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Old 02-28-2016, 10:30 AM
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Congratulations Carlos !!!You have every reason to be proud and let me tell you that we are all very proud of you also. You are such an inspiration. thank you.
I had a bad start to the day yesterday but, all is well now---and Dee hit it on the head---It's how you handle the situation that counts. I needed to read that .
Ok---I'm a happy camper again.--tee hee
Hugs to everyone-----
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:34 AM
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Congrats, Carlos! Wonderful milestone :-)

And a happy hi to all.
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Old 02-28-2016, 01:07 PM
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Hello everyone, dunno if you remember me but thought I'd drop by to say I have one year sober today. Everything is going well despite various setbacks, upheavals etc, it's been much easier facing the inevitable challenges of life sober.

Hope everyone out there is doing well and remember that permanent, lasting abstinence from alcohol is a perfectly achievable and enjoyable goal.

Be well, keep moving forward
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:11 PM
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That's great, LS :-). Happy to hear from you and that you are keeping on with your sober life!
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:41 PM
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You're well remembered LS - congrats on your year! awesome

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Old 02-28-2016, 08:41 PM
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Bandicoot - Sounds lime you're making the most of your sober days.

Babs - I'm glad you got through the bad morning. When my addiction was in full swing, anger, frustration, and disappointment were at the forefront. When the going got tough I wondered why me, and that negativity compounded what ever was already going wrong. When I practice acceptance and gratitude instead, I can focus on the solution and keep moving forward.

WWS - Sounds like you're feeling some real peace, serenity and acceptance surrounding your work.

KIR - I've found it incredibly eye opening in sobriety to see the effect that drinking has on people, kids, families, etc. - even the most innocuous suburban parties with hammered moms and dads don't seem so harmless to me through sober eyes. I hope you enjoy the training and feel prepared for your volunteer work.

Lonely shadow - Congrats on your year of sobriety! Great job!

Carlos - Great job on 1,000 days of sobriety and working a program of recovery. Your experience strength and hope is an inspiration to me. I agree that the recovery piece is the key.

My life was lived in highs and lows too. Changing lifelong patterns isn't easy but when I live consciously, and practice rigorous honesty, I can keep my problems right sized and find the middle.
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:09 AM
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LS great to hear from you! And I am so happy to hear such good news, Congratulations on your first year! How are things going? You had just moved and started a new job when last we heard from you? I'd love an update.

Carlos, I am proud to know you sweetie 1000 is awesome xx

Babs, your outlook is getting better all the time.

Have a great week Undies, Keep On Keeping On x
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:13 AM
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Thumpa great song!

Carlos congrats on 1,000 days!

LS congrats on a year sober!

Glee hope this week is less stressful for you.

Well I finally was able to get away from home. My friend and I were hanging out today and randomly decided to go to Vegas after winning money at the local casino. I was a little worried I may be triggered to drink since I've wanted to drink so bad lately but we went and saw a show and then did some gambling and win some more money. Tomorrow we will be heading back and going to a concert back near home. I love spontaneous adventures and plans. And I so desperately needed a little break from my home life.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:53 AM
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I missed your post Carlos - congratulations

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Old 02-29-2016, 05:23 AM
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Congratulations on 1000 days Carlos!

Hi LonlyShadow and congratulations on one year. I am moving forward!

Boozefree - It sounds like a much needed and well deserved break. Good that you are still doing well.

It is back to work and work this weekend. I work 10 days straight then have four days off. That will be nice.

Have a good week everyone!
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:44 AM
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Good morning, all!

BFree, happy to hear you are having a spontaneous break. I know it's very difficult at home so get all the help and support you can.

WWS, 10 days is a long stretch of work (as I know only too well!). Glad you will then have 4 days off. It sounds to me that your attitude to the longer stretches has changed from resentment to acceptance and you had the courage to change what you could (fewer long stretches). Way to go with the sober growth :-)

Happy Monday.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:41 AM
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Yes, band, my sentiments, exactly. It is a wonderful morning to be clean and sober.

This thread was my steady home for so long when I returned to SR in 2013. It holds such a special place in my heart.

Today I celebrate an SR milestone of sorts, 1000 days of clean and sober - haha, in a row! WAY beyond that, it has been 1000 days of working a recovery program.

I am so grateful to the old and the new generation of Undies for offering your experience, strength and hope. I've learned so much by reading about your struggles and triumphs.

Something else I have learned in my recovery journey this time. Life isn't always about highs and lows. A really nice place to be is right down the middle. For an active alkie like me...that place did not exist....today, it does. Peace and serenity can be ours - if, together, we work for it.

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Congratulations on 1000 Days--truly a milestone.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about 'the middle' The highs and lows are danger points for me, especially the highs so I'm learning that middle is a nice place to be.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:47 AM
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Bandi, I agree about the middle being a good place to be. I'm finding that the changes keep on coming and although once in awhile I have a very brief thought about a drink, it's easy to banish now and doesn't go beyond a thought :-)

The rewards for hanging in through the rough spots are definitely there.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:16 AM
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Hi Undies,

Thank you for the many kind words and congrats on the first 1000. However, I am in no hurry to reach 2000. Taking this recovery thing one day at a time and trying to live between the clap of my hands, (present tense), works just fine at slowing the process.

I remember being about 10 days into my start with AA on this recovery cycle and starting to understand the poster present in all the rooms, "Easy Does It". That was another aspect of practicing active addiction life that never seemed to be present. I was always busy trying to finish up whatever I was doing to get the next best thing going for some crazy reason...forgetting to stop and smell the basil (I prefer a fresh herb to flowers).

Today I can match my daily expectations with acceptance and practice an "Easy Does It" lifestyle. If I match that with a healthy dose of being grateful, I have a pretty good shot at a good day. Haha, and a middle of the road "good" day is just fine with me.

Toots, I feel honored to have celebrated my milestone on your day of birth. You are quite the special "lady" (said tongue in cheek) , and have offered amazing joy and hope to me and many.

LS, congrats on your one year of clean and sober. Kudos!

Let's keep rockin this sober thing...

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Old 02-29-2016, 11:37 AM
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as always Carlos---You said it all and you said it so right ! ! Thank you
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112 days today. That's me rockin' it. I have a ways to go, but easy does it!
I wonder why my calories saved and pounds lost aren't matching up. Hmmmmm
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KIR, the same equation still eludes me
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KIR, I gained almost 15 pounds after quitting drinking. I replaced booze with ice cream and cookies. Small price to pay for sobriety ! Now I'm working on that.
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112 days is awesome KIR! Almost three months of rockin' it!
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Hi group. I am 36 days sober.I am in the feb 2016 class but feel I need to be around people who have done this longer than I have. My old class of aug 2014 is too quiet.

Anyway I was doing ok until last sunday. My AV is super strong and is convincing me to drink again. I know if I do it will be a full relapse and back to that horrible jail of I life I led 36 days ago
I don't want that and I will do whatever I can to protect my sobriety. But feeling very weak at the moment. Even the biscuits and ice cream isn't working.

Can I join please?
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