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1/15/11 10:46 A

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emoticon This is the most supportive team I have ever been a part of!

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1/15/11 5:56 A

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Hi Dandy,
I can relate so much to your post - I am in exactly the same position - ie that I feel that my wine drinking is not at a level that is acceptable to me any more. Good Luck with cutting back - take one day at a time and congratulate yourself along the way
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11/10/10 2:15 P

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Wow! What a wonderful, warm response. I think I am definitely in the right place. Thanks, all. Looking forward to getting to know you all and to putting the liquid calories back where they need to be - a sensible, occasional indulgence.

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11/10/10 1:20 P

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Welcome! This is a great team and has helped me alot when I stay active on the team.

Wine is my weakness also, especially Merlot so i try not to keep any in the house on a day to day basis.

Just remember to visit the messages boards daily and interact with your fellow sparkers and I am sure you will find the team helpful also.

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11/10/10 12:22 A

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emoticon and wishing you success! I agree - no judgment, just ideas for succeeding and celebrations of success!

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11/9/10 9:07 P

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Welcome!! The one thing you won't find here is judgement. We're all dealing one way or another!
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You're worth it!!

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11/9/10 10:27 A

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Welcome Dandy! This team has made a huge difference in the amount of alcohol I drink per week. We are here to support you anytime you need it!

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11/9/10 10:09 A

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Welcome to the team!

You have taken the first step by joining us and putting it all out there. Be sure to join in on the daily threads and don't be afraid to ask questions or chime in on anything.

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11/9/10 10:06 A

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I saw this Team several months ago and wanted to join but felt ashamed. Then I figured if I didn't bust out of the closet about my drinking, I'd never get a handle on it. Here I am, and continued best wishes to everyone!!
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11/9/10 9:36 A

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HI!

welcome to the team!

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11/9/10 9:16 A

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I definitely "hear" you. Some days are definitely easier than others. Having no wine in the house might help...(LOL).

My biggest fear in having AF days, was that once I said ok I will have a couple drinks tonight could I go back to AF.

This time it seems to be working.

But I can tell you there are SO MANY times it did not.

Just know that it can be done and YOU CAN DO THIS!

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11/9/10 9:13 A

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Yes, Welcome. It is difficult to accept, sometimes, that we need to take a step back and look at our selves and our behaviors. This group has helped me change from a 6pack a day drinker to a much more moderate 2-3 beers or glasses of wine every few days. It is amazing, and I didn't think it could be done...but with the accountability and support of my friends here, I have, and if I can, you can.

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11/9/10 8:23 A

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emoticon and GOOD FOR YOU for posting and being here. Did you see the other thread that was started? It is a great place to see where others are at and what has worked for them.

I look forward to seeing you on this and other 'popular' threads (the sticky topics under each heading).

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11/9/10 8:18 A

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This is the first time I am kind of "outing" myself as a much too frequent drinker.

I realize I need to cut waaaaaaaay back, and my goal is to kickstart a more moderate relationship with alcohol with a streak of AF days. I'm not setting a goal for # of days AF, if I think in terms of 30 days, I know I would give up immediately.

Wine is killing my diet, my evenings, my mornings, and my BUDGET! I love it, but it needs to take a healthier place in my life. My wine supply ran out on Sunday, so last night was AF, and I am going to try to keep this streak going.

I have been very stressed lately, trying to find the elusive work/life balance, and my shortcut to winding down is wine at the end of the day. I am afraid I am setting myself up for bigger problems down the road if I don't start practicing other methods of winding down (hello, exercise??).

I am looking for a supportive group who will not judge, and who understand where I have been and where I would like to be.

Thanks!
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