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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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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 5th Dec 17, 3:10 PM
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    Monthly Challenge : December 2017
    December 2017

    = 7 Days AF

    = 14 days AF

    = 21 days AF

    = 28 days AF

    = 31 days AF

    = Target Achieved

    = Target Beaten



    Alcohol Free Days

    AlexLK

    Arkers 3/10

    Barny1979 3/21

    CathyBird 5/21

    CuppaTea 2/18

    Eltee

    ElusiveLucy 1/10

    GreenKaren 4/5

    Honey Bear 6/31

    MaggieM /15

    Maman 1/10

    Mudbath 5/20

    Nicnak 3/15

    Paspatur 1/24


    Penelopedee

    Poor Single Lady 1/14

    Pricey /20

    PurpleMumof2

    Shaggy /13

    SlowDown 3/10

    SukeyBoo 1/10

    Stepuptotheplate

    TakingOneDay /31

    Tallyhoh /31

    WBF 3 /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!
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 05-12-2017 at 4:16 PM.
    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 5th Dec 17, 3:15 PM
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    Monthly Challenge : December 2017 Targets
    Roll up, Roll up. A New Month, A New Challenge.



    SET A



    27 days up for grabs!

    Everyone Welcome!!!
    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 5th Dec 17, 3:19 PM
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    Re Caffeine - I've had quite a scary experience giving up caffeine recently. I felt quite dizzy and unbalanced....leading to a horrible feeling of panic - not uncommon apparently. I didn't have any headaches however.

    I never drank/drink caffeinated drinks after 2 and also drink a lot of decaf coffee and tea. I had no idea cutting down could make you feel like this!

    So, I'm still trying to cut down just trying to do it a bit more gradual...

    Who knew?

    Last edited by shaggydoo; 05-12-2017 at 3:56 PM.
    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 5th Dec 17, 4:00 PM
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    Shaggy, I love the November "target beaten" emoji - just saying

    Re caffeine, I don't drink it past about 10am as any later tends to make it hard to fall asleep. I like my coffee first thing though, not giving that up
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    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 5th Dec 17, 4:00 PM
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    I must say though Shaggy your experience does sound quite unsettling
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    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 5th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    3 please Shaggy.
    Giving up/cutting down on booze is one thing, but not sure I could give up caffeine. At present I average approx 12 cups of tea a day and 2/3 coffees. I know I'm addicted, but putting my fingers in my ears and not listening!

    Arkers x
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 5th Dec 17, 4:16 PM
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    I must say though Shaggy your experience does sound quite unsettling
    Originally posted by cathybird
    Really scary until I realised what it was - then I just chucked a very fast coffee into my system.....

    ....I also read that for some people caffeine withdrawal can cause some people to stay awake! I did wonder 'cos in some countries like Italy they drink caffeine really late...
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 05-12-2017 at 4:18 PM.
    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 5th Dec 17, 4:30 PM
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    Not just in Italy either, I know people who will have a coffee just before bed! Never understood how it doesn't keep them awake all night.
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 5th Dec 17, 6:36 PM
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    4/21 AFDs today
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 5th Dec 17, 7:26 PM
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    4/15, please x
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    • Paspatur
    • By Paspatur 5th Dec 17, 8:07 PM
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    3/24 for tonight please, forgot to post 2 on Saturday then had an unexpected visit from best friend who lives in another country so had a few beers Sunday and Monday but it was just a few
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 5th Dec 17, 10:33 PM
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    Another one today so 4/10 for me please Shaggy.

    I slept really well again last night. I’m hoping for another good one tonight.
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    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 5th Dec 17, 10:38 PM
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    3/18 please shaggy
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 6th Dec 17, 7:47 AM
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    Morning all, 6/21 for me please.
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    • stepuptothepl8
    • By stepuptothepl8 6th Dec 17, 8:29 AM
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    Didn't do very well last month, so I'm setting a more realistic target of 5 days this month. Yesterday was day 2. Fingers crossed x
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 6th Dec 17, 9:15 AM
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    Interesting reaction, Shaggy. Apparently decaffinated coffee has about one third of the caffeine of full strength, so if you've been having a lot of decaff tea and coffee I'd guess withdrawal will occur, even if the symptoms are unexpected. It took me three weeks to make the change from full strength coffee to decaff, and it worked really well. I've only drunk fruit tea for about 30 years, so tea isn't an issue for me. I was, however, completely addicted to it, and would make myself two mugs of tea at one in the olden days. Even I knew that was unhealthy, but it was before I started drinking, so I didn't really regard it as an issue. If you're sleeping well enough Arkers, I wouldn't worry about it.

    I did a creative writing MA a few years ago and have been very tardy about my fiction writing. I bumped into my old tutor who I admire hugely last week and we asked after each other's writing. He was disappointed I hadn't finished my novel, but very molified by the fact that I write every day - and I was thinking about this thread when I said that. A big thank you to everyone for being part of it, because it's doing things that most of us don't realise in addition to the thread's title!

    Lots of things we discuss on this thread seem to strike a chord with a few people, but they're always reactions I haven't found discussed much elsewhere. I love, love, love this thread!

    6/31 please, Shaggy.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 06-12-2017 at 11:30 AM.
    Keeping it AF
    • maman
    • By maman 6th Dec 17, 11:29 AM
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    Sorry, didn't manage to post yesterday. Although I'm guilty of drinking tea up until bed time, I have stopped late night posting!


    So including today.


    3 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 6th Dec 17, 2:32 PM
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    2/10 for today please Shaggy
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 6th Dec 17, 2:50 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    4 please Shaggy.
    Arkers x
    • BACKFRMTHEEDGE
    • By BACKFRMTHEEDGE 6th Dec 17, 3:27 PM
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    I know it is a funny time of year but I've decided to quit drinking for at least 3 months (probably for good). I drink every night between 5 and 10 units probably. And it is making me feel carp. I was supposed to go out with some mates tomorrow night but I've whatsapped them to tell them I'm not well (probably truer than I think).

    So Shaggy 26 for December please.

    I'll be back tomorrow to tell you what my first night was like. Not expecting much sleep.


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