Less Alcohol - September 2018 - One Day at a Time

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  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,100 Member
    USCBMOM22 wrote: »

    Yup...that voice in my head says the same thing. ESPECIALLY on the weekends. I think I will join you in an AF weekend. Sadly, I can't remember the last time I had one. Let's give it a shot (not the usual kind of shot :D ).

    😂 love it
  • KKHKISHZKH
    KKHKISHZKH Posts: 179 Member
    Friday night. The first real test. It's curry and wine night, and I usually have a whole bottle. Going to have G&T without the G and hope it fools my brain...
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,100 Member
    How I keep track of my accountability:

    1st by day.
    If I can get through a happy hour offered or a friend trying to give/buy me a drink because they think I need one, then I am half way there. When I do plan or feel I need to drink. I try as hard as I can to keep it to no more than two for any single day.

    2nd by week.
    I tally up Sun-Sat. Some weeks have no tally, other weeks do. For the week I want to keep it under 6. Because I know as the weeks progress, I do not want to have a high number mid month. Especially if I have a special event planned to consume at the end of the month. It is a lot of strategy and mind work which is good for me.

    3rd by month.
    An over all good month tally at this stage for me is 8 -14 total standard size drinks (not drinking days). A number I can recall from several years ago was 11 drinks in one day...horrifying now that I look back on it.

    My grand tally will be on Dec 31 2018. Looking forward to seeing that.

    Hoping everyone is having a wonderful day.
  • donimfp
    donimfp Posts: 795 Member
    @FeelinFooFoo, awesome post!! I’ve been working at this since Jan 1 and am just now looking at Day 40 tomorrow. I think the most important insight is the one you already have: This is a journey. In fact, I’d add that it’s not just any old journey but an adventure. With this mindset, any bumps in the road are just that—bumps. Keep that lovely hangover-free feeling in your consciousness. Yay you!!!!
  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    donimfp wrote: »
    @FeelinFooFoo, awesome post!! I’ve been working at this since Jan 1 and am just now looking at Day 40 tomorrow. I think the most important insight is the one you already have: This is a journey. In fact, I’d add that it’s not just any old journey but an adventure. With this mindset, any bumps in the road are just that—bumps. Keep that lovely hangover-free feeling in your consciousness. Yay you!!!!

    Thanks! And congrats on making it 40 days. Sounds like you are really sticking to your goals this year, even with set backs your not letting anything stop you which is amazing. Cos we will all have set backs. No doubt. But you gotta just keep trying. I think you only get stronger each time anyway. And you learn something new each time. I gotta say, I'm loving these smoothies and they are fun to make. Think this will be a weekend ritual for me. You wana drink? Sure, pick any smoothie lol.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,100 Member
    smoothies

    Congrats on you successful AF day. What a nice treat a spa treatment! Good rewards for good deeds done. Now how about a mango smoothie? Lol

    Donimfp great to see you in here again and congrats on day 40

    Welcome FranksSandwich, cut down by half that is SUPER. Hope to hear from you again.

    KKHKISHZKH: how did your Friday night turn out?

    sonomagirl2: nice job on sticking to your goal of only 5 ounces of wine. Woot woot!



    Today makes a dry streak of 6 days in a row for me, after indulging in 2 Mich Ultras last Sunday during a theater play.
    No harm done.

  • RubyRed427
    RubyRed427 Posts: 3,819 Member
    Well I planned an AF weekend and iv done it. It wasn't straight forward, I noticed that Friday is my worst day for urges, after work I have this urge to buy wine! And I realise how much I do need support at this stage to get me through. I'm not strong enough yet. I wanted to go to the pub on Friday, it was my other half who said no. Ah well.

    Today I went to the spa and I'm getting ready to make some orange & pomegranate smoothies. They are gona be so refreshing. Was lovely waking up this morning hangover free as well. Tomorrow will be Sunday and not a day I'd drink anyway so not too worried about that but plan a nice walk round a local park, it has a small animal reserve so that will be a nice treat for going AF this weekend.

    What I learnt this weekend, it's totally possible to have an enjoyable time without any alcohol. It is amazing waking up hangover free. I still have a lot of work to do and stuff to figure out but going in right direction. :heart:

    Good to read your thoughts! Sounds like you are doing well and feeling good! 🙂
  • karenesg
    karenesg Posts: 318 Member
    Day 5. Doing ok with it. Am in a funk due to some other issues that normally I'd deal with with drinks. Not going there. Decided to lay down for a siesta instead, be good to myself, take advantage of a clear schedule and relax. Hope everyone’s having a good weekend