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6/3/15 8:51 P

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yes just post when ever you can,
nice to hear from you!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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I don't think you can open it in Word without copying and pasting the whole thread and honestly - don't worry about missing anyone - catch up when you can and don't stress about it SPARKLES. This is a team to come just vent even... There are times when I'm offline for a few days and I don't respond to each post but I try to scan them all.

No GUILT!! We have enough to deal with in real life - we're the friends who are here when you need them - NO PRESSURE emoticon

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P.S. - How one does it, if one has time, is opens up a Word document & goes through the posts & writes responses on the Word doc & then copies & pastes the whole thing. Sorry - this working full time has got me drained for time seems like. (plus NO weekend this past due to 2 graduations in a row) But anyway - I used to do that when I didn't want to miss anybody. :)

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Well since a couple of people have fessed up to not responding to all posts, I'll try to fit in a quick one here at work. lol

I'm one for one this month. Wanted to be AF Sun-Thur - 4 days straight. I did that once recently - first time in ummm FIVE years is it?? Anyway - Monday the S/// hit the fan with my husband & I went into outer space & we all know where THAT is. A-HEM. Then I woke up sickER than I have been the last 3 days, PLUS a nice new UTI. So. $260 later w/
Dr & meds... I'm trying to get over being sick & do NOT need my immune system being drug down the drain. I'm still weak - they gave me an antibiotic for the UTI & anything else - if it's my sinuses etc.

Hubby & I joined a (cheapie) health club last week - haven't had a chance to GO. Frankly I'm not sure I will have time at all, especially when my shift changes. But hubby needs the encouragement, so I'll try to bear that in mind. We go for our free assessment this afternoon. I "think" I have the strength for this but am a little tired. I could use some more rest - maybe, not being actual training, we won't have to do alot. But I'm hoping if they suggest a diet, that I can point out to hubby that "alcohol is probably not on it." lol. I remember the last time a trainer gave me a diet & I mentioned squeezing in some Bud Light & I think she just shook her head hopelessly.

It IS sometimes harder not to drink now that hubby is again. He's not a problem drinker, but does like it, but quit for years to try to help me out. Well, I started again & he didn't. Now he is & has offered several times when I planned on being AF. Of COURSE we all know that, as he said, I "could have said no," lol. But let's see - work for 9 hrs, just get home, see hubby & he asks if I want a beer. Sigh. So. I'm trying to tell him AHEAD of time - AF UNTIL THURSDAY, OKAAAY??? lol

Better get back to work.

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A trip to Hawaii - that's great (my dream vacation on the 'bucket list' - perhaps a 'wedding destination someday'...)

Great image/quote! Better to start now than later!

And PS - I don't note on each post either - it's hard to do because this is one busy and incredible board/team!!

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Found this quote and liked it. Thought I would share.

I was doing well and got off track, so this resonated with me. Just did a couple blogs about it. I'm beginning again on a Wednesday, for goodness sakes! Ugh! How untidy of me. :) I really prefer a Monday restart. But that would be wasted time and I only have 19 days until my trip (self-imposed initial deadline). So let's get to it!

It's hard for me to remember everyone's posts. I don't know how some of you do it!

But Bizi -- You were the most recent, so....I just want to tell you you seem very insightful and self-aware and that is so important. Keep it up girl!


"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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6/3/15 10:01 A

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congratulations for feeling better this morning. remember that feeling!

I was Alcohol free for 121 days ,then drank for 8 excessively black out etc. (first red flag)now 3rd day AF will attempt to be refrain until july 11th when we go on vacation.I slept much better last night! yeah. My leg is not as sore as it was yesterday so maybe it is taking a turn. It has been a week since my injury...I know not long enough to recover. I ran 5 miles in one hour not listening to my body.
I did a stretch that a friend suggested and will do it again twice a day...I hope that is what she said will ask her again, maybe she meant to stretch it after running????
I will see her at lunch, think I will text her this morning.
I really really need to take a shower but am not up to it.
I went to a meet up the other night to meet other runners to see if I would fit in. they were all drinking and someone bought me a cider. This is unusual for me. As I am afraid to meet new people. Red flag alert!

I ran a red light yesterday, luckily did not hit any one. and then almost backed into a driver/car I looked right but not left. another red flag.
I told jeff that I might be hypo jeff said what hospital do you want to go to???? jokingly.
I need to be more mindful. Last night at 9;30 I had gone to whole foods looking for organic strawberries and blueberries they were on sale but they were out, rats. Ended up buying a bunch of filler flowers and arranged them into 5-6 vases around the house. a bit excessive these look nice when dried so no water in the vases. 10 pm doing flower arrangements. another red flag....
anyway will keep an eye on myself and slow down.
bizi
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Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 6/3/2015 (10:34)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Happy Hump Day Team!! Here's to making it a great day!

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Good morning ladies! Well, I did have 2 drinks last night but that is a drastic improvement over 4-5! And they were much lighter. I actually ate a little food before also which is normally what I would not do. I slept well and woke up feeling great - getting ready for my 6:30am boot camp class and feeling like it's going to be a great workout since I don't feel hung over at all. Wanted to go for a walk last night but it was raining.

MELISSA - I agree. I wonder that all the time. It's nice to know I have this group for support. I am very lucky.

HELENE - I started following your blog (thank you!) and joined HAMS directly (not yet through Facebook as someone posted something about his FB friends seeing he joined a group even though they could not see his posts) It was great to look at what the site had to offer and start reading up. I'm going to be following the challenge as you said I could to get what I can out of it and use it as I can at the moment. Thank you.

BIZI - I love reading your posts because you just put it out there and I so admire your honesty. You raised a good question too. I am so supportive of my friends, I need to treat myself the same. Thank you for pointing that out.

BRENDA - I have taken your message and applied it to myself. Looked at a few youtube videos last night also. Is there a couple you recommend?

Hope everyone has a beautiful day!

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Welcome back, Brenda!

CLEANINGUP, you are definitely not alone. I can so relate to your post—I have so much to be grateful for, and I do a lot of things right, but it often seems like the one place I fall down is drinking. Sometimes literally! And I get so frustrated with myself. I know better, too. But there are certain kinds of pressures that send me straight for the bottle of wine, and the last few years, those pressures just haven't let up. Guess what that means?

Sometimes I wonder how many of my women friends are silently struggling with the same issues, thinking they're alone. I bet at least a few.

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For those interested in following my more 'lengthy' journaling of my thoughts/feelings as I do my 30 day AF challenge see my WordPress blog https://losedabooze.wordpress.com/20
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Nice to see your post Brenda and your goals sound great. Remember 'better is BETTER'.

I'm headed to bed in a few minutes. Goodnight team!

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hi brenda! nice to hear from you!
welcome back....(((((HUGS))))))

nice to meet you cleaning up!
tell yourself would you beat up your girlfriend like you are doing to yourself?
no of course not, so why do that to yourself?
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Hi Everyone,
I know I've been MIA for a while but I'm here now, and glad to catch up on the posts --- or at least the recent ones!

Mame, Sorry to hear about your tremendous headache. Not fun.

CleaningUp, I totally relate to what you are saying. I wasn't AF yesterday (seems I "forgot" my morning self-promise AGAIN!) but am on track so far today. I don't think I'll do an entire 26 days in June, but if I drastically decrease my alcohol intake (and increase AF days- from zero), I'll take that as a positive change to build upon. I've actually been looking at YouTube videos about the harm that alcohol can do to one's liver and other organs. Scary!

Emily, you've done a great job being AF at the wedding (and accepted the host's restrictions!). You look great in your dress!!! You've worked hard for this, enjoy!

Bizi, of course you can become a runner if you want to. Keep trying it out. And don't be so hard on yourself - you've had many AF days and you'll do many more.

Helene, I love the June AF challenge. Although I'm not fully on board, I hope to make some drastic improvements in June (see above).

Deidre, sounds like you have a nasty illness. I hope you feel better soon.

Chelsea - a parent/child triathalon? WOW! You both must be so proud!

Melissa, it's nice to hear from you. I'm sending good healing vibes to your kitty.

I'm not sure what the Facebook group is but maybe I'll have a look after this post (provided I don't get distracted by the umpteen other windows I have open to do stuff!)

Happy sparking to all!

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Yes the group on Facebook is 'closed' so only those in the group will see you there.

As for where you want to follow - even if you aren't ready for 30 days AF - the team boards are open to all! We encourage you to start with goals YOU are ready for. We support you where YOU need it.

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Thanks Helene! I just read through the posts. I am not ready for a 30 day AF challenge yet, but I am ready to start making some changes. I hope it is ok for me to follow this thread although I'm technically not participating. Also, is the HAMS facebook page private? In other words, if I ask to join that page I would not want my Facebook friends/family to know anything about that or see any of my posts (unless they are members of it as well). Thank you!!

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I'm Helene CLEANINGUP aka SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and all of the links were shared on the initial post in the 30 day AF challenge here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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Ladies, thank you for taking the time to respond! I think you are helping me make it through tonight AF. I will do my best. I really like the idea about changing my patterns because my drinking is definitely a pattern. Also, where is the information mentioned about HAMS and Moderation Management? I would be very interested to read Helene's posts (but I don't know who Helene is lol!). Thanks again for taking the time out of your day. I hope everyone is having a super wonderful day!!

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CLEANINGUP - first of all let me say emoticon on hitting the gym 6 days a week! That's really emoticon

As for tips about how you're feeling - I think we all have those moments (I used to be a real negative nelly about my past 'stuff' and it took me years to pull through)... Things that helped me was reading about 'positive stuff'. The FIRST book that helped was Louise Hay's "You Can Heal Your Life" and daily now I use positive affirmations whenever I can - here's a link to one site: www.louisehay.com/affirmations/

NO matter what your past held - it's what made you who you are today and now it's key to focus on positives and gratitude. Another exercise that is healthy to do DAILY is to at the beginning and/or end of each day, list at least 3 things that you are grateful for ... this forces you to recognize the good in your days and life.


I have struggled with getting in the AF days but every day is a chance to start fresh. Here's to making it a great day team!

Edited by: SEPTEMBERSPIRIT at: 6/2/2015 (10:06)
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Good Morning ladies! emoticon

I made it AF yesterday but it actually wasn't too hard since I've had a bad sinus headache for 3 days now. I've got no desire to have a drink while my head is pounding and I feel nauseous......

Bizi- I am always sore for a few days after a good run, my hips especially. Great job! emoticon

CLEANINGUP- emoticon This is a wonderful group! I think its great that you go to the gym 6 days a week. emoticon I can relate to the feeling worthless and beating yourself up for past mistakes. I've battled with those things also. You are not alone! Drinking definitely makes me think about all those bad things even more. What helps me not drink in the evening is to now have it in the house. Once I'm home and settled, I'm usually too lazy to venture out again. Also since I'm having a few issues with my DH, he's watching me like a hawk to make sure I don't drink.

Helene- Thank you for this 30 day challenge!! I love that we can all go thru this 30 days together!!

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Good morning -

Day 1 of AF done!

CleaningUp - You are definitely not alone! Reading your post sounds just like me. I go through phases where I do the same: promise to be AF in the morning but after work find an excuse to have a drink. Don't beat yourself up. You are here which means you are interested in making some changes. Changes take time. Maybe try a different pattern. See if you can do one day, then take a day off, then AF, day off...Or weekends only. Or 3 days a week AF. Find your triggers and work on addressing those. Read the resources that Helene posts from HAMS, ModerationMgmt etc. We are our own worst critics. Give yourself a break and keep coming here!

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Hi ladies! I'm so enjoying this thread. I am having such a hard time right now. Every morning I promise myself I will be AF today (in the past 2 weeks, I've only been able to make it 1 day and I FELT GREAT!!!!!). Why am I having such a hard time? I work a full time job, and spend 6 days in the gym. I know better. I tell myself all day that today will be a change. Today I will fulfill my promise to myself. But I'm alone a lot at night and start telling myself that I've had a hard day, I deserve it. It won't hurt me..... but I know different. I know you don't know me (keeping my profile really private because my sister in law is on this site and I don't want anyone to know of my struggle) but maybe you could offer some words of advice. I am 53, and I have some disappointments in life and feel a little hopeless sometimes. I understand that I have a wonderful life, loving husband, great job, great kids and grandkids, but I can't stop beating myself up about certain mistakes I have made and feeling worthless. Please help! Reading your posts helps me feel that I'm not alone in my struggle.

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thank you so much for your kind words of support and encouragement ladies!
It is awesome to come here and be truthful./honest.
It is very empowering.
here is to a dry june!
bizi
not sure when I will jog again...i am still sore from wednesday...
hmmm maybe some more going on????

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 6/2/2015 (00:52)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Getting ready to get to bed soon...

I'll be blogging my day to day journey/feelings/thoughts through my Wordpress Blog (as my SP blog will not be solely focused on 'da booze as others outside this team don't always get it). I feel safe sharing here... losedabooze.wordpress.com/2015/06/02
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You look adorable, Emily! Nice legs. :D

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OOO LA LA EMILY!

you look fabulous-even without the red lipstick, lol. emoticon

Thanks for posting!

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emoticon love the shoes too!! Thanks Emily!!

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k- gave me a reason to procrastinate- threw the dress back on- but was wearing red lipstick but not today...would be weird to grocery shop in these clothes! but back to jeans I go...and they are a bit blurry so here is me and my black dress and my black trash can! emoticon




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REENSKI, I am the same. I can ignore almost anything in the house but chilled white wine and vodka. As long as neither of those are close to hand, I don't care what else is in the liquor cabinet. It is really weird—I don't get it.

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Good morning AF team!

Sorry I have not been around, it is hard to get online at work sometimes and its been a busy couple of weeks. work, classes, anniversary weekend, social events. and of course, I was not AF. Yesterday was the first AF day in over a week.

Em-you are an inspiration! 18 mile ride Before a wedding! Awesome! Yes-you need to share a pic of the dress.
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Bizi- don't beat yourself up. You had a blip in the road-you're human. Sounds like you are ready to get back on track.
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Deirdre-Sorry to hear you are still sick, take care don't push yourself too much. You will heal and be back on track quicker.

Chelsea-what a wonderful experience for you & your daughter. And great words of wisdom. She already won just by being there.

Helene-I am joining you on you 30 day quest. emoticon
June is another busy month-weddings, graduations, 50th wedding anniversary, birthdays engagement party...but that seems to be the way my life goes. I'm not complaining, but its challenging. So...no wine for me. I can pass on all the other stuff, but wine is hard. Isn't that crazy? We have shelves full of liquor in the basement, from BBQ's and parties. Don't touch them. But there is no wine. Because if its there, I will drink it. I want to be able to do this, and I know wine is one of the reasons I am not losing weight. So count me in-I need to prove to myself I can do it.

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lol- I will try- actually the good news is it is getting too big on me..There are no good photos from the wedding but maybe I iwill put it on and do a selfie.. if I get the chance...lol

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Emily you need to share a pic of that sexy dress you wore : )

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Congrats on a successful evening, Emily!

I met a lady yesterday older than me who had run a half marathon to support a friend recovering from a severe brain injury. She didn't think she could do it, but she did. It's amazing what we can accomplish when properly motivated. That story was inspirational to me, too.

I went wine tasting (of all things) with my DH, MIL, and two friends yesterday. Truthfully, though, it's actually easy for me to not drink while wine tasting. I like being the driver, and I like enjoying everyone else's fun vicariously. It was a pretty day, and I mostly did well with food—probably didn't need those couple of bites of dessert I stole, but not drinking helped me ignore several bowls of french fries that got eaten during the day.

Today is going to be a tough day. My favorite kitty has to go for surgery. Think good thoughts?

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Chelsea!- awesome- sounds like a fun time.
- I will see how I do on the half marathon.. lol

Bizi- keep running!

Nephew's wedding was very nice- yet very Catholic conservative textbook.(they did not even want my gender neutral child there or even kids for that matter)
My DD laughed when I had told her ahead of time the couple will come out for their first dance dancing to Ed Sheeran's Thinking out loud. ...and when they did she turned to me and said you called it!
Anyhow as most do with the run of the mill ordinary weddings people drink and despite my DH and I having an argument at the reception and all the booze flowing well I....DID..NOT ...HAVE ...ONE..DROP!!!! and it made me feel strong and powerful! I wore a very sexy slimming dress and black high heels- Steve Madden- the cage style and caught up with relatives. Food was challenging as at an Italian wedding meat or cheese is every where but her ewere roasted potatoes and folks at the table gave me some of theirs and I had string beans and had the beef wrapped up for a dog that visits here.
I feel good! And I loved being sober there.


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Chelsea that event with your daughter sounds awesome! My own DD won't do anything like that so cherish it for sure!

And YES - JUNE will be MY Month to finally make things MOVE in the right direction with respect to my weight loss goals.

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Everyone is sounding so positive with exciting plans for themselves. I love reading it.

Bizi - I believe you will become a runner. emoticon

Emily - I see a triathalon in your future. emoticon

Helene - I love your researcher side and think June is YOUR month! emoticon

Deidre - Sounds like a switch in your thinking about drinking, which is AMAZING and healthy. emoticon

I had a great experience with my 7 year old yesterday. We entered our first parent child triathalon together. It was all about just finishing and was very encouraging. I have never done anything like that before either. The swim was pretty challenging for her, she was scared, but we got through it together and she was so happy on her bike, yelling, "This is so fun!" That girl kicked my butt in the running portion. Whoa! How do kids do that? I think she was skipping! :) It is a memory I will cherish forever, bonding like that. I was so proud of her. It made me want to do an adult version. I've always wanted to but been scared. My gym offers training sessions I will see when their next one is. Guess I need to treat myself like I treat my daughter. She was worried about being last and I said, "That doesn't matter. What matters is you try. You're already ahead of everyone who isn't even trying."

As for drinking, I was doing okay, until a friend brought me a present of a bottle of wine. When it's there I will drink it. Although I only had two small glasses last night, it really affects me negatively. I get hot flashes, I can't sleep, I eat more to "soak it up", and wake up bloated with no energy. Oh, and I get a headache. Hmmmmm.....why do I forget all of those things? I passed up a drink at lunch, just to have some so-so wine because I was tired at home and it was there. Oh well. Here's to a new day. I'm leaving for my vacation in 21 days, so I am committing to just 3 days drinking until then (not at home), the rest AF.

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Happy Monday and New Month Team!!

Here's to a great day, great week and month ahead!!

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Good morning -

Looks like there are a few of us doing a 30 this month. Strength in numbers!

I am still having coughing attacks. Guess I really did have cement in my lungs. It is fascinating how a body can produce so much phlegm - where does it all come from? Since I am having a difficult time breathing still, I haven't gotten any exercise in at all which is debilitating for the BLC. I'm trying not to get sucked into all or nothing thinking, but being sick was terrible timing for just about everything I'm trying to accomplish right now except for being AF!

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My weight went up so fast drinking again.
bloated and uncomfortable. I had a black out the other night. Could not sleep last night until 4 am......This is crazy!
June starts tomorrow. I put the rest in the bin in the bottom of the refridgerator, I should just throw it out....jeesh!

I really think when I saw the scale go to 139.5 It really excited me. If that makes any sense..(maybe I used it as a reward???)
.I don't know. anyway
I will have a dry June.
when I look at the numbers it is more and more clear to me that I can't be a moderate drinker. I can't have just 2 unfortunately.
I am a problem drinker, I binge...5 or more in one setting.
That is me.
But drinking won't define me.

I will become a runner.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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I decided to go meet some of the people who are part of a running group. From facebook I asked if a jogger could join them they said yes!
I went over there tonight to meet some of them at the last minute. It was pouring down rain by the time I got there...had I run this I would have been a drenched rat!
I met several runners and they encouraged me to post that I was looking for a running partner, on the facebook page.
The 2 ladies that I spoke with/ hung out with are running a 50K (32 mile) run thru sugar cane fields, 7 different plantations....wow!
they were all very nice. Couple of them even ran with their dogs!
There are other runs around town at 6pm I think on tuesday. Not that far from my house.
I was happy to meet new people and they were all so nice. Some one bought me a cider so that was nice!


I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Helene- you can do it!
Enjoy your day.
Deirdre- hav e great nap
Helene- I will join you in 30 days. I am going to a wedding but not drinking there.
And I did get 18 miles biking and then went out and walked and ran a 4 miler! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I work with a bunch of researchers and I too I guess am kind of a seeker of knowledge, particularly about this topic.

Today is my last day for drinks before I embark on my 30 day AF quest. I really want to succeed so today I'll be laying low and doing some reading. Going to get my grocery shopping done, some cleaning and I will enjoy a few drinks. Next time I'll drink will be July 1st. emoticon

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Good morning!

I'm up before the chickens today which is weird since I drank too much last night. I watched the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on HBO and drank a bottle of wine. It's weird but even though I overindulged last night, I feel that because I have had so many AF and MOD days since I've joined this group that it is no big deal. I am also losing the desire to do that too. Feeling really positive about my relationship with alcohol these days. It is more like an acquaintance than a best bud!

Helene - I really like the articles you post. I'm a diehard researcher on many different topics and substance abuse/sober living is one that I find fascinating. I also like documentaries.

Today I'm going to continue cleaning my house and do Zumba. Didn't get to that yesterday. And since I work up at 4:30, a nice afternoon nap is in order!

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I HAVE to stretch. I had to when I was in my 40's. But I also stopped running in my 40's and gained this weight. I am not getting on a scale until Oct. 19.
- who knows? I might do a tri.
I hope your hip feels better.
I am getting on the bike soon. Wanted to do it earlier but it is cold still in the mornings here.

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Wow emily congratulations on your 5k!!!!! that is just awesome!
my right hip is sore for some reason since the run, and no I don't stretch.
it sounds as if you are training for a triathilon!
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since I have been drinking all week...I am afraid to get on the scale. emoticon

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 5/30/2015 (22:57)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Bizi- I don't know- I know you said you stretch.
I am also doing strength training too. I think it is lunges that are supposed to help runners.
I have not had any problems - right now. Injuries do seem to be part of running. So it may be a matter of time.
I am pretty excited though. I went out to do a 10 k walk. So anyhow I hit the half way mark and realize I need to get back to cook dinner so I start to run and figured I would stop when I got tired but I kept going and ended up doing a 5K in 32 minutes!
So- yep I am signing up for the half marathon in Nov. and will see how that goes.
I hope I can do a marathon but my real dream is to do an ultra.
but enough about me!
Yeah- you could see if your form is good? I guess even running stores sometimes have people who help with that. Sometimes it can be the wrong shoe and sometimes people have more luck running barefoot.
and about the wedding tomorrow- I decided I am not drinking, Not worth it. I am up tomorrow for an 18 mile bike ride (thought about 30 but need to get to the wedding) and then Monday I have ST in the morning and a swim at lunch time.
I will not be at my best if I drink...and also there were no vegan or even vegetarian options for the meal at eh wedding so a dog that sort of lives here part time is getting my steak. I am not at my best when I eat meat or any animal products either. That will be one happy dog. It is my DD's boyfriend's dog. he is adorable emoticon

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congratulations emily!!!!!!!! well done.
I hope all will enjoy their weekends!
getting my hair colored today at a beauty school so that takes hours then to the gym.
I am still sore from wednesdays almost 5 mile jog on the tred mill...so maybe just take it easy today?
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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emoticon Melissa! You can do it.
emoticon Deirdre- what you say makes sense and Helene- the 30 day AF sounds like a great foundation.

My nephew is getting married tomorrow. It will be a long crazy family day.
Lately though I am riding a good wave.
I had a day where I walked 8.25 miles and then thought it was so much fun I should do it again so I did. And sure it took over 4 hours all together but if you really want to do something in a day I find you can find the time.
Anyhow- also my swim times are getting longer and I am planning on a 30 mile bike ride tomorrow morning before the wedding.
So bottom line is that I am having way too much fun- ok mixed with pain lol but fun to mess that up with drinking.
-but that is where I am now. Sure I hope it keeps up ..but life - well ya know..
emoticon Have a great weekend everybody!

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Good morning all -

There is a great argument for moderation that speaks to most of us on this forum. It just makes sense as long as we know that once we start drinking that we can stop. I know sometimes we don't want to stop (totally different gig!) but that isn't the same as not being able to stop! The all or nothing philosophy of abstinence doesn't appeal to me. It sets you up for failure so that if you slip once, you fail and have to start all over again. Why call it failure? The slip was just a blip on the radar. I prefer the moderation approach. I will order that book Helene!

I bought a bottle of wine yesterday but rather than drinking the whole thing I had three smaller glasses so there are a couple glasses left that I can have before I start the 30 day. I feel good this morning and was satisfied with a glass of wine with dinner and two watching the Giants game. Drank them sloooowwww too.

Feel a little better today as I didn't spend the whole night coughing. I hope this is the end finally!
Hope we all have wonderful weekends!

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Deirdre - happy to hear you will be joining me in my 30 day quest... As I said - the concept of moderation management speaks to starting with a 30 day AF period to evaluate your habits. I bought the book years ago and would recommend it to anyone as it has a lot of good information: www.amazon.ca/Responsible-Drinking-M
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I have TONS of markers in it for each chapter. I loved the distractions suggestions and how to build to the commitment. It speaks to choosing your goal (moderation vs abstinence) - much like our group here...

I've got 2 days until I start my 30 and enjoying in moderation until then and prepping alternatives to have on hand for my challenge.

Melissa - so happy to see you checking back in too! We've missed you!

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Hi, Val and Bizi! I'm glad to see you guys are still here. emoticon

Val, I will see how I feel after I get back from a trip a week from Monday. I'm going to stay AF from now until the following Tuesday (the 9th) at least. I would really like to stay AF until August 1. I think I need a nice long break from drinking before I'll be able to re-evaluate. I had a bad incident in New Orleans in March (not rock bottom bad, but bad). Then Wednesday night, we were supposed to go out to dinner with my mom-in-law, but I started drinking early and had gin & tonics (white wine is my usual poison) and I "fell asleep" in my chair before it was even time for dinner. I felt so terrible. It's time for a break.

Thank you for the links!

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hi melissa! great to hear from you.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Happy to hear from you Melissa ! Glad you asked that ! You might not want to ABSTAIN COMPLETELY, but rather "moderate". Check out the website www.moderation.org
I think this is the way I'm going to go for now. I've tried abstaining for periods of time (long and short) and I've found that I "enjoy" having a drink with my sweetheart. As long as I don't drive after drinking or throw up and pass out, I think I'm okay.
I would recommend the book "How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm reduction guide to alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson. He has a common sense approach to responsible drinking. You can still enjoy yourself (within limits). He has a website as well. I was on the chat room and was chatting before I realized I was talking to the author himself !
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Heyyy, everybody. Long, long time no visit. Been catching up on where everybody's at, feeling sympathy with those who are struggling and proud of those who are feeling good and being healthy. Proud of all of you, really! Just the fact that you're still here and working on stuff shows your strength. You're doing better than I have been.

I just got sick of thinking about food and everything so much. Been keeping up with my workouts; been slacking off on my eating a bit; definitely been drinking too much. Way too much, some days. Weight is up as to be expected, but not out of control yet. Time to put on the brakes! I finally read the Jason Vale book yesterday. Even though I have a ton of work on my plate, and a million life projects going on, I took most of the day and read that book. Then I went for my workout, walked home in the sunshine, had a healthy dinner with my mom-in-law, and had a nice talk with my husband when he got home from a day of meetings in the city. Though I've had a good number of MOD days lately, I've also had a number of DDs, and I can't remember the last AF day I had before yesterday.

While I was waiting for DH to get home, I sat in bed and read "Sober Is the New Black." In some ways, I related more to her book than to Jason Vale's, but I have to admit that some things JV said really resonated with me. Thinking of alcohol as a drug (one that just happens to be legal and accessible) is an important change I think I need to make. I have managed to go cold turkey (no pun intended) on eating meat, on eating sugar, on eating white flour/pasta/ice cream, and even managed to break a serious and life-threatening addiction to Excedrin (20 years ago). All of those stuck. Why can't I do the same with alcohol? It occurred to me, maybe I can. Every single one of those changes, I made after reading a book or series of articles that changed the way I saw things. I'm not sure I've found The Book yet for alcohol, but I'm going to keep looking. Would love any and all recommendations.

Thinking good thoughts, everybody. I'm going to take a shot at a healthy summer. Setting a goal of August 1 to stay AF and healthy. And today I get a new tattoo! Exciting.

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I am sorry that you are sick dhanners.
sorry that you feel you must go in for the meetings, can't you call in sick again?
Had 3 ciders last night at dinner, did not sleep well at all. Need to get back to AF before this turns into a major relapse!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Good morning (I'm being optimistic!)

Bizi - nice job on the 4.88 miles! I wish I could run again.

Helene - Great goal! I looked at the MM site. Never been there before. That is my kind of site. I have been moding for awhile and it feels a lot better than having DDs. I think I'll become a member. And I think I'll join you on your 30 day quest! Let's do it!

Still sick. I have been working from home and getting so much more done than when I'm sitting at one of my cubicles with all the distractions. Wish I could work from home more often. I was up last coughing and I'm exhausted. So I will go in and get a few things done at the office including 3 meetings. Then I'm coming home. I have to make this go away. This weekend will likely be shot as well so that is 5 days off sick plus 4 work days. This stinks!

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Thanks ladies!
I ended up having 3 ciders at dinner tonight. Tasted so good.
kind of wanted to go to the store to buy more but didnot dwell on that thought.
I jogged on the tred mill last night 4.88 miles in an hour talking with a girl friend she walked I jogged most of it at 5 mph.
I AM SO SORE TODAY!
My patients noticed my groaning and stumbling trying to get up off the floor.
hopefully I will be better tomorrow.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Good Luck Helene. I need to go af for 2 wks. I,ve been sippin daily. Not getting pie eyed. You should see the games I play to buy wine and get it in the house. My face gets all red now. Have to buy make-up for it. and a bra to hold up the girls, its a gift to me. The site is Herroom. Hubby likes to mod on weekends. I think I got caught! I'll find out when he gets home. Good Luck

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Ok so I'm making a public commitment - I will do a 30 day AF stretch starting June 1st... I haven't done one in a while and I'm due. I posted a link under the team's links but reposting here a resource to help and I'll prep until I start officially on Monday June 1st www.moderation.org/faq/tipsduring30.
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Good morning ladies!

I have been so busy at work catching up from the long weekend. I've also changed my hours at work. I now work 530am-2pm. So I'm getting up at 4am and I'm having a really hard time adjusting. I get so tired by 6pm and by the time I actually get to bed, about 830, I can't fall asleep. I'm so tired!!

I've been AF since my half glass of wine on Monday. I didn't even think about drinking the last 2 nights. Think I was just too tired. Usually after work my thoughts are all about getting that glass of wine when I get home. This week it's been what workout am I going to do and what kind of healthy dinner am I going to make. I'm totally obsessing about the BLC and losing weight that I haven't really obsessed about alcohol at all.

Helene- I know the feeling of not feeling good in your clothes. Mine had all gotten so tight and let me tell you, tight scrubs are not very attractive! Hope you were able to talk to your dd and that she's doing better.

Bizi- 120 days is awesome!! I'm not sure what your goal was but I think thats fantastic! I don't really have a desire to stop drinking completely. I'm not really good at moderation, I hope to be some day, but I just can't see myself giving up alcohol completely. Don't be too hard on yourself. I'm sure alot of us would have done the same after that long. I know I would have.

Deirdre- I'm so sorry you are sick! There are so many people sick right now. I wouldn't worry too much about the BLC until you feel better. Hope thats soon!

Val- Glad you had a good day with your son and were able to get back to AF. I love looking at your pictures! Things have been pretty good with DH this week. We've had a few disagreements but they didn't escalate like they usually do when I'm drinking. I was able to still get my point/opinion across without the alcohol.

Well, I better get back to work. Hope everyone has a great day!!

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computer is up and running like brand new!
yes!
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Good morning everyone -

I'm still wheezing and the sound even made its way into my dream last night. Hilarious! But I was up half of the night coughing and I'm exhausted. Probably had a fever too. I will stay home from work again today but I have a TON to do so will work but likely nap too when needed. Cats are still not getting along. They are both in separate carriers sitting on the floor next to me so they can smell each other. The one cat misses her sister. The aggressor is being a huge pill. Ug.

Bizi - don't sweat the small stuff as they say. You kicked some serious 120 day butt. A few drinks since then is OK.I really like that this group has helped go from drinking pretty much every day, to about 5 days AF per week. It makes a huge difference for me.

Helene and Val - I feel the same way,but I've gained about 80 lbs over the last 6 years. I have to think differently now. Make little changes over time and not be obsessed with it.

Emily - I love your picture. So happy!

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Val - your story of that lady is interesting indeed - out of place at Walmart for sure.

Bizi - 120 days is amazing! Don't be too hard on yourself though with the days you did drink.

This is why I can't commit to saying I will be AF for a period of time - because the pressure and constant thinking about it makes me crazy.

Emily - what a great photo of you and your son!

This photo of me...
made me want to cry (see my blog)...

Val - like you I've regained between 25 and 30 pounds. So my thinking is this - as our team name says "Cutting down the Booze (calories!)" - it's all about that!! No real healthy plan includes too much alcohol and that's my focus - simply healthier eating which will mean less drinking too (or very moderate if I do indulge).

Problem is with summer festivals - and weekend's away, this will be harder to follow but I don't have to worry about that until July 1st - that gives me time to get myself started on my way to feeling better.

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Well been to see husband! Last Friday found out I was coming home on the Monday bank holiday.. The gym was not open! My uncle came down with my 2 lads cousins! On Monday stayed night till Tuesday they went out for dinner! I did not go wasn't ready. So dad was out uncle had gone home after lunch! Mum walked home. Rang dad & asked him for some money for my sparks stuff like snacks! So he gave me a lift said he would! Just said I did not ask him but when we got home bit late for me to go to gym Tuesday so decided not to bother! Tut tut so going tonight! Starting sparks afresh oh and there was drink Friday evening as soon as I got there because husbands uncle funeral then on Saturday night engagement party for his sister so even if would of gone gym Thursday before went to see husband would or might of put the 3 pounds back on! But when go next week thinks 2 weeks up won't be drinking banned from his sisters house! Well yay! I can be clear free! But eat what they eat & just stay same or ONLY 1lb on is ok

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Just want to say, Bizi, I really appreciate your honesty. It's a beautiful thing and I really admire it. I totally understand the snowball effect. And 120 days is a HUGE accomplishment. Sometimes it can also be a lot of pressure. I can relate. I think I made it about 5 months with a couple of blips and then went off the rails because I was just sick of it, of thinking about it. Sort of got it out of my system and then got back to deciding what makes me feel better. I believe you'll figure out what works for you. Everyday is a new chance to start anew. emoticon


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3, then 8, then 3 tonight. I guess I am done for now....
Hubby was telling me about the ex-files episode we watched last night. I must have blacked out completely, did not remember a thing.
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bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Emily - The picture of you and your son is TERRIFIC ! Very handsome young man !

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Good Evening Lovely Ladies,
BIZI -
Congrats on the 120 days AF ! That was a MAJOR accomplishment ! I was AF only 16 days and then last night had 6 beers - and got VERY tired and went to bed. I know that for me (and maybe for you too) after the first one, my thinking changes, and I want more and more. I don't want to stop. I have a VERY hard time being MOD (just one or two). I have to really avoid alcohol COMPLETELY and then the cravings lessen over time and I can avoid a "drunk day" DD. I SO WISH I could drink moderately, cuz I really love alcohol (the taste and the effect).

Fortunately, I felt fine this morning. Made lunch for my son. Then he took a 2 hour nap on my couch. Then we went to donate blood. Afterward we went food shopping with the $10 gift cards they gave us. In the WalMart grocery store, I ran into a woman I know from the neighborhood, who I see walking her dogs. Well today I recognized her a little but I couldn't place where I knew her from or her name. She looked so different. She had on a revealing dress low-cut with her surgically augmented breasts quite exposed. She was wearing 5 inch stiletto pink heels. She had a lot of make-up on. When she started talking about her dogs, I remembered who she was. I said, "I don't know how you can shop in those shoes !" She said, "this is how I always dress when I go out without my dogs." I said, WOW, you look GREAT ! but I was thinking that she looked like an "escort". I know she lives alone and doesn't work (a regular job) so maybe she IS an escort. People are so interesting in this little town on a major highway. I thought her name was Rose Marie but Johnny corrected me - it's Rose Mary. I was close. She sure looked out of place at WalMart ! lol I sure wish I hadn't gained 30 pounds over the past year ! I was embarrassed about my weight seeing her all thin and sexy ! lol

Well, Johnny and I are AF again today after last night's 12 pack of beer. We're doing fine. Counting down the days till the FIRST when I get my check. I plan on buying a bottle of wine for that night and we can hang out and listen to music and talk. (and maybe make love).

Have a great day tomorrow.
(Remember - drink lots of water)
Valerie

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love this picture of you emily!
I made it 120 days then had 3 because I wanted to and to deal with anxiety. issues,
meeting new people and feeling uncomfortable.
then yesterday it just snow balled.
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missed work this morning....
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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My son and I on graduation day.
And after I had a few drinks with husband. It was a loooong - and yes wonderful day - actually weekend. I had a nice time. I considered a late bike ride and ice tea but I had some vdka drinks and it was ok. So yes sometimes the all or nothing thing can backfire. I am back to AF days and walking and eating healthy. Drinking lots of water.
There is a wedding on the 31st and I don't know if I will drink or not. Maybe although I do know I won't go overboard there.

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Shoot, Bizi. Can you tell what's different or what's going on? It sounds like you don't want to get drunk.. Sometimes the all-or-nothing idea (which I also do) can backfire. Hope today you feel better and remember why you prefer AF or MOD. Thinking of you today.


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I got drunk last night...sigh 8 drinks....
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Val it's emoticon that you donate blood as a tradition. I have tried and can't (I come close to passing out).

Nice to hear you shared a 12 pack and enjoyed a nice evening. With my new boyfriend - I enjoy that he's not a super heavy drinker (he only started drinking about 4 years ago) and he's a fun guy when he gets a bit of a buzz on. It's all good. I do plan on being AF more and he's supportive of whatever I try.

I just came back from a walk (early one) and it's super hot/muggy out there. I am not a fan of that weather.

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Good Morning Team !

My son, Charlie, is coming over for lunch (I'm cooking boneless pork chops, cheesy broccoli rice, and cornmeal muffins) and then we're going to donate blood together. It helps people. My mother (84 years old) has been donating for 44 years. She's donated more times than anyone else in the Milwaukee Area of Wisconsin. I guess donating blood is a "family tradition". lol

BIZI - emoticon on the 5K run. That so IMPRESSES me (as I can't run AT ALL !)

Mame - yea, it's probably a "man thing" lol You OBVIOUSLY DON'T have an "alcohol use disorder" if you were able to just have 1/2 glass of wine ! That would be IMPOSSIBLE for ME ! lol You are doing emoticon

Helene - The house your boyfriend bought is emoticon
Praying for your daughter.

Deirdre - emoticon

My sweetheart and I shared a 12 pack of regular beer last night to celebrate Memorial Day. We talked for hours. It was really nice. We came up with a few plans for our future. It's so great that we can really talk to each other. This morning we're back to being AF and both feeling fine.

Take care all,
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Hi all -

Well, I didn't remain AF on my trip but it could have been worse. But the universe has corrected that situation since I have the worst cold I have ever had. Yesterday I thought I might be on my way to pneumonia. It was hard to breathe and I there were all these wheezing, popping and gurgling sounds on inhale and exhale. That is a little better this morning. Needless to say my first week on the BLC was not good.

Mame: I couldn't do hardly anything for the BLC. We have a Last Chance Workout to do but I have been on the couch with a fever so that didn't happen. I did eat well or hardly at all the past two days, but just about zero exercise except the standing and walking for 5 hours at the Kinetic Sculpture Race (which was a total blast even though I had a sore throat - the worst came later).

Helene - I hope your daughter pulls out of her troubles soon.

Bizi - congrats on the 5k!

Deirdre

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Good luck with the BLC challenge Mame!

I was very MOD last night - had a couple of drinks after a long day and then to bed. Feeling good today - but still bloated so plans to be AF for the next few days to get that back down.

Started my day with my 20mins Turbo Jam. Tonight's plan includes hanging out with my gf.

My DD is safe at the residential crisis unit - but when I visited didn't want to talk. She slept most of the day. I hope that today she'll open up a bit with the workers. I'll call to check in on her today to see how she is doing and see about visiting tonight. I do hope she'll stay the week if nothing else than to stabilize her and give us each a break ...

Happy Tuesday Team!

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Good Morning ladies!

Bizi- Great job at running a 5k! That's awesome! emoticon I think a little celebration is always ok!

Helene- Hope everything is ok with your DD. Glad you were able to get away for the weekend and enjoy yourself!

Valerie- Thank you so much for your insight on my relationship. Things went really well this weekend. I did drink half a glass of wine at dinner last night while we were at a cookout. DH didn't say a word about it. He was on his 3rd beer by then. I really do think he cares about me, he just really thinks he is always right about everything. Talking to friends, it seems like alot of their DHs think the same thing. Maybe its just a man thing. I don't know. I guess I've noticed that it doesn't bother me as much when I'm not drinking but certainly does when I am.
I hope you and your son have a great day today!!

Tomorrow is my first week weigh in for my BLC. I feel great today since I didn't overeat or overdrink this weekend. I've worked out all week and ate pretty good. I really like waking up feeling good. I had 5 days AF and 1/2 drink yesterday. Today will be AF. I may not stay completely AF but I'm really hoping to learn how to be very, very MOD......



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DD for m e tonight.
jogged a 5 k this morning.
very happy about that.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

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Back from my weekend and will keep up from here ... I will blog about my stuff...

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thank you chelsea!
Have a great day!
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5.

Happiness is a decision!


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Bizi, Congratulations on your run! emoticon What a wonderful accomplishment! And only you can decide what's best for you drinking wise. There is no flag to fly, just do the best for you. Congratulations again!


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