Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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25/01/2013 at 15:24

Keep posting away Sinbad   - even if we don't have time to reply most of us still look in from time to time.

Whatever or however you decide to address your drinking be realistic and don't set yourself up to fail - you'll get there in the end but it might take lots of smaller steps/efforts rather than one big one.  If you can succeed on the one big one then fantastic but don't think you've failed if you find yourself drinking.  Just call it a blip then climb back on the wagon and aim to not drink for longer this time.

Hope everyone's ok today x

25/01/2013 at 16:00
Hi All,

Thanks or that advice SL I will take it on board, for when I do/,may slip.

SL I have started drinking the shop fresh juices. I would like to try eating greens veg etc, and would like to give it a try soon. What make do you recomend as a thingy (lol) to blend them all together?

I have not been to gym for the treadmill today, I bought the T shirt for the marathon today, and I had to buy a new cable charger for the forerunner 10 watch I have. For some reason they left the watch alone (it was switched off).

I ran out on the last day of holiday of a tablet I have to take, on the day of coming home, I only just got them back today. But I I just taken one today, yet inbetween I've started getting the dt's (shaking hands wobbling stuttering etc). I expected this but not so soon lol.

Come what ever with the weather, I intend to get to the gym and the treadmill on Sunday. The weather forecast has warned of more snow today, upto 10cm. But have said it will be better temprature Sunday with rain, on Sunday.

Hope all okay, and not the weather we have here.
25/01/2013 at 22:44

Sinbad - I had a blender from Argos, their own make 'Cookworks', cost about £30.  If you want to spend more then get one with a higher wattage motor.  I also got their own make juicer too.  I'd guess that it might be easier for you to have juices at first - lots of them to help you get off the booze, and try to drink at least 2L of water a day.  Try to drink 1 pint before you get out of bed in the morning - take a pint glass to bed with you and either drink it throughout the night or when you wake up then get another pint down you before you have breakfast.  It'll be the best thing you can do to help get over the shakes/dt's and start to feel better again.

26/01/2013 at 13:59
Hi All,

Thanks for that SL, to confirm thats own Argos make cookworks, well more of a staement that is ow er, and 2L of juices a day, ook got that. How much fruit will I need to buy lol? I'm buying up to 2L a day.

when I have been out for ten minutes or so over the past couple of days, I have found myself shaking each step I took, I felt very uneasy on my legs. I'm just wondering if thats withdrwal symptons, or dehydration?

No matter what I'm going to the gym Sunday and Monday(if deliver arrives), doing 5k Sunday, and 10k Monday. Wednesday I hope to do 7 miles on road if there clear of snow, walking, jogging 6 miles walk the extra mile. Jusr to see how I feel.

Hope training goes well for you all, and generally your all okay.
27/01/2013 at 13:52

It's a minimum of 2L of WATER each day Sinbad - you can have as much juice as you fancy, 2L would be too much for most people but of course you can have as much as you like

27/01/2013 at 14:05
Hi All,

I had noticed that SL lol.

Well I went to gym, and I did 1k warm up, and 5k actual walking at 6.0kmph, in 51.21 minutes. The warm up worked, and after taking about 1k to get back upto 6.0kmph I didn't even need to hold on to to the treadmill ow er. I even pushed it up to 6.2kmph foor the last 50m.

I couldn't believe it this morning, I looked out of the window and all the snow had practicallyy gone, just bits and pieces left.

Hope your all okay today. I just had Iceland stew and dumpling microwave lovely. Not as good as home made though.
27/01/2013 at 16:17

I gave up drinking last October , and although I never was a particularly heavy drinker , I felt that giving up would save me a few quid each week . It is now at the stage where I am already feeling the health benefits of not drinking - I lost a stone in my first month after giving up , and that has given me motivation. I thought it would be difficult to keep it up when out with friends , but now I stick to a mix of Red Bull and Irn Bru and that keeps me going.

The funny thing is , now that I've stopped drinking , I look at drinking from a sober viewpoint and often wonder why I started that bad habit in the first place.

Good luck to all of you who are trying to give up and hope you all succeed

27/01/2013 at 17:23

Hi Catboy and well done to you.  Red bull and Irn Bru is a potent mix - that should get you buzzing and keep you awake at night   It's great looking at pissed people from a sober viewpoint, you realise just how boring and ridiculous people can be!

27/01/2013 at 17:56

Just popped on this after being at a housewarming in Bristol... fully agree that a couple of redbulls will keep you going all night. The best part is that you can remember all of the mayhem and you aren't the one who is falling asleep early on the sofa because you have had one drink too many.

After doing it in 2011, I have brought back the new years resolution of no alcohol or takeaway pizza for 5 months.

To all of you, give it everything you've got

28/01/2013 at 10:53
Hi Catboy,

Interesting post. Hope all continues to go well for you, and not drinking. Keep it up

Yes it doe's help in the pocket, and health to. For people like myself, its filling up the gap of socialising with beer. Running helps, but as you get fitter you have more energy to use up.

I agree SL some drunk people like myself can't see that until you come have got off the beer and stay sober and still go in pub for socilisaing,I'm not ready for that stage yet.

Thanks for that MR_OJR, I'm down to just once or twice a month going out for a binge drink, even thats too much for me now. It messes up training to. I'm glad cold spell is looking like being over (hopefully), but we have some rain heading our way. But I'm still going to my boat for 5 days on Wednesday. I've stayed away fa too long. If I can stay of the beer till end of March I will haved saved enough for a new outboard engine for my boat.

I can't get out for a run today, I'm waiting on my Garmin battery charger, it was delayed Saturday, and even now I hate running in the dark, I'm also waiting on my Manchester Marathon training t shirt. Growl do other's hate waiting in for deliveries etc?

Hope your all okay?
28/01/2013 at 11:27

Morning everyone

Welcome along Catboy and Mr_O JR   Well done on losing the weight as well Catboy, I've put on 1.5st since quiting 14 months ago as I just appear to have moved my binging from from booze to food (although apparently it's not that uncommon to do that). 

Have you banned yourself from all pizza Mr O, or just the takeaway type?  You can make some lovely homemade ones with much nicer toppings than the dodgy ones you get down the local takeaway!

I had a girlie night in on Friday with some of the girls at my running club.  It was my coach's birthday so a few of us were invited for the evening for a little Wii dance competition!   It was fun, but unlike SL and Mr O, it only serves to remind me how much I miss it when I'm around people that are drinking.  Maybe that's because when I go out these days it's with people who don't drink as much as I did so I don't see them totally hammered, falling over and repeating themselves, they just get drunk enough to have a good time.  Still, at least I went as tend to avoid going out these days unless I have to.

Also had a good chat with my coach about my knee, and basically she's advised that I walk the VLM and has also banished me from running club until May, in the nicest possible way of course!   She thinks I need to keep working with the physio to sort it out and if the physio is right that it seems to be the jolting of running which is making it worse then it's best to just do walking at the moment as running in the week is probably causing a knock on effect to my long sessions on a Saturday.  It's disappointing and will take a few days to properly get my head round, but deep down I know I have to do what is right in the long term. 


28/01/2013 at 14:04
Hi All,

Sorry to hear that TST, perhaps you can walk really fast, but not actually run?

Well I just heard that my my delivery won't be today, and it's due to the weather, and vehicle breakdown. The second I just don't know about as its the post office delivery, that can come at any time of the day. It's annoying as I'm trying to get into some form of routine with training.

I wish there was something I could do to or post to help TST?
28/01/2013 at 15:39
Hi All,

Dam Amozon! they have sent me a garmin replaement for a ladies Garmin Forerunner 10 I'm fuming.

I don't have a printer so I can't off a label to return, and I'm confused as to follow their returns instructions, sending me back and forth.
28/01/2013 at 19:00

Evening All

Cheers for the welcome folks, it's been a while since I have posted on here

@TST - Sorry to hear that your knee is giving you grief... can you do swimming as a low impact alternative? I have only banned myself from takeaway pizzas, so a homemade one sounds like a great idea!

@Sinbad - I think you've been had by a dummy company posing as Amazon? :-P I guess if you can get in touch with the company it might help? Post Office delivery should go to a depot if they can't deliver it to you...

28/01/2013 at 19:55

That sounds really annoying sinbad, no contact details at all?

Hi Mr-OJR and welcome from me too

TST, sorry to hear about the knee.  Do you know anyone else doing VLM to get round with?

SL, are you ok, saw on FB you weren't feeling well.


28/01/2013 at 22:33

Evening all

I've been gettting lots of dizzy spells over the past couple of days Cinders, I think it's just my ears and I'm all congested etc.  I've been so tired all last week - bordering on proper fatigue but it was probably just this kicking in.  I'm feeling a bit better today - yesterday night I felt like I'd been boozing all day and was staggering around when I stood up or felt I was going to fall on  my  head if I bent down!

I'd be inclined to listen to the physio before the coach TST, anyhow, doesn't matter if you walk it.  It's still a fantastic occassion 

29/01/2013 at 09:19
Hi All,

Mr_OJR it's definitely an Amozon product, it came in their packaging. I rang their customer support, and found a black Garmin battery charger, but had to get to it via a link. I just hope this one is the right one when I get it. It's going back to Scotland their returns base, they just have poor information about them both and finding the right one you need.

Cinder's I went onto the live chat, and explained the problem and all I have to do now, is go to library, print off their return details, and I will use the package they delivered it to return it's time confusing, and I'm losing time as I'm not getting out training.

SL be careful, if it continues get yourself to the doc's. I'm a bit concerned for you with the dizzy spells. You may be trying to hard training, and staying with your diet your that you haave to keep. Be careful.
29/01/2013 at 09:39
Hi All,

This is when I want to get out for a beer.
I usually just get so angry with myself I go for a beer, feel lousy the next day, and pick myself up the day after.

Looks like a second when of no training so far, time is passing on I know it won't take long to catch up by training most days, its just a pain having to wait in for delieveries, and want ting to get to my boat also.

Hope your all okay. SL keep us informed of how your feeling please.
29/01/2013 at 10:40
Hi All,

By eki thump, I want to get drunk. But trying really hard not to. I know exactly whats happenning thats pushing me to get drunk, but that only delays the job that you have no choice to do, until time runs out and have to do them.

I lost a lengthy post by accidentally catching a key lucky you all lol.

I really don't want to get drunk, its just what I'm so used to doing, when in situations like these (waiting for deliveries as above), it all goes back to my abuse as a kid. Some of the regulars my know about the abuse.

Every time tere is a chance to slowly change this I binge drinking, as I want to now. Growl ow er.

Hope all okay.
29/01/2013 at 11:17

Morning everyone

SL - Hope you are feeling better today.  The coach is really just confirming what the physio has already been saying, just waiting for the actual 'you really need to walk London' words from the physio when I go on Thursday morning.

Sinbad - hope you managed to stay off the booze last night.  Why don't you go out and run anyway?  You know how far your routes are and you can just check the time on the clock before you go out and when you come back.  Sometimes what you need is a few sessions without all the technology to take a bit of pressure off yourself and remember why you're doing it in the first place   Or maybe to go the gym and do a few miles on the treadmill?

Therapy/counselling tomorrow, then physio on Thursday so really turning out to be a stressful week for me

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