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ODE TO SOBRIETY


Thursday, April 04, 2013




I am really so thankful to God for allowing me to have a second chance by becoming sober. I am 554 days sober and I love SparkPeople with all the support that is available. I have been following a healthy lifestyle and have communicated my sobriety to my family. I have also been working very hard on a daily basis to complete the bucket list of promises that I made to God during my agonizing alcohol withdrawal.

I hadn't really thought about the effect sobriety and my healthy lifestyle has had on others ...especially family members. I know that I love my family very dearly. I love being a mom, grandmother, wife, and family member. I communicate frequently with everyone in our family.

This afternoon I was so pleasantly surprised with a text from my son Doug. I told him I was in the market for a bike so that I could compete in our local Nutty Squirrel Triathlon in August which is sponsored by the YMCA where I work out daily. Doug and I have walked around Lake Sacajawea this year. With his text Doug sent two photos of a beautiful red bike and wondered what I thought about the bike. I quickly sent him a text telling him I absolutely love the bike. He returned the text with the message that he and my grandson Jacob were on their way to our house with this bike.

They arrived shortly. This bike is a gift from my son. He is so happy to be able to do this for me. I am overjoyed. I feel so loved, supported, and blessed to have this support from my family....my son and grandson. This means so much!

The personal trainer at the YMCA has been asking me if I found a bike and a triathlon partner. I told him that no I had not found a bike nor a partner. He offered to be my partner in the triathlon. I think this is so special that a personal trainer to be willing to support senior physical fitness in this manner. Now I will be able to tell him that I have a bike and I think I have family members that will join me in the triathlon....even if they are just guarding my bike while I swim and walk/jog the lake....this is support and I love it. I really don't need a partner because I need to complete the triathlon for me.

If anyone would have asked me 559 days ago if I would compete in a triathlon, I would have laughed at the thought. I am going to do this in August and I am really excited. I have competed in local 5ks throughout the past year which is great for my fitness, but also supports community agencies and activities.

Anyway, if any SparkPerson needs inspiration to become sober, I would just say seek your Higher Power to .live and breathe The Serenity Prayer, join SparkTeams for recovering alcoholics, and find SparkFriends who support and inspire you to become a better person. Sobriety Rocks!!!!

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 4/22/2013 8:06PM

    Love the bike ! I'm envious ! Mine is a piece of junk - oh well ! You're doing awesome and are truly an inspiration to me !

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 4/22/2013 11:25AM

    Love the bike ! I'm envious ! Mine is a piece of junk - oh well ! You're doing awesome and are truly an inspiration to me !

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CORKYTHEMOM1 4/8/2013 11:30AM

    emoticon on your emoticon sobriety! emoticon You are the emoticon


~ Monika ~ emoticon

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SHERRY666 4/4/2013 2:42PM

    emoticon HOW AWESOME......... I CAN TELL YOU WERE SMILING WHILE WRITING THIS BLOG..... YOU HAVE COME SO FAR AND IT'S WONDERFUL WHEN OUR FAMILY'S SEE IT AND BELIEVE IT... AND ARE THERE TO SUPPORT US... I THINK YOUR A LOVELY PERSON AND I'M HAPPY WE MET AND CAN TAKE THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER...... emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 4/4/2013 6:00AM

    Way to go on your continuing sobriety! I stopped drinking many, many years ago - even though my life currently stinks, BIG time, it's so much more tolerable when in a clear-headed state of mind.......and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Best wishes to you and yours!

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KACEYSW 4/4/2013 12:56AM

    Yes, it does! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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