Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

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What course was that then Jim? Sounds interesting. It might benefit others of us on here.

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demag wrote:What course was that then Jim? Sounds interesting. It might benefit others of us on here.
Dave, I suffer, as you may be aware, from ME/CFS. The course in question was one run by the NHS along NICE guidelines to assist in mitigating (not curing) and managing the worst symptoms of ME/CFS. It's controversial as it has two prongs of attack - physical fitness (which seems counter-intuitive bust isn't) and the reduction of stress and anxiety to the lowest levels possible. Basically learn to sail through life without making ripples. Be laid-back with a very positive attitude. Learn to say NO.

It works for most and it certainly has for me... My ME/CFS is still very much with me but under control.

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Dear God, that made me tired just reading your schedule Jim!

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Thanks Jim,
Nice to know it's working for you. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost a year ago and spent over three months off work. Perversly it was a relief to be diagnosed. I had felt so ill for such a long time and no one seemed to have a clue what was wrong. Weight control and exercise were impressed on me by many professionals. I have lost 2 stone in weight since March 2013 and I know I should do more but when I get the chance I do a one mile power walk. My weight levelled over Christmas/New Year at a smidgeon under 13 stone but I'm just getting back on the wagon and hope to lose another half stone this year. I have met a lot of people with diabetes who gobble down beer, cider, crisps and chocolate etc and then moan that they find it hard to cope. I'm no saint but I am definitely coping reasonably well, better than I ever thought I would actually. :-D

More power to your elbow Jim! =D>

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well done jim!
sounds like you are on top :)
keep it up and wish you all the best for your health and wellbeing :)

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taffy wrote: keep it up and wish you all the best for your health and wellbeing :)
Thanks Taffy :-D

For anyone wondering, I'm still about, the XM is going well with a fresh MOT and all is good as it is with my faithful old Xantia V6. The Activa is still hibernating and won't appear again until spring. There’s some interesting projects going on in my workshop and health and happiness-wise things are very good indeed.

I'm presently taking a long break from the forums. I spend 9 very intense hours a day four days a week staring at PC screens and bashing keyboards at work and to be honest it is the last thing I wish to do now at home. I've not lost interest in the cars at all and in fact in my workshop I'm busier and keener than ever. I'm just not keen or interested in looking at a screen and tapping keys any more and when I'm home from the office I need to do something more outdoor or energetic rather than staring at yet another keyboard and screen.

I will always respond to PMs and emails and can be found intermittently on FaceBook. I'm also still doing my bit to administer this forum and I still religiously maintain backups; none of that has changed.

Anyone on here is always very welcome to visit, drink tea, eat cake and talk Citroen.

I will see you all at the rallies this year but I would appreciate if some kind soul might PM me to let me know when they are on.

This is not goodbye, just au revior for now... I'm sure I'll be back at some point in the future.... Maybe when work becomes less intense and demanding and I can find an interest in looking at a PC screen at home again...

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Morning Jim,

You know where t find us when you get bored :rofl2:

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Jim I think your doing a great thing :)
Knowing when to say NO and saying it are very different things and when it comes to your health you shouldn't hesitate!

Just keep it up and don't forget to give us the odd update, even if you do it sneakily at work ;)

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Jim, I do mean this the right way when I say that I am glad you don't have much time for the forum. Long may your recovery continue. I hope to see you at the rallies.

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KP wrote:...Just keep it up and don't forget to give us the odd update, even if you do it sneakily at work ;)
No, work is for Crackbook and Fleabay. Get it right! :lol:

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addo wrote:
KP wrote:...Just keep it up and don't forget to give us the odd update, even if you do it sneakily at work ;)
No, work is for Crackbook and Fleabay. Get it right! :lol:
Can't at work... Have no internet access there...

I will certainly keep updated.. Especially the projects I have on the go, one of which is getting Eberspacher heaters working... Nothing to report yet but I may have cracked a very common problem on them...

I'm definitely getting better. I swapped a front height corrector on a Xantia on Wednesday. That's a bloody evil job without a ramp. No way I could have done that a few months ago without severe suffering...

But I did and I didn't :-D

Swimming 40 lengths a day, doing at least 20 minutes of hard workout every day, eating good home-cooked food and Karate is definitely working...
Hell Razor5543 wrote:Jim, I do mean this the right way when I say that I am glad you don't have much time for the forum. Long may your recovery continue. I hope to see you at the rallies.
Thanks James, appreciated :-D
Trainman wrote: You know where t find us when you get bored :rofl2:
Just as long as it doesn't involve front height correctors Steve :rofl2:

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Seems I'm back :-D

I was shorly going to make a return to active participation but the failure of the main production server for the FCF and BXC and a need to bring the contingency servers up and into live action at my place have made my reappearance somewhat earlier than planned...

I can see I have a lot to catch up on...

Happenings here are few on the car front. Life has been concerned with getting/keeping fit, work, cooking and karate with just a bit of car fun for good measure.

I'm now very fit indeed and have lost my fat gut at long last. Not sure where it is but if I never find it again I'll not worry. I'm under 11 stone now. I work out very hard indeed these days. I swim every morning (just got back from a long swim in fact), work out with cross trainer and weights every evening and practice karate twice a week. I've passed my first grading and I'm now a blue belt. Next grading in July.

I eat only food prepared from scratch and never anything processed unless I'm eating out..

Work is keeping me very busy and I'm working long hours again but still have Wednesdays off.

On the car front, the XM is great, has been a paragon of reliability and is now resting up for summer. It has worked hard through the winter with may runs to Somerset but never once has it faltered and everything still works.

The Activa is out of hibernation and has been troublesome. It needed a new lover swivel, a driveshaft boot replace and a new wishbone due to an unexplained problem with the old one and replacement front bush. I found some NOS Activa wishbones on ebay and snapped them up.

That was all very well but then I had to level it. That took me three goes over two days!

The V6 Xantia just goes on and on and has just passed the MOT with a clean sheet. Not before swapping the brake flexi hoses though and that was a major task, especially on the nearside where there's a bloody great gearbox in the way.

The main thing is that all the jobs I've done myself and that shows how things are now. Last year no way could I have done all that and came up smiling...

I'm not fully cured though as come 8PM I'm dead and usually in bad...

That's all for now. I shall be catching up in due course...

That may take some time!

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CitroJim wrote:
I'm not fully cured though as come 8PM I'm dead and usually in bad...

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In bad?? :-D

thats silly putting the xm away for a rest. Its their 25th annerversry this year .. X rally may be the only chance for them to meet. Unfortunately mine wont be there nor will I..

Good to see a post from you at last

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Perhaps I'm bad in bed Paul :lol:

I meant bed...

The XM is resting and not off the road. It will be at rallies this year although I was planning to bring the Activa to the X rally next Sunday..

Next month she goes in to the spray shop to have her lacquer peel fixed...

Shame you won't be at the X Rally Paul :(

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Glad to have you back Jim and to hear the fleets running tickety boo.

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