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Today 08:45 AM
COcamper
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Originally Posted by slorockrawlertd View Post
292 days
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Originally Posted by ADD View Post
I've been avoiding posting in this thread for awhile...didn't think I had a problem.

Im not ready to tell my story yet, but I'm on day 5.
Already feel better than I have in a very long time
slo- Congrats on 292, you're closing in on a year. That's a pretty big milestone in my opinion, Hell, I looked forward to the one year mark more than any birthday I've had recently.

ADD- No need to share your story if you don't want to... We are all in this thread for our own reasons. Congrats on getting to day 5, those first 5 are some of the toughest...
Yesterday 04:23 PM
ADD I've been avoiding posting in this thread for awhile...didn't think I had a problem.

Im not ready to tell my story yet, but I'm on day 5.
Already feel better than I have in a very long time
Yesterday 03:55 PM
slorockrawlertd 292 days
Yesterday 12:43 PM
COcamper
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Originally Posted by H8DWINGS View Post
fuck...yeah. I don't know. its "the weekend before Memorial Day" which seems clichť (memorial, Memeorial Day) but it just happened to be that weekend when I took a heavy dose of "fukahtall". Good thing my wife married me for love.
Last I checked Memorial Day was in May!

As said, it doesn't really fawkin matter, congrats on setting another record for yourself, keep on keepin on!!
Yesterday 12:31 PM
H8DWINGS
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Originally Posted by COcamper View Post
Congrats, that's awesome!

If March 20th is your quit date, I'm afraid you do suck at math!

I am pretty sure you know the date better than any of us, but you sure it wasn't May 20th?

It doesn't matter at all to me, congrats regardless of the date on keeping with it.
fuck...yeah. I don't know. its "the weekend before Memorial Day" which seems clichť (memorial, Memeorial Day) but it just happened to be that weekend when I took a heavy dose of "fukahtall". Good thing my wife married me for love.
Yesterday 11:08 AM
COcamper
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Originally Posted by H8DWINGS View Post
120 days (Insert lame hurray video) Although. I quit March 20. So it seems like 4 months and 120 days don't line up. At least I still suck at math (not really). Oh and my damn Jeep is ALMOST finished. FAWK I hate learning sometimes. Constant 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.
Congrats, that's awesome!

If March 20th is your quit date, I'm afraid you do suck at math!

I am pretty sure you know the date better than any of us, but you sure it wasn't May 20th?

It doesn't matter at all to me, congrats regardless of the date on keeping with it.
Yesterday 10:56 AM
ky scrambled
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Originally Posted by drummer9479 View Post
I was the one that found out i was "good at it" truer words haven't ever been spoken..i've started reading this thread from page one and i'm ready to quit too..i had childhood issues, went to therapy for it, i'm over those, had a company i ran that i ended up hating, quit that and started over in life, got a job i love and have been working towards a dream to have a sailboat i can live on, i should be thrilled and happy, and energetic to get the shit done, but i find myself just coming home and drinking every night. The beer has changed from a crutch to an anchor. and today is the day to drop that fucker.
sorry for rambling, i've been drinking tonight even, but i'm finally ready to stop.
Hows it going dude?
Yesterday 10:50 AM
H8DWINGS 120 days (Insert lame hurray video) Although. I quit March 20. So it seems like 4 months and 120 days don't line up. At least I still suck at math (not really). Oh and my damn Jeep is ALMOST finished. FAWK I hate learning sometimes. Constant 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.
09-09-2019 02:41 PM
drummer9479
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Originally Posted by 909wheeler View Post
It's just something different within different people.

The lucky ones are those who start drinking and hate it. The second lucky; the lightweights. The least fortunate IMO are those who can tolerate a lot of alcohol right out of the gate. They are often praised at parties as a guy/gal that can drink anyone under the table.

The more you can tolerate, the more you drink and as tolerence builds up, the more you HAVE to drink to get to where you used to be "happy".

I would find a "happy level" just above buzzed and below drunkenness and it's like running up one end of a teeter-totter trying to stop at the balance point; Easy to get to, very difficult to stop at and very easy to run past. Some will never master stopping at the tip of the teeter-totter but will get to know the just before and just after stages very well. With this knowledge and personal experience this is where most get too comfortable driving under the influence and people get killed and lives ruined.

This probably not you but there are alot out there like that.

Most started out seeking fun times but it just became who they felt comfortable being after a while.
I was the one that found out i was "good at it" truer words haven't ever been spoken..i've started reading this thread from page one and i'm ready to quit too..i had childhood issues, went to therapy for it, i'm over those, had a company i ran that i ended up hating, quit that and started over in life, got a job i love and have been working towards a dream to have a sailboat i can live on, i should be thrilled and happy, and energetic to get the shit done, but i find myself just coming home and drinking every night. The beer has changed from a crutch to an anchor. and today is the day to drop that fucker.
sorry for rambling, i've been drinking tonight even, but i'm finally ready to stop.
09-09-2019 01:22 PM
Grapehead
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Originally Posted by stjames151 View Post
The general consensus is thatís not huge numbers, but if youíve been at it for a long time without a healthy diet, it can cause a vitamin B deficit that can totally fuck you up when you quit.
Thanks for posting that, interesting stuff to read up on!
09-09-2019 11:55 AM
east_beast I'm about to stop for awhile myself. Nothing to do with stopping drinking really, just that after a 10 day vacation back home I'm fatter than I've ever been. I drink 1-2 beers a night most days of the week. Do the math at roughly 200 calories per beer and that's roughly 1500-3000 calories per week. Gotta knock off those easy calories to knock off if I'm going to meet my weight goals.
09-09-2019 11:24 AM
H8DWINGS
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
sorry for my daily stories.
Didn't catch this, and as others have said don't be sorry. This is a spot you can talk about the struggles, read over others, compare yourself to others, or just say something you don't want to tell others. The "I had a beer and thought about losing my record" dream was weird as fuck. It happened one time when my wife and I did a "whole 30" where you change your diet a lot. Food dreams. Weird, but kind of funny and when other people have them you laugh at yourself.

Now... I still joke with my wife, who knows why I'm staying sober, about "one of us in this relationship needs to have a good buzz and if you're not going to be the one I'll step up to the plate" and stuff like that. Don't be surprised if you get annoyed by other people drinking, asking why you aren't drinking, trying to SNEAK a drink to you, or doing none of these things. After staying up until 11:30 figuring out how to press in a U Joint last night (not mechanically inclined) I can now say I'd have spent the money for all that stuff on beer and if I HAD beer I'd have been up until 9:30 pm then felt like SHIT this morning because "It's sunday...dinner with family....drink some beer before the week starts" and today's run would probably suck more than just being sore from doing "Jeep shit" all last night instead of drinking beer. I STILL need to get my transfer case SYE kit finished and for that I apparently need a non-greasable u joint becuasae IDK WTF i'm doing. Why do I say this? Because I come to pirate to learn/find out how. Just like figuring out how to do this sober thing.

I learned I'm the "drink it all, but if I don't start I don't have to stop" type. "stealing happiness from tomorrow" and "when I enjoy my drinking I don't control it. When I control my drinking I don't enjoy it" type so it's nice knowing I'm not the only one.
09-09-2019 11:07 AM
denverd1
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Originally Posted by COcamper View Post
Congrats to those that have set new personal marks in your journey. I think that becomes a integral part of the battle, as you start to care about your own personal streak, you are showing you are doing this for yourself, not anyone else. Because frankly, and I mean no disrespect with this statement: no one gives a shit how many days you have gone without a drink. Harsh, but that is the reality. Now let me contradict my own statement- I care how many days you've gone, because I can relate- but majority can't...

Pokeman- congrats on the podium finish as well as making it a week without. Please do not apologize for your daily stories or sharing, this is a great thread to dump whats on your mind as it relates to drinking/quitting. I appreciate people sharing stories as well as offering up support, it reminds me I am not alone in this battle.

St.James- sorry to hear about your recent issues. I hope you can find something that eases your pain.

H8DWINGS- thanks for continuing to share your story and congrats on hitting a new "record". Now it's easy- every day is a new record!

KDXSR5- sorry to hear about your coworker. 49 is far too young.

I'd also like to say thanks to some of the long time "quitters" that have posted in here. It is encouraging to hear from those that have 5, 10, 15, 20 years under their belts.
all this
09-09-2019 11:06 AM
denverd1
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
Today makes 7 days. no way I can fold just shy of a full week, then I'd be a bitch.

congrats on the record. sorry for my daily stories.
That's enough of that talk, some of us come here for inspiration on making a lifestyle change. please continue to post
09-09-2019 10:36 AM
COcamper Congrats to those that have set new personal marks in your journey. I think that becomes a integral part of the battle, as you start to care about your own personal streak, you are showing you are doing this for yourself, not anyone else. Because frankly, and I mean no disrespect with this statement: no one gives a shit how many days you have gone without a drink. Harsh, but that is the reality. Now let me contradict my own statement- I care how many days you've gone, because I can relate- but majority can't...

Pokeman- congrats on the podium finish as well as making it a week without. Please do not apologize for your daily stories or sharing, this is a great thread to dump whats on your mind as it relates to drinking/quitting. I appreciate people sharing stories as well as offering up support, it reminds me I am not alone in this battle.

St.James- sorry to hear about your recent issues. I hope you can find something that eases your pain.

H8DWINGS- thanks for continuing to share your story and congrats on hitting a new "record". Now it's easy- every day is a new record!

KDXSR5- sorry to hear about your coworker. 49 is far too young.

I'd also like to say thanks to some of the long time "quitters" that have posted in here. It is encouraging to hear from those that have 5, 10, 15, 20 years under their belts.
09-09-2019 08:57 AM
KDXSR5 Had a funeral for a coworker this last weekend. 49 years old and couldn't kick the booze habit. I wish everyone that is struggling with this or any other type of addiction that they will find the internal strength to overcome and retake control of their lives before it is too late. Thank you to those posting to help others, it is very appreciated.
09-09-2019 08:56 AM
H8DWINGS
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
that's funny. I keep thinking that there is no way not drinking had a major impact.... but I did accomplish my goal sober so....

So far the only thing I am happy about is my kids not seeing me holding a beer or ordering one 100% of the time.

I think I get more done drinking. I lost motivation the first few days. I didn't want to do anything. Yesterday I got a lot done... I grabbed an IPA at bed time because I thought I wanted one all day(the thought nagged me all day! annoying to say the least). I drank the neck over the course of an hour of bedtime netflix. Went to sleep realizing that pounding it or finishing it would gain me absolutely nothing. It got poured out this AM 4/5ths or more full.

Today makes 7 days. no way I can fold just shy of a full week, then I'd be a bitch.

congrats on the record. sorry for my daily stories.
None of that is uncommon. You'll get past that "loss of motivation" thing mostly because you'll probably tell yourself "Self...We're doing literally nothing and it isn't productive." I told my buddy all summer long "at night, when you want to grab a beer, go mow the lawn or pull weeds for the 20-30 minutes you'd spend drinking the beer, sitting on the couch doing nothing" just to point out how much can get done instead of drinking beer. Have a beer after all that stuff is done, or you win a race.

As for telling yourself drinking won't impact how well you perform....It's not really true. You just DO more while you're drinking. Drink a beer and (wash the car, mow the lawn, pull weeds, surf the internet, thinking, rebuilding a transmission, replacing axle seals in a Dana 30, etc.) isn't getting more done. It's just doing stuff.
09-09-2019 08:29 AM
Pokeman
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Originally Posted by H8DWINGS View Post
Awesome! It's always a "did this come from not drinking" question in the back of the mind, but I usually follow it with "well this feels better than drinking" and start thinking of all kinds of professional athletes that fueled their success through drugs, sobered up, and got better.



112 days for me. New "record" since the last was 110. I have a few things going right for me. Plus this weekend it was kind of cold camping and waking up hung over would have SUCKED.
that's funny. I keep thinking that there is no way not drinking had a major impact.... but I did accomplish my goal sober so....

So far the only thing I am happy about is my kids not seeing me holding a beer or ordering one 100% of the time.

I think I get more done drinking. I lost motivation the first few days. I didn't want to do anything. Yesterday I got a lot done... I grabbed an IPA at bed time because I thought I wanted one all day(the thought nagged me all day! annoying to say the least). I drank the neck over the course of an hour of bedtime netflix. Went to sleep realizing that pounding it or finishing it would gain me absolutely nothing. It got poured out this AM 4/5ths or more full.

Today makes 7 days. no way I can fold just shy of a full week, then I'd be a bitch.

congrats on the record. sorry for my daily stories.
09-09-2019 08:14 AM
H8DWINGS
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
On day 6. I’ve been racing 4 years... got my first podium at Dirt Riot Nationals yesterday. 2nd. Did it finally all come together for me or was it because I was sober/clearer/sharper? I’ve raced on various levels of hangovers for the last 4 years.
Awesome! It's always a "did this come from not drinking" question in the back of the mind, but I usually follow it with "well this feels better than drinking" and start thinking of all kinds of professional athletes that fueled their success through drugs, sobered up, and got better.



112 days for me. New "record" since the last was 110. I have a few things going right for me. Plus this weekend it was kind of cold camping and waking up hung over would have SUCKED.

EDIT: Before all my big marathons I'd quit drinking for a week. When I raced and did well the first time I kept going with it. It made it easier to put the bottle down and even now it helps. I just know drinking won't solve anything....like bending the arm on my Wilton vise because my U Joint was not in correctly, and it's all my own fault.
09-08-2019 08:25 PM
stjames151
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
That's the part I didn't know about. I'm a 5-6 beers a night guy or more. 15 on a weekend day is not a big deal, 30 is
The general consensus is thatís not huge numbers, but if youíve been at it for a long time without a healthy diet, it can cause a vitamin B deficit that can totally fuck you up when you quit. Iím headed back to work tomorrow for the first time after 3 months off from a stroke and it was something the docs were looking at as a cause. Iím 42 and unfortunately back to my old ways. Every anxiety/depression aid left me too smashed to function, so I drink.
09-08-2019 03:32 PM
knightkrawler
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
On day 6. Iíve been racing 4 years... got my first podium at Dirt Riot Nationals yesterday. 2nd. Did it finally all come together for me or was it because I was sober/clearer/sharper? Iíve raced on various levels of hangovers for the last 4 years.


Certainly helped!


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09-08-2019 07:54 AM
SLOWPOKE693
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
On day 6. Iíve been racing 4 years... got my first podium at Dirt Riot Nationals yesterday. 2nd. Did it finally all come together for me or was it because I was sober/clearer/sharper?
Yes.
09-08-2019 04:42 AM
Pokeman On day 6. I’ve been racing 4 years... got my first podium at Dirt Riot Nationals yesterday. 2nd. Did it finally all come together for me or was it because I was sober/clearer/sharper? I’ve raced on various levels of hangovers for the last 4 years.
09-05-2019 09:17 AM
H8DWINGS FOR REAL! The hangovers not being there is awesome. Just reminds me of how my brother in law "never gets hangovers" but somehow got altitude sickness camping at Donner Lake after drinking 5 beers. Felt better after he went home and laid on the couch for a few hours.

Now I understand those sore feelings WERE the hangovers. I "powered through it" a few times. Working out at 7am is definitely easier when you're not feeling like shit from the day before. It's easier to make the decision to workout early too. As for what to do at 9:00pm. Go to bed (seriously, this helped a lot for me), web wheel, join the Friday Loser's Club, or take a dollar amount you'd spend on beer from the bank account and put it into a jar/savings account so you can't/won't spend it. Mow the lawn, vacuum, fold laundry, prep coffee for the next morning, clean, fill windshield wiper fluid, walk around Home Depot, etc. You'll find something to do.

EDIT: 108. The current record is 110. Marathon # 7 on December 8, 2019. Boston Qualifier attempt #3. I missed the last one in April by 22 seconds. Yeah, not drinking probably had a LARGE part in that. Going back to drinking a few beers after that long just made beer not taste the same.
09-04-2019 08:00 AM
Joe_W
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Originally Posted by Pokeman View Post
Uno
Good job man, keep it up
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