Less Alcohol - September 2018 - One Day at a Time

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  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,096 Member
    edited September 2018
    Well this is a quiet Sunday in here. Nice to see a new face. [email protected] glad you are here and might I say 7 month is a good victory to go AF. Life does hand us an obstacle course at times but with good strategy you can get around it.

    Great thoughts and suggestions @Ke22yB. I try to keep my responses short and sweet. No one wants to hear a book as to why they are drinking and we are not.

    Good job @txmoonstar. I used to inhale everything I drank, even coffee. Not sure why but I have slowed down too.

    Today marks 14 of being AF. It seemed a pretty easy 2 weeks because I had no events to go to that were overly alcohol intense. I told a friend today I am better and happier drinking if and when I want rather than when it is expected of me when I am out.

    Also today marks 235 days of everyday check in to MFP. Things are looking up uP UP!
  • Orphia
    Orphia Posts: 7,097 Member
    txmoonstar wrote: »
    Last night I took the advice and savored each taste. I usually gulp but this time I sipped and enjoyed 2 glasses of wine over a few hours. Of course as the evening progressed and my stress level went up, I drank 6 beers.

    @txmoonstar Great try!! Keep at it.

    Try to be aware that each drink makes us less able to resist another drink.
  • USCBMOM22
    USCBMOM22 Posts: 31 Member
    Good morning, everyone. Just catching up here. Love reading the posts and many are so inspiring. I had a pretty challenging weekend. Hurricane Florence passed through our area. We are in the Charlotte area, so we had mostly rain rain rain. Not nearly as bad here as our friends on the coast. I was very proud of myself that I did not drink my way through the entire storm. My sweetie and I had a couple glasses of wine on Friday evening. On Saturday, I had nothing. We spent most of that day and evening at the hospital awaiting the arrival of my sweet grandson. Yesterday, I had a glass with dinner and a glass after dinner. So, while I did not stay completely AF over the weekend, I definitely stayed within moderation. I have realized if I can keep myself busy when I hit those trigger times, I don't have time to think about the wine. Now, even though I kept the wine consumption under control, we are not even going to discuss the hurricane snacking. Let's just pretend that didn't happen :D
  • globalhiker
    globalhiker Posts: 1,299 Member
    donimfp: appreciate this & I agree - for me it seems that dependency, even with less alcohol, is still there after all these weeks of tapering & I want it gone-Congrats on 48 days AF too, wonderful accomplishment!
  • forestdweller1
    forestdweller1 Posts: 225 Member
    Just went to the new "Sober" forum. 9 pages in, I got so depressed I had to quit reading. Not sure why the thought of never drinking again was such a downer. I never got to the point of staggering drunk or blackouts, I just drank so much that it affected my weight and budget.
    Beginning month #4 of AF with no intention of staying that way forever. Looking forward to enjoying a well-sauced dish of spaghetti squash with a glass of Chianti next month. And then leaving the table !! [crossing fingers]

    Getting over my sads by cleaning out a closet until Cat tells me it's time for a lap-sit.

    Congratulation and hugs to all those who are meeting their goals, and those who are doing Day One one more time.
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    edited September 2018
    frankly, i have more friends with my friends of bill w than with anyone who drinks-typically. there are exceptions
    don't just cut something out of your life. fill it with something beneficial. imho
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,096 Member
    Just went to the new "Sober" forum. 9 pages in, I got so depressed I had to quit reading. Not sure why the thought of never drinking again was such a downer. I never got to the point of staggering drunk or blackouts, I just drank so much that it affected my weight and budget.
    Beginning month #4 of AF with no intention of staying that way forever. Looking forward to enjoying a well-sauced dish of spaghetti squash with a glass of Chianti next month. And then leaving the table !! [crossing fingers]

    Getting over my sads by cleaning out a closet until Cat tells me it's time for a lap-sit.

    Congratulation and hugs to all those who are meeting their goals, and those who are doing Day One one more time.

    @forestdweller1 : as we have said soooooooo many times in here. We are each in here for own own control. Whether it be cutting back from a bottle of vino at night to one glass or cutting back and taking a break from drinking for an X amount of time. I hope you were not sad for to long yesterday after your read those posts. You sound to me as if you have a well enforced plan that your going to follow through with. Awesome job!
  • forestdweller1
    forestdweller1 Posts: 225 Member
    edited September 2018
    KKHKISHZKH wrote: »
    I'm finding this far easier than I thought I would. Considering I started this because I thought I might be developing a problem... I'd drink a bottle of wine every friday night (curry and wine night), and wine or gin on saturdays (date night), then I'd buy wine during the week if I was feeling stressed. If I felt that way and didn't get wine I'd feel panicky.


    OMG...YES !! I didn't even necessarily have to drink the bottle, I just needed to have one in the cellar or I would feel the panic.



  • FeelinFooFoo
    FeelinFooFoo Posts: 4,738 Member
    viceam wrote: »
    So I decided today is Day 1 of drinking 1 5oz glass of red wine. Here we go! I have 2 Breyers Delights ice cream pints in the fridge as my support system. Raspberry fudge flavor is actually pretty amazing. My half cup serving has only 1g sat. fat, fairly low in sugar as far as ice cream is concerned. I'm not going to eat it all, just gives me comfort to have it there- in case of an emergency panic situation later tonight. Oh and I found a product called Goslings Diet Ginger Beer, was not too pricey and tastes good, no alcohol. This will be my second drink tonight. Wish me luck :)

    Best of luck!! You can do this!