football, and I've insisted my friend who I'm driving with takes a Covid test before we go.

    I should make it clear that that is a tourism authority photo of puzzle wood not my own! Also, Puzzle Wood is in England, though not far from the Welsh border.

    I continued to cycle and walk yesterday but I think a busy walking week caught up with me a little so it was a much shorter walk (around 5 miles I think) at a much gentler place. I did some rowing in a park boating lake too. That was nice.

    Have lovely days lovely bees. x

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  • NancyTree
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    Puzzle wood looks really nice! And indeed very much Middle Earth like!
    I once heard that JK Rowling came up with the idea of HP in a train.

    Good luck with finding a counselor, it's not the easiest job to find someone that truly fits

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  • TheLibrarian
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    What a beautiful spot.

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  • mavie
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    What a beautiful picture. I'll probably come around some day.
    Did you make it to the taiji-class? Send you some conquering-anxiety-vibes anyway…

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  • Mamatigerj
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    Oh, my, that photo! Wales is definitely moving up on my travel bucket list!

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  • Colin
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    Thank you, Gray Lynx, I can't remember how I found them now, but, yes I am lucky!

    Ready! Ready! Ready! Botenlauben. I do love cricket and I caught a shot session of another game in the park yesterday - again, quite an aggressive encounter!

    Thank you Mianevem. I knew Tolkien was interested in Welsh (Cymraeg) but not those other links. This is Puzzle Wood:

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    They are old mines I believe, and you can see a Middle Earthish vibe to them. JK Rowling spent quite a lot of her childhood in the Forest but I don't think there's much Harry Potter stuff there oddly. Anyway, both Wales and the Forest of Dean are beautiful and great places and welcome any and all tourist spending! We look forward to seeing you all!

    I finished off yesterday with my long walk routine: I cycled just under 5 miles and walked about 15, to get to Castell Coch, another local attraction. It's a sort of folly that looks rather like one of those Bavarian forest castles.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell_Coch

    It was a good walk, and I spotted a couple of houses for sale. It seems we are going to move but I have filed such things under Adulting and feel very incapable of them to be honest - it doesn't feel real to me. However, one must adult at some point I suppose.

    A run this morning of just over 3 miles in nicely cool weather.

    I potentially have a taiji class this evening but I am really unsure about attending for a number of reasons, all of which can be filed broadly under "anxiety". We shall see. It's a rest/casual day today with strength tomorrow.

    Thank you lovely bees and on we go!

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  • Mianevem
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    After a quick Google search I found this tourist guide which I would gladly follow if I ever happened to be in Wales.

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  • Botenlauben
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    I have followed the link to Montrait muay thai as well and I enjoyed the comment most: ""Ready, ready, ready??!!" is going to haunt me in my dreams tonight!!"
    I also have it in my ears, even though I did not do the workout, just watching it. Have fun!!

    I love games like cricket for which obviously there is a compulsory requirement that you had to be born in a (at least former) Commonwealth country otherwise it is completely unintelligible. An Indian student of mine who plays cricket once tried to explain the game to me, a pleasant waste of time for the two of us. The minuscule rest of my encounters with cricket is the series Downton Abbey I'm afraid.

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