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Old 07-16-2018, 07:44 AM
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I can so relate having to check yr phone to see what stupid thing I did the night before in my drunken state. Phone calls, texts, or fb posts. I donít miss that at all!!!
Ha! I've deleted my share of Facebook posts in the AM!
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:24 AM
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Just got to work and its day 4. Yesterday I was really feeling depressed and was very grumpy to my kids. Don't want to be jerk Dad.

It should be a fairly clear week for me. No evening functions, no "happy hour" meetings at the end of the day. I'm definitely behind on work because of some drinking last week and unproductive days, so hoping to really kick some butt this week.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:58 AM
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Welcome Tyne sided and Zombie (hope I didnít miss anyone!). Yes, eating and sleep problems seem to be the norm. In my firtst few days I could barely cram anything down my throat. And sleeping was hard since I was used to PASSING OUT (ugh!). I am 2 weeks sober today and both of those things have improved. In fact my appetite has returned to normal. Sleep is tons better too. So it does get better.

I will say that walking seems to be saving my life. Instead of drinking at night, I go on three mile walks. In my case- I have to replace an unhealthy habit for a healthy one and it seems to be working.

Hope all my fellow July classmates are doing well!
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:16 PM
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I'm definitely still counting the days. I've got 12 and will consider 2 weeks a big accomplishment. After that, I can set my eyes on 1 month, 3 months, and then a year.

I know that I could easily fall off this wagon and end up deeper in addiction than I already was. It would take very little for me to fall back to drinking, and if experience is any guide, I'd start up right where I left off, and possibly even more severe.

It wouldn't be any easier having to quit again, so I'm happy for the progress I've made, but it's just the beginning. I haven't even seen the best of the results yet. I've only just begun climbing, but the climb is underway, definitely.
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:45 PM
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Made it through day 2 - it helped that it was a busy day at work so I was grateful to get away and scoot straight home without a stop to buy alcohol As soon as I got home I changed into my comfy clothes and am getting ready to chill out sober! Already I'm feeling the first bits of returning clarity and energy.

I'm trying to analyze why I've relapsed so many times and I've discovered one thing. In the past I've tried to go sober, cut calories, add exercise, catch up on chores I'd neglected while drinking, etc. all from Day 1. I'd tell myself I was laying out a sobriety plan but ended up with a horribly long list that just made me want to go back to drinking and forget about it. This time I'm doing it a little different - each day I have one required task: staying sober. I've got things to do - tonight is laundry night, I'm going to update the checkbook, read a little and work on some projects - but those are all optional. It seems counterintuitive - I always thought I needed to load up my schedule so I wouldn't think about drinking, but not having that huge list feels good. I only have one thing I have to do today!
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:50 PM
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I do the same thing Lascaux --- great point.

The other thing that has gotten me in the past is complacency. I can stay focused and disciplined for a time, then tell myself "see - you weren't really a problem drinker" and that I can have a few drinks at the game, or a few drinks at the friends party. And down the slope I go.
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:50 PM
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Iím back home and ready for a night of sober sleep (or at least trying to sleep). Happy days. I love going to bed sober and waking up hangover free, itís the best bits.

Head aches and sleep is tricky but if im honest nothing like the physical discomfort when I was drinking. Iím more scared Iíll muck it up in the future, but for today at least Iím safe. In fact Iím terrified.

Iíve read quite a lot on here today and followed some advice re eating and looking after myself. Ate more fruit in one day than last 12 months. Was feeling quite good about things then had a massive Sri Lankan vegan meal with my daughter. Itís great to enjoy food for first time in years but those lentils and veggies are making themselves known 😂😂
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:21 PM
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Hello my friends! So far Monday is looking good... back to work and feeling way more productive since I’m not nursing a hang over for half my day before the foggy head clears. I’m so enjoying this forum and all of you for being there for me, understanding from your own experiences, and sharing ideas,etc to help us all.

I’ve struggled with wine for a few years now and not even my good friends know about it. I’ve kept it hidden pretty well, but deep down, I felt I was battling this myself and I didn’t know who to turn to. I’m so thankful to everyone on here that keeps me accountable to myself. Every day, I feel stronger in mind and everyone’s words, posts, stories have helped me stay true to me.

Some advice on sleeping better that was given to me... so I’m sharing. I drink Yogi soothing caramel bedtime tea each night before I go to bed. It was advised to me to drink it out of my normal wine glass (that I used to drink wine from). I slept better and I’m no longer drinking wine by myself at night. I hope it helps others struggling with sleep.

Thanks for being there everyone! All the best!
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:14 PM
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Coming to the end of day 2.

Haven't eaten a lot since I don't want to irritate and already irritated digestive system.

Taken the dog out for longer walks, feeling tired tho I did do over 16k steps today

I've been reading other posts here and I'm inspired to do more re- walking, especially walking the dog. I have a weight problem but there's a park a mile or so away from me so it could be a good opportunity to exercise more.

Hopefully my stomach picks up a bit tomorrow.
Think because I've had such a bad time of it stomach wise, I've definitely not been craving alcohol. I have been trying to drink more water than soda, dinner was a couple of slices of toast because I didn't want something heavy.

Night everyone!
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:34 PM
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Day two
I barely ate yesterday and today had porridge for breakfast- trying to eat a bit healthier

Currently suffering with stomach cramps and diarrhoea in work :-(:-(
Hang in there. ❤️
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:38 PM
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:21 PM
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Morning all

Bad nights sleep. Oh well when Iím tired enough it will come. I might try some of that tea or something similar tonight - thanks

Iím glad to wake up sober and am pleased I donít need to drink alcohol today. Got a busy morning and then a quiet afternoon. I tracked my cravings yesterday and they started 3pm. Thatís manageable! I still live in fear Iíll slip but today at least I am relaxed that I do not need to, I do not want to, and I do not have to drink.

Have a good day people
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:42 PM
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Hello class, hope you are doing well.

Well it seems the first week was "easy" - didn't have much withdrawal symptoms (read about something called the "pink cloud"), so maybe that was my 'easy' phase.

This week Im still not sleeping well, but anxiety has heightened, my stomach is a mess, and just getting up from a chair get dizzy, feel like crying out of the blue + the annoying grumpiness and anxiety UGH! Definitely feel that this 2nd week will bring in more withdrawal symptoms. Then I read about PAWS, nooo

But I'm hanging in here, going for a walk whenever I feel restless, drink tons of water and tea, eating good food, staying busy and hanging with people (which I never did before, isolated drunk or high in my room in front of PC all day)

Onward and onward is the only way Wish you all the best <3
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:46 PM
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:38 AM
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Day 1 again for me.

Feel rough as last bender was a bad one.
Need a better plan. Have bought a book to write in daily etc and got some more books from audible.
I need to check in here daily too. Hope you don't mind me joining halfway through the month. I joined this forum 2nd August 2016 after coming back off holiday after a very drunk time. Bad withdrawals, thought I was dying then.
I need to be sober before I've been on here for 2 years.
Drinking getting worse after every relapse
Sorry for the long post
Hope everyone is doing well
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Start of day 3
Got up early, got a cooked breakfast and walked the dog.
Felt like my sleep was a bit better, in work. Hope my stomach goes nuts again today!
Hope everyone has a good day
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Good morning all. Day 9 here. Getting ready for another hot one. Just made me think about how much easier it is to deal with the heat of summer when I'm not already sweating from all the booze.

Have a great day!
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:59 AM
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Good morning Julyers!! Welcome everyone who is new!! Today is a fabulous Sober morning! Day 42... crazy good! Iím feeling much better mentally today, the past 4 days where incredibly difficult but I was steadfast in not picking up and handing over my will. It isnít always peaches and cream! For 4 weeks things where amazing from where I had been, then poof the ďpinkĒ cloud turned somewhat grey and I really struggled but I rooted myself in my plan, reached out, posted on SR, hit meetings and surrounded myself with sober folks even when I wanted to isolate and today the grey cloud is less gray! Hang in everyone it really does work if you work it! 💕
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:01 AM
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good morning July class!
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Well done bob, minion and nmd!
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