SparkPeople Living Above The Influence Team Messageboard Welcome Alcohol Free and Ex-drinkers! A Team for "All of You" who are trying to Quit the alcohol. Interested in staying clean and sober? Reach out to us. SparkPeople Living Above The Influence Team Messageboard Are you Quitting Alcohol for Weight loss? Many years ago I did this. I stopped drinking alcohol to lose weight. Of course I did gain the weight back. <BR> There is no quick fix for weight loss or sobriety. <BR> Losing weight is work. <BR> Sobriety is work. <BR> You can do them both at the same time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2019 09:43:44 EST Day One: Greetings So great to find this team! I am working on DAY ONE. My goal is better health and mobility (66 y.o. and arthritis), and to enjoy the activities I would like to be doing if I weren't in such a state. Losing 30 lbs (after already losing 20 at WW). <BR> <BR> I love Sparkpeople, I am still new to it and trying to figure out how to do everything. <BR> <BR> Greetings to all and have a beautiful September. I love the changes that come with Autumn! Thu, 6 Sep 2018 13:28:43 EST Not New-New, But New Again! Hi all. <BR> <BR> I've been on this website off and on for about a decade... and I guess I could say the same about my sobriety. But I have reached a place where my health and my drinking and my weight all need to get under control or I will lose everything. I am hoping to make some connections here that will help me with that. Sat, 28 Jul 2018 17:38:20 EST Alcoholism At Large Heavy Drinking Big Risk Factor For Dementia <BR> <BR> According to a nationwide study on over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France, alcohol-use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. <BR> <BR> Scary to read! I have thought about this. Specially in my early Sobriety! <BR> I experienced so many black outs during my Alcoholic Life. <BR> <BR> Regaining my health and my memory. There a... Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:21:22 EST POST A GREAT JOB!!...IF YOU EXERCISED TODAY <em>592</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:48:42 EST Stay POSITIVE and SOBER “When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day. When I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases. “ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:18:41 EST 2018 June Challenge This is a lose 1 - 5 pounds in 3 weeks challenge. <BR> Starts on Monday June 25 and End of Sunday July 15, challenge is over. <BR> Making positive changes to your lifestyle can help you lose pounds. <BR> <BR> Enough sleep at night. <BR> <BR> Water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Aim for 8 glasses. <BR> <BR> Eliminate 500 calories from your daily meal plan. Making a few simple swaps can help. Cut down on your portion. Still enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Burning 500 calories through exercise ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:52:54 EST New Team Leader! Hello! I have just been added as a team leader! Today is Day 155 AF for me, so I am giving the perspective of a "newbie"! We can have more than one team leader (two would be great!) so please join me if you can! <BR> <BR> What would you like me to do? <BR> <BR> I would like to welcome everyone. If you are thinking about giving alcohol free living a try, why not see how 30 days would go? Come join us. <BR> <BR> Mere Sun, 8 Apr 2018 11:54:58 EST 2018 LATI TEAM CHAT Happy New Year LATI Team!!! <BR> <BR> A tradition - started way before my joining the team - is to start a new post for each year - so - here's our new post for 2018! I hope you all enjoyed an amazing alcohol free New Year's Eve!! Wishing us all much success and happiness in this new year!! Mon, 1 Jan 2018 07:55:34 EST AF Holidays! Good morning! I have been AF for 38 days. My fiancé and I started living together about six months ago; he keeps booze (wine by the case) in the house and I became a daily drinker, even starting before he got home sometimes. After a couple of arguments that were brought on by my drinking, I realized it didn't suit me. I also gained weight in this new relationship, once I became aware of what was happening, I used Sparkpeople to help me lose it. Last night, I went to a ladies church group hol... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:01:08 EST END OF THE YEAR FUN CHALLENGE POINTS! WEEK 1 <BR> <BR> 11/5- 10 <BR> 11/6- 10 <BR> 11/7- 10 <BR> 11/8- 5 <BR> 11/9- 10 <BR> 11/10- 10 <BR> 11/11- <BR> <BR> Total: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:47:14 EST END OF THE YEAR FUN CHALLENGE!!!!! <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how hard it is this time of year to eat healthy and continue to find time to get in your exercise. So here is a fun challenge for you to take part in. <BR> <BR> November 5 will be the starting week. The first week there will be 2 goals for you to do daily for 5 points for each for each day you complete the challenge. So the first week if you completed both goals each day that w... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:40:58 EST Deleted . Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:39:47 EST I`m home!!!!! hi everyone <BR> I'm learning how to type all over again. using two fingers. it will come back to me in no time, First I want to thank Leslie for letting you all know how I was doing. I feel 100% better. got my memory back. This was a bad one; they called my mom and sis to get up to the Vegrevill hospital because they did't think I would wake up. But here I am. So I know someone up above still has plans for me. which I intend to live to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Aurlie congrats on the move a... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:18:08 EST Sizzling September Points board! Week 1 9/3 - 9/9 <BR> <BR> 9/3- 25 <BR> 9/4- 25 <BR> 9/5- 25 <BR> 9/6- 25 <BR> 9/7- 25 <BR> 9/8- 25 <BR> 9/9- 20 <BR> <BR> Total: 170 <BR> Sun, 27 Aug 2017 13:16:41 EST Sizzling September Challenge! We will start the challenge on Sunday Sept. 3. <BR> <BR> Each day you can earn up to 25 points. You receive 5 points for each step of the challenge you complete- it's that simple. <BR> At the end of the week you will post your total points on a different thread and the top 3 people will receive a team goodie. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the steps below and every day mark off the ones you completed-watch the points add up and your health increase. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Did you move your beautifu... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 13:13:54 EST JUNE CHALLENGE POINTS! WEEK 1 June 1 - 7 <BR> <BR> 6/1- 25 <BR> 6/2- 20 <BR> 6/3- 20 <BR> 6/4- 15 <BR> 6/5- 20 <BR> 6/6- 25 <BR> 6/7- 25 <BR> <BR> Total:150 Tue, 30 May 2017 20:04:57 EST JUNE CHALLENGE! Below is the challenge for June- pretty simple. Just copy and paste and each day you go in and update your information, count your daily points and post your daily points on the June's Point thread. Each one is worth 5 points - you can earn up to 25 points each day. <BR> At the end of the week you total up your points for the week and the top 3 people will receive a "team goodie" <BR> <BR> * Since June starts on a Thursday our challenge will run from Thursday - Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.... Tue, 30 May 2017 19:56:29 EST Feeling crazy So I made it through the long weekend, pretty well, I wasn't perfect. I had 2 beers Saturday while helping my neighbor who lost her husband weed out gardens. But didn't get intoxacated. Sunday I had a few drinks when my family came, but again kept it under control. Yesterday stayed AF. <BR> I am really having an issue, with my husband, and his use.It really makes me frustrated. I am trying so hard to get sober and clean, I hate his personality when he drinks, it just gets on every nerve. He ... Tue, 30 May 2017 11:28:18 EST NAME YOUR PERSONAL CHALLENGE! Each of us have our own challenges that we try to meet each day. Here is a thread to track your streak. <BR> <BR> Don't worry if you mess up one day just start over. <BR> <BR> Let us help you reach your goal. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>594</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:35:34 EST Spring challenge chat Here is a thread for daily chats- let us know how your day went good or bad. We are here to help each other mind body and spirit. <BR> <BR> Team work works! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>593</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:01:44 EST Spring challenge weekly points Here is the thread we will use to post our daily points with the weekly total at the bottom. This will make it easier to see how we are each doing and for rewarding the winners. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:58:49 EST Spring challenge 2017 This challenge is a points challenge- you earn points daily for each part of the challenge you do. The top 3 point winners will receive an emoticon. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the challenge below- (you can do this just once a week and just add the points you earn and total them at the end of the week. 5+5+... <BR> YOU EARN 5 POINTS FOR EACH ONE YOU COMPLETE. 30 POINTS A DAY! <BR> <BR> Here you go- <BR> <BR> 1. Weekly weigh in: 5 points a week. Starting on Wed. 3/1 so our weigh in day will b... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:54:29 EST GRAPEVINE Quote of the Day! Feb. 21, 2017 <BR> <BR> "I use notes to remind me to seek my Higher Power....On my desk, in front of my computer is the note: "Good morning, this is God, I will be handling all your worries and concerns for today. I will not need your help!" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:30:28 EST Hello! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Nikki and I think this group looks wonderful! I'm not an alcoholic or in recovery...major kudos to those that are. I am from a family of addicts and I choose not to drink socially any longer. I feel that it's fine for most people, but I feel better when I avoid alcohol. It messes with my sleep and increases my anxiety and OCD. <BR> <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. <em>532</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:56:56 EST Word Association Game healthy Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:01:05 EST 2 words change 1 Here is a fun game there are 2 words and you will change one of the words. <BR> <BR> <BR> Example: fast track Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:54:53 EST Hi Hi i am new to this sparkteam but not totally new to spark people site. I used to be here many yrs ago but cant find my old account. <BR> <BR> I am away to be dtoxed next week i hope. just waiting for admission day so i do hope to be joining you all in being sober. <BR> <BR> anyway im just introducing myself. xx Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:48:45 EST 2017 LATI TEAM CHAT Happy New Year Everyone!! Welcome to 2017!! Let's make this a GREAT year! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>409</em> <em>283</em> <em>361</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:24:23 EST June Challenge Daily check in: <BR> Did you get your 8 glasses of water, track your exercise, track your food, do something just for you, or have something you are especially grateful for today? Check in here and document what you did. No need to do it separately. Put it all in one post this time! Remember to go out each day with a smile and come back home with no regrets. Make this a great day! Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:09:01 EST Water Water and More Water Did you get at least 8 cups of water today? Let us know daily if you did so right here! Sun, 1 May 2016 18:51:22 EST Daily Gratitude Every day come here and tell us one or two things you are grateful for this day! Sun, 1 May 2016 18:49:35 EST Do Something Just For You Today! Meditate, massage, shop, relax, buy yourself something new. Whatever it is, do it just for you...daily! Then share what you did daily! Yes, share! Sun, 1 May 2016 18:47:30 EST Share Your Healthy Recipes When you find something healthy and nutritious, and easy to prepare, please do share with everyone here! Sun, 1 May 2016 18:45:37 EST Fitness Tracking Track your daily fitness either thru Spark or another way to calculate your calorie in and out. Let us know daily as you do so. Sun, 1 May 2016 18:43:55 EST Daily Food Tracking Calculate your food every day either through Spark or another way to keep track of what you are eating and its nutrition. Then let us know you have done so here. Sun, 1 May 2016 18:42:50 EST Weigh in Please don't feel the need to share your actual weight. Just weigh yourself the first day you start so you can keep track. I only suggest you weigh yourself weekly. Let us know when you have done this. Sun, 1 May 2016 18:40:47 EST New Challenge Beginning May 2,2016 Under this forum please share how you are doing or any questions and suggestions you may have. Sun, 1 May 2016 18:38:16 EST 2016 LATI TEAM CHAT HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! WELCOME TO 2016!!!! <BR> <BR> What a great feeing to start the new year feeling refreshed and ready to start the day!! This is going to be a beautiful year - alcohol free is the way to be!!! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:13:17 EST Newbie Hi my name is Tracy. I am a newbie to the team but not to Sparkpeople. But I have ignored my sparkpeople site, emails, tracking etc. for a few years now. I have gained so much weight in the past years mainly due to drinking and drinking more. Once my son left for the Navy I started drinking even more. I woke up a few weeks ago at 3am and said enough is enough. I tried to go to rehab, my work was behind me 100%, but I could not find anyone to help in my personal life with my home and anim... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:11:02 EST Newbie to Sobriety Hi All! <BR> <BR> Glad to find you! After seeing my drinking as a problem especially for the last five years or so, I tried cutting back, only drinking on certain days, only drinking certain types of alcohol, etc... Finally cut it out completely the day after my 40th birthday. So I've been sober 23 days. I'm confident in my decision - confident that it's right for me. I know it will be difficult, but know that my physical and emotional health are worth the sacrifice. <BR> <BR> I've ke... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:30:54 EST Your Trivia Points 2015 <em>524</em> <em>524</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2015. I went to bed at 8:30 and slept peacefully through the neighborhood fireworks and the tv celebrations. I am just happy to have another to celebrate life. I agree with you, Leslie, about not making resolutions for the new year. I have in the past and I did consider some but I realize I am already aimed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Sherre, I went back to the bright green text is so much easier t... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:04:57 EST 2015 Alcohol Free Days Post Your Number Here Always Have The Very BEST Alcohol Free Days!! <BR> <BR> Right Now <BR> °&amp;#10027;°• <BR> &amp;#10038;:::::2833 Days:::::&amp;#10038; No Sips or Slips! <BR> °&amp;#10027;°• <BR> <BR> 2015 A great year! <BR> <BR> °&amp;#10027;°• <BR> &amp;#10038;:::::Aurlie:::::&amp;#10038; &amp;#10038;:::::3473 Days:::::&amp;#10038; All In A Row! <BR> °&amp;#10027;°• <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 03:32:11 EST 2015 CHAT HAPPY New Year 2015! <BR> Here WE go!! <BR> It is officially the New Year in Southern California! So I already heard some <em>283</em> going off! <BR> A HAPPY New Year LATI TEAM!! <BR> ........................................<BR>...I Just finished browsing around the Internet and I read A Poster that SAID= I AM NOT GOING To DRINK ALCOHOL In 2015. I MUST LEARN To BEHAVE. <BR> <BR> I Am Not Going To Drink Alcohol In 2015. I AGREE! <BR> BEST WISHES to You!! If you are Still having A Probl... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 03:13:00 EST END of SUMMER Challenge Hi Team! <BR> I have been thinking about this. I haven't posted a Challenge this year. <BR> So I'm Posting one Today! <BR> September is Our Last Summer month. I hope You all do Join one of them. <BR> I'm posting Two challenges. Pick one. <BR> The First person to Join the Challenge, You will get A Goodie! <BR> <BR> You Don't have to do all your Squats at once. Just do them all Within the same Day. <BR> <BR> We will start with Day 1 on Monday. September 1st. <BR> <BR> Please post if you ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:46:29 EST Hi Again Hi Everyone, I am coming back to this team after being gone for two weeks since I have finally committed to 100% sobriety. I left the team because I thought (once again) that I could easily drink on the weekends and moderate my beer intake and I discovered (once again) that moderation of beer for me is an illusion. If I don't start with one I won't have too many. Out of the last 22 days, I only drank 4 days, but I'm just going to count consecutive days. I didn't drink yesterday, so today ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:39:55 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on your feedback, we have made changes that will be launching early next week. We’ve created a short video so that you can see what the pages will look like ahead of time (don’t panic- it’s nothing major). <BR> Here’s a link to the video: <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a heads up! Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:22:49 EST Thank You and Saying Goodbye Hi All, I want to thank all of you for all of the wonderful welcomes, goodies, and encouragement you all of have given me in the short time I have been here. After many discussions with family members and friends, and much soul searching, I have decided to focus on why I am over drinking at times as well as over eating, instead of focusing so much on the substances themselves. Which means there may be times I drink. Therefore I will be leaving this team and I understand if anyone I'm frien... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:13:36 EST Observations from my 1st Sober Weekend On day #9 sober and Just made it through my 1st sober weekend. I made the following observations: <BR> <BR> 1. I did everything on the weekend I normally do with beer (going out to dinner, parties, housework, shopping, etc.), but I actually had more fun sober; <BR> <BR> 2. I woke up Saturday and Sunday mornings and felt good (no headaches, no sore throat from talking way too loud and/or puking, no remorse)…I'm still not a morning person though lol; <BR> <BR> 3. There were more people not ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:19:23 EST Oops, my mistake Sorry guys. <BR> <BR> Love to all. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:11:35 EST Changes to Resource Center and article pages. Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a heads up that we're making some design changes to the main Resource Center pages: <BR> (like this one: <link><BR>on.asp </link> ) and to article pages next week. <BR> <BR> Overall, the pages will have more image-based navigation to articles and a cleaner look. (I've seen them and they look really nice.) The article pages will be wider and cleaner looking. Today on SP will no longer be on the sidebar, bu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:25:38 EST Worried about the weekend I have been AF since last Sunday. I went out to Mexican food dinner with my son and his girlfriend Tuesday and they each had a beer with their meal, but I didn't. I wasn't even tempted because it was a Tuesday night and I don't drink during the week. However, it is 7:30 a.m. here in California and since this is Friday, I would normally be looking forward to tonight after work when I get home and hang out with my husband and neighbors and have a few beers. That's always how my weekends st... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:40:57 EST Exciting changes coming to SparkTeams! <BR> We're very excited to announce that changes are coming to SparkTeam pages that will hopefully make the Team pages even better, give you a few new features you've been asking for, and engage your Team members in discussions even more! We wanted to give you plenty of notice about the changes coming (probably the middle of next week), so that you have plenty of time to check them out. Coach Denise created a short video preview of the upcoming changes so that you can see what the new team p... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:55:00 EST 2014 Alcohol Free Days Post Your Number Here Happy New Year 2014! <BR> <BR> Thinking Clearly and What A Wonderful Feeling It Really Is!! <BR> I Want To Wish You All The Very Best In Your SOBRIETY and May You Always Have The Very BEST Alcohol Free Days!! <BR> <BR> Today 2468 Days All in A Row!! Not A Sip of Alcohol!! <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:38:27 EST Your Trivia Points 2014 <em>409</em> <em>409</em> <em>409</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> 3/5 today <BR> <BR> Okay, I was hoping for a 3/3 score today to start the new year, but I am reminded and humbled by the fact that I still have a lot to learn. Being a lifelong learner, this is just fine with me. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year, Trivia Sisters. This is going to be a rocking new year for all of us. I am so happy to have a daily opportunity to share trivia scores and our lives with both of you. I am up e... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 04:58:45 EST 2014 LATI TEAM CHAT HAPPY NEW YEAR to Our LATI Team!! <BR> Here we go!! <BR> <BR> Last Year in 2013, many of You have reached and met your Goals!! Congrats to You!! <BR> Also Congrats To All of You who are Doing very Well Maintaining!! <BR> We feel Better and Live Healthy. Fitness is ongoing. I know for myself, the rest of my Life. <BR> Alcohol Free Days our Sobriety!! Everyday we keep it within us. <BR> <BR> A New Year!! Set your Goals, if You have not made them. <BR> If your Weight ticker is not ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:57:46 EST OCTOBER TEAM CHALLENGE This the First of Two Challenge's. <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE BEGINS ON OCTOBER 2ND. <BR> <BR> AND THIS CHALLENGE ENDS ON OCTOBER 14TH <BR> <BR> I'll POST <em>227</em> SIGNS. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you MISS A DAY and can't POST, Your CHALLENGE is over. <BR> I'll be posting Another one, OCTOBER 15TH. <BR> <BR> Come on Back and Join Us. <BR> <BR> <BR> A GOODIE after you complete THIS Challenge. I'll be by your page, to drop it off. <BR> <BR> THIS 1ST CHALLENGE is for Nutrition... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:11 EST Your Trivia Points 2013 <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>29</em> <em>24</em> 3/7 today. <BR> <BR> I want to share scripture with you both today. <BR> <BR> "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of pwer, of love, and of <BR> self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7 <BR> <BR> I love this scripture because it reminds me to recognize the ultimate strength of our Higher Power in our lives. I am amazed at the miracles He has performed and is performin... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:21:59 EST Hi Hello, My name is Theresa. I've actually been alcohol free for 4 days. I was very happy to see that there is this group to be a part of. I've been struggling with my alcohol use for a couple of years but I feel as though I've really made strides to stick with it. Thanks for helping me feel less alone. <BR> Regards, <BR> <BR> Theresa <em>213</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 13:26:18 EST SOBRIETY CHECK YOUR DAYS Listed are Three check your Days of Sobriety Since You Stopped Drinking. <BR> You can use any Link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ml </link> THANKS -*"Aurlie"*- <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE ------------ No POSTING on this THREAD ------------ <BR> <BR> CONGRATS ON YOUR ALCOHOL FREE DAYS! <BR> CHECK THEM OFTEN... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:15:50 EST Your *2013* Alcohol Free Days POST the NUMBER Here Today will be "2103" AF Days Happy New Year "*2013*" ! <BR> <BR> I Want To Wish You All The Very Best In Your SOBRIETY and May You Always Have Wonderful Alcohol Free Days! <BR> Thinking Clearly and Remembering How Great You do Feel Living Sober! <BR> <BR> Maybe some Newbies will come By and Post their Alcohol Free Days. I hope to see them here this Year. I will soon check on them and see how they are doing. <BR> <BR> If You keep drinking Alcohol... it is slowly killing You. If you do... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:44:28 EST LATI TEAM CHAT "*2013*" A Happy New Year and Marvelous ===== `````*"&#10084; January for All of You our Team `````*"&#10084; <BR> Wishing You All A Wonderful and Motivating "*2013*" ! <BR> Let The Chat's Begin. <BR> I will See You all later <BR> A Great beginning to our New Year with much Health and Happiness! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:49:50 EST Definition of an alcoholic? So I took a test today (actually I took 10) on "Are you an alcoholic". I honestly didn't think I was. I was just curious to see how I scored. However, all 10 tests said I scored high that I was indeed an alcoholic. It was based on the following facts: <BR> <BR> -I drink to feel less shy and increase my self confidence <BR> -When I do drink I usually have at least 5 drinks or more. <BR> -Once I get started drinking, even though I tell myself I should stop, I usually have more. <BR> -I sometim... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:40:01 EST Problems with social anxiety..... So I'm not an alcoholic but I've decided to quit drinking because of the cost, the horrible taste, and for the most part because I make stupid decisions when I drink and do dumb things. It depresses me for weeks afterwards too. I mostly drink in social situations to help me to feel more comfortable around people I don't know well. I suppose I'm a little on the shy side. I've only been without alcohol for a month but it's been harder than I thought. Forever seems like such a long time and I'm ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:26:17 EST My thoughts could hurt me. Yesterday while at chuch all I could think of was vodka and what I could do with it. When I got out I text daughter and called hubb. They both talked me out of it. So I came home and made a fried chicken sunday dinner instea. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:36:15 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE Here we are October 1st! <BR> My favorite month of the year! <BR> Usually challenges are about fitness and setting goals to improve our self. <BR> Losing weight and getting to your goal. <BR> Living healthy. <BR> Every month we do have our ongoing main Team challenge of Alcohol Free days! <BR> Post your days! Always do continue posting your AF days. <BR> Which are very Important. You must take care of your Sobriety! <BR> We work on a few of these I did mention through the ye... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:53:12 EST ``** Happy Soberversary *:Maestra:* **`` <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>355</em> Today`````*"&#10084;You&#10084;"*`````Cele<BR>brate`````*"&#10084;"* <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> The Miracle of Recovery <em>351</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>350</em> A Design for Living&#10041; <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> That really works <em>459</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> Live Your path with Heart <em>26</em> <BR> <... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 03:36:25 EST ``** Happy Birthday *:::Sherre:::* **`` <em>65</em> <em>65</em> <em>335</em> <em>107</em> <em>335</em> <em>65</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>389</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>389</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>389</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>389</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> <em>335</em> <em>107</em> <em>335</em> <em>65</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> <em>236</em> <BR> ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 03:36:15 EST MyFitnessPal? Are there any team members who use the iPhone application MyFitnessPal? I use it daily and would LOVE some friends to share progress with. Please let me know if you are interested. We can then synchronize our communication data and encourage each other. <em>252</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:09:35 EST ``** Happy Soberversary *:Pauline:* **`` <em>389</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>389</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> Happy Soberversary To You <BR> <em>65</em> <em>351</em> Do the Happy Dance <em>351</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>354</em> Celebrate Your Day <em>355</em> <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> One day at a time you will listen. <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> To the calming voice inside. <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> And follow the directions it... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:41:41 EST What happens when You stop Drinking Alcohol <BR> The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are caused by an acute over activity of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that helps manage the body’s response to stress. When you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, the central nervous system (CNS) has self-adjusted to the constant presence of alcohol in the body. The CNS learns to compensates for alcohol’s depressive effects on both brain function and the communication among nerve cells by acting in a hyperactive state. T... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:59:03 EST day 3 and feeling bad Well it's day 3 and I feel pretty bad. Headache, anxiety, want to did you all get thru it? I have been sober twice in my life, when I was pregnant and breast feeding my 2 girls. Now my girls are 4 and 6 and being sober for only 3 days all the feelings I suppressed by drinking at night or even knowing I am going to be drinking when I get the girls settled are invading my long was it before you started feeling better? mentally and physically Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EST ``** Happy Soberversary *:LaShawn:* **`` <em>389</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>298</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>389</em> <BR> <em>65</em> Just Thinking of you and wishing you one Wonderful Day! <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> 365 days at 24 hours each So Fantastic! <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> Big Hugs being sent to you! <BR> <em>65</em> <em>65</em> As you Celebrate this Day <em>107</em> <BR> <em>65</em> •&#9734;.•*´¨`*••&#9829; Happy Third Soberversary LaShawn &#9829;••*´¨`*•.&#... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 03:10:36 EST ``** Happy Soberversary *:::Aurlie:::* **`` <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>298</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> As you celebrate this day in sober land. <em>107</em> <BR> This choice that you have made, to be abstinent each day. <BR> Is no easy earth crusade. <BR> Your sobriety is gold. It’s a gift of mighty worth. <BR> That’s been carefully preserved. In a showcase far from earth. <BR> &#10028;&#730;&#10034; •&#12290;* &#10032; &#731;&#8727;* &#12290;° &#100... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 03:50:20 EST ``** Happy Sobriety Birthday *:::::Audy::::* **`` <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>298</em> <em>236</em> <em>298</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <BR> &#9829; ¸.•&#9734;´`* &#9829;..•&#9734;´`* &#9829; <BR> Happy Sober Birthday dear one…It's Your day!!!!! <BR> &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨*. &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨* <BR> Happy 2nd Anniversary&#10084;Audy&#10084;+ . . * + . + * . . * + <BR> &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨*. &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨* <BR> Miracle... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 03:12:18 EST How Close Can You Get To ALCOHOL MARCH CHALLENGE Here is A great Quiz I found inside A book I'm reading. I am sharing it with All of You! <BR> <BR> Now that you've quit drinking, what's your new relationship with alcohol? <BR> How close can you get to A bottle without being tempted to drink? <BR> <BR> ******************************************<BR>************************* <BR> Avoiding Drinking Situations <BR> Think over the question carefully, then answer it. <BR> Any doubts, post NO at the end of the sentence. <BR> If you ca... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:23:37 EST ``** Happy Sobriety Birthday *:::Leslie:::* **`` <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> † ~*-:¦:-* † ~.•*´¨ ) &#9829;~*-:¦:-* † ~.•*´¨ ) † ~*-:¦:-* &#9829; ~.•*´¨ ) <BR> (¨`•.•´¨) ¸.•´ &#9829; † HAPPY SOBRIETY BIRTHDAY:::::LESLIE::::: † &#9829; -:¦:- <BR> ``•.¸.•´ &#9829;† ~*-:¦:-* &#9829; ~.•*´¨ ) † ~*-:¦:-* ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 03:33:33 EST NUMBERS THAT COUNT <link><BR>re/ToolsForYourHeartHealth/Numbers-Tha<BR>t-Count_UCM_305427_Article.jsp#.TyiHHlz6WSo </link> <BR> <BR> Click on the Link Above in Red_____ <em>49</em> ___________ <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> " Put Your Cursor on the Number, It will roll over. " <BR> <BR> A few Important Numbers for A Healthy <em>26</em> in Our Month of FEBRUARY! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll be posting A Quiz or two, In the coming weeks! Info later..... <em>195</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:03:15 EST Newly Me = AF 2 Days <BR> 64 Hours <BR> 3846 Minutes <BR> 230800 Seconds <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:07:56 EST Alcohol Addiction..... Copyright © 2001-2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Early in our drinking careers we’re amazed at how easily we can fit alcohol into our lives. But it gets harder and harder. Instead of using alcohol to help now and then, we begin depending on it to help us constantly. We can’t get along without it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Alcohol helps us cope. Our drinking makes us feel better or helps us avoid some problem. Basically, we drink to gain some desired effect. There are hundreds of ways a... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:07:31 EST -"2012"- Alcohol Free Days -Post Them Here- ! &#9835; &#9835; &#9835; 1736 Days &#9835; &#9835; &#9835; all in A row... <BR> <BR> All the Best to Everyone.....Enjoy another Awesome Year of Sober Days in Our " 2012 " ! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:41:07 EST Daily Chat for -*2012*- Happy New Year Twenty Twelve!!!!! <BR> My Best Wishes to Everyone on this January 1st, 2012...! <BR> I'm Ready to start the New Year.....I hope You All are Too!!!!! <BR> Let's enjoy Another Great Year of Short and Long term goals as well as Long lasting Sobriety! <BR> Let the Chat Begin*!* Sun, 1 Jan 2012 02:54:13 EST Thank You! Hey, everyone ~ just wanted to thank you for being friendly and welcoming and to wish you all well. I'm paring down my membership in Spark Teams because I'm overextended. <BR> <BR> Happy holidays! Thu, 15 Dec 2011 02:31:27 EST Alcohol and Sugar They go hand in hand. I can keep away from alcohol until I eat that first piece of candy. Sugar sensitive? Just an excuse? No clue. But I need to withdraw from both. I will be 60 in a few months. About 5 years ago I quit drinking, joined Weight Watchers and lost over 100 lbs. In Nov of 2009 I fell on ice and broke my pelvis in three places and hurt my hip. Walker for 3 months, quad cane for another three months, still have mobility problems. Needless to say, due to inactivity, the w... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:14:16 EST I have a drinking problem... <BR> <BR> Well, I did. :) I'm nearing 100 days of no alcohol. It took me years to get here. I am FINALLY truly living above the influence. My journey hasn't ended for sure...I know I still have a long way to go. I use my SP Blog to journal as I go and it has helped me so much. Stop by and read if you'd like. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of everyone on this team for choosing themselves over the control of alcohol. You don't need it...I promise!! I always thought I needed it for relaxat... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:19:26 EST **`` Happy Birthday *:::Sherre:::* ``** *!* <em>335</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Happy Birthday to You + . . * + . + * . * + <BR> + . . * + . + * . * +Happy Birthday to You <em>19</em> <em>179</em> + . . * + . + * . * + <BR> <BR> ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) &#9829;¸.•*¨) Happy Birthday Dear <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <BR> (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•&#9734;´`* &#9829;..•&#9734;´`* &#9829; &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨*. &#10027;*¨*.¸¸.&#10038;*¨`*.&#10027;*¨* <BR> <em>44</em> Sherre <em>44</em> + . . * + . + * . * + <BR> &#10027;*¨... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 03:38:03 EST ``** Happy Sobriety Birthday *:::LaShawn:::* **`` <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´HAPPY•*´`•.¸ .•*´•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ <BR> .•*´`•.¸2ND SOBRIETY BIRTHDAY LASHAWN•.¸ .•*´`•.¸A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!!! <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>184</em> <em>410</em> <em>184</em> <em>410</em> <em>184</em> ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 02:15:20 EST ``** Happy Sober Anniversary *::: Aurlie :::* **`` <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´HAPPY•*´`•.¸ .•*´•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ <BR> .•*´`•.¸6TH SOBER ANNIVERSARY AURLIE•.¸ .•*´`•.¸WOOHOO!!!!! <BR> .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`•.¸ .•*´`... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 03:06:25 EST ``*** Happy Sobriety Birthday *:::Pete:::* ***`` Congrats to You on Your 365th day of Sobriety......Some Awesome AF Days ~1~ Year!!! <BR> I want To wish You <BR> A Very &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;Happy Sobriety Birthday&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; Tonight!!!!! <BR> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>84</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <BR> Keep Coming Back........Wishing You many&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 00:10:03 EST Tracking fitness I have a silly question, I have not been going to the gym as of late, due to the fact Im working a ton of hours. At work I am moving around the whole time. So I was wondering what would I track that as? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:11:37 EST How motivated are you today? Scale from 1-10 <em>334</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 23:08:55 EST SLEEP..... .......... I found some helpful information on a site today...I am sharing it with all of You. <BR> <BR> After It opens........You will see ...Contents. <BR> Scroll down to <BR> .........................~Myths & Facts~ <BR> Hoping this will be helpful to some of us. <BR> . <BR> <link><BR>#Myths and facts </link> <BR> <BR> I was careful while looking for it. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:16:34 EST FEBRUARY Challenge 4 Healthier Heart Here's the Fourth Healthy-heart goal. It will start on February 22 - 28...! <BR> At 11:59 p.m. the night of february 28...the challenge will be over on. <BR> <BR> Stop snacking...instead eat fruits, or veggies. Cut out the salty and sweet snacks. <BR> A small amount of Heart healthy chocolate is allowed. <BR> No calorie drinks are okay to drink. <BR> Drink Water.....................For soda drinkers try and cut down. V-8 is great. <BR> No eating....after 10:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> Post ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:26:23 EST Getting easier So I've been AF for 67 days now and I will e the first one to tell you that it's not easy. I've had my days where I wanted to hit the bottle and say screw it but I didn't and that is huge for me. I have not stopped my life since I've stopped drinking I still go to dinner, concerts movies ect. and up until a few days ago I was fine with that. I mean being in an environment where alcohol is being served (and as everyone knows its EVERYWHERE). Being around it didn't trigger me and I was quit... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:57:08 EST FEBRUARY Challenge 3 Healthier HEART Month Here's the Third Healthy-heart goal. It will start on February 15 - 21...! <BR> <BR> One in four people have some sort of Heart <em>26</em> Disease. Better Lifestyles can help reduce your Risk. Here's some tips for improving your heart health. I'll post a list of 13 to pick from. Try to include in your day at least 5 or more from the list. POST Yours! <BR> <BR> 1. Eat fruit or sherbet instead for dessert, instead of ice cream and high fat pastries. <BR> 2. Eat fish. <BR> 3. Eat a vegg... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:18:57 EST FEBRUARY Challenge 2 Healthier HEART Month Here's the Second Healthy-heart goal. It will start on February 8-14...! <BR> <BR> We will be going NUTS! Eating nuts helps your <em>26</em> People who eat nuts as a part of Heart-healthy diet, can lower the LDL ( bad ) Cholesterol in level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of Heart disease. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts...or 1/4 cup. <BR> <BR> Saturated fat is in meat, eggs, and dairy products. <BR> ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 23:11:28 EST Metformin=no alcohol Just this week I started taking Metformin for weightloss. It was prescribed to me by my doctor who thinks that, because I have hypothyroidism, I would benefit from this drug. One of the restrictions is absolutely NO ALCOHOL! If you drink while taking this medicine it could be fatal.I have had this prescription since November, but was hesitant to start taking it before/during the holidays because I knew that I would want to drink. I told myself that if I could go two weeks AF, then I would... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 16:51:50 EST FEBRUARY Challenge. .Healthier HEART Month <em>321</em> <BR> We All have A Opportunity, to Achieve A Healthy <BR> Heart, Mind and Body. We can start with 10 Minutes <BR> each day. <BR> <BR> I'll post 4 challenges In Total. <BR> <BR> Here's the first Heart-healthy goal. It will start <BR> on February 1st - 7th ...! <BR> <BR> Starting February 1st. Everyday post your 10 minutes <BR> of full body Fitness Activity. <BR> Walking, jogging, skipping, stair climbing or <BR> calisthenics... YOU CAN DO *** 10 *** ! <BR... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:39:37 EST Non-Alcoholic Substitutes I was wondering if anyone else has a favorite substitute to drink in place of alcohol. I always liked to drink wine for the asthetic effect and to relax. I know I don't need alcohol or the buzz to relax anymore. I was thinking about next summer on the balcony, briefly wising I could enjoy wine out there, but desiring to come with a satisfying drink substitute. I have been having sparkling grape juice but the sugar is high. I may as well be drinking pop. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:27:08 EST Happy Birthday To You *:::Aurlie:::* &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834;Happiest Birthday&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>204</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <BR> &#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; To You ***Aurlie***&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <BR> Wishing You Many Healthy And Happy More To Come*!* <BR> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <em>276</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <em... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:16:24 EST What's the weather like where you are? I Slept 6.5 Hours. I'm Trying To Go To Sleep Much <BR> Earlier. I'll See How I'm Doing At The End Of This <BR> Year. Come Join Me. Let's See If We Can Improve Our <BR> Sleep <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:53:05 EST Workout in the AM or PM? Mine Will Be Coffee <em>271</em> Cereal <em>481</em> Bananas <em>289</em> Cherries <em>265</em> Yogurt <em>470</em> A little granola Fri, 14 Jan 2011 01:59:50 EST New to SP and Living Above the Influence Glad to have a group that is like-minded about living without alcohol! <BR> Look forward to sharing and hearing about your successes! <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:55:57 EST pledge your daily N.O.S.E here!!! Not One Sip Ever N.O.S.E 11 days Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:16:30 EST *2011* Alcohol FREE Days...POST YOURS HERE! Here's Our 2011 Thread For AF Days! Hope To See You <BR> All Come By...Shout It Out! <BR> <BR> Okay I'll Start...*****1371*****AF DayS! <BR> See You Soon! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:02:58 EST *2011* -OUR-CHAT-ROOM- Come By & Share HI Everyone!!!!! Happy New Year To Some Of You In A <BR> Little While! And Happy New Year To All Of You On <BR> The West Coast Like Me Tomorrow. Happy New Year To <BR> Everyone In The East Coast...Central States...And <BR> Other Countries <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> {{{HuGGs}}} <BR> And Awesome Sobriety Health And Happiness To All Of <BR> ~~*YOU*~~ *!* May All Your Wishes And Goals Come <BR> True For You! Because We All Know It's Possible. <BR> You Can Do It! I Wish Yo... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:49:11 EST N.O.S.E (not one sip ever) N.O.S.E.!!! <BR> day 2 <BR> <BR> ~NICK~ Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:09:39 EST Difficult day Yesterday was the hardest day of my sobriety so far. I almost did'nt make it, thank God I went to a meeting!! Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:16:14 EST DECEMBER FUN SCRAMBLE Unscramble these WORDS <BR> Some Christmas words....Sobriety words.....And a few <BR> Alcohol related words Too. Just For Fun! <BR> <BR> The first "ONE" to post the answers will win a <BR> Goodie from the Team Per _CYNDY55_ ! <BR> <BR> HAPPY DECEMBER You ROCK!!!!! <BR> <BR> XIVNE__1. <BR> RPCNAER__2. <BR> RICHTSMASERET__3. <BR> CNNLEEFIU__4. <BR> OYCVEERR__5. <BR> WKEASONFL__6. <BR> VGLINI__7. <BR> HIECOC__8. <BR> EBRE__9. <BR> TTNSIIHELNG__10. <BR> <em>118</em> <em... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 01:39:22 EST Happy Birthday *~*~*Sue*~*~* '~'~*~*Happy Birthday*'Sue'*.~*~*~'~'! <BR> Wishing You All The Very Best On Your Day...I Hope <BR> It's Special! <BR> <em>276</em> <em>204</em> <em>335</em> And Many, Many <BR> Healthy More&#9834;&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829; ¸¸.•*¨*•&#9835;&#9834; <em>44</em> <em>107</em> <BR> Here's A Couple Tunes <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 03:54:36 EST Prayers and Support Needed! <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prayers and Support Needed .... Please read my Blog. I can't bear another loss. I can't do this alone. I am turning to my Spark "family" to give me the inner strength and courage of acceptance to whatever God's Will is. <BR> <... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 12:38:06 EST DECEMBER Challenge... Wellness...How You Feel. This Is For Awareness. I Do This Daily, And It Helps <BR> My Day. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Come Post A Number Daily, From 5 - 1 _Next To The <BR> Levels_. <BR> <BR> Energy Level_____________ <BR> Stress Level_____________ <BR> Sleep Quality____________ <BR> Self Esteem Level________ <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> At The End Of The First Week If You Posted Everyday. <BR> You Will Get A Goodie From ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 02:12:19 EST Grateful Recovering Alcoholic & Addict I am not only members of AA, Al-Anon and NA, but enjoy the service work I perform on a daily basis. I relapsed after having 13 years of sobriety. I know that we start again where we left off from our disease of Alchoholism and / or Addiction. On January 6, 2001, I will be celebrating ten years sober / drug-free. <BR> <BR> Throughout my years in recovery, I have seen what the active disease CAN and WILL do to another human being. I have lost and attended many memorials for close friends throu... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:56:20 EST Sobriety Calculator To Check Your Days ONLY! <link> </link> <BR> <em>412</em> _______________ <em>56</em> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 23:54:57 EST Happy Birthday ~~*Sherre*~~ Happy Birthday ~~Sherre~~*!* <BR> And Many Many Healthy More Of Them! I Hope Your Day <BR> Is A Special One Today...Like They All Should Always <BR> Be! <BR> I Found These Cool Tunes <em>276</em> <em>410</em> To <BR> ROCK <em>335</em> Your&#9835;•*¨*•.¸¸&#9829;&#9835;-:¦:-*Day<BR>* <BR> ¸.&#9829; .·&#9734;´¨¨)).·*¨) <BR> ((¸¸.&#9829;´ ..·´ &#9734;**Happy <em>44</em> Birthday Girlfriend* <BR> ******************************************<BR>********** <BR> <link> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:56:03 EST Post Your Last Fruit Eaten...Anytime <em>289</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 01:15:57 EST Happy Sobriety~"*1 Year*"~B~DAY~ "*LaShawn*"~ Happy...Happy Sobriety Birthday... <BR> <em>410</em> <em>412</em> "`*LaShawn*`" <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <BR> {{{{{HuGGs}}}}} To ~`*"You"*`~*!* <BR> And <em>335</em> Many***More*** <em>335</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:10:47 EST SparkStreaks _How To Start/Manage_ Here's A Link To Start Or Manage Your SparkStreaks. <BR> Just Some Helpful Info...Follow The Directions... <BR> After You Set It Up...Your Streaks Will Then Show On <BR> Your Spark Page. <BR> If You Have Any Questions About This...Ask Me. <BR> I Will Be Happy To Help You Get It Going. <BR> Have FUN! <link><BR>nswer.asp?id=102 </link> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:42:44 EST Thanks for the team goodie! Hey, I just wanted to thank everyone for this team and all your support. I got a spark team goodie for my 5 days sober and I'm on day 7 now. I met a new friend who's doing this with me and it really means alot to be able to log onto the computer when I need some reinforcement. I feel so much better in just a week. I am going to tackle some exercise this week now that I have some energy and the depression is lifting. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week and keep up the great work! <BR> <em... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:26:12 EST When did you feel better? When did you finally do something and were having fun and didn't automatically stop and think "Wow, I'm sober and having fun?" I'd just like to know when I'll feel like I did years ago. Right now I feel like, yeah I need hobbies, I need to workout more and become active but my motivation and energy is so down. I just want to stop worrying about the weekend, where I'll have too much time on my hands. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 22:45:03 EST Yum Or Yuck ? Yum! <BR> Lobster Wed, 7 Jul 2010 23:21:38 EST Sobriety Birth*Day *"`Aurlie`"* Number `*5*` <link><BR>feature=email </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sobriety <em>410</em> Birthday <em>410</em> <BR> <em>276</em> ~"`*Aurlie*`"~ <em>179</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>218</em> <em>510</em> Of "FIVE" Years SOBER! <BR> Way To Go! .............. <em>216</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Enjoy ~1~ Awesome Day <em>247</em> My ~*Friend*~! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 01:06:52 EST What did you do on your first weekend sober? So I finally got serious about being healthier this past Thursday, so today is Saturday and I've been AF for 2.5 days. Normally I'd be worried about taking on the night, because it's a typical drinking night. Luckily I'll be watching my 3 month old nephew so I won't be tempted and I plan on keeping myself active and busy, but I was wondering what everyone else did on their first weekend sober. Sat, 26 Jun 2010 11:12:55 EST Who Is AF Today? A New Thread For Accountability Of Your Alcohol-Free <BR> Days. Many Of Us On Here Started At One Day, Two <BR> Days, Three Days And So On...It Was Awesome For Me <BR> To Make It Through To One Whole Year, Alcohol~Free. <BR> Now I'm Past Three! It's A Struggle For Some Of You, <BR> And I Totally Understand That. I'll Post On Here Too <BR> ...To See Where I Am At...I Need To Always Remember <BR> The Rest Of My Life. I Will Stay Alcohol~Free! <BR> We Are Here To Help Each Other. Have... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:26:38 EST Sobriety Time Calculators DaisyPath - Friendship Calculator allows you to create a tracker for timing anything. html for anything. <BR> <BR> <BR> iPod/iPhone has a free SoberTime ticker that tells you how long it has been since your last drink. <BR> <BR> I like both lots. You can create DaisyPath tickers for anything and save the settings or change them. Sat, 29 May 2010 15:18:21 EST BANTER I haven't been here in a couple days. After I changed my username yesterday I couldn't figure out WTF as I couldn't get into half my pages. Tech support told me to clear my cookie (lol, low cal kind) and try again, which did work. <BR> <BR> I am a Pagan, rather new at it frankly, and fairly recently joined a neo-Pagan, neo-Druid group named ADF (Ok- YOU pronounce Ar nDraiocht Fein!). We are a nature worshipping, peace & ppl loving fellowship. I am a Dedicant, an initiate - i.e. LEARNING.... Fri, 28 May 2010 13:44:31 EST Sobriety Reinforcers I was looking back at my weight logs yesterday. Last time I quit drinking for any length of time, Sept 2009-November 2009, I lost 30 lbs.! <BR> <BR> In 2005 I quit drinking wine for 6 months. I lost weight to 127 lbs. and ran 100 race miles that year. <BR> <BR> I can't really run anymore but seeing myself thin: Wanna Yoga. Wanna Bellydance. Wanna Irish Dance. Wanna Dance! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 24 May 2010 08:04:14 EST Healthy -Recipes & Anything Goes -Smiles On ~U*! Let's Post Some Of Your Fave Recipes, Share Yours! <BR> Fun Ideas & Whatever Will Make Us Smile...Links &... <BR> So On... Thu, 20 May 2010 03:42:18 EST Post Names Of Books To Read And Share Your Ideas SOBER for Good By Anne M. Fletcher <BR> Great Reading! <BR> She Is Also The Author For... <BR> Thin For Life <BR> I Will Look For This Book Too! <BR> <em>149</em> ............................ <em>150</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 11:47:01 EST Thought for the Day Today's thought from Hazelden (Hazelden Publishing)is: <BR> <BR> Often happiness calls but we are too busy to answer. <BR> --Ellen H. <BR> <BR> In the pursuit of happiness many people are too busy to find that which they seek. Frequently the happiness we so passionately desire is found in little events that are but whispered. If we don't pay attention, we miss them. <BR> <BR> There can be happiness in the way light falls through the trees. There can be happiness in the way our children cal... Fri, 7 May 2010 05:54:31 EST Sober Time Sobriety Calculator <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's A Sobriety Calculator To Use... <BR> For Alcohol FREE Days <BR> Weeks <BR> Months <BR> YEARS <BR> Heartbeats Too! <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:46:36 EST 3 Beautiful Words I Am Happy <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>334</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:23:08 EST Your Spark Trivia Points Today 3/3 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:19:29 EST Exercise: Inside Or Outside Outside <em>67</em> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:48:57 EST Sobriety Birthday_Your DOS_Post Thee Date March 31 2007 <em>410</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:48:28 EST Let's Celebrate Your Birthday_Post Thee Date January 11 1955 <em>44</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:45:34 EST All New Members Introduce Your_Self Here Hi I'm Cyndy... <BR> Sober For Almost 3 Years. I'll Be Your Guide And <BR> Team Leader. On This Awesome Adventure In Staying <BR> Sober And Getting Healthy. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:31:14 EST Your Mood Today.....Show Your Emoticons <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>67</em> <em>312</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:35:30 EST ~R~ Chat Room...Come By And Say HI Today Is My First Day On This Team I Started. <BR> I'm Going To Make It Enjoyable For Everyone. In A <BR> Construction Mode, But Will Soon Be Up And Running. <BR> <em>213</em> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>235</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:09:19 EST