The Sober Squad- Alcohol Free Living

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  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    RubyRed427 wrote: »


    Real down to earth talk about being sober and drinking....

    Enjoyed that ! Good video.
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    Thought I would share this video of a Ted Talk. It's not about alcohol, but I really enjoyed it I found it uplifting.
  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 3,538 Member
    @FeelinFooFoo This was lovely. Inspirational. Let's continue to listen for signs. <3
  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 3,538 Member
    edited January 2021
    For anyone doing Dry January !! You almost made it. Just a few more days.
    Now, the decision will be whether to continue your streak or not. Gauge how you feel emotionally and physically without alcohol in your body for one month vs. how you feel drinking regularly.

    I think for me although I still miss drinking and carrying on with friends (like this weekend we are all going shopping and going to "drinks"), I don't want to start at day 1 and have a hangover. The weekends sober are just too darn precious to me. I get so much done and feel so good.
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    The guys got their vodka & beers......

    I got my alcohol free wine.......

    I don't have a hint of envy, cravings, doubt, urge to go near the real stuff.

    ALL I see when I look at those bottles (however pretty they look) is the jackhammer headache that will be pulsing through their heads tomorrow morning. The lethargy & nausea that's on its way.

    I heard my partner say to my brother...."are you getting messed up tonight?" And he said "oh yeah ! Tomorrow can wait......"

    And I found myself sat downstairs thinking 'but tomorrow WONT wait....its coming....and your gona have a *kitten* day ALL day, hungover....' its funny listening to someone making all the same mistakes that I did. I tried to talk to him, but much like how I used to be, he ain't listening. What I'm selling, he ain't wanting to buy it 😆 exactly how I used to be when someone tried to talk to me about my boozing.
  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 3,538 Member
    Hi! Just seeing how you are all doing? I'm good! I went to lunch with friends; they had drinks and I had soda.
    Afterwards, I told my friends, I am nearly 5 months sober. And one friend said "I bet you feel great." She added that lately she cannot seem to drink without feeling awful the next day, even if she only has a few glasses of wine.

    I guess everyone has to decide for themselves when enough is enough. :|
  • SunnyDays930
    SunnyDays930 Posts: 1,002 Member
    CONGRATULATIONS @FeelinFooFoo ! That is a BIG DEAL!!! I am so proud of you!!! Despite the fact that those around you are still indulging, you are managing to stay sober. Whether you know it or not, you ARE setting a good example for them. Bravo!
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    JenT304 wrote: »
    CONGRATULATIONS @FeelinFooFoo ! That is a BIG DEAL!!! I am so proud of you!!! Despite the fact that those around you are still indulging, you are managing to stay sober. Whether you know it or not, you ARE setting a good example for them. Bravo!

    Yes it's opened up many conversations with my brother & my partner about their alcohol in take.

    Thanks Jen 😊💖🤗
  • saintor1
    saintor1 Posts: 364 Member
    In January I tested four alcohol-free beers and here are my ratings.

    Heineken 0.0; 7/10 53kcal 250ml
    Beck; 7/10 only 45kcal 330ml
    Carlsberg ; 8/10 bet bang for the buck, 70kcal for 500ml
    Krombacher: 9/10 this one came as a surprise, the most normal tasting beer, 90kcal for 330ml
  • Beka3695
    Beka3695 Posts: 4,122 Member
    100 days alcohol FREE today ! 😄🤩

    I don't think waking up hangover free, will EVER get old 😊

    The boys hangover on Saturday reminded me what I'm NOT missing. Downstairs, all the empty bottles & glasses and as I poured them out, I smelled the stale alcohol and yeah, it smelled disgusting. Glad I'm not pouring litres of that stuff into my system anymore 🙏❤

    I am doing the happy dance for you!!!!
    Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to see your tattoo 😊
  • SunnyDays930
    SunnyDays930 Posts: 1,002 Member
    I have many books about quitting alcohol but feel I need a boost. Specifically, has anyone read the Alan Carr book and has any comments on that one?
  • donimfp
    donimfp Posts: 795 Member
    Oh yes, Jen! His book and Jason Vale’s are very inspirational!! Two thumbs up.
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    Hi Jen, I read Alan Carr easy illustrated quit alcohol book.

    I thought it was fabulous, simple, and to the point.
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    Work stress & rising anxiety levels (also nicotine withdrawal) had me on the struggle bus too, @Beka3695

    I could have hit my head off a wall I felt so stressed and it hit me, I can't even turn to my usual crutch of wine, to escape and 'zone out'. That's exactly what I wanted to do.

    It can feel SO unfair when making healthy changes in your life and you can feel worse than ever !

    Chatting to my brother and he said maybe I need to do more with spare time, and he is 100% correct. I have taken a lot 'away' or 'quit' things, but I haven't done much adding. 🤔
  • SunnyDays930
    SunnyDays930 Posts: 1,002 Member
    Foo, he is right. You need to fill that space up that you once filled with drinking and nicotine. Being in lock down makes it all harder (to take class or something). Maybe go on youtube and learn how to knit or crochet, try a coloring app ( I Like Happy Color) or even do a yoga or some sort of movement class on youtube. I've picked up knitting again and it does help fill the time.
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    JenT304 wrote: »
    Foo, he is right. You need to fill that space up that you once filled with drinking and nicotine. Being in lock down makes it all harder (to take class or something). Maybe go on youtube and learn how to knit or crochet, try a coloring app ( I Like Happy Color) or even do a yoga or some sort of movement class on youtube. I've picked up knitting again and it does help fill the time.

    Plus, at the end you'll have a lovely scarf or blanket or whatever it is you created. I have read a lot about the power of being 'creative' and being in that space. I think I quite fancy painting.....I don't think il be Pablo Picasso but I was reading about art therapy and I think when I next get paid I will buy some paints and a stand & some paper. I will buy cheaply to start with and see if I enjoy it.

    Also, I'm currently paying a subscription for a Meditation app, not used it for ages so I will add a Meditation to each day now.