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    A pinch and a punch for first of the month.

    I am tired of feeling tired. My first priority is to get this body moving. I have joined the local running club and begin next Thursday with a friend of mine. I've never been one to exercise with friends but then again I've never stuck to anything so hopefully we'll be able to give one another the encouragement we need.

    October is my birthday month which I share with about 12 other family member and close friends so lots of pre-planning will be required on my part to achieve my goals for this month.
    My first challenge is a Pimms Pool Party on Sunday but I intend to be AF and just drop in to say Happy Birthday and won't stay long.

    What is everyones plans for this month?

    Sending loads of support and good vibes to Moo and KTAB for their OctSober challenge -- you guys rock!!

    Let the fun begin

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    Hey there,,I'm joining the October Mod Squad!!! DeeBee,,good for you for starting an exercise plan. Tiredness is a catch 22,,,you feel tired so you don't want to get off the couch or exercise,,but exercise will give you loads of energy and it will probably spill out onto other areas of your life. I find when I'm exercising regularly, I want to eat better, I get more done around the house and I'm more focused mentally at work. You go girl!!

    It is tough when there are lots of social commitments, but I guess that is all part of life and we need to still maintain our friendships and relationships with family members. I have some social stuff going on to but I have a plan! Here are a few things I MUST do in order for moderation to work for me:

    I WILL NEVER DRINK VODKA AGAIN EVER!!!! IT IS POISON FOR ME!!!

    No "Pre-drinking" before a social event....you probably all know what i mean,,,

    If I choose to drink, it will be with others, never alone, and I will "sip" my wine or beer, like a "normal" person would...

    I will have a glass of water between drinks

    I will only have 2-3 drinks on these social occasions

    This will only happen once or twice a month, and the rest is AF

    I will stick close and read posts and be diligent about my exercise plan.

    I know moderation is a tough path, and if I find after a night of having a few drinks that my cravings increase, I will re-think this plan....

    Thank you all for your insight and support. I'm looking forward to reading tips and plans from the rest of you moderators! Good luck to all...

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    Welcome Tassimo!!
    I like your plan. It is very similar to mine.
    Not drinking by myself has been a huge step for me and it's something I am proud to say I haven't "slipped" on for the last year and a bit.
    Strength to you on your mod journey:-)

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    Hi gang,
    I had a fairly good September. One slip the beginning of the month (where I finished off 1 bottle of wine in a night at a birthday bash) but didn't go over my total of 7 for the week and did much better the following 3 weeks.

    I have come to realize that my body is affected by even small amounts of alcohol. Hubby and I celebrated our 19 year anniversary the other night with 2 glasses of wine with dinner. The next day (yesterday) I have to say I felt it.

    I definitely don't sleep as well when I have had more than 1 drink and usually don't even feel like I'm at my best until the afternoon.

    So, I have to realize that I truly pay a price for drinking and I have to constantly ask myself if it's worth the price I pay. So far it is, but I must say I admire the folks that just say "To heck with it" and go AF.
    No more planning, thinking, worrying, etc. Just be DONE with it!!

    As long as I can continue to drink safely - (NIAAA states no more than 7 drinks per week for women for health reasons) I will continue for now keeping in mind that breast cancer increases something like 28% when one drinks more than that, there are risks for impaired driving if in an accident (in some states even with 1 drink in your body!) and many other health maladies far worse when one really overdoes it. Severe alcoholics are nutritionally compromised, etc.

    So, keep your eye on me. My goal is no more than 7 per week on the drinktracker.

    I am SO glad the drunken behavior is gone. Was driving my son to shcool today (hangover free) thinking how would life be different if I was overdrinking like I had been? I sure wouldn't have gotten up and made him a warm breakfast today or been in the mood to drive him to school. I admit to episodes (not often but have happened) of waking up and still feeling drunk. Think if you had to drive then!!

    Anyway, looking forward to a great October. Hello to friends and lurkers and good luck to my new AF friends (Sarasmiles especially).

    Hugs,
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    Hey modders and lurkers alike....

    HAPPY OCTOBER or OCTSOBER as it will be for me. But I am still coming here because you guys are the best.

    DEEBS - thanks for kicking us off again hun x Hope all went well with your bro. You seem to have solid plans for your social events... stay strong.

    Tassy - your plan is mine all over. I am having an AF OCTOBER, but will be back to what you have just stated in NOVEMBER....I am finding the AF time gets easier...not always perfectly easy, but much easier...I am also finding the urge to overdo it when I do drink has decreased dramatically. There has been occasion when I have gone over what I would have preferred, but in the vast majority the plan is working, developing and helping me be happy and live a fuller life.. Good luck with your plan..it sounds solid. x

    WELL DEEBEE The bellydancing week 2...was Fabulous fun. I think it will help to tone me up more and the GIRLS, well they are a scream and have a fab social life to go with it. I am delighted with it.

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    Hi everybody,
    Tassimo, Welcome! More regular visitors on this thread means more support for everyone. My suggestion is that you use Drink Tracker - I don't think you mentioned that. It is much harder for your alcohol intake to increase when you have a record to look at. It is very easy to fill in all those zeros at a sitting, you don't need to do it every day.

    September I guess was OK for me: I had something to drink on five days total. A stretch of 12 AF days. I don't know why I drank last Friday and Saturday eve, though on Sunday I felt disgusted at the thought of alcohol. Not too much, but none would have been better since there really was no occasion. My goal for October is to have more AF days than September.

    The new dog is keeping me really busy since my husband has been out of town the past few days. She is great but we are going through the dominance struggles. She hates to have me at the computer. At the moment I am typing with my feet firmly on her leash (to hold her down) so she can't paw at me. It will get much better as she accepts the rules.

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    Hi Everyone!

    I'm starting October not on the best foot, but tomorrow is another day. I'm away from home at a conference and am off-center. In the past when I have had to travel for work I would settle into the hotel and then find a restaurant, have a glass of wine so I'd mellow out and feel like I looked at ease being alone at dinner. Then another wine, and another. Usually no more than 3 or 4. Well, last night I fell right back into that routine and before I knew it I'd had 3 glasses of wine. What is it about having to have a crutch when you are alone? Anyway, tonight I had 2 glasses of wine with dinner. Tomorrow, none. Promise. Now I know the trigger so I can figure something out. My routine is totally shot! Hmmm. There's absolutely no reason I need to drink anything but water. Tomorrow I'll take extra i-glut and kudzu and stay strong, and find something to occupy my body during those witching hours.

    Wish me luck!

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    Fig,
    My problem is having the first one - haha - I know we can all relate to that one. Probably much easier to just not have one ... "if I don't have the first one I won't want the last one" as someone posted here once. It's always a challenge once we start and that's whats the hardest for moderators.

    Hubby and I went dancing tonight. It's a school night and I generally never ever drink on school nights but it's a bar and it was too easy to just want to have a drink. Had only one ... but I craved and wanted a second ... I have to admit that. My trigger is coming home knowing I have wine here. What helps me is having this board, the drinktracker and all of those things to help me stay on the path I want to be on.

    So, I popped an L Glut - had seltzer and water and am going to bed. Have a good night and thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
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    Deebs,
    I'm delighted to see you back on Drink Tracker. You already know that I believe it is a great tool.

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    Hi everyone,,just wanted to say a quick hello. It's friday and it's the 'witching' hour. No where to go, no responsibilities tonight which in the past would give me a free pass to indulge in a big way. Not tonight. I will have my lemon water and watch a movie with the kids. It's cold and rainy and feels like winter already! Looking forward to getting under the blankies and snuggling. I'm almost two weeks AF which 3 months ago was unheard of for me. Congrats to everyone for being smart about their drinking and Sunbeam, I often think about your signature line...Your so right! Have a good one everyone...

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