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Bessie
January 21st, 2008, 03:06 AM
Morning all and welcome to a new week! Apparantly today in the UK is officially something like the most depressing day of the year. The weather is certainly joining in the act! Ugggh. Wet and windy. Still, inside all the lights are on, the fire is blazing, the dogs are snoozing and I am going to mostly do inside jobs today. And I certainly don't feel depressed!

I didn't mange to be AF last night, despite my firm resolution. It was the open bottle of wine and hubby drinking it that did it for me. Still, not very much and it has now gone (although really it would have been better not to have gone into me!!) and the temptation with it. Am home alone for the next two nights which used to mean a bottle plus but now means AF. I have a list of jobs planned for the evening. I'm looking forward to the bed to myself and a new book to start - sounds so tempting I'd like to do that right now but it's only 8am.....!!

How did you do Universal? Better than me I bet!

Hi to all to follow. Looking forward to reading all your posts.

Bessie xx

sweetpea
January 21st, 2008, 04:57 AM
:h Morning Bessie and everyone to follow

It is day 1 for me today so i will be thinking of you this evening curled up with the dogs, reading a good book and keeping big AL at arms length lol After all the jobs have been done of course!! But hey as long as AL keeps away the jobs can always be done another day

Hope everyone else has a really good day

Sweetpea xx

rustop61
January 21st, 2008, 05:40 AM
Hi Bessie, Sweetpea and all to come

It certainly is a day for the fire. Have been out in it with the doggies but we stuck to paths in the forest to get some shelter. Have loads to do in the house but am sitting here with my coffee getting my MWO fix first. Having to share the computer at week-ends is a pain!!

Hope everyone is doing well. Good luck with Day 1 Sweetpea, know you have not been feeling too good but you did 30 Days in November so you know you can do it. Day 21 for me so am on the home stretch for this month. There is a dinner coming up beginning of February and I might have wine with that but Lent is starting just after it so I intend to go AF for that and thats 6 weeks. Thats the plan anyways.

Rustop

evergreen
January 21st, 2008, 07:00 AM
Hi Bessie, Sweetpea and Rustop,

We are having record breaking lows along the US East Coast so I can relate to the dreary day thing. A day inside sounds wonderful but I have to get to work.

I am back and it is day one for me. I was never too far away - lurking but frustrated with my AF attempts. I have had alot of false starts in January and then was going to wait until lent but have decided to dive right in with Sweetpea - you go girl!!!

I am encouraged to be back. Thank you all for listening.

Evergreen

PS Satori if you are out there. Something you posted several months ago has stuck with me - Just do it . . do whatever it takes . . quit talking about it. Here goes.

rudemama
January 21st, 2008, 08:28 AM
hi all, yeah winter is upon us 7 degrees here today.
af yesterday long solid sleep last night.
hope to have some fun with the kids today.
I have a bunch of work i need to do before a meeting on wednesday.
good luck everone stay warm and dry haha
rudemama

charlee
January 21st, 2008, 08:41 AM
Morning all
Satori is so right.........whatever it takes....some moments, hours, days will be harder than others...Chief once told me "stop torturing yourself" (basically shit or get off the pot!), when I kept going back and forth with myself....should I, could I? I had every excuse in the book why I needed/wanted/deserved to keep drinking......It took me a while, but I kept thinking those words and finally made the decision to stop the torture. I am taking it just one day at a time..yesterday was a real tough battle, my mind was exhausted from talking to AL a good part of the day..I am just glad there was no booze in the house to make the temptation worse. On a good note, the urges do seem to be less frequent. It is when they hit, we need to "do whatever it takes"...Wise words.

Deena
January 21st, 2008, 08:51 AM
Good morning everyone,
I haven't had time to stop in much last week, but the major crisis at work is winding down and I hope to have more time for ME again, which means coming here daily, reading and posting., and getting back to listening to the CD's.

While I only managed one AF night, I'm still pleased with how much I've cut back. My Topa arrived in the mail, but I'm a little afraid to start it, as I've read that people have major word recall issues with it. I'm currently taking classes for a pretty tough certification which will require a 4 hour exam. Anyone in this thread taking Topa? I'd love to hear your experiences...

You guys are the greatest, it really helps to read everyone else's words here.

cowgal
January 21st, 2008, 09:06 AM
good morning!

Hi everyone!! It is Monday, most of our city is still home in bed due to MLK day.................I am at work though, tough while entire house is still asleep.......grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
Easy day, but that means for a very loooooooooong day too:cool:

Haven't been doing too well moderating lately, weekends are "WTF", cuz I cannot go to the gym, just the act of going to Publix is a MAJOR chore..........made a banana bread last night, and watched ALOT of TV.............weather here in Tally SUCKS!!! It was cold and rainy on Sat and cold and windy on Sun.................bed weather!

Well, back in the saddle again (I wish!!:cool: )

Love you all, thanks for being here to help me through this tough time!!:thanks:

MA:h

paula
January 21st, 2008, 09:23 AM
Hi everyone, yes the weather is awful, but I'm ok. Haven't had a drink for some time
but not counting, as that seems to put a jinx on me! Good luck Sweetpea, Deena, Charlee
Ever, Rustop, keep your chin up CG, and Bessie. Your an inspiration MM.
love Paula. x
p.s just noticed I am now a senior member!!

Lunapro
January 21st, 2008, 09:30 AM
Hi everyone - Despite my best intentions I haven't gotten more than a week AF in since way before the holidays. New Year's was going to be a New Start!

Anyway, today is as good a day one as any, I guess. Do you mind if I join you all again for a while?

Mmmm. I think baking banana bread sounds like an excellent idea.

cowgal
January 21st, 2008, 09:31 AM
congrats!

Paula,

Congrats on "senior status"!!! I will catch up and be a senior soon too probably as much as I post on here!!??;) Feel like I do post too much at times!!

Love,

MA:l :h

charlee
January 21st, 2008, 09:33 AM
Yeah Paula!!!!...Congrats on being a Senior Member

paula
January 21st, 2008, 09:41 AM
Thanks girls, I wish sanity and sensibility came with seniority.
I will keep on trying.!!

Cinders
January 21st, 2008, 09:41 AM
ODATers,

Good morning to all. I am actually sitting in my house, not on an airplane. :wd:

What a wonderful feeling!! I don't fly out until Thursday. I have to do an over the weekend gig. :cool:

Hubby is off today and we have granddaughter so I should have a nice day with family.

Paula, congrats on the senior status and I am with you on the not counting. It messes with my mind too much. I just need to look at each day as a new one. Period.

Glad to see everyone is here and hope all meet their goals today, whatever they may be.

Love,
Cindi

universal
January 21st, 2008, 09:52 AM
Hey guys,

Glad to hear everyone so positive today!

Bessie, no, I didn't fare well either so we are back together today on Day one - I plan to make the rest of the month AF - only 10 days, I can do it. ODAT - I am getting my kudzu and my L-Glut back out of the closet and am going to go at it with all my willpower.

I had a good weekend with the boyfriend - we laughed and joked - I am still apprehensive though as I am trying to guard my heart - he still has a lot of emotional issues and I'm scared of getting hurt so I'm taking everyones advice and am trying to take a step back, slow things down and let him get through them.

I'm soooo bitter that Green Bay lost last night! Was so hoping for a New England/Green Bay superbowl...........LOL

Have a great day everyone - thanks for always being there - love this thread.......love you guys.

Bessie
January 21st, 2008, 10:27 AM
Me again.

Congratulations on your senior status Paula! (doffs hat - or I would if I was wearing one!)

OK Universal - shall we do those 10 days together? I've just dug out my supps again as I don't seem to be stringing together too many days at the moment. I've a meeting (in a pub!) during the week which will be a bit of a challenge but I can do it. Especially if I am having to keep up with someone else who has the same goal.

Lunapro - nice to see you here. Keep posting. :)

Charlee - Satori and Chief are just so damn wise and sensible. Their advice is so sound and born from experience. And right. For men that is something..... LOL!! Only joking any men on here! Honest!

Bessie xx (putting off going out into the wet and mud to muck out, feed and drag in 2 revoltingly dirty horses.....)

Deena
January 21st, 2008, 10:44 AM
Congrats Paula on becoming a Senior member, do you get a "Senior's Discount" on the supps here now? ;)

Lunapro, I am coming back to this thread after a week away as IRL things got nuts at work, etc. I find that having a place to "check in" every day was really helpful, and I missed it when I couldn't get here. It's nice to see how everyone is doing, and knowing I'm not alone with my own trials and tribulations helps as much to read about the successes. I hope you come every day and post here, I'm going to do a better job of it myself moving forward.

Those of you who are digging your supplements out of the closet again, I say go for it. I think they play a very important part in my own success in radically decreasing how much I'm drinking. My struggle is to go AF more than ODAT...I haven't had 2 or 3 days in a row YET :blush: I've done it before in my life, of course, but not since finding MWO.

I'll get there.

bald headed old guy
January 21st, 2008, 11:12 AM
Good Morning All! It's snowing hard in Salt Lake City, UT today, aobut 8-9 inches here in the last 3 hours and coming down fast. MLK day is not a holiday for our work, so the wife is at the office and I am still home on medical leave. I should be going back to work 1-2 hours a day starting Wednesday.
Still A/F, being on medication is a good "reason" not to drink, at least I am telling myself that. My buddy AL has not been around here much, he showed up for a while yesterday but I was way to busy to visit with him.
Best of luck to all, hang in there! Together, we can do this!
BHOG

FinallyRN
January 21st, 2008, 11:31 AM
Lent huh? I forgot about that. When does it start? Maybe, maybe.

I am feeling great today. PMS and AL are somewhere but not in the neighborhood right now. I feel great about my progress. I have been AF since Wednesday. Only 3 times I've had alcohol this month. I have purged my closet of fat clothes, excercised more, taken better care of the dog......I feel pretty damn good. I'm full of energy and I'm know staying away from Al has help my depression. I can't believe the changes. My head is clearer and for today happy. I'm finding the longer I keep at this the easier it is to stay AF, the problem is when I choose to Moderate I don't always and push the definition of moderation..........something I'm going to have to deal with very soon.
But happy MLK day, I'm not working today, just carrying a pager for emergencies. Hopefully there won't be any

Chief
January 21st, 2008, 11:47 AM
Good Job, RN....

FinallyRN
January 21st, 2008, 05:28 PM
aaahhhhh thank-you Chief

missed you in Chat