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Giving up the booze

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 15:45
Jamie Gallagher2 wrote (see)

I think that your idea of giving up the booze is absolutely great and your plan of doing running is perfect. 

Thanks, mate, but I've given up the booze; I was done with that on the 21st June 2009 (though there's some debate about the actual date; things were a bit hazy back then ).

My current plan is to try and do a sub 20 min 5k (I did do 21.10 a couple of years ago), and my last one was 26 minutes something, so I've a lot of work to do, which I'm doing.

I'm 46, which is no excuse for being slow, looking at the speeds that some of my fellow middle-agers run at.





Giving up the booze

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 23:00
Runner Jonnie wrote (see)
Hows everyone doing? Stess free and alcohol free i hope 11 months off the stuff for me yiiiipeeeee

Well done on the 11 months.  Are you going to do anything to celebrate your 1st year?  Some families do, but mine doesn't, unfortunately.  Mrs Easy is a tough bird and reckons being sober is the minimum expected requirement for me, so she doesn't make a fuss.

My A.A. homegroup always celebrates sobriety birthdays though.

Running wise, I'm coming back after a period of injury, followed by a longer period of idleness.  Mrs Easy did a couple of ultras last year (she came 2nd and 3rd lady) and is doing a 12 and a 24 hour ultra in May and July respectively, and hopes to run 50 and 100 miles.

She's mental though.

Oh, I'm getting into yoga too, if only to help with injury prevention and make putting my socks on in the morning easier.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 13:04

Before I got my first sober 24 hours in, there had not been one single day in the previous 8 years (at least) where I'd been sober.

I know what it's like to try and stay sober with white knuckles.  You notice all the TV adverts advertising booze.  You notice all the different areas they sell booze in the supermarkets.  You notice a lot of stuff that you don't notice when you're drinking.

I also know it's like Japanese water torture and it kept on 'dripping' till I snapped and drank.  They say that when we stop drinking that we feel better.  And we do.  We feel anxiety better, depression better, anger better; time just goes so slow.  

Fitness works, to a point, and like a drug, eventually it stops working.

Well done on the four months and sorry for my negativity.  I see alkies all the time who try to do this on their own, and the results aren't usually good.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 00:37

If you find you can't overcome 'these obstacles', which I'm inferring you mean a drinking problem, then please, seek help.  Four days sober is no big deal you know?  Sorry, but it just isn't.  Anyone can stop drinking, staying stopped was what I found hard.  The thing about being sober is that time goes slowly, I felt restless, irritable and discontented; I didn't know what to do with myself.  Anxiety and stress wore me down till I snapped and started drinking.  Then once I started, I usually finished the job.

And as the years ticked by, my alcoholism just got progressively worse; that's pretty normal.

I found my solution in A.A., but there's lots of different organisations and programs around; honestly, if you find you can't do it by yourself, start investigating some outside help.

And that's not a bad 10k time too.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:54

Ha ha; I had to think about that one for a second, Jonnie.  No, mate, but I'm planning to be Enlightened by the Summer.


How are you doing?

Giving up the booze

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:51

Ah, the quote function is annoying; or my Geordiness means I don't understand it!


Giving up the booze

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:50
Hi all, sorry I haven't posted in yonks! 
senorb wrote (see)

My alcohol problem is seven day a week consumption for a release of tension.  I like the mild effect but then when I count weekly units, I find that I have drunk four times or more the suggested limit.  Of course, once a month or maybe more, my degree of drunkenness is greater than simple tension release.

You have some insight into why alcoholics drink (I'm not saying you are one).  Alkies don't drink because we like the flavour of booze, we drink for the effect.  And we always pick up our first drink SOBER.  It's our sober feelings that are the problem - you describe yours as stress - and what we do is use booze as a solution to that problem.

Feelings are powerful things; they really do drive us to do stuff.  For me, I could stay sober for a while, but my sober feelings were like Japanese water torture and I'd snap and drink.  And once I started drinking I found it difficult to moderate.  I actually craved for more booze once I'd had one-or-two.

This locked me into cycle of hard drinking for a lot of years.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:13

Thanks GeeeM.

I can't say I'm looking forward to it, to be honest!  I once did the Gower coastal marathon 28.2 miles, and I didn't enjoy that either.

It's my missis, she ropes me into these things.  She can't stand seeing me sitting on my arse doing nothing.  If we ever split up, I will NEVER date a runner again.

I'd better get out for my Sunday run then, the one that follows yesterdays 18 miler. 

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 19:54

I'm doing this with Mrs Easy, as our first ultra.  She's fit, I'm fat, so I'm hoping to just get around within the 12 hour cut off limit.

Is the first part along the route of the 16 mile Roman Trail run into Merthyr? 

Giving up the booze

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:06

I've seen guys - who just stop drinking and do little else in the way of recovery - have a gambling habit that gets out of hand.  Over-eating is another common one.  One guy I know split with his wife and started womanising; at one stage he had about seven women on the 'go'.  He was 'on the sick', still getting paid from work, and focussed all his attention on meeting women from the internet.  A guy I sponsor is a member of three 12 Step fellowships (Over-eater's Anonymous, Sex-addicts Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous).  Some of the stuff he's told me - and I'm broad minded - even shocked me.  He's a lovely guy though, well educated, charming - Mrs Tosh loves him - but under that friendly exterior lurked a real monster.

My preoccupation - which I'm pleased about - was developing an almost foaming-at-the-mouth interest in spiritual practises.  I've calmed down a bit now, but it took a few years.  I'm planning on being enlightened by Christmas and becoming the first ever Geordie Buddha.  I think that's pretty cool.

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