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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 29th Jul 17, 2:06 PM
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    shaggydoo
    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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    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 8th Jan 18, 8:51 AM
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    cathybird
    Morning all, 8/21 for me please.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. 2,437.63/12,000
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 8th Jan 18, 9:08 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Going out to dinner and friend birthday next week. But may stick to coke as have a bit of a cold and at the dinner no one will consider it a big deal- I think it's accepted more easily in January and will be able to do it at the birthday I think.
    Originally posted by Poor_Single_lady
    As far as I know it's the only month of the year when everyone's a bit kinder to each other about not drinking. Lent, I think, is kind of okay as well (this year 14 February - 29 March) for those that have missed the January boat!

    All fine here had a couple of bottles of Becks Blue last night as a treat and it helped
    Originally posted by Baileysonice
    I don't know what I'd do without it!

    Lovely lunch out with soft drink, amazing how easy it is to drive and not worry about trains and drinks.
    Originally posted by New Me
    I still find it miraculous that I don't have to factor thinking ahead about how to deal with things while drunk or hungover. Such a freedom.

    8/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • BeardedDez
    • By BeardedDez 8th Jan 18, 9:13 AM
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    6/16 for me please.
    Thanks
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    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 8th Jan 18, 9:26 AM
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    sukeyboo
    Declaring early for today on 4/14 please Shaggy
    • New Me
    • By New Me 8th Jan 18, 10:15 AM
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    New Me
    8/31 please Shaggy
    • maman
    • By maman 8th Jan 18, 11:20 AM
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    maman
    No drinking planned here today either.


    4 AFDs please Shaggy.
    • Baileysonice
    • By Baileysonice 8th Jan 18, 1:03 PM
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    Baileysonice
    8/19 please
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 8th Jan 18, 3:22 PM
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    Arkers
    Good afternoon everyone,
    8 please Shaggy
    Arkers x
    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 8th Jan 18, 5:03 PM
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    ElusiveLucy
    Calling in early for tonight with 8/25 please Shaggy. As per last year Friday was the most difficult night. I think it comes from the end of week feeling and looking forward to a drink. I got through it but it wasn't easy. Think I might get some AF sparkling wine from Sainsburys for this weekend
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • Mudbath
    • By Mudbath 8th Jan 18, 6:08 PM
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    Mudbath
    5/20 for me please.

    It's been a manic start to the year so far and usually I'd be reaching for a large glass of white at the end of the day. I'm so glad that I came across this thread as it's makes me think twice and feel accountable before I pour that wine. Usually it's just habit that makes me want wine when I finish work (usually about 8-9pm). Now I've started taking the dog for a 20 minute walk instead and that's usually enough. I know i've said it before but thanks to everyone for their support
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 8th Jan 18, 6:57 PM
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    3/26 AFDs for yesterday
    • scatterbrain109
    • By scatterbrain109 8th Jan 18, 8:59 PM
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    scatterbrain109
    Hi Shaggy
    Can you please put me down for 8/31

    Many thanks

    Jo x
    Sealed pot challenge number - #057 2017 = 172.57 2018 = ????
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    15/1/18 Mortgage 219,596 Secured loan 54,492 Unsecured 64,,459
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 8th Jan 18, 9:00 PM
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    Barny1979
    4/26 AFDs today
    • Poor_Single_lady
    • By Poor_Single_lady 8th Jan 18, 10:29 PM
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    Poor_Single_lady
    Hello All.

    7/21 for me please
    2017- 5 credit cards plus loan
    Overdraft And 1 credit card paid off.

    2018 plans - reduce debt
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 9th Jan 18, 12:20 AM
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    Honey Bear
    9/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • scatterbrain109
    • By scatterbrain109 9th Jan 18, 12:37 AM
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    scatterbrain109
    I was driving home tonight wondering when would be a good time to drink once my 50 days is up.
    I don't really want to drink on weekends, they're too short and I start drinking early then blow the whole day.
    I don't really want to drink worknights because I like waking up in the morning not exactly fresh as a daisy but certainly not grumpy and hung over.
    Anyway, I've got 42 days to work it out.
    Apart from a few pangs at around 5pm, I haven't really missed drinking tonight. Long may it continue
    Goodnight all
    Jo x
    Sealed pot challenge number - #057 2017 = 172.57 2018 = ????
    15/12/17 Mortgage 219,902 Secured loan 54,946 Unsecured 66,088
    15/1/18 Mortgage 219,596 Secured loan 54,492 Unsecured 64,,459
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 9th Jan 18, 6:32 AM
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    Purplemumof2
    Morning,

    Finally off the starting blocks after last weeks mayhem.

    1/14please Shaggy

    Pmo2
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    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 9th Jan 18, 6:59 AM
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    CuppaTea
    Hello, hope everyone is ok and happy new year to you all.

    Sorry I!!!8217;ve been MIA, but I have been beavering away behind the scenes. Not as well as I should so I!!!8217;m making a concerted effort to check in more,as it!!!8217;s too easy to have a sod it day. My 5:2 ratio has slipped and last week I drank 4 bottles of wine over the week. Which is not good. I feel embarrassed to admit it but there we go. Christmas was a slippery slope.

    So this week I!!!8217;m making a big effort to get on track.

    December 16/18
    January 4/17 please shaggy

    Thanks
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • New Me
    • By New Me 9th Jan 18, 7:11 AM
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    New Me
    Finally had a proper sleep, 8 hours! Unsure if extra exercise yesterday helped or if it's just time passing.

    9/31 please Shaggy
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 9th Jan 18, 8:41 AM
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    cathybird
    Morning all, 9/21 for me please.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. 2,437.63/12,000
    2017: 12,978.51/12K 2016: 20,880.11/15K 2015: 25,464.86/10K
    June AFDs: 21/21. 2018 AFDs: 147/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 46,286.38 Paid off: 150
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