Giving Up/Cutting Down Alcohol Thread Part 17

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edited 1 January 2021 at 12:12PM in Debt free diaries

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 original post on February 24th 2008 in Part 1:

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 alc & 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!

Anyway - I hope that this can be a place of real support for people who are struggling. 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 16 is HERE
Part 14 and 15 is HERE
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.

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! xxx 

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  • edited 1 January 2021 at 12:33PM
    cathybirdcathybird Forumite
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    edited 1 January 2021 at 12:33PM
    Annual challenge 2021

    50 days = image
    100 days = image
    150 days = image
    200 days = image
    250 days = image
    300 days = image
    Target reached = image
    Target beaten = image

    Annual targets 2021
    Arkers
    Barny 300
    cathybird 300
    Coveredinbees 183
    Cuppa
    lantanna 215
    leftatthetrafficlights 252
    maggiem 200
    maman TF
    ManPants
    marahouti 275
    PriceySOS
    RobM99 330
    Season of Mist
    smushesma
    sukeyboo 160
    WBF

    ALL WELCOME TO JOIN!


    2021 D: 93 2020 D: 96 2022 D: 15
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    edited 1 January 2021 at 1:06PM
    January

    7 days = image
    14 days = image
    21 days = image
    28 days = image
    Target reached = image
    Target beaten = image

    January targets
    AnnieG 1/28
    Arkers TF
    Barny 25
    cathybird 1/21
    Coveredinbees 31
    Cuppa
    happydenial
    lantanna 15
    leftatthetrafficlights 21
    maggiem 15
    maman 10
    ManPants
    marahouti 28
    PriceySOS
    RobM99 28
    Season of Mist 29
    smushesma
    sukeyboo 10
    WBF

    ALL WELCOME TO JOIN!


    2021 D: 93 2020 D: 96 2022 D: 15
  • edited 1 January 2021 at 12:19PM
    cathybirdcathybird Forumite
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    edited 1 January 2021 at 12:19PM
    I'm kicking off 2021 with 1/21 As ever let me know if I've missed something or made an error with the targets/totals

    2021 D: 93 2020 D: 96 2022 D: 15
  • maggiemmaggiem Forumite
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    Happy New Year Cathybird, love the emojis for the annual target and January too. Can you put me down for 15 days for January please, starting tomorrow I hope? Thank you. 
  • edited 1 January 2021 at 12:26PM
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    edited 1 January 2021 at 12:26PM
    Happy new year everyone!! 🎉 
    @cathybird - can I set my challenge at 21 AF days per month, if my maths is correct that will be 252 days for the year 😊 won't be starting today though as I have an open fire and champagne planned for after I take my grandbaby on an outing but hoping to bag my first day of the year tomorrow 😉
    BTB fund: £1665/£1665
    Bulk Buy fund: £162/£400
    Debt neutral fund -£0/£1000


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  • cathybirdcathybird Forumite
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    hi maggiem and leftathetrafficlights, Happy New Year to you both, those targets have now been added and apologies if they got missed - it gets pretty manic organising the lists in the runup to Jan 1st. :):)

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    edited 2 January 2021 at 12:21AM
    maggiem said:
    Happy New Year Cathybird, love the emojis for the annual target and January too. 
    Thanks maggiem :) xx

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    AnnieG said:
    Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you're all well. December ended up being a drinking disaster for me, culminating in me falling over in my garden and smashing my head open on a paving slab on Monday night. Suffice to say I haven't drunk since! Setting my target as 28 for January please and kicking it off with a sober New Year's Day. 
    Crikey AnnieG, hope you are OK :( xx

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  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    Happy New Year everyone. 😊

    Thanks for starting the thread Cathy. The emojis are amazing. I have to get that elephant in January and the peacock is absolutely wonderful. I'm such a child! 😉

    Ouch! Take care annie. 🤕
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