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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. I woke up this morning with such clear head and I slept through the night.

2. I like the way this feels. By "this" I mean, the lack of anxiety, guilt, and regret.

3. Today, I feel free.

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5/2/15 7:08 P

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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I felt energized at work today and not completely exhausted when I got home.
2. I finally slept really well last night.

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4/30/15 8:34 P

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Irene I too feel 100% better when I don't drink. I have found that even 2 small glasses of wine make me feel terrible.

Todays reason to remain AF:

Tomorrow is day 5!

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4/27/15 10:31 A

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Good sleep! I feel better, have energy, and can think!

Exercise & eating right -when I drink, I don't want to work out, and don't. And I am less likely to eat bad food, like chips, or cake.

Clear head- I do more, am better at work and home when I don't drink. even if its just reading a book or meditating. I don't when I have some wine.



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4/24/15 9:17 A

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Athena, emoticon (Your granddaughter is too cute.)

My MAJOR reason to be AF today:

1. Good solid sleep - it makes everything better. It's like nature's way to "soften the edges" like I sometimes use alcohol for. emoticon


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4/23/15 10:09 A

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Today, I am following CBRECK77 lead. No sauce for me tonight or tomorrow. I get to see that beautiful baby girl. Thanks Chelsea!

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4/22/15 9:38 A

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1. To feel proud and sure the next day waking up.
2. To sleep well.
3. To wake up with energy and enthusiasm the next day.
4. To know I can feel ANY emotion and not HAVE TO drink.


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

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4/19/15 1:44 P

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Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. I don't need alcohol.

2. I feel strong and my mind is clear.

3. I always feel dog tired the day after I drink.

Today, I know I can.

Edited by: ATHENA1966 at: 4/19/2015 (14:31)
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YES! Sleep quality. I slept through the entire night last night.
1. sleep
2. weight loss or at least maintenance
3. energy to work out
4. NO REGRETS

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Those are my 2 favorite reasons emoticon
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2/20/15 7:20 P

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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I slept great last night.

2. I was not dragging this morning

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2/18/15 9:41 A

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Very insightful.

Here we go. Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. I feel good this morning!
2. If I drink I will wake up with dark circles under my eyes.
3. I want to continue feeling strong and proud of my choices.

Jami



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thank you maureen that was insightful!
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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

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2/17/15 8:17 P

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My reason to remain AF today is:

I drank 2 glasses of wine last night a felt horrible today. No sleep, very short tempered, my blood pressure is up, etc.

Jami



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2/13/15 9:48 A

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I am finding my power. Alcohol does not have power over my own free will. Last night was tough. I had a very stressful and very long day. Driving home I really wanted to go home and have a few glasses of wine. I'm off for a few days so why not? Because I know that's not going to end well for me. I will eat uncontrollably, sleep terribly, and spend the next 10 days regaining the feeling that I have right now. I chose not to do that.

I know that some can have a daily beer and it works out for them. That's great for those who can. I am just not one of those people.

Today is day 10. If I had made the other choice it would have been day 1. I hate day 1.

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Wow, when you put it that way...
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Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine
February 15, 2015

No Health Benefits from Alcohol

A study from England following 53,000 men and women, age 50 and older, for 6 to 10 years, shows that alcohol has no demonstrable health benefits and does not prolong life (British Medical Journal, February 10, 2015). The authors grouped people by age and found no benefits whatever in all age groups except men 50 to 64 and women 65 and older and even in these two groups, the benefits were statistically almost insignificant.

Probable Flaws in Previous Studies
Most of the studies showing that people who take fewer than two drinks a day live longer than non-drinkers and heavier drinkers are flawed because they did not separate former drinkers from people who almost never drank. This new study separated former drinkers from lifetime non-drinkers and found no health benefits from alcohol at all. Former heavy drinkers are likely to be less healthy and die earlier than people who have never drunk alcohol. More than half of the people who call themselves non-drinkers are recovering alcoholics or people who had been told to stop drinking because they had already suffered from diseases caused in part by drinking, such as heart attacks, cancers, strokes, dementia, impotence or liver damage.

The United States Public Health Service says that alcohol kills more than 88,000 people in the United States each year, and has shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. It also causes 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years, and the health damage it causes costs $223.5 billion, or $1.90 a drink.

Two Other Studies Published This Week
1) Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol increases a middle-aged person’s chances of suffering a stroke as much as high blood pressure or diabetes does. Those who take in more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those who take in less than half a drink (Stroke, Jan. 29, 2015). Those who take in more than two drinks a day in their 50s and 60s suffer strokes earlier in life than light drinkers or non-drinkers.

2) Drinking some alcohol every day increases risk for permanent liver damage called cirrhosis (Journal of Hepatology, January 26, 2015). Wine is associated with a lower risk for liver damage than beer and liquor. The authors of this study warn that older drinkers are more likely to have health conditions affected by alcohol or to take medicines that impair their ability to metabolize alcohol.

How Your Liver Breaks Down Alcohol
Your liver works to protect you from alcohol. It is the only structure in your body that contains enough of an enzyme that breaks down significant amounts of alcohol, and it breaks down alcohol in a slow, steady rate into acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. If you take in too much alcohol, the alcohol will eventually destroy your liver to cause a condition called cirrhosis. When this happens to you, your liver breaks down alcohol so slowly that it can accumulate in, and damage, your brain and every other organ in your body.

Immediate Risks of Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol increases risk for:
* Injuries (automobile crashes, falling, drowning, burns)
* Violence (homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and partner violence)
* Passing out
* Poor judgment, such as promiscuous sex with an infected partner or failure to use contraception
* Miscarriage, stillbirth, or having a brain-damaged child (for pregnant women).

Long-Term Health Risks from Alcohol
* High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, stomach ulcers
* Cancer of the breast, prostate, mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, colon and others
* Learning and memory problems (dementia, poor school or work performance)
* Emotional problems such as depression
* Social problems
* Alcoholism

Definition of a Drink
In all of the studies and reports, a “drink” contains the amount of alcohol that takes an average person’s liver one hour to clear it from the bloodstream. However, this can vary with body weight, sex, age, metabolic rate, recent food intake, the type and strength of the alcohol, and any medication you take. A "drink" contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol, which means:
* 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
* 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
* 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
* 1.5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)




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2/12/15 10:03 A

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I know Elle!

Today is day nine no sauce! I am so thrilled. Reason to remain AF today:

1. I have come a long way in the last 9 days.

2. When I think about drinking, I imagine all of the negative consequences that come the next day. I play the tape forward and I don't like how that tape ends.

3. I want to continue feeling calm and well rested with all the poison from my body.

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I had some great news and the first thing I thought about was having a drink. (I didn't)

Good news, bad news, happy, sad, tired, depressed, I still think about having a drink. emoticon

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2/11/15 7:25 P

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Tomorrow is day nine. Three hours and a nights sleep. It has been a really long time and I am ready. I want alcohol to be a past tense for me.

Edited by: ATHENA1966 at: 2/12/2015 (10:00)
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2/10/15 2:33 P

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Today is day seven. I worked out today despite being exhausted from working the last 3 days. I believe there is no stressor in my life that is worth consuming alcohol. Today, I choose to remain sober.

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2/6/15 8:39 P

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Because tomorrow is day 4.

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2/5/15 5:53 P

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My reason for remaining AF today is:

I am in control, and I choose to remain sober.

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Excellent!

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Excellent!

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1. No headache in the morning.
2. Night sweats are gone.
3. No sweet/bad taste in my mouth.
4. Feeling much more positive about myself.
5. Better for weight loss.
6. No late night munching.
7. Better night sleep.

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2/1/15 11:37 A

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You guys rock! I know many people will indulge this Super Bowl Sunday. I'm not going to be one of them.

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1. Makes uncomfortable feelings worse (for me).
2. Easier to keep weight down without it.
3. Have I mentioned it makes me feel BLOATED?
4. Because I deserve to have control over what makes me feel GOOD!
5. Energy and pride the next morning.


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2/1/15 9:36 A

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Reasons to remain AF:

1. I wake up feeling incredibly motivated when I don't drink.

2. I always have better control over my eating the night before and the day after. The day after drinking alcohol, my appetite is off the chart!

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Thanks Maureen! That will make me think twice before on reach for that glass of wine. When I have wine it is usually at least 2 glasses.

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More than I glass of wine a day increases risk of stroke in middle age women by one third!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/n
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I actually got up this morning and got on my treadmill! No way I could have done that if I had alcohol the night before!


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1. NO MORE BLOATING! emoticon (Huge difference the next day or two after.)
2. Solid night's sleep emoticon
3. Waking up the next morning with a lot more energy. emoticon




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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. I feel good about myself when I am AF
2. I make healthier food choices when I am AF
3. I look forward to exercise when I am AF

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

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Remember that yucky feeling emoticon it's a great motivator.
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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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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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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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AF tonight. Finally!

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I am really struggling to stay AF.

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

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I am the Queen of Sleep!!!!

Deirdre

Goal #1 127 goal met 1/7/15)
Goal #2 125
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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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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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SUZECOOKS I am sending support!

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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


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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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emoticon Suzecooks!!!

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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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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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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.
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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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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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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- EST~~~
GO TEAM NEON NINJAS-Spring into Shape BLC
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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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emoticon Suzecook emoticon

Yes, the sleep. Sooo important.

What is everyone planning for the new year?

xoxo elle~


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

~~~ Emily- EST~~~
GO TEAM NEON NINJAS-Spring into Shape BLC
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3/19= 167.6
3/26= 164
4/2= 164
4/9= 162.8
4/16= 163.4
4/23= 163
4/30= 163.4
5/7=
5/14=
5/21(FW)=
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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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~~~ Emily- EST~~~
GO TEAM NEON NINJAS-Spring into Shape BLC
3/11= 170
3/19= 167.6
3/26= 164
4/2= 164
4/9= 162.8
4/16= 163.4
4/23= 163
4/30= 163.4
5/7=
5/14=
5/21(FW)=
Goal:159


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emoticon my spark friend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

xoxo elle~


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

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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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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

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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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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

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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.

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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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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.

Jami



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You are doing great emoticon
And we all act like jerks after a few emoticon

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

Jami



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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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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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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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