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Old 01-06-2017, 09:39 AM   #31
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Wishing everyone greatness!!!

Maria - I hope your evening went well and you found a good way to handle your stressful day!

Way to go Val!!! Social gatherings are really tough!

I'm working on Day 6. Luckily the weather is getting bad again which will help the weekend temptations as I probably won't be able to leave the house again until Monday.

Have a great weekend!
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:10 AM   #32
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I was soooooo tempted to have a drink last night. I was at a birthday party and everyone was having a few drinks except for myself. It would've been so easy to have just one (which would've led to several) but I stuck to my guns and it felt great. There isn't any guilt this morning about sabotaging myself.
What did you do to stop yourself? Did you have an alternative like a diet soda or something?

I survived the work week with NO alcohol! Thursday afternoon, my boss sensed my stress level and released me 30 min early. That extra 30 min was enough to motivate me to go to the fitness center to work out rather than go home to drink. By the time I got home, my craving had ended.

He released me early yesterday too (I had come in early and worked through lunch earlier in the week, so it was deserved). With a winter storm coming for the weekend, I wished for alcohol to drink while honkered down, but bought Chai tea instead. I also bought a ginger root to make into tea to sip on during the cold day. So far, so good!

How's everyone else doing?
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:12 AM   #33
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Yesterday afternoon I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes and drank sparkling water. As the darkness fell and the cold crept all around I distracted myself with iPad/phone games. Around 9pm I missed alcohol a bit...but had my son drive me to Walmart where I bought low carb foods and this morning I got up early, drank dark roast coffee and made everyone scrumptious scrambled eggs (& buttered toast for them). Mmmm... sautéed mushrooms, green pepper, onions, bacon bits and a little garlic.
Happy I didn't drink! It's been 4 days for me... plus no extra calories, dehydration and sticking to plan
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:11 AM   #34
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I am holding strong too. I have thought about drinking a couple of times, but able to get past it. Sometimes even a 5 minutes distraction can get me past the point of caving.
I am sleeping more soundly. Even when my old dog barks and gets me up to see what his problem is, I can usually readily fall back to sleep.

Re social gatherings, what has worked best for me in the past is to try to anticipate how to turn down a drink. No should suffice, but I've used the line "not right now, maybe later" which will get the offerer to move on.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:11 AM   #35
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Great job Maria, Stella, and Patience!!!

I'm still on track for Dry January.

Have a great week!
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:21 PM   #36
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I forgot to post here. I made it Sat night without having a bottle of wine with dh. Ugh did I miss it!

Great job everyone!
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:27 PM   #37
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Way to go Mick!

I survived the last college football game last night with nothing but water and a cup of unsweetened tea. Probably the first time since my teen years that I didn't have alcohol for that. Whoop!

10 days and counting.

Hope everyone is doing well!
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:20 PM   #38
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Congrats on that "first" FindingMe.

Another drink free day under my belt.

Well done, everyone!
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:10 PM   #39
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Great job FindingMe!!! Great job Patience!!!
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:21 PM   #40
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Thanks so much Patience and Mick!!!

Great job Patience!

We are all rocking this thing!!!
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:46 PM   #41
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:38 PM   #42
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Ugh...it's my night off and no work tomorrow.

I had to drive past 4 liquor stores tonight to and from class but I managed to resist the urge.
I just told myself it'll be nice to get up early and feel good & be productive.
I'm going to watch a Netflix movie and sip on Lady Grey tea, now & then hit the book tomorrow.
It's been 8 days no alcohol
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:25 AM   #43
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Hope everyone is doing well!

Great job LJB and Stella!!!

Today is Day 15 and I'm past the three hardest days of the week for me. So, I feel good about making it through the half way point of the month.

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Old 01-15-2017, 12:19 PM   #44
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*Sigh* This is a confession so if anyone has trouble with that just skip this but ... confession is good for the soul ...


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I fell off the wagon

We went down south for a vacation ... went to a well reviewed barbecue place that actually had hard cider on tap and I just couldn't resist; after that I was all "Hey, let's get some wine ..." On the plus side I stayed away from the hard stuff but that doesn't change the fact I ummm, well, had a LOT of wine between Jan. 6 and yesterday ...

Man I just can't seem to keep it together for more than two or three weeks.

Today's a new day, back to the drawing board, eating clean and counting macros. The wine's all gone and the weather has stabilized so my joints don't ache as badly -- which helped contribute to my extended buzz (I have weather related joint pain that doesn't respond to anything OTC and anything else messes up my stomach, I'm just trading one pain for another).

Thanks for listening, all of you who are staying the course, be proud of yourselves, you're doing awesome!
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