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Okay, so I had talked previously about the seizures thing, right? Well, as of today, I'm at 34 days without a (major) seizure. :) Previous record had been 31, so I'm into some uncharted territory here. And I don't want to jinx myself, but I'm generally feeling awesome, doing well, no major problems. Very little of the deja vu episodes I'd been having, and occasionally still having memory lapses but I feel like maybe not as much as before. Maybe the new medication is helping!
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Not to double-post, but I had to share my excitement - I'm now at 7 WEEKS seizure-free, 49 days, as of tonight! Haven't had another one since I started on the newer medication, so I'm betting that one is helping a lot. I've also been staying on top of taking my vitamins/supplements, so maybe that helps too? Just being more consistent with it.

The bad news is, I just found out that the neurologist I've been working with since all this started (nearly a year ago) no longer works at the clinic I've been going to, so I have to get transferred over to someone new. Going to do a video call with them on Tuesday to catch up on things and make sure that new medication gets refilled.

On the rest of the fitness tip... well, I haven't been SUPER consistent with my DDPYoga workouts, but I have been getting to do it 2 or 3 times most weeks recently. Which is better than the none times a week I was doing it before, right? And spring is definitely springing here, so once we get past this hump of 50-60 degree days and into the 60-70s, I want to get the family out at least to go walking around our local trail, hopefully get out biking. I've actually gotten to take my bike out a few times lately just around town to run errands with the boys, and it's like teasing a dog by letting it lick your meat-juice-covered fingers and getting it hungry for the rest!

Somehow, my weight still hasn't moved in more than a 5-pound range from 202-207 in about the last 6 months, though. It's good not to gain anything back, but I'm just sitting there dangling SO close to getting under 200 and just haven't gotten past that hump. I also haven't been real strict with myself as far as eating goes, so I know I need to buckle down there. My wife isn't happy with her weight either, so we just need to be strong together and keep each other on task, food and workout-wise. She likes doing yoga too (more traditional though), so we've been trying to alternate nights and make sure each other have a good 1-1.5 hours without the 3 year old running around the room and have a little peace and quiet for our various yogaing. Really just getting her back into it this week, aside from a couple one-off sessions over the past few weeks.

Anyway, I'm Brian, and thanks for coming to my TED talk.
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I've still managed to maintain going on a 4km run around my neighborhood 3-4 times a week since about July 2020 , But on July 1st of this year I started exercising again 3-4 times a week also (light weight lifting, some isometric exercises); alternating days between running and exercising; and I cut alcohol out of my diet for the last month or so (surprisingly dont even miss it all that much :eek :lol ). A couple months ago I also made a mental note to be drinking the daily recommended amount of water for men (3.7 Liters) and lately I'm not eating as much junk food. And while physically I'm not really noticing much changes, I do feel much better mentally about my physical health :) But I dont know if I can take that next step to go to an actual gym or have a personal trainer help guide me into actually achieving more physical results :lol :/ More than anything I want to focus on my abs strength and definition first and foremost.

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Good stuff Shea, I started running again recently after a solid 18 months doing nothing which was REALLY tough but am back up to 30 mins now, think I'm just gonna stick there and work on getting a bit faster. 3.7 litres seems a lot!

Also great to hear that, Be! Missed that post at the time and hope you're still going great.
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Ubik wrote: Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:37 am Good stuff Shea, I started running again recently after a solid 18 months doing nothing which was REALLY tough but am back up to 30 mins now, think I'm just gonna stick there and work on getting a bit faster. 3.7 litres seems a lot!
Thanks Ubik :) It is a lot of water :lol I have a 600ml water bottle I'm using and that means filling it up 6 times throughout the day :lol I also used to drink about four 300ish ml cups of coffee, whether it was decaf or normal, a day for a while there but I cut that down to 2 cups :lol I assume thats a healthy choice too :lol

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Changed my exercise routine up to have it alternate between upper body and lower body days and I still run on upper body days now.

I've managed to get up to a 3 minute plank which feels good :lol

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SHEAKENBAKEN wrote: Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:59 pm Changed my exercise routine up to have it alternate between upper body and lower body days and I still run on upper body days now.

I've managed to get up to a 3 minute plank which feels good :lol
3 minutes is great! We had this challenge before to plank to Metallica’s Orion! It’s pretty intense and I only made it halfway! I’m willing to go all the way if you want a little competition! It’s 8:27! ;)


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Just wanted to give a quick update on my planking journey :lol

When I first started planking again this year I was getting an average of about 1:20 and now after continuing to practice planking every other day, I managed to build up my time gradually to 3mins, then 4 mins, then 5 mins (sept 3rd) then 6 mins (sept 5th) , 7 mins (sept 7th), and now my new record today is 8mins30 seconds! (Sept 9th) Feeling quite proud of myself these days tbh! Listening to one long song really does help motivate your endurance to try and beat it or match it :lol

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That's seriously damn impressive, Shea.
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gbruin wrote: Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:13 pm That's seriously damn impressive, Shea.
Thanks, Greg! The more planks I do the more I look at as a mental game vs a physical one :lol Obviously its still a daunting task physically once your abs, legs, or arms start to burn but the ability to tune it out or power through it mentally is really what extends the time, IMO. :lol So listening to long songs or keeping a PR in mind really helps alleviate some of the pain :lol At the tail end of my times once the arms and legs start to really get going, I will alternate lifting one leg or one arm off the ground for even 15-20 seconds at a time and somehow that makes the plank easier to manage :lol

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