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Old 01-19-2010, 09:57 AM
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Four months today!

Hi everyone!

I am celebrating four months sober today! Thanks to all of you here on the site for helping me get through the critical first few months ... I've been offline a bit lately, not checking in as much, because "not drinking" is starting to become part of who I am.

I was very worried about the holidays, fearing I'd have a tough time getting through. And then after the holidays were over, there was a big industry convention I had to attend, where alcohol is free and flows like a river ... I made it through both periods completely unscathed! The convention was great, because I made it through without feeling completely exhausted and hung over, and never once made a fool of myself around work colleagues.

For everyone just starting out, keep taking it one day at a time ... If you feel the urge to drink, try to make it through 24 more hours before you give in. It helps to step back and give yourself time to think.

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:13 AM
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Congrats, Penny! Four months is awesome, keep it up, it only gets better
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Congratulations Penny!!
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:06 AM
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Congratulations Penny.
Those industry events can be a killer.
I regret some of the things I said at sales conventions to the boss.
Well I don't rally regret them but I should.
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Hi Penny,
I was wondering and thinking about you. Well done on the four month. I must be close too.

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Good to see something from you. Was wondering how you are doing. 4 months...that is great.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:31 AM
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Thanks, everyone. I posted that and then felt like a bit of an ass. Like, look at me and how awesome I am!

I have this terrible pattern where, when I am into something, I am 100% into it and can't be swayed. But if I fall off the path just a little bit, I'm back to my old ways in no time. Like with weight loss. I was down 25 pounds two years ago, and now all 25 pounds are back. I think the people at Weight Watchers hated me, because I was so proud of myself all the time. And then I slipped up, and failed, and never came back.

I hope that doesn't happen with alcohol. I think I need to be a little more humble.
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Congrats on the 4months!
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WOO HOO! You GO Penny!
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Originally Posted by pennylane2009 View Post
Thanks, everyone. I posted that and then felt like a bit of an ass. Like, look at me and how awesome I am!
Don't ever feel that you can't share your success here! My recovery has been so great, that I would shout it from the rooftops if I could

You've changed your life for the better...THAT is awesome!
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Good to see you Penny - congratulations

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:18 PM
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You have good reason to feel proud of yourself! Congratulations!
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:19 PM
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Don't ever think you shouldn't share w/us your accomplishments in your Recovery! Yes, in certains areas of Recovery you have to be humble, but not when you've celebrated a milestone or anything else positive!

For so long, as alcoholics & addicts, we focused on our failures. I know when I was drinking and using, it seemed like that's all I did was fail at things, screw everything up that I touched or even looked at. I began Journaling very early in my Recovery and was told to write down everything positive that I did that day or happened in my life. I thought this was a bit over the top, what did they want me to do, become arrogant or something? No, they wanted me to notice the positive changes I was making in my life and celebrate each and every one of them.

Also, by you and everyone else sharing milestones and positive things, it shows the Newcomer that it can be done. So, you see, you are awesome! Congratulations again!

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Congrats PennyLane -

You can always share your successes with us. We love to hear them.

But, please keep working on your recovery (e.g. keep active with your recovery). Everytime I think I've got this thing licked, it reminds me who's really in charge.
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