kicking the alcohol habit

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19/01/2009 at 15:09

Hello FF,

How did the LSR go? Well done on the weight loss - I haven't shifted a lb!

19/01/2009 at 23:28
hey wagoneers! how's it going? what have I missed??
20/01/2009 at 07:21

Hello Elle!

Great to hear from you. The wagon went off the rails completely for a few months, and has only been re-activated in the last couple of weeks. How's the new job going?


20/01/2009 at 09:21

LSR tomorrow PW...depending on how I feel...

Marshalled at Stubby race on Sun and Mr FF helped too....he was actually making and handing out orange squash to sweaty runners and met some men from my running club without going all green eyed!  Wonders never cease! are you...any more thought about Meon??? You haven't missed much on here...I think PW felt sorry for me monologuing

Study day today...taking it easy so my legs are fresh for tomorrow!

20/01/2009 at 14:02


Have been on the wagon since just after Xmas. Back running/cycling and gym. Feel much much better for it. I am slightly anxious though which I understand is a side effect of giving up the booze. Been drinkign since the age of 15 and I'm now 33. I'd be amazed if there were no side-effects.

What effects have others noticed when they gave up (apart from more cash...)

 Anyone quit for good? I'm thinking about doing that as I'm fed up of missing life because I'm hungover or feel down because of lack of energy etc.



21/01/2009 at 17:21

Hi Slappydo....

Not sure as i'm no where near ready to go on the wagon! I went teatotal for two weeks once and struggled to sleep for a bit...and people annoyed me I started drinking again.

There were a couple of forumites who were teatotal who used to post on this thread but they haven't been around for a while but I do know they bestolled the virtues of tea totalness lots!

At the end of the day you have to do whats right for you.  I'm sure one day I will be a lot more controlled with my drinking.  Perhaps as my marathon training gets more intense...who knows.

PW: Did my LSR today...16 miles....woop woop..

<does a little boogy around the wagon and beams with pride>

22/01/2009 at 07:00

Hello Slappydo,

Unlike FF, I find I actually sleep much better if I'm on the wagon (after the first couple of nights).

Buns, SW, where are you?

FF - well done on LSR - hope it really was S, you gazelle, you! 

22/01/2009 at 18:40

It was indeed PW...9.45min mile pace!

I agree with you PW...after first two or three nights I actually slept a lot better...but the first few nights were hell....must indicate a problem

<she says as she slurps her shiraz>

23/01/2009 at 12:39

Hello FF,

Well done - but that's my idea of "quite fast really"

have lost 2 lbs this week!

23/01/2009 at 14:48

Yay! I'm on the wagon! Been on for 23 days now and don't seem to miss it. For January and February I've given up chocolate, alcohol, caffiene and crisps. And I haven't missed any of it. Although there is that I don't want to give up for good element, but I certainly don't want to go back to drinking all the time. Probably going to struggle next weekend mind as its a family do and they will all be bemused and sceptical about the no drinking. Why don't people get it - I just don't want a f**king drink!!! I did the Nottingham half marathon and didn't drink the week before much to people's annoyance. How selfish am I... wanting to be fit, healthy and rested before running 13 miles?! How rude!

23/01/2009 at 14:53

Hi Misfit,

I know what you mea. Most of...well, actually, all of my friends love bevs so social events are difficult. Jan is easy as everyone is skint and don't really want to go out.

 I find a new energy when I don't drink.. Went to a pub the other day and had a coffee. I used to think people that did that were extremely boring (or French) but that's a pretty narrow view to have.

Drinking or deciding not to is one of the very few things in life we have control over. Most of the other stuff is luck and chance.

 How long have people on here given up for?

23/01/2009 at 15:06

Hello all!

 PW - job's going really well thanks! Can't believe I've been there 6 months - it's flown by. My colleagues are lovely too - for my birthday they gave me vouchers for the local running shop

 FF - I think Meon might be a bit much for me - still trying to build up those miles after no running for a month due to illness before xmas. Definitely want to do a race with you sometime soon though!

Hello to SlappyDo and Misfit!

SD - I haven't actually given up  but I do try to keep things in moderation (sometimes more successfully than others) and I'm having a booze-free February which is something I tend to do every year.

It was such an effort to get out for a run before work this morning - wet and miserable. Hope it's better for tomorrow's 7 milers!

23/01/2009 at 15:08
oh and well done on the weightloss PW! I'm trying to lose a few pounds myself (damn Quality Street tin over xmas...)
23/01/2009 at 15:12

I like a coffee in a pub... but some of them make the most revolting brews!

Soda water and lime is ok (and people think you have vodka so they leave you alone! )

Grrr work missing the daylight and the winter sun. I'm eyeing up grey clouds as we speak... can it just hold off for a few more hours, come on... No sleet and rain please for me so I can get out and do my bit! 

23/01/2009 at 15:13
I've given up until April 6th.  I found that we just got into the habit of having a bottle of wine each every night and it just became a habit, the pile of recycling outside was just depressing, first couple of days I was a bit twitchy about 7pm but now I'm fine (thus far)
23/01/2009 at 15:18

I'm nursing shin-splits at present and forgot my trainers today so can't use the work gym...

Will go tomorrow when hopefully it's even colder than it has been.

Good luck with giving up RSR!

23/01/2009 at 16:26

I've been meaning to give up for nearly three years now....I've managed about 4 weeks out of that three years....I'm usless...I'm hoping you lot will inspire me... I ran my best Great South after getting completely trollied the night before...I'm struggling for motivation!

Hiya Elle...not to worry...there are plenty coming up and FF has found a more independent lease of life at the moment.  All entered and hotels booked for Snowdonia in October...yikes!

Welcome RBR, SD and Misfit...Lime and Soda is FF's tea total tipple too!

24/01/2009 at 16:08

hello all!

*collapses onto wagon* I'm knackered! Went for a very slow 7 miler this morning but had no energy at all - felt pretty awful from mile 4 onwards. Oh well at least it's done now. Going to a party this evening but think I'll stick to the cranberry juice. I have a very rare day of doing bugger all ahead of me tomorrow and I don't want to waste it being hungover.

How's everyone elses weekend going?

24/01/2009 at 17:41

Well rain held off (almost!) and I beat my PB for a 10K!! Whoop whoop! Must be them lime and sodas!

Perhaps now a nice glass of red to go with my dinner... no! Must. Stay. Strong!

25/01/2009 at 10:17


Well done on your PB Misfit! And well done on dinner with no wine....was it ok? lol!

FF went to a 40th birthday party and the shiraz was all running a bit freely....feeling a touch shakey today but its amazing how getting completely lamered makes you reassess your need to stop the drink.  I feel a new goal is needed...especially as I will be taxing my body with this marathon and plod training.

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