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.
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!
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.
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
https://www.facebook.com/VegetableJuicing/info and this is his site but there's lots of other stuff on here http://fitlife.tv/
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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