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Old 10-31-2017, 10:21 PM
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5:20am....

New Strategy...

I woke at 2:30am, usually I'd fall back to sleep for an hour or two around now but I'm going to force myself to stay awake and keep busy all day in the hope tonight with being so tired I'll sleep!

I'll have my herbal teas and try the music you recommend Waxfruit and hope for the best.
I'm keeping the faith lol, I think tonight is the night I shall sleep for more than 3 hours...

Positive vibes to all SR crew.

I'm on Day 21 now so made it 3 weeks YAY

Apologies in advance for any posts later today, this sleep deprived wreck will probs be rambling nonsense! lol

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Old 11-01-2017, 03:39 AM
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I am still sober and it's a new month! I hope many ( or all) of us in the October class made it through. 19 days of sober. Congrats Kit2017 on your three weeks!
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:44 AM
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Good Morning, Class! Happy November to us...many of us will be reaching a month milestone soon. Let's stay strong and keep supporting eachother. Let's also welcome the new 'freshmen' Class of November 2017 members and give them encougagement, too!
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:48 AM
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Soulshine--You said you are more on the needing support side of things right now. It is my opinion that ALL of us will always be on that side. Even if we are sober for 40 years we will always be recovering alcoholics because we know that even after years of sobriety just one drink will take us right back down the hole and leave us at the bottom. Just remember that we are also always capable of giving support. A simple "good job" or "thank you for sharing that" is support. Even sharing our struggles counts as support because it reminds us all that we are never alone, regardless of the duration of our sobriety.
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Getbetter72 View Post
Soulshine--You said you are more on the needing support side of things right now. It is my opinion that ALL of us will always be on that side. Even if we are sober for 40 years we will always be recovering alcoholics because we know that even after years of sobriety just one drink will take us right back down the hole and leave us at the bottom. Just remember that we are also always capable of giving support. A simple "good job" or "thank you for sharing that" is support. Even sharing our struggles counts as support because it reminds us all that we are never alone, regardless of the duration of our sobriety.
Great post! When you give, you also receive!
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:19 AM
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Kit-3 weeks. That's awesome!

I am on to day 5. Very happy this morning. It's probably been 20 years since I had a Halloween without vodka. Now if I could just stay away from all the sugar sitting around here
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:27 AM
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Bobdrop,
I put all the candy in the freezer. It last longer and even eating a frozen candy bar takes time. It slows down the indulging and keeps all of it out of sight.
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ChloeRose63- I just started smiling when I read that. I love creative thinking for solutions
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:43 AM
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That's me...always being creative...
I just took a 'peek' at the newbie thread for the Class of November 2017. I must admit I was excited to see how welcoming Dee has made it. (Dee..I hope you are reading this!!) It was like looking at an empty classroom all ready for the 'new students' to arrive. So cool to have a place to get help and support while learning about recovery. Glad I am a part of SR and thankful for each and every one of you! ♡CR
Again to you, Dee!
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:35 AM
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Helloooo

I'm so sorry I've not logged in for a while. I've gone a few days back in posts I think but I missed so much.

I had a terrible weekend - nothing happened but me and OH had a massive row. It was one of those that had been building for a while and it just blew but it completely ruined the weekend. Anyway it's sorted now and everything is back to normal except I've been so busy at work and sorting the kids out I've not had chance to come on here. I have to do it early in the day otherwise I'm just too tired.

Kit - I often wake at stupid o'clock and can be awake for 2/3 hours before I drop off again. Recently I've been sleeping through but waking really early. I was in the office at 6 again this morning after waking at 5. Means I'm shattered by 9 and struggle to get things done in the evening.

Bob - how great is it making new memories? The more you do things sober the less the memories of drinking are attached to that particular thing. New Year was always horrendous for me. I get really low that week between Christmas and New Year (think it's just the short dark days and not being able to do much) and I would always end up drinking either just before or starting new year with a binge. The horrific thing about it is that it is my sons birthday on the 3rd January and I'm ashamed to say that a couple of years I couldn't do anything with him because I was too drunk/hungover. That lies heavy with me!!! I've not drank the last couple of years now so that association is fading but I will never get that time back with my son.
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:44 AM
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Also - a new month - no new members.

We are it
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:57 AM
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Good morning October group!

Really engaged at work right now - amazing what a clear head can accomplish!

Ba Bam!
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by CClarity50 View Post
Good morning October group!

Really engaged at work right now - amazing what a clear head can accomplish!

Ba Bam!
CClarity with a CClear Head...
...what a CCool CCombination!
♡CCR lol
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:26 AM
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Happy November, Octsoberists! I've been following along with your thread and you guys are doing so fantastically well.

Keep the faith. Sleep is elusive for a while, I didn't fight it and just rolled with it. My body let me sleep when it needed to. Some days that was two hours and some days that was 12. My nervous system was pretty jacked up in early days.

I could often go back to sleep if I had a small snack, even just a glass of milk, hot chocolate, a piece of toast. I think in early days blood sugar is often the problem. It's worth a try, maybe? I always had a bowl of chocolate available in the beginning. All those years of adding alcohol messes up things in lots of ways.

Nowadays I sleep my 8-9 hours every night with only an occasional night of waking at 3 and not able to sleep. I think that's probably just normal for humans since I hear it all the time. Why is it always 3AM?
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I'll be honest, I've had a few moments where I thought I'd like to drink for (insert random upcoming event here). But the thought literally only lasts about a second. Saving money seems to be the easiest way to combat those thoughts for me personally. A minute later, the thoughts are gone. Very different to when I first attempted to quit. The negotiations were lengthy.

I think I had a dream last night where I was going to drink for a some reason. Somehow managed to avoid it I think. After being awake for a while I was very irritated that I hadn't tried to think about what the trigger was.

I'm going to take a different viewpoint to some of the earlier posts on this page. I don't need support at the moment, I'm feeling pretty positive the last few days. Support when I was feeling miserable in my first few days was nice though. But encouragement and team spirit will help (along with my self-determination) get me through November.

I'm happy to give support to anyone who would like it, though. To the very new people, I think I'm around the 10 day mark. My mood sucked in the beginning but everything seems to have settled in the last five days. Slowly working through some stressful situations, as well as cleaning the house and doing more for my family has given me something to feel positive about each day. Which gives me something positive to focus on when I'm trying to fall asleep.

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Also - a new month - no new members.

We are it
I hope to see everyone around for a long time. The last 3 weeks has been very instrumental in my sobriety. Thanks to everyone.

As for the sleep issues here, I actually slept until 7:45am (lost an hour when I entered New Mexico...and lose another when I get to Texas). Benadryl has helped, but going to stop after I move into my new pad.

On the road again. Stopping in a little town off the border of Texas. Today will be the smallest stretch of my journey to Austin. 3 1/2 hrs.

Happy November 1st We are it...
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Brighten - hope all is going well for you.
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Originally Posted by Kit2017 View Post
5:20am....

New Strategy...

I woke at 2:30am, usually I'd fall back to sleep for an hour or two around now but I'm going to force myself to stay awake and keep busy all day in the hope tonight with being so tired I'll sleep!

I'll have my herbal teas and try the music you recommend Waxfruit and hope for the best.
I'm keeping the faith lol, I think tonight is the night I shall sleep for more than 3 hours...

Positive vibes to all SR crew.

I'm on Day 21 now so made it 3 weeks YAY

Apologies in advance for any posts later today, this sleep deprived wreck will probs be rambling nonsense! lol

K x
Really hoping you get a good nights rest; they've been essential to me. Don't push too hard though, do try to get some sleep rather than soldiering on. Lack of sleep was a huge, huge factor in my relapse early in October. I'm sending sleepy vibes.

Day 27 here, 4 weeks tomorrow, a solid 30 days if I make it 'til Saturday. I say "if" because I feel like I don't want to jinx myself, but I am feeling pretty good about it.

All this talk of a dog has got me thinking about one too. We have two cats that are awesome, but my little buddy Millie passed Nov 20/2015 at 16 years old (can't believe it's been almost two years) and I miss having a dog around so much. Thinking it might be time.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:27 AM
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Lack of sleep is annoying, but definitely not a reason to drink.

It passes, it's not life threatening. It's just annoying.
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Originally Posted by biminiblue View Post
Lack of sleep is annoying, but definitely not a reason to drink.

It passes, it's not life threatening. It's just annoying.
For sure, I just find being sleep deprived can lead to hasty decisions, for me anyway. Either way, here's to a restful night's sleep!
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