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      November Mod Thread

      I thought I'd start up in here. Yeah, I am doing fine, thanks NNG. Like I said, that night was a bizarre, yet really good one for me, even though AL was involved.

      It was really nice to do something well, nice for someone, unconditionally, she's a nice, sweet kid in a bad spot, and I know she appreciated it. Irony, what it cost me to buy her an outfit, was probably double what it would've cost getting a car for the barracuda. I rather spend me for someone who will always remember the gesture and appreciate it.

      Well, here's to start of a new week and month.

      j.

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      Hey, all.
      Happy November!
      Stewarts, thanks for starting us off. I hope some more of our group come back ... we're getting a bit thin around here.

      I am doing well, and appreciating the moderating life-style. It is very empowering to decide ahead of time how much you are planning on drinking, and then sticking to it. Pretty soon the holidays will be upon us, and that is when we all need to be especially vigilant.
      Take care my friends!

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      Hi all. I have to say, I think I've been doing well. I need to watch a little what I eat. I have midterms coming up, and the past two weekends I was in study groups, and I forgot how studying brings out the "bad food." As for drinking, I've been pretty good. It's weird though, I am finding myself being able to drink a lot of light beer recently, like how I used to in my twenties. Nothing bad comes of it, except feeling bloated and ruining some of my training goals. So, I need to get that in check. I had some colleagues in town from another office on Monday, had only two glasses of red wine with my meal, which was all I wanted, I didn't feel the need to want anymore. Truthfully, one of the reasons I ordered the second glass of wine, was because I really didn't like the first, it was drinkable, just not what I was expecting from a Malbec, but didn't want to bother sending it back - I rarely do that, unless something is atrocious for some reason.

      I had a great ski conditioning workout last night, but then did drink more than my three light beers. I am fine today. I don't think I ruined my workout, I didn't have dinner. I think with midterms coming up I'm a little stressed. Yesterday was like my don't think about anything day and tonight and tomorrow, will be my go over the books day.

      I hope everyone comes back. It was such a nice group. I know for me, I really have no one I can talk to about this stuff. Actually, I shouldn't say that, my family I can, but that's it. Friends, they all drink, it's not something I feel comfortable talking to them about.

      I think that is why I stay to myself some times, a lot, over the last few years, which is weird because it's not in my nature to be like that.

      Well, that's it for me, for now.

      Best,

      j.

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      But hey, Stewart's, it certainly sounds like you're in control, and that's all we're really trying to do.

      I found that talking to anybody about anything to do with alcohol including my wife, is counterproductive, and met with a lot of blank stares etc

      I met with the counselor for a while. The real problem is, we are a society awash in alcohol, and if you can't handle it and control it you're a loser. If you admit you need help controlling it, you're a loser. God forbid you are a nondrinker, and say you shouldn't drink, then you are an extra special loser.

      Elsewhere on this forum, if moderation is so much as mentioned, you are considered a disruptive nutbag trying to derail everybody elses sobriety. It is a good choice For some, and I'm happy to have gone that route.

      Seems like it's a viewed as a moral failure, makes people uncomfortable to talk about it in any form.
      That's why talking anonymously on here is good, don't have to deal with the badness people see it as on a personal level.

      I know you'll just end up feeling better about yourself moderating, and the end result will be good overall because everything will go better.

      You are absolutely right though, it's hard to find anyone to talk to you about it, so I for one will be hanging around.
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      Hey, Guapo and Stewarts,
      I am glad you two are still here. I miss our little group. Perhaps if we hang out for awhile, people will start coming back.

      I guess the whole country is in the deep freeze this week, so I won't even mention the below zero temps or screaming wind. Makes a person very grateful to have a warm house to cuddle up in.

      My husband has returned after being gone for three weeks. Such a profound blessing to have him home safe and sound.

      Best of luck to all of you, my friends. Keep up the good work, be strong, and treat yourselves well.

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      I got midterms coming up this weekend, first one tomorrow morning. I think I will be ok. Saturday I know is a friend from home's 40th bday party. I will go to that. Timing will be good, I have class on Sunday, but no test, my only other midterm is Saturday, so that should be good. I am going to make an effort to not drink a lot. This is my old crew and they do like to drink...I'm sure the bday boy will be getting hammered. We shall see what happens.

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      Well, I hope this isn't a foreshadowing of things to come...the group dissolving...so.. nevertheless, here is my update. I had my midterms...which only two of the three classes I am taking this semester had, the third has a paper at the end. So, Managerial Econ I got a A. Now stats, which was a big one, like 3 1/2 hour, it was actually two tests. I don't have my official grade(s) yet, but the professor sent out the answers to both tests, and, I am pretty sure I got an A on both, i.e. above a 90 on each. All the answers seem to be memorable. And the one I know I definitely got wrong, I know I will get partial credit on, a lot of it. It was a big correlation problem. These, they make you show all your work, because there are so many steps, and if you type on little thing wrong in you calculator, you won't get the right answer. There are so many things to combine. I think I know which column I had off by a few digits, all the other I looked like I got right. I do want to know for sure my grades. Math was not something that I was ever really good at, despite my job, and STATS is a major PAIN...I never ever took a calculus class in my life.

      I know a lot of people didn't do so well, so he is letting them take the test again, I don't think that will be me. He is also giving them extra credit, which anyone can take...if either of my tests are below 90 for some reason, I think I'll do the extra credit to push it up, but I think I should be ok...we shall see.

      Grad school, even part time, reminds many people of college....just not as irresponsible for obvious reasons, so there was a lot of drinking that Saturday after the test. I was supposed to go to my friend's 40th BDAY party Downtown, but knew that was a bad idea, I had already gone over my limit even for beer, and then I got to a point, I said, it's a good idea if I just go home and I did. Others stayed out even later, and some paid the price...So, while I wish I would've limited myself more, for health reasons, I can't say I'm completely disappointed in myself.

      j.

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      Not sure where everybody is, but I need to post an update. All and all, I am fine, but I think I need a long rest from AL. For the most part, I am good, but it's the one day that props up, like today, when I say, "Is this worth it?" The good news, I know why I am so down today, and just waiting for the clock to move to go home, chill, and then play my hockey game.

      Our office are merging with another firm, which is a good thing, well, at least for me, but around here, lately, has been kind of morbid in this office. No action or anything...dead. I think when I am feeling the way I do now, due to AL, it just exasperates the low mood and hang over...also, if it wasn't so dreary here, I probably wouldn't drink.

      I know I am being hard on myself. I wish there were more of you to talk to. I did email someone, who did write back and gave me some great advice. I also needed to speak with an abstainer... I just need to get my mind in order.

      I think I am happier than I really am..or I am not so happy, and when I'm straight, it's just so much easier to deal..anyway, that's enough of me ranting, I hope you're all well.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Stewarts View Post
      Not sure where everybody is, but I need to post an update. All and all, I am fine, but I think I need a long rest from AL. For the most part, I am good, but it's the one day that props up, like today, when I say, "Is this worth it?" The good news, I know why I am so down today, and just waiting for the clock to move to go home, chill, and then play my hockey game.

      Our office are merging with another firm, which is a good thing, well, at least for me, but around here, lately, has been kind of morbid in this office. No action or anything...dead. I think when I am feeling the way I do now, due to AL, it just exasperates the low mood and hang over...also, if it wasn't so dreary here, I probably wouldn't drink.

      I know I am being hard on myself. I wish there were more of you to talk to. I did email someone, who did write back and gave me some great advice. I also needed to speak with an abstainer... I just need to get my mind in order.

      I think I am happier than I really am..or I am not so happy, and when I'm straight, it's just so much easier to deal..anyway, that's enough of me ranting, I hope you're all well.
      Hi Stewarts. You sound well and good. Good !!

      The longer you get away from drinking out of habit, the less it stays a habit. It sounds like a cliché, but being clearheaded is it's own reward in many ways. The main thing is to keep thinking about it, and being aware.

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      Stewart's, I hung out for a long time on this mods thread. Everyone here is doing a good thing, controlling alcohol intake is an accomplishment. I am now grateful to have stopped drinking all together. I have all of my life back, not just part of it. Many of us are not ready to quit, I wasnt a daily drinker. But I drank more than I had planned too many times.
      My life is better without alcohol, since 9/1/12. My sobriety tool is the list at permalink 236 on the toolbox thread under monthly abstinance.

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