SparkPeople Recovering Alcoholics Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1029 Recovering Alcoholics experience success when they actively participate in a Twelve Step Program. This team is a forum and source of support for all who wish to stop drinking. SparkPeople Recovering Alcoholics Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1029 A Prayer for the Addicted be it Alcohol, Food, Dru http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x62331655 Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." - Pope St. John Paul II <BR> <BR> PRAYER FOR THE ADDICTED <BR> <BR> God of mercy, we bless you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give your strength to (name of the one I am praying for), who is bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in your love and restore him/her to freedom through your grace. <BR> <BR> Lord, look with ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:17:20 EST PRAYER FOR THE ADDICTED God of mercy, we bless yo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x62331599 <BR> <BR> "Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." - Pope St. John Paul II <BR> <BR> PRAYER FOR THE ADDICTED <BR> <BR> God of mercy, we bless you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give your strength to (name of the one I am praying for), who is bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in your love and restore him/her to freedom through your grace. <BR> <BR> Lord, ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:04:06 EST NORMAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x62243988 I came up with a new acronym when I was just getting sober this time around back in January, though you might like it; <BR> <BR> NORMAL: Now On Regular Meds, All Legal <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day in Sobriety! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:24:36 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x62242998 Hello, Call me Ayla, I am a friend of Bill, sober form alcohol since October 21, 2006. I am sober from all substances since January 21, 2015 (I abused my pain medicine). <BR> <BR> I have a sponsor, and I work my steps, but I thought it might be nice to add this to my basket of tools. I am the caregiver to both of my parents, who are both homebound invalids, so I don't get to make too many f2f meetings. I started going to 12 step meetings 28 years ago. I also go to a few groups online, bu... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:21:16 EST TODAY'S HAZELDEN INSPIRATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x62180431 TRUSTING OURSELVES <BR> <BR> Many of us believed that heeding the words of God or our Higher Power meant following rigid rules, an instruction book for life. <BR> <BR> Many of us now believe differently. The rigid rules, the endless instructions, the exhortation to perfection, are not the words our Higher Power whispers. <BR> <BR> The words of God are often those still, small words we call intuition or instinct, leading and guiding us forward. <BR> <BR> We are free to be who we are, t... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:52:01 EST Day 114 - new here (I think!) - early sobriety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x62125253 Hello, friends! I think I am new here, but knowing me there are old threads floating around where I introduced myself during other attempts at sobriety. I know I had found sober teams on SP in the past, but I cannot recall which ones I had joined. <em>198</em> I also suffer from some memory loss, so bear with me. <em>41</em> <BR> Here's a bit of my (crazy) story: <BR> After *many* tries over nearly a decade, today is Day 114 of my current (and hopefully *last*) attempt to stay sober... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:54:26 EST What Are You Struggling With Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x62012519 Today my struggle is with my greatest character defect ... patience. There are unfinished projects which require action on the part of others. Letting go and letting God direct and take control sounds so easy,,,,,but it is really hard to do, It requires faith in my Higher Power to the degree that I experience humility and acknowledge His infinite wisdom to direct and guide me. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:38:27 EST Positive Affirmations with your spark name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61997615 Pinkd333 <BR> <BR> P - Perky <BR> I - Intelligent <BR> N - Nice <BR> K - Kind <BR> D - Diligent <BR> 333 - only half evil! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:09:24 EST Just For Today I will Appreciate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61991562 <BR> <em>213</em> Hi friends! <BR> <BR> Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to take time out to appreciate the small or even the big things in life. The things you choose to appreciate today can be good/not so easy or small or big. They can be anything you choose. Appreciation to me is an awareness and a kind of form of active & mindful gratitude. I know we already have a gratitude forum. This is a little different. It's something to think on in the early part of your day or at an... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:18:24 EST FAVORITE WORKOUT SONGS TO GET MOVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61947107 Old Time Rock and Roll Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:11:09 EST FAVORITE RECOVERY WORKOUT SONGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61916531 I Can See Clearly Now......oh boy can I! LOL! <em>335</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:53:05 EST TWELVE STEPS COMPULSIVE EATING CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61916264 I don't know about you, but i am having to use each and every one of the Twelve Steps to harness my food consumption. I am not perfect....I am really trying, but yesterday was an emotional day....I found a good home for my two dogs. I know it was the right thing to do because we are going to be traveling more often and we are unable to board them because of the prohibitive cost. I broke down yesterday, but I am serene today....however last night I turned to food for comfort......guess what... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:33:59 EST JUMP INTO JULY ACTIVITY CHALLENGE 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61898355 Get active. Track your fitness minutes here starting today! <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Let's see how many points we accumulate during the month of July Let's go team! <em>215</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:14:17 EST FAVORITE WORKOUT SONGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61887885 <em>335</em> "HAPPY" Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:22:20 EST TWELVE STEPPING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61887205 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1abc186a-d5bc-42d1-9509-aba67401c00c.gif"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> JUNE 30 <BR> <BR> :"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?" ____Albert Camus <BR> <BR> Sometimes we say we're getting our lives together. Together with what? With our selves. The Twelve Steps help us clean up the mess we've made. We're fixing our mistakes. We're looking at ourselves closely... at what we believe, what we fe... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:01:25 EST NEWBIES CORNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61886907 Please introduce yourself to the team. Tell us about yourself. We are here for you! <em>220</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:10:47 EST LAST LETTER STARTS NEW WORD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61886857 Example: worrieD ....dangeR...radishH..etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> hearT Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:42 EST MOVIE TITLES WITH NUMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61877536 Add a movie that contains a number, Example 9 to 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> The Ten Commandments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:54:41 EST TWELVE STEPS OVEREATERS CORNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61868746 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d399534d-38ca-4180-903a-c625836515ec.gif"> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:32:36 EST YOUR TRIVIA SCORE TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x61868734 <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:23:29 EST GREETINGS FROM...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61845613 Kelso, Washington (state) Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:20:37 EST WHERE DO YOU LIVE/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61838146 I live in Washington state in the city of Kelso. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:18:12 EST I am new to this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61807076 Hi Friends, my name is Gayle and I am an alcoholic, my DOS is June 16th 2001, I have been on sparks for a while, but just discovered this team. <BR> <BR> My weight has been creeping up and up, I also need to get moving........one of my character defects is procrastination.......... <BR> When I am on "the pitty pot" all I do is eat.......... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:40:58 EST HAPPY SOBERVERSARY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61801926 BECKY LIZ........ 27 YEARS.....ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! <em>285</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:23:18 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61801921 BAYBOY6385,,,,,,,Tony,,,,, Happy Birthday to you! <em>335</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:22:04 EST ACTION FOR THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61791074 List three important changes you have learned about life because of your sddiction. You may wish to talk to your sponsor about them. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df6f5f2d-666e-4c47-8687-427a644bd2db.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:39 EST KEEP IT SIMPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61756778 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21d5c0fb-85d6-48ad-a140-0d732fafb6eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> JUNE 14 <BR> <BR> Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. <BR> ____Unknown <BR> <BR> Time always seems to pass too slowly or too quickly for us. We want the fun times to last longer. We want the boring or painful times to go faster. But time goes at just... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:34:44 EST EMPOWERING THOUGHTS OR MOMENTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61717321 To me the beauty of God's creation instills in me an absolute awe concerning the value and the joy of living.....one day at a time! Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:45:18 EST FAVORITE SLOGANS AND STRATEGIES FOR SOBER LIVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61680725 KEEP IT SIMPLE Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:44:52 EST Personal Journey....One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61680465 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a1783ed-7137-4605-9921-c601844c5c1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am turning 70 years old November 10 of this year. It is a milestone for me. I have made it so. I have completed local 5Ks in the past. I need to set the standard higher......and my walking partner just completed a quarter marathon with her daughter. She has inspired me and I remember stating several years ago....I want to complete a 10K. October 6 of this year I plan to do so with m... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:21:21 EST COURAGE TO CHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61670731 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/693dcbbf-d6c3-4c06-95b5-5e589e1a440e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> JUNE 5 <BR> <BR> The Third Steps talks about placing my will and my life in the care of a Higher Power. For me, this Power is a presence that loves me as I am, that accepts me with compassion on the bad days as well as the good. Once I have accepted the destructive presence of alcoholism in my life or that of another and how it has affected my life, I need the benevolent influence of a Po... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:19:49 EST DEAR HIGHER POWER..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61564724 Dear Higher Power, make me a better stronger person today. Sat, 23 May 2015 09:31:34 EST TODAY I REALIZE....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61564714 Today I realize I am no longer relying on the approval of others. I have left the People Pleasing party. I need only to please myself and my Higher Power. Sat, 23 May 2015 09:30:22 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x61551907 I know I have a problem and I need help, where did you go to start? Thu, 21 May 2015 18:13:13 EST MY "AHA" MOMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61398857 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648846533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I really realize THE TWELVE STEPS apply to everything in our lives. Our Higher Power is our refuge and strength. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite blue grass gospel songs is <em>335</em> "I'm Using My Bible for a Road Map".......guess who wrote the map? Thank you, Higher Power. Mon, 4 May 2015 12:49:10 EST AA THOUGHT FOR THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61398821 MAY 3 <BR> <BR> AA teaches us to take it easy. We learn how to relax and to stop worrying about the past or the future, to give up our resentments and hates and tempers, to stop being critical of people, and to try to help them instead. That"s what "Easy Does it" means. so in the time that"s left to me to live, i'm going to try to take it easy, to relax and not to worry , to try to be helpful to others, and to trust God. For what's left of my life, is my motto going to be "Easy Does It... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:45:46 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61343254 Hi brothers and sisters! <BR> <BR> My name is Eduardo, and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since December 19, 2013. I first entered the rooms on April 15, 2013 but did not work the program even though I was attending meetings. Since it is a 12-step program and not a meetings program I went out around eight months later. I did make it back in the rooms and this time decided no half measures and that I would go to any length to get and stay sober. <BR> <BR> Now, 16 months later I a... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:43:36 EST What Really Touched My Heart Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=30006x1029x61311159 Thursday, April 23, 2015 <BR> <BR> After doing a little reading , I came across an AA Meditation, that just reached out to my soul. <BR> I felt the need to share it. <BR> <BR> Meditation for the Day <BR> <BR> Cooperation with God is the great necessity for our lives. All else follows naturally. Cooperation with God is the result of our consciousness of His presence. Guidance is bound to come to us as we live more and more with God, as our consciousness becomes more and more attuned to t... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:33:04 EST PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61307715 <em>252</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806187919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My name is Lynda and I'm a grateful sober alcoholic, a recovering compulsive eater, and I am an active member of Al-Anon.. My recovery date is September 28, 2011. Please visit my SparkPage anytime .... WELCOME, YOU ARE AMONG FRIENDS ....... <BR> <BR> "Our worst day of recovery is better than our best day of active addiction." <BR> <BR> " Living sober rocks!!!!!." <BR> <BR> "It works if you wo... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:47:59 EST Both Groups? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x61299775 Just curious how many of the people in this team are also in Friends in Recovery? Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:35:22 EST Nice to meet you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61290133 Hello my name is Janele & I'm grateful for this team. I'm 29 from Detroit, MI recovering from alcohol and heroin for 15 months. I still struggle with binge eating and bulimia, every time I get sober I turn to food. I'm diving into changing my life for the better and healthier. I love being sober and I'm beginning to appreciate something I'm achieving without that instant gratification. Thank you all for being here. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:19:37 EST New to the group, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61263452 My name is Donna and I am 20 years Sober. Sadly my food addiction & emotional eating has been a yo yo. I always knew I had a blank spot in my memory in my childhood and it finally cleared and I saw the child abuse from a friend & customer from my father's restaurant. I was in I believe 5th grade. So now a lot of behavior has been recognized It has been a very long time coming as I will be 66 in May. I have been on SP on and off for a few years and now I have made my commitment to st... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:31:48 EST I'm the new guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61252260 Hey all, <BR> <BR> MAESTRAPLANK12 invited me to join, so here I am! <BR> <BR> My addictions started with food at a young age, then at 17 or so I discovered alcohol. Drugs came soon after. (Don't let anyone get away with saying marijuana is "the gateway drug". Alcohol trumps it by far.) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day 28 of sobriety for me. I officially hit bottom on March 20th when I was arrested for DUI for the third time. I wasn't "that drunk" and thankfully no one was injured and there was ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:08:26 EST TEAM HUDDLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61207898 <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <em>243</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> There are a lot of SparkPeople who really miss the team huddle. Let's create one here! <BR> <BR> <BR> We can use the emoticons. <BR> <BR> We can make up our own words of encouragement. I remember the following: <BR> <BR> 1. WooHoo <BR> 2. Let's go team! <BR> 3. Please visit my SparkPage! <BR> 4. I need encouragement. <BR> 5. Spread the Spark today! <BR> And.....please feel free to create y... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:58:32 EST TWELVE STEPS OVEREATERS CORNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61197145 Do we truly enjoy the pleasure of food so much, or are we in search of comfort for our emotions? <BR> <BR> I have been wrestling with this concept for a long time. In becoming and staying sober, I often reached for food to comfort me. No wonder there are "comfort foods" in this world. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> How about it we adapt the Twelve Steps to weight loss and/or maintenance creating our own program for success. There are Overeaters Anonymous groups around, I know. But at Spark... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:59:34 EST PRAYER FOR THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61179144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1206197419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I pray that God may make His home in my humble and obedient heart. I pray that I may oey His guidance to the best of my ability. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:14:52 EST LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61150014 <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Lynda and I'm a grateful sober alcoholic. . My recovery date is September 28, 2011. Please visit my SparkPage anytime .... WELCOME, YOU ARE AMONG FRIENDS ....... <BR> <BR> "Our worst day of recovery is better than our best day of active addiction." <BR> <BR> " Living sober rocks!!!!!." <BR> <BR> "It works if you work it, so work it cause you're worth it." <BR> <BR> Always remember .... you're never alone in this journey of ours. I'm right by your s... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:47:33 EST THOUGHT FOR THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61121953 I will not let old resentments drag me down any longer." <BR> <BR> COURAGE TO CHANGE, p. 178 Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:26:47 EST THOUGHT FOR THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61121873 " I will not let old resentments drag me down any longer." <BR> <BR> COURAGE TO CHANGE, p. 178 Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:21:29 EST EACH DAY A NEW BEGINNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x61113104 <BR> <BR> APRIL 3 <BR> <BR> Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to <BR> laugh either. ____Golda Meir <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know people who live on the fringes of life. They seem uninvolved with the activity in their midst, as though a pane of glass separated them from us. And there are times when we join the persons standing alone away from the vibrancy of life. Fears keep people apart... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:57:06 EST AMAZING APRIL AA UNITY CHALLENGE 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61104628 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002867253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the month of April let's track how many meetings we attend for the month of April.....in person or online. I will track them to see how many we attended for this month. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, yesterday I attended an Al-Anon meeting. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:48:42 EST SPARKIVERSARIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x61104459 It just occurred to me.....we need to also celebrate the day we started with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My date is easy to remember because it is the day I became sober..... <BR> <BR> September 28, 2011 <BR> <BR> I would like to celebrate our Sparkiversaries in addition to Belly Button Birthdays and Soberveraries. <BR> <BR> Please provide the information and we will celebrate with you. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:35:04 EST Amazing April Chat and Friendship 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x61093579 <em>244</em> <em>252</em> April 1, 2015 <BR> <BR> Well, it looks like Asher will be an April baby for sure. Courtney will be induced a t 3 p,m. today. <BR> I would appreciate prayers for her. She is so young .... shy....and just afraid of pain. I know God will see her through this. <BR> <BR> I am so thrilled to be alive and healthy. I blogged today about each and every one of us being a miracle. I feel it today. The second line of the poem still moves me to tears. " You have... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:56:23 EST SOBRIETY BLESSINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x61037973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l102533727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the blessings i celebrate each day from sobriety is the simple belief that I am fully capable of handling whatever comes my way because my Higher Power is my Life Coach! Sobriety reconnected me with my Higher Power. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:43:00 EST JUST TEN MINUTES A DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x61008036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691322307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just ten minutes a day of exercise....only ten...can make a difference in your health. I thought it might be fun to log our daily minutes we devote to exercise. <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>521</em> <em>243</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:54:42 EST AL-ANON: THE LANGUAGE OF LETTING GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x60990561 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935084984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MARCH 21 CONSIDERING COMMITMENT' <BR> <BR> Pay attention to your commitments. While many of us fear commitments, it;s good to weigh the cost of any commitment we are considering. We need to feel consistently positive that it's an appropriate commitment for us. <BR> Many of us have a history of jumping....leaping headfirst... into commitments without weighing the cost and the possib... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:23:03 EST Soberversaries and Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x60958734 What is your soberversary.....the date you became sober? <BR> <BR> What is your birthday? <BR> <BR> We need to celebrate these special events for all our team members. <BR> <BR> Lynda Plank <BR> <BR> Soberversary: September 28, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Birthday: Nobember 10 (1945) Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:34:33 EST Beautiful Words and Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x60955742 Courage to Change Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:18:04 EST YOUR TRIVIA SCORE TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x60936975 <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> I play this game daily and sometimes I answer those questions very easily, and sometimes I don't. I like the idea of always learning something new. <BR> <BR> I thought it might be fun to just check with team members to see how we are doing with this pursuit of learning something more about nutrition , healthy living, and fitness. <BR> <BR> I am posting my scores like this.....3/3 razzle dazzle.....perfect score and then again there are times ........5/3.....it ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:55:51 EST Celebrate Members of the Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x60927221 For the week of March 14-20 please send visit the SparkPages of the following members of our wonderful amazing incredible team: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's support each other! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PI<BR>TTER6 </link> <link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:17:23 EST RECIPES : SHARE YOUR FAVORITES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x60925890 I use Spark Recipes a lot in my cooking. I do food searches all the time and the majority of the time I find great Spark Recipes. <BR> <BR> Tonight I made Mediterranean Turkey with Pesto. . <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I sub a lot.....because I don't always have all the ingredients and I like to customize the recipe. This recipe was supposed to be made with salmon. <BR> <BR> I would love to find more recipes to use. I hope team members will be willing to share recipes and c... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:54:55 EST SPARK AMERICA TEAM BONUS POINTS AWARDED TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x60917935 <em>244</em> 3 bonus points <BR> <BR> i spun the wheel and Yes.....drum roll.....we have 3 team bonus points. <BR> <BR> Come, team members,....we can rack up a lot of points with a team effort. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:59:57 EST AA MEETINGS CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x60916319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1690803348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to be completely honest with everyone about my participation in AA meetings. My sobriety date is September 28, 2011. I had the AA literature and online support through several recovery teams on SparkPeople. I thought I was okay. I really wasn't. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until my son who decided to become sober and had asked me to attend his first AA meeting , that I actually stepped up to the plate and rea... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:28:30 EST THE LANGUAGE OF LETTING GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x60915238 March 12 <BR> <BR> Healing or Harm? <BR> <BR> Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 12:18 <BR> <BR> <BR> How often have you had to apologize for something you said just because you din't stop to think? You weren't trying to hurt someone; you didn't intend to be malicious; you may not have been engaged in a serious conversation. But the reckless word slipped out ....and once it was spoken, the d... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:05:27 EST DAILY REFLECTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x60914914 March 12 <BR> <BR> A DAY'S PLAN <BR> <BR> On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our <BR> plans for the next day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, <BR> especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity. dishonest, or self-seeking <BR> motives. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:30:34 EST March Chat and friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x60804951 Hi everyone, thought I'd start a new thread for the new month. <BR> <BR> Hope I am not treading on anyone's toes. <BR> <BR> Spring is coming for lots of us. For me it is Autumn. <BR> <BR> Wishing us all a peaceful and sober month. <BR> <BR> Wispy Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:24:03 EST New to sobriety and Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x60521869 I have 109 days sober and I'm working towards a new healthy me! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 02:00:09 EST Checking in january 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x60172056 I have been quiet for a while and new year is of course a good start to pick up the healthy habits again. I am a swedish woman, sober with the help of AA and my Higher power for nine years and connecting to others in the hope of recovery. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 03:15:40 EST December Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x60051788 I'm new to team. I'm just jumping in. <BR> <BR> I don't attend meetings but have been sober since August 16, 2001. Need to start going to meetings once a week and need to do my step 12 work. <BR> <BR> One Day at a Time!! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:42:10 EST Clean and sober http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x59726270 Just dropping in to say I am 25 days clean and sober glad to be here, it's November 10, and I am very grateful for each and every day. <BR> <BR> Aylamay Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:02:14 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x59726245 Hi, I am I am Aylamay, and I am not sure I am even doing this right. I have 25 days clean and sober today, November 10, 2014. I am very determined that my relapses are over with. I did a lot of relapsing recently, but it took a heavy toll on me and I am glad it is over with. I am agoraphobic, but I am determined that I am going to be getting to some meetings very soon, probably starting Saturday, when I go to get my 30 day coin. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:58:46 EST Check-in november http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x59636660 After an off month (or two) I will try to revive the habit of coming here every day, I hope all is not lost but you team members will come back as well... <BR> <BR> Well I am sober - I got sober in june 2005 but had a little relapse in november, I don´t remember the exact date but I usually use my birthday as celebration date as it is at the end of the month so I am sure I am not "lying". <BR> <BR> It is nine years and I have experienced some AA-friends not making it and dying thorugh this ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:50:17 EST Check-in september http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x59057125 Time to get the act together - it is really silly but when spark took away the huddle function I sort of lost my ambition in visiting five teams every day - as I did, commented and huddled I could see on the board for my teams how many teams I had visited... when this function is removed I can´t see that anymore and have to keep it in my head... and that is enough to throw me off things. <BR> <BR> I am in dagner of losing my sobriety - after nine years that is also very silly. I got lucky be... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:54:40 EST Check-in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x58078588 Wow Nell, that is amazing! Such a good idea to be "shopaholic" on food choice... I do love shopping but as I don´t have the money and am aware of environment problems. I don´t go there. Fleamarkets has been a soultion but nowadays I just don´t like "things" it is cluttering too much. But to be very picky about what food I buy is a good idea. Thank for that. <BR> <BR> June is here, I have deadline week coming up. Stressed. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 01:15:51 EST Check-in may http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x57737423 Let´s see how this team will work with the new layout... Sat, 3 May 2014 01:04:07 EST Sober but desperate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x57440880 I have been sober since 10/31/07. I have bipolar and many medical conditions, which cause severe chronic pain, and I work with my doctors who know I am in recovery, and I take pain medication for my condition. <BR> <BR> Right now, I have not been to a f2f meeting in about five years due to social anxiety. I was going to a loners meeting online, but the group was getting rather flaky, so I disconnected from them last week. Right now I am regretting my decision, as I am having a hard time r... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:17 EST Check-in april http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x57339297 Went to a meeting - good one, but I don´t feel connected that much which scares me. Because I know that if I don´t find AA meetings valuable my sobriety will be in great danger – I hope this is one effect of me trying to differentiate from my people-pleasing, I might be a little alien for a while until it has set... <BR> <BR> I am trying very hard to cease the day - what is stopping me right now is the anxiety of a business edition coming up and my rookie try as a standup satruday... too muc... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:38:14 EST Check-in march http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x56957122 The first day of a month that can be considered as belonging to spring - hooray! Most of the snow has gone, the temperature is on the plus side and I do love that! <BR> <BR> There will probably be snow falling more times this season but when it does I will consider it as a very temporarily occasion, soon over... <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I am very happy that march is here! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:19:46 EST Check-in february http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x56610400 As friday arrived - my anxiety lifted and everything was fine again. <BR> <BR> And as usual I think "NEXT time..." I will be better prepared and not having postponed stuff.... <BR> <BR> Gmather - hang in there, congratualtions on the thirty days, keep on pushing, it gets easier but we allknow how very hard it is to start. Check in with us, ask for help, go to meetings... there are tools there that can really help you! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:15:06 EST "Sparking" & staying sober thru illness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x56290387 Hello Friends, <BR> Sorry it's been such a long time. <BR> I've been through the wringer over here! <BR> First a botched root canal which led to infection, then a serious allergic reaction to the antibiotic, then the whooping cough and another allergic reaction to /that/ antibiotic, then prednisone for the hives and a SEVERE sensitivity to the prednisone (among other reactions, I nearly had a heart attack!), then my back went out-- and is still out-- and in the midst of all of it, they sent ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:59:33 EST Check-in januray http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x56159225 Had planned for a meeting last night but stayed at home because the new years eves fireworks started banging around the house and I did not want to leave doggy alone with all that fear. <BR> <BR> Went to bed early, that was nice and I am looking forward to a wonderful day today. Going to help a friend to tow her car from the place where it stopped the day before christmas - but before that I will hopefully have time to giv the dog and me a long walk! There are so few hours of daylight so it ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:10:16 EST Check-in december http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x55820542 I was given a lot of question over step one to answer - it is tricky because they make me think I am not an alcoholic I am to reflect how alcohol has influenced my health, my economy and my work and the truth is: not at all. I gave it up before it had gotten that far. <BR> <BR> But it will be another thing if I look at how food or should Isay compulsive overeating has influenced the same things - there is a lot to be said there. <BR> <BR> I will write my answers paralel - first concerning ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 00:42:05 EST Check-in november http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x55483296 What I love about my AA-group... I mostly atend a lunch group and there are many that are "sent" from the local rehab and I do love listening to newies and wathing them grow into sobriety. I also love meetinga my old friends there. <BR> <BR> My memory is short, the only thing I know is that I always hear something that makes me feel better about life. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 01:31:43 EST Check-in october http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x55095158 I am looking forward to october, when I was thinking about it I realised that september is probably my absolute favorite month of the year, or maybe it is may... anyway, october is also high on the list, there is the possiblility of beight and cool days with all these fantastic colours in the nature and the almness in the air... but also storms and rains and a lot of dramatics and you are allowed to stay inside by the fireplace... <BR> <BR> Let´s have a great october everyone! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:17:55 EST Check-in september http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x54735954 A wonderful first day of september and I am very grateful that I managed to stay on track with my food for august. Intensified going to AA meetings which I think has helped. <BR> <BR> I wish everybody a really good month ahead! One day at the time! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:28:15 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x54651105 Good morning everyone! My name is Barbara. Well, I became sober in April 2013 and it seemed like a logical next step to improve my health further by eating better too. Been Sparking since the end of July 2013 and have lost 11 pounds, so far. For me, sobriety and health go hand in hand, it's all about getting better One Day At A Time! I am grateful every day for AA and Sparkpeople! <em>220</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:08:50 EST Check-in august http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x54361509 The first of august I went biking, strenght training and swimming, AND I stuck to my food plan. A good way t start a month <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:14:32 EST Sheesh, I forgot to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x54104736 I've been posting in the "check in for July" but I don't believe I ever officially introduced myself, so please pardon my bad manners! <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Lucy (staying anonymous, here <em>211</em> ), and I am an alcoholic. When I was young, I went through seasons where I clearly drank too much, but for the most part I could take it or leave it. Then Ricky and I started our family: two sweet babies born 18 mos., apart, both colicy, and I had no support. He'd go off to work and I had no ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:46:38 EST Check-in july http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53954002 My thoughts are with you Denise! It is really smart to go to AA meetings when you are having a hard time! <BR> <BR> Me, I have to admit I haven´t been to a meeting for more than two weeks, I will try to go to the lunch meeting today. Otherwise it is all right, I have managed to stay away from overeating for...foru or five days and that is a blessing! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 01:03:57 EST Wow I am so proud of my self!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53862402 I have been struggling with sobriety and it's only day seven. I decided to quit drinking because I was blacking out multiple times a week. Before I quit drinking I planned a get together with friends that involved alcohol. Well I still went through with it but to my surprise I didn't drink a drop!!! AND I EVEN ENJOYED MYSELF!!! I didn't even know that was possible. I was dreading these plans because I knew I wouldn't be able to enjoy my self and I was scared I might slip. I know it has only b... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:17:20 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53831686 I am 21 and I have been drinking since the age of 13. I never knew how to drink properly even at the very beginning. I would always reach black out mode. But back then I didn't drink often. Well since I have been of legal age (19 in BC Canada) I black out any where from 1 to 4 times a week from drinking. Recently I went to my boyfriends parents and I don't remember any of it. Needless to say I made a fool of my self once again. Alcohol is messing up my personal relationships, my health, and m... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:12:01 EST Check-in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53567761 June is arriving with a lot of sun, rain and mosquitos... My lawn looks like a hayfield but I will not bother to fix my lawn-mower until next week, I simpy have no time! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:03:04 EST Looking at online AA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x53371692 I've been perusing online AA, anyone here ever try it? My concern is the chat rooms and my inability to type quick enough to keep up. Fri, 17 May 2013 06:11:19 EST Day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x53333323 Hi everyone, <BR> This is day one for me, again. <BR> <BR> I continue to start over. One dayat a time Mon, 13 May 2013 19:45:52 EST Check-in may http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53174009 A new month and new possibilities. Thanks everybody for your concern about my feet. No I have not been consulting any doctor, I am rather sure what the solution would be - lose weight and get insole... anjd for the later I have no respect for octor´s knowledge - the write a...referral? to an orthopedic shop that maks insoles that might work and might not... as long as I carry this overweight they will not look for other soultions.... and of course I should not assume that but I did visit doc... Wed, 1 May 2013 02:39:23 EST slogans help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x53045336 Just remembering slogans from my beginning days. What's your favorite? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:15:04 EST a new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x52958608 today is my first day sobor / going to keep it that way. <BR> <BR> need to be in a better place ,always getting excuses to drink, well I know what I need to do~ <BR> Flo Sun, 14 Apr 2013 06:33:00 EST Check-in april http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x52774416 I am in great need to get back on good routines, this is one of them - to set up the april check-in thread and hopefully stop by every day to keep myself in the right attitude! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 03:49:27 EST New and on the way to Improved http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x52559719 Hi peoples, this is Barbara, from Northern Cali. I'm a very honest and outspoken alcoholic. I'm almost 24 and have been battling trying to get sober for almost seven years and have time and time again failed. But with hope, I always try again and hop back on the wagon. For more information about me and who I am please check out my spark page, and blogs. My journey with weightloss started in 2010 and I lost a total of 40 pounds for my wedding. From then on I have juggled the pounds and am try... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:23:09 EST Check in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x52343536 I just saw that a new storm is brewing for next week for the mid Atlantic. I sure hope we don't get snow like we did 20 years ago in March. Remember the Storm of the Century? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:55:44 EST Check-in february http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x51954920 This is awful - as I have reached top level for spark points I lost some of the motivation for doing my spark "chores" every day, like visiting teams and writing on message boards as a daily habit. I still think it is a good habit and I do really want to stay in connection with apsek people as I have found so man interesting, motivating and inspiring people here... so a little late but nevertheless, the february thread is on the go. <BR> <BR> Nell I don´t know what your mothers symptoms are ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:29:08 EST Out of control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x51432779 It is a new year and I must face the fact that I am out of contrrol of my life and my eating. Last entry of weight was 187. Today I am 204. I am isolating and neglecting my house. Don't know where to turn except here. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:40:57 EST Check-in january http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x51406775 A sober new years eve, the seventh in a row... this morning I thought that I will stop celebrating new year, that is I will stop staying up until twelve a clock, does not seem fun or good for anything really... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:05:38 EST Check-in december http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x51036440 Forgot that I had to make a new post for december, just copying the november post...: <BR> Dress rehearsal went well - except that myself did not have any dress yet...had to drive down and pick-up daughter as she had nausea and I decided it was too hard on her to go on the bus...took three hours away but I think I will manage. <BR> <BR> And it is december and supposed to be advent in Sweden, have not thought about that yet as I have the show this afternoon and everything is put on hold until... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:53:44 EST Check in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x50644772 Am I intruding by starting a November check-in? <BR> <BR> I went to the cosmetic surgeon this morning to schedule surgery, a facelift. And of course, because I neither drink nor smoke, I am a good candidate. Going to be a busy month getting ready for this. LOTS to do before I am out for surgery. I hope the kids get me their gift lists soon. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:42:02 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x50268415 Just wanted to introduce myself....I am new to sparkpeople and had my last drink on 2-11-84. I have struggled with weight all my life. When I got sober I still smoked and that helped keep the weight gain somewhat under control but since I quit smoking 6 years ago the weight has really piled on. I am looking to lose about 130 pounds one day at a time. I was so excited to see this group and look forward to meeting some of you. <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 12:12:48 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x50268384 Just wanted to introduce myself....I am new to sparkpeople and had my last drink on 2-11-84. I have struggled with weight all my life. When I got sober I still smoked and that helped keep the weight gain somewhat under control but since I quit smoking 6 years ago the weight has really piled on. I am looking to lose about 130 pounds one day at a time. I was so excited to see this group and look forward to meeting some of you. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 12:10:22 EST Check-in october http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x50181423 Last show yesterday, I feel really happy about that. Had a SMS-quarrel with ex that was ridiculous, hav a stressful week in front of me praying for strenght. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:01:37 EST High Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x49961592 Tonight is the start of the Jewish New Year. My best wishes to others that share my faith. <em>220</em> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:48:04 EST Tell how you fee with an emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x49860943 <em>211</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:07:41 EST Check-in september http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x49716669 It is the first day of september, where I live it is absolutely beautiful, sunny and warm. I think this is going to be the best september ever! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 01:01:02 EST Check in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x49254877 I guess we need to start a new month. Where oh where does the time go??? <BR> <BR> Today is another day in which to succeed!! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:37:10 EST Check-in july http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x48776381 Not a good start of the month, very letargic, no energy. Finally got out on a bike tour eith doggy, will go to bed tonight and focus on getting going tomorrow! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:42:16 EST Not new but old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x48629362 Just wanted to introduce myself again. I use to come to here and sparkpeople some yrs ago. I actually gave up drink for a year, however i became ill and yup stupid i started again. I am looking into restarting from afresh again. Got more to say, but wont go into it just now as i am trying to recover. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:47:37 EST Daily reflections june http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x48319630 ******************************************<BR>* <BR> A CHANGED OUTLOOK <BR> June 1, 2011 <BR> <BR> Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 <BR> <BR> When I was drinking, my attitude was totally selfish, totally self-centered; my pleasure and my comfort came first. Now that I am sober, self-seeking has started to slip away. My whole attitude toward life and other people is changing. For me, the first “A” in our name stands for attitude. My attitu... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 00:53:40 EST Glad to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x48188410 Hi there! I am so glad I found this team! I have been sober since July 7,2007. I am definitely a newcomer with this whole eating healthy and in moderation thing though!!! It really helps using the steps with this new journey! I will definitely keep coming back! Tue, 22 May 2012 20:32:04 EST Daily reflections may http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47850771 Hmm - I might have to give this up - I have considered my quotes from Daily reflections just as when I read the same text in any AA group (as we mostly do at all meetings I attend. I read in this book every morning at my kitchen table and I would have written it from my book had it not been in swedish... instead I go to a page - daily reflections.com - and copy it from there. As I am on the other side of the world the daily reflection for today is rarely up when I do my service so I copy from... Tue, 1 May 2012 00:45:11 EST Need to blow some steam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47441266 I'm so frustrated lately. Why can't pp just respect the fact that I'm not drinking anymore and leave it at that? No, instead they say things like, "Oh you don't have a drinking problem. You don't drink any more then I do!". I want to say back, "Well, I'm not judging you for that so why are you judging me?" Its my decision and I'm sticking to it no matter what but I'm getting so sick of hearing these types of remarks that I could just SCREAM <em>28</em> ! <BR> Thanks for letting me vent. I'm b... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:29:04 EST UGH! I blew it, but I still have HOPE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47405192 My yesterday SUCKED! I didn't do my work-out DVD, I binged-snacked (Trader Joe's Oriental Rice Crackers-- I don't even really like them that much!) AND last night I drank two glasses of my husband's wine. I'm hopeless! What was the trigger? Again: STRESS. Our youngest child's (he's special needs-- reactive attachment disorder) morning of tantrums just WORE me DOWN. And I didn't do all the things that I KNOW help me. Now, Sunday was stressful, too, but I "worked my program" and, of cou... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:25:50 EST Daily reflections april http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47364240 I´d love to hear any comments you have! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************************** <BR> LOOKING WITHIN <BR> April 1, 2012 <BR> <BR> ...Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42 <BR> <BR> Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 00:49:59 EST Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47362357 I have been sober for 9 months starting in July 2011. The weather is now getting warmer and I go outside in the sun and think about how nice it would be to have a cold drink in my hand and the beginings of a buzz. Then I start to think about how much fun I used to have when I was drinking, always going out to the bar with my friends. Now I have given up my friends along with my drink inorder to pursue my goals. Maybe it's not the alcohol I miss maybe I'm just lonely. How do you find new ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:18:40 EST Had to share an AH HAH moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x47216307 I have been posting on FB for some time now. Recently I started to share my sobriety and celebration dates, etc. About a couple of weeks ago I had a request to be a friend with and old friend from way back that I haven't seen in a very long time. She responded to my post that I made about celebrating one month of no alcohol, by saying she really needed to talk with me. So I got her number and called her on my lunch break today. She told me she loved all my positive posts and upbeat remarks th... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:24:17 EST Heard a Song Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x47040082 As I worked out this morning, I heard a song on my MP3 player that reminded me of all of you. <BR> <BR> "Lean On Me" <BR> <BR> Sometimes in our lives we all have pain <BR> We all have sorrow <BR> But if we are wise <BR> We know that there's always tomorrow <BR> <BR> Lean on me, when you're not strong <BR> And I'll be your friend <BR> I'll help you carry on <BR> For it won't be long <BR> 'Til I'm gonna need <BR> Somebody to lean on <BR> <BR> Please swallow your pride <BR> If I have things ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:00:43 EST no alcohol in the house...is this unreasonable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47040011 so as my newb post says, 10 months sober. my husband quit drinking too to better himself and to help me. Our marriage would have ended on the road we were travelling down. <BR> <BR> so, i bought a new house, even though we're married, i pretty much paid for it. now, even putting that aside, it is OUR house and it doesn't matter who paid for it. <BR> <BR> my husband has a little man cave/game room/theatre room, two of his friends are having birthdays this week and he wants to invite them ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:56:06 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x47035839 Hey All; Slight change to the name as the old one didn't seem to work. It's been a few years since I was last here and as my weight has been up and down, so has my emotional sobriety. Have not had to drink over anything and have worked the steps to keep it all together. Today is a good day so far! I look forward to being with you all again. <BR> <BR> Jaye Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:09:33 EST Need help finding the right AA mtg grp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x47024091 I have been online checking out all the AA mtgs in my area and I am overwhelmed! HELP! I need some guidance and direction. What is the difference between an open and a closed meeting and which would you suggest? I've also came across one that is titled "Three Legacies New Beginnings For Women Group" and thought this sounded interesting. I feel like I'm going in circles...please help! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:06:27 EST Daily reflections feb-march http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x46771516 It will be a challenge for me to try to write in this thread from the "daily reflections" of AA every day. Feel free to share your thughts! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> NO ORDINARY SUCCESS STORY <BR> February 26, 2012 <BR> <BR> A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 35 <BR> <BR> Upon entering A.A. I listened to others talk about the... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 03:04:45 EST Poll ?:What restaurant would you say"NoWay"on VD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x46538050 A "report" on channel 5 News just informed viewers that Valentine's Day dinner reservations are available for both White Castles and/or The Waffle House. <BR> <BR> Back in the day I'd follow a guy home if he LET ME BUY HIM A DRINK!!! (I was very very sick). I would like to think that today, I would not be so disrespectful to myself or anyone else. <BR> <BR> So when I saw the report I wondered "How would I feel about a Valentines date to White Castles?........I would not go. Even if the ge... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:04:00 EST Favorite activities (besides drinking) at the bar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x46227497 I am a social drinker. I never drank at home unless I was with people so would mostly drink with friends at bars and parties (every night,). The things that are some of my favorite things to do are play darts and shoot pool. I moved about 10 months ago to a different state and I am finding less sober places to do these things near a major city than I did in my small to mid sized city up north. The only places that I have found are bars. There is a guy I like and he likes to do these things to... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:38:09 EST This is harder than I thought it would be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x46106654 The last few days I had one kid with the flu and a crabby teething baby ..just whatever leading me to frustration. In the past, at the first sign of anxiety I had a drink to "feel better". So these last couple of days have been a tad harder because drinking has been constantly on my mind..even dreaming about it. On top of that, I haven't fully accepted that I am this broken.. I don't feel like I'm in a reality, but I'm recognizing that I do need help and I'm making my husband take me to a ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:37:57 EST 2 1/2 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x45883880 abstinent and sober (the two are intertwined for me). Just looking for a little support. The 12 step meeting are invaluable. The cravings aren't bad, it's all the emotional crap that has me down. I didn't know I was this damaged. Guess I have a lot of work to do. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:22:47 EST in a bad space with food addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x45628515 Hi everyone. As of late with the holidays here i am finding myself in a space that feels very familiar as an out of control addiction. Gone are the days when i would obsess about having a drink, work in my garden, obsess about drinking go to the sink and look under for the bottle, put it away go to garden, want drink go to cabinet and on and on and on on!!! <BR> For the last 2 weeks here are the days when i want the candy, cake,chips, go clean bathroom, want the candy, chips, cake, go clean b... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:17:28 EST Hello from Northern Canada!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x45074027 I have been an on again off again SP user for many years....unfortunately off again for the last few! <BR> I am fairly well seated in my sobriety (1 year 2months) after a stay in a wonderful womens treatment center. I learned so much about myself and now I want to honor that gift by being the very best me I can be. I need to love myself for the first time in my life. I aproach sobriety as a "cleansing" process...cleaning out the bad clutterring gunk that I numbed away with booze. the hur... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:06:05 EST Got Drunk, fell down, broke leg, time to quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x44315416 Hi my name is Caren, as my topic suggested this is what happened. I had to have major surgery on my leg and this has been a big eye opener for me. I need a group I can confide in to stop the drinking, which has been a part of my life for over 20 years. It is time to stop before I have an accident I will NOT recover from. <BR> I am bed ridden for the next 6 weeks because of the surgery so I have plenty of time to chat. Good news is I havn't had a drink for two weeks since the accident. The tru... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:37:00 EST Hi My name is JoAnn and I am a Alcoholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x43915500 I have 26 years in AA Sept 28 god willing I quit smoking 10 years ago but just can't get in the solution with food I ask my self do I real need this vice I get on my knees and ask god to help me and when I stand up I am looking at weights a tread mill a wii fitness and dvds on fitness so he does answer my prayers I just keep on forgetting to bring the shovel, I guess I am just real lazy is that called sloth we think so. <BR> So today is a new day I am going to pick myself up and brush my self... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:55:10 EST Time for rotation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x43582046 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> In the spirit of rotation, it is time to pass on the leadership of this group. I did it for a year or two then Stephanie jumped into the job the last year or two. It really is something I think we should pass along. <BR> <BR> Because this group was formed honoring the program and traditions of AA, I think the new facilitator should be active in AA and at least one year sober. There are lots of regulars here that fit this description. Who can take the job? It really on... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 05:58:35 EST Hah! I found the alcoholics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x43279408 I knew you were in here somewhere. I'm connie, I'm a recovering alcoholic for 12 years. I feel like it's time to start unravelling some more layers of the onion. The food thing is a tricky addiction, and I'm so ready to start feeling good and enjoying my life. <BR> <BR> And I don't want to pass on my relationship with food to my son. So. Thanks for being here! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:33:34 EST Sobriety celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x43089355 Having an anniversary? Post it here and share your celebration. New to aa? Post the one, two, three, six and nine month celebrations too. New to this thread? Post your sobriety date too if you like. <BR> <BR> 11/12/02 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 06:52:10 EST Celebrating my accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x43078213 It has been about 10 days since my last alcoholic drink. I am feeling better about it each day. <BR> <BR> At first, I wasn't sure if I could do it. It has been a long time since I have gone more than a few days without my booze. I seemed to depend on it for all my ailments. I would drink when I'm happy, I would drink when I sad and I would find any excuse to drink. But, now I don't. <BR> <BR> I don't need booze as much as I though I did. I can get by just fine without it. I just have to ke... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:18:39 EST Living in danger... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42996936 I have not been to any meetings this week, in my opinion that is making the wrong choices. I realise that I have this major quality of having a hard time to put my wellbeing first. It is much easier to be "Nice" and be there for others.... this I really need to work on because it is a major reson for overeating. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:18:34 EST Food Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42770289 Hi Group, It has been a week since I last posted. I had company from out of town come to visit for a week. I did not do the things I needed to do to take care of myself so I relapsed in the food. I used food the same way I used booze. The friends from out of town were drinkers and so is my husband so they drank. I ate because I guess I wanted to feel comfortable. I should have made an outreach call, go to a meeting or just post what was going on. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I did not pick up t... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:04:54 EST In Loving Memory - Happy Father's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42512341 Today is Father's Day. Though, I no longer have my dad and late husband to celebrate Father's Day, I cherish the memories I have had with them. The greatest gift my husband passed down to my teen-aged sons are the words, "The best thing a dad can do for his sons is to show how much he loves and respects their mother." Every Father's Day, I remind them of his words, hoping it will be passed down to their future wives and generations to come. Just Friday, my older son was complimented for actin... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:38:29 EST If I Were Still Drinking I Never Would Have... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42415647 Share an experience, job, love, sport, friend, etc that would never had happened if you were still drinking. <BR> <BR> I would not be up at dawn to exercise, and I would miss the sounds and smells of the early morning. I would be in bed dreading the day to come instead of welcoming it with open arms. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:54:07 EST Acting Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42373270 I'm doing a lot of thinking about this week. I visited my hometown and it was really hard being around my family. There is so much drama there and I found myself getting caught up in it. I did not track my food this week and ate like I used to drink. I swear I really switched addictions. I'm here today detoxing from sugar and feel awful. I ask myself why can't I accept life on life's terms. I used booze the same way I use food when I binge. I'm back on track today and pray to be willi... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:43:17 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x42057012 I got some challenges coming up next week. I will be going back to my hometown to visit and go to my granddaughter's graduation. Its kind of hard going back because I have a son who I do not have a relationship with because of is resentments toward me. It is his daughter that is graduating from high school. He does not have a relationship with her either. This makes me very sad. I pray for him all the time and I'm stepping out of my Higher Power's way. <BR> It is also to state where my ... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:45:53 EST Prayers for Joplin, Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41990598 <em>458</em> <em>220</em> <em>458</em> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <em>220</em> <em>458</em> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Over 30 years ago, I lived through a tornado. To this day, I fear any tornado. I still remember the feeling of pressure that paralized me from moving and the horrendous sounds of my ears popping. The rest I don't remember or possibly I blocked out. As some of you may know, I live in St. Louis, Missouri. Last night, Jopin, MO was hit by the worst torna... Mon, 23 May 2011 11:13:26 EST New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41950503 I am a recovering alcoholic and since I quit drinking I gained a lot of weight. I just put down one problem and added another problem. I use food the same way I used booze because one is never enough. Sugar has been a big issue since I got sober. All the food I like has some of the same ingredients as booze. The sugar and grains. <BR> <BR> Today I'm sitting here fighting my demons and wanting to eat. Food has the same effect has booze because I don't have to feel my feelings. I can ... Sat, 21 May 2011 00:17:27 EST The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41817208 <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Serenity Prayer is one of my favorites. I use the revised version of The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss (http://www.dietboard.net/vanessa/blog/) in my daily lifestyle to maintain a healthier way of living. Sending * Hope * Unity * Gratitude * Serenity = HUGS to all! Have a Sparktacular weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss... Sat, 14 May 2011 09:49:03 EST Asking "God" for help with food daily... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x41713419 A few weeks ago I called my previous AA sponsor who lives 1200 miles away. We have both been sober, thanks to AA, for over 20yrs. But we weren't talking about alcohol that day, we were talking about food! Jim said he hadn't been doing that good with his food program. He also said that each morning he asks God to help him with his alcohol problem, but that he hadn't been doing that lately about his food/eating problem. Then we hung up. <BR> <BR> A few days later Jim called back. He sounded d... Mon, 9 May 2011 09:58:08 EST Buddhist approach to the 12 steps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41653875 Does anyone out there have any experience with approaching AA from a Buddhist perspective? Thu, 5 May 2011 21:32:40 EST Mayday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41543683 April has not been the best of months, I need to have more success in may so I am asking for supports and sharing from you all! <BR> <BR> I need to get on my bike today, I need to do at least an hour of paperwork and I need to make helathy food choices! Sun, 1 May 2011 01:44:47 EST Topic of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x41467745 How about God's (or higher power) will vs. My will. I'm pretty good at turning it over every day, I just fail to remember that I turned it over and leave it there. Went to some great meetings in NYC while there. Young man said something like..."when it's my will it starts easier but gets harder (I end up hitting walls); when it's God's will, it may start out harder but usually becomes easier.". So true. <BR> <BR> Mary L <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:52:35 EST Inspirational Song: Unintended (by Muse) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x41247647 First things first, I'll be the first to admit that Muse is not exactly everyone's cup of tea, and while I like a good deal of their songs they also have a bunch that drive me up the wall. Today I was listening to music on my laptop on a random mix and this song came up. The sound and lyrics are rather haunting, and once I looked up and confirmed the lyrics I felt as though it could have been an ode to my wife and sobriety. I have been married for 10 and a half years and have 3 beautiful c... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:00:38 EST Just had to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x40722680 The other day when it was St. Patrick's Day our grandson came up to me with something in his hand and he asked if he could take it to school. When he showed it to me it was my 10 yr medallion. He wanted to take it to share with his Kindergarten class cuz he thought it was a piece of gold. Now that I think about it - it is actually more precious than gold. Needless to say, I told him no. <em>246</em> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:19:09 EST Anyone use whey protein? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x40690040 Trying to increase my breakfast protein without adding 300 calories (or too many beans). Anyone use whey protein? Recipes? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:08:59 EST The AA Paradoxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x40206153 <em>235</em> <em>306</em> <em>235</em> <em>306</em> <em>235</em> <em>306</em> <em>235</em> <em>306</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> A few days ago, a friend in recovery sent an email to me. I wanted to share it among my SP friends in this group. I hope you enjoy the following as much as I do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> From weakness (adversity) comes strength. <BR> <em>321</em> We forgive to be forgiven. <BR> <em>321</em> We give it away to keep it. <BR> <em>321</em> ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:14:09 EST A 'new' 4th step? for me tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x39588502 I am currently using this book - a course in weight loss. Its giving me a spiritual outlook to dealing with the weight issue. Im having an interesting time with it. I instantly balk at the suggestions offered in each chapter and the exercises proposed. But being an RA then i 'just do it' anyway remembering the any length idea and the HOW etc. Each lesson has actually been great when i get over myself-ha. Tonight's chapter is asking me to write my story -like our 4th step. The inner brat is ha... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:40:50 EST GOALS, PLANS AND ASPIRATIONS FOR THE NEXT YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x39121521 Before we got too far into 2011, I thought we could share our plans, some goals and even secret aspirations (like running a marathon, for instance) for the next year. <BR> <BR> I plan to keep doing what I am doing as far as healthy living is concerned. I have addressed my binge eating behaviour, and it is not gone, but so much better. I hope to stop the 10 pound yo-yo once and for all. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I plan to do a few back-country camping trips this year. <BR> <BR> And, as much as ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 06:20:59 EST made a mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x39031048 Sorry Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:45:44 EST Thanks and god bless your effort! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x38452886 i found this team accidentally and am not an alcoholic but my father is. he will never recover and our lives and relationships are permanently altered because of his choices. <BR> <BR> The fact that you are all here, together and working toward your goals both in weight loss and sobriety are amazing. I am so happy for you and your families and they should be thankful that you care enough to take on this extremely difficult task. <BR> <BR> I know it is hard and just wanted to hopefully o... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:10:13 EST Prayers and Support Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x38363964 <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prayers and Support Needed .... Please read my Blog. I can't bear another loss. I can't do this alone. I am turning to my Spark "family" to give me the inner strength and courage of acceptance to whatever God's Will is. <BR> <... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 12:39:16 EST half measures availed us nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x38309269 getting and staying sober has required 'going to any lengths.' now it feels time to apply the principles of the program to getting and staying healthy. for me it has to mean making time, not excuses; getting out of my comfort zone and off my butt! what works for y'all and keeps you coming back? Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:52:51 EST 23 days candy free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x38246322 People have been asking how I've made it 23 days now without any candy. <BR> <BR> Read on! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=134 </link> <BR> <BR> My results came before this article, but the article speaks to how I'm doing it! Honestly I couldn't have gotten this far without applying the 12-steps to my eating. Here's to many more "24 hours" of sober eating! woop woop! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Tara Thu, 2 Dec 2010 11:16:13 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x38014592 Sobriety date is May 27, 1991. Since then I've been separated for two years, lost my house to foreclosure, gone through bankruptcy, got poisoned by a medication I was on that almost killed me (damaged nervous system and pancreas), dealt with clinical depression, porked out to a stout 244 lbs, and live my life one day at a time. Had it not been for my recovery in AA and a relationship with my HP, I surely would not have lived through all the garbage. But here we are and it's time to get wel... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:15:49 EST New to this...Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x37944034 My name is Pam, and I am a functioning alcoholic. Today is my first day of sobriety, and I am nervous about possible withdrawals, but look forward to becoming sober. My family has gone through some difficult times as of late. Husband lost job, lost car...but not having a pity party. Lots of people are worse off. And having the pity party only gives me an excuse (in my mind) to drink. I have tried to find other live chat rooms for AA and such, but no luck. With lack of transportation, I ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:33:48 EST Grateful Alcoholic & Addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x37940937 I am not only members of AA, Al-Anon and NA, but enjoy the service work I perform on a daily basis. I relapsed after having 13 years of sobriety. I know that we start again where we left off from our disease of Alchoholism and / or Addiction. On January 6, 2001, I will be celebrating ten years sober / drug-free. <BR> <BR> Throughout my years in recovery, I have seen what the active disease CAN and WILL do to another human being. I have lost and attended many memorials for close friends throu... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:49:12 EST Anybody know about Antabuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x37797427 My daughter has been put on Antabuse, first pills and now injections, and it's a struggle for us at the moment. She was told to avoid everything w/ alcohol in it, and that includes vinegar. We've been looking at labels on everything, and vinegar seems to be in just about everything--dressings, mayonaisse, mustard, etc. <BR> <BR> It seems like every day she gets something (was even told to avoid creamers in her coffee) that sets her off. <BR> <BR> Anybody who has experience and can help? I'm... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 23:55:04 EST Glad I Found this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x37790955 Hey friends. I've been sober for 3 years but I still struggle daily with addiction -- food. Thank God I'm sober and that's the main thing. But I've gained 65 pounds in sobriety and my quality of life is starting to suffer. I have a herniated disc and I'm not able to be as active with my kids as I want. Exercise is also a challenge because of my back problems. <BR> <BR> My short term goal is to lose 20 lbs. by January 20th so I can qualify for an MUA procedure to help my back. I have to get ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 17:27:27 EST CONGA LINE THE WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x37724231 I must admit I pooched this game and the instructions for it from another team of mine, but it's kind of fun. <BR> <BR> Post a word. You use the "last two letters" of the word I posted in order to start your word. <BR> <BR> For example, here's a sample of five posts <BR> 1st word - peopLE <BR> Next post - LEguME <BR> Next post -MEssaGE <BR> Next post - GEL <BR> Next post - ELetric <BR> <BR> First word is <BR> <BR> gratituDE <BR> <BR> (The next person who posts....start with "DE".) ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 06:38:03 EST Halloween Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x37241986 Who's ready for some Halloween fun? Anyone like jokes? <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire? A fur coat that fangs around your neck. <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> How do witches keep their hair in place while flying? With scare spray. <BR> <BR> <em>275</em> Why don't skeletons ever go out on the town? Because they don't have any BODY to go out with. <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> What does a ghost get when he falls and scrapes his knee? A boo boo! <BR> ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:01:15 EST I Need Support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x37205625 Please read my blog, 10/9/10 - I NEED SUPPORT! Any suggestions, advice, etc is most appreciated. Sending lots of recovery, support, encouragment and hugs to my wonderful team. <BR> <BR> ~ Monika ~ <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:22:04 EST new member starting over again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x37160184 I am new to spark and hope this helps me stop the insanity! I don't know if I can lose the weight one more time. I have lost my motivation .I am pretty much house bound as a caregiver and it is just an emotional roller coaster . that is bad state for a emotional eater and a member of AA. A special thak you to Java for trying to help me navigate on spark! Wed, 6 Oct 2010 23:30:19 EST Sobriety Cheer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x36871653 <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Give me an S <BR> Give me an O <BR> Give me a B <BR> Give me an R <BR> Give me an I <BR> Give me an E <BR> Give me a T <BR> Give me a Y <BR> <BR> What do WE got? <BR> S O B R I E T Y !!!!! <BR> <BR> How did We do it? <BR> F E L L O W S H I P !!!!! <BR> <BR> Giving my wonderful teammates a CHEER for adding another One-Day-At-A-Time recovery goal to their day! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>321<... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:45:43 EST Just Curious-AA or Your Way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36854823 I know many people get sober on their own without AA. I know some. Personally, I needed help to get sober and discovered there was so much more. Just curious on how you got sober and how your life has changed. Stephanie Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:37:03 EST journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36842514 I bought a Biggest Looser food journal today and I am going to start to journal my eating on a daily basis. I plan to keep it with me every where I go and what goes in my mouth goes down in black and white. I hope this will help me be more aware of what I am doing to my body. My partner is doing this with me and she is doing better than I am but my progress seems to be slower than hers. I know you are'nt to measure your success by what others success is but I seem to fall in that trap so... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 23:54:32 EST Hi, I'm Monika! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36747385 My name is Monika and I'm a grateful recovering alcoholic and addict. My recovery date is January 6, 2001. Please visit my SparkPage anytime .... WELCOME, YOU ARE AMONG FRIENDS ....... <BR> <BR> "It's not what I know in recovery that keeps me sober. It's what I Do that keeps me sober." <BR> <BR> "Sobriety is its own reward." <BR> <BR> "It works if you work it, so work it cause you're worth it." <BR> <BR> No wonder I love being sober & clean!! Have a wonderful one-day-at-a-time in recovery... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:16:15 EST Hello, I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36662911 Hi my name is Linda I joined AA in Oct 6, 1990 and have been sober since then. I have had a weight problem all my life and now since I have been diagnosed with some disabling diseases it has gotten worse. I have tried to use the principles of AA in all my life but why in this fight I am having trouble I dont know. I picked this team because I know it will be in my best interest. I need all the feed back I can get from all of you with little to great success. Thank you in advance. <em>249<... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:52:33 EST Finally, newly sober! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36643708 Finally I have a month behind me, am joining anyway. It took a move out of state to seal the deal! How bizarre is that? <BR> <BR> Am back to participate in the forums. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 16:00:38 EST A New Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x36472228 I went to a new meeting I guess is not really an AA meeting, but it's a meeting at a drug/alcohol rehab. It was really different! It is a meeting for all inpatients and for anyone who is an alumni and their friends. It was a small meeting, about 20 women and it was lead by a counselor. Each person introduced themselves and shared how they were "feeling". Then the counselor came back to the ones who were feeling down, depressed, stressed etc.. Then she asked if the person would like feedba... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:37:53 EST One more time He saved my butt!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36431756 I just wanted to share my story of how I found "Sparks" because I feel it was a gift send to me from God to save my butt yet one more time. <BR> <BR> I had just lost my job back in May and took a look at my life! I was tired and overweight and just felt like crap! I was at a meeting and met someone who told me just how it is.....she said "you need to get fit or your going to die." She wasn't being mean, she was being honest. I told her I had tried all the diets etc... and I would lose so... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:31:25 EST birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x36319532 The beginning of my wonderful & challenging life in AA is 09/22/90. Belly button b-day is shortest day of the year & first day of winter.. 12/21(1955) Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:28:10 EST Hi everybody.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x36300869 Hi..I'm Carol. I'm celebrating 20 years sobriety & 1 week of Spark people. So glad to find this team!! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:12:36 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x35935352 My name is Amanda. I live in southern Ohio and I'm a recovering alcoholic who will have a year sober on Wednesday! Mon, 9 Aug 2010 11:50:31 EST Calorie Control with Mini Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x35821368 Does anyone do 5-6 mini meals each day to control calorie intake and keep hunger at bay? I'm wondering if you miss a big meal or two - or how you factor that in every once in awhile? <BR> <BR> I'm still stuggling with ice cream and diet cokes. I gave up the diet cokes for almost 4 months and with it....I definitely ate less sugar/ice cream too. This summer, I drifted back into diet cokes and jumped headfirst into the ice cream tub. I'm working on that now and am wondering if I should try th... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 19:10:43 EST Wow, here I am. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35690409 I finaly found some people to talk to on the net. I can't go to meetings. I tried and can't stand it. No one I've met has the control of it that I do, and that's why I realized that I don't have control. <BR> <BR> Wow, I can't believe I'm telling everyone this. I can't stand liquor, and I can drink a glass of wine and be fine. One beer = 12-20 every time. I'm very picky about the time of day to start. I show up to work on time and complete my tasks well. I'm not an aggresive drunk (although... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:15:41 EST Need a fair bit of help in this early stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35611571 OK, this is long, I tried to make it short but I think I need to vent some but also I need to give you some background so you understand what I'm dealing with and can better help me. <BR> <BR> I appreciate your patience in advance. <BR> <BR> Long story short my mother is making me crazy, which lead to the drinking a lot thing. <BR> <BR> Where by myself I'd watch how much I was drinking and the time in which I consumed it, drinking water too, and not drinking more than I intended, I'm so st... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 18:14:13 EST Stopped drinking & now craving sweets - what gives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35569000 I stopped drinking 2 weeks ago and am now craving everything sweet. I've never had a sweet tooth before so I'm assuming it's because I've given up the alcohol. Does anyone know of anything to help with the sugar cravings? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:45:02 EST Going to first AA meeting Saturday - Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35563670 I am going to my first AA meeting on Saturday and would like an idea of what to expect. The meeting is listed as Women Only (Closed). Am I expected to share my story? Any replies would be appreciated. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:42:22 EST Could use some support / ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35551519 OK, so my Mom caught me drunk to the point of being passed out (I didn't plan it, I'd been painting a house and hadn't eaten appropriate enough calories). <BR> <BR> She understandably freaked and has understandably put some rules in place. I'm OK with that, and I'm fine giving up the alcohol and going to meetings and all that. <BR> <BR> My problem is she's got such crazy-making behavior it's making me crazy (hence the increase in drinking to begin with ... I'm in chronic pain so I can't ju... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:06:47 EST Post Your Daily "Did It" Here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35515002 OK. For those who suggested it, there is a new team goal for tracking your nutrition every day. Also, when you do track and stick to your plan, to your satisfaction, post DID IT here. Like the daily NOPE for quitting smokers, and the daily affirmation for the OA team. Thanks for your input, guys. Makes my job easy when I know what you want. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 07:10:07 EST HAPPY TO FIND THIS TEAM... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x35242856 Hello, I am Allie & have been in recovery since September of 1998. I can't believe it has been that long. I am very grateful to be sober and alive today. However, I replaced my alcohol with sugar and have gained so much weight and struggled on an ongoing basis to stop eating in a destructive way. I have failed over and over. I can't seem to let go. I am so afraid if I do, I may go back to drinking because what else will I have to cope. I was so happy to have come across this site through ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 19:05:37 EST Today was my 1st day of sobriety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x35187742 Yep, today was my 1st day clean and sober 24 years ago - 7/3/86!! <BR> <BR> WooHoo...one day at a time and better every day! <BR> <BR> God bless America <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> Sat, 3 Jul 2010 19:07:15 EST Hello! Happy to find you guys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x34842325 Great to be here. Looking forward to some new buddies. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:33:30 EST AA Is 75 Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x34707314 I just wanted to celebrate the fact that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is 75 years old today. <em>244</em> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:15:22 EST Sharing Nutrition & Fitness Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x34520503 I had a sort of aha moment a little while ago. I was logging in my food, like they tells us to do, and my fitness and I thought- 'I wonder who else is doing this???' so I started searching for others that are doing this. I found a couple but it seemed sparatic - LIKE MINE, lol, and that's when it occurred to me that if we actually knew other people are really looking at our trackers then maybe we would have the desire to be more involved with them. <BR> <BR> I dont know about anyone else, bu... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:26:57 EST this is me HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x34178265 I am pretty new to this and I am not a Recovering alcoholic, but I figure if anyone could understand me it would be this group. I was never much of a drinker (so I thought) until about 3 years ago. I had a bf in the military and I started drinking a bottle 750mL every Friday and Saturday, than it increased into a DUI. Now I know that was dumb and I have done it a few times since, but I have stopped 4 months ago driving when not fit to and recently I decided to try to lose wait vs. a Tummy tuc... Sun, 16 May 2010 14:48:42 EST What's your morning prayer routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x34106655 One of today's meditations is going to be a keeper in my morning routine. What's yours? Mine is the morning prayers from the 11th step <BR> - Got direct my thinking today, keep it free from self pity....etc. I add in a very abbreviated St. Francis Prayer. <BR> - I ask for sobriety today and moreover I ask for help not wanting a drink today <BR> - I do the 3rd and 7th step prayers. <BR> - I read meditations from a few of my favorite books <BR> - I try to do a little yoga fo... Thu, 13 May 2010 06:26:59 EST Hi Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x34065470 My name is Keri and I live in Tennessee. I hope to lose some weight on this program and hope you guys can help me! I'm on Day 2 and things are going well. Can't wait to talk to everybody! <BR> Tue, 11 May 2010 12:49:47 EST Hi Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x34065463 My name is Keri and I live in Tennessee. I hope to lose some weight on this program and hope you guys can help me! I'm on Day 2 and things are going well. Can't wait to talk to everybody! <BR> Tue, 11 May 2010 12:49:29 EST The necessity of having a sponsor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x33980943 I am very new to AA, I have resisted this avenue to sobriety for a very long time. One reason is because I couldn't admit I was an alcoholic, I only wanted to be a "problem drinker" not the "A" word. I've been in substance abuse counseling for 8 months, I've been an alcoholic for appx 14 years and just last month I was finally able to say that I was an alcoholic. Another reason I've resisted is the requirement to have a sponsor. I've heard that they make you go to 90 meeetings in 90 days and ... Fri, 7 May 2010 13:29:50 EST May or June sobriety date? We'll help Celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x33960232 If you have a sobriety date in May or June, post it. Dont' be shy, be proud. We'll all help you celebrate the anniversary of the start of a new life. Thu, 6 May 2010 16:17:55 EST off the wall question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x32962666 i need to ask you guys a question, and it is weird <BR> <BR> would anyone on this board regularly drink "fake" alcoholic beverages ? ( O'Doul's , sparkling juice champagne like stuff, etc) <BR> <BR> when i get some feed back, i will tell you why i ask.. <BR> <BR> my name is Donna, and I am bulimic and sugar addict <BR> <BR> thanks ! <BR> Donna O Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:07:30 EST Recovery Ah Ha! Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x32271887 Last night at my medallion celebration, I shook the hand of someone I didn't recognize. We're supposed to reach out the hand of AA. That woman went up and got her desire chip during the meeting. After the meeting, I talked to her and she thanked me for shaking her hand, even though I didn't know her. It really struck me how important it was, 5 years ago to that night, the strangers had their hands out to me. If they had ignored me, I probably wouldn't have gone back. My HP at work again. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:36:41 EST Feeling Hopeless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x32021948 I've found that when I count calories it is more difficult for me to lose weight (psychologically) than just to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full, making healthy choices most of the time. I used to have a binge eating problem and I am a recovering alcoholic (3 months sober). I make myself physically ill, obsessing about how and when to exercise and feeling guilty about it and when and how much I eat. I successfully lost weight while eating only when hungry and being physically acti... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:03:03 EST Turned 18 yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x31996003 Last drink was on Feb 15/92. So now I've reached the age of majority. Again. <BR> <BR> Sean M. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:43:48 EST Hello all ... new member here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x31396502 Hello everyone. My name is Pam...This is all new to me, but here goes. I have decided to make a change in my life. I don't seem to have the "will power"(if there is such a thing) to do it on my own. This web site seems to have so many great success stories...not just for losing weight, but for accomplishing other goals. Weight is not the only issue I struggle with, and this site has so many forums/teams to help me along the way to achieving my goals. Well, that is it I guess...my though... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:58:52 EST Please Give to Haiti Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x31073607 Hi all, I'm posting a couple of links. My church ministry is supporting a parish in Haiti in which we have built a few schools. We are directly connected and speak regularly with the people there. In our town, buildings are down but no deaths. Our parish priest was in P o P when the quake hit; he seems in shock. He was not hurt. The school bus we supplied them is serving as a shelter. We usually merge with other mid-atlantic groups when sending supplies because it is so difficult (in the best... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 07:28:17 EST Tell us about your home group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x30912513 How about a new topic today? My home group is just like yours....the best little home group in america. It's called 33 West Recovery. When I first got sober. It was brand new (only a few months older than I in sobriety) and small; out of the 8 people there (lots of long term sobriety) - 6 had only picked up one white chip. I wanted that. I didn't want to come in and out - I'm still not sure I could get sober more than once. For me, it's easier to stay sober. Today, it has about 30 regulars. I... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 06:48:51 EST Any Resolutions for 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x30640314 I resolve to eat junk food only once a month, and keep driving ahead on my quest to be really, truly physically fit. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:17:56 EST Not sure if I should be here or not........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x30435284 I go to work (before and after childcare during the day, and now a new midnight shift job at Kohls) and still drink daily. <BR> Got a new midnight shift job on top of regular job hoping it would help,,,,,,,,,NOT!! Still drinking..... for no reason,,,,,,not depressed,,,, no more than usual, have a great family , a hubby who is awesome and doesnt drink at all, so why? WHY DO I CONTINUE TO CRAVE THE ALCOHOL......Its a battle I feel at times I am destined to lose. It all started when I was atta... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:58:29 EST 4th Step Inventory on Your Relationship with Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x30431354 Hey, everybody. Just thought I'd post here to see if anybody's done an inventory (4th step) on their relationship to food. You see, food was actually my very first "drug of choice"--my way of coping when I was growing up. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> ~~Lori 8-) Sun, 20 Dec 2009 12:12:20 EST Greetings from Malaysia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x30430809 Hey y'all! I'm Jakob from Kuala Lumpur. On SP to lose 25 pounds (about 20 to go!). My sobriety date is July 26 2007, and I only attend 1-2 meetings per week here in KL (we only have 5 english speaking meetings per week), so its great to come on here and read some of your posts! Have a wonderful sober day today. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 11:38:18 EST Greetings from Malaysia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x30430805 Hey y'all! I'm Jakob from Kuala Lumpur. On SP to lose 25 pounds (about 20 to go!). My sobriety date is July 26 2007, and I only attend 1-2 meetings per week here in KL (we only have 5 english speaking meetings per week), so its great to come on here and read some of your posts! Have a wonderful sober day today. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 11:37:46 EST My home group meeting is closed today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x30423104 My home group cancelled the meeting today because we are having a snowstorm and its going to last until tomorrow morning. we are getting between 6-12 inches of snow (nj) ugh!!! i hate missing my home group meeting feels like im missing out. But Im happy to say that least i can call my network which helps me alot especially at this time when im snowed in. God is good! <em>444</em> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:41:56 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x30383739 Hello...I am on day 17 of my sobriety journey. I drank for over 13 years and tried quitting on my own with no success. I finally sought help with a substance abuse counselor which has been great with dealing with all the junk in my life...and I attend Celebrate Recovery meetings which is a christian based recovery group. I still have alcohol cravings and it's been hard, I had a melt down this past Monday because of something my youngest daughter did and I bought some alcohol, but I didn't dri... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:49:02 EST Ugh. The nausea. When does it end? Detox... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x30193231 I am on day 20 of sobriety. I am still incredibly nauseous at times (this morning, all morning). How much longer will this last? I'm going a bit nuts. I mean, I've been detoxing for 20 days! I know I have a bit of a cold, but that has never caused nausea before! <BR> <BR> What can I do to make this end sooner? Anything? Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:40:17 EST Tape w/ weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x30181899 Could someone pleae explain how to have the tape measure with the current weight shown on my postings? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Lor Sun, 6 Dec 2009 22:38:03 EST New to team - Loraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x30162139 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Belly button B-day: 11/2/61 <BR> AA B-day: 10/31/95 <BR> <BR> Live in SW suburb of Philadelphia <BR> <BR> I was so excited to find a Recovering Alcoholic forum. I'm new to SparkPeople and still trying to figure things out on the site. <BR> <BR> In difficult period of life and can't seem to get to that point where I can give energy to a healthy start. Just glad to find the group. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Lor Sat, 5 Dec 2009 20:55:12 EST I celebrated 5 years on the 17th of November! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x29944311 I haven't been here in a while, work and family is keeping me busy (and yes, meetings). I got 2 tokens, one from a gentleman on my actual anniversary. I went back to where I'd gone to my first meeting, and where I said, "Hi, I'm Casey and I'm an alcoholic" aloud for the first time, five years ago (and then promptly cried too). I hadn't been to that meeting for a while, and the guy passing out tokens was at that first meeting too, so has known me all through my sobriety. It was cool he was the... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:38:24 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x29944120 It has been about two months since I stopped drinking. I was in rehab two years ago. In the last two years I thought I could drink just like "normal" people. Not true.......so now I just don't drink at all. I make an AA meeting every morning at 7 am and several others during the week that interest me; ladies mtg, speaker mtg, step mtg etc. I have put on at least 20 lbs in the last 4 years and need to get it off. I'm sure I'm up to the challenge of not drinking as well as dropping the 20lbs an... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:27:32 EST Sober but compulsive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x29913193 Hi - this week I will celebrate four years sober - I came to AA june 2005, got sober and in nobemver had a relapse for one night, Got sober again and have been since. <BR> <BR> Food is my primary drug - I went to OA back in 1997 but as there were no live meetingsw to attend I really never got the program. But as I discovered the power of meetings in AA I wnt back to OA to try again. During my absence a lot had happened - there are now phone meetings four times a week although still no IRL me... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 01:44:15 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x29728385 Hello all. I am new to this team and am wondering if there are any non AA groups or support or something. <BR> I can go for a week or so then the cravings just get the best of me and I know it is undermining my diet goals. <BR> How we we get support here/?? Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:42:56 EST Good Morning, My name is Janet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x28733646 I am VERY glad to be here, maybe I can meet some friends that really understand me. I have tried AA, found it to be a bunch of women needing free therapy, some real fruit loops, I didn't feel as if I belonged. But! I jumped in! Got a "sponsor" who was on me like stink on poop, so that scared me off as well. "You need to write this down and call me 4 times a week and blah blah blah!!" Nope. <BR> <BR> My husband, nor anyone in my family drink, I am an active mother of 2 sons ( 9 and 11)who bel... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:37:33 EST Inspiring message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x28378955 I've shut the door on yesterday and its sorrows and mistakes. <BR> I'v locked within its gloomy walls past failures and heartaches; <BR> And now I'v thrown the key away to seek another room; <BR> I'll furnish it with hope and smiles and every springtime bloom. <BR> No thought shall enter this abode that has a hint of pain <BR> And every malice and distrust shal;l never therein reign. <BR> I've shut the door on yesterday and thrown the key away. <BR> Tommorrow holds no doubt for me since I ha... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 15:44:06 EST HELP! Alcohol in the house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x28238750 I'm going to avoid the long story, but I had to move in with my parents. For a few years now they have kept alcohol out of the house altogether. <BR> <BR> But recently they decided that they wanted to start making pitchers of margaritas. That isn't that big of a deal, I dislike margaritas & tequila. However my dad has also decided he wants to have a bottle of whiskey, too. I asked them to please move this stuff to a place out of site & unknown to me, but they haven't bothered. I told them I ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 14:38:42 EST QUESTION FOR WEEKEND DISCUSSION ... or longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x28038613 The topic at our meeting today turned into a lovely discussion: "Why do you keep coming to A.A.?" <BR> <BR> Have at it, gang! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:30:18 EST giving up diet coke http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x28000883 anyone want to join me? I'm convinced that my diet coke addiction is at least partly responsible for the later day sugar bingeing. I have one left.....I'll drink it tomorrow then I'm done. Anyone want to join me in my temporary misery and/or give me a pep talk when I want to rationalize having one? let me know....I'll quit tomorrow - HA! <BR> <BR> Mary Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:15:30 EST TODAY'S WORD: SOBRIETY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x27990536 I get a "word a day" in my email. This was today's. <BR> So --- after reading this --- what's your definition of SOBRIETY? <BR> ************************************ <BR> • sobriety • <BR> <BR> Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural) <BR> <BR> Meaning: 1. The state of being sober, not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 2. Seriousness absent all excess, exaggeration, or frivolity. <BR> <BR> Notes: Today's Good Word and the adjective it was derived from, sober, are clearly importan... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:41:15 EST Daily Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x27966144 I thought I would post the AA Daily Reflection for those who would like to read it, or read it again. <BR> <BR> Daily Reflections <BR> <BR> GIVING IT AWAY <BR> <BR> Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became seconary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves to others. <BR> Alcoholics Anonymous, p.159 <BR> <BR> Those words, for me, refer to a transference of power, through which God, as I understand Him, enter... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:00:33 EST frustrated to start again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x27931804 I can't seem to keep it consistant. Weight and smoking seem to be holding on. I "start over" every day it seems and its not working. I've been sober for almost 5 years and i had great success with smoking and getting fit at first, but now I'm struggling... i keep going back and my lifestyle is not changing. <BR> <BR> Maybe i need to work the program more.... i'm just annoyed at continuing to fail. <BR> <BR> So much of my life is amazing right now and yet, this brings me down. Sounds like a... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:01:37 EST Early recovery eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x27906494 Well, after celebrating 5 years in November, I relapsed. It has been hard, but I quickly got back in the program. I will have 60 days again next week. Because of all the emotions and feelings, I have again turned to eating. I know eating is better than drinking or using, but for me, this starts a cycle of things. Eating means gaining weight, which means depression, and so on and so forth. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone has. I know my priority is to stay sober, but would just... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 22:39:22 EST Grateful to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x27847153 Hi! I joined sparkpeople a while ago, and I didn't know that there was an AA team! I even joined the OA team, but it seems to be pretty inactive. I got sober in march of this year, and I go to meetings everyday, and I guess I feel petty bringing up the food issue there, but it's really bothering me! I find myself replacing alcohol with food and it's the same insanity - I find myself bingeing without even being hungry, or not even caring what I'm bingeing on as long as I'm eating! I will be so... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:56:10 EST New Here Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x27789922 Hello Everyone...You know, I joined another forum the other day...another one which is very pertinent to my life right now...and even just posting, then receiving the wonderful upbeat replies just makes so much difference! <BR> <BR> I have been sober...this time...for just over a month. I am one who keeps falling. However, I am a big walker, swimmer and into good, healthy food...and I am always so positive and content when I'm doing these things. <BR> <BR> And writing...I love to write and ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:29:40 EST Soberfest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x27718234 Tomorrow is Soberfest! Join is at Verdugo Park, Glendale, California USA at 9am Sunday, August 16, 2009. Lots of sober people, annual softball game between Shakers Fellowship and the Windsor Club, great food, crafts and games for the kids, and I'm bringing water balloons (another annual tradition). <BR> <em>236</em> <em>191</em> <em>300</em> <em>67</em> <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Aug 2009 09:59:29 EST YPAA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x27337653 The Pennsylvania State Conference for Young People in A.A. (PENNSCYPAA) will be held this weekend July 31-August 2nd in Pittsburgh!! Actually it is in Moon Township at the Holiday Inn...COme one, come all if you are in town!! Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:45:06 EST Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x27328759 OK so maybe this is a stupid question but it came after a very old school and very opinionated member of my local chapter nearly fell over in shock that I take Apple Cider Vinegar in liquid form occasionally to calm an upset stomach at the recommendation of my naturalist. I checked prior to buying it to be sure that it is pure and contains no alcohol in the ingredients. Just pure ACV. I am aware that it takes alcohol form during the fermenting process but then is turned into vinegar. So what'... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:40:13 EST THE THIRD STEP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x27031690 A friend asked me today about my own experience with the third step. I thought a thread on this topic might be useful. So please share your experience strength and hope or any questions you might on this topic. <BR> <BR> My own journey with Step 3 started something like this. <BR> <BR> I believe that my Higher Power wants only the best for me. <BR> <BR> So first I believed He wanted me to stay sober and therefore do whatever is necessary to stay that way, whether I felt like doing it or ... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 02:07:43 EST Changed my username http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x26877380 I'm no longer CASEMOM, now I'm KISSODAAT. I like it better, and since it is all about me, lol... <em>211</em> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 09:49:22 EST Just joined this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x26737765 I'm Casey, 49, sober since 11/04. I lost over 30 lbs. on Weight Watchers several years ago, and am now trying to lose 5-10 more, lower my cholesterol and stay healthy. I like SparkPeople so far (been here since April), although I haven't really joined in much. I'm thrilled to find other Friends of Bill W. here! Thu, 2 Jul 2009 20:55:23 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x26634596 Hi everyone!! <BR> I am new to this team and posted earlier. <BR> A little about myself: <BR> I am 49 years old, female, 3 kids 5 grandkids <BR> I am married 22 years and my husband is in NA and SA <BR> I live in daytona beach florida <BR> I work at a JC Penney at the mall in daytona <BR> I am seven years sober. My sobriety date is May 02 2002 <BR> My bellybutton day is Feb 26 1960 <BR> My home group is Steps for Life, a 12x12 meeting for women in port orange florida, just south of daytona <B... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 17:51:20 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x26628027 Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> I am so glad that there is a sparkteam for me!! <BR> I am 7 years sober and live just south of daytona beach florida. My home group is Steps for Life, an open women's step group in Port Orange Florida. <BR> Thank you for being here!!!! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 11:26:17 EST Happy New Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x26620299 This is my New Year's Eve. Tomorrow is my sobriety birthday -- 6/28/2005 is the date. I like looking at it this way. I review the past year and think about how I can make the next year even better. I have so many options I didn't have four years ago. I've got a program. I have love in my life. I have hope! Plus I have this Team! Thanks for letting me share. <BR> <BR> Oh, yeah. My name is Aurlie and I'm an alcoholic. Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:57:47 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x26470658 <BR> This quotation was posted on another team I belong to, and I hope that some of you may find as much comfort in it as I do. <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> You are accepted!...accepted by that which is greater than you and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask the name now, perhaps you will know it later. Do not try to do anything, perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact tha... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 10:54:35 EST Coffee with a returnee to the program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x26177156 I really hope this post makes sense. <BR> <BR> Today, I had coffee with a returnee to the program. We went to college together, but didn't hang out at all. I ran in one circle and he ran in another. However, a few months back I ran into him at a meeting. At first, I didn't recognize who he was, but he remembered me. <BR> <BR> We didn't see each other again until a few days ago where we decided to have coffee today. He was afraid to talk so I shared my story and he opened up more. I felt l... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 00:17:13 EST COMPLETE THE PHRASE ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x26133281 I thought I'd see if anyone would like to join me in another way to learn. It works like this: <BR> Start a phrase or sentence or slogan from any AA literature and the next person finishes it. They then will start one of their own and so on ... This may lead some of us to parts of the Big Book, 12X12, or other such books that we haven't seen or have forgotten about. <BR> If no one can complete your phrase after a day or two, feel free to drop in hints. I'll start. <BR> <BR> "Well, tha... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 12:36:43 EST 3 Beautiful Words.... ......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x26022522 ~I AM Sober~ Tue, 2 Jun 2009 21:48:07 EST Logging In Points TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x26006697 <em>38</em> <BR> ````````````````````````````````````````<BR>```````````1` Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:47:19 EST Emotional Sobriety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x25998321 Perhaps for those that aren't beginners but still humbly seek :). We'll see what everyone thinks. Maybe I should go to work :). Tue, 2 Jun 2009 07:00:00 EST Beginner Topics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x25998300 Just thought I'd try something new this morning. Let's see what the response is. The only way to reorganize our topics is to add new ones so I thought it might be a nice idea to have some suggestions for newcomers. Maybe a first step? Maybe living sober ideas? Maybe something that stays put? Maybe not? What do you think? Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:58:49 EST Daily Giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x25998191 A NEW ONE FOR TODAY: <BR> <BR> The policeman had the bar under surveillance a few minutes before closing time, so he could see who comes out drunk. <BR> <BR> The first one out the door at 2:00 o'clock weaved down the sidewalk, then fell on the curb. Sluggishly got up, then tried his keys in five cars before finding his own car. <BR> <BR> Once inside his car, he fumbled with his keys for 2 or 3 minutes. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, all the club patrons had gotten into their cars and driven awa... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:52:01 EST Log in SparkPoints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x25998150 I moved the points down to Outside Issues. Cyndy can you get it started again in it's new locale? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:48:21 EST Topic of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x25998083 Week 5/31 - 6/7: Serenity <BR> <BR> Let's change it up. Since we all chime in on different days and schedules...let's keep a topic going for a week. Serenity started a few days ago so let's keep it going. Have a wonderful serene week everyone . <BR> Mary L <BR> <BR> I moved this topic up to the discussion forum and moved the points thread to the outside issues forum. A geographical <em>211</em> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:42:55 EST TOPIC OF THE WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x25997895 Week 5/31 - 6/7: Serenity <BR> <BR> Let's change it up. Since we all chime in on different days and schedules...let's keep a topic going for a week. Serenity started a few days ago so let's keep it going. Have a wonderful serene week everyone <em>135</em> . <BR> Mary L <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:26:46 EST Total points? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x25866806 5130 Wed, 27 May 2009 22:58:46 EST Topic of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x25842229 How has a sense of humor in AA helped your sobriety? <BR> <BR> Learning to laugh at myself has been a huge piece of my accepting myself. How about you? <BR> <BR> Mary L Wed, 27 May 2009 06:45:21 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x25695480 I just wanted to say that after reading many, many,....many stories, I am so motivated. I want to be able to motivate people too. I want to motivate them to loss weight and I want to motivate sobriety. Well, how do I do this? First of all I have to get over this side of the fence to the other side where people are fit and healthy, inside and out. So here's my pledge, I will become a motivator by the end of the year. Who's with me? <em>84</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 18:59:33 EST Logging In Points Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x25593843 <em>405</em> <BR> ........... <em>405</em> <BR> ...................... <em>405</em> <BR> ................................. <em>405</em> ~~~"4". Sun, 17 May 2009 00:19:19 EST DAILY GIGGLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x25522724 AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES <BR> <BR> 1. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop. <BR> <BR> 2. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink. <BR> <BR> 3. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer. <BR> <BR> 4. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock... Wed, 13 May 2009 23:56:43 EST Just broke up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x25434641 Hi I thought I'd try this again. I just recently broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years. He lied to me about a girl he was emailing, told me I was crazy and then I busted him in a lie about emailing her again! I havve been sober for 11 months tomarrow Yeah! I am looking to better my self image by losing about 15 pounds and staying sober while dealing with the loss of my boyfriend. right now I hate men and have no faith in them. I have 2 sons and feel I have let them down again because they too... Sun, 10 May 2009 23:35:18 EST CHEER UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x25400721 This link has a great message for anyone feeling a little down and/or unloved. It takes a while to load, be patient and enjoy ... then pass it on to someone you love. <BR> <BR> <link>www.hasanyonetoldyou.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I LOVE ALL OF YOU <BR> AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! Sat, 9 May 2009 09:51:14 EST Founder's Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x25135525 There is an unwritten meeting at Founder's Day Weekend every year - on line groups meet at the fountain in the middle of the University Campus at noon on Saturday. It is my anniversary so I am asking all my on line groups if you are going to be in Akron that is where you can find me. <BR> <BR> If you are planning on going to Founder's Day and want to meet up send me sparkmail and I will give you my cell number. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:00:54 EST Scared to stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x24485276 I drink all the time, especially since I lost my job. I'm scared to stop. Scared to go to a meeting. Scared and it hurts. Mon, 6 Apr 2009 14:24:16 EST Best AA meeting discussions for the month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x24302472 Hello, I need to go to a meeting. I am running short this month. I am fixing to leave for a speaker meeting in a few minutes. <BR> What has been some of your best discussion meetings for this month? Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:11:10 EST Addicted to the Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x24298141 I am addicted to stepping on the scales, and I wonder what people think about frequent weighings: helpful or harmful? For me, I don't just get on the scale every morning, but 3-4 times a day and when I go to bed. I seem to have a hard time not knowing. Control? Suggestions how to break this? It is sort of motivating, but feels too obsessive somehow. Help! <BR> <BR> Dawn <em>303</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:03:29 EST Cold Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x24261202 This might be odd sounding but I'm curious if anyone has had a similar experience. Last week I had a terrible terrible cold and flu and was in bed for 4 days straight. I had my BF grab me some drug store cold meds. Well in the last three days without them (feeling substantially better now)I feel hung over. Or very similar. It's been so long I barely remember but I do remember the jittering, headache, thirsty, tired "out of it" feeling. And I have that! <BR> <BR> It's horrible!!! Has anyone ... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 11:17:59 EST International Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x24106286 2010 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS <BR> The 2010 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 1-4 in San Antonio, Texas with the theme “A Vision for You.” A.A. members and guests from around the world will celebrate A.A.’s 75th year at this event with big meetings held Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the Alamodome. Other meetings, scheduled or informal, will take place throughout the weekend in the San Antonio Convention Center and... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:27 EST Question about AA meetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x24039087 Can someone help me figure out what sort of AA meeting I should attend? I have been sober since 2006, but am currently trying to get disability. My attorney told me I have to go to AA meetings or the judge will likely refuse my disability request. <BR> <BR> I've done so well without meetings, I'm a bit of a loner & not much for group things. The "open" & "closed" concept confuses me, plus I don't want to attend a meeting where there might be smoking. But it seems like a meeting held in a chu... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 01:16:31 EST Funny Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x23870643 Happy St. Patrick's Day to all: <BR> <BR> Subject: FW: Don't Mess With The Irish <BR> <BR> An Irish priest was transferred to Texas. Father O'Malley rose from his&#8232;&#8232;bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new Texas mission&#8232;&#8232;parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of&#8232;&#8232;the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a jackass lying&#8232;&#8232;dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly called the police&... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 07:34:11 EST Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x23856298 I go to an AA retreat a couple times each year. Going to Blackstone next month (in Va) - apparently it is the oldest AA retreat in the country (at least the organizers of Blackstone claim that fame). It will be over the 100th one they've held (they do this every Spring and Fall). Attendees tend to come largely from PA, VA, NC, TX, and Fla. There are a ton of people there with over 30 years sobriety and always a handful over 50! They always invite a few newcomers too thank God! Mary L. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:57:30 EST Worried about social event & drinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x23654049 I just admitted that I have a problem with alcohol and I want to stop drinking. The problem is, I have been drinking since I was 18! My friends all think and know I drink. I am just so used to doing it. I am going to a wedding and reception on March 14th and I just have this feeling that I will have an overwhelming desire to drink while I am there. How do you handle this? I am socially anxious and shy and I think drinking helps me with this. I just am very worried about it. <BR> Any ad... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:23:46 EST Poem for everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x23494637 I wrote a poem for someone in my group to help them not think about their past as much. Hope you enjoy it!: <BR> <BR> The Moth <BR> <BR> <BR> I slept during the day and flew around at night <BR> Hidden in the shadows during my flight <BR> <BR> Then one night I noticed a light glowing <BR> It called to me softly and I felt myself going <BR> <BR> In front of the light is where I felt safe <BR> It’s warmth going all over my face <BR> <BR> I started to need it more and more <BR> To fill a ... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 21:22:37 EST Just now contemplating quitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x23387657 As I've gotten more serious about my fitness journey, my eating, my daughter's health problems and my desire to live a healthier longer life than my newly deceased mom, I have to admit the alcohol is a big problem. It is also holding back my weight loss, which is a shame because I do put my work in with both eating and working out. I do low carb and know that alcohol is burned before fat, I do drink hard liquor, gave up beer long ago. But the reality is, I can't go a day without, and that'... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 00:19:46 EST Rotating Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3485x1029x23332277 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Since AA online is no longer able to send daily AA literature meditations. I thought I'd explore posting a meditation from other sources. Some conference approved...perhaps some not. Totally non-denominational if you don't mind. As this is a group without rules.....Let me know if you'd like to consider something else. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone. <BR> <BR> Namaste, <BR> <BR> Mary L. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 07:59:17 EST relaped again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x23248558 hi. i relapsed again. can't seem to stay sober. could really use some support. thanks. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:01:01 EST Dont Know How To Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x23123702 i am drinking everyday-not a lot-just some gulps of scotch and some wine-i generally do not get drunk-i just like the taste of alcohol...well yesterday i went out and bought a pint of vodak and drank it with scotch and then i took seven klonopin pills....needless to say i felt terrible, couldnt remember anything about last nite and woke up with such a headache....i just cant stop no matter how hard i try...i have been to AA meetings but then i come home and drink...i dont know what to do at t... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:23:04 EST Weight Loss/Mgt in Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4815x1029x22771836 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Since the conventions thread has had very few visitations, I decided to move the forum to a topic and change the forum to "outside issues". Unique perhaps to our group (although we are terminally unique ), is that the priority is clearly sobriety, not weight loss. First things first keeps us alive in my humble opinion. That said, many of us may certainly welcome a place to freely talk about weight loss/management from the perspective of one who puts sobriety first. ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:28:42 EST Conventions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22771794 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Since the conventions thread has had very few visitations, I decided to move the forum to a topic and change the forum to "outside issues". Unique perhaps to our group (although we are terminally unique <em>41</em> ), is that the priority is clearly sobriety, not weight loss. First things first keeps us alive in my humble opinion. That said, many of us may certainly welcome a place to freely talk about weight loss/management from the perspective of one who puts sobrie... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:27:54 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1029x22624667 Hello, my name is Denise B and I have been in recovery for a little over eight years. Since becoming clean and sober I have put on about 20 pounds. I eat sugar/choc/etc a lot since I a came into recovery. I went to O/A for a few years, but I couldn't seem to work that program as I can with the alcohol or drug program. It is very frustrating. I fought to get and stay clean and sober. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but when it comes to eat healthier, I don't want to "g... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 16:59:46 EST Daily Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22536288 Today's Goals <BR> <BR> Stay sober <BR> be positive <BR> read my recovery books <BR> see the blessings I've been given <BR> talk to another in recovery <BR> Stay on my food plan <BR> write in my food journal <BR> drink my water <BR> use the stairs <BR> move for 10 minutes <BR> send an email <BR> smile <BR> <BR> next............ Tue, 3 Feb 2009 06:53:28 EST ADS WE WISH WE COULD SEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22478888 Carnation milk - 65 YEARS AGO .. <BR> <BR> A little old lady from Wisconsin had worked in and around her family dairy farms since she was old enough to walk, with hours of hard work and little compensation. When canned Carnation Milk became available in grocery stores in approximately the 1940s, she read an advertisement offering $5,000 for the best slogan. <BR> <BR> The producers wanted a rhyme beginning with 'Carnation Milk is best of all.' <BR> <BR> She thought to herself, I know all ab... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 14:40:56 EST The Promises-Have They Come True For You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22096642 I heard the Promises introduced at last night's meeting as AA's written guarantee. The key words for me are "if you work for them". I know that for me, if I stop working at the program, not so many of the promises come true in my day. If I am having a good day in my AA work, most of them seem to be working in my life. <BR> <BR> If you want to read them, they are on page 83-84 of the 4th edition of The Big Book. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:19:13 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22061013 I have an opportunity today.....to start over. Mary L. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 07:16:56 EST Do I belong?- relapse and cross addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x22009868 I deleted my original post because I am kinda paranoid about things being out on the internet. :) Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:38:46 EST GREAT MEEETING THIS MORN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x21969862 The topic was gratitude --- and I was feeling VERY GRATEFUL this morning. (ain't it nice to wake up positive instead of negative?!?!) <BR> <BR> One of the last people who shared had this to say "I feel so good and so grateful, I can hardly believe it's me". <BR> <BR> That pretty much sums it up. You don't get HERE from where I was...but HERE I am anyway. I hardly believe it, but it's true. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the journey today. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:51:08 EST New Day - New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1029x21453630 Today I start again with my eating program. I started fresh last Sunday and did great until I traveled to my in-laws this weekend...I forgot or ignored everything I was supposed to be doing and indulged in my favorite binge food - potato chips - all weekend! I try to remember to use my AA program to help with my eating but the food seems to win more days than not. I have read the OA literature and try to get all I can from it. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have special tips you use when dealing... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 13:16:11 EST