On The Wagon For January

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10/01/2013 at 07:44

I have to last until 2nd Feb as I have my first ultra marathon on Sat 2nd - the Thames Trot.  I suspect there will be a cold bottle of vino waiting for me at home.

10/01/2013 at 07:47
And how you will deserve it Liz!
10/01/2013 at 09:39

Everyone is doing so well. Esp Kev and DeliH - not easy being sat in a hotel, especially on expenses. Pub last night for me and one coke, one Becks Blue. Think I am over the mental hurdle and accepted there is no booze so am definitely not thinking about it so much, what about everyone else?
You will deserve it Liz, just hope the Thames Path will be as dry as your January!

10/01/2013 at 13:03

Day 10

Esp Kev and DeliH, I was in the same boat Monday and Tuesday, its not easy when everyone around you is having lager and wine. I managed to get away with drinking fake lager, worked great until everyone started getting drunk . Do I really get that loud when I'm pissed ??

I've just been invited to a Burns night, 25th Jan, I will need to come up with a cunning plan

10/01/2013 at 15:15

well done everyone who's not fallen off the wagon. as i just mentioned on another thread I would happily give up the booze for periods throughout the year, but I find the social pressure to have a drink quite strong, possibly my friends are bigger drinkers than I thought. at least at this time of year the most i'll get when i tell people i'm on the wagon for january is a shrug.

Not boozing is an odd feeling though, feeling like you have to make excuses, as well as being less inclined to go out / stay out in a pub when you're not feeling it. I'm convinced that the reason friends seem so affronted by non drinkers is that they see it as a criticism of them that they ARE drinking. Better that you just join in and play ball than highlight a behaviour that hitherto passed unnoticed because everyone was doing it. It perhaps suggests a degreee of guilt associated with the drinking. Perhaps.

10/01/2013 at 15:33
Interesting thoughts.... There is certainly a degree of explaining and justification involved with NOT drinking nowadays. Is that just what society in this country has become?
Hmmm il ponder that over a cup of tea.
Nights tonight ans tomorrow, one of the easiest ways of no alcohol. Albeit its doesn't really seem like much of an effort at the minute.
10/01/2013 at 17:10

Sat in my hotel room drinking Rooibos vanilla tea (very nice actually) and pondering my runs this weekend as forgot my trainers and haven't run all week.....

Still can't feel the weight falling off but not to worry, at least the head is clear 

10/01/2013 at 17:13

I fell off the wagon last night. I had two sneaky pints but only because beer's cheaper than soft drinks in my local (honest)

10/01/2013 at 18:31


The Odd wobble happens to everyone sometimes

I will be doing hotels at the end of the month - its very boring in a hotel on your own so I am trying to find some close to town centres and so - bit of a walk to get food, take a book with me while I eat - stretch it out and a slow walk back

Hopefully that will do the trick.  I have never had to do the hotel thing before while on the wagon


10/01/2013 at 21:26

Maddy - try going to the cinema while you are away.

What a difference not drinking made last night. Usually when staying away with work colleagues we hog the bar 'til midnight! Then get through the next day and travel home in the evening. By the time I get home about 7pm I'm usually good for nothing. Tonight however, I got my planned run in at 8pm! Just had tea (pasta, tomato sauce, rocket and chorizo) and am feeling great.

11/01/2013 at 07:25
Day 11 All! Over a third of the way through. Tough second weekend coming up, you can do it guys!
11/01/2013 at 08:28
Morning all. How is everyone? Day 11 and not struggling too much yet. Am out to lunch today with clients but it will be fizzy water for me. Gym tonight on way home so only tomorrow to worry about really. Am bizarrely not losing weight but gaining it! Still, small price to pay. Keep it up guys and girls.
11/01/2013 at 09:24

Happy Friday people!

I've lost 4lb this week

Probably a combination of end of festive treats, no drinking and 3 gruelling runs. I know it can't continue to drop at this rate but woo hoo!, It's just the motivation i needed to get me through the weekend without a glass.

11/01/2013 at 11:07
Well done with the poundage there k80! I feel like crap this morning, funnily enough as if I had been up all night in the lash! Woke UK late, misses doctors appt, now have to rush into town to get the car serviced.
Well done everyone, and positive thoughts to all those who will find tonight challenging!
11/01/2013 at 13:34

Never mind the car Mr F - what about your service? Get a doctor's appointment.

11/01/2013 at 14:12

I have a bottle of Becks Blue No Alcohol for my Friday night treat!!!.  This is day 11 for me too and I'm running 6 times per week with my TT50 training yet there has been NO CHANGE on the scales.  I'm hoping that next week I should notice a difference with my weight as it takes a couple of weeks for things to 'catch up'.

I did a 3 mile run yesterday morning and went training with our club last night and must say I felt incredibly strong considering I've had a heavy training week.  I think I am now noticing an improvement in how I feel when running and how I perform.  Can only be for the better ....

11/01/2013 at 16:09


Good going folks.  I am off to my first social of theyear tonight I am a bit nervous as its Spice thing and I have only met a coupl eof them beofre and I am not normally good in big groups - still nothing ventured and all that

11/01/2013 at 16:25

I've stopped alcohol and also hot drinks for January just to make it a bit harder for myself! Have managed to stop alcohol for 6 weeks a couple of times before so thought I would try something new.

Like a couple of comments above its hard enough stopping the habit in the house on your own but when you go out the social pressure to have a drink is very strong.

So I haven't been out!

I'm actually finding that the habit of having a cup of tea or coffee after doing things like walking the dog is incredibly hard to break - I find myself wandering aimlessly round the house looking for something to do (then i see my foam roller in the corner winking at me and I'm sorted for the next 10 mins!).

Well done to everyone and keep up the good work.

Cheers, Skinny [Actually maybe Cheers is wrong word to sign off with??]

11/01/2013 at 17:39
Thanks k80.... Thankfully doc managed to squeeze me in this afternoon for a quick oil change and once over! Have a lovely evening all whatever your up to.
11/01/2013 at 19:22

Evening all. Congrats on the weight loss K80, gives you that extra bit of determination to carry on all being well. Hope you have a great night out maddy and manage to steer clear of the drinking in what must be a difficult situation.

Working in the morning so a night in for me with the greyhound racing. Didn't even remotely feel like a drink when l left work tonight though so that's a big personal hurdle for me.

Hope we all have a super, smashing, great. weekend

Love Jim Holdness and Bully xx.

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