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Old 04-14-2019, 02:53 PM   #281 (permalink)
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Well this is embarrassing...day 8 for me. It's an inspiring thread though.
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Well this is embarrassing...day 8 for me. It's an inspiring thread though.
Nothing to be embarrased about bathbomb. 8 is great, the longtimers here remember how difficult those eary days are and celebrate every newly sober member. Keep counting and stick close to SR , we are all behind you.
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Usual Monday morning countin for me; 910 days or 130 weeks sober.
Tomorrow, the 16th, will be 19 years or 6939 days since I quit smoking.
Wednesday, the 17th will be exactly 2 1/2 years by the calendar since I quit drinking.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:30 AM   #286 (permalink)
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Congrats Zebra!

(((Bathbomb))) No need to be embarrassed! I've so been there

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Nothing to be embarrased about bathbomb. 8 is great, the longtimers here remember how difficult those eary days are and celebrate every newly sober member. Keep counting and stick close to SR , we are all behind you.
Thank you for the encouraging words.
Your other post reminded me I also gave up smoking cold turkey when I fell pregnant with my daughter. She'll be 20 this year. Alcohol has taken over my life and I totally forgot about that achievement. If I can do that surely I can kick alcohol's butt too.
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Congrats Zebra!

(((Bathbomb))) No need to be embarrassed! I've so been there

Thank you and congrats on all the 1's.
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Congrats Zebra!

(((Bathbomb))) No need to be embarrassed! I've so been there

Nice! before you know it those will all be two's. Love the poster!
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A few reasons why I count my sober days(in no particular order):

1) I worked hard for them, even fought for them at times.
2) I wasted so many days drunk, I feel good about the sober ones.
3) They are mine, on difficult days, it is the one thing no one can take from me.
4) In the beginning, it was important for me to know that there is success in sobriety, I count so that others new in sobriety see that too.
5) Sometimes, just seeing the number, makes it real

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Well this is embarrassing...day 8 for me. It's an inspiring thread though.
Never be embarrassed for being a success story, every story has a beginning and you are just beginning to write yours! 8 days is amazing, I can't remember a harder time that the first week...and you made it!!

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I feel like that deserves a parade or something. That's amazing.
I hope this question isn't out of line but....after so long sober do the urges and thoughts of drinking ever leave or is it a lifelong battle. I'm up for a battle but I'd prefer not to. I understand everyone is different I guess I just don't want to think about alcohol for the rest of my life. I'm already over it on day 9. I don't feel like a drink but I find myself constantly thinking about not drinking. If that makes any sense. Congratulations least.
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Never be embarrassed for being a success story, every story has a beginning and you are just beginning to write yours! 8 days is amazing, I can't remember a harder time that the first week...and you made it!!

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Thank you Cathy. I need to hear journeys like yours to keep it real for me. To reinforce it can be done. I will count my days forever.
Huge congratulations to you.
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I feel like that deserves a parade or something. That's amazing.
I hope this question isn't out of line but....after so long sober do the urges and thoughts of drinking ever leave or is it a lifelong battle. I'm up for a battle but I'd prefer not to. I understand everyone is different I guess I just don't want to think about alcohol for the rest of my life. I'm already over it on day 9. I don't feel like a drink but I find myself constantly thinking about not drinking. If that makes any sense. Congratulations least.
I lost the desire to drink (and gained happiness) when I started practicing gratitude every day. It gave me a positive attitude and lots of reasons to stay sober. Try it. Each day find at least one thing to be grateful for, no matter how small. I start each day being grateful to have woken up sober and feeling good, and I end my day being grateful that I didn't drink. I am always grateful for the better life sobriety has given me.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/o...pier.html?_r=0
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I lost the desire to drink (and gained happiness) when I started practicing gratitude every day. It gave me a positive attitude and lots of reasons to stay sober. Try it. Each day find at least one thing to be grateful for, no matter how small. I start each day being grateful to have woken up sober and feeling good, and I end my day being grateful that I didn't drink. I am always grateful for the better life sobriety has given me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've recently started a journal and I must admit the entries to date are a bit negative. I have a lot to be grateful for in my life and I love a good list. I am grateful to you least. Great article too.
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I feel like that deserves a parade or something. That's amazing.
I hope this question isn't out of line but....after so long sober do the urges and thoughts of drinking ever leave or is it a lifelong battle. I'm up for a battle but I'd prefer not to. I understand everyone is different I guess I just don't want to think about alcohol for the rest of my life. I'm already over it on day 9. I don't feel like a drink but I find myself constantly thinking about not drinking. If that makes any sense. Congratulations least.
It does get easier with time as you settle into your new sober life. 2 1/2 years in for me, and every once and awhile I'll get a twinge or a stiff tug from the ol' A/V. Easy to shrug off but I must always remain vigilant.
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Gratitude is my #1 recovery tool. I lost the desire for a drink on Day 1. I was lying alone in the emergency room, coming off what I thought was a life-ending panic attack. I looked up at the lights and surrendered. Took me nearly 30 years to arrive at that moment. Since that fateful day, I've had many thoughts about drinking, but they are just that, thoughts. Coming up on 9 years and 10 months sober and yes, those thoughts still come on occasion, but they leave just as quickly. Instead of just "not drinking", I've built a life that fills the hole in my soul. I can't imagine even taking one sip of beer, for I no longer need it in my life. When bad things happen (and they do), I can now deal with them without wanting to escape. That is the true gift of recovery.
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