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Old 09-27-2017, 12:27 AM
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Three Hundred And Sixty Six Days

Just checking in to say yesterday was my ONE YEAR SOBER.

I am not posting this for a pat on the back or a thousand likes and all that cak. Just to say IT IS DO ABLE.

I am 49. Drank heavily (mainly beer) for twenty years plus.

Never drank as a teenager. Used to bodybuild/martial arts etc.

Started drinking to 'knock me out at night' simply to get a nights sleep.

I ended up drinking for the sake of it (male ego thing I think).
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Old 09-27-2017, 12:29 AM
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Like it or not congratulations
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I know you don't want it but you do deserve a pat on the back and a zillion likes because one year is a huge achievement. It's so inspiring to know that it is possible. There is life after alcohol. A better life. Massive congratulations Coleman, thank you for posting.
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Well done - fantastic to see a fellow Brit do so well
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Congrats on One Year!
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Thanks for the comments.

Just a few thoughts and comments myself.

I drank EVERY DAY this century up until a year ago.
When I say drank I mean DRANK.
Anything from four cans of light beer up to any amount you can think of.
This might sound stupid but I swear I drank myself sober sometimes.

Was the last year hard? - YES

Did I think about drinking beer? - YES EVERYDAY... I even DREAMED of drinking beer in the first few months?

I kept tabs with an app on my phone for motivation.

When I got a craving I went and literally slept off the craving.

I had to get stubborn with myself.
I even turned down the Xmas pudding at my folks house on Xmas day as it was (according to the packaging) drowned in 'Real Cider'.
If I went out for lunch I didn't have beer battered fish or ribs in Jack Daniels sauce etc

Do I think about beer now? YES EVERY DAY

But it does get easier I can promise you that much.

According to the app I use I have not spent $5232.83 on beer. Do I have this money? NO

I can almost guarantee you that figure is a very conservative estimate. I would guess its half again as much on top.

You have to be stubborn with yourself. It's hard but it's THE ONLY WAY.
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Well, pat on the back regardless! Excellent news! Congrats.
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ColemanReese, 366 days is just FANTASTIC, congratulations, rootin for ya.
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Wonderful! Congrats.
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Congrats, I like that part about being stubborn with yourself. That indeed is all it takes!
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good job! it's interesting to me that you have a non-program program that you describe. keep going- the second year is great, different, better....
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Nice job ColemanReese! I can definitely relate to the sentiment that you "have to be stubborn with yourself." I completely agree. Good luck on your second year. I struggled a bit for the first couple months of my second year because the whole "wow, this is my first {insert event/holiday here** sober in 20 years" thing was no longer true, but after that it has been mostly clear sailing.
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I am forcing a pat on the back on you. You have no choice in the matter.
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Very well done, ColemanReese!!!!

I am very happy for you.
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It definitely gets better / easier with time. Congrats on your year!
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Congrats ColemanReese

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I also drank beer almost every day of this century up until about 8 months ago. Cool to read this; congratulations!
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Congrats on the year long sober! It's good to post these kind of accomplishments as I think it helps motivate us all to keep at it. Thanks for that!
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Congratulations on one year! That is an accomplishment and you deserve that pat on the back!
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