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Old 05-15-2006, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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21 days sober - it feels great!!

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Day 21 - it feels great - wonderful!! I feel like a kid again. I made dramatic changes in my diet and lifestyle - also trying with the smoking - LOL!!!

I've been drinking teas and having fun with being able to go out anytime of the day or night - wow - what a freedom!!

I treated myself today and bought a store bought pecan pie!! - yum - and whipped cream. I'm eating breakfast ( cereal ) instead of drinking it!! Eating lunch -healthy organic foods - peanut butter - stuff like that - that doesnt trigger a drink urge! Also chocolates - yumm!!

I've been doing more stir fry vegetarian type dishes for dinner so I can have tea with dinner - and at night - popcorn with tea!! This is really a trip I'm enjoying. I go to the healthy food section of the store - even tried some new whole grain things.

Water never tasted so good - and it goes well with everything!!!!

I've been to some AA meetings with a friend - and we ate out. That may seem like a small thing - but for someone who rarely goes anywhere - except to work - then stays home and drinks - this is a major change.

I've done more and met more people in the past week then I have done in years - and this is just the beginning!!!

Why did I wait so long to stop drinking and start living?? I dont know - but it really feels great to be free from alcohol.

Simple small things - like being able to drive to the store at night for batteries or something - I couldnt do that when I was drinking - had to send my daughter out. LOL!!!

And so many encouraging people! I'm up - a natural high - and it feels good.
I guess we make it what we want it to be. I want it to be fun - and it is. And it can be.

Thanks for letting me share

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Old 05-15-2006, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What joy in your post! Congratulations!

Keep up the good work, and stay close to meetings and AA folks, especially when things get rough.

Oh, and for what it's worth -- Pecan Pie is best with vanilla ice cream on it!!!! YUMMY!!!!!

Thanks for the inspiring post!

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Old 05-15-2006, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome !! Congrats Michael !!
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Way to go and keep up the good work!


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Old 05-15-2006, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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awesome... that's great you get out and about and being sober ta boot!

"Why did I wait so long to stop drinking and start living??"

Kind a funny how some think drinking is living! Glad you have found this realization.

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Old 05-15-2006, 08:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What an inspiring post. Thanks for that gift.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Cool. Yeah, it does feel good. If you are meeting people at AA meetings and enjoying that, keep going. I go to a meeting every day and find that really helps me. I meet such great people too, instant friends. It's really pretty amazing.
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Old 05-16-2006, 06:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Awesome post Michael!

Great stuff to read, and feel with you.

I agree, life can be so much fun when we get into it instead of out of it!

Here's to freedom!

Cheers
(big glass of water, clinking the glass, yay!)

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Old 05-16-2006, 07:10 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks All

for the positive input.

Yesterday was my day off and a usually big drinking day for me. I like to cook and use to drink while I did. So I cooked but had my glass of water instead of a drink - and some munchies too. I'm trying to be smoke free as well - so yesterday I had to get a little creative and change or be aware of past behaviors.

I've been able to substitute positive behaviors in places were I'm aware of the negative behaviors were. Yesterday I had to do that with cooking dinner - since my wife was out of town all week I was able to readjust to fit my needs while by myself. Now back to the old routine but with different behaviors.

The monday before I had things to do so I was preocccupied - but yesterday - being a rainy day and all - well you know the drill. I would drink all day while I cooked and cleaned the house. So I drank tea! or water.

So today is Tuesday - and I can function!!! Yeah!!! No hangover ( is that what that was?? I was more like a zombie on Tuesdays - until I got home and got my fix) - I'll drive into work today feeling great!!!

I've also been treating myself to different things when I go shopping. Candies - sweets - different cereals and foods - things that dont compliment a glass of wine - but more complimentary with a cup of tea. One of the reasons I've been doing more vegetarian dishes and oriental stir fry.

I have to laugh at myself as I look at myself - reaching for a smoke thats not easily accesable - or a glass of wine or scotch - all things that were part of past behaviors - behaviors I'm changing for the psoitive ( ok ok - the smoking is being a challenge!! - LOL )

I remind myself - I am alcohol free and feeling healthy and energetic and calm and focused and cheerful ( must be cheerful - or whats the point? ) and aware that I am alive. What a gift for me to be free from that hell of alcohol. It may not be a hell for other people who may be able to partake and enjoy it - I may not do that any more. Just wont work for me - and I have accepted that. Kinda like a person who develops an allergy to say shellfish - but they loved it - but they cant eat it anymore because they will get ill.

All things in context.

Anyway - thanks for all the positive input - I rambled enough

Thanks for letting me respond and share

Hope you all have a great day

Positive energy to all

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Old 05-16-2006, 07:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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