kicking the alcohol habit

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29/01/2010 at 12:24
Hello there, Jamster. How have you been doing? Tomorrow I'll have been off the pop for five years. When this wagon started rolling it'd been just over a year. Time flies.
29/01/2010 at 12:34

My God, that's amazing. Five years!

 Well, it is also amazing that it was 4 years since the wagon got rolling...hmm

 I've done my usual thing of giving up the booze for January and I'm seriously thinking about doing Febuary as well with an inkling that I might just give it up for good.

Anyway, started running again and bought some train shoes for the snow which was fun. I thought of your love of mud as I danced around the puddles the other day on my jog around the park. In fact my run became a lot longer than I wanted it to be....there is a lot of mud out there!

So, how's you? Are you running?  Moved to somewhere exciting? Taken over any small countries?

29/01/2010 at 12:40

Yes, train shoes...that's right..Shoes that look like trains

Blue as well.

Did you buy Black Sheep?....a wonderful Copey medley.

29/01/2010 at 13:18

Time does fly - assuming I make it to 10th February it'll be 17 years for me. After a while it becomes normal, so no effort really involved.

I'm used to it now and don't miss it. While I have nothing against anyone drinking, it is weird to look at current society sober sometimes. Very sad that we as a nation generally seem to find it impossible to hold any kind of event or social occasion without drinking ourselves insensible.

Thing I've always found most useful is to decide not to drink only for today. Yesterday and tomorrow are beyond my influence so I will just focus on today. Works for most aspects of life in fact, including running - focus on the current mile, let the ones before and after take care of themselves.

29/01/2010 at 13:24

Hmmm....   17 years

I do agree with you. I am supposed to see friends at the weekend but if the truth be told I know how dull it is going to be.

What's the quote?

"I drink to make other people more interesting"


29/01/2010 at 15:21

I know what you mean about not drinking becoming normal. It's only within the last year or so that a bad day at work has ceased to make me think "I need a drink" and the fact that it no longer does indicates that alcohol is no longer part of my life, therefore no longer my subconscious' first port of call when faced with a problem. It's pretty cool when you realise that. There are still situations in which I want a drink, but I think I want a drink rather than to drink...I miss a lager with the barbie, mulled wine at Christmas and so on, but I don't seem to crave alcohol for its own sake any more.

I agree with the comments on viewing society with a clear head. It is a bit embarrassing at times.

Jammy, I think SW needs some shoes like those.

I'm back at university, in the UK, for a while. I haven't heard the Cope stuff. Must investigate. I am running - only a couple of times a week at the moment, but it's better than nowt. Did my first race in December, the Bolsover 11K - got round in an hour and twenty seconds, which I was pretty chuffed with. We're planning on doing a few more this spring, but rather muddier ones this time. How about you?

29/01/2010 at 16:26
OMG....the wagon is twitching...... Oh, just in case you didn't notice, I have a new name But still answer to fatfyes, or fat mo or dino fyes
29/01/2010 at 16:30

And...I seriously  need to get myself at least slipping on and off the back of the wagon..... I am failing to see the point in not drinking these days.... However, I'm running about 35 miles a week, swimming and cycling...and Bunbury's gonna do a race with us in November about you? 

Nice to meet you RR....17 years!

29/01/2010 at 16:42
30/01/2010 at 12:42

Oh, Spooky!

I had a peek at the Wagon yesterday, reminising a bit about the old days after Buns had posted about his fantastic 5yr anniv on Facebook.... and now Here You All Are!!!!  Hurrah!!!

I was thinking of having a name change too, but then decided I couldn't bring myself to get rid of the Treefrog

FF, what race have you conned Buns into doing? Not Hellrunner?! Actually, that was quite good fun, if a little breath-taking through the watery bits! )

Running through the snow in x-country shoes was fun... the novelty and fresh air more than made up for the blisters!

After about 2/3 bottle of vino last night I fear I'm still not quite there with the whole wagon thingy... but on a positive note I didn't quaff the lot - b/f had a glass and there is still a bit left in the bottle this morning. I consider that to be A Good Thing.... tho obviously not as good as if I'd not gone and bought the damn thin in the first place.

Anyway.... hope you're all doing well?!!  


30/01/2010 at 12:50

VT.... I've conned both Bunbury and Elle (amongst others) to do Saab Salomon Turbo X in November...... you know you want to!! It should be a scream.

All set to head up to Wolverhampton now to do the Toughguy tomorrow...... Can't help but enjoy getting dirty

30/01/2010 at 14:06

I've googled that there Tough Guy thing and it is complete madness.

 FF (or DM)  I mightpop over and have a look. It's about 45  mins away. I'll call first thing or send a text so you can tell me where you are.

Wow, this wagon is starting to move.

Bunbury has been oiling the Wagon Wheels with maple syrup.

Bun, where are you at University?

Who know's I could post something to you.

All we need is Elle and SW .....and GMTV and we're rockin' again....I wonder what Laurac is upto. Hmm....I think she was off to Paris.

The smell of the cakes tempted her

30/01/2010 at 14:09

Ahhh,VT....mine are called X-Country shoes as well......

 Trains are a mixture of trail and Trainers. Not competely different  but they usually come in more tasteful colours.

 Mine are black with a navy blue pinstripe.

31/01/2010 at 08:50
I didn't take much conning... My housemate/best mate/running partner/sympathetic loony and I really fancy having a go at the Toughguy, but it's far too expensive to enter. We're doing this next month, because you just can't have too much mud.
31/01/2010 at 09:14
Melton Mowbray.... I used to live near there.

The Beast looks quite normal compared with that Tough Guy.

I wonder how Danger Mouse ( FF) is getting on
31/01/2010 at 20:41
Just for the snowed....never again.... I mean I got through, but it was probably the most gruelling 3 hours of my life and I have experience coldness like I've never done before.  All that said, I've never had so many men man handle my bottom in one day, as I was lobbed over most of the obstacles..... maybe a summer one??
31/01/2010 at 21:03

Goodonya, FF. HUGE respect.

 For FF.

31/01/2010 at 21:36
Awwww....Bunbury....ta xxxxxx off to bed now in my very tough, fluffy jim jams xxx
02/02/2010 at 13:29

Well done FF!!! I've watched Mr TF the last couple of years in the safety of thermal underwear, several layers of coats and scarves and a hot choc in hand, but he decided against it this year because of the cost.

You really are quite, quite mad. Hopefully thawed out, warm and toasty again now though? )

Have just googled for details of Saab Salomon Turbo X but couldn't find much. Where's the Nov one being held? Is it a bit like that Hellrunner thing you conned me into doing?!

I did a nice 10k trail run on Sunday near Epsom race course - I even managed to win a £30 voucher so am contemplating what goodies I might treat myself to!!!

Mr TF bought a Garmin Forerunner 310xt.... which I thought was going to be a pointless gadget thing, but it's actually really good for the off-road training we tend to do (might be a little bit more than £30 though! he he

02/02/2010 at 14:22

All that mud and unmska is complete madness.

How far was that there Tough Guy thing anyway?

I looked at the pictures and it looked freezing. Tell me that Solamon Turbo 10 mile thing isn't as bad.

Any way, I refuse to do anything if it means running with a soggy bottom.

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