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Calling all WEEKENDERS to the Weekend Menagerie Thread July 18-20

Old 07-18-2014, 12:53 PM
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Glad to see all the new faces on the thread. Welcome! Pull up your favorite ice cream and hang out with us.

I'm salivating for some water. I've been working outside on my husbands porch project which sadly, needed to be done but absorbed all of the free time, without kids, that I wanted to do absolutely nothing productive in. I mapped out three estate sales to wander around in and didn't go to any of them and now all the best stuff will be gone when I do have a chance to go tomorrow. Dragging children with me. And my mother in law is visiting tomorrow.

My basil needs to be trimmed. Not he house needs cleaning because the porch project somehow managed to expand into the kitchen, which is next to the porch.

Time to get ready to get the kids. Talk to you all later.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:56 PM
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Just a reminder to eat some real food as well.

If you don't eat your veggies you can't have any ice cream.

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Old 07-18-2014, 01:24 PM
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One hour away from going out of my workplace direct to the weekend, the anxiety is already kicking in, please give me any advice.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:29 PM
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P-D, tell yourself in a stern voice (even out loud if you need to):

I will not drink this weekend.

If you are still feeling anxious about the thought that you ***might*** drink this weekend, keep telling yourself, in a firm and unconditional way:

I will not drink this weekend

Instead of stopping at the booze store, stop at KFC or some other crappy food type place, and order more than you can normally eat. Then eat it all - eat until you are fuller than full.

You have now:
- Set yourself up psychologically to succeed (I WILL NOT DRINK) - refuse to entertain your psychological cravings
- Set yourself up physically to succeed (No way in heck I could drink after eating all that! Gag!)

Any time you get a psychological craving, strangle it with:

I WILL NOT DRINK THIS WEEKEND

Any time you have a physical craving:

EAT! To the point of stuffed!

Worked for me last weekend.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ForgetfulKevin View Post
Just a reminder to eat some real food as well.

If you don't eat your veggies you can't have any ice cream.

"How can you have any pudding if you haven't finished your meat!"
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:31 PM
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focus on the music Macali - no need for wine. 4th weekend tells me a MONTH is at hand.

I just decided to go see a band. Friend wants to know if I'm going to be okay. Of course, tell the bartender I am the designated driver and get all the free club soda I can drink. Top panels are off the jeep. I am starting to get into the summer spirit.

Trap is set! Apples from my fuji tree in the cage. Rabbits are difficult to trap at best. But he's a youngin. HEEERE WABBIT!

MrDuck, if you are still unsure, stay away from places and people that might tempt you to drink. And pick up some ice cream.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:32 PM
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I love your straight forward advice sparky...and, it works!
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:33 PM
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:44 PM
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I'm focusing more and more on the things I have to do tomorrow morning. I already have plans, if I drink I'm going to make it to 10am drunk and still up from tonight.

I already have plans, I already made a commitment with myself, I will not drink.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SparkyMcSparky View Post
P-D, tell yourself in a stern voice (even out loud if you need to):

I will not drink this weekend.

If you are still feeling anxious about the thought that you ***might*** drink this weekend, keep telling yourself, in a firm and unconditional way:

I will not drink this weekend

Instead of stopping at the booze store, stop at KFC or some other crappy food type place, and order more than you can normally eat. Then eat it all - eat until you are fuller than full.

You have now:
- Set yourself up psychologically to succeed (I WILL NOT DRINK) - refuse to entertain your psychological cravings
- Set yourself up physically to succeed (No way in heck I could drink after eating all that! Gag!)

Any time you get a psychological craving, strangle it with:

I WILL NOT DRINK THIS WEEKEND

Any time you have a physical craving:

EAT! To the point of stuffed!

Worked for me last weekend.
I just can't drink that much, I will have a can of soda, worked for me last wednesday.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:00 PM
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Hi guys -
new here and was steered to this thread by a fellow Julyer.
Heading into my first sober weekend in as long as I can remember: guess I'll be stopping for ice cream on the way home.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:37 PM
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welcome pksebben, glad you could join us. I just finished my second dish of Breyer's raspberry swirl. w/ little choco chunks
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Got some Breyer's Maple Nut Ripple in the freezer at home.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by happyandfree View Post
I love your straight forward advice sparky...and, it works!
Thanks H&F - but as with any advice YMMV as we all individually respond to different stimuli.

All I know is if I deal with both the physical and psychological at the same time, it seems to make things easier for me.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:05 PM
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You guys and your ice cream advice...you make me so proud.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:14 PM
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Hi, I'm in with you all for the weekend. I guess I'd better run and get some ice cream Stay safe and sober everyone!
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:35 PM
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Get past the "witching hour" when you would normally start drinking. Anything and everything. Different route home from work. Ice cream. Eat something. Walk around the block. Once the witching hour or two is over I always found it got easier. Go to bed early if you have to. Just don't drink. Stay tethered here.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:41 PM
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Eat this!!
Caught him myself!
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:42 PM
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For me, I'm going to a beginners AA meeting. Seven p.m. on Friday nights. Got me over the bump in the beginning and now I am fine tuning. Maintenance. It's nice to be around other people in sobriety. I learn something and I socialize.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:43 PM
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The critter looks yummy Olive. With green salad, a little drawn butter. Makes me hungry.
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