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Old 10-01-2009, 10:35 AM   #141 (permalink)
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You made me cry, Fubar - but it's good to have feelings. I didn't let myself have them for so long.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:09 AM   #142 (permalink)
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I can qalk to my gym without having to go outside through an underground tunnel. This is especially good when it is raining or snowing.
I used to think it was great that I could go to 4 different bars without having to put on a coat and go outside but that is of no importance to me anymore.
The times they are a changin.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:37 AM   #143 (permalink)
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Day 5 of pure sobriety - feeling great!

The weather was ideal yesterday and it looks to be close to it again today. May just have to go for another long walk!

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"I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough."
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:36 AM   #144 (permalink)
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Day 12 Great weightlifting workout this morning. Last physical exertion before 26.2-miler on Sunday!
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:58 PM   #145 (permalink)
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Finally, not feeling resentment because of "TGIF". For a long time I felt so much anger because I couldn't play with the rest of the kids.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #146 (permalink)
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I screwed up. Wrote and mailed a letter in haste while angry. (Yup)

'Twas a time when I would defend myself till the bitter end- make more of a problem for myself and others.

This time, I wrote a heartfelt apology and have been able to move on even though I have not and may not get a reply.

That is growth.

The best part? I am somehow able to look at this as a positive lesson in my life. I am chalking it up, forgiving myself and sleeping soundly tonight.

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Old 10-02-2009, 06:00 PM   #147 (permalink)
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I had my assessment today. I'd been looking forward to/dreading it for a week or so now. My counselor is a recovering alcoholic, 15 years sober. I was relieved. I think it takes one to understand the insanity of it. He is wonderful. I'm set up for group twice a week and individual once a week. He gave me a pamphlet for local AA and we talked about my concern that my spiritual/religious bent may not fit well. He seems to think it will be fine. He's got a little zen/tao in him, too.

Happy day, all!
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:07 AM   #148 (permalink)
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It is hard to not let negative thoughts creep into my thinking. I think that this is probably true for the average person also so this exercise may be of benefit to anyone.
I met an old drinking buddy just after I quit drinking who also quit abput three years ago. As a matter of fact he will be three years next week.
Neither one of us works a formal program so it is very positive that we have each other for moral support. I feel lucky to have reestablish a friendship with him and thankful for his support.
Non drinking friendship bonds seem to be stronger than ones I had with my old bar buddies.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:45 PM   #149 (permalink)
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I had a hard time being positive today, but when I came here this morning I saw a few posts I wanted to respond to. It was then I remembered that when I first arrived at SR I was a trembling, miserable wreck with no hope in sight. Back then I read everything, looking for hope and reassurance - and I found more than I could've ever dreamed. Now I'm able to come here and give back a bit, with PM's & posts - and I can't believe how much it has meant to me, & to my recovery.
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:53 PM   #150 (permalink)
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What a nice day. Raining here, and in the desert, we love that! Just a quiet sober Saturday.
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:24 AM   #151 (permalink)
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If I could go back and live my life over there is actually very little that I would do differently.
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:39 AM   #152 (permalink)
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More lurking than posting lately, but I do enjoy this thread!

Your week 2 day six post about anger sure hit a note with me. I was angry about something all the time. That anger is gone.....yeah, I still get angry, but I deal with it, and Move On.....as it should be.

It is just as easy to see the positive, if you look for it. Thanks for this thread. I love it!
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:41 AM   #153 (permalink)
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This is a great thread.
Today I got up and made a bit of food, drew some pictures and washed some clothes in the machine...also slept a lot but its early days and little steps are needed! x
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:23 PM   #154 (permalink)
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I appreciate the thread, too.

Fubar - there's really very little you'd change?! That is the positive attitude I am striving for. I hung my head in shame for so long, but as Sandy said - going through the bad stuff is what makes us who we are - and I think we're great! I'm still a work in progress, & I'm proud to be.
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:09 PM   #155 (permalink)
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Spent the day with my fella, helping me get organized. He's introduced me to the Franklin Covey planner. I think keeping a calendar will help the stress/anxiety level. And we made some tentative plans to take weekend trips to some of the national parks here in the southwest. Just an all-around nice day.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:33 AM   #156 (permalink)
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Going to see thae parks on a regular basis is a great plan Mariechi. I still need to work on finding new activities but I am basically lazy.
Week 3 Day 3
An old friend I have not seen for about 29 years is coming to town this week and I am hoping to get together with him for dinner or something.
He was messed up bad but has gotten his life together and quit drugs. He may have a beer but I will stick to my non alcoholic beer.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:14 AM   #157 (permalink)
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I missed my weekend posts but so it goes.

Speaking of the weekend, I made it through it. Friday night was surprisingly easy, but Saturday was tough. Sunday was easier than Saturday.

Anyways, 7 days sober here (on my 8th). My liver has really appreciated the retirement.

Positive thought of the day: "Every passing moment is another chance to turn it all around."
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:24 AM   #158 (permalink)
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Day 15 Completed a marathon yesterday and feeling pretty good today. Not too stiff. Finished in top half of my age-group, 80 percent of whom were younger than me. Overall pleased with my result, but see room for improvement. A good challenging couple of days, but I'm better for it. 147 days of sobriety.
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Conjgratulations on the marathon Freeport and congrats to you Donne on your sober time as the first few weeks are the toughest. It gets a lot easier as time goes by.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:20 PM   #160 (permalink)
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I'm trying to incorporate more positivity going in my daily life. Part of the way I do it....I take 3 deep breaths....and just slow myself down. I think I learned the breathing part at SR....there is a book with the technique, I believe.

Anyway, it does help to just slow down and put things in perspective....there is very little out there that doesn't deserve a positive spin.
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