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Old 11-02-2008, 01:20 PM
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SMART-RELAPSE PREVENTION: What are you doing today?

As the holiday season is approaching, I know it is hard for many of us. I thought I would post the following list and post what activities I will be doing on any given day. This makes me a bit more accountable since I can see what I will be doing. I can also make adjustments if I am having a bad day.

Feel free to post what you are going to do to keep yourself busy. We can even get ideas from each other!

RELAPSE PREVENTION: ACTIVITIES YOU MIGHT ENJOY


CHORES AND USEFUL TASKS (such as Cleaning, Cooking, Dishwashing, Ironing, Sewing).

EXERCISES (such as Jogging, Nautilus, Walking, Aerobic Dancing, Stretching or Aerobic Exercises, Shadow Boxing, Skipping Rope, Yoga, Weightlifting).

FOOD ACTIVITIES (such as Baking, Cooking, Barbecuing, Preparing Gourmet Meals, Shopping for Food).

GAMES (such as Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Go, Jigsaw Puzzles, Monopoly, Poker, Pinochle, Scrabble, Crosswords, Anagrams).

GRAPHIC ARTS (such as Cartooning, Drawing, Lettering, Mechanical Drawing, Painting, Photography, Silkscreening).

HANDICRAFT ACTIVITIES (such as Basketmaking, Bookbinding, Crocheting, Embroidering, Knitting, Leatherworking, Dressmaking, Decoupage, Needlepoint).

HUMOROUS ACTIVITIES (such as Cartooning, Improvisation Games, Charades, Jesting, Joke-making, Playing Practical Pranks and Jokes, Punning).

MARTIAL ARTS (Akido, Jujitsu, Judo, Karate, Fencing, Wrestling).

OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS (such as Birdwatching, Gardening, Crabbing, Fishing, Canoeing, Sailing, Hunting, Walking, Ice-skating, Skiing, Rowing, Hiking).

PERFORMING ARTS (such as Dancing, Ballet, Mime, Acting, Improvisation, Modern Dance, Tap Dance, Singing).

PERSONAL GROWTH (Self-help Books, Workshops, Lectures, Skills-learning, Career Development).

READING (Fiction, Novels, Plays, Poems, Nonfiction).

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES (such as Anatomy, Biology, Herpetology, Physics, Medicine, Zoology, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology).

SOCIALIZING ACTIVITIES (such as Conversing, Group Activities, Attending or Giving Parties, Rap Sessions).

SPECTATING (watching Movies, Plays, Sports, Pageants, Circuses).

SPORTS (such as Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Gym, Football, Hockey, Dancing, Tennis, Skating, Running, Volleyball).

STUDYING ACADEMIC SUBJECTS (such as Art History, History, Language, Math, Music, Science, Social Science).

TRADES AND CRAFTS (such as Bricklayer, Builder, Carpenter, Foreman, Factory Worker, Gardener, Mechanic, Machinist, Police Officer).

VENTING FEELINGS (such as Punching Pillows, Yelling, Talking, Writing, Expressing Good Feelings).
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:40 PM
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Played with my dogs
went for a girls coffee
did the dishes and tidyed the house
paying my bills right now
watching dexter later
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:49 AM
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today i got up on time
I went to my med check appt
I worked at work 90% of the time
I will be running errands after work
I will attend a womans meeting at 6
I will pay my bills...left over task i didn't accomplish yesterday..gotta figure out whats going on with that and work to change.
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:34 PM
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STUDYING ACADEMIC SUBJECTS - Plan on studying today
FOOD ACTIVITIES - Grocery store. Making out my Meal plan for the week
READING - always read
CHORES AND USEFUL TASKS - Pick up some leaflets and prepare for election day
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:55 PM
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work, cooking, sex, fishing, sex while fishing
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:40 PM
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I baked a cake, and now I shall frost it.

I just emailed a thank you note to a friend who, 4 years ago, planted the seed that my drinking might be problematic. We've been out of touch and I hope it doesn't freak her out but I wanted to let her know how important what she said was to me... what a positive difference she made in my life.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:39 AM
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So what does it mean when you have a plan and don't follow through day after day? Pay Bills has been on my list for a long time and i still won't/dont do it.....it effects my whole mood!
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:18 PM
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For me, it means I need to get on it the next day. I put things off so easily ananda. Once they are done and my anger has settled (feeling anger is actually healthy although it doesn't always seem that way) I go on with my other daily plans.

I find that a small reward after paying bills helps to switch my mood away from the anger.

Sorry for the late reply.

Today I will be doing:

STUDYING ACADEMIC SUBJECTS/SOCIALIZING ACTIVITIES: working with a fellow student as we are both falling behind in our classes. We plan to support each other so we will actually get some class work done. I've already studied some Latin today.

VENTING FEELINGS: Writing in my journal

GAMES: Playing with my new Nintendo DS
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great thread!

Played some tennis today.. will cook dinner, then go to the bookstore to pick up a new book, then maybe watch some TV
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In order of operations:

Relax and reflect (now)

Wash hair (and body of course ) and care for dog needs

Go to work, design and perform 2 tattoos (one is of a swallow with a banner that will read "The Truth Shall Set Your Free"---very apt for this week)

AND the next part:

"?"

This is actually a big thing for me...not having to plan out the evening to avoid drinking, and just knowing whatever hubby and I do will be fun and rewarding (or totally lazy maybe), and will not result in a hangover or next-morning-depression. Maybe a movie, maybe dinner with friends, who knows? I'm a week sober today and my mindset is definitely improving.
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:25 AM
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I'm beginning to realize that I won't have perfect sleep every night, and thats ok. Its still way better than passing out every night from being druk or on pills.

Do people here get impatient when everything doesnt magically fall into place after becoming sober? lol
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ahhh the magic cure....it would be nice wouldn't it....

Today I will clean part of my house no matter what.

Today I will wrap the gifts and post the stuff i didn't get mailed in time for the holiday.

I need to read something intellectual today...my mind needs it.

I think the most compassionate thing I can do for myself today is to get some things done....it isn't going to magically get better so I better get out the hoe and start weeding
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Originally Posted by ananda View Post
So what does it mean when you have a plan and don't follow through day after day? Pay Bills has been on my list for a long time and i still won't/dont do it.....it effects my whole mood!
LOL Ananda - I avoid paying the bills b/c they are sooo overwhelming, then feel bad b/c I haven't dealt with them.

It *is* a vicious cycle, and even though (for me) my checking account will be wiped out, and some bills left unpaid till next time, I do feel better after I'm done...

It's just so hard to get myself to sit in the seat and pay them!

I'm withya!
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:38 AM
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play video games (basically waste time )

I really need to clean...I'll probably put that off until tomorrow...
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:38 PM
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GAMES - Playing my RPG today.

CHORES AND USEFUL TASKS - those dishes are piling up.

READING - I have a great illustrated book on some of the early animators at Disney. I am going to spend some time with that and then watch a DVD documentary on the first Disney animator that worked with Walt.
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GAMES - Playing my RPG today.

I've been playing Final FantasyXII again.


What game are you playing?
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bamboozle View Post
I've been playing Final FantasyXII again.


What game are you playing?
Elder Scrolls IV Game of the Year pack.

I adore the Final Fantasy RPGs, especially FF IX.
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OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS: Taking a nice speedy walk
STUDYING ACADEMIC SUBJECTS: Working on some term papers
SPECTATING: Watching Vincent Bugliosi and Gerry Spence go at it in a taped trial
GAMES: Elder Scrolls
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I got a new speckled trout rod and reel.
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