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frances
August 21st, 2020, 02:39 PM
Here I am, back again. It's been a long time but I know I'll never truly be in control with alcohol. I did OK for a decent amount of time until this whole coronavirus thing, I can't really remember, I may have been on a downward trend before that, but after coronavirus had us homebound, I'm pretty sure not a single day has gone by without a drink (who am I kidding? Multiple drinks!). I've gained weight too and feeling pretty crappy. So, here I am back again. Day 5 today. Not sure the long term plan but just checking in. Yesterday was definitely hard and I can feel that today will be too. I'm going to try to be strong and keep the water and tea nearby!

So since this is my personal journal - I'm asking myself - what are you going to do?! I know that I've never ever regretted NOT drinking. Ugh it is hard though.

NoSugar
August 21st, 2020, 02:51 PM
Hi, Frances. It is good to see you again. I envied your ability to moderate back in the day. Now I guess I'm so used to the freedom, I'm not really jealous anymore. I hope you can get back to where you want to be. Anything is better than the self-loathing that comes from not feeling in control!

Please feel free to hop on into the Newbies Nest or one of the other active threads. Many people don't even see these individual ones anymore.

Take care and welcome back, NS

Guitarista
August 22nd, 2020, 12:55 AM
Hi Frances,

Nice to see you. Congrat's on 5 days! How are you going?

frances
August 22nd, 2020, 07:52 AM
Thanks for the greetings NS and Gutarista! I'm doing okay but these are difficult times and I've never been so disheartened by so many things at the same time. I'm generally a very optimistic person and it takes a toll. I'm working from home and my two college age kids have been here too, but their schools are giving on campus activities a try (we'll see how long that lasts!), so they're both going back soon. They've been here since March when the schools closed - it will be quiet not having them here.

One positive thing I can point to is that I've played a leadership role in establishing and running a food pantry at my church and we went from giving out 11 bags of food at the end of February before everything really went downhill, to giving out 185 this week (and growing). We converted from indoor to a parking lot operation in March and have had to coordinate getting donations of food and money, purchasing, arranging volunteers to pack bags, getting produce from a local resource, etc. - it's been a positive experience meeting people and helping the community.

Drinking has become an issue again for me as I mentioned in my last post. Things weren't perfect before coronavirus, but since we have been home I have been drinking daily and the drinks frequently starting earlier in the day than they should! No major embarrassing moments thankfully, but I know it does absolutely nothing for me, and I just need to stop. I've gained weight and generally don't feel very healthy, so I'm trying to address that too.

Yesterday was challenging again, but I did it! I even asked my husband at one point if he wanted to go out and get a drink (we can do that at some outdoor restaurants now) and thankfully he said no! I had intended to ask if he wanted to go out to eat but the words out of my mouth were "do you want to go get a drink somewhere?" -- I guess that tells you where my mind is. But today is a new day and I'm hoping I can put day 6 in the books at the end of it!

Thanks again for the welcome - I'll check in Newbies Nest too NS - I see a lot of familiar folks there! And congrats to both of you for your tremendous success getting alcohol out of your lives!!!

frances
August 23rd, 2020, 02:39 PM
Day 6 in the books - yes! Husband brought home a bottle of wine yesterday - I pushed it to the back and out of sight in the refrigerator. I doubt he'll want to open it if I don't want any so it will either sit there, or I will give it away. Will have to see how hard it makes things for me.

Guitarista
August 23rd, 2020, 03:30 PM
Congrat's on day 6!

And congrat's on your important volunteer work. I am quietly thinking that work could be a lifesaver and life changer. I love volunteering as it sure gets me out of my own head and perceived problems. My only problem is my thinking, my perception. Once i straightened that out, life became a lot easier despite difficult events. Keep it rolling mi amiga. I reckon you'll be ok.

frances
August 24th, 2020, 12:36 AM
Thanks G. I really appreciate your "quiet" thoughts. That put a smile on my face. You're right - how we perceive things and how we react to things have everything to do with how we're feeling. The volunteer work really does help me a lot - for many reasons and, selfishly, it's been an excuse to get out and do things and see other people!

There's something I noticed the other day - your join day is the exact same as mine! What are the odds? I can remember just feeling like AL was controlling everything in my life, and I just had to do something about it. I've come a long way since then, but still have plenty of work to do! And you G-man...you have done amazing! When I logged on the other day, I couldn't believe the numbers of days AF I'm seeing you (and others) report - I was like, "have I been away that long?!"

Day 7 over for me! It's 1:32 am here early Monday morning - I'm catching up on some work that I really should have done on Friday. But I slacked on Friday so here I am. Getting ready to call it a night I think I've done enough. Hopefully sleep will come easily. Have a good one and stay well!

Guitarista
August 24th, 2020, 03:27 AM
Congrat's on day 7. Legend!

Thanks. I've come a long way too. I never noticed we joined same day! Wow, fancy that. :-)

The days add up. Keeping busy with things i love to do help me roll on. I volunteer too, but that's on hold until covid settles. Take it easy.

frances
August 28th, 2020, 03:15 PM
Checking in at day 12. Not easy but could be worse. Trying to remember to take it one minute, hour, day at a time. The thoughts come pretty hard and heavy sometimes.

NoSugar
August 28th, 2020, 03:52 PM
The thoughts come pretty hard and heavy sometimes.

Almost 2 weeks! Way to go!

The great thing about thoughts, even the hard and heavy ones, is that they aren't real. They aren't commandments or even instructions. The ones that are bugging you are just a few of the 10s of thousands we have each day. And thank goodness we don't act on most of them!! Follow the ones that make you feel good and let the ones that hurt or make you feel uneasy pop right back out of your head. Our mental feelings are much like physical ones. If we touch a hot stove, that painful feeling causes us to draw our hand back and try not to do it again. Feelings of anxiety or guilt are similarly clues we're heading the wrong way. So, we can turn around (it helps in the early days to have a plan for what you turn to - a walk, a bath, anything that is pleasant for you).

You and Mr G are pretty cute twinks! Have a good weekend :smile:

Guitarista
August 28th, 2020, 11:46 PM
Almost 2 weeks! Way to go!

The great thing about thoughts, even the hard and heavy ones, is that they aren't real. They aren't commandments or even instructions. The ones that are bugging you are just a few of the 10s of thousands we have each day. And thank goodness we don't act on most of them!! Follow the ones that make you feel good and let the ones that hurt or make you feel uneasy pop right back out of your head. Our mental feelings are much like physical ones. If we touch a hot stove, that painful feeling causes us to draw our hand back and try not to do it again. Feelings of anxiety or guilt are similarly clues we're heading the wrong way. So, we can turn around (it helps in the early days to have a plan for what you turn to - a walk, a bath, anything that is pleasant for you).

You and Mr G are pretty cute twinks! Have a good weekend :smile:

lol. thanks SB. how are things? Hope you and fam are ok.

I love how you explain our thoughts/processes. I know there's been plenty of discussion here on this over the years (3 principles thread), but i can never get enough of a simple explanation and breaking it down in a way all can understand. This is an important subject we all need to know about.

How are you going Frances?

All ok here. A quiet weekend of study around property investment, buying land, building, selling, costs for this, that, insurance, council contributions, GST, tax for this, stamp duty for that blah blah....sheesh. I don't want another job. A relaxing weekend crunching numbers. lol. :nutso: Interesting stuff though.

Have a great weekend.

frances
August 31st, 2020, 01:34 PM
Thanks NS and G! I'm doing OK here - day 15 today :thumbsup:

NS I appreciate your reminder to have something in mind to do when I start getting those thoughts. I've just been sort of plowing through them but to recognize it when it comes and have a 'go-to' activity is smart. I'll have to think about what that should be. I usually sub in some other drink like a seltzer or tea, and maybe that's good enough, but it would be nice to have a backup plan if that doesn't seem to be working.

G your studies sound interesting - is this for a change you're trying to make or is it something you do now for your job? Glad you're finding it interesting if not head-spinning too!

Guitarista
August 31st, 2020, 08:40 PM
Congrat's on 15 days Frances!

Yes, i am studying something new. I have lived like a gypsy really for years, travelling with guitar and following that dream. Still living it. However, i want to lay down some roots now (Call me a late starter!). I'm going to generate some solid income for my twilight years, so am looking at property investing. It's a broad area with many different strategies with which to make a buck. I'll be sure to post with glee about my first successful deal when it happens. Covid has slowed the process down a little but people always need a house to live in.

Take it easy.

NoSugar
September 1st, 2020, 11:34 AM
This is an important subject we all need to know about.It changed my life, Mr G, and I'll always be grateful to Kuya for introducing me to the ideas. "Three principles" sounds too woo-wooey to describe the simple (but not obvious!) fact that we live in the experience of our thinking. It explains why it sometimes seems like people live in an alternate reality: they actually DO!!

Good luck with your property investments! You can be like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and always have 'the land' :haha:.

Good to have 2 or 3 ideas to get through any cravings, Frances. Sometimes one works, other times another. Sometimes I used to just give it up and go to bed really early!!

DannyPhilips
October 6th, 2020, 01:32 AM
Congrat's on 15 days Frances!

Yes, i am studying something new. I have lived like a gypsy really for years, travelling with guitar and following that dream. Still living it. However, i want to lay down some roots now (Call me a late starter!). I'm going to generate some solid income for my twilight years, so am looking at property investing. It's a broad area with many different strategies with which to make a buck. I'll be sure to post with glee about my first successful deal when it happens. Covid has slowed the process down a little but people always need a house to live in.

Take it easy.

It is very important to have an alternative goal in the fight against a bad habit. Only it is important that the achievement of this goal is not stressful, otherwise you can go back to your old days. Everything has to be balanced.

Guitarista
October 6th, 2020, 08:55 PM
Thanks Danny. Agreed.

How are you doing?

DannyPhilips
October 7th, 2020, 02:17 AM
Everything is fine, probably like everyone else, at this time I try to keep a positive mood during the epidemic.

frances
October 12th, 2020, 06:22 PM
Hi - I'm back - back for another day 1. Drank on September 20 and have pretty much had drinks daily since then except for maybe a day or two. It's been too much, so I'm going to try this again. I need more resolve than I had (and than I have now). I really don't know how to get to that point but I'll take it one day at a time for now.