Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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05/11/2012 at 18:26

Hi Guys.  Back to work for me today.  Not quite sure where that week went - managed to fill it with reading my books and sewing as well as a lovely lunch with a great friend and a HUGE argument with OH.  Never mind!  Still resting my knee but hope to get out on Saturday for a parkrun (even if I do just one lap).

TST I have visions of you looking like a human tortoise with your poly tunnel!  Still, if it works don't knock it!

Well done on persevering Sinbad - I struggle with hills all the time.  There's one in our local parkrun that you have to get up 3 times.  The first time not a problem, second time half way and third time just forget it!  Chin up!

Cinders I get rid of mine on e-bay and also try fatbrain to see if they're taking books that I've got laying around.  If you don't want to get rid of the books or just swap them have you tried readitswapit?  Great way to get your hands on books for the price of posting a paperback somewhere.

Hope you're all well xx


05/11/2012 at 19:04

Evening all - I've been a busy bee too - too busy to do any running ...... 

I don't know if I'd be able to have a poly tunnel at my allotment TST - the parish council who run it all are very 'Little Britain' if you know what I mean.  It's all pretty much covered over with carpet now for the winter in an attempt to make the weeds die off over the winter.

Keep going on those hills Sinbad, make them your friend and you'll find yourself speeding up.  Aim to run up them as fast and as far as you can then walk/run slowly tll you've got your breath back.

Did you have a good time at mum's Cinders - no accidents or hospital trips 

Hope work isn't too bad Trigger..  I hadn't heard of fatbrain, just had a look and it's quite good isn't it.

I got my race number for Crowborough 10k this morning, it's not till 2nd December. There's a really steep hill in there that you have to run twice.  The last time I did it I could only manage to run it the first time round - fingers crossed I'll make both this time.  

I didn't get out for  a run this weekend at all, I overslept yesterday so said I'd do it today and didn't do that either - must get to running club tomorrow and do myself a proper schedule.  I work better to a schedule.


06/11/2012 at 12:03

Morning all!   One year on and I'm still here!!!   Thanks for all the support you've shown me on here, it's really helped get me through when time have been tough.  I don't doubt that there are still some more tough bits to come, but I feel as though I'm making much more headway, much faster now.  Last night I got rid of some old photo collages that I did years ago; we took them down last weekend to get the sofa bed out and I decided that rather than just put them back up out of habit that they've always been there we should go through all the photos we took down and properly decide which ones should go back up.  I mean, do we really need 20 year old pictures of my nephew as a baby, or wouldn't it be better to put up some more current ones?!  Then I looked at the collages and realised that in all of them I'm drunk or wrecked; sometimes stoned, sometimes just a bit drunk, other times hammered, and other times virtually passed out.  In fact pretty much everyone in every photo was drunk or blitzed on something or other.  And I realised that all they did was serve to remind me of the person I was.  I don't even see most of the people in the pictures any more; some died because of drinking or drugs, some fell out with because of the drinking and some moved away and are now recovering alcoholics too.  So did I really need reminding of all that, or did I want to replace them with the sober me, with better memories that will help me move forward and not tie me to the past.  I decided I wanted to move forward, so I took all the photos out of the frames and binned them. I have hundreds of photos of times past, so if I feel nostalgic I can dig out some of them and reminisce, and there might even be some sober ones in there somewhere!  But now it's time to make new memories, and move forward into a brighter future.  Today is my first anniversary, and also in a way my New Years Day - happy new year everyone!!

Cinders - I put stuff on the local Facebook pages for my area!  It's free and you don't have all the hassle of waiting for people to bid and stuff and they just come and collect so no postage worries.  You just post a picture of what you're selling and the price and wait and see if people want it or not.  Sometimes there's a bit of haggling and sometimes things don't sell at all, in which case I just repost them a week or two later and see if they go then.  If not I take them to the charity shop

Thanks for the fatbrain tip Trigger, I have six boxes of books that I'm trying to get rid of and none of the local secondhand book shops are taking books any more.  Will check that site out and see if they are interested.

Keep at it with the hills Sinbad they do get easier.  We do hill repeats at running club about once a month (when I can go ) and we were taught to 'power up' them.  Maybe you could try a session just doing some powering up the hill, then walking down, then powering up again as that really does help.

You should be able to have a polytunnel SL, after all they're really just a bigger version of a greenhouse and surely they don't object to those?  Anyway I have now purchased one on e-bay for £55 which is 7' x 7' x 15' and is a nice archway shape so I'll be able to utilise most of the space to dig in.  Some of them were a semi-circular shape which meant that you'd not have been able to dig near the edges as you couldn't have stood up.  I'm kind of hoping it will come by the weekend so we can get it up, but as i

06/11/2012 at 12:46

Hi all

That's a lovely post, TST, and I really am delighted at the corner you've turned over the last year. It must have been both cathartic and symbolic sorting through your old photos, and I do know what you mean about not needing to be reminded. I have clear memories of how awful my life was when I was drinking, and constant reminders of how good my life is without booze.

Well done also SL on also reaching a year without booze and a month without fags. I'm sure we're all proud of you both - now, where's the cake?

I'm back at the hospital with my eyes on Thursday (well, it's easier than leaving them behind), and I hope I get on the list to have my cataract removed soon as it really is bothering me at the moment.

Things are moving on at work. The cafe is operating quite smoothly now, and we've done a few3 sessions in the day centre with a view to starting the full timetable next week.

I'm expecting more exciting news in the next few days so watch this space...

06/11/2012 at 14:50

Well done TST, a lovely post

Well done too SL, great going the both of you.

*Passses round some virtual cake*

Hope all goes well on Thursday with your eyes Yeo, yep, take them with you!


06/11/2012 at 14:57

Thanks Yeo & Cinders   No cake for me though, I'm abstaining as I want to prove to the dietician that it's not going to take six months to sort out my food binging issues   I will however crank the stereo up a bit and start off the daning!   So what do people fancy?  I love a bit of pop as that's great to hoon around to, so shall we start with a bit of ABBA or some Spice Girls?!  Might even have a rummage around and see if I can find some Steps and then we could do some 'bouncing and sliding' Big Willie Style to the MIB theme tune!

Hope everything goes well on Thursday Yeo, but I'm not letting your eye problems stop you shaking ya thang! *Grabs Yeo's hand and attempts to haul him onto the dance floor*  Come on Cinders, you gonna have a bop?

06/11/2012 at 16:24

*slides in doing Gangnam Style*   Groovy party

06/11/2012 at 17:36

Fab party and many congrats!  Good luck with the eyes Yeo will be thinking of you.


06/11/2012 at 17:39

Hi All,

I forgot thread party was today folks. I'm really impressed with your determination and staying off the booze this year and beyond.

Thanks for the advice about the hills, I will try and concentrate on hills instead of pure running at some stage soon.

SL I didn't realize you have been without beer for a I'm so impressed with you both.

Yeo I'm glad the cafe in running better now, maybe time out fora run?

I had a major battle with the bank today over web site that accepts the basic card, for those on beneifits and those who don't and eventually (after I started getting loud, unintentionally . Finally got it my card sorted to use online. But am surprised at how many web site refuse the card for those on benifits.

Lol with Cinders and TST.

I was tempted to have a few beers after winning the battle with the bank. bought a 32 inch tv instead. My mate texted me saying was I out on the beer, and in the past I would have gone back into town.

party on down


06/11/2012 at 19:19

Ok who started the lambada?

06/11/2012 at 19:34

 Hi All,

Lol wih trigger2. who falls over after having 2 liters of coke today.

06/11/2012 at 20:33

Agado do do .....................

06/11/2012 at 21:56

I've found the Steps CD!!  Yay to Tragedy!!


06/11/2012 at 22:04


Lol, few years back I could play the opening bit to Tragedy on my flute, how sad

06/11/2012 at 22:33
I absolutely love this thread!

TST and SL - how amazing are you? Congratulations on your milestones and achievements and thanks so much for sharing them.

Drawing inspiration from the success of others has always been at the heart of this thread and while we all have our day to day issues, a dual celebration like the current one is a real tonic!

There are people I've been talking to on here for several years and others I've only 'known' for a few weeks and so many people come and go but there is a spirit which somehow remains. At times people have challenged the spirit we have created but, in a quiet but assertive way we have kept things going.

Right now there are brave folk talking about difficult issues on this thread and it seems like a good time to raise a glass of non-boozy bubbly to everyone who has contributed to our virtual support group over the years.

07/11/2012 at 07:52

Hi All,

hear hear to the words of apparition.


07/11/2012 at 13:36

Typical - I missed my own party , I might have to sashay round my living room to some party tunes.  I quite liked the playlist, can we have karaoke too next time 

I was doing the YMCA moves on my run last week Cinders - don't think anyone saw me 

I did some speed work at club last night - 5x4 mins fast with 2 mins recovery.  Not only was I not at the back I was edging towards the middle of the bunch!!!!!!!!!!  This no smoking makes quite a difference to how fast you can run ........... 

I've been out today for a very muddy 4.25 miles with the doggies - they loved it too. I'm going to have to give part of the woods a miss for a while - I could have used armbands its was so wet in places.  It's just the wet that bothers me, it's really clayey so slippery, very steep in places but also the horses churn it up so you never know when you're going to go down a big hole that they've made   There's plenty of other lovely off road places to run, it's only one section of the woods.

How's everyone else today?

07/11/2012 at 13:48

Lol SL, will leave the karaoke to you

That's fab going on the running too, speedy SL.  How do you feel now you're off the ciggies?

Just a little run for me today, some *faster* running on the treddie (well faster for  me)

07/11/2012 at 16:48


I missed the party too, but then I was always very good at partying on my own.

Congrats TST, a wonderful achievement, and agree with apps that it is wonderful to celebrate each others milestones and draw inspiration from all the success.

If the party is still in swing, please nobody give me a ciggy even if I plead!

Watched a show on Home and Health on sky about people in rehab for eating issues.  Very interesting and they were using the 12 step program.  Given the choice for me it would always be alcohol.  Take that away and it becomes food.


07/11/2012 at 17:00

Afternoon everyone   Thanks Apps *chinks glasses*  Not sure if I'm any good at karaoke either Cinders, only ever did it when smashed!  Well done on the running SL, there's no stopping you at the moment!

Thanks HTF, and no-one will give you a ciggy as there is a non-smoking rule in force   I will have to see if I can find that programme, do you know what it was called?  I've had food issues since I was a kid really, would be interesting to see how they dealt with things in rehab. 

Had counselling today and the therapist says I'm a classic depressive   I may need counselling as well as the CBT that she is doing with me but we need to progress with this first and then see if the issues with my Mum are still rearing their head and need to be dealt with. 

I'm also nervously waiting to find out if my boss with give me the ok to do something I've been wanting to do for a while but could never have done while I was drinking, but it requires time off work at short notice and I think it's about 50/50 if he'll agree.  I don't want to say any more about it in case it puts the knackers on it, but if he gives me the go-ahead then I'll let you in on the secret.  

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