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Alcohol support

Hop on up it's Dry January thread #2

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MyGhastIsFlabbered · 10/01/2021 17:43

Shiny new thread to carry us onward through January

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OhioOhioOhio · 21/02/2021 10:24

Thank you. I think I might start with 1 mile. I always break new good habits too soon by being overly ambitious.


MyGhastIsFlabbered · 21/02/2021 11:00

Yeah I'm an all or nothing kind of gal! But I do need to shift the weight - I hate how fat I've become. But my willpower is virtually non-existent. I'm aiming for lots of fruit to counter my sugar cravings. And I'm off (maybe) for a run while DP watches the football.

Will set up a new thread shortly - we're nearing the limit if this one.

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PeacheyPeach · 21/02/2021 14:52

@ohioohioohio yes defo start with the one mile for a few weeks work your way up. It builds up your endurance x I'm the same I starts enthusiastic and then get bored after about 5 mins. But this way its a bit easier!!


OhioOhioOhio · 21/02/2021 20:53

Another new thread! Wow. I've never been part of such a successful thread before. I hate being fat too but at least now I'm rid of the alcohol calories I can dedicate a bit of thought to better eating. I really want to feel fit and relaxed when the summer clothes come out.


Haggisfish · 21/02/2021 21:12

I’m back onboard as of today!


OhioOhioOhio · 21/02/2021 23:37

Haggisfish Welcome back. How have you been?


Haggisfish · 21/02/2021 23:44

Hello! Doing pretty rubbish in terms of drinking. I’ve had a rough half term emotionally-entirely my own fault but I’m trying to take back control of my feelings and also my drinking!


OhioOhioOhio · 22/02/2021 05:42

You can do it Haggis!!!


Haggisfish · 22/02/2021 08:25

Thanks @OhioOhioOhio! I want to feel better in summer, too. I feel good this morning-had a sober good sleep and woken up feeling good.


Imissmoominmama · 22/02/2021 08:41

I fell off the wagon in spectacular style and need to get back on.


SnoopyMcLoopy · 22/02/2021 11:35

Welcome back @Haggisfish and great news that you've leapt back ion the wagon! Half term can be really tough esp since we can't do anything.

@OhioOhioOhio I don't know how much weight you need to lose but giving you the booze is a great start and a perfect opportunity to make other small changes too. I've definitely found it easier since not being tempted by drinks with friends or going to the pub which invariably mean I make poor food choices at the time and the following day. 16:8 and fast 800 combined has worked for me and there are many variations which are not so drastic. Good luck with it x


SnoopyMcLoopy · 22/02/2021 11:37

@Imissmoominmama you're back here so that's a good start.

I'm concerned that when my dry spell comes to an end in a couple of weeks, I'll go bonkers with the wine but I'm trying to formulate a plan to help!


Haggisfish · 22/02/2021 11:55

@Imissmoominmama so did I and a few others, too. Don’t give up giving up-that’s my motto. I don’t know how many tries it took me to stop smoking but I managed that. We can do this too. And even if we eventually end up interspersing dry and wet months, that’s still better than constantly, constantly drinking lots. IMO -I know others may think differently. It’s so easy to be ridiculously hard on yourself.


Imissmoominmama · 22/02/2021 12:01

Thanks, @SnoopyMcLoopy and @Haggisfish. I disappointed in myself, but I’m back on the wagon now. I’m going to check in here daily for accountability.

I need to be fitter- I have arthritis and wine is an inflammatory- why would I do that? 🤦‍♀️

I have some big hikes planned, so I need to get my shit together, or I’m going to either suffer, or miss out!


Haggisfish · 22/02/2021 12:06

Me too! Come on, we can totally do this shit.


MyGhastIsFlabbered · 22/02/2021 14:48

Welcome back everyone who had a tumble off the wagon. No judgement here.

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PeacheyPeach · 22/02/2021 16:32

Welcome back lovely ladies 😍 its only support in here no judging. We are all our own harshest critic at the best of times we don't need anyone else doing it for us as well!! Anyone else notice how brighter and warmer it was today, defo a good sign that spring is on its way.
I've already had the conversations with certain friends of "Oh when we can meet up you can't not have a drink can you and I was all "Oh I know I can't wait!" But I'm not even being honest there because for the first time ever I'm really enjoying not drinking. I don't think I want to start drinking yet. And certainly not sat in the park in my coat it just feels a but desperate to me


MyGhastIsFlabbered · 22/02/2021 16:51

I've not really enjoyed the wine I have had either. I've enjoyed not drinking too. And I'm STILL annoyed that I didn't get my 100 days unbroken streak.

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Haggisfish · 22/02/2021 16:52

Grin yes it is a bit tramp like isn’t it?! I’m looking forward to a meal out and a DANCE at some point, and being able to drive home!


TSBelliot · 22/02/2021 17:49

Well I fell off again. Wasn’t meant to drink untikt he end of the month but I have had two weekends - I think - where I have had a drink. I actually got a bit slurry and went to bed at 4am on Sat. In the morning I went to inspect the bottle expecting it to be mostly gone but it was half fuller than expected. I have reset to the lightweight category. I think I prob had 10 units then 5 the following night.
Now I felt a bit like I was not doing so well then I remembered at the start of dry jan I just wanted jan off. It was this thread that made me want to moderate more. I have drunk 10plus units nightly for years. This weekend I got tipsy one night then followed up with a few drinks then out the bottle back. This is a shift in behaviour. I still love it though but I don’t think that will change.


OhioOhioOhio · 22/02/2021 17:57

TSBelliot That's great progress you lightweight.


MyGhastIsFlabbered · 22/02/2021 18:29

Please look out for the new thread - we're almost full & I'd hate to lose you all

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SwiftyFifty · 22/02/2021 22:59

@PeacheyPeach yes I am so with you on that re friends. I selfishly almost don’t want the pubs to open as it’s easy not to drink now I’m in the habit of it at home. Today ( day 53) I woke up and for the first time since giving up, felt good. Actually felt great. And it was a Monday. I know when I go out I will not be able to have a soft drink and be the bloody driver so it’s easier for me now I’m suspended in this weird limbo. I would be so disappointed in myself if I drank yet still can’t break the mindset that I would have a rubbish time if I didn’t. Saying all that, I am very proud of myself having not had more than three dry days ( and only when really ill) for the past ten years or more.


Haggisfish · 22/02/2021 23:09

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