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  1. welp

    How's the good fight going?
  2. Weight Gain/Body Image

    At 4 months clean you are doing way more than I was capable of doing at 8 months, lol. You should be proud! For me, it took a long time to lose any weight, but then it came off much faster as my workouts improved. I honestly think my metabolism needed alot of time to rejuvenate. I developed a lot of bad habits while on adderall (I was on and off for 8 years, but it got bad the last 2 years) and it took a long time to heal from all the abuse. If I had to bet, you'll see big improvements by the spring if you stick to your routine. I think patience is the key. As I said for me, it took a long time to even get going. Even now as I am progressing faster and almost back to normal, there are still moments where I get really demotivated and self-ashamed ("how could I allow myself to get into such a state!?") I struggle with drinking after such moments so that's been a tough habit to kick. Sometimes I just catch a bad angle of myself in the mirror or something and it almost ruins my day haha. But I'm really trying on not being too hard on myself. I'm on the right path. I've put in hard work. I need to remind myself of that every so often. I think you should too. You've already put in a lot of work. Hope you have a good new year! Let us know if you got any results from the doctor!
  3. Weight Gain/Body Image

    Thank you! I don't know about you, but it took a LOOOONG time for me to feel any major improvements physically mentally or emotionally.The first year I made almost no progress. At the end of the first year I began to very slowly take incremental baby steps towards improvement. Then all at once it seemed I was off to the running. It can be hard to stay motivated during certain moments when I think of how much work I've put in and yet how much farther I have to go ("how did I let it get this bad!?"). But overall I'm very confident now. How's your recovery? Covid really threw a monkey wrench into everything didn't it? So many plans and goals were ruined this year for me. But still, I've been very fortunate to come out the other side of this thing better off than where I started. I hope your home workouts can be effective. (I tried Yoga for the first time the other day--my God its much harder than it seems!) I feel like breakfast is a sham and we've all been lied to our whole life (most important meal of the day my arse!) lol I used to force myself to have breakfast every morning, but after fasting I realized it is almost entirely unnecessary. I actually feel much better physically and more awake mentally when I skip breakfast.
  4. Weight Gain/Body Image

    Honestly your circumstance doesn't sound that bad. In my estimation you can definitely lose the weight pretty quickly, though indeed stomach fat is very stubborn and is by far the hardest to lose. When weight distributes disproportionately its usually a sign that you are metabolically unhealthy. I feel like adderall destroyed my digestive system the last few years, so this makes sense for me. I was always very athletic and extremely fit my whole life, until the last few years on adderall (28-30yrs) Like you, weight really packed on the midsection for me too, which sucks because I've always had good abs. I'm 6ft and put on probably 25 pounds the last few years of my addiction, and then another 25 immediately after quitting. After quitting, my appetite grew and I was too tired and too sore to workout in any serious capacity. It took serious baby steps for me to even set a fitness base. I've been clean 2 years now. The first year clean I was pretty much useless, and could hardly even workout. I got a gym membership right before Covid. I lost about 30 pounds by this point. I have about 20 more pounds to lose and I'm determined to lose it by the summer. The midsection fat is really the last dragon I need to slay. Its definitely diminishing, its just taking way longer than everything else. Much longer than I expected. I do intermittent fasting 3-4 days a week which really helps reduce appetite the rest of the week, and keeps my calories low. I try to workout 5-6 days/week. I do upper and lower body lifting, and extremely hard 3 mile cardio on the treadmill pretty much every day I'm at the gym (I try to get 2 miles around 12.5mins, and then finish 3 miles by 21min). Its important to really push yourself on your runs. To get rid of this last bit of stubborn belly fat I'm planning on doing more ab workouts with medicine balls, and just general core work. How's your progress?
  5. 5 Worst Things Adderall Did To You?

    1. Sleep Deprivation 2. Destruction of all routines, non-work commitments (especially working out and writing) 3. Got me out of shape 4. Health concerns (physical and psychological: stomach/digestive problems, sweating; paranoia, impatience, quick temper) 5. Caused a rift in relationships, social life After looking over this list, it feels like each symptom was caused or exacerbated by the previous one.
  6. Friday night sober ramblings

    Hey great post, how are you doing? I'm around the same timeline as you, and am feeling the same exact way. The last few weeks have been a roller coaster. Still having trouble with alcohol, trying to taper off it. On the plus side I did just get done with a run this morning. I'm in horrible shape, and what used to be my warm up is now my workout. But hey, I got out there in the cold damp weather and got a run in. Its one foot in front of the other for me at this point-- good work day by day. Still, some mornings/days rrrreeaalllllyyy suck. Hope everything is going well for you.
  7. Update from a long timer

    Hey man, I'm a newbie but I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm around 9-10 months clean of adi, but unfortunately my drinking habits have increased since the summer. Part of this is due to my personal circumstances (The GF and I are living at her Mom's temporarily after her Dad died suddenly-- its been chaotic to say the least.) Like you I'm getting back into shape, staying functional with my work for the most part. But I'm sick of the hangovers, sick of the embarrassing moments, sick of having shitty workouts/taking longer to reach my goals etc. I just got back from a wedding this weekend where I drank way too much, made an ass of myself, and had to puke on the side of the road on the way home. Now here I am, drinking again, after finishing my stressful legal work early to catch the Liverpool game. Lets try to kick this together. Maybe taper off of it? If you have any ideas, I'm more than willing to listen.