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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 29th Jul 17, 2:06 PM
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    The Cutting Down / Giving Up Booze Thread (Part 14)
    • #1
    • 29th Jul 17, 2:06 PM
    The Cutting Down / Giving Up Booze Thread (Part 14) 29th Jul 17 at 2:06 PM
    Welcome. Here we are again, time for a new thread, new starts and new challenges.

    Let's take a trip down memory lane and remind ourselves of In Search Of Me's (ISOM) original post in Part 1:

    24th February 2008

    Quote:
    In Search Of Me "There are a few of us who want to give up/cut down & I thought it would be good to widen the net to support each other along the way!
    For me alch & feeling good for the time I'm drinking & then rubbish after go hand in hand. A bit like drinking & smoking & drinking & getting the munchies! Last year I gave up alch & fags for 10 months & then "slipped" towards Christmas until by Jan I was doing both with alarming regularity. I dread to think how much both cost me financially and I know physically that I've felt rubbish. My lungs hurt, have put on weight & literally none of my clothes fit so I will have to buy more - which means a dent in my budget that I can ill afford. My skin is also yukky & much nicer when I dont drink/smoke!
    I had my last ciggies the night before last & last wine on Tues. I know I will feel 100% better when I crack it but also know it will be hard. One disadvantage here is that all too often DFW "parties" tend to involve alcohol so I'm also hoping that this can possibly be a safe haven for those of us who want, or need, to abstain, for now at least!
    Anway - I hope that this can be a place of real support for people who are sturggling. I do wonder whether there is a link between debt & drinking as from the Jan thread it was obvious that so many struggle to give up! Plus I know for me that I feel much hapier and in control when I dont drink (or drink in moderation) - which of course begs the question "why do I do it?"! Anyway, I do but will now try not t ad hope some of you wil join in. Some days I know I wil fail, just as I do with my debt free journey and I am more than happy to be given a swift (but nice!) kicking when I do! Hugs all and dare I say... but this time with water!!
    And here's what she started!!! :

    Part 13 is Here

    Part 12 is HERE

    Part 11 is HERE

    Part 10 is HERE

    Part 9 is HERE

    Part 8 is HERE

    Part 7 is HERE

    Part 6 is HERE

    Part 5 is HERE

    Part 4 is HERE

    Part 3 is HERE

    Part 2 is HERE

    and the original starting thread is HERE

    Here is a post from back on thread 1 or 2.

    Quote:
    Springwatch Girl Well, week 5 of no alcohol and I see a different person in the mirror. My eyes no longer look dull and vacant, they actually have a little sparkle and my skin doesn't look like uncooked pastry anymore. I feel that I have won a battle but not yet the war. Hope everyone else is at the point they want to be, I never want to be that person I was, I have been tempted but I just think back to what I had become. The sun is shining at the moment and I feel good and want to continue to have the sun in my life"


    Good Luck Everyone!

    Shaggyx
    What do we do when we fall? We get up, dust ourselves off and start walking in the right direction again. Perhaps when we fall, it is easy to forget there are people along the way who help us stand and walk with us as we get back on track.
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    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 10th Aug 17, 12:50 PM
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    6/20

    Second half of the year I think is harder.

    Welcome Stitchy WItchy

    Thank you all.
    2017- 5 credit cards plus loan
    Overdraft And 1 credit card paid off.

    2018 plans - reduce debt
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 10th Aug 17, 7:21 PM
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    9/24 AFDs today
    • StitchyWitchy
    • By StitchyWitchy 10th Aug 17, 9:44 PM
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    Thank you everyone for making me feel so welcome.

    I trying to use my time off work this summer to change some of my bad habits and try to get into better ones.

    Another AF day today for me so that's 6/26 so far

    Am hoping that I have more will power this weekend than last
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 10th Aug 17, 10:17 PM
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    5/16 for me please shaggy
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Aug 17, 10:27 PM
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    Welcome StitchyWitchy

    Would generally be my 'wobble' night tonight but I am declaring early to make sure I don't - it also means I get my first smiley

    7/14 for me please Shaggy - how about you Maman?
    Originally posted by sukeyboo
    Same here sukey. I'm on my phone so can't do colour.
    7 AFDs please Shaggy
    and I claim my first smiley for August.
    • ManPants
    • By ManPants 10th Aug 17, 11:01 PM
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    In bed early so now 5 AF.

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    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 10th Aug 17, 11:45 PM
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    Welcome Stitchy Witchy!
    6/18 for me please. It turns out it is possible on the odd occasion to visit pubs, bars, theatre and restaurants and not drink booze.
    Sleep well everyone.
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 11th Aug 17, 5:22 AM
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    Morning,

    Put me down for 2/10 please Shaggy
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    • maggiem
    • By maggiem 11th Aug 17, 7:15 AM
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    Welcome Stitchy Witchy.
    7/15 please and first smiley for ages. I'm very pleased as driving home last night, really irritating day at work, arrived 0730 and was going to leave on time but left at 1815, I was thinking that it would be lovely to have a glass (or more likely half / most of the bottle). However I resisted so best total for ages and I can have wine tonight as planned. Now just to keep going - always an issue for me!
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 11th Aug 17, 7:32 AM
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    Can I join you all? I've been lurking around for a while and have finally plucked up the courage to post on here.

    I'm nearly half way through reading 'The easy way to control alcohol' as I've been aware I've needed to cut down for a while and I really want to get in control and change my habits.

    I've managed 5 AF days so far in August and will aim for 26 AF days in total this month.
    Originally posted by StitchyWitchy
    Welcome and Good Luck! You're on the list.
    What do we do when we fall? We get up, dust ourselves off and start walking in the right direction again. Perhaps when we fall, it is easy to forget there are people along the way who help us stand and walk with us as we get back on track.
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 11th Aug 17, 7:40 AM
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    Monthly Challenge : August 2017
    August 2017

    = 7 Days AF

    = 14 days AF

    = 21 days AF

    = 28 days AF

    = 31 days AF

    = Target Achieved

    = Target Beaten


    Alcohol Free Days
    Barny1979 9/24
    CathyBird 10/21


    CuppaTea 5/16


    Eltee
    /21

    ElusiveLucy
    2/15

    GreenKaren 1/5
    Honey Bear 10/31
    MaggieM 7/15
    Maman 7/10

    ManPants 5/TF

    NewstartDMP /21


    Poor Single Lady 6/20


    Pricey
    /22

    PurpleMumof2 2/10

    Shaggy 5/21

    Smiley77
    8/31

    StichyWitchy 6/26
    SukeyBoo
    7/14

    WBF 6/18




    Everyone Welcome! It's never too late to join....

    Please highlight your AFDs in Red

    Don't hesitate to let me know if I've made a mistake!
    What do we do when we fall? We get up, dust ourselves off and start walking in the right direction again. Perhaps when we fall, it is easy to forget there are people along the way who help us stand and walk with us as we get back on track.
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 11th Aug 17, 8:28 AM
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    Morning all, 11/21 for me please
    Last edited by cathybird; 11-08-2017 at 8:30 AM.
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    • maggiem
    • By maggiem 11th Aug 17, 8:34 AM
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    Shaggy thank you for updating the list especially on your holidays!Positively noble of you. Hope you are having a good time.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 11th Aug 17, 8:46 AM
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    Second half of the year I think is harder.
    Originally posted by Poor_Single_lady
    To be honest, I think changing any deeply ingrained habit is hard and once we're in the habit of associating booze with relaxing and having a good time, it's difficult to get out of it. There are a lot of reasons or excuses we can give ourselves to celebrate something - Friday's always the end of the working week at any time of year and we all have friends who have birthdays when it's mildly inconvenient! When the sun's out we all want to just unwind and soak it up, basically. Summer's a good reason to have a barbeque and sit outside with a glass of something cold, autumn is the time for cosying up by a huge log fire when it's windy and raining, December's about Christmas, January's about New Year and all the evenings out we didn't fit in before Christmas, February is a miserable month, cold and endlessly bleak so we need to perk ourselves up, Easter's a long weekend, there are two bank holidays in May, June's the beginning of summer and so on. I think anyone who cuts down any time is doing brilliantly.

    Am hoping that I have more will power this weekend than last
    Originally posted by StitchyWitchy
    Good luck with the weekend, Stitchy Witchy!

    It turns out it is possible on the odd occasion to visit pubs, bars, theatre and restaurants and not drink booze.
    Originally posted by Wanna Bee Free
    I was amazed when I discovered that too, WBF! It still seems like a miracle and I wish I'd found out sooner - I could kiss any landlady or landlord that keeps an AF beer chilled and ready for the few and far between of us who don't want an evening of booze or sugary drinks. I really don't care what they charge, either.

    11/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 11th Aug 17, 10:29 AM
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    Morning All


    7/21 please


    Thanks


    El
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    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 11th Aug 17, 10:45 AM
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    Not doing very well this month. only at 4/15 so far. I've been having a bad time at work, coming home and having a drink or two. Need to get out of that habit.
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 12th Aug 17, 8:05 AM
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    Hang on in there Elusive Lucy!

    12/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 12th Aug 17, 9:08 AM
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    Morning all, 12/21 for me thanks.
    No. 38 in Save 12K in 2017. £11,183.81/£12,000
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    Oct AFDs: 15/21 2017 AFDs: 240/252
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 12th Aug 17, 9:53 PM
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    6/16 please shaggy.

    An unusual AF Saturday for me, despite being at a BBQ, surrounded by people drinking and being offered wine. I even had a 2 min walk home.

    The reason was 2 fold though. Firstly I had wine last night and indulged a little too much. Secondly I have a blood test on Monday morning and I wanted to be 2 days clear of alcohol.

    Still I'm pleased with today. Didn't miss it and feel chuffed knowing I'll wake up in the morning clear headed.

    Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 13th Aug 17, 8:52 AM
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    Good morning everyone.
    7/20 AF Days

    Had Bacardi yesterday which I have never drunk before and then had some awful nightmares. Not sure if it's related but not doing that again.
    Enough to put you right off.

    i haven't done very well lately. Trying hard.
    Thank you all.
    2017- 5 credit cards plus loan
    Overdraft And 1 credit card paid off.

    2018 plans - reduce debt
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