Monday, August 22, 2016

Back in England

I’m back in England early this year for a couple or reasons I either cannot or will not talk about here. What I will say, however, is that my anxiety and panic attacks have all but disappeared and I am getting my life back on track. This means that I am working on various projects including the next books. Again I must print out and read again stuff I did before (mostly last year), to get it running in my head again and get writing. Also other things…


While I was out on Crete I kept to a pretty severe exercise regimen. At the start of the year I was walking in the mountains from 8 to 12 kilometres every day. As the temperature rose I turned to kayaking and swimming and most days was kayaking 10K and/or swimming 2K. Back here I decided I needed something to replace that so for the first time in many years joined a gym.

I told the guy who did my induction what I had been doing before which is probably why each of the four circuits I am taking on (one each day) start with 20 minutes on a cross trainer and end with 2000M on a rowing machine, with lots of work with weights between. The induction lasted 2 hours and I felt shell-shocked afterwards. The next day I did my first circuit and found that using the weights rendered me incapable of doing the two sets of 25 standard press-ups and two sets of 25 press-ups with the hands directly under the body. I managed 14 standard press-ups and gave up. Giggling.

After doing this I came back home and felt energised. Amongst other things I wrote 1,000 words – this was all good. The next day I found it difficult to get out of chairs and there were few parts of my body I could touch without them hurting. Today I did my second circuit. This was hard but I managed it all. Afterwards I sorted out some bits and pieces in my local town and returned to a big breakfast. My body then demanded an hour and half of sleep but now, as you see, I’m back to writing.

I should settle into this over the next few weeks … either that or I’ll have a heart attack on the cross-trainer. But now it is time for me to print up the start of a book…  

16 comments:

Dave Cope said...

Good to see you're getting back on top Neil. Looking forward to some Jain...

Brian said...

Agreed, glad to hear things are going well (if tired :-) ) for you.

Daniel Ware said...

Re the gym font push too hard too early, the point is to ramp up to a level over time, the PTs will help you do that, as will (depending on the chain) the computer monitoring/recording of your progress

lubertdas said...

Thanks for the update Neal, keep plugging away, mind and body!

FIAGOTTPF said...

Glad to hear you're well... and that a new book is underway.

Lauris M said...

Yay, post from you!
Thanks.

Pablo said...

I genuinely laughed :)
Thanks for the update and good for you!

Bill the Butcher said...

That's why I stick to a simple weight regimen workout each day :/

Bill the Butcher said...

That's why I stick to a simple weight regimen workout each day :/

Ian M Campbell said...

Dont get too addicted to exercise !!! You may implode....

Aiming for a six pack? ;)

JamesY said...

:-) !

JamesY said...

:-) !

Alex said...

Welcome back, was starting to wonder if you have given up on the whole blogging thing

Neil said...

Good to hear things are coming back together.

Martin Sommerfeld said...

Very happy to read this! :-)

Jack McDaniel said...

Great to hear! Nothing like exercise to clear the mind.