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    Day 7

    Hey everyone in Absville!
    Day 7 is here...congratulations on a week!

    Don't forget to congratulate Jane on a month!! :smokin

    Sorry but I have to contradict myself from yesterday, because on second thought, forget the gorilla! It was fun while it lasted, but too much fighting is not necessarily productive! You're out Magilla! So go beat your chest somewhere else...

    Instead I think we should surrender, not to anything or anyone, but surrender our negative thoughts and actions... let them go, and focus on our goals. That's really what I want to say, and that's really what's been working for me these past (almost) 3 months. I've given up a vicious habit that accompanied my drinking: negative thinking. Including pointing the finger mentally, and feeling like I'm a victim of my own life. As I begin to let all that go I see how little it serves to add anything good to my life, or help me reach my potential, or enable me to feel good about myself each day.

    Surrendering, forgiving, letting things go, yeah, easier said than done, but think about how much sense it makes. I.e. in your heart, do you think the stuff you hold on to is really protecting you from further hurt? Or could it in fact be holding you to the hurt, and preventing you from being free to create the life you want?

    Our thoughts lead to actions. If I keep entertaining negative thoughts, the bottle will be there to make it all better someday, "because I'm right and the world is against me & I deserve a break!" etc... But if I surrender thoughts like that, what am I left with is "Ok, that's not getting me where I want to go, what's next, how do I go forward?" When I'm able to step outside that mindset, I open myself up to movement and growth. Then, when I'm there, there are so many constructive things I want to do, so much joy in the journey.

    Today I am trying to surrender my anger and anxiety and angst at having this affliction, I want to embrace it now because it has put me on the road to becoming a real woman, to being the person I was meant to be. Hmmm, can you love a disease? I don't know, but I want to love it because it's a part of me.

    Gee, wish I could crunch all that into ONE paragraph, but bed is looking good right now...

    So folks, I now pass the wheel to our exquisite Susan! She will be taking the captain's seat for the week, because you all have been so good and deserve a reward! :lol Happy flying! Thanks Susan!

    Have an abs-olutely beautiful day :y

    Deirdre

    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
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    -Maya Angelou

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    Day 7

    day 7

    Hi everyone,
    Just checking in.
    Happy day 7 to all
    GS

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    Hi all - checking in.

    Thanks for the 'welcome-backs'. And thanks very much, cv, for the info about hypnosis. I contacted someone here and she suggested a program very much like what you described. Thanks also for the calorie counter info; it's convinced me I need to go on a diet.

    I dropped the ball again last night, after only two days. Not too badly ? a beer, but a big beer. *sighs heavily* Start again. I think I'm going to try the hypnotherapist as a penultimate resort, before I give meds a go.

    Hope you're all well. Congrats sujul on 87 days! Wow! What an inspiration. I'd love to do that.

    Andrew

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    Day 7

    Happy Day 7!

    Hi Gang,

    Congratulations it's day7! Keep it up and keep smiling!

    Matt

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    Day 7

    Good morning Absville!

    Congrats on 7 (or more days), congrats on 1 or more days, congrats, congrats for being here! Andrew, welcome back--it's all about not giving up on ourselves, knowing we have a reason TO BE WHAT WE CAN BE! And, that definitely means surrendering--not our REAL selves, but the negative self-image we are holding on to...thanks, Deirdre!

    GS, good to hear from you! Matt, good work! Kate, thanks for the tip about the Maya Angelou poem...wow! Hope you're having a great day!

    Actually, I hope EVERYONE is having a great day...and even a bad day can be a GREAT day! I've said it before (and I'll say it again..and again...and again... )--the "bad" days are the days we have the opportunity to go forward, make the changes we know we need to make to get on with the rest of our lives! The good days are our reward for doing the work on the bad days!

    So, whether this is a "reward day" or a "working day"--let's make it a Great Day!"
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    susan

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    Day 7

    Checkin in....lots to do today. Startin my second month of abs today. : ) Day 31 Very happy with me !!!!! Dr appt check in today. Think he will be pleased too. Love ya all.....be back later. gab

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    Day 7

    Day 2 for me

    Hi everyone,

    So, this is a place to vent/share feelings, right? Well, I'm on Day 2 (joined the group late) and already have my first "test". I have a friend/acquaintance who I used to be very good friends with, but who lately has been driving me insane (long story short all she talks about are a bf (not a great situation) and her dogs...rarely pays attention to anything but herself, etc). I know she had gone through a difficult time, so I still want to be there for her, but woudl also like to not stangle her. 8) Usually I give myself a little "distance" but making sure I've had a drink (or 5) before I hang out with her, and there's usually aclohol wherever we hang out. Well, I promised her ages ago that I'd help her pack (moving to be closer to her new guy), and today's the day. I am REALLY tempted to just "have a little something" before going over, but i's only been 36 hours since my last drink!!! Not a great sign for the rest of the month, but I want to get through it. I figure If I've posted the problem for actual people to read, it will help me get though it (especially since I will be reporting back on the outcome tomorrow).

    anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Congrats to everyone who's here (no matter how long). This is way harder than it seems!!!

    -Laura

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    Day 2 for me

    Hi everyone,

    So, this is a place to vent/share feelings, right? Well, I'm on Day 2 (joined the group late) and already have my first "test". I have a friend/acquaintance who I used to be very good friends with, but who lately has been driving me insane (long story short all she talks about are a bf (not a great situation) and her (in the process of being highly trained) dogs...rarely pays attention to anything but herself, etc). I know she had gone through a difficult time, so I still want to be there for her, but woiuld also like to not strangle her. :smokin Usually I give myself a little "distance" but making sure I've had a drink (or 5) before I hang out with her, and there's usually alcohol wherever we hang out. Well, I promised her ages ago that I'd help her pack (moving to be closer to her guy), and today's the day. I am REALLY tempted to just "have a little something" before going over, but it's only been 36 hours since my last drink!!! Not a great sign for the rest of the month, but I want to get through it. I figure If I've posted the problem for actual people to read, it will help me get past it (especially since I will be reporting back on the outcome tomorrow).

    anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Congrats to everyone who's here (no matter how long). This is way harder than it seems!!!

    -Laura
    :P

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    oops

    sorry - didn't mean to post twice! Is tehre any way to delete one of them?

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    Day 7

    day 7

    Hi all.....posted earlier but went away.....so this will be short...
    Doin good here....It finally rained in Alabama:happy

    60 gallons of blackberry wine ready to bottle...please pray for me!:P

    Dee....when did you get so smart? you must be 100 years old!!:d

    Love and good thoughts for all of you today and this weekend.

    Nancy:h

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