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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)
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    • 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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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 6th Sep 17, 7:07 PM
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    5/25 AFDs today
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 6th Sep 17, 8:38 PM
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    5/18 for me please. I think tomorrow will be tricky as I'm already thinking about it. I can't drink Friday as driving so my brain is suggesting I swap. I should ignore this and do an extra make up day for previous losses.
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Sep 17, 5:12 AM
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    Morning,

    2/10 AFD for me please Shaggy.

    Hope everyone is ok today? X
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    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 7th Sep 17, 7:28 AM
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    Morning all, 7/21 for me please.
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 7th Sep 17, 4:45 PM
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    7/30 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • maggiem
    • By maggiem 7th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    2/15 please - that's me committed to not drinking tonight. I was out with a colleague Tuesday and last night had yet another s*d it moment after v difficult day. So a bit behind - had hoped to be at 4 today but will continue - glad it's early in the month. Lots of time to catch up.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 7th Sep 17, 7:00 PM
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    6/25 AFDs today
    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 7th Sep 17, 10:16 PM
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    4/24 please

    Would have liked a drink today. So much work nonsense happening, but went to a non alcohol-serving cafe for lunch so taken out of my hands but glad to have another AF day.
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    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 7th Sep 17, 11:52 PM
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    4/21 for me today. I was in two minds about drinking as I was out with friends. Persuaded myself I'd start with a soft drink and see how I felt later. When later came I wasn't that bothered so had another soft drink. Apart from the decision itself it didn't affect my enjoyment of the evening out, apart from realising we all talk a load of rubbish towards the end of the evening when we've been drinking!

    Sleep well everyone.
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    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 8th Sep 17, 7:51 AM
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    Morning all, 8/21 for me please.
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    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 8th Sep 17, 9:51 AM
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    Up to 3/10 for Weds night but had a s*d it moment last night after a long day at work. Really shouldn't have done it, must try harder next week as I really want to make target this month despite a trip abroad from next saturday
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 8th Sep 17, 11:03 AM
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    I think the frequency of 'sod it moments' may be slightly due to the time of year. Most of us have finished our summer breaks and are now back at the coalface, knowing that the next break we'll get is Christmas. I think it's too long, I really do. (The other time of year this feeling happens is early February - Christmas is well and truly over, the weather's merde, and it's a looooong time until Easter.) Even if it's only a weekend away, if we can have something lovely to look forward to it might help with the generally low feeling that seems to set in with the rain about this time of year.

    I still get sod it moments, but they're always about chocolate now, hence the chunky middle I carry around all the time now. I need to look forward to something, obviously.

    8/30 please, Shaggy.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 09-09-2017 at 12:58 PM.
    Keeping it AF
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 8th Sep 17, 1:01 PM
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    Good afternoon,
    4 AFD please Shagg.
    Have a lovely weeekend.
    Arkers x
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 8th Sep 17, 2:43 PM
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    I think the frequency of 'sod it moments' may be slightly due to the time of year. Most of us have finished our summer breaks and are now back at the coalface, knowing that the next break we'll get is Christmas. I think it's too long, I really do. (The other time of year this feeling happens is early February - Christmas is well and truly over, the weather's merde, and it's a looooong time until Easter.) Even if it's only a weekend away, if we can have something lovely to look forward to it might help with the generally low feeling that seems to set in with the rain about this time of year.

    I still get sod it moments, but they're always about chocolate now, hence the chunky middle I carry around all the time now. I need to look forward to something, obviously.

    8/30 please, Shaggy.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    Wise words as usual HB

    I caved last night, stressful day and I felt I deserved a treat. Did do 4 days straight, so fairly happy.

    Driving tonight so 6/18 please shaggy.
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 8th Sep 17, 3:29 PM
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    I agree with you HB, but I can't really use that excuse as we haven't had a summer holiday. I suppose I do feel in need of one (we went away in May). Next one will be probably end November. We are buying a small place abroad so will need to go out there for completion (hopefully)
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • maman
    • By maman 8th Sep 17, 4:24 PM
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    Good to see you posting again arkers.


    I'm back from a few days away. As anticipated they were low alcohol but not all AF. Tuesday I shared a bottle of wine, Wednesday 1 G&T (didn't share that) and yesterday nothing at all!


    Thinking back I've made massive progress since joining the thread. There was a time when I'd have had a bottle of wine in my room and never gone to bed without a nightcap.


    2 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 8th Sep 17, 7:07 PM
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    5/24 please

    Had Coke at lunch. Very suprised at self control. With mega supportive friend who is so helpful and kind always.
    Very pleased because now I have my evening free and can get my flat sorted for the weekend or watch a film or read a book. Really anything at all rather than feeling knackered and useless.

    Wine at lunchtime should not be the norm. I need to get out of this habit.

    Thank you all for posting. xxx
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    Overdraft And 1 credit card paid off.

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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 8th Sep 17, 10:17 PM
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    7/25 AFDs and the Great North Run on Sunday!
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 9th Sep 17, 7:42 AM
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    Morning all, 9/21 for me today and best of luck Barny
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    • maman
    • By maman 9th Sep 17, 10:57 AM
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    Wine at lunchtime should not be the norm. I need to get out of this habit.

    Thank you all for posting. xxx
    Originally posted by Poor_Single_lady

    I'm hopeless with wine at lunchtime. It always makes me incredibly sleepy. I enjoy it at the time but not the consequences. Last time I did it on holiday I fell asleep awkwardly on a sun lounger and then suffered from a bad back for days. I should know better.
    I've woken up with a horrible headache this morning. I only had a few, well diluted gins last night but I suppose if it walks and talks like a hangover then it must be one.


    Rooting for you on Sunday Barny!
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