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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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    • maman
    • By maman 28th Nov 17, 11:58 AM
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    maman
    Appointment today ruled out the need for life changing surgery and the relief is immense
    Going to celebrate by staying AF rather than by raising a glass
    This has been hanging over me since July, time to get on with life
    Originally posted by Paspatur

    That's great news paspatur. Well done for getting back on the wagon with that hanging over you.

    Thought about trying the lower number and beating it approach but rather suspect I’d be more likely to do the get to lower number and stop approach!
    Originally posted by maggiem
    Wise decision Maggie. I think that could be a big temptation in December with so much socialising going on.


    I'm aiming for the moon today. Well the cat on the moon anyhow!


    14 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 28th Nov 17, 12:13 PM
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    Must be a big relief for you paspatur - enjoy your AF celebration

    Two smileys for me today and aiming for the 'target beaten' one tomorrow - funny how they motivate us so much isn't it

    14/14 for today please Shaggy
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 28th Nov 17, 2:01 PM
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    Good news paspatur, that must be a relief.
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    • Paspatur
    • By Paspatur 28th Nov 17, 3:31 PM
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    Thank you Maman, Sukeyboo and Cathy Bird
    It is a huge relief and I am delighted
    Have decided I want to give up alcohol completely rather than counting days
    If the operation had been necessary it involved messing with my brain and would have caused balance problems and I was terrified
    So why do I voluntarily pour alcohol down my throat which messes with my brain and causes balance problems????
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 28th Nov 17, 6:02 PM
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    5/7 for me this evening. I was wavering as OH is in Scotland for work but decided drinking because I am lonely is silly. Going to enjoy sole custody of the remote and watch a couple of films I recorded instead. Murder on the Orient Express first, the 1970's one. Can't remember who did it either!

    Paspatur, so pleased for you, and staying AF too - well done!
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    • maman
    • By maman 28th Nov 17, 6:10 PM
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    Enjoy your evening WBF . It sounds great! Well done for resisting. Loneliness is one of the HALT triggers so very difficult. Hope you've got some treats to settle down with. Hot chocolate is good.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 28th Nov 17, 6:13 PM
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    26/26 AFDs today, target achieved :-)
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 28th Nov 17, 6:15 PM
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    Thanks Maman! I'm low on milk but hot chocky sounds perfect. Might have to Leave the sofa and go to the shop...
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    • Mudbath
    • By Mudbath 28th Nov 17, 6:56 PM
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    Hiya, I've been reading your thread for the last few nights and you all seem a really lovely, supportive group so I'd love to join if that's ok.

    I mainly want to have more AF days as there always seems to be a reason to have a glass of wine....good news, bad news, bored, happy, sad, tired...you name it, usually it is just one or two glasses but just too often.

    After a big op at the beginning of this year I've kind of claimed my life back in lots of ways including learning to play the guitar. I need to be AF more so I can practise more...I seem to being all fingers and thumbs if I even have one glass of wine.

    So, i'd like to go for 20 AF in December. Really want to do this despite it being my birthday month, Christmas and lots of meals out etc. My plan is to be the designated driver a lot...that way I can't drink and my friends will love me

    I'm not sure if i'll manage 20 but I'll be honest if I don't...no point cheating myself. I'm actually excited about being AF more...how long will that last!!
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 28th Nov 17, 7:36 PM
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    Welcome to the thread Mudbath and good luck in December! Driving is a good strategy, it sounds like a sensible plan.
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    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 28th Nov 17, 9:45 PM
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    15/20 please xx
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    • Green Karen
    • By Green Karen 28th Nov 17, 11:03 PM
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    Welcome to the forum Mudbath, it is a really friendly helpful place to be.

    Calling in 6/5 AF days please Shaggy. Had to laugh when the first time I typed my 'Calling in 6/5 AF days' it came up as 'callin gin', what a slip up!
    • maggiem
    • By maggiem 29th Nov 17, 6:36 AM
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    14/15 please Shaggy and yeah to a second smiley.now if I can just do these last two days I can get two more - big kid moi? Never.
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 29th Nov 17, 7:29 AM
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    Committing now to 6/7 for this evening to get rid of the debating society in my head today. I decided going to the shop to buy milk would put me too close to the cold wine so stayed home in the warm.

    Lovely early night, amazing sleep. Feeling foggy as anything this morning.
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    • Paspatur
    • By Paspatur 29th Nov 17, 7:57 AM
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    5/24 for last night please
    • maman
    • By maman 29th Nov 17, 11:11 AM
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    Glad your evening turned out well wbf. You can do this!


    Welcome mudbath. Great decision to cut back now rather than put it off to the new year.


    I'm hugely motivated by the smileys too maggie. You are not alone. Really chuffed to get my cat yesterday. Shaggy's brilliant at finding smileys. She's a star!


    No plans to drink today.


    15 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 29th Nov 17, 11:17 AM
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    Morning all, the thread feels really quite upbeat today - it's good, it offsets the freezing early winter weather It's 27/21 for me today.
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    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 29th Nov 17, 11:49 AM
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    Welcome mudbath

    15/14 for today please Shaggy
    • maman
    • By maman 29th Nov 17, 11:54 AM
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    Welcome mudbath

    15/14 for today please Shaggy
    Originally posted by sukeyboo
    Morning all, the thread feels really quite upbeat today - it's good, it offsets the freezing early winter weather It's 27/21 for me today.
    Originally posted by cathybird

    Woohoo! More smileys for you both!!
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 29th Nov 17, 1:56 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Back from visiting my BF, 2 AFD please Shaggy.
    Arkers x
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