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3 years today: no booze (Original Post) LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 OP
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2023 #1
Thanks! LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #4
Congrats! SheltieLover Jan 2023 #2
It's actually getting a little easier to stay sober at this point. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #5
One day you'll see some guy puking in an alley ratchiweenie Jan 2023 #11
Congrats! TigressDem Jan 2023 #3
Thank you, TigressDem. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #6
And for the really rough spots TigressDem Jan 2023 #13
"...if I get outside of myself for a bit and think about others instead of myself." LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #15
You two are doing great ... keep on keeping on! (nt) Hugh_Lebowski Jan 2023 #16
Thanks, Hugh. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #18
I can't drink for a number of reasons. I'm in good shape though, especially since I improved brewens Jan 2023 #7
The impetus for getting sober for me was partly health reasons also. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #12
One thing was I can't afford to drink like I like too. That's at least $300 a month. Seeing that brewens Jan 2023 #24
Trust me. Eating crap isn't as bad as drinking! bif Jan 2023 #29
Good for you! RainCaster Jan 2023 #8
Fantastic! MLAA Jan 2023 #9
Yeah! Well done. MLAA Jan 2023 #10
Rock on, brother! LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #14
Awesome, congrats ... 17 months isn't easy! (nt) Hugh_Lebowski Jan 2023 #17
Maintain the discipline and congratulations to you C0RI0LANUS Jan 2023 #19
Thank you, CORIOLANUS LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #30
Congrats. sinkingfeeling Jan 2023 #20
You guys' support means a lot to me, thanks. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #31
What a feeling.... Tikki Jan 2023 #21
Thanks, Tikki. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #32
Wonderful! patricia92243 Jan 2023 #22
Thanks, patricia92243 LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #33
congrats I am a friend of Bill gopiscrap Jan 2023 #23
Good for you! 👏 ShazzieB Jan 2023 #25
I never went to a meeting. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #34
Impressive!! cilla4progress Jan 2023 #26
Thank you cilla4progress! LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #35
Excellent start! BWdem4life Jan 2023 #27
Yep, it's a start. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #36
Excellent! Kudos! bif Jan 2023 #28
You guys are the best. LudwigPastorius Jan 2023 #37

Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

LudwigPastorius

(9,822 posts)
5. It's actually getting a little easier to stay sober at this point.
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:19 PM
Jan 2023

...something I never thought would happen.

ratchiweenie

(7,780 posts)
11. One day you'll see some guy puking in an alley
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:27 PM
Jan 2023

and wonder why you ever thought that was "fun". So proud of you!!!😍

LudwigPastorius

(9,822 posts)
6. Thank you, TigressDem.
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:21 PM
Jan 2023

One Day At A Time: I know that's right.

All the "built up" sobriety won't help if I start thinking things like, "well, I've done so well, I deserve a reward", or "I can start again, because this proves I can control it".

TigressDem

(5,125 posts)
13. And for the really rough spots
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:30 PM
Jan 2023

Gotta breathe and get through it.

1 minute at a time if I have to...

I'm more prone to depression and getting through times when I feel too much or too little.

I am my own worst enemy, but even the worst thoughts and feelings can and will disperse if I get outside of myself for a bit and think about others instead of myself.

I don't know if you've gone to any meetings or not, but one thing I love is visually dumping all the baggage off my shoulders at the door and making sure I don't pick it up on the way out.

LOL

LudwigPastorius

(9,822 posts)
15. "...if I get outside of myself for a bit and think about others instead of myself."
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:34 PM
Jan 2023

I know that feeling of your brain being your own worst enemy sometimes.

I like the mental image of no carry-on baggage.

brewens

(14,161 posts)
7. I can't drink for a number of reasons. I'm in good shape though, especially since I improved
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:23 PM
Jan 2023

my diet and started exercising. Now I can barely stand missing my morning walk.

Sticking to a healthy diet works. It took a while, but now late at night if I need something, fruit or other healthy choices is what I want. That grapefruit in the fridge is calling me as I type this.

LudwigPastorius

(9,822 posts)
12. The impetus for getting sober for me was partly health reasons also.
Fri Jan 13, 2023, 11:29 PM
Jan 2023

Unfortunately, I've still got that 'thing' where I like to numb out by watching tv and eating crap at night.

I need some of your talking grapefruits!

brewens

(14,161 posts)
24. One thing was I can't afford to drink like I like too. That's at least $300 a month. Seeing that
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 01:08 AM
Jan 2023

money stick around is good incentive to keep it up. Same with my diet. I cook a lot more and that saves me a lot too.

bif

(23,173 posts)
29. Trust me. Eating crap isn't as bad as drinking!
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 02:01 PM
Jan 2023

I have a bowl of ice cream every night while watching movies as a reward for making it through the day without drinking. It's been working for over four years!

LudwigPastorius

(9,822 posts)
34. I never went to a meeting.
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 01:10 AM
Jan 2023

I came very close 30 years ago, but I guess I was too cowardly to walk through the door.

I certainly wish I had though. I wouldn't have lost so many years to getting wasted.

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