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9/6/14 12:57 A

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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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5/10/14 3:20 P

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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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5/9/14 2:48 A

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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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5/1/14 3:05 P

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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.

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5/1/14 2:02 A

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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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4/29/14 11:30 A

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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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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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3/10/14 11:10 P

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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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3/9/14 11:40 P

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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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1/31/14 4:40 A

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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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Hi. First realized my problem in 2001. Entered the VA program on Monday, 9/10/01. Never forget my entry. 9/11 happened on Tuesday, 9/11/2001. They evacuated the VA employees and left us here. Well, we were all vets, we could handle it, and we did.

"You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality." Ayn Rand


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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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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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Thanks! I look forward to getting to know you and the rest of the members of this group. emoticon

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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.

Edited by: LUCYPAPERHANGER at: 6/29/2013 (20:13)

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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.

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6/23/13 9:38 A

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

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

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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.

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Good luck Starchilde as you embark on your sober adventure.

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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:)

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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.

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Good luck in your journey. Welcome to the team. There is lots of support here for you as you recover. Get outside help and support if you can. The road to a sober life is not easy, but it is worth it.

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

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Hi. I'm Kristen. Last July my world fell apart when I was faced with problems in my marriage. I started drinking heavily in January. Since then I have gained a lot of weight and not surprisingly gotten myself into a deep depression. Over the past few weeks I have finally eliminated liquor, and am now drinking 32-48oz of cheap beer a day. My goal is to stop drinking within the next two weeks and start eating right again and exercising. I am looking forward to meeting people who can help and encourage, and also being able to be there for others. This is no way to live.

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It must be interesting living in Valencia. I have been to Spain before, and I thought it was a beautiful country filled with nice people. And the wine is good!

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Today is a great day to be sober!

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TYfor your reply. I am intend to do this right for once in my life. Dont want to miss the chance to be sober today. Then next step my weight not too much but could lose a coulpe of pounds. But Im happy to be where I am today.I want the sober path for me yes indeed. thank you again.

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Sounds like you're in a great place!

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Ty so much . I am glad tomhave found this place. Im alcoholic and been sober for 20 months. Going to a meeting tonight in Valencia Spain where I live. TY AGAIN

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This is so amazing, you see I'm an American citizen living in Valencia Spain and drank for so many stupid reasons I find so many reasons not to answer my feelings with drink. I might add I have been living here quite so time....

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welcome, YolandaPatricia! It looks like you've caught this team at a quiet time. This month's check-in thread may be a better place to find warm bodies!
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Hi Im new anybody out there

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welcome!

I agree with Steph. My sister used to pick at me endlessly. When I finally got the courage to talk to her, I found she thought she was being helpful. Now that we understand each other better, I don't feel as stressed around her.

I wish you the best. We can do this!

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Welcome to the team. I'm glad you found SP and this team. I hope you've had your last drink too.

As for the parents, are you able to talk to them? My mother used to drive me nuts over something, until I came right out and told her it bothered me what she was doing. She was understanding and is pretty good now. If not, know that the problem is theirs, not yours.

Sparkpeople is a great place to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. Try and drop that word diet from your vocabulary. Diets are not sustainable but a living well is. There is no quick fix. Make use of the tools this site offers. Track your food and do some exercise. It will work if you do your part.



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Hi everyone, (Sorry if I'm doing this wrong :)
so ...i've been sober a little over eight months. i've been in and out of the rooms now for 3 years. (Hopefully no more out, but anyway). I've always been overweight and have lost-gained-lost-gained more times than i can count.

However this time is a little different. I don't think I've been this heavy before and it's really ... depressing, you know? i got rid of all my "skinny" clothes and am basically down to wearing yoga pants and big shirts. I feel like such a weakling. I feel like I start a new diet everyday, you know? But then ... one thing at a time. Thing is im visting parents at the end of the month who will comment on the weight and comment and comment- i've cancelled a trip to see them already to avoid the comments... I dont know what to do. I mean eat healthier stop binging sounds easier than it is.

sorry to go on so long, i just could use some guidance.

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Glad to meet you! This is a good group. It'll be good to get to know you on the message boards.

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Hi everyone, I just found you a couple of days ago, didn't know that SP had this group.I have been hanging around SP for a while and in need of reducing my size :) I have been sober a good while but have really struggled with my weight the last 8 or 9 yeqrs. Happy to meet you all.

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Bailey-Welcome to the team. Glad you found us. There are lots of great people here who provide great support. Don't worry too much about your eating. It does seem we are always in need of filling a hole, whether it be with drinking, food, smoking, sex, etc. You quit drinking and you turn to something down the list. Conquer one thing at a time and fill that hole with a good spiritual life and you will succeed. Remember, one day at a time.

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Good to meet you, Bailey! This is a great team for support. I hope you can join us on the Check In thread for day-to-day communication. I know that avoiding trigger foods completely is one good technique. We can do this!

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Hi im bailey brand new to spark... Ive been in and out for a year and a half and just relapsed days before my 90 chip. Ive gained 15lbs in the past few months and its completely consuming me. Once i start, i cant stop. Its never been like this nd dont feel comfortable in my own skin, seems like im cross addicting. I just want to b bck to lmost where i was before getting sober 3 months ago and hope ith support and a community like this maybe i can. Any advice? Especially with late night and sweets onc i start i can not stop

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Welcome, Aylamay! Hope you can join us on the check-in thread. I've found a lot of support here.

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Welcome to the team! Glad you found us. The more ways we reach out, the better. Look forward to learning more about you. You'll find that most of us are friends of Bill, too, though not all.

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I'm Aylamay and I am a Friend of Bill. I just had my 6th anniversary in June. I have agoorophobia, so I attend thrugh the official Loners International Computer meeting. I have a sponsorl We communicate by e-mail and phone. I am pretty settled in. I think I would like to eventually get out of the house more, I haven't left since we moved here in july 2011. I am not sure why I don't want to leave the house--it just makes me feel very uncomfortable. I am working on it with my sponsor.
Let's travel that broad highway as we trudge the road of happy destiny!

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Welcome, TJWGCT-SPARK and congratulatins on making that decision to change your life. You will not regret it.

And congrats, Lioness on 28 days, the other day. I love your Spark name.


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Welcome! Marci is right, you can easily your local meetings online. One good way is to find the number of your local Central Office and talk to a real person on the phone. They can answer any questions.

I wish you all the best and I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

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Welcome TJWGCT. I'm pretty new too. I am 28 days sober. The folks on here have been just wonderful to me and for me. My kids were the ones who intervened and insisted I get help. They handed me the phone, I dredged my doctor's phone number out of my alcohol-soaked memory, and I made an appointment. The next day, I could hardly read my own handwriting! But I went to my doctor first and I'm on my way. He did put me on Antabuse. I threw a fit at first, but I think for now I need a deterrent. I've resisted AA, I like Women for Sobriety, but they don't have any meetings anywhere nearby. Anyway, these lovely people have gently opened my eyes and my mind to AA and I do believe that tonight I will go to meeting and I'm planning on going to another meeting on Wednesday--two different women's groups, to start.

I'm not sure anyone active on here is from St. Louis, but have you checked online? That's how I found out about all the meetings in my area. I wish you the very best. Don't give up on yourself. Stay in touch on here and we can cheer you on. - Marci (Lioness)

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So today is day one for me. Day two technically, but with the hangover I had yesterday it wasn't hard to make a conscious decision to not drink. I'm never been a daily drinker. Just the kind of drinker that gets ugly, black out drunk (on occasion until recently, now it seems, every time I drink) when I do drink. Which I did on Saturday. Way too much apparently. As I don't remember a whole lot after 10pm and my husband found me passed out just inside the front door about midnight. Seems the bartender from the bar we've hung out at for years got me here somehow after I passed out at the bar. Embarrassment is enough to keep me away from there for at least a while...but I know I need something more to keep me away for good. If anyone is in the St. Louis area and knows of a good meeting for a 30-something year old female, please send me a message.

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Welcome MARCIMCALLISTER, you've come to a good place. Isn't it great to know we're not alone in this.

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Thank you SBATES63! I truly appreciate the support! Right now, I'm leaning toward Women For Sobriety. I am more comfortable with their thirteen steps than AA's twelve steps, although I have downloaded literature from both organizations. I like to read and think and write and eventually, maybe I'll try AA if I feel I need more support or structure. I'm cool with whatever works. It is so nice even to be here, online, and know I'm not a freak--I just messed up and we all have our crosses to bear; this is mine, but I don't have to do this all alone. Thank you, again.

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Welcome to the team and to sobriety, MARCIMCALLISTER. Admitting you have a problem with alcohol is the first and biggest step towards getting your life and your health back. Many of on this team turned to AA when we realized we could not fight the battle alone and it works. Give it a thought. I am glad you reached out to this team. There are several women here who have been sober a long time and are great teachers. Good luck on your journey to a new, healthier you.


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Way to go! Day three was Hell for me. It gets better. I got help with AA. Lots of people here go that route but not everyone. Life is so much better without alcohol but it is hard to stay stopped. Reaching out is a great step. Most of us don't do it alone.

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I'm a teacher and single mom to three daughters, two teenagers, one 21-year-old. Weight has never been an issue for me, but in the last year, I've gained almost twenty pounds--probably due to not enough exercise and too much alcohol. I have Restless Leg Syndrome, migraines, ADHD, and I take a whole lot of meds. I don't think I'm living very healthfully.

My daughters sat me down last week and confronted me and made me call my doctor and make an appointment. My excuse was, of course, not that I thought I might be an alcoholic, but that my RLS and migraines were really bad. Then I said the same crap to the nurse. Finally, I told my doc that the migraines weren't the problem, I told him I was drinking in epic proportions. After a conversation, he agreed.

So here I am: Day 3 of sobriety.


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Interest in recovery and healthy nutrition without overeating -- yup, that's me! I belong to 3-4 SparkTeams that are recovery-oriented and there may be more. Once you get to know people you'll see which teams suit you best.

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I think that is why many of us are here. I should speak for myself, that's wh I'm here!:)

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Thanks guys for the welcome in. I used to sign in to Spark several years ago but never joined a team. I think now I would like to join. I've been trying to find where i fit in. I am in recovery (18 years clean) and have done OA on & off. Now I've had an "AHA" and am willing to admit I never really became powerless or dealt with my character defects. That's my goal now, to stay with Spark - using the food tracking, going to NA meetings (2X week) and starting light exercise (water aerobics 2X week). I still feel bloated and fat, but I am more centered since getting back to my steps with open-mindedness and willingness. I'm from the east coast, moved to L.A. and now live in a very small town I am opinionated and outspoken and I don't mince words. Would like to find friends with passion for recovery and healthy eating without overeating. I want to 'tone' it down a bit so I stop making enemies but still find a way in which to be true to myself. Is anyone interested in starting a dialogue? I would like to find new friends here who share interests in recovery and healthy nutrition without overeating I could use some help in navigating all these team choices. I'll check back, have a wonderful day.

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Glad you've joined us, TowerPower! Welcome

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Most definitely, TOWERPOWER1. Welcome!!!!


Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

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If you have a desire to stop drinking you certainly are! Welcome!


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Hi. I am a recovering Addict, member of Narcotics Anonymous. Am I welcome here?

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Welcome to the team/ Glad you found us here. Just another bunch of drunks trying to help each other live healthier, one day at a time.

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Welcome.


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Hi, My name is Kate. I am a recovering alcoholic from upstate NY. My Sobriety birthday is March 26, 2008 :-D Glad to be here!



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Welcome to the team. I'm always glad when someone else joins us. There is no such thing as too much support in our journey.

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Welcome! I'm 9.5 too. You know, I find meetings really help me manage anxiety...or I guess the steps do but meetings keep me honest and in the steps. Hope you'll consider increasing your frequency there...couldn't hurt. Either way, glad you are here.

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Welcome Laura and Grandmaat6. We are glad you found the team. 12 step recovery and Sparkpeople are so compatible. They are both "WE" programs and based on support of like minded people.
It's an exciting adventure, for sure.
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I am a recovering alcoholic with 9 1/2 years sobriety. I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. When I first got sober, I attended meetings daily. For the past couple of years, my attendance has been sporadic at best. Over the past few months I have been to only a few meetings.

I suffer from anxiety and depression. I am currently taking medication and am in counseling to address those issues.

I have been binge eating (sweets & carbs) for quite some time now. I am looking forward to getting a more healthy lifestyle and lose some weight

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Welcome!

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