Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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14/04/2014 at 16:07

Sinbad - I am in France skiing at the moment.  Used to get arsed on these holidays.  Now I don't, and I watch others lugging their beer and wine into their apartments and don't feel any envy.  Nothing changes unless you want it to change.  If you don't want a boozy time, then don't drink, it is simple. x


15/04/2014 at 07:28

Agree that you have to want to stop and to change. but if you are an alcoholic you stand a much better chance if you seek support from fellow alcoholics. that is were you,Sinbad can be helped .

Holding on to my old ideas and thought patterns acheived nothing,i had to be fearless and thorough from the start of my recovery. I had to start living in the answer - not the problem, and things slowly got better,one day at a time.

Hope everyone has a pleasant Tuesday.

15/04/2014 at 16:55

Having a lovely Tuesday thanks  BWF  

VLM was great - a bit of a slow run with the chip time at 5:55 but I had a fab day and enjoyed myself.  I kept getting the cramp pains in my right foot that I've had for about a month now since the Hastings 1/2m so had to keep stopping and taking my shoe off.  I was on course for a sub 5 for the first 10 miles but once once I knew I'd have to keep stopping I decided just to take it easy and enjoy the crowds.  It was really hot too but for some reason it didn't bother me as much as some people.  

Thankfully I managed to beat the rhinos, big bird, sonic the hedgehog and Ironman but I was really happy not to be beaten by the man with the fridge on his back!

15/04/2014 at 16:58
Well done SL I'd wondered how you did - I was there spectating and it was really too hot! Are you going to enter the ballot for next year?
15/04/2014 at 17:46

HI Trigger, yes - I'll be entering again.  This year wasn't through the ballot - I got a club place last but had to defer as I was poorly.  

15/04/2014 at 23:40

Hi All,

I'm going on holiday with a friend who's alcohol dependent. It was booked December, so I was in a bit of a state, not the best time of year for me.

I hear you all, but. I'm trying to do one day at a time, and am hoping for not drinking for the day of the holiday. I'm toying around with how much, or little I will drink. But in another post, I said want to wait till after the holiday, whether I want to stop completely, or maintain it at a minimum potential, that being the recommended levels, set by the the professionals.

He's talking about going to Goa for two weeks boozing, but as the above has stated, I will see if I can stop for these next 6 weeks, before making my mind up.

I won't be drinking anywhere near the amounts he talking about for himself, but that's his choice.

No run today, but I am hoping to get out Wednesday,

Good marathon time SL, when I finally get to my HM I would be glad just to get anywhere near that time, dividing it down to a HM time of course.

Hope all okay/

16/04/2014 at 08:38

Morning,well done on the marathon SL,thats a long time to be on your feet running, i just dont think i could do it.

Good luck Sinbad,you will need it going on holiday with a friend thats alcohol dependent. All my "normal heavy drinking pals" soon went different ways when i quit,as they really do not want to be around a sober person.  Much better off with sober company,thats not to say i do not enjoy a social occasion,my wife stills likes a tipple and has no problem at all with the stuff.

3.5 miles this morning in lovely spring weather, only problem i seem to be getting earlier and earlier. Seem to need less sleep with more exercise,has anybody else had this?

Have you all have a stress free wednesday,cheers.

16/04/2014 at 09:45

Morning BWF, another good run

Trigger, are you entering the ballot?  I am.  Shame they god rid of the 5 year rejection rule, I must be on about 6 or 7 now.

No running here, still can't hear and balance affected.  Bored now.

16/04/2014 at 16:56
Hi Cinders yes I'll enter the ballot but it's been ages since I've been successful! Good luck
16/04/2014 at 19:10

I'll enter the ballot too, last time I got in was in 2009 for the first Virgin London Marathon in 2010.  Within a month of getting the 'Congratulations' magazine I got ill with the crohns for the first time and hardly ran a step for almost 2 years.  Making up for lost time now though.  

Sinbad - there's no magic formula out there, if you want to stop drinking then you have to not drink.  Making plans to drink less or only on this or that day won't work.  Socialising with (heavy) drinkers won't work - you're making it really really difficult for yourself.  

BWF lovely morning for a run, a bit envious to be honest as I had to get out early.

I was going for my oxygen tank session but started feeling rough on the way there and my ears blocked and wouldn't pop so I didn't want to risk it and went to visit my sister instead.  Still feeling rough now so think this lurgy is making a comeback.  It was very kind and disappeared just enough for me to do the marathon and now it's coming back to bite me on the bum - payback!   

Hope everyone's had a lovely Wednesday - been gorgeous out there hasn't it

17/04/2014 at 18:10
Evening. Well done on the marathon sl - it was certainly warm. I had a great time supporting and door I missed you. I did drink quite a bit of cava but gave myself a golden pass for my birthday. I'm now back on the water and small bottle of wine which hubby is also doing which makes it easier
Sinbad - good luck on the holiday. It sounds quite a challenge.
Hope everyone has a lovely Easter break
18/04/2014 at 08:38
I'll be on the cava later today Soup Dragon - it's my son's 21st birthday and we've about 10 people around for dinner!

Happy Easter everyone - some fantastic weather for running out there at the mo xx
18/04/2014 at 08:40

Happy 21st Birthday to your son trigger 


18/04/2014 at 11:11

Morning,super day up here near Edinburgh.

Have a great party Trigger,take it easy.    Hope everyone has a nice holiday.

Off for 4 days,first since Xmas, Going for an Indian meal tonight with some mates,not really that keen on that type of food,but there must be something for me there.

Slept for 9 hours last night,a record i would think for me,must have needed it.

Looking forward to a slow run and a trip to the gym at some point.

Have a great Easter all.

19/04/2014 at 13:35

Hope you had a good party Trigger and your son enjoyed his birthday

Did you find something on the menu you liked BWF.

I didn't see the RW support group at Mudchute at all Soupy - I completely missed you all 

I'm still laid up with this bloody virus so no running for me at all.  I felt really ill thursday and yesterday - spent most of it resting or in bed.  Didn't help that my foster daughter had a bit of an outburst on thursday and I was too unwell to cope with it.  I called hubby and he came home then took  her to work with him - he might be a miserable old git but he's got a lovely side to him too.

19/04/2014 at 15:45

Hi All,

I managed a 3.2 mile this afternoon. It was more like a speed walk than a run in 50.38 minutes. Two minutes off last weeks run, but its a restart.

I'm down to once a week where I'm going into the pub.

I hear you all SL BWF, and I agree

Its the isolation and lack of company that's crippling me. 

I keep saying I will go to AA etc, I just can not motivate myself to. There's a mixed one, on a Wednesday more in the centre of town, than on the other side of town, which is not easy to get to.

The local On Trak did not work for me this time. I was trying to do too much at once. I think EDI and others including SL BWF have said, it takes all your mental and physical energy to stop.

Sorry to hear SL and Cinder's are not well, hope you get well enough to run properly again soon.

Counselling is getting tough, but is helping. I'm also going into a forum and website called Pandora's project (aquarium). There been similar experiences to me, and its very supportive for everyone, self help in many ways.

anyway happy Easter everyone.

Apart from the health issues, I hope your all okay. 



19/04/2014 at 16:10

hello, everyone.

sorry to hear about the virus taking a hold Sl and hope it clears soon. Good your hubby is helping and being loving too,what a husband should be, i guess, i had to re-learn to be better a husband all over again !

Had a Biryani last night,looked like a cake with an omelette on top,very weird looking,tasted nice though

Keep positive Sinbad  .you said  "its the isolation and lack of company thats crippling me"

thats where an AA meeting does its best work,give it a try. Not sure what you mean by a "mixed one" anyone can go to a meeting,should always be inclusive,never exclusive.

Keep at the counselling too, can be an extremely good help in many cases.

Enjoying the break,hope everyone else is too



20/04/2014 at 10:18

Hi All,

There's ladies only group's.

Just got in and downloaded the results. 3.1 miles in 49.26.

I felt it was quicker. It do'es not show that I did the first mile in 15.06. Twice now in getting close to the my 15 minute mile target.

Hope you all have a happy Easter day.

20/04/2014 at 23:15

I'm trying give up. Best to do it a bit at a time otherwise your body will go into shock that's what a counsellor told me.


21/04/2014 at 10:18

Hi All,

Hope your all enjoying the Easter holidays?

How is everyone doing with training over the Easter weekend, has anyone managed to keep it going?

My 3rd run on the trot, not done that in a while. I'm really chuffed with time 47 minutes 57 seconds. The first mile was, if I remember rightly 14 minutes 38, so I've reached my first target. Although the second mile was a little slower, the third mile was somewhat quicker.

I have heard that to craziefeet. My friend has been told if he stops with the amount he drinks, it could kill him. So he is slowly trying to cut down. You have come to the right room, there a brilliant supportive bunch of runners in here.

Cinder's I forgot to answer your question. I was planning on making it a boozy holiday, but now winter's out of the way, I tend to struggle over the winter months, I know now why, but it's hard to change when its part of you. But will keep trying. I have already told him, I won't be keeping up with him, I am at least now aware of my own limits that have dramatically reduced of the past 3 months.

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