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  1. Our amazing @Charlotte Lottie is swimming the Serpentine for the charity tomorrow. If you have a couple of quid spare - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=1064316

  2. I'm hosting the Nottingham OCD support group tomorrow evening for anyone wanting to come along.

    1. Storm

      Storm

      Ashley, I was wondering whether there are any plans to open more support groups in the future?

  3. Riding 100 miles for the charity this weekend on Sunday on the old Olympic road race route. Starts at Olympic Park > central London > Surrey Hills > Wimbledon > Finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

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    2. Gemma7

      Gemma7

      Ashley is approximately half way, yeah! 

    3. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      How did it go ashley? Hope you had a great time!

    4. Ashley

      Ashley

      Thank you everyone for sponsoring.  I did it, it was challenging but 95 mile course (a hill was closed due to accident shortening to 95 from 100) but getting to and from start/finish line I did about 110 miles cycling on the day.    I did it in a time of 7hr 40 which is slow, but I had to stop 7 times to get water/pee so that added at least 5 minutes per stop and a few bottlenecks and accidents meant we were held at times so I lost at least 20-30 minutes there.  My target is to get under 7 hours next year.  Will post about an OCD issue later.

  4. I think I have washed my shirt in sweat today.... it's hot!

    1. Gemma7

      Gemma7

      Would recommend washing in soap and water in future :;

    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      Yes to hot 🥵

    3. taurean

      taurean

      A nod to that greatest of Britons Winston Churchill's famous speech perhaps? 

      "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat".

      But don’t apply that too literally Ashley :biggrin: - however busy, there should always be another day! 

  5. Having ridden 60 miles on the bike yesterday. I have to say, sitting down is rather uncomfortable today.

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    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      It hurts me just thinking about it never mind doing it :lol:

    3. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Wow amazing achievement ashley! 

    4. taurean

      taurean

      Good stuff Ashley, but it makes me sore just to think about it. 

  6. I'm expecting a Gemma shaped visitor to the OCD-UK office later. 

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    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      Bless, i miss our Friday night chats. Give her my best wishes please :)

    3. Avo

      Avo

      Send her my best wishes too, she has been a bit quiet on the forum of late. 

    4. taurean

      taurean

      That will no doubt be an hour glass shape :)

      She has been excellent helping you with the magazine, and hopefully she will be up for more chat in the member's area soon. 

      Bless you Gemma enjoy the visit. 

       

  7. Nottingham OCD support group tomorrow evening from 6:45pm.

  8. Magazine now uploaded to printers. 

  9. A couple of great north run places left, deadline this Friday. 

  10. Latest OCD-UK magazine hopefully going to print Mon or Tue. A massive 48 page read.

    1. taurean

      taurean

      Wow that is brilliant, look forward to receiving mine :book:

  11. Conference site visit today... Getting excited already :)

    1. taurean

      taurean

      I am really glad you like the hotel 🏩 and its location, Ashley. 

      I am getting excited too :)

       

  12. Posting some wonderful charity news shortly.

  13. Another conference recording added to the OCD-UK members area. 

  14. Hoping to discuss a few new ideas next week.

    1. taurean

      taurean

      Sounds interesting, will be all ears :)

       

  15. Good Nottingham OCD Support Group last night. 

  16. Despite it only being January, we've allocated all but two of our places left in this year's Great North Run. Shout quick if you want a place with OCD-UK.

  17. Just added the 2019 conference details in the members area.

  18. I'm off to the lovely wonderful Nottingham later... it may be raining but I get to see some of the lovely people of my Nottingham group so I will be smiling :)

    1. taurean

      taurean

      Singing in the rain perhaps?  :) It may be wet outside but it sure sounds nice and warm within. 

      Have a great evening! 

    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      Was hoping to make it this month Ashley, but sadly I wasn’t feeling well enough to come :(

  19. Been a bit quiet of late, new website, latest magazine (being finished and tomorrow moving to a new office (cheaper one). 

    1. Avo

      Avo

      Hi Ashley

      You have had a nice quiet summer then.!

      The new website looks great, also looking forward to the next edition of the magazine.

      A few days ago I renewed my membership - setting up a direct debit in the process. I also entered my new address as I moved house over the summer it will be different from the one I gave when I joined last year

      are you able to confirm if the registration went through ok with my new address - sorry to ask as I am sure you have many things to do. I can provide my membership number etc if you need. 

      Sorry also if I have asked via the wrong medium here.

    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      Wow you’ve have been busy Ashley, are you staying in derby or moving some where new? 

    3. taurean

      taurean

      I seem to  remember you saying that your home landlord was going to provide the office accommodation? 

      All the best with the office move. 

      We have been tootling along ok on the forums while you have been so busy reconfiguring website, office arrangements, and keeping the charity running so well. And the moderator team have kept things nicely on track. 

      But I missed your input in the F1 thread on the member's-only sport forum :(

       

  20. Geez....   ive sweated so much in the last hour with that shoot out!!!

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    2. taurean

      taurean

      I don't think I would pick Ali or Dier - and Walker has twice made bad mistakes, he is playing out of position. 

      But the Colombians were a strong and physical team, and we eventually prevailed. My wife says Gareth Southgate deliberately had them practising penalties when they were tired at the end of training - clever. 

      Anyway, the doctor checked my blood pressure this morning and it was fine :)

       

    3. Gemma7

      Gemma7

      Haha, I was tense but wasn't too bad, I just assumed they'd lose so it kept me relatively calm :lol:

    4. taurean

      taurean

      Ever since the loss to Germany 4-1 8 years ago I have taken the Gemma route of not expecting success, so managing better if they don't do well. 

      But this year is a great opportunity, though our stats against Sweden are terrible - we will need to up our game, make chances and put them away. 

      For me no Dier, put on Loftus-cheek and Rashford or Welbeck. 

      Danny Rose to left back. And stop giving away needless possession, but also stop needless passing back. 

  21. OCDBookCLub is back for June, so perhaps get involved, get reading, get better!

  22. Sorry about the forum downtime, I have new website work coming out my ears. I was up until 4am trying to sort it last night, gave up in the end. Sorted now.. I hope.

    1. taurean

      taurean

      Thanks for all the work Ashley, you do us proud. 

  23. New website help needed in the members area.

    1. taurean

      taurean

      Will keep an eye open on the thread to see if I can add any useful comment :)

       

       

  24. No need for sad faces on thread titles... lets just assume everyone is sad by the fact they're on the forum!!!!! Otherwise every thread will have a sad face.

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    2. lostinme

      lostinme

      I think Ashley just means on the thread title Gemma, not in response to one :yes:

    3. Ashley

      Ashley

      Yeah I meant on the thread titles.  I just don't want to look down the forum list and see a list of threads all with sad faces.

    4. BelAnna

      BelAnna

      Does finding the sentence 'let's just assume we're all sad' hilarious make me a sociopath?

  25. We don't recover from OCD by talking about it online or at a monthly support group..... we get better by 'doing', so do something, do something today!

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    2. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Good for you Lost :)  You are a heck of a determined person! :)

    3. taurean

      taurean

      Breaking an OCD - induced routine (ritual)  is a great act. 

      It shows we can do it, however much OCD screams at us as a result - and it gives us such a sense of achievement. 

      I wanted to watch Tony Robinson's programme about Canterbury cathedral (which I have personally visited)  but knew he would go into grisly detail about the murder of Thomas a Becket, yet as a history buff I felt I wanted to know a little more about the detail behind that, plus I wanted to face out the violence (the theme of my harm OCD). 

      I recorded it, then watched the programme straight through, not avoiding that violent passage. 

      And a couple of days later, I watched the recording through again with my wife, who wanted to see it. 

      And, because I have kept my OCD homework up to date, the violent passage didn’t affect me - I was able to watch it without an OCD trigger as a result :)

       

    4. lostinme

      lostinme

      Thank you Ashley, gbg and Roy for your kind words of support :) 

      Quite often it’s so easy to think oh I can’t do this now,  because? 

      It’s so easy to just sit back and use things as an excuse as to why we couldn’t and there will always be an excuse to why we couldn’t do it or can’t. We need to admit to ourselves first that we are hiding behind excuses for not doing things so we can start to  make progress :yes:

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