Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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24/09/2012 at 13:54

Hi all,

Glad to hear your injury is nearly healed TST, the winter sun may be a good alternative with the way things are for some time Strangely Brown.

Believe it or not, I originate from Burnage Manchester. I thought it was bad there but I live in Huddersfield now, and I live in a village overlooking the Yorskhire Dales, we have more rain because of the hills.

I decided to try a jog this morning in the rain. I pu t on myy leegginings and cagoul and off I went., by the time I got to my turning point I was like a drowned rat literarlly. I was so water laden I just walked back, glad I did it though.

I'm jealous of people who live in flat places, I have forgotten what its like to just walk on flat ground. I hear you about the wind, but would rather have wind, your not battling the wind and rain at times.

Enjoy all your afternoon.

24/09/2012 at 14:00

Fairly flat down here, I'm in Margate.  Very wet and blowing a gale though so I'm not venturing out. 

What are you going to do next re the motorbike hose TST?

24/09/2012 at 15:04

Pretty hilly here too and very wet this morning - it's stopped now but for how long who knows.  I'm in Kent too but on the other side of it right on the High Weald, there's a clue in the name for how hilly it is in parts!  Luckily we've had loads of sun this year and missed loads of the rain - oh well.......... winter's on its way I suppose we should be used to it by now.


SB (that's you strangely brown)  I used to live in Spain - twice!  I went out in 2001, long story but it was to do with hubby's drinking.  Said he could join me when he'd stopped being a f%*-&ing pi$$head.  It worked but not for long so I moved back in 2002 and left him there.  Bloody sod wouldn't go away and came back sober late 2002 and is still here and half cut most of the time - I ignore him now when he's like that then give him the riot act the next morning before he's had the chance to get bladdered again.

I went back in 2005 to work, I was selling property and made lots of dosh but saw the market collapsing so got out before it crashed.  I left hubby at home with the kids for that one  shame it had to end so soon .  He's not all bad, lots of good points but drinks far too much - up to 150 units a week if I'm not on his back about it.

This is my ruin in Spain - I love it but can't afford to do it up to make it habitable   Probably could do it easily if the old git stopped boozing

spain 2003



24/09/2012 at 15:11

OK, so the piccy didn't load - I'll try again

Hopefully that'll work, click on the thumbnail to enlarge it and dream of warm sunny places.............

My sister's pretty good now, she was ill since she was born.  Both of her kidneys were split into two with their own drainage tubes etc but none of them worked.  She was so lucky because as her condition worsened technology improved and kept her going.  She finally had the transplant in 2006 - her hubby donated one of his to her.  She still gets ill easily and has to stay away from poorly people as she'll take immune suppressants for the rest of her life.  Bit of a joke really as she works in a GP's!

Cinders - loads of people only have one kidney, they just don't get to know about it!  I'm absolutely fine - seems like thats the only thing that didnt' go wrong 

Well done on your run TST, as I said on fb the first of many wet ones 

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24/09/2012 at 15:51

Hi Sunluvva,

Ouch I really feel for you, and thanks for your honesty on here.

I'm at the stage now that I feel guilty when I have a  beer, would rather spend money on my boat or running gear now, its happenning but slowly.

In time I  will explain more as you have. What you have written is very moving and yes inspirational.

I will never stop trying in whether it will be career rest or play. I see jogging as my long term play instead of sitting in any bar. And I certainly would not like to be on your side of reading the riot act, sounds painful.

Bear with me in getting peoples writing mixed up I will get there honest.

I'm glad things are stable for your sister at the moment, and I hope you will get back to Spain at some point. You come across as a very strong minded individual, so I'm sure things will work out for you.

I hope I have not come across in a negative way, I have my own goals and even if I don't manage all of them, I know I will be somewhere inbetween them. But I believe in never giving up. As one door closes another opens, its upto you where you go from there.

Now that i'm jogging again I'm slowly but surely feeling stronger both mentally and physically.

Hope you are all surviving this horible weather ok.

24/09/2012 at 16:27

Surviving this weather by staying in and watching Monsters Inc

Have you still got your camper van out in Spain SL?

24/09/2012 at 17:39

Thanks Sinbad - I wish I'd been stronger and chucked him out years ago but I didn't.  To be honest if I won  a few quid on the lottery or similar I'd seriously think about leaving him now - I might have been married 26 years but I've spent much of that time feeling very alone and like a single parent.  I think I'd give him the choice of going into a proper rehab place and getting properly sober and deciding not to drink again.  He can't just have a little bit and drinks till he falls asleep - or passes out as I call it.  Good on you for being honest with yourself and doing something about it.

24/09/2012 at 19:08

Hi everyone and welcome Sinbad and Strangely Brown.  Haven't posted on here for a little while but life's been manic.

TST your plan for those who have supported you sounds absolutely fantastic and I'm sure they'll all be bowled over by it.

Got out to parkrun on Saturday and managed 28.26 my best time for this year but still outside my pb.  Am hoping that once the hayfever induced asthma dies down I'll be able to improve.  Was still happy with the time given that I did GNR last weekend.  Went out yesterday - it was just the occasional spot of rain when I set out at 10.30 but 8.04 miles later I was absolutely drenched.   Plan to run 6 miles this Sunday and then have the Royal Parks HM on 7 October.  Should be flatter than GNR so am hopeful to beat my pb there.

Can't believe the weather has changed so quickly although I'm sure that I say that every year.  Will have to start digging out the jumpers soon - the heating is already on at home.

Hope you're all well xx

24/09/2012 at 19:11

Missed your post SL - yes Barney Bus is still in Spain, I'd love to get him going again.  I'm stashing away dosh that the old git doesn't know about so when I've saved up about 1500 quid I'll be able to get him back.  Hubby got him going last time we were out there, I sure he could do it again - he will do it again.  The biggest problem is that it's not insured here or in Spain, no road tax etc. so can't even get it going and drive it back, I wouldn't be comfortable driving it back anyway - I need to get it to a good garage and get it completely revamped.

24/09/2012 at 19:25

Flippin' 'ada, go away for the weekend and the place runs riot!  And excellent it is to see newbies jumping right in, welcome Sinbad and SB. As has been said, we all have different aims when it comes to the booze, but we all support each other in our own goals, especially when someone has a 'slip' - we've all been there so no better people to talk to about it.

I'm one of the total abstainers these days, but also a non-runner most of the time, so it's a bit of a cheek me hanging around here, but I like the company!

I'm just back from a family weekend away at Center Parcs to celebrate Big Sis's retirement. I have swum (well, lazed and splashed about), biked, badmintoned, ping-ponged, indoor golfed, 10 pin bowled, canoed, and eaten lots.

I ache like buggery and I've now got man-flu but boy, it was fun!

24/09/2012 at 19:32


Just a quick hi to trigger 2. I'm trying to respond to keep up with the regulars. Hope your sunday run has gone well.

Whenever the US gets a Hurricane like this latest one, by and large we get whats left of it some weeks later. As we get most of our from the west, unless the gulf stream changes its posistion like we have this year. I try to keep up with the bbc weather forecasst as they show proper sattalite pictuers, and can usually work out from them when best to get offf to my boat.

24/09/2012 at 20:47

Sounds like you had a fab time Yeo, I have total Center Parcs envy

What boat have you got sinbad? 

Still rather whooshy here tonight.

24/09/2012 at 20:47

Oh and SL, really hope you get Barney back on the road

24/09/2012 at 21:30

We had a sunny afternoon in the end Cinders - bit windy but sunny   I hope I get Barney back on the road soon too, I'd be away with KC and the dogs every weekend, spose I'd have to take the old man with me sometimes   He's snoring on the sofa sloshed now after a few beers and a bottle of wine, wish he'd go to bed, especially as it's chilly so he can warm the bed up for me 

Sounds like a great time Yeo - I suppose now you're back all re- energised you're going to slaughter me at scrabble....

We always get whatever the USA gets a bit later Sinbad, weather, films, health crazes.  I wonder if I lived on the other side of the US I'd get them first 

Oh yes, what sort of boat do you have - I'd love a boat, I wouldn't mind living on a boat but only in the summer 

You did so well at GNR Trigger and pretty good by my standards at the parkrun.  I must get out and run soon, as Cinders reminded me - only 3 weeks till the Titsey 10k - I still snigger when I say that 

24/09/2012 at 22:30

*Titsey Titsey Titsey* lol

Can't you chuck a blanket or something over him SL? 

24/09/2012 at 22:51

Sounds like there should be a sports bra in the goody bag

I've been in a race sponsored by a brewery and we were given a bottle of beer at the finish. Some bloke looked at me as if I were mad when I asked to swap my full bottle for his empty one because I wanted the souvenir. He was happy to oblige once he realised I was serious!

25/09/2012 at 13:33

Still chuckle over the many jars of cranberry sauce I've had in goody bags over the years!

Luvvvverly weather we're having!

25/09/2012 at 16:19

Horse brasses from the Hastings 1/2 marathon and Folkestone 20m- can't stand bloody horse brasses! You get a medal from Hastings now but you can buy a horse brass if you really really want one   I think the winners get one too - good reason for never coming first!

I got a ceremonial bottle of wine from one of the T.Wells ones - owned the pub at the time so a bit like taking coals to Newcastle!

Certainly has been wet hasn't it Cinders 

25/09/2012 at 17:20

Hi all,

Sunluvva, yes I'm getting help now. Been in a group with regards personality side. I hope to start work on the PTS next year. Just trying to work one bit aat a time.

Well my first full English class at college was awful and I left just got home rang them told them why, because I won't be spoken to again as she (the teacher) spoke to me.

She spent about 15 minutes helping another pupil with her learning style questionnaire, she actually read through every single question (this I don't mind) this left the class with just 5 minutes to fill in work sheets. I filled mine in wrong. I have Dyspraxia and I need to hear things a number of times for  me to get it, and or a few weeks of filling a this  sheet before i get it right. She simple gave us those 5 minutes, and said to me when I got it wrong "What did I just say to you to do." I was totally lost and I felt humilated.

It took me every ounce of courage to get into that classroom, and she destroyed me by the end of it. I will never step foot in a clssroom again. I'm off to get extremly drunk Wednesday.

Hope you all had a better day than me.

Sunluvva thats great what you do for other people, I'm sure the people you help see it to.

Sorry not even read through todays post sorry all. leeave you in peace, I'm off to get drunk.


25/09/2012 at 17:58

On my most recent return to running I was curious to know how it might be affected by drinking. I don't think I've got a problem, but I definitely suffer from hangovers, even on 3-4 pints, so that was obviously going to have some impact. Turns out, over the last 3 months I've drunk on avg 24 units per week, which I guess is within the UK guidelines for a guy, but I want to cut down because I know it affects how well my runs go, and how much energy I have the following day. Whilst we're talking averages, my records show I drink around 12-13 times per month (most weekends and the odd weekday) so I'm going to try to both reduce the number of days I have a drink, and possibly more importantly, turn the odd binge into a lighter session by not getting carried away after 3-4 drinks and deciding to "screw it" and get drunk (which I almost always regret). We'll see how I get on.

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