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  1. Couch to 5k

    For serious! Had been lifting heavy for about 18 months before I started running, but zero cardio. I started at the beginning with Couch to 5k. That was hard stuff. I also have had terrible problems with shin splints. That's basically why I gave up the first time when I tried it in May. Got them on and off when training for the 10k as well. I bought compression socks. Not sure if they help or not. Think the issue for me is actually calf flexibility. So stretching and building up very, very slowly how much you're running is probably the prescription. I also had a prescription for Diclofanec...basically suped up Advil, that I used occasionally when I could feel them coming. If you figure it out, let me know!
  2. Shifting Teeth?!

    Exact same thing happened to me.
  3. Couch to 5k

    Finished the 10K in 1:03:19. Not bad for a guy who couldn't jog more than a few minutes six months ago. Aaaaaaand just signed up for a half marathon in April. Time to re-listen to Goggins... Life off Adderall just keeps getting better and better.
  4. Couch to 5k

    "Frank" that's crazy. I literally just finished the audiobook this morning. I'm all jacked up as well.
  5. Couch to 5k

    Absolutely, SA. After a false start due to injury, I actually did the full Couch to 5K starting in July. Done 3 5K's now, and am doing my first 10K New Year's Day. Dropped from 230-235 down to 180 the last six months. Running and keto. Great stuff. Yea still putting in 50 hr weeks. I find I'm not very productive if I work much more. But first thing's truly first: getting and staying off Adderall one day at a time. I honestly don't regret the weight gain in my first year. Was my way of getting some comfort...my absolute 100% priority was getting clean. All the rest of the "Self-actualization" has come in due time.
  6. OKcupid, Tinder, Relapsing & Adderall?

    This really helped snap things into focus for me...
  7. Relapse

    Sorry to hear, Sean. Thanks for sharing. I went through a brutal internal struggle 18-24 months in, and I know I'm not the only one. Tremendous growth was just around the corner. Get back on the horse. One day at a time.
  8. My Story So Far, 191 Days Clean

    Awesome to hear, Frank. And well done, Drew and Sean. Great to see!
  9. Stages of adderall recovery

    - At one year I thought I was a little shaky, but on the right path. I took solace in the fact that people on here said that it got even better in the second year. - At two years, I was on my feet and doing well, but still pretty volatile emotionally. Occasionally, I'd flirt with the idea that I could go back on it. That idea had to be SMASHED. - I spent my third anniversary in London after hiking the West Highland Way. Towards the end of my using, I couldn't bend an appendage without joint pain and muscle soreness. - At four years, I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, even in my worst moments, that I can't use Adderall "as prescribed" for any real length of time. I'm on the right path. I've recovered from the hopeless state of mind and body it put me in. My intellectual faculties are at all time highs. I've got 30 pounds to lose, but have been lifting regularly for some time and am making sustainable progress on that front. I enjoy helping others recover, on here and IRL. I pray and meditate. Daily. I have a sense of purpose. I've rekindled relationships with friends and family. I trust that if I stay off Adderall and keep giving it my best, or at least a decent shot, one day at a time, things will work out. They have so far.

    Just e-mailed Mike. Thanks for the heads up.
  11. Doctor appointment today

    Good for you. Lot of relapse stories on here start with Phentermine. Consider keto for a few months. Jump started me and I dropped 40 pounds in a couple months and kept it off. https://www.reddit.com/r/keto/
  12. A year off adderall and in a bit of a slump

    Maybe. These boards are littered with people who rationalized their way back into trying it again and had terrible results. What a gift. Get after it. Everyone has problems. I guarantee you'll still have problems. Life is about the quality of your problems. The only quote I have posted up at my office comes from Felix Adler: "The purpose of man's life is not happiness but worthiness." Find something meaningful and work at it. Great job getting this far. Keep on truckin'!
  13. Long-term quitters: Any lingering issues?

    Update: The revelatory "high" after getting out wore off (Pink Cloud 2.0), I experienced some agita, and now I think I'm in a period of synthesis where I am growing and becoming an even better version of myself than I could have hoped for in early recovery. Keto/Carnivore for weeks now, at my lowest weight in two years. Business on fire. Operating at a new level cognitively. By this, I don't mean getting off talking at people. I mean processing and articulating ideas with equanimity in an effective way. Big fan of Jordan Peterson's new book. Getting off and staying off Adderall is SO hard. But if you can stick it out through those first couple years, tremendous growth is possible.
  14. Absolutely. It's funny though - the parts I was worried about giving up are parts now I realize were REALLY offputting to people. They like me a lot more now. And I've learned I'm FAR more effective in business and my personal life actually engaging with people, not just talking at/over them. For sure. Meditation helps. But re-orienting outside the cycle of jacked up then crashing is difficult. For me, it's had far-reaching implications, from how I eat, sleep, activity, etc. Takes a lot of trial and error and working through frustration. But that means you're on the right path! I'd say for a lot of us, I had to give up the illusion that I could control who I'd become on the other side of all this. And THANK GOD, because I'm becoming a man far better than I would have been if things had worked out the way I "planned."