Run Fat Boy run

Run Fat Boy run

Run Fat Boy Run

This  whole OwningBipolar thing started off as something to keep my mind busy when I was in the recovery stage following my big “blip”, but more and more (and because I’ve not been updating it) I’ve been trying to think how I could repurpose it; an OwningBipolar 2.0 if you like.

In the run up to my episode in November 2021 I was going at it hammer and tong on my rower and cross-trainer in order to knacker myself out so that I could sleep. I was also using it to blank-out my mind, as I have known for many years that exercise is the single best thing you can do to clear out the demons from your brain; and even when you have no demons – just perhaps the good old washing machine head going on (imagine putting your brain on a fast cycle wash – that’s what I mean here) it works wonders for making you think of nothing for a while.

Doing lots of exercise is one of my red-flags when it comes to bipolar – I kind of go manic on the fitness front. But what if I want to take ownership of fitness away from bipolar and have it be my means of staying really sane? That I’d love, so that’s what I am going to do.

Getting fit is something I need to do anyway for a lot of reasons:

  • I am 51 and have a 7 year old son – I need to be around for him
  • Being physically fit goes hand in hand with being mentally fit
  • I take Quetiapine which encourages you somewhat to eat a lot
  • Quetiapine is a sedative, so if I don’t get myself really fit I’m going to end up having to live a sedentary lifestyle and I don’t like the idea of that

On top of this and the fact that I actually like doing exercise, I also put three of my Magnificent Seven down as fitness goals:

  • Lose two stone that I have just put on (1)
  • Get fit enough to run half marathons again (2)
  • Train for a duathlon (7)

So I am going to try out various fitness routines and blog about them, but try and make it funny in some sort of way otherwise it’ll be a very dull blog (my daughter has turned into a gym addict and all she talks about is how much protein is in this or that).

I have been tempted to try out one of the programs you can follow such as Fit Father Project or the Chris Hemsworth Centr one, but I’m going to start off picking up the routines I used to follow when I was running half decent race times when I was 39 or 40. I’m over ten years older now, but I figure if they worked then they should still work now – I’ll just have to build in more recovery time. If it doesn’t work then maybe I’ll splash out on one of the programs.

I’ll also review the fitness equipment I buy – “all the gear and no idea” springs to mind but it might be of use to someone; even if that someone is me. This provides a self healing process should I have a blip that results in me spending money – if I spend it on fitness stuff then naturally I’ll sort myself out again (as long as I use it!). I’ll just have to keep myself away from expensive bike shops.

I’ll still blog about my other trials and tribulations with bipolar, as just because I am on meds now doesn’t mean it has gone away.

Ignoring everything I have written above, the main reason for thinking fitness will be a good thing to blog about is because I caught sight of my reflection in some shop windows when I was running the Vitality London 10k today and somehow or other I seem to have become rotund and that I need to sort out.

I took a picture of my gut later just to prove to myself how bad it was!

My first target I’m setting myself therefore is to get back down to at least 12 stone before we head out to Spain late July / Early August.

I’m not talking about getting ripped or anything, just reducing down my gut to something you can’t balance a pint on.

Scully

Related Posts

Optimism

Optimism

Friday Morning Book Club

Friday Morning Book Club

An Incredible Journey

An Incredible Journey

I’m not vegan, but whole food plant based meals – what harm can a few do?

I’m not vegan, but whole food plant based meals – what harm can a few do?

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Optimism
    Trying to change my bumper stickers from: To something like: Think I need to work on this a little. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulrunsformind
  • Friday Morning Book Club
    Maybe it bothers you, or maybe it doesn’t, but if you have a physical disability, a physical difference, or anything about you that manifests visually you can recognise it...
  • An Incredible Journey
    When I was about eight years old I wrote a story at school. I have no idea what we were supposed to be writing about, but apparently I had...
  • I’m not vegan, but whole food plant based meals – what harm can a few do?
    It might be front of mind because I have just read the book “Finding Ultra” by the massively accomplished ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll, but eating too many processed...
  • Sorting out a gym
    I think it is probably illegal to burn twenty pound notes, but that’s what I’m more of less doing each month. I’m shelling out just over £40 for a...

Recent Comments