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Old 04-19-2010, 03:13 AM
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Welcome Marlow

You'll find a lot of support here
I encourage you to start your own thread sometime - you'll get a lot responses
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:24 AM
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Congrats to all the April folks! How are you doing unbrokenchain?
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:27 AM
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Marlow...
Welcome to our recovery community

7 days is a good beginnning ...Congratulations!

I find walking breaks me out of a slump.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for the responses. I did find the forums on pain, and did some reading there. I still haven't caved in to my desire to drown my physical discomfort, and am feeling somewhat better, but really have to get a strategy for dealing with the bad days. I agree with Dee that drinking , while a short-term relief, only exacerbates the long-term problems.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:57 AM
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Thanks for the good wishes everyone. I'll try to make a habit of checking back in here as a way of keeping myself honest.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:35 AM
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You are doing fantastic!! 3 this weeks is soo cool. You will know when its time to share so dont worry about that..
Soo glad you found us and we have had the pleasure of getting to know you in chat!
See ya soon!
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:58 AM
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can I join sober 4 days
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:28 AM
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Some excellent sober time getting accrued here - awesome! Congrats everyone! There's just something motivating about spring, April in particular.
Day 24 here (I actually started on March 28th), and with the exception of ongoing problems with my SO, everything's going smoothly. Evening outpatient aftercare is a blessing. I'm working OT at my job so I can leave right from there and go directly to group. For me, that's been very important in this very, very early stage of recovery.

I wish you all well, and I'll stop by again soon!
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:25 AM
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joleah ......

Glad to see you here with us.....Welcome!
April is a great time for your new beginning.
Congratulations on your sober days ...
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:35 AM
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Mary Rita.....

I'm really pleased you are finding AA useful.
Early on....I went daily. Why?
I considered meetings classrooms for living sober.
The more I went...the quicker I learned....

Congratulations on your solid progress....
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:37 AM
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Way to go.....thanks for checking in with your good news
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:13 AM
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Day 3

I'm here and I'm sober. I honestly don't have the energy for much more then that.

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Old 04-21-2010, 05:26 AM
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@ MaryRita and CarolD

Thank you!!!

It's going to be a busy day at work today - this is actually a good thing! However, after outpatient tonight, the SO and I are going to have a talk about our relationship. I initiated this, but I'm nonetheless feeling out-of-sorts about it. *sigh* Nothing left to do but deal with it I guess. Off to work

Take care April folks! I'm rooting for ya!
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:56 AM
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On Day 11 today. A week is usually as long as I go without drinking, so I'm going into overtime here. I'm looking forward to a month without beer.

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Old 04-21-2010, 08:13 AM
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Whitewave, you are understandbly nervous about the upcoming 'chat' but I am sure you will feel better when you have both talked. And, good for you in pursuing your group therapy.

Rev, good for you on 11 days sober!

Welcome back, Bartender!
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:55 AM
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I've been drinking alot of diet cola, myself. That's probably the next bad habit to tackle (my daughter is always trying to get me to quit soda because it's so bad for me). One thing at a time. I'd like to get confident that I've gotten the beer habit handled, first.

I like your idea, unbroken chain, about checking with each other at the end of the month. It's always easier when you have someone else motivating you. See you on the 1st.

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Old 04-21-2010, 10:15 AM
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Hey Rev keep up the good work, just one day at a time. I like reading what others are doing especially the ones with close sobriety dates. On day 9 and going pretty good.A lot of the anxiety has weakened or gone away. Now I need to start being happy or giving thanks for what I have. I listened to the birds the other morning after reading my morning of the Daily Reflections. I have not stopped to that sort of thing in awhile. Been doing a lot of things with the little ones which is beautiful. I have always done those type of things but getting out of the dumps the last few days have done wonders.
Hope everyone has or had a good day.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:41 AM
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Welcome to our newest April group member....
Bartender Glad to see you again Bill
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:47 AM
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For everyone....this was compiled by SR members
several years ago.....

150 Things To Do Instead of Drinking

1. Read a book
2. Take a walk
3. Play a musical instrument
4. Knit
5. Clean your closets
6. Research your genealogy
7. Cook a gourmet dinner
8. Write an article for your local newspaper
9. Go take some pictures
10. Clean the mildew in your bathroom
11. Start writing that book you've been planning
12. Plan a garden
13. Plant a garden
14. Play with a pet
15. Read to a child
16. Visit someone in an old folks' home
17. Watch a news special on TV
18. Set up a family budget
19. Make a web site
20. Take up archery
21. Exercise
22. Go to an online recovery meeting
23. Surf the internet
24. Call your mom
25. Learn a foreign language
26. Write a poem
27. Play golf
28. Take a bubble bath
29. Draw
30. Teach a parakeet to whistle
31. Take a nap
32. Listen to music
33. Paint
34. Clean your desk
35. Start a stamp collection
36. Go window shopping
37. Browse in a book store
38. Go to an art gallery
39. Go for a drive
40. Paint a room
41. Watch the clouds go by
42. Play darts
43. Do target shooting
44. Do home repairs
45. Clean your garage
46. Sort your photographs
47. Make a scrapbook
48. Climb a tree
49. Plant a tree
50. Make marmalade
51. Make a list of things to do
52. Write a letter to the editor
53. Volunteer somewhere
54. Take a hike
55. Take a college class
56. Try yoga
57. Meditate
58. Get a massage
59. Make fruit smoothies
60. Bake cookies
61. Do a crossword puzzle
62. Go to the gym
63. Plant a color bowl
64. Sharpen your pruning tools
65. Change your engine oil
66. Sew
67. Groom your dog
68. Go see a play
69. Write a sonnet
70. Sort your recipes
71. Play solitaire
72. Go bird watching
73. Write a letter to a friend
74. Read a poetry book
75. Repot your houseplants
76. Go to a movie
77. Mow your lawn
78. Put up (or take down) your Christmas lights
79. Make pickles
80. Go jogging
81. Watch sitcoms
82. Plan menus for a diet
83. Do a jigsaw puzzle
84. Play chess
85. Write a country-western song
86. Watch a video
87. Go for a bike ride
88. Plant an herb garden
89. Start an online journal
90. Dye your hair
91. Go to a restaurant
92. Lift weights
93. Bake some bread
94. Learn a martial art
95. Polish the furniture
96. Make a flower arrangement
97. Read the newspaper
98. Start some seeds
99. Sort your magazines
100. Do some laundry.
111. Take a nature walk
112. Play with your kids
113. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
114. Volunteer at a school
115. Pick up garbage in a park
116. Tickle your kids
117. Play basketball
118. Volunteer at an animal shelter
119. Read to a child or pet
120. Sign up for obedience training with your dog
121. Take a walk and pick up litter you see on the way
122. Spend time at the library
123. Sort all your digital photos and make an album to print for holiday gifts to family.
124. Help your kid organize his closet.
125. Figure out the melody and chords to your current favorite tune on the piano.
126. Practice your holiday cookie recipes
127. Make crackers from scratch (that one didn't go so well).
128. Make tortillas from scratch (better).
129. Reread a book you haven't read for years.
130. Tango
131. Learn about someone else’s religion.
132. Reread one of your college textbooks.
133. Key out a wildflower.
134. Do your nails.
135. Do word puzzles.
136. Play a board game.
137. Burn CD’s of some of your favorite music for a friend.
138. Plant a bonsai.
139. Play Mad Libs.
140. Speak only in heroic couplets for an hour.
141. Read poetry online.
142. Ride a stationary bicycle.
143. Set up a domino topple.
144. Play backgammon.
145. Build a house of cards
146. Make an entry in Wikipedia.
147. Read a world almanac.
148. Publish a family newsletter.
149. Throw cards at a hat.
150. Go to bed.

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Old 04-21-2010, 12:53 PM
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Great job everyone!

Almost had a whoopsie moment in the early evening. My son is staying over at his grandmothers tonight and some of my co-workers were heading out to a terrace...my flashing thought"mmhh, freedom, terrace, glass of wine".. PPffwew glad I caught myself, I just hurried home. Unexpected moments are tricky.
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