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Paddy
November 20th, 2006, 01:49 AM
Good day, Absville

Hope everyone had a great w-end. I sure did. First AF w-end in a long time. I'm into my 5th day AF now, and have this great feeling of regaining my life, productivity, well, yes, and self-esteem.

Friends, and that's all because of your ongoing support and posts. I have to especially thank Paige here for the eye-opening posts detailing his/her problem. But also kind posts of Gabbs (whom I haven't see only for a while, hullo where are you), Mike from Alaska (Mike what's happening there? You're OK?), and of course our one and only Kathy. Thanks to Lush and Tawny as well. And Tracy A, you're great company, too. And so is everyone else I forget to mention (Alcohol is a preserving liquid, yet does not seem to work with brain cells, grin ...).

By the way, I'm on back on Campral now. Have not had the gutts to dig into Topa-Dopa. Too scared of the side effects. Anyway, Campral seems to work for the time being.

Well ladies and gents, I wish all you beautiful people a great week. And hang in there.

Love:l

blondie
November 20th, 2006, 04:40 AM
Monday 20 Nov

Hello Paddy et al
Yes great w'end AF; who'd have thought just 2 weeks ago?!! I'm now on day 9 (fingers crossed nothng upsets me tonight, but I seem to have got a new and different strength from somewhere!) Just enjoying each minute being lucid and not worrying too much about how to cope without alcohol in the future, especially over Christmas etc! And especially getting so much from reading/lurking here every day; learning something new all the time usually something that sends me off in a new direction to discover more tools to help me! So powerful and inspirational.
Thank you everyone.
Best
blondie

Animal
November 20th, 2006, 05:12 AM
Hello Guys,

Day 4 today. All is well except for the sleeping. I wake up and feel as if a truck has ran over me. Weird dreams as well. Has anyone experienced this. Looking forward to a productive AF weak. Have a good day guys.

imnewhere
November 20th, 2006, 08:57 AM
I am back on Day 1 after having been AF for 6 days ... weekends kill me. To boot I brought campral with me on business and it is no longer here in my hotel room -- would a maid want to take it? UGH I assure you that I drank moderately too this weekend but I did drink and my skin looks like garbage -- Irish skin shows all! Well, I am considering TOPA -- I have it and have discussed it with my Dr. perhaps just to get me past that 2 week point! I was AF for two months but then I broke up with my boyfriend and ugh... I feel that if I am not aggressive I will tailspin through the holidays... any suggestions?

Lizzie Mouse
November 20th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Well, I feel that I should apologise to those whom I have offended... And Fiddlestix I should have a Bsc in offending... It's not clever OR funny... just SAD.

Well I spoke to Gabb till 7 AM ... She is a darling... Lee went off at some point in the night... I have broken the fruit bowl. And that is my release.... throwing things ( to avoid throwing punches ) What is wrong with me? DUE ON ... That is what - and now listening to a concert by Oasis - Guess what the tune is..... Cigarettes and Alcohol...

oh well... what a rubbish life this is.

lucky 2.0
November 20th, 2006, 09:43 AM
I did not drink yesterday, despite the latest insane Lizzie Mouse attack on me, and I will not drink today.

Peace to all-
lucky

LtLM
November 20th, 2006, 09:50 AM
I chose not to drink yesterday. Because of that I didn't have dirty dishes piled in the sink, I remembered going to bed and I have no guilt or shame this morning!!

Think I'll do the same again today!

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imnewhere
November 20th, 2006, 09:53 AM
I went back and read some of Lizzie's posts ... I am looking for help and support and am afraid that the nonsense created by her posts have prevented me from getting acquainted with all. Lizzie what is up? Do you post when lit? Oh my I am new but they are unnecessary and show anger ... I've done studpid things while lit but this is where we come to heal... perhaps I am out of line and if I am please forgive this post.

Lizzie Mouse
November 20th, 2006, 09:54 AM
LtLM well that made me smile - your avatar !!!!

Keep going ... you are doing a sterling job XXXX

Lizzie Mouse
November 20th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Imnewhere ... please don't say that... It's just ME - having a drink I am sorry sorry sorry ... just anger ...

imnewhere
November 20th, 2006, 10:00 AM
Apology accepted -- we are all working through hurt -- let's not make it worse! Remorse makes me want to drink more! Have a great day! I believe in fresh starts...

Lizzie Mouse
November 20th, 2006, 10:09 AM
You're ACE XXX

LtLM
November 20th, 2006, 10:27 AM
Lizzie Mouse wrote: LtLM well that made me smile - your avatar !!!!

Keep going ... you are doing a sterling job XXXX
Lizzy

Isn't it nice to smile? Please don't take a drink today. Just don't.

Guest
November 20th, 2006, 10:30 AM
I second that emotion - hang in there girl!

The Terror

mikeupnorth
November 20th, 2006, 10:52 AM
Good morning everyone,

And a happy belated birthday to YOU, Paddy! Congrats on your 5 days... it sounds like you are making a good start. Stick with it and things just get better and better!

I am around and doing fine.... other than a stiff neck for some reason. Must have slept wrong on the pillow I HATE that. But hey it is better than a hangover any day. :)

I'm feeling pretty good these days and don't fight cravings on a day-to-day basis any more. Don't get me wrong, the thought of a drink comes to me sometimes but I let it sort of float on by.... maybe that's the topa, or maybe it's me getting used to not drinking, I'm not sure. But what I'm working on is stuff that continues to make me feel better about myself, so that I won't want to drink in the future. I'm now quitting smoking (yikes!) and starting a "light" exercise program -- going from ZERO exercise to walking 1/2 hour per day, and a little stretching. It's all about wellness, the whole package deal...

What I'm finding is that since I stopped drinking I want to take better care of myself in other ways too. And it's part of the bigger picture of recovery, and adjusting to a new lifestyle and a new way of thinking and relating to the world. This business of recovery really is about so much more than just stopping drinking. I posted more about this today under the long term abs forum if you want to check that out.

Anyway I am off to work. Hope you all have a great AF day~

Mike

vinophile
November 20th, 2006, 12:05 PM
Good Day All,
Haven't had a computer for a few days as we are doing some construction and they pulled out some of the wires. I felt so isolated!!!!!!
Of course I'm enjoying reading the posts I've missed but will save some for later when I'm feeling an urge.
Thanksgiving through New Year's Day will be challenging for me. For right now, I'm sure to remain AF til thurs(Thanksgiving Day when I will have 25 people for dinner) I'll deal with that then (one day at a time).
I certainly hope to be back later today. I feel so much stronger after spending some time here.

Have a wondeful day. You all inspire me!!!!!
JAnet

Newyear
November 20th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Hi Janet....I was worried/wondering about where you went. So we are both at 23 today right?? Glad to have my af partner back. Hope you are doing well.

Mike- I'm so exited for you for quitting smoking! I think there is some kind of snowball effect of doing good things for yourself. I did the opposite of you though and quit smoking first and then tried to tackle the drinking. But success in quitting smoking certainly did a lot to spur me on to do more. It also gave me some much needed confidence in trying to address my drinking issue. When I first quit smoking I remember thinking - well, at least I can still drink as much as I want. Great logic eh?
But I have to admit it kind of helped me-I think. But now, things just feel different for me. Beginning a workout routine has helped in so many ways. I started at the very end of Oct. - probably on my second af day. I have had a much easier time this go around with being af. I can't tell you what it is exactly but the exercise just makes me feel better about me and drinking and smoking do not. Maybe there is something to those endorphins they talk about!
I think the exercise has also helped me sleep better at night. I'm so happy for you. Best of luck with this. I hae a friend who is quitting on Thanksgiving. Wed night before bed she is having her last cigarette. At least that is the plan. Proud of you Mike!!

And hello to everyone else today! Sorry for not speaking to each. But hope you all have a great day. I'm at work so I'd better get busy!!

Kathy....are you moving furniture today?

Lisa

dilayne
November 20th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Hi Everyone!
3 weeks AF today! Life is much better, I"m much better..just checking in..have a great day all!
Dianne

helen mary
November 20th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Well done Dianne - 3 weeks - its amazing isn't it. Being Alcohol Free is a wonderful. I do however, worry about the weekends, until I have eaten and the feeling of craving goes. And Christmas looming, I am training my thoughts to think AF, AF, AF all over the holidays, how is everyone else dealing with the thought of the holidays coming up. ;)

bounce
November 20th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Christmass is comming and so are the parties. im sat at home drinking larger .
ive tryed two different makes now .
Regards Phil

bounce
November 20th, 2006, 03:58 PM
Forgot to say its alchol free larger:)
Problem is it tastes horrible .
Regards Phil

dilayne
November 20th, 2006, 06:51 PM
BIG CORRECTION HERE...must be topa dopa after effects! I have 5 (FIVE) weeks AF, not just 3! silly me!
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thanks, helen mary! :0)

lucky 2.0
November 20th, 2006, 11:44 PM
I have just ended a 15 work day- no time to even think about drinking. Maybe this is the secret- geez!

Popeye
November 21st, 2006, 12:02 AM
Day 2

I had a good day at work ( once the hangover had cleared away) and I discovered this site. I have tried a monthly abstention before and I have never lasted more than 10 days. This time I SHALL do better.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.