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1/25/15 10:17 A

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Elle you are so right, it really is a great motivator.

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1/24/15 12:03 P

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Remember that yucky feeling emoticon it's a great motivator.
emoticon sleep is one of my biggest reasons


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1/24/15 11:55 A

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Well I made it to day 3 and caved. No good excuses. And I feel drained and yucky this morning. That sums up my reasons for being AF tonight.

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1/22/15 6:02 P

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Thank Suze! AF tonight! Day 2.

Reasons to remain AF:

1. My sleep is terrible lately.
2. I want to feel good tomorrow.
3. I feel really bloated.


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Live the life you have imagined.”
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1/21/15 5:45 P

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Hang in there! One day at a time.

Reasons to be AF today:
Enjoy my energy level
Keep my skin smooth and blemish free
No guilt


Suzette or call me Suze
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I am resolute in creating a plan each week to include meals and workouts. I'm resolute in taking charge of ME, doing what I need to do to get fit and healthy.

I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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1/17/15 8:18 P

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AF tonight. Finally!

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1/15/15 8:39 P

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I am really struggling to stay AF.

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1/12/15 5:52 P

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That is wonderful Deidre. It really does make a difference doesn't it?

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1/11/15 6:32 P

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I am the Queen of Sleep!!!!

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1/11/15 11:41 A

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This going to sound a little weird. I watch the TV show Intervention a lot. I try to use it to motivate me from allowing alcohol to destroy as I have seen on this documentary. I have not found myself in a place that I would consume the amount of alcohol that these folk do, but I see how it could happen to anyone. Todays reason to remain AF is so that I never allow alcohol to destroy me as I have seen personally and on this documentary.

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1/9/15 3:01 P

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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I woke up feeling great this morning.

2. I got some important tasks done today because I had some energy.

3. I want to feel good tomorrow when I wake up.

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1/8/15 7:31 P

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SUZECOOKS I am sending support!

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1/8/15 3:09 P

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Today is my big challenge. Meeting with friends for happy hour.

Why I should be AF:
1. prove I can do it
2. no regrets
3. sleep sleep oh precious sleep
4. wasted empty calories


Suzette or call me Suze
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I am resolute in creating a plan each week to include meals and workouts. I'm resolute in taking charge of ME, doing what I need to do to get fit and healthy.

I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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1/7/15 6:22 P

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emoticon Suzecooks!!!

xoxo elle~


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1/7/15 11:36 A

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You all are keeping me motivated!

Reasons to not drink today:

1. Tomorrow is a work day
2. I want to wake up guilt free
3. I'm in calorie deficit and I want to keep it that way to lose this week

Suzette or call me Suze
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Pacific Time



I am resolute in creating a plan each week to include meals and workouts. I'm resolute in taking charge of ME, doing what I need to do to get fit and healthy.

I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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1/4/15 10:46 A

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Great reasons!

Right now I average a couple drinks a month, and I'm find with that. Maybe one day I'll be completely AF, but for now I want the option to relax with friends and have a drink.
As long as I can keep it to that (max 2 drinks in a day) I'm good emoticon

xoxo elle~


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1/4/15 10:34 A

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Today is the end of a really long vacation ( 2 weeks). I did pretty well with drinking, although I would prefer to have been AF the whole time. I had a 5 day stretch at the end.

My reasons to stay AF today are.

1. Back to work tomorrow. No Alcohol the night before work.

2. I have definitely put on some weight over the holidays.

3. Got to hit that treadmill hard every day.



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Live the life you have imagined.”
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12/31/14 9:40 A

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Emily that sounds wonderful. We are going to have a very quiet New Years Eve. This is out last night in Colorado before heading out to LA tomorrow early am. It will be a 2 day drive and I need to be clear headed for that. I think today is day 3 or 4.

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Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. We have a long drive home.

2. I love the way I wake up in the morning, when I don't drink.

3. I enjoy my coffee more in the morning (when I don't drink).

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12/29/14 10:33 A

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new years eve I think a romantic dinner in
and to toast with sparkling water- maybe one bottle of champagne- maybe not sure.
An expensive piece of fish and other tasty stuff!
And of course the next day black eyed peas and collard greens

~~~ Emily~~~
“there isn’t anything in existence—not a thing—that isn’t amazing and interesting when you look into it.” Bill Bryson
BLC~Winter Freeze Off
GO Grey Wolves!!!
0. 12/10 IW=174.2
1. 12/18=172.4
2. 12/25=170.8
3. 01/01 =172.6
4. 01/08 =172.6
5. 01/15 =171.8
6. 01/22 =167.2
7. 01/29
8. 02/05
9. 02/12
10. 02/19 - Final Report due
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12/29/14 10:03 A

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SUZECOOKS you are spot on! All of the reasons you listed apply to me as I have been on vacation in Colorado for the past two weeks. emoticon


Reasons to remain AF today:

1. I am feeling extremely bloated.

2. I got some much needed rest last night.

3. No anxiety feelings today.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
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12/29/14 6:18 A

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emoticon Suzecook emoticon

Yes, the sleep. Sooo important.

What is everyone planning for the new year?

xoxo elle~


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12/29/14 12:43 A

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I am in the right place!

Today I am AF. Why?

1. I'm getting fat from booze
2. I don't accomplish much when I drink
3. Sleep! Oh precious sleep!

Suzette or call me Suze
Central Oregon
Pacific Time



I am resolute in creating a plan each week to include meals and workouts. I'm resolute in taking charge of ME, doing what I need to do to get fit and healthy.

I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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12/26/14 1:13 P

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I love the sleep! emoticon and also the always being ready for action! To live 100% emoticon emoticon

~~~ Emily~~~
“there isn’t anything in existence—not a thing—that isn’t amazing and interesting when you look into it.” Bill Bryson
BLC~Winter Freeze Off
GO Grey Wolves!!!
0. 12/10 IW=174.2
1. 12/18=172.4
2. 12/25=170.8
3. 01/01 =172.6
4. 01/08 =172.6
5. 01/15 =171.8
6. 01/22 =167.2
7. 01/29
8. 02/05
9. 02/12
10. 02/19 - Final Report due
GOAL=163 Yes/No?


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12/26/14 10:18 A

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Thanks for the wonderful support!

Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I feel clear headed and optimistic. I love this feeling.

2. I really slept well.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
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~~~ Emily~~~
“there isn’t anything in existence—not a thing—that isn’t amazing and interesting when you look into it.” Bill Bryson
BLC~Winter Freeze Off
GO Grey Wolves!!!
0. 12/10 IW=174.2
1. 12/18=172.4
2. 12/25=170.8
3. 01/01 =172.6
4. 01/08 =172.6
5. 01/15 =171.8
6. 01/22 =167.2
7. 01/29
8. 02/05
9. 02/12
10. 02/19 - Final Report due
GOAL=163 Yes/No?


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12/22/14 5:59 P

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emoticon my spark friend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

xoxo elle~


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12/22/14 10:07 A

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Well we made it to Colorado. Today is day 2. Reasons to remain AF:

1. I feel clear headed and strong.

2. It is incredibly dry here. Alcohol will only further decrease my hydration.

3. Had a great time with family yesterday. No alcohol needed. emoticon

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Live the life you have imagined.”
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xoxo elle~


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12/12/14 1:23 P

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Yesterday was a total melt down. My sisters lymph node biopsy came back positive. I drank yesterday and fortunately had sobered up by the time we talked last night. I am not coping with this well at all. I won't allow myself to freak out on my sister. She needs me to be strong and support her. She is the strongest person I know and she is terrified. No more booze, its the only way I am going to be the sister I need to be.

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12/10/14 7:50 P

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My reason for remaining AF today is that I really have no desire to drink tonight.

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12/7/14 10:57 A

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Thanks Elle. You are right. We still don't know what stage it is. I think I am so worried because she is not very healthy to begin with.

I am feeling better today. More focused and positive.

Reasons to remain AF today:

1. Alcohol clouds my judgment and makes things seem unsurmountable.

2. The day after I drink any alcohol I feel like I am stuck in a panic attack.

3. I want to feel good about my choices.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
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12/6/14 8:10 P

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I'm so sorry. You were strong not to drink that day.

You have to give yourself a break, both you and your sister have a hard road ahead. Be gentle with yourself. You are going to have to be strong for your sister. emoticon

xoxo elle~


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I feel so beat down. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 days ago. I did not drink the day I found out. I drank last night and ate. I feel ashamed and heavy. I was so proud of myself yesterday for getting up and running on the treadmill before work. My anxiety is off the charts. Why do I do this to myself? It ends the same way every time.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
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I know all the good reasons to not drink, and I know Its gonna be hard. Don,t want to lose hubby. He threatened to leave me if I kept it up. I take bi-polar meds, but doc cut them way back. All of you are helping me! thx Cherie

I,m Cherie, Been with sparker for 3 yrs, I like that I'm losing it slowly! Its a lifestyle!


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You are so welcome. Your support really keeps me on track.

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Thank you for posting today, Athena.

I was going to have a drink or two tonight (figuring tomorrow is Monday the 1st - good day to start fresh) But why? I don't need it, and I'll sleep better and feel better tomorrow without it!

Timing is everything, again, thanks for posting.

xoxo elle~


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11/30/14 2:43 P

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Reasons to remain AF:

1. I just spent 45 minutes on the treadmill. I ran for 20. I don't think I would have the energy for that if I drink the night before.

2. I feel strong and in control of my choices. I like feeling in control.

3. When I drink alcohol, I feel disappointed in myself.

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11/29/14 12:19 P

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Thanks Elle!

Reasons to remain AF today!

1. Being AF is a reward, not a punishment.

2. I want to nourish my mind and body.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
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You are doing great emoticon
And we all act like jerks after a few emoticon

xoxo elle~


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Reason to remain AF today.

1. Because I act like a jerk when I drink.

That was not easy to type, but its the truth.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


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Reason's to remain AF today:

1. I had a MOD night last night and I feel crummy this am.

2. Alcohol is poison for me. That point is always clarified by how it impacts me physically and emotionally. Regardless of the amount.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. Finally, the anxiety has passed again.

2. I am getting decent sleep.

3. Lately, I get really grouchy, even with one glass of wine.

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Live the life you have imagined.”
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11/14/14 9:41 P

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BEECEE I completely agree. I feel like my emotions are not real when I have been drinking. For the most part it really brings me down. It takes me about a week after any alcohol for intake my emotions to settle down. Its just not worth it.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
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11/13/14 11:04 P

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A reason I was thinking about yesterday is about experiencing all my emotions in a real way.

Before I stopped drinking, I was afraid that I would not be able to cope with bad feelings without it. But what I've found is that I'm actually better equipped to deal with stress or anger or sadness without it. But that's not the reason I'm thinking of to be AF. The real reason is that I also feel happy and joyful more often now. Who knew that the alcohol I was medicating bad feelings with were also blunting the good ones? The difference is real and wonderful! I thought I was crazy at first, but then I read another blogger who described the same thing. Regular alcohol use depresses you because alcohol acts as a depressant! Sometimes now I just look around and notice how pretty the leaves are, or how crisp and clean the air smells. I feel so much better. Of course there are times that I crave that temporary numbness, but I never want to go back to the emotional numbness and low-level depression I was in while drinking.

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11/13/14 5:22 P

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Reasons for remaining if today:

1. I know if I drink tonight, I will be foggy tomorrow.

2. If I drink tonight, my appetite will be off the scale tomorrow.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


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CAROL_31649731's Photo CAROL_31649731 Posts: 1,619
11/11/14 12:11 P

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Oh, Athena, you're so good at this. Thanks for sharing!

LOVE number #3!!! So true . . .I can't think of a single pro, either! emoticon

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"There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does."


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11/11/14 9:30 A

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Hi Carol. I love those reasons. I think the one that rings so strong for me is being in control. If I drink any alcohol, I feel a tremendous loss of control.

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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. Tomorrow is my physical fitness test

2. I finally have a nice stretch of AF days again

3. I can't think of one single pro for drinking alcohol

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
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11/6/14 12:47 P

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Maureen, I really liked #2 & #5 (they were all good, though!). I finally got an AF day in, but then blew it the next day. I know I have to get to 3 or 4 days AF before I start to feel better, so here's to trying again.

1. If I'm truly concentrating on my health, alcohol has to go!
2. I REALLY want to be in control.
3. It's a no-brainer that those empty calories are stalling my weight loss journey.

Carol

"Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice."

"There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does."


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11/6/14 9:47 A

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Hi Maureen. I love your reasons for AF and will use them today as they apply to me! Somewhere down the road I convinced myself that alcohol relaxes me when in fact the complete opposite is true. I have found that by cutting back as much as I have, wine no longer tastes good to me. Now to clear that final hurdle of complete elimination (my goal).

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.”
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xoxo elle~


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1. I don't need alcohol to relax, and feel good.
2. I care about my body, and mind.
3. I have to walk over 5 miles just to stay even if I have a couple of beers!
4. I can't get to my goal weight if I drink alcohol.
5. I respect myself more when I'm in control of my habits.
6. My husband is an ex alcoholic.
7. My family in England make alcohol a part of their daily routine. I don't want to be like them.
8. I want to be a role model for my kids.

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