Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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20/01/2013 at 14:39

Very quiet here Cinders.  I have an old foil blanket but have ordered myself a new one, they're under £2.00!  

I did a long snowy run yesterday - glad I did it then as it's dreadful out there now!

20/01/2013 at 16:25
Ah ok. Still have 2 in their packets

We now have snow and lots of it. Just had a fab snowball fight
21/01/2013 at 11:23

It didn't stop for 10 hours yesterday Cinders 

Sinbad chose the right week to go away didn't he 

I should be going for a run today but am really tired and keep yawning so might skive off - all my biggest runs are done now.  I'm so glad I got out in the snow on Saturday - I don't feel so worried about doing the run if it snows now - the thought of that was really scaring me 

21/01/2013 at 13:20

Afternoon everyone   Everyone snowed in yet?!   Do you still need a self inflating mattress SL?  We have a couple that we bought and only used once as they don't give Mr TST enough protection from the ground with his RA. 

Still very snowy here, another couple of inches last night with some more forecast overnight.  No running for me on instruction for the physio so did a 7 mile walk on Saturday and think I've slightly pulled something in the back of my knee.  Am seeing the sports massagist tonight so will get her to check it out for me.  It's only a niggle but best to check it.  Am on a course tomorrow and Wednesday so no actual walking session as I'll be walking to and from the train station at both ends so will be getting enough walking done in these conditions I reckon! 

How is Buttons enjoying the snow Cinders?  Has KC been out in it SL?


21/01/2013 at 13:38

Hi TST - yes I do still need one, message me with how much you'd want etc.  Got a feeling that posting it might cost more than buying one locally!

KC's been out everyday since Friday - she was out ages yesterday!  She's at school today so I've had chance to get her soggy clothes clean and dry!

21/01/2013 at 14:17

Buttons in school also today, I sledged him in, it's melting fast so hope we've enough for me to sledge him back!

I don't much like being out in the snow.  Mr C's cousin thought she would walk to work on Friday instead of risking the car.  Poor lady fell and now is in hospital with a broken hip that's been plated. 

Hope sinbad having a good time.

21/01/2013 at 19:19
Hi all. Thought is pop in and say hi. Day 21 here, still no booze.ans enjoying it. Still getting daily headaches as if I've got a hangover though! Not finding it too tough either which is good.
21/01/2013 at 23:06

Lol Cinders - kc's too big for me to pull on a sledge but I bed Buttons loved it 

Great going Mr F, if you're getting headaches every day you almost certainly need to drink more water - I have 2- 3L most days and get headaches if I have less.  Still 21 days is a fantastic achievement 

22/01/2013 at 12:10
Hi All,

I have only just read SL post. So have lost track of whats happenning in thee thread.

Well the sun is finally out properly today, shorts weather.

I have not ran all week, as some of you said see how I felt on a daily basis. I have drank loads of beer, it has been practically impossible not to drink here, and as in the same mind set of the group I have been in.

To be honest the break has done me good, and I would recommend this hotel to you all, even though it is a purpose built resort. They go out of their way to look after you.

I have not spent a penny since being here, so the 50 Dina I has gone to the staff as tips. They don't get much and have to rely on tips.

As mentioned I'm ready for home, and ready to pick up training from the 5k to 10k that I was at just before the holiday. I will be doing a self referal to a place called On Track, to help me stay off the binge drinking, as I would like to think I can stay off the beer till at least after the Manchester Marathon.

Its the isolation that is the difficult bit,, when your changing lifestyles from binge drinking to staying tea totle. Hence why I'm going to the On Track place, see if that helps.

I believe its been snowing in Uk, yet as I said its sunbathing day today, I'm off outside to catch some rays, to say I have at least sat in the sun for a few hours ow er.

Hope your all ok.
22/01/2013 at 14:24

Glad you've  had a fab time sinbad, you enjoy your sunbathing.  Yes we've had snow but it's melting fast now .

Great going Mr F

22/01/2013 at 14:35

It'sstill deep pan crisp and even here, but no more has fallen since last night.

Glad you're enjoying a much needed break, Sinbad, and that you're relaxed about having a few beers.

Going to On Track sounds a great idea. People here who have known me a few years know I got great strength from going to a support group when I finally gave up the booze, and there others here who've been to AA and other groups. It's been said before, but it's a strength, not a weakness, to know when to ask for help.

Hope everybody's well, I'm getting well fed up with the white stuff.

22/01/2013 at 16:35
Hi All,

Thanks for that Yeo. Hope your okay. How's the cafe etc going, and getting back into training?

Bless them all here staff and friends. I tried sitting with a new customer at hotel last night, I felt he was struggling with ordering beer etc as he is Italian. He told me he couldn't speak English, but as soon as we got another beer, he started speaking English. This annoyed me, so I got up and left, He was clearly trying to take the mikey.

Monday I had a bad osphagus reflex (Barrets), it was really qiute painful. So I took my tablets and slept the day away, its all you can do if it hits you. One nfriend knocked to see if I was joining them, and staff have chatted with me asking me was I okay.

Bless them.

I have heard the weather is bad in my nek of the woods to. Believe it or not a fellow guestcomes from same town as me ow er.

What I'm worried about is not getting back, but the busses and taxi's may not be able to get up to the top of the hill where I live. It becomes an ice rink, and if you want to go down the hill walking, you have to literally hold onto a wall and slide down it. I have two bags full to carry with me lol.

Hope your all okay?
23/01/2013 at 16:38
Hi All,

No one been in since yesterday? crumbs you must all busy.

Just sat here in lounge all day waiting for coach to pck us up at 6pm. This is a part of a holiday we all don't like, hangng round?

I just want to get home now, and get stuck into following trainig program to the t.

Well I have bought the sweat shirt, and have now bought the Brooks technical t shirt for running. I believe there a good make?This is for the Manchester Marathon.

As soon as I can 'm gettng to my boat, I miss her. I know people find me difficult to be around, I try really hard not to be difficult. If people don't like me I understand why, but my boat I'm determined to finish renovating her, and do this marathon n a good time. I'm making a start on the beds when iits warm enough to go, then put all the navigation lights on, then its just a question of giving her, the antfouling, and fnish the paint job. Few weeks should see it completed.

How is everyone getting on generally?
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24/01/2013 at 03:26
Hi All,

Is it something hat I have said, and been sent to coventry?

Just a quick post to say I have only just got home, and I think its 3.24am.

Its snoed quite heavily here, its turning to ice on pavements, but they ave gritted the roads.

I have put on 6lb over Christmas and holiday, time to get it back down.

Are you all okay, I'm getting worried for you all?
24/01/2013 at 06:26

Morning all - it's an early start for me today!

Sinbad - sounds like you've had a great holiday and, as much as I love winter and how beautiful the fresh snow looks, sitting in the warm sun sounds good! Please don't worry if people don't post for a while as quiet days will always happen. You certainly haven't been sent to Coventry! Your boat project sounds very interesting - once you get her all fixed up, what are your plans? Will you spend time living on the water or is your aim to sell the boat?

The frozen pavements have contributed to a lazy week with no running for me - I was doing well and feeling good so I'll have to make a big effort so as not to lose momentum. 

I hope everyone is well and keeping cosy!

24/01/2013 at 10:00

ahhhh, i fell off the wagon last Friday. Met up with a bunch of old Uni mates, determined not to drink, and ended up having 5 pints. the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Add another pint of guinness at a funeral on Tuesday and i'm up to about 14 units for Jan. booooo!

anyway, not to worry, even if i have a couple more drinks over the next week, i'll still end up with less than half my "typical" monthly booze consumption, so it's not been in vain. and I think i can do moderate drinking better than i can do no drinking.

i did however meet up with a cousin of mine i've not seen for a few years, at the funeral on Tuesday. I last saw him about 4-5 years ago, he's about my age (mid 30s) and was a bit of a beast when he was younger, into booze, pills, powder, you name it. Anyway, he told me he's been completely clean now for 2 years last new years day. Decided he needed to get his act together, and the only way it would work for him was cold turkey. So, in his words, no alcohol, no coke, no MDMA, no ketamine, no speed, no cannabis, no methedrone, no painkillers, no caffeine since new years day 2011. He said it's not been easy, but the further away that life seems, the less it feels like him. He's looking good, and seems genuinely happy and in control of his life, so long may that continue for him.

24/01/2013 at 10:53
Thanks for sharing your cousin's story AG - it is genuinely an inspiration. I've been trying to moderate my drinking for as long as I can remember and every time I think I'm doing well I get reminded that, for me it is an addiction. Sometimes this is manifested in behaviour (I drink) and sometimes in thought (I constantly think about drinking). Right now, lots of people who post here have been dry for a long time or are moderating very well. I'll keep hoping that one day I can join them but it is never easy.

I hope moderation works for you - you certainly seem to have done very well since you've been posting here! Oh, and I'm sorry that you've had a funeral to attend...never an easy time.
24/01/2013 at 11:57

Morning folks

Don't worry Sinbad, it often goes quiet for days or sometimes weeks.  We all pop in and out when we can even if it's just to say 'hello I'm ok' then go and get busy again.

Sounds like you had a lovely holiday Sinbad, I'd love to be in a lovely warm place right now ................

Hi Apps, I don't like running on the icy pavements either but did go out yesterday for 8 miles.  I'm in taper mode now and to be honest it wouldn't make much difference if I didn't run till the Pilgrims next saturday/sunday but I felt I wanted to do a couple more before the day itself.  You're doing really well, it took me many many years to get to this point and you were very instumental in helping me achieve it.  I'm sure you'll get there when the time's right  - something will just click one day   Here's a good site for lots of juices - this is the fb page and this is his site but there's lots of other stuff on here

That's a really inspirational story about your cousin AG, it should give you the motivation you need to get to where you want to be.

Hope eveyone's good today x

24/01/2013 at 16:31

Afternoon all.

Welcome back sinbad, glad you had a good holiday.   What are you plans for your boat?

I always laugh when I see that about being sent to Coventry.  I've never found it a bad place at all

That really is a story about your cousin AG.  Much respect to him as it must have been very hard.

SL, have you got all your kit sorted for Pilgrims?

Apps, hoping the pavements clear soon here.  Very slippy.  Not sure if I said but Mr C's cousin fell last Friday and broke her hip.

Made it to the gym yesterday, 1st time since before Christmas.  Not surprisingly it was heaving but the outdoor pool empty so I went out there for a swim.  Was rather chilly walking to it but once in it was lovely



24/01/2013 at 18:13
Hi All,

I'm nearly finished fixing her up, my plans were to sail round uk coast even though I have completed half of it already. But plans have chaanged I camp on Nervon when its warm enough (10 degrees), but she alas too small to live on. I have relearned skills I have forgotten, and made lots of mistakes. I'm going to save up now and try and by about a 27ft boat as a project, and maybe live aboard on that one, thanks for that apparition.

AG that sounds like your doing good ith your unit intake keep at it, and glad about your cousin doing well also.

AG yes sorry about hering about the funeral also. But you have kept booze moderated at this time, you should be proud of yourself.

Apparition, I'm the same as you in cutting down slowly, for me it doesn't work for me to. But I like you intend to keep trying.

Thanks SL I have learnt when I am in a bad spot that if I don't disappear, I end up binge drinking for up to 3 months, then struggle to get back on track. disappearing helps to draww a line under it. It was about 5 hours decent weather where you can sit in sun, then it round, but generally it was still even in the rain.

Cinders I referr you to paragraph about my plans for boat. Lol about coventry, thats what sprang to my my mind. Even if it goes quiet I will continue to post, this site is really helping me.

In concluding this post. I can't cut down in moderation, like your cousin. So on returning, I'm was and am determined to go cold turkey. So I'm expecting the dt's shaking etc. I'm throwing everything into the running, gym ( hopefully building the social contacts), and my boat. I miss her.

My main concern is not the stopping drinking side, but people, as I have mentioned perviously its peeople's mind games, and forming friendship attachments, perhaps other, falling out, and not pushing myself back into drinking, after falling out ith people. This is exactly why I have stayed away from my boat for four months. The fear of people not understanding my difficulties, and not liking me. Or for the latest person that I stood up to after months of him taking advantage of me.

Finally lol. I hope continueing running in Scarborough will help, but there is a gym in the town centre, and intend to go there to. I just don't know howw to protect myself, in letting people into my life, and keeping those I don't from myself alloing them push me back into drinking.

Hope your all okay? I'm atching most haunted in the dark. It's in an old poor house tonight.
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