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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 8th Jan 14, 12:18 PM
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    The Giving Up/ Cutting Down alcohol support thread - number 13
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    • 8th Jan 14, 12:18 PM
    The Giving Up/ Cutting Down alcohol support thread - number 13 8th Jan 14 at 12:18 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 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
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 08-01-2014 at 12:30 PM.
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 20th Sep 16, 7:52 PM
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    12 AFDs yesterday and 13 AFDs today
    • debjay
    • By debjay 20th Sep 16, 7:52 PM
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    11/20 for tonight please.
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 20th Sep 16, 8:38 PM
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    7/10 for tonight please Shaggy.
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 20th Sep 16, 9:20 PM
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    I found the Sainsbury one and tried it this eve. Its quite good actually Only wanted one glass. It lacks the kick of an alcoholic drink but its a good alternative. I was feeling stressed earlier and kept telling myself, no problems are solved by alcohol. Glad i didn't succumb.

    15/17 please shaggy.
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • stoplurking
    • By stoplurking 20th Sep 16, 10:22 PM
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    8/12 please Shaggy.
    LBM Oct12 Debts at LBM £17715.93.
    Orig DFD Apr15 DFD 24/12/13
    3-6monthEFC#9 £1334/£4000 33.3%
    • New Me
    • By New Me 20th Sep 16, 10:27 PM
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    5/15 for tonight please Shaggy
    • Green Karen
    • By Green Karen 20th Sep 16, 10:59 PM
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    7/7 AF days for me tonight. Really pleased as although I haven't done very well the last few days, I haven't gone overboard and have drank a lot less. Tonight (and for most of rest of week) am away with work which is always harder for me not to drink.
    On Saturday am away with work for 10 days (although 4 days of it is annual leave I have tagged on to end and my OH is joining me). That will be tough as I will be entertaining customers every night. 12 hour working days also, but will try to be AF at least every other night.
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 21st Sep 16, 7:19 AM
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    I did have a large glass of wine last night, so a bit annoyed this morning that I can't add to my total, but anyway...

    I've never tried any of the AF wine versions. I'm popping into a Tesco today, so going to take a look to see what they have on offer.

    Good luck with the work entertaining Karen! My DH's company have banned alcohol at corporate events. Customers can buy their own, but what's on offer is always AF. I think this is because they've had several bad experiences of having to handle drunk blokes in posh places

    Still on 19/24 Shaggy - thank you x
    DFBXmas2016 #27 £3606.60/£34,027.17 = 10% as at 28/6/2016/2016
    Wombling total 2016 = £5221.52 as at 12/9/2016
    Sealed pot challenge 2016 (#501)1/6/2016 = 10.12.2
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 21st Sep 16, 10:59 AM
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    9/15 for me please Shaggy
    • maman
    • By maman 21st Sep 16, 11:06 AM
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    This month is proving a struggle to get to target.


    My choice was is to drink midweek at home (except for special occasions like birthdays). Unfortunately (or fortunately) this month is full of occasions. Maybe next month I won't go anywhere. Even if I don't reach 10, I'm mindful of my drinking which is what matters.


    No plans to drink today.


    7 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 21st Sep 16, 1:39 PM
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    My DH's company have banned alcohol at corporate events. Customers can buy their own, but what's on offer is always AF. I think this is because they've had several bad experiences of having to handle drunk blokes in posh places
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    What an excellent idea! Most works events I went to were an ocean of booze sloshing about and vile as a result. And I say that as someone that used to enjoy drinking - they were totally about excess. Horrible.

    21/30 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 21st Sep 16, 2:19 PM
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    Afternoon all, 11/15 for me please.
    No. 11 in Save 12K in 2016: £16,172.63/£15,000. Target reached 1 August.
    Amazon/eBay July '15 to end Aug: £4,283.59. MB: £406.67 Total: £4,690.26
    September AFDs: 15/15 2016 AFDs: 155/200
    Savings goal for 2015: £10,000. Saved: £25,464.86
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 21st Sep 16, 2:54 PM
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    Afternoon

    2 more AFDs for Monday & Tuesday.



    Shaggyx
    "Now to trolling as a concept. .... Personally, I've always found it a little sad that people choose to spend such a large proportion of their lives in this way but they do, and we have to deal with it." - MSE Forum Manager 6th July 2010

    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 21st Sep 16, 3:04 PM
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    Monthly Challenge : September 2016
    September

    = 7 Days AF

    = 14 days AF

    = 21 days AF
    = 28 days AF

    = 30 days AF

    = target achieved


    Alcohol Free Days
    Arkers 13/15
    Barny1979
    13/24
    CathyBird 11/15

    CuppaTea 15/17
    DebJay 11/20
    DizzyImp 19/24
    ElusiveLucy 7/16

    FizzandNonsense 3/TF
    GreenKaren 7/7

    Honey Bear 21/30

    LotsToGain /TF

    LuckyLise 1/14
    Maman 7/10

    NewMe
    5/15
    Pricey
    9/22
    Sandypan 19/30

    Shaggy 10/17


    Slowdown /19
    StopLurking 8/12
    SukeyBoo
    9/15
    Tabitha 13/20

    TopGirl 13/22

    WBF 8/10



    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!
    "Now to trolling as a concept. .... Personally, I've always found it a little sad that people choose to spend such a large proportion of their lives in this way but they do, and we have to deal with it." - MSE Forum Manager 6th July 2010

    • debjay
    • By debjay 21st Sep 16, 6:19 PM
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    12/20 for tonight please.
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 21st Sep 16, 6:50 PM
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    Good luck with the work entertaining Karen! My DH's company have banned alcohol at corporate events. Customers can buy their own, but what's on offer is always AF. I think this is because they've had several bad experiences of having to handle drunk blokes in posh places

    Still on 19/24 Shaggy - thank you x
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp

    What a great idea and not only does it promote better behaviour but productivity must increase on the next day too. Must be hard to have to work all day and then have to mingle and socialise with work in the evenings too. I guess it can intrude on family life and personal time. I hope it goes ok for you Karen.

    Another AF day for me. Rather pleased as this week is so busy. Off to an open evening at the secondary school tonight. The kids are very excited. The AF wine is sitting in the fridge, i'm not tempted, but I will have some on Friday in addition to half a bottle of wine. I'm hoping to make the bottle last over Friday and Saturday and that's my limit for the week. Keeps me under 14 units. I am aware though its above the 3 units recommended per day. Its hard to have open wine in the fridge though. It needs to go so I can forget about it and I don't want to waste a third day on a small glass to finish it up.

    Hmm

    1 more please Shaggy - I've forgotten where I am again.
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 21st Sep 16, 8:27 PM
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    14/24 AFDs today
    • PriceySOS
    • By PriceySOS 22nd Sep 16, 8:18 AM
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    14 please, Shaggy, ta
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 22nd Sep 16, 8:51 AM
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    Pleased to report AF yesterday, so up to 20/24

    However...it is my birthday today, so I shall be indulging in a lovely glass of Merlot
    DFBXmas2016 #27 £3606.60/£34,027.17 = 10% as at 28/6/2016/2016
    Wombling total 2016 = £5221.52 as at 12/9/2016
    Sealed pot challenge 2016 (#501)1/6/2016 = 10.12.2
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 22nd Sep 16, 9:00 AM
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    Pleased to report AF yesterday, so up to 20/24

    However...it is my birthday today, so I shall be indulging in a lovely glass of Merlot
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    Your numbers are looking brilliant, Dizzy. Many happy returns of the day and I hope the merlot is thoroughly enjoyable. You've more than earned it.

    This month is proving a struggle to get to target.

    My choice was is to drink midweek at home (except for special occasions like birthdays). Unfortunately (or fortunately) this month is full of occasions. Maybe next month I won't go anywhere. Even if I don't reach 10, I'm mindful of my drinking which is what matters.
    Originally posted by maman
    As you say, Maman, it's mindful drinking now, as opposed to sloshing it back. I hope you're having a lovely time celebrating everything.

    22/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
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