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It's great to meet you, Tony! Best wishes to you in reaching your goals. You're not alone and we can all help each other along this journey.
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Hello, my name is Tony & I reside in Halifax Nova Scotia. I'm a Super Morbidly Obese individual weighing well over 600 lbs. Over the past couple of weeks I have been advocating for myself to get a family doctor. The search actually began in mid-October and on Tuesday, after getting my story out to the media, I rec'd the call I so desperately needed. Capitol Health found me a doctor (lots of blogs & stories to read & see if your interested on my Sparkpage).

Now that ordeal is over with I am so looking for forward to a fresh new beginning. I am so excited that I will be able to move forward with my journey. My eating is so out of control that incorporating the 12 Steps/12 Traditions of AA & by involving myself with this Team I'm going to take control of my food addiction & get back my life for the first time in years. With your help, of course.

Thanks for having me along with you on this incredible journey!

Tony

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.'


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It's so good to see you here! Your new SparkPage is beautiful. Best wishes to you and your new start.
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4/8/15 1:55 P

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I am new to this team. I can wait to get started on this journey! I want to get sober and stay sober. I am a stay at home mom. I have 2 daughters and I'm happily married. I have had my share of struggles regarding alcohol and other things in my life. At this point I'm truly focused and determined to beat this alcoholism, but I know as long as I live I will have to fight. So I'm here for support in this as well as to hopefully help others to reach their goals.
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My goal is to also lose 45 pounds. I've done this in the past (sobered up and lost weight) but I didn't stick with it. I lost my focus and let stress and other things get in the way of my progress. But I know that just because you fall doesn't mean that you stay down. I have to keep getting back up and I have to believe that I can do it.

I will never give up in reaching my goals. And although they may sound simple, I know actions are definitely harder than words. So I want to put action behind them started here today. Here are my 3 supporting goals to my ultimate goal:

1.) Pray and study the Bible every day.

2.) Work out 5 days a week *3 cardio and 2 strength days*.

3.) Get my home organized starting with my personal space.

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Please add me as a friend and stop by my page!
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I am 1,231 days sober. Please visit my SparkPage to learn more about me if you'd like to do so.
Blessings today and always.

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1/16/15 11:55 P

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Welcome, WYNTERLILY! I agree with Pat, One Day at a Time. One Step at a Time.


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1/15/15 8:39 P

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emoticon emoticon one day sober is about like losing a pound. Both are so hard to do. One day at a time, one pound at a time.

Lord, bless my diet buddies and help me met my 2015 weight goals of 50 pounds.
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1/15/15 8:17 P

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Hi everyone. I'm new here. Also, I've been sober for 51 days. :) :)

I've never gone this long before.

Anyway. Now I have to work on my eating.... that's another addiction!! And I really, really do not want to substitute the old addiction with this ....other old one!! So. Hello all.

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1/5/15 1:49 P

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emoticon for the Welcomes. If we can over come alcohol we can over come our bad eating habits. One step at a time, One meal at a time.


Lord, bless my diet buddies and help me met my 2015 weight goals of 50 pounds.
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Welcome, Pat! I'm Aurlie and I have 9 years clean and sober.
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Welcome Pat I am Cecilia in Sweden, nine years sober but struggling with compulsive eating. Hope you find something useful here!

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emoticon My name is Pat and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since January 30, 2008. I will be taking my 7 yr cake in a couple of weeks.

Lord, bless my diet buddies and help me met my 2015 weight goals of 50 pounds.
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12/18/14 6:17 P

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I wish you all the best!
First things First, but don't stop there!
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12/17/14 4:48 P

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Hi, I'm Norma Jean and I'm an alcoholic. My sobriety date is August 16, 2001. I didn't see this topic until today. I've posted on another forum on this team.


You know if I hadn't address my drinking, I wouldn't be able to address my weight, my depression etc., etc.

Need to talk!!

One Day at a Time

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On my way to a better life. Fulfilling some goals I've failed in the past and pursuing new challenges to achieve my life's journey to wellness.

Wake up with DETERMINATION - Go to bed with SATISFACTION!!!

Know a Higher Power,
Know Peace,
No Higher Power,
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Welcome both Tara and Redstone - hope you will stay with us and share your experience, strenght and hope!

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Congratulations, Redstone! Best wishes to you. It sure is a day by day challenge. It's not something I could do alone.
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Hi! I am 9 days sober. I have gone long periods without alcohol before ----while I was pregnant I abstained for 9 whole months plus more while breastfeeding! But as soon as I could I went back to gin and tonics. recently I read two books called "Your Last Diet" and Potatoes not Prozac that talk about sugar sensitives and I really related to that. I even feel that my drinking is related to my sugar sensitivity and my sugar addiction. The book (and their website) inspired me to kick sugar and kick alcohol before I even start to think about losing weight. So far these past 9 days have been great. Its so nice not to wake up at 1am filled with regret, a cottony mouth and a headache. For the past 9 days I have not had to disguise my breath with toothpaste or mouthwash or wonder if people notice that I am "tipsy". It really is a day by day challenge though, isn't it? I wake up every morning and journal about the challenges that I expect to have so that I can face them head on. Last night it was "drinks out" with co-workers. Yet I managed to drink only iced tea (instead of long island iced teas!). Today's challenge is the simple fact that it is Friday. In the past I have tried to limit my drinking to "Friday nights only" so Fridays have always been a trigger. I have something planned with my daughter tonight after work so I can avoid that temptation. I am SO ready to be rid of this demon once and for all!

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Hi Tara! I wish you all the best!

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5/1/14 12:23 P

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Hi I am Tara and 8 months sober. So far lost 30 pounds. I am a mother of 3, youngest is graduating in June. I live in northern BC.

Toodles and good luck!


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Welcome to our team - 121 days sober means that you have already come far! Hope to see you active in our group!

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Congratulations on your 121 days! Sober DOES feel good!

What kind of help do you think you need?

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4/28/14 11:42 A

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Hi Everyone! I am 121 days Sober and feel good. I joined this site in 2009 and haven't done a thing with it! I need some serious help. My motivation level seems to be at an all time low. I am staying sober but I know there is so much more out there! HELP please!

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4/25/14 4:14 P

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emoticon and Congratulations! I'm looking forward to getting to know you

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4/25/14 1:03 P

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Welcome Bronyboy! This is a great community. Check out the "April Chat" for an ongoing conversation about recovery and life in general. Glad to have you with us. As you have likely heard in meetings, YOU (the newcomer) are the most important person here! Without you to pass it on to the rest of us can't stay sober. WELCOME!

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Hello! I'm new to Sparkpeople and while I'm only 48 hours sober, I'm still proud of that! I look forward to many more days, weeks, months, and years sober!

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Thank you.

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Welcome! Congratulations on your 17 years! I hope you join us on the Check in Thread.

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Hi, I'm Martha from southern Maryland. I've been in AA for 17 yrs, anniversary 6/6/96 and started really getting into spark people in Oct 2013 for health reasons. I have pre diabetes, pre hypertension and cholesterol is close to the point of having to take medication so I had to do something about my weight. Looking to get to know the team members.

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Welcome, Gmather! I'm looking forward to getting to know you

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Hi, i have been in recovery for 34 days. Although it hasn't been very long and i am definitly still battleing the "drinking thinking" i know it is what i need and i work on my program one day-hour-minute at a time. Whatever i need at that time. emoticon

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Thank you :)

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welcome! It'll be great to get to know you. I wish you all the best


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Hello all,

I haven't been sober very long but I'm making a strong effort and focusing on my interests (which thankfully include cooking) and goals instead of partying. Hopefully I can get to know some of you on this forum and find a good support group among peers. Happy holidays all :)

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Good to meet you! Welcome! congratulations on your 6 months.

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Hello, I have been sober for 6 months now. Since I have been sober I have become more aware of how my health has deteriorated and need to get back into shape. I gained 60 pounds over the last 3 years basically because when I was drunk I just plain didn't care about myself. I have been sober on several occasions for up to a year and then I get this dumb idea that I have control and can drink again. The insanity of alcoholism. I am looking forward to sharing.

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10/24/13 7:31 P

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Welcome! It's good to meet you. I don't think I've ever met a stereotypical alcoholic. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Best wishes in reaching your goals.

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emoticon Welcome! I wish you the best of luck in your journey. It isn't always but thankfully we have this group to help push us through.

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Hello!

I'm not your "stereotypical" picture of a recovering alcoholic---- I'm 22 years old, and haven't lost anyone or anything due to my years and years of copious drinking, thank goodness. I'm currently taking the moderation route (a glass of wine or a beer every once in a while) and it's working well for me. Complete abstinence from drinking, well, if you tell me I can't have something, I want it that much more. I'm a recent graduate and now work at a university doing research. I love reading, learning about things like nutrition, diets, and wellness, video games, talking with my friends, and of course, the SO.

I made the decision to stop my heavy drinking when I woke up after a four day long binge with the worst stomachache I've had in my life. Not just due to the alcohol, but I'm lactose intolerant and had drunkenly ordered a pizza to avoid cooking. I realized that day that I couldn't keep doing this; the pain wasn't worth it, and the inability to control my intake of both food and drink needed to stop. I've been a member of this site (not always dedicated, but off and on) for a couple years now, and I thought that since I'm on here a lot tracking my food and reading articles, joining a team of others going through the same sort of thing (and also watching their weight!) might help a lot. I'm fairly new at the sobriety thing compared to a lot of others in here, but it's one day at a time.

Glad to meet you all! :) feel free to send me a message if you want to talk or have something to discuss!

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Hi Angelina. Welcome! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better

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Hello! My name is Angelina and I am 231 days sober. I am so grateful that this group exist. Since becoming sober I have cut myself off from the world. I am now trying to push myself to be more social. I thank god everyday for allowing me to overcome my drinking addiction.

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Perfect timing: I was debating going to the Ladies' Meeting tonight because I've been to that one several times (years ago) when it was just me and ONE other lady! But usually there are about a half dozen gals. Anyhow, I know those dear ladies pretty well and I'm soooooo embarrassed that I've slipped and been away for so long. Yet, I gotta do what I know I *need* to do. I'm going. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Welcome to the team Lucy! Sorry for the late note, but I was away from internet access camping. I live in a small town too, and just do the best I can. Don't let fear keep you away from what you need to do.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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emoticon Here's to blooming where we're planted!

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Thank you. Your message was timely as I'm just getting up the nerve to return to a meeting tonight. We live in a very small town, and, unfortunately, there isn't as much anonymity as there is *supposed* to be in AA. emoticon Yet, you gotta bloom where yer planted, I guess.

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It's great to meet you, Lucy! I wish you all the best. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

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Hello, I am new here, but not new to the program. I'm a high-functioning alcoholic housewife who drinks at home. I've been in and out of AA, and today is my second day of sobriety. Again. But I am no longer discouraged. I have an awesome, local Sponsor and I have a plan! Thank you for this SparkTeam. God bless. Love, Lucy

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Welcome to the team. The more support you have, the better. Good for you for reaching out. Hope you made it through the weekend sober.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Good to see you, Valerie! I wish you all the best. There's plenty of support available if you just ask. The difficult times do get easier. I learned a lot from the experience of other women who were just like me. It didn't help me to focus on how much other people drank -- I couldn't control that. There were so many things I could do that didn't involve drinking -- it was a miracle when I finally opened my eyes to all the possibilities.

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I have been drinking heavily for almost 5 years. I've been quitting and then relapsing over the past 9 months since I started SP. The longest I've gone alcohol-free is 28 days in April. My husband is a true alcoholic. It would really help me if there was NO ALCOHOL in the apartment, but he drinks beer all day - every day. I love him and can't force him to quit drinking. It has to be his decision. I plan to have just one or two beers but once I get started, I can't stop. I didn't drink yesterday or today and I went to a new exercise class for the first time yesterday which was great and I think was a very helpful thing to do. I need support and advice on how to resist drinking. It's Saturday night and not drinking with my sweetheart is going to be extremely difficult.

"Learn from me. . . . and you will find rest for your souls."
-- Jesus in Matthew 11:29


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Welcome back to the team, Aylamay. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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I wish you all the best, Aylamay! This is a supportive team, please join us on the chat thread, too.

Let's walk!


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I know being homebound is hard both in recovery and when you are trying to lose weight. The biggest things that helped me when I was stuck at home was to plan my meals, get help cooking (company!!), and online meetings.

I try to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Precooking helps a lot because I can prepackage proper portions when I am not hungry and then when I am it is a simple reheat and eat.

Hope to see you online soon.

Love ya lots and lots and lots Whole bunches WHOOO!!! HUGZ


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Hello all,
I am not a new member, but I have been inactive here for a long time, and I would like to reintroduce myself. I am homebound, basically I don't leave the house, I belong to an online loners fellowship 12-step program. I have not had a drink in nearly seven years.

In the past six weeks I have had two stroke-like episodes, but I am only forty six years old and do not have the usual risk factors for stroke, so they are still looking into it. Since returning home from the hospital last Tuesday, I have found a new motivation to take better care of myself and my body. Unfortunately since I am homebound and have been so for years, I have limited support aside from my online 12 step group,

I am requesting some support buddies in losing weight (I am 5' 3" and currently 178, down from 192 last fall). I ask that please would you send me a message so we could maybe correspond here and then I could have a little support? I would appreciate this so very much. Thank You in advance.

Much Love,
Aylamay

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Good luck Starchilde as you embark on your sober adventure.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Thank you.

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Welcome, Rita! I wish you all the best.

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Thanks for the welcome:)

I'm afraid I'm not personally qualified to confuse cats, but I can recommend an extremely good service.




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Welcome back to SP and to the Recovering Alcoholics team. I have heard Roger Ebert's story and it it is quite compelling. Rest assured that the 12 Steps in AA are pretty much the same as in OA. Sounds like you are thinking of finding your way there. It works. Good luck and keep posting. We are here for you.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Hello,
I recommitted myself to SP 3 days ago. I also decided to stop drinking. I'm sober 4 days. I haven't looked at the 12 steps in a while, actually I went to an OA program for a time but never AA. I came across this article by Roger Ebert which encouraged me that I need to pursue support if I'm going to deal with the alcohol:
http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal
/my-name-is-roger-and-im-an-alcoholic
I do know I've never been able to lose weight and drink, and I don't want to be bound to alcohol anymore. I don't want to go into a weight loss program again kidding myself that I can drink a measured out wine spritzer and elegantly lose weight. I can't. I will drink the entire bottle, then eat the entire bag of chips.
I need to deal with both of these addictions and not lie to myself.
Hope I can be an encouragement to others struggling and I will try to post here daily.

I'm afraid I'm not personally qualified to confuse cats, but I can recommend an extremely good service.




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