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    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
    I've just hit my fifth decade, so of course have start thinking a little bit more about the old meatmotor that I'm pottering around in. I'm no health nut, and eat quite a bit of crap, but try to balance it with good stuff out of the garden. I'm at a reasonable weight. I take multivitamins, do twenty minutes cycling a day. I drink too much alcohol and not enough water. I have all my own hair, teeth and limbs. I'm shortsighted, which my mum blames on me sitting too close to the telly when I was little. I suffer from psoriasis across my legs, back and trunk, which make me look like I'm home to a strange form of alien fungus. The general consensus is that I look younger than I am.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008 edited
    I get sinusitis.

    Really fucking unpleasant sinusitis.

    Guess what, out of sheer desperation I tried the old folk remedy of applying an ice-pack to my face.

    It works.

    I'm sure the relief is only temporary but if it means I get five hours sleep tonight instead of three, I really don't care.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
    ick psoriasis...I gots that's connected to my arthritis...fucking immune system.
    one of the most embarrassing and maddening skin conditions..sigh...
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
    Being part of the younger generation I can't really complain too much about the state of my body, however in the last 4 years I've put a lot of strain on it. I drank a lot, I ate more junk food than I should, at times I drank far too much coffee/caffeinated drinks, smoked and I used to take recreational drugs on a semi-regular basis. Before I moved to the UK when I was 17 I was an incredibly active person, I'd play basketball (despite my height or lack of it), football, hockey (not ice hockey), volleyball and rounders. In my spare time I'd go water skiing, horse riding and hiking. I hardly ever drank alcohol, I didn't bother with coffee or any of the other stuff. I sit and I wonder what on earth prompted this change in the way I do things, in my case I think it was just a sequence of unavoidable events where there were consequences that up until now I've chosen to ignore.

    I don't do new years resolutions as I'm of the opinion that you shouldn't wait for one day a year to build up the resolve to do something positive. However I met people and made new friends in December which has resulted in starting climbing lessons and doing snowboarding. My diet is a work in progress and has been since August, I drink a lot less, I haven't smoked in years and I don't take drugs anymore and haven't for a long time. It's taken some interesting things to make me want to change, but I'm glad I'm doing it. I see the people I used to hang out with who are all still doing the same thing and they're all at least 5 years older than me. I don't think I'm better, I just think I'm luckier in that I don't feel like living that kind of lifestyle anymore.

    The biggest cliché in the world has never been more true: The flesh is weak.
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    As far as sports, I was an amateur/pro-am mixed martial artist for upwards of 5 years. After half a decade of building entire schedules (while attending college) around food/brutality/sleep, I was pretty much forced to decide upon continuing school or quitting school and becoming a full-time professional. It was quite a tough time and I was actually leaning toward professional athletics due to my amateur record and potential sponsors. Unfortunately, high-impact pavement massage caused by two tires rapidly becoming one tire and a grinding wheel made my decision for me.

    This background combined with my mother, who could be generously described as "food Nazi," means I stay in fair shape out of habit if nothing else. There is something else, however, as I'm supremely hyperactive. I find most of the medications I've been prescribed to be debilitating to my thought process since I'm so accustomed to rapid-fire tangential explorations. Thus, I've learned to cope by exhausting myself in the gym 3-5 times a week.

    This is all helped along by the fact that I'm quite allergic to smoke. Unventilated contact causes itching skin and burning eyes. Inhalation causes expulsion of the projectile kind until any residual tar leave my lungs (try learning that lesson the hard way...)

    Right now, I'm out of martial arts and just lifting weights and running due to my long work hours. Hopefully I can get back into it when things settle down in the next year. It seems I'm one of those horrible mutants who actually doesn't mind getting lambasted in the face in the name of sport.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    One of my testicles is missing.

    I woke up this morning to find my left nut had retracted. (At least, I hope that's what's happened to it.)

    It happened in my sleep and there was and is no pain or discomfort - although it's certainly disconcerting.

    Actually this has happened a couple of times before. It'll probably descent again in a day or so.
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    Aaaaaand I think we're going to end it there, actually...

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