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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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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 10th Jan 18, 5:49 PM
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    Honey Bear
    Purple Mum of 2 and Scatterbrain, if you've been in the habit of drinking pretty much every day and you stop, you will find that your sleep is disrupted. It'll settle down very quickly.

    I find the best way to get to sleep is listening to the radio - R4 or R4 Extra in my case - through an earpiece very softly after I switch the light off. Lulls me off to sleep in the same way that having a story read to me when I was a child. (Music just wakes me up.)

    10/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 10th Jan 18, 6:24 PM
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    6/26 AFDs today
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 10th Jan 18, 8:06 PM
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    Nicnak
    8 Please xx
    September 6th 2017 - Updated 21st January 2018
    Credit Card £0 now: £1796 Tesco Loan £7500 = £676 Consolidation £15,000 = £14,725 Total = £25,330 £17,197 32% gone EMF #252 = £500/£1000
    Sealed pot challenge #589
    Pay off all your debts by Christmas #170
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 11th Jan 18, 8:55 AM
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    Morning,

    AFD number 3 for yesterday, will be one tonight too, making 4 in a row

    Slept a bit better last night too, which helped loads.
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
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    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 11th Jan 18, 9:20 AM
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    Calling in early for tonight as I am into it now (til Friday hits again and I have a major struggle, but I am determined, I've done it before I can do it again).....11/25
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 11th Jan 18, 10:42 AM
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    sukeyboo
    Change of plan last night as a friend called round with a bottle of wine

    Will be AF tonight though so still on 6/14 please Shaggy
    • New Me
    • By New Me 11th Jan 18, 10:45 AM
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    New Me
    11/31 please Shaggy
    • Baileysonice
    • By Baileysonice 11th Jan 18, 10:46 AM
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    11/19 please

    Good sleep again and apologies for TMI but the bowels have finally decided to sort themselves out
    • maman
    • By maman 11th Jan 18, 11:02 AM
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    maman
    I find the best way to get to sleep is listening to the radio - R4 or R4 Extra in my case - through an earpiece very softly after I switch the light off. Lulls me off to sleep in the same way that having a story read to me when I was a child. (Music just wakes me up.)
    Originally posted by Honey Bear

    Same here although Radio 5 is my preference. Fortunately DH likes it too and we have a radio that turns itself off after a set time.


    Been feeling a bit under the weather since Monday but picking up now. The upside was that I didn't even fancy a drink.


    6 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 11th Jan 18, 11:11 AM
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    Morning all, 11/21 for me please.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. £0/£12,000
    2017: £12,978.51/£12K 2016: £20,880.11/£15K 2015: £25,464.86/£10K
    Jan AFDs: 23/21. 2018 AFDs: 23/260. 2017: 306/252
    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 11th Jan 18, 11:12 AM
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    Wanna Bee Free
    Another one for me last night so 2/10 so far. Planning another one tonight.
    No 12 save £12k in 2018 /£12,000 0%
    AFDs 5/150 3.3%
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 11th Jan 18, 12:30 PM
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    Arkers
    Good afternoon,
    11 please Shaggy
    Arkers x
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 11th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
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    Afternoon All


    7/20 for me please.


    felt awfully sluggish at the start of the month, a bit better this week. I used to do 11 days straight AF, once a month along with OH but we seem to have got out of the habit and AFDs tend to be a bit scappy, here & there IYKWIM. must get back into it.


    sorry about that little ramble 'out loud' but I just thought of it


    thanks


    El
    2018 AFD 17/240
    2018 CCC #11 £0/£300
    Mortgage-free since 2013

    Debt-free since Nov 2017
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 11th Jan 18, 2:16 PM
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    Monthly Challenge : January 2018
    January 2018

    = 7 Days AF

    = 14 days AF

    = 21 days AF

    = 28 days AF

    = 31 days AF

    = Target Achieved

    = Target Beaten



    Alcohol Free Days
    Arkers 11/15

    BackFrmTheEdge 3/31
    BaileysOnIce 11/19

    Barny1979 6/26

    BeardedDez 6/16

    Castri09 /20
    CathyBird 11/21

    CuppaTea 4/17
    Eltee 7/20
    ElusiveLucy 11/25

    GreenKaren /10
    Honey Bear 10/31

    MaggieM 1/15

    Maman 6/10

    Manpants 2/TF
    Mudbath 7/20
    NewMe 11/31
    Nicnak 8/20

    Paspatur 1/31
    PollyAnna 7/19
    Poor Single Lady 7/21

    Pricey 3/22

    PurpleMumof2 3/14
    Scatterbrain 10/31

    Shaggy 3/17

    SlowDown /15

    SukeyBoo 6/14

    Stepuptotheplate 2/8

    TakingOneDay /31

    ThriftMonster 1/29

    Tallyhoh /31

    WBF 2/10


    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; 11-01-2018 at 2:33 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 11th Jan 18, 2:29 PM
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    shaggydoo
    2017 Annual Challenge FULL YEAR
    2017 Targets
    = 50 Days AF

    = 100 days AF

    = 150 days AF

    = 200 days AF

    = 250 days AF

    = 300 days AF

    = 350 days AF

    = 365 days AF

    = target achieved


    = Target Beaten




    Alcohol Free Days

    Arkers
    189/TF
    Barny1979
    276/275
    CathyBird 306/252
    CuppaTea 199/200
    DebJay 85/TF
    DizzyImp 52 /TF
    Eltee 245/200
    ElusiveLucy
    154/TF
    FakePlasticTwee 119/TF

    GreenKaren
    122/120

    Honey Bear 365/365
    LoveASale 50/TF


    MaggieM
    125/185

    Maman 165/TF

    PollyAnna 150/TF

    Poor Single Lady 250/TF

    Pricey 232/250
    ScatterBrain 162/TF
    Shaggy 213/260

    SukeyBoo
    168/150

    WBF 118/150




    Don't hesitate to let me know if I've made a mistake!
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 11-01-2018 at 2:38 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.
    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 11th Jan 18, 2:29 PM
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    Up to 7/19
    Pink Sproglettes born 2008 and 2010
    House Worth (approx) - £400,000
    Mortgages (3rd Nov 2017) - £180,813.85
    Equity - £219,186.15
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 11th Jan 18, 3:28 PM
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    Hey last year we collectively did a total of 3,745 days AFD. That's a lot of days - just over 10 years! Maybe that's a slightly weird way to look at it but I just felt the impulse to add it all up.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. £0/£12,000
    2017: £12,978.51/£12K 2016: £20,880.11/£15K 2015: £25,464.86/£10K
    Jan AFDs: 23/21. 2018 AFDs: 23/260. 2017: 306/252
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 11th Jan 18, 4:27 PM
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    Honey Bear
    sorry about that little ramble 'out loud' but I just thought of it
    Originally posted by Eltee12
    Sometimes I only know what I'm going to say when I hear myself say it! Posting often works the same way; it's a kind of 'lightbulb moment.'

    11/31 please, Shaggy.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 12-01-2018 at 9:56 AM.
    Keeping it AF
    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 11th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
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    Poor_Single_lady
    8/21 please

    Going out on Saturday so planning 9/21 tomorrow and then back on it Sunday.
    2017- 5 credit cards plus loan
    Overdraft And 1 credit card paid off.

    2018 plans - reduce debt
    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 11th Jan 18, 7:10 PM
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    Nicnak
    9 for me for today, please. x
    September 6th 2017 - Updated 21st January 2018
    Credit Card £0 now: £1796 Tesco Loan £7500 = £676 Consolidation £15,000 = £14,725 Total = £25,330 £17,197 32% gone EMF #252 = £500/£1000
    Sealed pot challenge #589
    Pay off all your debts by Christmas #170
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