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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 30th Jan 18, 2:46 PM
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    Cutting Down Alcohol Thread (Part 15)
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    • 30th Jan 18, 2:46 PM
    Cutting Down Alcohol Thread (Part 15) 30th Jan 18 at 2:46 PM
    Hi Guys,

    Sadly we lost our thread and I don't personally keep a private record of others AFDs so all data on the old thread is gone.

    I've decided I'm going to bow out for a while as I'm actually pretty busy here in RL. And my life is about to get really hectic as I'm moving home....Also it will be hard to have challenges if data is getting lost. Sorry guys.

    ....It's been great...maybe I'll be back in a few months...

    Ta Ta For Now.

    Shaggyx


    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
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 24-07-2018 at 7:37 AM.
    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 9th Apr 18, 8:58 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Almonds and avocados it is, then!

    9/30
    please, Baileys.
    Keeping it AF
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 9th Apr 18, 10:19 AM
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    4/14 for today please Baileys
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Apr 18, 10:23 AM
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    maman
    I have to admit that the best way to avoid eating crisps is not to have them in the house.


    I'll buy some specially for a packed lunch to go on the plane for a holiday or at Christmas to go with a turkey sandwich but otherwise if we have any in when I've had a drink they call to me from the kitchen cupboard.


    Ironically I always bulk buy booze and that doesn't encourage me to have more than I've planned but I can't do that with crisps.


    No drinking here today. Hoping to get my 7 day smiley this week.


    4/10 AFDs please Baileys.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 9th Apr 18, 11:14 AM
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    9/30 please for me
    Emergency fund 500/1000
    If not now then when?
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 9th Apr 18, 11:18 AM
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    Committing early - 3/14 for this evening please.

    Interesting about the avocados. Iím finding almonds seem to be good at taking the edge of my craving for crisps, at least more often than not. There are some days nothing else will do though.
    Originally posted by Wanna Bee Free
    I have cut crisps almost to zero by replacing them with almonds. I dry fry almonds with tamari and keep them in a large jar. I still sometimes eat too may but nothing like the way I used to eat crisps. Not drinking helps as my treat was Kettl3 crisps and wine.
    Emergency fund 500/1000
    If not now then when?
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 9th Apr 18, 1:18 PM
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    5/17 please
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 9th Apr 18, 1:35 PM
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    You're a lot braver and stronger willed than me, too, because I wouldn't go to a pub with Mr Bear for at least six months after I stopped drinking. I just couldn't trust myself.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    I used to work in pubs and nightclubs so I've been in those environments while sober quite a lot in the past, so maybe that helps now. Mrs fatrab used to work part-time in our local and still covers the occasional shift if needed, so she's used to being there without drinking too.

    I didn't really start drinking properly until I was in my late 20's. I dabbled with drink from about 14 but when I passed my driving test at 17 I preferred driving over drinking so pretty much stopped completely then. I still went out to the pubs and clubs but always took the car.

    My mum still tells the story of her buying me 4 bottles of beer for my 18th birthday (which is in July) and there still being 2 of them in the fridge on Christmas day that year!

    I landed a great job in Dublin in 2003 and I think that was where I learned to drink properly. I should have shares in Guinne$$ the amount I must have drank in my 4 years over there. Fond memories, but I must have blown a small fortune.
    Last edited by fatrab; 09-04-2018 at 1:40 PM.
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
    Challenge - be 14 Stone BY XMAS!

    • Itisme
    • By Itisme 9th Apr 18, 6:32 PM
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    7/12 please.
    • Paspatur
    • By Paspatur 9th Apr 18, 8:33 PM
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    7/30 please Baileys
    Lovely weather for gardening, what a difference it makes to spend time outside
    • Glenda
    • By Glenda 9th Apr 18, 10:09 PM
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    Glenda
    8/25for me please Baileys.
    Last edited by Glenda; 10-04-2018 at 7:24 AM.
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    • Wanna Bee Free
    • By Wanna Bee Free 10th Apr 18, 6:57 AM
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    Wanna Bee Free
    Committing early again for today - 4/14 for this evening please.
    Save 12K in 2018 #12 - £7,075/£12,000 58.9%
    AFDs 2018 61/150 September 9/10 40.6%
    2018 No clutter to be seen - 26/630 4.2%
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Apr 18, 10:35 AM
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    Lovely weather for gardening, what a difference it makes to spend time outside
    Originally posted by Paspatur

    Lucky you. It was tipping down with rain here all day!


    No drinking here. I'm out tonight at my dance class. When I started cutting down, I went to a Monday evening group. It proved an excellent distraction to get the AF week off to a good start. Other than the obvious exercise benefit, it was much easier than sitting at home watching TV programmes that tempted me watching people drinking. I've also learned to come in and put the kettle on straight away whereas I used to be inclined to pour a glass and start playing catch up.


    5/10 AFDs please Baileys.
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 10th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
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    5/14 for today please Baileys
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 10th Apr 18, 11:24 AM
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    Morning all, 9/21 for me please.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. £5,482.91/£12,000
    2017: £12,978.51/£12K 2016: £20,880.11/£15K 2015: £25,464.86/£10K
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 10th Apr 18, 2:10 PM
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    Honey Bear
    That's really interesting, FatRab. I worked in pubs for years but very rarely drank. (It was drinking at home every night that did for me after I met OH.)

    There's just something about booze and junk food that goes together so well, Doing It. I'm a bit partial to crisps myself so I don't buy them, but OH can open a packet, have a few, clip it closed and come back to it the next day. I've got to finish it, and if it's a small packet, have another one. Greed, pure and simple!

    10/30 please, Baileys.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 11-04-2018 at 12:28 PM.
    Keeping it AF
    • Paspatur
    • By Paspatur 10th Apr 18, 2:28 PM
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    Lucky you. It was tipping down with rain here all day!

    5/10 AFDs please Baileys.
    Originally posted by maman
    Hi Maman, It is tipping down rain here today, yesterday was 12 degrees today is 1
    8/30 please Baileys
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 10th Apr 18, 5:56 PM
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    No drinking here. I'm out tonight at my dance class. When I started cutting down, I went to a Monday evening group. It proved an excellent distraction to get the AF week off to a good start. Other than the obvious exercise benefit, it was much easier than sitting at home watching TV programmes that tempted me watching people drinking. I've also learned to come in and put the kettle on straight away whereas I used to be inclined to pour a glass and start playing catch up.
    5/10 AFDs please Baileys.
    Originally posted by maman
    I found this post very helpful. Thank you.
    Emergency fund 500/1000
    If not now then when?
    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 10th Apr 18, 6:37 PM
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    I'm going to call in early for tonight as well as last night - 5/15 please

    Been pretty stressed and probably had too much to drink Fri/Sat/Sun but at least I was back on it yesterday and tonight. Really want to make target this month
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 11th Apr 18, 8:17 AM
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    10/28
    10/90
    64/300


    Totals for today please Baileys
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
    Challenge - be 14 Stone BY XMAS!

    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 11th Apr 18, 10:36 AM
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    sukeyboo
    6/14 for today please Baileys
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