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Old 07-23-2017, 12:19 PM
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8 Weeks sober...Lifestyle changes needed!

Hi All,

So I have been sober for 8 weeks and it's going well. However my pre-sobriety motivation to exercise and eat healthily is almost nonexistent. I think I've been for one run and attended one class in the 8 weeks!!!! I haven't been preparing healthy lunches for work and have had far too many takeaways. I feel I need to get a grip of my eating and fitness but I just can't seem to summon the motivation. I have been a member of an online health and fitness group for over 1.5 years and so I have all the tools and support right there!

I have recognised that I am under a lot of stress at the moment at work and am planning to give myself a 4 day weekend next week. I have also downloaded a yoga app as I need to find a way of de-stressing and unwinding.

Anyway just airing and sharing 💜
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:29 PM
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Congrats! You have inspired me. I am on Day 1 and was thinking of how much better my life would be in 8 weeks. I know it is ODAAT to get there. Today is one hour at a time to get me thru withdawls. I eat healthy but don't exercise enough because of RA. The pain often causes me to drink. Gotta make some changes in my lifestyle, too!
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Hi nova, give it time...you sound like you're collecting all the right tools to keep you sober. Congratulations on 8 weeks!
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I have 31 days sober. I went to rehab for 28 days and while in there I went to the gym 4xs a week (after detoxing) and lost 12lbs, I'm quite sure it had something to do with not drinking a half gallon of vodka + pint of southern comfort a day however it motivated me to continue working out 3o mins a day 4x a week when I left rehab. I was lucky enough to meet a few ladies at the AA meetings that I meet there for the added motivation and support. This really helped me get my behind to the gym. Do you have anyone you can work out with?

Good Luck!
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Nova congrats on 8 weeks sober!!!!!!
I'm at just over 3 months and have only recently made any lifestyle changes whatsoever. I have started to eat a lot more fruit and veg and I do 2 yoga classes a week. However I still love my coffee and cigarettes and I've been left with a terrible sweet tooth!
For me the sobriety is the absolute priority. I got to a very bad place with drinking and it's going to take me a long time to undo a lot of the damage. Physical and mental.
I'd say be patient (not easy I know) listen to your body and take baby steps. No need to beat yourself up whatsoever though! You're doing Great!
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For me, nothing would get done if I wait around for "mo" (motivation). I had to develop discipline and just do the thing. I never regretted going to the gym, but I regretted NOT going plenty of times. I realized that it was part of my "ism" and had to make external accountability for myself in the beginning (meeting another person there, committing to a class, calling a trusted friend before/after to be accountable, hiring a trainer...stuff like that). After some time, I was able to do things "on my own" where I was accountable to *myself*. I had to work up to it, though. Even today, it is icing on the cake if Mo shows up. lol
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Hey Nova - First off congrats on 8 weeks!
Maybe you can start simple and start walking .. 30 minutes or so. Even 15 mins ! May jump start the exercise routine..
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:33 PM
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Thanks guys 💜

I have a tendency to go 'all or nothing'...and I think I need to remember that any small changes I make are still changes and they will mean that I am moving forward.

mfanch...thanks for the straight talking...it's absolutely true...I can't wait around for 'mo' 😊

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Old 07-23-2017, 02:41 PM
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I found that once I began a regular exercise routine my stress level dropped considerably. In the beginning I had to force myself to get going, but once it became a habit I began looking forward to my workouts. Now, if I don't get a workout in each day, I don't feel as good as when I do.

Best of luck to you Nova and making that change! You'll be glad you did!
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I think once you get started you will look forward to it! You are doing great. Congrats on 8 weeks sober! (Maybe lay out some workout clothes tonight so you are ready in the morning! also check out the "one thing I did for myself today " thread in the women's forum it's motivating )
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I have trouble with this too Nova but once I start I'm ok - start off small maybe and build up?

congrats on your milestone - great stuff

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Hi nova. Eight weeks is great, so don't be too hard on yourself about letting other things slide a bit. I had all sorts of aspirations pre-sobriety too, but I was also a delusional lush then

That being said, maybe just take new things one at a time? For me, some routines have stuck, some have gone by the wayside, but in my larger picture, it's the constant forward movement that matters most.
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