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Old 05-15-2009, 03:42 PM
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In true Moo style, I have been thinking about whether this is working for me. I considered that if this was any other aspect of my life, such as work and I had tried something new, I would collate and anaylse the results. THUS!!.....

I have been here for three months now. The first week as a lurker, but fully fledged since then. As some of you will know I have been a devotee of drink tracker from the off. So I have just gone back and looked at my results thereon. I can report the following;

In 90 days I have had 82 AF days.

Of the 8 days I have drunk, 7 were fully planned and 1 was planned last minute but none were a "give in to temtpation" moment.

Of the 8 days I have drunk, 6 of them have been completely successful moderate drinking times (in my view).

Of those 8 times 2 occasions have seen me go over what I consider to be an "acceptable amount", but not by an enormous amount.

I have only had 1 day where I have felt the negative physical and emotional effects of AL. That said, this was not on anything like the scale it tended to be at such times before coming here.

I have lost a couple of pounds (not much, but didnt have much to lose as had already done it).

I feel fitter, more awake.

I have reclaimed my weekends.

I have started to enjoy other things more. All things I used to do anyway, but now I appreciate them much more....such as a good book, a hot aromatherapy bath, a walk, the gym....just everything.

I have learnt to deal with thes stresses and strains of my job and life without turning to a glass of wine. I have learnt to deal with my raw emotions without wine.

I know now I have the strength to choose if i drink or not. To decide when I do and dont. I am still perfecting the amount I have, when I do drink. This is sooooo much improved, but I want to do better.

Thus I can focus on this for the next few months.

So, does it work?

A resounding YES. I am absolutely delighted with these results. It has never been my intention to give up drinking completely, but to get myself sorted out early enough in life, that I can live with it in my life normally. I now believe this is entirely possible and I am well on my way.

I am SOOOOOO grateful to you guys here. Certain people have been really helpful, caring and wonderful. But in fact everyone I have come into contact with has helped me in some way or another. So THANK YOU MWO and THANK YOU MWO members.

Heres to the next 3 months

Moo xx

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Old 05-16-2009, 04:05 AM
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Moo, I am so happy for you -- you are working very hard and putting alot of thought into your sobriety. You ARE doing it!!
Isin't it wonderful to be able to look FORWARD to the next 3 months!
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:44 AM
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Moo,
What a great improvement in your life! Your focus, determination and ongoing reflection will continue to serve you well.
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Great job Moo, and I'm glad you posted this; it helps others see that for some moderation is a way out. Thanks! Don't you love how everyone on this site helps each other ?



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Old 05-16-2009, 11:42 AM
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That's great Moo...
Well done!
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:26 PM
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Great to hear it's all working Moo!

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I have learnt to deal with thes stresses and strains of my job and life without turning to a glass of wine. I have learnt to deal with my raw emotions without wine.
I'm still working on this step. I'm realizing I've used AL to deal with work (and home) related anxiety for many years. I need more tools to de-stress while sober. But I've got a good start too so it's for going forward.

Again, your summary sounds great. Your plans sound good. Great to hear a success story here on the forums.
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DEEBS and SUNBEAM - special thank you for your ongoing support and helpful comments. It is one of the reasons that I feel I am succeeding.

yes ASK I certainly do love the support part of this site, it is what makes it for me. I think as time passes and my own work is starting to pay off, I feel I have more to offer other people.

BOSSMAN. It is finding those other tools that is a big part of the equation. They come in ways/things you might not expect at first. Its ended up being the more simple things, that perhaps were already in my life, but I had not given enough credit. Also, the more time I have been AF, I have found I am naturally less anxious anyway. Odd paradox, but it seems to follow. I'm really pleased you are feeling positive too and are moving forward. Brilliant.

And thank you WALLY. I am beginning to feel that I am in control, which is something I was beginning to think I was lacking...lol

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Old 05-20-2009, 02:38 PM
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Moo, that was a MOST helpful analysis. You sound as if you've figured it out! Isn't it great to feel good again?
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Moo,
It is such a great idea to evaluate how we're doing. Thanks for sharing.

Some of us oldies on the Mod Squad shared our goals on Kid's Thread called Health & Wellness for moderators for 2009. I think we should go to that thread and take a look at what our goals were and see how we're doing now that it's a few months later. Always good to evaluate!

Thanks!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:19 AM
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Thats a great idea Eve. I'll be interested to read the results if you do that. Let me know where the post is.

It just struck me as a logical way to see how I was doing. I found that it really spurred me on to achieving the next 3 months and improving even more. Something to do with my personality I think, but whatever works. I am very competitive (with myself) so I am so pleased I filled out drink tracker religiously. Not only do a get a little daily satisfaction when a zero goes in, but I can then truly see results.

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