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Old 11-13-2019, 07:23 AM   #1451 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:32 AM   #1452 (permalink)
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Good job man! I think the first month is the hardest. After that it becomes second nature to do something other than drink. You realize people don't care why you're not drinking as much as you'd think. Keep it up. How are you feeling compared to a month ago?
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:55 AM   #1453 (permalink)
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Feeling pretty darned good. I've been stores a few times where I catch myself going through the booze section out of habit. "deer camp" party is tomorrow and will be my first real test.
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Feeling pretty darned good. I've been stores a few times where I catch myself going through the booze section out of habit. "deer camp" party is tomorrow and will be my first real test.
Bring what you've been drinking.
Realize you're going there to hunt not drink.
If you want to go sit in the woods and drink yourself to soreness call it "drunk party week" and not "deer camp" since the only deer you'd see are right here. No I'm not resizing them cuz I don't know how.

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Old 11-16-2019, 11:22 PM   #1455 (permalink)
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Today was my first day back drinking. It’s almost 10:30 pm and I’m usualy in bed by 8 or 9 on weekends because I get up early. Not tonight and I know it’s because of the drinking. I had some after my r7n with second breakfast and again around 3:00. Fucking caffeine is keeping me awake after not having any for two weeks. Either that or the fish tank screen saver is just extra exciting.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:37 AM   #1456 (permalink)
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:53 PM   #1457 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear that man......

But you can always start over again. That's the good thing
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:47 PM   #1458 (permalink)
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I think he is just messing around and saying he drank coffee.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:45 PM   #1459 (permalink)
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I think he is just messing around and saying he drank coffee.


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Old 11-18-2019, 07:34 AM   #1460 (permalink)
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I think he is just messing around and saying he drank coffee.
Lol. Could be.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:10 AM   #1461 (permalink)
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I made it through my first full weekend without alcohol in years. I had a few moments where I thought about hitting Circle K for a few shooters of Jack, but stuck with the sparkling water instead.

Today is day 9, and counting....
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:57 AM   #1462 (permalink)
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Been subscribed to this thread for months now. Constantly keeping tabs. I know I need to push forward and quit my drinking. Felt like absolute shit this morning going into work. I turn 26 this weekend and want nothing more than to get way too trashed. Will be about a decade of pretty dang constant alcohol consumption. Might make 26 the day I give it all up. Not sure yet....
You can do it man. One second/minute/hour/day at a time.

Every morning I wake up feeling a little better than the day before. Makes me glad I didn't give in the night before
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:33 PM   #1463 (permalink)
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Y 4 U do that?
Cuz caffeine is amazing!

182 days so that's 6 months right? I thought it was in two days from now. AT least, I THINK I quit May 20. Last time I wasn't even sure when Memorial Day was.
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:01 PM   #1464 (permalink)
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I made it through my first full weekend without alcohol in years. I had a few moments where I thought about hitting Circle K for a few shooters of Jack, but stuck with the sparkling water instead.

Today is day 9, and counting....
That's how you do it. Put in the work. For me it felt odd to almost need to tell myself no like I was a child. Eventually it goes away and you get too busy doing stuff without having a beer you forget people do stuff with beers, or wonder how things get done. This thread is FULL of guys who quit drinking and got more stuff done on rigs in their garage because of it.
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:04 PM   #1465 (permalink)
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Been subscribed to this thread for months now. Constantly keeping tabs. I know I need to push forward and quit my drinking. Felt like absolute shit this morning going into work. I turn 26 this weekend and want nothing more than to get way too trashed. Will be about a decade of pretty dang constant alcohol consumption. Might make 26 the day I give it all up. Not sure yet....
Yup. I remember those days. I'm 35 and it wasn't so much that "I got too old" or "it hurt too much" I decided it wasn't worth it. At 26 you'd have more cash to blow on other things and make your friends wonder how you afford them. $10/6 pack, 7 nights a week, 4 weeks a month. $280/ month right there. I still don't have that money anywhere but somehow I can afford some other things like tools or savings. Shit adds up quick in a savings account.

What could you do with $5,000 next Thanksgiving? You could save that in a year without drinking.
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:01 AM   #1466 (permalink)
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https://youtu.be/n98ja12IcXw?t=958

Watched this for 1 minute and it pretty much nails how it feels to get past the "fear of missing out" and now how I feel when I wake up. Heck, I might start buying beer to give to people late at night just for entertainment.

One thing I gathered earlier from the podcast was Chris Raab is talking about going to a music festival sober when he'd always gone on shrooms and excstacy. His buddies said they'd keep it away if he wanted but they "liked to party" and Chris didn't care. he said they smoked a joint and had a few beers and he was confused cuz that wasn't partying to him. They said "these are the party favors and the atmosphere is the party. For you the drugs are the party." which is pretty true for me and alcohol. I'd go RIGHT back to full drunk if I started up again. It might take a week or month to get there but I'd be drinking 6-9% beers on the couch all night in a hurry. fucking weird to think that too.

Chris Raab has apparently been sober 10 years. I guess the Jackass guys were into doing drugs a LOT more than I ever thought. Chris Raab was about 29 when he gave it all up.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:58 AM   #1467 (permalink)
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Chris Raab has apparently been sober 10 years. I guess the Jackass guys were into doing drugs a LOT more than I ever thought. Chris Raab was about 29 when he gave it all up.
Chris Raab is probably my favorite aa speaker.
Sometimes I'll turn my music to speaker tapes while working in the garage. It's a bit weird but it's nice to hear some of the experience, strength and hope whether I'm happy, sad, or frustrated.

God willing I'll be 18 months sober on Christmas eve this year.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:10 AM   #1468 (permalink)
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Today is 1 day past 6 months the easy way (5 + 6 = 11). Big race (marathon) coming up for me December 8 in Sacramento. Not drinking is probably one of the biggest reasons I've done so well in training and getting ready. no more sore Saturday mornings or stomach pains I can't figure out. Eating much better and focused more on what matters to me instead of getting home to drink beers. I have run like 6 of these and I've can't say I've ever felt better after this much training and just cutting out beer dropped my cholesterol like 40 points. I should really call for some lab work to be drawn and see what the numbers are before (and maybe after) the race. At this point I'm not even sure a celebratory beer if I hit my goal (run a marathon under 3 hours. 6:51/mile) would be worth it. I do still sometimes wonder if I could go back and have a few beers a few nights a week and stick with a "3 is the limit per day" however I see myself sneaking beers cuz no one will know all over again, or going for the strongest beers I can drink.

I was even able to put a few hundred bucks into savings this paycheck and before I'd spend that on brewing supplies or beers to drink/cellar and now I'm so far out of the loop I don't even care about missing out on the 2019 beer swap.
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:59 AM   #1469 (permalink)
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I haven't dropped into this thread in a while, it's nice to read some updates from folks and see others asking for and receiving support.

H8DWINGS- thanks for posting the link to that podcast, dudes hit the mark and it was refreshing to hear it from their perspective. Congrats on the training and hitting the 6 month milestone as well. Way to go!

ScubaTacos- that's a pretty awesome Christmas present you are giving yourself, nice work!

I know there are others that have posted as well, to each of you, nice work and keep on keeping on. The next month can be tough, as there tends to be lots of "opportunities" to test yourself. For me, waking up after a holiday party (or any day for that matter) feeling great and ready to attack the day, serves as a great reminder of why I passed on drinks the day/night before.

1/15/20 will be 2 years for me, so I guess I'm a little over 22 months. In that 22 months, I know I have faced 100's of excuses to have a drink. Problem is I wouldn't have A drink, I would have A LOT of drinks.

I'll repeat my mantra once again-
When I control my drinking, I don't enjoy it.
When I enjoy my drinking, I don't control it.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:40 AM   #1470 (permalink)
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For me, waking up after a holiday party (or any day for that matter) feeling great and ready to attack the day, serves as a great reminder of why I passed on drinks the day/night before.

I'll repeat my mantra once again-
When I control my drinking, I don't enjoy it.
When I enjoy my drinking, I don't control it.
I have 30 years of sobriety today. 30 years ago I was on the tail end of a 6 day drunk, it took me 3 days to start sobering up. I've had a lot of excuses and reasons to drink over the years but I just kept plugging away and not having a drink that day. It feels good to wake up and know where I am, who I'm with, that my truck is where I left it and the cops aren't looking for me.

I like your mantra COcamper, mine is one is too much and 24 isn't enough.
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I had a kind of funny moment over the weekend. brother in law was in town and his dad bought a bomber of some chocolate beer by Rogue. Brother in law didn't like it that much and I was offered some by a dude who "quit drinking" a long time ago. I decline. conversation then went something like this

him: what? it's one beer. it won't get you drunk or anything.
me: silent
my wife: he is training for a race.
me: silent. thinking of the irony of a guy who was a horrible drunk and has quit peer pressuring me to drink, or maybe trying to drag out if I've quit and have a big talk about it.
him: that's like 2 weeks away.
me: thinking "I have this 6 month streak going. I'd rather keep it going than waste it on some lame ass chocolate beer." still silent.

The next morning after breakfast he asks if I want to bring back anything from his trip. I said no thanks.

him: Not even some beer?
me: I'm good.
him you could have it after your race.

I'm wondering if he wants to know if I quit and why. I use to wonder these things and now I just don't care. Much like I don't care about people who drink soda or tea instead of coffee. If he wants to know he's going about it in a weird way (trying to find out without directly asking) and I don't care if he asks me. I find it amusing mostly because even his kids don't believe he has quit. Just quit drinking around them and drank when he was away. If he does he's learned to control it. I don't have that control.





That mantra works well. Also, stealing happiness from tomorrow. Plenty of people recently in my life unable to do things because of alcohol. Apparently it is the season for hangovers. Glad that shit is behind me. I'd probably be locked on the couch for an entire day if I went back.
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holiday season bump.
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It's another test day for a lot of folks. Having other people around that are drinking makes it tough.

Have a great and uneventful holiday.
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365 days today.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
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Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations!
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