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  1. Yesterday. Climbing for 90 minutes. Walking for 16K steps. A little tired today and tight hamstrings. I wonder why? Will be doing yoga today. Hopefully can get up off the floor after I start...
  2. Let's see. Around people you don't know. Never be too honest. mildly honest at most. Too much politically correct BS in the world. Strangers don't want to hear it. Around people you know. Be very honest, but not brutaly honest. Don't complain all the time or tell everyone about their faults. You just drive people away. It's a balance of good/bad news. At work. Never tell executives the brutally honest truth. Even it means saving them millions of dollars. They don't want to hear it. C-level types consider you a problem not telling them what they want to hear. Mid-level managers consider you a trouble maker because you tell them stuff they don't want to pass up the food chain to those C-level types. Line managers. Tell them anytrhing you want. They're powerless and just there to babysit, drive cattle, and do as their told. Fellow workers. Anything you complain about they have probably already heard. You're just preasching to the choir. In general anything that has "brutaly" in it is going to come back on you and then you'll be upset that someone does something brutal to you. I've learned to carefully craft my answers and comments if I don't want a ration of shyt for it, or worse...
  3. The genetic testing doesn't tell you which med will make your depression better. It simply ranks all medications as to how your body can metabolize them. If you're a poor metabolizer of a drug then that is a red flag to stay off it or take only low dose and careful monitoring. I use the info to stay away from certain meds my body will not utilize properly and/or could cause harm, like nojoy found out. I'm also a poor metabolizer of Wellbutrin but can tolerate low dose SR version. All the SSRI and SNRI drugs showed no adverse effects on me. In practice SSR don't help me much and slow me down way too much. I do better on SNRI. The test showed a handful of other non-antidepressent meds I should not take that have big red flags. I have them marked off with my GP in case the conversation ever comes up. The testing is not covered by insurance. It's out of pocket.
  4. That's a lot of anxiety. Didn't you feel it falling off your shoulders the more you walked?
  5. ICARUS. It's a true story about the Russian state run olympic athlete doping program. Pretty sad to see just how long its been going on. Much longer than I thought, goes back to the 60s... And the most pathetic part, watching the likes of Putin and company, completely denying all of it.
  6. Started doing weights after a couple of months off from them. Seriously painful starting again. I feel like a whimpy old man. Did weights Thursday, cardio Friday, then climbing Saturday. Climbing was painful, but still fun. Sunday was rest day.
  7. @sober4life - Be careful in this heat with the mowing. Getting dehydrated is way too easy. Glad I don't have yard work anymore. At least from that perspective. Not having any land at all kinda suks... I can mow the lawn with a pair of scissors in 15 minutes.
  8. @nojoy Interesting. You had the genetic testing, but only on mental health drugs. I had the genetic testing done and it covered a very large amount of meds beyond just anti-depreeants. They also offered lifetime additional testing of any drug I get put on that is new from when I was tested. I'm allowed 5 new drugs to be tested against before I would have to pay some minor fee. Like you I am also a poor metaboilizer of Wellbutrin. I take 75mg SR to keep the dose at its lowest. Only to help offset the affects of Cymbalta. It doesn't work great, but it helps. I was also told to take Cymbalta at bedtime to offset the drowsy affect. That doesn't seem to make a lot of difference.
  9. You have the basic idea. We're talking indoor climbing. So the walls look kinda like rock but they're not. The peices are plastic of all different sizes and shapes. How you grip them or stand on them and how you climb from one to the next is the main idea. There are 4 types that I am aware of for indoor. 3 of them are the same outdoors. 1. Top Rope - The rope is attached to a pulley at the top of the wall. You attach one side of the rope to you and a partner attaches the other end to them. You climb the wall and they take out the slack. So if you fall it's only a few feet. Very safe and easy to learn. It is the place to start in my mind. 2. Lead climbing. This is like above with 1 big change. The climber is actually bringing the rope with them and clips it into a hook at intervals as the climb. The hooks are 5-10ft apart. Your partner is taking up slack. If you fall from the worst part you could drop about 20-25ft, before your partner "catches" you with their belay taking up all the slack. Depending on how high the wall is. We climb walls that are 30-65ft high.This is the most fun for me as the added amount of danger makes it a good adrenaline rush. I'm an old adrenlin junkie so this works for me. We climb 3. Bouldering. No ropes. Walls are about 15-20ft high. You climb shorter but more intense climbs. You have to be careful about falls as you hit the deck. 4. Speed climbing. This is a foot race up a wall, tied to a rope, climbing specially shaped pieces. The floor below the walls is a big thick crash pad material so you cna take a hard fall and still be fine. Some bouldering folks do mess up arms and legs falling. That's about the gist of it. Many cities have climbing gyms here in the states. It's also popular in many other countries and gaining popularity. It is at the olympics this year. If you go look on the "ifsc.org" website you can find out all about it. Also if you go on youtube you can watch events and learning videos if you search for "IFSC" or "indoor climbing". It's a very inclusive community, people are willing to help each other, it's as much finesse as it is strength to climb, and routes you climb are all different so it's also problem solving. In our gym it is about equal male to female ratio, so it's not a guy thing. Good for socialising too. Age range is very wide.
  10. @Nightjar + @sober4life . . Glad you're both still getting in some exercise. My walks with the dog are slowing down as we cut early ot mid afternoon way down. Too hot, she's got her tongue hanging out huffing in not time. I got her haircut as short as they were willing to go but the poor pooch is still really hot. We modify the walk to get the sun behind buildings and walk on the shady side... No, NJ, not the shady side, ya know, the actual shade from the sun... (I know you'd go there) S4L please do not make videos of you working on the car. Sounds like a hospital visit waiting to happen... Got our bikes tuned up and ready. We went on an old rail trail this past weekend. 16 mile round trip. Not bad for first time out for the year. We'll be hitting the dirt single track this weekend.
  11. We do indoor rock climbing twice a week. With masks due to Covid. Breathing is rough while climbing but it is really good therapy for us, and as you know, it's a lot of fun. Get back out there and do some. You'll feel better for sure.
  12. Thanks for a great idea. We have an Amtrak station nearby and taking a short trip and hiking back would be fun.
  13. @Bulgakov - Netflix is the only streaming channel we subscribe to besides Youtube TV (live tv and sports). Netflix has enough good movies and series that makes the monthly fee well worth it.
  14. Just my ramblings on depression and how it is getting better recognition. I cut this from a news report that shows the reality of depression growing quite a bit. Sadly it took a world pandemic to do it... I think that we will see a very signigicant increase in attention to care around depression. It may not help or solve your problems today but it just might get some serious focus on it. Maybe the next generation won't have to spend their lives dealing with it with everyone not taking them seriously. A study published in JAMA looked at depression rates before and during the pandemic. They found depression rates had more than tripled. Around 8.5 percent of the general population reported symptoms of clinical depression before the pandemic, and that number rose to 27.8 percent during the pandemic. A CDC study from December found 42 percent of Americans were experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Only 11 percent of Americans reported experiencing these symptoms prior to the pandemic.
  15. Wow! All we got offered was our vaccine card laminated for free. I should have held out for what's behind door #3...
  16. I feel you @sober4life . I needed to work on the runabout today. Replaced both O2 sensors, fortunately they aren't horrible to get at. Also replaced the valve cover gasket. It's had a slight leak since I removed the valve cover to do some other work a while back. Should have put a new gasket then but didn't have one handy and had to order it. Did take fluffy for a walk though. Went around a small pond and that was mildly exciting. Lots of ducks and geese all have their young in the water. They made a lot of racket when we walked behind them. Fortunately no chasing. Little duckies look cute. Those birds been busy 'getin it on' lately...
  17. Interestingly, I've read some articles on that lately. It seems that some SSRIs lower seratonin in the gut and others balance it to a normal level. Depends on which one you take. In general good gut health seems to be overlooked by many people and shouldn't be. I never gave it any thought in the past. Then when I did I started eating yogurt and it helps a bit. You have to find the ones that have "live cultures" otherwise the yogurt doesn't do much. I started taking a probiotic that has several billion live cultures. It certainly regulates me quite consistently. I rarely get sick and have problems. I do get sinus infections but even that has dropped because I use a sinus irrigator more to help get pollen out of my system. Much like gut health. Keeping my sinuses flushed to remove pollen helps my body. So yes there is some correlation there to meds, specifically antidepressents. Do some searching on medical sites including college and government ones. You'll find some good articles on it.
  18. I disagree in general. You're alone because you don't interact with others. Plenty of people are looking for friends and companionship. It's a 2-way street. I have very few friends because I chose that, not because I can't make friends. My partner is my best friend. She loves me and she cares. So does my daughter. The friends I had I alienated because of this damned disease. That's on me, not them. As for doctors, sure, they are or seem to not truly care. You are their job, not their family or friend. They need to remain distant on a personal level to keep their objectivity and do their job. The medical field is big business and a numbers game, like most any other industry. That doesn't mean you can't find a good doctor who cares about your health. That doesn't mean they want to be your friend or best buddy. My GP is extremely caring about my health. My Pdoc is a decent person but is mainly cycling meds until she hits one that works. That is very typical in the mental health industry. Your wounds aren't as simple as a cut. You get cut up, they stitch you up, you move on. That sort of medicine is easy to deal with. Given this pandemic, I believe you will see lots of changes in mental health coming down the road. All those so-called normal people are getting a harsh dose of what depression is. They have felt it now and know it's real, and it sucks. You're seeing doctors and most certainly nurses who are burnt out in a year of this Covid nightmare. They're in big need of help to stabilise their mental health.
  19. I started on Prozac and that just made me a zombie. After a few months of that we switched to Lamictal. They thought I might be bi-polar at the time. That changed after several visits and they just felt like I had too much baggage all at once and my brain overloaded. I was on it for about a year and it helped but it was inconsistent. Never had much problem with dreams. It slowed me down so we dropped it and moved on to the next thing. Took a while to figure out I do better with SNRI instead of SSRI.
  20. Took my dog walking down to the lake yesterday. The ducks and geese have been busy little critters a few months back. There are lots of babies following momma in the lake. They swim really close to the shoreline so I get to sit nearby and just watch them. Papa goose keeps an eye on me but doesn't seem to mind where I sit and watch. MY dog could care less about geese and ducks so she just sits with me and watches. Of course she keeps a constant eye out for mutant squirrels. They attack us but she chases them off.
  21. @Extremebeginner - Good for you. I had the same problem. Once my dose went up to see if it would help I was so unmotivated it was a problem. They tried me on some low dose amphetamine to offset the problem. Didn't really work. It was as much a mental laziness as physical. Went completely off Cymbalta and that didn't work out so well. Went back on at 30mg and anything higher and my body quits. Tried mixing Wellbutrin for the side effects and it actually intensified the side effects instead of fixing them. So no Wellbutrin. I deal with the side effects but I'm not thrilled about it.
  22. Been averaging 10-12K steps. Saturday we did a lot of walking, some cardio, then 3 hours of climbing. Came out to 18,627 steps. Burned almost 4K cals and only ate 2K cals. You'd think I'd be dropping weight like a brick, but not so much. My body seems to be very happy at the current weight. So that's where we stay. Started doing weights again. Amazing how quickly your body reacts to weights after about a month of no weights. Was doing body weight workouts but not the same as just lifting.
  23. Alchemy of Herbs (Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal) by Rosalee De La Foret Really good read on different herbs. What they can be used for and how to use them.
  24. My favorite comedian. I really like his older stuff when he first started doing HBO comedy specials./ That dude is so far off the wall no one could keep up with him.
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