On The Wagon For January

181 to 200 of 33,639 messages
04/01/2007 at 10:46
Medals Its great to hear that someone has a similer outlook (especially on a running forum)!
04/01/2007 at 10:46
Its just a day at a time folks, and, lets be honest, no one is making you do it.
You want to have a few pints? Fine by me.Jason, a night out is carp wthout booze as you say, that's why I won't be going anywhere. Had a couple of weeks off just before xmas and it really wasn't that bad so set your own pace, guys.
04/01/2007 at 10:50
Hi All,

This is day 4 sober for me.

So far, all is going well - I was a heavy drinker - at least a bottle of wine per night, then the big 2 week Christmas and new year binge. I knew last year I had to stop - was getting raised blood pressure and 'holiday heart' and I'm only 32, but I just found it *sooooo* difficult with a full time job (stressful), 2 kids, house, partner etc.

In the end I talked myself into running the FLM. Once I'd been accepted and committed to the charity to raise 1500, I knew I couldn't back out gracefully. I'm more scared of not completing that and letting down my charity than I am of facing 16 without the booze.

I guess everyone on this forum has found thier own 'key' - I wonder if the fact that mine had to be so extreme (1st mara) means I actually had/have a pretty strong alcohol addiction.

I just hope I don't a) slip up,and b) go back to my old ways after April 22nd.



04/01/2007 at 10:53
"But I've got soooooo much wine in the rack :-)"

mitten, I gave away a crate of 24 Kronenbourg I had hanging around. Plus 14 odd bottles of Grolsh that where in my Fridge.

As I dont drink wine, the bottles of that hanging around are not a problem. The bottles of baileys are a big temptation but my other half would probably have a sense of humour failure if I gave those away to.

04/01/2007 at 10:55
Couldn't agree more Huge and JasonX! Love my nights out. I am just doing it for 3 reasons really:

1. To save money (that I can then spend a bit of on kit, going away, that sort of thing)
2. To see if I can cut it out to that degree even with the temptation of the clubhouse and socials.
3. I did it a while back and my fitness improved beyond recognition. This I think I need for the Marathon so will stick with it for that.

No doubt post Marathon I'll be back to my weekly outings!

Pete
04/01/2007 at 11:17
Mitten, wine keeps.
04/01/2007 at 11:19
Been reading this thread as I was really beginning to feel I'd been drinking too much over Xmas. Not had a drink since NYD now, and will abstain tonight too.

A couple of years ago the Mrs and me realised that we were drinking far too much. We got into drinking wine with every evening meal late 1998 I think, and it had got to the point where you could probably count on one hand the number of days in a whole year when we didn't drink anything. For me it coincided with starting to run, when I noticed that despite starting FLM training I wasn't lsoing any weight. As soon as I cut down the booze I got slimmer.

We do have the odd week where we have a bottle of wine with dinner midweek if its been a particularly good, or bad, day, but generally we try to avoid alcohol during the week now. When I look back to the old days I can't believe that we would go for months without a single dry day.

I found its good to replace the booze with something else you like - whether its a hot chocolate or a nice soft drink. After a while you begin to look forward to these things as your "treat" in place of the booze.

Good luck!
04/01/2007 at 11:24
I noticed a real diffrence in the two weeks I had off the booze before xmas and having dreaded getting on the scales this week find that I have lost half a stone. OVER XMAS!!!!
04/01/2007 at 11:35
Day 4 - no booze so far. It is hard but I find it frightening that my bod REALLY wants a drink, but the fact that I can and WILL not take a drink means that I have more control over drink than it has over me.

Well done everyone so far - keep it going folks!!
04/01/2007 at 13:05
KKD Know what you mean. My body still wants a drink after 6.00 / 7.00pm.
Suppose it's willpower really isn't it.

What I found helped last night was hot chocolate, but it wasn't the sweet stuff. I got it from Thorntons and it's dark chocolate flakes. Not cheap mind, £3.99, but I suppose I'd pay that for a bottle of red, or a 3lt bottle of cider and this'll last a lot longer!
04/01/2007 at 13:10
I'm doing this too, although in truth I didn't even make it through New Year's Day as there was an opened bottle in the fridge that I just couldn't let go to waste. I've done this before - longest was 6 months - and it's surprising how much your body seems to need a drink. I don't know how much is psychological but it is scary. A similar thing happens if you stop all caffeine.
04/01/2007 at 13:12
I stopped all caffine 12 months ago - agree, very scary; especially the first few weeks
04/01/2007 at 13:32
I guess its a whole body reprogramming thing and will take time, Think it is psychological AND physiological.
04/01/2007 at 13:38
Now if I could just get off the smack...
04/01/2007 at 13:40
but it's so moreish
04/01/2007 at 13:42
Actually I am finding stopping eating chocolate harder then alcohol at the moment
04/01/2007 at 13:44
Bet you're sucking the liquores aren't you :-)
04/01/2007 at 13:44
LOL

nah
04/01/2007 at 13:53
Its cheese for me, can't have a day without it at present.
04/01/2007 at 14:50
Why does everyone invite you to nights out when you are of the beer, I think i should go anyway and drink water....

Now that will piss them off.....
181 to 200 of 33,639 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums