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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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    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 12th Aug 18, 6:45 PM
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    Hi All,



    Can I just randomly join in with this? I hope so.



    Not a drop so far this month. I have a few social events penciled in so I expect a few days that I will drink but as it stands 10/31


    Thank you,


    Mr_C
    Originally posted by Mr_Curious

    Welcome! You're on the list....


    Good Luck
    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 12th Aug 18, 6:51 PM
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    Monthly Challenge : August 2018
    August 2018


    = 7 Days

    = 14 Days

    = 21 Days


    = 28 Days


    = 31 Days


    = Target Reached


    = Target Beaten





    Arkers 9/10
    Barney 7/24
    CathyBird 10/21

    Fatrab 5/28

    GreenKaren /7
    Honey Bear 12/31

    ItIsMe /5

    MaggieM /5
    Maman 7/10
    Mr Curious 10/28

    Pricey 6/23
    FatRob 8/28

    Shaggydoo 5/16

    Sukeyboo 5/12

    WannaBeeFree 2/16





    Everyone Welcome Anytime of the Month!
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 14-08-2018 at 1:37 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 12th Aug 18, 6:53 PM
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    School Night Challenge?
    Anyone up for a school night challenge for this week? 5 nights or 4?



    I would set a target for myself of 5 - Sunday through to Friday....
    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.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 12th Aug 18, 8:37 PM
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    8/24 AFDs today
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 13th Aug 18, 7:06 AM
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    I'll go for all 5 school nights too!!


    10/28 so far this month


    Cheers
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
    August targets - 28 AFDs, 28 TAFDs
    New challenge from 10th July - Lose 1 pound per week for 10 weeks!
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 13th Aug 18, 7:57 AM
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    13/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 13th Aug 18, 8:03 AM
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    Morning all, 11/21 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
    Aug AFDs: 15/21. 2018 AFDs: 194/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 13th Aug 18, 8:10 AM
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    Shaggy, I'll join you on the school run challenge - I don't have anything social pencilled in till next Saturday. I'm a day late, only saw it this morning, I hope that doesn't count? ...

    Honey Bear, I confess I'm not doing so well on the sugar-free thing either, in fact made an entire (small) batch of choc brownies and over the course of four days have eaten the lot! Ha ha, so much for my sugar-free chocolate drive. I probably should feel repentant but I enjoyed it too much, I'm afraid.
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. 5,482.91/12,000
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    Aug AFDs: 15/21. 2018 AFDs: 194/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 13th Aug 18, 8:15 AM
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    Good luck with the weight loss, FatRab. I'm having no luck with it at all, but I now realise that when I'm stressed and overtired my sugar and cheddar consumption goes through the roof, and they're my two foods that guarantee weight gain. I'm still trying to shift 8lbs but that's a lot better than the 12 it's been for a few years. I'm getting there, but it's taking far too long to lose a relatively small amount of weight which is worrying.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    I've found it to be especially hard to lose weight this time, I usually put my mind to it and get on with it but it's just not been happening this time around. I think I've been a victim of my own success this year to certain degree. I did really well at tidying up my finances but in the process freed up some expendable income which seems to continue to disappear, mainly on food.


    Big portions, snacking and take-aways are my problem. I'm not into crisps or sweets, I'd never sit and munch my way through a multi-pack of anything (Mrs fatrab would eat crisps until they came out of her ears), but every meal we cook falls into the XXL portion size. Every takeaway has starters, mains and sides, usually enough to feed a small army.


    But we went shopping yesterday and have only bought food for the meal plan that we made so hopefully we'll stick to it. And I've re-started my spending diary to keep a better eye on where money is going.
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
    August targets - 28 AFDs, 28 TAFDs
    New challenge from 10th July - Lose 1 pound per week for 10 weeks!
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 13th Aug 18, 11:58 AM
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    9/24 AFDs today
    • Arkers
    • By Arkers 13th Aug 18, 3:50 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    13 please Shaggy
    Arkers x
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 13th Aug 18, 6:52 PM
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    Big portions, snacking and take-aways are my problem. I'm not into crisps or sweets, I'd never sit and munch my way through a multi-pack of anything (Mrs fatrab would eat crisps until they came out of her ears), but every meal we cook falls into the XXL portion size. Every takeaway has starters, mains and sides, usually enough to feed a small army.
    Originally posted by fatrab

    Fatrab, they do say that if you eat off smaller plates you'll serve yourself less food, so perhaps invest in a set of dessert plates (usually 9in, as opposed to 12in dinner plates)? Or you could even try using bread and butter plates (though to me that would suggest I needed seconds!)
    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
    Aug AFDs: 15/21. 2018 AFDs: 194/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
    • CuppaTea
    • By CuppaTea 13th Aug 18, 9:42 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Realised it has been a while when my last saved page was 76 and now you are up to 89! Sorry about that. I have been regularly posting for 2 years and then things got really busy since May/June. I slipped off the radar for July and August.

    I still try to stay accountable but the drinking has been slowly creeping back up. So I know staying here and posting works.

    I will aim to be sensible for rest of August and then set my usual target for September.

    I hope everyone is ok?
    I'm dealing with stuff.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 14th Aug 18, 7:02 AM
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    It looks as though a fair few of us are struggling with one thing or another!


    14/31 please, Shaggy.
    Keeping it AF
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 14th Aug 18, 8:18 AM
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    Morning all, 12/21 for me today 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
    Aug AFDs: 15/21. 2018 AFDs: 194/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 14th Aug 18, 8:27 AM
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    It looks as though a fair few of us are struggling with one thing or another!
    Originally posted by Honey Bear

    I'm afraid in my case there were no visible signs of struggle
    No. 15 in Save 12K in 2018. 5,482.91/12,000
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    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
    • shaggydoo
    • By shaggydoo 14th Aug 18, 8:45 AM
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    I hope everyone is ok?
    Originally posted by CuppaTea

    Welcome Back!
    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 14th Aug 18, 8:48 AM
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    School Night Challenge 12/8 to 16/8
    Cathy 3 /5


    Fabtrab /5


    Shaggy 1/4
    Last edited by shaggydoo; 14-08-2018 at 1:36 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.
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 14th Aug 18, 10:36 AM
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    One for last night and declaring early for today so that takes me to 7/12 please Shaggy
    • cathybird
    • By cathybird 14th Aug 18, 11:07 AM
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    hi Shaggy, I did an AFD Sunday, yesterday and today, so am up to 3/5 with the school challenge, unless I'm going mad? ...
    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
    Aug AFDs: 15/21. 2018 AFDs: 194/260. 2017: 306/252
    Mortgage 1/6/18: 46,436.38. 43,875.00 Paid off: 2,561.38
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