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  1.  (287.21)
    Well I gave up meat and smoking last year, so whilst I'm healthier in that respect, I still don't get enough exercise. My and my girlfriend try to walk every night after work, but it's hard to get/stay motivated. We probably get the same amount of exercise from sex, so between the two of them we're probably doing ok.

    I find it hard to eat healthy as a Vegetarian, it's too easy to eat heaps of carbs and cheese because they're the only staples you have left in your diet...

    Other than that I drink some (NOT ENOUGH!), and get onto the 'hard stuff' once or twice a year (usually at music festivals, but even then it's mainly 'cause the drinks are so expensive).

    So yeah, I'm not really healthy, but I'm not overweight either, just lacking definition.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
     (287.22)
    I'm in pretty good shape and only really realized it was an option after I left highschool. Before that I was spending pretty much all of my time inside on the computer, gamecube, nintendo, whatever blinking box I could find basically. Having left home I found myself with no money for the blinky-boxes and this sudden realization that talking to people was easy. As well, I found out that socially, I don't do too bad. This led me to join a swingdancing troupe, start jogging and eventually go treeplanting. That last one did wonders for my body image and confidence in my abilities as far as sports go. Since then I've kept in shape simply because I can't resist trying any physical activity that comes my way. Plus my jobs usually involve manipulating large heavy things and dealing with complicated, stubborn machines that refuse to bend to my will until some elbow grease is applied.

    I love my body. It is my temple, that doesn't however stop me from smoking like a chimney and drinking like a fish. Recently I've discovered skating and competitive canoing.

    Watching sports is ok. I tend to only enjoy it when there's someone there who's really excited about it and can answer my nagging questions about what the hell is going on. Watching rugby with my South African friend, who could be considered an almanac of statistics and player's histories, was most definitely my most enjoyable sports watching experience. That, or seeing a football game with an ex-girlfriend's father who got raging drunk before the game was half over and screamed in French the whole time.
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      CommentAuthorRandy74
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
     (287.23)
    I always swear im gonna get "In Shape" the shape i was in High School by working out and playing Basketball, the only sport i have ever enjoyed thouroughly, that includes watching and playing.
    As far as actually gettting in shape, after buying Gym Grade exercise equipment for the house, and eating Salads for a few days

    Its back to the regular routine of unhealthy foods, and lazy habits.
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      CommentAuthorrfrancis
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
     (287.24)
    I'm a diabetic. If I ignore what I eat I do so at my express peril. Having said that, some of you clearly would be appalled at what I eat. That's okay; it works for me. Specifically, I have a very low carbohydrate diet, because carbohydrates, simply put, turn to blood sugar, and I don't process insulin correctly, so that's a bad thing. (But I do MAKE insulin, so I put on fat just fine in that scenario, which... is also a bad thing.) I don't take any medication for diabetes, which seems wise as more gotchas are reported every day.

    I have a gym membership but I've been a bit slack about it. Working on that. At other times I have been quite good about it. Just not lately. When I am being good, I lift for strength, and otherwise do incline walking and some stair stepping. (I do the latter to warm up even when I'm there to lift.) As far as sport -- I fence, that's pretty much it. Haven't done much of that lately, either. Depression's bad for you in so many ways -- one of 'em is where you can't be arsed to get some exercise.

    I quit smoking 20 years ago (and still crave it, sigh -- like Mr. Ellis has said of himself, I'm apparently just genetically wired for it), I have no more than one alcoholic drink a day, I don't do any recreational drugs otherwise, caffeine notwithstanding, although I've taken to trying to limit that as well. I take one prescription medication regularly (it's a beta blocker to try to stave off migraines, which I get a lot of, and early heartbeats, which I also get a lot of) and a prescription painkiller when I can't stand not to, like today.

    So that's me.
  2.  (287.25)
    @eggzoomin
    Thanks for the kind words.

    If you're interested in some kit drumming approaches and possible recovery methods, let me know.


    I'm always interested in stuff like this, so if you have anything to share I'd be very grateful. My e-mail is in my account profile info, so probably best to send anything via that rather than clog up the lovely board.

    S.
    • CommentAuthorpygmy
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
     (287.26)
    I spent the first 25 years of my life apparently seeing how much brutality I could heap on my carcass without dying. My body has never been especially nice to me (it's allergic to everything, lots of things didn't work very well from the get-go). Now that my hobbies no longer include bathtub crank, alcohol poisoning and fistfights, I consider myself to be "healthier." When I quit drinking ridiculous* amounts of alcohol and stopped being vegetarian, I lost a whopping 80lbs.

    When I can afford to, I eat fairly well. I'm a cook, and I'm generally inclined to eat lean meat, lots of dark green and orange things, and fancy grains. My job (which is mostly running balls-out for 10 hours, no breaks, repeatedly lifting 50lbs of whatever -- all in 100+ degrees Farenheit), not driving (I walk or bike or bus everywhere), and violent, gymnastic 20-hour humpathons take care of my exercise needs. I smoke like a freaking chimney and drink buckets of coffee, but hardly any sugar or salt. I figure I break even.

    Right now my body is pissing me off, as I've acquired an unwanted (human) parasitic infestation, and until I get that taken care of, I can't decide whether I should eat more, puke more, or sleep more. I have no idea why people do this shit willingly. Ew.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
     (287.27)
    I like participating in sports, but not so much watching them unless it's friends that a playing.

    That being said, I do somewhat enjoy the utter lunacy of Curling and have been know to watch boxing and football (the real kind. The one where you actually use your foot to interact with the ball.)

    Boxing is a gentleman sport, you know. One where you set one vile and severly damaged mutant ape against a slightly larger vile and severly damaged mutant ape and then let them pummel each other till someone dies or is all wussy and passes out.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
     (287.28)
    No sports, but I do go for a good walk every day (getting a dog a few months ago helps), and take yoga once a week. We also avoid processed foods, and make most of our meals from scratch using all-natural or organic ingredients. I feel a lot better in my late 30s than I did through most of my 20s.
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
     (287.29)
    moving to Japan did wonders for me. no car, so I walk everywhere; no high-fructose corn syrup or the loads of other crap that end up in American food. I'm one of only two gaijin at my local gym-- I get treated like a celebrity-- the ego-stroking is great motivation to show up. so for the most part I'm relatively happy with the meat. only thing that's bit me in the ass lately is a bit of heart arrhythmia, likely a result of my lifelong overindulgence in caffeine. since they haven't yet discovered decaf here, I'm having to learn to like Milo and other nondrugged beverages.

    watching sports? sumo is quite entertaining, as is K-1. baseball is the only other thing I'm exposed to on a regular basis, only because you can't get away from it.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
     (287.30)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I don't think it is meat or cheese that is the problem but the type of processed fatty meat and cheese.
    I started eating more wild meat and organic foods and fund that it tastes much better and is much better for you.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
     (287.31)
    I'd really like to get into shape, but I'm rather lazy and unmotivated. It may happen some day, we'll see. Hate sports. I wouldn't mind a bit of martial arts training, however. I did a semester of kung-fu a few years ago which was kinda fun. I'd really like to learn krav maga. Be a serious ass-kicker, ya know?

    As for food, I try to avoid fast food as much as possible, though it's kind of difficult due to my schedule not really allowing for time to cook stuff. Which sucks extra as I rather enjoy cooking. I even have a pro-grade mixer and pro-grade knives (Global - a Japanese brand that makes perfectly balanced, ultra-light, razor-sharp, samurai sword quality knives).
  3.  (287.32)
    I used to treat my body as a temporary inconvenience, a filthy sack of gut and bone that needed punishment more than anything else. Ten years of alcoholism, serious mental illness, anorexia and a self-harm habit that has left me more scar than skin have certainly taken their toll on my puny frame.

    These days however I'm surprisingly good to the damn thing. I walk everywhere so I get plenty of exercise, I cram fruit and vegetables into my maw at every opportunity, I never touch alcohol anymore and I try and get a sensible amount of sleep. As thirty looms in the headlights I actually look pretty good considering the beating my carcass has taken for the last ten years. I just wish I could quit the damn cigarettes, it's the only really self-destructive habit I have left.

    I don't play much sport these days but I used to before I discovered the delights of the bottle. I'll happily watch international rugby and make an effort to follow Leeds United, although that's been more difficult since they dropped out of the Championship.
    • CommentAuthorpygmy
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007
     (287.33)
    @sacredchao (Global - a Japanese brand that makes perfectly balanced, ultra-light, razor-sharp, samurai sword quality knives).

    Hells yeah! Globals are awesome. My 13cm cook's knife is the single most versatile work tool I have ever purchased. It's the perfect size for my li'l midget hands, and I can use it for everything short of cutting giant wheels of cheese.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (287.34)
    Hells yeah! Globals are awesome. My 13cm cook's knife is the single most versatile work tool I have ever purchased. It's the perfect size for my li'l midget hands, and I can use it for everything short of cutting giant wheels of cheese.


    Exactly. I also really love the way the flexible boning knife slices through meat like it's butter. It makes cooking so much more enjoyable.
  4.  (287.35)
    I always used to see the physical and the mental/spiritual as completely different entities. I was once told that I saw myself as a great big floating brain, dragging my body behind me. This was a rather accurate description of my outlook, at the time. Nudity was always natural, and something to be unashamed of, but rather because of it's meaty-ness; it's otherness of what I felt was what made a person who they were.

    This attitude was, I'm sure, only further driven home by my own ongoing mystery illnesses, pains, sicknesses, vision oddness, and wonky spine issues. I found it infinitely more comfortable to separate myself from my body, seeing myself as trapped somewhere behind the eyes of this faulty vessel-of-me.

    Unfortunately, this also seeped into my attitude when landing a mate. I'd ignore any possible needs of finding my significant other personally attractive, because I'd tell myself it was shallow to do so. I ended up in situations with people who I'd no real sexual attraction to, but instead told myself that "I really like they way s/he thinks". I completely lost track of my own sexuality, ignored my body, and my health declined.

    And then I took myself off the assorted brain numbing medications. Started excersizing as often as I could manage. Tried to stay to as low-carbohydrate a diet as I could. And I noticed I started taking more of an interest in my appearance again. I started being in better mood. I started thinking more. I started to feel the random twinge of sexuality here and there.

    I'm now on the other end of the spectrum, finding my mood and general thought processes forever linked to my environment, activities, food, medications, etc. I'm looking forward to see how my new treatment and recovery process is going to further manifest itself in the workings of my brain.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (287.36)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I am a huge knife nut. I collect ,sell and make knives although mostly fighting and bushcraft knives. The last knife I made was a
    Santoku ATS-34 kitchen knife. I actually studied Globals for how to make a excellent handle. I don't have a pic of my Santoku but here is another custom
    one so you can see the style.<img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=7143478" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/11/32420390342.jpg" " alt="" />
    Most people see this style as Japanese but really it is the Japanese version of the French chefs knife. Now we have americanized versions with rounded rather than flat edges for use on the cutting board. I really like the idea of a knife with french ,Japanese and North American influence.

    Globals are a great knife but they are quite expensive. I am not one of the people who think Japanese blades are always better but they do make some great kitchen knives. My personal favourite of all my kitchen knives is made in Japan for a US company known for Folders Called Spyderco. The Yang kitchen knife is a small santoku that I use for almost everything. The blade is 6 inches long and has a full flat grind of VG10 steel(one of my favourite stainless steels).
    It costs about 60$ which is very cheap when you consider you will probably use it every day for the next 30 years.<img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=6922459" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/10/29412590582.jpg"" alt="" />
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (287.37)
    @unsub

    Could you email me? I've got a rather OT question for you. My email is in my profile thing.
  5.  (287.38)
    No sports, but I walk. I did some biking in the summer, but I'm rather slothy at it. I like watching Nascar and Hockey for their violent interludes (Which are becoming less and less as time goes on); most sports just don't interest me; probably because I have no clue what's going on most of the time other than 'grownups chasing balls'.

    My body's my body. I don't really THINK about it much. It's healthy, it's there, it's a part of me.

    I don't drink much, I don't smoke, I don't do recreational drugs. I just drink mountain dew excessively. Caffiene is my drug of choice, and after looking at the money I spend on, I'm starting to switch over to healthier lifestyle choices. I can't survive off mochas and mountain dew and animal flesh forever...I'm thin, I have a very high metabolism.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (287.39)
    I frequently ask people, sometimes having never met them before, "where's my goddamn robot body." The truth, however, is that my body works a lot better than some people I know - my sister has juvenile diabetes, for instance - and I can't help but be pretty grateful for that. My girlfriend has done a good job of pumping up my self-esteem regarding my body, so who knows, maybe I'll even be able to stand looking at myself in the mirror longer than is necessary to shave.

    I like playing sports more than I like watching them, especially since my american football team (Denver Broncos) suck and my baseball team (Red Sox) I can't pick up either at home or at school. I do enjoy a game of frisbee or tag with my friends, and of course the best exercise ever invented, getting dressed up and going out on the town.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
     (287.40)
    when I was a teenager I used to do "extreme hiking" heh...I would get myself as lost as possible out in the appalachian mountains...then I would take the roughest route back home, which was either a straight line up and down the hills and mountains or bulling my way through the briars and undergrowth with a good thick trench coat to protect me...or I would go running up and down the hills, hopping from rock to rock to fallen tree. Ahh...good times....I had exceptional balance and speed back then. Now because of my debilitating arthritis I barely manage to walk my dog every now and then...

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